Romance Writers of America (RWA) presents the RITA Award to romance authors every year. According to their website, “The purpose of the RITA® contest is to promote excellence in the romance
genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.”
Winners in 12 categories will be announced at the 30th Annual Romance Writers of America Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, July 31, 2010.
The nominees in all 12 categories can be viewed here. The nominees in the Inspirational Romance category are:
“The Inheritance” by Tamara Alexander McKenna Ashford and the young brother she is responsible for move west to start over. It’s not that easy though and things get tougher when U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon shows up.
“A Lady Like Sarah” by Margaret Brownley Preacher Justin Wells didn’t know what he was getting into when he agreed to transport a prisoner to Texas. Sarah Prescott has no intention of allowing her self to be handed over for a hanging. She could easily escape, but does she really want to?
“The Gladiator” by Carla Capshaw Ex-gladiator Caros Viriathos should be happy. He has everything an ancient Roman could want. When he decides to buy a slave, he has no idea that the Christian girl he has purchased will help him to see what is missing from his life.
“Entertaining Angels” by Judy Duarte In this third book about Mulberry Park, some residents require some angelic intervention. The pastor questioning his calling, the waitress trying to do it all, the childless couple running a soup kitchen; none of them have any idea how the homeless man, Jesse, will change their lives.
“An Eye for an Eye” by Irene Hannon When an FBI Hostage Rescue Team member and psychologist Emily Lawson get together again in hopes of rekindling a romance, danger is what they encounter instead. A killer is out to get someone. But who? And why?
“The Silent Governess” by Julie Klassen Olivia Keene has no choice but to become the governess at Brightwell Court. Overhearing Lord Bradley’s secret has forced her to remain where he can make sure no one else finds out what she knows. But is the governess hiding secrets of her own?
“Breach of Trust” by DiAnn Mills This is the first title in Mills’ Call of Duty series. Paige Rogers is leading the quiet life of a librarian in Split Creek, Oklahoma. She bakes pies for the antique shop owner and has a silent crush on Miles Laird, the highschool football coach. But her life starts to unravel when the townspeople of Split Creek realize Paige might not be who she claims to be.
“The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper” by Kathleen Y’Barbo Eugenia Cooper is a New York socialite living in the Gilded Age. She is all set to marry the “proper” man but she wants one last adventure. She gets the perfect opportunity when she heads west to Colorado to care for a silver baron’s daughter. Will this adventure be enough to last back in New York?
Read about the Golden Heart Awards that will also be presented the same night.