Rita/GH 2012

Click on the movie below. Keep your volume down because there is music. The calls go out tomorrow, March 26, 2012 and I’ll begin updating with the first notification I receive. Finalists – and friends – feel free to squee and shout out the finalists below. (Please make sure they are, indeed, finalists. I had some misinformation last year.) If you want to email me privately, you can reach me at JudiFennell (at) JudiFennell (dot) com. Thanks for joining the party!

(Disclaimer: These results are NOT official and are based on the comments posted below and emails I receive. I arbitrarily chose 8 finalists per category for formatting purposes; there may be more or less. Category information was gathered from the RWA National website. Please check www.RWANational.org for the official list.)

Contemporary Series Romance

1. A Second Chance Bride, Ami Weaver

2.   The Divorce Deal, Kat Cantrell

3.   Montana Cherries, Kim Law

4.   Cyrano at Your Service, Tamra Baumann

5.   Tell Me Something Good, Jamie Wesley

6.   His Perfect Partner, Priscilla Kissinger

7.   A Perfect Wife, Caro LaFever

8.   Bachelor: Baited, Hooked and Bedded, Lexi Greene

Contemporary Single Title

1.   Meant to Be, Theresa Osborn

2.   No Peaking, Talia Quinn Daniels

3.   Blackjack & Moonlight, Magdalen Braden

4.   You Had Me at Habari, Maggie NcConnell

5.   Thrown, Colette Auclair

6.   Cat on a Hot Steel Flight Deck, Heather Nockodem

7.   Earning Wings, Laurie Sanchez

8.   All Beautiful Things, Nicki Salcedo

Historical Romance

1.   Highland Promise, Tracy Brogan

2.   A Private Affair, Jennifer McQuiston

3.   A Knight of Her Own, Oberon Wonch

4.   Notorious, Alison Atwater

5.   Love in the Music Room, Sarah Mayfield

6.   A Hero To Hold, Sheri Humphreys

7.   A Duke’s Wicked Kiss, Kathleen Bittner Roth

8.   The Devil May Care, Elise Beatty

Regency Historical Romance

1.   Scandal in Spades, Wendy La Capra

2.   King of Swords, Anne Kenney

3.   A Whisper to the Wild, Eileen Emerson

4.   The Last Light of Dusk, Joanne Lockyer

5.   The Perfect Heiress, Kimberly O’Hara

Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

1.   Low Country Boil, Susan Boyer

2.   Beulah Land and the Happy Hour Choir, Sally Kirkpatrick

3.   Song without Words, Lisa Laing

4.   A Tangled Season, Natalie Meg Evans

5.   The Devil She Knows, AJ Stewart

6.   Taking Wall Street by Disguise, Terri Bolyard

7.   The Lazarus Gambit, Deborah Wright

8.   Faking It, Nikki Figueiredo

9.   Mere Mortals, Catherine Villalobos

Paranormal Romance

1.   Never Deal with Dragons, Lorenda Christensen

2.   Bathtub Jinn, Kay Hudson

3.   Trouble in Mind, Donna Frelick

4.   Unchained Memory, Donna Frelick

5.   Better Dead, Pamela Kopfler

6.   Draxis, Laurie Green

7.   Figs from Thistles, A.J. Larrieu

8.   Flannigan’s Grace, Marni Donnelly

Inspirational Romance

1.   Language of Love, Dristen Ethridge

2.   Love’s Advocate, Karen Fleming

3.   Powerless Consent, Jan Nash

4.   Whispers in the Night, Carol Post

Romantic Suspense

1.   Edge of Deception, Elizabeth Bemis

2.   In Wolf’s Clothing, Sally Eggert

3.   Spy in the Harem, Diana Belchase

4.   Rescuing Rembrandt, Jean WIllett

5.   Rogue’s Return, Sharon Wray

6.   Chemical Attraction, Mary Oldham

7.   Exposure, Robena Grant

8.   Body of Evidence, Rachel Grant

Young Adult Romance

1.   Forget Tomorrow, Pintup Dunn

2.   The Matter of Souls, Stephanie Winkelhake

3.   The Silent Sister, Megan Macijauskas

4.   Canvas Crossers, Natalie Vawter

5.  Pandora’s Clock, Natalie Vawter

6.   The Suspicions of Cairo Jones, Mary Danielson

7.   Wired, Romily Bernard

8.   Angel Academy, Cecily White

Contemporary Series Romance

1.   How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart, Donna Alward

2.   A Bravo Homecoming, Christine Rimmer

3.   Donovan’s Child, Christine Rimmer

4.   A Mother’s Homecoming, Tanya Michaels

5.   I’ll Catch You, Farrah Rochon

6.   Rancher’s Twins: Mom Needed, Barbara Hannay

7.   The Texan’s Bride, Linda Warren

8.   Doukakis’s Apprentice, Sarah Morgan

Contemporary Series:Suspense/Adventure

1.   Cooper Vengeance, Paula Graves

2.   The Man from Gossamer Ridge, Paula Graves

3.   Soldier’s Last Stand, Cindy Dees

4.   Nothing But The Truth, Kara Lennox

5.   Stranded With Her Ex, Jill Sorenson

6.   Taken to the Edge, Kara Lennox

7.   The Doctor’s Deadly Affair, Stephanie Doyle

Contemporary Single Title

1.   Black Ties and Lullabies, Jane Graves

2.   Heartstrings and Diamond Rings, Jane Graves

3.   Silver Sparks, Starr Ambrose

4.   Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier, Lisa Dale

5.   At Hidden Falls, Barbara Freethy

6.   The Welcome Home Garden Club, Lori Wilde

7.   Boomerang Bride, Fiona Lowe

8.   Summer at Seaside Cove, Jacqui D’Alessandro

Historical Romance

1.   Scandalous Desires, Elizabeth Hoyt

2.   Silk is for Seduction, Loretta Chase

3.   Always a Temptress, Eileen Dreyer

4.   The Danger of  Desire, Elizabeth Essex

5.   The Black Hawk, Joanna Bourne

6.   Heartbreak Creek, Kaki Warner

7.   Unveiled, Courtney Milan

8.  The Many Sins of Lord Cameron,  Jennifer Ashley  

Regency Historical Romance

1.   Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish, Grace Burrowes

2.   When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James

3.   How to Marry a Duke, Vicky Dreiling

4.   How to Seduce a Scoundrel, Vicky Dreiling

5.   The Devil in Disguise, Stefanie Sloane

6.   A Night to Surrender, Tessa Dare

7.   Heiress in Love, Christina Brooke

8.   To Seduce an Angel, Kate Moore

Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

1.   The Dark Enquiry, Deanna Raybourn

2.   Death Magic, Eileen Wilks

3.   Spider’s Revenge, Jennifer Estep

4.   First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones

5.   Goodnight Tweetheart, Teresa Medeiros

6.   The Rose Garden, Susanna Kearsley

7.   How to Bake a Perfect Life, Barbara O’Neal

8.   Song of the Nile, Stephanie Dray

9.   Shadow Walker, Allyson James

Paranormal Romance

1.   Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison

2.   Nightfall, Ellen Connor

3.   The Restorer, Amanda Stevens

4.   Changeling Moon, Dani Harper

5.   Envy, J.R. Ward

6.   The Lost, Caridad Pineiro

7.   Archangel’s Blade, Nalini Singh

8.   Lord of the Abyss, Nalini Singh

Inspirational Romance

1.   Deadly Pursuit, Irene Hannon

2.   Katie’s Way, Marta Perry

3.   The Ladies’ Room, Carolyn Brown

4.   Love on the Line, Deeanne Gist

5.   The Measure of Katie Calloway, Serena Miller

6.   My Foolish Heart, Susan May Warren

7.   Save the Date, Jenny B. Jones

8.   The Christmas Child, Linda Goodnight

9.   To Win Her Heart, Karen Witemeyer

Romantic Suspense

1.   New York to Dallas, J.D. Robb

2.   True Colors, Joyce Lamb

3.   True Shot, Joyce Lamb

4.   Where All the Dead Lie, J.T. Ellison

5.   Hidden Away, Maya Banks

6.   Hot Zone, Catherine Mann

7.   Secrets of Bella Terra, Christina Dodd

8.   Hush, Cherry Adair

Young Adult Romance

1.   Touch of Frost, Jennifer Estep

2.   Warped, Maurissa Guibord

3.   Hourglass, Myra McEntire

4.   I’m Not Her, Janet Gurtler

5.   Enclave, Ann Aguirre

6.   Flawless, Lara Chapman

Best First Book

1.   Warped, Maurissa Guibord

2.   Hourglass, Myra McEntire

3.   Beautiful Disaster, Laura Spinella

4.   First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones

5.   How to Marry a Duke, Vicky Dreiling

6.   The Devil in Disguise, Stefanie Sloane

7.   I’m Not Her, Janet Gurtler

8.   The Darling Strumpet, Gillian Bagwell

Romance Novella

1.   “Chaos in Death,” J.D. Robb in The Unquiet

2.   “Resolution,” Linda Winstead Jones in The Heart of Winter

3.   I Love the Earl, Caroline Linden

4.   “Compassion Can Wait,” Carly Phillips in More Than Words

5.   “One Wish: a Christmas Story,” Jodi Thomas in A Texas Christmas

6.   “Unforgiven,” Ruth Ryan Langan in The Unquiet

7.   “Angel’s Wolf,” Nalini Singh in Angels of Darkness

8.   “The Storm Within,” Trish Morey in A Royal Engagement


27 Responses

  1. So much fun! I’ll be at work, Internet’s out so probably won’t be able to even check in at lunch break, *sigh*, but go ahead and start the party without me. 🙂 I’ll be rooting for everyone! Have fun!

  2. The announcements should start coming in anytime now. *listening*

    Looking forward to doling out many squees and congrats! Thanks, Judi, for holding the Squee Party. I’ve been here every year for the last three years.

  3. Judi, I am absolutely bumfuzzled to report that “Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish” from our own Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint under the editorship of Deb Werksman has been nominated for Regency Historical.
    The Sourcebooks marketing department gets a big Honourable Mention because a Christmas book like this was their idea.

    So now… I’m on diet. There had better be lots of chocolate in Anaheim because this girl is on a diet.

  4. Congratulations, Grace! I’m so thrilled for you!!!! It’s well deserved!

  5. Yay, Grace, way to go!!! Off to work! 🙂 I knew someone from the Casababes would make it! Congrats again! Like Robin said, it’s well deserved!

  6. Congratulations, Grace!!!!

  7. Grace!!!!! yay!!! Off to make updates!

  8. I got called for the GH, Contemporary Series. My ms is A Second Chance Bride. 🙂

  9. Madly updating… Congrats, Ami! And shout-out to my fellow First Chapters Romance Top 5 Finalist, Starr Ambrose! Awesome, girl!

  10. Congratulations to all the finalists! I see there are empty slots in the category I judged, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for some terrific mss …

  11. Judi, bless your heart for doing this for us! I can’t work for running back and forth to see who has won a nomination.

  12. One of my CPs, Kathleen Bittner Roth is a GH finalist in historical with A DUKE’S WICKED KISS.

  13. My pleasure, Carolyn! I have fun doing this and since I’m home sick today, it gives me something to focus on other than the ickiness.

  14. Got it, Ashlyn!

  15. My friend Carolyn Brown is a finalist for The Ladies’ Room. Yay Carolyn! I believe this is the first time an Avalon book was nominated!

  16. Ack! My replies aren’t posting. Trying a different computer now.

    Congrats to everyone who’s reported their good news, and…

    I’m a finalist in the GH Paranormal category with DRAXIS!!!!

  17. Got it, Laurie! Congrats!

  18. Congrats to NJRW member Lisa Dale! Woo hoo!

  19. Oberon Wonch! I judged her manuscript in a contest once and was blown away by it. I couldn’t believe it didn’t final. I’m glad to see that she and her fabulous, fabulous mansucript finally did!

  20. Oberon is a chaptermate of mine. We’re all thrilled for her!
    Congrats to Grace and Carolyn!

  21. Thanks, Judi!

    Also want to report my critique partner, Donna S. Frelick, DOUBLE finaled in Paranormal. Ohhh, we’re going to have such a party!

  22. Congratulations everyone! Great seeing so many of my faves on the lists!

    Feel better Judi!

  23. Congratulations, too, to the ladies of the Beau Monde: Wendy LaCapra, Grace Burrowes, and Joanna Bourne, who I was lucky enough to mentor under “before she was famous,” but still a writing star!

  24. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/2012GHFinalists is the loop for this year’s finalists. 🙂 Hope to see you there!

  25. Congrats to my Sourcebooks Sisters: Carolyn, Catherine, and Grace!
    Such great news!!!

    Sorry to hear your not feeling well, Judi…feel better soon…great party!

  26. Thanks for hosting Judi! I hope you feel better!

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