Monday, April 13, 2009

Favorite Reads – Romance

My favorite Bookletter is always the Romance favorites list (of course!), so I thought I would highlight it for you. This month the Romance Writers of American announced the finalist for their RITA Awards. This is the most prestigious award for writers of the romance genre.

I found out that the award is actually named after the association’s first president Rita Clay Estrada and up to 1200 romance novels from 12 different countries are entered in the competition each year. The categories include Best First Novel, Contemporary Series Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Inspirational Romance.

The RWA also announced the finalists for the Golden Heart awards which “promotes excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding romance manuscripts.” These are writers who have not yet accepted a publishing offer their work. While the winners of the RITA award get a golden statue, the Golden heart winners receive a golden necklace to recognize their achievements.

Some of my favorite authors were on the finalist list and there were some new authors that I think will be interesting to read! Check out this bookletter to see if any of your favorite authors made the cut this year!

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