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RITA Award winners! And, who is the author you’d most like to meet?

Disneyland Once again I had the amazing opportunity to attend the RWA 2012 conference in sunny Anaheim, California. RWA is an amazing event that I recommend for any romance enthusiast to attend. Whether you are a reader, author, agent, editor or just a lover of crowds, RWA is the place to be.


Not only do you have the opportunity to learn about the industry and about writing but you are within close proximity to some very famous authors!



My schedule was flexible & allowed me to roam and meet some of my very favorite people including:

Stephanie Laurens; Susan Elizabeth Phillips; Sandra Chastain; Lisa Jackson; Julie James; Ruthie Knox; Elisabeth Barrett; Jessica Scott; Samantha Kane; Alyssa Day; Sylvia Day; Heather Graham ; Virna DePaul and so many more!

But, I did not meet everyone . . . I would loved to have talked with Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Nalini Singh and Sabrina Jeffries too.

I think one of the most anticipated events at the conference are the RITA awards. This is the event that recognizes an author for their excellence in a sub-genre within the romance category. I’ve included Shelf Awareness list of winners below.

RWA defines the RITA award as follows – ‘RITA is named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.’ It is a gorgeous gold statue sought out by romance authors everywhere.RITA

R@R would like to congratulate all of the winners – including our own Barbara O’Neal, winner of two of those luscious golden gals!!

So, if you attended a conference with all of your favorite authors who would you most like to meet? Comment below – love to hear your answers!



Romance Writers of AmericaThe winners of 2012 RITA Awards, sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, are:

Best First Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Contemporary Series Romance: Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Series Romance, Suspense/Adventure: Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees
Contemporary Single Title Romance: Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
Historical Romance: The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Inspirational Romance: The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Paranormal Romance: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Regency Historical Romance: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Romance Novella: I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden
Romantic Suspense: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Young Adult Romance: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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