– Close but no, it’s like the Rita’s but not quite – The 56th annual (2014) Grammy Awards is on tonight — another year gone by and the Grammy world expands with new artists – who are you routing for? LL Cool J hosts the Grammy telecast on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 8PM/7C on CBS. Scheduled performers include Carole King, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Metallica with Lang Lang, Paul McCartney, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Pink, Nate Ruess, Ringo Starr, Robin Thicke, Chicago, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton. More about the Rita awards:
Romance Writers of America Announces 2013 Contest Winners Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the winners for the 2013 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards, click here for the complete list. The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts. And, the nominees are . . . . Best First Book Finalists WINNERThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James Penguin Group USA, New American Library Ellen Edwards, editor
Beginning April 11, RWA.org will host a weekly live online event for romance readers and RITA finalists once a week. I’ll be there to chat with authors, will you? A message from RWA.org: Each event, hosted through Shindig.com, will feature several of the 2013 finalist authors and books for a specific RITA category in a moderated Q&A format. We will discuss heroes and heroines, writing style, and other fun facts. Enter here to register for the first event featuring Ruthie Knox; Roxanne St Claire; Jill Shalvis; Roni Loren; Kim Law; Barbara Freethy; Barbara Hannay . . .click here
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!