Reading the RITAs


UPDATED TO ADD: Found another book and another anthology.

The RITA and Gold Heart finalists were announced and, out of curiosity, I looked over the list.  I was mildly surprised when I realized how many finalists I had in my TBR pile.  I remember that I still had books from last year’s list of finalists as well.  So I decided, since I didn’t do it last year, that I would — as a personal challenge — read the finalist from both years.  Not counting the anthologies that contained the novellas, the total is 16 17 books.  It would have been 17 18, except I read Unchained by Sharon Ashwood last month (Paranormal Romance finalist).  I didn’t count books like J. D. Robb’s In Death books because I’m still too far behind to read them as part of this challenge.  There were a few books that are part of series that I thought would be best not to read out of order, and have at least the first book in my stack to read.  I didn’t count those either (My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel;  The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu; Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan; Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare ).

2010 RITA Finalists:

  • The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
  • Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
  • A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews (Winner)
  • Revealed: a Prince and a Pregnancy by Kelly Hunter
  • Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn
  • Revealed by Kate Noble
  • “A Little Night Magic” by Allyson James in Hot for the Holidays
  • “Annalise and the Scandalous Rake” by Deb Marlowe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
  • “Charlotte and the Wicked Lord” by Amanda McCabe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
  • “This Wicked Gift” by Courtney Milan in The Heart of Christmas
  • “On a Snowy Christmas” by Brenda Novak in The Night Before Christmas (ADDED)
  • “The Christmas Eve Promise” by Molly O’Keefe in The Night Before Christmas (ADDED) (Winner)

2011 RITA Finalists:

  • Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer
  • Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter
  • The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne
  • His at Night by Sherry Thomas
  • Stormwalker by Allyson James
  • Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver
  • Water Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle (ADDED)
  • Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter
  • “Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up

I will track my progress on my personal challenge page.

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