25 March 2010

More than 13 RITA Winners

Each year the Romance Writers of America hold a contest to choose the "best" romances of the previous year in a number of categories. "Best" gets the air-quotes because RWA's judges don't choose the best from all books but from among the books that actually get entered. Regardless, the nominees are usually great examples of their subgenre.

The 2010 RITA calls are going out today, right now. As part of the excitement, I thought it would be fun to list past RITA winners from the Paranormal category, or whatever name it had at the time. Also, in other categories, I noticed books with paranormal elements. It was interesting to see how, as the years went by, paranormal offerings became more and more prevalent. The books that won, moreover, became more cross-genre. Some of the earlier paranormal winners had less involved worldbuilding and were certainly not the beginnings of series! With this small retrospective, we can kind of see a snapshot of how our paranormal reading material has changed through the years.

If you happen to know I missed a book with paranormal elements or included one that didn't have them, please let me know in the comments.

Best Paranormal Romance: Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready
Best Young Adult Romance: Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Best First Book: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Best First Book: Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Best Paranormal Romance: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
Best Young Adult Romance: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Best Paranormal Romance: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Best Paranormal Romance: Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

Best Paranormal Romance: Blue Moon by Lori Handeland
Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements: A.K.A. Goddess by Evelyn Vaughn

Best Paranormal Romance: Shades of Midnight by Linda Fallon

Best Paranormal Romance: Contact by Susan Grant

Best Paranormal Romance: Heart Mate by Robin D. Owens

Best Paranormal Romance: The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning

Best Paranormal Romance: Nell by Jeanette Baker

Best Paranormal Romance: The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll

Best Paranormal Romance: FireHawk by Justine Dare

Best Paranormal Romance: Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland (also best first book)

Best Paranormal Romance: The Covenant by Modean Moon

Best Paranormal Romance: Lord of the Storm by Justine Davis

Best Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: Falling Angel by Anne Stuart

Best Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: Emily’s Ghost by Antoinette Stokenberg

Best Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: Angel for Hire by Justine Davis


Congratulations to all nominees and winners from the past and double congrats to this year's slate. Let me know if you need help picking a dress for the ceremony!

Jody W.
www.jodywallace.com * www.meankitty.com

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