Thursday, March 25, 2010

RITA anyone?

The RITA finalists have been announced. Sadly, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie did not final, though I hoped it would.

However--woo hoo! My novella in Hot for the Holidays ("A Little Night Magic") did final in the novella category. Score one for ALLYSON JAMES!!

AND for our own JOY NASH! A Little Light Magic, an awesome book, finalled in the novel with romantic elements category.

Also my friend Carolyn Jewel finalled in Regency for Scandal (another awesome book).

I see other friends on the list: Marjorie Liu, Alissa Johnson, and many more.

Yay us!

The whole list is posted here: http://www.rwanational.org/cs/2010_rita_finalists So, readers, do you agree? Are there books not there you think should be? (Keep in mind that the books had to be pubbed in 2009; also that not every author enters--some choose not to).

9 comments:

Cindy Holby March 25, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

I was surprised that Madness didn't make it. It deserved to.

I'm excited about Elizabeth Hoyt's To Beguile A Best. That entire series was really good but that one was my favorite.

Gerri Russell March 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

Congratulations to all! Celebrate your wonderful success!!

Gillian Layne March 25, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

Congratulations! It was exciting to see so many familiar and favorite books nominated. There are always books I wish would make it, but I guess there are only so many slots. I bet a lot of the voting is very, very close.

EmilyBryan March 26, 2010 at 3:38 AM  

Congrats to Jenn and Joy!

I posted all the Dorchester authors who made it over at www.emilybryan.blogspot.com. Good luck, girls!

Pam P March 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

Congratulations, Jennifer, Joy and Carolyn, and good luck to you all. Quite a few of my personal favorites nominated this year.

librarypat March 26, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

I was surprised Lord Ian didn't make the list. There were a few new authors I thought would be included that weren't.
Congratulations to all the finalists. I have no desire to ever be a judge.

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner March 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

librarypat: I judge the RITAs every year (not in the categories I enter, of course), and I enjoy it. I discover new-to-me authors and some great books. This year I got a couple fantastic ones in my batch that sadly I didn't see on the finals list. But unless five different judges from five walks of life agree that that book deserves a top score, it doesn't make the finals. You can miss it by a hairsbreadth! So I'd bet some of the books you thought you'd see and didn't either a) weren't entered; of b) missed it by that hair.

Joy Nash March 30, 2010 at 6:49 AM  

I was really rooting for Lord Ian to make the list, Jenn. I'm very surprised it didn't.

I was thrilled that my Jersey Shore contemp, A Little Light Magic made the cut -(not Silver Silence as you noted in the blog, though that book was entered, too)

And I'm happy your novella A Little NIGHT Magic finaled!

LOL. People might think we got together to brainstorm titles last year...

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner March 31, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

I corrected the title, Joy. I don't know why I thought it said Silver Silence; probably because I liked it so much! But Little Light Magic was a neat book, and such a fun read. I loved it.

Yes, I firmly believe we hit on the right titles! (Completely by coincidence--that was weird!)

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

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