Thursday, March 25, 2010

RITAs announced...

And THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS finaled in two categories. Can't even begin to say how excited and astonished I am. Big thanks to the judges, volunteers, and RWA. Congratulations to all the finalists and my pals who finaled in both the RITA and GH. And to everyone who has sent me congratulations online and off -- you guys are amazing *sniff sniff*. Truly amazing. Thank you for all the support!

Here is the official list:

2010 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Ed Schlesinger
ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6

Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday
Dorchester Publishing
Editor Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52805-6

Red's Hot Honky Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2729-5

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal
Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Discovery
Editor: Shauna Summers
ISBN: 978-0-553-38551-9

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2614-4

The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Wendy McCurdy
ISBN: 978-0-425-22767-1

The Virgin's Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin
Penguin Group, USA, NAL Trade
Editor: Ellen Edwards
ISBN: 978-0-451-22667-9

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Margaret O'Neill Marbury
ISBN: 978-0-778-32689-2

2010 RITA for Best First Book Finalists

One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Celia Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-446-54152-7

He Calls Her Doc by Mary Brady
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance
Editor: Kathryn Lye
ISBN: 978-0-373-71561-9

The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical
Editor: Melissa Endlich
ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1

Angel Vindicated by Viola Estrella
Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press
Editor: Helen Woodall
ISBN: 978-1-419-92068-4

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Ed Schlesinger
ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6

Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52793-6

Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Editor: Anica Rissi
ISBN: 978-1-416-98264-7

The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh
Random House Group, Shaye Areheart Books
Editor: Sarah Knight
ISBN: 978-0-230-746157-5

To see the full list, check out RWA's RITA and GH list.


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Melissa said...

2 RITAs, wow! Congrats!Glad I picked BPOD off the shelf:)

Vickie said...

YAHOOOOOO!! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kelly - I said it privately but I'll say it again... you ROCK! cannot wait for the second book :-D

Paula x

Keli Gwyn said...

DOUBLE congrats, Kelly!!

Mardel said...

Nice! You wrote a great book, see?

Jax Cassidy said...

Congratulations again! I am so excited for you! Enjoy the feeling of success, it was well deserved :)

LeeAnn Flowers said...

Big, big, big Congratulations!!! You deserve it. Here's to at least one win!

K. said...

Thank you! I *love* you guys!!!!!! :D

jlynch said...

Wonderful news! Makes me jonesy for the next book.

Unknown said...

Awesome news, Kelly (and not surprising to me in the least). You have a lot to be proud of.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

CONGRATS!!! To you ! Amazing work!

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Second, I literally, five minutes ago, just finished Better Part of Darkness. Holy. Awesome.

Third, OH MY GOD. I have to wait until the END OF AUGUST for the next book? *starts to cry*

K. said...

Thanks, ladies! ((hugs))

And Sara - glad you liked the book! :D Yay!