2013 RITA Awards Honor the Best in Romance

Each year the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors — recognizes excellence in romance novels and novellas. The 2013 Rita Awards were announced in July, here are some of the titles now available at Cheshire Library.

Contemporary  Romance Winner

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy. Ex-Marine Gabe Ryder has lost a lot in his life. His mother died when he was a toddler. His father succumbed to alcoholism. And a week before their last day of service, a horrific firefight takes the life of his best friend. Gabe must fulfill his friend’s dying wish by helping Rob’s twin sister, Alicia.

Historical Romance Winner

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. The scintillating story of a disgraced Marquess reduced to running a London gambling hall who hopes to restore his good fortune by marrying a very proper lady who’s secretly drawn to sin. The first book in the new “Fallen Angels” series.

Inspirational Romance Winner

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden.  Lydia Pallas, a translator for the U.S. Navy, is hired by Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her, to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, and finds herself in the middle of a secret war against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast.

Romantic Suspense Winner

Scorched by Laura Griffin. When her investigation of a find from a remote Philippines dig leads her to the scene of her ex-fiancé’s murder, forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn turns to Navy SEAL Gage Brewer for help in unraveling a deadly conspiracy.

Young Adult Romance Winner

The Farm by Emily McKay. Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible. Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices. Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. He has valuable knowledge of the outside world, But like everyone on the Farm, he has his own agenda.

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