The Rita finalists are officially being announced today but he calls went out yesterday. Several of my friends have made the finals and this made me very happy indeed.
Cheryl St John is a finalist in the novella category for Christmas Day Family from A Western Winter Wonderland. It is an excellent story full of Christmas spirit. It proves why Cheryl is one of the top Western historical writers.
Natasha Oakley has made the contemporary series finals with her Niroli book. Her stories are so heart warming and I can remember Natasha being worried when it came out...
Hedi Rice also made the finals with her The Mile High Club. It is currently out now in the US with the title of The Millionaire's Blackmail Bargain. And is an excellent fun read. I loved the press conference bit. Heidi used to work for a tabloid and so certain bits rang true.
Sam Hunter is in the Contemporary Series Suspense finals for Untouched (which I haven't read) but will have to get a copy.
One of the great things about the Rita finals is that I generally get to do some Amazon shopping based on the books, but this year, I have read or have in my TBR pile a number of the books that made the cut. I must say that I preferred The Serpent Prince to The Leopard Prince (Elizabeth Hoyt's nominated one) but if you haven't read Elizabeth Hoyt, and you like Georgian romps, you should. She was my big find of last autumn.
Anyway congrats to all.