Have you checked out the RITA finalist yet? Romance Novella Spotlight

Romance Novella Spotlight

 Readers can watch the RITA awards show LIVE from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on July 27 by going to www.rwa.org.This is great news, those of us unable to attend will still be able to be part of the fun!! So mark your calendars!!!


Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan


Lindsey Faber, editor



Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.


Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a Christmas charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.


When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.


About Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating…. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time–writing romance.

If you want to know when Courtney’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.courtneymilan.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.


Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Her-Every-Wish-Worth-Saga-ebook/dp/B01DK1UUL4

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-every-wish-courtney-milan/1123599365?ean=2940157719760

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Courtney_Milan_Her_Every_Wish?id=vG3VCwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/her-every-wish/id1047227594

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/her-every-wish


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22817504-her-every-wish



in With This Ring

Baker Publishing, Bethany House

Charlene Patterson, editor



1890s Texas

Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father’s rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over–until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever. Fans of A Worthy Pursuit will enjoy seeing these characters again!


About Karen Witemeyer

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.


Where to Buy:

Bethany House: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-husband-maneuver/376860

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Husband-Maneuver-This-Ring-Collection-ebook/dp/B019JZRBZS

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-husband-maneuver-karen-witemeyer/1123171816?ean=9781441229120

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Karen_Witemeyer_The_Husband_Maneuver_With_This_Rin?id=g7o8CwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-husband-maneuver-with-this-ring-collection/id1069448286

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780764217722

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-husband-maneuver-with-this-ring-collection


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28591482-the-husband-maneuver


LET IT SNOW by Jeanette Grey

Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours

Megha Parekh and Lexi Smail, editors



‘Tis the night before Christmas Eve and Holly wishes she hadn’t volunteered to work the night shift. The weather is frightful and getting worse by the minute, and the same old annoying carols are blasting from the bookstore’s speakers. But Holly’s holiday spirit returns when the store’s sexy new assistant manager arrives to keep her company. He has muscled arms, baby blue eyes, and a sweet pair of lips she wouldn’t mind meeting under the mistletoe.

Sam is glad the snow is keeping away customers-it gives him a chance to get close to his favorite employee. Holly has always been a mystery to Sam, like a beautiful present he’d love to unwrap. When they’re trapped by a full-blown blizzard, Holly breaks into the Christmas cookie display. Sam busts out a bottle of vodka from the boss’s office. Soon the two are trading heated kisses-as well as secrets neither has ever felt safe enough to tell before. What started out as one naughty night together turns into something so much more.


About Jeanette Grey

Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Her sexy romances run the gamut from secret billionaires to broke college kids, and from athletes to high-tech futuristic military heroes. What ties them together are Jeanette’s love of love, her snarky sense of humor, and her passion for infusing her stories with the perfect balance of emotion and heat.

She blogs regularly at http://www.badgirlzwrite.com and irregularly at http://www.jeanettegrey.com/blog

Stay up to date with all her newest releases by subscribing to her newsletter: http://www.jeanettegrey.com/stay-up-to-date/


Where to Buy:

Forever Romance: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jeanette-grey/let-it-snow/9781455567966/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Let-Snow-Jeanette-Grey-ebook/dp/B01FRAS8ZG

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/let-it-snow-jeanette-grey/1123748224?ean=9781455567966

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jeanette_Grey_Let_It_Snow?id=ni8aDAAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/let-it-snow/id1109978204

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/let-it-snow-23


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31787822-let-it-snow

LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole

in Daughters of a Nation


Nina S. Gooden, editor



A rebellious cabaret owner and her stubborn chef pursue, life, liberty, and happiness in 1917 Harlem…and find love where they least expect it.

After spending half her life pretending to be something she’s not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women’s voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction.

Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he’s an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he’s hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him.

Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that fans the flames of latent desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir’s dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?


About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of sci-fi, historical, and contemporary romance. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband, tending to their herd of animals, and finding ways to get around her Twitter-blocking app.

She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Lit.


Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Let-Us-Dream-Alyssa-Cole-ebook/dp/B06XN5YV23

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/let-us-dream-alyssa-cole/1125867813?ean=2940154356784

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/let-us-dream/id1210058663

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781941885345

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/let-us-dream


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34440337-let-us-dream


For a full list of RITA finalists, readers can go to: https://www.rwa.org/page/2017-finalists
The RITA Award Ceremony will be held July 27, 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort during the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Readers can follow RWA on the following social media platforms for winner announcements:
Readers can watch live 7 to 9 p.m. ET on July 27 by going to www.rwa.org.
What is the RITA Award?
The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.
For more about the RITA Award, click here: https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=528

13 Replies to “Have you checked out the RITA finalist yet? Romance Novella Spotlight”

  1. Let Us Dream was fantastic! I'm reading another one of Alyssa Cole's novella's now and I really liked her historical book an Extraordinary Union.

    1. Let must know what you think of it!!! I have to admit the RITA list looks great this year and I feel like I haven't read any of them but that's okay more to add to my reading list. LOL


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