It’s that time of year again. The time when love blooms, anticipation grows, and hopes and dreams swell to massive proportions.
Today romance will be on the minds of many. Hearts will pound, and there will be noises of delight all around the world.
No, I’m not talking about the birds and bees and their spring-time rituals. I’m referring to the mega-talented romance authors who’ll receive the call today, notifying them that their book is a RITA finalist.
For those of you who aren’t already familiar with the RITA, it’s a peer-judged award presented by the Romance Writers of America. It’s to romance writers what the Edgar is to mystery writers … what the Grammy is to musicians and the Oscar is to professionals in the film industry.
In other words, the RITA Award is a big honkin’ deal. And the books that are nominated are the pinnacle of their genres.
Anyone who loves romance novels loves finding out which books will be shortlisted. Not only is this an opportunity to cheer on our favorite authors, but it’s also an opportunity to discover new books written by new-to-us authors.
Although books can be read in hours or days, it takes the authors months or even years to write them. (Anyone who has spent hours preparing a delicious meal, only to have their family devour it in minutes knows what I’m talking about.<G>) A lot of heart and dedication goes into writing the novels, and it’s nice to see the authors recognized for their talent and hard work.
The official RITA finalist list will be posted at www.rwa.org today by 2pm Central Time. Won’t you join the Craftie Ladies today in cheering for the finalists and praying for all whose books are entered?
In the meantime, follow the comments that accompany this blog. As word gets around, I’m sure people will be posting the exciting news even before the official announcement.
Carolyn Greene is the author of Unexpected Reunion, first in the Southern Blessings series published by Love Inspired.