Saturday, March 26, 2011

And the Winner Is?

2011 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance
Look! Look!

From the Craftie Ladies of Romance, our own Linda Goodnight is a finalist with not one BUT TWO books.

Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)

Then, there’s a Love Inspired Suspense in the running, not in the inspy category, but in the Best First Book.
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense; Tina James, editor)

To make sure that every Love Inspired series is covered, we also have a historical.
A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Tina James, editor)

Our competition is steep. Here are the rest of the inspy finalists.
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing; Rebecca Germany, editor)
In Harm's Way by Irene Hannon (Revell; Jennifer Leep, editor)
Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers; David Long and Julie Klassen, editors)
Shades of Morning by Marlo M. Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah; Shannon Marchese, editor)

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang (Tyndale House Publishers; Stephanie Broene, editor)
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer and Charlene Patterson, editors)

Good luck all!


  1. Linda,
    What a wonder! I'll be you're over the moon. Congrats!

  2. So exciting to see such a strong showing from Love Inspired. All the authors listed are fabulous writers as well as women. No matter who wins, or which house they write for, its a win for the genre and I'm sure God is pleased.

  3. I love seeing all the names of LI authors on that list. Congratulations, ladies!!

  4. Just wondering isn't "Mountain Rose" by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Patience Smith, editor)
    A LI novellw I think she wrote it with Ruth Axtell Morren


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