Friday, July 11, 2014

Have You Met Rita

The RITA, an award presented by Romance Writers of America, is the Oscar of romance writers-and this year’s presentation is coming up very soon! Most authors would love to have one of these golden girls perched on her/his desk. Just finaling in this contest is a huge honor. 

 During the next two weeks, you'll meet the ladies who finaled this year.

But, in the meantime, here's our Craftie Ladie roll call.

2013 - Missy Tippens finaled with A House Full of Hope.  

2008 - Pamela Tracy finaled with her Love Inspired Suspense Pursuit of Justice. Pamela says, "I knew when I started this book that it was different. The story had been hammering at me for years, begging me to give it a turn. From the first page, it felt right. When it finaled in the RITA, I felt like someone had just whispered in my ear, 'Hey, you really can write.' I felt like Cinderella the entire conference.

2007 - Allie Pleiter finaled with My So-Called Love Life

2006 - Terri Reed finaled  with her second Love Inspired Romance A Sheltering Love.

1993 - Carolyn Greene finaled with a Silhouette Romance A Lovin' Spoonful 

1992 - Carolyn Greene finalized with a Silhouette Romance Kiss of Bliss 

Linda Goodnight has finaled 5 times, including a win in 2008. The books are:

2012 – The Christmas Child
2011 - Finding Her Way Home
2011 – The Wedding Garden
2010 – The Snow-kissed Bride
2008 – A Touch of Grace – RITA winner


  1. Pamela, I forgot to email you my comment about being nominated for a RITA! I'm sorry.

    Second to getting the first sale call, the call about the Rita was probably my biggest writing thrill. Such an honor, and a dream come true.

  2. I'm just so proud of all of them! They each deserve a win! It's a tough contest.

  3. Congratulations all! What a great honor. Yes, Missy, it would be a thrill nearly equal to getting The Call.

  4. Congratulations to our RITAs--really inspiring, talented authors! All of the LI authors are, as I'm sure you'll agree, but it's way cool to see some of our Craftie Ladies achieve such success. So proud of each and every one of you.

    I was privileged to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Romance Writers of America® national conference in 2008 and hear Linda Goodnight's name called. I clapped so hard my palms stung.

  5. I too forget to send in a comment

    One of the fun perks of finaling is at conference I felt like a princess. The finalist are given a ribbon and a silver pin in the replica of RITA to wear on their name badge so that everyone they come in contact with sees that they are a finalist. For those few days you get to be a celebrity. Then conference ends and everyone goes back to reality. But the finalist wear their pin every year. The winners get a gold pin plus the beautiful statue to take home.

  6. Congratulations to all. I can't wait to hear about all of our current finalist's books.


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