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Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 RITA Finalists Announced - Book Awards

I'm thrilled to come here today and share the list of finalists whose books were nominated in the inspirational category of the RITA Award. This is a prestigious award sponsored by RWA (Romance Writers of America) and features not only a solid, top quality, golden statue, but a plaque as well for the winner in each category. I've had the opportunity to see and hold this award, even though I haven't yet had the privilege of being nominated. Perhaps one day down the line.

But, here are the finalists for the inspirational category:
  • A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Tina James, editor)
  • Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing; Rebecca Germany, editor)
  • Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, 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)
  • The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, 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)
And there are 2 inspirational authors who were nominated in the Debut Novel category:
  • Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense; Tina James, editor)
  • A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)
Congratulations to the nominees! I love seeing so many familiar names and friends listed.

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