ASSEGNATI I RITA AWARDS 2014


IL 27 luglio scorso presso l'hotel Mariott Rivercenter di San Antonio, Texas sono stati assegnati i RITA AWARDS, cioè gli Oscar del Romance made in USA. Ad assegnarli è l'importante organizzazione Romance Writers of America che vanta migliaia di iscritte fra autrici romance ed aspiranti autrici.
Ecco i romanzi vincitori nelle principali categorie di quest'anno. I premi assegnati riguardano romanzi usciti nel 2013 ( di cui uno autopubblicato) :

I VINCITORI

Best First Book Winner / MIGLIORE OPERA PRIMA

The Sweet SpotLaura DrakeThe Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together. James "JB" Denny doesn't stay where he isn't welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can't work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

Contemporary Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANCE CONTEMPORANEO

Crazy Thing Called LoveMolly O'KeefeCrazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe
Random House Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell
Shauna Summers, editor

Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.
Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.
 

Erotic Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANCE EROTICO

Claim MeJ. KennerClaim Me by J. Kenner
Random House Group, Bantam
Shauna Summers, editor

Damien Stark's need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.
Damien and Nikki's powerfully sexy romance began in Release Me and continues in Complete Me
 

Historical Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANCE STORICO

No Good Duke Goes UnpunishedSarah MacLean
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . absolution.
Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows...that he is no killer.
It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.
 

Inspirational Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANCE D'ISPIRAZIONE RELIGIOSA

Five Days in SkyeCarla LaureanoFive Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.
Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.
 

Paranormal Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANCE PARANORMALE

The FirebirdSusanna Kearsley
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks, Landmark
Deb Werksman, editor

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses into its past, and of those who have owned it before. Born with this rare ability, Nicola sees it as something to keep hidden. But when a young woman arrives at the London gallery Nicola works at, offering a wooden carving for sale and claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, Nicola faces a dilemma. With no proof of its past, Nicola’s boss believes the carving – known as ‘the Firebird’ – is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows that the woman, who is in desperate need of money, is telling the truth.
Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left, and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than her own. With Rob to help delve into the past, Nicola travels from Scotland to Belgium, and on into Russia. There, in St Petersburg, the once-glittering capital, Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption – a story which will change their lives for ever.
 

Romance Novella Winner / MIGLIORE RACCONTO

Take Me, CowboyJane PorterTake Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
Tule Publishing, Montana Born Books
Tessa Shapcott, editor

When Jenny Wright’s fiancé leaves her standing at the altar in a Vera Wang bridal gown she can’t afford, she’s humiliated and heartbroken. To have Marietta hero bull riding champ Colton Thorpe witness her shame – makes the rejection even more devastating. 
Jenny and Colton grew up in the same rough neighborhood and they both left home right after school to pursue big dreams. Now they’re both back, with Colton as the celebrity chair for the 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo, and Jenny in disgrace. 
Sexy, rugged Colton didn’t get to be a national champion by chance. He’s a man that takes risks and goes after what he wants. During the rodeo weekend, Colton makes it clear he wants Jenny. Flustered but flattered, Jenny finds it difficult to resist his charm. But what happens when the rodeo ends and Colton leaves town? Will she dare to dream again?
 

Romantic Suspense Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Off the EdgeCarolyn CraneOff the Edge by Carolyn Crane
AUTOPUBBLICATO

For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past. 
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend. 
They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts. 
 

Short Contemporary Romance Winner / MIGLIORE ROMANZO BREVE DI COLLANA

Why Resist a Rebel?Sarah MorganWhy Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton
Harlequin, KISS
Meg Lewis, editor

Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her "no romance at work" rule….
But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling "cut" on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her—and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away….





SPERIAMO DI POTER VEDER PUBBLICATI ALCUNI DI QUESTI ROMANZI PRESTO ANCHE IN ITALIANO. SE NO NON RESTA CHE LEGGERLI IN LINGUA ORIGINALE! VI PIACEREBBE SE UN PREMIO DEL GENERE CI FOSSE ANCHE IN ITALIA PER PREMIARE LE MIGLIORI AUTRICI ROMANCE ITALIANE?

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