Wednesday, March 26, 2008


If you are on the list, congratulations! If not, please keep writing your wonderful stories and bringing romance, suspense et al into your readers and fans lives!

2008 RITA Finalists

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) nnounced the finalists for the 2008 RITA Awards®. The 2008 RITA honors romance fiction published in 2007, and over 1,000 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories.

Winners of the awards will be announced August 2nd at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 28th Annual National Conference in San Francisco, California.

2008 RITA for Best First Book Finalists

Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey
Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Prom Dates From Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Snow Angel by Jamie Carie
Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee
Treasure by Helen Brenna

2008 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

Always a Bridesmaid by Kristin Hardy
Fall From Grace by Kristi Gold
Make-Believe Mom by Elaine Grant
Night Mischief by Nina Bruhns
Sleeping Partner by Kelly Hunter
Snowbound by Janice Johnson
The Mile High Club by Heidi Rice
The Tycoon's Princess Bride by Natasha Oakley

2008 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists

High-Risk Affair by RaeAnne Thayne
Midnight Prince by Dani Sinclair
Sara's Son by Tara Taylor Quinn
Stranded With A Spy by Merline Lovelace
The Medusa Affair by Cindy Dees
The Medusa Seduction by Cindy Dees
Treasure by Helen Brenna
Untouched by Samantha Hunter

2008 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists
Blame It On Cupid by Jennifer Greene
Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins
Coming Undone by Susan Andersen
Sexiest Man Alive by Diana Holquist
She's No Angel by Leslie Kelly
Tangled Up In You by Rachel Gibson
Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake
The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer

2008 RITA for Historical Romance Finalists

And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Beloved Warrior by Patricia Potter
Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
Surrender to a Scoundrel by Julianne MacLean
Tempted Tigress by Jade Lee
The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Perfect Kiss by Anne Gracie

2008 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists

A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight
Autumn Blue by Karen Harter
Pursuit of Justice by Pamela Tracy
Rainbow's End by Irene Hannon
Ransomed Dreams by Amy Wallace
Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh
Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren
When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall

2008 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith
High Noon by Nora Roberts
Learning to Breathe by Karen White
Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
See No Evil by Allison Brennan
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee

2008 RITA for Paranormal Romance Finalists

Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey
Demon's Kiss by Maggie Shayne
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot by Stephanie Rowe
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
Prince of Magic by Linda Winstead Jones
Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones
Touch of Darkness by Christina Dodd

2008 RITA for Regency Historical Romance Finalists

Blackthorne's Bride by Shana Galen
Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell
Lord of Scandal by Nicola Cornick
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
Untouched by Anna Campbell

2008 RITA for Romance Novella Finalists

“Angel and the Hellraiser” in Demon’s Delight by Vickie Taylor
“Born in My Heart” in Like Mother, Like Daughter by Jennifer Greene
“Christmas Cravings” in Holiday with a Vampire by Maureen Child
“Christmas Day Family” in A Western Winter Wonderland by Cheryl St. John
“Eternity in Death” in Dead of Night by Nora Roberts
“Fallen Angel” in A Western Winter Wonderland by Jenna Kernan
“Mischief and the Marquess” in Perfect Kisses by Sylvia Day
“On the Fringe” in Dead of Night by Mary Kay McComas

2008 RITA for Romantic Suspense Finalists

Die for Me by Karen Rose
Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
Ice Storm by Anne Stuart
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan
Traceless by Debra Webb
White Heat by Cherry Adair

2008 RITA for Young Adult Romance

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Friday, March 07, 2008

Linda Francis Lee - The Ex-debutante


Universal Studies Options THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE

Jennifer Garner Signs on to Star and Produce

Screenwriter Kate Kondell takes a trip into the world of Texas Socialites as she writes the screenplay for DEVIL

I'm so excited for the release of this book. If you read the Devil and the Jr. League, then you're going to love this one as well

The Ex-debutante - Available April 1st

Book Description

Carlisle Wainwright Cushing, of the old-moneyed Willow Creek, Texas Wainwrights, is the daughter of larger-than-life Ridgely Wainwright . . . Cushing-Jameson-Lackley-Harper-Ogden. Given her mother’s predilection for divorce, is anyone surprised that Carlisle became a divorce lawyer, far away in Boston, where no one, including her fiancĂ©, knows she’s an heiress. But now, three years later, Carlisle is lured back to Texas to deal with her mother’s latest divorce which has the whole town talking, and the family-sponsored 100th annual debutante ball which is on the verge of collapse.

Suddenly the determined lawyer is weighing the merits of beads vs. crystals on ball gowns and teaching eighteen year olds to balance books on their heads, all the while trying to figure out how to tell her deeply Southern mother that she is engaged to a Yankee. Things go from bad to worse and she’s afraid she’ll never get back to Boston, at least with her reputation intact, especially when good ol’ Southern boy Jack Blair shows up on the opposite side of the divorce court, making her wonder if the man is going after her mother in the proceedings, or her given the pesky little fact that she left him three years earlier.

Her trip home challenges Carlisle’s sense of who she really is and forces her to face the secrets her family has tried to keep, well, secret. Funny and smart, poignant and true, THE EX-DEBUTANTE is a story about the risks one woman must take if she stands a chance of finding herself, real love, and her place in that crazy thing we call family.

Bestselling author of nineteen novels, Linda Francis Lee is a former Texas Debutante who has high hopes that all photos of the experience are long gone. She currently lives in New York City with her husband where she is at work on her next novel.

If you live in Texas, Florida orNew Jersey it looks like you can attend one of Linda's booksignings. Just go to her website for the details.


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