Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 RITA Finalists Spotlight: Contemporary Romance, Short



We are pleased to share 
the 2017 RITA
Finalists

Contemporary Romance: Short




HIS STOLEN BRIDE by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin, Desire
Kathryn Lye, editor

Blurb
"Will you take this woman?" Yes. As a favor to his estranged father, investigator Jackson Rush agrees to kidnap Crista Corday from her high society wedding. His job is to stop her marriage to a con man, not seduce the alluring Crista himself. But two days together, on the run from her fianc√©'s shady family, obliterate every rule… 

Crista has no idea of the danger drawing near. Jackson can't reveal it without divulging who really sent him. And that's a risk that could cost him everything…unless Crista will put herself under his passionate protection forever.

About Barbara Dunlop
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop has written more than forty novels for Harlequin Books, including the acclaimed COLORADO CATTLE BARONS series for Harlequin Desire. Her sexy, light-hearted stories regularly hit bestsellers lists. Barbara is a three time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award.

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A MALIBU KIND OF ROMANCE by Synithia Williams
Harlequin, Kimani
Shannon Criss, editor

Blurb
Slick lines and sweet nothings have zero effect on ambitious real estate developer Julie Dominick. Her love rules have thankfully saved her from dealing with messy relationship complications. But since R & B superstar Dante Wilson hired her to open his new Malibu nightclub, he's determined to add some pleasure to their business dealings. And Julie's strategy to protect her heart may not stand up to his seductive appeal. 

Growing up in a music dynasty, Dante enjoys all the female attention that comes with his fame. For the first time, he knows what it feels like to be brushed off by someone he's falling for. When his usual moves fall flat, he has to show Julie the real man behind all the glitz and glamour. Will it be enough to convince Julie that it's better to break the rules rather than risk losing love's passionate melody?



About Synithia Williams
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would one day write her own romance. When she isn’t writing, Synithia works on water quality issues in the Midlands of South Carolina while taking care of her supportive husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website, www.synithiawilliams.com.

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OVERWHELMING FORCE by Janie Crouch
Harlequin, Intrigue
Allison Lyons, editor

Blurb
Despite an illustrious career as a top hostage negotiator, Joe Matarazzo is haunted by the past. It was a year ago that three innocent lives were lost under his watch. But Joe isn't the only one who remembers that day. When Joe's exes begin to fall victim to a violent stalker, Joe seeks the help of Laura Birchwood—a lawyer and the woman he once loved. Despite old wounds, Laura agrees to help Joe find out who's framing him. And while they expect to be met with danger, they're unprepared for passion that still burns strong, and their determination to give what was between them a second chance. 



About Janie Crouch
Janie Crouch has loved to read romance her whole life. She cut her teeth on Harlequin Romances as a preteen, then moved on to a passion for romantic suspense as an adult.

Janie lives with her husband and four children in Virginia, where she teaches communication courses at a local college. Janie enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and adventure/obstacle racing.


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SEARCHING FOR DISASTER by Jennifer Probst
Pocket Books, Pocket Star
Lauren McKenna, editor

Blurb
When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.



About Jennifer Probst
Jennifer Probst’s novels, novellas, and ebooks range from sexy contemporary romance to erotica. She lives in upstate New York. For more about this multitalented New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, visit JenniferProbst.com.

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TWO DOCTORS & A BABY by Brenda Harlen
Harlequin, Special Edition
Susan Litman, editor

Blurb
Obstetrician Avery Wallace has uttered those words but never had them said to her…till now, just three weeks after her unexpected New Year's Eve with the hospital's "Dr. Romeo," Justin Garrett. But Avery's sworn off marriage, motherhood and men—especially doctors. And it isn't attraction she feels for the sexy ER doc…it's pregnancy hormones! 

One night isn't enough for Justin, not when he's crushed on Avery for years. But a baby? Not in his plans. So no one's more surprised by his proposal…or more disappointed by her refusal. The hospital's buzzing but Justin doesn't care. He knows what to do—and he has a little over eight months to do it: convince Avery to make him a husband before he becomes a daddy.



About Brenda Harlen
Brenda Harlen is a multi-award winning author for Harlequin Special Edition who has written over 25 books for the company.

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The RITA Award Ceremony will be held July 27, 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort during the Romance Writers of America National Conference. 

Live streaming will be available at www.rwa.org 


Readers can follow RWA on the following social media platforms for winner announcements: 


What is the RITA Award? 
The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.

The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.

For more about the RITA Award, click here: https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=528 

Find the complete list of RITA finalists here.

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