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Spotlight on Erica Monroe and ‘The Determined Duchess’

  BOOK BLURB: Death is just the beginning in this dark, chilling Gothic Regency Romance... After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left adrift, her future uncertain. Grief-stricken, she launches a plan to use her knowledge of alchemy to build a Philosopher's Stone, and bring back to life the woman who… Continue reading Spotlight on Erica Monroe and ‘The Determined Duchess’

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‘Winning Violet’ by Becky Lower

STORY: After British soldiers killed his wife and child during the War of 1812, Parker Sinclair vowed to never set foot on English soil. But as Thomas Jefferson’s landscaper, one must sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. The last thing Parker expects to find is an educated English beauty who can teach him so much more… Continue reading ‘Winning Violet’ by Becky Lower

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Release Day Blitz of ‘The Duke of Ruin’ by Darcy Burke

BOOK BLURB: With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in… Continue reading Release Day Blitz of ‘The Duke of Ruin’ by Darcy Burke

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‘Unforgivable Love’ by Sophfronia Scott

STORY: In this vivid re-imagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes. But there two predators stalking amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes. Heiress Mae Malveaux… Continue reading ‘Unforgivable Love’ by Sophfronia Scott

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RWA RITA Award Nominees 2018


I’d like to join La Deetda Reads in congratulating all the nominees! I see that about 90% of the nominees are my favorite authors 🙂
So glad I don’t have to pick one 😉

May the Force be with all of them!


La Deetda Reads

Below find the nominees for Historical Romance & Paranormal Romance and a few others.

The RITA, the highest award of distinction in romance fiction, recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.
Go to RWA for a complete list:

Award winners will be announced on July 19 at the 2018 RWA Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Congratulations to the finalists! 
2018 RITA Finalists

Historical Romance: Long
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

Mad for the Marquess by Jess Russell
The Wild Rose Press, Tea Rose
Nicole D’Arienzio, editor

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake
St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Enderlin, editor

The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Alison Dasho, editor

Historical Romance: Short
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‘Bewitching the Duke’ by Christie Kelley

STORY: Only Her Desire… After losing his wife in childbirth, Colin Barrett, Duke of Northrop, does not trust healers. So when he discovers Selina White cleansing his home, he is livid. As duke, Colin is accustomed to his charges taking orders from him. But the fiery Selina has the audacity to defy him when he… Continue reading ‘Bewitching the Duke’ by Christie Kelley

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‘Mistress of My Fate’ by Hallie Rubenhold

STORY: Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady. At just sixteen years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair… Continue reading ‘Mistress of My Fate’ by Hallie Rubenhold

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‘Slipper’ by Hester Velmans

STORY: Her life is the inspiration for the world’s most famous story. Lucinda, a penniless English orphan, is abused and exploited as a cinder-sweep by her aristocratic relatives. On receiving her sole inheritance—a pair of glass-beaded slippers—she runs away to France in pursuit of an officer on whom she has a big crush. She joins… Continue reading ‘Slipper’ by Hester Velmans

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‘A Study in Scoundrels’ by Christy Carlyle

STORY: Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior. On paper at least, as long as that paper isn’t from one of the lady detective stories she secretly pens. She certainly isn’t interested in associating with the dashing Jasper Grey, the wayward heir to the Earl of Stanhope, and one of the stage’s leading men.… Continue reading ‘A Study in Scoundrels’ by Christy Carlyle

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‘The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband’ by Julia Quinn

STORY: While you were sleeping... With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a… Continue reading ‘The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband’ by Julia Quinn