Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re thrilled for all of the writers who were revealed as finalists for the Romance Writers of America's RITAs today, but we’re extra-excited for a select few.

Okay, not just a few — several of the nominees have been featured in Fussy newsletters!

Congratulations to the following writers, and fingers crossed that they take home hardware at the 2019 RWA Annual Conference, held July 24-27. 

Best first book

The Last Wolf, by Maria Vale (also nominated for paranormal romance).

Contemporary romance: mid-length

Advanced Physical Chemistry, by Susannah Nix.

Give and Take, by Lee Kilraine.

Lennon Reborn, by Scarlett Cole.

Relay, by Layla Reyne.

Sergeant Sexypants, by Tawna Fenske.

Contemporary romance: short

A Safe Place to Land, by Dee Ernst.

Erotic romance

Picture Perfect Cowboy, by Tiffany Reisz.

Total Exposure, by JA Huss.

Historical romance: short

The Devil to Pay, by K.C. Bateman.

Historical romance: long

An Earl Like You, by Caroline Linden.

Mainstream fiction with a central romance

Five Years Gone, by Marie Force.

Paranormal romance

Debriefing the Dead, by Kerry Blaisdell.

The Last Wolf, by Maria Vale (also nominated for best first book).


Bad Blood, by M. Malone.

Catching Irish, by Katy Regnery.

Dragon Lord, by Dana Marton.

Loving the Secret Billionaire, by Adriana Anders.

Romance with religious or spiritual elements

The Saturday Night Supper Club, by Carla Laureano.

Romantic suspense

Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak. (Psst — we even interviewed Novak!)

Young adult romance

Cry Baby, by Ginger Scott.

The complete list of RITA finalists is available on the RWA website.

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