Every year RWA ends their national conference on a splendid note by having a HUGE awards ceremony to announce the winners of the Golden Heart (for unpublished authors) and the Rita award (for published authors).
As you all know, the awards have special significance to the Banditas because we were all Golden Heart finalists back in 2006. That's where we met and bonded and we continue to be attached to the yearly awards ceremony.
Even those of us who were unable to attend the conference this year were gathered round our laptops in eager anticipation. Sven (who stayed home this year so that Lars and Paolo could attend) made us a huge batch of hot buttered popcorn, and there's plenty of bubbly for everyone.
Please join us as we toast this year's Golden Heart and Rita winners:
Golden Heart for Regency Romance: The Proper Miss's Guide to Bad Behavior by Anne Barton
Golden Heart for Historical Romance: The Dark Lady by Maire Shelley
Golden Heart for Inspirational: At His Command by Ruth Kaufman
Golden Heart for Young Adult: Irresistible by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
Golden Heart for Contemporary Series Romance: Lost and Found by Jo Anne Banker
Golden Heart for Contemporary Series Suspense/Adventure: Stolen Lullaby by Robin Perini
Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense: Spy in the Mirror by Diana Van Dyke
Golden Heart for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance: The Blood Sworn King by Tirsze Ray
Golden Heart for Contemporary Single Title Romance: The Sinners by Lisa Connelly
Rita for Regency Historical Romance: The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
Rita for Historical Romance: His at Night by Sherry Thomas
Rita for Inspirational Romance: In Harms Way by Irene Hannon
Rita for Young Adult Romance: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Rita for Contemporary Series Romance: Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton
Rita for Series Romance Suspense/Adventure: The Moon that Night by Helen Brenna
Rita for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
Rita for Romantic Suspense: Silent Scream by Karen Rose
Rita for Romantic Novella: "Shifting Sea" by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up
Rita for Paranormal Romance: Unchained: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood
Rita for Contemporary Single Title: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Rita for Best First Book: Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
SUPER CONGRATS to all the winners! It's wonderful to see familiar names and also fun to see brand new authors with great new books to try!
Do you like to watch award shows? Which are your favorites?
How many of the winning books have you read?