RITA NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Maddy02BCongratulations to RWA member Madeline Ash who has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2017 RITA Awards for the second year in a  row. Madeline is a finalist in the Contemporary Romance: Short category for Breaking Good (Tule Publishing).

We’d also like to give a shout out to Kara Isaac, one of our New Zealand neighbours, who is a finalist in two categories for her debut Close to You (Howard Books): Best First Book and Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements.

The winners will be announced on July 27 at the 2017 RWA Conference in Orlando, Florida. For the full list of finalists, including the Golden Heart nominees, visit the RWA website here. Have you read any?

Best First Book

  • Alterations by Stephanie Scott, Bloomsbury, Spark (Meredith Rich, editor)
  • Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross, Amazon, Skyscape (Miriam Juskowicz, editor)
  • Close to You by Kara Isaac, Howard Books (Beth Adams, editor)
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, HarperTeen (Annie Berger, editor)
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison, Avon, Impulse (Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors)
  • Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods, Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR (Emily Easton, editor)

Contemporary Romance: Long

  • Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane, Self-published (Kristan Andrews, editor)
  • Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long, Avon Books (May Chen, editor)
  • Make Me Sin by J. T. Geissinger, Montlake Publishing (Maria Gomez, editor)
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, Harlequin, HQN (Flo Nicoll, editor)
  • Pansies by Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing (Sarah Lyons, editor)
  • Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne, Harlequin, HQN (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Tender Is the Night by Barbara Freethy, Hyde Street Press

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

  • Back in the Saddle by Karen Templeton, Harlequin, Special Edition (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire, Self-published (Kristi Yanta, editor)
  • Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra, Berkley Publishing Group (Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, Self-published
  • Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas, Harlequin, HQN (Brittany Lawery and Susan Swinwood, editors)
  • Off the Hook by Laura Drewry, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Junessa Viloria, editor)
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison, Avon, Impulse (Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors)
  • Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O, St. Martin’s Press, Swerve (Eileen Rothschild, editor)
  • The Turning Point by Marie Meyer, Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours (Megha Parekh, editor)
  • Wanderlust by Roni Loren, Penguin Random House, Berkley (Kate Seaver, editor)

Contemporary Romance: Short

  • APB: Baby by Julie Miller, Harlequin, Intrigue (Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Breaking Good by Madeline Ash, Tule Publishing, Holiday, (Sinclair SawBreakingGood-medium-200x300hney, editor)
  • Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major, Harlequin, Special Edition (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels, Harlequin, American Romance (Johanna Raisanen, editor)
  • Far from Home by Lorelie Brown, Riptide Publishing (Gwen Hayes and Sarah Lyons, editors)
  • His Stolen Bride by Barbara Dunlop, Harlequin, Desire (Kathryn Lye, editor)
  • A Malibu Kind of Romance by Synithia Williams, Harlequin, Kimani (Shannon Criss, editor)
  • Overwhelming Force by Janie Crouch, Harlequin, Intrigue (Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst, Pocket Books, Pocket Star (Lauren McKenna, editor)
  • Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen, Harlequin, Special Edition (Susan Litman)

Erotic Romance

  • The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold, Carina Press (Libby Murphy, editor)
  • The Master by Tara Sue Me, New American Library (Claire Zion, editor)
  • Off the Clock by Roni Loren, Penguin Random House, Berkley ( Kate Seaver, editor)
  • Ravenous by M. S. Force, HTJB, Inc. (Linda Ingmanson, editor)
  • Three Sweet Nothings by Nikki Sloane, Self-published (Lori Whitwam, editor)

Historical Romance: Long

  • Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase, Avon Books (May Chen, editor)
  • How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington, Grand Central Publishing, Forever (Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke, Avon Books (Erika Tsang, editor)
  • Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York, St. Martin’s Press (Monique Patterson, editor)

Historical Romance: Short

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare, Avon Books (Tessa Woodward, editor)
  • Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt, Grand Central Publishing (Amy Pierpont, editor)
  • A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen, Grand Central Publishing, Forever (Alex Logan, editor)
  • Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley, Sourcebooks, Casablanca (Mary Altman, editor)
  • The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries, Pocket Books (Micki Nuding, editor)
  • Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick, St. Martin’s Press, Swerve (Elizabeth Poteet, editor)

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

  • The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean , Self-published (Pat Thomas, editor)
  • The Depth of Beauty by A. B. Michaels, Red Trumpet Press (Rachel Daven Skinner, editor)
  • The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel, Sourcebooks, Landmark (Shana Drehs and Anna Michels, editors)
  • Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske, Montlake Publishing (Krista Stroever and Christopher Werner, editors)

Paranormal Romance

  • Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert, Harlequin, Nocturne (Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)
  • The Beast by J R Ward, New American Library (Kara Welsh, editor)
  • The Champion of Barésh by Susan Grant, Self-published (Mary Moran, editor)
  • Enchanted Warrior by Sharon Ashwood, Harlequin, Nocturne (Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)
  • Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella, Montlake Publishing (Alison Dasho, editor)
  • The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre, Self-published (Sasha Knight, editor)
  • The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy, Kensington Publishing Corp. (Peter Senftleben, editor)
  • Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper, Pocket Books (Abby Zidle, editor)

Romance Novella

  • Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan, Self-published (Lindsey Faber, editor)
  • “The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer in With This Ring, Baker Publishing, Bethany House (Charlene Patterson, editor)
  • Let It Snow by Jeanette Grey, Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours (Megha Parekh and Lexi Smail, editors)
  • “Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole in Daughters of a Nation, Self-published (Nina S. Gooden, editor)
  • Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst, Evil Eye Concepts (Liz Berry and M J Rose, editors)
  • Tycoon by Joanna Shupe, Kensington Publishing Corp. (Peter Senftleben, editor)
  • Wild in Rioby Lyssa Kay Adams, Self-published (Elaine Kulhanek, editor)

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

  • Close to You by Kara Isaac, Howard Books (Beth Adams, editor)
  • Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher, Thomas Nelson, Inc. (Ami McConnell and Leslie Peterson, editors)
  • My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray, Amazon, Waterfall Press (Amy Hosford, editor)
  • Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post, Amazon, Waterfall Press (Erin Calligan Mooney, editor)

Romantic Suspense

  • All the Dead Girls by Rita Herron, Montlake Publishing (Alison Dasho, editor)
  • Atone by Beth Yarnall, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Sue Grimshaw, editor)
  • Field of Graves by J. T. Ellison, Harlequin, MIRA Books (Nicole Brebner, editor)
  • Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin, Harlequin, Romantic Suspense (Carly Silver, editor)
  • and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Shauna Summers, editor)
  • One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso Carina Press (Rhonda Stapleton, editor)
  • Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton, Montlake Publishing (Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors)
  • Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre, Self-published (Anya Kagan, Touchstone Publishing, editor)

Young Adult Romance

  • Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor, Ophelia House (Maya Packard, editor)
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, HarperTeen (Annie Berger, editor)
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Harlequin, HQN Teen (Margo Lipschultz, editor)
  • Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods, Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR (Emily Easton, editor)

RITA winners announced

Ahead of the announcement of the Romance Writers of Australia’s RUBY and Emerald award winners at our 2016 conference in Adelaide, we share the winners of RWAmerica’s RITA and Golden Heart winners. The RITA and Golden Heart awards are for published books and unpublished manuscripts respectively. It is interesting to note that when publishing the shortlist, RWAmerica pays tribute to authors, publishers and editors.

The 2016 winners are:

RITA AWARDS

  • Romance Novella Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren
  • Contemporary Romance: Long Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates
  • Young Adult Romance The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Historical Romance: Long Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
  • Romantic Suspense Flash Fire by Dana Marton
  • Paranormal Romance Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles
  • Erotic Romance For Real: A Spires Story by Alexis Hall
  • Historical Romance: Short It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne Long
  • Inspirational Romance A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Contemporary Romance: Short The Nanny Plan by Sarah M. Anderson
  • Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
  • Best First Book Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

RITA winnersGOLDEN HEART AWARDS

  • Contemporary Romance Shelter Me by Gabrielle Luthy
  • Young Adult Romance The Beekeeper by Meg Kassel
  • Historical Romance The Earl and the Pussycat by Elizabeth King
  • Romantic Suspense In the Wrong Sights by Tracy Brody
  • Paranormal Romance Don’t Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets
  • Inspirational Romance For the Love of Termites by Kimberly MacCarron
  • Short Contemporary Romance Rescuing Riley by Carrie Nichols

For further information and links to the books and authors go to the announcement on the RWAmerica website page.

DOWN-UNDER FINALISTS IN 2015 RITA® AWARDS

Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for this year’s RITA® awards yesterday and we were delighted to see four Australians on the awards shortlists. Congratulations to Beck Nicholas, Bec McMaster, Louisa George and Sarah Mayberry.   *Late correction*  Apparently, the lovely Louisa George is not actually Australian.  She’s English by origin and lives in NZ.  But since she IS a proud member of RWA, we will happily claim her as our own, for the purposes of congratulations!  Happily, they are all shortlisted in different categories. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner on 25 July, so fingers crossed until then please everyone. (Oh, all right, if you have to edit or write your own book, you can use one hand!)

Here’s a quick look at the four fabulous finalists and their books:

Her Kind of Trouble Louisa George Enemies with Benefits 

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (Short)

Publisher: HMB Modern Tempted/ KISS

Poppy Spencer has discovered that there’s one thing worse than Christmas alone in her flat – and that’s spending it with Isaac Blair, her sworn-enemy-turned-reluctant-flatmate! And it is not just because he knows all her secrets – his sexy-as-sin smile and taut physique are making her all hot and flustered despite the icy cold outside!

Unless a casual hook-up is just the thing she needs…? It’ll certainly break the simmering tension between them. The trouble is, with their history, it will be anything but casual!

Her-Kind-Of-TroubleSarah Mayberry Her Kind of Trouble

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (mid-length)

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

It takes one to know one … the moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they are a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever. Now, years later, Seth remains a favourite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

ForgedByDesireBec McMaster Forged by Desire

Finalist: Paranormal Romance

Publishers: Sourcebooks, Casablanca

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner Perry in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…

FakeBec Nicholas Fake 

Finalist: Best First Book

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.

After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.

Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.

You can read the full list of finalists here – it makes a great reading list.

Elizabeth Rolls ~ A RITA Finalist

This week we welcome Elizabeth Rolls into the RITA nominee’s seat. Elizabeth’s ‘Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride’ is nominated in the Historical category of the RITA Awards.

Elizabeth’s Bio.

Elizabeth lives in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia with her husband and two soccer mad sons. They have a varying collection of dogs and cats, as well as some sheep and alpacas masquerading as environmentally friendly lawn mowers.

She has convinced her sons that being a writer is a perfectly normal and valid occupation and she’s working on her husband.

Elizabeth is busily saving the environment by avoiding housework because it cuts down on electricity, chemical and water use. She would like to see this adopted as government policy.

1)  Can you tell us your reaction when you found out were nominated for the RITA Award?  

LOL!  Such a cliche. My answer, I mean. Not your question. I was about to take my younger son to soccer training. Literally about to step out the door when the phone rang. I nearly didn’t answer. But I did. So I’ve got Piers wailing in the background that he’s going to be late and an American accent on the phone asking for Elizabeth Rolls. And all I could think was, “Oh, MY GOD!”  So I admitted to being Elizabeth and it turned out to be Lorraine Heath – LORRAINE HEATH! – at the other end telling me she was on the board of Romance Writers of America, and I’m thinking “To hell with the board, woman; you’re a LEGEND!” and she told me I’d finalled. Which I’d sort of figured out by that stage, but still all I could say was the very classy and original, “Oh, my God!”. By now the kids are wondering what’s going on because Mum is bouncing up and down and Piers is speculating that I’ve won a million dollars. I think Lorraine heard that because she started laughing. It was a bit mad really. There was only time to ring Trish Morey before I had to bolt for soccer training. I told her to get the word out but she refused. She thought I should have the fun of telling people. Problem was that soccer was at Mylor which is in the bottom of a valley and my mobile coverage was shot. I did manage to contact Anne Gracie and she picked up on who it was and heard the word RITA. When she started shrieking I figured my job there was done. I was dying to tell people<g> and I couldn’t. Boys were very disappointed that it wasn’t a million dollars.

2)  What is your favourite part of Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride?  

 Hard to pick just one part, Sandie. If I have to pick though, maybe the final scene. I had terrible trouble writing that. I tried so many different scenarios, but nothing worked. I needed something that would convince Christy that Julian really did love her and that their marriage could work. I don’t want to get into spoilers here, so it’s a little difficult to explain. I had a light bulb moment when I found a book on antique toys, so that final scene is set in the nursery and centred around Julian’s memories of his own childhood and his half-siblings. It’s about acceptance. I think by then the reader knows that Julian truly loves and values Christy, but she needed to know it. In the end the scene almost wrote itself. Lovers of Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit will probably recognise the genesis of the Rocking Horse.

3)  What inspired you to choose the genre you write?  

I’ve always loved history, and reading Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen did hook me in completely. 

4)  How long did it take you to write Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride?

Too long. I’m not quite sure because I started it while I was still writing A Compromised Lady, and I’d also started the book I’m finishing now. 

5)  What are you working on now?  

I’m finishing up – please, God, I’m finishing up! – A Regency historical with a series of murders running through it. So far I’ve bumped off a retired courtesan, her footman, her publisher and sundry others, and burnt down two buildings. I was going to kill the dog, but he turned out to be useful further on so he got a reprieve. I know, I know – never kill the dog!  I’m not sure when that will be out. We’re just going to contract on it now. I do have an Undone called A Scandalous Liaison coming out in August. It will be available as an e-book initially, but my editor is planning to include it in a print anthology as well.

Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride Blurb:

Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

Miss Christiana Daventry will do whatever it takes to keep from being thrown out on the streets – even accept the insufferably attractive Lord Braybrook’s proposition!

Julian Trentham urgently needs to hire a governess and companion, and Christy is conveniently available. Headstrong, with charmingly mismatched eyes and soft tawny hair, Christy is unlike any woman he has ever encountered. But there is something so deliciously endearing about her that Julian quickly forgets how scandalous it would be to give in to his mounting attraction for the penniless governess . . .

Keep an eye out for Elizabeth’s Harlequin Historical Undone due for release next month, called A Scandalous Liaison. You can find out more about Elizabeth and her latest releases here.  

Elizabeth thank you so much for chatting we us today and all the best of luck for the RITA Awards. On behalf of the Bootcamp 109 girls, we’ll have fingers crossed and thank you for your continued support and advice.

Sandie

Bronwyn Parry ~ A RITA Finalist

Welcome to another of our interviews with our RITA nominees. This week we sit down with Bronwyn Parry. Bronwyn is nominated in the Romantic Suspense category with her novel ‘Dark Country’. Bronwyn thank you for joining us.

Bio:

Bronwyn Parry grew up surrounded by books, with a fascination for places, people and their stories. She worked in a range of community, management and educational roles in universities before finally deciding to concentrate on her first love – writing.

In July 2007 Bronwyn was honoured to win a prestigious Golden Heart Award from the Romance Writers of America for the romantic suspense manuscript which became her first book, As Darkness Falls. Dark Country is her second novel, and is also set on the edge of the NSW outback. 

Bronwyn’s active interest in fiction and its readership is reflected in her PhD research and she is passionate about the richness, diversity, and value of commercial fiction. Bronwyn lives on 100 acres of beautiful bushland in the New England tablelands, with her husband and two energetic border collies, and loves to travel in Australia’s wild places.

To find out more about Bronwyn drop by her website for the latest news.

1)      Can you tell us your reaction when you found out were nominated for the RITA Award?

By the time I went to bed that evening, most of the Australian GH & RITA finalists had already been notified, so I assumed that I hadn’t finalled. I drifted off into a nice, sound sleep… until the phone beside the bed rang at 12.22am. The lovely American accent and polite introduction gave me a good inkling about what was coming next… but I have to say, that at 12.22am, my brain really isn’t at its sharpest! I did remember to say that I was thrilled and to thank her, and to apologise for being not-quite-with-it. I told the DH I’d finalled, that it was Big News, gave him a kiss, and then got up and spent an hour or so on the internet, sharing the news, and joining in the RITA and GH excitement online.

2)      What is your favourite part of Dark Country?

I don’t think I can pick a favourite part! Kris and Gil were such great characters to write; quite different from each other, but both with a dry humour that kept coming through in their dialogue. Putting them on the back of a motorbike together, for several hundred kilometers – that was fun!

3)      What inspired you to choose the genre you write?

I always wanted to write romance, because I’m interested in relationships and the emotional strength that is affirmed within the genre. The ideas that came to me though all had some crime or suspense element. I’ve found that the contrast between romance and crime is a great one to explore; crime is so often about the absence of love and connection, so it’s wonderful to be able to show the other side of humanity, and the power of love, respect, and emotional courage.

4)      How long did it take you to write Dark Country?

The basic idea formed a couple of years before I signed my first book contract, so I had a chapter or two for a long time. But I wrote the book in about ten months – although there was a not-insignificant portion of it written in about six weeks! That was after the ideas and characters had mulled for a while, though, and the first half of the book written. I love deadlines J

5)      What are you working on now?

Health issues have disrupted my writing this past year, but I’ve recently started a new book, another romantic suspense set in regional Australia. All going well, it should be out in about the middle of next year.

Dark Country blurb:

Most people in the small town of Dungirri have considered Morgan ‘Gil’ Gillespie a murderer for eighteen years, so he expects no welcome on his return. What he doesn’t expect is the discovery of a woman’s tortured body in the boot of his car, and new accusations of murder.

Wearied by too many deaths and doubting her own skills, local police sergeant Kris Matthews isn’t sure whether Gil is a decent man wronged by life, or a brutal criminal she should be locking up. But she does know that he is not guilty of this murder – because she is his alibi . . .

Between organised crime, police corruption, and the hatred of a town, Gil has nowhere to hide. He needs to work out who’s behind the murder before his enemies realise that the one thing more punishing than putting him back in prison would be to harm the few people he cares about.

Kris is determined to help him, but will their search for the truth make her the next target?

Bronwyn thank you for sharing your RITA nomination excitement. We wish you the best of luck with your nomination. Fingers crossed we will have an Aussie clean sweep.

Sandie

Kelly Hunter ~ A RITA Finalist

This week we start this first of our interviews with our RITA nominees. Kelly has been nominated in the RITA, Contemporary Series Romance category with Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy

Kelly’s Bio

Accidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly has always had a weakness for fairytales, fantasy, and losing herself in a good book. In 2006, her book Wife For A Week launched Harlequin Mills and Boon’s Modern Extra line in the UK and the Sexy Sensation line in Aus. She’s since written more books for HMB, become a USA today bestseller, and picked up two RITA© nominations.

She loves the romance writing journey and is currently having a very good year.

Don’t forget to visit Kelly’s Website for information on her new releases.

1.      Can you tell us your reaction when you found out were nominated for the RITA Award?

Joy. I’d had a RITA phone call a couple of years back for Sleeping Partner. A lovely American lady on the other end of the phone asking for Kelly Hunter. Oh, yes (yes, yes!), she’s here.

2.      What is your favourite part of Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy?

I’ve a favourite line and a favourite plot point – neither of which have much to do with the romance. My favourite line comes when Simone asks Rafael how long he’s had the puppy for and he says not long. He’s had this puppy all of three minutes and it wasn’t his idea. My favourite plot point is the one where Rafael has just found out that Harrison is not his real father. Harrison has known this since Rafael’s birth and counters that he loves him like a son anyway and always has.

3.      What inspired you to choose the genre you write?

A deep and abiding love of the notion ‘and they lived happily ever after’. An unwavering fascination with the balance of power between lovers. Also a brutally short attention span – which makes the short contemporary romance form a very good fit for me.

4.      How long did it take you to write Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy?

Four months from start to finish, revisions and resting time included. Because this was the second book in a duet with an overarching storyline, the characters were already vivid and the major plot points sorted when I started. Bonus. They usually aren’t.

5.      What are you working on now?

I’m still happily working the short contemporary form. This latest one’s a stranded with the enemy story and right now my heroine is disguised as a boy – a raggedy snowboarder – in an attempt to escape our hero’s notice. Trust me, if I could get away with disguising her as a pirate ship cabin boy I would…

Rita Book – Revealed: A Prince And A Pregnancy

Rita book blurb:

From Dark hearted Rebel to Ruthless Royal!

When heiress Simone Duvalier sashays back into Rafael Alexander’s life, Rafe can’t wait for her to head back home and leave him to his empire building in Australia. They’d once shared so much but all that remains are memories and the desire to bed her.

Simone has never forgotten fiercely ambitious, achingly sexy Rafael – and neither has her traitorous body! But when a princely secret and an unplanned pregnancy threaten to change everything… Can this dark-hearted bad boy become a prince and a father?

Also out now by Kelly – Untameable Rogue.

The latest story on Australian shelves is Untameable Rogue, a June Sexy Sensation release. It continues the Bennett family series which started with Hallie in Wife For A Week. Finishing up that series in Oct this year is Jake’s story, Red-Hot Renegade. A reunion romance set in a Singapore dojo it had a delivery title of Wife On: Wife Off. I don’t know why they didn’t keep it…

Kelly thank you for taking the time to chat with us, and all the best of luck with the RITA Awards, we will all have our fingers crossed for you.

Kelly is offering an early UK copy of Red-Hot Renegade to one lucky commenter today. This is the last book in the Bennett series, so leave a comment for your chance to win.

Sandie 

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