Archive | May 2014

Best Audio Romance Awards

The 2014 Audies have been announced for best audio books in a variety of categories, including Romance. This year, the Audie for Romance was awarded for The Longest Ride by Nicholoas Sparks, naratted by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy.

The Audie Awards are bestowed annually in the United States by the Audio Publishers Association, the not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry. AudioFile magazine calls the Audies the “Oscars of the audiobook industry.”

Here is a rundown of the winner and finalists in the Romance category:

Audie Award Winner, Romance, 2014

The Longest Ride
By Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by Ron McLarty , January LaVoy
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart

Finalists

The Darkest Craving: Lords of the Underworld, Book 10
By Gena Showalter
Narrated by Max Bellmore
Length:12 hrs and 57 mins

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together

For My Lady’s Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1
By Laura Kinsale
Narrated by Nicholas Boulton
Length:17 hrs and 8 mins

Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight – a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit. But as an impossible love grows between them, betrayal becomes their only future.

Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas
By Bella Andre
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
Length:7 hrs and 55 mins

For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved h

usband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own.

Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.

The Wanderer: Thunder Point, Book 1
By Robyn Carr
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Length:10 hrs and 23 mins

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

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Rita Nominees: Focus on Inspirational

In the category of Inspirational Romance, only two novels qualified under this year’s selection criteria (a mandatory 90% judging result) for the Rita Awards. Congratulations to both Carla Laureano and Elizabeth Byler Younts for finaling! Here is a brief description of each work:

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano
Published by David C. Cook
Edited by John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she’ll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she’s sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she’d rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father’s dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Published by Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
Edited by Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus

When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart. 

It’s 1943 and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wedding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know that it’s only the beginning…

When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. He tells Miriam he believes God has called him to enlist in the Army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an important decision. She soon must choose between loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known and her love for Henry and her faith in their shared destiny.

Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fascinating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. While Henry is battling enemies across the ocean, Miriam struggles between devotion to Henry and her love of the Amish way of life. One question is at the bottom of it all: will she follow her religion or her heart?

 

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Jane Austen-Inspired Romance KINDLE Pack (Includes KINDLE Fire & eBooks!)

Available for only 11 remaining days, at Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research, donated by Wendy Soltis: a Jane Austen-inspired romance KINDLE PACK, including (but not limited to):

  • Donated by Jadie Brooks: Mr. Darcy’s Dilemma and Delight
  • Donated by P. O. Dixon: A Lasting Love Affair: Darcy and Elizabeth, AND winner’s choice between Love Will Grow and Almost Persuaded
  • Donated by Robin M. Helm: The Guardian Trilogy – Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy; Accidentally Yours (from the Yours By Design Trilogy)
  • Donated by Regina Jeffers: Captain Frederick Wentworth’s Persuasion
  • Donated by Victoria Kincaid: The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth
  • Donated by J. Dawn King: A Father’s Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • Donated by Sharon Lathan: Darcy & Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship
  • Donated by Kara Louise: Pirates and Prejudice
  • Donated by Meryton Press: A book of your choice from their listings.
  • Donated by Diana J. Oaks: One Thread Pulled: The Dance With Mr Darcy
  • Donated by Pat Santarsiero: Thursday’s Child
  • Donated by D. B. Schaefer: Me & Georgette
  • Donated by Melanie Schertz: Mrs Collins, Against Her Wishes
  • Donated by Sally Smith O’Rourke: The Man Who Loved Jane Austen and Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
  • Donated by Wendi Sotis: Promises; Dreams & Expectations; All Hallow’s Eve; The Gypsy Blessing, The Keys for Love
  • Donated by Linda Wells: Imperative Volume I; Imperative Volume II

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Spotlight on RWA Conference Qualifying Markets


In qualifying markets for the 2014 RWA Conference, markets received a questionnaire with the following position statement from RWA:

As a professional writers association, RWA stands firmly against any attempts to directly solicit RWA members to pursue vanity/subsidy publishing or other author-financed forms of publication. Publishing programs (lines, imprints or divisions) that directly solicit or refer writers to subsidy/vanity or other author-financed means of publication will not be allowed to participate in RWA’s annual conference as a featured publishing program.

“Subsidy” or “Vanity” publishing means the production of books in which the author participates in the costs of production or distribution in any manner, including assessment of fees or other costs for editing and/or distribution. This definition includes publishing programs that withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs; publishing programs whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books; and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and associates.

Management from the markets listed below certified to RWA that they have read and understand the above statement, and have attested that they do not and will not refer RWA members to subsidy/vanity or author-financed publishing programs.

The following list represents the main house and/or owning/controlling publisher. For a detailed list of the divisions, lines, imprints and publishers under each house, see RWA’s site HERE.

  • Avalon Books
  • B & H Publishing Group
  • BelleBooks, Inc.
  • Baker Publishing
  • Blushing Books
  • Bold Strokes
  • Boroughs Publishing Group
  • Coliloquy
  • Ellora’s Cave
  • Entangled Publishing
  • Guideposts
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Harlequin Enterprises Limited
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Liquid Silver Books
  • Loose ID, LLC
  • Montlake Romance (Amazon)
  • Omnific Publishing, LLC
  • Penguin Random House Group, USA
  • Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
  • Riptide Publishing
  • Samhain Publishing, Ltd
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • St. Martin’s Press – MacMillan
  • TOR Romance – Tom Doherty Associates (Tor/Forge) – MacMillan
  • United Methodist Publishing House
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Spotlight on Best First Book Rita Nominees

A popular favorite in the Rita Awards is the Best First Book category, where avid readers of romance can find new writers to follow. This year’s nominees are no exception. There are five finalists with divergent backgrounds, publishing paths and sub-genres. Here is a rundown of the nominees in this exciting category:

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she’ll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she’s sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she’d rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father’s dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

Fix You
by Beck Anderson
Omnific Publishing
Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors

When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home. 

Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.

But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep. 

Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck
Entangled Publishing, Brazen
Heather Howland, editor

He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus, editors

When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart. 

It’s 1943 and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wedding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know that it’s only the beginning…

When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. He tells Miriam he believes God has called him to enlist in the Army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an important decision. She soon must choose between loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known and her love for Henry and her faith in their shared destiny.

Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fascinating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. While Henry is battling enemies across the ocean, Miriam struggles between devotion to Henry and her love of the Amish way of life. One question is at the bottom of it all: will she follow her religion or her heart?

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

A Love as Big as Texas . . . 

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.

James “JB” Denny doesn’t stay where he isn’t welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can’t work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

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