The RITA Award Winners for the Best in Romance

Adrian Liang on July 23, 2018

Last week the Romance Writers of America hosted the RITA Awards ceremony in Denver, celebrating the best in romance writing. Spanning a range of subgenres and reading interests, the RITA categories have something for anyone who likes to read passionate stories about people seeking their other half, whether they realize it or not. (It's often more fun when they don't!)

While the RITA Awards are a dazzling highlight of the conference, the panel discussions and workshops teach authors essential tools that range from writing craft to branding to contracts and pricing.

According to the Romance Writers of America, romance has a 34% share of the fiction market. So if you read romance and feel like you're the only one...well, just talk to three other people who read, and you're likely to find another romance reader.

Below is a partial (though still long) list of the 2018 RITA winners. For a full list of winners, visit the RITA Award website.

Take the Lead Best First Book Winner: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria (Print Book | Kindle Book)

Falling Hard Contemporary Romance: Long Winner: Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan (Print Book | Kindle Book | Audible Audiobook)

Tell Me Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner: Tell Me by Abigail Strom (Print Book | Kindle Book | Audible Audiobook)

Second Chance Summer Contemporary Romance: Short Winner: Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan (Print Book | Kindle Book)

Wicked Dirty Erotic Romance Winner: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner (Print Book | Kindle Book | Audible Audiobook)

Between the Devil and the Duke Historical Romance: Long Winner: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen (Print Book | Kindle Book | Audible Audiobook)

Waltzing with the Earl Historical Romance: Short Winner: Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley (Print Book | Kindle Book)

Hunt the Darkness Paranormal Romance Winner: Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe (Print Book | Kindle Book)

The Fixer: Games People Play Romantic Suspense Winner: The Fixer: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon (Print Book | Kindle Book)

Then There Was You Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements: Then There Was You by Kara Isaac (Print Book | Kindle Book)

Now That You Mention It Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Print Book | Kindle Book | Audible Audiobook)

Congratulations to the winners and the talented finalists.

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