Wednesday, July 08, 2009

RITA-nominated giveaway: Tote #5

[Ed. note: We continue our RITA® giveaway with our next tote. Be sure to leave your comments on the posts for a chance to win. One tote per winner will be awarded, but you can comment on any post throughout the contest period.]

Karen Templeton, A Mother’s Wish
2009 RITA® Finalist for Contemporary Series Romance

“Although making the RITA® cut the first time (in 2002) was a thrill, this time is much sweeter. Getting high enough scores to final from five random judges is no mean feat; to have it happen a second time? Priceless. Especially since A MOTHER'S WISH deals with adoption, a subject near and dear to several close friends. It really is an honor just to make the cut, especially with so many fellow finalists!”

About A Mother’s Wish:

Winnie Porter just couldn't forget the child she'd given up for adoption all those years ago…or the wonderful family that had taken him in. Now it was finally time to see her son one last time.

Still reeling from his wife's untimely death, the last thing Aidan Black needed to deal with was the unwed mother who brought his beloved Robbie into the world. Especially when she was all grown up into a beautiful, vivacious young woman who'd immediately drawn his boy into her spell—not to mention Aidan himself. Would Winnie's secret shatter Aidan's family—or make it whole again?
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Anthea Lawson, Passionate [second copy]
2009 RITA® Finalist for Best First Book

PASSIONATE is a Victorian-set romantic adventure, up for a RITA® in the Best First Book category. We started this story after Anthea read a romance that promised travel, love, and adventure in exotic places, but failed to deliver. ‘We could do better than that!’ she said, and leaped immediately into a sea of words, pulling Lawson headfirst in after her. What a great journey it has been. Not only did we learn how to tell a 320 page story, we learned how to appreciate each other’s strengths as we crafted a novel together.

PASSIONATE is like a beloved child that has grown up, moved out, and made a place for itself in the world. The RITA® nomination is the letter home: ‘Hey, I've found work and made a lot of wonderful new friends. I'm doing ok out here.’
We couldn't be more delighted.”

About Passionate:

TEMPTATION...
Before she must wed, Lily Strathmore decides upon one final adventure--a botanical expedition through the wilds of North Africa with her uncle and his family. In search of a fabled bloom, James Huntington soon joins them. Handsome to a fault and rakish to boot, he has the maddening habit of catching Lily at her most improper. And his sensual kisses are only the beginning of their passionate intimacy...

TRUE LOVE...
Huntington finds the beautiful Miss Strathmore impossible to resist. With each passing day, their desire for each other grows. And in his wildest dreams, Lily is his--and his alone. Forever...

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Terri Brisbin, "Blame it on the Mistletoe"/One Candlelit Christmas
2009 RITA® finalist for Romance Novella

“Although this is my third nomination for a RITA®, the excitement and thrill of getting that call and learning the names of the other finalists were no less than the first time for me. Contests are so subjective and an entrant hopes their book is read by judges who 'get it' and finaling says others have taken note of your work.

The other and best part of the nomination for me is to see my name in the same list with some of my own favorite authors as well as some of the top names in the romance genre today! And that is a wonderful feeling to have! So, absolutely I agree that to be nominated is an honor in itself and I am enjoying every moment of the excitement and anticipation of it.....”

About “Blame it on the Mistletoe”:

Julia Fairchild has loved Iain MacLerie forever—but the boy she once knew is now a hardened and aloof man. Amid the festivities and warm cheer of yuletide, can Julia melt Iain's guard and ignite the spark that continues to burn between them…?

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Tera Lynn Childs, OH.MY.GODS.
2009 RITA® Finalist for Best First Book
2009 RITA® Finalist for Young Adult Romance

“I was never supposed to be a writer. Growing up I was the left-brained science and math girl, determined to be a biologist or a doctor or (at my most creative) an architect. When I decided to pursue a career as an author, I had this perpetual voice at the back of my head saying, 'You're good at science and math and logical things. What makes you think you can do something as right-brained and linguistic as write books?' The fear didn't stop me, but it didn't go away. It's still there--and I'm glad, because the fear makes me a better writer--but being nominated for two RITAs® with my first book sure put a jumbo-sized muzzle on that voice.”

About Oh.My.Gods.:

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the überexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

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Karen White, The House on Tradd Street
2009 RITA® Finalist for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

“As of this RITA® nomination (my fourth), I am officially the Susan Lucci of the RITA® awards. My first two were for the same book (nominated for best first book and best paranormal in 2001). I bought a new dress, new shoes, and got my hair done. I didn't win in either category. My third nomination was for my 7th novel, Learning to Breathe (in the Mainstream with Romantic Elements category) in 2008. I bought another new dress, new shoes, had my hair done, and didn't win.

So, for this year, I'm doing things differently. I'm not buying a new dress, shoes or having my hair done. Heck, I might not even shower and am considering showing up at the RITA®/GH® ceremony in my pajamas. That should just about guarantee that I will have to walk up on stage, flopping my fuzzy slippers as I go to collect my golden statue.

Yeah, I want it that badly--and who wouldn't? It's the romance novelist's equivalent to winning an Oscar. It's voted on by your peers, and all of my favorite authors have won at least once. I want to be part of that sorority so badly that I will consider being seen by over a thousand people wearing just my pajamas. So please cross your fingers for me. And if you see a woman giving her acceptance speech wearing flannel pj's with bunnies on them, that'll be me.”

About The House on Tradd Street:

A brilliant, chilling series debut, featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves old houses—and the secret histories inside them.

Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he’s the smitten one...

It turns out Jack’s search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak—and even murder.

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IMHO: That's it for today. Be sure to leave a comment for our authors if you want a chance to win this tote and tune in Friday for more featured RITA®-nominated finalists.

TJB

44 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

I want to know Winnie's secret!

I love reading about African settings - having lived there myself...

Christmas is my favorite holiday!

I can't imagine going to school with gods...

I don't like ghosts...

But I would love to read this set of books!

Margay said...

Another great set of books!
Margay

MJFredrick said...

Oooh, this is a neat set!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Wow, another great set of authors to look up!

chey said...

Congrats to all the nominees! All the books look great. My tbr list is getting very long!

Pam P said...

Good luck to you all, Susan Lucci, too, lol. This sounds good, Karen, have to pick it up. Passionate was a good one, I already have the next book on my wishlist, and I always read Terri's stories, was a pretty good anthology overall. I've read otohers by Karen, not this one yet.

Everyone's a winner just being nominated!

CrystalGB said...

These books sound great. Good luck to all the authors.

RachieG said...

Please count me in...Promise I'll do a little dance! woot woot!

rachie2004 @ yahoo DOT com

Lisa N. said...

This is a great group of books. Count me in!!

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

Cindy Gerard said...

Hi All
Sorry I wasn't around the day my book (TAKE NO PRISONERS) was featured but I gave myself a little vacation over the weekend :o)
In any event, thanks to TJ for hosting all the RITA finalist books and congratulations to all the finalists!
Last but not least, thanks to all the readers who took time out of their busy days to post and write such nice comments!
Good luck, everyone. I know you'll enjoy TJ's goodie baskets full of books!
Hugs
Cindy Gerard

jcp said...

Great prize!

Jean P said...

Congrats to all the nominees. Once again this is a great set of books.

tetewa said...

Another great prize!

lrwirum said...

After reading the blurbs I can see why they were nominated. Sounds great. Congrats to the authors. :-)

Larena

M. said...

Another highly diverse collection. I've been interested in 'Passionate' for awhile! And considering how much I loved Deanna Raybourn's 'strong romantic elements' entry in years past, I am more than a little curious in 'Tradd Street'

TJ Bennett said...

Welcome back to the party, everyone. Yes, this is a lovely set of books, isn't it?

And hello to Cindy Gerard! After all your hard work writing, you deserved a vacay. We understand. ;-) Good luck at the RITAs!

TJB

aromagik said...

It's really easy to see why these (and all the books you've featured on the blog) have been nominated. :)

~Lindy

joder said...

All these books sound so good! Good luck to all the authors!

dag888888 said...

All these books look tempting!
Count me in!
dag888888[at]yahoo[dot]com

squiresj said...

I would love to read these books and review them all. I have not read any of Karen Templeton's books. I have Terri Brisbin and Karen White's. I may have some of the others but not the ones listed here. So please enter me and thank Anthea Lawson that I found this blog.
jrs362(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cheri2628 said...

This is a wonderful set of books. All are deserving of a RITA. Congrats and good luck to the authors. I am looking forward to finding out all the RITA winners.

castings[at]mindspring[dot]com

Jane said...

Congrats to the nominees. These books sound wonderful. I haven't read any of these authors.

CheekyGirl said...

Good luck and congrats to all the nominees! This is a wonderful way of showcasing books that deserve the attention!

Estella said...

Congrats to the nominees!
Another great set of books!

Pat Lynch said...

Another set of winners. I wouldn't want to have to judge these for the final top place.

flip said...

Ms. White: I love the concept behind your story. why did you decide to write about Charleston?

Audrey A said...

Another awesome bunch of books!

Karen White said...

First of all, thank you TJ for putting this all together and allowing us authors to reach out to new readers.

And thanks to everyone for your lovely comments. Yeah, it will hard to lose (again!) but with such stiff competition, at least I'll be able to understand why!

Flip--in answer to your question, I write about Charleston because it's one of my favorite cities in the world and just the perfect setting for a series that includes a lot of history and ghosts. I'm actually staying on Isle of Palms right now for a week and taking daily trips into Charleston to get my "fix."

TJ Bennett said...

Hello to Karen White! Thanks so much for stoppping in while you are your vacation. I am both humbled and honored. Good luck on your RITA nomination!

TJB

housemouse88 said...

Congrats to all the nominees. I've not read any of these authors. They all sound interesting. Have a great day.

Babyblue22 said...

A new day and A new list of great authors!!
Good Luck at the RITA's Everyone!!
~Afshan

KELLY FITZPATRICK said...

Another great set of books! Beautiful covers! Fun titles. They sound like winners.

Jeanette J said...

Good luck to all of the authors

Virginia said...

Congrats to all the nominees! Good luck at the RITAS! This looks like another great set of books.

Mari said...

I haven't read anything by these authors but would love to try.

Sue A. said...

Congrats to this group of nominees! Some new to me authors I look forward to seeing more of!

LighthouseSandy said...

Wow, what a great batch of books. Good luck to you all, and hope, Karen, those pajamas will get up on the stage!

Patricia Barraclough said...

Another wonderful selection. I see there is a young adult selection. I'll have to check that out. oh. my.gods. sounds sound cute.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading about all of the books. They all sound like good ones to be shared. I like sharing!
JOYE
JWIsley (at)aol (dot)com

LuAnn said...

Wonderful!

delitealex said...

Such great books. congrats to the nominees.

kimmyl said...

The books and authors are all great!!! Congrats on the nominees.

Dina said...

I look forward to reading some of these books and authors.

Carol L. said...

Wishing all the nominees "Good Luck".
These certainally are all deserving. And another great set of books. Thanks TJ for all the work involved to bring this together for us. :)
Have agreat weekend .