In the life of a romance author today was a nerve racking day. Especially if you had one of the over 1,000 books nominated to receive Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) annual RITA Award or one of the 1,2oo manuscripts nominated to receive the Golden Heart Award.

Earlier today authors in 12 different RITA categories and 10 different Golden Heart categories received phone calls telling them that their book or manuscript was selected as a finalist. This is similar to Oscar Nominations for Romance Authors.

The RITA is named after the first President of RWA and is to “promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas”. The Golden Heart Award is an award given for an outstanding romance manuscript by writers who have not accepted a publishing offer. The authors will find out who the RITA and Golden Heart Winners are on July 1st at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the Annual Romance Writers of America Convention which taking place in New York this year. For a full list of RITA and Golden Heart Finalists please click here.

I am extremely excited to announce that a good friend of PonyTails and a must read author for me had a book selected as a RITA Finalist! The book that was selected is currently my favorite book of the two she has published, however that might change with her third book which releases next week. So please help me congratulate our friend Joanne Kennedy!!!


Congratulations Joanne for being a RITA Finalist for Contemporary Single Title Romance with One Fine Cowboy!!

As a surprise for my readers, if you answer the following question by placing it in the comments, I will (hopefully with Joanne’s help, but I haven’t asked her yet) choose One lucky reader to receive a copy of One Fine Cowboy. The winner will have the most unique answer to the question below.

It will the winner’s choice of either Print, Nook, or Kindle. If the winner already has One Fine Cowboy, then they will receive a copy of Joanne’s newest book Cowboy Fever in print, when it is released next week.  This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Weds March 30, 2011.


The Question: Why do you love cowboys? Is it their connection to the animals and the land? Or their rugged sexiness? Or do Wrangler Butts just drive you nuts?


Love Those Wranger Butts by Carol Miller

Love Those Wranger Butts by Carol Miller