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Need a little romance? Try these 2014 RITA Award winners.

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, recently announced the winners for the 2014 RITA® Awards. The RITA, named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, recognizes excellence in published romance fiction. So, if you need a little romance in your life, try these award winning love stories.

2014 RITA Winners:

  • Best First Book: The Sweet Spot, by Laura Drake
  • Contemporary Romance: Crazy Thing Called Love, by Molly O'Keefe
  • Historical Romance: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, by Sarah MacLean
  • Inspirational Romance: Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano*
  • Paranormal Romance: The Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley
  • Romantic Suspense: Off the Edge, by Carolyn Crane
  • * denotes title not yet in Richland Library collection, but it is being ordered.


    Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
    Chantal W. Says: This book is not yet in the Richland Library collection, but we are ordering it. So keep a look out for it. 8/14/14
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    Amazon Says: 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. less...
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    The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
    Amazon Says: A New York Times Bestseller"Fascinating and immersive... I love a novel that deals with the many ways in which people keep their secrets."?Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times be more...
    Amazon Says: A New York Times Bestseller"Fascinating and immersive... I love a novel that deals with the many ways in which people keep their secrets."?Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander on A Desperate FortuneTwo Women. One Mysterious Relic. Separated By Centuries.Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof.But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth. Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's world. Reviewers love Susanna KearsleyWinner of RT Book Reviews Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy/Paranormal Awards"A creative tour de aforce...Brilliant!"-New York Journal of Books"Romantic, passionate, and bittersweet, this intelligent, tension-laden story will sweep you away."-Historical Novel Review"An imaginatively captivating trip through time."-Fresh Fiction"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real...and makes history come alive."-BooklistReaders love The Firebird"If you closed your eyes and opened them again, you would be there, right in the story.""This is now my very favorite Kearsley novel...which is saying a lot.""Every scene leaves me wanting more.""Deeply romantic and filled with rich, fascinating history.""Expertly weaves two tales into one vastly entertaining read." less...
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