Saturday, July 21, 2018

Romance Writers of America - RWA Announces The 2018 RITA Awards

Romance Writers of America - RWA
Announces
The 2018 RITA Awards


Congratulations to All the Winners!

DENVER, CO Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for published and aspiring romance fiction authors, announced the winners of the 2018 RITA® Awards on Thursday, July 19, at a black-tie awards ceremony at its 38th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The RITA® Award is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction and recognizes outstanding published romance novels and novellas. 

Up to 2,000 romance novels and novellas from 13 different categories are judged each year in the RITA® competition. After the first round of judging by fellow published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists. Then, final round judges, also published romance authors, select one winner in each category from among the finalists. 

The 2018 RITA® Award winners are:
Romance Novella: Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly
Contemporary Romance Long: Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan
Young Adult Romance: Seize Today by Pintip Dunn
Historical Romance Long: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Romantic Suspense: The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon
Paranormal Romance: Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe
Erotic Romance: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner
Historical Romance Short: Waltzing with the Earl by Kelly Bowen
Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements: Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Contemporary Romance Short: Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan
Contemporary Romance Mid-length: Tell Me by Abigail Strom
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Best First Book: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

The list of winners, along with author photos and book covers, can be found on the RWA website at https://www.rwa.org/page/2018-winners

Romance Writers of America’s mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. Romance fiction is a $1 billion industry, and it’s a consistent, top-performing category on the best-seller lists. To learn more about romance fiction and RWA, visit http://www.rwa.org or call 832-717-5200, Ext. 128

Sword of Fire - Through the Ashes - A YA Fantasy by J. A. Culican


Sword
of Fire
Through
the Ashes Book 1
by
J.A. Culican


Genre:
YA Fantasy

An
unforgettable tale brimming with suspense, action and
dragons."
Through the Ashes will thrill
fans of The Gender Game, Divergent & The Hunger Games.

 
Defenseless.
Alone. Betrayed.


Bells
is a poor fae who works on a farm outside the protections of the
dragon city. When her family is attacked by trolls, she goes to the
one person she knows can help her. But will he?

Peace.
Death. Enough.



  
The
dragons brought peace to the city and the surrounding area when they
rose. Jaekob believes there is no reason for further dragon
involvement. They've' lost enough lives to this cause. They've done
their fair share and owe the world nothing more.


But when the
dark elves infect his city with a virus unlike anything he's ever
seen, he knows they need a solution. Now.

The sword of peace.
Myth? Reality?

They're about to find out.












J.A.
Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy
series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series
catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling
author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully
earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades
include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book
Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book
Awards. 


J.A.
Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara
University, in which she has been teaching special education for over
11 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness
non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New
Jersey with her husband and four young children.







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Snafu Fubar - Nothing Heroic - Adult Humor by Bob Dixon




Adult Humor
Date Published: Oct 2016

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*****WARNING*****
If you are easily offended, then this is NOT the book for you. Please put it down and back away slowly. However, if you have a warped sense of humor, please read on.

In the town of Lost Hope, Florida reside two heroes unlike any others. These champions of justice go by the names of Snafu Fubar and General Nuisance. Nightly they patrol their fine city to protect it from evil's grasp. And by 'patrol' we mean they sit on a porch, appropriately nicknamed 'The Fucking Nuisance Cave', drinking beers, smoking cigars, and talking about sex.


About the Author




Bob Dixon is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the World's Longest Cartoon Strip. He is the author and creator of a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester's Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. Bob has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny; two young adult books, Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and Rags and Ruins; An adult humor book Snafu Fubar : Nothing Heroic; and is the co-author of Will Jones' biography A Tough Call. Bob is also the Writer/Director of the movie Dr. Prozak's Office. Additionally, he is a certified special education teacher who works with children who have autism and intellectual delays.


Contact Links

Twitter: @authorbobdixon



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Rock Legend - Nothing But Trouble: Book 2 - A Contemporary Rock Star Romance by Tara Leigh








Title: Rock Legend(Nothing But Trouble, Book 2) 
Author: Tara Leigh 
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Rockstar Romance 
Release Date: July 17, 2018 
Cover Designer: Forever Romance



I’m no Prince Charming.
Most people know me as the drummer for Nothing but Trouble. Depending who you ask, I’m also a playboy, a loner, the life of the party, a screw-up, or according to my fans, “The Sexiest Rock Star on the Planet.” Apparently, I’m a legend.
Am I surprised? Hell, no. It’s a reputation I’ve earned behind my drum kit and behind closed doors. No one thought foster kid Landon Cox would become famous. Infamous, maybe. Notorious, probably. But successful? Never. No one except Piper Hastings. But I had to make a choice: my woman or my career. I picked fame and fortune . . . and spent every damn day since pretending I don’t regret it.
Now fate’s dropped Piper back into my life. I want to believe it’s a second chance for me—for us. But while I can give her a few great nights, I can’t give Piper a future.
Because there’s a difference between a legend and a fairy tale . . .
Only one of them ends happily ever after.








Watching Landon Cox on stage from forty feet away had been bad enough. But here, now, close enough to touch, I was jolted by the power of his presence.
Still shirtless and sweating after an intense performance, my eyes danced over the rippling muscles rising from beneath the inked skin of Landon’s naked torso, his broad shoulders tapering to slim hips, perfect V cuts forming an arrow pointing south.
Vitality seeping from every pore.
My gaze was drawn inexorably upward. Blond hair a damp mess, the faintest trace of stubble darkening a jawline that could have been cut from marble. A face so symmetrical, so severely beautiful, it would take even the most talented sculptor a lifetime to get right.
Landon Cox was a fantasy in the flesh.
I’d imagined this very moment dozens—no, hundreds—of times. But now that the moment was here, Landon and I, alone in a room again after all these years, I had nothing.
In a blink, Landon’s expression wavered. His winged brows, three shades darker than the hair sweeping across his forehead, pulled together. Eyes like hot coals burning into me.
As if the sight of me caused him pain.
I tore my gaze away from his face, but it only landed on the swaths of ink covering his chest and extending over his arms. My mouth watered at the sight. I wanted to trace every tattoo with my tongue, every slash and swirl and stripe. After six years, how would Landon taste?
Like regret, I realized with a sickening thud. Because regret was all that remained of what we’d once shared.














Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.
















The Adventures of Louise - A Chick Lit Romantic Comedy Series by Bena Roberts


My
Cake!
The
Adventures of Louise Book 1
by
Bena Roberts


Genre:
Romantic Comedy, ChickLit

Louise,
otherwise known as a red-haired Kardashian decides she wants to
settle down. She dreams of a sugar daddy and is willing to sacrifice
good looks and great sex for Mr. Sensible.

Is
this really what Louise wants? Can she put her lover, liar and diva
life behind her and fall in love with the older man Gerhard?
Will
this May to December date change her life forever? Alternatively,
will Louise's sexual appetite make things difficult for her?


Question -
What is the first line of the book?

Answer -
Yesterday, I had God-like sex with a man juicier than sirloin steak.






This
laugh out loud short story is a quick read for the beach, train or
plane.







This
is a very short story, not a novel or a novella. It has been heavily
adapted from one chapter of the book Blind Dates, Big Love & Six
Tinder Weeks



**Only
.99 cents!!**











My
Bite Back!
The
Adventures of Louise Book 2

He
promised to be a lawyer, a great lover and a tennis player. 

He
wasn't. 

First
betrayal and manipulation then Louise bites back. After two weeks of
feeling sorry for herself, she makes a plan to get her revenge.

This
is a hilarious chicklit short story! With a flash of adult
humor! 
Betrayal,
manipulation, and payback. 

Amazon
Short Read - this is a 15 to 30 minute short story!

My
Bite Back is from The Adventures of Louise Series all of which can be
read as standalone. 
This
is an adapted version of one of the chapters from Blind Dates, Big
Love and Six Tinder Weeks.




**Only
.99 cents!!**




Bena
Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title
novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and
then with a Masters in 1997. 


Born
in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived
and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg
and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and
Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as 'home.'

Bena
successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had
lunch with Steve Ballmer and was 'top 50 most influential woman in
mobile.' Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best
Blog. 

Bena has two
children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl
Grey. 

Bena's favorite
literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice
in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life
experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet
also entertaining. The second novel out in 2018 offers
thought-provoking fiction which embraces the absurd with reality. 







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