The Romance Writers of America recently announced the finalists for the 2012 RITA awards. The RITAs honor authors for excellence in romance writing. This year more than 1,200 novels and novellas were judged and finalists were announced in 12 categories. When popular author Eloisa James heard that her novel When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a finalist, she tweeted about her RITA losing streak. “The RITA is the Romance Writers of America's highest award... and I just got a call telling me that When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a finalist! I'm so happy. Mind you, I am the Susan Lucci of the RITA contest; I'm in the double digits for finalists (almost every book I've written) and I've never won. Maybe I'll be lucky this time!” Like soap opera actress Susan Lucci’s famous streak of 18 Emmy nominations without a win, James still hasn’t won the coveted award. Will this be the year for Eloisa James?
When Beauty Tamed the Beast is the second book in the Eloisa’s Fairy Tales series. Miss Linnet Thrynne finds herself rejected by a prince with whom she has had a harmless flirtation, but her troubles really begin when a rumor starts to circulate that she’s pregnant with the prince’s child. She needs a husband ASAP! She is taken to meet Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, a brilliant doctor known for his foul temper (think Dr. Greg House from the Fox TV series House, M.D.) whose father wants him to be married. Linnet is sure that her charm will bring Piers to his knees within a week or two, but Piers has other plans. A funny, witty battle ensues where both characters win.
The 2012 RITA award winners will be announced on July 28 at the Romance Writers of America annual conference.