The RITAs are the Romance Writers of America's award honouring romance fiction published in 2011. According to the RWAmerica website, more than 1,200 novels and novellas were judged in twelve categories in 2011.
Hence, the excitement!
If you aren't familiar with the RITAs, think the Oscars of published romance.
It's kinda huge.
Head over to Trish's blog to hear her final "call story", wherein a family member is sure that early-morning calls must be telemarketers and not heralds of great news from RWAmerica...
Here's the cover of the book you need to get your hands on, in the US Presents version:
I loved writing this story, a dark little Gothic number with a scarred Count living in a crumbling castle atop a craggy island riddled with old pirate tunnels and lashed by storms. What a setting! So much fun to be had when this reclusive Count is shattered out of his contempt for the world by Dr Grace Hunter, a young and talented conservator. I am so thrilled to bits that this story has finalled in such a prestigious contest.
Huge congratulations to Trish!