I’ve bragged multiple times about how much I love my home chapter of RWA, Austin RWA or AWRA to those of us who love her. But today, I get to do something a little extra special as a way to say thank you to the chapter that took such excellent care of me last year while I was far from home.
I’m having a giveaway to celebrate, not one, not two, but three Austin RWA RITA finalists. And I can safely say that, if you haven’t read any or all of these authors, you are missing out.
Tracy, Sherry and Laura are on my auto buy list. Anything they write, I’m reading quite simply because their books rock.
Sherry Thomas’ Private Arrangements is the book that brought me back to historical romance novels. Before that, the last one I’d read had been Laura Kinsale’s The Shadow and The Star. Now, I’m as likely to pick up an historical as I am romantic suspense. So when Sherry sent me a copy of Not Quite a Husband when I was in Iraq, I had the excellent pleasure of being able to give away a copy, because I’d already ordered it. Not Quite a Husband is an excellent novel, not only because its a reconciliation story, which I love, but because the setting is so unique and beautiful and the characters, in class Sherry Thomas style, are deeply and truly flawed.
It takes more than true love for them to overcome their burden, but Sherry always delivers. Not Quite a Husband is a beautiful story and I’m thrilled that it finaled in the RITA.
Tracy Wolff also sent me her first single title Full Exposure while I was in Iraq and all I can say is whoa. The sensuality was intense, the characters beautifully tormented (are you noticing a trend) and the story pulled me right in. It’s deeply moving and beautifully erotic. What’s more, her category romances are incredibly touching and moving, a tough task when you consider that categories are usually much shorter in length. The Christmas Present is also a redemption story and is perfect for the Christmas season or any time of year.
Last but not least, Laura Griffin’s Whisper of Warning was nominated for best romantic suspense. Laura made my to be read list before I’d ever met her. I absolutely loved Feenie and Marco in One Last Breath. I was hooked but I’ve got to say, Whisper of Warning is my favorite Laura Griffin. Courtney is one of the most deeply flawed heroines I’ve ever read and her ability to overcome her past is by far one of the best journeys I read last year. I won’t give it away but the end, when Courtney has to make her choice is one of the most touching scenes I’ve ever read. It brought tears to my eyes.
So it’s with great honor that I’m giving away a copy of all three books today to one lucky commenter. Tell me about your favorite RITA nod from this years nominees and Friday, I’ll pick one random winner to send all three of these incredible books by amazing authors!
Winner will be announced Friday, April 2.