Whose Twitter posts most inspire you?  Today’s the last day to cast your vote for the Shorty Awards, celebrating the best people and organizations on Twitter.  Official categories include Author–@TeresaMedeiros, anyone? How the heck is she not in the top list?–Actor, Actress, Politician, and a number of others.  There are also a bunch of community-based categories.  And Sourcebooks’ own @draccah is a serious contender in the Publishing category.

To cast your vote, Tweet the following:

I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #Category because…

Or fill out the form here.

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Part of Borders’ new RomCon (Denver, July 9-11) is a reader-judged award called The Readers’ Crown.  The winners in each of 11 categories receive some pretty impressive in-store promotion.  

Congratulations to our finalists:

ANNE MARSH – THE HUNT, Best First Book

 

JENNIFER ASHLEY – THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE, Best Long Historical

EMILY BRYAN – “My Lady Below Stairs” from A CHRISTMAS BALL, Best Novella

A full list of finalists can be found here.

Congratulations to Jamie Ungaro, the newly crowned Mr. Romance from this weekend’s Romantic Times BookLovers Convention. 

And more congratulations go to Reviewers’ Choice Award winners Jennifer Ashley for THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and Nina Bangs for ETERNAL CRAVING.  

  

A huge congrats to Dorchester’s 2010 Rita finalists!  In no particular order:

    

 

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I was fortunate enough to be with Elisabeth Naughton in Portland, OR,  for the annual Public Libraries Assoc. conference when she got the announcement that STOLEN FURY had double finaled for Best First Book and Romantic Suspense.  We had a fantastic time celebrating.

I also had the pleasure of being on a panel about chick lit and women’s fiction with Susan Wiggs (another double Rita finalist!), Jane Porter (also a Rita finalist!), Beth Kendrick and super-librarian Joyce Saricks.  Teresa Bergen has a nice recap of the panel–include how chick lit has become a dirty word among some houses and how it’s evolved for others.  It might just not be as dead as you think.

Congratulations to the following finalists for a Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT BookReviews.  Winners will be announced at the annual convention this April.

Innovative Historical Romance
    

Shapeshifter Romance
 
 

Historical Biography

 

Paranormal Historical Romance
 
Shapeshifter Romance
 
Fantasy/Futuristic Romance
 
Paranormal Historical Romance

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Trish Albright, whose SIREN’S SONG just took first-place honors in the Write Touch Readers contest sponsored by WisRWA.

Love Vikings?  Check out Michelle Buonfiglio’s post over at Barnes & Noble today.  You might be surprised at some of the Viking stereotypes debunked by Emily Bryan.  If it’s a genre you can’t get enough of, there’s also plenty of recommended reading.

Winners will be announced July 16 at the national RWA convention in Washington, D.C.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

Dark Paranormal:
IMMORTALS: THE REDEEMING by Jennifer Ashley
HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Cynthia Eden
MONA LISA CRAVING by Sunny

 

Fantasy:
THE DRAGON MASTER by Allyson James
DRAGONBOUND by Jade Lee
KING OF SWORD AND SKY by C.L. Wilson

  

Novella:

“The Spacetime Pool” by Catherine Asaro
“Dark Nest” by Leanna Renee Hieber
“Kung Fu Shoes!” in THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR STOMPING by Jade Lee

Time Travel:
TWIST by Colby Hodge
MADMAN’S DANCE by Jana G. Oliver
A SEXY TIME OF IT by Cara Summers

 

Young Adult:
Cave of Terror by Amber Dawn Bell
CHOSEN: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast
Sleepless by Terri Clark

Futuristic:
Fallen by Claire Delacroix
Moonstruck by Susan Grant
Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Light Paranormal:
La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock
The Trouble with Moonlight by Donna MacMeans
Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Erotica:
A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W. Hill
Carnal Desires by Crystal Jordan
Siren Singing by Isabo Kelly