The RITAs are no more. If you’re not familiar with the award it was formerly bestowed for excellence in published romance novels and novellas but was retired in 2020 after the Romance Writers of America meltdown. If you missed all the articles about the controversy at the RWA, you can search for prior posts. You can check out the past winners and hall of fame for those who won multiple RITAs at this LINK.
Now it’s the Vivian Award from the Romance Writers of America. “The Vivian recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. We celebrate the power of the romance genre with its central message of hope–because happily ever afters are for everyone.” Vivian Stephens was the founder of Romance Writers of America.
Below are those books nominated for the historical romance category. Winners will be announced July 31, 2021.
Historical Romance – Long (80,000 Words or Longer)
The Clothier’s Daughter by Bronwyn Parry
His Secret Mistress by Cathy Maxwell
Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase
Historical Romance – Mid (50,000 to 80,000 Words)
For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis
The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman
A Song of Secrets by Robyn Chalmers
A Study in Passion by Louisa Cornell
There is also a Historical Romance Short Category for books 20,000 to 50,000 in length, but there were no finalists.