RITA 2017 Award Finalist Spotlight: Romantic Suspense

Posted July 17, 2017 by Felicia S in Book Promotion / 10 Comments


I am so happy to be part of the RITA Finalist Blog Tour. Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite subgenres in Romance! Elisabeth Naughton and HelenKay Dimon are staples in my personal library. I haven’t read Nico Rosso or Sarah Andre but that will change in the future.

The 2017 RITA Award Ceremony will be streamed live from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort on July 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. Tune in at www.rwa.org to watch your favorite authors decked out in dazzling red carpet looks as New York Times bestselling author and emcee extraordinaire Ally Carter announces the winners of the romance industry’s most prestigious award. You can find a list of finalists here or follow along our RITA Finalists Spotlight Blog Tour, which runs through 7/21.

Romantic Suspense


AND MR. SMITH by HelenKay Dimon
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Shauna Summers, editor


Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.

Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything….

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.


About HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College. You can learn more at her website: www.helenkaydimon.com


Where to Buy:

PRH: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538913/mr-and-mr-smith-by-helenkay-dimon/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018CHA278

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mr-and-mr-smith-helenkay-dimon/1123015192?ean=9780399594946

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/HelenKay_Dimon_Mr_and_Mr_Smith?id=DgQACwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1071725253

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mr-and-mr-smith

Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27876307-mr-and-mr-smith



Carina Press
Rhonda Merwarth, editor


Former navy SEAL Ben Jackson knows that sexy “Mary Long” is nothing but a cover; that beneath the stylish clothes and flirty smile is a stone cold super-soldier no one ever gets close to. Until her kiss hits him like one of her sniper rounds. But Morris Flats is no place for a hookup—menace hums through the town, and the more the two operators keep pushing for answers, the more deadly the current seems to run.

For former Special Forces sniper Mary Kuri, flirting with her muscular teammate feels like playing with fire. It’s hard to tell where the cover ends and the real feelings begin. What she does know is they can’t afford to lose focus. Their mission is to gather evidence, and with the gunrunners watching their every move, a single mistake could prove fatal.

It’s two against the world, and Ben and Mary are about to discover that not only do the lives of innocent people hang in the balance, but they’re also fighting to save the rare connection they’ve found with each other.


About Nico Rosso

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer (AKA Eva Leigh) brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

When he isn’t writing, Nico works in the shop creating furniture and hammering on other projects for the house he shares with Zoë and their two cats in the central coast area of California.


Where to Buy:

Carina Press: http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781459290488_one-minute-to-midnight.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/One-Minute-Midnight-Black-Ops-ebook/dp/B0166B4ONA

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-minute-to-midnight-nico-rosso/1122748873

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nico_Rosso_One_Minute_to_Midnight?id=s82pCgAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-minute-to-midnight/id1046470142

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/one-minute-to-midnight-5


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/one-minute-to-midnight-5



REPRESSED by Elisabeth Naughton
Montlake Publishing
Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors


Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s murder, but she’s still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives.

Dr. Ethan McClane isn’t exactly a newcomer. If it weren’t for his latest case, he’d never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past. Not even Sam, the delightfully sharp and sexy high school chemistry teacher he can’t stop thinking about.

When Sam and Ethan work together to help one of her students, sparks ignite. But Sam’s hazy memories of a long-ago night concern Ethan, and unlocking the repressed images reveals a dark connection between them. As the horrors of the past finally come to light, their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger. A killer will strike again to keep an ugly secret hidden. This time no one will be safe.


About Elisabeth Naughton

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Her books have received nominations for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton enjoys spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.

Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GWOOVS

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/repressed-elisabeth-naughton/1123249893?ean=9781503936065

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781503936065


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28498782-repressed



Anya Kagan, Touchstone Editing, editor


Disinherited as a teen, Devon Ashby returns home twelve years later as a ruthless CEO, brilliant at negotiating deals, but emotionally stunted. In an instant all he’s struggled to build implodes. Amid the turmoil of saving his company from a hostile takeover, his engagement to a business partner’s high-society daughter hits the rocks. Compounding his troubles, he encounters his high school sweetheart, whose heart he smashed. The vulnerability she awakens leaves him at greater risk than all the crises he faces.

While restoring art in a billionaire’s private gallery, Hannah Moore is unwittingly drawn into the dysfunctional family’s confidences. When she discovers the rich developer behind her and her sick aunt’s eviction is the family’s black-sheep son—the lover she’s never gotten over—her desire turns to fury. Always one to avoid conflict, Hannah must stand up to Devon and the growing menace of someone who thinks she knows too much.

When a family member is murdered, Devon and Hannah become ensnared in sibling greed, festering jealousy, and a tragic secret that’s divided the family. Amid their reigniting passion they race to expose the killer before they become the next victims in this cat-and-mouse game of survival.


About Sarah Andre

Sarah Andre is a 2017 RITA® finalist, which is Romance Writers of America highest award of distinction. Sarah’s novels include: Capturing the Queen (2017), Tall, Dark and Damaged (2016) Locked, Loaded and Lying (2015), plus a short story in an anthology, From Florida with Love (2016.) She lives in serene Southwest FL with her husband and two naughty Pomeranians. When she’s not writing, Sarah is either reading novels, exercising to rude alternative rock music or coloring. Yes, you heard right. She’s all over those coloring books for adults. For more information please visit www.SarahAndre.com Facebook: facebook.com/SarahAndreNovels She is a member of Goodreads Twitter: @SarahRSWriter


Where to Buy:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tall-Dark-Damaged-Heroes-Book-ebook/dp/B01FTC8JKG

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tall-dark-and-damaged-nook-sarah-andre/1123876977?ean=2940158510748

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tall-dark-and-damaged/id1118714777

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997560701

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tall-dark-and-damaged


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30282498-tall-dark-and-damaged



Here’s the full list of RITA finalists

The RITA Award Ceremony will be held July 27, 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort during the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Readers can follow RWA on the following social media platforms for winner announcements: Facebook, Twitter, and  Instagram.

What is the RITA Award?

The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.
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10 responses to “RITA 2017 Award Finalist Spotlight: Romantic Suspense

  1. How cool! The One Minute to Midnight (Black Ops: Automatik) novel sounds good, but there’s no audiobook yet. Boo! My local library has the e-book format, but I’m realistic enough to admit I’d never read it in e-book format. Pretty much any new-to-me author these days has to have an audiobook format for me to read for me to give their novel a go.