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My RITA category suggestions

So RWA hatin’ on the hot books has come up again. So far there hasn’t been any shrieking like a wild banshee, so it’s an interesting conversation. (But it’s still early, of course.)

Anyway, here are my suggestions for the single title RITA categories:

Best Contemporary Romance
Best Romance Featuring Smokin’ Hot Sex
Best Romance Featuring Dead Bodies
Best Romance Set Before Microwaves
Best Woo-Woo Romance
Best Romance Featuring Characters Who Talk To God Other Than When Facing Impending Doom

11 comments to “My RITA category suggestions”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:34 pm · Link

    :lmao: I laughed so loud the dogs are giving me weird looks.

    Those are perfect

  2. HelenKay Dimon
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Still trying to figure out what a “woo woo” romance is, but loving these. Run for the RWA Board. Do it.

  3. Shannon
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Tis flawed, though. What if your woo-woo folks are having smokin’ hot sex…

    In a stagecoach.

    I’m glad the real categories aren’t my job. :tomato:

  4. Shannon
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Woo-woo = paranormal.


  5. Shannon
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:38 pm · Link

    And what if your hero’s a vampire?

    Would you have a woo-woo romance…or a romance featuring a dead body? :eyebrow:

  6. Alison Kent
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:41 pm · Link

    I think these offer the PERFECT solution! LOVE the before microwaves category!

  7. Jody Wallace
      · March 31st, 2009 at 2:47 pm · Link

    What about sf/f or future-set books that have no “woo woo”? I guess we’d have to define woo woo. Some may assume you mean something about a train or that it was a typo of woo hoo, which I hope all romances have somewhere :)

  8. BadBarb
      · March 31st, 2009 at 3:05 pm · Link

    :clap: Roflmao I love the category suggestions. I don’t understand how the RWA continually discriminates against authors who write hot and steamy woohoo. I think that it is so wrong on so many levels.

    If your an organization for romance writers you should support ALL romance writers, whether they write the hot stuff or the cold stuff and whether it is released on dead trees or the internet.

  9. Charlene
      · March 31st, 2009 at 3:17 pm · Link

    You forgot Best Romance featuring Hero and Heroine under 18 years of age.

  10. Charlene
      · March 31st, 2009 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Also, what if your book has smokin’ hot sex and dead bodies? :write:

  11. Karen Templeton
      · March 31st, 2009 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Oh. Just got “before microwaves.” :doh:

    Y’know, because I was thinking dey were doing it in front of the microwave. As opposed to before microwaves were invented.

    ‘Scuse the ‘splody head. Which comes from wanting to knock a few non-‘splody heads together, sigh. :bang:

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