RITA Award Nomination for Plaid Tidings

Writing is an ocean of things to learn and I often feel as if I’m only dabbling my toes in the shallow end. But every now and then something affirming happens that lets me know I’m on the right track. This week the RITA nominations were announced.

What’s a RITA I hear you asking. It’s the romance world’s answer to the OSCAR. The award is a little golden statue and is named for Rita Clay Estrada, Romance Writers of America’s first president. The ceremony is the culmination of the annual National conference, complete with witty announcers and nominees in full evening dress. All that’s missing is the red carpet. 

I’ve been in Missouri this month overseeing renovations on the house we intend to move to in May. My DH called me on Wednesday and said someone from Texas had called me about some contest and asked me to call them back. Honestly, I’d forgotten that the RITA announcements were due at the end of March, but it flooded back into me at that moment. My fingers shook as I dialed the number and when Julie Kenner told me Plaid Tidings had been nominated in the Historical category, it was hard to breathe. No joke. I wasn’t this excited when I got “The Call” about my first book selling.

The reason is because my little Scottish Christmas story is enjoying some truly rare air. The Historical category is filled with some of my personal favorite authors. To have my work placed alongside theirs is such a thrill. Here’s the list of nominees. Bet you’ll see lots of YOUR favorites too. 

Any Duchess Will Do
by Tessa Dare
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward

The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

The Chieftain’s Curse
by Frances Housden
Harlequin, MIRA
Kate Cuthbert, editor

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan
Robin Harders and Keira Soleore, editors

Plaid Tidings by Mia MarloweDarius
by Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
by T J Bennett
Entangled Publishing, Edge
Liz Pelletier and Shannon Godwin, editors 

Duke of Midnight
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Lady and the Laird
by Nicola Cornick
Harlequin, HQN
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lyssa Keusch, editor 

The Luckiest Lady in London
by Sherry Thomas
Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Never Desire a Duke
by Lily Dalton
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Michele Bidelspach, editor

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor 

Plaid Tidings
by Mia Marlowe
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Alicia Condon, editor 

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
by Anna Campbell
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Rogue’s Proposal
by Jennifer Haymore
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Selina McLemore, editor 

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
by Anna Randol
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

Sonata for a Scoundrel
by Anthea Lawson

See why I’m so excited to be included? Now, with a field like this I don’t expect to win. I’m basking in the glow of having been nominated. It’s such an honor. And just looking at those names and titles gives me a serious fangirl moment.

But I do expect to get a terrific dress out of the deal!

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you. Now it’s your turn. Have you ever had a moment when you got some much needed encouragement, a shot in the arm, a timely “atta girl?” Share and you’ll be entered to win a print version of my PLAID TIDINGS!

10 thoughts on “RITA Award Nomination for Plaid Tidings

  1. Glenda says:


    I am glad I don’t have to chose the winner. You are all wonderful writers!

    Sadly I can’t think of any big thatta girls lately other than my husband about raising the kids. :-)

    Good luck with your move!

    1. Mia says:

      An atta girl about something as important as your parenting sounds pretty good to me. ;-)

  2. bn100 says:

    Congrats! Not really

  3. Melody May says:

    Congrats that’s so excited to be nominated.

    To answer your question, I started swimming again with a coach. I’m excited that he thinks my butterfly is pretty good. Which gave me the encouragement to aim to swim that in a swim meet.

    1. Mia says:

      Very cool, Melody! I love to swim too, though I’m not fast enough to do it competitively. It’s the only sort of exercise I can think of that doesn’t involve perspiration!

  4. Jane Lange says:

    That’s awesome! Congrats, I am so happy for you. Looking forward to seeing you at RT!!

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks so much, Jane. Unfortunately, I won’t be at RT this year. We’re moving right around that time. With all the boxing and unboxing and trying to get settled, I couldn’t add another thing to my plate. I’m so sorry to be missing you and all my other RT buddies. However, I am planning to be in San Antonio for RWA in July. Will you be there?

  5. Laurie Evans says:

    I saw that you were nominated! Very happy for you! I read Plaid Tidings on ebook, loved it! I’m working my way through your back list.

    1. Mia says:

      Oh, Laurie, that’s so sweet. My backlist titles are my bookbabies too and I’m so happy when a reader seeks them out.

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