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The following awards were announced at the Romance Writers of America 2000 National Conference in Washington, D.C., July 26-29.

RITA 2000 Awards
(for Romances Published in 1999)

Book: Kristin Gabriel, Annie, Get Your Groom Traditional: Annie, Get Your Groom
by Kristin Gabriel
Book: Anne McAllister, The Stardust Cowboy Short Contemporary Series: The Stardust Cowboy
by Anne McAllister
Book: Suzanne Brockmann, Undercover Princess Long Contemporary Series: Undercover Princess
by Suzanne Brockmann
Book: Jeanette Baker, Paranormal Paranormal: Nell
by Jeanette Baker
Book: Dee Henderson, Danger in the Shadows Inspirational: Danger in the Shadows
by Dee Henderson
Book: Marianne Willman, Once Upon A Star Novella: "Starry, Starry Night"
by Marianne Willman, from Once Upon A Star
Book: Isolde Martyn, The Maiden and the Unicorn Best First Book: The Maiden and the Unicorn
by Isolde Martyn
Book: Nancy Butler, The Rake's Retreat Regency: The Rake's Retreat
by Nancy Butler
Book: Judith Ivory, The Proposition Short Historical: The Proposition
by Judith Ivory
Book: Patricia Ryan, Silken Threads Long Historical: Silken Threads
by Patricia Ryan
Book: Bayle Wilson, The Bride's Protector Romantic Suspense: The Bride's Protector
by Gayle Wilson
Book: Suzanne Brockmann, Body Guard Contemporary Single Title: Body Guard
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y Suzanne Brockmann

Golden Heart Awards
for 1999's Best Unpublished Manuscripts

Traditional Series Romance: Cruising for Love by Tami Denise Cowden

Short Contemporary Series: Skinny Dipping in the Vedigree River by Barbara Dunlop

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Long Contemporary Series: Night Dreams by Carolyn H. LaFever

Contemporary Single Title: Selena's Revenge by Abigail M. Lederman

Short Historical: Circle of Honor by Carol Lynn Umberger

Long Historical: Shades of Honor by Wendy Sue Bores

Romantic Suspense/Gothic: In Deep Water by Barbara Cool Lee

Paranormal: Hagan's Pride by Linda S. Rooks

RWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Rita Clay Estrada (the RWA charter member for whom the RITA was named)

ARTemis Award for Outstanding Romance Cover Art
(for Books Published in 1999)

Book: Eloisa James, Potent Pleasures Long Historical: Marietta Anastassatos, art director,
Potent Pleasures
by Eloisa James
Book: Shirley Hailstock, Opposites Attract Long Contemporary Series: (no artist listed)
Opposites Attract by Shirley Hailstock
Book: Lynn Bailey, Flowers by Moonlight Paranormal: Franco Accornero, art director,
Flowers by Moonlight by Lynn Bailey
Book: Anne Stuart, et al, Valentine Babies Novella: (no artist listed) Valentine Babies by
Anne Stuart, Tara Taylor Quinn, & Jule McBride
Book: Melissa McClone, Fiance for the Night Short Contemporary Series:
John Monteleone, Artist,
Fiance for the Night by Melissa McClone
Book: Brenda Hiatt, Scandalous Virtue Short Historical: Jon Paul Ferrara, Artist,
Scandalous Virtue by Brenda Hiatt
Book: Lori Copeland, Hope Inspirational: Michael Dudash, Art Director,
Hope by Lori Copeland
Book: Meryl Sawyer, Half Moon Bay Contemporary Single Title: Janice Rossie, Art Director,
Half Moon Bay by Meryl Sawyer
not available
Regency: Tom Knobloch, Cover Photo,
Miss Thornrose and the Rake by Geraldine Burrows
Book: Terry Campbell, Mr. Wrong Traditional: Carol Pringle, Artist,
Mr. Wrong by Terry Campbell