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RITA Romance Nominees Set Twitter On Fire!

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Every year, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) nominates the best in romance for the coveted RITA award, named after their first president, Rita Clay Estrada.  This year, RITA nominees did something that hasn’t been done before— the authors and their books were trending topics on Twitter yesterday and today as the nominees were announced. Categories, this year, include Best First Book, Erotic Romance, Young Adult Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance. You can view the full list of 2018 RITA nominees and finalists on the Romance Writers of America website. Winners will be announced later in the year and awarded at a black-tie ceremony during the 2018 RWA Conference in Denver, Colorado. Check out 2017 RITA Award winners below: Once and For…

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25 Years Ago, Eleanor Hibbert’s Death at Sea Ends Life-Long Historical Romance

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When English author Eleanor Hibbert died aboard a cruise ship 25 years ago on January 18, 1993, she didn’t die alone. Buried at sea somewhere between Athens and Egypt in the Mediterranean, Hibbert took with her at least eight pseudonyms, including Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, and Philippa Carr, to name only her three best-known. Hibbert’s long career produced 200 books that were translated into 20 languages, selling 100 million copies. After her death, her literary estate was valued at nearly 9 million pounds (which is almost $13 million US dollars today!). Hibbert’s final cruise was her usual solution for escaping cold, dark English winters. Her exotic destinations often turned up later in her books, and although she’d break for games…

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