2013 RT Awards Nominees Celebration: Contemporary Love & Laughter

Every year, the review staff at RT Book Reviews reads and rates more than three thousand books. And when each year draws to a close, we pick the best of the bunch for our readers to enjoy — the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the next few weeks, leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re going to be celebrating the nominations for many of these awards, across genres. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all these wonderful authors, and, hey, if you find a great new book to read, all the better!

Today, we celebrate the nominees of Contemporary Love and Laughter!



Beth Albright

What’s the funniest thing that happens to your heroine in Wedding Belles?

My narrator, my heroine Vivi’s maid of honor, gets her bangs stuck in the bride’s dress zipper — a side zipper that stops just under the armpit of the bride. She has to get cut out of the bride’s armpit in order to be free. Her new “look” is a bi-level — in the same style as one of the wedding planners. When he sees it, he’s so flattered! 

Tell us a joke!

What do you call a fat psychic?

A “four chin” teller.


Ruthie Knox

What’s the funniest thing that happens to your heroine in Flirting With Disaster?

Most of the funny things that happen to Katie are of the “this will be funny a year from now” variety. Like the part where she has the world’s least satisfying make out session with an internationally famous musician who later admits to being gay.

Tell us a joke!

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Because he was stapled to the skunk.


Janis Thomas, Sweet Nothings

Who’s your favorite funny contemporary romance writer?

How can I choose just one? There are so many terrific authors in this genre, all of whom are an inspiration to me. Making a reader laugh-out-loud is not an easy thing to do. I have to give props to Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella. And despite the fact her romantic comedies were screenplays, I probably wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for Nora Ephron.

Tell us a joke!

Although I am known for writing humorous fiction, I’m absolute crap at telling a joke. Always have been. So I’ll tell you a joke my nine-year-old son made up:

Question: What do you call a battle between a hamburger and a meatball?

Answer: A meat-brawl.


Susan Mallery, Two of a Kind

Who’s your favorite funny contemporary romance author?

Favorite. See, that word always gets me in trouble. I’ve been a writer for a long time, and most of my friends are writers. I love them all. I can’t name a favorite without hurting a lot of feelings. So instead, let’s go with the author who most recently made me laugh. That was Christine Rimmer in How to Marry a Princess.

Tell us a joke!

A husband and wife are sitting together in front of the fireplace, sharing a bottle of wine.

“I love you more than words can say,” the wife says. “I don’t know how I would get through the day without you.”

“Is that you talking, or the wine?” the husband asks.

“That’s me,” the wife replies, “talking to the wine.”


Jill Shalvis

What’s the funniest thing that happens to your heroine in Rumor Has It?

When our good girl heroine gets a little intoxicated at a wedding event and attempts to seduce the not-necessarily-a-good-guy hero.

Tell us a joke!

Question: How do you tell the difference between a snow man and a snow woman?

Answer: Snow balls

No wonder these ladies write such funny contemporary romances! Join us in congratulating them on their nominations for 2013 Best Contemporary Love & Laughter, and check back tomorrow as we celebrate another set of award nominees. For the full list of 2013 award nominees, click here.