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'll be taking a look at the nominees for Best First Series!

 

       

 

Harley Jane Kozak, Keeper of the Moon

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your first series romance?

The romance! I come from the world of mysteries, where there are rules to follow about dead bodies and suspects and jeopardy, but this book had those rules plus the mandate for the hero and heroine to be together on as many pages as possible. That took some doing and then the sex took some more doing — fun, yes, but I had to work to make it work!

Dani Collins, Proof of their Sin

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your first series romance?

Getting a publishing contract at all! I wrote for twenty-five years, trying many different romance genres but always coming back to Presents. This is a huge validation after so many years of waiting to see my name on a book in the store. Thanks, RT reviewers!

Jennifer Faye, Rancher to the Rescue

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your first series romance?

Rancher to the Rescue came about as part of a Harlequin Fast Track submission opportunity. The requirement was to submit a first chapter and they’d get back to the writer in a month. I sat down and plotted out three story ideas and then I wrote three openings chapters. Each story was quite different from the other. I passed around these opening chapters to a few trusted individuals and had them vote. It was unanimous. Rancher to the Rescue won. The most challenging part was keeping up with the editor requests as they kept wanting to read more of the story. To say I wrote like the wind that summer was an understatement. It was both thrilling and exhilarating. I walked away from that experience with both a book contract and the knowledge that I was capable of more than I’d ever dreamed.

Tara Pammi, A Hint of Scandal

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your first series romance?

The challenging part about writing the first series romance is also I think what makes them so good for a reader — it was about how to create a real, passionate relationship between two three-dimensional characters in such short a word count. 

These ladies certainly surmounted their challenges to create exciting, romantic series debuts! Many congratulations to these authors and their books on their 2013 Best First Series nominations, and check back tomorrow as we celebrate another set of award nominees. For the full list of 2013 award nominess, click here.

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