The RITAs are the awards given by the Romance Writers of America (they are choosen by fellow writers) to the best of romantic fiction out there.
I was more interested in some of the award winners than others as there are several genres I don't usually read. Below are the 5 categories that grabbed my attention because I have the first three in the TBR pile and have read the last two.
RITA for Best Romantic Suspense Novel
Ice Blue - Anne Stuart
RITA for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Silent In The Grave - Deanna Raybourn
RITA for Best Paranormal
Lover Revealed - J R Ward
RITA for Best Historical Romance
Lessons of Desire - Madeline Hunter
RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever - Julia Quinn
You can find the full list of winners here