Monday, July 31, 2006

Presenters, winners, and more

God knows who did the voiceover, but his voice had all the iconic bombast of the Oscars announcers. Great fun. UPDATE via Laura Hayden in the comments: The voiceovers at the awards ceremony (the intros and the "Peachtree Road" parody) were done by Steve Meredith of MeWe Productions. He was the gentleman in the production booth calling all the production cues. (Thanks Laura!)

The mistress of ceremonies was Nora Roberts. The pic I took of her at this point was too horrendous, even for me, to post. She was funny, sexy, with the voice and presence of a 1920s chanteuse. They then switched to a movie made for the evening called "Fact or Fiction," which traced the evolution of stereotypes about romance authors, agents, editors, publishers and fans to their depiction in the movies.

The movie opened with cops racing to an old mansion where they discovered the body of an old stereotype floating in the pool.
Body of a dead stereotype

Then they showed clips from movies featuring writers including the much beloved and loudly cheered, Romancing The Stone
Romancing the Stone

And Paperback Hero (that's the back of Hugh Jackman's head, curse me!)
Paperback Hero

And now, without further ado, here are photos of the presenters and winners of the Golden Hearts and RITAs (I am sure I mixed up half of the photos, names, and categories, so please correct me, but be gentle :) )

P: presenter
W: winner

ABF: winner not present, accepted by friend
NPA: no picture available (or it's one of the mystery photos)

Best Short Contemporary Romance (P: Nina Bruhns, W: Yvonne Harris ABF Kathleen Long)
Nina Bruhns and .....

Best Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript (P: Gail Barrett W: Laurie Kellogg)
Gail Barrett

Laurie Kellogg

Missing pics of the paranormal presenter and winner for now, will post later (long story about me and my idiocy with cameras)

Best Inspirational Romance (P: Myra Johnson W: Lora Bale) larger pic

Myra Johnson Lora Bale

Best Short Historical Romance (P: Chris Merrill W: Christine Diehm NPA)
Chris Merrill

Best Long Historical Romance (P: Victoria Dahl W: Donna MacMeans)
Julie Ann Linker (?)

Donna MacMeans

Help me with the next bunch please.

Mystery Photo #1
Presenter for ????

Heather Koenig, winner of GH for Young Adult Romance
Presenter for ????

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (P: Gemma Halliday W: Kathleen Beaver)
Presenter for ????

GH Winner of?

Holli Bertram
Presenter for ????

Jo Robertson, winner of the GH Romantic Suspense categoryWinner

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance (P: Lorelle Marinello W: Donna Meier ABF/NPA)


Best Traditional Romance (P: Nicole Burnham W: Marion Lennox NPA?)
Nicole Burnham

Best Short Contemporary Romance Novel (P: Barbara McCauley W: Liz Fielding ABF/NPA)

Best Long Contemporary Romance (P: Inglath Cooper W: Dianna Love Snell)
Inglath Cooper

Dianna Love Snell

Best Paranormal Romance (P: Lori Handeland W: Linnea Sinclair)
Lori Handeland

Linnea Sinclair

Best Inspirational Romance (P: Gayle Roper W: Beth Pattillo)
Gayle Roper

Beth Pattillo

Best Romantic Novella (P: Christie Ridway W: Alesia Holliday)
Christie Ridgway

Alesia with RITA

Best First Book (P: Susan Crandall W: Stephanie Feagan)
Susan Crandall

Stephanie Feagan

Best Regency Romance (P: Sophia Nash W: Diane Gaston)
Sophia Nash

Diane Gaston

Best Short Historical Romance (W: Christina Dodd P: Jodi Thomas)
Christina Dodd

(Jodi was also inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA in the same category)
Jodi Thomas

Best Long Historical Romance (P: Madeline Hunter W: Liz Carlyle NPA/NBF)
Madeline Hunter

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (P: Evelyn Vaughn W: Barbara Samuel)
Evelyn Vaughn

Barbara Samuel

Best Romantic Suspense (P: Linda Howard W: Nora Roberts w/a JD Robb)
Linda Howard

(Click on Nora pics for a little more commentary)
Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb

Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb 2

Best Contemporary Single Title (P: Jenny Crusie W: Susan Wiggs ABF)
Jenny Crusie


At Monday, July 31, 2006 6:38:00 PM, Blogger Lis said...

I think mystery photo #3 is Gemma Halliday

At Monday, July 31, 2006 6:48:00 PM, Blogger Gina Black said...

#4--Kathleen Beaver
#7--Lorelle Marinello
#8--Barbara McCauley

At Monday, July 31, 2006 7:06:00 PM, Blogger Lis said...

woman in white would be Dianna Love Snell

At Monday, July 31, 2006 7:10:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Lis and Gina!

Lis -- I thought woman in white was Dianna too, even labelled her that way, remembering her as the woman with the motorcycle pic but when I looked at the Avon list of winners, her name doesn't appear, so I started to doubt my memory. I better go check another list.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 8:11:00 PM, Blogger Lis said...

Welks! There's a picture, I think its on Alesia's blog of her w/ Dianna with both their ritas so maybe the avon list is wrong?

At Monday, July 31, 2006 8:15:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Yeah, I went and checked the RWA site to confirm Dianna's win. Hopefully I didn't misname any other winners. :)

At Monday, July 31, 2006 9:39:00 PM, Blogger Kate R said...

the elegant person accepting the award for the absent golden heart is Kathleen Long.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 9:40:00 PM, Blogger Kate R said...

oh and it's Nina Bruhns giving her the award. Both GREAT writers!!!!!!

At Tuesday, August 01, 2006 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Sara Dennis said...

Mystery photo #6 is Jo Robertson, who won the GH Romantic Suspense category.

At Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:19:00 AM, Blogger Stephanie Feagan said...

Mystery Photo # 5 is Holli Bertram.

Thanks for posting these!

Stef, who regrets I didn't have time to really fix my hair - and that I failed to lose the pesky 20 pounds that insists on following me about... :)

At Saturday, August 05, 2006 1:39:00 AM, Anonymous Laura Hayden said...

The voiceovers at the awards ceremony (the intros and the "Peachtree Road" parody) were done by Steve Meredith of MeWe Productions. He was the gentleman in the production booth calling all the production cues.

At Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:03:00 AM, Blogger randy said...

Hey, Brava! What a great job you did with all the photos! Makes me feel like I was there! Oh, wait. I was. :)


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