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Tyndale author Carla Laureano wins 2019 RITA® Award
for “The Saturday Night Supper Club”

CAROL STREAM, Ill.— July 29, 2019— Tyndale House Publishers is pleased to announce that Carla Laureano won the 2019 RITA® Award ( in the category of Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements. Laureano’s winning novel, The Saturday Night Supper Club, is the first installment in her fun and flirty three-book series for foodies.

On July 26, 2019, the Romance Writers of America hosted the 2019 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards at the 2019 RWA Annual Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. The RITA® is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction, recognizing excellence in published romance novels and novellas.

Jan Stob, acquisitions director of Tyndale fiction titles, shared, “We are convinced that Carla has a long, successful career ahead. We are thrilled that she has received this prestigious award and trust that this recognition will encourage fiction readers and foodies to savor her Supper Club series.”

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The RITA®—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. Up to 2,000 romance novels are entered in the RITA® competition in 13 different categories. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, entries that meet the qualifications to become a finalist then advance to the final round. Once RWA announces the RITA® finalists, judges evaluate and score these novels to determine the RITA® Award winners. The RITA® Award winners are announced at a black-tie awards ceremony at the RWA Annual Conference.  

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.

Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.

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