Australian author Fiona Lowe wins 2012 RITA for Boomerang Bride

Australian author Fiona Lowe wins 2012 RITA for Boomerang Bride

Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe -- Australian editionCongratulations to Australian author Fiona Lowe for her 2012 RITA win for Boomerang Bride! 

Australian author Fiona Lowe has won the romance industry’s top accolade with her debut single title, Boomerang Bride, winning the 2012 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance. This is Lowe’s first RITA win as well as the first RITA for Boomerang Bride publisher Carina Press, the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Books.

Although not set in Australia, Boomerang Bride features an Australian heroine, Matilda, who travels to a small Wisconsin town to meet her fiance—only to find out that she has been scammed. Matilda’s frequent use of Australian slang—and the comments and confusion it causes—is one of the book’s unique selling points.

Fiona Lowe at the 2012 RITA awards (Photo: @SmartBitches)

In her acceptance speech, Lowe revealed that her manuscript went through 32 agent queries and 12 editor rejections before it was picked up by Carina Press. Lowe’s win will no doubt be seen by many in the industry as a positive sign for romance e-publishers and e-published authors.

In the past, e-published authors and digital-first publishers have struggled to have their work recognised not only in publishing circles but within RWA itself. 2012 is the first year that digital-first titles have been awarded a RITA—one for Lowe’s book and the other for Caroline Linden’s novella, I Love The Earl, published by Avon Impulse.

Lowe lives in southern Victoria and has written medical romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon since 2006. Boomerang Bride, Lowe’s first single title romance, is available in digital format via Carina Press. Following the book’s RITA nomination, the Australian division of Harlequin has also released Boomerang Bride in print under its MIRA imprint.

Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe -- Australian editionThe Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe -- US edition

You can buy Boomerang Bride from the following booksellers:

AUSTRALIA: Booktopia | Fishpond | Harlequin (publisher) | Other
EBOOKS: Books On Board | Booku | Carina Press (publisher) | Diesel | | Kindle UK | Kindle US
WORLDWIDE: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository | Library

The RITA Awards, considered by most authors to be the Oscards equivalent for romance fiction, is awarded annually to members of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Other 2012 winners include:

  • Historical Romance — The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (Berkley)
  • Regency Historical Romance — A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare (Avon)
  • Paranormal Romance — Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Berkley) Reviewed by Wandergurl and Kat
  • Contemporary Series Romance — Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan (Harlequin Presents)
  • Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure — Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees (Harlequin Romantic Suspense)
  • Inspirational Romance — The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller (Revell)
  • Romantic Suspense — New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb (Penguin Putnam)
  • Romance Novella — I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden (Avon Impulse)
  • Best First Book — First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Young Adult Romance — Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Macmillan Feiwel & Friends)
  • Novel with Strong Romantic Elements — How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal (Ballantine Bantam Dell)

The full list of winners can be found on the RWA website.


  1. Marg says:

    I just finished this book this morning, which was good timing on my part! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would totally read more from her. My library doesn’t have any of her medical romances though.

  2. Serena Tatti says:

    I am absolutely thrilled about Fiona’s win! Thoroughly deserved! I can recommend all of Fiona’s books! Fiona knows her craft and all of her books are full of emotional tension, the characters are well fleshed out and very real, the plot is tight and the storyline keeps you turning the pages. I loved Boomerang Bride and adore her Medicals!

  3. Kat says:

    Marg — Library fail! Not even as ebooks?

    Serena — I’m not a big fan of the Medical line in general, but if I were to try one of Lowe’s titles, which one would you say is her best so far?

    Rachael — I’m excited, too—for Fiona and also for Carina!

  4. Serena Tatti says:

    Hi Kat,
    Do I have to pick just one? I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with Fiona on all her books. Her process is amazing. The conflicts are always strong and multi-layered. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. I always tell people if they want to read a wonderfully crafted category romance, with great conflicts, three-dimensional characters, and is still a good heart-thumping read, pick up any of Fiona’s books.

    Single Dad’s Triple Trouble (which is a 2012 RWAus R*BY finalist!) is one of my favourites, about a single dad with triplet sons who is trying his best to cope as best he can. Another favourite is The Surgeon’s Chosen Wife – who doesn’t love a tortured hero!! But I truly love all of Fiona’s books!
    I’m not sure when you last read a Medical, but they have changed. There are only two or three medical scenes and they are always integral to the story. They’re not usually gory, though they might be life-threatening. And many of the Medicals have become a little racier in the last couple of years. You should be able to find Letting Go With Dr Rodriguez onshelf in Australia soon (it’s an August release).

    Happy reading

  5. Kat says:

    Serena — I think the last Medical I read was in 2009! I’ll have to look out for Fiona’s next Medical. I mustn’t forget that the lines also evolve time and it’s probably a good time to revisit it. Thanks heaps! :D

  6. Marg says:

    Actually, I lied. I think I was looking up Rachel Lowe on the catalogue instead of Fiona Lowe. #libraryuserfail.

    They don’t have this book but they do have a few of her Medical ones so I might request a couple and see how they are.

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