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Went to the Romantic Novelists’ Awards Event – RoNAs

My first industry event as a published signed author was Monday night – felt very different, I must say! This is the grand library at One Whitehall Place – can you just about see none other than Barbara Taylor Bradford in the background?! It was a great night, had some lovely chats, including with two of the beta readers, Vanessa and Mary – Vanessa told me she loved Liz Earle. And – can’t get away from it – one of the lovely category WINNERS was Lucy Dillon herself, who told me she leaves QVC on at home for her Bassett Hounds to watch! Lol!

Fab night and loved being part of it. Who knows, maybe one day one of mine will be nominated! Julie Cohen’s was, here she is with me, another author Jean Fullerton (who writes the ‘Call Nurse Millie’ sagas) and Alison May, also with Choc Lit.

 

Barbara Taylor Bradford presented the awards, which was a huge honour for all concerned since most cited 'A Woman of Substance' as one of their key influences, and she was both funny and delightful, telling everyone, Brucie style, that the star shaped award was because 'you are a star,' and saying at one point in her own inimitable way that 'writing can be hard, but when it goes perfectly right, it's like having a good orgasm. She's 81!

 

Book of the Week – A Hundred Pieces of Me

So naturally my Book of the Week is one of the winners. Lucy Dillon’s lovely story takes her through the memories associated with the trinkets she is clearing out to make space in her house – with unexpected consequences. The judges loved it and she won the hotly contested Contemporary Romantic Novel category. Already highly reviewed, you can get it here on Amazon, where you'll see it has 4.3 out of 5 average over 106 reviews!

Go to bottom of page to find out more about it and the other winners on the Romantic Novelists Association site – in case you want to add some new authors to your collection! I've already downloaded 'THe Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, with 86 five star reviews, about a young Irish woman on the Titanic, a seamless blend of fact and fiction. My next book on audible, along with Lucy's! Yay!

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon since 14th March.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

 

 

FEATURE OF THE WEEK -

The winners of the RoNA awards 2015

 

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton

 

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.


Ella Harper, Pieces of You, Avon

 

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.


The Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, William Morrow, (Harper Collins)

 

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.


Lucy-Anne Holmes, Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Sphere (Little, Brown)

 

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Joss Stirling, Struck, Oxford University Press WHICH ALSO WON THE OVERALL ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

 

A gallery of images of authors and books can be found at http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/activities/photo_galleries

Well the big event in the romantic novelists’ calendar is nearly here – the RoNA’s – awarding excellence amongst the various genres at a glittering ceremony in London – see below for info. Julie Cohen is up for one award – fingers crossed for my mentor. See bottom of this blog for the whole list – especially if you’re looking for new books to read! The fact that they’re finalists means they must be good, IMO!

Also see below for an article which helps clarify some of those confusing words – like blatant versus flagrant, farther versus further – and many more. Plus one of my fave audiobook authors, Diana Gabaldon – see her talk in Oxford on Sunday 22nd March. Links below.

Deb’s book news  Well the latest from Choc Lit is that it looks like my Hawaiian Affair, their first steamy romance, is going to have a ‘Hot Choc Lit’ logo flash on the front and may well have a touch of the FSOG influence about it! Meanwhile, do check out the Choc Lit stable of books.

Choc Lit Latest

Other news –

-          which word’s which? Confusing words explained Are there any you don’t know? Some interesting facts – or have they got any wrong?! A writer pal and ex-English teacher says ‘among’ and ‘amongst’ are in fact interchangeable. Can you spot others? click here.

-          World Book Day  - thousands of schools, bookshops, libraries and websites are taking part in this year’s World Book Day Thurs 5th March – including going to school in Fancy Dress dressed as their fave book characters. One day I’ll find the pic of my Lauren aged about 5 dressed as the Tough Princess. #HappyMemories! More about World Book Day here.

-          Diana Gabaldon Talk – can’t wait for this one – on Sunday 22nd in Oxford, the Oxford Literary Festival includes a one hour talk at lunchtime by fave author Diana Gabaldon, author of the ‘Outlander’ series of books I’ve been reading of late. More info on the link below – maybe see you there, if you go too, come up and say hi, I’ll be with my writing pal Litty! click here.

-          Pay £150 to have lunch and meet an agent – non-fiction – am truly tempted, for my weight loss book! go here for more info – it’s on 21st March – 9.30-2.30pm. more here.

That’s it from me – do check out my archive bottom left, for far, far more articles and links to help you if you’re new to self-publishing or writing per se.

And do see the big feature at the bottom of this blog, about the RoNA’s – especially if you want to discover new authors! Every one on the short list is a must-read as far as I’m concerned!

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited run extended, the PG trilogy all in one paperback book! More news about it on my 'writing' page above… Available now on Amazon.

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

 

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

 

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

Plus - 12 Dates of Ex-Mas - short story originally, being expanded into a full length novel for Xmas 2015. 

 

 

RoNA’s night. The contenders have been announced for the RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) 2015 and the overall, most prestigious, award – The Romantic Novel of the Year 2015.

The awards comprise six categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, Young Adult Romantic Novel and the RoNA Rose Novel (for shorter and category romance) – with six authors shortlisted for each one.

Barbara Taylor Bradford, herself the author of thirty novels, will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2015 during a glittering ceremony in London on 16th March.

Once the category winners have been announced, and elegant star-shaped crystal trophies presented to mark their success, the winner of each category will go forward to compete for the overall prize of The Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  Barbara Taylor Bradford will reveal the author whose book has won the RNA's most prestigious and coveted award.

In addition to a special glass trophy, which is passed on from the previous year’s recipient, the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year will also receive a cheque for £5000 (five thousand pounds).

There were a record number of entries this year and 2015 also sees three male authors amongst those contesting the awards. Novels submitted cover a wide spectrum of topics and subjects. Readers can expect anything from ditzy romantic comedies, and hot steamy contemporary romance to intrigue, suspense and bold, fearless heroes in highly charged dramatic or historical situations.

Each book was read by a panel of three independent readers drawn from an ever-growing list of over 100 volunteers. The readers, who are not members of the RNA, come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 85. All have one thing in common: they are passionate about romantic novels.

Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction and its Chairman, Pia Fenton, commented, “The shortlists show that romantic fiction covers an amazing array of different sub-genres, all equal as far as we are concerned.  I love the diversity of the shortlisted books and authors, and I am thrilled that we had such a high number of entries this year, showing the popularity of this type of fiction. We are very grateful to all the publishers who supported these awards by sending us their entries.  Huge congratulations to all the authors who are shortlisted this year, it’s a great achievement!”

In previous years winners have included such well known and much loved names as  Joanna Trollope, Freya North, Rosie Thomas, JoJo Moyes and Rosamunde Pilcher.

The Category Shortlists
Listed in alphabetical order

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Julie Cohen, Where Love Lies, Bantam Press
Jenny Colgan, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop, Sphere (Little, Brown)
Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton
Ciara Geraghty, Now That I’ve Found You, Hodder & Stoughton
Jill Mansell, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, Headline Review
Katy Regan, The Story of You, Harper Fiction

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.

Elizabeth Buchan, I Can’t Begin to Tell You, Penguin Michael Joseph
Barbara Erskine, The Darkest Hour, Harper Fiction
Emma Fraser, We Shall Remember, Sphere (Little Brown)
Ella Harper, Pieces of You, Avon
Rosanna Ley, Return to Mandalay, Quercus
Alison McQueen, Under the Jewelled Sky, Orion Fiction

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.

Charlotte Betts, The Spice Merchant’s Wife,  Piatkus, (Little, Brown)
Stephen Burke, The Good Italian, Hodder & Stoughton
Marina Fiorato, Beatrice and Benedick, Hodder & Stoughton
Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home, William Morrow, (Harper Collins)
Susan Lanigan, White Feathers, Brandon (O’Brien Press)
Isabel Wolff, Ghostwritten, Harper Fiction

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.

David Atkinson, Love Byte, Buried River Press
Jane Costello, The Time of Our Lives, Simon & Schuster
Lucy-Anne Holmes, Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Sphere (Little, Brown)
Milly Johnson, The Teashop on the Corner, Simon & Schuster
Mhairi McFarlane, It’s Not Me, It’s You, Harper Fiction
Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice, The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me, Corgi

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Cat Clarke, A Kiss in the Dark, Quercus
Keren David, Salvage, Atom, (Little, Brown)
Imogen Howson, Unravel, Quercus
Sarra Manning, The Worst Girlfriend in the World, Atom, (Little, Brown)
Joss Stirling, Misty Falls, Oxford University Press
Joss Stirling, Struck, Oxford University Press

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Caroline Anderson, Risk of a Lifetime, Mills & Boon Medical Romance
Fiona Harper, Taming Her Italian Boss, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish
Margaret McPhee, The Gentleman Rogue, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Carol Townend, Unveiling Lady Clare, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Scarlet Wilson, The Heir of the Castle, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish

A gallery of images of authors and books can be found at http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/activities/photo_galleries

 

 

 

Well the big event in the romantic novelists’ calendar is nearly here – the RoNA’s – awarding excellence amongst the various genres at a glittering ceremony in London – see below for info. Julie Cohen is up for one award – fingers crossed for my mentor. See bottom of this blog for the whole list – especially if you’re looking for new books to read! The fact that they’re finalists means they must be good, IMO!

Also see below for an article which helps clarify some of those confusing words – like blatant versus flagrant, farther versus further – and many more. Plus one of my fave audiobook authors, Diana Gabaldon – see her talk in Oxford on Sunday 22nd March. Links below.

Deb’s book news  Well the latest from Choc Lit is that it looks like my Hawaiian Affair, their first steamy romance, is going to have a ‘Hot Choc Lit’ logo flash on the front and may well have a touch of the FSOG influence about it! Meanwhile, do check out the Choc Lit stable of books.

Choc Lit Latest

Other news –

-          which word’s which? Confusing words explained Are there any you don’t know? Some interesting facts – or have they got any wrong?! A writer pal and ex-English teacher says ‘among’ and ‘amongst’ are in fact interchangeable. Can you spot others? click here.

-          World Book Day  - thousands of schools, bookshops, libraries and websites are taking part in this year’s World Book Day Thurs 5th March – including going to school in Fancy Dress dressed as their fave book characters. One day I’ll find the pic of my Lauren aged about 5 dressed as the Tough Princess. #HappyMemories! More about World Book Day here.

-          Diana Gabaldon Talk – can’t wait for this one – on Sunday 22nd in Oxford, the Oxford Literary Festival includes a one hour talk at lunchtime by fave author Diana Gabaldon, author of the ‘Outlander’ series of books I’ve been reading of late. More info on the link below – maybe see you there, if you go too, come up and say hi, I’ll be with my writing pal Litty! click here.

-          Pay £150 to have lunch and meet an agent – non-fiction – am truly tempted, for my weight loss book! go here for more info – it’s on 21st March – 9.30-2.30pm. more here.

That’s it from me – do check out my archive bottom left, for far, far more articles and links to help you if you’re new to self-publishing or writing per se.

And do see the big feature at the bottom of this blog, about the RoNA’s – especially if you want to discover new authors! Every one on the short list is a must-read as far as I’m concerned!

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited run extended, the PG trilogy all in one paperback book! More news about it on my 'writing' page above… Available now on Amazon.

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

 

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

 

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

Plus - 12 Dates of Ex-Mas - short story originally, being expanded into a full length novel for Xmas 2015. 

 

 

RoNA’s night. The contenders have been announced for the RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) 2015 and the overall, most prestigious, award – The Romantic Novel of the Year 2015.

The awards comprise six categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, Young Adult Romantic Novel and the RoNA Rose Novel (for shorter and category romance) – with six authors shortlisted for each one.

Barbara Taylor Bradford, herself the author of thirty novels, will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2015 during a glittering ceremony in London on 16th March.

Once the category winners have been announced, and elegant star-shaped crystal trophies presented to mark their success, the winner of each category will go forward to compete for the overall prize of The Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  Barbara Taylor Bradford will reveal the author whose book has won the RNA's most prestigious and coveted award.

In addition to a special glass trophy, which is passed on from the previous year’s recipient, the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year will also receive a cheque for £5000 (five thousand pounds).

There were a record number of entries this year and 2015 also sees three male authors amongst those contesting the awards. Novels submitted cover a wide spectrum of topics and subjects. Readers can expect anything from ditzy romantic comedies, and hot steamy contemporary romance to intrigue, suspense and bold, fearless heroes in highly charged dramatic or historical situations.

Each book was read by a panel of three independent readers drawn from an ever-growing list of over 100 volunteers. The readers, who are not members of the RNA, come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 85. All have one thing in common: they are passionate about romantic novels.

Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction and its Chairman, Pia Fenton, commented, “The shortlists show that romantic fiction covers an amazing array of different sub-genres, all equal as far as we are concerned.  I love the diversity of the shortlisted books and authors, and I am thrilled that we had such a high number of entries this year, showing the popularity of this type of fiction. We are very grateful to all the publishers who supported these awards by sending us their entries.  Huge congratulations to all the authors who are shortlisted this year, it’s a great achievement!”

In previous years winners have included such well known and much loved names as  Joanna Trollope, Freya North, Rosie Thomas, JoJo Moyes and Rosamunde Pilcher.

The Category Shortlists
Listed in alphabetical order

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Julie Cohen, Where Love Lies, Bantam Press
Jenny Colgan, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop, Sphere (Little, Brown)
Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton
Ciara Geraghty, Now That I’ve Found You, Hodder & Stoughton
Jill Mansell, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, Headline Review
Katy Regan, The Story of You, Harper Fiction

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.

Elizabeth Buchan, I Can’t Begin to Tell You, Penguin Michael Joseph
Barbara Erskine, The Darkest Hour, Harper Fiction
Emma Fraser, We Shall Remember, Sphere (Little Brown)
Ella Harper, Pieces of You, Avon
Rosanna Ley, Return to Mandalay, Quercus
Alison McQueen, Under the Jewelled Sky, Orion Fiction

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.

Charlotte Betts, The Spice Merchant’s Wife,  Piatkus, (Little, Brown)
Stephen Burke, The Good Italian, Hodder & Stoughton
Marina Fiorato, Beatrice and Benedick, Hodder & Stoughton
Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home, William Morrow, (Harper Collins)
Susan Lanigan, White Feathers, Brandon (O’Brien Press)
Isabel Wolff, Ghostwritten, Harper Fiction

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.

David Atkinson, Love Byte, Buried River Press
Jane Costello, The Time of Our Lives, Simon & Schuster
Lucy-Anne Holmes, Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Sphere (Little, Brown)
Milly Johnson, The Teashop on the Corner, Simon & Schuster
Mhairi McFarlane, It’s Not Me, It’s You, Harper Fiction
Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice, The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me, Corgi

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Cat Clarke, A Kiss in the Dark, Quercus
Keren David, Salvage, Atom, (Little, Brown)
Imogen Howson, Unravel, Quercus
Sarra Manning, The Worst Girlfriend in the World, Atom, (Little, Brown)
Joss Stirling, Misty Falls, Oxford University Press
Joss Stirling, Struck, Oxford University Press

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Caroline Anderson, Risk of a Lifetime, Mills & Boon Medical Romance
Fiona Harper, Taming Her Italian Boss, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish
Margaret McPhee, The Gentleman Rogue, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Carol Townend, Unveiling Lady Clare, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Scarlet Wilson, The Heir of the Castle, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish

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