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On the RoNA Shortlists!

The RoNA (RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards) shortlists have been announced and I am thrilled to have The Secret Kiss of Darkness nominated in the Historical Romantic Novel category!  I have known for a while but was sworn to secrecy so it’s lovely to be able to tell everyone at last 🙂

I’m up against some fabulous historical authors and am very much looking forward to reading their books.  Here’s the list:-

2016 historical books








and here are the author photos:-

2016 authors Historical-1




(photos courtesy of the RNA and put together by the lovely Janet Gover)




Special shout out for fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May and Angela Britnell who are also shortlisted in various categories – so exciting!

The awards ceremony is on the 7th March – please keep your fingers crossed for me!

RoNAs 2015

The wonderful Gladstone Library

The wonderful Gladstone Library

The RNA’s annual awards event, the RoNAs, was held last night at the wonderful Gladstone Library, One Whitehall.  It was a celebration of the very best in romantic fiction and the awards were presented by the amazing Barbara Taylor Bradford, herself the author of thirty romantic novels.

The lovely compere Jane Wenham-Jones introduced the shortlists and the winners were:-

Contemporary category – Lucy Dillon

Epic category – Ella Harper

Historical category – Hazel Gaynor

Romantic Comedy category – Lucy-Anne Holmes

RoNA Rose category – Louise Allen

Young Adult category – Joss Stirling

And the overall winner of The Romantic Novel of the Year was Joss Stirling with her YA novel Struck, a wonderful story with a quirky hero and a multi-cultural heroine.  A truly worthy winner!

For me, it was my last awards event as chairman of the RNA so I was very glad everyone seemed to enjoy it.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s!

Making a speech

Making a speech

With fellow ChocLiteer Alison May

With fellow ChocLiteer Alison May

TSTOS on RoNA shortlist!

Today the Romantic Novelists’ Association released the shortlists for this years’ RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) and I was absolutely delighted to find The Silent Touch of Shadows nominated in the Historical category!

The complete lists can be found here and the winners of all the categories will be announced at an awards event on 26th February, which is to be held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.  The prizes will be presented by Richard & Judy!

A lot of my RNA friends were also nominated – congratulations to them all!  I’m especially thrilled to find my fellow ChocLiteer Sue Moorcroft in the Contemporary category with her novel Dream a Little Dream, my fellow “Heroine Addict” Susanna Kearsley with The Rose Garden up against me in the Historical category and Victoria Connelly nominated in the Rom Com category with The Runaway Actress.

I’m very much looking forward to the awards event!

Festival of Romance Fun!

Just back from the Festival of Romance weekend in Bedford, and what a weekend it turned out to be!  The Silent Touch of Shadows won the Best Historical Read category of the FoR Awards, which was an absolutely wonderful surprise!  Especially as I was up against such amazing books, all written by my lovely friends as I mentioned in the last post.  Huge thanks to the organiser of FoR, Kate Allan, the organiser of the FoR Awards, Sarah Taylor, and the reading panel led by Louise Graham!

That wasn’t all though as my lovely publisher Choc Lit also won a prize – Publisher of the Year – which was brilliant!  Huge congratulations to everyone on the Choc Lit team 🙂

Here are some photos from the Awards Ball, courtesy of Liz Fenwick and Michael Matthews – many thanks to them for allowing me to post these!

Me and Sue Moorcroft (winner in the contemporary category last year) who presented the prize

The nominees (from left) - me, Liz Harris, Nicola Cornick, Jenny Barden, Jean Fullerton and Charlotte Betts, plus Sue Moorcroft

Festival of Romance 2012 – Nomination!

It’s almost time for this year’s Festival of Romance and I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for one of the awards – Best Historical Read – for The Silent Touch of Shadows!  I’m in great company, with fellow authors and friends Liz Harris, Jean Fullerton, Jenny Barden, Nicola Cornick and Charlotte Betts also nominated for this prize.  My publisher Choc Lit has been nominated for the Publisher of the Year Award and Choc Lit authors Sue Moorcroft and Jane Lovering are among authors nominated for several other prizes.  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the gala ball on 16th November!  (For more information on all the shortlists please see here)

The Festival is taking place in the centre of Bedford this time, so if you’re anywhere near there, please come along – it’s going to be great fun!  There are still tickets for some of the events available and the Romance Fair, held in the Howard Room of the Corn Exchange on Saturday 17th November between 10.00-17.00 is free for everyone.  On the Sunday, I’m attending the ‘Historical Afternoon Tea’ at the Park Inn (3.30pm) – if you like historical romance and scones, do come (but don’t forget to book in advance)!  Sounds like a great combination to me 🙂

I’ll be there from Friday to Sunday and hope to see some of you there!