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RoNAs 2016

Lesley Field, Jane Jackson, Iona Grey and I

Jane Jackson, Lesley Field, Iona Grey and I

Had a lovely time at the RoNA Awards Event last night even though The Secret Kiss of Darkness didn’t win – huge congratulations to Iona Grey who won both our category and the overall prize of Romantic Novel of the Year!

As always, it was wonderful to be at the Gladstone Library, the perfect venue for any literary event, and it was fun to catch up with friends and fellow ChocLiphoto(6)teers, one of whom won the Contemporary category – congrats to Melanie Hudson!

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Fern Britton and compere Jane Wenham-Jones

The prizes were presented by TV personality and author Fern Britton and I really enjoyed all the thank you speeches, in particular those given by the two Outstanding Achievement Award winners, Claire Lorrimer and Anita Burgh.  They were both very amusing and were given a standing ovation by the audience – fab!

I’m sure there will be official photos soon, but here are some of mine!

Me with fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May, Linn Halton and Angela Britnell

Me with fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May, Linn Halton and Angela Britnell

The Gladstone Library

The Gladstone Library

The beautiful table decorations

The beautiful table decorations

RNA Summer Party

So the RNA’s annual Summer Party has been and gone, and sadly I didn’t win anything this time.  But I didn’t really mind because it was lovely to have been shortlisted and it was still an extraordinary evening of celebration for the whole Choc Lit team since Evonne Wareham won the Joan Hessayon Award for a new writer and Jane Lovering won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award!!  Huge congratulations to them!

Here are some photos, courtesy of talented photographer Marte Lundby Rekaa, of Evonne and Jane with their trophies, plus me and the other Choc-Liteers in party mode.  It was definitely a night to remember!

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Advance copies and RoNAs!

Seeing a pile of books with your name on it has to be one of the best feelings in the world!  And it was what happened to me this afternoon as the advance copies of The Silent Touch of Shadows arrived – yeah!  I was thrilled to see the finished version and love the cover – it definitely looks even better for real 🙂  It goes on sale at the beginning of July, can’t wait!

There’s more excitement to come next week at the RNA’s Summer Party, when the winner of The Romantic Novel of the Year Award (RNOTY) will be announced, as well as the winner of the Joan Hessayon Award for best new writer.  As I’m one of the finalists for the RNOTY, I was very happy to see an excellent article about it in today’s issue of the Daily Express (link here), written by Emma Lee-Potter.  Huge thanks to her for being so positive about romantic novels!