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The RoNAs are the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual awards for excellence in romantic fiction, and this year they comprise seven categories (one more than last year). My novel The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight is shortlisted in the newest category, Paranormal, as it features ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, and it’s lovely to be one of the first books acknowledged in this way. I’m up against some great RNA friends of mine – Jan Jones, Kate Johnson and Hywela Lyn – and it will be very exciting to see which one of us triumphs on the night.
As if that wasn’t wonderful enough, New England Dreams, written under my own name, has been shortlisted in the Young Adult category. I’m really pleased about this as it was self-published and this is the first time the RNA has allowed independently published books to feature on the shortlists. I may also be the first author to be shortlisted under two different names in the same year (?!), which would be an added bonus.
The awards event will be held on Monday 13th March and whatever happens I know it will be a fun evening – can’t wait!
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks that brought a major change to my life – I am no longer the chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. As of their AGM (on 21st May) I finished my term in office and was free to attend the RNA’s Summer Party as just another member – bliss! As you can see from the photos here (and below), it was a fun evening as always, hosted by my successor – the lovely Eileen Ramsay! I’m sure she’s going to be a fabulous chair and I wish her all the best!
I have enjoyed my two years as chair very much (have I told you I’m very bossy and love organising things?), but I can’t deny it’s eaten into my writing time (and other things) so it will be nice to get back to something resembling normality again. Since the party, I have already finished off a new Regency novella I’ve been meaning to work on for ages – which will hopefully be published in the not too distant future – and have been working on edits of book three in my YA series about the teenagers at Northbrooke High, New England TLC. With a bit of luck that will be published very soon!
Meanwhile, I had a mini holiday in Sweden visiting friends and relatives and catching up on my cinnamon bun consumption – trust me, they are truly delicious! I think I may need to do some baking very soon …
Last weekend I attended the Festival of Romance in Bedford and thoroughly enjoyed myself! At the moment, it’s the only event of its kind here in the UK, and if you ask me, we need more of them because it was such fun!
The weekend started with an Art & Romance evening on the Friday night at the newly opened Higgins Museum, which was great. We were given a quick tour and being a history buff, I really liked the China collection (especially the tea pots and caddies), fascinating pieces of furniture and other displays. The house itself was lovely too! After the tour, there were readings by authors of historical novels, including me. Most of us had dressed up in period costume and mine was that of an ordinary woman of the 1640s (English Civil War) – this was in order to fit the clothing of the heroine from my novel The Gilded Fan.
On the Saturday, there were lots of things going on at the same time – a Romance Fair, a Coffee & Cake morning with readings, an author panel (led by the brilliant Louise Graham), plus talks and workshops. I enjoyed all the events I took part in and only wished I’d had time to go to everything.
The day culminated with the FoR Ball and Awards, where Choc Lit triumphed as Publisher of the Year and a lot of my friends won other categories – Liz Fenwick for Best Romantic Read, Charlotte Betts for Best Historical Read, Fiona Harper for Best Short Romantic Novel, among many others. I also accepted an award on behalf of the Romantic Novelists’ Association who were inducted into the FoR Hall of Fame for “being a defining, driving and positive force for the genre since 1960” – well deserved I think!
All in all, it was a great weekend which even the miserable weather couldn’t put a dampener on!