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The RoNA Awards 2017 – Shortlistings!

As I’ve been away, I’m a bit late posting about this, but I was absolutely over the moon to find out that not just one, but TWO of my books have been shortlisted for this years RoNAs!

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.

New England Dreams by Pia FentonAs 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!


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!


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

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

The Gilded Fan is a Winner!

This year’s RoNA’s (the RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards) took place in the gorgeous Gladstone Library at One Whitehall in London, and I think a good time was had by all!  The pink fizz was flowing, the canapés were delicious and the tables were covered in pink heart-shaped chocolates (my personal favourite, of course!).  As always, at an RNA gathering, the noise levels had to be heard to be believed.

There were lots of witty speeches (although probably not mine – can’t actually remember what I said), and I particularly enjoyed those of Milly Johnson, Dr David Hessayon and Helen Fielding.  The awards were presented by the lovely Darcey Bussell and it was a great pleasure to meet her.

For me, it was an extra special evening as The Gilded Fan won the Historical category, despite being shortlisted together with amazing authors Liz Harris, Charlotte Betts, Carol McGrath, Annie Murray and Joanna Hickson.  I was so thrilled the readers had chosen my story – huge thanks to them, whoever they are!  (Readers for the award are anonymous)  And of course, a massive thank you to the wonderful Choc Lit team who believed in this story and published the book!

The RNA’s press release can be found here.

With Darcey Bussell

With Dr David Hessayon

All the RoNA winners with Ms Bussell

Presenting flowers to the lovely Katie Fforde

Awards and shortlisting

Today I was absolutely thrilled to find out  The Gilded Fan has won a coveted 2013 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award from the wonderful Single Titles website!  This is a huge honour and I’m so pleased they liked my story – many thanks to the lovely reviewers!  The full list of winners can be found here.

Yesterday was the day the Romantic Novelists’ Association announced the shortlists for their RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) and I’m very happy to have two books selected – The Gilded Fan in the Historical category and New England Rocks in the YA group.  Many thanks to the readers and organisers who do such a massive job and congratulations to all my fellow shortlistees!

And finally, today is release day for The Soft Whisper of Dreams, the digital only sequel to The Secret Kiss of Darkness.  Here is the blurb:-

Some dreams shouldn’t come true …

Maddie Browne thought she’d grown out of the recurring dream that plagued her as a child, but after a shocking family secret is revealed, it comes back to haunt her – the same swing in the same garden, the kind red-haired giant and the swarthy arms which grab her from behind and try to take her away …

In an attempt to forget her troubles, Maddie travels to Devon to spend time with her friends, Kayla and Wes. However, it becomes clear that relaxation will not be on the agenda after a disturbing encounter with a gypsy fortune teller. Not to mention the presence of Wes’s dangerously handsome brother, Alex.

And then there’s the fact that Maddie’s dream seems to be coming true …

It’s been quite a week!

The RoNA’s 2013!

Susanna Kearsley, Charlotte Betts and Kate Furnival

I had a wonderful time at the RoNA Awards event on Tuesday evening, even though The Silent Touch of Shadows didn’t win its category.  The lovely Charlotte Betts won Best Historical Romantic Novel with The Apothecary’s Daughter – well deserved as it’s a fabulous book!

Other winners were Katie Fforde (Best Contemporary), Jenny Colgan (Best Rom Com), Rowan Coleman (Best Epic), Victoria Lamb (Best YA) and Sarah Mallory (RoNA Rose Award) – huge congratulations to all of them!  For lots of photos, have a look at the RNA website and blog.

I’ve been laid low with flu, so won’t post a long report, but here are a couple of more photos from the event!

Berni Stevens, Kate Johnson and Rachel Skinner

Susanna with Brigid Coady

Sue Moorcroft with Susanna and Brigid

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!

‘Highland Storms’ a Winner!!!

I still can’t quite believe it, but at the wonderful RNA Awards Event yesterday, in the Gladstone Library at One Whitehall Place, Highland Storms won the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel!!!

The shortlist for that category comprised some amazing novels by Jean Fullerton, Rachel Hore, Marina Fiorato and Christie Dickason, so I felt very honoured to be in their company, let alone be given this award!  Huge thanks to the readers, the organiser and the RNA.

Below are some photos from the event and also of the beautiful bouquet of flowers which I’ve just received from my lovely mum, to whom Highland Storms is dedicated – thank you!  Many thanks also to everyone who has congratulated me, I really appreciate your support!

You can read more about the awards on the RNA website and on the special Awards website here.

Almost forgot – fellow Choc-Liteer Jane Lovering won Best Romantic Comedy with her brilliant Please Don’t Stop the Music and Kate Johnson was shortlisted with her wonderful novel The Untied Kingdom – congratulations to them too!

Official photo by Marte Lundby Rekaa

With fellow Choc Lit authors Kate Johnson and Jane Lovering