Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards

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Today is the day of the Romantic Novelists’ Association awards, now called the RONAs. It’s a glittering ceremony held at the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London, a celebration of romantic fiction in all its variety. There are awards for contemporary novels, historical novels, sagas, romantic comedies, young adult romances, and shorter-length romances. There’s also the Harry Bowling prize for unpublished novels.

So many of my friends are shortlisted for their fabulous books, and I can’t wait to cheer them on. But more than that, I can’t wait to cheer on romantic novels. The genre is so broad, so vibrant, and gives so many readers pleasure. I think it’s an entirely fitting thing to celebrate.

Of course it’s also an excuse for those of us who usually sit in front of our computers wearing pyjamas to get dressed up in a nice frock and shoes, go somewhere glamorous, and meet with our agents and editors and fellow authors. I am, this very moment, painting my nails Revlon Red to go with my black dress and bright red necklace (and thus typing very, very carefully).

If you’re on Twitter, you can keep up with the news and the winners as they’re announced by following the hashtag #RoNA.

In other news, I’ve chosen a winner at random for my newsletter giveaway…Rebecca Chapman will win a signed copy of The Summer of Living Dangerously.



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  1. Revlon Red … ooh, I like the sound of that. Have a wonderfully glam time! x

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