Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Romantic Novel Awards 2017 - The contenders are...


We are delighted to announce this years’ contenders for the RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) 2017 and the overall, most prestigious, award – The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

The Contemporary Romantic Novel, for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960, including genres such as chick lit and romantic suspense.

Falling, Julie Cohen, Black Swan                                                                       
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart, Ilana Fox, Orion
Dear Dad, Giselle Green, Yule Press                                                                 
Summer at the Comfort Food Café, Debbie Johnson, HarperImpulse               
The Sunshine and Biscotti Club, Jenny Oliver, HQ                                            
A Family Holiday, Bella Osborne, HarperImpulse                                             
The Second Love of My Life, Victoria Walters, Headline Review                       
We’ll Always Have Paris, Sue Watson, Sphere                                                  

The Epic Romantic Novel, for novels with serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.

Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie, Jean Fullerton, Orion
Little Girl Lost, Janet Gover, Choc Lit                                                               
The War Bride, Pamela Hart, Piatkus                                                                 
Who We Were Before, Leah Mercer, Lake Union Publishing                             
The Judge’s Wife, Ann O’Loughlin, Black & White Publishing                         

The Historical Romantic Novel, for novels set in a period before 1960.

Incognito, Caitlyn Callery, MuseItUp                                                               
London Calling, Helen Carey, Headline                                                             
It Was Only Ever You, Kate Kerrigan, Head of Zeus                                         
The Reckless Love of an Heir, Jane Lark, HarperImpulse                                 
Map of Stars, Catherine Law, Zaffre Publishing                                                

The Paranormal or Speculative Romance Novel, for romantic novels that include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, whether paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time slip or worlds that include ghosts, vampires or creatures of legend.

The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight, Christina Courtenay, Choc Lit                         
Max Seventeen, Kate Johnson, independently published                                   
An Ordinary Gift, Jan Jones, independently published                                      
Beloved Enemy, Hywela Lyn, The Wild Rose Press                                          

The Romantic Comedy Novel, for consistently humorous or amusing novels.

Girl Having a Ball, Rhoda Baxter, Choc Lit                                                      
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Joanna Bolouri, Quercus                       
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food, Cathy Bramley, Corgi                       
Letters From Lighthouse Cottage, Ali McNamara, Sphere                                
Out of Practice, Penny Parkes, Simon & Schuster                                             

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Billionaire, Boss…Bridegroom?, Kate Hardy, Mills & Boon Cherish              
The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide, Virginia Heath, Mills & Boon Historical 
Seven Nights With Her Ex, Louisa Heaton, Mills & Boon Medical Romance   
Unlocking Her Boss’s Heart, Christy McKellen, Mills & Boon Cherish
Christmas in the Boss’s Castle, Scarlet Wilson, Mills & Boon Cherish            

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.
Love Song, Sophia Bennett, Chicken House  
                                                    
Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice, Natasha Farrant, Chicken House   
New England Dreams, Pia Fenton, independently Published                            
Instructions for A Second-Hand Heart, Tamsyn Murray, Usborne Publishing 
All About the Hype, Paige Toon, Simon & Schuster                                            

This year the numbers of shortlisted books in each category varies, a change made by the committee to create a fairer reflection of the numbers of books being entered into those categories.  In addition, we’re delighted that for the first time four independently published books have been nominated, particularly as the authors are all long-standing RNA members.

For more details on the awards and how to obtain tickets please visit the RNA website and official news page.  


5 comments:

Unknown said...

35 shortlistees and no novels written by men. Men DO tend to hog most book prizes, but I find it hard to believe the nominations didn't include any 'male talent'.

Mark Thornton said...

Some of these names may be pseudonymous. Some men write romance novels under a women's name...

Judy Astley said...

Congratulations to all nominees - you're all fab. xxx

Evolution said...

The number 1 bestselling romantic comedy title on Amazon Kindle right now is "Mad Love" by Nick Spalding. David Nicholls is probably the bestselling romcom author in the UK over the last 10 years - "One Day" has sold over 5 million copies around the world. I honestly don't believe these shortlists reflect men writing as women. They do reflect large publishing house/imprint dominance, and the cliché of certain readers reading certain books.

janie millman said...

congrats to all who are shortlisted .. x