A night to remember

Candles and chandeliers. And books. It’s a fabulous setting.

Last night the Romantic Novelists Association held their Romantic Novel of the Year Awards Ceremony. This is a glittering evening of canapés and bubbles in the wonderful Gladstone Library in Whitehall Place.

It was particularly special for me this year, because my book Little Girl Lost was shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the year – a category that includes books with a central romance at the heart, but that cover broader issues and themes as well.

To cut a long story short – I WON!!!!

Yes.. I cried. In fact, the lovely Prue Leith who was handing out the awards gave me her tissues. Thank you Prue.

I was so excited, I can barely remember my acceptance speech – but a few people have told me it was very nice.

Also very nice is the beautiful glass star that now sits in my office.


It is so pretty!!!!

Thank you to the RNA, and the judges and the award organisers and everyone involved. I am thrilled and honoured to hold this award. I have now written three Coorah Creek novels – and all three are award winners. It’s going to take a long time for the smile on my face to fade.

The three Coorah Creek novels. I am very proud of them.



Award nominated books – give away

Hi everyone. I just wanted to tell you that there is an #instafreebie giveaway of books shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

There are some wonderful books on the shortlist – covering many different genres. My own book Little girl Lost is among them.

If you want to sample some new authors, head over to the giveaway page and check them out. Click on any book cover to download a free sample.

I hope you find some you love. The awards are announced next week – fingers crossed.


Sharing some exciting news

A book very close to my heart.

A book very close to my heart.

I can finally let you all in on a secret I have been keeping for a little while now….

The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the shortlists for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards – and my book, Little Girl Lost, is there. And yes – I did cry when I first heard the news.

Little Girl Lost is shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year –that’s for a book which has a strong romance at its core, but also deals with wider issues beyond the romance.

I have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted, or won, other awards – but this one is particularly special to me.

First of all, the RNA is a wonderful organisation for which I have boundless respect and affection. I’ve been a member for many years and tried, where I can, to do my bit to help the organisation that helped me so much when I was first starting out as a writer of fiction.

I am also sharing the shortlists with writers whom I admire and, in some cases, have the honour of calling my friends. There have been some pretty wonderful books and authors on these shortlists over the years – including our own Sue Moorcroft.

Little Girl Lost holds a special place in my heart. Some of the issues it deals with have touched me personally. As I wrote it, I had my doubts about the book – but people I love and trust supported me and urged me on.

So – thank you to the RNA for this honour. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in March. You can read more about the awards and the shortlists on the RNA website.

With such great books on the shortlists – I am not at all expecting to win…. but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed, just in case. Wish me luck.

I plan a trophy shelf.

bbb-logoI though I’d just pop in and share some excitement with you.  The second Coorah Creek Novel – The Wild One has just won TWO US awards.

The Wild One was a finalist in the Book Buyers best Award, sponsored by the Orange Country Chapter of Romance Writers of America , in the category for a mainstream romance. I was thrilled to be on a shortlist – but just knew my category would be won by the fabulous book Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist.  After all, it won a RITA award this year.

Imagine then how thrilled I was to receive an email saying I’d won that category.

The Wild One then went on to the Top Pick contest,  against the winners of each category.  Here I was sitting alongside several fabulous authors including,  and this was a real thrill for me, Brenda Novak. She is a wonderful author and I just love her books.  I could hardly believe it when The Wild One was named the top pick for 2016. (And yes – I did get very misty indeed).

The official announcement - woo hoo!

The official announcement – woo hoo!

It’s a shame I wasn’t able to be in the US for that announcement, but I am hovering near the front door waiting for parcel delivery person. And my husband has been given a task for this weekend – to install a shelf in my office for the awards. Then , if I’m having a bad day when the words just don’t come , I can look up and be reminded of those readers who have supported me and loved my characters and their stories.

Thank you all.

The shelf will go just below the award won by Flight To Coorah Creek last year.

The shelf will go just below the award won by Flight To Coorah Creek last year.


A double whammy…

Just two days after sharing my news about being shortlisted of an award in the US – guess what? The Wild one has done it again.

It is now a finalist in the Aspen Gold readers Choice Award – sponsored by the heart of Denver RWA chapter. Wow.
the first book in the series, Flight to Coorah Creek won this award last year, so its doubly exciting to be shortlisted again.
I’m still afraid this is all a jet-lag induced dream.

Both awards are announced in October – please keep your fingers crossed for me (although that does make typing difficult).