Cause for celebration

There’s been some very good news for the Take Five Authors team – Janet and Sue are both shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the year awards, presented by the Romantic Novelists’ association here in the UK.

Both are very pleased to finally be able to talk about it here…

Janet says:

I’m not ashamed to say I got more than a little misty when I got the email saying that Wedding Bells By The Creek was shortlisted for the RoNA Rose Award. Keeping it under my hat all this time has been really tough. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Last year, my novel Little Girl Lost won the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year award and to have this novella that follows it also shortlisted (in a different category) is just more than I could ever have hoped for.

There are some of my favourite authors on this year’s shortlists, and luckily Sue and I are in different categories. Please keep your fingers crossed for both of us please. But whoever takes home the award, I already feel like a winner.

Here is the full shortlist for the RoNA ROSE Award

RONA Rose for shorter romantic novels

  • The Convenient Felstone Marriage, Jenni Fletcher, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
  • Wedding Bells by the Creek, Janet Gover, independently published
  • Their Double Baby Gift, Louisa Heaton, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical
  • Christmas at the Little Village School, Jane Lovering, Choc Lit
  • The Mysterious Italian Houseguest, Scarlet Wilson, Harlequin Mills & Boon

And Sue says:

I can’t tell you how pleased and proud I am to see Just for the Holidays shortlisted in the Contemporary category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. I’ve known since November, under strict embargo, and I’ve wanted to explode with joy ever since. Now I’ve seen the formidable competition on the shortlist I’m thrilled to be included … but I’m also feeling realistic about my chances of winning and going through to the overall prize of £5000.

The award ceremony will take place on the 5th of March in London at the Gladstone Library so I have the perfect excuse for a new dress to go with the frivolous boots and handbag I bought late last year to celebrate becoming a Sunday Times best-selling author. You can see a theme developing here, can’t you? Good news equals pretty clothes or accessories! This is only the second time one of my books has been shortlisted for a ‘RoNA’, so I’m making the most of it.

Here is the full Contemporary shortlist:

  • Together, Julie Cohen, Orion
  • The Picture House by the Sea, Holly Hepburn, Simon & Schuster
  • The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan, Two Roads, John Murray Press
  • The Dangers of Family Secrets, Debby Holt, Accent Press
  • The Queen of Wishful Thinking, Milly Johnson, Simon & Schuster
  • Just For The Holidays, Sue Moorcroft, Avon Books
  • My Summer of Magic Moments, Caroline Roberts, HarperImpulse
  • Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, Heidi-Jo Swain, Simon & Schuster

You can read more about the RoNA Awards on the Romantic Novelists’ Association website.

 

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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.