RNA: RoNAs shortlists announcement


07 February 2017
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The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the Romantic Novel Awards category shortlists 2017


The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the Romantic Novel Awards category shortlists 2017

For the first time in its history, the RNA's shortlist includes independently as well as traditionally published authors.

The shortlists are:

The Contemporary Romantic Novel for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes 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 category contains 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 category 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

The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight, Christina Courtenay, Choc Lit

Max Seventeen, Kate Johnson, independently published

An Ordinary Gift, Jan Jones, independently published

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Beloved Enemy, Hywela Lyn, The Wild Rose Press


The Romantic Comedy Novel

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 for category/series and shorter romance that focuses 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

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

The winners of all seven RoNA categories will be announced on 13 March, and those seven authors will go on to compete for the overall prize of the £5,000 Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award.






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