The contenders have been announced for the RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) 2016 and the overall, most prestigious, award – The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Fern Britton, television presenter and author, will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2016 during a glittering ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 7th March.
The awards comprise six categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, the RoNA Rose Award (for shorter and category romance) and Young Adult Romantic Novel – with five authors shortlisted for each one.
The winners of the six categories will be announced during the evening and those six authors will then go forward to compete for the overall prize of The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Fern Britton will then reveal the author whose book has won the RNA's most prestigious and coveted award, along with a cheque for £5,000 (five thousand pounds).
Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction and its Chairman, Eileen Ramsay, commented, “The announcement of the shortlist is always an occasion for celebration, when we reveal the best in romantic fiction from the last year.”
David Headley, Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, commented, “The success of Goldsboro Books has come from the very close relationships that we’ve built with publishers and authors over the years. It’s therefore rather fitting that we sponsor an award that celebrates the best in one of the most popular genres of fiction.”
In previous years winners have included such well known and much loved names as Joanna Trollope, Freya North, Rosie Thomas, JoJo Moyes and Rosamunde Pilcher.
The Category Shortlists
The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.
Under a Cornish Sky, Liz Fenwick, Orion High Tide, Veronica Henry, Orion The Wedding Cake Tree, Melanie Hudson, Choc Lit It Started at Sunset Cottage, Bella Osborne, HarperImpulse A Jersey Kiss, Georgina Troy, Accent Press
The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.
The Book of Lost and Found, Lucy Foley, Harper Collins The Secrets We Share, Emma Hannigan, Headline Review The Years of Loving You, Ella Harper, Avon After the Last Dance, Sarra Manning, Sphere If You Go Away, Adele Parks, Headline Review
The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.
The Secret Kiss of Darkness, Christina Courtenay, Choc Lit Dangerous Entrapment, Lesley Field, MuseItUp Letters to the Lost, Iona Grey, Simon & Schuster At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen, Two Roads The Consul's Daughter, Jane Jackson, Accent Press
The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.
One Wish In Manhattan, Mandy Baggot, Bookouture The Royal We, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Head of Zeus Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café, Milly Johnson, Simon & Schuster How To Get Ahead in Television, Sophie Cousens, Corvus Love From Paris, Alexandra Potter, Hodder & Stoughton
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.
The Wedding Reject Table, Angela Britnell, Choc Lit From Wallflower to Countess, Janice Preston, Mills & Boon Historical Doctor... To Duchess?, Annie O'Neil, Mills & Boon Medical Romance Cora's Christmas Kiss, Alison May, Choc Lit His Lost-and-Found Bride, Scarlet Wilson, Mills & Boon Cherish
The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.
Crow Mountain, Lucy Inglis, Chicken House Did I Mention I Love You?, Estelle Maskame, Black & White Publishing Angel Dares, Joss Stirling, Oxford University Press Lainey's Lot, Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, Accent Press Anya and the Shy Guy, Suze Winegardner, Entangled Teen