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
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.