Monday, March 13, 2017

THE RONA'S: And the winners are......

The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year 2017

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Sophia Bennett's Love Song was a unanimous choice among the judges, who were impressed by the strength and authenticity of the main character’s voice. They felt the book was well-written with plenty of detail, and great sensitivity in some of the scenes. 

Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2017
Summer at the Comfort Food Café – Debbie Johnson

 The judges called The Comfort Food Café "an extremely enjoyable novel, tremendously warm and enveloping, with great characterisation.  It really came from the heart."

Winner Epic Romantic Novel of the Year 2017
Little Girl Lost – Janet Gover

The judges said of Little Girl Lost, "The unusual setting of this novel was well realised and the heroine’s unconventional job made this a fascinating read.  We really liked the world Janet created, and the genuine sense of completion at the end of the novel."

Winner Historical Romance of the Year 2017
It was Only Ever You – Kate Kerrigan

The judges called It Was Only Ever You, "an extremely well-written romance, in which all the threads of the story come together well, with great characters, particularly strong women and a lovely setting, reflecting the contrasting strands of society. The author has really done her research to bring an interesting period of history to life against the backdrops of Ireland and New York."

Winner Paranormal or Speculative Romance of the Year 2017
Max Seventeen – Kate Johnson

The judges said of Max Seventeen, "This novel has great energy and passion and presents a real antidote to traditional romance novels, as well as being enormous fun.  The author has created a vivid world, which was hugely ambitious and imaginative, and a romance with plenty of action, twists and turns."

Winner Romantic Comedy of the Year 2017
Out of Practice – Penny Parkes

The judges described Out of Practice as "a novel with real energy and warmth. The author managed lots of different strands, bringing them together well in an interesting setting."

Winner RoNA Rose 2017
Christmas in the Boss’s Castle – Scarlet Wilson

The judges called Christmas in the Boss's Castle, set in a castle based on the beautiful Culzean Castle in Susan's home area of Ayrshire, "an enjoyable, well-written, affectionate story with some lovely scenes. Very entertaining."

Winner Young Adult Romance of the Year 2017
Love Song – Sophia Bennett

The judges commented "Love Song is an intelligent and thoughtful read which handles the all-consuming emotion of a first crush rather beautifully."

Winners - Outstanding Achievement Awards 2017
Barbara Erskine & Adele Parks

Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen bestselling novels and three collections of short stories that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural.  It is thirty years since the publication of her first novel, Lady of Hay, which has been in continuous publication since 1986 and sold over three million copies worldwide. 

Adele Parks has sold over three million UK edition copies of her novels and her books have been translated into over 26 languages. Every one of her 15 novels has been a bestseller in the UK. Both Barbara and Adele were presented with outstanding achievement awards for their continued championing of the RNA and romantic fiction.


Jan Jones said...

All fabulously worthy winners and a splendid evening

Sally Zigmond said...

Wish I'd been there. Well done everyone for keeping romance alive with well-written novels. Today's world needs it more than ever.

Sarah Waights said...

Well done all winners and well done the organisers - your hard graft is much appreciated... even by those RNA members who didn't quite make it to the awards (me, this year). This is hugely valuable work in terms of promoting our industry.

Elizabeth Bailey said...

Congratulations to all winners! Big TBR pile coming up!

Jean Bull said...

Congratulations to everyone. My TBR list is going to be even bigger too!

Nell Dixon said...

Well done to all the winners! A fabulous selection of books and writers.

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