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
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart, Ilana
Fox, Orion
Dear Dad, Giselle Green, Yule
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 &
, 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.

  1. Author
    Unknown 1 year ago

    35 shortlistees and no novels written by men. Men DO tend to hog most book prizes, but I find it hard to believe the nominations didn't include any 'male talent'.

  2. Author
    Mark Thornton 1 year ago

    Some of these names may be pseudonymous. Some men write romance novels under a women's name…

    • Author
      Evolution 1 year ago

      The number 1 bestselling romantic comedy title on Amazon Kindle right now is "Mad Love" by Nick Spalding. David Nicholls is probably the bestselling romcom author in the UK over the last 10 years – "One Day" has sold over 5 million copies around the world. I honestly don't believe these shortlists reflect men writing as women. They do reflect large publishing house/imprint dominance, and the cliché of certain readers reading certain books.

  3. Author
    Judy Astley 1 year ago

    Congratulations to all nominees – you're all fab. xxx

  4. Author
    janie millman 1 year ago

    congrats to all who are shortlisted .. x

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