The Shorter Romantic Novel Award – Finalists
7 February 2023
Louise Allen – The Earl’s Mysterious Lady
Cley-next-the-Sea author, Louise Allen, has been shortlisted in the Shorter Romantic Novel Award category with her novel, The Earl’s Mysterious Lady, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2023. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.
Louise lives on the North Norfolk coast with her husband and a garden that fights back. She is the author of over 70 historical romances and several non-fiction history titles. Almost all are set in the years spanning Jane Austen’s lifetime, a period on the threshold of the modern world that she finds endlessly fascinating. When she isn’t writing and battling the garden she enjoys traveling and collecting original Regency prints.
She commented, ‘This is such a thrill and an honour! The RNA is the true home of every kind of romantic fiction and that means their awards are something truly special. Whatever the result, it is wonderful to be shortlisted with writers whose work I enjoy and admire.’
THE EARL’S MYSTERIOUS LADY (Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical)
Young Viola ran away leaving Guy Thurlow, the Earl of Easton, at the altar. Now Cressida Williams, she is shocked when Guy moves back to his family estate. He doesn’t recognise her and they begin falling in love, but how can she tell him who she is without losing him?
Website – https://www.louiseallenregency.com/
Twitter – @LouiseRegency
Blog – https://janeaustenslondon.com
Angela Britnell – Summer at Seaspray Cottage
Cornish author, Angela Britnell, has been shortlisted in the Shorter Romantic Novel Award category with her novel, Summer at Seaspray Cottage, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2023. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England, and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee, to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties! A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to almost four decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Her first novel Truth and Consequence was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 40 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.
She commented, ‘I’ve been a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for over fifteen years and it’s such a wonderful supportive group, so to be a finalist for this prestigious award is a huge honour.’
SUMMER AT SEASPRAY COTTAGE (Publisher: Choc Lit)
There’s a reason Thea Armitage hasn’t set foot in Cornwall in twenty years. But when she inherits her aunt’s Cornish seaside cottage, a transatlantic trip from her home in Tennessee could be a necessity. Surely she won’t bump into that ‘reason’ – Harry Venton – after all those years. Will she?
Jenni Fletcher – The Shopgirl’s Forbidden Love
Hull-based author, Jenni Fletcher, has been shortlisted in the Shorter Romantic Novel Award category with her novel, The Shopgirl’s Forbidden Love, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2023. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.
Jenni fell in love with historical romance when she was 15 years old and has been reading/writing it ever since. Her stories range from the Roman to late Victorian eras because she has historical commitment issues, but at the moment she’s completely obsessed with the Regency era. She grew up in Scotland and Somerset and now lives in East Yorkshire with her family and one extremely hairy dog.
She commented, ‘I didn’t actually believe the e-mail for a few seconds because I was curled up in bed with a cold and thought maybe I was imagining things, but after I read it a few times, it was a lovely surprise. I’m very grateful to the reader-judges of my book. You made me feel much better!’
THE SHOPGIRL’S FORBIDDEN LOVE (Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical)
Belles biscuit shop is more like home than work for Nancy MacQueen. The attraction between her and James Redbourne, the owner of another store, has been simmering for years, but she mistrusts his feelings. Until, one day, Nancy can’t deny her love – only to find he’s engaged to someone else!
Ella Hayes – The Surprise Safari Reunion
Kinross author, Ella Hayes, has been shortlisted in the Shorter Romantic Novel Award category with her novel, Their Surprise Safari Reunion, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2023. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.
A former television camerawoman and wedding photographer, Ella Hayes won the Prima Magazine/Mills & Boon Love to Write Competition in 2017, the same year she embarked on a Master of Letters degree in Writing Practice and Study at Dundee University. Her debut Mills & Boon True Love romance, Her Brooding Scottish Heir, was published in December 2018. Ella lives in Scotland with her husband and two grown up sons. She combines writing for Mills & Boon with working as a professional commercial and portrait photographer. In her spare time, Ella enjoys reading, running, knitting and a million other things.
She commented, ‘I’m beyond thrilled to be nominated for the RNA Shorter Romantic Novel Award. I loved writing Kaden and Maddie’s story, and it’s fantastic to know that it touched the hearts of the judges in all the right places.’
THEIR SURPRISE SAFARI REUNION (Publisher: Mills & Boon True Love)
When travel blogger Maddie is invited to Masoka Game Reserve, she jumps at the chance, thinking only to distance herself from London and the imminent media storm that will surround the release of her corrupt treasury minister father from jail. But when Maddie arrives in the bushveld, she’s shocked to find herself face to face with Masoka’s mystery owner, Kaden Barr, the lover she never got to say goodbye to. Maddie’s spent her whole life running. This time, will she stay with Kaden?
Lucy King – Stranded with My Forbidden Billionaire
Corsham author, Lucy King, has been shortlisted in the Shorter Romantic Novel Award category with her novel, Stranded with My Forbidden Billionaire, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2023. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.
Lucy spent her adolescence lost in the fictional world of romance when she ought to have been paying attention to her teachers. But as reality caught up with her, she eventually acquired a degree in languages and an eclectic collection of jobs. After a decade in Spain, Lucy now lives in Wiltshire with her family where, when not writing, she spends her time reading, failing to finish cryptic crosswords and missing the beaches of Andalucia.
She commented, ‘It feels absolutely amazing to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. When I received the email I nearly fell off my chair! The RNA is a wonderful organisation and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honoured that Stranded with My Forbidden Billionaire has been recognised in this way. A big thank you to the judges!’
STRANDED WITH MY FORBIDDEN BILLIONAIRE (Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern)
In paradise … with my brother’s best friend! When I won millions in the lottery, I knew financier Nick was the only person I could rely on to help me. But when a tropical storm has us stuck together on his island – indefinitely – how long can we control our dangerously growing attraction?
Website – lucykingbooks.com
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Twitter – @lucy_king
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