We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2018 RoNAs, featuring the best in romantic fiction from big publishers, small presses and self-published authors. A number of bestselling authors feature, including Jenny Colgan, Sue Moorcroft, Milly Johnson, Trisha Ashley, Ruth Hogan, Matt Haig and Rowan Coleman.
This year’s shortlists demonstrate the diversity of romantic fiction. RNA Chair, Nicola Cornick, commented, “The breadth of fiction which features on this year’s short list is a brilliant illustration of what a broad spectrum the romance genre encompasses. I’m delighted that this year’s contending novels explore some profound and thought provoking themes. Our awards celebrate the many shades of romantic fiction, highlighting the wide appeal of the genre and some of the best examples from the last year.”
David Headley, Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, commented, “The range of themes explored in this year’s shortlist is a testament to the many facets of the romantic fiction genre. Goldsboro Books is delighted to be sponsoring the awards for a third year, and bringing these diverse and entertaining books to readers’ attention.”
Reverend Richard Coles, broadcaster, dancer and former pop star, will present the Awards for 2018 during a ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 5th March. The winners of the seven categories will be announced during the evening and from these an overall winner will be selected to receive the RNA’s highest accolade, the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year, a prize of £5000. Tickets for the event are available here.
Congratulations and good luck to all the shortlistees.
The Category Shortlists
Contemporary Romantic Novel
Together, Julie Cohen, Orion
The Picture House by the Sea, Holly Hepburn, Simon & Schuster
The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan – Two Roads, John Murray Press
The Dangers of Family Secrets, Debby Holt, Accent Press
The Queen of Wishful Thinking, Milly Johnson, Simon & Schuster
Just For The Holidays, Sue Moorcroft, Avon Books
My Summer of Magic Moments, Caroline Roberts, HarperImpulse
Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, Heidi Swain, Simon & Schuster
Epic Romantic Novel
This Love, Dani Atkins, Simon & Schuster
What Was Rescued, Jane Bailey, Lake Union Publishing
A Winter Love Song, Rita Bradshaw, Pan Macmillan
The Man I Thought You Were, Leah Mercer, Lake Union Publishing
The Hourglass, Tracy Rees, Quercus
Historical Romantic Novel
A Master of Litigation, Susan Leona Fisher, independently published
Besieged and Betrothed, Jenni Fletcher, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
The Designer, Marius Gabriel, Lake Union Publishing
Wives of War, Soraya M Lane, Lake Union Publishing
The Silk Weaver’s Wife, Debbie Rix, Bookouture
Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel
The Summer of Impossible Things, Rowan Coleman, Ebury Press
How to Stop Time, Matt Haig, Canongate Books
The Other Us, Fiona Harper, HQ
Max Seventeen: Firebrand, Kate Johnson, independently published
Hold Back the Stars, Katie Khan, Doubleday
Romantic Comedy Novel
The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, Trisha Ashley, Black Swan
The Hygge Holiday, Rosie Blake, Sphere/Little, Brown
The Summer Seaside Kitchen, Jenny Colgan, Sphere/Little, Brown
The Little Clock House on the Green, Eve Devon, HarperImpulse
13 Dates, Matt Dunn, Lake Union Publishing
Little Teashop of Horrors, Jane Lovering, Choc Lit
RONA Rose for shorter romantic novels
The Convenient Felstone Marriage, Jenni Fletcher, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Wedding Bells by the Creek, Janet Gover, independently published
Their Double Baby Gift, Louisa Heaton, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical
Christmas at the Little Village School, Jane Lovering, Choc Lit
The Mysterious Italian Houseguest, Scarlet Wilson, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Young Adult Romantic Novel
Margot and Me, Juno Dawson, Hot Key Books
One Italian Summer, Keris Stainton, Hot Key Books
Ten Birthdays, Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture
You can view a gallery of the shortlistees here.
Congratulations to all the short-listed authors – there were so many wonderful entries this year, so the readers had a very difficult job!
Well done everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice if you all could win!
Wonderful lists! Congratulations to all.
Do romantic novels have to have ‘little’ in the title?
Huge congratulations to everyone! x
Now THAT is an impressive list!! The judges have an enviable task.
Congratulations to ALL the nominees. In the words of young Mr Grace, “You’ve all done very well!”, and I’ll see you at the party.
Loving the long-list.
Congratulations to everyone!
Congratulations everyone, all so well deserved xx
Great line up. See you at the Ronas ……..
What a great list. Congratulations to all. I don’t envy the judges.
Congratulations to every single one of you! Good luck to everybody xx