At the end of 2020, just when lockdown restrictions were tightening across the country again and an atmosphere of doom and gloom had returned to dampen the festive period, I received the most amazing news from my publisher. I was informed that my sixth novel in the Cornish Tales series, Daniel’s Daughter, was a FINALIST for the Romantic Novelists Association’s HISTORICAL ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD!
Understandably, I was thrilled. To have a novel in the final for a Romantic Novelists’ Association’s award was something I’d always aspired to achieve – ever since learning about the RNA’s yearly prestigious award event. The news was wonderful, but it came with the verbal proviso that I was not to tell anyone until the official announcement was made in February. Afraid my place could be snatched away from me, my lips were firmly sealed. So I can honestly say that it is wonderful to finally share the news with you.
The RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards were created to celebrate and honour excellence in romantic fiction and publishing. The shortlistees are chosen by readers, which makes the awards extra special and authentic. There is a wide range of awards to celebrate the different sub-genres of romantic fiction. As well as historical, there are awards for the best contemporary, comedy, fantasy, thriller, saga, shorter story and debut novel. The RNA’s definition of an historical romantic novel is a story set 50 years or more in the past, show an historic world and where romance forms a substantive part of the story. Daniel’s Daughter is set in Cornwall, in the year 1895. To find out more about the novel click HERE.
The announcement of the winners will be revealed on the 8th March. The overall winner will be presented with the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. In normal times this would be done at a wonderfully organised event to celebrate romantic fiction, but this is not normal times and the winners will be announced live, online, via a video link. To watch the event follow the RNA twitter account for further details. Until then, I am going to wear my finalist badge with honour, because that is exactly how I feel... honoured that Daniel's Daughter was chosen.