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On the evening of 8th March, 2021, the Romantic Novelists’ Association hosted the online Romantic Novel Awards event. The presentations of these prestigious awards are usually held at a grand establishment somewhere "up country" to Cornwall. However, due to the Covid restrictions, this year the event was held entirely online and live streamed via Twitter, Facebook and the RNA’s website. This meant that although I was a finalist, I didn't have to cross Cornwall's border to take part.
An online event does not just happen. A lot of hard work goes into organising it which, thankfully, in this case I had nothing to do with. It started in December, when I received the wonderful news, via my publisher, that my novel, Daniel’s Daughter, had been shortlisted for the historical romantic fiction category. The notification came in December, but I, along with all the other finalists, were sworn to secrecy until it was formally announced in February. The online event on the 8th March was to announce the winners. As one of the finalists, I am going to take you behind the scenes of the event as I share my experience.
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!
This week I parted company from a dear 'friend'. For almost six years this 'friend' has been in the back of my mind. Entertaining and interesting, this 'friend' fostered both affection and loyalty from me - although at times it also caused me to want to tear my hair out due to its occasional habit of throwing a surprising tantrum at me. This friend was not a person or an animal but a blog which shared the musings, experiences and tips of seven writers (of which I was one). Over the years the blog paid back my hours of writing by providing me with many new friends. Its contributors and readers have changed over the years, a natural development which also provides the catalyst for fresh content and a new perspective on the writing world. After many years as a contributor it is now my time to leave the blog so another writer can take my place. What is the name of this blog? Why am I leaving? And what do I mean when I say tantrums? Read on to find out.
The shelves of book shops are filled with tantalising reads and sometimes it seems that you can't go into a shop, any type of shop, without there being a book section in some form or other. Sometimes it seems there are too many genres, too many authors and not enough space to display them all. With so many books on offer, it may come as a surprise to learn that not all books make it into paperback. Why, I hear you ask?