Yesterday was the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award 2008 luncheon held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. I’ve been to these "bit-of-a-do" functions twice before – both times at The Savoy, both times held in April. In a break from tradition for some reason it’s been bought forward to February – maybe to increase the sales and promotion potential at what must be the best possible gifting season for Romance - Valentine’s Day!
The longlist included such greats as Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees for The Seven Year Itch , Adele Parks for Young Wives’ Tales , Penny Vincenzi for An Absolute Scandal and Jo Jo Moyes for Silver Bay.
The winner was a well deserving Freya North for the brilliant Pillow Talk .
The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) was set up way back in the 1960’s to promote respect for the genre. For more information log onto their website. It's not all blue rinses, twin sets and pearls you know...