10 February 2012

RNA Awards Shortlist 2012 announced!

The Romantic Novelist's Association have announced their shortlist for their 2012 awards ceremony, and here they are! I think there are some amazing books up for awards this year, and I don't envy the judges in having to choose between them! It's nice to see some debut novelists mixed in with the more established names too. The winning novel/author from each of the 5 categories will go through to be shortlisted for RNA Novel of the Year too, which is being announced on May 17th 2012. Who are you hoping will be victorious

Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year
- It Started with a Kiss                            Miranda Dickinson                   (Avon)
- Summer of Love                                  Katie Fforde                             (Arrow)
- The Untied Kingdom                            Kate Johnson                           (Choc Lit)
- To the Moon and Back                         Jill Mansell                              (Headline)
- Chances                                               Freya North                              (HarperCollins)
- Christmas at Tiffany’s                          Karen Swan                              (Pan Macmillan)

Romantic Comedy Novel
- The Look of Love                                 Judy Astley                              (Transworld)
- Please Don’t Stop the Music                Jane Lovering                          (Choc Lit)
- Wrapped up in You                              Carole Matthews                       (Sphere)
- Who’s Afraid of Mr. Wolfe                    Hazel Osmond                         (Quercus)
- Lizzy Harrison Loses Control               Pippa Wright                            (Pan Macmillan)
Historical Novel
- Highland Storms                                  Christina Courtenay                (Choc Lit)
- The Noble Assassin                             Christie Dickason                    (HarperCollins)
- Daughter of Siena                                Marina Foriato                         (John Murray)
- Perhaps Tomorrow                              Jean Fullerton                         (Orion)
- A Gathering Storm                               Rachel Hore                            (Simon & Schuster)

Epic Romantic Novel
- Jubilate                                                Michael Arditti                          (Arcadia Books)
- That Liverpool Girl                               Ruth Hamilton                          (Pan Macmillan)
- The Lantern                                          Deborah Lawrenson                 (Orion)
- The Kashmir Shawl                              Rosie Thomas                          (HarperCollins)
- Crimson China                                     Betsy Tobin                              (Short Books)

Young Adult Romantic Novel 
- Artichoke Hearts                                   Sita Brahmachari                     (Pan Macmillan)
- Dark Ride                                             Caroline Green                         (Piccadilly Press)
- My So-called Phantom Lovelife            Tamsyn Murray                        (Piccadilly Press)
- Angel Fire                                            L. A. Weatherley                       (Usborne)


  1. This is a hard one, I don't envy the judges decision, but I hope, Carole Matthews or Miranda Dickinson wins.

  2. The contemporary category is a hard one. I read all but two in that category, but It Started With A Kiss by Miranda Dickinson stood out the most for me. In the Romantic Comedy category, Who's Afraid of Mr.Wolfe by Hazel Osmond was my favorite, followed closely by Please Don't Stop the Music by Jane Lovering and Wrapped Up in You by Carole Matthews.