RNA Awards Luncheon 2009

One of the joys of being part of the Romance Writing Community is the opportunity to share the excitement and thrill when excellence in romantic fiction is recognised.

Yesterday I had the  very great pleasure of attending the RNA Awards Luncheon in London.

After a delicious lunch, the award for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2009 was presented to JULIA GREGSON for ‘East of the Sun.’ I love the premise of this one – set in the 1920s in India. Fantastic.  And the short list was just amazing in both quality and scope.

A Lifetime achievement Award was then presented to Judy Piatkus who gave an excellent short speech, and was both modest and charming for someone who has given so much to so many writers and readers over the year.

The third presentation of the day was for the Romance Prize 2009. And here I truly did have a dilemma about who to cheer for, since Beth Elliot,  India Grey, Kate Hardy and Fiona Harper are all my pals, and Jessica Hart has been a favourite and kind author for many years. At the same time, Little Black Dress has some fabulous writers!

It was wonderful to share the thrill that Beth Elliot had been shortlisted, especially since she is a fellow member of the RNA Reading Chapter: Beth looked stunning in deep pink.

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Kate Hardy was replendent in azure and bling; to Kate’s right are Kate’s literary agent, Dorothy Lumley, and Jessica Hart in silver grey.

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while shortlisted Fiona Harper and India Grey in black and red were debating to eat the sorbet or the lemon tart first.

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I was delighted to say many, many congratulations to India Grey. The award is stunning.

Here is India with her award, still looking slightly stunned, but as glamerous as ever.

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India was so shocked that she even consented to have her picture taken with moi-

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as did Fiona and Kate.

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Fellow ladies who helped India to celebrate included:

Janet Gover, who recently had her first book published by Little Black Dress: shown here with Fiona Harper.

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Jan Sprenger, also from the Reading chapter of the RNA, and looking as glamerous as ever, with Jean Fullerton who celebrated her own book launch only a few weeks ago.

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and Liz Fenwick who had braved the weather to travel from Dubai.

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 There were so many other fabulous authors, published and unpublished, at this event that I could not name them all, and it was fun from start to end.

This time last year I was working hard to submit to Mills and Boon and now I was able to attend as a contracted author. What a difference a year makes.

Now off with the heels and slap and back to the white wall and the characters of my new story ideas.

 Happy writing.

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