What a lovely start to a Monday – I’ve just been informed that Love & Freedom has been shortlisted for the inaugural Romance Reader Awards under the Total-E-Bound Best Romantic Read category.
Here are the shortlists for the two major awards:
For the Total-E-Bound Best Romantic Read Award:
Juliet Archer – Persuade Me (Choc Lit)
Fiona Harper – Swept off her Stilettos (Mills & Boon, Riva)
Carole Matthews – Wrapped up in You (Sphere)
Sue Moorcroft – Love and Freedom (Choc Lit)
Talli Roland – The Hating Game (Prospera Publishing)
For the Choc Lit Best Historical Read Award:
Charlotte Betts – The Apothecary’s Daughter (Piatkus)
Annie Burrows – Captain Corcoran’s Hoyden Bride (Mills & Boon, Historical Regency)
Christina Courtenay – The Scarlet Kimono (Choc Lit)
Jean Fullerton – Perhaps Tomorrow (Orion)
Jan Jones – The Kydd Inheritance (Robert Hale)
It’s great that I’m joined by two fellow Choc Lit authors, Christina Courtenay and Juliet Archer, but as I know just about everybody on the lists, I congratulate them all.
There’s something warm and fuzzy about being shortlisted for an award. It’s a great feeling to think that your book has been read and commended for its quality. It’s like introducing your best friends to someone and having them loved.
As it happens, I was in Brighton, yesterday, where Love & Freedom is set (didn’t see Martyn or Honor), eating fish and chips on the beach in the sunshine, feeling quite sorry that I’m no longer writing about the area. Although I’ve already had some readers asking me to set another book in Eastingdean, so, y’never know … There’s something about the sea, the gulls, the pier. And the happy faces. What is it about sun and sea, together, that makes people smile?
More warm and fuzzies, I guess.
And for anybody who voted for Want to Know a Secret?, shortlisted for another award, the Big Red Read, I’ll be at the awards event at Gant’s Hill Library on 4th of October. You can come along.