Francesca still can’t quite believe her latest piece of good news…
I have some absolutely thrilling news, which I really must share on here. My first historical saga novel, Heartbreak in the Valleys, has been shortlisted for one of the Romantic Novelists’ Association awards, know as the RoNAs: the Goldboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award.
I was aware that my lovely publisher, Hera Books, had entered it, but I didn’t think in a million years I’d be shortlisted. Well, most people don’t, do they? It’s really exciting to be up against some wonderful novelists, such as Julie Cohen and Elizabeth Chadwick, both of whom have won RoNAs in previous years. No pressure then!
The ceremony takes place on 8th March at 7pm. Unfortunately, it won’t, as usual, be held at a lovely venue in London as in previous years but will be a virtual event online (more details later!). But at least that means it’ll be open to those who wouldn’t normally be able to watch it.
Now I’ve got to think about what I’m going to wear, because despite being online, it looks like people are going to town and making a big effort. Wonderful! I heartily approve.
Heartbreak in the Valleys is available as an ebook and on audio, and also for pre-order in paperback (published on 25th February). Available here