HarperImpulse has four novels on the shortlist for The Romantic Novelists' Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.
The publisher’s four titles on the shortlist are: Brigid Coady’s No one Wants to be Miss Havisham; What If He's The One by Kathy Jay; Nikki Moore’s Crazy Undercover Love; and The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts. They are joined by 11 other books on the list (see below).
The shortlist is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the annual RNA New Writers Scheme, which offers 250 romance writers critique from one of the RNA’s published authors on a complete manuscript, as well the chance to attend RNA events to meet publishers, agents and authors. This year's shortlisted novels include historical romance, contemporary romance and romantic comedy, and explore themes ranging from frozen eggs to stalkers and adultery.
Commenting on this year's shortlist, RNA chairman Pia Fenton said: "This year's list of contenders once again demonstrates the depth and breadth of the work produced by RNA authors and I am absolutely thrilled that we have another superb group of graduates from our New Writers' Scheme. The Scheme is unique to our association and it's wonderful to see that it really works. Congratulations to everyone on the list and especially to the winner!"
The award will be presented at the RNA Summer Party on Thursday 21stMay at the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, London. It is sponsored by gardening expert Dr David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a supporter of its New Writers' Scheme.
The full shortlist for 2015 is:
No one Wants to be Miss Havisham by Brigid Coady (HarperImpulse)
What If He's The One by Kathy Jay (HarperImpulse)
Crazy Undercover Love by Nikki Moore (HarperImpulse)
The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts (HarperImpulse)
The Vineyard by Karen Aldous (Carina)
The Bankrupt Viscount by Caitlyn Callery (MuseItUp)
Maybe Baby by Ashlinn Craven (Crimson Romance)
What the Future Holds by Joan Fleming (Tirgearr)
Safe Harbour by Natalie Kleinman (White Glove, originally published by Safkhet)
Meant for Each Other by Margaret Pardoe (DC Thomson novella)
Mary & the Marquis by Janice Preston (HMB Historical)
In the Line of Duty by Heather Rosser (New Generation Publishing, originally published by Attica Books)
A Jersey Kiss by Georgina Troy (Accent Press)
Talk to Me by Jules Wake (Choc Lit)
Echoes in the Sand by Gwyneth Williams (Endeavour Press)