Colgan and Haig make RNA shortlists

Colgan and Haig make RNA shortlists

Authors Jenny Colgan, Matt Haig and Rowan Coleman have made the shortlists for the 2018 Romantic Novel Awards (RNA).

There are seven award categories comprising the best in Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Paranormal or Speculative Romance, Romantic Comedy, shorter or category romance (The RONA Rose Award), and Young Adult Romance. This year's shortlists demonstrate the "diversity of romantic fiction" and show the genre to be in "excellent health across traditional, digital and independent author publishing", said the judges.

RNA chair Nicola Cornick commended the breadth of fiction which features on this year's shortlists, saying it is a "brilliant illustration of what a broad spectrum the romance genre encompasses".

She added: "I'm delighted that this year's contending novels explore some profound and thought provoking themes. Our awards celebrate the many shades of romantic fiction, highlighting the wide appeal of the genre and some of the best examples from the last year."

David Headley, managing director of Goldsboro Books, said: "The range of themes explored in this year's shortlist is a testament to the many facets of the romantic fiction genre. Goldsboro Books is delighted to be sponsoring the awards for a third year, and bringing these diverse and entertaining books to readers' attention."

The 2018 RNA Awards will be announced and presented by the Reverend Richard Coles on 5th March in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ.  The event starts at 6.30pm. The winners of the seven categories will be announced during the evening and from these an overall winner will be selected to receive the RNA's highest accolade, the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year. The winner will receive an award and a prize of £5000.

Previous winners have included Joanna Trollope, Freya North, Rosie Thomas, JoJo Moyes and Rosamunde Pilcher.

The Category Shortlists

Contemporary Romantic Novel

Together by Julie Cohen (Orion)

The Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn (Simon & Schuster)

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (Two Roads, John Murray Press)

The Dangers of Family Secrets by Debby Holt (Accent Press)

The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)

Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft (Avon Books)

My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts (HarperImpulse)

Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain (Simon & Schuster)


Epic Romantic Novel

This Love, Dani Atkins, Simon & Schuster

What Was Rescued, Jane Bailey, Lake Union Publishing

A Winter Love Song, Rita Bradshaw, Pan Macmillan

The Man I Thought You Were, Leah Mercer, Lake Union Publishing

The Hourglass, Tracy Rees, Quercus


Historical Romantic Novel

A Master of Litigation, Susan Leona Fisher, independently published

Besieged and Betrothed, Jenni Fletcher, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

The Designer, Marius Gabriel, Lake Union Publishing

Wives of War, Soraya M Lane, Lake Union Publishing

The Silk Weaver's Wife, Debbie Rix, Bookouture


Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel

The Summer of Impossible Things, Rowan Coleman, Ebury Press

How to Stop Time, Matt Haig, Canongate Books

The Other Us, Fiona Harper, HQ

Max Seventeen: Firebrand, Kate Johnson, independently published

Hold Back the Stars, Katie Khan, Doubleday


Romantic Comedy Novel

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, Trisha Ashley, Black Swan

The Hygge Holiday, Rosie Blake, Sphere/Little, Brown

The Summer Seaside Kitchen, Jenny Colgan, Sphere/Little, Brown

The Little Clock House on the Green, Eve Devon, HarperImpulse

13 Dates, Matt Dunn, Lake Union Publishing

Little Teashop of Horrors, Jane Lovering, Choc Lit


RONA Rose for shorter romantic novels

The Convenient Felstone Marriage, Jenni Fletcher, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

Wedding Bells by the Creek, Janet Gover, independently published

Their Double Baby Gift, Louisa Heaton, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical

Christmas at the Little Village School, Jane Lovering, Choc Lit

The Mysterious Italian Houseguest, Scarlet Wilson, Harlequin Mills & Boon


Young Adult Romantic Novel

Margot and Me, Juno Dawson, Hot Key Books

One Italian Summer, Keris Stainton, Hot Key Books

Ten Birthdays, Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture