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