Liz Fielding has been presented with the Romantic Novelists' Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Bestselling historical novelist Alison Weir revealed the winners of each category of the 2019 Romantic Novel Award sand presented them with crystal trophies at a star-studded event in London, compèred by author and broadcaster Jane Wenham-Jones.
Fielding’s books, published by Harlequin in North America and by Mills & Boon in the UK, have been published in over 30 overseas markets and 27 different languages.
RNA President Katie Fforde praised Fielding’s work. She said: “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre as well as a long-time supporter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and we are thrilled to recognise her huge contribution to the genre with this award.”
The RNA’s awards are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction.
Catherine Isaac won the Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award with You Me Everything (S&S) while Isabelle Broom took the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award with One Thousand Stars and You (Michael Joseph).
RNA19 winners Natalie Cox, Joe Heap, Isabelle Broom, Jane Godman, Liz Fielding, Catherine Isaac and Jane Lovering
Not Just For Christmas (Orion) by Natalie Cox won the Books and the City Romantic Comedy Novel Award, Joe Hepa’s The Rules of Seeing (HarperCollins) scooped the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award and Jane Lovering took the Nicola Cornick Fantasy Romantic Novel Award with Living in the Past (Choc Lit).
The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award went to Santa Montefiore, The Temptation of Gracie (S&S) and Jane Goodman won the Libertà Shorter Romantic Novel Award with Secret Baby, Second Chance (Mills & Boon Romantic Suspense).
Chair of the RNA Nicola Cornick said: “As always, the RNA's Romantic Novel Awards showcase both the excellence and the diversity that exists within this amazing genre. We are proud and delighted to offer the only national awards that recognise the wonderful achievements of romantic fiction authors.”
David Headley, m.d. of Goldsboro Books and founder of DHH Literary Agency, said: “I am really pleased that One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom and The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore have won their respective awards. Both of them prove that sublime storytelling is everything we look for in a great novelist and Isabelle and Santa are proving to be at the top of their game in this regard. Goldsboro Books is, once again, delighted to be sponsoring these two fantastic awards.”
The evening saw Simon & Schuster UK join forces with the RNA to launch the Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thriller of the Year for next year’s awards.