It was lovely to catch up with so many friends both old and new at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party last night! It was especially good to see so many of those friends short-listed for both the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award – congratulations to them all.
But what a night it turned out to be for Choc Lit! We’re so proud and pleased for Evonne Wareham, who won the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award for her novel Never Coming Home and Jane Lovering who triumphed in the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her romantic comedy, Please Don’t Stop the Music . The judges said that Jane’s book was singled out for its “dark undertones” – adding “it engaged with issues a lot of people recognise”. And Jane, said… well Jane just answered in her own unique style! Huge congratulations to both our winners!