Up Close short-listed for the Joan Hessayon Award

Don't they all look fabulous?

Don’t they all look fabulous?

I’m delighted to share with you that Up Close has been short-listed for the annual Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award. The Romantic Novelists’ Association has run this award since 1962 and the aim is to encourage fresh talent. I’m so thrilled to be part of it!

Manuscripts submitted by unpublished New Writers Scheme members are read by experienced writers or editors. Any manuscript subsequently published as a début novel becomes eligible for the Award – provided the author is still a member of the RNA.

The nine contenders for the 2013 Award are:

Joss Alexander: Tainted Innocence published by Carina Press
Jenny Barden: Mistress of the Sea published by Ebury Press/Random House
Serena Clarke: All Over the Place published by Crimson Romance
Henriette Gyland: Up Close published by Choc Lit
Liz Harris: The Road Back published by Choc Lit
Carol McGrath: The Handfasted Wife published by Accent Press
Cathy Mansell: Shadow Across the Liffey, published by Tirgearr Publishing
Liesel Schwarz: A Conspiracy of Alchemists published by Ebury Press/DelRey
Anne Stenhouse: Mariah’s Marriage published by MuseItUp Publishing

And the winner will be announced at the RNA’s Summer Party, which will be held on the 16th of May 2013 at the Royal Overseas League in London. I’d like to congratulate everyone else on the short-list, and I hope they’re all as excited and pleased as I am.

A big thank you to my publisher Choc Lit, without whom there would be no book.

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