I was delighted to read this morning that the RNA are on the case and have issued a press release about the shortlist for the Joan Hessayon Award – which takes place next week at the RNA summer party.
AND there are friends old and new on the shortlist, including Juliet Archer’s debut which is also shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Comedy Romance. I confess that of all of these title, I have only read Janet Gover’s debut for Little Black Dress – The Farmer Needs a Wife – and loved it! Clearly lots more to enjoy here.
The full list of newly published contenders for the RNA’s Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award 2009 is:
Juliet Archer – The Importance of Being Emma (Choc Lit)
Jenna Dawlish – Love Engineered (E-Scape)
Janet Gover – The Farmer Needs a Wife (Little Black Dress)
Victoria Howard – The House on the Shore (Vanilla Heart)
Allie Spencer – Tug of Love (Little Black Dress)
Helen Scott Taylor – The Magic Knot (Dorchester)
Gillian Villiers – Rachel’s Coming Home (People’s Friend Pocket Novel)
Chair of the RNA, Catherine Jones, who judges the award, describes this year’s novels as “perfect examples of romantic fiction: engaging, brilliant books with a wonderful love story at the heart of each one”.