The Romantic Novelist Association announced the shortlist (the finalists) for the Romance Prize. It is a very strong list and includes some of my personal favourite category writers -- Kate Hardy is there for her Breakfast at Giovanni's (I forget the US title for this wonderfully feel good book), Julie Cohen for Driving Him Wild which she used Eric Banna as inspiration and has a pigeon. It is out in the US in February as His for the Taking. Liz Fielding for The Secret Life of Lady Gabriella, the title might not be as hooky as some but oh what a story. Lucy Gordon for The Mediterranean Rebel's Bride. I haven't read this one but I love the way Lucy writes -- feel good satisfaction always. And finally Fiona Harper has TWO books in the finals, both melt in your mouth feel good romance --Her Parenthood Assignment and English Lord, Ordinary Lady.
No Historicals on the list this year, but plenty of feel good romance.
The winner will be announced on 4 February and I really do not envy the judges. I think the real honour is in the nomination.
Oh Kate Hardy is giving away a copy of Giovanni. See her blog for details. It is a marvellous book.