A couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to attend the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual awards do. It was especially lovely because I’m good friends with everyone who was shortlisted for the RoNA Rose award, and I was really looking forward to catching up with everyone. Louisa Heaton was up for her first nomination, Scarlet Wilson for her fifth, and me for my seventh (OK, so I’m greedy…). And it was FAB.
Sadly, Louisa went down with a nasty bug the day before the awards (and we missed her so much!).
They say that a picture tells a thousand words, so I’m telling most of our day by pictures.
Firstly we had lunch with the editors at the Corinthia. Anticlockwise from me – that’s editor Bryony Green, Christy McKellen, editor Linda Fildew, Virginia Heath, editor Sheila Hodgson, Scarlet Wilson, and editor Megan Haslam.
Then we had some pink fizzy in Scarlet’s room and dressed up before heading to the Gladstone Library at One Whitehall Place. (It’s pretty much opposite the London Eye.)
Look at the amazing staircase!
And our shortlisted books were on show.
And then it was time for the official photographs. (LTR Scarlet, Christy, me, Virginia.)
And then we waited nervously at the table next to our editors…
for the awards to be announced by Prue Leith…
And it went to our Scarlet!
And she made a fabulous acceptance speech 🙂
Congratulations, Scarlet Wilson – and it was a real pleasure to be there!