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19 March 2015

RoNA Nominees 2015 RoNA Nominees 2015

Went to the Romantic Novelists’ Awards Event – RoNAs

My first industry event as a published signed author was Monday night – felt very different, I must say! This is the grand library at One Whitehall Place – can you just about see none other than Barbara Taylor Bradford in the background?! It was a great night, had some lovely chats, including with two of the beta readers, Vanessa and Mary – Vanessa told me she loved Liz Earle. And – can’t get away from it – one of the lovely category WINNERS was Lucy Dillon herself, who told me she leaves QVC on at home for her Bassett Hounds to watch! Lol!

Fab night and loved being part of it. Who knows, maybe one day one of mine will be nominated! Julie Cohen’s was, here she is with me, another author Jean Fullerton (who writes the ‘Call Nurse Millie’ sagas) and Alison May, also with Choc Lit.

 

Barbara Taylor Bradford presented the awards, which was a huge honour for all concerned since most cited 'A Woman of Substance' as one of their key influences, and she was both funny and delightful, telling everyone, Brucie style, that the star shaped award was because 'you are a star,' and saying at one point in her own inimitable way that 'writing can be hard, but when it goes perfectly right, it's like having a good orgasm. She's 81!

 

Book of the Week – A Hundred Pieces of Me

So naturally my Book of the Week is one of the winners. Lucy Dillon’s lovely story takes her through the memories associated with the trinkets she is clearing out to make space in her house – with unexpected consequences. The judges loved it and she won the hotly contested Contemporary Romantic Novel category. Already highly reviewed, you can get it here on Amazon, where you'll see it has 4.3 out of 5 average over 106 reviews!

Go to bottom of page to find out more about it and the other winners on the Romantic Novelists Association site – in case you want to add some new authors to your collection! I've already downloaded 'THe Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, with 86 five star reviews, about a young Irish woman on the Titanic, a seamless blend of fact and fiction. My next book on audible, along with Lucy's! Yay!

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

Best wishes

Debs

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ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon since 14th March.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

 

 

FEATURE OF THE WEEK -

The winners of the RoNA awards 2015

 

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton

 

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.


Ella Harper, Pieces of You, Avon

 

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.


The Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, William Morrow, (Harper Collins)

 

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.


Lucy-Anne Holmes, Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Sphere (Little, Brown)

 

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Joss Stirling, Struck, Oxford University Press WHICH ALSO WON THE OVERALL ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

 

A gallery of images of authors and books can be found at http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/activities/photo_galleries

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