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The RoNA Awards – winners include Katie Fforde, Jenny Colgan and Rowan Coleman

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 27th February 2013

This was the first year in ages that I didn’t get to the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s RoNA awards bash – and I’m really fed up about missing it. The RoNA awards celebrate the very best in romantic fiction and the party is always fun and ultra-glamorous. The champagne flows, you get to meet some of the best writers, publishers and agents in the business and RNA members’ shoes (from sky-high ...keep reading

Interview with Jane Lovering – author of Please Don’t Stop the Music

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 2nd June 2012

Jane Lovering is a literary tour de force. A mother of five, she works as a science technician at a north Yorkshire secondary school and has written a string of romantic comedies. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, she recently scooped the Romantic Novel of the Year award for Please Don’t Stop the Music, her first novel to be published in the UK. It’s been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan ...keep reading

Twitter – and Sarah Duncan’s writing blog

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 27th May 2012

If you’re a writer in the first stages of your career – or any stage in your career, in fact – then Sarah Duncan’s blog is a must read. The author of five novels (including the highly-praised Kissing Mr Wrong), Sarah is also a creative writing lecturer and the Royal Literary Fund fellow at the University of Bath. I’m a big fan of her blog, which covers everything from characterisation ...keep reading

Jane Lovering wins Romantic Novel of the Year award

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 18th May 2012

Glamour, champagne, pink balloons and sky-high heels – all the hallmarks of a fabulous Romantic Novelists’ Association party were firmly in evidence last night. I was lucky enough to be invited to the RNA’s summer bash in London, where Sky News presenter Kay Burley was on hand to present the prestigious Romantic Novel of the Year award. Kay, whose second book, Betrayal, is out next week, wore a chic, sleeveless ...keep reading

Dear Virginia Ironside – Hell is NOT a room full of other women

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 5th April 2012

It’s been a bad week for women, I reckon. First we had Samantha Brick wailing how other women hate her because she’s so beautiful and today the usually astute agony aunt Virginia Ironside has written a piece in the Daily Mail titled “Hell on earth is a room full of other women!” Ironside claims: “I have dozens of female friends and I’m deeply fond of them all. But if you ...keep reading

The Big Egg Hunt in London

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 8th March 2012

I’ve loathed eggs since I was seven years old. In those far-flung days I used to take a packed lunch to Halton Primary School, just down the hill from the RAF base where my father worked. My mum had read somewhere that it was good for children to eat an egg a day (times have changed), so every morning she lovingly put a hard-boiled egg in my lunch box. I obediently ...keep reading

The RNA Awards – winners include Katie Fforde and Rosie Thomas

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 6th March 2012

The Romantic Novelists’ Association sure knows how to throw a party. I was thrilled when my invitation to the RNA’s RoNA annual awards dropped into my inbox. For a start, the awards celebrate the very best in romantic fiction, but secondly, the RNA’s bashes are brilliant fun and ultra-glamorous. The (pink) champagne flows, waiters whizz round with elegant canapés and you get to meet some of the best writers, publishers ...keep reading

Friday book review – The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 24th February 2012

I’ve been a fan of Rosie Thomas’s novels for years. I’ve read virtually all of them and reckon my favourites are Follies (set in my home city of Oxford), Sunrise and White. Those three are certainly the ones that have made me cry the most. Rosie is a keen traveller and over the years she’s climbed the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally and trekked across Antarctica. ...keep reading

Friday book review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 6th January 2012

A whole year has whizzed by since I reviewed the six books on the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist. But I vividly remember reading The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes for the first time and predicting in a flash that it would win. Her heartrending tale of passion, adultery and lost love was “everything a romantic novel should be,” I wrote in my review, and ...keep reading

The fabulous RNA

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 21st May 2011

Romantic fiction often gets slated – largely due, as Joanna Trollope once said, to snobbery and the genre’s pink covers, embossed lettering and “cartoon drawings of cocktail glasses and handbags and ditsy girls falling off their designer heels.” But so much of the criticism is downright unfair. A total of 25 million romantic novels are bought by readers in the UK every year and romantic fiction boasts some of the ...keep reading