For just over fifty years, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has recognised and given awards for the very best in romantic fiction. At the awards ceremony in March each year, the SIX RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) are announced. They are awarded to the winners of six specific categories of romantic novel – Contemporary, Epic, Historical, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult and the RoNA Rose (for shorter/category romance). The winning books then go forward to a panel of judges who select an overall winner, who receives the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
So if you enjoy a romantic read, check out the RoNA shortlisted titles from your local library and discover the very best in Romantic Fiction.
The Contemporary Romantic Novel – is for mainstream romantic novels and includes gentres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.
The Epic romance Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.
The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.
The Secret Kiss of Darkness by Christina Courtenay
Dangerous Entrapment by Lesley Field
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
The Consul’s Daughter by Jane Jackson
The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.
One Wish In Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café by Milly Johnson
How To Get Ahead in Television by Sophie Cousens
Love From Paris by Alexandra Potter
The RoNA Rose Award recognizes the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.
The Wedding Reject Table by Angela Britnell
From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston
Doctor… To Duchess? by Annie O’Neil
Cora’s Christmas Kiss by Alison May
His Lost-and-Found Bride by Scarlet Wilson
The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.