Every so often there are opportunities for you to strip off your yoga pants and baggy T-shirt and bunny slippers, pull out the posh frock and heels and be a romance writer about town for an evening, and pretend this is actually a glamorous job instead of a daily grind...
|Fiona & I... Champagne selfie|
Both Scarlet and Iona had been nominated in two of the categories, so we had high hopes for the evening.
With UK TV presenter Fern Britton presenting the awards along with the RNA's own Jane Wenham Jones in the stellar surroundings of the Gladstone Library (think Henry Higgins' gaff in My Fair Lady, but bigger and more ornate and with heart-shape chocolates artfully strewn everywhere) we got off to a great start.
|Champagne selfie 2|
Here's the list of all the winners...
But the toast of the evening turned out to be (to nobody's surprise but her own) Iona Grey and her incredible book Letters to the Lost. She won in the Historical Romance category and then went on to win the overall award.... The Romantic Novel of the Year (despite a little bit of confusion before hand when we almost got sent home early!!). Needless to say, our little corner of the room were screaming their heads off in an entirely appropriate way as Iona gave her second speech of the evening sounding more than a bit overwhelmed.
|Iona Grey: the Star of the Evening!|
|Letters to the Lost in stellar company|
After the glitz and glamour and too much pink champagne we all piled back to our hotel in Knightsbridge to toast Iona and Scarlet one more time for their achievements.... A romance author's life can be a wonderful thing - especially when you have amazing writing buddies.
Heidi is currently hard at work on her first proper Presents and contemplating her second single title book... While enjoying the release of her first longer book So Now You're Back in February. You can check out more about her and her work at her brand new website.