Shortlists for Festival of Romance Awards Announced!

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted.  

The shortlists for the Festival of Romance Awards are announced today as follows. The Awards will be presented at the Festival of Romance on Friday 16th November at a gala ball.

2012 Festival of Romance Awards Shortlists


Romance Reader Awards


Best Romantic Read

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley

Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman

It Started with a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson

The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick

Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering

Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft


Best Historical Read

Mistress of the Sea by Jenny Barden

The Painter’s Apprentice by Charlotte Betts

The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay

Desired by Nicola Cornick

Hold on to Hope by Jean Fullerton

The Road Back by Liz Harris


Best Short Romance

Back to You by Natalie-Nicole Bates

The Sanctuary by Cara Cooper

Tomorrow Belongs to Us by Lynda Dunwell

Dancing with Danger by Fiona Harper


Best Ebook Read

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Miranda’s Mount by Phillipa Ashley

Change of Address by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Evie Undercover by Liz Harris

Darcie’s Dilemma by Sue Moorcroft

Tangled Love by Rosemary Morris


Best Author Published Read

Strings Attached by Mandy Baggot

The School Gates by Nicola May

Truth (Glimmering) by Jane Miller

Build a Man by Talli Roland

Mysterious Master by Isabella Rose


New Talent Award

Little Boxes by Celia Anderson

The Chainsaw Masquerade by Milly Atherton

Forgiving Nancy by Janice Cairns

Sophie’s Secret by Marilyn Chapman

Blackout by Glenda Cooper

The Boys of Summer by Vivienne DaCosta

Cinderella’s Truly Scrumptious Wedding Cake Emporium by Andrea Davies

Wish You Were by Karin Dixon

When Storm Clouds Rage by Lesley Eames

Bride of the Year by Elaine Everest

Once Upon a… Secret by Susan Fortin

Not Such a Sweet Young Thing by Miriam Frendo

Angel with a Badge by Eileen Hathaway

Four Left Feet by Sue Jackson

Follow Me by Laura James

Hats Off to Love by Susan Jones

Lady of Leoncourt by Cathy Lennon

Blackfeather by Helen Mallinson

Changing Casanova by Holly Martin

Baby Number Two by Catherine Miller

Snowbound by Kristy Price

Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

The Perfect Life List by Vanessa Savage

Smiling Through the Pain by Debbie White

Nanny in New York by Maria Wilson



Romance Industry Awards


Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Publisher)

Choc Lit – for continuing innovation and range in genre publishing

Samhain – for their expansion into diverse sub-genres with their retro romance and gay romance lines

DC Thomson – for a bold rebranding of My Weekly and People’s Friend Story Libraries as Pocket Novels

Xcite Books – for innovation in romance packaging with tactile covers for erotic Secret Library series


Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Author)

Mandy Baggot – for innovation in author marketing and using topical pop-culture

Sheryl Browne – for combining romantic fiction and cookery into the same book

E L. James – for invigorating the whole romance category

Sue Moorcroft – for her unusual and captivating plots


Publisher of the Year

Choc Lit – for their continuing rosta of award winning books

Cornerstone – for breaking sales records with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy

Ebury – for innovation in both their mainstream and digital romantic fiction publishing programmes

Total-E-Bound – for now celebrating five years as the UK’s first dedicated romance digital publisher


Literary Agent of the Year

Carole Blake – for support to the romantic fiction genre

Valerie Hoskins – literary agent to publishing sensation E.L. James

Jane Judd – for support to the romantic fiction genre

Laura Longrigg – for support to romantic fiction and new writers via the Harry Bowling Prize

Film & TV Awards

Best Romantic Film

The Artist (France, dir: Michel Hazanavicius)

Bridesmaids (US, dir: Paul Feig)

Jane Eyre (UK, dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga)

Midnight in Paris (US, dir: Woody Allen)

My Week With Marilyn (UK, dir: Simon Curtis)

One Day (US/UK, dir: Lone Scherfig)


Best Romantic Television Programme

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Birdsong (BBC One)

Call the Midwife (BBC One)

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Grey’s Anatomy (Channel 5)

True Love (BBC One)

The Vampire Diaries (ITV2)


3 thoughts on “Shortlists for Festival of Romance Awards Announced!

  1. Pingback: Miranda’s Mount shortlisted for Festival of Romance Best ebook award! | Author Phillipa Ashley

  2. Just checking my name is still there and it wasn’t a dream!

    Good luck to all the entrants – some really great names there and definitely ones to watch for the future.

    Thanks for sharing this Shaz.


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