Jera’s Jamboree : Romance Industry Awards and New Talent Award 2013 @RomanceFest


It’s that time of year again ALREADY!

I’m more excited this year than ever before … because Jera’s Jamboree has been shortlisted in the Festival of Romance Industry Awards!  I am in fabulous company too.

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Here’s the full shortlists:

Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Publisher)

Choc Lit – for their commitment and support to developing new writers
Harper Collins – for use of different formats; ebook compliations, hardbacks and paperbacks
HarperImpulse – for listening to what romance readers want and connecting with readers through social media

Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Author)

Julie Cohen – for outstanding and captivating teaching methods leading to many of her students receiving publishing contracts
Linn B Halton – for evolving the author/reader initiative into an interactive lifestyle magazine
Lindsey Kelk – for excellent social media campaigns and use of short stories to promote her novels
Lorraine Wilson – for being such an inspiration to other writers

Publisher of the Year

Choc Lit – for promotion of romantic fiction and the hero and heroine, benefiting the whole genre
Harper Collins – for evolving in the ever changing marketplace and the use of imprints to reach many different readers
HarperImpulse – for going from zero to huge in such a short space of time

Literary Agent of the Year

Carole Blake – for a long, successful career contributing 50 years to publishing
Broo Doherty – for always being the professional and a first class advocate and mentor to her authors
Hannah Ferguson – for her faith in new writers and her ability to spot future bestsellers
Lizzie Kremer – for her commitment to the romantic fiction genre

Romance Blogger of the Year

Tanya Farrell (After The Final Chapters) – for writing honest, funny and no holds barred reviews and using social media to connect to readers around the world
Sharon Goodwin (Jera’s Jamboree) – for honest reviews and her active support to new authors as well as more established names
JB Johnson (Brook Cottage Books) – for being unstinting in her support of authors and reviewing tirelessly
Kirsty Maclennan (For the Love of a Good Book) – for being a tireless supporter of romantic fiction and continuing to make her blog better than ever
Carol Wright (Dizzy C’s Book Blog) – for being innovative with reviews and seasonal extras and having daily posts that are interesting and varied

New Talent Award 2013

Fate Plays Dangerous Games – Kaye Chaloner
Lucky Kate – Glenda Cooper
The Wildflower of Ravenscar – Wendy Grace
Rock, Paper, Scissors – Jayne Hall
Fifty Not Out – Vivien Hampshire
Boot Camp Bride – Elizabeth Lamb
The Opening – Shada Lapite
Glitter Red Shoes and Sky Blue Gingham – Anna Mansell
The Bow Wow Club – Nicola May
Baby Number Two – Catherine Miller
Acting on Impulse – Bella Osborne
The Honey Projects – Fay Rusling
Missing Grace – Vanessa Savage
Crazy Little Thing – Kate Scholefield
Broken Jigsaw – Lynda Stacey
Edge of Life – Karen Taylor
Head over Heart – Lucie Wheeler

Hall of Fame

2013: The Romantic Novelists’ Association – for being a defining, driving and positive force for the genre since 1960

Previously elected to the Hall of Fame
2012: Katie FfordeBlack Lace
2011: Carole MatthewsHarlequin Mills and Boon

Congratulations to everyone for making the shortlist but especially my fellow book bloggers.


It is such an honour to be shortlisted for this industry award.

Thank you for your support!


27 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree : Romance Industry Awards and New Talent Award 2013 @RomanceFest

    • Totally agree with you Linn! It’s beyond words that Festival of Romance have added this category this year.

      It is enough to be shortlisted 🙂

      Thanks Linn.

  1. You already know how excited I am for you, Shaz. WELL DONE and well deserved! You rock in every conceivable and you should get all the recognition in the world. Sending you big hugs and three loud cheers. HIP HIP HOOORAY!!!! 🙂 Good luck with the awards and keep rocking… XX

  2. Shaz,

    Congratulations and so thrilled for you. Well deserved after all your hard work.

    All the awards and shortlists look cracking this year.

    Fingers crossed,
    Nikki 😉

  3. Reblogged this on Writing, Work and Wine and commented:
    Another fantastic line up of awards and finalists for this year’s Festival of Romance. Only sorry I can’t be there.
    Congratulations to my blogger friend Shaz, Linn B Holton and Lucie, Vanessa & Catherine aka part of the Romaniacs and of course to everyone else on the list including the lovely team at Choc Lit and the fab Harper Impulse.
    Good luck everyone,
    Nikki 😉

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