AND THE WINNER IS...
Last night, new M&B Romance author, Fiona Harper, was presented with the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award at the Romantic Novelists' Association Summer Party for her first romance, The Blind-Date Marriage, to be released in December. She beat off contenders from mainstream houses to win the prize with a book that judge, Jenny Haddon, described as follows --
"This very contemporary short novel is funny and charming and has real heart. The hero is an original, with his two distinct personae. You’re on his side right from the cracking first page. Among our pleasures were a delightfully brisk heroine, whizzy plot, her ageing rocker dad and the way the hero handles a truculent kid. We believed totally in the world and the characters, including a scuzzbag would-be blackmailer. And there were some fabulous one liners that turned us green with envy."
Apparently not only Fiona, but several M&B editors were in tears at the news!
Fiona with her editor, Kim Young, at the party.