I am overjoyed to be able to announce that my Regency romance Fair Deception has been shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year 2010 administered by the Romantic Novelists' Association.
Fair Deception is the first of my Newmarket Regencies. It tells the story of Kit Kydd, who rescues actress Susanna Fair from evil Rafe Warwick. They then pretend to be engaged in order to keep Susanna safe and out of the way. Needless to say, things don't quite go as smoothly as either of them had hoped due to Susanna's inability to say no and Kit's inability not to be a knight errant.
It was published by Hale in October 2008 (qualifying period is July'08-June'09) and was sold out, but Hale have now reprinted it, so if you'd like a copy, click on the side panel!
Alongside me on the shortlist is one author that I am especially delighted to be ranked with. My very good friend and fellow RNACambridge chapter member Louise Allen has had her hot historical The Notorious Mr Hurst selected. Like Fair Deception, it also has a Regency-theatre setting and the love story between Maude and Eden just scorches the pages.
Louise says "Wealthy, eligible, beautiful - Lady Maude Templeton can have any man in Society. But she wants to marry for love - and the man of her dreams is sexy, talented, intelligent - and impossibly ineligible. What is more, he doesn’t believe in love. Making theatre owner Eden Hurst realise he needs love, and her, seems hopeless - but when she puts her mind to it Lady Maude can be quite as shocking as any of her Ravenhurst friends."
Full list for the RNA Love Story of the Year 2010 is:
The Notorious Mr. Hurst - Louise Allen (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
Animal Instincts - Nell Dixon (Little Black Dress)
Always the Bridesmaid - Nina Harrington (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
Fair Deception - Jan Jones (Robert Hale)
The Wedding Party - Sophie King (Hodder)
The Award will be presented at the Pure Passion Awards luncheon at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Tuesday 16th March 2020.