Thursday, 10 March 2011

Awards Night 2011 !


The Romantic Novelists' Association Pure Passion Awards night 2011 was FABULOUS!

Just look at this room

look at the Award Stars

look at the Ladies !

I arrived early and grabbed a photo opportunity by the fireplace in the Reading & Writing Room at One Whitehall Place. None too soon, because the room soon filled up with shortlisted books, authors, guests and champagne.
As with all RNA gatherings, masses of cheerful networking took place before we were called into the Gladstone Library for more champagne, canap├ęs and the Awards announcements.

I didn't win the Love Story of the Year award, but I was thrilled that my lovely friend and Cambridge-Chapter-mate Louise Allen did for her fabulous historical romance The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst. And then another great friend Elizabeth Chadwick won the Historical Novel prize and a third, Jill Mansell, won the Romantic Comedy prize! I don't think it will be any great surprise to learn that more champagne appeared roundabout then...

The full list is:
RNA Love Story of the Year: The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst by Louise Allen
RNA Historical Novel Prize: To Defy A King by Elizabeth Chadwick
RNA Romantic Comedy Prize: Take A Chance On Me by Jill Mansell
RNA Romantic Novel of the Year: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
Lifetime Achievement Stars went to Penny Jordan and Josephine Cox

Elizabeth Chadwick, Jojo Moyes, Katie Fforde, Penny Jordan, Josephine Cox, Jill Mansell, Louise Allen

(photos 1, 5 and 6 taken by Marte of MLR Photo)


Cat Marsters/Kate Johnson said...

It looks like a fantastic do, one day I must actually make it there. And Jan, you look FABULOUS! Very glam. Love the dress!

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, K8! You really must get there next year.

Glad the dress worked. I had to forego cake for weeks to get into it.

J. Fishler said...

Thanks for the peek, looks like all kinds of fun!
(I'd have to give up cake and have body transplant to look like that - dang, girl!)

Jan Jones said...

Ha! All done with mirrors, m'dear.

Debs Carr said...

Thanks for the excellent photos. I love your dress too.

I was so cross I couldn't make it there this year and will definitely have to make sure I go next time.

liz fenwick said...

A brilliant event and you looked divine!