RoNA Awards 2020

At the start of this week, I went to the RoNA Awards 2020. As you probably know, my novel A Convenient Marriage, written as Jeevani Charika, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Fiction Novel award. Since it was a very Sri Lankan book that was nominated, I wore a sari and the bling.

Bella Osborne, me, Jules Wake, Sophie Kinsella, Sue Moorcroft, Victoria Walters and Carole Matthews

I didn’t win (sob), but I had a great time. It really helped that I had enjoyed the book that DID win (A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft – which I’ve reviewed here). My friend Jenni Fletcher also won her category with Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess – which I’m reading at the moment.

Cover showing brown henna patterned hands, making a heart shape

It was a lovely ceremony. I was on the same table as Anton Du Beke off the telly, who was unfailingly charming. Milly Johnson, who got an Outstanding Acheivement award, gave the most amazing speech that moved us all to tears. You can see the full speech on YouTube.

I’m back at home now and glad to be back. Now I need to get on with writing the next book.

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