RoNA Award shortlisting for A Convenient Marriage

Cover showing brown henna patterned hands, making a heart shape

As you know, I write women’s fiction under the name Jeevani Charika. I’ve talked before about A Convenient Marriage and how it was the book of my heart (we all have one of those stories that we love a little bit more than the others). I’m over the moon to tell you that it’s been shortlisted for a RoNA award (Contemporary Romance category).

The RoNAs are the UK Romantic Novelists Association’s annual awards. Sort of like the RWAs, RITA awards, but smaller and hopefully less problematic. (The books are judged by readers who are not members of the RNA, which is a good start).

As if weren’t enough to be shortlisted, just LOOK at who’s on the list with me! Sophie Kinsella! Carole Matthews! I’m honoured to be able to sit alongside Sunday Times Bestsellers and Queens of the genre. Sue Moorcroft did the NWS critique for A Convenient Marriage over ten years ago. So, yeah. Wow.

We won’t know who’s won until March 2nd, but the confidence boost of making it onto the list is wonderful. I have been on a shortlist before – Girl Having A Ball was on the rom com category shortlist in 2017. So I’ve now had a shortlisting under both names.

Wish me luck!

PS: If you haven’t read A Convenient Marriage yet, it’s still only 99p (ebook only, at the moment, there’s no paperback yet).

Belonging wins Chill with a Book award

Belonging has won a Chill With A Book award! How exciting is that?!

The cover of Belonging, next to the shiny award badge.

The Chill with a Book awards are a long running prize which is awarded to indie published books of high standard. The readers assess each book against a set of criteria like:

  • Were the characters strong and engaging?
  • Was the book well written?
  • Did the story have you turning pages to find out what happened next?
  • Was the ending satisfying?
  • Would you recommend this book to someone who reads this sort of book?

Eight readers read Belonging as part of the judging and they must have liked what they read because they awarded it a Premier award. Which means I get a badge and everything!

Here’s a few of the comments from the readers

“I liked everything about this book. I’ve already recommended it to a friend at work.”

It was a lovely, relaxing, easy read.”

I truly enjoyed this gem of a book.”

Have you read Belonging? Please could you leave a review on the retailer site of your choice (Amazon, I mean Amazon, really). Even just a few words makes a massive difference.