Saturday, 19 October 2013

Shocked isn't the word: Romance Industry Awards and New Talent Award 2013 ~ Festival of Romance

This is a post I never imagined I would be writing,

The Love of a Good Book is my proudest achievement, it's enhanced my life in ways that I never imagined. I've met many amazing people, discovered genres I'd never read before and have an even better excuse for the books I pick up whilst shopping in Tesco/ASDA.
But the main reason, the reason that I don't mind coming in from work to spend hours scheduling and writing posts, is because I LOVE IT!

So anyway back to the reason for this post:

Yesterday my phone screen started flashing with messages from Twitter, people congratulating me. Now forgive me because I'm blonde, it took me a while to cotton on that the tweets were actually for me!
I have been shortlisted for Romance Blogger of the Year, in the Festival of Romance Industry Awards


The other bloggers shortlisted are of such a high calibre that I feel so honoured just to see my name in a list with theirs.


Here’s the full shortlists:

Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Publisher)

Choc Lit – for their commitment and support to developing new writers
Harper Collins - for use of different formats; ebook compliations, hardbacks and paperbacks
Harper Impulse – for listening to what romance readers want and connecting with readers through social media

Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Author)

Julie Cohen – for outstanding and captivating teaching methods leading to many of her students receiving publishing contracts
Linn B Halton – for evolving the author/reader initiative into an interactive lifestyle magazine
Lindsey Kelk - for excellent social media campaigns and use of short stories to promote her novels
Lorraine Wilson – for being such an inspiration to other writers

Publisher of the Year

Choc Lit - for promotion of romantic fiction and the hero and heroine, benefiting the whole genre
Harper Collins - for evolving in the ever changing marketplace and the use of imprints to reach many different readers
Harper Impulse – for going from zero to huge in such a short space of time

Literary Agent of the Year

Carole Blake – for a long, successful career contributing 50 years to publishing
Broo Doherty – for always being the professional and a first class advocate and mentor to her authors
Hannah Ferguson – for her faith in new writers and her ability to spot future bestsellers
Lizzy Kremer – for her commitment to the romantic fiction genre

Romance Blogger of the Year

Tanya Farrell (After The Final Chapters) - for writing honest, funny and no holds barred reviews and using social media to connect to readers around the world
Sharon Goodwin (Jera's Jamboree) - for honest reviews and her active support to new authors as well as more established names
JB Johnson (Brook Cottage Books) - for being unstinting in her support of authors and reviewing tirelessly
Kirsty Maclennan (The Love of a Good Book) – for being a tireless supporter of romantic fiction and continuing to make her blog better than ever
Carol Wright (Dizzy C's Book Blog) - for being innovative with reviews and seasonal extras and having daily posts that are interesting and varied

New Talent Award 2013

Fate Plays Dangerous Games – Kaye Chaloner
Lucky Kate – Glenda Cooper
The Wildflower of Ravenscar – Wendy Grace
Rock, Paper, Scissors – Jayne Hall
Fifty Not Out – Vivien Hampshire
Boot Camp Bride – Elizabeth Lamb
The Opening – Shada Lapite
Glitter Red Shoes and Sky Blue Gingham – Anna Mansell
The Bow Wow Club – Nicola May
Baby Number Two – Catherine Miller
Acting on Impulse – Bella Osborne
The Honey Projects – Fay Rusling
Missing Grace – Vanessa Savage
Crazy Little Thing – Kate Scholefield
Broken Jigsaw – Lynda Stacey
Edge of Life – Karen Taylor
Head over Heart – Lucie Wheeler

Hall of Fame

2013: The Romantic Novelist' Association - for being a defining, driving and positive force for the genre since 1960

Previously elected to the Hall of Fame
2012: Katie Fforde, Black Lace
2011: Carole Matthews , Harlequin Mills and Boon

Congratulations to everyone mentioned, it's an honour and a privilege to be a name amongst you all!



  1. Thrilled for you Kirsty. No surprise at all though. (Sounds like an Aldi ad. :) )

    Liv x

  2. Thank you, that's such a lovely thing to say xx

  3. Congratulations Kirsty and well deserved :) x

  4. Well done Kirsty. You really work hard - you deserve it : ) x