Yesterday I attended the RNA luncheon. It was in celebration of fifty years of the romantic fiction association and was one of the best attended. As usual it was impossible to hear what people were saying in the pre dinner period but there was certainly a buzz. Little gold motifs and hearts were strewn amongst chocolate buttons everywhere, both in the lounge area and on the table, and the meal at the Royal Gardens Hotel is always good. Pink champagne was on offer to all the guests in the pre dinner period. Most of the main publishers had a table where drinks were available to authors and as always it gives a chance for authors to meet their editiors and publishers.
The speaker was Barry Norman, who made a witty speech but thankfully short because of all the presentations, of which there were many more this year. Besides the main award and the award for the best love story - for which Louise Allen was nominated but sadly not picked - there were the People's Choice, the Romantic Comedy, and the Romantic Film award. Also a couple of lifetime awards. If you want to see all the winners you should visit the RNA website. I can tell you that Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts By Santa Montefiore won the main prize and Animal Instincts by Nell Dixon won the Love Story of the year.
All in all it was well done and long may the RNA continue to find supporters and be successful.