AN Ilkley author is one of four Yorkshire authors shortlisted for the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards.
Helen Pollard, from Ilkley, joins Diane Allen, from Settle, Julie Houston, from Huddersfield and Milly Johnson, from Barnsley, to be shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s prestigious 2021 Romantic Novel Awards.
The winners of the awards will be presented by actor and presenter Larry Lamb in a digital event on Monday, March 8th.
The RNA’s awards are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction. In 2021 they comprise the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award, the Romantic Comedy Novel Award, the Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award, the Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thrillers, the Romantic Saga Award, the Fantasy Romantic Novel Award, the Libertà Shorter Romantic Novel Award and the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award.
Novelist Mike Gayle will also be presented with the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Helen Pollard, from Ilkley, is one of nine finalists in the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award category with her novel The Little Shop in Cornwall, published by Bookouture.
Heroine Claudia has ditched her uncaring ex-husband and corporate career for a new start in beautiful Cornwall, but is shaken up when recently-widowed Jason and his teenage daughter Millie arrive in town. Practical Jason isn’t thrilled about his daughter’s love of Claudia’s free-spirited ideas, and sparks fly.
Helen Pollard said: “One of the things I love most when writing my books is creating a fictitious setting within a real-life area. I love Cornwall, so creating my coastal village, Porthsteren, from scratch and making it exactly how I wanted it for my characters was such a pleasure! Having been a member of the RNA for several years, I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the contemporary romantic novel award – it’s an honour!”
Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction.
RNA Chair, Imogen Howson, said: “This year’s shortlists showcase, yet again, the wonderful variety of romantic fiction, with books from publishers large and small, from some authors who are household names and others who may well be the next big thing. In difficult times, the sales of romantic fiction rise, and these books – with all their humour, drama, excitement, and romance – remind us exactly why.”