Thursday, February 11, 2010

The secret's out!

I am thrilled to bits to announce that Animal Instincts has been shortlisted for RNA's Love Story of the Year!

The Love Story of the Year is for a shorter romance where there is a strong emphasis on the developing central relationship.

A shortlist of six is again chosen by the reading public, with the winner selected by three judges.

The shortlist is:

The Notorious Mr. Hurst – Louise Allen (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

Animal Instincts – Nell Dixon (Little Black Dress)

Always the Bridesmaid – Nina Harrington (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

Fair Deception – Jan Jones (Robert Hale)

The Wedding Party – Sophie King (Hodder)

Claimed for the Italian’s Revenge – Natalie Rivers (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

The award used to be called the Romance Prize which I won in 2007 with Marrying Max. I suppose a little bit of me was always convinced that had been some kind of fluke so to be shortlisted again is just so absolutely brilliant.
There are some terrific books on the shortlist so I feel even more stunned that my book, which my cp, the incredibly talented Jessica Raymond and I, dubbed the two gay donkeys, swearing parrot story has been chosen by readers.
I'm floating around in a little blissful cloud at the moment and hoping I can find a miracle to lose three stones by March in time for the award ceremony. Squee!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Many many congratulations Nell. It has been hard to keep the news secret, hasn't it?
I so enjoyed 'Animal Instincts' - and look forward to meeting up in March.
And with you on the diet. But I think we can have cake today, don't you? LOL Nina

Phillipa said...

May I be the first to say Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Huge congratulations, Nell - I am so thrilled for you.

So proud of you,

Phillipa xxx

Julie Cohen said...

Hooray!! And for the second time, too—how brilliant are you!?!?

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing you in March—and you will look lovely.

Kate Hardy said...

Congrats, Nell - and DEFINITELY eat cake today :) You deserve it!

Shirley Wells said...

Many congratulations, Nell!

And I agree with Kate; cake it is today. The diet will wait until tomorrow.

Christina Phillips said...

What fabulous news, Nell - huge congrats!

Judy Jarvie said...

Woo hoo, Nell. Such fab news, mega congratultions jx

Nell Dixon said...

Thanks to all of you - I still keep pinching myself. It's such a lovely, wonderful feeling.

Jan Jones said...

Congrats, Nell. And if you find the secret of that diet, be a pal and share it?

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Michelle Styles said...

Very very pleased for you.
It is a really strong short list and the honour of course is making that list!

Pat Posner said...

Fantastic news, Nell!

Huge congratulations


Jane Armstead said...

Fantastic news Nell. I really enjoyed reading 'Animal Instincts'
I am so pleased you made the short list, well done!
Have a slice of cake on me- and a glass of something nice.

Kate Allan said...

Congratulations! So well deserved.