Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Um, Animal Instincts won Love Story of the Year!


My agent, Darley Anderson celebrating with Love Story of the Year and Romantic Comedy of the Year!

Janet Gover, Liz Fenwick and me

With the Betty Neels Rosebowl and the award.

Mr Nell and Me

My editor Claire Baldwin, Me and my agent Maddie Buston
To say I was and still am stunned is putting it mildly. The other shortlisted authors were all so good, I honestly didn't think for a moment that I stood a chance.
We had to keep our speeches very short on the day and I was trying so hard not to cry I don't think I could have said much then, anyway.
So, bear with me because I'm going to make up for it now. I want to thank the RNA and all the organisers, especially Janet Gover my fellow LBD author for a wonderful, wonderful day. It was a day I'll always remember.
I want to thank my support teams, Mr Nell and the Belles who have to live with me. Phillipa Ashley and Elizabeth Hanbury, the coffee crew. My editor extraordinaire - Claire Baldwin, who works such magic on my books, and all the Headline team who give me fabulous covers and great support. My agent's Darley Anderson and Maddie Buston who are generous, kind and brilliant. My wonderful fellow romance authors who give me so much support and keep me going when the crows of doubt start to peck. And the biggest thank you goes to someone who I wish could have been there yesterday to enjoy the day with me - my fabulous cp and friend, Jessica Foote. Animal Instincts owes so much to her wonderful support.
I wish every one of the shortlisted authors could have won - they all wrote fantastic, beautiful books.
And now I've indulged myself - here are some pics!

18 comments:

Grace Tyler said...

Betty Neals too? You scooped the awards! Congratulations! Well deserved.

Fiona Harper said...

Well done, Nell!

Kate Hardy said...

Congrats, Nell! Lovely to see you yesterday and to see you walk up on the stage... xxx

Jeannie Lin said...

Congratulations on this wonderful award. What a great honor!

Bronwyn Parry said...

Super congrats, Nell!!

Jan Jones said...

Congratulations, Nell - you looked lovely and Animal Instincts is a fab book.

Chris Stovell said...

Many congratulations. Well done!

Jessica Foote said...

Oh, you've really made the tears rise now! :) I am honoured to have worked with you on such amazing books and I feel so proud that they are receiving the recognition that they are due. I knew from the moment we started reading each other's work that you were going places and I think this absolutely proves it. I am SO HAPPY for you!! Jess xxx

Elizabeth Hanbury said...

Woohoo!

Many congratulations, Nell! Looks like it was a fabulous party. Next time the coffee crew meet, we'll have cake and large lattes with cream and chocolate sprinkles to celebrate!

Julie Cohen said...

I'm so, so proud of you.

Phillipa said...

I second what Liz says! :) Do you think they make their own Champagne at The Coffee Place ? Wonderful news, Nell. I'm so proud of you! P x

Michelle Styles said...

I am so very pleased and proud of you!!!
A very worthy winner.

Shirley Wells said...

Many, many congratulations, Nell! A very worthy winner!

Julie Day said...

Oh well done Nell. Many congratulations, for which it is surely deserved. Come down from those clouds soon.

Kate Walker said...

Many Many Many Congratulaitons dear Nell - I'm just so sorry I couldn't be there to cheer your win on the day.

But I will hope to do so at the Conference in July

So well done!
Love

Kate

The English Writer said...

Well done Nell, all your hard work pays off. You look very happy.

India said...

Yay Nell! Huge congratulations!

xxx

Susan Rix said...

Hi Nell, I'm chiming in late, but sending HUGE congrats from both Gray & myself. I LOVE Animal Insticts and I'm thrilled to bits for you. You deserve every success. Sue xx