I notice that the Romantic Novelists Association announced their shortlist today for the Joan Hessayon Award. This award is made annually by her husband Dr David Hessayon in honour of his late wife and the winner will be announced on 18 May 2011.
Joan Hessayon was a long-standing member of the RNA and a great supporter of the New Writers' Scheme, which supports fresh talent in the writing of romantic novels.
The shortlist is:
Kate Jackson Second Chance (DC Thompson)
Molly Hopkins It Happened In Paris (Little, Brown)
Sally Clements Catch Me A Catch (Wild Rose Press)
Charlotte Betts The Apothecary's Daughter (Piatkus)
Paula Williams A Place of Healing (My Weekly Pocket Novel)
Looking at this list, I can imagine I'll be buying yet more books in the very near future.