A few weeks ago I received a top secret email telling me I had been short-listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association Industry Awards Media Star Award. I was, quite literally, astounded.
I knew that last year it had been won by the most amazing lady, Kim Nash who is not only a fellow blogger at Kim the Bookworm and someone I consider a friend, but the publicity and social media manager at publishers Bookouture.
I had no idea who had nominated me (and still don’t know – but if it was you, then thank you!). I was in Mauritius on holiday when the news was released and was beside myself with excitement but really didn’t expect to win.
The awards ceremony was held on 15th November 2017 and I was all set to go, although I needed to rearrange a few things in order to get there. Unfortunately things didn’t quite go according to plan!
As my father had died last November and the 15th was bang slap in between his death and his funeral, I had arranged to take my mother on a coach trip to Milton Keynes to see Vincent and Flavia in Tango Moderno as a distraction. My sister was willing to go in my place and I was all set. Unfortunately, my sister then developed a problem in the foot she had totally reconstructed a few years ago and we thought it was broken or some of the screws had come adrift. Either way, she was unable to walk and certainly couldn’t support my unsteady mother. It meant that I couldn’t attend the ceremony as I had to look after Mum.
Some of you know that day was a bit of a challenge. We had lunch in a restaurant and just as I was ordering my meal a large, heavy Christmas Bauble somewhere between a football and basketball in size dropped from the high ceiling on top of my head leaving a large lump and a thumping headache for the rest of the day! When the waiter said, ‘That’s the second one to drop down today’ I did feel maybe a lesson could be learnt.
However, we headed off to the theatre only to find Vincent wasn’t in it as he had injured his back…
On arrival home, Mum was very unsteady on her feet and couldn’t make it across the road. My husband duly collected us in the car and we took her home. About 30 minutes after he had said to me that he wouldn’t be surprised if she had a fall, the phone rang and it was Mum. She had fallen and broken her hip. She’d crawled to the phone and rung us. We called the ambulance and some six and a half hours later it finally arrived at 3.45 in the morning. It’s been a bit of a nightmare ever since!
It was amongst all of this chaos that I learnt I had actually won The RNA Media Star Award. I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to me after a such a day of frustrations. I’m thrilled and delighted. Runner up was the wonderful Kaisha Holloway who blogs at The Writing Garnet. You can read all about the awards ceremony and the category winners here. but I confess to shedding a tear of joy when I read:
Media Star of the Year
Blogger Linda Hill was awarded Media Star of the Year for her continued support for romance novels through retweeting, reviewing and blogging. Friendly and professional, even when her TBR pile is overflowing, she’ll take more books on, going above and beyond the call of duty, and all with a smile. This award recognises those who have helped raise the profile of romance writing and/or the RNA in a positive way.
What wonderful words. Thank you, thank you, thank you RNA. Today postie has reignited all my excitement having delivered my certificate, closely follwed by my gorgeous award.
Now, I may have won the award, but if it were not for fabulous authors whose books I have the privilege to read, the generous publishers who send me copies for review and my fellow bloggers and others who share my posts this couldn’t have happened. As a result I would like to say an enormous thank you to all of you. I have found the bookish world to be supportive, friendly and talented and it is a joy to be part of it. By way of a thank you I’d like to run a small giveaway and you can enter below.
To say thank you for all the bookish love and support I’ve received, not just through this Romantic Novelists’ Industry Award, I would like to offer an Amazon e-gift card of £20 or $20 to one of Linda’s Book Bag readers. To enter click here. Giveaway closes at UK midnight on Christmas Eve.
Good luck everyone and thank you all once again. Merry Christmas x