As always, a fabulous time was had by all at the RNA Summer Party 2013 – the ambiance at The Royal Overseas League, the company, the food – all were lovely. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself …

I’ll begin with the Joan Hessayon Prize contenders. Yes, that’s because I’m among them!

Joan Hessayon contenders

The contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize for New Writers. L to R Carol McGrath, winner Liesel Schwarz, Jenny Barden, Me, Joss Alexander, Cathy Mansell, Serena Clarke, Anne Stenhouse Graham, Henriette Gyland


Anita Chapman and me

Liz Ringrose, Jan Brigden, Lynda Chamberlain, Lizzie Lamb

Christina Courtenay (Pia)


Talli Roland, Liz Ringrose

Biddy Coady, Tamsyn Murray

Linda Hooper, Catherine King, Jean Fullerton, Kelvin Woolmer



Rachel Skinner

Trisha Ashley

Jane Wenham-Jones, Jon Astley, Judy Astley




Jules Wake, Tim Ardizzone, Henriette Gyland

Siobhan Davies, Liesel Schwarz, winner of the Joan Hessayon Prize, Gillian Green, Michael Rowley

Guest of Honour, Lindsey Davis, who presented the Romantic Novel of the Year Award to winner, Jenny Colgan


Berni Stevens, Kate Johnson

Kate Lace (Catherine)

Jenny Barden, Cathy Mansell, Joss Alexander, Me




Susie Vereker, Susanna Kearsley

Liz Fenwick, Georgia Morris

Rowan Coleman



Gilli Allen

Jenny Harper

Sue Moorcroft, Janet Gover



And shoes, of course ….


Yes, once again I’ve let my photos do the talking. Bye for now!