I have talked before about one of my favourite authors, Bronwyn Parry. Bronwyn romantic suspense novels set in Australia’s wild places. She lives on 100 acres of Australian bushland, and travels extensively through rural and outback areas of the country for background research for the novels.
I read Bronwyn’s first novel, “As Darkness Falls” a few years ago and then discovered that in 2007 it won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for best romantic suspense manuscript in 2007. In 2008 it was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award.
Then I read her second novel, “Dark Country”and found that it was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2010. It also won the Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Romantic Suspense novel of 2009.
And then sad news. Bronwyn could not attend the RITA Awards in 2010 as she was awaiting brain surgery. Fortunately, she seems to have made a complete recovery and last year her third novel “Dead Heat” was released. This is another great read, set in the Australian outback – a romantic suspense novel indeed.
Then a few days ago I received an email with the exciting news that “Dead Heat” is a finalist in the romantic suspense category of the Romance Writers of America RITA awards. This is great news for Bronwyn, her very supportive partner/soul mate and her readers and this time Bronwyn is well enough to travel to the USA for the awards. How exciting for her and how pleased those of us who follow her are. This time hopefully, there will not be a dead heat and her novel will win the award.
For those of you who don’t know. Bronwyn says “The RITA awards are often described as the ‘Oscars’ for the romance genre – the winners are announced at the gala awards night at the end of the Romance Writers of America conference, which this year will be in Atlanta, Georgia, from July 17-20th.”
I wish I could be there to cheer her on.
“There are three rules for writing a novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.“
W. Somerset Maugham