Hold Back the Stars shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year

Hold Back the Stars shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year

A big week for my little book.

First shortlisted for Starburst Magazine's Brave New Words, an award recognising original genre writing, today Hold Back the Stars was announced as a finalist for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Eeeee!

Run by the Romantic Novelists' Association, the awards -- called the RoNAs -- are fascinating in that they celebrate the best in romantic fiction each year, honouring works in Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal and Speculative Romance, Young Adult Romance and Shorter Romantic Fiction (with the RoNA Rose Award). It's fantastic to see an award recognise so many genres and facets a love story can take.

Hold Back the Stars is a finalist for Brave New Words

Hold Back the Stars is a finalist for Brave New Words

Now, this is a cool thing. An award for genre writing that considers novels, blog posts, short stories, screenplays, poetry, and anthologies. Run by Starburst Magazine, 'Brave New Words' boasts not only an impressive spread of different mediums, but the perfect sci-fi play-on-words title.

I'm so thrilled to be shortlisted - alongside some properly great genre writers, too! Here is the shortlist:

Hold Back the Stars: Music Playlist

Hold Back the Stars: Music Playlist

Every writer has a music playlist for their book. Don't they?

At the very least a brain trailer reel - the music you imagine the scenes of your book set to.
I, personally, use music as a way to transition from my day job back into the world of the novel each evening; I listen to a varied playlist as I drive home from work, letting the music lead my imagination away from Microsoft Outlook and office politics, and back towards the meteor showers, light-up dance floors, and first dates in abandoned observatories of the story I'll be writing when I get back home.