'Tis the season for the shortlist, apparently. The Romantic Novelists' Association has announced the all-female nominations for their prize, which recognizes excellence in romantic fiction writing.
Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern (daughter of an ex-prime minister) is listed for her "mind blowing" romance based on the unexpected outcome of a blood transfusion, Thanks for the Memories.
Lesley Downer is "thrilled and flattered" at the inclusion of her book, The Last Concubine (which hopefully has nothing to do with Mohammed).
I last listed Julia Gregson's book East of the Sun in the post on Richard and Judy's summer reads.
Susanna Kearsley, Linda Gillard, and Judith Lennox are also on the list. The winner will be announced in London on 10 February.