Adele Parks and Penny Parkes were celebrated last night at the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards). Adele Parks, bestselling author of sixteen novels, was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award, while Penny Parkes won the ‘Best Romantic Comedy’ Award for her debut novel Out of Practice.
Penny Parkes published her first book, Out of Practice, in July 2016, and will publish the sequel, Practice Makes Perfect, in June 2017. The novels follow mother-of-two and successful GP Dr Holly Graham, whose relocation to a country practice brings with it more drama, romance and rivalry than she could ever have imagined.
Adele Parks published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; it was the debut bestseller of that year and the Evening Standard named her one of the twenty faces to watch. Adele has since published fifteen novels in fifteen years and each of them made bestseller lists. She has sold three million copies of UK editions and been translated into 26 different languages.
The Romantic Novelists’ Association has been recognising romantic fiction writers for more than fifty years. The expansive RoNA format now includes seven categories – Contemporary, Epic, Historical, Paranormal and Speculative, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult and the RoNA Rose (for shorter/category romance) – as well as an overall Romantic Novel of the Year Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award.