The results are in . . .

my glittery runner-up certificate

Although I wasn’t lucky enough to win my category at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards Ceremony I was proud to be nominated. And, in true Lizzie fashion, I made quite an event of it: travelling first class from Leicester to St Pancras with husband Dave, lunch in the Betjeman Arms, overnight stay at the Leonardo Hotel in view of the Tower of London. There was even time for a bit of a shopping expedition on the way home.

Looking back over the event I’ve come to see it as a marker of how far I’ve come over the last nine years. I am very proud of what I’ve achieved:

  • six published novels on Amazon with number seven under way
  • the establishment of the Leicester Chapter of the RNA (over 60 members)
  • the network of friends, readers and other author made via social media
  • the help and support I’ve shown other authors via workshops, meetings and talks

One of the best bits of the evening was the chance to meet up with fellow RNA members, many of whom I hadn’t seen for about three years. It was a bit nerve wracking wondering whether it was safe to journey to public transport and to mingle with a large crowd of people when Covid is still prevalent. However, having had both jabs and with my booster lined up the following week I took a rapid flow test and went for it. The room was busier than I expected but was well ventilated and folk pretty much kept to social distancing.

I was ably supported by my husband Dave who’s shared the ups and downs of indie publishing with me over the years. I was also very gratified that my BFF Adrienne Vaughan travelled down to London for the night to show her support. One of the best things about being an author and a member of the RNA is the number of friends I’ve made over the years – that’s what makes me keep coming back for more.

Here’s gallery of some of the images from the evening. You might even spot yourself there !

The award ceremony was the start of pretty hectic month of writing related activities. Restarting the Belmont Belles and Beaux after a hiatus of almost two years. Getting over the shock of discovering that the room which we use was no longer available free of charge (!) and that I’d have to find £80 every time we meet from now on. Luckily, about fifteen members were kind enough to pay their ‘subs’ in advance and we’re covered for most of 2022. Phew. Here we are with our latest ‘offerings’.

The Belmont Belles – no beaux present

I received my booster jab and spent some time online trying to find a new computer and printer. In the end I plumped for a Dell Inspiron desk top (in spite of the young man at Curry’s trying to sell me and Apple Mac!) I’ve investigated Amazon Advertising and my first month is about to come to an end – you’ll know how well it’s gone if you see me flying off into the sunset in my private jet.

One of my former pupils who is now a teacher and writer helped me to create a QR code for my Amazon page. So, I’ve spent some time updating that, too. If you do go over there, I’d really love it of you were to click on ‘FOLLOW’ to keep in touch with me and my writing. No idle moments in an author’s life, is there?

And, finally – just gearing up to send out my Christmas Newsletter to my friends and followers and write my Christmas Cards. Once that’s done I can return to writing the new novel – working title, DARK HIGHLAND SKIES and sharing some photos of our amazing summer spent in the highlands of Scotland. We travelled over 3,000 miles and we loved every moment.

Have a great run up to Christmas, find some time for yourself and if you fancy a romantic trip to the highlands of Scotland without leaving your armchair please consider downloading one of my super romantic novels, or buy a signed paperback for a friend or family member via my blog page and I’ll post it out to you.

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on November 28, 2021, in Lizzie's Scribbles. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Read what Lizzie got up to at the RNA Awards in October.

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  2. Loving this joyful post, Lizzie. It is wonderful you were invited to the ceremony and received a well deserved accolade. It was so much fun to listen to you on the radio and follow the awards on Twitter. Thanks so much for your continued support and your ‘can do’ attitude. You always make me feel so valued as an indie author. Have a fantastic Christmas! I can’t wait to read the next book. xxx

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    • Thanks for leaving a comment, Jessie. For some reason I couldn’t reply last night. The support of writer friends like you is so important to me. I’m glad that I’ve helped you in your writing career even in a small way and I certainly value the chats about our writing which we share. I’m looking forward to your next book, too.

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  3. Fabulous post, Lizzie.
    You work so hard, not only for yourself but on behalf of so many others in the writing community, too!!
    You deserve every success.

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    • Thanks June, I’m happy to help anyone who wants to be a writer. So looking forward to seeing you over the Christmas period and having a massive catch up. Not to mention learning how far from writing ‘THE END’ you are with your WIP. (no pressure, obvs). 🙂

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  4. Great blog Lizzie, and what a wonderful whirlwind of a time you’ve been having. A very kind and generous fellow writer and real inspiration to us all! X

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    • Thanks Adrienne, I hope I made it clear in the post how much I value your friendship and appreciated you coming down to London to support me at the event. Hope to see you soon for another writers’ workshop at your place.

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  5. That worked,

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  6. Joan Davies-Bushby

    As an author you have gone from strength to strength and I’m in no doubt that you will be nominated for future awards and become a worthy winner. Enjoy working on your new computer and I’m looking forward to number 7!

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    • Thanks Joan, the new computer is brilliant. And I’m quite proud (and not a little amazed) that I’ve been able to set it up without help from a techie. You know the ‘can do’ attitude being a teacher has instilled in us !! Now I’m up and running I can get stuck into #7.

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  7. You are already a winner to me, Lizzie! I am so sorry I couldn’t be there with you this time, blame the many travel restrictions but hopefully I’ll be there next time, as I am sure there’ll be a next time.
    Enjoy your new pc and well done on setting it up (I have never managed it alone).
    Looking forward to reading Dark Highland Skies. Happy writing! xx

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    • Buongiorno Isabella, from a very snowy Leicestershire. I so wish you could’ve been there, too but treasure the memory of the time when we met Jilly Cooper at the last RNA gig we attended. I’m so looking forward to when you can travel to the UK – a great time is promised. Hope its not too long before the new novel comes winging your way.

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  8. What a lovely way to start Monday, reading your post and sharing all your news. So glad computer issues have been resolved, so now it’s onward and upward with Dark Highland Skies xx

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    • Morning JO, and thanks for dropping by. I’m really thrilled with my new pc and quite chuffed that I’ve been able to get it up and running on my own. Just have to install my two ancient printers (!) by disc and then I’m good to go. Can’t wait to return to writing my novel, much more fun.

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  9. Such a lovely, warm and inspiring post, Lizzie. It perfectly illustrates how brilliantly you’ve done, your superb novels and all the hard work, love and support you give to your fellow authors and buddies. You’re a star! xxx

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    • Its having wonderful writer and reader friends which keeps me going, Jan. TBH, I’ve spent too much time lately promoting and keeping my profile ‘out there’ and the writing has taken a back seat. Giving myself a strong talking to and getting back to what I do best – writing the next novel.

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  10. Reblogged this on John Jackson – Author and commented:
    A lovely blog post from Lizzie

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  11. As Lizzie’s husband I know how hard she works networking and writing her books. Looking forward to reading the draft copy of #7

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  12. The connections we make help keep us on the right track alongside our own passion for our subject. Onwards always we have all to gain and nothing to lose. Lovely interesting post.

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  13. Many, many congratulations on reaching the final, Lizzie. You really deserve all your success. I am so thrilled for you and I hope the writing of book number 7 goes smoothly.

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    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Karen. I really want to get stuck into #7 and I hope that I’ll be able to do just that. 🙏🏼

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