Congratulations to the winners of the ARRA awards! Presented at Cello’s Restaurant, Sydney.
The belle of the ball at this year’s Australian Romance Readers Awards was historical romance author Anne Gracie, who took out the top prize for Favourite Australian Romance Author. Her Chance Sisters series (BT | Amz) was named Favourite Continuing Series, and her 2015 release, The Spring Bride (BT | Amz) was named Favourite Historical Romance. The heroine, Jane Chance, took out the prize for Strongest Heroine.
Rural romance author Rachael Johns won Favourite Contemporary Romance for The Patterson Girls (BT | Amz), and Favourite Short or Category Romance for Fire Me Up (BT | Amz), breaking Kelly Hunter’s four-year run.
It was great to see some new faces in the winners list, too. Dinner emcee Shannon Curtis picked up Favourite Paranormal Romance for her crowdsourced novel Tribal Law (BT | Amz), proceeds of which go back to ARRA. I’m not sure how I feel about an ARRA-published book winning an ARRA award, but I did hear more than one reader mention that they wouldn’t have read the book had it not been for the ARRA connection, so I’m glad it introduced readers to the paranormal subgenre. Curtis announced that the series has been picked up by Harlequin Nocturne, which I’m pretty excited about.
Thanks to ARRA and its sponsors for hosting a lovely dinner!