We are thrilled that This Child of Mine by Emma-Claire Wilson is a contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for 2023.
This Child of Mine, published by Avon (HarperCollins), follows Stephanie, a woman who faces an impossible choice. After trying for a baby for so long, finding out she was pregnant was supposed to be the happiest day of Stephanie’s life. But in the same breath as the news she had been waiting years to hear, the doctor told her she was seriously ill. If she carries her baby to term, she will almost certainly die. If she proceeds with treatment, her baby will not live. Her husband – the father of this child – is telling Stephanie to save herself. But can she trust him with all the secrets she knows he is keeping from her?
The Joan Hessayon Award showcases authors whose debut romantic fiction novels have gone through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are subsequently accepted for publication. The winner will be announced on Saturday 12th August 2023 during the annual RNA conference Gala Dinner, which is being held at Imperial College, London.
Emma-Claire says, ‘The RNA and, in particular, the NWS, have been such an important part of my journey to publication, so to be a contender for the RNA Joan Hessayon award feels like a dream come true. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the support and guidance I have received from the people I met through the scheme so I am so proud to be one of the authors put forward for such a prestigious award.’
Emma-Claire Wilson is joined as a contender by Sarah Callejo’s Dark Sanctuary (SpellBound Books), Linda Corbett’s Love You From A-Z (One More Chapter), Julie Haworth’s Always By Your Side (Simon & Schuster UK), Stella Holt’s Last First Kiss (Tule Publishing), Suzanne Merchant’s Their Wildest Safari Dream (Mills & Boon True Love), Angela M Sims’ The Rose of Florence (Romaunce Books) and Katy Turner’s Let’s Just Be Friends (Joffe Books).
This Child of Mine will be published 6th July 2023.