January went in quicker than I expected! Now that we're into February, it's a great month to focus on romance, not least because the 14th is St Valentine's Day.
This year is the Diamond Anniversary of the Romantic Novelists' Association and there are special events happening all over the country. Some members are organising bookshop or library events and a few are taking place on Facebook.
Throughout their sixty years, the RNA has seen many debut authors, and those who became more famous, come through their organisation. I began many years ago on their wonderful New Writers' Scheme and the first novel I submitted for a critique, Dangerous Deceit, went on to be published.
Members of the association have Chapters in different parts of the country, where members can get together to support each other and discuss romance writing. In Scotland, we are so spread across the country that we have a private Scottish Chapter Group on Facebook, and we try to meet up two or three times a year in real life.
To celebrate the RNA's 60th year, our Scottish Chapter is having a 'Meet Scottish Romantic Novelists' event next weekend on Facebook. It will run on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, when lots of us will post excerpts or details of some of our books. Readers can interact with us and ask questions. Hopefully, some might discover a new favourite author!
Come along and meet us HERE.