It was the Mills and Boon Voice of Africa romance writing competition that turned my attention to writing romance ‘proper’. Before that moment, any romance had been strictly confined to my wobbly love life rather than anything that might end up in print. But in 2011, I thought to myself, maybe give this a try. And I won. I was out skating with my sister when the editor of Essentials mag phoned to tell me this fabulous news. Admittedly, I was pretty useless for the rest of the day.
In May this year I decided to enter the first ever Imbali awards, a ROSA (Romance Organisation of South Africa) award that recognises excellence in romance writing. Saturday night the winner was announced by multi-bestselling, multi-award winning dynamo Mary Jo Putney at ROSACon2016. Hells bells, said winner was me.
Anyone who knows me, knows that despite having had some luck with raffles and things in the past, I generally don't win anything. So I’ve been doing rather a number of happy dances since that announcement on Saturday.
Writing is very much its own reward. But to be acknowledged as well. Marvellous. Delighted. Overwhelmed.
And the fabulous award itself? Next to my Catwoman statue, of course.
Half-vampire Amelia Hartnady, Liberty’s vampire hunter, is on a mission to kill vamp leader Fedor, aka the vamp that wrecked her life. But after her last disastrous hunt, the council hired Delaney Delacouer, Europe’s legendary hunter, and that tall, green-eyed sweet-talker’s got the town mesmerized.
Amelia knows all too well how deadly Fedor can be—he’s the reason she’s a half-vamp, one who could be the legendary daywalker, in a backwoods town that doesn’t much like supernaturals, even ones who fight against vamps. And anyway, what’s a man like Delacouer doing in a small town like Liberty? He’s definitely not all he claims to be. As far as Amelia’s concerned, the town’s only big enough for one hunter, and that’s her.
Forced to hunt together, Amelia and Delacouer fight their deadly attraction. She’s seeking redemption, he’s chasing revenge. But only one of them can claim the vamp leader as theirs. Now the pair have to work together to overcome their own demons.