"diamondlil" wrote:The RITA awards (Romance awards) have a category called Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and I think that that really fits!
In the UK we have 2 prizes for Romantic fiction. There's the Romantic Novelists Association Major Award. The Tea Rose would fit into this category - mainstream fiction with a romantic element. Former winners include Philippa Gregory for The Other Boleyn Girl (although she now says she doesn't write romantic fiction), Rosamund Pilcher, Jo Jo Moyes. I've been on the shortlist 4 times. Dorothy Dunnett's been shortlisted before, so has Joanne Harris. Then you get the category romance award on which you'll find such authors as Nicola Cornick, Liz Fielding and the general field of Mills & Boon category romance which is almost purely hero and heroine relationship stuff without sidelines.