Traitor's Knot is Nominated for The Joan Hessayon Award!

Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on her nomination for the Romantic Novelist Association's Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers for her debut historical novel, Traitor's Knot! I had the pleasure of offering Cryssa some developmental and copyediting assistance before she began the submissions process. Her novel was subsequently published by Endeavour. Way to go, Cryssa!

From the RNA website:

The RNA was founded in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and support authors. We continue to celebrate the excellence and diversity of the genre and provide a supportive professional network for writers of romantic fiction.

The list (of finalists for the Joan Hessayon Award) is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. The scheme enables unpublished authors to submit a complete manuscript for critique by one of the Association’s published authors, and to attend RNA events offering opportunities to meet and network with publishers, agents, and other published authors.

Commenting on the contenders for 2018, RNA Chair Nicola Cornick said, “The RNA is particularly proud of its New Writers’ Scheme, which is unique to the association, and helps new writers on that difficult path to publication. In recent years we’ve had an excellent success rate and this year is no exception with seventeen debut novelists graduating from the scheme. Having read every last one of them, I’m delighted to see a new generation of talent being fostered by the scheme.”

The Joan Hessayon Award is generously sponsored by gardening expert Dr David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of its New Writers’ Scheme. The scheme has been run by the RNA since 1962 and is unique among professional writing associations. It aims to encourage fresh talent in the writing of romantic novels that reflect all aspects of love and life, contemporary or historical. Imogen Howson, who co-ordinates the New Writers’ Scheme, commented, “It is wonderful to see debut authors graduating from the New Writers’ Scheme and we are ever grateful to Dr David Hessayon, who continues to support the Awards in honour of his late wife, Joan.”

Click here to read an interview with Cryssa on the RNA website!

England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I.

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman.

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart.

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.

Traitor's Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.

Traitor's Knot is available now on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Cryssa's website, where she blogs about 17th century history. Cryssa is also an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog.

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