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South African romance author nominated for prestigious international award

Not a Fairy TaleJohannesburg-based romance writer Romy Sommer has become the first ever African author to be nominated for the prestigious international RWA Rita Award.

Sommer, author of four contemporary romance novels published by HarperCollins as well as four self-published historical novellas, has been nominated for a 2016 RWA Rita Award in the Mid-Length Contemporary Category for her latest novel, Not a Fairy Tale.

Run by Romance Writers of America (RWA) for over 30 years, this contest is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction internationally. Past winners include bestselling authors Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Barbara Freethy.

Up to 2,000 novels are entered annually into 12 categories. This year’s winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 16 at the RWA’s Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

Sommer is a film production manager by day and a romance writer by night. She is also a single mom and the Chairperson of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa).

Not a Fairy Tale is a Hollywood romance, featuring a brawny stuntman hero and the career-driven actress who hires him to train her for the role of a lifetime. Building on Sommer’s experience in the film industry, this lighthearted novel has been described as “enchanting sizzling, adult fairy tale”.

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