Happy New Years Eve, beautiful people!

It’s been one hell of a year, hasn’t it? One which no-one will forget in a hurry, no matter how much we try and block it out of our memory. A year where we have craved to escape into a book even more so, for some diving into the pages of another world has been life-saving, has been the soul and heart-healing has been an away to re-connect with your own peace. Plus, let’s not forget this has been the year we have all discovered just how many amazing face masks are out there……honestly, I must have about ten, I actually love them, but I am known to be a bit weird…LOL!!

For me personally, it’s been a roller-coaster, the year started off like any other, and then for various reason’s which I won’t go into, it started sliding long before the first lockdown, there was a moment because of the issue I was going to give up blogging. But I didn’t, but my blogging mojo vanished and took a long time to return and even when it did, it wasn’t 100% I had let down so many – You wouldn’t believe how many unfinished reviews and blog tours I have in my draft box!!

We’ve lost loved ones, lost my reading mojo,  got that back landed in lockdown, clapped on my doorstep for our amazing NHS, came through all that only to lose my beautiful furry best friend, cried a river of tears, heart-broken I picked myself up and welcomed a new demon pup into the family, all was going well my blogging had picked up again after another slump and then another lockdown, book-buying binges (my bank balance will never be the same again), neighbour wars, puppy tantrums (thank goodness again for books 😉 ), and then the cherry on top of the cake, our fridge/freezer dying on Christmas Day.

Yup, what a year!!

But, on the positive side, I have read some incredible books, like many during this turbulent year, books have been my saving grace, authors are incredible, aren’t they??

What would we do without those incredible men and women who toil away for hours, days, weeks and months, pulling hair out, screaming at their screens, crying and agonising over if the finished product will be read at all. Plus, I think I am not alone in saying after this year I have discovered new loves, old loves and that there is so much kindness in this world when you look for it.

Anyway, you don’t want to spend an hour reading my usual babble, I usually do a ‘Best of the Year’ list, this year I am trying something a little different, I have thought long and hard and decided to do my own little Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Book Awards, so I have compiled a few categories each category will have between one and four equal winners, no runners up here, and then I will announce my overall book of the year, and that was such a difficult choice as there have been some amazing books, but the one I have chosen is pretty special to me.

So without further ado, let the first ever Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Book Awards, 2020 begin.

Historical Romance Novel Award 2020.

The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver

Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple

Her Dark Knight’s Redemption by Nicole Locke

Heroine of the Year Award 2020

Sissa, from Redeeming Her Viking Warrior by Jenni Fletcher

WW2, Historical Fiction Novel Award 2020

Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer

Secret Agent by Elisabeth Hobbes

Vixen by Sam Michaels

Hero of the Year Award 2020

Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, from Redeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath

Historical Fiction Novel  Award 2020

Daniel’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall

Summer Warrior by Regan Walker

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

M/M Romance Novel Award 2020

The Captain and the Prime Minister by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Crime/Thriller Novel Award 2020

The Man in Room 423  by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski

Deadline by Geoff Major

Contemporary Romance Novel Award 2020

Revelations of His Runaway Bride by Kali Anthony

Casting Samson by Melinda Hammond

Little Village of Second Chances by Gina Hollands

Scottish Historical Romance Novel Award 2020

Forbidden to the Highland Laird by Sarah Mallory

Timeslip/Duel Timeline Novel 2020

Sight Unseen by Sandra Ireland

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara


So, we have come to the final award and it’s the big one. I mentioned earlier in the post that this particular book is very special to me, it came to me at the right time just when I needed something to pull me out of a particularly long reading slump and when the world had turned topsy-turvy, this book was the just the thing I needed and I fell head over heels for it. It’s a beautifully written, edgy, thrilling and super sexy romance. Plus, it’s hard-hitting too, as this book deals with a lot of taboo topic’s.

This book has everything, so what is it I hear you ask?


Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Book Of the Year, 2020

The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead.

In a world of childhood secrets and tabloid scandals, is falling for the bad boy of British art as risky as it is raunchy?

When artist Eva Catesby is invited to an exhibition in honour of art world enfant terrible Daniel Scott, she’s expected to follow the crowd and sing his praises. Instead she tells him what she really thinks and sparks fly. As they plunge headlong into a wild affair, Eva becomes the target of unwanted attention from an unseen enemy.

Daniel Scott is famous for his paintings. Filled with darkness and tormented imagery, his canvases are as mysterious as his background. Until he meets Eva, Daniel is a stranger to criticism and doesn’t know what it means to fall in love.

Can Eva help Daniel overcome his childhood demons or will a fatal secret from the past destroy their future?

Read my review here – The Colour of Mermaids


Well, that’s all folks….

Hmmm, just realised I sounded like Bug’s Bunny just then 🙂

I hope you will check out each of the books in my Awards, each one is spendid in their own way, I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us (bookish wise) until we meet again…

Once again quoting a great, this time the late, great Vera Lynn.

I shall see you all very soo, have a wonderful New Years Eve, stay safe and be happy and all the best for 2021.


12 thoughts on “The Chick’s Rogues and Scandals, Book Awards 2020!

  1. Thanks for these recommendations, Frankie, I can see that my TBR list will be longer than ever! Wishing you good health and happiness for 2021.


  2. Ooh I love this!! I am putting together my book awards, too! I haven’t shared them since I first developed the concept back in 2015… talk about being overdue!? However I have five years worth of drafts and revelations to reveal this New Year!! Plus, of course, I just love taking stock at what I’ve done during the year in regards to which stories really settled within my heart and soul. Which is why I post awards too. LOVE your list. Now I need to go visit your reviews and see if I can spy out any #mustreads for 2021!!

    Happy New Year, dear Frankie! Sending you lots of blessings and joy this New Year’s Eve.


    1. Happy New Year lovely, Jorie!!!
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post, I have been thinking about doing my own kind of Awards for a while now, every year I compile a list of best of the yearbooks, but I thought after such a weird year I wanted to do something to make people smile. I can’t wait to see what you have in your awards! Have a lovely 2021. xx

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      1. *waves!* Hallo, Hallo, Frankie!

        I am seriously LOVING your redesign!! Its actually easier on my eyes to read your posts now off your blog vs having to always read your blog in the WP Reader!!! 🙂 Thanks for switching things up a bit to where I can visit with you directly this year. I love the colours and how you’ve arranged everything here. Looks smashing!! Plus I think a good overhaul is good every blue moon which is why I change my Twitter banner/avatar and the background on my blog whenever I feel the need arises.

        I was so happy to give you s/o’s of praise for this post on Twitter – whilst I celebrated my own bookish awards this year, too! Plus, I took a nod from you and sorted out Twitter cards to make the announcements and I left the link in my linktree, too! Thanks for helping me sort those two things out — between us we gave out a lot of joy – some of mine are for Romance & Women’s Fiction, too.

        I meant to ask – have you read any Harlequin Heartwarming yet? I can’t remember…


      2. Happy New Year, lovely!!
        Thank you so much for your kind words on the blog’s re-design. I was very conscious that the older style was very ‘busy’ I think there was far too much going on in such a small space, I want everyone who visits the blog to enjoy my posts. I went for a more classical and simple look which looks a lot more elegant. I am so pleased that the new look is easier for you to read, I hated to think of friends finding it difficult to read my blog posts, that makes me so happy knowing that my tweaking has worked. It took me three days to finally settle on the style I have now, I tried so many different styles and colours.
        I am so happy that I have helped/ encouraged you in any way, the blogging community is a wonderful place to be in, I am super happy we were able to spread some joy during this weird time. I haven’t read a lot of the other Harlequin lines, I have a read a few but now a huge amount, I suppose I have yet to find the right book in that line which works for me, I am always more than willing to give any book (within reason) a go.
        Thanks again for the lovely words, take care Fx

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  3. Wow, thanks, Frankie! I am honored that Summer Warrior won a Historical Fiction Award. I’m thrilled you liked the story!!


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