Romance, a winner for Jennifer

ROMANTIC HEROINE: Jennifer St George, who has won New Zealand’s top prize for a romance novel
ROMANTIC HEROINE: Jennifer St George, who has won New Zealand’s top prize for a romance novel Jann Burmester

FORMER Byron United executive officer, now-turned-writer, Jennifer St George's debut book has hit e-book shelves the same week as she scooped the top romance writing award in New Zealand.

The novel, The Convenient Bride, was launched by Destiny Romance - Penguin's new direct-to-digital romance imprint a few weeks ago at the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) annual conference held on the Gold Coast.

The book also won the Clendon Award - the top NZ romance writing prize for unpublished manuscripts (as it was then).

"It was a thrill to win such a prestigious award on my very first trip to New Zealand," Jennifer said.

"The Clendon perpetual trophy is rather large and made from beautiful solid wood. Australian customs were very interested in it when I came back home." Jennifer said she was amazed at how fast her book went from manuscript to publication.

"I heard back from my Penguin editor about a week after I sent off the manuscript," she said.

"Only a few weeks later the book was available for download.

"The e-publishing phenomenon is incredible at bringing new material to readers quickly."

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