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Christina Jones wins with Pure Passion!

Former Writers Bureau student, Christina Jones, piped Linda Gillard and Elizabeth Chadwick at the post to win the Pure Passion Award at a night full of fun, laughter and ladies in chiffon at Manchester Town Hall on 21st February 2008.

Christina’s book, Love Potions, was voted favourite book by readers as part of the Pure Passion promotion of Romantic Fiction co-ordinated by the North West Libraries’ Reader Development partnership, Time To Read.

Receiving her award from Clare Somerville, Harlequin Mills and Boon's Sales and Marketing Director, Christina said, "I’ve loved every single minute of my involvement with the Pure Passion Award.  I’m chuffed to bits at being short-listed alongside so many famous romance writers; and I’m stunned at actually winning! Thank you to all those who voted for Love Potions, I’m delighted so many people have enjoyed my books.”

Christina Jones is well known for her romantic comedies, such as Hubble Bubble and Heaven Sent. Love Potions is Christina’s 13th novel in a line of 16 to date. Her next novel, Happy Birthday, will be out in August 2008 published by Piatkus Books.

Jane Mathieson, the Time to Read Co-ordinator said: “I am delighted that the books winning the most votes are ones that readers have genuinely enjoyed, rather than being those of well-known writers who already receive lots of publicity and attention.”

Christina’s writing career blossomed after taking The Writers Bureau Comprehensive Creative Writing Course.  Not only does she write romantic novels but also writes regularly for magazines.

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Christina Jones and Clare Somerville
Christina Jones making her speech
Christina Jones
Christina Jones

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