Here are the Christy winners!

Happy Wednesday, readers. And yes, it’s still raining in Ohio. I’ve been watching the Weather Channel and it seems everywhere east of the Mississippi has been getting soaked for days, if not weeks. Can’t we shift the winds to blow all this into the Southwest? It’s always all or nothing when it comes to the weather these days. Keep your umbrella handy and your windshield wipers turned on high. Eventually the sun will be back.
Last week I listed the nominees for the prestigious Carol Awards, given by the American Christian Fiction Writers organization. Today I will list the winners of the Christy Awards. Too sets of awards? Yes, think of one as the Academy Awards and the other as the Emmys or Grammys of Christian fiction. I bet you’ll find some familiar names among the winners. Congratulations to all the winners!
Contemporary Romance:
The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heiztmann
Finalists: Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert
Historical Romance:
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Finalists: Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz
Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas
You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren
Finalists: Two Destinies by Elizabeth Musser
Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson
Rare Earth by Davis Bunn
Finalists: Downfall by Terri Blackstock
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer
Contemporary Standalone:
Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry
Finalists: Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry
The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish
Soul’s Gate by James Rubart
Finalists: Daughter of the Light by Morgan L. Busse
Star Flower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
First Novel:
Intro the Free by Julie Cantrell
Finalists: Tangled Ashes by Michele Phoenix
Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green
Young Adult:
Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank
Finalists: Failsgate by John W. Otte
Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker
Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot
Finalists: Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
Curl up with a good book in the shade, and happy reading!    Mary

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Wednesday, Readers! Anyone looking for some great summer reading with the long holiday weekend upon us? Here are the finalists for the 2013 Carol Awards. These are the highest honors bestowed by the American Christian Fiction Writers.  I’ll bet you’ll recognize some familiar names on this list. I wish all of you a safe and happy Independence Day!

Category: Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired)

A Horseman’s Hope by Myra Johnson (Heartsong Presents)

Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink (Love Inspired)

Contemporary: Heart Echoes by Sally John (Tyndale House)

You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House)

Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane (Abingdon Press)

Debut Novel: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook/Multnomah)

Proof by Jordyn Redwood (Kregel)

A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh (Guideposts Books)

Historical: Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook/Multnomah)

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer (Bethany House)

The Discovery by Dan Walsh (Revell)

Historical Romance: To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (Zondervan)

A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller (Revell)

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House)

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Downfall by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins (B&H Publishing)

The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller (Barbour Publishing)

Novella You’re a Charmer, Mr. Grinch by Paula Moldenhauer (Barbour Publishing)

Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson (Barbour Publishing)

A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)

Romance: The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)

Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard (B&H Publishing)

An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller (Howard)

Romantic Suspense: Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley (Abingdon Press)

When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Revell)

Speculative: Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse (Marcher Lord Press)

Judge by R. J. Larson (Bethany House)

Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press)

Young Adult: Prophet by R.J. Larson (Bethany House)

Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan)

The New Recruit by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

Congrats to all the finalists! The winners will be announced during the 2013 ACFW National Conference in Indianapolis on September 15, 2013.    Happy reading!  Mary

2010 Carol Award nominee for A Widow’s Hope

I am speechless with excitement and honored beyond belief. I just found out that A Widow’s Hope, the first in my Miller Family series, has been named a finalist in the ACWF Carol Award contest in the long contemporary category. (formerly called the Book-of-the-Year) My feet have barely touched ground since I got the call. (however, today I’m back to work on my WIP since deadlines loom…) I am so honored to be among such impressive names in Christian fiction. Thanks be to God, since this and all else are by His hand.

If any of you are aspiring Christian fiction writers, the place to be to learn and meet other writers is the ACFW national conference in Indianapolis, IN from Sept. 17th through the 20th. Please check out their website for full information.    Here’s a link to see all the finalists in all the categories:

In my other news, I want to thank Kym Lucas, manager of the Buckeye Library in Medina County Ohio for inviting me to participate in Saturday’s panel discussion on getting published in this highly competetive world. I had such a fun time and met such delightful aspiring authors, besides the talented three other panel guests. Thanks for letting me participate.

Anyone in Columbiana, Ohio area, tomorrow evening I will be speaking on How Writers Research (and find story inspiration) at the Columbiana Library in Columbiana, Ohio at 7:00 pm. Please join me for this free library event. Thanks to Flora Doraski for inviting me!