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