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