2013 Christy Award Nominees Announced!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance



ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The 14th annual Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction will be

presented at a dinner to be held Mon., June 24, 2013, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis,

Mo. The reservation form for the 2013 Christy Awards will be available online at

www.christyawards.com after May 3. The keynote speaker and emcee will be announced soon.

The Christy Advisory Board is pleased to announce nominees in nine categories for the 2013

Christy Awards honoring Christian fiction. They are:


The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing


Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)


Two Destinies by Elizabeth Musser (David C Cook)

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

Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)


Into the Free by Julie Cantrell (David C Cook)

Tangled Ashes by Michèle Phoenix (Tyndale House Publishers)

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green (River North, an imprint of Moody Press)

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Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot (Tyndale House Publishers)

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green (River North, an imprint of Moody Press)

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


Downfall by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers)

Rare Earth by Davis Bunn (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Submerged by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

[*This category includes four nominees due to a tie in scoring.]


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

Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank (Delacorte Press, a division of Random House)

Failstate by John W. Otte (Marcher Lord Press)

Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker (Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

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  • Hmm.. Let’s see my thoughts on the Christy Nominees for 2013… Contemporary Romance: I’ve read Lethal Legacy and liked it and I have The Breath of Dawn in my pile. I haven’t read Wildflowers of Winter, but wouldn’t be opposed to adding it to my pile. Contemporary Series, Sequels and Novellas: Elizabeth Musser is amazing and I really need to read the whole series! I love Susan May Warren, but I haven’t read You Don’t Know Me. I’ll need to get a copy of that one. Waiting for Sunrise is in my pile and I do enjoy Eva Marie Everson. I haven’t read any of the Contemporary Standalone nominees, but it must be a great day for Chris Fabry getting a double nomination. Into the Free is in my pile as is Wedded to War, but I’m dying to get my hands on Tangled Ashes, which appears to have historical elements in it. All three of those from the First Novel section.

    And now for my bliss. Flame of Resistance is in my pile as I already mentioned is Wedded to War. These just moved up. A Wreath of Snow is wonderful and you can read my review on that one. Against the Tide is probably my favorite cover from 2012 and it’s in my pile as is a copy of Be Still My Soul, another beauty and a setting that reminds me of home and my childhood. Love’s Reckoning is an AMAZING novel and if these others are competing with Laura’s novel I cannot wait to read them and see what they have in store!

    And then onto Suspense: I enjoyed Rare Earth from Davis Bunn, but I don’t think I have any of the others yet. I’d grab them if I came across them though. Visionary: These all look great. The only one I have is Starflower and I mean to read that whole series. I think the first one is still up for grabs free as an eBook. Young Adult: I had not ever heard of Child of the Mountain which is driving me a bit bonkers as it appears to be historical so I’m dying to get my hands on it. I’m not familiar with Failstate, but John Otte is a great writer, this I know from blog tours and years of passing by in the internet world. And then Interrupted. Rachel Coker is an amazing young up and coming and from the bits of Interrupted I read it’s fabulous.

    Now if I wasn’t already busy with the new releases, I’m jumping back to dive into these that I can. There are two that I’m uber excited about, but I just have to try to read all the other historicals. That’s just me. 🙂

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  • Such fun to see your Christy inspired TBR all piled up there! And so honored to see my books among the group. So many great titles. Several I need to still read! I adored Love’s Reckoning and was never able to finish Against The Tide due to an editing deadline, but I am so eager to dive back in!

    • me too! I’ve been fighting whatever this sinus infection is off and on and I’m so glad to be able to read again. I just hope this new antibiotic stuff works and that I can KEEP reading. There is so much I want to catch up on!

  • Margaret! You always go the extra mile, even when you’re still recovering! I’m so touched and honored to be among these finalists on your blog (waving madly to Joanne)! You’re in for such a treat with her novel. So glad you’re back to reading again. Hugs to you!

    • Well with a boost of energy I have to do something with it. Especially when there are so many names here I care about!