2013 Christy Award Nominees Announced!

2013 CHRISTY AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Have you read all the Historical and Historical Romance nominees?!?

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Road to the Christys: The Merchant’s Daughter

Now, this is one I love and I am totally excited about her third novel coming out this late fall/winter! The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson Genre: Christian Historical Ages 15-18 Pages: 304 Trade Paperback Date Published: November 2011 Publisher: Zondervan Melanie Dickerson, the Award-Winning author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” returns with another inspiring retelling of a classic fairy tale Following the success of her multiple award-winning debut novel, The Healer’s Apprentice, Melanie Dickerson revisits the alluring fairy tale world with an eagerly anticipated follow-up, THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER (Zondervan; December 2011; $9.99). Inspired by “The Beauty and the Beast,” THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER follows Annabel Chapman, the daughter of a once-wealthy merchant, whose fate changes when her family goes into debt and she is forced into the role of servant for the beastly Lord Ranulf le Wyse. In her new home, Annabel is burdened with a host of household duties, including. . .

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Road to the Christys: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Today, the third 2012 Christy Award Nominee is for (shocker!) Historical Romance as well. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen, another one of my favorite authors. If you love Jane Austen, Eyre, Downton Abbey – you’ll love Julie’s writing. *Originally posted January 2012* The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Pages: Trade Paperback Date Published: January 2012 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Regency Romance and Mystery Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from. . .

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Road to the Christys: A Lasting Impression

The second 2012 Christy Award Nominee that I can bring to you for review should come to you as no surprise from the Historical Romance category. A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander, now let me tell you… that is exactly what Tammy does with every book she writes. *Originally posted November 2011* A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander Belmont Mansion, #1 Genre: Christian Historical Romance Pages: 432 Trade Paperback Date Published: November 2011 Publisher: Bethany House A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she’ll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price? Claire Laurent’s greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she’s forced to flee from New Orleans to. . .

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Road to the Christys: Mine is the Night

Are you ready? Are you excited?! I am!! One of the best ways to find a good suggestion for a read is to check the award winners. While in children’s books we go for Caldecott Honor, Caldecott Medal and Newberry Medal… in Christian Fiction, it’s all about the Christy Awards. The winners will be announced on July 16th, and in preparation I want to share with you some reviews of 2012 Christy Award Nominees that I enjoyed. Starting with… Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs. How appropriate, as Liz was my introduction to Christian Historical Fiction in 2000, when my passion for the genre began. (And to think, that led me now to www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com!) *Originally posted June 2011* Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs Sequel to Here Burns My Candle Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Pages: 464 Trade Paperback Date Published: March 15, 2011 Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah. . .

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2011 Christy Award Winners and Finalists

Contemporary Romance/ Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers) Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris (Zondervan) Indivisible by Kristin Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press) Contemporary Series/ The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook) The Thorn by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group) The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group) Contemporary Standalone/ Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers) Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press) A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications) First Novel/ Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group) Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale House Publishers) A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications) Historical/ While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group) Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett (David. . .

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2010 CHRISTY AWARD NOMINEES Announced!!!

Yesterday was an exciting day and the 2010 Christy Award Nominees were announced. Here they are listed below in their categories with some thoughts on the ones that I have read or am dying to read. Enjoy! CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills • Tyndale House Publishers How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus • Barbour Publishing I loved Breach of Trust, you can read my review HERE. Also Stand-In Groom made Kaye Dacus a new favorite author. Both of these authors I enjoy their contemporary and historical novels. You can read my review of Stand-In Groom HERE. I have also reviewed several other of Kaye’s novels, both genres and look forward to reading some more of DiAnn’s novels in the future. CONTEMPORARY SERIES, SEQUELS, AND NOVELLAS Who Do I Talk To?. . .

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Christy Awards Challenge

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but already I have a picture of the Christy Awards logo and a status bar under it where I have been reading the Historical Fiction nominees of 2009. Well now I have discovered (thanks to Rel) that there is a Christy Awards Challenge that has started. Count me in! (Since I’m already part way there!) Now… to find and read…2000International Historical Out of the Red Shadow by Anne de Graaf – WINNERThe Power and the Glory by Clint KellyTriump of the Soul by Michael R. Joens North American Historical The Meeting Place by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn – WINNERThe Dark Also Rises by Denise WilliamsonFor Whom the Star Shines by Linda Chaikin 2001 International Historical Unashamed by Francine Rivers – WINNERThe Black Road by Stephen LawheadUnveiled by Francine Rivers North American Historical Edge of Honor by Gilbert Morris – WINNERReaping the Whirlwind by Rosey. . .

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Christy Award Winners 2009

Contemporary Romance Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group) Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman (FaithWords) Contemporary Standalone Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers) First Novel Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake (David C. Cook) Historical Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers) Historical Romance From a Distance by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers) Suspense The Rook by Steven James (Revell) Visionary Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers) Young Adult I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers)

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Award Nominees and my thoughts

Just recently, the Christy Award Nominees have been announced as have the RITA Finalists. In my favorite category of Historical and Historical Romance for the Christy Awards I have read several of the titles and want to share my thoughts with you. Also for the RITA Finalist, I have read several as well and share my thoughts and opinions here. *Please notice that these are not all of the nominees or finalists mentioned here, just the ones that I have read. * The Christy Award is designed to: Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview. Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership. Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status. 2009 Christy Award Nominees: (Winners will be announced July 2009) Historical: Shadow of. . .

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Guest Review: A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin View all my reviews. 4.5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Amy K. (Beaver Dam, WI), September 02, 2008 Well written and an enjoyable work of art by the three-time Christy Award winner! I loved how Violet struggles to find herself between her pushy family members on opposite ends of late 19th century society. When she visited the World’s Fair, the way it was described, it felt like I was there myself. I had to take off 1/2 star for predictability. However, I truly enjoyed this book and I could not put it down! published September 1st 2007 by Bethany House binding Paperback isbn 0764228919 (isbn13: 9780764228919) ebook pages 432 literary awards Christy Award Historical

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Christy Winners and Finalists Announced!!!

Here are the Christy winners and Finalists!!! I plan to read them all, but for now, you can see my comments on those that I have be blessed to read. – MJ CONTEMPORARY (Stand Alone) Winner:Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson) Finalists: In High Places by Tom Morrisey (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group) Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson) [I just won a copy the other day, I cannot wait to read it!] CONTEMPORARY (Series, Sequels and Novellas) Winner:Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon (Viking Penguin) Finalists: A Time to Mend by Sally John and Gary Smalley (Thomas Nelson) What Lies Within by Karen Ball (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group) [I have only read part of this one so far, but enjoyed that part. I really liked the first two of this series as well. Karen is very talented, but then I think that is. . .

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