Congratulations Carol & Genesis Award Winners!

While I couldn’t enjoy the ACFW Conference in person this year, thanks to Facebook I was able to live vicariously through everyone’s pictures and status updates. (Although all the photos of my friends with Frank Peretti and with Tosca Lee made me a little bit jealous. ;))

Also, I love that the Awards Gala is now broadcast online. While I wasn’t able to watch it live, I did watch portions of a replay. It’s so much fun seeing the joy of all the winners–so many people I know. It was especially fun seeing some of my favorite books and authors win: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert, The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller, and Heart Echoes by Sally John. All three novels ranked 4 stars or better from me–and I am very, very stingy with my stars.

My sincere congratulations to all the winners!

Carol Awards – Recognition for the best in Christian fiction published by traditional publishing houses in the previous year

Category: LOST LEGACY by Dana Mentink (Love Inspired)

Contemporary: HEART ECHOES by Sally John (Tyndale House)

Debut Novel: WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook/Multnomah)

Historical: WHERE LILACS STILL BLOOM by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook/Multnomah)

Historical Romance: A PROMISE TO LOVE by Serena B. Miller (Revell)

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: THE SOUL SAVER by Dineen Miller (Barbour Publishing)

Novella: A RECIPE FOR HOPE by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)

Romance: SAVING GIDEON by Amy Lillard (B&H Publishing)

Romantic Suspense: WHEN A HEART STOPS by Lynette Eason (Revell)

Speculative: DAYSTAR by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press)

Young Adult: LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan)

Genesis Award Winners – Contest for unpublished Christian fiction authors

Category: Jill Buteyn – Teaching Olivia

Contemporary: Laurie Tomlinson – Take Heart

Historical: Kiersti Plog – Beneath a Turquoise Sky

Historical Romance: Susanne Dietze – One Word from You

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Bob Lyzenga – The Apollo Gambit

Romance: V.V. Denman – Forgiving Ruthie

Romantic Suspense: Suzanne Bratcher – The Copper Box

Speculative: Becky Dean – Uncharted

Young Adult: Loraine Kemp – Orion’s Sword