Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ACFW Book of the Year Contest Finalists

Below is the list of finalists for 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers. I pointed out one or two names I'm especially thrilled about. :)

Book of the Year Contest


Debut Author

* A Passion Most Pure (Julie Lessman)

* Courting Miss Adelaide (Janet Dean)

* Every Good and Perfect Gift (Sharon K. Souza)

* Hero, Second Class (Mitchell Bonds)

* In the Shadow of the Sun King (Golden Keyes Parsons)


* Faking Grace (Tamara Leigh)

* Picket Fence Promises (Kathryn Springer)

* Single Sashimi (Camy Tang)

* Sweet Caroline (Rachel Hauck)

* Truffles by the Sea (Julie Carobini)

Long Contemporary

* Lookin Back Texas (Leanna Ellis)

* One Holy Night (J.M. Hochstetler)

* Stuck in the Middle (Virginia Smith)

* Summer of Joy (Ann H. Gabhart)

* Symphony of Secrets (Sharon Hinck)

Long Contemporary Romance

* Along Came a Cowboy (Christine Lynxwiler)

* Controlling Interest (Elizabeth White)

* The Convenient Groom (Denise Hunter)

* Finding Stefanie (Susan May Warren)

* Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black & White (Claudia Mair Burney)

Long Historical (6 finalists due to a tie)

* The Apothecary’s Daughter (Julie Klassen)

* Calico Canyon (Mary Connealy)

* Deep In the Heart of Trouble (Deeanne Gist)

* From A Distance (Tamera Alexander)

* I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Cathy Gohlke)

* My Heart Remembers ( Kim Vogel Sawyer)


* The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (A.K. Arenz)

* Death on a Deadline (Christine Lynxwiler, Sandy Gaskin, and Jan


* Drop Dead Diva (Christine Lynxwiler, Sandy Gaskin, and Jan


* For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls (Nancy Mehl)

* Of Mice . . . and Murder (Mary Connealy)


* The Cookie Jar (Janet Lee Barton in A Connecticut Christmas


* Dressed in Scarlet (Darlene Franklin in Snowbound Colorado

Christmas anthology)

* Santa’s Prayer (Diane Ashley in A Connecticut Christmas


* Snowbound for Christmas (Gail Sattler in A Connecticut Christmas


* Stuck On You (Rhonda Gibson in A Connecticut Christmas


Short Contemporary

* Buffalo Gal (Mary Connealy)

* Clueless Cowboy (Mary Connealy)

* Family Treasures (Kathryn Springer)

* Her Unlikely Family (Missy Tippens)

* White as Snow (Janice Thompson)

Short Contemporary Suspense

* Bayou Paradox (Robin Caroll)

* Broken Lullaby (Pamela Tracy)

* Countdown to Death (Debby Giusti)

* Forsaken Canyon (Margaret Daley)

* Killer Cargo (Dana Mentink)

Short Historical

* Family of the Heart (Dorothy Clark)

* Masked by Moonlight (Allie Pleiter)

* Reckless Rogue (Mary Davis)

* Return to Love (Susan Page Davis)

* Sandhill Dreams (Cara Putman)


* The Book of Names (D. Barkley Briggs)

* DragonLight (Donita K. Paul)

* The Restorer’s Journey (Sharon Hinck)

* Shade (John B. Olson)

* Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy (Theodore



* Anathema (Colleen Coble)

* The Black Cloister (Melanie Dobson)

* Fossil Hunter (John B. Olson)

* Lonestar Sanctuary (Colleen Coble)

* Perfect (Harry Kraus)

Women’s Fiction (7 finalists due to a tie)

* A Month of Summer (Lisa Wingate)

* Every Good and Perfect Gift (Sharon K. Souza)

* My Sister Dilly (Maureen Lang)

* The Perfect Life (Robin Lee Hatcher)

* The Shape of Mercy (Susan Meissner)

* Stepping into Sunlight (Sharon Hinck)

* Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon (Debbie Fuller Thomas)

Young Adult

* The Big Picture (Jenny B. Jones)

* The Fruit of My Lipstick (Shelley Adina)

* It’s all About Us (Shelley Adina)

* The Owling (Robert Elmer)

* Trion Rising (Robert Elmer)

1 comment:

Terra said...

Hi, I saw your post on TWV today, and came over to see your blog. I am enjoying reading the list here of nominees and deciding which I MUST read.
My first book is about celebrating Christmas, and is co-authored with 5 TWV members.