Summer is a season of disarray, isn't it? The sun shines, we check out of the office for a few weeks vacation (hopefully), the kids are out of school - and things slip through the sandy beach cracks. Like these bits of happy news! Talking to the Dead has had a lovely run lately - starting with The Word Guild Awards held this past June, where it was announced as:
Novel—Contemporary *Winner* – Bonnie Grove of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for Talking to the Dead: A Novel (David C. Cook)
In addition to winning the category, Talking to the Dead was named an honorable mention for Book of the Year.
This weekend, finalists for the Carol Awards (formerly ACFW Book of the Year) were announced. Talking to the Dead has finaled in the debut novel category. Hurray!
Below is the full list of finalists:
Finalists for this inaugural year of the Carol Awards (formerly Book of the Year).
Bonnie Grove - Talking to the Dead (David C. Cook Publishing) Liz Johnson - The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (Steeple Hill) Kirk Outerbridge - Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press) Jill Eileen Smith - Michal (Revell) Dan Walsh - The Unfinished Gift (Revell)
6 Finalists due to a tie Barbara Cameron – One Child (Thomas Nelson) Barbara Cameron – When Winter Comes (Thomas Nelson) Debra Clopton – A Mule Hollow Match (Steeple Hill) Susan May Warren – The Great Christmas Bowl (Tyndale House) Beth Wiseman – A Change of Heart (Thomas Nelson) Beth Wiseman – A Choice to Forgive (Thomas Nelson)
Victoria Bylin – Home Again (Steeple Hill) Vickie McDonough – A Breed Apart (Barbour Publishing) Vickie McDonough – Beloved Enemy (Barbour Publishing) Janet Tronstad - Christmas Bells for Dry Creek (Steeple Hill) Carrie Turansky - A Shelter in the Storm (Barbour Publishing)
6 Finalists due to a tie Christina Berry - The Familiar Stranger (Moody Publishers) Mary Ellis - A Widow's Hope (Harvest House Publishers) Joyce Magnin - The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Abingdon Press) Susan Meissner - White Picket Fences (Waterbrook Press) Marlo Schalesky- If Tomorrow Never Comes (Multnomah) Susan May Warren - Nothing But Trouble (Tyndale House)
Long Contemporary Romance
Candace Calvert - Critical Care (Tyndale House) Denise Hunter - Seaside Letters (Thomas Nelson) Jenny B. Jones - Just Between You and Me (Thomas Nelson) Beth Wiseman - Plain Promise (Thomas Nelson) Cindy Woodmsall - The Hope of Refuge (Waterbrook Press)
A.K. Arenz - The Case of the Mystified M.D. (Sheaf House) Mindy Starns Clark - Under the Cajun Moon (Harvest House Publishers) Darlene Franklin - A String of Murders (Heartsong Mysteries) S. Dionne Moore - Polly Dent Loses Grip (Heartsong Mysteries) Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna - Pushing up Daisies (Heartsong Mysteries)
Deeanne Gist - A Bride in the Bargain (Bethany House) Robin Lee Hatcher - Fit To Be Tied (Zondervan) Maureen Lang - Look to the East (Tyndale House) Siri Mitchell - Love's Pursuit (Bethany House) Allison Pittman - Stealing Home (Multnomah)
Long Historical Romance
8 Finalists due to a tie Amanda Cabot - Paper Roses (Revell) Mary Connealy - Cowboy Christmas (Barbour Publishing) Mary Connealy - Montana Rose (Barbour Publishing) Laura Frantz - The Frontiersman's Daughter (Revell) Ann Gabhart - The Believer (Revell) Julie Lessman - A Passion Denied (Revell) Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna - Love Finds Youin Poetry, Texas (Summerside Press) Kathleen Y’Barbo - The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (Waterbrook Press)
Debra Clopton - His Cowgirl Bride (Steeple Hill) Myra Johnson - Autumn Rains (Heartsong Presents) Vickie McDonough - A Wagonload of Trouble (Heartsong Presents) Mae Nunn - A Texas Ranger's Family (Steeple Hill) Glynna Sirpless writing as Glynna Kaye - Dreaming of Home (Steeple Hill)
Short Contemporary Suspense
6 Finalists due to a tie Jill Elizabeth Nelson - Evidence of Murder (Steeple Hill) Sandra Robbins - Final Warning (Steeple Hill) Virginia Smith - Murder at Eagle Summit (Steeple Hill) Virginia Smith - Scent of Murder (Steeple Hill) Jenness Walker - Double Take (Steeple Hill) Lenora Worth - Code of Honor (Steeple Hill)
Lyn Cote - Her Patchwork Family (Steeple Hill) Laurie Alice Eakes - The Glassblower (Heartsong Presents) Laurie Kingery - The Outlaw's Lady (Steeple Hill) Lynette Sowell - All That Glitters (Heartsong Presents) Dan Walsh - The Unfinished Gift (Revell)
6 Finalists due to a tie Kirk Outerbridge - Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press) Donita K. Paul - The Vanishing Sculptor (Waterbrook Press) Steve Rzasa - The Word Reclaimed (Marcher Lord Press) Stuart Vaughn Stockton – Starfire (Marcher Lord Press) Fred Warren - The Muse (Splashdown Books) Jill Williamson - By Darkness Hid (Marcher Lord Press)
7 Finalists due to a tie Julie Carobini - Sweet Waters (B&H Publishing) Kathryn Cushman – Leaving Yesterday (Bethany House) Sara Evans & Rachel Hauck - Sweet By and By (Thomas Nelson) Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay - Never the Bride (Waterbrook Press) Deborah Raney - Yesterday's Embers (Howard/Simon & Schuster) Deborah Raney - Above All Things (Steeple Hill) Lisa Wingate - The Summer Kitchen (New American Library/Penguin)
Shelley Adina - Who Made You a Princess? (Hachette FaithWords) Brandilyn & Amberly Collins - Always Watching (Zondervan) Jenny B. Jones - I'm So Sure (Thomas Nelson) Jenny B. Jones - So Not Happening (Thomas Nelson) Booker T. Mattison - Unsigned Hype (Revell)
The Carol Awards will be presented at ACFW's Conference in Indianapolis, September 17-20. There's still time to register at www.acfw.com/conference.
“It isn’t often that I get so hooked on the characters and story that I forget time and purpose. Talking to the Dead caught hold of my heart from page one. It takes a gifted and intuitive writer like Bonnie to bring humor into the middle of such a serious story. Call her the Jodi Piccoult of Christian fiction! Beautifully done! I can’t wait to read the next story she writes.” Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love
“Talking to the Dead is a shirk-your-duties kind of book. You’ll read it to the neglect of laundry and cooking and bring it with you to read in the car at stoplights. With a story that unfolds in the most surprising ways and a protagonist so true-to-life you feel like you should be praying for her, Talking to the Dead delves deep into the recesses of grief, anger, and most importantly, redemption. Bonnie Grove has set the bar high with this one. I can’t wait to read her next book.” Alison Strobel, author of Violette Between and Worlds Collide
“With tightly-woven prose that is achingly real and skillfully rendered, Bonnie Grove has crafted a deeply-moving story of grief, betrayal and redemption. Grove’s engaging, authentic style is resonant and her words linger long after you’ve set the book down.” Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy
Bonnie Grove has a remarkable gift not only for can't-put-the-book-down storytelling, but she also takes on big, weighty issues -- betrayal, grief, wrenching regrets -- and handles them with compassion, humor, and ultimately, hope. ----Joy Jordan-Lake, author Blue Hole Back Home, Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous