Friday, July 18, 2008

Ohmigosh! Canteen Dreams finaled!

I just found out that Canteen Dreams finaled in the ACFW Book of the Year contest in the short historical category.

Honestly, I am so honored. When I sent in the book, I hoped I might make the finalist list, but also tried to be realistic enough to recognize it was my first book and it would be up against some great competition. Then I got the call today. WOW!

This writing journey has been so amazing. I try to hold it with an open hand -- the fact that I received one contract beat so many odds. And each additional contract is a gift. Speaking of which, I'd better get back to writing.

You know what's really fun -- my mom and sister will be at the banquet. Janna because she's being a key volunteer for ACFW this year. My mom because she's going to babysit Rebecca and hang out with me and my writing buds. Sharon Hinck's daughter is going to watch the babies during the banquet. So even if my name's just called as a finalist, it'll be so cool. Not bad for a homeschooled kid and her mom :-)

Without further ado, congrats to all the finalists:

ACFW's 2008 Book of the Year Finalists: (I have so many friends on this list -- the awards ceremony will be a blast as I cheer everybody on!)

Debut Author
Bayou Justice (Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll)
In Between (Jenny B. Jones)
Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)
My Soul Cries Out (Sherri Lewis)
Petticoat Ranch (Mary Connealy)

Contemporary Novella (*six finalists due to a tie)
A Cloud Mountain Christmas (Robin Lee Hatcher)
Finally Home (Deb Raney in Missouri Memories anthology)
Mississippi Mud (DiAnn Mills in Sugar And Grits Anthology)
Moonlight & Mistletoe (Carrie Turansky in Big Apple Christmas anthology)
Remaking of Moe McKenna (Gloria Clover in the Race to the Altar anthology)
Sweet Dreams Drive (Robin Lee Hatcher)

Historical Novella
Beyond the Memories (DiAnn Mills in Mississippi Memories anthology)
Finishing Touches (Kelly Hake in Missouri Memories anthology)
Love Notes (Mary Davis in Love Letters anthology)
The Spinster & The Cowboy (Lena Nelson Dooley in Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner anthology)
The Spinster & The Tycoon (Vickie McDonough in Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner anthology)

Lits (*six finalists due to a tie)
Around the World in 80 Dates (Christa Banister)
One Little Secret (Allison Bottke)
Renovating Becky Miller (Sharon Hinck)
Splitting Harriet (Tamara Leigh)
Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)
The Book of Jane (Dayton/Vanderbilt)

Long contemporary
Autumn Blue (Karen Harter)
Like Always (Robert Elmer)
Taming Rafe (Susan May Warren)
When the Nile Runs Red (DiAnn Mills)
Within This Circle (Deb Raney)

Long Historical (*seven finalists due to TWO ties)
Courting Trouble (Deeanne Gist)
Fancy Pants (Cathy Hake)
Lady of Milkweed Manor (Julie Klassen)
Remember Me (Maureen Lang)
Then Came Hope (Louise Gouge)
Veil of Fire (Marlo Schalesky)
Where Willows Grow (Kim Vogel Sawyer)

Days And Hours (Susan Meissner)
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie (Sharon Dunn)
Gone With The Groom (Janice Thompson)
Sticks And Stones (Susan Meissner)
Your Chariot Awaits (Lorena McCourtney)

Short Contemporary
Heart of the Family (Margaret Daley)
The Heart of Grace (Linda Goodnight)
The Perfect Blend (Allie Pleiter)
Wedded Bliss (Kathleen Y'Barbo)
When Love Comes Home (Arlene James)

Short Contemporary Suspense (*six finalists due to a tie)
Caught Redhanded (Gayle Roper)
Her Christmas Protector (Terri Reed)
Nowhere to Hide (Debby Giusti)
Pursuit of Justice (Pamela Tracy)
See No Evil (Gayle Roper)
Vanished (Margaret Daley)

Short Historical (*six due to a tie)
A Time to Keep (Kelly Hake)
A Wealth Beyond Riches (Vickie McDonough)
Canteen Dreams (Cara Putman)
Corduroy Road to Love (Lynn Coleman)
Golden Days (Mary Connealy)
To Trust An Outlaw (Rhonda Gibson

Demon: A Memoir (Tosca Lee)
DragonFire (Donita Paul)
The Restorer (Sharon Hinck)
The Restorer's Son (Sharon Hinck)
Isle of Swords (Wayne Thomas Batson)

Abomination (Colleen Coble)
Black Ice (Linda Hall)
Coral Moon (Brandilyn Collins)
Crimson Eve (Brandilyn Collins)
Ransomed Dreams (Amy Wallace)

Women's Fiction
A Promise To Remember (Katie Cushman)
Bygones (Kim Sawyer)
Remember to Forget (Deb Raney)
The Oak Leaves (Maureen Lang)
Watercolored Pearls (Stacy Adams)

Young Adult
In Between (Jenny B. Jones)
On The Loose (Jenny B. Jones)
Sara Jane: Liberty's Torch (Eleanor Clark
Sarah's Long Ride (Susan P Davis)
Saving Sailor (Renee Riva)


Jonah said...

Congrats! That's so exciting!

Anonymous said...

congratulations and looking forward to the banquet-we are so proud

Mom & Dad

Rhonda said...

Congratulations Cara!!

Camy Tang said...

Congrats, Cara! I loved Canteen Dreams!

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I am sooo excited that you are a finalist! Remember when you got the contract? This is icing on that cake!

Mucho congrats!

Jessica said...

Yay! Congrats! I just finished it and you deserve to win! :)

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of you and all your acomplishments. We are so excited to see how God is using YOU and your talent to glorify HIM!! What a special 3 years it has been
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Cara Putman said...

Thanks, all. I'm so honored and humbled. This journey with God has been incredible -- even if this segment of it ended tomorrow!

Pam Meyers said...

Your story deserves it, Cara! Can't wait to meet your mom and sis at the conference!

michael snyder said...

Very large congratulations!!!



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