Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Looking for Great Books to Read? 2010 Carol Award Winners

Sunday evening, the winners of the 2010 Carol Awards were announced at the ACFW conference banquet. It was such fun to celebrate as friends' books were recognized for their excellence. I don't know how the judges choose between so many wonderful options. However, I can state with absolutely no qualms that these authors and their books are wonderful.

Extra excited for good writing buds Allison Pittman (a delightful woman and friend), Jenny B. Jones (she is such an amazing Southern belle) and debut novelist Dan Walsh, who writes AMAZING World War Two novellas -- ala Nicholas Sparks.

Then there's Terri Blackstock, who wrote an amazingly personal suspense story, Rene Gutteridge, who has a wonderful sense of humor that shines through in her life changing romance,  Susan May Warren, who has wonderful spiritual threads in all of her books, and Mary Connealy, a fellow Nebraskan with the most amazing sense of humor and books I can't forget years after reading them. And Christina Berry...with a book that will take your heart and hand it back to you at the end. So much talent!!!!

So take this list to your local Christian bookstore and ask your library to order them. They are great books!

2010 Carol Award Winners

  • Contemporary Novella: Susan May Warren, The Great Christmas Bowl (Tyndale House;
  • Karen Watson, Editor)
  • Historical Novella: Janet Tronstad, Christmas Bells for Dry Creek (Steeple Hill; Tina James,
  • Editor)
  • Short Contemporary: Mae Nunn, A Texas Ranger's Family (Steeple Hill; Melissa Endlich,
  • Editor) 
  • Short Contemporary Suspense: Jill Elizabeth Nelson, Evidence of Murder (Steeple Hill;
  • Emily Rodmell, Editor)
  • Short Historical: Dan Walsh, The Unfinished Gift (Revell; Andrea Doering, Editor)
  • Young Adult: Jenny B. Jones, I'm So Sure (Thomas Nelson; Natalie Hanemann/Jamie
  • Chavez, Editors)
  • Long Contemporary: Christina Berry, The Familiar Stranger (Moody Publishers; Paul
  • Santhouse, Editor)
  • Long Contemporary Romance: Jenny B. Jones, Just Between You and Me (Thomas Nelson;
  • Natalie Hanemann/Jamie Chavez, Editors)
  • Mystery: A.K. Arenz, The Case of the Mystified M.D. (Sheaf House; Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
  • Suspense/Thriller: Terri Blackstock, Intervention (Zondervan; Sue Brower/Dave Lambert,
  • Editors)
  • Long Historical: Allison Pittman, Stealing Home (Multnomah; Alice Crider, Editor)
  • Long Historical Romance: Mary Connealy, Cowboy Christmas (Barbour Publishing; Rebecca
  • Germany, Editor)
  • Speculative: Kirk Outerbridge, Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press; Jeff Gerke, Editor)
  • Women’s Fiction: Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride (Waterbrook Press;
  • Shannon Marchese, Editor)
  • Debut Author: Dan Walsh, The Unfinished Gift (Revell; Andrea Doering, Editor)

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