Thursday, September 20, 2012

ACFW and the Carol Awards

ACFW will be announcing this year's winners of the Carol Awards on Saturday at a gala banquet in Dallas at the Hyatt Regency. The finalists and winners are the top in their genres. The awards are judged by librarians, booksellers, readers and writers.

Each year I have seen the prestige for the Carol Awards grow. The finalists are announced in the summer at ICRS, an international trade show for the Christian market. ACFW is working to promote the Carol finalists and winners in the media and with bookstores. We send press releases out every year for the finalists and winners.

Below is the list of finalists. One in each category will be the winner on Saturday night.

Debut Novel:
Fairer Than Morning  by Rosslyn Elliott 
The Loom by Shella Gillus 
Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak 
Long Contemporary:
Lost Melody by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith 
The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher 
Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate 
Long Contemporary Romance:
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones 
Lilly’s Wedding Quilt by Kelly M. Long 
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren 
Long Historical:
Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis 
Fairer Than Morning  by Rosslyn Elliott 
Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs 
Long Historical Romance:
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen 
Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman 
To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer 
Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman
Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig/Janelle Mowery 
Yesterday’s Secrets by Kelly Ann Riley 
An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver 

Reese: All Along from Smitten by Denise Hunter 
A Star in the Night from A Log Cabin Christmas by Liz Johnson 
Romantic Suspense:
Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble 
Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon 
Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig 
Short Contemporary:
The Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray 
Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan 
Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe 
Short Contemporary Suspense:
Double Identity by Diane Burke 
Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen 
A Deadly Game by Virginia Smith 
Short Historical (four finalists due to a tie):
Promise of Time by S. Dionne Moore 
Revealing Fire by Connie Stevens 
Light to My Path by Erica Vetsch 
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh 
Speculative Fiction:
The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson 
The Chair by James L. Rubart 
Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa 
Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins 
Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky 
Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette (J.M.) Windle 
Women’s Fiction:
A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner 
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley 
Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate 
Young Adult:
Wreath by Judy Christie 
The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson 
There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones 


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