Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Christy Awards 2011

The Christy Award winners have been announced for 2011. This is a very prestigious reward for the Christian book market, often equated as the Oscars of Christian fiction as they seek to recognize excellence in the crafting of Christian novels. So each year three nominees are chosen from releases of the previous year (so this year's selection came from books published in 2010) in nine categories.

Here are 2011's nominees, with the winners highlighted in red:

Contemporary Romance

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris (Zondervan)
Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press)
Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)

Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook)
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House Publishers)
The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Books)

Contemporary Standalone
Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press)
A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)

First Novel
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale House Publishers)
Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers)
A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett (David C. Cook)
For Time & Eternity by Allison Pitman (Tyndale House Publishers)
While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)

Historical Romance
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen (Bethany House)
She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell (Bethany House Publishers)
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)

The Bishop by Steven James (Revell Books)
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (Center Street)
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
Konig’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press)
The Last Christian by David Gregory (WaterBrook Press)

Young Adult
The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers (WaterBrook Press)
The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)
Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book by Nancy Rue (Zondervan)

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