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Christy Awards Announced Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day. The Christy Awards will be announced at 4pm EDT Monday on the Christy website. And Waking Beauty is a finalist!


What’s a Christy Award?

The Christy Award is designed to:

  • Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.
  • Showcase the diversity of genres.

I’ve been excited by these awards ever since my favorite living author, Karen Hancock, wrote about it on her blog. She made the finalist list 5 times and won 4, for the Legends of the Guardian King series and Arena.

How did it get the name “Christy?”

Because of one of my favorite books, Christy, by Catherine Marshall. Over 10 million copies of this book are in publication, so you may have heard of it. You may also be familiar with the TV series from the 1990s. I watched this show in my formative teen years, shall I say – religiously? But the book is better. It gives a nuanced portrait of Cutter Gap, a poor but proud community in the Appalachians in the early 1900s. Christy, a naïve but determined schoolteacher, tries to help the children of the community. She makes a lots of mistakes with her bull-headed approach, but her love for these people teaches her valuable lessons about perseverance, faith, friendship, tragedy, and love.

The entire list of 2016 Christy finalists is on their website.

I want to give a shout out to the other finalists in the Visionary Category, because hey, Christian spec fic is my thing!


What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

Book Two in the “Out of Time” series.

Nadine is one of my Enclave sisters. I’ve met her, she’s super-nice, and her series is GREAT!


What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

I have not read Five Things yet, but the premise sounds fascinating!


What if the sleeping beauty refused to wake up? 

The rescue wasn’t going at all how he planned. Prince Arpien intends to gain a throne and the sleeping beauty’s heart with a single kiss that wakes her from the evil fairy’s curse. But kissing the princess is only the beginning of a series of unforeseen obstacles: man-eating bugs, deadly spindles, talking lapdogs, and fiery pickles. The sleeping beauty is the biggest complication of all.

Princess Brierly is beautiful and Fairy-Gifted, but also…daft. After one hundred years of sleep imprisonment, Brierly refuses to believe this rescue is anything more than a tantalizing but doomed dream.

Arpien is drawn to the vibrancy beneath Brierly’s indifferent exterior. Can they reclaim her kingdom? Do they dare trust in the Prince of the old tales to help them battle the evil fairy who cursed Brierly? What is the price of waking beauty?

That’s mine, of course! I am so honored to be included in this list.

This next one is not in the Visionary category, but the Young Adult Category. R.J. Anderson is also one of my Enclave sisters, so I wanted to include her wonderful book!


The last time Timothy broke a rule, he got suspended. But when he defies the faery empress, it might well get him killed.

Timothy Sinclair doesn’t believe in faeries—after all the hardships he’s suffered since his missionary parents sent him away to boarding school, he’s not even sure he still believes in God. But when a tiny winged girl named Linden bursts into his life and begs him to help save her people, the skeptical Timothy finds himself drawn into a struggle against a potent evil that threatens humans and faeries alike.

With a deadly pair of hunters on their trail, Timothy and Linden flee across country, drawn by the legend of a white stone that could be the faeries’ salvation. But the dangers that await them test their courage and resolve to the limit, threatening to tear their unlikely partnership apart. And when it comes down to one last desperate battle, they and all the people they love will be doomed unless Linden and Timothy can find the faith to overcome…

I wish all the Christy finalists the best and thank them for giving me scads of good material to read.

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