ACFW announces Carol Award finalists

June 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced the 2014 Carol Award finalists at the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, GA. Carol Johnson, for whom the award is named, opened the press conference, and ACFW CEO Colleen Coble announced the 2014 recipient of the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin Lee Hatcher.

The winners of the Carol Awards, Genesis Contest (for best unpublished manuscript), and other honors will be announced at the Awards Gala at the ACFW conference in St. Louis on Sept. 27.

The following are the 2014 Carol Award finalists:

Debut Novel:

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Natalie Hanemann

Jasmine by April McGowan, WhiteFire Publishing, editor Roseanna White

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Monds, Natalie Hanneman, L.B. Norton

Contemporary:

The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer, David C. Cook, editor Tonya Osterhouse

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Monds, Natalie Hanneman, L.B. Norton

The Dance by Gary Smalley and Dan Walsh, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Andrea Doering

Historical:

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell, David C. Cook, editors Ingrid Beck, John Blase

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Philpott, Julee Schwarzburg, Jodi Hughes

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Lonnie Hull Dupont

Historical Romance:

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Dave Long

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky, Waterbrook Multnomah (Random House), editors Shannon Marchese, Karen Ball

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:

Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Dave Lambert, Sue Brower, Ellen Tarver

Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins, B&H Publishing, editors Karen Ball, Julie Gwinn

Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes, David C. Cook, editors L.B. Norton, Jack Campbell

Novella:

An Ever After Summer from A Bride for All Seasons by Debra Clopton, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Ami McConnell

Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr

A Christmas Prayer by Linda Wood Rondeau, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editor Amberlynn Noelle

Romance: 

Silver Bells by Deborah Raney, Summerside Press (Guideposts), editor Rachel Meisel

Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt, Howard (Simon & Schuster), editor Jessica Wong

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Sarah Long, Charlene Patterson

Romantic Suspense:

Trapped by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Jennifer Leep

Vanished by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Jennifer Leep

Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink, River North (Moody Publishers), editor Deb Keiser

Short Novel:

Seaside Blessings by Irene Hannon, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich

The Doctor’s Family Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich

Mending the Doctor’s Heart by Tina Radcliffe, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Rachel Burkot

Speculative:

A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long, Karen Schurrer

The Hero’s Lot by Patrick W. Carr, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long, Karen Schurrer

The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Natalie Hanemann, Lisa Bergren

Young Adult:

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson, Revell – A Divison of Baker Publishing Group, editors Lonnie Hull Dupont, Wendy Wetzel

Captives by Jill Williamson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Jacque Alberta, Jeff Gerke

Project Gemini by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press, editor Jeff Gerke

Year after year, a vast majority of Christian fiction published by CBA is entered into the Carol Awards. From that pool of excellent work, judges pull three from each category that stand out in storytelling ability, reader enjoyment, and significance. ACFW congratulates these finalists and anticipates another memorable gala during which the Carols and other awards will take center stage in the publishing world.

Among the additional honors awarded that night will be Editor of the Year and Agent of the Year. The 2014 nominees for these awards are:

Editor of the Year:

Vicki Crumpton, Revell – A division of Baker Publishing Group

Nicola Martinez, White Rose Publications [Pelican]

Nicole O’Dell, Choose Now Publishing

Agent of the Year:

Linda S. Glaz – Hartline Literary

Joyce Hart – Hartline Literary

Chip MacGregor – MacGregor Literary