The best in Christian fiction was honored at the 2013 Christy Awards
On Monday night I had the honor of attending The 2013 Christy Awards in St. Louis. The Christy’s honor the top novel in nine categories as selected by a large group of judges. I thought I would share with you the winners of the awards as well as some pictures from the evening.
Contemporary Romance: The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann
Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas: You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren
Contemporary Standalone: Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry
First Novel: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
Historical: Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot
Historical Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Suspense: Rare Earth by Davis Bunn
Visionary: Soul’s Gate by James Rubart
Young Adult: Child of the Mountain by Marilyn Sue Shank
For the first time this year, The Christy’s awarded a Book of the Year Winner. I had the prilevedge of being asked to be a judge for this award. It took me about 2.4 seconds to say “Yes!” when I was asked. The winner was selected from the winning novels out of each genre. So who was the winner?
Book of the Year Winner: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
If you have not had a chance to read this amazing novel, run, don’t walk, to your local LifeWay Christian Store to buy it. And now for some pictures!
Of course I have to share dessert with you. It was an oh-so yummy chocolate mousse with raspberry filling. I seriously would have licked the plate had I not be sitting right next to Lynn Austin.
Speaking of Lynn Austin, here she is! Lynn was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame along with Karen Hancock. Lynn is such a delightful lady and one of my favorite novelists.
The keynote speaker was Chip MacGregor of the MacGregory Litarary Agency. And yes, that is a kilt he is wearing. It was pretty awesome.
James Rubart accepting his Christy Award for Soul’s Gate. Probably one of the most creative novels I’ve read in a long time. Check it out!
Super fun Susan May Warren won for her novel You Don’t Know Me. I’m pretty sure she would be a hoot to hang out with. Susan, call me! Let’s do lunch! Ha!
Here I am with my really large name tag and Christy Award Nominee Katie Ganshert. If you’re a fan of contemporary novelists like Karen Kingsbury or Susan May Warren, definitly check out Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows.
The Book of the Year Winner, Julie Cantrell! Oops… captured her with her eyes closed. She was so humbled to win this award for her very first novel. I’d say she’s got a great writing career ahead of her!