Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013 Carol Award Finalists

At a Monday press conference, ACFW announced the 2013 Carol Award Finalists. The awards will be presented in September at an award gala at the ACFW Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

The ACFW press conference at ICRS also spotlighted and paid tribute to a key influence in Christian fiction, the 2013 recipient of ACFW’s Lifetime Achievement Award—author Frank Peretti. ACFW CEO Colleen Coble expressed the motivation behind selecting Peretti to receive the Lifetime Achievement honor.

“Frank Peretti has been called a publishing phenomenon when listing bestseller status, longevity of titles, and numbers of books,” said Coble. “His readers, however, talk of ‘life-change,’ ‘shifts in the way I thought about prayer,’ ‘the reason this reader was moved to take up writing,’ ‘changed my life forever,’ ‘made a commitment to Christ after reading his stories,’ ‘his books aided in my walk with Jesus,’ ‘God brought healing in my life through the book,’ ‘the first work of overtly Christian fiction that actually felt genuine (those years ago when I read Peretti in high school).’”

Coble continued, “An author, thinker, and innovator whose storytelling has affected untold numbers since his books first reached bookstore shelves, Frank’s efforts continue to resonate. On behalf of readers, writers, and the publishing industry, thank you, Frank Peretti.”

Here are the finalists, with those that I have reviewed hyperlinked to my review:

Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired)
A Horseman’s Hope by Myra Johnson (Heartsong Presents)
Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink (Love Inspired)

Heart Echoes by Sally John (Tyndale House)
You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House)
Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane (Abingdon Press)

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook Press)
Proof by Jordyn Redwood (Kregel Books)
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh (Guideposts Books)

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook Press)
At Every Turn by Anne Mateer (Bethany House)
The Discovery by Dan Walsh (Revell Books)

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (Zondervan)
A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller (Revell Books)
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House)

Downfall by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins (B&H Books)
The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller (Barbour Books)

You’re a Charmer, Mr. Grinch by Paula Moldenhauer (Barbour Books)
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson (Barbour Books)
A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)
Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard (B&H Books)
An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller (Howard Books)

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)
Saving Hope by Margaret Daley (Abingdon Press)
When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Revell Books)

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse (Marcher Lord Press)
Judge by R. J. Larson (Bethany House)
Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press)

Prophet by R.J. Larson (Bethany House)
Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan )
The New Recruit by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

*This category is actually named Category, referring to the smaller, monthly books which are known by the distinction of category books.


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