Inspirational Books

High Five Friday!!

Happy feet have been dancing this month as awards have been passed out left and right, and we’ll soon have new novels to read. Let’s congratulate the following:


Linda Rohrbough’s new novel, The Prophetess One: At Risk, garnered two national awards in August. It took first place in the “Religion/Faith – Fiction” category at the Global eBook Awards held in Santa Barbara on August 20. Then ten days later, it was announced a winner of the Millennium Star Publishing Summer 2011 Awards. So August was a pretty good month for Linda.

Anne Greene‘s Masquerade Marriage just won third place in the First Coast Romance Writers Published Beacon contest. She’s thrilled. Masquerade Marriage also won the New England Readers Choice Award in the inspirational category, and is a finalist in the Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Award and the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie for Published Authors. Both these contests will announce the winner in late September.

Dora Hiers celebrates receiving her second contract with White Rose Publishing. Journey’s Edge is her second inspirational romance.

April Gardner delights in receiving a contract for her first middle grade historical Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. The book will release November 15 through Astraea Press.


Below are the winners of this year’s ACFW Carol Awards. These awards are for published books and were announced at the ACFW Conference held in St. Louis September 22-25.

Debut Author – Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers – Kathryn Olson, editor)

Long Contemporary – Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group – Dave Long, editor)

Long Contemporary Romance – Plain Paradise  by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann, editor)

Long Historical – Sons of Thunder  by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, editor)

Long Historical Romance – Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press – Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, editors)

Mystery – The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany, editor)

Novella – A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany, editor)

Romantic Suspense – The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press – Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs/Ellen Tarver, editors)

Short Contemporary – A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense – Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, editor)

Short Historical – Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical – Tina James, editor)

Speculative Fiction – König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, editor)

Suspense/Thriller – Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan – Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, editors)

Women’s Fiction – Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers – Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, editors)

Young Adult – Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group – Lonnie Hull Dupont, editor)


Also announced at the ACFW Conference were the winners of the ACFW Genesis Contest held for unpublished writers. This is a great opportunity for both feedback from knowledgable peers and getting finaling entries before an agent or editor.

Contemporary Fiction – 
Katy Pistole

Contemporary Romance – Mary Curry

Historical Fiction – Johnnie Alexander Donley

Historical Romance – 
Sarah Ladd

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller – 
Dianna T. Benson

Romantic Suspense – Renee Ann Smith

Speculative Fiction – 
Matt Jones

Women’s Fiction – 
Camille Eide

Young Adult – Nicole Quigley


So, what writing accomplishments are you celebrating this month? Tell us here so we can rejoice with you.



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As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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