High-five Friday,  The Writing Life

High-five Friday!!

So many of my fellow Christian authors have cause for celebration this month. They’ve signed contracts, had books release, seen a novel appear on the bestseller list, had one optioned for a TV series, and won awards.

Please leave a comment of congratulations for all these hardworking writers!

Ronie Kendig is excited to announce the TV/movie option for her book, Nightshade, a July release from Barbour. The producer is seeking funding now to create a TV series. This is Book One of the Discarded Heroes Series. Check out the Discarded Heroes website and see my post Remember – Part 2 for more information on this military suspense/thriller.

James L. Rubart celebrates his novel, Rooms, hitting the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list for September. If you prefer audio books, Jim reads Rooms on the audio edition released on September 21st. Who better to listen to than the author, a man with experience behind a radio mic? He has two more books due out in the next year—Book of Days and The Chair

Deanna Klingel has had an especially good week. Her first book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, released on September 21. This is a ministry of Deanna and her husband. She also signed a contract with Journey Forth to publish a middle grade Civil War story. 

Lena Nelson Dooley has signed a three-book contract with Strang for a historical series, McKenna’s Daughters, set mostly in the year 1885. The deadline for Family Secrets is November. Follow her progress on this book with the scale in the right hand column of her blog.

DeAnna Julie Dodson is celebrating her newest release, Letters in the Attic. It’s her first contemporary novel, her first hardback, and Book Four in the Annie’s Attic Mysteries Series.

Eileen Rife rejoices that OakTara will soon release Chosen Ones, Book Three in her Born for India trilogy. The story profiles a missionary couple in crisis who unexpectedly stumbles upon a child with a sorrow too big for words.  Check her website for further information.

The ACFW annual conference took place in Indianapolis last weekend with the awards ceremony held on Sunday night. Let’s congratulate the following:

These are the winners of the 2010 Carol Awards (formerly the Book of the Year Awards):

Contemporary Novella – The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren – Tyndale House, Karen Watson, Editor

Historical Novella – Christmas Bells for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad – Steeple Hill, Tina James, Editor

Short Contemporary – A Texas Ranger’s Family by Mae Nunn – Steeple Hill, Melissa Endlich, Editor

Short Contemporary Suspense – Evidence of Murder by Jill Elizabeth Nelson – Steeple Hill, Emily Rodmell, Editor

Short Historical – The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh – Revell, Andrea Doering, Editor

Young Adult – So Not Happening – Jenny B. Jones – Thomas Nelson, Amanda Bostic/Jamie Chavez, Editors

Long Contemporary – The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry – Moody Publishers, Paul Santhouse, Editor

Long Contemporary Romance – Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones – Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann/Jamie Chavez, Editors

Mystery – The Case of the Mystified M.D. by A.K. Arenz – Sheaf House, Joan M. Shoup, Editor

Suspense/Thriller – Intervention by Terri Blackstock – Zondervan, Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors

Long Historical – Stealing Home by Allison Pittman – Multnomah, Alice Crider, Editor

Long Historical Romance – Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy – Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany, Editor

Speculative – Eternity Falls by Kirk Outerbridge – Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke, Editor

Women’s Fiction – Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge – Waterbrook Press, Shannon Marchese, Editor

Debut Author – The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh – Revell, Andrea Doering, Editor


Here are the winners and runners-up of the 2010 Genesis Contest:

Contemporary Fiction: Runner-up, Chris Kraft – Winner, Lynette P. Horner

Contemporary Romance: Runner-up, Sarah Forgrave – Winner, Janice LaQuiere

Historical Fiction: Runner-up, Lori Benton – Winner, Brenda Jackson

Historical Romance: Runner-up, Ruth Trippy – Winner, Pam Hillman

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Runner-up, Barbara Early – Winner, Rich Bullock

Romantic Suspense: Runner-up, Terri Weldon – Winner, Valerie Goree

Speculative Fiction: Runner-up, Suzanne Krein – Winner, Andra Marquardt

Women’s Fiction: Runner-up, Lisa Buffaloe – Winner, Jennifer Fromke

Young Adult: Runner-up, Kasey Heinly – Winner, Stefanie Morris


High-five, guys!! Great job!


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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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