2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Contemporary Romance

Posted November 4, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 The Christy Award, awards, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 38 Comments


Happy Monday, my friends! From today through Wednesday I’ll be spotlighting The Christy Award 2019 finalist books in each category – let’s start with contemporary romance! Some of the authors were gracious enough to answer a couple of questions for me so I’ve included their answers below as well.

The Christy Award® Gala 2019 is coming up on November 6th at Lipscomb University in Nashville, following The Art of Writing Conference. The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2019 winners of The Christy Award, and feature bestselling authors Patti Callahan, James Rubart and Becky Wade. In addition, they’ll honor the legacy of bestselling author and pioneer of inspirational fiction, Janette Oke, in the 40th anniversary year of Love Comes Softly. (You can still register to attend both events until the day of the conference/gala!)

And the finalists for Contemporary Romance are….

   


BRUNCH AT BITTERSWEET CAFE
SERIES:
Supper Club #2

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2019
PAGES: 432

From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country—an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

 

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Carla Laureano is the two-time RITA Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night. Visit her at her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I purposely write characters with real problems and struggles, particularly women who are struggling with their sense of identity, in the hopes that my readers will be able to see themselves in the pages and realize they are not alone. I write Christian fiction specifically because many of the questions both my readers and my characters ask have the same answer: Jesus.

how has love comes softly by janette oke impacted you and/or your writing?

Love Comes Softly was one of the first books that introduced me to the concept of Christian fiction as a pre-teen. Up until that point, I’d read mostly classics or contemporary novels that were aimed toward young girls. I have such clear memories of the Janette Oke books lined up on the library shelf, their pastel colored spines as tantalizing as a multi-colored candy display and impressive in their sheer number! Even as a beginning writer just starting to dream about publishing, all advice was about writing a book someday. Janette Oke was one of those writers who demonstrated that not only was it possible for a girl to write one book, but she could write many books and make a career out of it. These books also may responsible for the fact my first attempts at a novel were westerns! And while I can’t pinpoint a direct influence on my current genre of contemporary Christian romance, I will always find Oke’s enduring reach and impact inspiring.


FALLING FOR YOU
SERIES:
Bradford Sisters Romance #2

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PAGES: 368

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He’s never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she’s unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin’s family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

 

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Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series. Visit her at her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I write Christian fiction because I love glorifying the Lord through my work. I’m honored to pen novels that illustrate His steadfast love, His astonishing grace, and His willingness to offer second chances.

how have christy by catherine Marshall & love comes softly by janette oke impacted you and/or your writing?

Those pioneering novels paved the way for all the Christian fiction that would follow. They created a genre!


WAIT FOR ME
SERIES:
Montana Rescue #6

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2018
PAGES: 336

With Jess and Pete, every day is lived at full throttle.
Now if they can only stay alive to enjoy it.

Pete Brooks can’t believe he’s waited an entire year for EMT Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job has cost lives, and Pete isn’t sure he wants to continue to work in search and rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

When a terrible fight between Jess and Pete sparks an impulsive decision, Jess finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with two others. Just when Jess thinks things couldn’t get any worse, they are taken captive and dragged into the untamed Montana wilderness–with murderous intent.

Now Pete will have to call on everything he’s learned to find them–and pray that his past mistakes don’t cost him the life of the woman he can’t stop loving.

 

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over 65 novels with more than 1 million books sold, including the Montana Rescue series. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She makes her home in Minnesota. Find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com


The Christy Award/ECPA is offering one of my readers ALL the finalist books in one category of your choice. (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Which of these The Christy Award contemporary romance finalists are on your TBR list? Which have you already read?

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38 responses to “2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Contemporary Romance

  1. Melissa Andres

    I’ve read Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe and Falling for You… both excellent books! Looking forward to reading the entire Montana Rescue series.

  2. Carrie Turansky

    Hi Carrie, I’ve read Becky’s book, but not the other two. They both looks great! I know Carla and Susie are wonderful writers! I’ll be watching the Christy Awards Livestream.

  3. Danielle Hammelef

    These are authors I’ve been waiting to read for too long. I’ve been missing out on too much fun.

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I have not read any of these books but they all are definitely going on my TBR list. It will be tough choosing which one to read first!

  5. Elizabeth Litton

    I have read Falling For You and Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe. They were both good reads! I have not read any of Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series though.

  6. Becky D.

    I haven’t read any of these…yet. I do love when storylines include romance around cooking or baking. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sherri G

    I read and loved all three of these books. Congratulations to the authors. I wouldn’t want to pick just one to win the award.

  8. I love the Christy Awards as was a big fan of Catherine Marshall’s book which was whom it is named after. Love seeing the nominations every year. My pick for Contemporary Romance is Falling For You by Becky Wade 🙂 Love this series,

  9. Haley Resseguie

    I have read all three books and they are all so good! Can’t wait to find out which one wins.

  10. AmyJo M.

    I just recently read The Saturday Night Supper Club and Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe back to back (Supper Club 1 & 2), and enjoyed both books in the series. Then I found out that the third book in the series isn’t coming out until 2020. SIGH! I will definitely be reading the next one as soon as it comes out!

  11. Melissa R

    One of my favorite categories! I’ve read Susan May Warren’s book (the whole series) and Becky Wade’s (of course) and Carla Laureano’s book is sitting in my room ready to be read. After I read Five Days in Skye, I bought several of her other books!

  12. Jeanne Bishop

    I just finished Becky Wade’s “Falling for You”. Excellent story and I loved the characters!

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