2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Short Form

Posted November 6, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 The Christy Award, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, historical, romance / 35 Comments


Happy Wednesday! Since Monday, I’ve been spotlighting The Christy Award 2019 finalist books in each category – let’s start today with short form! 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 TONIGHT (Nov 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.

If you can’t attend this year, watch the live stream HERE

And the (four!) finalists for Short Form are….

 

 


“A SHOT AT LOVE”
THE CHRISTMAS HEIRLOOM

GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2018
PAGES: 374

Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?

In Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” Fleeta Brady’s rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her mother’s brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.

 

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Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Sarah is a fund-raiser for a children’s ministry who has time to write because she doesn’t have children of her own. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the acclaimed novels The Sound of Rain and Miracle in a Dry Season–winner of the 2015 Inspy Award. Sarah has also been a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award and the Christian Book of the Year Award. She and her husband live near Asheville, NC. Visit her at her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I didn’t set out to write Christian fiction. I wanted to be a great, literary novelist. Like Hemingway or Edith Wharton (not Steinbeck!). But turns out those weren’t the stories I had to tell. Then I read the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers and finally understood how GOOD Christian fiction could be. Then I read Rivers’ The Last Sin Eater and understood how GOOD Appalachian fiction could be. And so I began to write what I knew, which was deeply informed by the faith of the people I knew best. Turns out I was writing Christian fiction. Although my fondest hope is that I’m really just writing fiction that happens to have some salt and light sprinkled all the way through.

how has christy by catherine marshall impacted you and/or your writing?

Did you know that Catherine Marshall was born in Johnson City, TN? Just 90 minutes north of where I live now. And that she spent her teen years in my home state of West Virginia? And that I now live in the city Christy Huddleston left to go teach the children of Cutters Gap? There are so many parallels between my life and writing and Catherine Marshall’s best known novel. Not the least of which is a deep and abiding love for the people and the raw beauty of Appalachia. When Christy talks about how traveling back into the hills and hollers of the Smoky Mountains is like traveling back in time, a chord deep in my gut twangs. I know this place. I know these people. I’m so grateful to Catherine Marshall for showing readers the beauty beyond the smoky, smudged glass. And I’m also grateful I get to walk along the trail she’s blazed into these spectacular mountains.


CATCHING CHRISTMAS
GENRE: Contemporary Christmas Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2018
PAGES: 286

A heartwarming Christmas story about finding what really matters in life.

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is paying his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild-goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

 

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Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com


FALLING FOR GRACE
SERIES:
Coastal Hearts #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Southern Sun Press LLC
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2018
PAGES: 226

Grace Logan has taken a lot of tumbles in life, but she works hard to bounce right back. Dreams shattered and hope for reconciliation gone, Grace needs a place where she can pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Her boss’s beach house in Santa Rosa seems like the perfect getaway, but stumbling into the attractive-but-damaged handyman next door isn’t part of the plan.

After losing his infant son—and his marriage—Seth Gibbs is left with smothering grief and guilt. Bad memories make it difficult to find a new normal, so he escapes to his family’s vacation home. Three years later, he’s still in Santa Rosa with no plans to leave. That is…until Grace falls into his life.

 

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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space. Visit her on her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I have a quote from my 4th book, Blown Together. The heroine is a lonely author and she reads a letter from her mentor.

There is power in story. Stories change thinking, change lives. There is beauty in words. Words work their way into our hearts and nuzzle us up to greater heights. Words and stories inspire leaders, change societies, and spark revolutions.
Transform lives for the better, Elinor. Spark a revolution of love for the first Author.

And that’s why I write Christian fiction–to transform lives for the better and spark a revolution of love for the first Author.

how has christy by catherine marshall impacted you and/or your writing?

I believe she paved the way for Christian authors, and I’m so grateful!

“LEGACY OF LOVE”
THE CHRISTMAS HEIRLOOM

GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2018
PAGES: 374

Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?

In Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman’s grandson. While he may be far above her station, she can’t help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.

 

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Award winning author Kristi Ann Hunter had been losing herself in stories since before she could read them herself. Now she has the privilege of transporting readers into the Regency-set world of her own creation. With ten books published since 2015, including the acclaimed Hawthorne House series and Christy nominated Haven Manor series, Kristi has had a busy few years. When she isn’t writing, she hangs out with her children and husband in Georgia watching Marvel movies, trying to learn how to play Minecraft, and eating what some might consider an excessive amount of dark chocolate. Visit her at her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

Stories allow us to step into someone else’s world and see life from another perspective. This is one of the best ways to learn and understand faith, grace, and mercy which is why Jesus so often spoke in parables. I write Christian fiction to provide entertaining opportunities for people to see life, God, and themselves a little differently.


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

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35 responses to “2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Short Form

    • Becky D.

      “The Christmas Heirloom” has been in my TBR list. I love the collaboration of those particular authors. Talk about a great connection to books…Sarah Loudon Thomas with the Appalachian Mountains. 😍

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I have read two out of the three nominees and am just lacking reading Terri Blackstock’s Catching Christmas (which I will read eventually). I would have a very hard time choosing a winner out of this bunch.

  2. Elizabeth Litton

    I’ve read all four novellas of The Christmas Heirloom and Catching Christmas. I think Catching Christmas was the best of Terri Blackstock’s books!

  3. Rachael K

    TWO from The Christmas Heirloom! It’s a great collection (what else can one expect with those authors?).

  4. Teri DiVincenzo

    I have all of these books, but haven’t fit them in to my reading list yet…guess I know what’s getting bumped to the top of the list!

  5. AmyJo M.

    Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors! Can’t wait to read her Christmas book! The other books look good as well. I have added them all to my goodreads want to read list!!

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