Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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National Award-Winning books!

Woohoo!

Last night, I had the delight to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers Gala where the best Christian fiction from 2012 was honored.

Have you read any of these books?

Here are the finalists and winners from last night:

Category

Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired * Editor: Melissa Endlich) Love this author!
A Horseman’s Hope by Myra Johnson (Heartsong Presents * Editor: Rebecca Germany)
******Winner******Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink (Love Inspired * Editor: Emily Rodmell)

Contemporary

******Winner******Heart Echoes by Sally John (Tyndale House * Editors: Karen Watson/Stephanie Broene,/Kathy Olson)
You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House * Editors: Karen Watson/Sarah Mason) This one too! And Precious Redhead is reading it right now!
Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane (Abingdon Press * Editor: Ramona Richards)

Debut Novel

******Winner******Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook/Multnomah * Editor: Shannon Marchese) This gal is a HOOT and this book was AMAZING!
Proof by Jordyn Redwood (Kregel * Editor: Dawn Anderson)
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh (Guideposts Books * Editors: Beth Adams/Rachel Meisel/Lindsay Guzzardo)

Historical

******Winner******Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook/Multnomah * Editor: Shannon Marchese)
At Every Turn by Anne Mateer (Bethany House * Editor: Charlene Patterson)
The Discovery by Dan Walsh (Revell * Editor: Andrea Doering)

Historical Romance

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (Zondervan * Editor: Sue Brower)
******Winner******A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller (Revell * Editor: Vicki Crumpton)
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House * Editor: Karen Schurrer) On my reading list!

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Downfall by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan * Editors: David Lambert/Sue Brower/Ellen Tarver)
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins (B&H Publishing * Editor: Karen Ball) On my list!
******Winner******The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller (Barbour Publishing * Editors: Rebecca Germany/Jamie Chavez) This one, too!

Novella

You’re a Charmer, Mr. Grinch by Paula Moldenhauer (Barbour Publishing * Editors: Rebecca Germany/JoAnne Simmons)
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson (Barbour Publishing * Editor: Rebecca Germany)
******Winner******A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson * Editor: Natalie Hanemann)

Romance

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson * Editors: Natalie Hanemann/L. B. Norton)
******Winner******Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard (B&H Publishing * Editors: Julie Gwinn/Julie Carobini)
An Uncommon Grace by Serena B. Miller (Howard * Editor: Holly Halverson)

Romantic Suspense

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson * Editor: Ami McConnell) Love Love LOVE this book!
Saving Hope by Margaret Daley (Abingdon Press * Editor: Ramona Richards) I MUST add this to my list!
******Winner******When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Revell * Editor: Andrea Doering) Can’t wait to read this one!

Speculative

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse (Marcher Lord Press * Editor: Jeff Gerke)
Judge by R. J. Larson (Bethany House * Editors: David Long/Sarah Long)
******Winner******Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press * Editor: Jeff Gerke)

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Young Adult

Prophet by R.J. Larson (Bethany House * Editors: David Long/Sarah Long)
******Winner******Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan * Editor: Jacque Alberta)
The New Recruit by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press * Editor: Jeff Gerke)

One last little tidbit! During the awards ceremony, the Life Achievement Award was given to Frank Peretti. He’s one of sweet hubby’s favorite authors! I had to share this picture I got to take with him!

Your Turn: Which of the award-winners have you read? Which most peak your interest!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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