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  • 2015 Carol Award Finalists

    For immediate release, June 29, 2015

    FRANCINE RIVERS NAMED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT and CAROL AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    ORLANDO, FL:  At a press conference at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced the finalists for the 2015 Carol Awards in eleven categories of Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year.

    ACFW CEO Colleen Coble also announced the 2015 recipient of the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award—trail-blazing author, life-changing storyteller Francine Rivers. Of Rivers, Coble said, “I’ve loved and admired Francine Rivers’ writing since I first read Redeeming Love, but the woman behind the amazing stories is even more wonderful. Frani is a dedicated Christian and cares so much about other people and the Lord.” Coble continued, “I’m honored to call her my friend, and couldn’t be more delighted that ACFW is awarding her our highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.” Rivers will receive her award at the Awards Gala at the ACFW conference in Dallas, TX on September 19, 2015. The winners of the Carol Awards, Genesis Contest (for best unpublished manuscript), and other honors also will be announced at the Gala (www.acfw.com/conference).

    The following are the 2015 Carol Award finalists, listed by author in alphabetical order in each category:

    Contemporary:
    Last Family Standing by Jennifer AlLee, Abingdon Press, editor Ramona Richards
    Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Monds, L.B. Norton
    The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Mason, Jan Stob

    Historical:
    Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson, Howard (Simon & Schuster), editor Beth Adams
    Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Mason, Stephanie Broene
    What Follows After by Dan Walsh, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Andrea Doering

    Historical Romance:
    For Such a Time by Kate Breslin, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Raela Schoenherr, Luke Hinrichs
    With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr
    While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Andrea Doering, Jessica English

    Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:
    Poison Town by Creston Mapes, David C. Cook, editor L.B. Norton
    A Way of Escape by Serena B. Miller, independently published, editor Connie Troyer
    A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Amanda Bostic, Natalie Hanemann

    Novella:
    An October Bride by Katie Ganshert, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Becky Philpott
    I’ll be Home for Christmas from Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese
    A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Karen Schurrer
    Romance:
    The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Ami McConnell, L.B. Norton
    Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin, Harvest House Publishers, editor Kathleen Kerr
    Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt, Howard (Simon & Schuster), editor Jessica Wong      


    Romantic Suspense:
    Under a Turquoise Sky by Lisa Carter, Abingdon Press, editor Ramona Richards
    No One to Trust by Lynette Eason, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Andrea Doering
    Deceived by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Jennifer Leep

    Short Novel:
    Second Chance Summer by Irene Hannon, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
    Rescuing the Texan’s Heart by Mindy Obenhaus, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
    The Wyoming Heir by Naomi Rawlings, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Elizabeth Mazer

    Speculative:
    Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams, Enclave Publishing, editor Steve Laube
    A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes, Enclave Publishing, editors Jeff Gerke, Karen Ball
    Jupiter Winds by C.J. Darlington, independently published, editor Carol Kurtz Darlington

    Young Adult:
    This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof, independently published, editors Amanda Dykes, Denise Harmer
    Samantha Sanderson at the Movies by Robin Caroll, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Kim Childress, Mary Hassinger
    Storm Siren by Mary Weber, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Becky Monds

    Debut Novel:
    Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Amanda Bostic
    For Such a Time by Kate Breslin, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Raela Schoenherr, Luke Hinrichs
    The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall, Whitaker House, editor Courtney Hartzel

    From a pool of hundreds of Carol Award submissions, judges note three from each category that stand out in storytelling ability, reader enjoyment, and significance. ACFW congratulates these finalists and anticipates another memorable gala during which the Carols and other awards will take center stage in the publishing world.

    Among the additional honors awarded that night will be Editor of the Year and Agent of the Year.

    ACFW’s 2015 Editor of the Year Nominees, listed in alphabetical order:
    Sandie Bricker – Managing Editor, Bling! Romance (imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
    Bethany Kaczmarek – Associate Editor, Brimstone Fiction (imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
    Ramona Richards – Senior Acquisitions Editor, Abingdon Press

    ACFW’s 2015 Agent of the Year Nominees, listed in alphabetical order:
    Steve Laube – President, The Steve Laube Agency
    Wendy Lawton – Vice-President, Books & Such Literary Management
    Mary Sue Seymour – Agent, The Seymour Agency

    ACFW is a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction. Its mission is to advance Christian Fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry. For more information about ACFW, contact acfwrelations@acfw.com or www.acfw.com.