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Carol Award Finalists 2018

Here are the finalists for the 2018 Carol Awards. The winners will be awarded during the gala awards dinner in Nashville as part of ACFW’s annual conference.

Contemporary
Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Rische and Jan Stob
The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor LB Norton
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti, Abingdon Press, editors Jamie Chavez and Ramona Richards

Historical
Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson, Tyndale House, editors Stephanie Broene and Sarah Rische
A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long and Jennifer Veilleux
Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles, Kregel Publications, editor Dawn Anderson

Historical Romance
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Karen Schurrer
The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Jessica Barnes and Dave Long

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Four Months in Cuba by Luana Ehrlich, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editors Pat Brown and Jodi Shumway
Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Ellen Tarver
Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy

Novella
Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan, Harbourlight Books (Pelican), editor Jamie West
An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Dave Long
One Enchanted Noel from Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Terri Simmons

Romance
A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, Waterfall Press, editors Amy Hosford and Sheryl Zajechowski
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editors Iola Goulton and Halee Matthews
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Andrea Doering and Kristin Kornoelje

Romantic Suspense
Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Lonnie Hull DuPont and Kristin Kornoelje
Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman, Faith Words (Hachette), editor Christina Boys
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr

Short Novel
Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Ami McConnell Abston and Becky Philpott
A Sweetwater River Romance by Misty M. Beller, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Robin Patchen
Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editors Melissa Endlich and Giselle Regus

Speculative
Awakened by Morgan L. Busse, Enclave Publishing, editor Reagen Reed
Huntress by Julie Hall, Independently Published, editor Rachel Starr Thomson
King’s Blood by Jill Williamson, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long and Elisa Tally

Young Adult
For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Sara Bierling
Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino, Vinspire Publishing, editor Dawn Carrington
Betrayal of the Band by Sarah Tipton, Watershed Books (Pelican Book Group), editor Jamie West

Debut
Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli, Tyndale House, editors Caleb Sjogren and Jan Stob
If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson, Kregel Publications, editor Dawn Anderson
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Barbara Barnes and Vicki Crumpton

Congratulations!