Monday, April 28, 2008

Remembered's a Christy Finalist!

Exciting news! I've heard from Charlene Patterson, one of my editors at Bethany House, that Remembered, the third book in Fountain Creek Chronicles, is a finalist for this year's Christy Awards. Wow! What an encouragement.

If you're thinking to yourself, "What on earth is a Christy?" Well, you're not alone. :)

Here's the history of the award as taken from the Christy website:
In the spring of 1999, nearly a dozen Christian publishers confirmed the need for establishing a Christian fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres of Christian fiction. By late summer, ideas and planning had come together to launch The Christy Award, named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel and of her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read.

The Christy Award is designed to:
  • Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.
  • Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership.
  • Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.

How the Awards Work
Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.

Catherine Marshall
Catherine Marshall, writer of more than two dozen books and the subject of at least one biography, is one of America's most notable and bestselling Christian writers. Her readers around the world know Catherine as "America's most inspirational author," as described in The New York Times. More than 25 million copies of her books are in print. Nine years in the making and perhaps Catherines's best-known work, the novel Christy has more than 10 million copies in print and is estimated to have been read by more than 30 million people.
The Christy Awards is proud to honor both the novelist and her novel through this annual award recognizing Christian novels of excellence.

Click here to read more about The Christy Award and to view the complete list of finalists in every category.

I'm honored to be a finalist in the Romance Category along with two other authors (and friends):

Deborah Raney (my writing critique partner for many years) for her wonderful book Remember to Forget...

And good friend and gifted writer,
DiAnn Mills for her moving story in
Lightning and Lace.

Congrats to you both, Deb and DiAnn!

The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 12th in Orlando, Florida in a dinner preceding the annual International Christian Retail Show (ICRS).


  1. Congrats. :) I haven't read any of your books yet but I have them on my wish list. :) So many books, so little time....

  2. WOW! They have great taste! I love this series! And Deb Raney's book is great too. Angela Hunt's blog said she found out that Doesn't She Look Natural is a finalist as well. Glad I'm not the one that must choose!

  3. Congrats! I just read the list of winners on the Christy Awards site.

    Well deserved, this series is one of my favorites.

  4. Congratulations on the nomination, Tamera! That is an accomplishment in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed Rekindled, and look forward to the rest of the series.

  5. Congratulations! I loved the whole series and am looking forward to the new one.

  6. Hi Tamera,

    Just wanted to tell you that I just finished From a Distance this morning for the upcoming blog tour. I LOVED it! Not that I was surprised. . . I was eagerly anticipating reading it! Can't wait for the next one to come out. I have a few suspicions about who might be a focus of a book/relationship. . .

  7. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with me! And Linda, I'm so glad you enjoyed From a Distance! Daring to dream God's dream for your life (a theme in FAD), is something God's been working on in my own heart.

  8. Congrats on the Christy nomination!
    I loved Remembered and your first series! Just started From a Distance for the CFBA tour and I'm loving it! Thanks!

  9. Thanks, Christy, for that encouragement and I hope you enjoy FAD! Thanks for participating in the CFBA Blog Tour.


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