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AUTHORS I MET AT CHRISTY AWARDS 2015

2015 Christy Awards Presented in Orlando
Program for 2015 Nominees

Jeane Wynn
After eating a wonderful dinner and chatting with authors at my table (who just so happen to win Christy awards), Jeane Wynn came around each table and asked the question "What do the Christy's mean to you?"  I enjoyed hearing everyone's spire of the moment response. After that Donna Kehoe and Dan Balow introduced the finalists. 

Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards, and Dan Balow, Christy Advisory Board member, introduce finalists

 Terry Glaspey



















Then the Master of Ceremonies Terry Glaspey got the audience laughing and reflecting on how Christian Fiction has evolved..Terry made everyone laugh as he walked everyone through the early days of Christian Fiction and what we had to look forward despite all the recent changes in the industry. 

Terry Glaspey is an author and speaker. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon where he and his former wife, Sally raised their two phenomenally gorgeous and intelligent daughters. Terry is a voracious reader and works as Director of Acquisitions and Development at Harvest House Publishers. Terry spends his free time writing and reading. He does not enjoy long walks on the beach or getting caught in the rain but he does enjoy visiting art galleries and playing a round of golf, regardless of weather. 

Sharon Garlough Brown Keynote
Sharon Garlough Brown is a pastor, spiritual director, and retreat leader who is passionate about shepherding others deep into the love of God. She and her husband, Jack, have served congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, and England (in that order). They currently co-pastor in West Michigan. Sharon enjoys all things British--especially tea--and loves when her son says, "Mom, would you like me to put the kettle on?"

As Sharon spoke in a way that reminded me of Ann Voscamp I reflected on the words she said. She talked to the authors and her novel journey. She talked about hearing voices: Discerning which ones to give your attention to. 

The awards were presented after that. The Contemporary Category The Award went to The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House Publishers). She was unable to be there. Someone read her sweet acceptance speech.
CONTEMPORARY Category Winner
Contemporary Romance-Suspense Category - The Award went to A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Multnomah) Katie wasn't able to be there. She had a sweet acceptance speech. 
CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Category Winner

MINDY STARNS CLARK CONTEMPORARY SERIES Category Winner
CONTEMPORARY SERIES Category Winner



Contemporary Series Category - The Award went to The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner (Harvest House Publishers). 


Mindy first started talking about the fun she had  working with co-author Susan Meissner. She had a moving acceptance speech. Mindy talked about her mother"s passion for reading. Mindy loved words and enjoyed talking about books with her. Mindy's mom would be thrilled with her receiving this award.I was thrilled to meet Mindy and congratulate her on receiving the reward. We've enjoyed her books at book club. 

FIRST NOVEL Category - The Award went to Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton (RiverNorth, an imprint of Moody Publishing) 
FIRST NOVEL Category Winner





Fred and I were sitting at Marcus's table. I had caught up with him earlier at the ICRS floor. I had gotten my picture taken with him then. It was good to hear him speak that night as she shared his novel journey. 







FIRST NOVEL Category Winner Marcus Brotherton

HISTORICAL Category - The Award went to The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot ((Tyndale House Publishers) - I was unable to catch up with her that night but thrilled to meet her on the ICRS floor the next day. She was still beaming from the night before. 
HISTORICAL Category Winner Tracy Groot

HISTORICAL ROMANCE Category - The Award went to Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Multnomah) also won BOOK OF THE YEAR. He was unable to be there. I liked hearing his acceptance speech. A double win for a very talented author. 
HISTORICAL ROMANCE Category & BOOK OF YEAR WINNER

SUSPENSE Category - The Award went to The Color of Justice by Ace Collins (Abingdon Press) Ace was unable to be that night. I liked his acceptance speech.
SUSPENSE Category Winner
YOUNG ADULT Category - The award went to Storm Siren by Mary Weber (Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
YOUNG ADULT Category Winner
I was thrilled to meet other nominees that night and out on the ICRS Floor. 
DiANN MILLS NOMINATED CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE SUSPENSE


CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE-SUSPENSE NOMINEE



HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOMINEE
ELIZABETH CAMDEN HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOMINEE


JOANNE BISCHOF YOUNG ADULT NOMINEE

YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY NOMINEE
KATE BRESLIN FIRST NOVEL NOMINEE
FIRST NOVEL NOMINEE


HOUSE OF LIVING STONES NOMINEE KATIE SCHUERMANN (Concordia Publishing House)
HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOMINEE

TAMERA ALEXANDER HISTERICAL ROMANCE NOMINEE


ANN TATLOCK VISIONARY WINNER

VISIONARY Category WINNER





















Fred and I had a wonderful night and was encouraged by what we heard from those who received awards and from the authors we met. I'm honored tell you about this event. I was also excited about what is ahead and the novels we will see in the Christian Fiction categories for next year.

It was fun to meet authors there that night like Carrie Turansky, Brandilyn Collins and Mesu Andrews. I look forward to sharing with you about more book events along with books that are fun to read and those that work well for a book club pick.
CARRIE TURANSKEY, BRANDILYN COLLINS and MESU ANDREWS


HAPPY READING!
Until Next time

Nora St.Laurent
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SPONSORED by The Christy Awards Fred and I received complementary tickets to this event. 

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