2015 Christy Awards Presented in Orlando
|Program for 2015 Nominees|
|Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards, and Dan Balow, Christy Advisory Board member, introduce finalists|
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|
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 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 & 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 Winner|
|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|
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SPONSORED by The Christy Awards Fred and I received complementary tickets to this event.