Announcement: Nomination Changes for the 2016 INSPY Awards

photo-1421338443272-0dde2463976aWelcome to the 2016 Inspy Awards. The Inspy Advisory Board hopes our American readers enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and wishes you a joyful Christmas season.

With today’s post, we’re readying to usher in another awards season. Do you feel the anticipation in the air? Nominations for the 2016 Inspy Awards are a matter of days away. We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe how close the end of 2015 is. With that comes the close of another year and the start of a new Inspy Awards season.

The Advisory Board has been busy with lots of chats that are leading to some reinvention of our program this year. We appreciate and love the opportunity to host these awards that are for avid readers and book bloggers alike. We also enjoy the chance to spotlight the authors whose novels make the shortlist. But with that enthusiasm and excitement comes a long list of nominations that can, at times, be overwhelming. As a result of this, our 2016 award season is undergoing changes.

The nomination process (for you) will remain the same (readers are allowed one nomination per genre), but instead of the nomination list being public, the Advisory Board will keep it private. The long list will be the top 15 nominated in each genre (comprised of the number of books nominated the most). Once this happens, we will make the long list public. From there, the same practices and polices will apply. We’ll then decide on the short lists by narrowing those top 15 books down to five.

The same timeline will apply to judges and the application process.

For your convenience, please find all of the updated page links below. We thank you for your continued support of the Inspys. So, make yourself a cup of your favorite warm drink and begin making lists – and don’t forget to check them twice, because on December 27th, we again invite you to be a part of this awards program with the nominations opening.

For more specific guides to the nominating process, please refer to our Nomination Guidelines and Book Criteria.

2015 INSPY Award Winners

After our panel of judges careful consideration, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2015 INSPY Award Winners. Below are the seven winning novels in their respective categories and a statement from our judges on the reason why they felt it was worth the award…

Book - Miracle in a Dry SeasonDebut: Miracle in a Dry Season (Bethany House) by Sarah Loudin Thomas: 
We chose Miracle in a Dry Season not only because of the talent of the author, but because it is a unique and engaging story. A refreshing tale of miracles, love, and laughter set in the 1950s, Sarah Loudin Thomas pens an intriguing take based around the miracle of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Through the story, characters – led primarily by a male character, Casewell, and events we gain a deeper understanding of faith and what it means to embrace the gifts and blessings God has given us.
Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense: Meant to Be Mine (Bethany House) by Becky Wade: Book - Meant to be Mine

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade is the epitome of Christian romance. The chemistry between Ty and Celia is fabulous, and we could feel the sparks in every interaction between them! While the romance is spectacular, this book has so much more to offer. Beautifully written, it is an emotional experience in the best way. Wade’s descriptions of the characters brought them to life, and their relational, emotional, and spiritual journeys rang true. The other four novels in this category are wonderful, but Meant To Be Mine’s excellence is unable to be denied.

 

saving amelieGeneral Fiction: Saving Amelie (Tyndale) by Cathy Gohlke: 

What a challenge, to pick one winner from five fabulous titles including Biblical, historical and contemporary fiction. We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 INSPY Award for General Fiction is Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke, which impressed us all with its complex characters, fascinating historical detail, and bold yet subtle Christian message. The story is set in Germany in the early days of World War II, and plot centres on rescuing the deaf Amelie, from her father and from a regime which prized “perfection” over the sanctity of life. The characters face danger, hardship and uncertainty over the course of this thought-provoking and sometimes harrowing read. We were particularly impressed with the sensitive way Gohlke showed how God can use ordinary people in the bleakest of circumstances.

Book - Mark of DistinctionHistorical Romance: Mark of Distinction (Tyndale) by Jessica Dotta: 

We chose Mark of Distinction because it exemplifies the historical romance genre and confronts unique spiritual themes. Jessica Dotta has woven a story with a captivating setting and characters. The writing style and mystery of the plot draws the reader from the beginning into a Victorian society of restraint, secrets, and consequences. At its center is the theme of full surrender and trust in God. With complex characters and a unique voice, the story unfolds with unexpected twists and romance.

Book - Storm SirenLiterature for Young Adult: Storm Siren (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber:

Our panel decided to choose Storm Siren as the winner for the YA category. Nym deals with insecurities about her elemental powers and wondering why she was born with such a curse. This makes Nym relatable to young women all over the world and from every generation – we have all dealt with insecurities at some point in their lives. To see Nym have to come to terms with how she was created and to use those powers for the greater good shows tremendous character growth. Another reason we chose Storm Siren was because of the amazing and magical world that Mary Weber created. World building is one of the first things in a Fantasy novel that draws you into the story. Oh…and who doesn’t love a map inside their book!Book - A.D. 30

Mystery/Thriller: A.D. 30 (Center Street) by Ted Dekker:

A.D. 30 is a fast-paced adventure that keeps you turning the pages until the very end. Ted Dekker delivers a powerful, faith-filled story that brims with perils – each with their own kind of mystery and suspense, struggles, and most importantly hope. Dekker takes us on a journey to Jesus through the eyes of the daughter of Maviah, a gentile and an outcast, readers rediscover the message of Yeshua, experiencing it as never before. Dekker masterfully conveys the depth of God’s love for us — a knowledge we often hold in our heads, but fail to carry in our hearts. Warring kingdoms, power-thirsty adversaries, and fickle rulers are only a few of the obstacles in Maviah’s journey that keep the reader flipping pages. Whether she will succeed in her quest is a mystery. An uplifting and simple message, encased in a sweeping historical epic, is the primary reason it was selected A.D. 30 to be the winner of this year’s INSPY award.

Speculative Fiction: Spirit Bridge (Thomas Nelson) by James L.Rubart:

Book - Spirit BridgeSpirit Bridge is a brilliantly written story that was thought provoking and yet easy to follow as a standalone novel, though it is the third and final book in the Well Spring series. The story-world was populated with an excellent group of lead characters who were complex and easily relatable in their struggles in both the physical and spiritual realms. Their struggles challenge the reader to examine aspects of their own lives.  The story’s message, dying to self and keeping the enemy from gaining a foothold, was clear throughout, not getting lost in the suspense and action of the story. Spirit Bridge fully satisfies the reader’s expectations of the genre. It is a powerful spiritual thriller, with the speculative elements underpinning the novel and not requiring any further explanation to better understand it. Spirit Bridge is very worthy of the INSPY for Speculative Fiction.

 

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We’d like to thank our judges for their hard work and careful consideration of each title.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors! 

2015 Shortlists Announced

With a record 160+ nominated and an incredible show of support for the INSPY program – and multiple book deliveries later, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board is thrilled to announce the 2015 shortlist contenders. A daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list of 160 nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 5th annual INSPY Awards. 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 

2015contempromanceBeowulf: Explosives Detection Dog by Ronie Kendig

Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

DEBUT FICTION

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells

Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

GENERAL FICTION 

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Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

HISTORICAL ROMANCE 

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A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

MYSTERY AND THRILLER 

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A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

Checkmate by Steven James

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig

Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

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Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Blur by Steven James

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Jupiter Winds by C.J. Darlington

SPECULATIVE FICTION

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Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart

Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Seek and Hide by Amanda G. Stevens

Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry

A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr

Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.

Download Press Release here.

Back for Year 5. The 2015 INSPY Nominations are Open!

It’s back! Year five for the bloggers “best in fiction” award is welcoming a new year and opening the nominations for 2015.

The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA and general markets.

Please note the book eligibility and the nomination rules:

  • Debut Novel and Historical Romance categories were introduced in 2014.

  • The Romance category has been broadened and renamed the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category

  • The dates of eligibility have returned to a 12 month timeframe and will include books published in print between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

  • Self-published books have been eliminated from consideration.

  • Books can not be self-nominated by their author.

Books may be nominated in any of the following categories:

  • Debut Novel
  • General Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
  • Historical Romance
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Literature for Young Adults

For more detailed description of categories please see the Revised Nomination Categories. If you’d like to read more about the nominating process, read our recent blog post with some tips on nominating the right books in their best categories. Pull out those lists and let’s begin!

The deadline to nominate a book is January 16. winners of the fifth annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2015.

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We look forward to your nominations. Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

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2014 INSPY Award Winners

The INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2014 INSPY Award Winners:

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense:

Barefoot Summer Book ArtBarefoot Summer by Denise Hunter is the quintessential definition of Christian Romantic Fiction. The writing style is in a word lovely, with perfect pacing and wonderful descriptions. Barefoot Summer played like a movie in our heads. Denise created characters with flaws and very real emotions that kept us invested in their story and engaged with each new scene. Not just with the main characters, but the other plot lines as well. While the other four novels were great reads this one climbed it’s way to the top. Barefoot Summer truly is the perfect Summer read, and for many more Summers to come.

Debut: 

Katherine Reay’s contemporary epistolary, Dear Mr. Knightley is one of the most brilliant character studies to come about in literature in years. Book - Dear Mr. KnightlySometimes you are given a gift that everyone assures you will be delightful but you aren’t entirely sure the contents will be to your liking. This is a book where the hype holds up. All the references to classical literature – from Great Expectations to Austen to Narnia, could have made the novel seem detached, but Reay uses them with such talent and creativity, you understand the characters on a deeper level because of them and because Dear Mr. Knightley’s heroine was less “figment” and much more, real. Above all, those qualities are this debut’s crowning glory – it’s more than just an expert piece of fiction. Not only is Dear Mr. Knightley the perfect debut, it’s a must read for any lover of classics, particularly Jane Austen.

16033233General Fiction: 

The field of nominees for the General Fiction category had some of the best books we have read this year, making this year’s selection process difficult indeed. After a lot of in depth discussion, we are awarding the Inspy to Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. A moving account of a woman’s struggle with self in the face of spousal abuse, this novel will touch your heart and soul. Powerfully personal, beautifully written, with highly relatable characters, Gina Holmes’ novel presents a message of love and hope that Jesus always offered to everyone He met.


Historical Romance: 

???????????????????A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund is an exceptional piece of Christian fiction based upon real events. The rich historical and cultural setting are characters in their own right, making the story come to life. The characters portray authentic growth as the story progresses, as well as an undeniable romantic tension present throughout, encouraging the reader to keep turning the pages. This beautiful story weaves in themes of trust, redemption, and the importance of having a relationship grounded in God, while emphasizing the importance of hope, forgiveness, and sacrificial love. Jody Hedlund is a skilled writer and her work displays the best of historical romance, both entertaining and speaking to the heart.

Literature for Young Adult: CaptivesSafeLands

Captives was a compelling and thought-provoking novel. Jill Williamson’s writing style, vivid imagery and intriguing plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. Captives also has insightful commentary on society. There was a large variety of characters with the light of the believers clearly contrasting the darkness and depravity of the society around them. Captives beautifully illustrates the bigger picture and how important it is to stand up for your beliefs. Thought-provoking and page-turning, Captives was not only far more than your typical YA dystopian story, but definitely one of the top YA novels of 2013.

Mystery/Thriller: The King

The King is suspense at its best and challenges readers to really think – what is our definition of a hero?  The author weaves a thread of faith throughout the novel that infused the story with hope, reminding us Who ultimately holds control and provides meaning when the journey becomes rough; captivating plots, intriguing characters, and twists at every turn immerse the reader deep into the tale. These characters: Patrick, Lien-hua, and Tessa held our heart and made us cheer for them. The writing was superb; this is definitely an author who knows how to write suspense while also endearing his readers to his characters. The story does not let you go. The King is a thought provoking read as much as it was a page turner…one to definitely be read with the light on!

anomalySpeculative Fiction:

Anomaly by Krista McGee featured fully developed characters exploring a world of both tragedy and hope. Details were revealed as they were needed, never intruding or halting the narrative but flowing alongside it. The protagonist Thalli is a heroine who learns to love without being defined it, combining creativity and logical reasoning, and able to eventually make her own choices while remaining compassionate to the needs of others. No easy answers are offered to the challenges she and the other characters face; instead, Thalli’s growing relationship with God gave her the ability to see past her fear and make choices not based on her own needs but those of others. The stark, first-person prose captured exactly what a young teen thrust in such situations might feel, neither drowning in the emotion nor ignoring it, but letting the reader truly live through another’s eyes.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors! 

2014 Shortlists Announced!

With bleary eyes, paper cut fingers and reading-in-bed hair, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board has come out of reading hibernation to announce the 2014 shortlist contenders. A daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list of 150 nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 4th annual INSPY Awards. 

DEBUT FICTION

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Burning Sky by Lori Benton

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

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GENERAL FICTION 

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When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell

To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

Wings of Glass  by Gina Holmes

Iscariot by Tosca Lee

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 

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Wishing On Willows by Katie Ganshert

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Talon by Ronie Kendig

Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Take A Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE 

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Though my Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof

Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Duchess by Susan May Warren

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SPECULATIVE FICTION

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Hero’s Lot by Patrick W Carr

Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore

Anomaly  by Krista McGee

Memory’s Door by James L Rubart

The Rising by Lynn Chandler-Willis

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MYSTERY AND THRILLER 

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Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

The King by Steven James

Poison by Jordyn Redwood

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer

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LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

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Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

Captives by Jill Williamson

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Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.

Download Press Release here.

A Few Schedule Updates

There are times when even the best laid plans simply do not come together.

The Advisory Board has had a few setbacks in obtaining the nominated books.  With the longer time frame needed to collect the titles we have had to push back all of the dates.  Our Advisory Board needs ample time to read and carefully consider each of the 147 nominated books.

As a result, the Board will be announcing the Shortlist Judges on April 15th with the actual short lists  announced on April 30th.

If you have applied to be a shortlist judge be expecting an email from a member of the Advisory Board by the 15th.  And if  you are anxiously awaiting to see which books have made the cut to the short lists then be sure to check back here on April 30th!

We are thrilled with the caliber of nominations ~ trust me, narrowing down to 5 books in each category is difficult this year!  You guys have done a fabulous job nominating quality faith-in-fiction!

Happy Reading!

 

Announcement: Revised Nomination Categories

Do you feel the anticipation in the air? Nominations for the 2014 Inspy Awards open in 27 days!

The Advisory Board has been reaching out to our audience and former judges in order to evaluate our performance in past years and have implemented several revisions in light of the feedback. Most noteworthy is a significant change in our nomination categories and the elimination of self published books from eligibility. For your convenience, please find all of the updated categories below as well as under our nomination tab. Thank you for your patience and support during this process.

Debut Novel: A debut novel from any of the categories that is of exemplary literary quality. Unlike other categories, debut novels will be selected and judged by the Advisory Board. Debut novels may also be nominated in their respective categories.

General Fiction: Realistic stories set in historical or contemporary settings that do not have plots with a central romance. This category may include literary and women’s fiction.

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense: The romance category encompasses all romantic contemporary and suspense subgenres, with the exception of speculative romance. In order to be classified as a contemporary romance, the novel must be set in 1960 to the present. The plot must have a central love story that commonly ends in a happily ever after.

Historical Romance: Any novel set prior to 1960 that includes a plot with a central love story usually ending in a happily ever after. May include elements of suspense and includes all subgenres, such as biblical fiction.

Speculative Fiction: A story with fantastical elements (this includes science fiction, fantasy, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, magical mysticism and alternate history). Middle grade and up.

Mystery & Thriller: Fast paced, action driven stories or mysteries, usually with a clearly defined hero against an evil villain. Includes cozy mysteries, police procedurals, legal thrillers, detective stories, gothic mysteries, historical mysteries, espionage, suspense, crime fiction, psychological thrillers, medical thrillers, and political thrillers.

Literature for Young Adults: Fiction books of any genre, with the exception of speculative fiction, written with a target audience of 13- to 19-year-olds.

Latest INSPYs news….

It is with gratefulness and a measure of sadness that the Advisory Board makes the following announcement:

Founding member and visionary of the INSPYs, Amy O’Riley, and fellow founding member and worker extraordinaire, Hannah Neilsen, have resigned from the Board due to personal commitments. The Board thanks Amy and Hannah for their invaluable contribution from the moment the INSPYs inspiration first struck Amy, to the day they announced their resignation. The Board wishes Amy and Hannah the very best with their future endeavours and dreams.

The Board is nevertheless delighted to announce the appointment of Rissi and Jamie Lapeyrolerie to the Advisory Board. Their unique talents will greatly contribute to the advancement of the INSPY Awards. Founding member, Rel Mollet, and existing board members, Lydia Mazzei and Stacy Millican, will continue to serve on the Advisory Board.

The Board is hard at work finalising all the details for INSPYs 2014 ~ exciting new developments regarding the INSPYs’ format and process will be announced shortly.

Until next time…

2013 INSPY Award Winners

The INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2013 INSPY Award Winners:

10092908General Fiction: The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth (Tyndale House Publishers, July 2011)

The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones (Tyndale House, 2011) is a real and compelling story. Many facets of this novel made it shine brighter than the other four fine books in this category: fresh characters, contemporary setting, and the author’s ability to inspire her readers to reach deep into their souls, showing the pain of loss, the turmoil of recovery, and the hope of love. After spending time in Jones’ garden, the reader is left with a new look on faith and life. From the poignant symbolism of its title to the true-to-life issue of faith, The First Gardener exceeds every requirement of the INSPY awards, and we are happy to select it as this year’s winner.

9858514Literature for Young People: With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2011)

With a Name Like Love is a family story with a great plot – a murder to be solved, friendships to resolve, and family decisions to be made – and excellent, heart-grabbing characters. Olivene Love’s daddy is a traveling preacher, as was his daddy before him and his daddy before him, ”all the way back to the time of Moses.” Ollie herself is a good girl, typical oldest child. Ollie’s mama, Susanna Love, is “like living poetry” as she welcomes the people who come to their revival meetings. Ollie’s sisters – the pessimist who gets things done, the daddy look-alike longing to become a preacher like him, the simple-minded but graceful girl who almost has the dictionary memorized, and the eager-to-please baby of the family – fill out this wonderful and down-to-earth family.  Together, the Love family has a character and winsomeness all their own, rivaling other great families of literature such as the the Marches, the Melendys, or the Moffats. With a Name Like Love doesn’t look like much at first, but it is a surprisingly touching – and sometimes tearful – story about family and friends that will appeal to both boys and girls of all ages.

11800313Mystery & Thriller: Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins (B&H Publishing Group,  a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, 2012)

Written in three unique yet strong female voices, Gone to Ground kept us guessing til the end. With a thoroughly engaging plot, realistic action and believable characters, this is a book we would recommend to anyone regardless of genre preferences. Gone to Ground went above and beyond the Inspy guidelines in terms of literary merit, and though it is categorized as “Christian Suspense/Thriller” Gone to Ground is far-reaching in its appeal to any type of reader.

13511401Romance: The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House Publishers a division of Baker Publishing Group, January 2012)

Irrespective of the category The Breath of Dawn was judged by, don’t let that fool you; this novel is much more than just a romance. It’s full of excitement, challenges and a heart-tugging romance that blossoms under the sanctity of marriage. Kristen Heitzmann deftly balances romance, suspense, history and a much-needed spiritual message without letting any element suffer out of respect to another. The romance between Quinn and Morgan is tender, yet blossoms into something more passionate over the course of the story. The growing relationship between our hero and heroine is believable, and assisted by fleshed-out secondary characters who begin to feel like family by the end of the novel. Quinn’s appeal grows when the reader learns that she grew up in a cult-like religious community, introducing a backstory that makes her all the more relatable. The discussion of the community is a bold move on Heitzmann’s part, but it is dealt with in a manner that is neither derogatory or sounds like a sermon. The spiritual message in The Breath of Dawn organically grows out of the story, tying all of these elements together to produce a well-rounded, satisfying story.

14291950Speculative Fiction: Soul’s Gate by James L Rubart (Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, April 2012)

We chose Soul’s Gate from a strong and diverse field.  James L. Rubart boldly takes on the unseen world of angels and demons in a very imaginative way in regards to their interaction with Christians. This mysterious and uplifting novel takes readers into a world this is often ignored by humans: the spiritual world all around us. The novel quickly engages the reader, which makes it difficult to set the book down. The author carefully works in fresh ideas about Christian living and the way we live our lives in relation to God and with others. The well-developed characters are motivating, varied and passionate. Soul’s Gate ends in a positive way that will engage and intrigue a far reaching and wide audience. The best news is this is just book one from his Well Spring series!

 

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors! 

INSPY 2013 Winners Press Release PDF