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. 


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



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



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



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



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



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



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.

  • It is worth coming out of “Dark Deadline Mode” for this announcement. I’m thrilled to be on the INSPY shortlist, especially when I see so many of the authors I admire both in my category and in the other categories. Thank you — and congratulations to the other finalists!

  • Wow! What a surprise and an honor to be on your shortlist. Thank you.

    Congratulations to all the finalists! 🙂

  • What a wonderful surprise and great honor to find “Saving Amelie” on the 2015 Inspy Shortlist! Thank you for your support of this story so dear to my heart!

    Congratulations to all of the finalists–so many wonderful books and fine authors–and many, many thanks to the judges. What a challenging project this must be for each of you! God’s blessings!

  • Staci

    Congratulations to all the authors making the shortlist! I’ve read 16 of them and have seven on my TBR list. The only category I’ve completely read is Debut Fiction. Definitely tough decisions ahead for the judges!!

  • Honored big time to make the short list.

    Thank you!

  • Thank you so much! I celebrated with salted caramel ice cream and, of course, book buying. 😉 Thanks to the advisory board, program organizers, judges, and readers for making the INSPYs happen and for honoring SEEK AND HIDE.

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