Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Christy Challenge

Shauna from ShaunaRumbling is hosting The Christy Challenge. It started in early June (the announcement posted June 8th), and will continue through July 31, 2007. The goal? For participants to choose a book (or two) from the Christy Award list--either this year's nominated titles OR previous award-winners. If you are interested in participating yourself, you can visit the Christy Awards site.

Here are this year's nominees:

The Christy Awards 2007 Nominees

CONTEMPORARY (STAND ALONE)

* Dwelling Places by Vinita Hampton Wright (HarperOne)
* Straight Up by Lisa Samson (WaterBrook Press)
* Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner (Bethany House, a division of Baker)

CONTEMPORARY (SERIES, SEQUELS AND NOVELLAS)

* The Brethren by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House, a division of Baker)
* Escape from Fred by Brad Whittington (B&H Publishing Group)
* The Proof by Austin Boyd (NavPress)

HISTORICAL (includes four titles due to a tie)

* Glastonbury Tor by LeAnne Hardy (Kregel)
* Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)
* Madman by Tracy Groot (Moody Press)
* Pieces of Silver by Maureen Lang (Kregel)

ROMANCE

* The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House, a division of Baker)
* Monday Morning Faith by Lori Copeland (Zondervan)
* The Redemption by M. L. Tyndall (Barbour)

SUSPENSE

* The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren (Berkley)
* The Hidden by Kathryn Mackel (Thomas Nelson)
* Plague Maker by Tim Downs (Thomas Nelson)

LITS

* The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell (Harvest House Publishers)
* Everything’s Coming Up Josey by Susan May Warren (Steeple Hill CafĂ©)
* Sisterchicks in Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn (Multnomah)

YOUNG ADULT

* Bad Idea by Todd and Jedd Hafer (NavPress)
* The Way of the Wilderking by Jonathan Rogers (B&H Publishing Group)
* William Henry Is a Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Press)

FIRST NOVEL

* Watching the Tree Limbs by Mary DeMuth (NavPress)
* Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter (Center Street)
* William Henry Is a Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Press)

The Christy Awards 2006 Winners

Contemporary - Stand-Alone
Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer (Bethany House Publishers)

Contemporary - Series, Sequels
The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro (Steeple Hill)

Historical
Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)

Romance
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers)

Suspense
River Rising by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)

Visionary
Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)

First Novel
This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella (Paraclete Press)