2012 Christy Award Winners

18 Jul

I am back from a whirlwind trip to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando.  I had a great time meeting and interviewing authors, getting some great new novels due out in the coming months and, one highlight of the event, attending the Christy Awards dinner at the Rosen Center Hotel (that’s me on the far right).  I met two of the nicest women who turned out to be judges!  Alas, they couldn’t give me any scoop — rules and all — but they did give me some insight into the process.  Can you imagine reading 20-25 of the best books available in a genre in a period of 2-3 months?  Book lover heaven!  And when it came time for the winners to be announced, even they were just finding out.  The judges are kept in the dark on the cumulative vote.

Click HERE for pictures of the event.

Liz Curtis Higgs emceed the event and kept the audience in stitches about her trip to Israel.  More on that in the coming weeks, since I interviewed her while in Orlando.    I have to say I was so happy that Ginny Yttrup won Best First Novel.  I met her at last year’s dinner, and she is such a sweet person.  Her book Words is fabulous too, and you need to read it if you haven’t already.  Now on to the winners!


CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Wolfsbane
by Ronie Kendig
Barbour Publishing

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
The Amish Midwife
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
Harvest House Publishers

CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE
Promises to Keep
by Ann Tatlock
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

FIRST NOVEL
Words
by Ginny Yttrup
B&H Publishing Group

HISTORICAL
Wonderland Creek
by Lynn Austin
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
by Julie Klassenby
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

SUSPENSE
The Queen
by Steven James
Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing

VISIONARY
Veiled Rose
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

YOUNG ADULT
Waterfall
by Lisa T. Bergren
David C Cook

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