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2019 Inspy Awards Shortlists!

4 May

A big congratulations to all the talented authors whose books are represented on the 2019 Inspy Award Shortlists! So many great books Now you have your summer reading list! ūüėČ


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

All Made Up by Kara Isaac

Falling for You by Becky Wade

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

Debut Fiction

Among The Poppies by J’Nell Ciesielski

Engraved on The Heart by Tara Johnson

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

General Fiction

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

Historical Romance

Romancing The Bride by Melissa Jagears

The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

The Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

Literature for Young Adults

The Edge Over There by Shawn Smucker

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund


Delayed Justice by Cara Putman

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

Speculative Fiction

Fierian by Ronie Kendig

Mark of The Raven by Morgan L. Busse

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin

2018 Inspy Award Long Lists

23 Jan

Congrats to all the wonderful authors who have made the 2018 Inspy Award Long Lists. The Inspy Award is unique in that it is the only inspirational fiction award organized, nominated, and judged by bloggers! Take a look at these great books. But be prepared to add them to your TBR lists! (I know I have! ūüėČ )


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

True to You by Becky Wade

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Begin Again by Crystal Walton

Just Maybe by Crystal Walton

Debut Novel

A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


General Fiction

In The Light of The Garden by Heather Burch

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

A Song of Home: A Novel of The Swing Era by Susie Finkbeiner

A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of The Great Depression by Susie Finkbeiner

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Space between Words by Michele Phoenix

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Memory of You by Catherine West

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup


Historical Romance

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Wings of The Wind by Connilyn Cosette

Havencross by Julie Daines

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Once An Heiress by Renee Ryan

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White


Literature for Young Adults

The Messengers: Concealed by Lisa M. Clark

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Unraveling by Sara Ella

Spark by J.M. Hackman

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber



The Enoch Effect by Rick Acker

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

A Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Speculative Fiction

Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Schultz

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

King’s Blood by Jill Williamson


Congrats authors!

2017 Inspy Shortlists!

2 May

Congratulations to all the wonderful authors represented on the 2017 Inspy Shortlists. Now the hard part starts. I wish good reading to all the capable judges!

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac
Her One and Only by Becky Wade
Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter
A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren


Debut Fiction

Close to You by Kara Isaac
Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette
Leaving Independence by Leanne W. Smith
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

General Fiction

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Historical Romance

A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jaegers
The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron


Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering
If I Run by Terri Blackstock
When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Literature for Young Adults

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones
Siren’s Song by Mary Weber
Unblemished by Sara Ella

Speculative Fiction

Accelerant by Ronie Kendig
The Calling by Rachelle Dekker
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart
Seasons of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren
The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr

2016 Inspy Awards!

1 Jul

Again this year, I had the great honor to judge for the Inspy Awards. What are great experience reading fabulous inspirational fiction while interacting with some great bloggers!



Following careful consideration, our incredible judging panels chose the 2016 INSPYs award winners in our seven respective categories. Following months of reading (by the Advisory Board and later, our judging panels), planning, author interviews and emails in access, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2016 INSPY Award Winners. (from the Inspy Board)


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense — The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

Debut Fiction — Jaded by Varina Denman

General Fiction — The Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Historical Romance — Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Literature for Young Adults — An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Mystery/Thriller — The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

Speculative Fiction — The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr



2016 Inspy Award Shortlists

2 May

Congrats to all the authors who have been named to the shortlists of the 2016 Inspy Awards. What a wonderful bunch of books!

Recognizing the need for a new kind of book award, the INSPYs were created by bloggers to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. (from the Inspy website).


London Tides (David C. Cook) by Carla Laureano

The Dandelion Field (Zondervan) by Kathryn Springer

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Howard) by Beth K. Vogt

A Love Like Ours (Bethany House) by Becky Wade

The Wonder of You (Tyndale House) by Susan May Warren




The Thorn Bearer (Vinspire Publishing) by Pepper D. Basham

Jaded (David C. Cook) by Varina Denman

A Noble Masquerade (Bethany House) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Love’s Rescue (Revell) by Christine Johnson

Irish Meadows (Bethany House) by Susan Anne Mason




A Cup of Dust (Kregel) by Susie Finkbeiner

The Art of Losing Yourself (Waterbrook Press) by Katie Ganshert

Secrets She Kept (Tyndale House) by Cathy Gohlke

Water From My Heart (Center Street) by Charles Martin

The Bront√ę Plot (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay




The Wood’s Edge (WaterBrook) by Lori Benton

Not by Sight (Bethany House) by Kate Breslin

The Mistress of Tall Acre (Revell) by Laura Frantz

Luther and Katharina (Waterbrook Press) by Jody Hedlund

Through Waters Deep (Revell) by Sarah Sundin




The Last Con (Thomas Nelson) by Zachary Bartels

A.D. 33 (Center Street) by Ted Dekker

Vendetta (Revell) by Lisa Harris

Falcon (Shiloh Run Press) by Ronie Kendig

The Bones Will Speak (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks




Season of Fire (Blink) by Lisa T. Bergren

Shades of Doon (Blink) by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

The Choosing (Tyndale House) by Rachelle Dekker

An Uncertain Choice (Zondervan) by Jody Hedlund

Siren’s Fury (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber




The Methuselah Project (Kregel) by Rick Barry

Heir of Hope (Enclave Publishing) by Morgan L. Busse

The Shock of Night (Bethany House) by Patrick W. Carr

The Curse of Crow Hollow (Thomas Nelson) by Billy Coffey

Embers (Enclave Publishing) by Ronie Kendig


Congratulations to the 2015 Inspy Award Winners!

29 Jun


Debut Novel
Miracle in A Dry Season by Sarah Loudin 

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade 

General Fiction
Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke 

Historical Romance
Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta 

Literature for Young Adult
Storm Siren by Mary Weber 

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker 

Speculative Fiction
Spirit Bridge by James L Rubart 

2015 Inspy Award Shortlists

2 May

Congratulations to all of the talented authors on the 2015 Inspy Award Shortlists. The judges are going to have a tough time deciding the winners. Have you read any of these gems? If not, consider making them part of your Summer reading plans.





Beowulf: 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

2014 Inspy Award Winners

28 Jun

 Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Inspy Awards!

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense


Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter



Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

General Fiction


Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes

Historical Romance 


A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Literature for Young Adults


Captives by Jill Williamson



The King by Stephen James

Speculative Fiction


Anomaly by Krista McGee

2011 Inspy Award Shortlists

2 Oct

The INSPY Advisory Board is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2011 INSPY Awards. We thank you for your enthusiastic nominations of books and again acknowledge the difficulties in narrowing the field with so many quality nominations.

Creative Nonfiction

Little Princes by Conor Grennan, William Morrow, January, 2011

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Zondervan, January, 2011

Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith, David C Cook, January, 2011

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button, Thomas Nelson, June, 2011

The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee & Lisa Dickey, Broadway, September, 2010


City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell, Henry Holt & Co, September, 2010

The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder, Summerside Press, June, 2011

The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue, David C Cook, October, 2010

Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett, David C Cook, April, 2011

Words by Ginny Yttrup, B&H Publishing, February, 2011


Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand, Bethany House, July, 2010

Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso, Realms, May, 2011

Digitalis by Ronie Kendig, Barbour, January, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins, B&H Publishing, May, 2011

The Bishop by Steven James, Revell, August, 2010


A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell, Bethany House, March, 2011

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman, Revell, September, 2010

The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House, October, 2010

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander, Bethany House, September, 2010

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West, Oak Tara, March, 2011

Speculative Fiction

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bethany House, July, 2010

The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers, Waterbrook Press, October, 2010

The Falling Away by T. L. Hines, Thomas Nelson, September, 2010

The Resurrection by Mike Duran, Realms, February, 2011

The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead, Thomas Nelson, August, 2010

Young Adult

A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes, Zondervan, August, 2010

Losing Faith by Denise Jaden, Simon Pulse, September, 2010

Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer, Zondervan, August, 2010

The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson, Scholastic, September, 2010

The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan, Thomas Nelson, September, 2010