Posted in Awards, Christian Fiction

Congratulations to the 2019 INSPY Winners!


It is with great pleasure that I share with you the winners of the 2019 INSPY awards. These books are all fantastic and well-deserving of the award. This year I had the honor of judging the Historical Romance category. It was not an easy task, but I did enjoy it immensely. Without further ado, the winners!!!

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Falling for You 

by Becky Wade

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Click HERE to read my review!

Debut Fiction

Among the Poppies

by J’nell Ciesielski

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General Fiction

No One Ever Asked

by Katie Ganshert

No One Ever Asked

Historical Romance

Sons of Blackbird Mountain

by Joanne Bischof

sons of blackbird mountain

Click HERE to read my review!

Young Adult Literature

The Edge of Over There

by Shawn Smucker

The Edge of Over There by [Smucker, Shawn]


The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

by Jaime Jo Wright

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by [Wright, Jaime Jo]

Speculative Fiction

Mark of the Raven

by Morgan L. Busse

Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #1) by [Busse, Morgan L.]

Congratulations once again to all the winners!

You can meet our shortlist authors by clicking HERE.

Posted in Awards, Updates

INSPY Nominated Books I LOVED in 2018

For those of you who don’t know, or haven’t heard yet, the INSPY longlist has released. Congratulations to every amazing author who made the longlist!!! Man, do we have some seriously talented writers in today’s Christian Fiction market.

One of my favorite bloggers, JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews, posted a fun blog yesterday where she shares the INSPY books she read in 2018. I loved the idea so much, I’m copying her! Thanks, Jen, for the inspiration. 😃😃😃

What follows are the books from the INSPY 2018 longlist that I read and loved. Just click on a link and you can read a brief summary and my thoughts on each book listed.

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

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General Fiction

Historical Fiction

Mystery and Thriller

YA Fiction

According to the information on INSPY’s website, the shortlist will be available by the end of April. Definitely good luck to all the authors. You are all clearly using the amazing talents God has given you to put forth His Word in unique ways. I’m glad I don’t have to decide the shortlist. It’s too hard! LOL!

To read through the full INSPY longlist, click here.

I am not affiliated with INSPY. I was not asked to write this post. Again, I just liked Jen’s idea, and I, too, love to share well-written, amazing books by Christian authors.

Posted in Awards, Coming Soon, Giveaways, Just Read Tour, Updates

The Christy Awards Blog Blitz and Giveaway

the Christy Awards blitz

If there were a Christian fiction version of the Oscars, The Christy Awards would be it. And we are teaming up with The Christy Awards to help you read good fiction! Some of the best of the best, in fact.

Last year’s 2017 Christy Award winners included The Lady & The Lionheart (Joanne Bischof), A Note Yet Unsung (Tamera Alexander), Her One and Only (Becky Wade), The Mark of the King (Jocelyn Green), The Silent Songbird (Melanie Dickerson), The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (James Rubart), and more!

2017 Christy Awards
Image Source: The Christy Awards

The 2018 Christy Award Celebration Gala is coming up on November 7, 2018 but first the finalists will be announced on September 19th!! And you don’t want to miss it!

Make sure you’re following along with their social media accounts so you don’t miss the big announcement!


Christys invite

The Christy Award team invites you to two events that celebrate fiction, both held on November 7, 2018 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN!

First, from 1-5:30pm, is the Art of Writing Conference – a focused conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators. This is a half day of intensive seminars that celebrate the creative life, provide practical tips for overcoming challenges in a rapidly-changing industry, and answer questions authors are asking. Head here for a full list of speakers, including Carla Laureano, Joanne Bischof, Donald Miller, and Charles Martin.

Then, starting at 7:00pm, The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2018 winners of The Christy Award, and honor the power of Story, the legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, and the year’s best in Christian fiction.

Wanna know which authors will be at The Christy Awards gala? How about Charles Martin, Carla Laureano, Francine Rivers, Sarah Arthur, and Cynthia Ruchti, for starters?

Many of the finalists will be there too so make sure you follow The Christy Award on social media for the big announcement on the 19th!

christy awards gift card giveaway

On behalf of the ECPA, JustRead is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card (US only) to help you read good fiction!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 21, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I received some fun news today! Becca from TheBeccaFiles nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. This is completely unexpected, but quite a blessing to me! Thank you, Becca, for nominating me for this blogger award!

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognize blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As stated on the Versatile Blogger site, the purpose of this award is to “honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

The Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate blogs (up to 15) that you’ve recently discovered or that you follow regularly.
  • Share 7 interesting things about yourself that people might not know.

Interesting Facts

  1. I played soccer (very competitively) for 16 years.
  2. I broke my tibia and fibula in my right leg when I was 12. The bones snapped in half and came clear out of my leg. It was a soccer injury caused by a dirty player with metal cleats. Because of this injury, my right leg is slightly shorter than my left, so I have a sort-of limp to my walk.
  3. I have been a high school English teacher for 13 years. Don’t plan on ever teaching anything else. BUT, I taught 3rd grade English for one year. I don’t know how people teach 8-year olds. Elementary school teachers are very special people!
  4. I’ve just realized that I am not a very interesting person! I’m struggling to come up with seven unique facts about me. LOL!
  5. One of my students this year is my best friend’s son. It’s a lot of fun being his teacher. I’m guaranteed one kid who will laugh at my jokes.
  6. My most favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough. All other ice creams pale in comparison.
  7. I am a tea snob. Coffee is great, and I enjoy a cup every now and then, but I’m a tea girl all the way. I cannot go one day without a beautiful cup of tea!

My Nominees