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And The Winner Is…

2018 Selah Finalist StickerIt was a pins and needles kind of week for me. Wednesday, May 23, was the date that the Selah Awards were to be announced, and all day, I was anxious for 7 PM ET to arrive. Of course, I couldn’t be at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference this year (drat! I missed everyone!!!), but they were kind enough to try and set up a live feed for those like me who couldn’t attend. The live feed wasn’t without its issues, but the word did trickle out. Slowly…very, very slowly! LOL

I was stunned to learn that my novella, The Outcast’s Redemption (part of the Secret The Secret Admirer Romance CollectionAdmirer Romance Collection) WON for the best western title in 2018! I say stunned because it was facing very stiff competition–two wonderful novel-length entries, one by Jayme Mansfield and the other by Donna L. H. Smith. I thought for sure that my 20,000-word novella didn’t have much chance, since novels provide so much more opportunity to develop characters and plotlines. But Lucky and Maisie’s story won! I’m very humbled and honored!

But there are so many wonderful 2018 Selah Winners to celebrate, so here they are:

Children’s Picture Books
 
My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams
Worthy Kids/Ideal
Melinda Rumbaugh and Peggy Schaefer, editors
Steve Laube, Agent
 
Middle Grade Novel
 
Stranded on Thin Ice by Sharon CassanoLochman
Ontario Shore Publishing
 
YA Fiction
 
Escape to Vindor by Emily Golus
Taberah Press
Mary Beth Dahl & Vie Herlocker, Editors
 
Contemporary Romance
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Kelsey Bowen, Editor
Jessica Kirkland, Agent

Contemporary Women’s Fiction
 
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
Abington Press
Ramona Richards, Jamie Clarke Chavez, Editor
Wendy Lawton
 
First Novel
 
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
 
 
Historical/Biblical
 
With This Peace by Karen Campbell Prough
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Amberlyn Dwinnell, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
Linda Glaz, Agent
 
Historical Romance
 
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Suzanne Dietze
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Tamela Hancock Murray, Agent
 
Mystery/Suspense
 
The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth
Morgan James Publishing
 
Novella
 
Keara’s Escape by Anne Greene
Forget Me Not Romances
Cynthia Hickey, Editor
 
Romantic Suspense
Unintended Consequences by Dan Walsh
Bainbridge Press
Cindi Walsh, Editor
 
Speculative Fiction
 
The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe
Write Integrity Press
Marji Laine Clubine, Editor
 
Western
 
The Outcast’s Redemption (The Secret Admirer Romance Collection) by Jennifer Uhlarik
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Julie Gwinn, Agent
 
NONFICTION BOOKS
 
Bible Study
 
The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers, by Erica Wiggenhorn
Moody Publishers
Pam Pugh, Editor
 
Christian Life
 
7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates by Susan Neal
Christian Yoga
Janis Whipple, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
General Nonfiction
 
Spiritual Prepper by Jake McCandless
WND Books
Geoff Stone, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
Inspiration & Gift
 
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
 
Memoir
Forgiveness in the First Degree by Randol Hammer & Phillip Robinson (with Margot Starbuck)
FaithHappenings Publishers
Kelly Boeving, Editor
Greg Johnson, Agent
 
 
2018 Selah Books of the Year
(This year, only two books—one fiction, one nonfiction—received two perfect scores. And so, this year we are awarding the Selah Book of the Year award to both genres.)
 
Nonfiction:
 
Under Inspiration & Gift
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
Fiction
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors

Congrats to all! The Selahs had over 200 entries this year, and the competition was steep! I’m so honored to be a part!

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2018 Selah Award Finalists

2018 Selah Finalist StickerI am happy to share the 2018 Selah Award Finalists. There are some wonderful books and authors on the list, and I’m humbled that two of my titles are listed among them! The Secret Admirer Romance Collection

The Outcast’s Redemption from “The Secret Admirer Romance Collection” made the cut in the western category. 

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Union Pacific Princess from “Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection” was among the novella finalists. Such a great honor!

 

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference on May 23, 2018. The ceremony will also be available on Facebook Live.

Congrats to all my fellow finalists!!! Here is the complete list.

2018 Selah Awards Finalist
Listed Alphabetically by  Book Title
 
Children’s 
 
Children’s Picture Books
 
Does God Take Naps by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley
I Love you the Mostest by Michelle Medlock Adams (Illustrated by Paige Snedeker)
My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams
 
Fiction
 
Middle Grade Novel
 
Stranded on Thin Ice by Sharon CassanoLochman
The Wish I Wished Last Night by Shelley Pierce
Trial at the Ridge by Kinsey M. Rockett
 
YA Fiction
 
Escape to Vindor by Emily Golus
Merlin’s Wood by Anne Hamilton
Suburban Dangers by Megan Whitson Lee
 
Contemporary Romance
 
Magnolia Storms by Janet W. Ferguson
Saving Parker by Dan Walsh
The Secret Life of Bethany Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
 
Contemporary Women’s
 
Abide With Me by Shellie Arnold
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser
 
First Novel
 
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Tinsel in a Tangle by Laurie Germaine
Turtles in the Road by Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea
 
Historical/Biblical
 
Devil in the Dust by Cara Luecht
The Gates of Sheol by Karl A. Bacon
With This Peace by Karen Campbell Prough
 
Historical Romance
 
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by Suzanne Dietze
The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas
 
Mystery/Suspense
 
Anchored by Death by Catherine Finger
Murder is No Accident by Ann H. Gabhart
The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth
 
Novella
 
Abundance of the Heart by Connie Stevens
Keara’s Escape by Anne Greene
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik
 
Romantic Suspense
 
Doubly Dead by Lisa Wessel
Moving Target by Lynette Eason
Unintended Consequences by Dan Walsh
 
Speculative Fiction
 
Children of the Forgotten by Charles Franklin
The Genesis Tree by Heather LL FitzGerald
The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe
 
Western
 
Meghan’s Choice by Donna L. H. Smith
Rush by Jayme H. Mansfield
The Outcast’s Redemption by Jennifer Uhlarik
 
 
Nonfiction Books
 
Bible Study
 
Breaking the Chains (compiled & edited by Katy Kauffman)
Following God Onto the Stage by Alisa Hope Wagner
The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Church by Erica Wiggenhorn
 
Christian Life
 
7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates by Susan Neal
Marriage: Make It Or Break It by Andrea Merrell
When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Laing Thompson
 
General Nonfiction
 
Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops by Jane Jenkins Herlong
Spiritual Prepper by Jake McCandless
The God You Need to Know by Linda Evans Shepherd
 
Inspiration & Gift
 
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day by Debora M. Coty
 
Memoir
 
Forgiveness in the First Degree by Margot Starbuck, Randol Hammer, & Phillip Robinson
Just a Little Girl by Victoria Sarvadi (With Allison Bottke)
Your Dream God’s Plan by Tiffany Smiling

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Fun News

So it seems like there’s been some fun news to share lately–new contracts, cover reveals, bestseller placements, and now…A CONTEST WIN! I got the news yesterday that one of my unpublished stories, To Prove Her Worth, is the winner of the 2016 Olympia Contest put on by Clash Of The Titles

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To Prove Her Worth is the first story in a proposed 3-in-1 novella collection titled Proving Up. Here’s a brief description of the novella collection:

A murder spree spanning five years and several western territories reunites three orphaned siblings who were adopted to different families fifteen years earlier. But when one sibling is accused of the murders, they must fight for their newfound family—and their respective loves.

And here is a description of the winning story, To Prove Her Worth:

Pinkerton agents Callie Wilson and Joe Trenamen head to Cambria Springs, Colorado, to investigate the latest in a series of unusual murders. Working in close proximity, romance blooms between the two. However, when a ghost from Callie’s childhood appears, their investigation takes an unexpected turn. Callie is forced to choose between the future she’s always dreamed of and a past she’s never forgotten.

My agent and I are working hard to get this and other stories published, so keep watching for further news!