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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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First Love Forever Romance Collection Giveaway

First Love Forever Romance CollectionHey, everyone! It’s official! The First Love Forever Romance Collection released yesterday–April 1, 2018. What a delightful Easter gift. If you haven’t yet heard about this collection, here’s a description:

A first love is never easily forgotten…
and coming face to face with that person again can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the “what ifs.”

In settings from 1865 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life’s changes and challenges. A neighbor returns from law school. An heiress seeks a quick marriage. A soldier’s homecoming is painful. A family needs help. A prodigal son returns. A rogue aeronaut drops from the sky. A runaway bridegroom comes home. A letter for aid is sent. A doctor needs a nurse. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space?

The nine authors of the First Love Forever Romance Collection are doing a Rafflecopter giveaway for our newest release. Please stop by and enter! There are many wonderful prizes up for grabs! Take a look at some of the wonderful prizes, then enter, enter, enter! Best wishes, everyone!

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Making Mistakes: Takeaway from The Mail Order Mistake

By Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Mail-Order Brides CollectionHave you heard the joke about the guy who thought he made a mistake? Well, turns out he was wrong.

We laugh at that joke, but the truth of it is sobering. We’ve all made mistakes, whether we acknowledge that fact or not. Maybe you put your trust in the wrong person.  Or perhaps you made a choice that you were certain would fix all your problems only to have the situation end in disaster.

What then? Do you wonder where God was and how He allowed that to happen? To those of us who believe He controls everything, such a mistake can cause us to ask hard questions of Him.

When May Conrad moved in with her kindly neighbor after fire destroyed her home, she certainly didn’t expect to be throw into the center of a Pinkerton investigation and be considered a prime suspect in a string of mail fraud crimes involving mail order brides. After all, she felt God was taking care of her. But was He? May certainly doesn’t think so when an infuriating Pinkerton detective insists her next choice is between helping him capture that kindly neighbor or be tossed into jail.

Can you think of a time when you were forced into a situation where none of the options were good? Maybe you had an idea of what your life was going to be like, and then God came in and did something totally different.  Something unexpected. Something uncomfortable. I know I’ve been there. And while you’re in the middle of that something unexpected and uncomfortable, you might be wondering where God is and why He’s allowing this to happen. You may even wonder if God has turned away and forgotten about you.

Good news! He hasn’t forgotten. In fact, He is absolutely and certainly using this unexpected and uncomfortable thing. What’s He using it for? Sometimes looking back that answer is obvious. Other times there may never be an answer this side of heaven as to why He has allowed something into your life.

Through it all, there is one thing that never changes and is always true: God never makes mistakes. He’s never wrong. And he never leaves you when you do. If you get nothing else from The Mail Order Mistake, please do not miss that.

I know May didn’t. I hope you won’t.

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Blurb: The Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen Y’Barbo
1855, Texas
Pinkerton detective Jeremiah Bingham is investigating a mail-order bride scam bankrupting potential grooms. When unsuspecting orphan May Conrad answers his false ad, she becomes the prime suspect in the case.

Bio:MOB--Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee with than ninety novels, novellas, and nonfiction books to her credit, and over two million copies of these books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine and a number of Reader’s Choice awards as well as a nominee for an RT Career Achievement Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. Kathleen loves interacting with her fans and with book clubs. To connect with her through social media or send her an email, check out the links on her website at www.kathleenybarbo.com.  And don’t miss signing up for her newsletter so you’ll be the first to know about new books. She’s got five coming out in 2017!

 

 

 

The Importance Of Secondary Characters

by Noelle Marchand

The Mail-Order Brides CollectionImagine the sound of a single cello playing a melody—deep, rich, vibrant. Now, imagine two violins and a viola joining in. Suddenly, what was once simple becomes complex with each instrument bringing out a new quality in the others. This is exactly what secondary characters do for main characters.  I always try to create well-rounded characters to interact with hero and heroine.

However, in writing The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride, I gained a better understanding of the importance of secondary characters within a novel. Never before had I tasked these characters with so much responsibility. With a huge portion of the story taking place in an outlaw gang’s secluded hideout, the six outlaws who lived there needed to provide external conflict, help set the tone of the story, and make the time period seem believable.

It was also paramount, due to the short nature of a novella, that these characters be immediately distinct from each other. I ensured this by researching accounts of real outlaws who lived during the old west. Inspired, my imagination went into overdrive. I created six characters complete with a list of their past crimes, endowed with a weapon of choice, unique character traits, motives for mayhem, and outlaw monikers. Meet all six members of the Renegade gang in The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride.

 

After a gang of outlaws uses a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the bride—even if it puts his mission in jeopardy. 

 

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MOB--Noelle MarchandNoelle Marchand is an award-winning author and a proud Texas-native. She enjoys spending time with family, dancing, and going on daytrips.

 

 

 

 

The Setting of A Fairy-Tale Bride

The Mail-Order Brides CollectionMy story, A Fairy-Tale Bride, is set just after the Civil War in the make-believe town of Cuento, Texas. Nora, the main character, is a Southern war widow who has lost her husband, her home, and her land. She is impoverished and has no means to support herself. The only respectable option she has is to become a mail-order bride.

As I researched the story I wanted to write for this collection, I found it was very common for war widows, especially those from the South, to enter into such marriages of convenience. Most of them had lost everything during the conflict. Some of the surviving Confederate soldiers left the Southeast to begin new lives in the cotton fields of Texas. This air of familiarity helped with their transition back into civilian life.

The Texas cotton industry boomed around this time. With their former homes and crops razed and slaves gone, many men turned to Texas as a place to start fresh. The land was fertile, crops were good, and they were able to tap into the now-freed slaves as a work force familiar with growing cotton. Texas quickly became one of the leading producers of cotton in the nation. With the new plantation owners thriving, it was natural for the Southern war widows to go to Texas to enter into new marriages and to start new families.

While I considered not having the sharecroppers appear in the story because of the oftentimes unsavory aspects of the institution, in the end, I decided to show them because sharecropping was a way of life in the South after the war. The hero and his friend would not have been able to sustain their large plantations without this means of getting workers. Neither of the characters is unkind to the sharecroppers, and I don’t dwell on it because the characters wouldn’t have. It was part of daily life.

As I researched this book, I learned so much about what life was like for some Southerners following the Civil War. When you read it, I hope you learn a little something too.

MOB--Liz TolsmaAbout Liz Tolsma:

My life is always a changing scene, full and busy with writing inspirational historical fiction and raising a family.   I  have been writing seriously for a number of years now, but have wanted to be an author since the fifth grade    when my teacher wrote, “I hope to see you as a published authoress,” in my autograph book. I was hooked. I’m proud to be represented by my wonderful agent, Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

When I’m not busy writing, I enjoy reading, especially historical romance. You can also find me working in my garden, walking my black lab, Kylie, camping with my family, kayaking or crocheting.

My wonderful husband of twenty-six years and I make our home in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside with our children. We adopted our nineteen year old son from Vietnam when he was an infant, our thirteen year old daughter from Korea when she was an infant, and our eleven year old special needs daughter from the Philippines when she was five. They certainly keep me going! Our son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine.

I am also a breast cancer survivor. It has been a journey of deep faith and trust in the Lord, but he has sustained me and granted me healing.

The greatest love in my life is my Lord Jesus. I pray that my writing, as well as my entire life, will be to his honor and glory alone.

The Story Behind The Brigand and The Bride

The Mail-Order Brides CollectionHi all! Jennifer Uhlarik here. I’m so excited to share with you the story behind the story on The Brigand and The Bride, my selection from The Mail-Order Brides Collection. So…where did the idea for this story come from? As I pondered the idea of a mail-order bride story, I knew it needed to be different than a previous mail-order bride story I’d done (Wedded to Honor from The Convenient Bride Collection). I began thinking of different scenarios and quickly struck on the idea of a woman marrying a stranger to escape her outlaw family. Probably not the most original of ideas—but then, every story’s been told a million times already. It’s the fun twists you add that makes a story unique. So as I pondered the heroine that was taking shape in my mind, I saw a scene begin to unfold.

The heroine hurries through town, anxious about being caught by her brother. Rather than heading straight to the church, she stops in the seamstress’ shop to pick up a suit for her mail-order groom—something they’d pre-arranged through their letters. Suit in hand, she goes to the church, lays out the clothes and grooming supplies for him, then waits in the sanctuary. A bit later, the hero rushes in, shaves and cuts his hair, dons the suit, and steps out of the room, where the pastor’s wife shoves him down the aisle, scolding him for his lateness.

The scene played so vividly in my mind’s eye that I knew I had to write it and find out how the rest turned out. From the couple’s first awkward face-to-face meeting to the “quickie” wedding that ensues, I was giggling and grinning ear-to-ear. I sure hope you’ll read The Brigand and The Bride to find out why!

The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik
1876, Arizona 
Jolie Hilliard weds a stranger to flee her outlaw family but discovers her groom is an escaped prisoner. Will she ever find happiness on the right side of the law?

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juhlarik-HR-3Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won and finaled in numerous writing competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. She currently writes historical novellas of the American West for Barbour Publishing. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, college-aged son, and four fur children.