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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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My First Novel

Sand Creek Serenade Signing 2So I had a real thrill recently. I had the pleasure of signing my first-ever contract for a full-length novel on Monday, March 19, 2018. Smitten Historical Romance will be putting my novel, Sand Creek Serenade, out in about a year. Here’s me signing the deal!

Sand Creek Serenade is a historical romance set in 1864 Colorado Territory. My heroine, Sadie Hoppner, is a young female doctor finishing her medical studies under the watchful eye of her older brother, Dr. Ben Hoppner. They both practice medicine at Fort Lyon where Ben is the fort’s surgeon and a Captain in the Army, and where Sadie has received special permission from the post’s commander, Major Ned Wynkoop. Sadie receives attention from both her brother’s best friend, Lieutenant Gabriel Farrington, and also the Cheyenne brave, Five Kills. You’ll have to read the story to find out who the real hero is!

I’ll keep you posted on release date, the cover, and any other pertinent information as we get closer to this story’s big day! Thanks for your interest!

 

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?

Purchase from your local bookseller or online at:

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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.

 

 

And NOW…The Cover Reveal!

After checking with my publisher that I have permission to share, here is the cover of my July 1, 2017 release–Of Rags And Riches Romance Collection! Isn’t it beautiful? Barbour does a fantastic job with their covers, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this one turned out.

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New Contract News

So…I have been busy writing away on my Secret Admirer Romance Collection story (see that news from my earlier May posting!) and haven’t taken the time to share some long-overdue news. I have yet another contract to report. Barbour Publishing has contracted my story Union Pacific Princess to be included in their upcoming July 2017 release of the Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection–Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age. I could not be more pleased! I started this story years ago and, due to various circumstances, never completed it, so it will be wonderful to see the story through to the end. The setting is the hell-on-wheels rail town of Cheyenne, Wyoming, during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Congrats to all my collection mates: Gabrielle Meyer, Erica Vetch, Michelle Griep, Susanne Dietze, Anne Love, Natalie Monk, Jaime Jo Wright, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. I am proud to be counted among you gifted gals in this collection!

 

Look for Of Rags And Riches Romance Collection in a store near you on July 1, 2017.

Happy News!

Last year was one of those years where writing just didn’t seem to happen. At least, not in the form of finished projects. I spent the bulk of my writing time creating many new ideas–all written in synopsis form–but never really got to writing any of them into completed manuscripts. So while progress was made, it felt like nothing was really happening because I wasn’t seeing the word count go up on any one project.

Well, I’m thrilled to announce that one of those many synopses I have written is now contracted with Barbour Publishing. They have offered me a contract for my novella, The Outcast’s Redemption, to be included in The Secret Admirers Romance Collection. This will be my fourth novella with Barbour, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover!

The Secret Admirer Romance Collection

The Secret Admirers Romance Collection will release on May 1, 2017. Please follow my page to keep up with my latest news!