Saturday, September 24, 2011

Carol Award Winners!

Just in case you missed it, the Carol Awards were announced tonight at the ACFW Conference.  It was so wonderful to be able to sit in my living room and watch a live stream of the entire gala.  :o)

Here's a list of all the winners:

Debut Author
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers)

Long Contemporary
Never Say Never  by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House)

Long Contemporary Romance
Plain Paradise  by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson) - review

Long Historical
Sons of Thunder  by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press)

Long Historical Romance
Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press) - review

The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour)

A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour)

Romantic Suspense
The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press)

Short Contemporary Suspense
Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense)

Short Historical
Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired)

Speculative Fiction
König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press)

Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan) - review

Women’s Fiction
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers)

Young Adult
Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell)


Well, I won't lie...I was hoping for a few others to win tonight, too...namely Laura Frantz for Courting Morrow Little (review) and Melanie Dickerson for The Healer's Apprentice (review).  I suppose when you get this far, though, it really is an honor just to be nominated.  

But on the upside, I am so happy for Beth Wiseman, Terri Blackstock, and Melanie Dobson on their wins!  Melanie came away with not one, but TWO awards tonight!  I've only read one of her winning novels, and the other is patiently sitting in my TBR stack.  Yep, will see the light of day.  :o)  And I just have to say that Beth's speech tonight was so heartfelt that I about burst into tears...probably one of the highlights of the night.

I also want to give a huge shoutout to fellow blogger, Renee Ann Smith from Doorkeeper!  I had no idea that she was a finalist in the Genesis Awards until I saw her name come across the screen.  Congrats on your big win, Renee!  :o)

Congrats to all the winners!


  1. Thanks for posting this here. Popped over and read your great reviews as well. Love that an Amish book won. In fact werent there three Amish books in that category? Anyway -- have never read Blackstock but after reading your review of Predator,it's definitely going on my list.

  2. Kav,

    I think you're right...there was one category that had nothing but Amish books in it.

    And OMG, Terri's books are must reads for anyone that reads CF on a regular basis! She was one of the first authors that I started out reading, and to this day, there's not a single novel of hers that I haven't enjoyed. :o)

  3. Terri Blackstock ROCKS the suspense!


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