Celebrating the Christy Awards…With a Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love a good party? Especially a party that involves talented authors and lots of amazing books? That’s basically what the Christy Awards is: a celebration of the best in Christian fiction.

This year, I’m excited to be on the Christy Awards board representing Baker Publishing Group and helping organize an event for authors before the awards. I’m beyond excited, and it’s only a month away now! Since I know that many of you live too far away to come (although see the invite below if a trip to Nashville sounds like fun), I decided to host a giveaway to get you in the gala spirit, and to draw attention to the finalists and their books, representing many different publishing companies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Leave a question at the survey posted on By the Book. (We might use your question for a panel.)
  • Then take a look at the 2017 Christy nominees and comment on this post with one that you’ve read and loved.
  • You’ll be entered to win your choice of a Christy-nominated book from 2016 published by Bethany House (Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter, Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden, or The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White).
  • I’ll announce and contact the winner next Thursday, October 19.

That’s it! Except for one last thing…if you live near Nashville (or want to make a road trip), we’d love to have you join us for the awards! Readers, the gala dinner is not-to-be-missed, and if you’re also an aspiring writer, there are workshops beforehand that you’ll want to check out as well.

You can find out more about the event below, or if you’re already convinced, you can register here.

About the Art of Writing Conference: The Art of Writing is designed to bring Christian creatives and publishing curators together for 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.

The speakers represent a wide range of roles and areas of expertise. Andrew Peterson, young adult writer and founder of the Rabbit Room, will give advice on how to create and benefit from a vibrant creative community, while Wheaton College professor Theon Hill, Ph.D. will present a survey of the obstacles and opportunities of diversity in Christian fiction. Authors will receive encouragement for the ups and downs of the writing life from blogger Carrie Schmidt and author, agent, and ACFW public relations liaison Cynthia Ruchti. Finally, a panel of representatives from major ECPA publishers will share insider information on where the genre has been, where it’s going, and the exciting changes they see in today’s market for writers. Learn more about the speakers and sessions here.

About the Christy Awards: The Christy Award™ is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and showcase the diversity of genres. The award is named for Catherine Marshall’s enduring bestselling novel, Christy, published in 1967 and inspiring a continuing book series and a CBS television series starring Kellie Martin. The novel will be re-released in 2017 in a 50th anniversary legacy edition by Gilead Publishing in partnership with Kregel Publications.

Hosted by award-winning author and radio host Chris Fabry, this year’s celebration gala dinner will feature New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury as well as musician and writer Andrew Peterson. You can view the finalist list here.

Be sure to check out the fun on the rest of the tour!

Christy Award Celebration Blog Tour

Monday, October 9: Top Ten Writing Industry Issues at Seekerville
Tuesday, October 10: Give Us Your Best Questions at By the Book
Wednesday, October 11: Interview with Dr. Theon Hill at Reading is My Superpower
Thursday, October 12: Celebrating the Christy Awards…With a Giveaway! at Bethany House Fiction
Friday, October 13: Quiz: Pick Your Gala Dress at Dani Pettrey’s blog
Saturday, October 14: Eight Reasons to Come to The Art of Writing at The Power of Words
Sunday, October 15: Interview with Carrie Schmidt at Bookworm Mama
Monday, October 16: Interview with Cynthia Ruchti at Just Commonly
Tuesday, October 17: Christy Nominee Bingo and Giveaway at Faithfully Bookish
Wednesday, October 18: The Unofficial Readers’ Choice Cover Awards at Singing Librarian Books

17 thoughts on “Celebrating the Christy Awards…With a Giveaway!

  1. I’ve read several this time, which is exciting! Of the ones I’ve read, my favorite is probably The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim! But Her One and Only by Becky Wade was excellent, too! Hard to choose!

  2. I’ve only read Rescue Me, If I Run, and Unblemished – all of them I’ve loved (though I’m very partial to Susan May Warren’s swoony heroes). Most of these books are on my TBR shelf – now to find the time to read them all….

  3. I love Beth Moore and was so excited when I found out she wrote The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. She’s a great writer and I’m hoping she’ll write some more fiction. 😀

  4. I’ve read Her One and Only, The Red Door Inn, Counted With the Stars, Long Way Gone, The Promise of Jesse Woods, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, The Mark of the King, A Note Yet Unsung, From this Moment, The Lady and the Lionheart, If I Run, When Death Draws Near, The Alliance and The Long Journey to Jake Palmer. Congratulations to the authors!

  5. I read “Stars In The Grass” by Ann Marie Stewart. This was a journey from a place of deep grief, guilt and sadness to a place of quiet rest, sweet comfort and re-discovered joy. A wonderfully written, worthwhile and satisfying read.

  6. I’ve read several of the books on the list- Her One and Only, Rescue Me, The Lady and the Lionheart, and If I Run. I was already a huge fan of Becky Wade, Susan May Warren, and Terri Blackstock, but out of all of the above The Lady and the Lionheart is hands down my favorite book read in 2017!

  7. I have read The Mark of the King. A very excellent book! I also read If I Run. Very suspenseful, loved it , too. Lots of others are on my kindle just waiting or are on my growing TBR pile. a Note Unsung,, From This Moment, Lady and the Lionheart, When Death Draws Near are right up there at the top!

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