Carol Award Winners Giveaway!

Earlier this month, several Bethany House authors won the 2021 Carol Awards, awarded by the American Christian Fiction Writers. We always love celebrating our books…and giving them away to readers is fun too. Read a little about each one so you’ll know which you want to choose if you win, then find entry directions at the end of the post.

Dead End by Nancy Mehl

Mystery/Suspense Winner

Dead End Plot Summary: When multiple corpses are found, their remains point to a serial killer with a familiar MO but who’s been in prison for over twenty years–Special Agent Kaely Quinn’s father. In order to prevent more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she’s hated for years. In a race against time, will this case cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette

Historical Romance Winner

Like Flames in the Night Plot Summary: On a hunt for his daughter’s killer, Liyam’s last hope is a bargain to rescue a strong-willed woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted. Can Tirzah convince him to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will his thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, God, and the woman he’s come to love?

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray

Contemporary Romance Winner

Love and a Little White Lie Plot Summary: After hitting rock bottom, January decides she has nothing to lose in working at her aunt’s church–while hiding a lack of faith. A minor deception until she meets the church’s guitarist and sparks fly. Can she avoid disaster–especially when a handsome landscape architect has an annoying ability to push her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried?

Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green

Historical Fiction and Debut Novel Winner

things-we-didnt-say Plot Summary: In this epistolary novel from the WWII home front, Johanna Berglund is forced to return to her small Midwestern town to become a translator at a German prisoner-of-war camp. There, amid old secrets and prejudice, she finds that the POWs have hidden depths. When the lines between compassion and treason are blurred, she must decide where her heart truly lies.

The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser

Contemporary Fiction Winner

promised-land Plot Summary: Desperate to mend her marriage and herself, Abbie Jowett joins her son in walking the famed Camino pilgrimage. During their journey, they encounter an Iranian working in secret to help refugees and a journalist searching for answers from her broken past–and everyone is called into a deep soul-searching that threatens all their best laid plans.

To celebrate these authors and their lovely books, we’re giving away one of them to five winners (winner’s choice of which one). To enter, just comment on the blog with what earns a book a place on your “keeper” shelf. We’ll choose five random winners on 9/29, so be sure to enter before that!

48 thoughts on “Carol Award Winners Giveaway!

    • A book that is a keeper draws me in immediately. I can relate to the characters in some way and I learn something. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  1. Books that I can go back to time and again, with a twist in the theme. Characters that I can relate to and seem real. Genre doesn’t matter, as long as the story sweeps me up and makes me feel part of what is happening.

  2. Congratulations to the authors!!! For a book to make it to my keeper shelf, it is 1. from one of my favorite authors, 2. has a gorgeous cover that I can’t resist, or 3. it’s from my favorite genre especially WWII. Thank you for the opportunity. I’d love a copy of The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser because I love her writing. Also the cover is gorgeous.

  3. There are several things that entice me to read a book and put it on my ‘keeper’ shelf. I am always on the lookout for a book by my favorite authors or if they endorse a book, the book’s attractive cover, the title, and the blurb on the back.

  4. I don’t keep a lot of my books after I’ve read them. Not enough space! But I do keep a few favorites. Mostly the ones I keep, are ones I would recommend to others, I might want to loan to friends and family.
    I don’t do a lot of re-reading, but these are also ones that I might reread at some point.

  5. I like books that stick with me or I really enjoyed reading. If it’s boring, slow, or just left me apathetic towards it, then it goes. If I am left happy and feeling like I would like to reread this at a later date I keep it.

  6. Wow! They all look great! Things We Didn’t Say has me the most intrigued though.

    To stay on my keeper shelf, it needs to be a book that kept me reading it in one sitting…a book that I just can’t put down and that I want to read again and again to see what I might have missed.

  7. I have quite a few that are “keepers” because their novels never fail to keep my attention, and genre does’t matter to a degree because I do enjoy some variety. These are the ones that I anxiously look forward to and am excited when they increase the number of books they write per year. Some of these are autographed and some not, but I also feel comfortable enough to private message them when I’m finished reading and congratulating them on a job well done and posting a review Congratulations to your Carol Award Winners! I would choose Elizabeth Musser’s The Promised Land simply because I don’t own any of her books.

  8. The quality of the author’s writing, if I re-read the book, and if the story resonates with me are all requirements for my keeper books. And Dead End by Nancy Mehl fits all those categories! 😀

  9. To earn a place on the shelf, a book could be written by a favorite author, have received rave reviews, been recommended by a friend, or just plain sounds interesting. The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser sounds intriguing.

  10. The “keeper shelf” holds books that take me on a complete journey…learning something new along the way, or being surprised at every turn, or truly relating to at least one of the characters. Congratulations to all the winners!!! Now, there are more books for my TBR pile. 🥰📚💐🥂

  11. For a book to go on my keeper shelf it needs to be one I can emotionally attach to, one that makes me feel everything! I also love witty dialogue and characters I can deeply connect with. Lastly, it needs to have a strong & steady faith theme sprinkled throughout. I think the spiritual aspect of a story is the most important because I like to be encouraged in my own walk with God through the characters & the circumstances they face.

    Congrats to all the authors who won the Carol Award & thank you for the giveaway chance to win one of these fabulous books!

  12. For a book to make the “keeper” shelf it has to be well written with the writer’s voice coming through, touch my soul at a deep level (by educating me, challenging my perspective, building me up in my faith or shifting a paradigm) and I continue to think about the book days and weeks after finishing it. If it’s not memorable or impactful it definitely doesn’t stay on my shelves. 🙂

    Congrats to all the authors who won and those who were nominated! What a fantastic achievement for all your hard work. You are a blessing to us readers, keep up the good work!

  13. What great list of books! I love books that are page-turners. That I’m so invested in the characters that I just can’t put it down.

  14. Congratulations to all these wonderful authors! A book that I keep has to leave a lasting impression with me. It’s one that I will read again or loan to a friend. It’s like a best friend! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. On my keeper shelves are books that I loved and would enjoy reading again. I’ve read three of these books and have them on my keeper shelf. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Congratulations to all of these winners! For a book to go on my keeper shelf, it has to draw me in with its plot and characters, be hard for me to put down, have an inspiring faith theme(s) and linger in my mind well after I have finished it. Thank for the opportunity!

  17. Congratulations to all these Wonderful Authors! For a book to go on my keeper shelf, it is the characters, the storyline, and draw me in from the beginning! Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. Wow, a great list of books! Congratulations to the authors.
    For me, a keeper book is one that engages my senses and leaves me thinking long after I finished the last sentence.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Good luck to all the entrants!!
    Blessings~

  19. Books that engage me emotionally, due to the characters or plot, and leave me thinking about them long after reading are keepers for me. These are books that I recommend to other readers as well.

  20. There are certain authors whose books are always “keepers” for me. For others, it’s a story that I think about even long after reading it.

  21. Well so far I keep all of mine. I have two rooms in my house for libraries. I have an empty nest and my husband passed away a month ago. If I ever have to downsize I will try to keep all my favorite authors and a few that I just fell in love with.

  22. A “keeper” on my bookshelf has a well written original story with a good pace and believable characters. I enjoy not being able to predict the whole story but it better have a happy ending!

  23. Due to limited space, I only keep books long after I have read them if they have a message that resonated strongly because I was in need of it or it builds me up spiritually.

  24. I keep books that keep me pondering over them for days. Best if it’s the overall message or lesson, but it could also be the ending, a character’s major choice – something that keeps me thinking.

  25. Usually a keeper book for me is one that runs me through the emotional ringer. Am I crying? Excellent! Nervous? Good! How much I can connect with the hero and heroine is something else that can make a book a keeper.

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