I just received some exciting news...my first novel, The Unfinished Gift, has been named a finalist for American Christian Fiction Writer's (ACFW) prestigious Carol Award in 2 Categories: Debut Novel and Short Historical. This award, until this year, had been ACFW's "Book of the Year" award. It was changed just last month at the ICRS convention in St. Louis, to honor Christian fiction pioneer, Carol Johnson. This award is something like a Grammy for Christian fiction.
Here's a little more information about the Carol Award from ACFW's website (and while I'm talking about ACFW, I'll put in a little plug for their excellent new site, Fiction Finder):
Recently at the International Christian Retailers Show, ACFW announced the organization's intent to honor the bold vision of Bethany Publishing House editor Carol Johnson, by renaming the organization’s prestigious Book of the Year Awards to the Carol Awards.
Cynthia Ruchti, ACFW's president said: “ACFW owes a great debt of gratitude to the pioneers of Christian fiction and to those, like Carol, who helped make Christian fiction the storytelling powerhouse it is today,” Ruchti said. “From this point on, the highest achievement in our award program for published authors will be The Carol Award.”