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Reader Nominations Begin!!! ~ Grace Awards 2014

Grace AwardsThe fifth annual Grace Awards is thrilled to announce that reader voting for Finalists commences on December 31, 2014 at midnight and ends February 28, 2015.

Wow! Get in on it!!!

The Grace Awards is reader driven. That means in the first round readers vote for their favorite novels and chose “Finalists” in five literary categories.

WHO CAN VOTE FOR NOVELS:

Individuals (not organizations). Readers who maintain a networking page (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Linkedin, Ning sites, a blog, etc.) created before November 1, 2014. We check each link to verify there’s a real person there.

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Readers can only vote for ONE novel in each category.

Authors are also readers and can vote, but not for their own novel(s). DON’T vote against yourself, simply vote in the other genre categories for novels you deem worthy.

Editors, publishers, agents can vote, but not for a book they authored or co-authored. 

Board members and judges can vote, but not for their own novel(s).

TYPES OF NOVELS READERS MAY CONSIDER: Traditional Christian, Inspirational, realistic and/or gritty Christian and edgy Christian, stories from a Christian worldview, redemptive themed, biblical, Messianic, catholic, faith-based, Christian and/or Messianic mystical themes, values imbued, grace and forgiveness oriented, marriage and family friendly, depicting Christian lifestyle (can be struggling with it), spiritually and emotionally healing fiction…of 55 thousand words or more. At this time we do not have a category for anthologies.

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CRITERIA FOR NOVELS:

Original novels presenting a Christian worldview written in English, published in hard cover, trade paperback, or in Ebook format.

Traditional publishers, Small press, Indie publishers, self-published works. To us, Pbooks and Ebooks all compete on the same level playing field.

The novel must have been released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Most of all, the novel must reach the highest of literary standards and add something of value to Christian, inspirational, faith and values based fiction, and to the world at large.

BOOK CATEGORIES:

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction  –  women’s issues and/or men’s issues, can have humor and suspense elements

Contemporary Romance/Historic Romance — the primary element is love/marriage, then or now

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historic Suspense — crime fiction, there’s probably a body

Speculative — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc

Action/Adventure, Western, Historic Epic Fiction — exploits, quest, daring, expansive

Young Adult (YA) — appeals to ages 12 – 22-ish

**Note: submit Urban Fiction into the category where it best fits (ie, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, etc.)

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READER VOTING SUGGESTIONS:

1. Was the novel well written? Did the author use language correctly? Did it make sense?

2. Was the plotline logical? Did any plot turns surprise you? In a good way, as in what a surprise but this really works — or in a bad way, as in “Yikes” this doesn’t work at all?

3. Did the characters feel like living people? Could you identify with the characters and their situations in the novel? Were the scenes plausible?

4. How about pacing? Did you ever get bored?

5. Was the novel true to its setting: time, place?

6. Was the novel entertaining? Did it uplift, send you on an emotional roller coaster, have you on the edge of your seat, tickle your funny bone (depending on the category)?

8. Did the novel engage your Christian walk in a meaningful way? Did it depict Christian life in a plausible manner (in some genres, this would be symbolic)?  Do you think the work adds something of literary value?

HOW TO NOMINATE FINALIST(S):

Readers MUST answer a few simple questions. Then email your answer(s)  to Grace Awards. The “ballot” is a copy, paste, and email process.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO NOMINATE NOVELS: (Nominate in one category, or all; only one novel per category. Copy and send to graceawards@yahoo.com)

Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2014..

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why did you like the book.

Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 40+words, why you like the book.

Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

 

After you chose in which category/ies you want to nominate a novel, copy and answer the simple questions and email to graceawards@yahoo.com

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH LOTS OF GREAT READING!!!

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More Grace Filled Christmas Book Celebrants

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Courtesy of Free Images by Astar Egg

 

 

We, at Grace Awards, have been having so much fun with the GRACE FILLED CHRISTMAS BOOK CELEBRATION we decided to keep going. Our imaginations take off at the thought of the blessing a wonderful book can be during the holiday season, as a gift or as a reading respite from the rush of the season.

 

TAMMY DOHERTY

She's MineIn SHE’S MINE, Caitlin Harrington learned one thing from her parents’ messy divorce – never get married. Since she wasn’t looking for a husband, why bother dating? So it’s not fair that the first guy she dates – ever – turns out to be a stalker. Thankfully, her new job lets her escape…she thinks. But now someone is leaving ominous notes on her front door. Could be Marci Coffey, who didn’t want Caitlin moving back to town. Or Sean Taggart, who Caitlin accused of stealing her grandfather’s tractor. What if the notes are from Adam, the guy she left behind? ~~ A broken engagement taught Sean Taggart to guard his heart. Yet he can’t stop the attraction he feels for Caitlin. When she backs into a gas grill, burning her hand, Sean wants to figure out what spooked her. But Caitlin is reluctant to trust him. To get her to believe in him, Sean will have to open his heart. Then the stalker sets his sights on Sean. Threatening notes. Scratching at the windows during the night. A shadowy figure lurking in her yard. The perfect gift for the romantic suspense lover on your Christmas list!

In CELTIC KNOT, Abby Finnigan struggles with the idea of a loving God. Her abusive father and unloving family left her unprepared to find true love. Meeting, falling in love with and marrying Liam Finnigan gave her hope in the idea of God. His death sealed her heart behind a thick wall. Now she focuses only on raising her daughter. Moving back to her hometown may have been a mistake as her oldest brother, Clayton Bigelow, seems bent on torturing her. Then Abby meets Kyle Lachapelle. Although just another cowhand on her father’s ranch, Kyle seems like a real gentleman. Abby sure could use a friend, and her daughter, Millie, is enchanted with Kyle. If only he didn’t work for the Big L-O. ~~ Kyle can’t tell Abby why he’s really in Prophecy, Colorado. An undercover Treasury Agent can’t give himself away. Especially after Kyle learns Abby’s relationship to his case. But when counterfeiting turns into kidnapping and murder, Kyle can’t keep his heart from becoming engaged. He’ll do whatever it takes to save Millie and Abby from the Bigelow family. Will it be enough? A great holiday gift, and at 99¢. You can afford to give it to someone you love AND yourself!

NIKE CHILLEMI

Harmful Intent, thumbnailAre you giving a detective story lover a Kindle for Christmas? Add HARMFUL INTENT to the gift for a welcome surprise. Only 99 cents through New Year’s. ~~ Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect. Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted. Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself. Sweet, askance romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully…prefect for holiday reading and/or giving!

For vintage holiday reading the go to book is GOODBYE NOEL, a classic mystery set in the mid 1940s during the Christmas/New Year holidays. The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year, the third goes head long out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies? Lovers of.

MARCY DY ER

Blood & Lies

BLOOD & LIES makes a great Christmas gift for the suspense addict in your family. The story, set in Ukraine, is filled with intrigue and family secrets long buried. When a woman goes to Ukraine to search for her missing brother, she finds herself embroiled in theft, deception, and murder. Not only wonderful for giving, it’s a thrilling winter read to go along with a cup of hot chocolate before a roaring fire.

DOWN & OUT, the first book in the Desert Winds series makes a terrific Christmas gift. This book is best read when not alone because it will have you checking over your shoulder to make sure the bad guy’s not after you. ~ A young woman takes a job working for a towing company and one of the clients sets his sights on her. He’s determined to have her at any cost.

LISA BELCASTRO

A Shenandoah ChristmasA SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS will fill your heart with love, faith, and the true meaning of Christmas. Travel to Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the holiday season with the Roberts family. Andrew Roberts has picked out the best Christmas present ever – an engagement ring for Allyson Flanders, the woman who captured his heart and made bachelorhood loose every ounce of its former appeal. Andy’s more than ready to start a new life, but as the chill of winter settles into the shortened December days, Andy notices that Allyson has cooled as well. She’s distracted, distant, and dedicated to anything other than spending time with him. Andy is praying for answers, and a miracle. A SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS will lift your spirits, fill your heart, and renew your hope in true love.

RUTH O’NEIL

Come Eat At My TableChristmas is a time filled with memories for me. Some of my favorite gifts were books. I received The Little House on the Prairie series one year and still have those worn out books today. Books are truly the books that keep on giving. In my book COME EAT AT MY TABLE, the holidays are one of the main characters favorite times of year because she finds joy in feeding people. Karin is a woman with a past. About the time she thinks no one will ever know, it comes back to haunt her. The deeper she tries to push it away the more prominently it returns. Forgiveness is a word that isn’t in her vocabulary as far as the people from her past are concerned. With the help of her family and other people around her she realizes that she must learn to forgive, even if forgiveness wasn’t asked of her.

Speaking of Christmas memoires, this short, family friendly story is full of them. Martha’s Christmas greatly resembles Christmases from my childhood. Moms work hard all year long, but especially during the holidays. Christmas is often a time where we feel overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid. These feelings do not allow us to enjoy the true meaning and celebration of Christmas. Martha is definitely overworked during the Christmas holidays. She allows the cares of the world to take over her life so much so that she forgets to celebrate the one true reason for Christmas. The tongue in cheek humor will have readers smiling and reminiscing about their own lives. Take a few moments of your day to read CHRISTMAS AT MARTHA’S HOUSE. I guarantee you will laugh, probably recognizing your own family in the story. Get it now for only ¢.99!

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Grace Filled Christmas Book Celebration

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Courtesy of FreeImages by orangeNess

 

The Grace Awards Christmas Book Celebration is a time to think of the blessing the gift of a book can be at that magical time on Christmas morning, or any time during the holidays, and into the New Year. Many of the Christian authors who have been involved in Grace Awards activities over the years have gathered together to suggest a few books you might consider for holiday giving.

KATIE METTNER

December KissDECEMBER KISS is a sweet coming of age love story any woman would love for holiday reading. When Jay Alexander finds himself stuck in town square in his broken down wheelchair, he’s desperate for an early Christmas present. When December Kiss loads him into her four horse Cherokee Jay hopes he’ll be the one kissing her under the mistletoe Christmas Eve. Set in beautiful snowy southern Minnesota, Jay is determined to give December one thing for Christmas, her brother.  Reviewers call December Kiss “a must read” and a “heart touching story leaving you no choice but to fall in love with the characters.”

In SUGAR’S DANCE, When the gales of November blow early Sugar DuBois finds herself being hunted by a madman. Putting her trust in a man she’s never met makes her wonder if she will live to see Christmas. The first book of a four part series, readers will dance with Sugar and Van as he struggles to keep her safe AND heal her heart.  Sugar is dancing in a high stakes promenade with a psychopath and must summon her strength to find a way to save her brother. As winter descends upon Lake Superior, Sugar not only makes it to Christmas Eve, but along the way she finds faith, hope and the greatest of these…love.

NAOMI MUSCH

TrevelynIf you enjoy epic retellings of classic tales — think Once Upon a Time or Maleficent — then you’ll love TREVELYAN ~ A Tale of Beauty & The Beast. You might believe you know the tale, but you’ve probably not heard about the downfall of the kingdom, the warring faeries, the elves who fled the land, or the pair of swashbucklers and Belle’s three brothers who’ve set out on a quest to rescue her from the Monster Lord who has her bound. You’ve probably not heard about the hideous creatures and madness waiting to prey upon the careless in a land where faerie magic has taken an evil turn. Belle isn’t looking for love, nor does she intend to become a heroine of the land or to bring about the downfall of a wicked faerie queen. Yet, torn ruthlessly from her family’s side and brought to a place where magic is real, heroes and heroines rise in unlikely places… and a girl like Belle — and true love — can conquer all.

Sometimes a woman thinks about running away from home. In PAINT ME ALTHENA a 2014 Grace Award Finalist, Ava Day did. She and Ethan married young and had two little girls, but somewhere along the way, she lost herself. So Ava ran away and became Althena — an artist hoping to rediscover the girl she used to be. Three years later, she’s buried love and convinced herself her family has been better off without her. She’s started painting fantasy art again and lives with Dan, a lover whose idea of artistic expression is the ink on his arms and a purring street bike dressed in chrome Ethan’s been raising his daughters alone since Ava’s disappearance. Well…almost alone. He’s found refuge in faith, and understanding in Jackie, the lovely widow he met at church. But, when Ava’s bohemian lifestyle sours and danger follows, Ethan also discovers a clue to her whereabouts that lands her in the haven of his home again. Old feelings resurge, but their children no longer know her, and forgiveness is painful. Though Ava’s heart aches to recapture the past, neither Jackie nor Dan want to let go. Now conflict between her search for identity and Ethan’s new faith might break the safety net he offers.

TRACY KRAUSS

Lone WolfWhat happened to Thomas Lone Wolf? This is the question that seems to be on the minds of readers after reading my book WIND OVER MARSHDALE. Well, here is the answer! LONE WOLF is a novella length story that picks up where the other books left off – and just in time for Christmas. Thomas Lone Wolf has recovered from a brush with death – and from a broken heart. His work of opening a First Nations cultural center at an archaeological site near the town of Marshdale is almost complete. Once his son graduates from high school, he and his daughter will have to move on to the next project. Just when he has resigned himself to being a single dad for the rest of his life, he meets a woman who seems perfect. But can his wounded heart take a chance on love again?

Also new this year – NEIGHBORS! This fun filled romantic comedy series follows the lives of Lester Tibbett, former rodeo cowboy, and his sister as they move into an apartment in the city. Full of quirky characters, comical mix-ups, a bit of intrigue, and of course – just enough romance to spice things up! NEIGHBORS is available in nine separate stories, each one from a different character’s point of view. Or you can get the complete series as a paperback. Just in time for Christmas giving!

CAROL MCCLAIN

DWFReaders who love to laugh and can find the humor in life’s difficult circumstances will love DWF: Divorced White Female by Carol McClain. If they think they’ve experienced a mid-life crisis, Cheryl Chandler will prove them wrong with humor (and perhaps a lack of grace). Crisis comes when she’s ditched by a philandering husband, and left rearing three weird teens, and a toddler—her failed attempt to save her marriage. She knows only one thing will redeem her life: a man—any man so long as he’s hot. But how does a forty-something divorcé do that? The kids have the answer. Go online. And therein lays the rub. Kids. If she meets anyone, he would have to meet them. They wouldn’t let their mother hide them, no matter how much she begged. In DWF: Divorced White Female, inspiration woman’s fiction, readers have laughed and loved with the characters, and come away transformed and transported by Cheryl’s antics. This great gift is available on Amazon in print format. The e-book is available wherever ebooks are sold. An ideally suited gift for that loveable lady who slaves so hard for her family every Christmas, DWF is more than fluff. It’s fun with message.

BARBARA ELLEN BRINK

Split SenseSPLIT SENSE won the Grace Award for speculative Christian fiction. If you like suspense that takes you to the edge of your seat, mystery that keeps you guessing to the end, and characters who draw you in and make you care for them like family, then you’ll want a copy of this intriguing and highly entertaining thriller for yourself or to give as a gift this Christmas. Set in the city of Minneapolis, the story follows the lives of twins, separated at birth and reunited at the age of sixteen through one family’s grief and another’s need for power. One has the gift of telepathy. The other can heal through music. To the powerful men conspiring to possess them, their worth is immeasurable. Great read for teens-adults!

RUNNING HOME is an action-packed, inspirational, suspense novel with sweet romance. When Ivy’s husband disappears and criminal charges are brought against him, she packs up her children and runs home to Nebraska to escape the fallout. Danger soon follows and she’s in over her head. But where can you run when you don’t know who to trust? FBI Agent Sinclair is assigned to protect her and she has no doubt he’d do so with his life, but can she trust him with her heart? The first book in the The Second Chances series, Running Home is an exciting page-turner that makes an uplifting holiday read or a terrific Christmas gift for lovers of suspense! Great read for teens-adults!

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