2011 Carol Award Finalists Announced:

Novel Rocket congratulates all the Carol Award finalists:


Debut Novel:
The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House – Dave Long/Sharon Asmus, Editors)
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers – Kathryn Olson, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B and H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Long Contemporary:
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers – Randy Bishop, Editor)
Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House – Dave Long, Editor)

Long Contemporary Romance:
Plain Jayne by Hilary Manton Lodge (Harvest House – Kim Moore, Editor)
Anna’s Return by Marta Perry (Berkley – Ellen Edwards, Editor)
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

Long Historical:
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press – Laura Barker, Editor)
Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside – Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)

Mystery:
Mirrored Image by Alice K. Arenz (Sheaf House – Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge (Guideposts – Beth Adams, Editor)
The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Novellas (Contemporary and Historical were combined into one category):
The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonough (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:
The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press – Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs, Editors)
Don’t Look Back by Lynette Eason (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale Publishers – Karen Watson, Editor)

Short Contemporary:
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired – Allison Lyons)
A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)
Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Love Inspired Suspense – Tina James, Editor)

Short Historical:
Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical – Tina James, Editor)
Promise of Tomorrow by S. Dionne Moore (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)
The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:
The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin (AMG Publishers – Rick Steele, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)
König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)

Suspense/Thriller:
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan – Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry (Abingdon Press – Barbara Scott, Editor)

Women’s Fiction:
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers – Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon – Barbara Scott, Editor)
Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (NAL – Ellen Edwards, Editor)

Young Adult:
Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell – Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)
Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)
Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)