Thursday, May 8, 2014

Selah Award Finalists


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May 7, 2014
Ridgecrest, NCAlton Gansky, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and Eva Marie Everson, BRMCWC Contest Director, announce the finalists in the 2014 Selah Awards, awarded to published authors each year during the Blue Ridge conference.
The Selah Awards are open industry wide and internationally to authors published by traditional and nontraditional publishing houses during the previous year. The awards will be given during the awards banquet held on Wednesday evening, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2014 Book of the Year award is chosen by the contest director from the top scores/first place recipients.
This year, finalists have been named in thirteen categories. They are (in alphabetical order according to the authors last name):

Children (Tie for Third)
Michelle Medlock AdamsGod Knows You (Candy Cane Press)
Burton W. ColeBash and the Pirate Pig (B&H Kids)
Hannah C. HallGod Bless You and Goodnight (Thomas Nelson)
Jill Roman LordIf Jesus Came to Visit Me (Candy Cane Press)

Inspiration and Gift
Debora M. CotyFear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates (Barbour Publishing)
Cynthia Howerter & La-Tan Roland MurphyGods Provision in Tough Times (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Rose Chandler JohnsonGod, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Christian Life
Jo Ann ForeWhen A Woman Finds Her Voice (Leafwood Publishers)
Cynthia RuchtiRagged Hope (Abingdon Press)
Linda Evans ShepherdFinding Gods Presence (Revell)

Bible Study
Nick HawkesThe Bible on the Key Issues of Life (Wombat Books)
Beebe KauffmanIsaiah: Setting Things Right (Lighthouse Bible Studies)
Erica WiggenhornMoses: Every Life Proof of Gods Promises (Crossbooks)

Young Adult Nonfiction
Bethany JettThe Cinderella Rule (Regal)
Kelly McIntosh (Gen. Ed)God Hearts Me; Daily Devotions for a Girls Heart (Barbour Publishing)
Cyle YoungBelly Buttons & Broken Hearts (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Young Adult Fiction
Elaine Marie CooperFields of the Fatherless (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Tessa Emily HallPurple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Eddie JonesDead Low Tide (Zonderkidz)

First Novel (Tie for Third)
Dianna T. BensonThe Hidden Son (Ellechor Publishing House)
Carole BrownThe Redemption of Caralynne Hayman (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Aaron D. GanskyThe Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Tessa Emily HallPurple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Fiction: Novella
Paula MoweryBe the Blessing (Pelican Book Group)
Linda Wood RondeauA Christmas Prayer (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Gina WelbornMercy Mild (Barbour Publishing)

Fiction: Speculative
Ian AchesonAngelguard (Lion Hudson)
Lisa BelcastroShenandoah Crossings (OakTara)
Lisa BelcastroShenandoah Nights (OakTara)

Fiction: Suspense
Richard L. Mabry, M.D.Stress Test (Thomas Nelson)
Linnette R. MullinFinding Beth (CrossRiver Media Group)
Jordyn RedwoodPoison (Kregel)

Fiction: Historical
Vikki KestellJoy on This Mountain (Faith-Filled Fiction)
Ann TatlockSweet Mercy (Bethany House Publishers)
Liz TolsmaSnow on the Tulips (Thomas Nelson)

Fiction: Romance
Rachel HauckOnce Upon a Prince (Zondervan)
Maureen LangAll in Good Time (Tyndale Publishers)
Davalynn SpencerThe Ranchers Second Chance (Love Inspired / Heartsong Presents)

Fiction: Contemporary Women
Normandie FischerSailing Out of Darkness (WhiteFire Publishing)
Anita HigmanWinter in Full Bloom (Moody Publishers)
Cynthia RuchtiWhen the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press)

Thanks to the generous support of Crossbooks and LifeWay/Ridgecrest, the banquet will be telecast live over the internet. To access the live stream during the awards banquet, click on:
For more information, you may email Eva Marie Everson at

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