Christy Awards

christy_award-125Tonight was the tenth annual Christy Awards which honors the best in Christian fiction. We were very proud to have six clients as finalists!

To my eternal delight two clients won!

Marlo Schalesky won in the contemporary romance category for her book Beyond the Night (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group).

Tracey Bateman won in the contemporary series category for her book You Had Me at Goodbye (Faithwords).

Since neither Marlo or Tracey could attend, I had the privilege of accepting their awards and reading their speech. A thrill and an honor.

Other clients who were finalists include:
Susan May Warren – Finding Stefanie (Tyndale) – contemporary romance category
Tracy Higley – Shadow of Colossus (B&H Publishing Group) – historical category
Pamela Binnings Ewen – The Moon in the Mango Tree (B&H Publishing Group) – historical romance category
John B. Olson – Shade (B&H Publishing Group) – visionary category

Congratulations to each and every one of these great authors. And heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners. The evening was a sucess. The keynote by Richard Foster was tremendous (“Every writer has a spiritual formation. But often it is a de-formation which is why we are in need of re-formation.”)

Visit the Christy Award site for all the details. (

2 Responses to Christy Awards

  1. Robert Treskillard July 12, 2009 at 7:05 am #


    Thanks for passing on the news, and congrats for the awards of your clients!

    I’m sorry John didn’t win … that would have been quite a triumph considering the funny story of how SHADE came to be published. Still–it’s quite an honor for him to be a finalist, and shows the progress the CBA has made in opening up the speculative fiction category.


  2. Ellie Kay July 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Congratulations to all the finalists! Making it to the final round is a success in its own right. I really hoped Tracy Higley would have gotten a Christy as well. I truly enjoyed Shadow of Colossus!

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