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Lisa Samson
Lisa Samson, keynoter



Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock, Donna Kehoe



Mark Mynheir
Mark Mynheir, Donna Kehoe



Tom Pawlik
Tom Pawlik, Donna Kehoe



Neta and Dave Jackson
Dave & Neta Jackson



Tamara Alexander
Tamara Alexander & Julie Klassen



Tricia Goyer
John & Tricia Goyer



Deeanne Gist
Janet Kobobel Grant, Carol Johnson (former VP of Editorial, Bethany House), Deeanne Gist, Jim Parrish (Executive VP and Director of Bethany House)



Christina Berry
Rhonda Elfstrand, Christina Berry, Sherrie Ashcraft



The 2010 Christy Awards

The 2010 Christy Awards presentation was held Saturday evening, June 26, 2010, at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand in advance of the International Christian Retail Show. The dessert reception featured a keynote address entitled “Be That Well” by best-selling author and
entrepreneur Lisa Samson and was emceed by editor Lonnie Hull DuPont, Baker Publishing Group. To involve Christian fiction fans not able to attend the event in person, a liveblog of the event was provided online, and an archive of the event can be accessed online at www.ChristyAwards.com.



WINNERS:

Contemporary Romance

Breach of Trust Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills
Tyndale House Publishers

Paige Rogers survived every CIA operative’s worst nightmare—a covert mission gone terribly wrong…a betrayal by the one man she thought she could trust. Forced to disappear to protect the lives of her loved ones, Paige has spent years building a quiet life as a small-town librarian. But the day a stranger comes to town and starts asking questions, Paige knows her careful existence has been shattered. He is coming after her again, and this time, he intends to silence her for good.

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Since then, she has written more than fifteen novels and many novellas, and more than one and a half million copies of her books are in print. DiAnn lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband.

Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas

Who Do I Talk To?Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson
Thomas Nelson

Gabrielle Fairbanks knew her husband was upset with her, but she never expected him to change the locks on their Chicago penthouse, cancel her credit cards, and disappear with their two boys. Now she's literally on the streets with her elderly mother, her mom's dog…and $220 to her name. As her fragile plans fall apart, Gabby hits on a possibility so wild and wonderful it has to be one of those “God things,” something she's only seen happen to other Christians until now.

Neta Jackson's award-winning YADA YADA books have sold over 400,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the TRAILBLAZER BOOKS—a 40-volume series of historical fiction with 1.5 million in sales—and HERO TALES: A FAMILY TREASURY OF TRUE STORIES FROM THE LIVES OF CHRISTIAN HEROES (vols. 1-4). The Jacksons live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where the YADA YADA stories are set.

Contemporary Standalone

Passion of Mary MargaretThe Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson
Thomas Nelson

When Mary-Margaret Fischer met Jude Keller, the lightkeeper's son, she was studying at convent school on a small island off Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude—rough and tumble, promiscuous Jude.

As Mary-Margaret returns to the island to prepare for her final vows, Jude, too, returns to the island, dissolute and hardened. Mary-Margaret receives a divine call that shakes her to the core, a call to give up her dreams for the troubled man who
befriended her so long ago. For Jesus' sake, can she forsake the only life she ever wanted for a love that could literally cost her life?

Lisa Samson is the award-winning author of twenty-six books including Quaker Summer, Christianity Today's Novel of 2008, and Justice in the Burbs, which she co-wrote with her husband, Will. When not at home in Kentucky with her three children, one cat, and six chickens, she operates cuppa: a tea café and speaks around the country about writing and social justice, encouraging the people of God to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”

First Novel

Fireflies in DecemberFireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent
Tyndale House Publishers

Jessilyn Lassiter never knew hatred could lurk in the human heart until her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire during the summer of 1932. Jessilyn’s father vows to care for Gemma as one of his own, despite the fact that she is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town. Violence springs up as a ragtag band of Ku Klux Klan members unite and decide to take matters into their own hands.

Jennifer Erin Valent lives in Central Virginia, where she has worked as a nanny for more than fifteen years. A lifelong resident of the South, her surroundings help tocolor the scenes and characters she writes.

Historical

Though Waters RoarThough Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

When Harriet Sherwood finds herself in jail, she spends the night contemplating the series of events that resulted in her imprisonment. Coming from a long line of women active in social justice, she weighs her values against her ancestors’, searching for where she belongs in that strong and thrilling heritage.

Lynn Austin has won five Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, was made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.


Historical Romance

The Silent GovernessThe Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret; she never intended to overhear Lord Bradley’s! Now he has given her a job and confined her to his estate, for if his secret were to be revealed, he would lose his reputation, his inheritance, and his very home.

Julie Klassen is a fiction editor who has worked on both the editorial and marketing sides of book publishing. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and two sons.

Suspense

Lost Mission by Athol DicksonLost Mission by Athol Dickson
Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster

Athol Dickson’s latest novel, Lost Mission, weaves a gripping story of suspense that
spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles. As the ruins of a Spanish Mission are disturbed twelve generations after it collapsed atop the
supernatural evidence of a shocking crime, one community’s understanding of
morality, sin, and faith is challenged by that haunting secret.

Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels, including the Christy
Award-winning novel River Rising, which was named one of the “Top Ten Christian
Novels of 2006.”

Visionary

By Darkness HidBy Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

Young Achan Cham dreams of serving in the Kingsguard Knights, but he is a stray—
worse than a slave—and such aspirations are out of his reach. Worse, Achan is
beginning to hear strange voices in his head.

Jill Williamson writes stories that combine danger, suspense, and adventure for
people of all ages. She started Novel Teen Book Reviews (www.novelteen.com) to
help teens find great books to read. Williamson lives in Oregon with her husband and
two children. By Darkness Hid is her first novel.


Young Adult

North or Be EatenNorth! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

In Book Two of the WINGFEATHER SAGA, escape with Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby as they flee north, to the Ice Prairies, where they will be safe from the cruel Fangs of
Dang. But first they have to survive the dangers along the way—and the dangers
within themselves. Andrew Peterson delivers more breathtaking adventure in this tale
for all ages.

Andrew Peterson is the author of Christy finalist On the Edge of the Dark Sea of
Darkness, Book One in the WINGFEATHER SAGA, and The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He’s also the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of ten albums. He and his wife live with their two sons and one daughter near Nashville, Tennessee.



The 2010 Christy Award Nominees:

Contemporary Romance

Breach of Trust
by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)

How Sweet It Is
by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Stand-In Groom
by Kaye Dacus (Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas

Who Do I Talk To?
by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)

The Hope of Refuge
by Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Daisy Chain
by Mary DeMuth (Zondervan)

Contemporary Standalone

June Bug
by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

The Passion of Mary-Margaret
by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)

Veiled Freedom
by Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House Publishers)

First Novel

The Familiar Stranger
by Christina Berry (Moody Publishers)

Fireflies in December
by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House Publishers)

Scared
by Tom Davis (David C. Cook)

Historical

A Flickering Light
by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Though Waters Roar
by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Revell Books: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Historical Romance*

Beyond This Moment
by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Bride in the Bargain
by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

The Inheritance
by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson)

The Silent Governess
by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Suspense

Intervention
by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

Lost Mission
by Athol Dickson (Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster)

The Night Watchman
by Mark Mynheir (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Visionary

By Darkness Hid
by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

The Enclave
by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Valley of the Shadow
by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)

Young Adult


Beautiful
by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)

The Blue Umbrella
by Mike Mason (David C. Cook)

North! Or Be Eaten
by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

History of the Awards

In the spring of 1999, nearly a dozen Christian publishers confirmed the need for establishing a Christian fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres of Christian fiction. By late summer, ideas and planning had come together to launch The Christy Award, named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel and of her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read.


The Christy Award is designed to:

* Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.
* Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership.
* Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.

How the Awards Work

Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.
Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall, writer of more than two dozen books and the subject of at least one biography, is one of America's most notable and bestselling Christian writers. Her readers around the world know Catherine as "America's most inspirational author," as described in The New York Times. More than 25 million copies of her books are in print. Nine years in the making and perhaps Catherines's best-known work, the novel Christy has more than 10 million copies in print and is estimated to have been read by more than 30 million people.

The Christy Awards is proud to honor both the novelist and her novel through this annual award recognizing Christian novels of excellence.

Huge thanks to Tyson Wynn, Jeane Wynn & Tosca Lee for bringing us live blog coverage at the events! Pictured below are Tyson & Tosca.

Tosca Lee & Tyson Wynn