The Christy Awards Advisory Board announces the finalists for the 2016 Christy Awards honoring excellence in Christian fiction.

Award winners will be announced via an online event at www.christyawards.com at 4 p.m. (EDT), Mon., June 27, 2016.

For sixteen years we have hosted the awards at a dinner held in conjunction with the International Christian Retail Show,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “We value memories of the synergy among authors, agents, media, and all those in the publishing industry; the challenges given by outstanding keynoters; and the legacy of honoring those who write powerful, faith-infused stories. Due to the changing nature of the industry, however, we are transitioning to new ways of acknowledging the winners while remaining committed to awarding and promoting excellence in Christian fiction.”

The 2016 Christy Awards finalists are:

CONTEMPORARY
The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Press)
As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press)
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House)

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/SUSPENSE
Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House)
The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck (Zondervan)

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman (Harvest House)
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt (Howard Books)

FIRST NOVEL
The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker (Tyndale House)
Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason (Bethany House)
A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House)

HISTORICAL
The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert (Thomas Nelson)
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke (Tyndale House)
The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Press)

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House)
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White (Bethany House)
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund (WaterBrook Press)
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (Zondervan)

SUSPENSE
The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson)
Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
Vendetta by Lisa Harris (Revell)

VISIONARY
The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson)
A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes (Enclave Publishing)
Waking Beauty by Sarah E. Morin (Enclave Publishing)

YOUNG ADULT
The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker (Tyndale House)
Rebel by R.J. Anderson (Enclave Publishing)
To Get to You by Joanne Bischof (independently published)

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Chris Well is an award-winning writer and editor whose fiction includes the quirky senior citizen whodunit Nursing A Grudge, the crime thriller Forgiving Solomon Long, and the comedy mystery Too Good to be Truman. He was the founding editor of FamilyFiction.