Christian Book Award Finalist!

Michal is a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist! Winners are announced at a banquet May 3, 2010. The news is not yet available on the ECPA website but check back, as it should be soon. I got a call from my wonderful agent Wendy Lawton from Mt. Hermon, CA where she is attending the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Conference. (One of these years, I hope to go too!) She asked if I'd heard anything. I asked, "Should I have?" And well, yes, I guess I should have! ECPA had announced on Twitter that Michal is a finalist for the Christian Book Award! I'm still in shock!

What are the Christian Book Awards? Here's the explanation from their website.

Since 1978 the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has recognized quality and encouraged excellence by presenting the ECPA Christian Book Awards (formerly known as Gold Medallion) each year. After a rigorous judging process, five finalists are selected in each of six categories: Bibles, Fiction, Children & Youth, Inspiration & Gift, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life.

If you click the link you will see last year's winners and finalists. They should have 2010's list up soon.

I am honored beyond words to have Michal included in the fiction category. (For some reason there are seven fiction finalists. I asked about it and they said they had several tie scores.) Finalists in this category are:

The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn & Janette Oke - Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group

Michal by Jill Eileen Smith - Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish - Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)

Blood Bayou by Karen Young - Howard Books/ Simon & Schuster

Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle - Tyndale House

Healing Waters by Stephen Arterburn & Nancy Rue - Thomas Nelson

June Bug by Chris Fabry - Tyndale House

Good luck to all finalists. Stay tuned!