Selah Award Finalists in the Best Children’s Book and Best Gift & Inspiration categories
Thursday, May 05, 2016

So excited to share that my books, "Trunk Or Treat!" and "When Chocolate Isn't Enough" are both Selah Award Finalists in the Best Children’s Book and Best Gift & Inspiration categories, respectively, this year--whoo hoo! Congrats to all of the Finalists. I am honored to be included in a list of so many talented friends and colleagues. Here is that press release. ‪#‎SelahAwards2016

Ridgecrest, NC—Edie Melson, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and Eva Marie Everson, BRMCWC Contest Director, announce the finalists in the 2016 Selah Awards, awarded to published authors each year during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers 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 25, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2015 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 fifteen categories. They are (in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name):
Nonfiction Genres
Nonfiction General
Jill Lynn Buteyn & (the late) Kara Tippetts—Just Show Up (David C. Cook)
Cynthia Ruchti—Tattered and Mended (Abingdon Press)
Linda Evans Shepherd—Called to Pray (Revell: Baker Publishing Group)
Inspiration and Gift/Christian Living
Michelle Medlock Adams—When Chocolate Isn’t Enough (Worthy Inspired)
Cheri Cowell—365 Devotions for Peace (Zondervan)
Dena Dyer—25 Christmas Blessings (Barbour Publishing)
Bible Study
Katy Kauffman—Faith, Courage, and Victory (Lighthouse Bible Studies)
Crickett Keeth—The Gift of Rest (Crosslink Publishing)
Jeannie Vogel—Our Sovereign God: The Book of Ezra (Regular Baptist Press)
Nan Jones—The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Emma Broch Stuart—Broken Umbrellas (Whitefire Publishing)
Joseph Tuttolomondo (with Rosemarie Fitzsimmons)—Caged Sparrow (Portrait Writer)
Fiction Genres
Michelle Medlock Adams—Trunk or Treat (Ideals Children’s Books: Worthy)
Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley—M is for Manger (Tyndale Kids)
Lee Ann Mancini—What a Bragger! (GLM Publishing)
Middle Grade Novels
Wendy Dunham—My Name is River (Harvest House)
Mary L. Hamilton—See No Evil (HopeSprings Books)
Susan Thogerson Maas—Picture Imperfect (Ashberry Lane)
Young Adult Novel
Denise A. Dewald—The Book of Carmichael (Eloectio Publishing)
Aaron Gansky—Hand of Adoni (Brimstone Fiction: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Debra Coleman Jeter—The Ticket (Firefly Southern Fiction: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Fiction: Novella
Heather Gray—An Informal Christmas (Ladybug Lit)
Lori Stanley Roeleveld—Red Pen Redemption (Elk Lake Publishing)
Cynthia Ruchti—An Endless Christmas (Worthy Inspired)
First Novel
Brooke Cox—Deadly Doll (Mantle Rock Publishing)
Varina Denman —Jaded (David C. Cook)
Debra Coleman Jeter—The Ticket (Firefly Southern Fiction: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Fiction: Speculative
Bonnie C. Calhoun—Lightning (Revell: Baker Publishing Group)
Rachel Dylan—Trial & Tribulation (NYLA)
Vikki Kestell—Stealthy Steps (Faith-Filled Fiction)
Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
Lynn Huggins Blackburn—Covert Justice (Love Inspired Suspense: Harlequin)
Lynette Eason—No Place to Hide (Revell: Baker Publishing Group)
Lynette Eason—Rodeo Rescuer (Love Inspired Suspense: Harlequin)
Fiction: Historical/Biblical (Tie for Third)
Karl A. Bacon—Until Shiloh Comes (Historical Chronicles Press)
Cara Luecht—Gathered Waters (Whitefire)
Teresa Pollard—Woman of Light (HopeSprings Books)
Carla Stewart—A Flying Affair (FaithWords: Hachette Book Group)
Fiction: Contemporary Women
Marie Wells Coutu—Thirsting for More (Write Integrity Press)
Megan Whitson Lee—Captives (CreateSpace)
Cynthia Ruchti—As Waters Go By (Abingdon Press)
Fiction: Contemporary Romance
Varina Denman—Justified (David C. Cook)
Marianne Evans—Then and Now (Pelican Book Group)
Ann Gaylia O’Barr—Where I Belong (CreateSpace)
For more information, you may email Eva Marie Everson at