INSPYs 2014 Shortlists

May 1, 2014 Rissi JC 14 Comments

Good evening, readers! After months of reading, the Advisory Board has settled on a INSPYs 2014 shortlist for our seven categories in this year’s awards. As always, we are grateful for your excitement and all those tweets you sent out to raise excitement. As with every year, there are books left off the shortlists because of limited placement and after pooling our various reads and collaborative reading plus the discussion that comes with that, we try to find the best in each category that best represent their genre. Hopefully, we’ve done that and we are now able to hand the winning decision over to our talented panels of judges.

INSPYs 2014 Shortlists. It's time again for our usual shortlist reveal! How many of the titles did you read? Text © INSPYs / Rissi JC

Before sharing the shortlists, I do want to give a shout-out to my fellow Advisory Board bloggers who have been patient and kind in my first year being a part of this program – ladies, thank so much for being wonderful friends and some of the best in this blogging community. You’re talented and I respect your opinions as well as the work you’re doing in the Christian fiction scene. Love “hanging out” with you all, and am grateful to be a part of this team! Thank you.

Without further ado, that official announcement is up on the blog! With bleary eyes, paper cut fingers and reading-in-bed hair, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board has come out of reading hibernation to announce the 2014 shortlist contenders. A daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list of 150 nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 4th annual INSPY Awards. 

2014 INPSYs Shortlists

  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta
  • A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears
  • The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim
  • Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
  • When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell
  • To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel
  • Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green
  • Wings of Glass  by Gina Holmes Iscariot by Tosca Lee
  • Wishing On Willows by Katie Ganshert
  • Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
  • Talon by Ronie Kendig
  • Shattered by Dani Pettrey
  • Take A Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
  • Though my Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof
  • Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz
  • A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
  • The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  • Duchess by Susan May Warren
  • Hero’s Lot by Patrick W Carr
  • Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore
  • Anomaly  by Krista McGee
  • Memory’s Door by James L Rubart
  • The Rising by Lynn Chandler-Willis
  • Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins
  • Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
  • The King by Steven James
  • Poison by Jordyn Redwood
  • Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer
  • Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
  • Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
  • The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill
  • Hurt by Travis Thrasher
  • Captives by Jill Williamson

Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

All posts


  • Raquel Z. Duarte May 1, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Are you still in need of a judge? I had no idea this was going on haha

    • Rissi May 1, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      We're set for this year, Raquel, but please do consider next year. :)

  • Juju at Tales of May 1, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    I'm SO excited. To get started and to see some of my beloved favorites in the Debut category.

    *HUGS* You gals are SO appreciated.

    • Rissi May 1, 2014 at 3:56 AM

      We're excited to let you all get started, Juju. Cannot wait to see which you all pick as the winners.

      *HUGS BACK* Thank you all for your enthusiasm in helping us!

  • Hayden May 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Ooooh, can't wait. There's going to be some hard decisions here for sure (especially in the debut category- Pitting Burning Sky against Dear Mr. Knightley??? And of course, Born of Persuasion had some of the most beautifully-styled writing I've read in a modern novel.) I'm quite glad I'm not judging in that category, 'cause I doubt I'd ever come to a decision. I'm really excited to work on the YA category, though. :D

    (oh, and Rissi, do you have my email address? I was planning on doing a cover reveal for my first novel sometime this month, and I wanted to know if you were interested in participating with that)

    • Rissi May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Our excitement is WAY high, Hayden! We're thrilled to have you on board and are eager to discover which novels you bloggers pick to win. :) That debut category is tough but it's great to have good competition.

      No, I don't have your email address. If you'd like to include me in a mailing for your cover reveal, I'd be glad to participate. My email is listed at the top of this blog under the "envelope icon." :)

    • Hayden May 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Yay! I'll send you an email, then :)

    • Rissi May 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Thank you, Hayden! I got your email and am excited to put that post together – always enjoy working on cover reveals. :)

  • Bluerose May 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    This is so exciting! I've read a few of them, have several waiting on my kindle, and most of the rest my library has. I need to get to reading. :)

    • Rissi May 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Fun! I'm so thrilled with all of the INSPYs excitement this year – thank you all for being so fun to interact with and to help us get the word out. Hope you enjoy reading along, Tammy. :)

  • Tressa S May 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Love, love, love these shortlists! I can't wait to see which books win. I think it's going to be tough to decide!

    • Rissi May 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Yay! Glad you liked the short lists, Tressa – and I agree! Everyone will have a tough time. How to choose!? ;)

  • his little lady May 12, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    I love coming across new reads!!
    xo TJ

  • Rissi May 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    As do I, TJ. Makes the reading world more fun. :)

    Thanks for visiting.

  • Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about us

    Find Us Elsewhere

    Find us on Gab, Gettr, and MeWe! Plus, join our Reader Group page on MeWe!

    Culture Characteristics in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have our new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:



    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC ( is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and


    %d bloggers like this: