INSPY News | Presenting the 2018 INSPY Award Winners!
The day is finally here, those 2018 INSPY award winners are ready to make their entrance into the world and shout their status as winners for all the book worms who loved the stories inside their pages!
Before we get to said announcement, I just want to give a shout out to our amazing panel of judges (and mine specifically – you know who you are), and to my fellow INSPYs Advisory Board members. Kara, Jamie, Lydia and Rel – thank you for all the fun times, book talk and friendship over the years. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you all over these many years.
To the authors, publishers and readers, thank you for helping to make this program flourish and to allow it to exist.
Without further ago, let’s get to the moment you’re all really here for.
2018 INSPY Award Winners
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE / ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
True to You by Becky Wade is a contemporary romance that exudes excellence. The story’s slow-and-steady build-up pulls the reader in with the excitement of John and Nora’s genealogical search and the anticipation of a romance. When surprises catch both the main characters off guard, they each have to examine their own motives and learn the true meaning of surrendering to God’s power and will. The spiritual truths and deep emotions of this story make it impactful and engaging, while the development of John and Nora’s romance provides plenty of opportunity for sweet, lighter-hearted moments. True to You is not just a romance but a story of the interconnected relationships in life and how God purposes them for His glory.
Meet Joanna! Interview with Joanna Davidson Politano
There were no stereotypes when it came to the characters that were all wonderfully written. You will love some, dislike others, but feel bad for what all are going through. The Dust Bowl era was a terribly difficult time to live.
The Christian faith was apparent throughout and it grew with the book and characters. When it came to how the characters reacted to a tragedy, Finkbeiner was able to give a natural flow to their thoughts and actions. Different people react differently, regardless of their belief, and this is shown in a realistic and thought-provoking way. This book will stick with the reader after they flip that last page.
Meet Susie! Interview with Susie Finkbeiner
Meet Lori! Interview with Lori Benton
LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Meet Sara! Interview with Sara Ella
MYSTERY / THRILLER
Portrait of Vengeance, the fourth installment in the Gwen Marcey series, is action-packed and suspense-filled from beginning to end, with surprising plot twists and relatable characters. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is an extraordinarily well-developed character and continues to entice readers with her complexity even after four stories. Author Carrie Stuart Parks deftly develops Marcey as a woman who struggles with her own issues but trusts God to help her rise above her problems, all while she fastidiously solves cases. Portrait fo Vengeance sees Marcey at the intersection of past trauma and present intrigue in the fascinating setting amidst the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. All these elements combined result in a breath-stealing mystery that will leave readers poised on the edge of their seats.
Meet Carrie! In
erview with Carrie Stuart Parks
Meet Jolina! Interview with Jolina Petersheim
We’d like to thank our judges for their hard work and careful consideration of each title.
Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominated authors!
Download the press release here.
Which of these have you read? Do you want to read any of these? Think they sound like must reads? Tell us if you’re excited about any of these!!
(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) True to You on Amazon | Lady Jayne Disappears on Amazon | A Trail of Crumbs on Amazon | Many Sparrows on Amazon | Portrait of Vengeance on Amazon | The Divide on Amazon