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message 1: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1638 comments Mod
Romance Writers of America is a secular organization that recognizes one category of inspirational fiction. The category is called Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements.

Nominees:
Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox, #3) by Nicole Deese A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander One Simple Wish (Hearts of Amish Country # 2) by Katy Lee Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

The winner was announced on July 19 in Denver, Colorado.

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

Have you read any of the nominees?


message 2: by Beth (new)

Beth  (canadianbeth) | 112 comments I have not read any of those particular books but I have read half a dozen by Katy Lee - two different LIS series.


Beth - ;)
in Calgary


message 3: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (gr-nancy-a) | 255 comments Just read Andrea’s review of Grounded Hearts
.. safe to say she is NOT a fan of this book!


message 4: by AlegnaB † (last edited Jul 22, 2018 05:38AM) (new)

AlegnaB † (alegnab) | 1014 comments Nancy wrote: "Just read Andrea’s review of Grounded Hearts
.. safe to say she is NOT a fan of this book!"


😄 Yep. I moved the book from my to-read shelf to my skip and offensive-content shelves due to her review. I appreciate her suffering through the book and posting that detailed review so that I wouldn’t waste my time on what I would conclude is trash.


message 5: by AlegnaB † (last edited Jul 22, 2018 05:56AM) (new)

AlegnaB † (alegnab) | 1014 comments Nancy wrote: "Just read Andrea’s review of Grounded Hearts
.. safe to say she is NOT a fan of this book!"


😄 Yep. I removed the book from my to-read shelf to my skip and offensive-content shelves due to her review. I appreciate her suffering through the book and posting that detailed review so that I wouldn’t waste my time on what I would conclude is trash.

I read A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander and loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For years I have been daily checking sites that list free Christian Kindle books. Whenever I’d get a book, I’d add it to My Books and put it on my christian-fiction shelf. Some months back, I stopped automatically doing that, and I created an inspirational shelf to put some on. That was because I found that some of those books aren’t
Christian, even though they may have some religious element. Now when I don’t recognize either the author or the publisher as being Christian, I put the book on my inspirational shelf (or on my lds shelf if I know the author to be Mormon). I don’t want to steer people wrong with my shelving. Oh, I also sometimes downgrade a book from christian-fiction to inspy if there’s a “coming to God” scene without mentioning Jesus.


message 6: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
I have both the Tamera Alexander and Kara Isaac books on my TBR list. The others I am not familiar with.

AlegnaB - I like your differentiation between inspirational and Christian Fiction.


message 7: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2213 comments Mod
I have only read two -
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac and A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander

I loved both of these books, for different reasons. A Note Yet Unsung probably made me feel more strongly, but Then There Was You is also very well-done and my favorite book by Kara to date.

Nicole Deese is an author that I hope to read at some point. The others are new authors to me.


message 8: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1638 comments Mod
@Beth in Calgary: I had not heard of author Katy Lee previously. Good to know you've enjoyed her work.

@Nancy: thank you for sharing about a member's review of Grounded Hearts.

All, thanks for sharing your comments!

I've read two of the nominees including the winner:
A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) by Tamera Alexander Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

I have the Nicole Deese book on my Kindle and have read the first in the series.

The nominees are vastly different. Interesting that these five made the radar of this romantic writers organization.


message 9: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
I thought the same thing Staci. Seems like a wide variety but there definitely are a lot to pick from to narrow it down for just 5 books in one category.


message 10: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2213 comments Mod
I think these books have to be nominated, and the finalist chosen from there. Perhaps that accounts for it.


message 11: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
That would explain the wide variety. Wonder if they are nominated by other Christian authors or readers? Staci do you know?


message 12: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn V | 245 comments I have been reading amish fiction/mystery for a few years besides christian fiction. Love inspired books have not been my choosing; and that goes to show; we learn something new everyday. After a near cornea transplant 5 years ago; I choose not to read mass paperback books as the print is too small; today I noticed 'love inspired' fiction/suspense are available on ebook, also!!!!


message 13: by Beth (new)

Beth  (canadianbeth) | 112 comments I buy all my LIS books as e-books. I put them on my Kobo but read them on the Kobo app on my iPad where the device and the print are bigger. :)

Beth -;)
in Calgary


message 14: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1638 comments Mod
Loraine, great question! According to the RWA website, an author or publisher may nominate a novel for consideration. There is then two rounds of judging.

Carolyn, I am with you on mass paperbacks. I have one that I ordered not realizing the small size. I'm not too excited to get to that one because of the small size of the book and print. Love that we can adjust print size on a Kindle!


message 15: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
Found this online about the judging:

All entrants are required to judge the preliminary round. Others eligible to judge are authors who are PAN-eligible. The final round will be judged by PAN members. (PAN = Published Authors Network)


message 16: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1638 comments Mod
Awesome. Thanks Loraine!


message 17: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
Curiosity killed the cat:)


message 18: by Bonny (last edited Jul 23, 2018 06:18PM) (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 581 comments Okay, so I have a TON of Love Inspired LARGE PRINT mass paperbacks. I get them for free because the local librarian gives them to me from her elderly friend who is a LI member. Honestly, I'm not a big LI reader, especially not contemporary. Would anyone like a large amount of Love Inspired paperbacks? I could ship a box to someone! I'm particularly looking for someone who likes Amish fiction or who likes books set in Texas - why is every other book set in Texas, haha? No offense, Texas friends! =)

On the other hand, if anyone wants to pass on Love Inspired HISTORICAL books, I do enjoy those!

EDIT: I just realized this post would make more sense in Giveaways, even though Carolyn and Staci's comments prompted it, so I'm going to re-post this in the Giveaways thread.


message 19: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3075 comments Mod
Bonny - if you don't have a taker, I would be glad to take them as my Daughters of the American Revolution group is collecting books for our local women's shelter. They would love them. I would be willing to reimburse you for the postage.


message 20: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2213 comments Mod
I think it is neat that they seem to go for self-published or small publishers. There are a lot of gems out there, but I think they get overlooked sometimes.


message 21: by Carolyn (last edited Jul 24, 2018 07:16AM) (new)

Carolyn V | 245 comments Bonny, in reference to Love inspired books, I mentioned- one of the nominees in posting 1 is Kathy Lee, not familiar with her amish writing; I see some of books are 'love inspired' that promoted my discussion on small print of mass produced LIS books.


message 22: by Bonny (new)

Bonny (bonnybonnybeth) | 581 comments Loraine wrote: "Bonny - if you don't have a taker, I would be glad to take them as my Daughters of the American Revolution group is collecting books for our local women's shelter. They would love them. I would be willing to reimburse you for the postage ..."

Okay, Loraine, I can send you a boxful! Do you want Amish books too, or just regular Love Inspired? Do you want any books that aren't LI? Message me your address.

(And Carolyn, thanks for explaining what started this conversation in the first place!)


message 23: by Andrea, Hospitality Coordinator (new)

Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 1886 comments Mod
Nancy and Alegna, I'm glad my review could help you steer clear of a book that I found offensive. I have a feeling many people will enjoy the book, but it crossed way over my moral-code line.

Staci, you're doing a fantastic job with the awards threads. Keep 'em coming! :)


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