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

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
And a new award season begins! The 2020 INSPY Longlists have just been published.

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Practically Married (Guiding Light) by Karin Berry
Practically Married by Karin Beery

After the Rain (Bling! Romance) by Brandy Bruce
After the Rain by Brandy Bruce

Code of Valor (Revell) by Lynette Eason
Code of Valor (Blue Justice, #3) by Lynette Eason

Driftwod Bay (Revell) by Irene Hannon
Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor, #5) by Irene Hannon

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe (Tyndale) by Carla Laureano
Brunch at Bittersweet Café (The Saturday Night Supper Club #2) by Carla Laureano

Weddings, Willows and Revised Expectations (WhiteFire Publishing) by Joy V Palmer
Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer

Sweet on You (Bethany House) by Becky Wade
Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky Wade

Just One Kiss (Independently Published) by Courtney Walsh
Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh

Deadly Deceit (Revell) by Natalie Walters
Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2) by Natalie Walters

Hearts in Harmony (Zondervan) by Beth Wiseman
Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey #1) by Beth Wiseman

Debut Fiction
Heart of a Royal (WhiteSpark Publishing) by Hannah Currie
Heart of a Royal (Daughters of Peverell #1) by Hannah Currie

Whose Waves These Are (Bethany House) by Amanda Dykes
Whose Waves These Are (Whose Waves These Are, #1) by Amanda Dykes

You Belong with Me (Revell) by Tari Faris
You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1) by Tari Faris

The Dating Charade (Thomas Nelson) by Melissa Ferguson
The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

Solitary Man (Ambassador International) by Eric Landfried
Solitary Man by Eric Landfried

Above the Fold (Smitten Historical) by Rachel Scott McDaniel
Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel

The Baggage Handler (Thomas Nelson) by David Rawlings
The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings

Shadow Among Sheaves (Shiloh Run Press) by Naomi Stephens
Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens

Living Lies (Revell) by Natalie Walters
Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) by Natalie Walters

In the Shadow of Croft Towers (Thomas Nelson) by Abigail Wilson
In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson

General Fiction
A Beautiful Mess (Vivant Press) by Brenda S. Anderson
A Beautiful Mess by Brenda S. Anderson

The Death of Mungo Blackwell (Lion Fiction) by Lauren H Brandenburg
The Death of Mungo Blackwell by Lauren H. Brandenburg

Grace in Deep Waters (Links in the Chain Press) by Christine Dillon
Grace in Deep Waters (Grace, #3) by Christine Dillon

All Manner of Things (Revell) by Susie Finkenbeiner
All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

The Meadllion (Tyndale) by Cathy Gohlke
The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

When I Close My Eyes (Bethany House) by Elizabeth Musser
When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser

How the Light Gets In (Tyndale) by Jolina Petersheim
How the Light Gets in by Jolina Petersheim

The Seamstress (Tyndale) by Allison Pittman
The Seamstress by Allison Pittman

The Printed Letter Bookshop (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The Bright Unknown (Thomas Nelson) by Elizabeth Byler Younts
The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Historical Fiction

With This Pledge (Thomas Nelson) by Tamera Alexander
With This Pledge (Carnton, #1) by Tamera Alexander

My Dearest Dietrich (Kregel Publications) by Amanda Barratt
My Dearest Dietrich A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love by Amanda Barratt

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream (Barbour) by Pepper Basham
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge Laurel's Dream by Pepper D. Basham

The King's Mercy (Waterbrook) by Lori Benton
The King's Mercy by Lori Benton

Until the Mountains Fall (Bethany House) by Connilyn Cossette
Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn Cossette

Yours Truly, Thomas (Revell) by Rachel Fordham
Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

A Bound Heart (Revell) by Laura Frantz
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

The Noble Guardian (Shiloh Run Press) by Michelle Griep
The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep

Where Dandelions Bloom (Tyndale) by Tara Johnson
Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson

Finding Lady Enderly (Revell) by Joanna Davidson Politano
Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano

Literature for Young Adults

Sand Castle Dreams (Mountain Brook Inc) by Taylor Bennett
Sand Castle Dreams (Tradewinds, #2) by Taylor Bennett

Blaze (Illuminate YA) by Hope Bollinger

Romanov (Thomas Nelson) by Nadine Brandes
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

The Piper's Pursuit (Thomas Nelson) by Melanie Dickerson
The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10) by Melanie Dickerson

The Warrior Maiden (Thomas Nelson) by Melanie Dickerson
The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim, #9) by Melanie Dickerson

Coral (Thomas Nelson) by Sara Ella
Coral by Sara Ella

Evermore (Northern Lights Press) by Jody Hedlund
Evermore (The Lost Princesses, #1) by Jody Hedlund

Within These Lines (Blink) by Stephanie Morrill
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill

Tiger Queen (Blink) by Annie Sullivan
Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

Extreme Blindside (Pauline Books and Media) by Leslea Wahl
eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl

Mystery and Thriller

Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Kensington Publishing) by Heather Day Gilbert
Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Exotic Pet-Sitter #2) by Heather Day Gilbert

The Wind Will Howl (Wheelhouse Publishing) by Sibella Giorello
The Wind Will Howl (Raleigh Harmon PI Mysteries #3) by Sibella Giorello

Storm Rising (Bethany House) by Ronie Kendig
Storm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1) by Ronie Kendig

The Killing Tide (Bethany House) by Dani Pettrey
The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1) by Dani Pettrey

Murder in the City of Liberty (Thomas Nelson) by Rachel McMillan
Murder in the City of Liberty (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #2) by Rachel McMillan

Fire Storm (Bethany House) by Nancy Mehl
Fire Storm (Kaely Quinn Profiler #2) by Nancy Mehl

Fragments of Fear (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks
Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks

The Persian Gamble (Tyndale House) by Joel Rosenberg
The Persian Gamble (Marcus Ryker, #2) by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Curse of Misty Wayfair (Bethany House) by Jaime Jo Wright
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Convergency (Shiloh Run Press) by Ginny Yttrup
Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup

Speculative Fiction

Flight of the Raven (Bethany House) by Morgan L Busse
Flight of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #2) by Morgan L. Busse

The Story Raider (Enclave Publishing) by Lindsay A Franklin
The Story Raider (The Weaver Trilogy, #2) by Lindsay A. Franklin

Crown of Flames (Elk Lake Publishing) by Erica Marie Hogan
Crown of Flames (The Winter Queen, #3) by Erica Marie Hogan

Brand of Light (Enclave Publishing) by Ronie Kendig
Brand of Light (The Droseran Saga #1) by Ronie Kendig

Synapse (Thomas Nelson) by Steven James
Synapse by Steven James

Remnant (Ambassador International) by Daniel Peyton
Remnant by Daniel Peyton

The Camera Never Lies (Thomas Nelson) by David Rawlings
The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings

Light From Distant Stars (Revell) by Shawn Smucker
Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

The next step is for the INSPY Advisory Board to narrow these down to three novels in each category.


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Did you nominate any novels for an INSPY? If so, did your recommendations make the long lists?

Have you read any of the long list novels? Your thoughts?


message 3: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
I nominated novels for four categories and two of my nominees made the long list.

Here's what I've read/would like to read...

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Code of Valor (Blue Justice, #3) by Lynette Eason Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky Wade Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2) by Natalie Walters

I have on my Kindle and would like to read
After the Rain by Brandy Bruce

Debut Fiction
Whose Waves These Are (Whose Waves These Are, #1) by Amanda Dykes Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) by Natalie Walters In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson

I'd like to read
You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1) by Tari Faris The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens

General Fiction
All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner How the Light Gets in by Jolina Petersheim The Seamstress by Allison Pittman The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Would like to read
The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser

Historical Fiction
With This Pledge (Carnton, #1) by Tamera Alexander My Dearest Dietrich A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love by Amanda Barratt The King's Mercy by Lori Benton Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn Cossette Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano

I'd like to read
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge Laurel's Dream by Pepper D. Basham Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson

Literature for Young Adults
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Have on my Kindle and would like to read
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill

Mystery and Thriller
The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1) by Dani Pettrey Fire Storm (Kaely Quinn Profiler #2) by Nancy Mehl The Persian Gamble (Marcus Ryker, #2) by Joel C. Rosenberg Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup

Would like to read
Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Exotic Pet-Sitter #2) by Heather Day Gilbert Murder in the City of Liberty (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #2) by Rachel McMillan Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Speculative Fiction

Would like to read
Synapse by Steven James The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings

I especially look forward to hearing comments about the books I haven't read yet.


message 4: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2854 comments Mod
I have read Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn Cossette Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz and The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep . They were all wonderful. The rest of the historical fiction I have on my TBR list.


message 5: by Andrea, Hospitality Coordinator (new)

Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 2232 comments Mod
Here are the ones I've read. It was really fun to see two of my top three favorites from 2019 make the longlist (Finding Lady Enderly and Whose Waves These Are).

Code of Valor (Blue Justice, #3) by Lynette Eason Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2) by Natalie Walters Whose Waves These Are (Whose Waves These Are, #1) by Amanda Dykes You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage #1) by Tari Faris Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) by Natalie Walters The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke The King's Mercy by Lori Benton Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (lizr8900) | 198 comments So far I've read
Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky Wade The Seamstress by Allison Pittman Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn Cossette A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz Romanov by Nadine Brandes Evermore (The Lost Princesses, #1) by Jody Hedlund Storm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1) by Ronie Kendig The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1) by Dani Pettrey The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright Flight of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #2) by Morgan L. Busse
I think Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn Cossette was my favorite read last year.


message 7: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2854 comments Mod
Elizabeth wrote: "So far I've read
Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky WadeThe Seamstress by Allison PittmanUntil the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn CossetteA Bound Heart by Laura FrantzRomanov by Nadine Brandes[book..."


Your favorite made my 2019 favorites lists also!


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim  Gregory (kcgregory) | 8 comments I've read several of the books I see in Elizabeth's list, but Romanov has to be my favorite of all of those - such a great retelling of history. I read everything Morgan Busse puts out, so unique. Dani Pettrey too, pretty much everything she writes is quality and exciting.


message 9: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Loraine wrote: "I have read Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn CossetteYours Truly, Thomas by Rachel FordhamA Bound Heart by Laura Frantz and The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep. They were all wonder..."

I enjoyed all four of those as well!


message 10: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Andrea wrote: "Here are the ones I've read. It was really fun to see two of my top three favorites from 2019 make the longlist (Finding Lady Enderly and Whose Waves These Are).

Code of Valor (Blue Justice, #3) by Lynette Eason..."


It is nice to see favorites make the long list!


message 11: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Elizabeth wrote: "So far I've read
Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky WadeThe Seamstress by Allison PittmanUntil the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn CossetteA Bound Heart by Laura FrantzRomanov by Nadine Brandes[book..."


Elizabeth, I love Connilyn Cossette's writing style. She brings the Bible to life.


message 12: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Kim wrote: "I've read several of the books I see in Elizabeth's list, but Romanov has to be my favorite of all of those - such a great retelling of history. I read everything Morgan Busse puts out, so unique. ..."

I liked Romanov too. It was different than what I normally read, but engaging. I am fascinated by that time in Russian history.


message 13: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (lizr8900) | 198 comments Staci wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "So far I've read
Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky WadeThe Seamstress by Allison PittmanUntil the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3) by Connilyn CossetteA Bound Heart by Laura Frantz[bookcover:Roma..."


I adore her books! I'm excited to read her newest but a little sad for this series to end.


message 14: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (lizr8900) | 198 comments Kim wrote: "I've read several of the books I see in Elizabeth's list, but Romanov has to be my favorite of all of those - such a great retelling of history. I read everything Morgan Busse puts out, so unique. ..."

I enjoyed Romanov. The way it stayed true to the history but was still able to tell the story was fascinating. I wish there were more historical books set in Russia.


message 15: by Chris (new)

Chris | 293 comments Can't wait for April 30 to find out who is on the shortlist!!


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

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Me too Chris! About a month away. 😀


message 17: by Christine (new)

Christine Indorf | 360 comments I'm so glad I looked here because it just gave me a new list to read!! When I will ever find time is beyond me but am so glad to have a number of new books to read!! Thanks for the list!!


message 18: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Christine, every year I find new to me authors to read. Hope you discover some gems.


message 19: by Shiloh (new)

Shiloh | 5 comments I’ve read Whose Waves These Are (Whose Waves These Are, #1) by Amanda Dykes The Seamstress by Allison Pittman The King's Mercy by Lori Benton Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz . I just finished Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano two days ago! One of my favorite books ever!


message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 408 comments I've read Sweet on You Sweet on You (A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3) by Becky Wade , Hearts in Harmony Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey #1) by Beth Wiseman , and With This Pledge With This Pledge (Carnton, #1) by Tamera Alexander ,

I am currently reading A Bound Heart A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

On my to read shelf even before seeing this list: Shadow Among Sheaves Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens , Living Lies Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) by Natalie Walters , The Bright Unknown The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts ,
The Killing Tide The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1) by Dani Pettrey and Fire Storm Fire Storm (Kaely Quinn Profiler #2) by Nancy Mehl


message 21: by Caroline (new)

Caroline | 371 comments The INSPY shortlist announcement has been postponed to May 7, according to their webpage.

I was pleasantly surprised to see our 'Book Awards Specialist', Staci, as one of the judges for 'General Fiction'. What an honor to be selected to judge for INSPY! https://inspys.com/?page_id=4600

Congratulations, Staci!


message 22: by Chris (new)

Chris | 293 comments Congratulations Staci - only 3 more days to find out the list. Yea!!


message 23: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Thank you Caroline and Chris! I am excited and honored. I can hardly wait to find out which novels will be on the short list!!


message 24: by Christine (new)

Christine Indorf | 360 comments I read the The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Such a fun read. I am amazed I have so many books to read on this list. Hopefully I'll get to some of these this year!!


message 25: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1613 comments Mod
Wonderful Christine! Award nominees are absolutely a great place to find new authors to try.


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