Saturday, March 21, 2009


My pals and fellow Swazi-trippers, Lisa Samson and Claudia Mair Burney have both been nominated for Christy awards for their books, EMBRACE ME and ZORA AND NICKY. I'm so happy for them. These are truly great books. In fact, my husband never, ever reads "womanly" books but he read Z&N and really enjoyed it. Here's a pic of Lisa, Mair, and me along with Lisa's longtime friend Jennifer in Africa:

Mair's the one on the far left and Lisa is the one with the colorful skirt and purse. Lisa and Mair just aren't amazing writers, they are also passionate followers of Jesus who are using their talent and platform to advocate on behalf of the "least of these", especially orphans and widows, in Swaziland.
Without furhter adieu, here is the list of all the Christy award nominees.

Contemporary Romance category are:

* Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
* Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
* Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook)

Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas category are:

* Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
* Summer Snow by Nicole Baart (Tyndale House Publishers)
* You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman (FaithWords)

Contemporary Standalone category are:

* Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
* Embrace Me by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
* Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas (Moody Publishers)

First Novel category are:

* Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake (David C. Cook)
* Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers)
* Safe at Home by Richard Doster (David C. Cook)

Historical category are:

* Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing Group)
* Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)
* Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (Bethany House Publishers)

Historical Romance category are:

* Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishers)
* From a Distance by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)
* The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen (B&H Publishing Group)

Suspense category are:

* By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers)
* The Rook by Steven James (Revell)
* Winter Haven by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)

Visionary category are:

* The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House Publishers)
* Shade by John B. Olson (B&H Publishing Group)
* Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)

Young Adult category are:

* The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina (FaithWords)
* I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers)
* On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
Congratulations to you all. I'm looking forward to reading many of the ones listed.


AllisonRhodes said...

You are God's faithful servant, Elysa. I hope you know that. You can have humility and unselfish love at the same time. Blessings, Allison (formerly the other Mair).

Elysa said...

Thank you so much for your sweet words, Allison. I have my moments when I let Christ's unselfish love and humility shine thru me, but I'm afraid that more often, I still let bratty, self-centered, and prideful Elysa rule.

But I'm holding on to the promise that He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. Cause I surely need it!