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Happy Monday! I only have one more Monday left before I return to school, but I don't want to talk about it.

ACFW has announced it's book of the year finalists, and a few familiar ones made the cut. If you're wanting to check out some Christian fiction, this list might be a good place to start.

Debut Author

Bonnie Grove – Talking to the Dead (David C. Cook Publishing)
Liz Johnson – The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (Steeple Hill)
Kirk Outerbridge – Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press)
Jill Eileen Smith – Michal (Revell)
Dan Walsh – The Unfinished Gift (Revell)

Contemporary Novella
Barbara Cameron – One Child (Thomas Nelson)
Barbara Cameron – When Winter Comes (Thomas Nelson)
Debra Clopton – A Mule Hollow Match (Steeple Hill)
Susan May Warren – The Great Christmas Bowl (Tyndale House)
Beth Wiseman – A Change of Heart (Thomas Nelson)
Beth Wiseman – A Choice to Forgive (Thomas Nelson)

Historical Novella

Victoria Bylin – Home Again (Steeple Hill)
Vickie McDonough – A Breed Apart (Barbour Publishing)
Vickie McDonough – Beloved Enemy (Barbour Publishing)
Janet Tronstad – Christmas Bells for Dry Creek (Steeple Hill)
Carrie Turansky – A Shelter in the Storm (Barbour Publishing)

Long Contemporary

Christina Berry – The Familiar Stranger (Moody Publishers)
Mary Ellis – A Widow’s Hope (Harvest House Publishers)
Joyce Magnin – The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Abingdon Press)
Susan Meissner – White Picket Fences (Waterbrook Press)
Marlo Schalesky- If Tomorrow Never Comes (Multnomah)
Susan May Warren – Nothing But Trouble (Tyndale House)

Long Contemporary Romance

Candace Calvert – Critical Care (Tyndale House)
Denise Hunter – Seaside Letters (Thomas Nelson)
Jenny B. Jones – Just Between You and Me (Thomas Nelson) (woo!)
Beth Wiseman – Plain Promise (Thomas Nelson)
Cindy Woodmsall – The Hope of Refuge (Waterbrook Press)


A.K. Arenz – The Case of the Mystified M.D. (Sheaf House)
Mindy Starns Clark – Under the Cajun Moon (Harvest House Publishers)
Darlene Franklin – A String of Murders (Heartsong Mysteries)
S. Dionne Moore – Polly Dent Loses Grip (Heartsong Mysteries)
Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna – Pushing up Daisies (Heartsong Mysteries)

Long Historical

Deeanne Gist – A Bride in the Bargain (Bethany House)
Robin Lee Hatcher – Fit To Be Tied (Zondervan)
Maureen Lang – Look to the East (Tyndale House)
Siri Mitchell – Love’s Pursuit (Bethany House)
Allison Pittman – Stealing Home (Multnomah)

Long Historical Romance
Amanda Cabot – Paper Roses (Revell)
Mary Connealy – Cowboy Christmas (Barbour Publishing)
Mary Connealy – Montana Rose (Barbour Publishing)
Laura Frantz – The Frontiersman’s Daughter (Revell)
Ann Gabhart – The Believer (Revell)
Julie Lessman – A Passion Denied (Revell)
Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna – Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas (Summerside Press)
Kathleen Y’Barbo – The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (Waterbrook Press)

Short Contemporary
Debra Clopton – His Cowgirl Bride (Steeple Hill)
Myra Johnson – Autumn Rains (Heartsong Presents)
Vickie McDonough – A Wagonload of Trouble (Heartsong Presents)
Mae Nunn – A Texas Ranger’s Family (Steeple Hill)
Glynna Sirpless writing as Glynna Kaye – Dreaming of Home (Steeple Hill)

Short Contemporary Suspense
Jill Elizabeth Nelson – Evidence of Murder (Steeple Hill)
Sandra Robbins – Final Warning (Steeple Hill)
Virginia Smith – Murder at Eagle Summit (Steeple Hill)
Virginia Smith – Scent of Murder (Steeple Hill)
Jenness Walker – Double Take (Steeple Hill)
Lenora Worth – Code of Honor (Steeple Hill)

Short Historical
Lyn Cote – Her Patchwork Family (Steeple Hill)
Laurie Alice Eakes – The Glassblower (Heartsong Presents)
Laurie Kingery – The Outlaw’s Lady (Steeple Hill)
Lynette Sowell – All That Glitters (Heartsong Presents)
Dan Walsh – The Unfinished Gift (Revell)

Speculative (includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Allegory)

Kirk Outerbridge – Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press)
Donita K. Paul – The Vanishing Sculptor (Waterbrook Press)
Steve Rzasa – The Word Reclaimed (Marcher Lord Press)
Stuart Vaughn Stockton – Starfire (Marcher Lord Press)
Fred Warren – The Muse (Splashdown Books)
Jill Williamson – By Darkness Hid (Marcher Lord Press)


Terri Blackstock – Intervention (Zondervan)
Colleen Coble – Lonestar Secrets (Thomas Nelson)
Brandilyn Collins – Exposure (Zondervan)
Harry Kraus – Salty Like Blood (Howard/Simon & Schuster)
DiAnn Mills – Breach of Trust (Tyndale House)

Women’s Fiction
Julie Carobini – Sweet Waters (B&H Publishing)
Kathryn Cushman – Leaving Yesterday (Bethany House)
Sara Evans & Rachel Hauck – Sweet By and By (Thomas Nelson)
Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay – Never the Bride (Waterbrook Press)
Deborah Raney – Yesterday’s Embers (Howard/Simon & Schuster)
Deborah Raney – Above All Things (Steeple Hill)
Lisa Wingate – The Summer Kitchen (New American Library/Penguin)

Young Adult
Shelley Adina – Who Made You a Princess? (Hachette FaithWords)
Brandilyn & Amberly Collins – Always Watching (Zondervan)
Jenny B. Jones – I’m So Sure (Thomas Nelson)
Jenny B. Jones – So Not Happening (Thomas Nelson)

Booker T. Mattison – Unsigned Hype (Revell)

Congratulations to all finalists and their/our publishing teams!! The winners will be announced at the annual conference in September. And even if we don't win, I always walk away with good dessert.

And now for some random tidbits I've been collecting to share with you like we're next door neighbors.

I loved this post by mega author Tamora Pierce about girl protagonists.

Scott Patterson (Luke Danes! Luke Danes!) says a Gilmore Girls movie will “probably happen.”  You know what else would probably happen? My joy and happiness.

I love Lady Antebellum and I love spoofs. So Lady A+spoof? Perfect! (Warning: If you don't listen to country music, this probably won't mean diddley to you.)

Have you ever noticed there are a few things on Amazon that are there just for the sake of someone writing some killer reviews? Or for my entertainment? Like THIS for example.

This is old news by now, but has anyone else been watching this repeatedly?

I love that smash-up, and I'm not even totally sure why.  SNL, take note because that was awesome. And original.  “No corsets, no hat pins, and no crying.” That belongs on a t-shirt.

Fab author Natalie Lloyd and I have discussed how we both love Tyler Perry's latest note to his fans.

Thank you to TeenReadsToo for this review on So Over My Head.

Lesson Learned: As I do every summer (and various other days that end in Y), I've been painting. While I've painted random some rooms in my house repeatedly (like my kitchen 2x in one week), my living room and main part of the house hasn't been painted in about 9 years. So it was time. I branched out and went with a trendy light gray. It might be a bit much, so stay tuned for Summer Paint Job Part II. Anyway, I was telling a friend how I was on day 5 of paint in my hair, even though I had washed it 100 times.

Me: I don't know how I always get paint in my hair. It's not like I headbutt the wall. Well, okay, I do sometimes, but not this week.
Lizann: Have you tried a doo-rag?
Me: Oh.

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in analyzing “why,” I forget to simplify and just think of a solution instead.
I also don't always learn from my mistakes because right after this conversation, I went home and was just going to “touch some things up” really quick like. Thirty minutes later I had a halo of white paint in my hair. But in my defense, it's a small house. Due to heat, no windows open for ventilation. And paint fumes kill brain cells.

Come back Wednesday (yes, Wednesday! Summer hours are ovah!) so you can tell me all about the books you've been reading, and I'll share my list too.

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Katy McKenna - August 2, 2010

Jenny, LOVED Jane Austin Fight Club. So funny.

I also had paint in my hair for MONTHS this spring. We’d rebuilt our office and pantry with great shelving and I took it upon myself (literally!) to reach into every nook and cranny (hard when you’re short, as you must by now realize!) and get those shelves enameled! I attended at least THREE WEDDINGS with pale latte streaks in my auburn hair. Every Sunday for weeks, my girlfriends in Sunday school would sit behind me and pick paint out of my hair. The do rag thing? Yeah, it came up. I guess that’s what “next time” is for!!

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect - August 2, 2010

Oh my gosh, I loved that Lady A spoof! So funny!!

Congratulations on the ACFW – that’s actually how I found out about your book in the first place!

Kristin - August 2, 2010

Oh, wow. That Jane Austen Fight Club was hilarious. 🙂 “Is that your blood?” But I think my favorite part was towards the end…the teacup thing. 🙂


Debra - August 2, 2010

LOL. Your paint in the hair stories always make me laugh. I only paint a room in our house once in a blue moon but I love getting to do it. 😀


ugg classicol - August 2, 2010

Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.
Have a nice day

Caroline - August 2, 2010

So tomorrow I’m getting the book Caleb plus/and Kate. (I can’t decide what the cover says) I’m excited because we had to order it and it got backed up a few times. I found out about it on your blog 🙂 I have read all of your books and they were AMAZING 🙂 So they better win. or the people need to be checked for brain defects. Loved the videos. But I don’t think they topped the “Swagger Wagon” video about a month ago. That one was toooo funnny 🙂

Liz Johnson - August 3, 2010

Hey, Jenny, thanks for the shout out on the Carol Awards. 🙂 And that Lady A spoof is a riot!

I’m in a book club at work right now that’s doing Pride and Prejudice, so we’ve been sending the Jane Austen Fight Club video around quite a bit. 🙂 It gets me every time.

Thanks for the laughs. 🙂

Sarah - August 3, 2010

Jenny-you’re on the list THREE TIMES! YOU ROCK! Really, they shouldn’t even have a list because you should win all the awards;) So what if you didn’t write a long historical romance, Jenny B. Jones should win it anyway!:) Congrats and keep up posted!

Booker T. Mattison - November 30, 2010

Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for mentioning my novel Unsigned Hype on your site! Godspeed as you write!

Best to you,


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