INSPY Awards 2017 Shortlists



It continues to be an honor to be a part of the INSPYs Advisory Board and we are delighted to announce our 2017 Finalists!




We thank you so much for your continued support, especially in light of the 2017 changes as we strive to create a program that is considerate of the many wonderful novels written in this genre. 

Following multiple book deliveries plus multiple time zones, and juggling our respective schedules, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board is thrilled to (finally) announce the 2017 shortlist contenders. As each year does, another daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 6th annual INSPY Awards. 


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense


Can’t Help Falling (Howard) by Kara Isaac
Her One and Only (Bethany House) by Becky Wade
Just a Kiss (Thomas Nelson) by Denise Hunter
A Twist of Faith (Southern Firefly Fiction) by Pepper Basham
You’re the One that I Want (Tyndale) by Susan May Warren


Debut Fiction


Close to You (Howard Books) by Kara Isaac
Counted with the Stars (Bethany House) by Connilyn Cossette
Leaving Independence (Waterfall Press) by Leanne W. Smith
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake (Thomas Nelson) by Celeste Fletcher McHale
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus (Tyndale) by Beth Moore


General Fiction


The Alliance (Tyndale) by Jolina Petersheim
The Feathered Bone (Thomas Nelson) by Julie Cantrell
Land of Silence (Tyndale) by Tessa Afshar
Long Way Gone (Thomas Nelson) by Charles Martin
A Portrait of Emily Price (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay


Historical Romance


A Flight of Arrows (Waterbrook) by Lori Benton
The Lady and the Lionheart (Mason Jar Books) by Joanne Bischof
A Heart Most Certain (Bethany House) by Melissa Jaegers
The Captive Heart (Shiloh Run Press) by Michelle Griep
The Ringmaster’s Wife (Thomas Nelson) by Kristy Cambron




Conspiracy of Silence (Bethany House) by Ronie Kendig
Cold Shot (Bethany House) by Dani Pettrey
Dressed for Death (Bethany House) by Julianna Deering
If I Run (Zondervan) by Terri Blackstock
When Death Draws Near (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks


Literature for Young Adults


A Daring Sacrifice (Zondervan) by Jody Hedlund
Gilt Hollow (Blink) by Lorie Langdon
I’ll Be Yours (Sweet Pea Productions) by Jenny B. Jones
Siren’s Song (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber
Unblemished (Thomas Nelson) by Sara Ella


Speculative Fiction


Accelerant (Enclave) by Ronie Kendig
The Calling (Tyndale) by Rachelle Dekker
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (Thomas Nelson) by James L. Rubart
Seasons of Glory (Blink) by Lisa T. Bergren
The Shattered Vigil (Bethany House) by Patrick W. Carr


Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our 2017 judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.

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16 Responses to INSPY Awards 2017 Shortlists

  1. Congratulations to all the finalists. Fabulous achievement.

    And to the INSPY Board – thank you once again for your commitment and service to the Christian Fiction industry. You all serve us with passion, diligence, excellence and love. We’re so blessed to have you.

    I hope you can now take a little time out to read at your leisure.


    • Ian » We appreciate your support and encouragement, Ian. Now you and your fellow judges have the hard task of selecting the winners :)

  2. Congratulations to the finalists!

    Thank you to the INSPY Board and category judges!!

    I’ve read several of the nominees and have many others on my TBR. There are definitely some fabulous finds among the finalists.

  3. Fabulous list! Congrats all! Special congrats to my lovely EHCMW friend, Ronie Kendig. Double finalist!

  4. What a great list. I’m glad I don’t have to chose the winners! What a hard job.
    Congratulations to the authors!

  5. Such a great collection! So excited for all these authors! Thanks to you and the other judges, as well :)

  6. Thank you INSPY board for all your hard work!

  7. Thank you authors for sharing your gift of writing with us. Thank you INSPY judges for giving your time to this daunting task. And thank you God for giving me a great selection of reading material for my summer reading pleasure. Win / Win!!!

    • Pam – Florida » Yay for summer and books! As I head towards winter…sigh…

      • Hey Rel! Come on over! You are welcome to spend some time in sunny Florida – I’ve got a spare bedroom, a big back porch lined with rocking chairs and overhead fans – lots of ice tea and lemonade – and it’s BYOB – Bring Your Own Books!!! LOL

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