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Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Christy Award Finalists 2023 organized by ECPA and hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! We extend our sincere and enthusiastic congratulations to The Christy Award 2023 Finalists & Winners (announced on November 16th)!

You are Invited

The Christy Award Gala 2023
Via webcast
November 16, 2023 | 7 pm
Featuring Chris Fabry, Davis Bunn, Janette Oke, and a host of Christy-winning authors

Hosted by Christy Hall of Fame author Chris Fabry, the Christy Award Winners Gala will be held Thursday, November 16th at 7pm CT via free webcast to recognize the finalists and announce the winners of The Christy Award in nine categories, Book of the Year, and Amplify Award. The event will feature two literary greats, Christian fiction legacy authors Janette Oke and Davis Bunn. Award presenters will include Christy winning authors Amanda Cox, Toni Shiloh, Nicole Deese, Patricia Raybon, Jocelyn Green, Sarah Sundin, Terri Blackstock, Karen Witemeyer, Sharon Hinck, and Kara Swanson.

The Christy Award Finalists 2023


A Seaside Wonder All That It Takes To Believe in You To Win a Prince

A Seaside Wonder by Melissa Tagg (Larkspur Press)
All That It Takes by Nicole Deese (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
To Believe in You by Emily Conrad (Hope Anchor LLC)
WINNER – To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip  The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon  Porch Music

WINNER – The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
WINNER – The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon by Linda MacKillop (Kregel Publications)
Porch Music by Kathy Maresca (TouchPoint Press Faith)


By Way of the Moonlight  When Stone Wings Fly  Where the Blue Sky Begins

By Way of the Moonlight by Elizabeth Musser (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
When Stone Wings Fly by Karen Barnett (Kregel Publications)
WINNER – Where the Blue Sky Begins by Katie Powner (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


All the Lost Places  The Hidden Prince  Within These Walls of Sorrow

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Hidden Prince by Tessa Afshar (Tyndale House Publishers)
WINNER – Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)


The Italian Ballerina The Rose and the Thistle The Sound of Light Yesterday's Tides

The Italian Ballerina by Kristy Cambron (Thomas Nelson Publishers)
WINNER The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
Yesterday’s Tides by Roseanna M. White (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


By Way of Deception Cold Light of Day Forged The Souls of Lost Lake

By Way of Deception by Amir Tsarfati and Steve Yohn (Harvest House Publishers)
WINNER – Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
Forged by Sara Davison (Mountain Brook Ink)

The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


A Return to Hawthorne House   O Little Town  Kiss Me On Christmas

WINNER – Always a Lady (in A Return to Hawthorne House) by Kristi Ann Hunter (Oholiab Creations, LLC)
Hopes and Fears (in O Little Town) by Amanda Wen (Kregel Publications)
Kiss Me on Christmas by Sarah Monzon (Sarah Monzon)


Drawn in Ash  Dream of Kings  Yesterday's Gone

Drawn in Ash by John W. Otte (John W. Otte)
WINNER – Dream of Kings by Sharon Hinck (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media)
Yesterday’s Gone by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall (Tyndale House Publishers)


Blood Secrets  This Dreamer  The Whisperer's Wish

Wishtress  The Wonderland Trials

Blood Secrets by Morgan L. Busse (Enclave Escape, a division of Oasis Family Media)
WINNER –This Dreamer by Sara Watterson (Sara Watterson)
The Whisperer’s Wish by Janilise Lloyd (Scrivenings Press)
Wishtress by Nadine Brandes (Thomas Nelson)
The Wonderland Trials by Sara Ella (Enclave Escape, a division of Oasis Family Media)


The Star That Always Stays

The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson (Holiday House)


Within These Walls of Sorrow

Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive their choice of The Art of Writing registration OR print copies of The Christy Award finalist titles for one category!

The Christy Award Finalists 2023 JustRead Tours giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 27, 2023 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on November 3, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Register for The Christy Award 2023 Events

The Art of Writing webinars on Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. CT $69
online October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9
This virtual conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators includes access and
recordings to four webinars organized by publishers.

The Christy Award winners webcast on November 16 at 7 p.m. CT. – free but registration is required.
Celebrate this year’s finalists and winners with authors, editors, publishers, and readers!

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The Christy Award® is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999. For more information about ECPA, visit For more information about the Christy Awards and Art of Writing conferences, visit or email

Join Us

JustRead is hosting a special celebration of this year’s finalists. You’re invited to participate in our Watch Party for The Christy Award Winners Gala webcast in St. Louis followed by the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous on November 17! Reader registration ends soon.

Tour Schedule

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Launch Post @JustReadTours

October 27
By The Book
Britt Reads Fiction
Cover Lover Book Review
Only By Grace Reviews
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Pens Pages & Pulses
Danielle’s Writing Spot
Pick a good book
Batya’s Bits
Labor Not in Vain
Heidi Reads…
Library Lady’s Kid Lit
Beauty in the Binding
Happily Managing a Household of Boys
The Plain-Spoken Pen
Reading Excursions
Blooming with Books
A Modern Day Fairy Tale
All-of-a-kind Mom
Through the fire blogs
Paper Ink & Lizard
Reading Is My SuperPower
Faithfully Bookish
JustRead Rendezvous

JustRead Publicity Tours


  1. Corrie.S.P.

    I have not read nay of these books, but I am very familiar with some of them, due to reviews and posts I have read about them. I have a few on my TBR!

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