Those of you who are following the Whitney Award Nominees will know that ALMA was nominated as a finalist in the Historical Fiction category. I'm very honored! I'm glad that I forgot about the pending announcement and slept in that morning (my kids were out of school on Friday). I checked my phone for emails and saw something about the finalists being announced, so I had to, of course, go on my computer to discover who had made the cut. The small screen on my phone wouldn't suffice. Since Historical was the second to last category, I very slowly scrolled down, reading over the other categories to see if any of my predictions had come true. I was probably 75% on my predictions.
When I saw ALMA listed, I breathed a sigh of relief, then looked for several other books that I thought were excellent. Some made it, some didn't. It seemed every minute was a new revelation--what about this book or that book? I don't envy the judges in some of those categories. As you know, I've read quite a bit of fiction by LDS authors this year. Out of all the final nominees, there are only 9 that I haven't read.
Below, I've highlighted the books that I've read:
BEST ROMANCE: Counting the Cost, by Liz Adair; Illuminations of the Heart, by Joyce DiPastena; All the Stars in Heaven, by Michele Paige Holmes; Santa Maybe, by Aubrey Mace; Previously Engaged, by Elodia Strain.
MYSTERY/SUSPENSE: Lockdown, by Traci Hunter Abramson; Methods of Madness, by Stephanie Black; Murder by the Book, by Betsy Brannon Green; Lemon Tart, by Josi Kilpack; Altered State, by Gregg Luke.
YOUTH FICTION: Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George; Fablehaven IV: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull; My Fair Godmother, by Janette Rallison; Bright Blue Miracle, by Becca Wilhite; The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams.
SPECULATIVE: Servant of a Dark God, by John Brown; The Maze Runner, by James Dashner; Wings, by Aprilynne Pike; Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson; I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells.
HISTORICAL: Tribunal, by Sandra Grey; The Undaunted, by Gerald Lund; Alma, by H.B. Moore; The Last Waltz, by G.G. Vandagriff; In the Company of Angels, by David Farland (who is also Dave Wolverton).
GENERAL FICTION: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford; No Going Back, by Jonathon Langford; Gravity vs. The Girl, by Riley Noehren; The Route, by Gale Sears; Eyes Like Mine, by Julie Wright.
Winners of each category will be announced April 24th at the Whitney Award Gala. Also, the Whitney academy will vote in Best Novel and Best Novel by a New Author.
I already have my prediction, though that might change after I read the other nine books. I think these two books will be going neck and neck, although they are complete opposites, they are remarkable in their genres: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and The Chosen One.
Do you guys have any favorites going in?
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Vote on whether or not you think I should do a blog tour for this book. It's a more serious, religious type book (although still quite entertaining, especially the chapters on Isabel and the daughter of Jared) . . . so I'm wondering what my fellow bloggers think. If you'd be interested in reading non-fiction (90 page book with PICTURES) and doing a blog review, let me know in the comments. If I find enough interest, then I can start putting a plan together.