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Monday, July 19, 2010


A press release from American Christian Fiction Writers states:

(Palm Bay, FL) Honoring excellence in Christian fiction of all genres, American Christian Fiction Writers notes these finalists for their Carol Awards (formerly the Book of the Year Awards).


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

The Carol Awards evolved from ACFW’s Book of the Year Awards to honor the highest achievement for published authors of Christian fiction. “ACFW owes a great debt of gratitude to Christian fiction pioneers,” says ACFW president Cynthia Ruchti, “including editor and visionary Carol Johnson who played a key role in helping Christian fiction make a mark in the publishing world.” The 2010 Carol Award winners will be announced at ACFW’s annual conference in Indianapolis, September 17-20, 2010 during the Awards Banquet. Carol Johnson, the award’s namesake, and renowned author Janette Oke will serve as guest award presenters.

About ACFW: ACFW is devoted to training its writers, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional Christian fiction publishing industry. With more than 2100 members and 21 local chapters in 15 states as well as a beyond-the-borders e-chapter, ACFW speaks as The Voice of Christian Fiction. For more information about ACFW and the upcoming conference, visit or contact Angela Breidenbach, publicity officer, at

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For a complete list of Carol finalists, go to

For a chance to win one of my books as well as The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis and Love Finds You in Calico, California, leave a comment.


Merry said...

Congratulations, Darlene, just to be named means you are a winner!

karenk said...

congratulations darlene :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Tami said...

YAY!!! Congratulations! :)

Barb said...

Wow!! Congratulations, Darlene. I'm excited for you!!

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks for all the congratulations! And Barb, flattery will get you everywhere. :)

Carla Gade said...

Oh, my!!! I'm jumping up and down with excitement for you, Darlene! What a wonderful honor.

grannyvon said...

Wow, Congratulations. I would also like to win the books. I am an avid reader and can't keep enough to read.. Thanks