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CAROL STREAM, Ill.—Tyndale House Publishers is delighted to announce that three Tyndale fiction authors, Chris Fabry, Tracy Groot, and Susan May Warren, received Christy Awards at the 2013 Christy Awards ceremony, held recently at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. Christy Awards honor and promote excellence in Christian fiction. The 14th annual Christy Awards celebration was held on Monday, June 24, in conjunction with CBA’s International Christian Retail Show, which took place June 23–26.

Author Chris Fabry won the 2013 Christy Award in the Contemporary Standalone category for his title, Not in the Heart. This book is about a down-on-his-luck journalist who is given the “opportunity of a lifetime” story that forces him to seek the truth and make difficult choices as his beloved son awaits a lifesaving heart transplant. It has been said of Chris Fabry that his lyrical prose and tales of redemption keep readers returning for more. This is Chris’s third Christy Award, and he has published more than sixty-five books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal alike.

Tracy Groot won her 2013 Christy Award in the Historical category for Flame of Resistance, which exemplifies her unique style of storytelling—reimagining biblical stories within other historical contexts. In this book, Groot cleverly fashions the biblical story of the prostitute Rahab into a World War II era tale that takes place in Normandy in the spring of 1944, when an American pilot and a French prostitute aid the local French resistance in their efforts to help the Allied cause. Tracy’s novels have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews. They have been called "beautifully written" and "page-turning" by Publishers Weekly and "gripping" with "exquisitely drawn" characters by Library Journal. This is Tracy’s second Christy Award.

Susan May Warren received her Christy Award for You Don’t Know Me, in the Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas category. This book tells the tale of a woman who is relocated through the Witness Security Program to the sleepy town of Deep Haven, and despite her new identity and a fresh start, twenty years later, she is woefully unprepared for her past to catch up with her. Warren is the author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. Library Journal commends Warren for her “well-developed characters” and “solid story line.” Romantic Times calls You Don’t Know Me, “A wonderful story, filled with family and faith.”

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