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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 19, 2010 – Booklist Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association, named two Abingdon Press fiction novels among their top 10 of inspirational fiction for 2010. I Shall Not Want by Debbie Viguie (Sept 2010) and The Voyage of Promise by Kay Marshall Strom (October 2010) rank among best-selling authors such as Francine Rivers, Brandilyn Collins, and Julie Lessman.

Various Booklist editors make their selections based on how the titles handle their religious themes with great skill while also offering engrossing plots. All of the titles listed were also reviewed in the magazine.

I Shall Not Want is the second book of a three-part murder mystery series, The Psalm 23 Mysteries. Cindy & Jeremiah come from two different worlds- Cindy is a church secretary and Jeremiah is a Reformed rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement! Together they have faced down a serial killer at Easter and formed an unlikely friendship. In the second book, one of the members of Cindy’s church, has organized a new charity that provides homeless people with rescue dogs to love and care for. But one by one, the homeless recipients are being murdered and their dogs stolen. Cindy & Jeremiah rush to solve the mystery before another killer strikes again!

Of her nomination, Viguie comments, “When I learned that I Shall Not Want was being included in this prestigious list I was thrilled. I am blessed with a fabulous team at Abingdon who believe in me and my mystery series about a church secretary and a rabbi. Being recognized in this way makes all our hard work worth it!”

The Voyage of Promise, also ranked in Booklist’s top 10 is the second book in a three-part series entitled Grace in Africa. The Voyage of Promise is the continuing saga of Grace Winslow, daughter of an English sea captain and powerful African American princess. When slavers burst into Grace Winslow’s life with guns blazing, they tear her family apart forever. She watches in anguish as her husband is led in chains aboard a tightly packed slave ship bound for America. An old enemy has a more sinister plan for Grace and prepares her for a different kind of servitude in London. But Grace will not be enslaved. And she will not give up on the man she loves. In her determination to be reunited with her husband, she finds God reaching out to her.

When asked to comment on this honor, author Kay Marshall Strom said “What an amazing honor to be included on this list! It’s not easy to face the worst of our past, either as a writer or as a reader. My passion is to give a voice to those not usually heard, and I could not have asked for a more wonderful platform. I am most grateful.”

About the Authors:
Debbie Viguie is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Wicked series with Nancy Holder. She is also the author of several books including the Sweet Seasons series, Midnight Pearls, and Scarlet Moon. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She resides with her husband in Celebration, FL. Visit her on the web at

Kay Marshall Strom has published 34 books, short stories, and two prize-winning screenplays. Her best-known work is Once Blind: The Life of John Newton, which is packaged with the DVD film Amazing Grace. The Call of Zulina, her first book in the Grace in Africa series received a starred review in 2009 from Library Journal. She and her husband reside in Eugene, OR.

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