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ATLANTAThe 2011 Christy Awards presentation was held Monday evening, July, 11, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta during the International Christian Retail Show. The banquet featured a keynote address by celebrated screenwriter and director Randall Wallace and was emceed by New York Times best-selling and Christy Award-winning author, Liz Curtis Higgs. Christian fiction fans not able to attend the event in person were able to participate via a liveblog on the Christy Awards website. An archive of the event can be accessed online at

The Christy Awards honor the best in Christian fiction in nine categories. The Christy Awards Advisory Board is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2011 Christy Awards.

Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills • Tyndale House Publishers
A recent string of attacks and arrests leads Danika, a border patrol agent, to believe her husband’s death may have been part of a larger conspiracy, and it appears that she’s the next target. Danika turns to the only person she can trust—a doctor at the local medical clinic—and together they search for answers before more innocent lives are destroyed.
Diann Mills is the award-winning, best-selling author of more than fifteen novels—including the Call of Duty series—with over one and a half million copies in print. DiAnn lives in Houston, Tex., with her husband.

The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue • David C Cook
At age forty-two, Allison Chamberlain is still making a half-hearted attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. One Sunday she senses a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her, and soon she is wondering if she is called to present the reality of Christ to one of society’s darkest corners.
Nancy Rue is the author of more than 100 books for adults and teens. She lives on a lake in Tennessee with her Harley-ridin’ husband Jim and their two yellow labs (without whom writing would be difficult).

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry • Tyndale House Publishers
Billy Allman is a hillbilly genius who dreams of making an impact on the world beyond the hills and hollers of Dogwood, West Virginia, but things just always seem to go wrong. Billy’s life has not gone unnoticed, however, and Malachi, an angel sent to observe and protect Billy, slowly begins to see that each step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.
Chris Fabry is an award-winning, best-selling author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is the author of seventy books for children and adults. Chris and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children and live in Arizona.

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
When Princess Una of Parumvir ignores the warnings of a mysterious prince, she finds herself in the sights of the terrible Dragon King. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.
Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, N.C., where she lives with her husband, Rohan, and a passel of cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and she studies piano, painting, and fencing.

While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember, and now that Eddie’s wife is dead, Penny feels she’s been given a second chance to become part of his life. But that seed of hope soon grows out of control into a sprawling, tangled vine, uprooting secrets and changing her life forever.
Lynn Austin has won seven Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, was made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Ill.

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides herself in an abandoned gatehouse. Captain Matthew Bryant is intrigued by this beguiling outcast, but will he risk his plans—and his heart—for a woman shadowed by scandal?
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she now makes her home in St. Paul, Minn., with her husband and two sons.

The Bishop by Steven James • Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers’ cutting-edge skills are about to be pushed to the limit. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington, D.C., her killers continue a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. But with nothing to link them to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet—even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.
Steven James has written more than twenty books. The Pawn, the first in his best-selling thriller series, is the basis of a TV series currently in development. One of the nation’s most innovative storytellers, Steven developed his skill as a performer at East Tennessee State University. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson • Marcher Lord Press
Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard Knights have fled into Darkness to escape the wrath of the former prince. Darkness is growing and only one man can push it back. Achan wanted freedom, not a crown, but he will not be a puppet prince. Either he will accept his role and take charge or he will flee. But which will he choose?
Jill Williamson won a Christy Award for her first novel, By Darkness Hid. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.

Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book by Nancy Rue • Zondervan
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher has ADHD and often uses her bubbly charm to cover up her problems. But when her biological father appears from nowhere and tells her she’ll be spending time with him in Florida, Jessie finds she’ll need more than charm this time. In fact, a mysterious book might be the answer to her problems.
Nancy Rue is author of more than 100 books for adults and teens, editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and a radio guest with expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband Jim have raised a daughter of their own and live on a lake in Tennessee.

The Christy Awards are proud to honor both Catherine Marshall and her novel through the annual presentation of the Christy Awards, which recognize novels of excellence.

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