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Thomas Nelson, Zondervan authors
win 2017 INSPY Awards

(Nashville, TN) July 10, 2017HarperCollins Christian Publishing is pleased to announce authors Denise Hunter, Sara Ella and Terri Blackstock were among this year’s INSPY Awards winners. The INSPY Awards were created by bloggers to highlight the very best in fictional literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith.

Hunter won in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category for her book, Just a Kiss (Thomas Nelson). Hunter lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including Dancing with Fireflies andThe Convenient Groom.

Ella won in the Literature for Young People category for her fantasy novel Unblemished (Thomas Nelson). Ella lives in Tempe, Az., and Unblemished is her debut novel, which will be followed by Unraveling, releasing this month.

Blackstock won in the Mystery and Thriller category for If I Run (Zondervan). Blackstock lives in Clinton, Miss., and has been writing for Zondervan for more than 20 years. She is a New York Times andUSA Today bestseller, with more than 7 million books sold.

“We are so proud of all of our authors who were both nominated and who won 2017 INSPY Awards,” said Amanda Bostic, publisher of fiction. “Our authors consistently strive to bring readers compelling content that honors God and promotes biblical principles. Seeing these authors recognized by the INSPY Awards shows that they are accomplishing this mission well.”

The 2017 INSPY Awards season covers books published from January 1st 2016 and December 31st, 2016.

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., is a world-leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum, and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information, visit

About Zondervan: Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products.The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

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