Saturday, March 21, 2009

Zora and Nicky is a Christy Award Finalist!

I guess it won't be my hooker heels garnering me attention at this Summer's Christy Awards.

I'm so freakin' happy!

Can you believe it???

And Lisa Samson, my bff lovies, is a finalist for her rawkin', amazing book Embrace Me.

It was my favorite Lisa Samson novel until her incredible The Passion of Mary Margaret came out.

How much does this rawk? Seriously. And we're in two different categories, so you can hope both of us will win!

Here is a list of all the finalist:

Contemporary Romance category are:

* Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
* Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
* Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook)

Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas category are:

* Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
* Summer Snow by Nicole Baart (Tyndale House Publishers)
* You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman (FaithWords)

Contemporary Standalone category are:

* Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
* Embrace Me by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
* Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas (Moody Publishers)

First Novel category are:

* Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake (David C. Cook)
* Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers)
* Safe at Home by Richard Doster (David C. Cook)

Historical category are:

* Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing Group)
* Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)
* Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (Bethany House Publishers)

Historical Romance category are:

* Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishers)
* From a Distance by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)
* The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen (B&H Publishing Group)

Suspense category are:

* By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers)
* The Rook by Steven James (Revell)
* Winter Haven by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)

Visionary category are:

* The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House Publishers)
* Shade by John B. Olson (B&H Publishing Group)
* Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)

Young Adult category are:

* The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina (FaithWords)
* I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers)
* On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)



Katy McKenna said...

I am SO thrilled for you, Claudia!!! And for BFF Lisa, too. And my good buddy Nancy Moser, with Washington's Lady, is in yet another cat, so I can be cheering for all three of you!!!!

Wear those heals and have a blast..... :)

ragamuffin diva said...

Thanks, Katy. I'm soooo stoked!

Elysa said...

I'm so happy, happy, happy for you! You, Nicky, and Zora SO deserve this!!!! :D

I wrote you a congratulations note over at my blog.

You and Lisa are going to have SO much fun at the Christys. Do y'all need a personal assistant? I work cheap. ;)

And I'm really looking forward to reading the PASSION OF MARY MARG, too. I didn't know until just a bit ago that Swaziland is mentioned...or maybe even part of it?

Alison Strobel Morrow said...


I don't know how that'll come out once I hit "enter" but it's a very long "Wahoo"!!! Oh my gracious sister I am so so so happy for you--and for Lisa too! Oh my gosh! And I'm so relieved you're in different categories or I would be at a complete loss as to who to cheer for. :) I hope you win!!!!!

wilsonian said...

Not a bit surprised :)
You totally rock, girl.

AllisonRhodes said...

I am so happy for you mair-francis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has made my day and life is pretty miserable right now.

Allison (formerly the other mair)

mystele said...

absolutely awesome!!!

Cecelia Dowdy said...

You're so freakin' happy? Can I believe it!


Happy for ya' Girl!

~Cecelia Dowdy~

Joni said...

How totally cool is that?!?!?!

I have to tell you, every time I'm in Barnes & Noble down here, I always make sure a certain author's books are face-out, etc...just so others will see them, too. (wink, wink!)


Caldonia Sun said...

I loved this story! Congratulations!!

CeCe Wilson said...

I truly hope the three of you win! That book has a blessing upon it and in it. Most books don't ask me to read them more than once in a week. . . .

Anonymous said...

I hope you win the Christy Award. That book changed my life.

Rhonda Jeanne said...

Yay! You RAWK! btw, I got Deadly Charm in the mail yesterday....I can't wait to get started.

Sarah said...

I am so happy for you. And this actually gives me the glimmer of hope for the Christian fiction industry - they're finally acknowledging you and Lisa Samson! I hope you win - and I hope you wear hooker heels. :-)