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Whitney Award finalists announced

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 10 2010 12:17 a.m. MST

Thirty Mormon novelists have been nominated as finalists in six categories for the Whitney Awards.For best romance, finalists are “Counting the Cost,” by Liz Adair; ”Illuminations of the Heart,” by Joyce DiPastena; “All the Stars in Heaven,” by Michele Paige Holmes; “Santa Maybe,” by Aubrey Mace; “Previously Engaged,” by Elodia Strain.In the mystery suspense category, finalists are “Lockdown,” by Traci Hunter Abramson; “Methods of Madness,” by Stephanie Black; “Murder by the Book,” by Betsy Brannon Green; “Lemon Tart,” by Josi Kilpack; “Altered State,” by Gregg Luke.In the youth fiction category, finalists are “Princess of the Midnight Ball,” by Jessica Day George; “Fablehaven IV: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary,” by Brandon Mull; “My Fair Godmother,” by Janette Rallison; “Bright Blue Miracle,” by Becca Wilhite; “The Chosen One,” by Carol Lynch Williams.Finalists in the speculative category are “Servant of a Dark God,” by John Brown; “The Maze Runner,” by James Dashner; “Wings,” by Aprilynne Pike; “Warbreaker,” by Brandon Sanderson; “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” by Dan Wells.In the historical category, finalists are “Tribunal,” by Sandra Grey; “The Undaunted,” by Gerald Lund; “Alma,” by H.B. Moore; “The Last Waltz,” by G.G. Vandagriff; “In the Company of Angels,” by Dave Wolverton.In the general fiction category, the top five are “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford; “No Going Back,” by Jonathon Langford; “Gravity vs. the Girl,” by Riley Noehren; “The Route,” by Gale Sears; “Eyes Like Mine,” by Julie Wright.Winners will be announced at a banquet on Saturday, April 24 at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah. Tickets are now on sale at www.WhitneyAwards.com.Also, Gerald Lund will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dave Wolverton will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award.

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