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Whitney Award finalists for 2013 are announced

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

Thirty-four Mormon novelists have been nominated as finalists in eight categories for the 2013 Whitney Awards. The awards are for novels written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A middle-grade category was added last year, and there will be two novel of the year awards presented — one from the five adult categories and one from the three youth categories.

Finalists for best general novel are “Love Letters from the Angel of Death” by Jennifer Quist; “Mile 21” by Sarah Dunster; “Road to Bountiful” by Donald Smurthwaite; “Ruby’s Secret” by Heather B. Moore; and “The House at Rose Creek” by Jenny Proctor.

For best historical novel, the finalists are “Belonging to Heaven” by Gale Sears; “Esther the Queen” by Heather B. Moore; “Safe Passage” by Carla Kelly; “The Mounds Anomaly” by Phyllis Gunderson; and “Where the River Once Flowed” by Jennie Hansen.

Finalists in the romance category are “Blackmoore” by Julianne Donaldson; “Hearth Fires” by Dorothy Keddington; “Longing for Home” by Sarah M. Eden; “Second Chances” by Melanie Jacobson; and “The Orchard” by Krista Lynne Jensen.

In the mystery/suspense category, the finalists are “Rocky Road” by Josi S. Kilpack; “Deep Cover” by Traci Hunter Abramson; “I, Spy” by Jordan McCollum; “Finding Sheba” by Heather B. Moore; and “Spy for a Spy” by Jordan McCollum.

For the best speculative fiction, the finalists are “Dark Memories” by Jeffrey S. Savage; “Echo in Time” by C.J. Hill; “Heart of the Ocean” by Heather B. Moore; “The Witnesses” by Stephanie Black; and “Winter Queen” by Amber Argyle.

Finalists in the youth fiction speculative category are “Friends and Traitors: Slayers 2” by C.J. Hill; “Insomnia” by J.R. Johanson; “Pivot Point” by Kasie West; “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson; and “Blackout” by Robison Wells.

In the youth fiction general category, finalists are “All the Truth That’s in Me” by Julie Berry; “Chasing June” by Shannen Crane Camp; “Dead Girls Don’t Lie” by Jennifer Shaw Wolf; “Going Vintage” by Lindsey Leavitt; and “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West.

Finalists in the middle-grade category are “Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret” by Chad Morris; “Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin” by Liesel Shurtliff; “Sky Jumpers” by Peggy Eddleman; “Wednesdays in the Tower” by Jessica Day George; and “The Runaway King” by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Those eligible for “Best Novel by a New Author” include Proctor, McCollum, Johansson, West, Morris, Shurtliff and Eddleman.

Members of the Whitney Academy, including members of LDStorymakers and other industry professionals, have until April 13 to submit their votes in the categories they vote in.

Winners will be announced at a banquet on April 26 at the Davis Convention Center, 1651 N. 700 West, Layton. Tickets are $35 and are available via www.WhitneyAwards.com.

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