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Tara C. Allred, left, Josi S. Kilpack, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Dan Wells, Traci Hunter Abramson, Valynne E. Maetani and A.L. Sowards were recognized for their novels on May 7, 2016, at the Whitney Awards gala at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah.

Josi S. Kilpack’s “Lord Fenton’s Folly” received the 2015 Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year during the gala May 7.

The historical love story, published through Deseret Book’s “A Proper Romance” label, follows Lord Fenton as he has to clean up his life and marry in order to receive his inheritance. It was also named Best Romance Novel.

Forty books by 36 Mormon novelists were finalists across eight categories for the awards that recognize novels written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 2015.

Best Youth Novel of the Year went to Jennifer A. Nielsen for her middle grade novel “A Night Divided.” Valynne E. Maetani received the Best Novel by a New Author award for her young adult novel “Ink and Ashes.”

In the youth categories, Nielsen received Best Middle Grade Novel for “A Night Divided,” set in post-World War II Germany. In the General Youth Fiction category, the award went to Martine Leavitt for “Calvin,” and Brandon Sanderson’s “Firefight” won the Speculative Youth Fiction category.

In the General Fiction category, Tara C. Allred received the award for “The Other Side of Quiet.” A.L. Sowards’ “The Rules in Rome” won in the Historical category.

In the Speculative category, Dan Wells won the award for “The Devil’s Only Friend” and Traci Hunter Abramson received the Whitney Award in the Mystery/Suspense category for “Failsafe.

Also honored were Tracy and Laura Hickman with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and Marsha Ward with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Hickmans are high school sweethearts and co-authors of fantasy game designs and novels, according their website at trhickman.com. Tracy Hickman has also co-authored several books with Margaret Weis.

Ward is a poet, author and editor. Her published works include The Owen Family historical fiction series. She is also the founder of the American Night Writers Association, a network for women writers of the LDS faith, according to her website at marshaward.com.

Visit whitneyawards.com for more information.

The Whitney Awards were founded by author Robison Wells in 2007 and named after early LDS apostle Orson F. Whitney.

The deadline to nominate a novel by a Mormon author published in 2016 for a 2016 Whitney Award is Dec. 31. Nominations can be made online at whitneyawards.com.

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