by Marsha Ward
Congratulations to the 2007 Whitney Awards Finalists!
The Whitney Awards were created by LDStorymakers, Inc., an author's guild, to recognize the best fiction written by LDS authors.
The award winners will be announced at the Whitney Gala on March 22, 2008, in Sandy, Utah. Tickets are available here. They are limited in number, so if you want to be there, don't delay in purchasing your ticket.
Awards will be given in five genre categories, and in two overall categories.
BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Out of Jerusalem, Vol. 4: Land of Inheritance, by Heather Moore; On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell; The Operative, by Willard Boyd Gardner; and Upon the Mountains, by Gale Sears.
BEST NOVEL BY A NEW AUTHOR:
Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Wet Desert, by Gary Hansen; Counting Stars, by Michele Holmes; Beyond the Horizon, by Judy C. Olsen; and On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell.
BEST ROMANCE / WOMEN’S FICTION:
Counting Stars, by Michele Holmes; Desire of Our Hearts, by Sariah Wilson; Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer; The Independence Club, by Rachel Ann Nunes; and Loyalty's Web, by Joyce DiPastena.
BEST MYSTERY / SUSPENSE:
The Deep End, by Traci Hunter Abramson; Grave Secrets, by Marlene Austen; Hazardous Duty, by Betsy Brannon Green; The Operative, by Willard Boyd Gardner; and Sheep's Clothing, by Josi Kilpack.
BEST YOUNG ADULT / CHILDRENS:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson; Bullies in the Headlights, by Matthew Buckley; First Day, by Allyson B. Condie; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend, by Janette Rallison; and Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, Book II), by Brandon Mull.
BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION:
Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale; Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Hunting Gideon, by Jessica Draper; The Lights of Mahonri Moriancumer, by Phyllis Gunderson; and The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book II), by Brandon Sanderson.
Beyond the Horizon, by Judy C. Olsen; Out of Jerusalem, Vol. 4: Land of Inheritance, by Heather Moore; On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell; Spires of Stone, by Annette Lyon; and Upon the Mountains, by Gale Sears.
Also on the gala evening's list of events is the presentation of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS to authors Jennie Hansen, Dean Hughes, and Anita Stansfield.