INSPYs 2017 | Presenting the 2017 INSPY Longlists

Monday, January 30, 2017

G'morning my fellow book nerd friends. Today is a great day in the INSPY timeline. Today is the day we pull back the mysterious veil and reveal the books that YOU nominated for the 2017 INSPYs.

Many thanks so all of you who nominated these books, and many happy congratulations to the authors whose books have made the long list cut.

Without further preamble or rambling or hype, allow me to share with you all the 2017 longlist. Read on for our official INSPYs announcement.

Hello fellow readers, blogger and authors. Before we announce the 2017 longlists, we first want to recap our year so far. First we welcomed our newest board member, Kara and then announced the inclusion of INDIE novels to our nomination process. Like last year, the following nomination process applied to each of our seven categories.

To help simplify our nomination process, we made some adjustments to our awards program. To that end, instead of publicizing our long list of nominations as they poured in, the Advisory Board kept the list private since the method of nomination involved a process of popular vote. The number of books that received the most nominations (the top 15 from each category) came out as the winners, which then determined the long lists.

Due to insufficient nominations or ineligibility, some categories fall short of the requisite 15 novels.

From the lists below, the Advisory Board will be narrowing these respective lists down to five books per category which will become our 2017 short lists. From there, the same judging process and practices will follow.

Grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy browsing through the books that YOU nominated, propelling them into “phase two.”

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
A Twist of Faith (Firefly Southern Fiction) by Pepper Basham
Silence in the Dark (Revell) by Patricia Bradley
Step by Step (Tyndale) by Candace Calvert
The Wedding Shop (Zondervan) by Rachel Hauck
Just a Kiss (Thomas Nelson) by Denise Hunter
Can’t Help Falling (Howard Books) by Kara Isaac
Tell me Lies (Brown Girls Faith) by Michelle Lindo-Rice
First Crush (Bling! Romance) by Ashley Elizabeth Ludwig
Finders Keepers (Radiant Publications) by Sarah Monzon
How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart (White Rose Publishing) by Candice Sue Patterson
Christmas Conspiracy (Love Inspired) by Susan Sleeman
The Heart’s Hostage (Sheaf House Publishers) by Jen Stephens
Like Never Before (Bethany House) by Melissa Tagg
Her One and Only (Bethany House) by Becky Wade
You’re the One that I Want (Tyndale) by Susan May Warren

Debut Novel
Forgiven (Cerrillo Press) by Carol Ashby
Counted with the Stars (Bethany House) by Connilyn Cossette
Slender Reeds: Jochebed's Hope (Shiloh Run Press) by Texie Susan Gregory
The Lost Generation (Elk Lake Publishing) by Erica Marie Hogan
Close to You (Howard Books) by Kara Isaac
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake (Thomas Nelson) by Celeste Fletcher McHale
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus (Tyndale) by Beth Moore
Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations (WhiteFire) by V. Joy Palmer
- Leaving Independence (Waterfall Press) by Leanne W. Smith

General Fiction
Land of Silence (Tyndale) by Tessa Afshar
Weighed Down (Elk Lake Publishing) by Laurie Bolden
The Feathered Bone (Thomas Nelson) by Julie Cantrell
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (Thomas Nelson) by Colleen Coble
The Promise of Jesse Woods (Tyndale) by Chris Fabry
Forest Child (Woodhaven Press) by Heather Day Gilbert
Long Way Gone (Thomas Nelson) by Charles Martin
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake (Thomas Nelson) by Celeste Fletcher McHale
The Alliance (Tyndale) by Jolina Petersheim
Of Stillness and Storm (Thomas Nelson) by Michèle Phoenix
Nor Forsake (Presley Publishing) by Julie Presley
A Portrait of Emily Price (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay
Song of Silence (Abingdon Press) by Cynthia Ruchti
Lead Me Home (Tyndale) by Amy K. Sorrells
The Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson) by Catherine West

Historical Romance
The Thorn Healer (Vinspire Publishing) by Pepper D. Basham
The Thorn Keeper (Vinspire Publishing) by Pepper D. Basham
A Flight of Arrows (WaterBrook) by Lori Benton
The Lady and the Lionheart (Mason Jar Books) by Joanne Bischof
The Ringmaster’s Wife (Thomas Nelson) by Kristy Cambron
The Cautious Maiden (Whitaker House) by Dawn Crandall
The Captive Heart (Shiloh Run Press) by Michelle Griep
Newton and Polly (WaterBrook) by Jody Hedlund
An Elegant Facade (Bethany House) by Kristi Ann Hunter
A Heart Most Certain (Bethany House) by Melissa Jaegers
Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media) by Keely Brooke Keith
The Sound of Emeralds (WhiteFire) by Rachelle Rea
She Walks in Power (Ransom Press) by MaryLu Tyndall
A Lady Unrivaled (Bethany House) by Roseanna M. White
The Confessions of X (Thomas Nelson) by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Literature for Young Adults
Unblemished (Thomas Nelson) by Sara Ella
The Beautiful Pretender (Thomas Nelson) by Melanie Dickerson
The Silent Songbird (Thomas Nelson) by Melanie Dickerson
A Daring Sacrifice (Zondervan) by Jody Hedlund
- I’ll Be Yours (Sweet Pea Productions) by Jenny B. Jones
Forever Doon (Blink) by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp
Gilt Hollow (Blink) by Lorie Langdon
The Glass Castle (Shiloh Run Press) by Trisha White Priebe
One Paris Summer (Blink) by Denise Grover Swank
Siren’s Song (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber

If I Run (Zondervan) by Terri Blackstock
The Domino Effect (Bethany House) by Davis Bunn
Deep Shadows (Harvest House) by Vanetta Chapman
Dressed for Death (Bethany House) by Julianna Deering
Always Watching (Revell) by Lynette Eason
The Waves Break Gray (Running Girl Prodcutions) by Sibella Giorello
Tangled Webs (Revell) by Irene Hannon
Missing (Revell) by Lisa Harris
Conspiracy of Silence (Bethany House) by Ronie Kendig
The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House) by Rachel McMillan
A Lesson in Love and Murder (Harvest House) by Rachel McMillan
Fatal Frost (Bethany House) by Nancy Mehl
When Death Draws Near (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks
Cold Shot (Bethany House) by Dani Pettrey
The Progeny (Howard Books) by Tosca Lee

Speculative Fiction
Seasons of Glory (Blink) by Lisa T. Bergren
Light of the Last (Multnomah) by Chuck Black
The Shattered Vigil (Bethany House) by Patrick W. Carr
The Calling (Tyndale) by Rachelle Decker
Accelerant (Enclave) by Ronie Kendig
Merchant of Alyss (Revell) by Thomas Locke
Rebirth (Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing) by Amy Brock McNew
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (Thomas Nelson) by James L. Rubart
Beast (Enclave) by Chawna Schroeder
A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold (Rooglewood Press) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Far and Near (David C. Cook) by Amanda G. Stevens
King’s Folly (Bethany House) by Jill Williamson

We’d like to congratulate all of the nominated authors and thank all of the bloggers and readers who put forth their favorite reads of 2016. 

We’re ready to get to work and find the top five in each of these categories. ♥


  1. WOW! This is a great list of books! :)

    1. Definitely. So many people nominated so many great books. :)


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