INSPYs News | Presenting the 2018 Shortlists

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Today is the day... finally we are ready to announce those 2018 INSPY shortlists. Apologies for the delay - we'll blame those differing time zones on this one. Before I share the shortlists, here are my usual shout-outs.

To the authors, readers and bloggers... thank you for nominating your favorite reads! Without your support, this program wouldn't work. We always appreciate your enthusiasm and support of the INSPYs.

To the publishers and publicists... thank you so much for kindly working with us.

To the judges... thank you for applying to judge, and for all the excitement you have for this program. The winners are now in your hands.

To my fellow Advisory Board friends... thanks for the fun times and conversations. Appreciate you all.

The Advisory Board discussed and considered the amazing novels that were on our 2018 longlists... and the result of that is the following list. Read on to discover those 2018 shortlists.


2018 Shortlists Announced

The day has arrived - the one we've all been waiting on. We are ready to announce our 2018 INSPYs shortlists. 

We thank you so much for your continued support, especially throughout the changes as we strive to create a program that is considerate of the many wonderful novels written in this genre. 

Following multiple book deliveries plus multiple time zones, and juggling our respective schedules, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board is thrilled to (finally) announce the 2018 shortlist contenders. As each year does, another daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 7th annual INSPY Awards. 


– A New Shade of Summer (Waterfall Press) by Nicole Deese
– Then There Was You (Bellbird Press) by Kara Isaac
– Jane of Austin (Waterbrook) by Hillary Manton Lodge
– True to You (Bethany House) by Becky Wade
– Just Look Up (Tyndale) by Courtney Walsh


– Still Waters (Firefly Southern Fiction) by Lindsey P. Brackett
– Freedom’s Ring (Tyndale) by Heidi Chiavaroli
– Count Me In (I21 Publishing House) by Mikal Dawn
– Stars in the Grass (Shiloh Run Press) by Ann Marie Stewart
– Lady Jayne Disappears (Revell) by Joanna Davidson Politano


– Perennials (Thomas Nelson) by Julie Cantrell
– A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (Kregel) by Susie Finkbeiner
– Life After (Waterbrook) by Katie Ganshert
– The Space Between Words (Thomas Nelson) by Michele Phoenix
– The Austen Escape (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay


– A Note Yet Unsung (Bethany House) by Tamera Alexander
– The Road to Paradise (Waterbrook) by Karen Barnett
– Many Sparrows (Waterbrook) by Lori Benton
– A Lady in Disguise (Howard) by Sandra Byrd
– A Moonbow Night (Revell) by Laura Frantz


– The Returning (Tyndale) by Rachelle Dekker
– Unraveling (Thomas Nelson) by Sara Ella
– For Love and Honor (Zondervan) by Jody Hedlund
– The Lost Girl of Astor Street (Blink) by Stephanie Morrill
– The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber


– The Enoch Effect (Waterfall Press) by Rick Acker
Death at Thorburn Hall (Bethany House) by Julianna Deering
– Crown of Souls (Bethany House) by Ronie Kendig
– A Portrait of Vengeance (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks
– Imperfect Justice (Thomas Nelson) by Cara Putman


– Raging Storm (Harvest House) by Vannetta Chapman
– The Divide (Tyndale) by Jolina Petersheim
– The Beast of Talesend (Indie) by Kyle Robert Schultz
– The Girl Who Could See (Indie) by Kara Swanson
– King’s Blood (Bethany House) by Jill Williamson

Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our 2018 judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.


  1. Love the picks! So many great books I loved, and several that are on my TBR!

    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy those still on your TBR, Heidi. :)


Have a thought? Don't be shy, go ahead and leave one... or two... or three! I reply to every comment. If you're new to the blog, please don't hesitate to introduce yourself and your blog - we love chatting around here!

Feedback and every comment is appreciated and read - I always leave a response; your opinions are respected and I ask that you show mine the same courtesy.

(If you post under “anonymous,” please leave a name. If you don't have a Google account, you can type your name into the Name/URL and if you have no site, just leave "URL" blank.)

If you are still reading my ramblings, thank you for following this little blog and for being one of its supporters. I’ve enjoyed getting to know each of you, friends!

Latest Instagrams

© Finding Wonderland. Design by FCD.