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Right Cross is a 2022 Carol Award Finalist!

This past Friday it was announced that Right Cross is 2022 ACFW Carol Awards Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category! This is an incredible honor, and I'm honestly still shell-shocked from the news. The Carol Awards are a big deal in the Christian Fiction industry; to even final is a huge honor.

I have so much gratitude for the team at Kregel Publications and for my editors, Janyre Tromp and Dori Harrell; I couldn't have made it here without them! The winners will be announced during the ACFW conference this September in St. Louis. Fingers CROSSed! (I know, it's a terrible joke, but hey yesterday was Father's Day, so....)

Here's the complete list of finalists in each category:



Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Editor: Melissa Jagears

A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry

Tyndale House

Editor: Sarah Rische

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen

Kregel Publications

Editors: Janyre Tromp and Joel Armstrong


The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli

Tyndale House

Editors: Caleb Sjogren and Jan Stob

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Editor: Jessica Sharpe

Rain by Dana McNeely

Mountain Brook Ink

Editor: Miralee Ferrell

Historical Romance

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Editors: Becky Monds and Laura Wheeler

The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Editors: Raela Schoenherr and Jessica Sharpe

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep

Barbour Publishing

Editors: Reagen Reed and Annie Tipton


Right Cross by Andrew Huff

Kregel Publications

Editors: Janyre Tromp and Dori Harrell

Manna Reign by Neena Roth

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Editors: Judy DeVries and Alice Shepherd

Dark Intercept by Andrews and Wilson (Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson)

Tyndale House

Editor: Karen Watson


Star Light (part of The Heart of Christmas Anthology) by Sara Davison

Independent Author

Editor: Deb Elkink

Believing the Hero by Tara Grace Ericson

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Editor: Brandi Aquino

A Texas Christmas Carol (from Under the Texas Mistletoe) by Karen Witemeyer

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Editors: Dave Long and Jessica Sharpe


The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby by Jennifer Beckstrand

Kensington Books

Editor: John Scognamiglio

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Editors: Sarah Long and Raela Schoenherr

Provenance by Carla Laureno

Tyndale House

Editors: Sarah Rische and Jan Stob

Romantic Suspense

Driven by Sara Davison

Mountain Brook Ink

Editors: Miralee Ferrell and Alyssa Roat

Danger on the Loch by Paige Edwards

Covenant Communications Inc.

Editor: Ashley Gebert

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group

Editors: Kristin Kornoelje and Jennifer Leep

Short Novel

Choosing His Family by Jill Lynn

Love Inspired (Harlequin)

Editor: Shana Asaro

A Mother’s Strength by Allie Pleiter

Love Inspired (Harlequin)

Editor: Melissa Endlich

Texas Baby Cover-up by Virginia Vaughn

Love Inspired (Harlequin)

Editor: Shana Asaro


Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse

Enclave Publishing

Editors: Lisa Laube and Steve Laube

Windward Shore by Sharon Hinck

Enclave Publishing

Editors: Lindsay Franklin and Reagen Reed

Cast the First Stone by David James Warren

(aka Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren)

Tristone Media Group

Editor: Rel Mollett

Young Adult

Traitor by Laurie Lucking

Love2Read Love2Write Publishing

Editor: Michele Israel Harper

Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

Enclave Publishing

Editors: Lisa Laube and Steve Laube

Mountain of Flame by Diane E. Samson

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Editors: Rebecca Jaycox and Kathy McKinsey

Debut Author

Sugar Birds by Cheryl Grey Bostrom

She Writes Press

Editors: Sandra Byrd and Alexandra Shelley

Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes

Elk Lake Publishing

Editors: Sue Fairchild and Deb Haggerty

Into the Room by Steven Rogers

Elk Lake Publishing

Editor: Michele Chynoweth and Deb Haggerty


Congratulations to all the finalists!


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Jun 20, 2022

Congratulations!! So we’ll deserved. It’s a fabulous book 💜

Andrew Huff
Andrew Huff
Jun 20, 2022
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Thank you!

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