Fantasy Friday – Bits and Pieces


I decided it would make sense to let readers know a little more about the Clive Staples Award nominations. After all, of the nineteen books, I’ve only read nine so far, and I consider myself knowledgeable of the genre. Not as knowledgeable as prolific readers and reviewers like Phyllis Wheeler or John Otte, but still, more so than the average person. And I haven’t yet read half the selections! 😕

The upshot is, I’ve begun posting a series over at the CSACSF site introducing the nominated books. I suggest you subscribe to CSACSF so that you’ll be sure to receive each of the posts.

And speaking of awards, Amy of My Friend Amy’s blog and a group of her blogger buddies have started a new award for excellent faith-driven lit. The cool thing is, there’s a Speculative category. And nominations come from bloggers.

The only thing I’m not crazy about is the fact that the books that are eligible span the last half of 2009 and the first of 2010. I’ll have to go on Amazon and track down publication dates before I can nominate, but I definitely plan to do so.

By the way, the organizers are looking for judges (not just in the Speculative category) so if any of you are interested, be sure to click on the above link and you’ll find instructions in the post.

If like me, you missed the live feed of the Christy Awards, you can still see them. Also, Jill Williamson now has the Christy Award Winner decal affixed to her cover. You can also see Marcher Lord Press editor Jeff Gerke’s very home video of the moment when By Darkness Hid was announced as the winning entry. 😀 (You think he was a mite excited?)

There are some excellent books coming out this summer or fall. If you haven’t heard yet, CSFF member, crit group leader, Mount Hermon Writer of the Year winner, and friend, Merrie Destefano is prepping for the October release of her debut novel Afterlife (HarperCollins/Eos). Take a moment to view the intriguing trailer.

Writer friends and CSFF members Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper had the second of the Berinfell Prophecies, Venom and Song, release a little over a week ago. I missed the ordering blitz this time, but I’m sure it’s quite fine to still get a copy. 😉

Jonathan Rogers of The Wilderking Trilogy fame will be releasing The Charlatan’s Boy (WaterBrook) in August.

I know there are more, but I need to save those for another day. Besides, I think this gives you enough info to check out, even on a long holiday weekend.

Happy Fourth of July, US’ers.

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