They all look very good, so check them out!
I was a judge for...
Women's Fiction: serious women's issues, can have humor and suspense elements
and the winner was...
SENSIBLE SHOES by Sharon Garlough Brown (Westbow)
The other winners are...
Romance/Historical Romance: primary element is love/courtship/marriage, be it set now or then
MEANDER SCAR by Linda Lickel (Black Lyon Publishers)
Suspense /Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Detective Novel /Thriller: crime fiction, there's probably a body
BACK ON MURDER by J. Mark Bertrand (Bethany House)
Speculative Fiction: science fiction, horror, fantasy, etc.
SEASONS IN THE MIST by Deborah Kinnard (Sheaf House Publishers)
Action Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: (exploits, quest, a feel of wide-open spaces, expansive):
WOUNDED SPIRITS by April W. Gardner (Vinspire Publishing)
Young Adult: appeals to ages 14 to 21ish
SECRETS UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Elisa Maria Crites (Westbow)
I need to withhold any thoughts or opinions about the winning book to avoid any possible conflicts of interest with the award.