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Whitney Award finalists for 2015 announced

Forty books by 36 authors have been nominated as finalists across eight categories for the 2015 Whitney Awards. The awards are for novels written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 2015.

The award for “Best Novel” is from the five adult categories, and one for “Best Youth Novel” is chosen from the three youth categories.

In the general fiction category, the finalists are “Shattered Hearts” by Stacy Lynn Carroll; “The Healer” by Gregg Luke; “The McCarren Collection” by Liz Adair; “The Other Side of Quiet” by Tara C. Allred; and “Wreckage” by Emily Bleeker.

Finalists for best historical novel are “A Hope Remembered” by Stacy Henrie; “Doing No Harm," by Carla Kelly; “Light of the Candle” by Carol Pratt Bradley; “Rules in Rome” by A.L. Sowards and “The Moses Chronicles: Bondage” by H.B. Moore.

In the mystery/suspense category, the finalists are “Failsafe” by Traci Hunter Abramson; “Lie Catchers” by Paul Bishop; Moore’s “Lost King”; “Played for a Fool” by Stephanie Black and “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry.

Finalists in the romance category are “Always Will” by Melanie Jacobson; “Eleanor and the Iron King” by Julie Daines; “Kisses in the Rain,” by Krista Lynn Jensen; “Lord Fenton’s Folly” by Josi S. Kilpack; and “Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince” by Jennifer Moore.

In the speculative fiction category, the finalists are “Caretaker” by Josi Russell; “The Devil’s Only Friend” by Dan Wells; “Shadows of Self” by Brandon Sanderson; “Summer Queen” by Amber Argyle and “Truth of Embers” by Caitlin McFarland.

Finalists in the general young adult fiction category are “Calvin” by Martine Leavitt; “Has to Be Love” by Jolene Perry; “Ink and Ashes” by Valynne E. Maetani; “Never Said” by Carol Lynch Williams and “The Fill-In Boyfriend” by Kasie West.

In the speculative young adult fiction category, the finalists are “A Thousand Faces” by Janci Patterson; “Airships of Camelot” by Robison Wells; Sanderson’s “Firefight,” “Followed by Frost” by Charlie Holmberg and “This Monstrous Thing” by Mackenzie Lee

Finalists in the middle-grade category are “A Night Divided” and “Mark of the Thief” by Jennifer A. Nielsen; “Farworld: Fire Keep” and “Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention” by J. Scott Savage and “Mothman’s Curse,” by Christine Hayes.

Bradley, Lee, Bleeker, Russel, Maetani and Hayes are also eligible for the Best Novel by a New Author award.

Members of the Whitney Awards academy will read the finalists and cast their ballots. Winners will be announced May 7 at the Whitney Awards gala at the Provo Marriott Hotel following the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference, according to a news release. Whitney Awards gala tickets are available at

The Whitney Awards were founded in 2007 by author Robison Wells, and they are named after early LDS apostle and writer Orson F. Whitney, according to a news release.

Outstanding Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced soon and the recipients honored at the gala.

Last year, Sarah M. Eden received the 2014 Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year, The Best Youth Novel of the Year went to Julie Berry and Jennifer L. Moore took home the award for Best Novel by a New Author.

Andrew Hall received the Outstanding Achievement Award and Margaret Blair Young received with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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