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The Art of Writing and Christy Award Gala 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Art of Writing Conference JustRead Takeover Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover Blitz for the Art of Writing Conference organized by ECPA, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


You can find the full list of finalists HERE.


The Art of Writing conference will be held from 12:30-5 pm (CDT) on November 17 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and is designed to bring Christian writers, creatives, storytellers, and publishing curators together for a half-day of intensive seminars that: celebrate the creative life while recognizing the weariness; provide practical tips for engaging in a rapidly-changing industry; introduce challenges to become better writers; and answer the questions authors are asking.

The four-session conference will bring together writers, creatives, and publishing curators for training and connection around these topics presented by industry experts, authors, and publishers:

Carrie Schmidt Kelsey Bowen Cynthia Ruchti Jamie Lapeyrolerie

What Makes a Gush-Worthy Book with book reviewer Carrie Schmidt, Revell senior acquisitions editor Kelsey Bowen, author and agent Cynthia Ruchti, and WaterBrook editor Jamie Lapeyrolerie.

Edwina Perkins Deborah Gonzalez Dorena Williamson Jeff Crosby Jevon Bolden

How Reading Diverse Books Makes Us Better Authors and Humans with a panel of writers, agents, and publishers including Edwina Perkins, Deborah Gonzalez, Dorena Williamson, Jeff Crosby, and Jevon Bolden who share their own stories and best practices through this approach

Emilie Haney Kristi Ann Hunter

To Tok or Not to Tok with reel pros Emilie Haney (pen name Bell Renshaw) and author/ podcaster Kristi Ann Hunter

Carolyn Weber

When Weary & Discouraged: How We Can Care for Our Writing Souls with author Carolyn Weber, whose debut book Surprised by Oxford, is being made into a feature film

REGISTER: The Art of Writing conference $99 | The Art of Writing conference + The Christy Awards Gala Bundle $139  


(1) winner will receive their choice of one ticket to the Art of Writing conference OR print copies of The Christy Award finalist titles from one category!

Art of Writing Conference JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 10, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



Art of Writing on November 17, 12:30-5 pm at Lipscomb University in Nashville $99
A conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators.

The Christy Award Gala on November 17, 7-9 pm at Lipscomb University in Nashville $89
Celebrate this year's finalists and winners with authors, editors, publishers, and readers!

Bundle the Art of Writing Conference & The Christy Award Gala $139


The Christy Award® is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999. For more information about ECPA, visit For more information about the Christy Awards and Art of Writing conferences, visit or email

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

JustRead Publicity Tours 

The Christy Award Countdown!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Christy Award 2021 Finalists on JustRead

We at JustRead Publicity Tours offer our sincere and enthusiastic congratulations to The Christy Award® 2021 Finalists!

YOU ARE INVITED… to celebrate the power of story and honor the craft of writing. The Art of Writing and The Christy Award Webinar Series for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators is live-streaming every Thursday, September 30 to November 4.  Register now to participate in upcoming webinars and for access to recordings of previous sessions!

The Christy Award® 2021 Finalists


Just Like Home Some Bright Someday Stay with Me by Becky Wade

Just Like Home by Courtney Walsh (Sweethaven Press) 
Some Bright Someday by Melissa Tagg (Larkspur Press)
Stay with Me by Becky Wade (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


A Noble Callng The Edge of Belonging Rain Roots of Wood and Stone

A Noble Calling by Rhona Weaver (Two Oaks Press)
The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
Rain by Dana McNeely (Mountain Brook Ink)
Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen (Kregel Publications)


Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes The Water Keeper The Way it Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Water Keeper by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)
The Way It Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette Under the Tulip Tree The White Rose Resists

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee (Tyndale House Publishers)
The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)


A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden When Twilight Breaks

A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)


Port Of Origin Relative Silence Unknown Threat

Port of Origin by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry (Harris-Gentry Suspense)
Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson)
Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)


A Match Made At Christmas Joy To The World Joy To The World

A Match Made at Christmas by Courtney Walsh (Sweethaven Press)
Joy to the World: Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)
Joy to the World: Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch (Kregel Publications)


Extinction Island Forsaken Island The Story Hunter

Extinction Island by Janice Boekhoff (Lost Canyon Press)
Forsaken Island by Sharon Hinck (Enclave Publishing)
The Story Hunter by Lindsay A. Franklin (Enclave Publishing)


Dust Rebel Daughter Mortal Sight

Dust by Kara Swanson (Enclave Publishing)
Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads (Enclave Publishing)
Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)




The Art of Writing and The Christy Award Webinar Series for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators is live-streaming every Thursday, September 30 to November 4. Recordings are available on-demand for 30 days to all who register. Learn more at


The Christy Award® program will celebrate the finalists and reveal the winners of the 2021 program at the Winners Webcast on October 28th at 11 am central time. The program will be hosted by emcee and Hall of Fame author, Chris Fabry and will feature the finalists and winners in nine categories.



Join us as we honor each title in a Bookstagram Countdown to The Christy Award & Giveaway on Instagram! Follow @justreadtours, @meezcarrie, @faithfulbookish, and @bookwormmama14 on October 18-28 for more about each finalist and a chance to win a special prize from ECPA and The Christy Award!

  The Christy Award 2021 JustRead Bookstagram Countdown  

JustRead Publicity Tours

To Steal a Heart - Jen Turano

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend--until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as his heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he'd be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step. (From the publisher)  

My Thoughts

Every time Jen Turano releases another book, I fall head over heels for it! To Steal a Heart was no exception. I always love the sweet romance, the hilarious antics, and the witty banter between the characters in a Turano book.

Gabe is a heroine like no other. From her skills as a thief to her loyalty to her friends, she is sure to become a dear friend. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventures and determination in life. When Nicholas joins her on the scene of an investigation, all the pain and trauma of being abandoned come flooding back. As time moves on, I was glad to find Nicholas and Gabe working through the past together and making their future what they wanted. 

Both Nicholas and Gabe are faced with tough decisions throughout this story. I appreciated the fact that they made the best decision for themselves. Listening to their heart and conscience in the end (as well as the gentle nudging of God). 

We are all faced with decisions every day. Some with long-term effects, some with short-term. If I learned nothing else this year, I have learned to carefully consider the benefits of each decision. Does this serve me? Will I grow from this? Will the sugar I eat now, make me feel miserable tonight? I encourage you to first, read this AMAZING go forward in life with purpose and intentionality each day. And be the best "YOU" you can be...TODAY. 

I received a complimentary copy of To Steal a Heart from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO.

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