A Time to Die – Christy Award Finalist!

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt this weekly broadcast with a very important announcement. . .

It’s the type of announcement that makes an author’s hands shake (can’t…type…!), that demands celebration tunes blasting through the kitchen, that makes an author freak out her parents when she states, “I have something to tell you!” and they’re desperately hoping that means it’s time for grandbabies.

Nope. Alas, Mom and Dad, you’ll have to keep waiting.

But…until it’s time for mini-Brandeses, I’ll celebrate the success of my paperback-child. My debut novel, A Time to Die, is a FINALIST for a 2015 Christy Award! (Tweet this!)

Christy Award Finalist


I wasn’t nervous waiting for the announcement, maybe because I was quite certain I wouldn’t be a finalist. Who knows? But after I saw this announcement through the Christy Awards‘ twitter page, I was slammed with a wave of nerves, giddiness, shakes (no, not chocolate shakes, but the annoying “I-can’t-make-my-fingers-do-anything-worthwhile” type.) My husband danced around the kitchen and shouted, “WOOHOO!” so loud I’m pretty sure the neighbors went deaf.

I wasn’t planning on having an “announcement post” today, but I wanted to share the joy. The disbelief. My initial reaction went a little like this:

AH! The finalists are announced TODAY? They said April! I thought that meant the END of April. *panic and click the link 8,001 times.*

Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. What was my category again? I don’t see it. There are lots of book titles with the word time in them.

Ah! Is that mine? That’s mine! “Daylen! Get over here!”

We both scream. “Do you know what this means?” I give hubby no time to answer. “No matter what, I will always be able to say I’ve been a finalist for the Christy Awards! Victory!”

I call Dad and Mom. Cry. Wait, what? Tears? That doesn’t make sense.


I rush to re-write today’s blog post.

So here I am to share the squeals, screams, and all-around ridiculous celebrating with you. I am content as a finalist and, currently, I’m not nervous about “winning” (I mean, have you seen who I’m up against?) My next plan of action?

Buy and read Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Once Beyond a Time, by Ann Tatlock. You should, too. 😀

Okay, okay, so….

What are the Christy Awards?christy400

The Christy Awards are…THE BIG ONE. It is one of the highest awards given to Christian fiction — the one everyone wants. 😉 (Including me, LOL.)

You can read all about the Christy Awards on their website, but in short, their goal behind the wards is “…honoring and promoting excellence in Christian Fiction.”

I’m humbled, honored, and blown away to be included.

God is far too good to me. 😀


What is an event that surprised you, or a victory that you unexpectedly received?

Have you read any of the books nominated for the Christy Award?


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About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. Congratulations! Extremely-well deserved.

  2. So exciting! Congratulations, Nadine!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Too cool! (Love it that your parents are eager for real grandbabies. Give them enough book baby news though and they’ll be surprised when the time comes 😉 )

  4. Well, I’ve read yours. 😉

  5. SHADOW HAND is awesome! Absolutely love all of Anne’s books! I haven’t read Ann’s novel though! Also CONGRATS!! I pretty much rushed to your page on FB in my excitement to tell you because I was so happy! 😀

    • Awww, you’re sweet! 😀

      Do you think SHADOW HAND can be read on its own if I haven’t read the rest of the books? I’ve only read her first book, Heartless.

  6. Congratulations daughter!! One proud momma here!!

  7. Congrats I have not read any of these but shall have to put a few on my to read list!

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