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New Author's Books Simultaneously Nominated for Major Book Awards

Shelly Beach is a nominee for both the Christy Awards and ECPA Christian Book Awards at ICRS in Orlando

Friday, May 16, 2008, Grand Rapids, MI--Kregel Publications and Discovery House Publishers announce that author Shelly Beach has been nominated for a Christy Award for her novel Hallie's Heart, published by Kregel Publications, and is a finalist in the "Inspiration and Gift" category for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Awards for Precious Lord, Take My Hand, published by Discovery House Publishers.

Shelly Beach is a freelance writer, public speaker, and college writing instructor. Her devotionals, poetry, feature articles, and fiction have been published in a wide variety of markets. She is also the founder of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers' Workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Shelly and her husband, Dan, have two children and live in Sparta, Michigan.

The well-respected Christy Awards--named in honor of Catherine Marshall's novel--have recognized novelists in several genres of Christian fiction since 1999. Previous winners include Jerry Jenkins, Ted Dekker, Beverly Lewis, and Karen Hancock. The Christy Award winners will be announced at a dinner on July 12, 2008, at The Rosen Centre, Orlando, Florida.

The Christian Book Awards, established in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, recognize the highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and significance of contribution, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. The winner in each category will be announced at the CBA & ECPA awards celebration to be held opening night, Sunday, July 13, 2008, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida.

"To have published Hallies Heart is a privilege," said Kregel managing editor Steve Barclift. "Working with authors like Shelly Beach reminds us why we do what we do."

"Discovery House is honored to be the publisher of this fine book on a much-needed topic, and it is especially gratifying to see Shelly Beach's work recognized in the two most prestigious awards competitions in Christian publishing." stated Discovery House Publisher Carol Holquist.

Approximately 49% of the U.S. adult population currently shoulders or soon will shoulder elder care responsibilities. For the past seven years Shelly Beach and her husband have been caregivers for their parents. What are the challenges of this kind of day-to-day caregiving, which many children are facing today as their parents age and deal with illness, Alzheimer's, and death? With her fresh and compelling style, Shelly offers devotionals/meditations based on her own life and daily experiences, providing understanding, insights, inspiration, and, yes, even laughter for anyone who is in the midst of these often difficult circumstances.

The setting of Beach's novel, Haliie's Heart, is based on a number of local features of the community in which Beach resides--Muskegon, Michigan. The main character, Mona VanderMolen, an antique dealer in a small Michigan town, is trying to keep her business alive. As Mona faces the uncertainties of her own future, Hallie, her fifteen-year-old niece, suddenly arrives on her doorstep. Guilt-ridden over her sister's drowning several years earlier, Hallie has run off to her aunt's cottage. As the two women work through their problems and learn to forgive, will an unfortunate accident tear them apart once again? 

Review copies and interview requests:

Kregel Publications
Leslie Paladino
Phone: (616) 451-4775 x245

Discovery House Publishers
Kim Fowler
Phone: 888-968-9191

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