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Finalists and Winners

2018

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RISING STAR Award for Published Women's Fiction - FINALISTS

If you are an editor or literary agent and interested in any of these manuscripts, please email the RISING STAR Award chair, MM Finck, at [email protected].

In alphabetical order:

Rachel Berros - Love You Better
Love You Better by Rachel Berros is about one woman who abandons her family for her children’s benefit, and another who says goodbye to the man she loves so they can both fulfill their dreams. When a postcard entwines their lives, the women discover how change can help them fulfill their hearts’ desires without abandoning their goals.
Miranda Darrow - What Comes After Four
In What Comes After Four by Miranda Darrow, West German pairs skater Claudia Wolff came to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary to skate for gold, for adventure, and possibly a first romantic fling. She didn’t come to fall in love with an East German skier. If their relationship stands a chance, Claudia will have to face her family, the consequences of her choices, her greatest fears, and the Berlin Wall.
Ginny Elkin - Looking for Darcy
Having trouble bouncing back after a disastrous divorce, in the book Looking for Darcy by Ginny Elkin, Anna's family convinces her to travel to England, to uncover her grandfather's mysterious past. She finds secrets larger than she anticipated, as well as meeting two very different and intriguing men. Anna must decide if she is willing to trust herself and take a chance, having gained knowledge and power on her journey.
Robin Facer - Up the Gum Tree
Lynne Frank just wants to go home already. Being dragged from the suburbs of Boston to the wilds of her husband’s West Australian hometown has only inflamed her fear of flying, crocodiles, and being judged a bad mother. When she wakes up to her mother-in-law’s plan to keep her son Down Under long-term, Lynne must forge a path through her own fear - embracing unlikely allies and dodging cockatoos - while she struggles with the meaning of the word home.
Shelby Riley - Angel Falls
Angel Falls by Shelby Riley is about three adult sisters, tricked into returning home by their dysfunctional mother, who find themselves drowning in the past. When they realize their mother’s using the claim of death, and her subsequent request for a mercy killing, to manipulate them, they are forced to make sense of their family roles and must go to great lengths to break free from the dysfunction, while still remaining connected as a family.

Winner will be announced September 28, 2018 at the Annual WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, NM.

Further information about the RISING STAR Award can be found here.

 

 

STAR Award for Published Women's Fiction - FINALISTS

If you are a bookseller or librarian interested in any or all of these titles, please contact MM Finck, VP, Communications, at [email protected].

General category, in alphabetical order:

Orly Konig Lopez, The Distance Home
Forge
Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends―one human and one equine. Now, following her father’s death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she’d left under a cloud of guilt.

Jacqueline Sheehan, The Tiger in the House
Kensington
Two sisters on the coast of Maine are swept up in the dark underworld of the heroin highway. Their family’s past complicates the efforts of one sister to save a child who is the survivor of a drug crime.

Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor, Last Christmas in Paris
William Morrow
Last Christmas in Paris is an epistolary love story set during the Great War in which a female journalist in London struggles to make sense of the propaganda at home and her place in this changed world, while her brother and childhood friend grapple with the devastation of war at the Front.

Outstanding Debut category, in alphabetical order:

Kathleen Barber,  Are You Sleeping
Gallery
When a mega-hit podcast reopens the long-closed case of Josie Buhrman’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

 Lori Henriksen, The Winter Loon

Cougar Creek Books
Coming of age in the 1930s, long before LGBTQ advocacy, Ruth Thompson risks dangerous social repercussions in order to live her authentic truth.

Orly Konig Lopez, The Distance Home
Forge
Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends―one human and one equine. Now, following her father’s death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she’d left under a cloud of guilt.

The Winners will be announced at the annual WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 28, 2018.  

Further details of the STAR Award can be found here.  

 

2017

STAR Award

The 2017 Star Award General Category winner is Carla Damron for The Stone Necklace. Damron lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Her book was published in January 2016. 

The 2017 Star Award Outstanding Debut Category winner is Marilyn Simon Rothstein for Lift and Separate. Simon Rothstein lives in Avon, CT, and her book was published in December 2016.

RISING STAR Award

First Place

The Fifty-Week Wife by Sheri Taylor-Emery

Second Place

Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron

Third Place

Margin of Safety by Rebecca Hodge

Finalists

Lavender Field by Amiee Holland 

On the Verge of Breathing by Krista Riccioni

2016

STAR Award 

The 2016 Star Award General Category winner is Scott Wilbanks for The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster. Wilbanks is an American living in Auckland, New Zealand. His book was published in August 2015.

The 2016 Star Award Outstanding Debut Category winner is Kelli Estes for The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. Estes lives near Seattle, Washington, and her book was published in July 2015.

RISING STAR Award

First Place

The Substitute Princess by Kathleen Sander Basi

Second Place

By Accident by Laura Levin

Third Place

Shelter Me by Gabrielle Luthy

Finalists

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson 

Four Women Talking by Micki Berthelot Morency 

2015

RISING STAR Award

First Place

Saudade by Kristin Pedroja

Second Place

The Edge of the Ocean by Lisa Duffy

Third Place

One Step Forward by Kasey Ferris

Finalists

I Hold the Wind by Erin Bartels

Soundtracks of Separation by Layla Denny

What’s Left Untold by Sherri Leimkuhler

2014

RISING STAR Award

First Place
A Sister in Need by Jenny Hansen

Second Place

So Brand New by Patricia O’Day Rosen

Third Place 

The Wine Widow by Kathleen Basi

Finalists 

Silent Grace by Geri LeClerc

Trespass by Sandra Neily