San Ramon author and teacher Dana Mentink is a finalist in the romantic suspense category of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards for her book "Jungle Fire."
The nominated story is about a missionary nurse who is forced to make a choice between facing smugglers who plan to destroy her or seeking refuge from a man who holds her responsible for the death of his sister.
Mentink won a Carol Award last year for her love-inspired novel, "Lost Legacy." She could add another award to her accolades next month when this year's winners are set to be announced.
ACFW is an organization that caters to the development of Christian fiction novels and advocates for the Christian fiction publishing industry.
The Carol Awards, one of several contests sponsored by the organization, is named after Carol Johnson, a Christian fiction editing pioneer, according to ACFW.
Other Carol Award categories include: debut novel, contemporary, historical, historical romance, mystery/suspense/thriller, novella, romance, short novel, speculative and young adult.
The Carol Award nominees were announced in early August. The winners and other honors will be presented during a gala at the ACFW conference in St. Louis on Sept. 27.
For more information, visit the organization's website.