Saturday, May 23, 2009

Seekerville Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Did you know that a Gallup Poll revealed only 28% of all Americans know the significance of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

(source Wikipedia)

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment is an opportunity for all Americans, alone or with family and friends, to honor those who died for our freedom.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Multiple Golden Heart finalist, Pam Hillman is our Seeker hostess today.

Tuesday: Revell author, Julie Lessman, is posting today and there will be a book giveaway (winner's choice of one of the books in The Daughters of Boston series).

Wednesday: Jacqui Jacoby, 2009 RWA Golden Heart Finalist and writing workshop instructor, will join us with tips on making the most of networking.

Thursday: 2009 Golden Heart finalist, Cara Slaughter shares today.

Friday: We are delighted to have Barbour author, Marcia Gruver back in Seekerville.

Save The Date

June 3, Harlequin author, Holly Jacobs is our special guest.

June 12, Harlequin and Silhouette author, Cheryl St. John will be in Seekerville.

June 19: E.J Slusher joins us today.

June 26: We will be visiting with western historical, Zebra Books author, Tracy Garrett.

June 30:
Barbour author, Kaye Dacus in a Seekerville encore visit.

Seeker Sightings

Cheryl Wyatt will be signing, A Soldier's Reunion (free copies!) at BEA in New York, New York at the Jacob P Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street Friday, May 29 from 2pm to 3pm at the Harlequin booth during Inspirational hour.

What is BEA? BookExpo America is the largest book selling event in North America, this year featuring 1,500 exhibitors.

Missy Tippens will be blogging and giving away a copy of
His Forever Love on:

May 28,
Craftie Ladies of Romance.

May 30, Prairie Chicks Write Romance!

May 31-June 5, Margaret Daley's Blogspot.

Julie Lessman sightings: (and lots of book giveaways!)

May 18-25: Week of "Pure Passion" with a series giveaway and individual book giveaways and a writer's critique* at My Friend Amy's blog.

*Note: Instructions on how to win the writer's critique can be found on the first day of "Week of Pure Passion" here. May 19-23: Interview and book giveaway and EXCERPT of first love scene in A Passion Denied, at Patty Wysong's blog Patterings.

May 19-25: Interview and book giveaways (two copies) of A Passion Denied on ...Just a Thought blog.

May 19-25: Julie is going down under! Check out the interview and book giveaway at Kara Down Under.

May 20-26: Interview and book giveaway of ALL THREE BOOKS in the Daughters of Boston series (3 chances to win!!) at Melissa Meeks's blog, Bibliophile's Retreat.

May 20-29:
Review and book giveaway of A Passion Denied at Radiant Light blog.

May 25:
Join Julie for a huge giveaway of ALL THREE BOOKS in the Daughters of Boston series (3 chances to win!!) at Susan J. Reinholdt's, Christian Writer/Reader Connection.

Debby Giusti can be found:

May 27, at the Craftie Ladies of Suspense.

May 27, The Story Behind the Story, at
May 28 at the Knight Agency Blogspot.
Knight Agency Book Signing Summer Tour Extravaganza!!

If you are going to be in the Atlanta area in early June, you don't want to miss the fabulous signing events that we are planning beginning June 5th!!

The tour line-up includes Deidre Knight, an award-winning paranormal romance author who is also president of The Knight Agency, along with USA Today bestselling author Jennifer St. Giles, Debby Giusti, Shannon K. Butcher and debut author Maria Geraci!

This is not your ordinary book signing. Three of the events will feature a "How To Get Published Q&A," followed by a one-on-one meet and greet with the authors during the signing portion. See details below!

The Knight Agency Presents: How To Get Published Q&A and Book Signing Instead of lounging during the lazy days of summer, now is the time to reach for that dusty manuscript or half-written chapter and get to work! The journey from manuscript to published novel can be difficult to navigate, and we know you must wonder what it's like when you finally land that elusive contract. Why don't you give yourself an edge? Ask national bestselling authors represented by one of the region's top literary agencies about their adventures in the publishing business. Our experienced panel has been there and can answer all your burning questions about making waves in the often times intimidating publishing pond.

Meet the authors in person at the book signing following the Q&A portion.

1--Borders at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia – June 5th, 5pm ET
8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038

2--Books For Less in Buford – June 6th, 1pm ET*
2815 Buford Dr, Buford, GA 30519

3--Dog Ear Bookstore in Madison – June 6th, 5pm ET**
142 Academy Street; Madison, GA 30650

4--Borders in Athens – June 7th, 2pm ET

196 Alps Road, Athens, GA 30606
If you have any questions, please direct them to info @ (remove spaces). *Debby Giusti will not appear at the Books For Less event. *The Madison signing will not include a Q&A session

Janet Dean will be at Favorite Pastimes and Patterings on May 26 & 27.

She will also be at Five Scribes on May 28th, sharing
on herbal remedies. Stop by to chat and for a chance to win a copy of her Steeple Hill Historical release, Courting the Doctor's Daughter or the first book in the Courting series, Courting Miss Adelaide.
And you can find her at Writer at Random on May 28th.
If you haven't yet, check out Janet's blog. She has some great photos from her recent booksignings.


The Lone Star Writing Competition has been extended. Postmark June 5. Electronic entries June 5th. First 25 pages.

Final Judges:

Inspirational Category :
Editor - Jessica Barnes , WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Agent - Tamela Hancock Murray , Hartline Literary
Young Adult Category :
Editor – Kat O'She, The Wild Rose Press
Agent - Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Romantic Suspense Category :
Editor – Lindsay Nouis, New American Library
Agent – Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
Contemporary Series Category :
Editor – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Agent – Sha-Shana Crichton, Crichton Literary Agency
Single Title Category :
Editor - Leis Pederson with Penguin/Berkeley
Agent – Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Historical Category :
Editor: Alicia Condon, Dorchester
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Category :
Editor - Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Agent - Tina Wexler, International Creative Management

The Heart of the Rockies now has all their finalist judges listed: Electronic deadline June 15. First two chapters and synopsis. 35 pages total. Contest limited to first 215 submissions.

• Short Contemporary: Diana Ventimiglia, Associate Editor/Silhouette
• Long Contemporary: Kathryn Lye, Editor/Harlequin
• Single Title: Elaine Spencer, Agent/The Knight Agency
• Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy: Chris Keeslar, Sr Editor/Dorchester
• Historical: Alexandra Machinist, Agent/Linda Chester Literary Agency
• Romantic Suspense: Danielle Poiesz, Pocket Books
• Inspirational Category: Jessica Barnes, Associate Editor, Waterbrook Press
• Spicy: Lindsey McGurk, Editor/Samhain Publishing
• Mainstream w/Romantic Elements: Valerie Gray, Editor/MIRA Books

See the May Contest Update for more contest info.

Don't forget that Seekerville books are up for auction at Brenda Novak's 2009 Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Bid for a chance to win a Seekerville book & gift card extravaganza!


  1. Good morning, Seekerville. Hope you have a wonderful weekend of barbecues, relaxing and whoa...even writing.

  2. Thanks Tina for such an informative Weekend edition!

    So grateful for all our military heroes and their sacrifices to make America the country it is today.

  3. Wow Cheryl! I didn't know you'd be at BEA! I'll be there, too, I'll try to stop by.

  4. Thanks, Amy! It'll be great to see you!


  5. Thanks, Tina, for posting such a nice Memorial Day reminder about the holiday and upcoming writing and blog events.

    Happy Memorial Day to one and all!

  6. Great blog, very informative! Thanks for all the information on these wonderful opportunities.

  7. Welcome, Cicily. Have we got a fun month coming ahead of us!!!

  8. Thanks, Tina, for emphasizing the significance of Memorial Day. We were at a cemetery last week and were impressed by the number of little flags waving near the graves of those who'd served our country.

    Congrats, Cheryl, on the opportunity to sign at BEA in New York. How fun to get to the Big Apple!

    Julie and Debby, have a blast signing your recent releases!

    I'll sign Courting the Doctor's Daughter May 30 from noon-3:00 at Anchor Room in Fort Wayne, IN.


  9. just wondering if there is a winner for Missy's book?

    oh i moved this weekend and can I say im exhaused physically and mentally and oh so sore!

  10. Hi there AusJenny!! Hope you like your new home. Good to see your smiling face around here.

    I went and checked and Edna won the book this go round. But check out her schedule and try again!!! Lots of Seeker books up for grabs this week!

  11. thanks Tina.
    im still so tired not thinking straight. the house is good but I still have no phone or internet service so relying on the neighbours over the road.