Saturday, May 30, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Edition

Good morning!

The coffee is hot and we have lots of information to share today.

Congratulations to Terri Tiffany who won her choice of a book from the Daughter's Of Boston series. Terri posted on Julie Lessman's post, Life on the Edge.

Thank you to Lynette Bonner of Writer's Journey for giving Seekerville The Lovely Blog Award!

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday, Christy Award finalist, Seekerville's very own Mary Connealy posts.

Tuesday, 10 Things To Do With a Coconut, with Tina Russo.

Wednesday, The 9 Lives of a Writer. How To Land on Your Feet, with multi-published author Holly Jacobs.

Thursday, Audra Harders is your blogging hostess.

Friday, June Contest Update--and another Seekerville giveaway.

Save The Date:

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

June 19: E.J Slusher joins us today.

June 24: 2009 Golden Heart finalist Anne Marie Becker.

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

June 29:
Summerside Press, Abingdon Press author Sandie Bricker is our guest.

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


September 17-20 : Seekerville LIVE (not just yearbook photos) at the ACFW Conference in Denver, Colorado.

October 5-10 : Seekerville's very first BIAW (Book-In-A-Week).

Seeker Sightings:

Mary Connealy's devotional will be up at the Circle of Friends Ministries on Wednesday June 3rd.

You can follow Missy Tippens this week here:

Love Inspired Authors blog June 4

Margaret Daley's blog May 31-June 5

Prairie Chicks Write Romance blog May 30

Julie Lessman can be found:

Monday, June 1: Blogging and a book giveaway (winner's choice of one of the books in The Daughters of Boston series) on the Five Scribes blog.

June 1-5, Interview and book giveaway (winner's choice of one of the books in The Daughters of Boston series) on Melissa Owen's blog.

Saturday June 6, at Borders Sunset Hills -- 1:00 to 3:00 PM, St. Louis, Missouri.


With Debby Giusti!

Deidre Knight, agency president and award-winning paranormal romance author, USA Today bestselling author Jennifer St. Giles, Debby Giusti, Shannon K. Butcher and Maria Geraci are all hopping on the TKA tour bus for a whirlwind weekend of book signing events in the Atlanta area. Besides meeting these fab authors one-on-one, you'll have the opportunity to ask them your pressing writing-related questions in the "How To Get Published" Q&A session preceding the book signing. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity.


  • This weekend is your last chance to bid.
Seekerville books are up for auction at Brenda Novak's 2009 Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Bid for a chance to win autographed Seekerville author book & a gift card extravaganza!

Abingdon Press is the publishing arm of the United Methodist Church. A strong nonfiction publisher, Abingdon has moved into the inspirational fiction realm. Abingdon publishes romance, historical romance, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, mystery, or biblical fiction novels. "The goal of our titles is to engage the hearts and minds of readers. We strive to illuminate the human condition and express God's grace through a variety of stories." Download and read the first chapter of each new novel on their fall list at

Find Abingdon's submission guidelines at

And check out page 72 for Seekerville's own Myra Johnson's debut release, One Imperfect Christmas.

  • A woo-hoo shout to our friends of Seekerville who finaled in the TBL and IRCC!

Congratulations to the 2009 FHL Touched by Love Finalists!

Susanne Dietze
Lisa Karon Richardson
Dina Sleiman

Long Contemporary
Kara Bonnevie
Ann Lee Miller
Denice Stewart

Short Contemporary
Tamara Cooper
Wenda Dottridge
Niki Turner

And to the FHL 2009 Inspirational Reader's Choice Finalists!

We're thrilled that Seeker Julie Lessman is a finalist!!

Long Contemporary
Along Came a Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler (Barbour)
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner (Harvest)
When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall (Waterbrook)

Short Contemporary
Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker (Summerside Press)
A Time to Heal by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill)
Hidden by Shelley Shepherd Gray (Avon Inspire)

Long Historical (3rd Place Tie)
A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman (Revell)
Courting Emma by Sharlene MacLaren (Whitaker House)
A Promise to Believe In by Tracie Peterson (Bethany House)
My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Bethany House)

Short Historical
Hideaway Home by Hannah Alexander (Steeple Hill)
Family of the Heart by Dorothy Clark (Steeple Hill)
Promises, Promises by Amber Miller (Barbour)

Women’s Fiction
Waiting For Daybreak by Kathryn Cushman (Bethany House)
Where Do I Go by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)
Lying On Sunday by Sharon K. Souza (NavPress)

Romantic Suspense
Shadows at the Window by Linda Hall (Steeple Hill)
Double Jeopardy by Terri Reed (Steeple Hill)
Healing Promises by Amy Wallace (Multnomah)

Almost Home by Susan Page Davis (Barbour)
Stuck On You by Rhonda Gibson (Barbour)
Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn (Faith Words)

Congratulations to Julie Lessman.
A Passion Most Pure finaled in two categories -- Long Inspirational and Best First Book.

With 31 hardcover novels reaching number one and 45 total books on the list, author James Patterson has earned the Guinness World Record for the "Most Entries on The New York Times Best-Seller List."

Guinness will bestow the award Saturday May 30th at BookExpo America in New York City. The record will be recorded in "The Guinness World Records 2010," which comes out in September. (Source GalleyCat)

And check out Publishers Weekly round the clock BEA coverage here.

  • From Book Business
Publishing Innovator of the Year: Harlequin A look at the 'deliberate strategy' that drives the company's success.

"Wherever women are, we are,” says Malle Vallik, director, digital content and interactivity for Harlequin Enterprises. You’ll hear this mantra uttered by other Harlequin executives, but it is much more than corporate speak. It is part of a “deliberate strategy,” says Vallik, and the driving force behind Harlequin’s evolution over the past 60 years.

It is for such innovation that Book Business named Harlequin as the Publishing Innovator of the Year, honoring the company at an awards dinner March 23, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, during the Publishing Business Conference & Expo.


  1. Congrats to all the FHL finalists!!! Best wishes!!!Keep the good books comin'!

  2. Julie--Congratulations on A Passion Redeemed! How fun! Can't wait to enter the passionate lives of your Irish family and learn from them!

  3. Tina, thank you for the coffee and the wealth of info.

    You rock, girlfriend.

    And just a reminder that the Toronto Romance Writers Golden Opportunity contest's deadline is 6/1 for electronic entries and postmarked 6/1 for snail mail.

    The gals at TRW have put together a wonderful group of final round judges. Awesome job, ladies!!!

    Also, the Lone Star is coming up June 5...

    They've got Jessica Barnes from Water Brook Multnomah as a final round inspy judge...

    And a well-rounded plate of judges all around. The Lonestar is the one that got off to a late start... That might improve chances and $25 is a solid investment.


  4. The May Contest Update lists those sites that Ruth so kindly mentioned. Put Contest Update in the Seekerville search window.

    BY THE WAY, HAPPY SATURDAY. Good morning Renee and good evening Ayrian.

  5. Thanks for the update, Tina! I'm looking forward to your coconuts post!!!

  6. Thank you, ladies, for the congrats. I read (more like lurk on) the blog every day.

    It's very weird seeing my name as a finalist, but I am very honored as well.

    I don't know what I'd do without my daily dose of Seekerville. Waste away to nothing, most likely.

  7. Good morning, Mel.

    Yes. Another dispatch from Unpubbed Island.

    Denice, congratulations and lovely to have to come out of lurk on occasion.

  8. Tina,
    Thanks for another great weekend update!!! Love the tour bus you created! You are so technically savvy! I want your mind!!! Okay?

    The editor in me would say I over use exclamation points. But, hey, you deserve every one of them. You're outstanding!!!!!

  9. Debby, I swiped that bus from the Knight Agency website. Shhhhh!!!!

  10. Thanks again, Tina, for another great weekend edition!

  11. Good afternoon, everyone! Taking a break and trying the surf on Unpubbed Island.

    Thanks for the Weekend Edition, Tina. Think I'll surf around for a while.

  12. Great job, Tina, keeping us up with the news!

    Congrats to all the finalists, but especially to Seeker Julie!!

    Have fun on the Knight tour bus, Debby!

    Looking forward to Cheryl's BEA report!


  13. Ooooh, can't wait to read your post on coconuts, Tina! And thanks so much for the Abingdon plus and mentioning my sample chapter!

  14. I meant Abingdon "plug." Still trying to get the hang of typing on my treadmill laptop desk a la "Tina."

  15. Shhh, that is a secret until our treadmill writer guest posts in July.

  16. Hey that's me! Yay! I'm on Seekerville. That's almost as exciting as finaling in TBL :)

  17. Oh and congratulations Denice, my fellow finalist. Good luck :)

  18. Oh you're THAT Kara. Kara Down Under. I read your blog.

    Congratulations on your enagement. Now everyone toodle over to her blog to see her lovely ring.

  19. Thank you, Kara. And good luck to you, too!!!