Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Weekend Edition

There are lots of Seekers and guests headed to various conferences and vacations this weekend.
Have fun!! Don't forget the sunscreen.

If you are in town (Denver) for the ICRS (International Christian Retail Show 2009) remember there's a lot going on in Denver this weekend also.

Be sure to let us know if you spot a Seeker this week!


I forgot to announce that Leigh won the Seekerville Prize on the Memories post from Tuesday. And since I was so forgetful I will add another prize! Denice C. Stewart, this one is yours! Please email me with your real world addies. ~~Tina

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday: Love Inspired author, Janet Dean presents, I've Got A Secret.

Myra Johnson, Abingdon Press and Barbour author, shares some insights on her writing strategies with WIP Management Tips.

Join Sandra Leesmith for, Researching a Contemporary Novel?

Love Inspired Suspense and Zondervan author, Camy Tang is up!

Writer Pepper Basham is our guest. Join us for her post, Baby Steps on the Write Path.

Seeker Sightings:

Christy Award Live Blog--see it now or watch the archive here.

You can also follow the Christy Awards here"

Christy Awards:

The 10th annual Christy Awards will be presented at a dessert reception on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 7 to 9 PM at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado.

We'll be rooting for Seekerville's Mary Connealy!

Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy • Barbour Publish

2009 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing

"The "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing has become one of the most popular events at RWA's annual conference. More than 500 romance authors participate in this two-hour autographing event, and each year we raise thousands of dollars, which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Since 1991, RWA has donated more than $600,000 to literacy charities.

The 2009 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing takes place on Wednesday, July 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Exhibit Hall. This event is open to the public; there is no admittance charge. Since the proceeds from this event are donated to charity."

Seekers at the Literacy Signing:

Janet Dean

Debby Giusti

Missy Tippens

The Camy Tang, Deadly Intent Blog Tour schedule is up!

7/13 On Dineen Miller’s blog, Camy spills the beans about the architecture that inspired the Joy Luck Life spa.

7/15 Camy is on Deena Peterson’s blog in an interview, and she came up with a spontaneous contest in response to one of her questions.

7/15 On Tara’s blog, Camy shares the recipe for a dish from Deadly Intent, Chinese chicken salad. It’s super easy!

7/16 Camy's Aussie friend Rel does a character spotlight on Naomi, with pics of both who Camy pictured Naomi and Devon to look like.

7/16 Camy is guest blogging at Deena Peterson’s blog about some of her favorite Love Inspired Suspense authors.

7/17 Deena Peterson reviews Deadly Intent.

7/17 Camy's fellow Love Inspired Suspense author Liz Johnson asks her what song she'd sing for karaoke.

7/17 Camy's good friend Georgiana Daniels reviews Deadly Intent.

Julie Lessman can be found:

July 9-11: Interview and Book Giveaway (winner's choice of one of the books in The Daughters of Boston series) on Myra Johnson's blog, Writer at Random.

Join Tina Russo, July 17th for her post at the 2007 Golden Heart Blog, Nobody Writes It Better. In honor of her debut post she'll have plenty of goodies to give away.

Random Weekend News....

It is a well known fact that writers get very thirsty while writing--so I thought you'd want to know that today, July 11, is the anniversary of 7-Eleven Stores. You can celebrate the 82nd anniversary with a free Slurpee!

I (Heart) Presents! The contest information is now up. The competition is aimed at Harlequin Presents and Modern Heat editorial, and they will be asking for first chapters and synopses again.

The Everything Austen Challenge

I am thrilled to be able to tell you about this opportunity which unites Jane Austen fans in an opportunity to dig deeper into your Austen obsession and have an opportunity to win prizes doing it. Deadline to sign up is July 15. The challenge runs July 1, 2009 through January 1, 2010.

Check out the blog I created just for the challenge: Six Months of Jane

The Walrus Writing Contest

(The Walrus is a Canadian Magazine)

To celebrate The Walrus’s annual summer reading issue—featuring thrilling science fiction, adventure, romance & mystery stories from an all-star line-up including Lee Henderson, Rivka Galchen, Stephen Marche & 2008 Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden—we are pleased to announce The Walrus Guilty Pleasures Writing Contest!

To enter, write the first paragraph of a novel in one of the following genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Western, Ghost Story/Gothic.

Your challenge? To make that paragraph the most gripping, titilating, and action-packed read of the summer! Send your submissions to by July 31, and you could win a prize package from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts or a Walrus prize package, and have your work published at!


Debra E Marvin said...

This is getting embarrassing. Am I the only one up early to appreciate this fine day? It's almost 7. I thought I'd wait awhile before going online!

I even went down a bunny trail to the "how exciting!" Austen challenge blog that Tina has set up.

I love to see what the Seekers have in store for the week. Again, a great week coming up.


Ruth Logan Herne said...

'Mornin', Deb!

I'm up too, heading down to the Southern Tier for a research day with my niece/goddaughter/buddy Mandy.

Gonna' check out the thunderstorms (!!!!) the flora, fauna, and umm, we might just see the occasional reallllllly sweet looking mountain man/farmer/rancher/shop-keeper in our travels.

Not that we'll be looking, of course!!!

Hey, KID...



Um, Hello?????

Jeepers Creepers girlfriend, what's a gal to do?


Okay, coffee's on, the dogs are barking to wake the dead (my neighbors aren't right on top of me, but close enough that barking dogs at 7:20 on Saturday aren't always appreciated...

But I'm on my way south, so Dave will deal with all that!

Good morning, Seekerville and gallivanting Seekers!!! You go, girls!


Tina M. Russo said...

I get so sleep in one day a week. So it is now 6:30 am and I have officially slept in. HA!!

Good morning, Debra.

Mocha Java brewing...

Melanie Dickerson said...

Yay, Mary! Yay, Mary! Yay, Mary!!!!!
Win one for the Seekers! :-)

Thanks for keeping us informed, Tina! And I am officially Jane Austen's #1 Fan! It says so on my Reviewer I.D.

Tina M. Russo said...


Thanks for letting me wake you up. Yes, someone informed me you were an Austen Fan to the max. I think it was Mary, Mary.

Rose said...

Crossing my fingers for Mary!


Julie Lessman said...

Okay, okay, so I slept in!! I work at home, but Saturday is the ONLY day I let myself sleep in ... that is, until I got slathered by a golden retriever tongue ...

Great weekend edition, Tina, chock full as usual!

And I'm with everyone else ... GO, MARY!!!


Tina M. Russo said...

Geez, I was so groggy I wrote

so sleep in...

I meant

to sleep in

Okay time to go get my naturally brown hair enhanced...see ya later.

Leigh said...

Good morning, y'all! Been busy in the kitchen this morning -- cookout tonight and potluck at church tomorrow. There might still be some blueberry muffins the kids didn't gulp down for those of you in later time zones. Butterscotch brownies are cooling and I made extras to share with Seeker friends for lunchtime. Yum, yum!

And, Tina, as the first Georgia girl to check in this morning, I've gotta break the news to you --they're the Atlanta Braves these days instead of the Atlanta Brewers. :-) Not that I could tell you muchy that's going on with them these days other than trading Francoeur, but hubby and son sure could ...

Mary, we're rooting for you tonight!!!

Tina M. Russo said...

Oh my gosh Leigh. I cannot believe I did that. Talk about a Freudian aging myself slip.

I long for a Butterscotch Brownie!!

Tina M. Russo said...

Okay, I think Mary is in Denver now. I received a soul searching text message from her. She often bares her soul to me and shares her fears, her joys and her deepest inner most concerns.

Basically the message said:


Edna said...

What a time all of you will have. Would love to be a fly on the wall? LOL

Have a great one and a safe one.


Pepper Basham said...

Jane Austen is awesome. Btw, anyone else watching the liveblog for the Christy Awards. Go Mary, Go!

Tina M. Russo said...

Yes and if you missed it, it will be archived at the same link. I am putting the link on the Weekend Edition right now.