Friday, July 31, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Edition

Lazy day here in Seekerville. We need a break between all the summer activity and conferences.

So pull up a chair, have some tea, lemonade or one of our coconut smoothies with a little umbrella. We've got lemon cupcakes from Citizen Cake too.

Relax, read a book and enjoy the day.

Winners of the Friday, August Contest Update book prizes are Ann and Renee and Lisa. Congratulations! Please drop me a line at

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday: Zondervan and Steeple Hill Suspense author, Camy Tang is here today.

Tuesday: Welcome to Denver Part 2 with Tina Russo.

Wednesday: Melanie Dickerson is our guest. Join her for, What We Can Learn From Jane Austen.

Thursday: Your hostess is Seeker, Audra Harders.

Friday: April Irwin shares on Hope, Motivation, Determination and Faith.

Save the Date:

August 14, Tammy Barley, Whitaker House author blogs.

August 21, Christy Finalist, Pamela Binnings Ewen joins us.

September 2, Dorchester debut author, Marilyn Brant will be with us.

September 18, LIVE FROM ACFW it's Seekerville!

September 22, Private Eye Duo, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman are sleuthing in Seekerville. They're bringing goodies too!

September 25, Our guest is Love Inspired Historical author, Winnie Griggs.

September 28, two-time Golden Heart finalist Anne Barton is back in Seekerville.

September 29, Barbour Publishing author, Marcia Gruver returns to Seekerville.

September 30, Cool Beans! NavPress author Erynn Mangum will be here.

Seeker Sightings:

The Deadly Intent Blog Tour Rocks On:

8/1 Camy is guest blogging about the top ten things that inspired her to write Deadly Intent on Heidi Strawser’s blog, and she also reviews Deadly Intent.

8/3 Camy's friend and Love Inspired romance author Missy Tippens asks, "Is it easier to write suspense because of the built-in conflict of a villain?"

8/4 Deborah reviews Deadly Intent.

8/5 Alison Strobel Morrow interviews Camy.

8/6 Writers, Camy is guest blogging about plotting on the blog of her friend Pamela James

8/7 Ruth reviews Deadly Intent.

8/8 Genesis coordinator Erica Vetsch asks Camy to blog about the differences in writing category suspense and trade contemporary romance.

Random News and Info:

From Publisher's Weekly: Former Firebrand Agents Hang New Shingle.

Michael Stearns, a former editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, who recently left his agent position at Firebrand Literary, is starting a new endeavor called Upstart Crow Literary. Chris Richman and Danielle Chiotti, who worked with Stearns at Firebrand, are joining him in the new venture. Stearns and Richman will focus exclusively on representing children's book authors while Chiotti will handle a range of fiction and nonfiction authors. Read the story here.

Check out this blog post, Different Types of Rejection, by Agent Rachel Zurakowski of Books & Such Literary Agency.

Torstar Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results: (Yahoo Finance)

In a mixed second quarter report, Harlequin parent Torstar said book sales rose 8.7 percent to $249 million (CA), though the increase was due almost entirely to the weaker Canadian dollar. Currency exchange comprised most of the profit gains as well, up $2.4 million at $19.7 million for the period. "Underlying results were up in the overseas and North America direct-to-consumer divisions and down in North America retail." And the company expects weaker results in the second half of their year. They expect to grow "but not at the rate realized in the first half."

Win a beach bag of books from

During select weeks from May 22nd through September 4th, a different title or collection of titles will be featured with a contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s) and summertime essentials. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

From Alive Communications Inc., Literary Agency:

Alive Welcomes Back Andrea Christian Heinecke

August 2009 -- Alive Communications announced this week the return of Andrea Christian Heinecke, who served as an Alive agent from 2001-2004. She brings a broad range of publishing experience as a book editor and publicist, having worked with award-winning, best-selling authors of fiction and nonfiction adult, youth, and children’s books at David C. Cook and NavPress.

Andrea fills the shoes of agent Beth Jusino, who leaves after five years of successful client representation to pursue new opportunities in social media marketing. Of her time at Alive, Jusino says, “It’s been a privilege to work with so many talented authors and dedicated publishers. The Alive team is the best in the business, and I leave with a grateful heart for the time we have shared.”

Alive Communications president, Rick Christian says of the transition, “We are thrilled to have Andrea back. The authors she represents will benefit from her experience, network of relationships and terrific instincts. Beth will certainly be missed, and we bid her a fond farewell. She has expanded our reach and uncovered fresh talent, leaving a solid foundation on which Andrea will build.”


Debra E Marvin said...

I'll start the coffee but I have no ideas for breakfast to go with beachy theme.
Good morning. I stayed up too late reading Deadly Intent.

Happy August! May you get rain where you need it,
Summer where it's been absent and
May the RAGWEED forget to flower

Tina M. Russo said...

Yogurt parfaits today!

Thanks for starting the java.

Happy August yourself, and may your cell phone always be in range and your internet connection never fail you.

Gee I feel like I should say, Amen.

Pepper Basham said...

Good morning. Thanks for all the information, Tina. usual. Btw - you won my book contest, so you're getting a return on all those fun gifts you're giving away on Seekers. Kaye's Regency book is the 'contest book' for next week.

I'll add a brunch souffle, of eggs, ham, onions, green peppers, and lots of cheese.

Lisa Jordan said...

August 1 and we are blessed with sunshine!!! So exciting after a dreary week of rain and October-like temperatures.

How about some homemade blueberry muffins to go with the yogurt parfaits and eggs??

Haha! My word verification is bacons...go figure at Seekers. :)

Tina M. Russo said...

It's sunshine here too. And that means.... MOW THE LAWN. Then write. Life does get in the way.

Julie Lessman said...

Happy Saturday, everyone!! And great reading, Tina, as usual.

And oh, joy!! I get to write today ... Boston, here I come ...


Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks for all the great info, Tina! You rock!

A. A. Stone said...

Lazy weekend, but I'm up early. Just can't sleep. Plus today's going to be a busy day with company.

Tina--Thanks for every fun weekend post. What a great talent to come up with so many new ideas! I don't think I could do it. :)

Julie and Pepper--Ladies, you are awesome. Thanks so much for visiting my treasure-hunting, Scripture-digging blog site. Bless you!

Mary C--I'm laughing my heart out reading your Lassoed in Texas books. They're hilarious! Love the romantic tension and wild hooligans (uh, kids, I mean.) :)

Debbi G--My sister-in-law snatched up my copy of your book Protecting Her Child as soon as she saw it. Great writing!

A. A. Stone said...

By the way, dare I ask a technical question of the Seekers who may know? How do you get those ID photos to pop up with each comment? I can't find the feature on my blogspot. Or did you add it special? 'Cause it's sure fun to see faces! Thanks for any help you can give!

Tina M. Russo said...


Go into Dashboard, click Settings, click on Comments, go to the bottom of the page to this sentence...

Show profile images on comments?

Click yes. Yours must be on no.

Missy Tippens said...

Thank you, thank you!! Another great update, Tina.

A. A. Stone said...

Dear Tina, Weird. The show profile button is set on yes, but photos aren't showing, including mine. Oh well. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it! :)

Tina M. Russo said...

Did you save your changes, A?

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Happy Weekend, Seekerville!

Kudos and hellos from upstate NY where it hasn't rained in almost twelve hours.

Hello Seattle!!!! I think we're your new sister city. :)

Hey, I'm passing on coffee because it's late and I have overnight bakery shift, but I'm so psyched by not only the cool contest update stuff but the onslaught of wonderful info coming our way.

Tina, thank you AGAIN. You rock, woman.

And I just finished Montana Rose. My fave Conneally book, so sweet. Endearing. Funny. Charming.

And I have no idea why I'm drawn to this story but I was blessed to read it in its infancy and loved it then. How wonderful to see it in polished, published form. I just LOVE those characters, Red and Cassie. Love 'em.

Okay, I'm making a retirement cake (s) for my BIL's well-deserved retirement from the Army. Gotta do it justice! God bless our men and women in uniform.

We're blessed to have them.

Ruthy (grabbing a muffin, a little stale... Don't you people know about plastic wrap???)