Saturday, July 4, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Firecracker Edition

Tonight the Seekers will be bringing our friends and family to watch the fireworks over Unpubbed Island. Here's hoping you have a delightful holiday and pause for a moment to reflect on our freedoms as a nation this Independence Day.

We had such a great turn out Friday for the July Contest Update, we're pulling two copies of Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love out of the prize vault.

The winners are Pepper Basham and Shaddy. Please send your snail mail addresses to by Monday night July 6.

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday: Christy Award finalist, Mary Connealy will post on Stretching Yourself as an Author (Why I Made Cassie a Wimp) and be giving away a copy of her latest release, Montana Rose.

The Ghosts of Conferences Past with your photog hostess, Tina Russo.

Wednesday: Revell author, Julie Lessman
is up in Seekerville.

Thursday: Love Inspired debut author, Ruth Logan Herne is up today.

Friday: Heartsong author, Erica Vetsch is coming to Seekerville.

Save The Date:

July 17: Writer Pepper Basham is our guest.

July 29th: Welcome to 5280: Denver The Mile High City

July 30th: Dorchester, Western Historical author,
Caroline Fyffe joins us with a fun post.

Special Events:

September 17-20 : Seekerville LIVE at the
ACFW Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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

Seeker Spottings:

Check out this great photo of Julie Lessman and Maggie Brendan at the LifeWay Bookstore signing in Buford, GA.

July 9-11 you can find Julie on Myra Johnson's blog, Writer at Random, doing an interview and book giveaway (winner's choice of one of the books in The Daughters of Boston series).

Don't forget you can preorder Missy Tippens', 10/27/09 release, A Forever Christmas, at

You can also find Glynna Kaye's debut Love Inspired novel, Dreaming of Home, that releases 9/29/09 at the CBD site.

Camy Tang's debut Love Inspired Suspense, Deadly Intent, is coming July 14.

You can read an excerpt on Amazon now!

Debby Giusti has some great photos of her first booksigning tour up at CRAFTIE Ladies of Suspense.

Look what I found. Check out Relz Reviewz Spotlight on Ready-Made Family by Cheryl Wyatt, and the cool morph photo of Ben Dillinger!

Cheryl's next book in the series released June 1.

Stop by a Cup of Faith, for more Janet Dean booksigning photos.

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. Best-selling author Richard Foster will keynote the event in an address entitled “The Spiritual Formation of the Writer.”

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

Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy • Barbour Publishers


  1. Thanks for all the updates.

    Happy July 4th to everyone!

  2. Thanks for being a friend of Seekerville. Happy 4th, Cathy and all.

  3. Wow, an exciting week coming up in Seekerville. Thanks for all the news.
    Tina, I'm really looking forward to your Denver insider's guide.

  4. Well cool, Debra. But that isn't until July 29. Are you going to ACFW? Can we expect to see your cute little baby face?

  5. in a week..intriguing....

    Happy 4th of July!


  6. Happy 4th! I look forward to reading your post in more depth when I return later from the high country. We are escaping triple digits and heading north, north, north to Flagstaff today to celebrate the holiday without risk of heatstroke! Hope all your firecrackers are sparkly ones today!

  7. Tina, thanks for another wonderful Weekend Edition! Hey, I can bring the wine slush to the island fireworks -- deep-purple slush that's to die for and low enough wine content that pregnant ladies can even drink it! The perfect complement for celebrating the 4th!


  8. Ooops ... with my son, daughter-in-law and daughter all moved back home, I can show up as Matt, Katie, Amy or Julie, I guess ... sorry for the confusion! :)


  9. Happy 4th!!!! DH and I will be travelling toward home today. I hope everyone has a happy SAFE 4th of July.

    I'm proud to be an American!!!

  10. Julie, good to know we have another double personality in the crowd.

  11. Happy 4th Rose and Jenny and Pam.

  12. Great job with the updates, Tina!

    Watching the fireworks explode out over the water will be so cool.

    Bonfire tonight on the island.

    Be There!!

    God Bless America and Happy 4th!!

  13. Tina,
    I think I'll have to put my granddaughter's photo on a badge button so people will recognize me. I just haven't gotten that 'professional portrait' taken care of.

    July 29th will be here before we know it. We have a family wedding on the 18th and I'm looking forward to life calming down by then . . .

  14. Good Luck, Mary!
    Julie has a split personality. Which personality do you like best?

  15. lol - Hello, Julie-Matt! That is too funny

    The fireworks are so lovely. And just look at how the colors reflect off the water.

    I brought s'mores too.

    Thank you for the updates. Tina

    That book in a week orta be pretty interesting.

    Is that reading one???

    Cause I can so do that. :)

    So Julie, can we write a SYBIL book on you?

  17. Write one?? :) yeah . . . I figured as much.

    We're on this beautiful tropical island and you want us to work.

    I'm gonna start calling you Professor Tina.


    but I guess I shall give a go.

  18. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book, Breaking Into Fiction, and ultimately, for drawing my name.

    I can't wait to get my slippery little hands on it. I've been breaking a lot of things lately, like wine glasses and zippers and knick knacks so I'm thoroughly prepared to break into fiction.

    Thanks again.

  19. Wooo, hooo, Shaddy and Pepper.

    Hey there Tina, it's going to be a great week and we'll toss out some encouraging posts and a few prizes from the vault too.

  20. Hi - I stumbled on your blog from your comment on Pioneer Woman's site.

    It sounds like yall had a wonderful 4th of July with friends & family.

    Best wishes from an overseas Army wife,

  21. Hi, Jennifer. Welcome to Seekerville. Please visit often.

    Hey, I'm former Army myself. I was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. Where are you located>