The National Day of the Cowboy resolution has again been sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Arizona’s U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. H. Res. 322 encourages Americans to set aside the fourth Saturday in July as a day to celebrate their pioneer heritage and cowboy culture.
Seekerville salutes the cowboy, and we tip our collective Stetsons in their honor.
Music for the trail: Here's some of my favorite cowboy music. What are yours?
Should Have Been A Cowboy by Toby Keith.
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Willie Nelson.
Amarillo by Morning by George Strait.
This Cowboy's Hat by Chris LeDoux
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday: Multiple Golden Heart finalist, Pam Hillman is our hostess.
Tuesday: Welcome to Denver! Part I presented by Tina Russo.
Wednesday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti posts.
Thursday: Dorchester Western Historical author, Caroline Fyffe is our special guest.
Friday: Time for a Contest Update already? The prize vault is open today!
Save The Date
August 5, Jane Austen's number 1 fan, Melanie Dickerson.
August 7, Seekerville welcomes April Irwin.
August 14, Tammy Barley, Whitaker House author blogs.
August 21, Christy Finalist, Pamela Binnings Ewen joins us.
September 2, Dorchester debut author, and Starbucks aficionado, Marilyn Brant will be with us.
September 18, LIVE FROM ACFW it's Seekerville!
September 25, Our guest is Love Inspired Historical author, Winnie Griggs.
September 30, Cool Beans! NavPress author Erynn Mangum will be here.
Outstanding Contest Results!!
Congratulations to the 2009 Book of the Year Finalists, especially our very own Seekers and friends of Seekerville.
Here are the Seeker finalists.
A Passion Most Pure (Julie Lessman)
Courting Miss Adelaide (Janet Dean)
Every Good and Perfect Gift (Sharon K. Souza)
Hero, Second Class (Mitchell Bonds)
In the Shadow of the Sun King (Golden Keyes Parsons)
Faking Grace (Tamara Leigh)
Picket Fence Promises (Kathryn Springer)
Single Sashimi (Camy Tang)
Sweet Caroline (Rachel Hauck)
Truffles by the Sea (Julie Carobini)
The Apothecary's Daughter (Julie Klassen)
Calico Canyon (Mary Connealy)
Deep In the Heart of Trouble (Deeanne Gist)
From A Distance (Tamera Alexander)
I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Cathy Gohlke)
My Heart Remembers (Kim Vogel Sawyer)
The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (A.K. Arenz)
Death on a Deadline (Christine Lynxwiler, Sandy Gaskin, and Jan Reynolds)
Drop Dead Diva (Christine Lynxwiler, Sandy Gaskin, and Jan Reynolds)
For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls (Nancy Mehl)
Of Mice . . . and Murder (Mary Connealy)
Buffalo Gal (Mary Connealy) Clueless Cowboy (Mary Connealy)
Family Treasures (Kathryn Springer)
Her Unlikely Family (Missy Tippens)
White as Snow (Janice Thompson)
SHORT CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE
Bayou Paradox (Robin Caroll)
Broken Lullaby (Pamela Tracy)
Countdown to Death (Debby Giusti)
Forsaken Canyon (Margaret Daley)
Killer Cargo (Dana Mentink)
Congratulations to Debby Giusti. Countdown to Death finaled in the 2009 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Awards for Published Romance Novelists.
Julie Lessman, can be spotted signing her Daughters of Boston series this weekend:
Saturday, July 25, 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Book Signing at Paducah LifeWay Christian Store
Kentucky Oaks Plaza
3480 James-Sanders Boulevard
Saturday, July 25, 3:00 to 5:00 PM:
Reading/Book Signing/Book Giveaway at Metropolis Public Library
317 Metropolis Street, Metropolis
Also, check out this photo from a recent luncheon Julie gave for some of her online bloggers and friends.
From left to right, Julie, Christy McGraw, Margaret Chind , Missy Tippens and Patty Smith Hall.
The Camy Tang, Deadly Intent Blog Tour schedule is up!
7/25 Camy is at Prairie Chicks Write Romance talking about how Camy gets by with a little help from my friends.
7/25 An excerpt of Deadly Intent is up on the FIRST Wild Card blog tour.
7/27 Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt ask what Camy's biggest fear is.
7/28 Writers, read about the Basic Building Blocks of Good Story Structure at the blog of contemporary romance author Cheryl Wyatt.
7/29 Friend and fellow Love Inspired Suspense author Janet Dean reviews Deadly Intent.
7/30 Camy is blogging about her continuing journey as a published author on her friend Tasra Dawson’s blog
7/30 Deadly Intent hero, Dr. Devon Knightley, talks about his own spiritual battles on Laura Domino’s blog
7/31 Laura Domino reviews Deadly Intent.
8/1 Camy is guest blogging about what inspires her to write her books on Heidi Strawser’s blog, and she also reviews Deadly Intent.
Random News and Information
- Check out Wordnik. Everything you want to know (and probably more than you want to know) about words.
- From GalleyCat:In a breathless report, Apple Insider speculates that Apple will release a 10-inch Apple tablet-device in early 2010, a super-sized iPod Touch-like device that could be the fabled "Kindle-killer."
- Eoin Colfer to pen the sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- Don't underestimate Target. From The New York Times: Target Can Make Sleepy Titles Into Best Sellers
- From Publisher's Weekly: As Romance Booms, Authors and Publishers Invest in Face Time
That's it for this Weekend Edition. We hope you didn't miss this week's exciting news. Seeker Cara Lynn James SOLD!