Saturday, February 13, 2010

Seekerville Weekend Edition: Valentine's Day

This is it.
Valentine's Day weekend. The stuff romance is made of. And we do love romance around Seekerville. I've complied a list of my top ten romantic songs just for the occasion.

What's on your list? Leave us your favorite romantic song and we'll put your name in the hat for a chance to win your favorite Seekerville romance.

Top Ten Romantic Songs

1. A Groovy Kind of Love-Phil Collins

2. Can't Fight This Feeling-REO Speedwagon

3. When You Say Nothing At All-Keith Whitley

4. You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This-Toby Keith

5. This Kiss-Faith Hill

6. Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton

7. Don't Want To Miss A Thing-Aerosmith

8. I Will Always Love You-Whitney Houston

9. Valentine-Martina McBride

10. Truly, Madly, Deeply-Savage Garden

We Have Winners:

Monday Janet Dean celebrated the Release of The Substitute Bride and the winner of a copy of that release is Helen Gray!

Hope you didn't miss Tuesday's post by Myra Johnson, You Talkin' To Me?? The winner is Pamela Mason (Drop Myra an email or leave it in the comments! Email addresses for Seekers are available by clicking on our names in the right hand column of Seekerville.)

The Seeker Voice answers are:

1. Cara
2. Ruthy
3. Janet
4. Glynna
5. Tina
6. Myra
7. Debby
8. Julie
9. Mary
10. Audra
11. Sandra
12. Pam
13. Cheryl
14. Missy
15. Camy
16. Marlena Fortune

Wednesday, Julie Lessman's A Kiss Is Just A Kiss, post winner is Gina Welborn. Also she'd like to announce that her newsletter winner is Heather. (Please contact Julie by clicking on her name in the right hand column of Seekerville and then you'll be able to click on her email addy.)

Thursday Ruth Logan Herne was your hostess with The Good Cook's Guide To the Chopping Block of Chronic Wordiness. Winner of her debut release, Winter's End is Sherrinda. Please email Ruth!

Friday's guest Jennifer AlLee posted, Has the Road to Your Dream Taken A Detour? The winner of her release, The Pastor's Wife is PATRICIA W!

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Missy Tippens shares today.

Tuesday: Multi-published author of Southern mystery and suspense, Robin Caroll is our guest today!

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti is posting.

Thursday: Zondervan and Love Inspired Suspense author Camy Tang is your hostess today.

Friday: Today we're doing something different in Seekerville. Story consultant, author and lecturer Michael Hauge will be sharing one of his articles and then we will take questions on the topic or any other questions, which will be answered by Michael in another post. There will be two giveaways of The Hero's Two Journey's DVD sets, winners announced in the Weekend Edition.

If you are not familiar with this wonderful teaching tool check it out here, and you can get a sneak peak of Michael Hauge here.

Save The Date:

February 26: Summerside Press author, Ocieanna Fleiss.

March 3: Revell author, Laura Frantz.

March 10: Friend of Seekerville, talented writer Pepper Basham.

March 12: Multi published children's author Shari Barr.

March 15: Multi-published historical author, Ruth Axtell Morren.

March 29th: Publishing professional and writer Patty Hall.

March 30th RITA and Christy Award winner Francine Rivers.

Ruth Logan Herne will be hosting Francine Rivers and here's more on that from Ruthy:

Francine Rivers is scheduled to come to Seekerville on March 30, 2010 and we're delighted.

Oh my stars. The Atonement Child. Redeeming Love. The Mark of the Lion series...

I'm grabbing nitro pills just thinking about it, LOL! I need questions from you guys, though, not the same old, same old... What would you like to know about Francine, about her work, about her upcoming book Her Mother's Hope to be followed this fall by Her Daughter's Dream.

Redeeming Love is being made into a movie by Abba Productions. That's an interesting thought right there, isn't it?

E-mail me your questions at so I can put together a warm, lovely interview for Francine, one of the nicest ladies on the planet. Seriously!

Seeker Sightings:

Janet Dean will be guest blogging at Faith and Fiction on Fire as part of a blogFEST series A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Wednesday February 17th.

Mary has a book signing in Mission, Texas, from Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13th at: Family Christian Stores #491 Sharyland Towne Center 2505 E Expressway 83 Ste 500 Mission, TX 78572.

Friday February 12th through Saturday February 13th you can find Julie at at Faith and Fiction on Fire as part of a blogFEST series A Kiss to Build a Dream On. Stop by for a chance to win a signed copy of your choice of one of the Daughter's of Boston series or a signed copy of Katie's story, A Hope Undaunted, when it releases in September.

Monday February 15th, book giveaway at Operation Encourage An Author Blog. Your choice of one of the Daughter's of Boston books or a signed copy of Katie's Story, A Hope Undaunted, when it releases in September.

Hope your Valentine's Day is lovely!


  1. Well my favorite romantic song is "Come What May" sung by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack. We used it as our first dance at our wedding last year :)

  2. I win! I win! I win!

    Zippety Do Dah!!

    Janet Dean is sending me an autographed copy of her new book. Isn't that just peachy!!!

    Thank you, Janet.


  3. My favorite romantic song isn't even strictly romantic - "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas. I'd love to dance to this at my wedding. Runners-up are "Hanging by a Moment" (Lifehouse) and "Do You Dream of Me?" (Michael W. Smith). Can you tell I love songs that celebrate small, everyday moments?

  4. Im not really sure what my favourite love song is.
    Lady in red is good.

  5. All good songs..have to admit I have Lady in Red on my iTouch.

    Now I have to go add those suggested.

    Happy Saturday.

  6. Does "Love, Reign O'er Me" by The Who count as a love song?

  7. Well, I'm a jazz fan, but one of my favorite songs is "That's All" the version performed by Michael Buble

    Good mornin' Good mornin', Tina.
    I brought along some strawberry pancakes topped with syrup and powdered sugar...and more strawberries :-)

  8. Lovely list of romantic songs, Tina!

    Congrats, Pamela, for nailing the Seekers' voices!

    I'm sooooo excited about Francine River's visit March 30!!!! We get to ask questions. Yay!

    Love your enthusiasm, Helen! I mailed your copy of The Substitute Bride Thursday. Peachy keen with cream! Is that a breakfast entree?

    I've used up my quota of exclamation points today. LOL Just one more. Happy Valentine's Day Seekerville!

    Hugs, Janet

  9. JANET ... One can NEVER use up their quota of exclamation points ... especially if one happens to be a caffeinated drama queen ...

    TINA ... LOVE the list. Have to add "How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees from Saturday Night Fever because Keith and I were engaged at the time and it brings back SO many wonderful memories ... of me finally landing a guy, for one thing! :)

    Awwww ... Keith just brought me cinnamon toast he made himself!!! What a guy!! Like I always say ... and he always agrees ... I don't deserve him.


  10. My favorite romantic song is "How Do I Live Without You" by Trisha Yearwood.

    Help yourself to the box of chocolates I set on the table. Think twenty pounds is enough? And, no, it wasn't me who took all the coconut filled bon bon's out, my chipmunk cheeks are natural!

    Happy Valentine's. I hope it's a sweet day for all of Seekerville.


  11. I have to vote for Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

    I just typed the reason why that's my favorite song and decided I better delete it! LOL! Let's just say, it conjures up a VERY happy memory.

    Looking forward to the lineup for the next two months or so!

  12. I thought Helen Gray was saying Zippety Do Dah was her favorite romantic song....

    "I Was Made for You" by Martin Page.

    "I will Find You" Love theme from Last of the Mohicans by Clannad

    "When You Say You Love Me" Josh Groban

    "How Deep is Your Love" is on my list too, Julie.

  13. Hi Tina:

    I think everyone is too young. : }

    Here’s my top five love songs:

    1. The Theme from Elvira Madigan -- Piano Concerto No. 21 (Mozart) No words necessary.

    2. "Have I Told You Lately" - Rod Stewart version!

    3. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder

    4. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack

    5. "I Will Always Love You" - Dolly Parton

    And the best un-love song:

    Buonasera Dottore – Claudia Mori

    (Husband on the phone talking to his mistress while his wife is there in the room thinking it is an innocent conversation while the mistress is talking really hot loving stuff!)

    Just listen to it:


  14. I'll Be There -- Jackson 5.

    So much great stuff coming up in Seekerville next week. Can't wait.

  15. Oh, Vince--I second your vote for Dolly's song. And no one can sing it like she can. :)

  16. Andrea Bocelli! I would like to add Andrea Bocelli singing "Sogno", "Romanza", and Time to Say Goodbye with Sarah Brightman. YUM!!! I don't know what he's saying, since he sings in Italian, but who cares! It's very heart-stirring!

  17. Melanie I think I have all the Andrea Bocelli CDs out there. I love his version of Bessame Mucho "More kisses"


    Tina, thank you for reminding me of Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply.

  18. Your #2, Can't Fight This Feeling, is "our song"! Hubby and I were dating when it was big, and we claimed it. :)

  19. Debra, I thought the same thing about Zippety Do Dah! LOL

    Mel, I won't ask! :)

  20. Woooohoooo!!!!!

    I just saw my name on the Seekerville Blog! And I'm the lucky winner of Ruthy's book! Are yall blinded by my big ol' smile?

    Thank you!!!!!


    : D

    Darn! I didn't win Myra's post, oh well, I don't think I'm quite old enough anyway *wink*

    Oh goodness, love songs...some of my favorites are:

    Lovely TOnight: Joshua Radin

    A Thousand Miles: David Archuleta

    To Be With You: David Archuleta

    Somebody Out THere: David Archuleta

    Make You Feel My Love: Adele

    Sometimes Love: Brooke White

    Okay, that was quite a few, but the list goes on and on! LOL! I just opened up iTunes and was like, "Oh! This one's GREAT!!" Plus, you David Archuleta is SUCH a cutie... *sigh*

    Anyway, hope everyone has a good day. My mom has strep throat and is throwing up (sorry for the details!), so we're at home today.
    Talk to you later!

  22. Barry Manilow has some good love songs too I had one in my head and its gone.
    the song not the head although I could be wrong.
    I write the songs I think it is

  23. Of course it counts, Walt.

    And Pepper, ANYTHING by Michael Buble counts.

  24. Wow, so many good songs. Vince!!! have to go check out your naughty song.

    I love Time to Say Goodbye --I have the CD too.

    Thank you for the chocolate, Rose!!

    My husband just gave me dark chocolate. My favorite!!!

  25. Hannah,

    adding your momma to my prayer list.

    Flat seven up or ginger ale. Sip don't drink it. No milk products.

  26. Michael Buble music, dark chocolate, a bubble bath, and a good book...
    Whew, sounding good to me.

    Anyone want to come watch my stomach-virus ridden children? ;-)
    "isn't it romantic..."

  27. Debra and Missy:

    My apologies for scrambline your brains.

    How about the old Elvis number "Love Me Tender."


  28. Hi Tina:


    The song is in Italian but you don’t have to understand Italian to ‘get it’.

    The mistress calls the husband's home at night and he answers: “Good Evening, Doctor.” And she says “Is the you?” And he says “Mi Dica”, “It’s me speaking”.

    She says “Is she there in the room?”. He says “yes, that is correct”. She tells him she is in bed and needs him and is wearing that something special he bought her and can’t he somehow get out of the house and stay with her?

    Just the tone of voice is enough.

    The thing is the Italians loved this song. Many singers covered the song. There are many comedy skits using the lyrics. There is one skit with Sophia Loren doing the cheating and even one with the Pope. Italians are really interesting people.

    I think America is ready for this song. I wonder if John Edwards can sing?


  29. Okay, I have to say, when it comes to love songs, I'm very old school.

    Return to Me - Dean Martin
    La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
    The Very Thought of You - Billie Holiday
    You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
    Can't Help Falling In Love w/You - Elvis Prestley
    Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller (probably the most romantic music I've ever heard in my life!)

    And in honor of my Hubby, just about any song by George Strait (he's a huge fan)

  30. I used "Do You Dream Of Me" (Michael W. Smith) in Waiting Out the Storm...

    She couldn't get the hero's face, hands out of her head while the song played, and that was while scrubbing bathrooms...

    Pretty powerful stuff!!! :)

    Love Lady in Red... And Total Eclipse of the Heart...Bonnie Tyler

    AND... Remember When/Alan Jackson but that's for us old fogies.

    Twenty pound box of chocolates. Trish is my new BFF...

    After Melissa, of course.

    I love Dolly...

    Vince, go wash your mouth out with Irish Spring (voted worst-tasting soap by my children in years past) because that's just sooooo naughty.

    And Moonlight Serenade... Oh, I love Glenn Miller.

    And George Strait... Just his delightful romance with his wife is enough to make me all gushy.

    I'm a sap.

    Lovely post, Teenster. Just lovely.

  31. BTW, Vince, did I mention that I am Italian?

  32. You guys are probably imagining all kinds of things about me!!! But it's totally innocent, I assure you. Just a guy that I had a HUGE crush on playing and singing that song (on a church retreat, no less!)

    Elvis had a lot of great love songs. I think Can't Help Falling in Love with You is my favorite.

  33. oh my. Love the list of tunes.

    My all time favorite is
    Feels So Right by Alabama. I just melt thinking of it let alone hearing it.

    A funny. My dh and I were "never going to marry" when we met so our theme song was "We'll sing in the Sunshine" by Gale Garnett. LOL

    The lyrics say "we'll sing in the sunshine and when a year is ended we'll be on our way" HA! 43 years later LOL we're still singing.


  34. Hi Tina:

    I lived in Italy for three years and I love Italians!

    My first basketball coach was an Italian named Russo. This was in Morristown, N. J.

    I think it’s great to be Italian…if you can’t be Irish. : )


  35. Haaaa!! Vince! You and Ruthy!

    Couple of characters.

  36. Hi Ruth:

    I always had the choice between Irish Spring or a novena.

    Poor Claudia Mori is just a three Hail Mary offense. For a novena you need to go to the greatest love song of all. Of course, it’s French.

    This song was so romantic that it even hit the charts in the USA…in French. Moi ’lanta!

    It’s about love, deep passionate love, sung with feeling. It gives ‘telling’ a whole new meaning. : )

    I’m talking about: “Je t'aime…moi non plus” by Jane Birkin.

    Note: Your ears need to be eighteen years old to listen to this even in French. The Visual is GP.



  37. Wow! My fave song hmmm I have lots! Hehe! I'll just put a couple I like A Moment Like this by Kelly Clarkson and From This Moment.
    I Don't Know what It is about the moments:)
    And My favorite sad ones Would be This is Just A Dream by Carrie Underwood and The Heart Does Go On by Celine Dion!

  38. Hi Tina,
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Tom! Thanks for always doing such a great job with the weekend edition!!!

    Love all the songs you chose!

  39. Awesome line up, ladies! Thanks so much for all your wonderful articles.
    I like the When You Say Nothing At All song but with the lady singer and the guy. :-)

  40. The lady singer and the guy? But Keith wrote the song. I need more hints, Jessica.

    Happy Valentine's Day from SNOWY Denver.

  41. Alison Kraus did a remake of the song in the 90's.

    Is that who Jessica meant?

  42. When You Say Nothing At All...

    Keith Whitley wrote and performed before his death...

    Allison Krauss and Union Station...

    Great version as well. I love both.

    Add them to my list, too, 'kay?


  43. And Vince...

    I'm going to say one thing and one thing only...

    Your Wife Is One Lucky Woman...


  44. Unchained Melody...
    that's our song...

    Enjoying all this romance!!

    (and agreed, one can NEVER run over quota on exclamation points!!!!)

    Have a lovely one. My sweetie is long distance today but we celebrated last weekend just fine, thank you.

    Next week looks good. Always a treat to stop by Seekerville!

  45. Happy Valentine’s Day
    to Everyone!

    Where’s Mary?

    Mary knows more song titles than anyone I’ve ever heard of.

    How about the top funny love songs? My choice:

    “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold it Against Me?”

    (Extra Credit: Anyone know who did this song?)

    Ruth: Maybe that’s why I got such a good wife. There’s never been a day that I don’t thank the Lord that she said ‘yes’ to my proposal. After 33 years of looking for the right woman, it would have been devastating to have her say ‘no’. Talk about a black moment – ouch!

    Ruth: you’re an inspiration every day. I’d say anyone is lucky to enjoy your wit and wisdom. I always look forward to what Ruth has to say on any topic.

    This is too much fun. Again:

    Happy Valentine’s Day.


  46. Vince, Mary is in Texas doing a book signing. See the Seeker Sightings note.

  47. Aw, Vince...

    I'm all ver klempt. :)

    And MOST days Dave is quite happy...

    Like the other day when I loaded 4 face cords of firewood for my son-in-law to deliver because Dave's back/hip fired up their internal warning signals. Poor guy. And then he caught my cold...

    Can we say 'awww' again? :)

    But I got flowers I love and Ghirardelli my scale says I DO NOT NEED but it's a lovely, lovely treat after 36 years of seeing the before-blow-dryer, face cream and contacts Ruthy edition.

    It's a frightening thought.


    Not as bad as Janet without make-up (no one, I repeat NO ONE has seen Janet without make-up, like... ever... according to HER)

    but I suspect that her gorgeous smile and teasing grin would be just fine without a hint of Estee Lauder.

    In my humblest of humble opinions.

    KC... You're adorable and I expect you and the boy had a lovely send-off...

    But a good welcome home is never a bad thing, either.


    And today, we're taking Libby, the Standard Poodle for her first ever professional spa day.

    Click on Libby's page to see before pics...

    This is because despite the investment in very pricey dog clippers, RUTHY IS NO GROOMER.

    Oh my stars, when will I learn I CAN'T do it all???

    Do not even ask how funny she's looked. We'll see if the pros at Pet Smart can help.

    If they don't burst into tears and run screaming first.

    Oh mylanta.

  48. Ruthy,
    Just ordered Winter's End.Woohoo, and I can't wait to read that 4 1/2 stars book.
    I read the excerpt on Harlequin and it's so moving, poignant, with just enough sass to nudge a grin. Oh yes, I love to watch hearts melt.
    and btw, talking about melting, if I read Winter's End, does it mean winter might come to an end at somepoint.

  49. My favorite love song is "Bless the Broken Road" by a Christian group Selah, but the original group, Rascal Flatts does a pretty good job too. :)

  50. It's hard to choose just one - but I think - As Time Goes By - is my all-time favorite!

  51. Any chance I can "make my own contest" and get a free book because my birthday is on Valentines Day :) Just thought I'd give it a shot since it's such a romantic day :)

  52. I like the Faith Hill song, but I think probably my top romantic songs are either John Turner's "Will You Go With Me" (love the lyrics and his deep voice on that one) and Tomi Swick's "Night Like This" (my hubby and I danced to that one at our wedding). Things look busy around here for this week!!! :)

  53. How I love a good love song!

    Come What May from Moulin Rouge... Awesome!

    Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers... was the song hubby and I danced to at our wedding. Ahhh...

    And I'm digging the new Michael Buble song, I Just Haven't Met You Yet. That's a song of great faith!

    Rock on, ladies :+}

  54. How's about God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You by NSync and I Can Love You Like That by All 4 One! :-P

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    XOXO~ Renee

  55. Oh yeah if any guy played Michael Buble or Josh Groban for me I'd melt clean away! :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  56. Name just ONE favorite romantic song? Nope, not possible for me :) LOL. I listen to a wide variety of music. Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Rascal Flatts... I could go on forever :)

    However, my top two songs at the moment are I Just Haven't Met You Yet and Endless Love.

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

  57. Whoops, that would be Haven't Met You Yet ;)

  58. Love Michael Buble, Just Haven't Met You Yet!!

  59. Who knew there were so many great songs from so many different venues?

    I'm tripping down memory lane with each and every comment.

    Super wonderful.

    I remember Dave had Wonderful Tonight dedicated to me at a wedding... It had been a crazy day, I had done the wedding cake, and then the Wonder Woman quick change from baker to femme fatale (gag) in the somewhat cramped ladies' room...

    I didn't exactly 'feel' on top of my game, but it wasn't MY wedding, so it was fine...

    And when he did that...

    unprovoked, even...

    it just felt wonderful. Marvelous. Sweet.

    Of course that was YEARS AGO... ;)

  60. So guess what I read online. Michael Buble is engaged to marry the gal who stars in is music video, I Just Haven't Met You Yet.

  61. My favorite love song is "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx.

    Forget the prize. I want the hat.

  62. I was going to mention a Kiss song that's really good, but then I decided to hold back.

    However, I did not hold back at the store. I picked up Debby's and Janet's latests books, as well as reserved a spot for the day Ruthy's comes out.

  63. Too many songs to choose from. One of my favorites is "Everlasting Love" by Howard Jones. It was the theme for our wedding slide show.

  64. I like Kiss, Walt. We share makeup tricks all the time.

    Hey Cynthia, I own Howard Jones' Greatest Hits. Love him!!

  65. i like 'valentine' by martina mcbride


  66. I was not a big Elvis fan, but I think "Love Me Tender" is the most romantic song ever.

  67. I'm an old-school R&B type gal, so I think of songs by Peabo Bryson, like "I'm So Into You".

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for the book. Looking forward to reading The Pastor's Wife.