Saturday, March 27, 2010

RWA RITA AND GH Weekend Edition

Seekerville would like to congratulate the
Romance Writers of America,

RITA and Golden Heart finalists!

A special shout out to our friends of Seekerville! We'll be rooting for you!

For those of you not familiar with RWA; Romance Writers of America is the largest organization of romance writers in the world. RWA began in 1980 in Houston, Texas with 37 members. Today RWA has over 10,000 members, of which over 2,000 are published in novel length fiction. RWA also has an operating budget of one million dollars.

This year Nashville, Tennessee will be the location of the RWA National conference celebrating RWA's 30th anniversary. On Saturday July 31, 2010, the RITA and Golden Heart winners will be announced at a gala formal event featuring dinner and the awards ceremony.

The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction. Up to 1,200 romance novels from 12 different categories are entered in the RITA competition each year. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book's publisher in one of the 12 categories. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists.

The Golden Heart:
1,200 romance manuscripts are entered in the Golden Heart ( into one of 10 contest categories) each year by writers who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more. In the preliminary round, the manuscripts are read and judged by General RWA members, who narrow the field down to approximately 100 finalists. The final round of the contest is judged by acquiring editors from romance publishing houses.

Seekers and friends help Linda Goodnight
celebrate her 2008 RITA inspirational win.

And The Winners Are:

Tuesday: Avoid Cliches! Sandra Leesmith's Tuesday post winner of a Seeker book of their choice is Teri Dawn Smith who chose Black Hills Blessing by Mary Connealy.

Wednesday: Glynna Kaye's post was U.R. A Writer, MD: Time for Your 1st Quarter Check Up. Winner of Give ‘em What They Want: The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors & Agents,is AJ Hawke.

Friday: Babies & Books (It's a Boy!) by Ruth Logan Herne. The winner of Winter's End is Marilyn Brant.

Next Week In Seekerville:

Monday: Publishing professional, writer, and friend of Seekerville Patty Hall is our special guest today.

Tuesday: RITA and Christy Award winner Francine Rivers interview is featured in Seekerville today. Stop by for a chance to win a copy of the first book in a two part saga, A Mother's Hope, part of the Marta's Legacies Series from Tyndale House. For a sneak preview you can watch the book trailer here.

Wednesday: April Contest Update in Seekerville. The prize vault is OPEN!

Thursday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired debut author, Audra Harders is your hostess today.

Friday: We welcome back, multi-published historical author, and three-time RITA nominee, Cheryl St. John.

Gail Gaymer Martin with Pam Hillman, 3 time Golden Heart finalist
(GH Hall of Fame inductee), at RWA 2006 Atlanta.

Save The Date:

April 7: Desert Breeze Publishing author K. Dawn Byrd.

April 16: Revell author, Janice Hanna Thompson , returns.

April 23: From Books & Such Literary Agency, Janet Grant.

April 28: Waterbrook Press author Mona Hodgson.

April 29: Zondervan upcoming author, Melanie Dickerson.

The 2005 GH Inspirational Finalists (Tina, Myra, Janet & Julie)
at Nationals, Reno, Nevada.

Seeker Sightings:

Until April 3, A Passion Most Pure (and LOTS of other free books) are being offered on Amazon for FREE DOWNLOAD for Kindle, PC, Mac, i-phone and Blackberry. Julie is currently running a contest on her website where you can win a signed copy of her upcoming release, A Hope Undaunted (or any of her books) by simply downloading this free book, telling others about the free download, signing up for her newsletter or FaceBook Fan Page and blogging/tweeting/or sharing with FaceBook friends. All details can be found at the bottom of the home page of her website at

Random News:

Have a great writing and reading weekend.


  1. Ooh! So many fun things to look forward to in Seekerville. :D

  2. The schedule looks great!!

    Looking forward to Nashville.


  3. Wonderful Weekend Edition, Tina! Fun to walk down Golden Heart memory lane!! Miss Myra looks mighty good in that lovely necklace.

    I had a blast hanging out with Linda Goodnight after her Rita win! Oh, and conference friend, Helen Brenna let me touch her Rita. :-)

    Good to see you this morning, Keli. I'm thrilled for your Golden Heart final!!!

    Have a great weekend everyone!


  4. I am so glad its the weekend I started a new a new job this week, and was totally wiped by the time I got home so not much energy for writing so maybe I can get to some of that this weekend!;)
    I can't wait till Tuesday when Francine Rivers will be here !

    I just read her book Redeeming Love not to long ago its the first one of hers I have read I loved it, and I'm really excited to get a chance to say Hi:)
    I hope everybody has a great weekend:)

  5. Oh, Tina, talk about a walk down Memory Lane, girl!!! The best thing about finaling in the GH was meeting you, Janet and Myra. Fond memories, for sure.

    SUPER CONGRATS to all the friends of Seekerville who finaled in the Rita/Golden Heart this week -- we are SO proud of you and like Tina said, cheering you on! And whoo-hoo to the winners of this week's Seeker giveaways too!!

    Congrats on the new job, Lindsey -- rest up this weekend, girl!

    Happy Weekend, all!


  6. Helen...

    I'm going to Nashville. Will we finally get to MEET?????

    Oh my stars, I'm so honored.


    I just gave you a nice grandson in my WIP...

    Very nice. A little muddled because his dad (your son-in-law) was a cad, but the grandson is GOOD STUFF...

    And he's a hottie.

    So in fiction I've given you what life hasn't. A wonderful grandson.

    And my Helen is a little bit older than you, but she's one savvy lady.


    Tina, great weekend edition, par excellence. Muchas gracias from upstate NY.

    And Holy Week is about to begin.

    Palm Sunday...

    Pomp. Circumstance. Joy, Adulation and adoration...

    Followed by treachery and sadness, travesty and travails. Denial. Pain...

    And then joy cometh for the morning.

    I like joy. I'm a big fan.

  7. Lindsey, new jobs are often the basis for romance novels, did you know that?

    A new beginning... second chance...

    new people, boys, girls, men, women...

    New setting for the hero and heroine.

    You rock, sister. Have fun at that job and work hard. I have absolute faith in you!!!

  8. Congrats to all the finalists! I haven't heard who finaled in the Golden Heart! Who??? Anyone I know?

    I can't believe I'll be able to enter the Rita next year! EEK! How weird is that? I'm already fretting over whether I should enter the YA category or the Inspy. LOL!

  9. Keli! I didn't know you finaled in the GH!!! WOOHOO! Congratulations!!!

  10. Hey

    I plan to come to Nashville July 28th to meet and greet Seekers and Friends, if there's room for a kid's author.

    Truly, y'all have been such an inspiration, so encouraging, I'd just love to "hug your neck"! :)

    Congrats to all. Loved the pics. How is it that Seekers are so organized? HMMM???

    and who brought breakfast?!

    I'll scramble up some eggs or make omelettes. Let me know how you like 'em! Otherwise, it's kinda self serve this morning.

    Ruthy - have you come down from the clouds quite yet? :)

    Yes!! Palm Sunday and Passover this week. Some of my favorite music in all the world is Handel's Messiah. I find it appropriate for this season as well. (Call me crazy)

  11. Good morning, and congrats to all the finalists! I saw some familiar names on those lists :-)

    Can't wait to meet some Seekers in Nashville!! Woohooo!!

    Oh Helen, you're going to be there too. Yipee skipee! What fun. Melanie, Kacee (right?), AND Helen. Who else?

    Looking forward to Francine Rivers next week, Tina. Can't wait. Her new book looks great.

  12. LOL, you all will be in Nashville for the RWA conference about the time I'm in Nashville giving birth to baby #4. *grin*

    Congrats to all the RITA and GH finalists!! FUN Stuff!!!

  13. Keli, congratulations on your GH final. I look forward to meeting you in NASHVILLE. WOOO HOOOOO!!!!

  14. Click on the hot link to see the GH finalists..but for the hot link impaired here it is.

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Contemporary Series Romance

    * Caught Beneath the Mistletoe by Tina Joyce
    * Games Without Rules by Nancy Holland
    * Honey, I’m Home by Laurie Kellogg
    * The Reluctant Nude by Cara McKenna
    * Laura Takes a Lover by Mary Oldham
    * Fake Fiancée, Real Love by Cat Schield
    * The Magic Man by Paula Stelluto
    * Hometown Star by Joleen Wieser James

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

    * Breathless by Kimberley Ann Howe
    * Wanted: Dead by Tina Joyce
    * Hollywood Hoodoo by Rochelle Staab
    * See Jane Run by Angela Platt

    2010 Golden Heart — Contemporary Single Title Romance

    * For Love or Money by Elizabeth Bemis
    * Sharing Spaces by Laura Graham Booth
    * Steel Hearts by Nan Dixon
    * Rules of the Road by Hope Ramsay
    * Songbird by Lizbeth Selvig
    * Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy by Abigail Sharpe
    * Three Little Words by Paula Stelluto
    * Seattle's Best by Carolyn Ann Whitecarver

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Historical Romance

    * Good-Timin’ Man by Alison Atwater
    * The Healer by Elisabeth Burke
    * The Serpent’s Tooth by Jessica Darago
    * In Longfellow’s Keep by Mary Lawrence
    * Rafe’s Redemption by Jennifer Jakes
    * Between Heaven and Hell by Jacqui Nelson
    * Overlander by Clarissa Southwick
    * Wild Flower by Linda Bailey

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Inspirational Romance

    * Unforgiven by CJ Eernisse Chase
    * Violets & Violins by Keli Gwyn
    * Here Comes the Wedding Planner by Kristin Leigh Wallace

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

    * Damaged Goods by Barbara Binns
    * A Place at the Table by Patricia O’Dea Rosen
    * Fortune’s Fool by Jane Sevier
    * The Lake Effect by Gabrielle Luthy
    * Switching Sides by Maureen McGowan
    * The Sinners by Lisa Connelly
    * Rescuing Rembrandt by Jean Willett
    * When the Bough Breaks by Chris Keniston

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Paranormal Romance

    * Glorious Misfortune by Donnell Epperson
    * The Perfect Adventure by Katrina Snow
    * Something Wicked by A.N. Conway
    * Bloodborn – Book One in the Light Blade Series by Kylie Griffin
    * Shadowed by Sharon Lynn Fisher
    * Honor Bound by J. Keely Thrall
    * Ancient Skills by Robin Weaver
    * The Divine Gate by Morgan Karpiel

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Regency Historical Romance

    * Her Husband’s Harlot by Aurora Grace
    * A Whiff of Scandal by Robyn Enlund
    * To Seduce a Proper Rogue by Gillian Layne
    * A Most Improper Gentleman by Elisa Beatty
    * Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow
    * My Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Stock

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Romantic Suspense

    * Deadly Recall by Donnell Ann Bell
    * He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz
    * Stronger Than Bone by Kendra Elliot
    * Counterfeit by Linda Lovely
    * Dangerous Summer by Greta MacEachern
    * The Yard Man by G. Jillian Stone
    * Midnight Guardian by Sharon Brennan Wray
    * The Poet’s Secret by Kenneth Zak

    2010 Golden Heart Finalists — Young Adult Romance

    * Ghost-Ridden by Vanessa Barneveld
    * Shattered by Shea Berkley
    * bloom by Shelley Coriell
    * Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
    * The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian by Carey Corp
    * Squeeze Three Times by Kimberly Eve MacCarron
    * Spelling and Glamour by Jennifer McAndrews
    * Unchosen by Erica Daniel O'Rourke

  15. Helen! You're attending too.

    Wonderful. We are ironing out details on a get together either before or after the Literacy Signing or new Nashville events pop up.

    We'll post the info in Seekerville as we did for the ACFW conference.

    And Sandra and I are both doing pre conference posts to help folks attending conference (June).

    AND...we will be reporting live from conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  16. Lindsey, the skill of balancing life and work and your energy levels is a tough one. I come up with a new plan every week. Hang in will find what works for you eventually.

  17. Krista..birthing a child is even better than birthing a book. They are so cute. We have a baby prayer list in Seekerville and will add you and your baby to our list.

  18. Morning All,

    Looks like a great week coming up . Thanks Tina for all the info.

    I'm with Ruth on looking forward to Palm Sunday. I always love going to church beneath the palm fronds.

    I'm dealing with family death right now so it is a real blessing to be able to focus on the joy that cometh.

  19. Ah, so sorry Sandra. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Another great weekend edition, Tina. Looking forward to next week's interviews. Congratulations to Keli on being a finalist for GH. And to Ruthy on the arrival of a grandbaby. Blessed season to all here. Handel's Messiah is my favorite piece of sacred music.

  21. Thanks Mrs. Lessman, and I promise I will rest. but I am hoping to get a little writing done to, that is the beauty of the weekend:)

    Thanks Ruthy actually I have something new in mind, and I am really excited I'm hoping it will be everything I am envisioning!:)

    Thanks Mrs. Radcliffe I'm sure I will!:)


  22. You may not call me Mrs. Radcliffe. That is my husband's mother's name. MUST call me Tina or Teeena or the Teenster.

    Dudette is good too.

  23. Thanks for sharing in my GH excitement. I'm honored to be in such great company. The best part is I get to go to Nationals and meet many of you in person. That's what's most important!!!

  24. It's a mutual admiration society! Ooooh, what a sweet, sweet reminder about one of the best years of my life--the 2005 Inspy Golden Girls meet in Reno!!! Just look at us now, gals!

    And did anyone catch that Linda Goodnight is a RITA finalist in Contemporary Series Romance? Go, Linda!

    Sandra, so very, very sorry for your loss. You're in our prayers.

  25. Ruth:

    I can't believe how you take care of me. As for your Helen being older than me, just how old is she? A hundred???

    Love the idea of getting to meet in person.

    For Easter, 5 churches in the area of the little church where my husband is interim pastor have a joint sunrise service. I've been asked to sing again this year.


    My conference fund reached enough for Nashville at Christmas. I told my husband I wanted CASH for THE FUND---and got it!! I think he's even going to drive me there.


    I'm anxious to meet you and all the rest. Isn't it nice that the conference is in our section of the US this year?


  26. Helen, you told me once, but I'm suffering from DBC syndrome (Distracted-by-children). You are from Va, right?

    Oh, it will be great to get to meet all these interesting personalities I visit with on a weekly, if not daily, basis :-)

  27. Meeting Julie, Myra and Tina, the Golden Girls was the award for entering the Golden Heart!

    I'm so excited to meet everyone in Nashville! Keli and I have met and now I can cheer for her at the GH Awards ceremony!!! :-)

    Our daughters' spiritual birthday is Palm Sunday. Happy day!

    Hugs and prayers, Sandra.


  28. Pepper:

    Sorry for the wrong impression.

    I'm a Missouri hillbilly.

    I was thinking you're from Tennessee. Am I also mistaken?


  29. Helen,
    The fact that you're a hillbilly automatically makes us kindred spirits ;-)
    I'm originially from the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA, and recently from the Blue Ridge Mtns of Tennessee :-)

    It will take me about 4 1/2 hours to get to Nashville

  30. Traveling any number of hours to Nashville will be worth it. Just to be together.

    Absolutely, positively.

    And this is a HUGE reason we get along. We're all hicks.

    I love hicks. And has anyone else seen how cute and delightfully George Straitish Easton Corbin is...

    "I'm a Little More Country Than That..." Wonderful lyrics for we simple folk.

    Sandra, you are in my heart always, my thoughts and prayers right now. You are such a warm and delightful friend and sister in Christ that I wish I could hug you, tease you, and make you laugh.

    This is me making fun of Mary....

    (I'm pretending I'm a mouse, scaring her... And she's jumping on the counter (OH MYLANTA, WOULDN'T WE ALLLLLLLL LOVE TO SEE COnNEALY JUMP UP ON A COUNTER. I'D DO THIS IN PERSON JUST FOR THAT MOMENT...)

    Sandra, did it work?

    Love you, kid.


  31. You Rock, Ruthy! Yeehaw!
    And I completely agree! The drive is so worth the reward at the end.


  32. I just realized we have had all the inspy RITA finalists as guests in Seekerville except Irene and DiAnn. We better get those invites out there.

    I try to read all the inspy finalists for the RITA in categories I am writing. Does anyone else do this??

    2010 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists
    The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander
    Thomas Nelson, Inc., Women of Faith Fiction
    Editors: Ami McConnell and Natalie Hanemann
    ISBN: 978-1-59554-632-6

    A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley
    Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    Editor: Natalie Hanemann
    ISBN: 978-0-59554-809-2

    The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
    Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical
    Editor: Melissa Endlich
    ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1

    Entertaining Angels by Judy Duarte
    Kensington Publishing Corp.
    Editor: John Scognamiglio
    ISBN: 978-0-7582-2016-5

    An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon
    Baker Publishing Group, Revell Books
    Editor: Jennifer Leep
    ISBN: 978-0-8007-3311-7

    The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
    Bethany House Publishers
    Editor: Karen Schurrer
    ISBN: 978-0-7642-0707-5

    Breach of Trust by Diann Mills
    Tyndale House Publishers
    Editor: Stephanie Boerne
    ISBN: 978-1-414-32047-2

    The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo
    Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah
    Editor: Jessica Barnes
    ISBN: 978-0-307-44474-5

  33. Heads-Up!

    Julie wrote:

    “Until April 3, A Passion Most Pure (and LOTS of other free books) are being offered on Amazon for FREE DOWNLOAD for Kindle, PC,”

    I downloaded the Kindle for PC for free and then Julie’s Book which is not going to be available for free for very much longer. There are many more free romance books available to download as well.

    Here is a sample of some free books:

    'Hide in Plain Sight' by Marta Perry, 'Dancing in the Moonlight' by RaeAnne Thayne, 'Homespun Bride' by Jillian Hart, 'The Bride's Baby' by Liz Fielding, 'Once a Cowboy' by Linda Warren, 'Baby Bonanza' by Maureen Child, 'When Night Falls' by Margaret Daley,' A Very Special Delivery' by Linda Goodnight, 'Kiss Me Deadly' by Michele Hauf, 'Speed Dating' by Nancy Warren.

    These downloaded with the first page open. It was fascinating to read the first page of all these books as I downloaded them. There are many more books but these are the ones that I think the Seeker friends would be most interested in reading.

    Take a look. This is a wonderful opportunity.


  34. AND you don't have to have a Kindle. You can download to your PC or your iPhone.

    Read while you are walking on your laptop treadmill!!!!

  35. Hi all!
    So glad I got to catch this at the last minute : )

    I decided I'd pop on while my tater tots are cooking(haven't eaten dinner yet....).

    CONGRATS to everyone! I'll definitely be thinking of you : )

    Julie, A Passion Most Pure was the second book I downloaded onto my Kindle last week (Camy's was my first, you can take it up with her!)!! I haven't started reading it because I've been reading The Substitute Bride (you can take THAT up with Janet!). It's definitely HIGH, HIGH, HIGH up on my list! All I've heard is rave reviews about all of your books *grin*

    Talk to you all later,

  36. Aren't you 18 now Hannah? That means you are eligible to win Seeker books in our contests now.

  37. Tina, I'm late as usual. Great weekend ed!!

    And I see Keli here. Congrats on the GH final!!! I just know you'll see that book. Maybe this final will give it that little nudge into sold territory. :)

  38. Yes, Ruthy, It made me laugh.

    It would be sooo funny to see any of you on the table with a wee mouse having a belly laugh.

  39. Yes Tina! I definitely am! Lol...

  40. Speaking of all those awards ;)
    I've given you a beautiful blogger award here.

  41. Oh, yay!!! I get a copy of Ruthy's book (doing a happy dance :). Thanks so much, "Grandma"!!

    Wishing everyone in Seekerville a very Happy Easter!