Saturday, September 25, 2010

Weekend Edition Party Planning

Seekerville is in party planning mode.
We're cleaning up the island and preparing
for our third birthday and a huge bash!

We're also very excited about this week's pre-party guests bloggers
(Avalon Editor Lia Brown,
Authors Angi Morgan, Sara Mitchell & Barbara White Daille
who are here to lead the way to the fun.

And we've got some exciting post party guests too!
(including Author and Editor Alicia Rasley,
and 2010 GH Winner and new author Cat Shield)

We Have Winners

Please contact Seekerville through our new web email if you are a winner. Provide your snail mail address. Please note our giveaway rules in the right lower column of Seekerville.

Tuesday Seekerville welcomed ACFW President Cynthia Ruchti. Her post was called Before and After. Winner of They Almost Always Come Home (Abingdon Press) is Cynthia Chow and winner of The Heart's Harbor in A Door County Christmas (Barbour Publishing) is Cindy W.

Wednesday Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye shared with her post 2010 ACFW & Late Night Steeple Hill Chat. The winner of Glynna's ACFW Carol-finaling release, Dreaming of Home is Carol Gavin.

We spent Thursday Fixing Problems with Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James. Winner of James Scott Bell’s, The Art of War for Writers is Susan Ann Mason.

Friday we spent time Developing Characters with the talented Vickie McDonough. Winner of her current release from Barbour, Second Chance Brides is Angela Bell.

Pre-Party Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Harlequin Intrigue author Angi Morgan joins us today. Stop by with your questions and a chance to win a copy of Hill Country Holdup or if you've read it, an electronic ARC of .38 Caliber Cover-Up. BTW, Angi is a former contest diva so we are thrilled with her escape from Unpubbed Island!!! WOOT from Seekerville.

Tuesday: We are thrilled to have an exclusive interview with Avalon Editor, Lia Brown. Stop by to chat and for two chances to win the Avalon release of the winner's choice. And If you are interested in pitching your completed manuscript to editor Lia Brown, please send a pitch no longer than one line to the Seekerville email address starting on Tuesday. Deadline is Thursday at midnight EST. Five winning pitches will be chosen and sent to Ms. Brown. Those pitches will also be posted in the Weekend edition. One pitch per person.

Wednesday: Love Inspired Historical author Sara Mitchell is with us today and she's giving away a copy of one of her delightful historical romances to one lucky commenter.

Thursday: Harlequin American Romance author Barbara White Daille is our guest today. Join her for "It's All About the Characters"..and she'll be giving away two copies from her backlist titles, one at Seekerville and one at her web site.

October 1-31
Party Details Can Be Found on our
Party Page.

It all begins on Friday with Seeker Audra Harders!

Seeker Sightings

Cara Lynn James is in the October Romantic Times Book Reviews online Debut Author Spotlight. Check it out here.

Congratulations to Mary Connealy. Cowboy Christmas (Barbour) won the 2010 ACFW Carol Award in the Long Historical Category.

Today, Saturday, September 25th, Mary Connealy can be found on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog, doing a give away of Wrangler in Petticoats. Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing.

Mary is also on Outside the Author's Studio. A blog with the hilarious tag line: We stalk your favorite authors so you don't have to. She's giving a book away there too!!!

And it's WESTERN RECIPE WEEK (try saying THAT three times fast) on Petticoats & Pistols. Mary blogs on Monday, September 28th with her recipe for White Chili to Warm a Cold, Hungry Cowboy. They've got great fall-friendly recipes all week.

It's a Giveaway Extravaganza! Kindle Giveaway, Facebook Party and Book Bomb - OH MY!

Visit the Roaring 20’s in the Technology and Romance KINDLE Giveaway! Julie Lessman's latest series has just ‘shimmied’ it’s way onto the scene with book 1 in The Winds of Change series, A Hope Undaunted!

Enter The Technology and Romance KINDLE Giveaway! (contest runs 9/20 - 10/6)

Stop by the following blogs for a chance win a signed copy of Julie's latest release from Revell, A Hope Undaunted OR your choice of one of The Daughters of Boston:

Monday, September 20 - Friday, October 1, 2010 at the 4 the Love of Books blog.

Tuesday, September 21 - Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot blog.

Wednesday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at BookingIt blog.

Wednesday, September 22 - Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Sips 'n Cups Cafe and Reading Room blog.

Friday, September 24 - Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Dark Glass Ponderings blog.

Friday, September 24 - Tuesday, September 28 2010 at Welcome to Married Life blog.

Tuesday, September 28 - Monday, October 4, 2010 at Word Lily blog.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 ONLY at Inkwell Inspirations blog.

Random News

Congratulations JoAnn Durgin who was the high bid at ACFW for the Seekerville Silent Auction Donation. She won a collection of Seeker releases and favorite writing how-to books, including The Moral Premise, Writing the Breakout Novel, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Give 'Em What They Want: The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul and 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing. A Laptop Sleeve and a $15 gift certificate to Office Depot were also included in the prize as well as a USPS Flat-rate box with postage attached for easy mailing. Thanks, JoAnn, for supporting Seekerville and for your donation. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will provide scholarships for ACFW 2011.

Have a great weekend and remember, if you have some hot air to spare, we could use
some help on the island blowing up balloons.


  1. Wow! This post is so fun--love those pictures! Happy almost birthday, Seekerville!!! I'm so excited for the festivities!

    And congrats to all the winners! :)


  2. Phew! You guys really know how to throw a party. I'm already exhausted and the party hasn't even started yet!!!! Y'all better rest up this weekend!!!!!!!!!!

    Kav (who thinks every day should be punctuation day!!!!!!!)

  3. TEENSTER!!! You are definitely the hostess with the mostest, girl -- what a bash we have coming!!!

    And thank you, my dear, sweet friend, for posting my WE notices even though I failed to send them to you ... as my 92-year-old teacher aunt would say to me, "demerits!" What would we do if we didn't have you to cover our butts, Mom???

    Can't wait for the party to begin!!!!!!

    And, Kav honey, there ain't NOTHING wrong with exclamation points, girl, especially when talking Seekerville par-tee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Morning Seekerville,

    It looks like a great week coming up.

    And a great month.

    We ARE ready to party because you all have been so much fun.

    There's a snack table of party food to nibble on this weekend. Chips and salsa, assorted nuts, platters of veggie, cheese and assorted lunch meats. Pretzels, trail mix, and of course bowls of Dove singles, M&M's, Ghirardelli individual squares.


    That is the only way to describe Seekerville's Birthday Bash. You ladies know how to throw an island party.

    Congratulations to this weeks winners.

  6. And in honor of the festivities, I finally got off my keyster and purchased Ruthy's and Camy's new books.

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEEKERVILLE! To the most awesome writers' blog in the known universe. :-)

    Love you guys! Can't wait to party with you.

  8. Woohooo! So excited about the party and the lineup. Can't wait to celebrate will all of ya'll :)

    Great WE, Tina...AS USUAL.

    Oh no! My word verification is an 'ly' word...somebody bring the editing pen quick!

  9. Happy Weekend everyone!

    So much information to take in. And not to mention a party to get ready for!

    Is Ruthy cooking - or will it be a catered event? I think she has a few connections!

    So excited to see I won one of James Scott Bell's books that I don't have! What a great start to a weekend!

    Must go a clean the house for company tonight.

    Have a good one!

    PS. Just started "A Hope Undaunted" and had to force myself to put it down. It's so good I want to stretch it out!

  10. Happy Birthday Seekerville and thanks for posting about my blog and birthday giveaway with Julie!

    XOXO~ Renee

  11. Oh, honey, I can blow up balloons because we KNOW God gifted me with hot air.

    Yay God!!! ;)

    Leave that pile of balloons to me, dahlink! I'll get right on it.

    Love this WE, LOVE that we're celebrating our THIRD BIRTHDAY this October and love the friendships we've built.

    Okay, pumpkin pie tarts are coming your way, chilled and topped with your choice of vanilla ice cream OR whipped cream, real HEAVY CREAM whipped cream, home-made.

    Nothing but the best and highest of calories for a Ruthy-pie.


    Tina, awesome WE. I'm so psyched. Totally. Wonderfully. Marvelously.

    Way too many adverbs abounding.

    Picking out party hats as we speak...

  12. Nice keyster (keester???), Walt-baby.


  13. I will be doing some cooking and baking, Rosie-kins, but we're also throwing in a few catered events as befitting a party of this magnatude.

    Imagine Polynesian seafood.

    Texas steak.

    Weeziana barbecue.

    Aussie shrimp on the bobbie.

    Amazing fare.

    Come hungry.

    (Just fyi: there will be no Ruthy roosters on the menu.)

  14. Tried to post a couple of times today, and my posts go into a black hole.

    In the meantime, I've been stringing up hammocks for all our guests!

  15. I'm preparing the punch. Yum - very fruity if I say so myself, with a little bit of pineapple twang.
    And I've decided all the glasses need little umbrellas with the Seekerville logo on them. Is that okay?

    Can we have grass skirts too?

  16. Walt and Vince will not look their best in grass skirts..but I can give you a blanket okay on the little umbrellas.

  17. Pam, refrain from stringing up our guests.

  18. If Chip McGregor can wear a kilt to the ACFW banquet, don't you think Walt and Vince can wear a grass skirt to the Seekerville bash? ;-)
    Come on now, guys. Aren't you game?

  19. Grin ... I'm with you, PEP ... I think Walt and Vince would look STUNNING in their grass skirts ... or should we say grass "kilts"??

    SUE, bless you for reading AHU and THANK YOU for stretching it out!! I think Gina Welborn read it in ... I want to say under four hours, but it may be less. I remember being SHOCKED that anyone could read that fast when she told me. She said she liked it, but maybe she skimmed ... who knows???

    Anyway, I like it when people take it slow because it took me a long time to write it, so I hate to think of it being over in such a short time, you know???


  20. Jules,
    If you want us to read it slowly, then you shouldn't put so much wonderful conflict in it. Or make it so interesting adn passionate.
    Or create tension so tight that a reader will forgo cooking dinner for her CHILDREN or go without sleep to finish the book.

    I really blame you for it ;-)

  21. I'm thrilled to be the winner of the Wednesday draw. Thanks heaps, and congrats to all the other winners.

    I was standing by the snack table munching on the trail mix and thinking of the upcoming Birthday party when someone tapped me on the shoulder to say that the sooner I send off my mailing info, the sooner I'll be able to dive into Glynna's "Dreaming of Home", so I'll get right on it.

    ::grabbing a handful of trail mix to take with me::

  22. Carol you as so cute. You must be a writer. As I read that I imagined you thoughtfully munching on a handful of peanuts and M&M's nodding.

  23. Tina said: Pam, refrain from stringing up our guests.


    You didn't tell them that we're cannibals???


  24. As long as Carol shares the M&Ms from the trail mix, it's all good.

    And I like guests strung up. Makes the fire easier to start.

    Of course we can light the fire with Julie's latest A Hope Undaunted....

    Whoa. Baby. Get the fire extinguisher handy.

    Pepper, can you bring some spice to the party??? Hahahahahahahaha.

    Get it??


    I called Bruno and he said Vince and Walt can borrow grass shorts from him.

    Note to Vince and Walt: SAY NO.

    Okay, working on the final list of wonderful desserts and caterers.

    We're talking serious food. Fun. Fanciful. Beef.

    I love beef. Where's a Texan when you need one?

    I made fresh coffee and I've got the Keurig (love it!!!) plugged in for those who want to pick-your-own flavored coffees.

    Creamers. Sugar. Sunday continental breakfast of waffles, bagels, muffins, fruit and yogurt.

    Relax. Sit back. Write. Talk. Enjoy.

  25. Ruthy,
    HA! Never heard that one before!
    I knew something was coming because you called me 'Pepper" instead of 'Pep' or the Pepster.
    Always gets my ears perked when you say my full name.

    You mean I need more sweet spice than my personality will already provide? ;-)

  26. Happy Almost Birthday Seekerville! I'm looking forward to next week's posts. :-) And congrats to all the winners this week.

  27. Oooooh, Seekers!! Looking forward to the big party and congrats on three wonderful years together! Can't wait to visit during your month-long celebration -- whoo-hoo!!!!!!!! -- and I'll let people know about it on my blog, too, next week ;). xo

  28. Thanks, M.

    And I did mention the wonderful new Austen site in last weekend's WE ed. I am loving it.

  29. Happy Birthday Seekerville, 3 years old. Wow. Enjoyed hanging with you. Learned so much and found a few friends. Alot has happened and there's much more to come. Party On.

    Tina P.

  30. Three years? Gosh, time does fly! I'm looking forward to celebrating all of October with you.

    BTW, your ad is gorgeous. Seeing all the Seekers' upcoming releases at the bottom is exciting and inspiring. Wishing you all many more birthdays . . . and releases!

  31. As to the question of grass skirts:

    Newton’s 4th Law

    "The desirability of grass skirts is directly proportional to the availability of Pina Coladas and inversely proportional to the number of goats on the island."

    Modesty is no problem. As my mother says: “You see more in a bathing suit.” No gender problem either: Have you seen those 300-pound Hawaiian Warriors in their grass skirts?

    My mind is open on the issue.

    Congrats Everyone!


  32. Vince, you are a hoot.

    I always wondered about the 4th Law.

    Anne, thank you.

  33. Tina!
    Ruthy sent balloons and I'm blowing them up. Raking sand as well. Hanging little lights for the evening festivities in October! Can't wait for the Birthday Bash to begin!!!

  34. I fear that I will sleep fitfully tonight haunted by visions of a three hundred pound man in a grass skirt, with goats nibbling every closer to...immodesty.

    Perhaps, for one night only, a mild sedative would be wise.


    Congrats to all winners.

  36. LOL, Mary
    Now I won't be able to go to sleep because I'll be laughing so hard.

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