Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekend Edition

Tea Time!

What could be better than a cup of tea,
a cookie (or two) and a good book?

So all you Kindle and Nook aficionados,
tell me what goes with your electronic gadget?

We Have Winners!

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

Last Sunday's Weekend Edition winners of The Rancher's Reunion are Cathy Shouse & Pat Jeanne.

Tuesday's special guest was Cheryl St. John with Learning Emotional Triggers. Winner of Cheryl's anthology, Western Winter Wedding is Joanne Graves.

Thank you to Roxanne Rustand for visiting Seekerville and sharing Research is Waaay Too Much Fun on Wednesday. Winners of a Roxanne book of choice (email us for details) are Emily (of Jason & Emily), Keli Gwyn, and BSchwind.

Thursday Audra Harders saluted all you NaNoWriMo writers and shared Novel Writing Made Easy. Winners of Rocky Mountain Hero are Carol M for NaNo and Andrea S just because!

The December Contest Update winner of See's Cinnamon Lolly's and The Rancher's Reunion is Diana.

Saturday's we present The Best of Seekerville from the Archives and First Five Pages Critique. Winner of Glynna Kaye's February release Second Chance Courtship is Dawn Ford and winner of a 5 page critique is Joanne Sher.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Barbour author Mary Connealy will be doing the first ever in the known universe giveaway of Sharpshooter in Petticoats. Join her for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and Me.

Tuesday: Snoopy had Woodstock, Scooby Doo had Shaggy, Fred had Barney. Stop by as Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe brings you a post on Friends! She's giving away a copy of The Rancher's Reunion and a personalized Snoopy Mug. Two giveaways, two winners.

Wednesday: Revell author Julie Lessman is your hostess today. Don't miss Julie's last blog of 2010 and your chance to win a signed book (winner's choice of A Hope Undaunted OR one of The Daughters of Boston books).

Thursday: Ruth Logan Herne, Love Inspired author and ace investigative reporter has sent us this scoop regarding her upcoming post:

On Thursday we have a very special Insider Edition for our friends of Seekerville... A former "upstairs, downstairs and Unpubbed Island" maid of Seekerville has come forward with some startling facts that only someone who empties the garbage bins and does the laundry could know. We're withholding names until Thursday, but this same source claims that she has somehow gotten her hands on copies of Rocky Mountain Hero and The Rancher's Reunion. Don't miss Thursday and come with a hearty appetite and you'll get a chance to receive both Audra's and Tina's amazingly wonderful debut novels!

Friday: We're delighted to welcome back Heartsong Presents author Erica Vetsch. Join Erica for her post, When Did You First Know...? and for a chance to win a copy of Maggie and the Maverick!

Dominic Skinner Dunk Mug

Seeker Sightings

Congratulations to Camy Tang who just got contracted for a third Love Inspired Suspense, untitled as of yet, about Monica, the youngest sister of the heroines in her books Deadly Intent and Formula for Danger.

Congratulations to Cara Lynn James signed a contract for a single title historical romance with Thomas Nelson. It'll be set in Newport, Rhode Island during the Gilded Age.

Be sure to preorder her next Ladies of Summerhill release, Love On Assignment, available in January 2011.

Don't miss an interview with
Mary Connealy and a chance to win Wrangler in Petticoats at AJ Hawkes Inspirational Writing Blog. You can leave a comment all week to get your name in the drawing.

Join Julie Lessman for her FINAL blog giveaway of 2010 where you can win a signed book (winner's choice of A Hope Undaunted OR one of The Daughters of Boston books) at the "
Come Meet AusJenny" blog Thursday, December 2 through Thursday, December 9.

NOW through December 7th! Online Christmas Book-Signing Bash where you can chat with over 75 Christian authors and buy signed copies of their books in time for Christmas, including Mary Connealy and Julie Lessman and Seeker friends Erica Vetsch and Melanie Dickerson. Search by genre or by author. Buy a book and it will be shipped to you autographed for yourself or they can be personalized for Christmas gifts.

Our Friend Hannah of Project Journal is celebrating her first ever Christmas Blogfest! Stop by this week for a special interview with Seekers Ruth Logan Herne (Wednesday, December 8th) and Missy Tippens (Friday, December 10th)

There's only one debut release and Audra Harders and Tina Radcliffe are thrilled to tell you that their January releases from Love Inspired are available to order on the site! Yahoo!!

And Tina Radcliffe has
a special contest starting December 1st and ending January 31st, to launch The Rancher's Reunion. All the info is on the book's very own website at

Random News

  • Stop by the Kindle Store for Free Limited Time Offer Downloads: HERE

  • No. No. No. A tale of two editors by Janet Reid. (Janet Reid, Literary Agent Blog)

Have a great week Seekerville!


Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Happy Sunday, Seekerville!

Hope your feet are warm and your writing is productive.

Helen Gray said...

Just bought some fleece lined socks this week, so my feet are toasty, thank you!

Coffee's on.


P.S. How in the world do you have time to find all these links?

Audra Harders said...

Exceptional WE, Tina! Lots of stuff going on in Seekerville and in the lives of Seekers!

Holidays? Watch out!

See y'all later in the morning, LOL!

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Helen I keep a separate email address just for subscriptions to blogs and publishing sites. Then all I have to do once a week is do a look see for the news.

:) New tea I found at Walmart...TWINING Winter Spice. Chamomile with cinnamon and apple. Yummm!!

Debby Giusti said...

Tina, I got up early to work on my WIP. After four pages, I'm giving myself a Seekerville break!

I brought cranberry scones from the local Starbucks! YUM!

No calories, right? :)

Congrats to Audra and Tina on their debuts! Whoo-hoo! Love those covers. I know the stories will be fantastic reads!

Debby Giusti said...

Helen, thanks for starting the coffee. I'm grabbing a second cup before I get back to work!

Pepper Basham said...

Nice WE, Tina.
Glad to share as pot of tea with you this morning :-)

Cinnamon rolls coming out of the oven. It's a Sunday morning tradition around here :-)

Quick question - How on earth did Hannah get Ruthy to respond to her emails? Seriously? On her blogfest?
Hannah, what did you use for bribery.
Chocolate? Free labor? What?

Joanne Sher said...

Great WE - great stuff there. (and yeah, I'm STOKED to get my five-page critique)

I'll have some tea AND cinnamon rolls. Thanks :)

Walt M said...

I don't have a Kindle or a Nook yet (but will acquire one in the next 30 days). However, how about coffee and a piece of cherry dump cake along with reading it.

Looks like another exciting week in Seekerville.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Walt!!! Where ya been dude?

I forgot about dump cake. Haven't made that in a long time. Long equally years greater than ten.

Pepper, Hannah must have dangled a baby in front of Ruth. The only thing she likes more than M & Ms is babies.

Loves 2 Read Romance - Laura said...

Congrats to all the winners. It looks like this up coming week in Seekerville is going to be a lot of fun. Of course every week in Seekerville is fun!!

fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Okay that should say long EQUALS...this is what happens if I post before the Keurig warms up.

Kav said...

My feet are FREEZING thank you very much. I live in a very old and drafty and rickety weensie little house and every room has a wind chill factor. :-) So to warm myself I am having tea. Lovely cranberry and apple in an infuser cup no less. It's divine. And I am totally in love with that Dunk Mug. How ingenious is that???? I have to run to England to get one. :-)

Debby Giusti said...

Dump cake?

Vince said...


Did anyone happen to hear who won the Auburn game yesterday?

I know OU won their game.


Kirsten Arnold said...

Congrats to all the winners!! Great WE, Tina! Thanks for all the information.

I love my Kindle especially when my best friend gives me a birthday gc so I can load it up with "Cowboy love." ;o) Also makes Christmas shopping easy. I can load up a couple books on my brother's Kindle Christmas Eve! No stores, no wrapping!


Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations to Camy and Cara on their new contracts.

So many great posts coming up here in Seekerville. I'm looking forward to them all. =)

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Vince. We are a full service blog.

The Tigers held USC to 17 points and 349 yards of offense during their SEC Championship Game 56-17 victory.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Dump Cake Recipe

•1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple, undrained
•1 (21 ounces) can prepared more fruit cherry pie filling
•1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow cake mix
•2 sticks of butter or margarine, each cut into 12 slices
•1/4 cup chopped nuts (your choice - optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for glass baking dish). Have a 9 by 13-inch baking pan ready.

Dump undrained pineapple baking dish or pan and spread it out evenly.

Using a spoon, dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.

Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry and pineapple layers.

Cut butter into slices with a butter knife and place slices evenly over cake mix.

Sprinkle nuts on top if you're using them.

Bake for one hour. Use heavy oven mitts to remove the dump cake from oven or let your older helper do it.

To serve, scoop cake out with a large spoon like a cobbler, and dump it on a nice plate. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is delicious with dump cake. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: about 10 to 12 servings

KC Frantzen said...

Congratulations to all the winners and wow...

'Tis the season for signing contracts! YAY SEEKERS!!!!

YAY for debut novels!!!

If y'all want to know what to get me for Christmas... Dominic Skinner Dunk Mug looks like just the ticket. ;D

Happy day Seekerville! Thanks Tina - always an edition to look forward to... or... to which to look forward... or something...

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Wow congrats Camy and Cara on your contracts, that's awesome!

It seems like it's going to be another busy week in Seekerville I can't wait. Are we going to going for another comments record on Seekerville this Monday? LOL I'm kidding Mary you know I promised you i was buying a copy. :-P

Merry Christmas everyone!

XOXO~ Renee

Mary Connealy said...

Hi everyone. Great weekend edition, Teenee. I can only hope and PRAY my blog post on Monday begins to be as exciting as you make it sound in this post.

I must STRIVE to live up to the HYPE.

Mary Connealy said...

OU won their stinking game, Vince. Against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.


Auburn won, too, as did Oregon over Oregon St. So Auburn and Oregon meet for the BCS National Championship game.

Mary Connealy said...

Kav, I live in a drafty old house, too.

Why do they make that sound charming in romance novels. It SUCKS.

I have on a fleecy sweater, slipper sox and am drinking Tetley's Earl Grey tea...and this is just to STAY ALIVE....forget COMFORT.

My husband isn't watching. I'm going to sneak and turn the thermostat up. I've learned it's better to ask forgiveness than permission.

His parents grew up in the depression.

So did mine, but I GOT OVER IT!!!

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Let's talk stats.

We aren't big on them in Seekerville. We realized a long time ago that Followers is just a little widget. We have far more lurkers than followers. Which frankly is much less scary for us since WE DO RUN WITH SCISSORS AROUND HERE.

But we also noticed that we had 17 THOUSAND visitors in the last 30 days.

So we are gearing up for a visit by either Oprah or the Pope soon.

Consider this a warning. Make sure you take out the hair rollers and put on your best robe from now on when you visit us. We're in the big time now.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Oh hey just so you know I was at Hannah's blog, Project Journal as a guest on Thursday for her Christmas celebration! It's so much fun there!

XOXO~ Renee

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

I know I stopped by and forgot to comment. Just went back and fixed that omission.

I didn't tell you I had a Barbie Dream house, I didn't want you to cry.

Pepper Basham said...

LOL, Tina and Renee,
That's what I put on my interview for Hannah too.
The Barbie Dream House, that and a My Child doll.
LOL...I've got to do check out your interview, Renee.

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks for the info on dump cake! Oh my gosh! I'm cutting and pasting that baby and plan to make it soon. And I thought Starbuck's scones were good. Dump cake sounds like a one-way ticket to heaven. YUM! YUM! YUM!

Debby Giusti said...

Great, great stats for Seekerville! Waving to everyone out there who stops by but doesn't leave a comment. Thank you for being a Seeker lurker, but say hello sometime. We're really a fun group!

Mary Connealy said...

Renee, anything you do to make life interesting is...well...interesting.

So let's see how Monday goes.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Wow! Lots of posts to look forward to!

I love Snoopy.

I just remembered too that John Boy was a writer.

Love The Waltons.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

I'm so excited about Hannah's blog!

CarolM said...

YAY! Thank you again, Seekerville! And Audra. I'm excited!

Looking forward to checking out the links when I'm not writing a test :p. Can. Not. Wait. for the semester to be over.

Oh - and for blogs etc - two words: Google Reader. Awesome.

Captcha: Frazo - Frazzled and frozen = me today

Kav said...

Ohhhh -- thanks for the dump cake recipe. It looks much nicer than it sounds. :-) But can somebody tell me how many cups or how many oz. 1 stick of butter is? You don't mean a whole 1lb do you ? Cause that is the only way I have seen it sold up here...and it's more of a block then a stick.

and yikes! 17,000 visitors in a month???? That's a lot of lurkers. I'll try to spiff up before logging on. No more Winnie the Pooh jammies for me.

And Mary -- at least we can be comforted by the fact that we won't ever be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in our homes thanks to all that fresh air circulating from the drafts. :-)

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

One stick of butter is 8 tablespoons. Does that help?

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

2 sticks = 1/2 pound

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

LOL Pepper and Tina it seems we have a lot more in common than just our lve of books. Who knew Barbie dream houses were so popular?

XOXO~ Renee

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hey, Tina! Thanks for the mention re: the online book signing. :-)

Christmas is coming soon!!! Merry Christmas, Seekers! :-)

Walt M said...

My dump cake is a little more basic. It involves dumping three cans of cherry pie filling into the pan, spreadig it evenly, putting the cake mix on top of the cherries, and then drizling two sticks of melted butter over the cake mix.

Trust me, it works. And you can use blueberry pie filling, too.

Also, how can you watch the Oklahoma-Nebraska game and not see the Auburn - South Carolina highlights.

(Being an Auburn fan, I greatly enjoyed that game.)

Looking forward to the Auburn-Oregon game. My boys were born in Oregon, so they're a little conflicted.

And while I always look forward to every Seekerville post, I'm especially looking forward to tomorrow. I just finished Doctor in Petticoats and thought it was hilarious. I also developed a reader crush on Mandy, the focus of "Sharpshooter." (I do admit that if I was actually a character in the book, she would probably be a little young for me.)

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Yeah, and Renee in my day Barbie Dream houses were made of stone.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Yum. Thanks for sharing that Walt!!

Missy Tippens said...

Excellent edition, Teenster! Thanks for all the work you do compiling all this fun and interesting info!

Missy Tippens said...

My goodness, Tina is the queen of answering questions today! Come on, let's give her something challenging...

Tina, how about predicting who'll win the Falcons vs Buccaneers game? Come on, y'all need to be pulling for my Falcons!! Tina, maybe if you pick them, the'll pull it out.

Walt, our friend at church who is a huge Auburn fan had on his orange and blue striped tie and orange pocket hanky today! :)

Mary Connealy said...

Walt, Mandy's story is coming soon.

And honestly, by the time that story starts, Mandy has gotten really CRABBY.

But who knows? Maybe your wife is a tough, gun toting woman. :)

Glad you liked the book. I get Mandy into even more trouble in Wrangler in Petticoats

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Are you serious? I don't do sports. Sports games are only good for wearing new cute clothes and eating sports food and looking at cute guys.

That being the case, HOCKEY AND BASEBALL ALL YEAR ROUND!! Along with RODEO!!!

I Googled the answers.

Walt M said...

Missy, my wife would throttle me if I did something like that.

Mary, looking forward to it. (Mandy, crabby. Granted, I can see that.)

Casey said...

Sounds like a GREAT week in store. :)

Andrea Strong said...

My daughter has a book that sings "O Little Town of Bethlehem" when you open it. As I type I am listening to her hum along with it, and great granny read the lyrics. Thank God for little blessings such as these.

I Won! wow! I am very excited and thankful. Thank God for little blessings such as these too.

My new friend CarolM won the other copy, so we'll be able to compare notes.

I am so glad the Julie Lessman event on AusJenny's blog is a week long. I thought I had missed it. Whew!

Mary~ You called Tina Teenee. It's funny to me because my DD calls my sister [Tiffany] Aunt Teenie. She can say Tiffany now, but the nickname just stuck. (My nephew still calls me Aunt Ninny, and he's turning 16 in two months, so I'd say Tiffany will be "Teenie" for many years to come).

Said daughter is wanting to play computer games, so I'm off.

Missy Tippens said...

Oh, Andrea, I love the name Aunt Ninny!! LOL

My Falcons pulled it out in the 4th quarter!! Woo hoo! I told my husband they needed to do their "4th quarter thing" they've been doing lately. And they did! Love those comebacks.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Dump Cake Rules! That's all I gotta say today.

Pam Hillman said...

Dump cake: Add coconut to the pecans and it's even better.

Easy-peasy peach cobbler:

1 large can sliced peaches dumped in cake pan
1 butter cake cake mix dumped in pan (dry)
1 Stick margarine (cut up or melted in microwave) on top

Bake 350 until golden brown.

Serve with vanilla ice cream

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Congratulations to all the other winners. Looking forward to reading The Rancher's Reunion. Thanks, Tina.
Great lineup for next week, too.