Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Edition Gone to the Dogs, and Cats and Horses...

Blue, the black Lab from Missy Tippens' February 2012 release,
A House Full of Hope.

Today is Love Your Pet Day.
We often include pets in our stories as they humanize our characters and enable us to impart information to the reader about the heart and soul of our characters. Send us a picture of your pet or the pet featured in your manuscript TODAY ONLY and we'll not only post it in Seekerville, but we'll put your name in a drawing for a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Please send to the Seekerville contact information email address above.

Winner announced in the Weekend Edition 3/6/11.

Okie and Annie-O from Tina Radcliffe's The Rancher's Reunion.

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. We'd like to remind you that we allow 6-8 weeks to mail out prizes to accommodate our busy writing schedules. Thanks for your patience.

Monday Seekerville celebrated Valentine's Day with Your First Love. FOURTEEN Winners of a Seeker book are:
  1. Cindy Swanson
  2. Andrea Chermak
  3. Lance Albury
  4. Lisa Karon Richardson
  5. Kaye Dacus
  6. Karen O'Connor
  7. Joy Tamsin David
  8. Jennifer ALlee
  9. Jillian
  10. Karen Kirst
  11. LaShaunda
  12. Carla Glade
  13. Lindi
  14. Patty Wysong

Ted's sheep herding dog Tippy from Janet Dean's The Substitute Bride.

Tuesday we were thrilled to have Harvest House author, the very fun Karen O'Connor with us. Winners of her book The Upside of Downsizing:50 Ways to Create a Cozy Life are Sherry Kyle, Miralee Ferrell, Patsy and Digging for Pearls. Karen thank you so much for your generosity and for spending the day with us.

Thank you Debby Giusti for the wonder post shared Wednesday, The Power of the Written Word. Winner of Killer Headline and a $10 Starbucks gift card is Joy Hannabass.

Thursday Camy Tang raced to the finish line with The Power of a Deadline. The winner of a 30 minute phone consultation with Camy is Carol M.

The Best of Seekerville From the Archives presented Hurry Up and Wait by Tina Radcliffe. Winners of a Five Page Critique are Jenna Victoria and Julia M. Reffner.

Rowdy, owned by Trey Kenton in Glynna Kaye's Second Chance Courtship.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Love Inspired author Missy Tippens had a recent Light Bulb Moment. She'll be sharing a writing exercise with what she discovered about description and layering. Oh, and she'll be giving away a $10 gift certificate!

: We are delighted to have Bethany House author Judith McCoy Miller in Seekerville with Miss Manner's To the Rescue. Judith will be giving away a copy of her final book in the Daughters of Amana series, A Bond Never Broken

Join Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye for What's Holding You Back? Part 2: Square Peg, Round Hole. Glynna will be doing a giveaway of her February release, Second Chance Courtship.

: Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James is your hostess today in Seekerville!

: Sue Schmidt is the author of Finding Faith through Fibromyalgia. She'll talk about her struggle getting it diagnosed, trying to find treatment, forming a support group, the book she's written to help others, and how through it all how she has found a deeper faith. Sue is also giving away a copy of Finding Faith Through Fibromyalgia.

Bart, who belongs to hero Cam Lane from
Myra Johnson's Where the Dogwoods Bloom.

Seeker Sightings

Congratulations to Sandra Leesmith who got the call for her children's picture books, Hector the Gila Monster and Percival the Naughty Prairie Dog.

And Sandra will be blogging on Thursday, Feb 24th on Lyn Cote's blog.She will be giving away a surprise package that includes one of her children's books, God's Spirit Calls Me and a Seeker novel.

On Sunday, February 20, Trey Kenton, the hero of Second Chance Courtship is being interviewed on Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired Romance blog. Check it out here.

Julie Lessman Sighting: February 21-23, 2011. — Win a signed copy of your choice of Julie's books at an interview and book giveaway at MBT Ponderers Blog.

Cara Lynn James will be a guest on Beth White's blog on Monday, Feb. 21st. She's also giving away a copy of Love on Assignment.

Join Audra Harders on Friday, February 25, as she shares Love At First Thought over at Words Seasoned with Salt.

Tom Linscott's prized stallion that appears in
6 of Mary Connealy's books, the first is Montana Rose.

Random News

  • Friend of Seekerville, Lana Douglas sent us a reminder to register for the Dreamin’ in Dallas Conference-April 1 & 2, Richardson, Texas. Sponsored by DARA (Dallas Area Romance Authors. Check it out here.

  • Check out the Macmillan online romance community Heroes & Heartbreakers. And they are accepting short romance story submissions.

Pal, the stray Golden Retriever that befriends Brooks Harriman,
the hero in Ruth Logan Herne's Made to Order Family.

Pets Loved By Friends of Seekerville

Anne Barton's cat Josie, (of the original Josie and the Pussycats) napping.

Pepper Basham's dog Samson.

Keli Gwyn with Sandy, her writing buddy and resident chair snatcher.

BK Jackson's dog
Aztec aka Twiggy

Amber's Mr. Murphy, a purring machine.

Hannah's dog Maddie!

K.C & May the K9 Spy (they're undercover!)

From Steeler Girl we have Cocoa with her pal Oreo.

Susan Lee's Princess visits the dolls.

Meet Kav's Simba!!

Joanne Sher's Stellar Stella was recently adopted from the animal shelter.

This contented desk cat is Lynda K's critique partner.

Whitney's Joy & Tam. Tam has recently gone to Doggie Heaven.

Adrienne's Lou!

Terry Lynn and her best buddies!

Which is the real Morris? Morris belongs to
CatMom. (one of her 7 cats)

Lorna Seilstad's WIP has a boa constrictor named...Delilah. No, seriously!

Before we leave, Seekerville wants to send out Mega Congratulations to two friends of Seekerville on their first sales! Lisa Jordan to Love Inspired and Lisa Karon Richardson to Barbour Publishing.


  1. Puppies and kitties and horsies! Gotta love 'em! I'll be sending a pic of my puppy Coco the collie! She's my furry baby even though she's a lot bigger than most babies at 85 pounds! :-P

    Congrats to all the winners and to both Lisa's on their sales!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  2. Come and get it!!! At 4 a.m. Coffee a-plenty.

    DOC (Dumb Ole Cat) died, and we decided to not start over with another pet. He was a big white tom with black paws, tail, and ears. He actually belonged to youngest son, and died while his owneer was in Iraq.


  3. Hooray for Love Your Pet Day! :) I just sent some pictures in an e-mail to ya'll!

    As for my manuscript, the only pets that I can think of are horses, but there are some great ones! :)

    Happy Weekend!


  4. Ohhhhh! Dogs and horses are my favorite people. Thanks for those awesome photos.

  5. What fun to see all the cute pets. Great idea, Tina!

    Congratulations to my agency mate Lisa J. and Barbour buddy Lisa K.R. on their First Sales. Woohoo!

  6. Congratulations to Lisa and Lisa!!!!!

  7. Oh, Teenster, how fun is this!!!! Woof!


    Glub. Glub. Glub. (guess what animal???)

    I'm lovin' these cats and dogs, and I think ROWDY is the cutest puppy ever known to mankind.


    Helen, perfect name for the cat. Dumb Ole Cat. Oh, that is so going in a book. Or something like it.

    You amaze me, woman!

  8. Love the parade of pets! Thanks Tina! And everyone for sharing!

    Congratulations to Lisa and Lisa on their first sale!!!!

    If I had a photo, I'd share a picture of our granddog--an adorable cockapoo pup. Thankfully growing up. :-)


  9. Ohhhh, poor Bart looks so uncomfortable! Seriously, he needs to shed a few pounds! Congratulations to the first sales, and next weeks line up looks great. :)

  10. WHOO-HOO!!! SUPER CONGRATS to both LISAS for their sales to LI and Barbour -- WAY COOL!!!!

    And CONGRATS to all the Seekerville winners as well.

    Cool WE, Teenster -- pets add SO much to a story, in my opinion. I had two golden retrievers in the Daughters of Boston series -- Blarney and Runt, both running with the angels now as is the pup that inspired them, our 15-year-old golden named "Bunker." Emma has two kitties in her upcoming book, A Heart Revealed, one maimed and abused like she was.


  11. Congratulations to the Lisas on their book sales!!!! How exciting is that???? And to Seekerville for celebrating Love Your Pet Day. My dog, Simba is curled up at my feet while I blog blitz. And I'm watching an animal rescue show while I read.

  12. Great post, Tina.
    And BEAUTIFUL/CUTE pics!!
    Tom's horse is Gorgeous...kind of like Tom :-)

    Congrats winners
    CONGRATS Lisa & Lisa!! WOOHOOO!!

    I'm home with a sickly crew today, so I'm going to go show them these cute pics to cheer them up.


  13. Love those AMINALS :) Sent one - and this next week looks awesome, as usual :)

  14. Congrats to all the first sales. I'm very happy (and a little jealous :-) ) at the same time.

    I need to share a photo of the bichon, the white dog that appears in my Japan novels. Now as to why a Meditteranean breed would be in 16th century Japan, it's because the Portugues traders brought him. (Though they reportedly only brought sheep dogs.)

  15. Congrats to the Lisas!!! Seems like there have been a lot of sales lately!!

    And I'm very excited about the five page critique (coming at just the right time for me, God is so good).

    I have a torbie ragdoll who likes constant attention and is a purring machine sitting on my lap.

    I'll send in my 5 pages after church along with a picture of my cat.

    Do you think you guys will ever auction off a critique for a synopsis or query letter? I'm such a newbie that would be so helpful!


    And I LOVE all the pet pics!!

  17. Well Julia I did a query a few weeks ago...but hahahaha I hate synopsis, so I would never do that.

    Any Seekers like synopsis/es?

  18. Awe, Pepper, so sorry for the sick houseful. Seekerville has been fighting the creeping crud as well!

  19. Mega Congrats to Lisa and Lisa!!!

    GLYNNA: I LOVED the interview with Trey! His response to the first questions was so great (and so cowboy). Fun!


  20. Tina,
    My four year old, Phoebe, might be up for some editing. She just took a black pen to my wip.
    I now have crescent moons along with my Lusitania.
    And a few happy faces.
    I'm sure the folks on board needed those

  21. TINA!

    Way to go today. Fun fun fun!!!

    Thanks for sharing Seekerville with our 4 footed buds. Knew I was in the right spot here, but seriously - all these critter lovers?! Absolutely.
    God is good.

    Julie - EXACTLY RIGHT! Emma has two kitties in her upcoming book, A Heart Revealed, one maimed and abused like she was.

    This is May's story too. But she PREVAILS!!!! In fact, looking at one of Tina's links... about the EMP... (that should give any of you spy sleuths a clue...) ;D

    Praying for those with the creepin' crud. We've been okay around here. This may sound weird, but seriously - I've not had anything for over 3 years now.

    Dip a Q-tip in hydrogen peroxide and swab the inside of each nostril (eww - changing each end of course). It burns but typically a virus and/or bacteria don't do well in an oxygen-rich environment. I do it every night. So far, so good. It's the only thing I'm doing differently.

    Have a splendid Sunday everybody! :)

    OH - and I was blessed to be one of the winners of Karen O'Connor's book. Already have it! That lady is on the ball...

    May just heard that last word. She's at the ready now.

  22. PS - Tina, our "girls" Jaqarah and Masara send nickers to Okie and Annie-O from your The Rancher's Reunion.

  23. Nothing like a good critique partner, Pepper!

  24. Thanks for posting the pic of Coco and Oreo I let them know that they are now stars on Seekerville!! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  25. Woo hoo! Congrats for Lisa & Lisa! So much fun on the blog today... I love enjoying other people's pets. If it weren't for all the work involved, I'd get myself a dog in a heartbeat :+}

  26. I need more pets in my books. This is good, Tina. Thank you. Pets liven things up and the heroine can talk to her dog instead of just THINKING things through.

  27. What a wonderful idea! I sent two photos of some of our dogs-- Joy, our feisty little Pomeranian, and dear Tam, our sweet little Shetland Sheepdog. Who could have said it any better than Edith Wharton when she wrote “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet”?
    I always use animals in my stories. Mostly dogs and horses. It’s great to see everyone’s furry families!

  28. Thank you so much for sharing, Whitney, Adrienne and Terry Lynn!

  29. Congrats to Lisa Jordan and Lisa Karon! Thanks for sharing all of your adorable pets, Seekers!

  30. May wants to know where Aristotle is?
    Ohhh Vince???!!!!

    YES Congrats to the Lisas!!!
    super fun!

  31. Fun, fun pictures! I can't send anything in though at the moment as I have no pets. :( Unless you count the stray cat wondering across our property...LOL, so fun though to see everyone else's. :)

  32. I emailed my photo this morning! Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for the heads-up about this week's posts. I have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I'm looking forward to reading Friday's post.

    ~Susan Lee

  33. Congrats to the Lisas!! And thanks to all of you who shared your babies with us today. What sweet photos!!

  34. Love all the pets. They are so important and you're right, about them helping with the heart and soul of the characters.

    CONGRATS Lisa and Lisa. How exciting. I'm so happy for you.

    Happy Presidents Day long weekend. woo hoo.

  35. Yay for Lisa and Lisa!

    And I've already set up my appointment with Camy - am so stoked about that I renamed a character after her ;).

    Okay - that's not why, I've been wanting to change Debbie's name for a while [sorry Debby!] and Camy [or Kami? as a nick name for something longer I haven't decided on] fit the bill.


    Thanks, Seekerville! Great week ahead!

  36. Awww, thanks for the congrats and celebrating with me!!

    We don't have any pets, but we used to have a gorgeous yellow Lab named Samantha Jane, and an aquarium full of fish. My characters have pets though. Loved looking at all of yours!

  37. Oh my goodness...I got so distracted by the pet photos that I forgot to congratulate Sandra on the acceptance of her children's picture books!!!!! And me in the kid lit biz!!!!!! OY. But I was thrilled when I read it the first time, if that counts. :-) And I'm still thrilled.

  38. Ruthie:

    You're too late. DOC is already in one of my books that's with an editor. :)

    Got my Genesis entry in last night. Don't even have a confirmation yet.


  39. You're right, KAV. I congratulated Sandra privately..but time for big public HOOT!!!!!

  40. YAY SANDRA!!! That's awesome!!!

    We don't have any pets that the moment. We had a fish until a few weeks ago. He died...

    I do have animals of some sort digging holes in my yard though...


  41. Wahoooo Sandra - go KidLit authors!!! ;D

  42. Want to add my congratulatins to Sandra.

    Way to go.


  43. LOVED all the cute pet photos--what a FUN post! (Morris was quite humbled to be featured on the Seeker's blog *smile*). ~ Congratulations to the Lisas, AND to Sandra!! ~ Blessings, Patti Jo

  44. Wowsers! It's a banner weekend, I won a book AND I got a shout out on Seekerville! I feel so special. You girls, ROCK! Thank you! Thank you!

  45. You should feel special. YOU SOLD!!!! CONGRATS!!!

  46. Congrats to Lisa, Lisa, and Sandra! You rock!!!

  47. Hey Seeker ladies, pardon my ignorance, but what do I need to do now that I've won a book (from the First Love post)? I'm so excited... not used to winning things :+}

  48. Jennifer, contact us through our contact email

    See the tab above by the picture of the nice little Unpubbed Island.