Sunday, March 27, 2011

Seekerville Weekend Edition

OH, BABY are we celebrating!!!

Guess who finaled in the RITA ?

Guess who finaled in the GH?

Congratulations to Mary Connealy, 2011 RITA finalist, Inspirational Category with Doctor In Petticoats (Barbour).

And Pam Hillman, 2011 Golden Heart finalist, Inspirational Category with Stealing Jake.

And we'd like to give a shout out to friends of Seekerville who also finaled. The complete list is available here.

Winners of the awards will be announced July 1, 2011 at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 31st Annual National Conference in New York, New York. And the Seekers will be there LIVE FROM NYC!

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 we celebrated National Chocolate Week. The Weekend Edition winner of See's Candy (specifically chocolate) is Cheri Hogan.

Love Inspired author Missy Tippens is posted and she is giving away a copy of her April release, A Family for Faith is NoseInANovel.

Avalon author Sandra Leesmith shared Dialogue That Shows Not Tells, and Sandra shared her debut release cover! Sandra's double book winners are Carol M.and Jordan Elizabeth.

On Wednesday Love Inspired Romance author Glynna Kaye brought us What's Holding You Back? Part 3: No Time To Write. Winner of Kelly L. Stone's Time to Write is Jane O'Reilly.

Thursday Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James shared No More Sagging Middles. Winner of her latest release, Love on Assignment is Rita Monette.

Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs was our guest Friday, with Effective Pacing-Rapid Fire is Not Always Best. The winner of The Proper Wife is Pammers.

The Best of Seekerville from the Archives was Ruth Logan Herne's post, Got an Opinion? Bring it on, Babe! Winner of a Five Page Critique by an anonymous Seeker is Katy Lee who posted on the Seekerville Facebook page.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Join Captain Jack Sparrow as he comes out of self-enforced solitude and tours the nearly empty Island paradise that used to house all fifteen Seekers. Learn about some rather famous visitors and more as the wily Captain reveals why he's stayed, and why (some days) he's tempted to go. Jack will share tidbits from his upcoming release, The Seekers: The Unauthorized Biography of Fifteen Women and Their Huts by Captain Jack Sparrow.

Tuesday: Heartsong Presents author Vickie McDonough returns to Seekerville with her post What’s Holding You Back from Succeeding in Your Writing? And Vickie is giving away her most recent release, Finally A Bride.

Wednesday: Debut BelleBooks author Lindi Peterson will be our guest blogger with First and Third: Voice and a Little Bit of Baseball. Come chat about finding your voice and help celebrate her upcoming release. She'll be giving away a copy of Her Best Catch.

Thursday: Contest Update, and the prize vault is open!

Friday: Heartsong Presents author Shannon Vannatter is our guest today with Writing the Second Book. Shannon is giving away a copy of her SECOND BOOK, White Doves.

Seeker Sightings

If you missed it on Tuesday, Sandra Leesmith shared the cover of her June Avalon release, The Price of Victory

Monday, March 28th, join Cara Lynn James at Rita Bay's Blog, where she'll be blogging on High Society During the Gilded Age.

Don't miss Ruthy's Cold Call Interview at An Audience of One where you can find out how to bribe her with a very strange breakfast food.

Next week is Classic Western Novels Week at Petticoats & Pistols. Mary will be blogging on Tuesday, March 29th, featuring Louis L'Amour's iconic Sackett book, The Daybreakers.

And ... a chance to win a signed copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats AND Lassoed in Texas Trilogy all week on A Sequence of Continuous Delights. It's a birthday party!!! Go leave a comment to get your name in the drawing and tell Carmen HAPPY NINETEENTH BIRTHDAY!

Wednesday, March 30 - Saturday April 2, 2011 — Win a signed copy of your choice of Julie Lessman's books including A Heart Revealed at Seasons of Humility Blog.

Random News

And finally, thank you to Tamera Lynn Kraft who gave us the Versatile Blogger Award.

We actually have 15 Random Things About Seekerville that we like to share:

Have a great week!


  1. Aw! Look at those cuties! Congrats again ladies!!!!

    I've got donuts. Because it's Sunday. And that's the official breakfast of churches. At least my church. But it's a really big assorted box [even a couple of those Krispy Kreme sandwich thingies] and not the minis I had yesterday.

    And YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm a winner!!!!! That's always cool!!!!

    I was so hoping for Silver Chair to be next in the Narnia series to be made, but I guess Magician's Nephew is better than nothing... We've preordered Dawn Treader. Can't wait to watch it again.

    Looks like a great week in Seekerville.

    But isn't it always?! =D

  2. Yay! Congrats Mary and Pam!!!

  3. Yeehaw! I love how you girls put those photos into black and white 'for effect'...

    Congratulations PAM and MARY! and all the week's winners.
    Tina, you've got some great links again.

    Donuts - Sunday. I so agree Carol! We used to get them after church when I was growing up. Mmmmm I can small the fat and sugar. Yum O

  4. Mary & Pam, Congrats! Way to go, ladies!

  5. Cute pictures! Congratulations Mary and Pam!


    Congrats to all the WE winners and Carol ... I lost two pounds this week and you bring donuts???? I'll forgive you since there cyber-d's, but don't you bring those things OR your famous chocolate chip cookies to St.Loo ...


  7. Snoopy dancing and much revelry from here! Congratulations!!!!

  8. Congrats to all the winners.
    Mary, your new pic is FABULOUS!!! Congrats on being a finalist in the RITA. WWOHOOOOOO!
    Okay, here's a fruit bowl for those of us who have exiled starch...or starch with excessive sugar.
    No wait.
    It's cyberfood.
    Pass the donuts!!!

  9. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraMarch 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Congrats to all the winners! I look forward to next week. Also congrats to all the authors that are finalists!

  10. Congratulations Mary and Pam. Very exciting news indeed! Lovely weekend edition -- I've been linking for an hour.

  11. I was so cute when I was 21 months old. It was pretty much downhill from there.

    And I was so painfully shy. I can still feel the cringing. We had a neighbor lady who was always making a huge fuss over me (or maybe it just seemed like it to a crazy shy little girl) I can vividly remember hiding behind my mom when we'd see this lady.

  12. Mega Congrats to Mary and Pam!! All the best to you both.

    Looks like next week is going to be another good time on Seekerville.

    Have a great Sunday everyone!


    Hope your day is productive and wonderful!!

    Congratulations to Mary and Pam.You done us proud!! I keep wanting to break out in song.

  14. Those photos are too cute, Mary and Pam. And your author photos are wonderful too. Huge congrats to both of you--I'll be cheering for you madly in NYC!

  15. Pam, your pictures looks far less battered then mine. I think mine got used as a chew-toy by a few little brothers and sisters.

  16. Congratulations to all the prize winners, and a BIG congrats to Mary and Pam!!! Oh, those pictures of them as kiddos are precious! ~ This coming week sounds like another great one in Seekerville--and I'm BLESSED to actually be having coffee tomorrow morning with a SEEKER!!! (waving at sweet Debby G.). Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo :)

  17. YAY SEEKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cap'n Jack. I'm lookin' forward to that post. ;)

  18. Pepper, I LOVE THAT PIC!!!!

    More than you know, chica!!!! It's G-R-E-A-T!

    And are you loving baby Mary and baby Pammers?????

    Oh my stars! Stinkin' adorable.

    And Connealy STILL HIDES when she sees me.

    I blame it on the shyness. It's got nothing to do with moi!


    Patti Jo, you have fun with Deb! Oh my gracious, I'm THIS jealous. Really. Truly....

    And Casey, I had so much fun with your 'cold call!'

    Wonderful stuff, kiddo!

    The donuts are getting a little pasty.... How about some of this Boston Cream Pie that I made because Jon's parents are in town for 'Lijah's birthday today....

    There's plenty. It's fresh and wonderful. Dig in! Plates and forks to your right... Oops, I mean left.

    Whoa. That was a close one!

  19. Thanks, Ruthy.
    Btw, have I told you that you need to get ready for a VERY BIG Pepper-hug in St. Louis.
    It could possibly be dangerous.
    For Tina too.
    (Hoping, praying you come!!!)

  20. Love the adorable photos of our Rita and Golden Heart finalists!! Love Mary and Pam more!! We're popping buttons in Seekerville!!!!


  21. Alas, Peppah!! I will not be there!

    But will send you hugs from afar!

  22. Debra, that's too funny. I didn't even NOTICE they were B&W. Tina's such a whiz at these things...

    Mary, the only reason my pic might be less battered is because it was in a picture frame at my grandmother's house. When she passed away 20 years ago, I brought that pic home with me and set in on the bookcase. When Mrs. T needed a pic, I didn't have access to a scanner (no, children, we did not have digital jpg's way back when), so I took a picture OF the picture with my digital camera. Works in a pinch, huh?

    Reminds me of the old-fashioned spy operations where they snapped photos of documents. Like they could read them later. Right. lol

  23. You were such beautiful little ones... and now you are famous authors!!! Congrats, Mary and Pam! :-)
    Hugs from Me!

  24. Man, it's really bad when the guest of honor blows off her own party.


    But Sunday is the day I have the least amount of computer time.

    And...we've been having trouble getting on the 'net today.

  25. SOOOO excited for Pam and Mary. WOW.
    Great WE, Tina!

  26. Congrats Mary and Pam.
    And everybody!

  27. Thanks so much for sharing about my giveaway/birthday party on my blog! I really appreciate it! :D