Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Weekend Edition

Congratulations to the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award
winners and finalists and to the 2011
ACFW Carol Award winners and finalists!!

An archive of the Awards Live Blog will be available on the ACFW website.
Do check it out for a ton of great photos from the awards ceremony!

Many thanks to ACFW, Winn Media and Cheryl Wyatt for the great hosting!

Get your 2011 Conference CDs at the special conference pricing, good through today!

And now for the winners!

Genesis Winners


Katy Pisotle-Jubilee


Mary Curry-War of Hearts


Johnnie Alexander Donley-Where Treasure Hides


Sarah Ladd-Heiress of Winterwood


Dianna T. Benson-Illusion of Safety


Renee Ann Smith-The Children's Corner


Matt Jones-Shield


Camille Eide-My Father's House


Nicole Quigley-Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Carol Award Winners

Debut Novel:

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers - Kathryn Olson, Editor)

Long Contemporary:

Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House - Dave Long, Editor)

Long Contemporary Romance:

Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson - Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

Long Historical:

Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:

Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside - Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)

The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)


A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:

The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press - Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs/Ellen Tarver, Editors)

Short Contemporary:

A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired - Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:

Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)

Short Historical:

Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical - Tina James, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:

König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)


Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan - Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)

Women’s Fiction:

Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers - Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)

Young Adult:

Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell - Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)

Pen Party, with Casey Herringshaw, Ruth Logan Herne, Mary Connealy and Myra Johnson

We Have Winners!

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. All prizes are mailed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements. And seriously with conference, vacation and all those moving vans helping Seekerville move...not to mention the construction dust..please be patient!!

Monday Seekerville welcomes Love Inspired Suspense author Sandra Orchard who shared on breaking the chains of writer’s block. Winner of Sandra's release Deep Cover is Linnette Mullin.

Seekerville friend, Patty Wysong was our special guest Tuesday with her post, Nail It Down, NOW! Winner of a a blog premade design is Cathy Shouse.

Wednesday Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe shared Last Night I Dreamed... Winner of her October release, Oklahoma Reunion is Diana Dart and winner of a "surprise I DIDN'T GO TO THE ACFW CONFERENCE gift" is Virginia.

Thursday we welcomed join debut Love Inspired author Mia Ross who invited us to share our first writing story with her post, Tell Me a Story. Winners of copies of Ruth Logan Herne's Mended Hearts, hard copy or e-reader are Stephanie Queen Ludwig and Elaine Spencer.

Friday was dedicated to all of you who are not at the 2011 ACFW Conference. Hope you didn't miss The Official "I am not at the 2011 Conference" Pity Party. Winners were posted on Saturday. Don't forget to check out the list and claim your prize!

Saturday's very last First Five Pages Critique winner is Annie! Oh and we picked another two winners...Tina Pinson and Stephanie Rae and her poor tooth.

Additionally, thank you to K.C Frantzen and Lady DragonKeeper who submitted an entry in the I Love My Librarian Awards. A special surprise is awaiting you for your support of librarians!

Mary Connealy, Janet Dean, Ruth Logan Herne and Audra Harders at the Arch Museum.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: October Contest Update. The prize vault is open.

Tuesday: Bethany House author Patti Lacy returns to Seekerville today and we're very happy to have her back.

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Shirlee McCoy is coming to town. You won't want to miss today's post!

Thursday: Today Seekerville is delighted to welcome back Abingdon Press author Judy Christie. Stop by for a very heartwarming chat and for a chance to win a Judy Christie release.

Friday: We are thrilled to have RITA winner, Genesis finalist Linda Goodnight with us today.

Saturday : Happy Birthday Seekerville! Let the month long party begin!

Audra Harders and Sandra Leesmith

Seeker Sightings

Debby Giusti guest blogs on Novel Reaction this Tuesday, September 27. See what Debby has to say about setting in her post, It Was A Dark and Stormy Night. Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for her October release, The Captain's Mission.

of A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in the Winds of Change series and other great Christian books at,, Barnes& and Sony e-reader!! You do NOT need a Kindle, Nook or e-reader to download it — you can download e-books on ANYTHING, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Cloud Readers, Androids, Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7, you name it!

PLEASE pass the word via Twitter, FB, blogs, family and friends, etc.

Julie Lessman Sightings:

AUGUST 29 to ? Join Julie at OneDesertRose's Blog for a Q&A session where your comment will enter you in a random pool giveaway for participants from several blogs to win a signed copy of any of Julie's books including her latest release, A Heart Revealed.

September 3 to October 1, 2011. Join Julie at The Owl Bookmark blog for a Q & A session and a chance to win a signed copy of any of my books including Julie's upcoming release, A Heart Revealed.

September 9 to 30, 2011 Giveaway of A Heart Revealed at Radiant Light blog.

And a few more photos!

Debby Giusti and Patti Jo Moore

Breakfast with Mary Connealy, Pepper Basham, Myra Johnson,
Janet Dean and Cara Lynn James

Ruth Logan Herne, Janet Dean and Mary Connealy horsing around.

Ruth Logan Herne, Audra Harders, Cheryl St. John & Sherri Shackleford

Julie Lessman, Ruth Logan Herne & Patti Lacey

Sarah Ladd & Mary Connealy

Myra Johnson, Anita Mae Draper, Gina Welborn, Dina Sleiman,
Cara Lynn James & Jessica Nelson

Audra Harders, Cara Lynn James, Debby Giusti, Janet Dean,
Julie Lessman, Natasha Kern & Mary Connealy

Renee Ann Smith, Laura Frantz, & Mary Connealy

Our final note is a congratulatory one!

Congratulations to friend of Seekerville, Krista Phillips who sold to Abingdon Press. We're thrilled for you!

Check our her first sale post here.

(And remember to click on the pictures in this post to view them enlarged!-Have a great week!)


  1. Great WE, Tina! Mega congrats to all the Genesis and Carol Award winners. Billions of entries and stiff competition. These contests are the most respected in the industry!

    It's Sunday and time to pack up and come home. What an awesome time of friendship and fellowship were had in St Louis, but the real world calls once again.

    Tina, Glynna, Missy. Thanks for keeping the home fires burning. We're coming home with lots of great stories to share!

    Next year is only 361 days away...

  2. Good morning, Seekerville! I'm drinking coffee in the St. Louis airport terminal and using 20 min. of free wi-fi to say how much we missed you guys who weren't with us!

    ACFW did a great job of putting on a wonderful conference. Kudos to the hotel staff, the serving staff (phenomenal) the cleanliness and ease of the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

    Had a great time.... Loved having time with Melissa Endlich and Wendy Lawton and the Awards Gala was amazing. It was much more low key the last time I went...

    Riding a brachiosaurus, I believe...


    And really, the folks putting it together did an amazing job. Wonderful!

    Can't wait to get home. Grandbaby due any day. Dave's been wonderful, but he says he MISSES ME... Which means he has no clean shirts, LOL!

    And the puppies want me home! Hugs to all of you and can't wait to go through all I missed!

    And thank you, God, for Seekerville. And Seekervillagers.

  3. Hey all!

    Congrats to everyone - this is a treasure chest WE, winners everywhere, including a first sale. And a surprise AND upcoming babies and birthdays.
    Thx Tina for the running commentary. I dropped off about 9. 2 days of in person (and dog) events got me!

    Happy Sunday all, and sale travels! Congrats again to winners!

  4. It's so good to see pictures of the lovely Seeker ladies. Thanks for sharing those with us!

    Congrats to all the winners!

    And WOOHOOOOO Krista!!!!!! The first Alley Gal to sell! You are awesome!

  5. WOOHOOO!!!! Congrats to all the winners!
    What a wonderful time.

    I got what I came for and so much more.

    I can't imagine sharing the finalist category with more wonderful ladies and getting to experience the fun, nervousness, and learning that ACFW provides.

    Seekers who were here - I LOVED getting to spend time with you.

    Seekers who were not - I can't wait to have the opportunity. (TINA!!!!!!)

  6. And Krista -
    SOOOOOOOO proud of you!!! Dancing every time I think about your CONTRACT!!!!

    And congrats to Abingdon Press for snatching you up! :-)

  7. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraSeptember 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Congrats to all the Genesis & Carol award winners and finalists!!! Congrats to all the weekly winners!! And Congrats to Krista on your first sale!!!!

  8. You conference goers look wonderful!!

    Thanks, Seekerville delegates for sharing the pictures with us.

  9. Mega Congrats to all the winners here in Seekerville and at the conference.

    And super congrats to Krista for the contract!


  10. Hi Tina:

    Great show last night!

    I just ordered the CDs. I got to see the awards and have CDs of the workshops and CE courses for around $100. That’s a lot less than going there. But next year in Dallas for sure.

    I loved seeing all the fancy eveningwear. Everyone looked so good. I hope you have some toe-to-head photos from the awards ceremony.

    I noticed that the people who give seminars were much more comfortable at the microphone. Lesson: give seminars and workshops.

    Now I have to read the books the judges thought were better than my favorites. Also, I need to enter the Genesis next time. I wouldn’t be nervous at all accepting an award. : )


  11. Vince, you're going to Dallas? Well if you go then I am going. Seriously. Just to see you at conference would be worth the hassle. Otherwise I'll wait until it comes back to Denver.

  12. Another great W.E., Tina! Love the photos! And thanks for the reminder about the CDs--ran right out and ordered them. Although I went to ACFW in 2009 & 2010, I listened to the CDs in my car all the following year. Packed with great, inspiring info! Cheryl Wyatt's hubby does a great job with the recording.

  13. Can someone please share the DATES for next year's Dallas conference????

  14. It was on the screen last night but flashed so fast I missed it.

    here is what is available from Michael Hyatt the Keynote speaker next year.

    Date: September 21, 2012
    Time: TBD
    Event: ACFW Annual Conference
    Topic: The Power of Story
    Sponsor: American Christian Fiction Writers
    Venue: Hyatt Regency Dallas
    Location: Dallas, TX

  15. I tuned in way late for the live blog, but I did read the whole thing. Hugs and congrats to all the winners. Need to order those cds, and quick.

  16. And on a random note, I was pretty jazzed to discover a few things today..I heard a rumor that A Log Cabin Christmas -the Heartsong Anthology with 9 authors including Erica Vetsch and Deb Ullrick, hit the Times List.

    Can anyone confirm and provide a link?

    Today discovered that Audrey Hepburn is following us. Hi Audrey!

  17. Tina, I can confirm. Here's a link

    #34 on the Trade Fiction Paperback list - A LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS, by Wanda E. Brunstetter et al (Barbour)

    Thank you so much for all the congratulations. Since I couldn't be there, celebrating with my friends from Seekerville last night made it special. Thank you!

    Mary Curry

  18. Another WOOT!! WOOT!!Congratulations Erica and Debra.

    Here is the link to buy the book!

    A Log Cabin Christmas

  19. Mary, Mary, Mary, you deserve the kudos. We'll save a spot on the calendar for you first sale story blog post.

  20. Congrats to all the finalists and winners last night. It was such fun watching the stream. Loved the photos and seeing all your happy faces. Will be good to have all the Seekers back. Thanks for the WE, Tina. And hugh congratulations to Krista.

  21. Congratulations to all the winners! it was so great seeing the award ceremony! Great job blogging Cheryl!

  22. Ooops - I forgot to leave my congrats for Krista before. It was so easy to tell from reading your blogs that you're a natural storyteller. Can't wait for your book! Congrats again.

    Mary Curry

  23. Woo hoo to all the winners and to Krista!! So happy for all of you!

  24. Woo hoo!! What a huge thrill about Erica and Debra, etc!!

    And did you see another Christian novel, The Mercy, by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House), was #11!!

  25. Congrats to all the winners. :)

    Jodie Wolfe

  26. Thank you, Tina! I'm pretty excited about it. Someone from church asked, "What does that mean?" Didn't know how to resond to that. How bizarre is that?

    I keep thinking it's because of Wanda Brunstetter's name, but hey, it could be because of the cover, or some of us authors too. Righ? Either way, I'm going to enjoy the journey!

  27. OOps, "it" being A Log Cabin Christmas being on the New York Times bestsellers' list. Whoo hoo!

    Doin' the cabbage patch skip!

    Sorry, Snoopy dog! You've been replaced.

  28. Thanks for making our weekend "home" so special. What a great "pity party"! I'm so glad I won a prize!
    And thanks for sharing all your pics, so much fun!!

  29. Congrats to the winners. How awesome for everyone.

    I was thinking to wait until Denver too and then the conference would be close to home again, and they made me move.

    When is it coming to Phoenix?

    I hope to go next year myself, but we shall see.

    Thanks so much for the special draw on the critique.

    Where do I send it again?

  30. Still happy dancing this morning!

    I have to say, there were a lot of GREAT moments at this year's conference, but hanging with the Seekers and especially meeting Ruthy in person tops the list!

  31. Hi Tina:

    While everything is still fresh in people’s minds, how about a blog called “Conventional Wisdom”?

    Have everyone who went to the ACFW conference give their hints and insights on attending the next one.

    Didn’t the women look fabulous in their eveningwear!

    Next year in Dallas!


  32. Hi Tina:

    It just occurred to me that I did not see a category for Romantic Comedy in any of these contests or the Carol awards.

    I write comedy. I can’t help myself. I think a writer is at a tremendous disadvantage entering a comedy in a traditional category. Biting seriousness seems to impress judges.

    Do you know of any contests that have a category for Romantic Comedy? I think we need to correct this injustice!


  33. Seekers:

    Suggestion: I think the next time the Seekers are together that you make a roundtable discussion tape to post on YouTube. Make it spontaneous so all your personalities can be on display.

    I’d also like to see nightly recaps of the day's events that we could watch on YouTube. All you need is a FLIP and a laptop. This would be a good way to build your platform.

    I'll do it in Dallas if no one else steps up. : )


  34. There is a NYC chapter and the entire contest is romantic comedy. While rom com is still being published it is now under the guise of many other sub genres. The rom com of the late nineties early 2000's oversaturated the market. The comic type covers. etc.

    Vince!! Fabulous idea on the nightly recaps. I love it.

    And for RWA as well.

  35. A little late... but CONGRATS to all the genesis and carol winners...

    and THANK YOU for mentioning my fun news and for all the well-wishes!!!

  36. Congratulations Genesis and Carol winners!

    Yay Krista!!! Congratulations on your sale to Abington!

    Wonderful conference but great to be home. Once the laundry is done. LOL

    Fun hanging with everyone in St. Louis! Can't imagine how I missed Gina Wellborne.


  37. Ooooh, I made the photos!! Loved meeting everyone :)