Saturday, December 17, 2011

Seekerville Weekend Edition

We're stuffing our stockings with great plans for 2012!

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 here. All prizes are distributed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements. Send us a note if we dropped the ball. We do that on occasion.

Speaking of winners..the Seekerville Village webpage has an update from Abingdon Press Senior Acquisitions Editor for Fiction Ramona Richards for those who queried last month.

Monday Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean was our hostess today, bringing us hints for "How to Keep Christ in Christmas." Winner of An Inconvenient Match is Lane Hill House.

Wednesday was "HO-HO-HO!! FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT ... or Putting Humor in our Writing!"
with Revell author Julie Lessman. Winner of a signed copy of one of Julie's books or a top CBA book from her library AND a detailed handout from Ruth Axtell Morren's and Julie's ACFW workshop, "A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss!" is Marissa. The winner of Julie's humor contest who gets their work in Julie's next segment of the humor blog and an ACFW handout is Kayla Miller.

Thursday Seekerville welcomed back author Caroline Fyffe today with her post, Writing a Novel is Like Buying a Horse. Winner of Caroline's latest release, Texas Twilight, a western historical romance available in ebook is Vince.

Friday Barbour author
Janet Lee Barton blogged about "Learning to be Flexible." Winner of a print copy of I'd Sooner Have Love is Diane Ashley.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Love Inspired author Missy Tippens will be your hostess. Come chat about "Anchoring Yourself in the Real World While Living in Your Story World." Missy's author copies just arrived! So she'll be offering one brand spankin' new, hot off the presses, paper copy of her February release, A House Full of Hope.

Tuesday: Versatile and prolific Harlequin author Abby Gaines is globe-trotting-guest-blogging today and she's going to chat about her new Love Inspired Historical release, The Earl's Mistaken Bride. Abby is living proof that not every woman likes to be branded and that talent and perseverance run the gamut with a big publisher like Harlequin. We'll be giving away two copies of Abby's new LIH release in print or e-format.

Your hostess today is Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti, with a post titled "Believe." She'll be giving away a copy of Sarah Young's devotional, Jesus Calling, and a copy of her own LIS, The Captain's Mission.

Childrens book author and Avalon author Sandra Leesmith brings us "Gifting Books for Christmas." Come discuss thinking of your "author" self as a business and doing your part to support the publishing business. In the spirit of Christmas giving, Sandra will offer five prizes-- your choice of a Seeker book or one of her children's books by Sandy. Merry Christmas!

Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe brings you a pre-holiday-miracle, miracle. The holiday miracle is of course GODLY and involves a manager, and Tina's miracle, you'll just have to stop by to find out.

Seeker Sightings

January is a month of "Firsts" here in Seekerville, and the Yankee Belle Cafe would love to run some of your "First Place" type recipes or ideas to go along with! Send us an e-mail at and we'll get you tucked into the schedule with whatever wonderful thing you've got going on!

Keep your eyes on the Words Seasoned With Salt Blog for Seeker Appearances as they share their favorite songs of the season.

Ruth Logan Herne has FOUR REMAINING copies of Yuletide Hearts to give away to wonderful volunteers this Christmas season! Send your snail mail addy and what you've volunteered for to and we'll get you hooked up with your very own signed copy! More Information here.

Check out this review of Yuletide Hearts on Philosophy of Romance blog.

What could be better than to send an e-Christmas card and a lovely Mary Connealy anthology?

December 8-25, 2011- Join Julie Lessman at Project Journal blog for a interview giveaway to win a signed copy of one of Julie's books including Julie's new release, A Heart Revealed.

Monday, December 19th 9 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain and 6 p.m. Pacific, come chat with Julie for a full hour at a great romance website called ROMCON that has an Inspirational section!! Get all the scoop on The Cousins McClare, ask all the questions you've been dying to ask -- this is your chance!

When the chat is over, Julie will award one chatter their choice of her books PLUS a top CBA book from her library, so hope to see you there!! Here's what you do: Go to and click on the "enter chat room" selection under the book club menu. You will be asked to log in or if you are not a member, you can become one by "creating a free account" with simply your name and e-mail.

December 20-31, join Julie at Austenitis blog for her final interview/giveaway of the year to win a signed copy of one of Julie's books including her new release, A Heart Revealed.

Random News & Information

  • Power Poses (Michael Hyatt) Try this before your next ed/agent appointment!

That's it...have a wonderful week!~


  1. Coffee pot's ready. A huge one for Saturday, another for Sunday!

    Looks like another good lineup.

    Thanks for all you do for us, Seekerville ladies.


  2. I've never been here this early!
    Lots to look forward to next week. Congrats to the winners!

  3. Congratulations on all the winners!

    My prayers go out to Ms. Richards.

  4. Haha! Those red stockings are totally cute! Don't you just love photoshop??

    I made Ruthy's maple fudge from the Yankee-Belle cafe. I don't know where it went. It was here... and then there was just the pan, with some smudges and crumbs in the bottom!

    And poor Ramona Richards. I guess I didn't have to hurry to send in that proposal! I can't imagine having 200 e-mails to sift through. Praying for a quick recovery!

  5. This is it. That last big week of preparation. In all the bustle we can still gather here to catch our breath. Thanks for coffee Helen. Its going to be a wild day!

    Enjoy every moment friends.

  6. Helen, good morning! And yes, loving the coffee as always. I slept in this morning... long week... and it felt wonderful!

    Tina! Thank you for another great WE, chickie! Love it! And I love how many folks have responded to my volunteer-fun challenge.... You guys rock!!!

    I'm mailing out all of last week's books today so the first sixteen have them before Christmas! I love me a good Christmas book before Christmas! And after! God has truly blessed us here in Seekerville.

    I'm just sayin'...

  7. Think my shopping is done! Santa will need more cookies. His helpers too.

  8. I haven't even started shopping for my kids yet!

    Can you lift up a few prayers that I'll get it all done? *g*

  9. LOL!!! The "make a book" Christmas tree article is ADORABLE!!! Gosh, I could do that, except with paperbacks, and have a forest of tress!!

    Great WE, Teenster, as always!!



  10. SUPER WE, Tina! LOVE that book Christmas tree. SOOOOO much! Congrats to winners, and I'll see ya for what looks like a FABULOUS week!

  11. And the same wonderful weekend to YOU Seekerville!

  12. I am pretty sure I passed several Seekervillians while shopping in down town Seekerville today, but the crowds were so heavy I can't be sure.

    Happy Weekend to you all.

  13. Loved this WE. I am soooooo going to do a book tree this year!!!!!!! How cool is that??? And I loved the presentation on body language. Very engaging...but did anyone notice that the presenter kept touching her face and that's supposed to be a sign of less power? I'm going to people watch in a whole different way now.

  14. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Hope everyone enjoys the last weekend before Christmas!!!

  15. Thanks for the great WE, and congratulations to all the winners!

    I DID see you downtown, Tina. Isn't it crazy out there? I stopped by the cafe for a panini and a bit of a rest before tackling the rest of my shopping...

    Virginia, I'm trying the Maple Fudge this afternoon. It sounds like it's going to be worth the effort.

    Of course, Ruthy's recipes are always worth the effort :)

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

  16. Congrats to the winners! Looks like a great week next week. :) Happy Christmas preparing, everyone.

  17. Congratulations to the winners! Have a great weekend everyone.

  18. Speaking on paninni's..the deli guy told me how to make a great one. Salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone and sweet Italian peppers. So I bought everything on the list.

    Never grocery shop hungry.

    I bought Ramona Richards, chocolate croissants in the freezer section. You let them rise, slather butter on top and bake.

  19. You will love the fudge. I promise. Scout's honor!

    And Teeeena, that sounds great. Like a "Godfather" sub from D'Bella's here in Rochester. Awesome blend of flavors.

    And we are trying EVERY IMAGINABLE thing for paninis and it's tax-deductible because Major Brett Stanton makes paninis for folks in his convenience store at the Interstate juncture near Jamison, New York... ergo, Ruthy has to learn how to do it in upstate!

    This is a win/win/win/win. ;)

    Brett is the wounded and "I Want Him Now, I'll Fix Him" hero in "His Mistletoe Family" due out in December 2012.

    You. Will. Love. This. Man.

    Christina, praying!

  20. A Book Christmas tree!!! I am SO doing this!!!

    I spent 11 hours, yes, 11!!! yesterday, cleaning, destroying, burning old tax receipts, magazines, boxes.

    Since dh (a carpenter!) doesn't have time (uh-huh...) to build me an office, I'm turning the breakfast room into one. Still got a long way to go, but getting there.

    I'm making this tree for my new office!!! Hmmm, only one hour until church time, don't think I can get it done before then.... lol

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

  21. Speaking of my new office, that 11 hours was just yesterday. Many hours have been spent the last two weeks into organizing the paper chaos that's been builidng here for the last several years. I am a paper/book/mail packrat!

    I bought a gorgeous computer armoire for 1/2 price last week. But after they delivered it, I woke up at 2am and couldn't go back to sleep.

    Finally, I realized what was worrying me. As beautiful as the armoire is, it's not practical, and it's something I will probably keep for the next 30 years.

    After tossing and turning for 2 hours, I decided to call the furniture store and tell them the problem. The owner agreed to pick it up and I'm going to get an L shaped workstation instead. It's going to cost more, since this piece was so deeply discounted, but in the long run, I'll be much more satisfied.

    And, I'll be able to sleep!

  22. Pam, you are so right. I had a computer armoire. Gorgeous and impractical. Got rid of it. Have a big second hand cherry wood desk now with drawers.

  23. Pam, I agree. You were wise to change your mind. Work space has to be about making our lives easier... Space for notes, for writing, for mailings, for stock, for a Connealy Calf and a Ruthy puppy...

    Organization is CLUTCH.

    (This is as I've been turning the attic back into the office for three months... January, for sure. :)

    At least the guest bedrooms are clean. Seriously, what more could anyone ask?