Saturday, September 14, 2013

The ACFW CONFERENCE Weekend Edition

Be sure to search #ACFW Conference and #ACFW and #ACFW Indy
 for some great Conference Tweets and Photos on Twitter.

We Have Winners
Pam Hillman, Mary Connealy, Debby Giusti, Missy Tippens, Janet Dean, Pepper Basham, Julie Lessman

 Contact us at our email address if you are a winner. If you haven't received your prize in 8 weeks, per our legal page, drop us a line (we get busy with writing books and do forget).  Please remember we don't contact winners -so please contact us at seekers at seekerville dot net

  Love Inspired author and a Yankee Belle Café host, Mindy Obenhaus was our guest Monday, with Five Things I Learned After I got THE CALL”  Winner of her September debut The Doctor’s Family Reunion is Kaybee (Kathy Bailey)

Tuesday Seeker Villagers Mary Curry and Julie Hilton Steele  shared "An Introvert's Guide to Having a Great Conference Experience." Have they got some fun planned for you! Winner of a $10 gift card to your choice of either Amazon or B&N is Annie Rains. The winner of a download of the Seeker's RWA13 workshop plus one of the leis that were given away to attendees is Jan Drexler.

Wednesday critique partners, Naomi Rawlings and Melissa Jagears, shared CPFs – Finding and Keeping a Critique Partner Forever (or at least for 3 years…)  and Melissa had a baby in her spare time. Winner of a copy of A Bride for Keeps in winner’s choice of format is Piper and winner of Naomi’s debut Sanctuary for a Lady in ebook format only is Sherida.

in a copy of A Bride for Keeps in winner’s choice of format, another winner will receive Naomi’s debut Sanctuary for a Lady in ebook format only.  - See more at:

Thursday we shared  the release of Ruth Logan Herne's newest independently published novel, Running on Empty, and talked edgy Christian fiction. Running on Empty is free for Kindle through September 14.

Missy Tippens, Jeanne Takenaka

Friday: "Live From ACFW in Indianapolis" with Ruth Logan Herne. We're giving away books to those who were left behind writing, and writing and writing. Winner List:

Winner Jan Christiansen-Myra Johnson's Carol Nominee "A Horseman's Hope"

Winner Anna Weaver-Award-winning author Mary Connealy's "Fired Up"

Winners Joyce, Connie Queen, Naomi Rawlings-"Falling for the Lawman" Ruth Logan Herne

Winner Amy C-A Tina' Russo Radcliffe book as  available on Amazon, reader's choice!

Winner Melanie Pike-Cara Lynn James "A Path Toward Love"

Winner Jamie Adams-Rita Finalist Missy Tippens "Georgia Sweethearts"

Winner Walt Mussel -Glynna Kaye's latest release "A Canyon Springs Courtship"

Winner Tonja Saylor -"A Love Surrendered" by Julie Lessman, print or audio version

Winner Heidi- "Love's Miracles" from Sandra Lee Smith!!!

Winner DebH -Seekers and Friends of Seekers fall books and some kind of chocolatey goodness.

Genre Dinner-Lyndee Henderson in Civil War Attire

Debby Guisti with Patti Jo Moore at Genre Dinner. Patti Jo dressed as school teacher.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:  Welcome romantic suspense author Katy Lee whose first book with Love Inspired Suspense, "Warning Signs," will be coming out October 1st! Katy will share "Meanwhile, Back at the Distribution Center," about her visit to the Harlequin Distribution Center and all that goes on behind the scenes in Buffalo NY. Come leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card!

Tuesday:Seeker Myra Johnson goes a little crazy today with the release of When the Clouds Roll By, book one of her historical romance series from Abingdon Press! Please bear--excuse me, CELEBRATE--with Myra as she indulges in a bit of blatant self-promotion. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of her research and find out who she pictures as her central characters. Oh, and she's also giving away copies to TWO lucky Seekerville visitors!

Wednesday: Seeker Debby Giusti is our hostess. Don't miss a fun day with this Love Inspired Suspense author.

Thursday: One of the best things about self-publishing is taking control of your writing career. You’re the boss! Once the business of writing is done, you need to get your book to retailers. How do you format an e-book? Should you do a print version? What about a cover? Marie Force, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense, started the E-Book Formatting Fairies to help authors navigate the world of self-publishing by working with them to create e-book and print-on-demand files ready for distribution to major retailers. Today the Fairies blog about helping authors self-publish their work.

 Friday: We welcome back Whitaker House authors Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Richardson, who will be talking about writing series and maintaining continuity. They will be giving away two sets of the first two books in their Charm and Deceit series.

Seeker Sightings

Rooting for Seeker Myra Johnson, a Carol Award Finalist!

Thursday, September 19, stop by Trish Perry's blog and learn a few things you may not know about Myra Johnson and her latest release from Abingdon Press, When the Clouds Roll By.


Missy Tippens will be a guest on the Get Lost in a Story blog on September 18th. Hope you'll drop by! She'll be doing a giveaway.

Best-selling author Mary Connealy will be hosting a web cast on October 8 at 8:00 PM EDT, where she will be introducing readers to her latest release, Fired Up.

Check out the press release!

  During the live online event, Mary will be discussing the series, previewing her upcoming releases and answering reader questions. Throughout the hour, readers will have an opportunity to chat with other fans, answer trivia about the book and submit their own questions for Maryto answer during the evening. 

A number of prizes will be given away to those participating in the discussion, including copies of Mary's books and gift cards. At the end of the webcast, the winner of a Kindle Fire HD will be announced. The Kindle giveaway is being held in conjunction with the Fired Up blog tour being coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group. RSVP here,and you will receive a reminder near the correct date and time. 

Join Mary Connealy at Petticoats & Pistols for: Is it jail…or is it a romance novel?

Don't miss Mary's appearance on Casey Herringshaw's blog.

And thanks to Seeker friend DebH, Mary's book trailer for Fired Up is now PERFECTED!!! Check it out here.

The title and cover for Sandra Leesmith's Fall 2013 release will be revealed Friday, September 20th. Stop by Seasons of Humility that day to be among the first to see the new cover! The post will include a list of bloggers participating in the cover reveal and a special giveaway.

Sandra is also celebrating the occasion by offering the Kindle version of Love's Miracles for FREE on September 20th. So mark your calendars and don't miss out on all the fun!"

Genre Dinner-Mary Connealy ALL FIRED UP!
Carol Finalist Myra Johnson, Janet Dean, Mary Tex Connealy, Erica Vetsch
Random News & Information

Save the date for Publishers Weekly’s debut of “For the Love of Romance,” a live webcast hosted by PW contributing editor and Beyond Her Book blogger Barbara Vey.

Harlequin, Kensington and Sourcebooks will add to this lively panel discussion and bring you up to date with the latest trends appealing to romance novel fans. Discover what makes a great hero or heroine, what’s red hot in new titles and the impacts of erotica and new sub-genres in romance novels.

Don’t miss this exclusive new webcast that’ll take you deep into the heart of the romance genre and unveil what keeps readers lusting for more!   Register here.

  Creative Kryptonite and the Death of Productivity (Jonathan Fields)

 Tyndale House, NavPress Form Publishing Alliance (PW)

 "Book Trailers; are they still relevant and how do you get the most out of one?" Tuesday, September 17,6:00 p.m. (PT),Free. A live 60-minute Blog Talk Radio session with Sheila Clover English.

Enderlin Named Publisher of SMP Paperbacks (PW)

Editor Emily Rodmell and 2013 RITA Finalist, Missy Tippens

So You Think You Can Write!  This year Harlequin is expanding opportunities for authors by introducing a separate New Adult competition, which will take place on Wattpad. Between the contests, five new authors will each be awarded a publishing contract with Harlequin/Mills & Boon.

The contests are part of So You Think You Can Write (, the free 24/7 online conference that will take place September 16–20, 2013.  So You Think You Can Write allows hopeful romance novelists to spend a week with more than 50 Harlequin and Mills & Boon editors from Toronto, New York and London through social media tools including podcasts, webinars, blogs, live chats, writing challenges, community discussions and Twitter events. Aspiring authors will attend a virtual romance-writing “boot camp” designed to teach them how to write a romance novel that will attract the attention of publishers.  So You Think You Can Write helps participants prepare completed manuscripts for submission to the So You Think You Can Write contests beginning September 23. 

 How Smashwords Authors Can Manage Books in a Series (GalleyCat)

Blog Tours: Lessons Learned (The Passive Voice)

61% of eBooks Consumed Online for Free in the UK (GalleyCat)

Pelican Book Group, a Christian publishing house, is launching a new YA imprint, Watershed, and is seeking manuscripts. The editors are interested in Christian fiction that will appeal to readers ages 14 to 19, 25,000 to 65,000 words. Stories may be in any sub-genre, including romance, mystery, westerns, action-adventure, science fiction/fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. Watershed titles will be published in digital format. They do not accept previously self-published work. For detailed guidelines, click here. (Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)

Cindi Myers Market News's Blog shared the #RWA Atlanta Spotlight on Harlequin Series information as well. Check it out here.

Writing the Dreaded...Groan...Synopsis (Sia McKeye Over Coffee) 

Due Date! 8 Tips to Birthing a Book (Deb Salonen)

Helen Gray, Julie Lessman and Mary Connealy

Harlequin Heartsong Presents author and coffee maker, Helen Gray and The INTROVERTED TEX CONNEALY

Ruth Treadway, Helen Gray, Susan Ann Mason, Janet Dean
Zone Breakfast, Julie Lessman, Carol Moncado, Mary Connealy
Myra Johnson, Debby Giusti, James Scott Bell, Missy Tippens, Janet Dean
Debby Giusti, Janet Dean, Myra Johnson, Patti Jo (CatMom)Moore, and new friend Jennifer Lamont Lee from Idaho
 Rose McCauley,Kathryn Albright, Lyndee Henderson and Debra Marvin

Myra Johnson, Mary Connealy and Pam Hillman
Suzanne Dietz accepts her Genesis Award

Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman and Myra Johnson plan world domination.

Missy Tippens and editor Emily Rodmell.

2013 Carol Coordinator Mindy Obenhaus

Carol finalist Myra Johnson and 2013 Agent of the Year, Natasha Kern.

Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Myra Johnson and Pepper Basham.

Yes. We Missed Carol Moncado's Cookies!!


  1. Good to see Dotti and Narelle in one of the photos.

    I am wondering what does an author who writes suspense wear to a genre party?

    Love seeing all the photos looks like everyone is having fun.

  2. Probably a hat like Sherlock Holmes.

    Good question, Jenny!!

  3. I have seen some of the photos of the historical authors and contemporary.

  4. Everyone looks like they're having such fun. You guys enjoy yourself! Congrats to all the winners.

  5. Love the genre costumes the best.

    Mary you very at home in Western. Go figure.

  6. I checked in to see the ACFW coverage and I came away a winner as well! Of Melissa's book! Thank you so much!

    Kudos to whomever "volunteered" to do the coverage--Keep it coming!


  7. Thanks for the conference pics! So much fun!!! Love the idea of a genre party. Wouldn't that make a great book club evening?!

  8. Oh my stars.... Okay, I'm excited about all the fun they're havin', yaddi yaddi yah, but look at this:

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
    #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Inspirational > Christian

    I'm totally blown away by the niceness of folks... now I get that the book is FREE... :) But how cool is that to be #1 in Christian Inspirational free books?????

    (okay, maybe I'm the ONLY CHRISTIAN FREE BOOK out there, but let me live in my wealth of imaginative glamour for a minute, okay????)

    I love the genre dinner!!!!

    Oh, how fun!

    Must go write something... And coffee, need coffee, I brought some for all o' youse as we continue to take the world by storm on our WRITING WEEKEND!!!

  9. Am I allowed to think your #1 spot is sad, Ruthy? Seeing how you booted Melissa's free novella out of #1 and she's not even out of the hospital to fight back???

    I'm happy for you though; truly I am. :-)

  10. If you all wouldn't mind praying for Melissa and her baby, Nathan. Nathan is jaundiced and not eating well. Melissa has been discharged from the hospital but is still staying there with Nathan, who won't be able to leave for a while yet. I'll let you know if things are improving after I talk to Melissa later today, but she was feeling pretty disappointed and worried yesterday.

    Thanks for praying everyone! It's so great to have a community where we can come and share some of these burdens.

  11. Big babies get jaundiced often. Doesn't that seem ironic?

    Praying for his bilirubin levels to even out and for the big guy to realize that food is essential!

    Our little Brody did this, and for a couple of weeks was listed as failure to thrive, a big, 9 lb + baby boy who just seemed to be indignant because he had to work for food!!!

    It was funny but worrisome but he's thriving now, and food???

    Well, let me just say he eats well as a happy three-year-old who is never full. :)


  12. Oh, did I nudge Melissa out of #1!!!!

    I would have never done that on purpose, don't you know, especially to a sweet new mama, so MELISSA JAGEARS!!!!

    I'm sorry, sweet thing!!!!!

    But hey, honey, you snooze?

    You lose!


    Hugging you, that new baby and #1 just because I can.


  13. Praying for Melissa and baby Nathan.

    And I've taken the hat off, you'll all be relieved to know!!!!

  14. Praying for Melissa and Nathan. That happened with my daughter as well.

    Congrats to Annie and Jan for winning the prizes Julie and I gave away. Jan, I'm SO glad you won because I felt awful when I realized that you may have been the only person I missed responding to all day! Justice. ;)

  15. Mary Curry and Julie Hilton Steele, are you here at ACFW? I haven't seen you?

  16. Don't forget to watch the live Webcast on Sunday!!

    Although EST folks may be in bed. I may be in bed.

  17. Mary Curry and Julie Hilton Steele NO NO NO. not here and breaking my heart because Julie and I were separated at birth!
    And Mary and I became fast friends during a GALA AWARDS LIVE BLOG WHEN SHE AND I WERE IN OUR JAMMIES AND SHE WON!!!!

    thanks for the photo inclusion. Anita Mae Draper will be so jealous!

    I am in my room preparing for appts. oh wait. I'm on the internet.

    Loved chatting up historical costume with Janet and Debby last night and playing dress up.

    Debby introduced me to the LI editors so I am forever grateful and in her debt which seems to be an easier load to bear then the one I owe to TINA! just kidding. Love you and your boa!

    back to prepping!
    (Oh, I just got to hang out with Helen and Carol 1k1hr Moncado!!)

    ##JENNY - we've been hanging out with Narelle and Dottie. They are so sweet and amazing. I don't want them to go home unless they promise to return soon. Narelle is CP with my Inky sister Suzie Johnson YAY!!

  18. Hey, Narelle delivered hug to me from Jenny. So fun to visit with her. Plan to see her again this evening.

    Having a great time. And not spending much time on the internet, of course.

    Just slipped up to my room for a COKE and dropped in to see how you all are getting along.

    Ta Ta


  19. Janet Dean is getting really good on her iPhone. Kudos to her.

    A shout out to Debra Marvin. YOU HAVE GREAT HAIR~!~~~

  20. Great WE, but talk about the rise of the green eyed envy monster! ACFW was not in the budget this year. Sooo, I guess I'll start collecting coins-from-pockets again as I do the laundry and see how far that fundraiser gets me for next year, LOL!

    Love the photos. Looks like the genre party was a hit.

  21. Congrats to all the winners, too. Ruthy went a little nuts with the giveaways yesterday.

    Hee, that's why we put her in charge of things like that, LOL!

  22. YAY, Ruthy!

    #1 in Christian Inspirational free books is awesome!

    Being #18 in the overall free Kindle store is something to celebrate, too!

    If you have downloaded Running On Empty...what are you waiting for?? It's a great book and it's FREE!!!

  23. Deb and Helen, keep filling us in on what's happening!

    Editor/Agent appts, chit chat in the lobby, interesting shop talk over lunch...

    Keep it coming!!

  24. Love all the photos. Everyone looks so excited. Thanks for the links, Tina. Congrats to winners from last week. Praying for Melissa and Nathan.

  25. Thanks for all the great photos, news and links this weekend! I'll be tuned in to the awards tomorrow night and keeping fingers crossed for our wonderful nominees.

  26. I meant to add that Melissa and baby Nathan are in my prayers, too.

  27. Hi all,

    Having a great time at the conference so far! Great pics.

    i've seen a few of the seekers and some seeker friends. Heading to the pizza party hosted by 'my book therapy'.

    Congrats to melissa and her new bundle of joy! praying for them both.


  28. Day 2 winding down. Great workshops with Jim Bell & Natasha Kern, now resting a bit before meeting Abingdon authors & Ramona Richards for dinner.

  29. Stupid iPhone won't let me finish typing my comments!! Praying for Melissa & her new little boy. Congrats to Ruthy for your super showing on Amazon.

  30. Kindle Best Sellers 3:45 pm 14 September 2013

    25. “Love by the Letter”, Melissa Jagears

    41. “Midnight in Death”, J.D. Robb

    Way to go! 16 places above Nora Roberts!

    Mary looks great as a genuine cowgirl.


  31. Hi everyone! Congrats to Melissa! And I'm praying for the bilirubin level!

    Having a fantastic time. So much fun to see online friends! Although I still haven't found a couple of you. Please flag me down of you see me.

  32. I have downloaded Melissa's novella to my Kindle and I checked her numbers/ranking and she's still got #1 freebie spot taken in historicals...

    That eases my guilt!!!!

    We're at over 11,000 free downloads of Running on Empty....

    And seven reviews already, so I'm beyond blessed!!! AND....

    I have shelves in my new closet. And a coat hook/rack for kids' stuff!!!


    Tina, I love the Weekend Edition. It's just chock full of fun stuff, so as I work here at home I can hop to this, that or the other thing when I need a break. So wonderful.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

  33. Debra and Helen so glad you got to meet Narelle, (still to do that but we chat alot) Dotti is wonderful also.
    I am loving seeing the photos on FB too.

  34. Praying for Nathan and Melissa. My two sons both had the bilirubin problem, so I know that is stressful.

    Love the pictures of ACFW---the genre dinner, happy smiles, Seekers and Seekerville friends--and I'm cheering for Myra!

    Congrats, Ruthy, on your #1!!!

    And congrats to all the winners---me included! I won Naomi's book! Thank you!!!

  35. I am in love with seeing all these buddies at this conference, the happy faces, seeing debut author Helen Gray hangin' with everyone!!!! What a wonderful experience, guys!!! I hope you're all havin' a good time while I clean closets and write...


    Hey, it's PRODUCTIVE work and it takes my mind off of not bein' there with y'all.


    Sorry! So sorry, I think I was morphing into Missy just then, it was the PURSE.

    The PURSE is a stinkin' black hole!!!!

    It sucked me in and I started talkin' Southern!!!!

    Oh my stars, who'd a thunk it????

  36. I was wishing I was there - up until Erica posted on FB about the bats. Then, last night I had a dream about those 2 bats, but they were spending the day in my classroom and I had to call maintenance to get rid of them.

    So, for today, I'll be happy to admire from afar.


  37. Mary Clone. I was missing the videos but just saw your post and now know why. No more nightmares okay?

  38. I told Erica to call Mary and show her the bats....

    A rousing chorus of "That's What Friends are For" was running through my mind!!!!



    At conference.

    In Indianapolis.

    That's way too Bermuda Triangle for this country girl!

  39. Tonight will be the gala. We should all be spit shined for that.

    So maybe a few more pictures to come.

  40. Erica TOLD me about the bats. Bless Her Heart.
    I didn't offer to rush outside in hopes they were still there!

  41. Oh, I love the pictures!!!! What a great job the gals are doing of sending them!!!!


  42. The 2013 ACFW Mentor of the Year is Rachel Hauck

  43. The 2013 ACFW Editor of the Year is Julie Gwinn.

  44. Natasha Kern Agent of the year.

    Alison Wilson service award.


    Allison Wilson Member Service Award

    Watching and listening to it stream live.

  46. Volunteer Service Award to Ane Mulligan

  47. The 2013 Genesis Award for Category fiction goes to Jill Buteyn for Teaching Olivia.

  48. The 2013 Genesis Award in the Contemporary category goes to Laurie Tomlinson for Take Heart.

  49. The 2013 Genesis Award in the Historical category goes to Kiersti Plog for Beneath a Turquoise Sky.


  50. The 2013 Genesis Award for Historical Romance goes to Susanne Dietze for One Word from You.


  51. The 2013 Genesis Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller goes to Bob Lyzenga for The Apollo Gambit.

  52. The 2013 Genesis Award in the Romance category goes to V.V. Denman for Forgiving Ruthie

  53. The 2013 Genesis Award in the Romantic Suspense category goes to Suzanne Bratcher for The Copper Box.


  54. The 2013 Genesis Award in the Speculative category goes to Becky Dean for Uncharted.

  55. Winner of the 2013 Genesis Award in the Young Adult category is Loraine Kemp for Orion's Sword.

  56. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Category-Length category is Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink (Love Inspired * Editor: Emily Rodmell).

  57. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Contemporary category is Heart Echoes by Sally John (Tyndale House * Editors: Karen Watson/Stephanie Broene/Kathy Olson).

  58. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Historical category is Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook/Multnomah * Editor: Shannon Marchese).

  59. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Historical Romance category is A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller (Revell * Editor: Vicki Crumpton).

  60. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category is The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller (Barbour Publishing * Editors: Rebecca Germany/Jamie Chavez).

  61. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Novella category is A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson * Editor: Natalie Hanemann).

  62. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Romance category is Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard (B&H Publishing * Editors: Julie Gwinn/Julie Carobini).

  63. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Romantic Suspense category is When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Revell * Editor: Andrea Doering).

  64. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Speculative category is Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press * Editor: Jeff Gerke).

  65. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Young Adult category is Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan * Editor: Jacque Alberta).

  66. Announces new coordinator for Carol 2014, Casey Herringshaw.

  67. Winner of the 2013 Carol Award in the Debut Novel category is Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook/Multnomah * Editor: Shannon Marchese).

  68. OH MY.
    I got 5 hours of sleep and I feel like I could conquer the world (as long as they let me go right back to bed!)

    Thanks for sharing photos and so much of the fun. It was an amazing weekend and I can't wait to do it again (after some sleep!)

    I just found out late last night that I missed Susan Anne Mason here...ugh... I hate that part!

    I got to spend so much time with my Inky sisters and Seekers and Seeker villagers - the fellowship, worship, encouragement and opportunities. I'm praying right now that God will provide a way for me to do it again and for that person reading this that needs to be here next year WILL be here. (well, wherever HERE is next Sept.)

    love you guys

  69. Myra, Julie and I weren't planning world domination. We were illustrating deafness.