Friday, April 10, 2009

Seekerville Easter Weekend Edition

Greetings from Seekerville.

Thank you to all our guests for for hanging with us for the entire Clueless week.

Special congratulations to Sherrinda and Eileen.

They have won copies of The Writer's Portable Therapist,
by Rachel Ballon.

(Please drop an email to

This Week In Seekerville
  • Monday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Janet Dean will host James Griffin, the artist who is responsible for the awesome cover of Courting the Doctor's Daughter. Post a comment and be entered in a book giveaway too!!

  • Tuesday: Myra Johnson, Abingdon Press and Barbour author will be sharing today.

  • Wednesday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti posts today.

  • Thursday: Zondervan and Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author Camy Tang, on What I Learned From the 2009 Genesis Contest.

  • Friday: Aussie and Silhouette Desire author Paula Roe will be in Seekerville to share on The Document Map. Paula is also giving away a copy of her latest Silhouette Desire release.

Seeker Sightings Week of April 12-18

April 15, 2009 Julie Lessman will be appearing at the Author Spotlight at White Roses in Bloom.

Mary Connealy will be blogging at Petticoats & Pistols, April 15, 2009.
The topic is Gargoyles in Texas.

Don't forget that Cheryl Wyatt is running a Kindle Contest from April 1, 2009 through June 15, 2009. Winner will be notified on Independence Day of this year. Only her newsletter subscribers will be eligible to enter. To join her newsletter, visit her Web site and sign up in the newsletter space provided.

Save The Date

April 24, Barbour author, Kaye Dacus

April 27, Golden Heart Finalist, Gina Welborn

April 29, 2009 RITA finalist, Judy Duarte

April 30, Agent Natasha Kern

May 5, Character Therapist, Jeannie Campbell

May 6, RITA winner, Linda Goodnight.

Market and Industry News

Galley Cat:
Book Stock Watch: Noble Rumors

Rumors that Barnes & Noble will sell a digital reader alongside Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader dominated bookselling headlines this week. Since the bookseller purchased e-book retailer Fictionwise, this hypothetical e-reader could sell plenty of e-books.

USA Today:

What's New On The List and In Publishing

Vampires rule:Twilight author Stephenie Meyer continues to dominate USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. Sales of her novels accounted for about 16% of all book sales tracked by the list in the first quarter of 2009. That's about one in seven books. Read the top 20 sellers here.

New York Times:
Posthumous Crichton Novels on the Way

Michael Crichton, the best-selling author of technological thrillers like “The Andromeda Strain” and “Jurassic Park” who died of cancer in November, left behind at least one finished novel and about one-third of a second. Both will be released over the next year and a half, his publisher said.


C.S. Lewis Gets A New Look From HarperOne.

In addition to a new look for the paperback and hardcover books, HarperOne has created a website for C.S. Lewis fans.

"In addition to descriptions of and excerpts from the books, the site features a blog with original posts by Lewis scholars and other authors. These titles will soon be available as e-books, but for now, HarperOne is courting an audience interested in volumes that are, according to Boutote, “very tactile, nice to hold, very classy to give as a gift.”

Dear Abby:

Newly Published Author Shies Away From Glare Of Limelight

DEAR ABBY: I have recently enjoyed the success of having my first book published. However, this achievement has begun to change my life in ways I hadn't expected. I am a somewhat shy and reflective person...

Cool Thing of the Week

From Skinnyskinny. "A gift box that is completely tree-less, sustainable and looks like a book. It is made from wild-grass and is made with Fair Labor practices. Each book-box is handmade and will make just about everything look great. The box comes in a very nice yellow-green color. We intentionally left these boxes free of any logos or branding, so it is easy to use this box as a gift box or as a hiding place for little trinkets." ($12.00)


  1. Good morning Seekerville. From each and every Seeker to you, have a happy and blessed Easter weekend.

  2. Wooohooo! I get my very own portable therapist to carry around with me wherever I go! Now was this a random drawing or did I just look like the needy-est one? lol!!! I could see you thinking I was the one in need, but Eileen? She is one of the sweetest, strongest ladies I "cyber-know".

    Thanks so much! I enjoyed hanging out with you all this week. (I usually do, but don't always comment... which is a shame, because I had waayyy more fun jumping in with yall.) You ladies rock!

  3. Congrats Sherrinda and Eileen! :-)

  4. I actually used the word random Sherrinda, but took it out as it appeared I was saying the winners were like random people.

  5. Oh, phooey. I really needed that therapy.

    Congrats to Sherrinda and Eileen! Both very deserving, I'm sure. :-)

  6. Melanie, you handled that very nicely.

  7. Melanie, trust me, I think, oh, maybe not, no, seriously, well?, No, definitely, I need it more!!!

    Looking forward to Jeannie's therapy post too!

    Thanks for randomly picking me, Tina! And, Sherrinda, we'll have to swap notes and see how our characters fare with our newfound knowledge!