Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekend Edition

Seekerville talks a walk down Christmas Movie Memory Lane today.

Buy your own leg lamp here.

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. And thanks for your patience as we too stand in long lines at the post office to mail your prizes!

Monday Mary Connealy presented Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Me. Winner of the first copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats to hit the planet is Pam K.

Tuesday more than a few tears were shed as we discussed our Friends. Thank you to everyone who posted and shared their hearts. Tina Radcliffe has tweaked the giveaway a slightly and will be sending a copy of The Rancher's Reunion to the following Seekerville friends AND their friend.
  1. Rita Monette and her friend
  2. Renee C and her friend Julia
  3. EC Spurlock and her friend Deb
  4. Melanie Dickerson and her friend Sue

When It Comes To Writing...Sometimes Less is More! Wednesday Revell author Julie Lessman proved this point! Winner of their choice of any of Julie's signed books or a top CBA book chosen from the list Julie is offering is Erica Vetsch.

The Maids Told All on Thursday. And Ruth Logan Herne was there to document everything in an exclusive interview. Winner of The Rancher's Reunion and Rocky Mountain Hero are Keli Gwyn and Mary Kay.

Seekerville pal and author Erica Vetsch was with us Friday with her post, When Did You First Know? Winner of her latest Heartsong Presents release, Maggie and the Maverick is Susanna.

Saturday's First 5 Pages Critique winner is Pamela Mason.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Janet Dean, Love Inspired Historical author posts in Seekerville.

Tuesday:Join Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson.

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti is your hostess today.

Thursday: Zondervan and Love Inspired Suspense author Camy Tang brings you the inside scoop on the 2011 ACFW Genesis Contest.

Friday: Join friend of Seekerville Debra Marvin for a very special post featuring, It's a Wonderful Life. We have some very special prizes to give away as well.

Seeker Sightings

On Tuesday, December 14, join Glynna Kaye on Cheryl St. John's "Christmas Tree Tour" blog.

Thomas Nelson Fiction offers select ebooks free for the holidays

(Nashville, TN)—At the top of Christmas wishlists this year? Assorted ebook readers, according to several reports. And savvy gift-givers will be loading those devices with content for loved ones—often looking for free content from favorite authors.

Just in time for those holiday shoppers, Thomas Nelson’s Fiction division is offering a selection of titles at no charge for a limited time. The title selections—each the first in popular series—span several genres: General Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Southern Legal, Young Adult, and Historical Romance. These five authors boast a combined total of over 5 million books in print.

Titles available for free in ebook format, starting December 15:

Love of a Dime by Cara Lynn James

House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow

The free ebooks can be downloaded from participating retailers: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and

Join Ti
na Radcliffe at the eHarlequin Community Annual Open House on Wednesday, December 15th. She'll be giving away copies of her debut release.

And Tina has a special contest that's already begun and goes through January 31st, to launch The Rancher's Reunion. All the info is on the book's very own website at

Audra Harders will be present at the eHarlequin Community Annual Open House on Wednesday, December 15th along with Rocky Mountain Hero.

AND!!~ Audra will be guest blogging on Petticoats & Pistols on Thursday, December 16th.

Random News

What are your favorite holiday movies?

P.S. Santa just dropped by and is giving away a copy of The Rancher's Reunion & Rocky Mountain Hero. Just tell him you want a copy.


  1. Can you believe I beat Helen to the coffee pot????

  2. Oooh, oooh, oooh! I won a book by Tina or Audra. How cool is that? I'm jazzed--and grateful. Thanks heaps!

    Christmas isn't Christmas at our house until we've watched It's a Wonderful Life and A Muppet Christmas Carol. My personal favorites are While You Were Sleeping, which is a great blend of Christmas and romance, and The Christmas Card, which is set in the quaint Gold Rush town of Nevada City on historic Highway 49 not too far from where I live. One of my best gal pals is an extra in one of the scenes, which is fun.

  3. So many talked about a Christmas Story last year (and the lamp) I need to see it but no one has it here to hire and I am not signed up to any of the online ones.

    I like Christmas Shoes its a tear jerker but still a great story.
    I like the next one also Christmas Blessing.
    I like The Christmas Card also. I have a few here to watch which are fun. Avonlea Chritmas is fun too if you have seen any of the avonlea chronicles. I like Mrs Claus also with Angela Lansbury its sweet.
    Elf is fun too.

    Ok just finished cooking some christmas cookies, butterscotch this time to go with vanilla and chocolate and also some white fudge which actually worked (thanks to Jillian Hart! for the recipe that is)

  4. Can I just say I hate* A Christmas Story? I don't get it. The fascination that is. DH loves it. If I were to buy it for him on DVD it would never get opened, but he'll watch TBS's all day special all day long...

    I love Miracle on 34th Street however.

    Congrats to all the winners!!!

    *Yeah, I'm a bit cranky :). Have sixteen big black trash bags of kids' clothes that are going out the door to charity and/or friends in need, and while I know this is a good thing on many levels, it's also an admission that we are done having children and I'm having a hard time with that. Yes, there were tears and yes I did save a few things but... I still hate A Christmas Story ;).

  5. Tina,

    It's a wonderful WE. :) Maybe Helen is taking off this morning and letting the elves take a turn.

    Congrats to the winners! (Yay Rita!!)

    Ausjenny - what about ebay?

    CarolM - 16 bags will put smiles on many, many faces. Think on these things. Book ended - NEW Chapter of an even better sequel beginning!

    We don't have a fave, but we did watch The Santa Clause 2 last nite. Those are fun. And Snoopy of course.

    How was the research Ruthy?

    And Vince, thanks!

    Ho Ho Ho!

    Next week looks like fun!

  6. Be sure to visit Cheryl St. John's blog on Tuesday so you can see my Christmas tree--decorated with key chains I've collected while on vacation or that friends have contributed to my collection!

    My favarite Christmas movies include "Holiday Affair" (David James Elliott and Cynthia Gibb) and 1945's "Christmas in Connecticut" (Barbara Stanwyck).

  7. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraDecember 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    First I agree with you Carol M. I too despise A Christmas Story. I love It's a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas. But I also like all The Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen and agree that While You Were Sleeping is a perfect mix of holiday and romance. Congrats to all the winners!!

    fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  8. How about some white hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the non coffee drinkers? And some fruit crepes to go with that? Or piping hot, gooey cinnamon buns? It's a 'snow day' here today and I always get hungry in a blizzard. :-)

    I just watched Meet Me in St. Louis last night. It's not really a Christmasy Christmas movie but it's always shown at Christmas time and I always watch it.

    And I love The Fourth Wiseman...though some say it's an Easter movie, but I watch it both seasons.

    Oh good grief...this time two weeks from now Christmas will be over!!!!

  9. My favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven (The Preachers Wife was the remake).

    But I watch lots of Christmas movies and the Hallmark channel does a terrific job with their movies this time of year. The recent one with Kevin Sorbo was great!

    Congrats to all the winners!

    We will be digging out from yesterdays blizzard today in single digit temps. Winter is here in South Dakota!

  10. Congrats to the winners in Seekerville this week.

    The coming attractions look attractive too.

    Thinking about the Nielsens Ranking. It's kind if awesome and scary that Amazon is making it available across publisher lines. For some they can get good news fast, others may see the straight line ranking and get discouraged faster. I suppose I'll have to promote my books In The Manor Of The Ghost and my newest, Touched By Mercy even harder. Egads


    Tina P.

  11. I laugh at a Christmas Story because, thanks to my sisters and an Alaskan Winter I lived it. Tongues are no match fir slides.

    There are so many Christmas Stories. I bawl when I watch a few. Like the Christmas Shoes and I love alot of the old faithfuls

  12. I know I got a Nook for Christmas so all of those free ebooks are looking good! Thanks for sharing those. :-)

    My favorite Christmas movie has to be Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! I love Rudloph and Bumble the Abominable Snowman...soooo cute!

    XOXO~ Renee C

  13. I've done the frozen tongue thing too. And I cannot believe I am admitting it. Crying with your tongue stuck to an object is really difficult.

  14. Sounds like a great week! Congrats to all the winners. Tina that was a such a great idea of mailing a book to a friend. I absolutely loved it. I just might have to do something like that someday. :)

    I would love to be entered, if Santa is feeling generous. :)

    Hopefully I'll see you all next week! :)

  15. Thanks, Casey.

    And you know,

    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!"

  16. I so enjoy some of the movies mentioned, Holiday Affair (both the new version mentioned and the original), Christmas in Connecticut, The Bishop's Wife . . . But one I really love is called The Christmas Wish with Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds. It's heart-warming and has a great message.

    Congrats to all the winners this week! It was fun to see Renee C's and Julia's names. And I'd love to be included in Santa's book giveaway--Thanks! . . . reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  17. I am so PSYCHED!!!!!

    THANK YOU Thank You Thank you!!!!

    Ok, enough with the exclamation points. And if it's Ruthy's red pen, I'm hoping Pepper & Julie & Tina & Missy will follow up with tissue.

    Thank you again.

    BTW, my fav Christmas movie is a Christmas Carol, the GeorgeC.Scott version. If you think about it, it's a tragic love story with a message (to me) to stop living for tomorrow & grab TODAY.
    My 2011 resolution.
    And Christmas in Connecticut: pure romance *sigh*.
    Back to work.
    thank you again!
    And dear Santa, I would love copies of the books to give to my crit partners if you have enough.
    Thank you!

  18. Pamela Mason...

    emails to you are bouncing. But ones you send us are going thru.

    Here is the answer but I also sent it to you via my aol account-so check your spam box.

    Send the pages asap to the Seekerville address as an attachment.

    We need to know who the targeted publisher is and the subgenre. Example: Short Historical targeted at Heartsong Presents or Long Contemp targeted at Super Romance.
    I am the liaison.

    You send to me and I download it without looking at it. I send it the appropriate Seeker. They critique, send it back to me and I send it back to you again without reading it.

    That’s it.

  19. I love A Christmas Story! I wander in and out of the room all day when they're doing the 24 hour marathon on tv!

    2 favorites though I don't watch them every year(not sure why!) are the original Rudolph and original How the Grinch Stole Christmas. we watched those every year as kids - and this was back when you caught it on regular tv or you were just outta luck - none of these pop in the dvd and put it on repeat!

    also saw a few movies earlier in the year(yes out of season)but Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, and The Shop Around the Corner were nice.

    I watched Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol for the first time a week or so ago after someone said they liked it on another forum.

    I'm reading Mary's book Calico Canyon right now..almost done..if I hadn't gotten sleepy at 1 am I would've least it's gotten my mind off things a little. I'm hoping the HEA will include someone taking a whip to the bad guy and beating him to within an inch of his life then repeating...but guess Christian books don't have HEAs like that huh?!


  20. Okay. I have to tease. I am holding in my hand (well, okay it's next to the keyboard) one of the awesome giveaways for Friday's post. Some fan of It's a Wonderful Life is going to get a cool prize to keep or giveaway.

    So cool I don't want to give it away.

    Listening to my Carpenters Christmas Album, the absolute height of my Christmas traditions, and signing off to make some fairy wings.

    I've heard that The Bishop's Wife is a little known gem. Thanks for the reminder Rose.

  21. My favorites are White Christmas and Christmas in Connecticut.

    Thanks so much! I can't wait to read your book, Tina!

  22. Ooooh we are so excited for the Friday post. Debra is coming to Seekerville. We could all sing that when she comes. Debra Claus is coming to town.

  23. KC didn't think of that but not sure if many aussie would have it postage from the states would be to expensive. Im not sure its a movie I really want to buy just want to see.

  24. PS Santa stopped by. Comment today for another chance for Audra and Tina's books.

  25. Wrapped Christmas gifts yesterday!

    Checked in last night and read your post, but decided t not post so you could be first. You're welcome!

    Loved your book. Would love to get Audra's.


  26. Helen, the best Christmas present ever. I got to make coffee. You are so sweet.

    Santa has his eye on you!!

    Wrapped already. Sigh.

  27. Ooo Tina :).

    I started Audra's but would love Tina-Fic :).

    I'm about half a chapter into Audra's but loving so far =D.

    Carol at carolmoncado dot com

  28. sure is quiet here today...we rode around and looked at some lights and I wanted to use the $40 in Kohl's bucks my mom got yesterday..hmpf..ended up costing me $40 by the time the $15 of books weren't included because proceeds went to charity(didn't know they went to charity but I was totally cool with that plus I wanted the books for little dude(my friend's kid) so back I went since I still had $9 something left in kohls bucks and they expire this week or next and no way I'd get back found 2 more things which made closer to $30 so more out of pocket! apparently that gimmick really does work for them at least with suckers like me LOL! but got lots of educational toys(I call books educational pretty much no matter what they are)and they had Melissa & Doug stuff which is so neat - makes me want to stock my house with fun toys 'just in case one comes to visit' and I can play with the stuff in the meantime...


  29. Congrats to all the winners.

    My favorite Christmas movie is "A Christmas Carol," but I prefer the Alistair Sim version.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" is next but it has to be the original.

    "White Christmas" just because it's great movie.

    "It's a Wonderful Life" because Jimmy Stewart is my all-time favorite actor and Donna Reed is my dream girl.

    I like them all.

    However, we have fogotten about one of the all time classics, Bill Murray's "Scrooged."

    Though I am currently blessed with Tina's book (which is next on my TBR pile after I finish "Love on a Dime"), I am up for Rocky Mountain Hero.

  30. Susanna, dudette, you need to claim your prize and send a note to the Seekerville address..anyone else forgot they are a winner?

  31. I loved watching Mrs. Miracle. I'm sure it has been on before, But i just caught it last week on the Hallmark Chanel. It was too cut & fit for children. That's especially what I liked about it, no cussing & swearing. Really cute movie. I think I want to watch it again!

  32. Santa, please enter me in the giveaway!
    There are so many great Christmas movies. My favorite is White Christmas. I watched it twice this weekend. I also agree with Glynna, Holiday Affair is a great movie. A cute Christmas comedy titled Holiday in Handcuffs (Family Channel) is worth checking out as well. I have a weakness for the Christmas cartoons; Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman and my all time favorite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. At 45 years old, I still cry when he is teased at the reindeer games. :)

  33. Tina, I'm so excited Sue and I won your book!!! YAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!! Thank you, girl!

    It's probably too late for the drawing, but I want Rocky Mountain Hero!!!

  34. I would love the books.Two of my my favorite shows are Miracle on 34th street and It's a wonderful Life.

  35. Not too late for the drawing until next Saturday night.

    And same is true of the 5 page critique!!!

  36. Oh, I simply love "A Christmas Story" or as I call it, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." I can watch it all day long.

  37. Congrats to all the winners! Great WE, Tina!


  38. Santa, I want a copy of The Rancher's Reunion & Rocky Mountain Hero