Saturday, September 24, 2011

Live From ACFW and the First Five Pages Critique

Seekerville presents the winners from Friday's

Official "I Am Not At the 2011 ACFW Conference" Pity Party

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.

  • Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe (print or Kindle)-Amber, Mary Bailey, Andrea Strong, Cara G and Aus Jenny.

  • At Home in His Heart by Glynna Kaye (print copy)-Laura Love 2 Read Romance

  • Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye (print copy)-Patricia W

  • Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean (print copy)-Kirsten Arnold

  • Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James (print copy)-Carla Olson Glade

  • The Officer's Secret by Debby Giusti (print or digital)-Edwina

  • Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders (print or Kindle)-Jodie Wolfe

  • Mended Hearts by Ruth Logan Herne (print or digital)-Ruth Ann Dell

  • Out of Control by Mary Connealy (print)-Jeanne T

  • Ten Plagues by Mary Nealy (print)-Leigh

  • A Family for Faith by Missy Tippens (print)-Karen K

  • The Price of Victory by Sandra Leesmith (print)-Vince

  • Two five page critiques -Christy LaShea and Bridgette Hensen

Now on to the photos from the 2011 ACFW Conference in St. Louis. Remember there will be more photos in the Weekend Edition and tonight (Saturday night) you can watch the Carol Awards and the Genesis Awards announcements live from the ACFW Live Blog beginning at 6:30PM CDT. (That's 7:30 EST, 5:30 MST, and 4:30 PST right???)

Remember to click on each photo to enlarge and really see what those folks look like!!

Hotel room view of the conference host city!
St. Louis, MO

Seekers & Casey Herringshaw gather at
Julie Lessman's house.

Front- Julie Lessman, Casey Herringshaw, Cara Lynn James, Ruth Logan Herne
Back-Debby Giusti, Sandra Leesmith, Mary Connealy, Myra Johnson, Audra Harders, Janet Dean.

Left- Mary Connealy & Pepper Basham

Right-Marilee Wren, Debby Giusti, Janet Dean, Ruth Axtell Morren

Patti Jo Moore, Sandra Orchard,
Cara Lynn James, Debby Giusti, Patty Hall, Ruth Logan Herne, Elizabeth Mazer, Audra Harders, Melissa Endlich, Sherri Shackleford, Naomi Rawlings and Janet Dean.

Left-Janet Dean & Debby Giusti with the new Seeker bookmarks
Right-Myra Johnson & Mary Connealy

Julie Lessman, Audra Harders, Ruth Logan Herne and Pam Hillman.

Casey Herringshaw introduces Julie Lessman and
Ruth Axtell Morren at their workshop.

Girl's Night Out!

Front-Sandra Leesmith, Helen Gray, Ruth Logan Herne, Pepper Basham, Casey Herringshaw.
Back-Audra Harders, Carol Moncado, Mary Connealy and Cara Lynn James.

Don't forget...
Today is the last day to be considered for our weekly critique.
More info here.

This is the very last First Five Pages Critique. We've had a great run this year and have critiqued over 60 manuscripts for our Friends of Seekerville. Thanks for trusting us with your stories.


  1. Ooooooooh!!!! LOVE the pictures!! Can I pretend that I'm in them, too?

    Maybe that sounded a bit too desperate...

    Hopefully someday!! :D

    Anyway, you ladies seem to be having a blast! And I just love that huge grin on Casey's face in those pics - can't say as I blame her! Lucky me that I get to see her in person soon and hopefully hear all about the conference!

    Oh, and thank you so much for the win! Can't wait to read Oklahoma Reunion! :D


  2. Is that Carol M's famous tub of cookies in one of those pictures?

    You all look like you're having a fabulous time!

    Congrats to all the winners -

  3. Hi, I've surrendered for tonight. There was a live BAND in the area the seekers were trying to gather.

    I couldn't TALK!!!!

    what is the point if I can't TALK!!!???

  4. I hear ya, Mare. Well I could but the band is too loud.

    We miss you!!!

  5. love the photos and so excited to win a Tina's book. Thankyou.
    Just got back from the official opening of the Sunrise Christian School, they have moved to there own premises which was so cool. although a longer walk than I expected.
    So cool to come home this post

  6. LOVE THE PIX! =]
    sigh. I was doing sooooo well with being home until seeing the pictures. LoL. Okay. whine over.

    And loved seeing Patti Jo in there too! I was called Patty Jo until I 12, and my dad still calls me Patty Jo, so it always gives me a start to see Patti Jo. LOL. =]

    Congrats to the book winners! =]

  7. More pics coming later today. Spent most of the time in the hotel today and really, how many room, lobby, bathroom, hallway pics can one take?

    I'm going to sneak off to the Arch today. Have to take time to soak up the local atmosphere!

    Yes, Jan. That is Carol's WORLD famous tub o' cookies. Mmmmm. Nothing like homecooking, LOL!

    Isn't Casey a cutie? She's the energizer bunny, too -- that smile never leaves her face.

    Seekerville has the best friends!!!!

  8. That was so fun! And I'm thrilled that I got to be critiqued by a Seeker. It was the first time anybody had ever read anything I'd written. :O And it was bad. Very, very bad. But there wasn't a better place for me to start than with a lovely Seeker. I survived!

  9. Oh man, Virginia... You are a sweet and gracious soul, girlfriend! ;)

    TEEEEEEENA!!!! Great pics, awesome job girlfriend, and lovin' the enthusiasm here and there! You guys rock.

    Casey... I cannot begin to describe Casey in full depth, but mayhap Pepper will stop in with her pics of Casey DANCING ON A CHAIR...

    Hysterical! Had a great morning session with Allen Arnold, Julie Gwynn and Jim Rupert yesterday about the 'villains' of writing... Time stealers, doubts, energy-grabbers. Really well done about keeping your guard up to watch time carefully lest it escape.

    We've talked about that a time or two here, haven't we? Oy.

    The band last night was loud on the FIRST FLOOR (where we were) so they could be heard on the FOURTH FLOOR...

    Do not for one moment believe you read that wrong.

    Oy again!


    Lovin' the cookies from Carol and had supper with Helen last night. She's just stinkin' adorable.

    Hey, coffee's ready to go, and I'm throwing in a full Starbuck's set-up to keep the day rocking. Pumpkin Spice Latte....

    I'm so happy.

  10. I just called Ruthy to make sure she was awake. Yep, she is.

    AND she's been here already. Can you believe it?

    Awards ceremony tonight, kids. Take a shower, put on your best duds and sit in front of your computer and follow the live blog!

    Cheer for Mary and Ruthy and the Seekerville friends who are nominated for awards -- no way am I going to try to name all our finalists because I am sleep deprived and I know I'll forget someone and I'll feel reeeeaaally, reeeeaaaallly badly.

    Just know we plan on making lots of noise when names are announced!

    Okay, gotta go get presentable -- no snickering!!

  11. Okay. So Now I'm officially jealous.

    And waving to the sweet debut author Naomi Rawlings.

    I'll see some of you Seeker followers tonight at the LIVE BLOG! I'll be posting the winners on Inkwell Inspirations right after they are announced.
    You'll hear us cheering from the privacy of our desktops!

  12. Thanks for the fun photos!! Makes me miss everyone all over again!!

    Don't forget, Seeker ladies-who-are-at-aCFW, the past two years that I got to go I did a summary post for Seekerville of the "Spotlight on Love Inspired" to let everyone know what LI is looking for in detail. So I'm hoping one of you step up to the plate for that one in my place!

  13. Oh my goodness! My fellow little Alley Cat, Casey, has invaded Seekerville! How awesome is that! And did I hear she was dancing in a chair???? lol....way to go, Casey!

    I am loving these updates! Keep 'em coming!

  14. Oh, man. I had gotten over my whining. Now I want to whine again! I miss seeing all of you!!

    Tina, thanks for sharing the photos. Just wish I could have been in them. Waaa.

  15. I had 10 minutes left over from my whine hour yesterday. So..."I really want to be there in those pictures!" OK - whine is over. Have a wonderful time!

  16. Love the photos...almost like being there...well not quite, but happy for those of you who were able to go this year.

    Excited about winning a book too! Hope you guys have a great time at the awards dinner this evening.

    Jodie Wolfe

  17. Loved the pics and the update from ACFW. You all look beautiful and so happy. Cheering for Mary and Ruthy and friends of Seekerville tonight. Congratulations to yesterday's winners, too. Please put me in for the last 5 page critique.

  18. To update everyone. Here are the Genesis Finalists:

    Genesis Finalists 2011

    Katy Pistole
    Lori Stafford
    Delores Topliff


    Pepper Basham
    Mary Curry
    Jessica Nelson


    Johnnie Alexander Donley
    S.C. Iles
    Renee Yancy


    Sarah Ladd
    Naomi Rawlings
    Sherri Shakelford


    Dianna T. Benson
    Shelley Ledfors
    Bethany Macmanus


    Kelli Hughett
    Renee Ann Smith
    Jan Warren


    Patrick Carr
    Matt Jones
    Christian Miles


    Sally Bradley
    Camille Eide
    Karen Schravemade


    Pepper Basham
    Stephanie Landsem
    Nicole Quigley

  19. Here are the Carol Award Finalists

    Debut Novel:
    The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House - Dave Long/Sharon Asmus, Editors)
    Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers - Kathryn Olson, Editor)
    Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing - Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

    Long Contemporary:
    The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)
    Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers - Randy Bishop, Editor)
    Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House - Dave Long, Editor)

    Long Contemporary Romance:
    Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge (Harvest House - Kim Moore, Editor)
    Anna’s Return by Marta Perry (Berkley - Ellen Edwards, Editor)
    Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson - Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

    Long Historical:
    Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press - Laura Barker, Editor)
    Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing - Karen Ball, Editor)
    Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

    Long Historical Romance:
    The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (Barbour - Rebecca Germany, Editor)
    Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside - Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)
    Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)

    Mirrored Image by Alice K. Arenz (Sheaf House - Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
    Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge (Guideposts - Beth Adams, Editor)
    The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

    The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonough (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
    Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips (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)
    Don’t Look Back by Lynette Eason (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)
    Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale Publishers - Karen Watson, Editor)

    Short Contemporary:
    The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired - Allison Lyons)
    A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired - Melissa Endlich, Editor)
    Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne (Love Inspired - Melissa Endlich, Editor)

    Short Contemporary Suspense:
    Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)
    Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)
    Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Love Inspired Suspense - Tina James, Editor)

    Short Historical:
    Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical - Tina James, Editor)
    Promise of Tomorrow by S. Dionne Moore (Barbour - JoAnne Simmons, Editor)
    The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins (Barbour - JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

    Speculative Fiction:
    The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin (AMG Publishers - Rick Steele, Editor)
    Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing - Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)
    König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)

    Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan - Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)
    Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
    Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry (Abingdon Press – Barbara Scott, Editor)

    Women’s Fiction:
    Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers - Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)
    They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon – Barbara Scott, Editor)
    Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (NAL - Ellen Edwards, Editor)

    Young Adult:
    Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell - Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)
    The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zonderkidz - Jacque Alberta, Editor)
    Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Zonderkidz - Jacque Alberta, Editor)

  20. Love the pictures and all the big smiles--brings the conference to this stay-at-home. Good luck to all those nominated for awards. Will try to borrow this computer again tonight so I can cheer. What a time for mine to end up in the shop...

    Appreciate the win-- a new book is always exciting.

    Hope to win the very last critique. (Last sounds so sad.)

    Thanks for sharing.


  21. You know, if I'm remembering right, at least 3 of those Genesis finalists have sold since then. That's very cool!

  22. Jessica Nelson
    Naomi Rawlings
    Sherri Shackelford

  23. Hi Tina:

    Thanks for posting the finalists.

    I think the book most likely to win is “They Almost Always Come Home”. I wrote a review of this book when it first came out. I reposted that review on my Philosophy of Romance site today for those who would like see just how extraordinary this book really is. The author took great risks for a debut novel. It’s just amazing.

    I think the most competitive category of all is the Short Contemporary. I’ll have to say a prayer for Ruth.

    I’m also worried about “Courting Morrow Little” because it has been on so many people’s favorite books lists. I’ll be listening to the webcast tonight. Even I’m nervous.

    Also, right now on Kindle, two of the finalists are available for free!

    "The Preacher's Bride", Jody Hedlund

    "Love Finds You in Homestead", Iowa (Love Finds YouTM) Melanie Dobson

    I’d download these right now. If they win, they may not be up there long!

    BTW: I love all the pictures. Keep them coming. Do I see tears in Julie’s eyes in the picture taken at her home? What did you all do? : )


  24. Vince!! You are a wealth of information. Thank you sooo much for all the inside news.

  25. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraSeptember 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    What great pictures! Congrats to all of last night's winners! Good luck to all of the finalists at ACFW!! I'll be watching tonight and looking forward to everyone's stories once they get back!

  26. The 10th Annual ACFW Awards Gala will not only be live blogged, BUT will also be LIVE STREAMED!! Yes, you read that correctly. We are trying something new, and praying hard that it works. This year the cameras will be rolling on the gala so that you, at home, can see what we see, AS WE SEE IT. All of the glitz and glamour of the evening can be watched in the comfort of your own home…we hope. We do ask that you extend us some grace as we are doing this for the first time. Prayer would be great, too!

    Go to to watch this Christian fiction star-studded event! Spread the news!!

  27. EXCITING. The live link is on today's blog post!!!

  28. ATTENTION@!!!!!

    Please don't hesitate..enter!!!

    Ruth Logan Herne sold thanks to this contest.

    ****Permission to forward granted****

    Now that the deadline is over, and we have all entries in, there are a few categories that were so low in entries, we might have to cancel them. Actually ALL categories are extremely low, but the ones in danger of being canceled are:
    Romantic Suspense (especially low), Historical, YA, Mainstream. Series Contemporary and Inspirational are pretty low, too. Actually, the only category that isn't 'dangerously' low is Paranormal.

    I will hold the contest open over the weekend (It will not delay any of the dates, we'll still stick to all the deadlines) BUT, if anyone would like to enter, please shoot me an email at FAB@... and let me know that your entry will be in by Monday morning, and we'll still accept it. I would hate to let any of the entrants know that we'll have to refuse their entries, so, if you have an entry that's eligible, now is a perfect time to enter.

    The rule of any MS that hasn't won a contest by August 15th is still in place. (If you were waiting to hear back on a contest and the announcements hadn't been made by August 15, and you ended up taking first place, we'll still accept your entry since we're the ones who extended the deadline)

    Sponsor: Oklahoma Romance Writers of America - (OKRWA)

    Fee: $25 for RWA members $30 for non-RWA members

    Deadline: September 23rd, 2011

    Eligibility: All authors who have never been published in novel length romantic fiction (novel length is over 40,000 words). Only manuscripts that have finaled but not won an RWA sponsored contest are eligible.

    Entry: Electronic entries. First 30 pages - No Synopsis in first round

    First round Judges: trained, published, and un-published.

    ***All finalists will have an opportunity to revise their entries after receiving the first round judge comments. A synopsis is required in the final round before entry is seen by the editors.


    Deb Werksman with Sourcebooks and Carly Corcoran with Harlequin Historical

    Melissa Endlich with Steeple Hill and Nicola Martinez with White Rose Publishing

    Mainstream with Romantic Elements:
    Jewelann Cone with Cascade Literary Agency and Melissa Singer with TOR

    Margo Lipschultz with HQN and Alicia Condon with Kensington

    Romantic Suspense:
    Charles Griemsman with Silhouette and Scott Eagan with Greyhaus Literary Agency

    Series Contemporary:
    Wanda Ottewell with Harlequin and Patience Smith with Silhouette

    Young Adult:
    Nicole Sohl with St. Martin's and Leah Wilson with BenBella Books

    Top Prize: An engraved cake server and knife to be used to cut the cake when you get 'the call'


  29. Hi Tina:

    I’m delighted to win “The Price of Victory” by Sandra Leesmith. I’m interested in bike racing. My sister-in-law coordinates the navy bike team and I know she’ll love to read it, too. This will be my first Leesmith book. Thanks’s to all.


    P.S. I’m excited because two of my best reviewed books are up for awards. I just have to add this from my “Winter’s End” review:

    “Winter’s End” is the kind of book that critics love because it is serious and never panders to the reader just to make the reader feel good. It deals with painful subjects honestly and without any compromise. It shows suffering that is felt to the bone. It is direct and relentless. The action corresponds to actual experiences many older adults have endured.

    P.P.S. As a fan I can be partisan.

  30. Yes, fans must be partisan. That's the point, right?

    Only a few hours til the awards!!

  31. How fun to see the pictures from ACFW! Thanks for posting them. :) Also, thanks so much for Out of Control. I'm soooo looking forward to reading it! You ladies are incredible!

  32. Is it just me or is Ruthy looking younger and younger every time we see her?

    Know you all are having a blast.

    Peace, Julie

  33. Kicking back for a bit before the big doin's tonight--so exciting!!!

    Great to see so many Seekervillagers here, and Casey H has really been a little Energizer Bunny!!! She's even giving Julie a run for her money!!!

    Wish you were ALL here, gang!!!!

  34. Schweet!! OK, looks like Casey officially invaded Seekerville...I love that grin!! I'm so glad Case and Julie got to meet F2F.

  35. Missed the pity party as well as the conference. Loving the pictures though. I'm really looking forward to the recaps.

  36. The pictures are wonderful! Thanks for sharing... although, I've gotta say they don't do anything for soothing my jealousy of those who are attending.

    Tina, thanks for posting the finalists. That will help keep everything clear in my mind as I follow the live feed tonight.

    I'd love to get in on this final opportunity for a critique, I say in a teeny, tiny voice. (Can't say it too loudly in case Mr. Icky gets wind of it and tells me it'll never happen.)

  37. congratulations to ALL the winners! We've got the champagne ready to toast the BIG award winners tonite! May and I have our paws crossed!!!

  38. Mary, Julia R, Julie!!!!

    Good to see you gals.

    Time to go to the LIVE BLOG~~~

  39. Hi Tina,
    Pepper just texted me a pic of them getting ready to start. Isn't she just the sweetest!

    I've got the blog on, ready to cheer for everyone.

  40. Oh, I knew I shouldn't have missed yesterday. Anytime I skip, I'm severely punished.

    Ya'll look like your having a blast.

    Thanks for the contest update.

    Please enter me for the last 5 page critique.

  41. I'm at the live blog too, skipped out of church early but nothing is happening yet.

  42. Hi Tina:

    Are you going to keep an update on this site as well? Just in case of glitches? I will stay tuned here as well.


  43. Vince I can do that. And then the list will be in the WE Ed too.

  44. They're still eating but at least they're now on dessert.

  45. Member Service Award winner is Janna Ryan.

  46. Mentor of the Year Award:Bonnie Calhoun

  47. Looks like everyone had fun at ACFW!...I just found your blog, thanks to Glynna Kaye. I look forward to following you guys...Btw, please consider me for the 5 page critique :)

  48. Agent of the Year Award:

    Rachelle Gardner

  49. Editor of the Year Award:

    Andrea Doerring, Executive Ed. Revell Books.

  50. Lifetime Achievement Award: Tracie Peterson.


    Katy Pistole-Jubilee

  52. Contemporary Romance

    Mary Curry War of Hearts


    Johnnie Alexander Donley-Where Treasure Hides

  54. WELCOME, ANNIE! Glad you found your way to Seekerville!!


    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

  61. Novellas:

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

  62. Short Contemporary:

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

  63. Short Contemporary Suspense:
    Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)

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

  65. Young Adult:
    Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell - Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)

  66. Long Contemporary:

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

  67. oh, your pictures are 'almost' as good as being there......

    thanks for sharing :)

    congrats to all the 'winners'

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  68. Long Contemporary Romance:

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

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

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

  71. Suspense/Thriller:

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

  72. 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)

  73. Speculative Fiction:

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

  74. Women’s Fiction:
    Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers - Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)

  75. Debut Novel:

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

  76. CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND FINALISTS!!!! And thank you ACFW for the LIVE broadcast and Tina for the live recap!!

  77. Hi Tina:

    Thanks for the running commentary. These posts are a good way to recap the winners. I’m a little in shock so I’m going home now and think about it.


    BTW: Do you know why they had the fire behind the speakers? I kept looking for pitchforks. : )


  78. The live broadcast was fun. Thanks for the recap Tina. Congrats to the winners and finalist. I read all three books in several of the different categories and it had to have been very hard to pick a winner.

  79. LOL Vince I think they said it was a digital fireplace but I agree about looking for a pitchfork. It did look a bit too 'hot' IT wasn't as bad when the pulled back and showed the whole stage.

  80. LOL, no idea on the fire, Vince.

    I am looking forward to the Seekers coming home!!

  81. Where can we purchase the CDs, anyone have a link? I couldn't find it at the ACFW site and Cheryl said there was a deal until Monday. I so want my hands on those CDs!!!

  82. Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks for keeping us updated, Tina.

  83. The live feed and blog was terrific. I (almost) felt like I was there and it was great being with online friends.

  84. Julia I looked and couldn't find it either.

    Email Margaret Daley and ask.



  86. Awwww, Tina, you make me smile!

    Julia, someone on my Northeast Loop posted the CD link -

  87. Just ordered my CDs. Thanks so much for posting the link, Mary! =]

    And thanks for the running list on the awards, Tina. I didn't watch the streaming--family night--but it was fun to keep up thru you here. =]

  88. I love all of you ladies so much! I can't wait to read my Seekerville so I can feel like I am right there with you! Please put me in the drawing for the 5 page critique. I really need to know if I have any talent at all to work with or if I can better serve God by praying over all of you and posting reviews...and of course READING your work! Thanks, Cheri Horgan