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Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kara!

Wow.

How the years have flown.

You've made life an adventure for all of us to enjoy. We love you, babe!!

God bless you always!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ruthy does it again!

Check out the latest book by Ruth Logan Herne! Romantic Times gives her another 4.5 star review! My review will follow soon, but in the meantime, check out the blurb and run to the store for a copy! 


Single mom Rita Slocum wants to get her life back on track. Taking things one day at a time seems doable—especially with Brooks Harriman at her side. Brooks has been there for her through good times and bad. But she's always been leery of getting too close to the broad-shouldered woodworker who keeps his past locked away. Now that Rita's opening her own bakery, she needs him more than ever. If only Brooks would open up his life—and his heart—to Rita.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

RWA in Orlando!

This year, the Romance Writers of America is hosting the annual conference in Orlando, Florida. What a hoot! Two thousand romance writers - published and aspiring - cruising around Disney World. Ahh, the mouse will never be the same again.

If you've never been to a RWA conference, you're missing the experience of a lifetime. Endless workshops to help hone your craft, celebrity authors mingling with the mutlitude over chocolates and coffee, book give aways galore. It's as close to heaven on earth as this inspirational author can get : )

Am I there?

No.

Not this year.

But friends are emailing and blogging about their adventures helping me feel right there in all the action. Almost.

Oh well, there's always next year : )

Blessings.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

County Fair prep

I love what I do.

Not only my writing career, although that is tops on my list.

But also my day job as our county 4-H secretary.

I mention this because our office is heading into the most hectic time of the year...the week before the County Fair. So much preparation depends on this week to make the Fair go smoothly for everyone involved and all who visit.

This is the week I prepare all the materials used for judging day -- the culmination of the hard work and efforts of our intrepid 4-H'ers who have spent a year honing skills on selected projects and are ready to display them to the public.

Along with the verbal interview with a judge, of course : )

Ribbons are all waiting to be awarded.

Display racks are being set up as we speak.

Ahhhh, the Fair is just around the corner. I can hardly wait!!

Come join us if you're anywhere near Longmont, CO Aug 3-7th. We'd be happy to see you!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ACFW finalists announced

Congratulations to all the finalists! Awards will be announced at the ACFW Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on September 19th!!

**come visit this author in Seekerville!

2010 Carol Award Finalists



Debut Author



Talking to the Dead - Bonnie Grove (David C. Cook Publishing, Nicci Hubert - Editor)

The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn - Liz Johnson (Steeple Hill, Elizabeth Mazer - Editor)

Eternity Falls - Kirk Outerbridge (Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke - Editor)

Michal - Jill Eileen Smith (Revell, Lonnie Hull DuPont - Editor)

The Unfinished Gift - Dan Walsh (Revell, Andrea Doering - Editor)



Contemporary Novella - 6 Finalists due to a tie



One Child - Barbara Cameron (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann - Editor)

When Winter Comes - Barbara Cameron (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann - Editor)

A Mule Hollow Match - Debra Clopton (Steeple Hill, Krista Stroever - Editor)

The Great Christmas Bowl - Susan May Warren (Tyndale House, Karen Watson - Editor)

A Change of Heart - Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann - Editor)

A Choice to Forgive - Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann- Editor)



Historical Novella



Home Again - Victoria Bylin (Steeple Hill, Emily Rodmell - Editor)

A Breed Apart - Vickie McDonough (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

Beloved Enemy - Vickie McDonough (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

Christmas Bells for Dry Creek - Janet Tronstad (Steeple Hill, Tina James - Editor)

A Shelter in the Storm - Carrie Turansky (Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany - Editor)



Long Contemporary - 6 Finalists due to a tie



The Familiar Stranger - Christina Berry (Moody Publishers, Paul Santhouse - Editor)

A Widow's Hope - Mary Ellis (Harvest House Publishers, Betty Fletcher - Editor)

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow - Joyce Magnin (Abingdon Press, Barbara Scott - Editor)

White Picket Fences - Susan Meissner (Waterbrook Press, Shannon Marchese - Editor)

If Tomorrow Never Comes - Marlo Schalesky (Multnomah, Julee Schwarzburg - Editor)

Nothing But Trouble - Susan May Warren (Tyndale House, Karen Watson - Editor)



Long Contemporary Romance



Critical Care - Candace Calvert (Tyndale House, Jan Stob/Lorie Popp - Editors)

Seaside Letters - Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson, Ami McConnell/Jessica Alvarez - Editors)

Just Between You and Me - Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann/Jamie Chavez - Editors)

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

The Hope of Refuge - Cindy Woodsmall (Waterbrook Press, Shannon Marchese - Editor)



Mystery



The Case of the Mystified M.D. - A.K. Arenz (Sheaf House, Joan M. Shoup - Editor)

Under the Cajun Moon - Mindy Starns Clark (Harvest House Publishers, Kim Moore - Editor)

A String of Murders - Darlene Franklin (Heartsong Mysteries, Susan Downs - Editor)

Polly Dent Loses Grip - S. Dionne Moore (Heartsong Mysteries, Susan Downs - Editor)

Pushing up Daisies - Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna (Heartsong Mysteries, Susan Downs - Editor)



Long Historical



A Bride in the Bargain - Deeanne Gist (Bethany House, David Long/Julie Klassen - Editors)

Fit To Be Tied - Robin Lee Hatcher (Zondervan, Sue Brower/Leslie Peterson - Editors)

Look to the East - Maureen Lang (Tyndale House, Stephanie Broene - Editor)

Love's Pursuit - Siri Mitchell (Bethany House, Dave & Sarah Long - Editors)

Stealing Home - Allison Pittman (Multnomah, Alice Crider - Editor)



Long Historical Romance - 8 Finalists due to a tie



Paper Roses - Amanda Cabot (Revell, Vicki Crumpton - Editor)

**Cowboy Christmas - Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany - Editor)

**Montana Rose - Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing, Rebecca Germany - Editor)

The Frontiersman's Daughter - Laura Frantz (Revell, Andrea Doering - Editor)

The Believer - Ann Gabhart (Revell, Lonnie Hull DuPont - Editor)

**A Passion Denied - Julie Lessman (Revell, Lonnie Hall DuPont - Editor)

Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas - Janice Thompson writing as Janice Hanna (Summerside Press, Rachel Meisel - Editor)

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper - Kathleen Y’Barbo (Waterbrook Press, Jessica Barnes - Editor)



Short Contemporary



His Cowgirl Bride - Debra Clopton (Steeple Hill, Krista Stroever - Editor)

**Autumn Rains - Myra Johnson (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

A Wagonload of Trouble - Vickie McDonough (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

A Texas Ranger's Family - Mae Nunn (Steeple Hill, Melissa Endlich - Editor)

**Dreaming of Home - Glynna Sirpless writing as Glynna Kaye (Steeple Hill, Melissa Endlich - Editor)



Short Contemporary Suspense - 6 Finalists due to a tie



Evidence of Murder - Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Steeple Hill, Emily Rodmell - Editor)

Final Warning - Sandra Robbins (Steeple Hill, Tina James - Editor)

Murder at Eagle Summit - Virginia Smith (Steeple Hill, Krista Stroever - Editor)

Scent of Murder - Virginia Smith (Steeple Hill, Krista Stroever/Tina James - Editors)

Double Take - Jenness Walker (Steeple Hill, Emily Rodmell - Editor)

Code of Honor - Lenora Worth (Steeple Hill, Patience Smith/Tina James - Editors)



Short Historical



Her Patchwork Family - Lyn Cote (Steeple Hill, Tina James - Editor)

The Glassblower - Laurie Alice Eakes (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

The Outlaw's Lady - Laurie Kingery (Steeple Hill, Melissa Endlich - Editor)

All That Glitters - Lynette Sowell (Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons - Editor)

The Unfinished Gift - Dan Walsh (Revell, Andrea Doering)



Speculative (includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Allegory) - 6 Finalists due to a tie



Eternity Falls - Kirk Outerbridge (Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke - Editor)

The Vanishing Sculptor - Donita K. Paul (Waterbrook Press, Shannon Marchese - Editor)

The Word Reclaimed - Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke - Editor)

Starfire - Stuart Vaughn Stockton (Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke - Editor)

The Muse - Fred Warren (Splashdown Books, Grace Bridges - Editor)

By Darkness Hid - Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press, Jeff Gerke - Editor)



Suspense/Thriller



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

Lonestar Secrets - Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson, Ami McConnell - Editor)

Exposure - Brandilyn Collins (Zondervan, Rachelle Gardner/Sue Brower - Editors)

Salty Like Blood - Harry Kraus (Howard/Simon & Schuster, David Lambert - Editor)

Breach of Trust - DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House, Karen Watson - Editor)



Women’s Fiction - 7 Finalists due to a tie



Sweet Waters - Julie Carobini (B&H Publishing, Karen Ball - Editor)

Leaving Yesterday - Kathryn Cushman (Bethany House, Dave Long - Editor)

Sweet By and By - Sara Evans & Rachel Hauck (Thomas Nelson, Ami McConnell - Editor)

Never the Bride - Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay (Waterbrook Press, Shannon Marchese - Editor)

Yesterday's Embers - Deborah Raney (Howard/Simon & Schuster, David Lambert - Editor)

Above All Things - Deborah Raney (Steeple Hill, Krista Stroever - Editor)

The Summer Kitchen - Lisa Wingate (New American Library/Penguin, Ellen Edwards - Editor)



Young Adult



Who Made You a Princess? - Shelley Adina (Hachette FaithWords, Anne Goldsmith Horch - Editor)

Always Watching - Brandilyn & Amberly Collins (Zondervan, Barbara Scott - Editor)

I'm So Sure - Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson, Natalie Hanemann/Jamie Chavez - Editors)

So Not Happening - Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson, Amanda Bostic/Jamie Chavez - Editors)

Unsigned Hype - Booker T. Mattison (Revell, Andrea Doering - Editor)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Set Sail Off Unpubbed Island!

Sandra and Myra at Denver ACFW 2009

WooHoo!

Come join the fun in Seekerville as we celebrate the another sale...

Sandra LeeSmith got the call!!!

Join in the celebration!