Thursday, September 30, 2010

Product Details




Julie's "Technology and Romance" Giveaway contest is going on NOW in celebration of the release of A Hope Undaunted, so don't miss out!! You'll find all the details on Julie's website at:

THEN ... on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 7:00 PM CST, join Julie at her Facebook party to CHAT WITH HER AND WIN prizes given away every ten minutes for a solid hour!! The winners will be announced at the party, so here's to a win!!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ACFW Conference Pics!!

Seekers at play before the kick off of the conference.Janet's daughter graciously allowed us use of her gorgeous house outside of Indianapolis for our party that included burgers, cake and conversation!! From left: Myra Johnson, Janet Dean, Debby Giusti, Audra Harders, Missy Tippens, Mary Connealy

Lucky me! I got to hang out with Pepper Basham and Angie Dickens -- two up and coming stars who had fabulous pitches prepared for their chosen editors and agents. These two ladies came prepared!

I can't begin to tell you how well we were fed! And the artistic design of each meal -- to die for! 
              Julie Lessman, Anita Mae Draper and Myra Johnson

Sara Richardson and Wendy Paine Miller show off their great taste in bags : )

How lucky was I to share a lunch with Cynthia Ruchti, ACFW President?

Seems like all you do is smile, LOL!
Erica Vetsch and Mary Connealy

Look at all the ribbons attached to Kim's name tag!
Audra Harders and Kim Vogel Sawyer

Emily Rodmell, my editor, Audra Harders, and Tina James, editor of Steeple Hill Love Inspired, LI Suspense, and LI Historical

I have plenty of pictures left. Don't want to use them all in one post!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Seekerville party schedule is now up. Our birthday bash is October 1-31. We have an awesome line up of guests...Steeple Hill Assistant Editor Emily Rodmell, Bob Mayer, Stanley D. Williams, Patty Hall, Nancy Kress, Debra Dixon, Caroline Tolley, Jeff Gerke, and the Usual Suspects. Don’t forget our pre-party guests, Avalon Editor Lia Brown, authors Angi Morgan, Sara Mitchell & Barbara White Daille and our exciting post-party guests include authors Alicia Rasley, and Cat Shield. Stop by for a chance to win CRITIQUES, GIFT CARDS, BOOKS and the GRAND BIRTHDAY PRESENT--a Kindle loaded with Seeker books. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Review - A Hope Undaunted

A beautiful, rich, spoiled brat and a handsome lawyer with street roots. Hmm, how much more opposite can you get?? Heh, heh, heh -- but it works.

Julie Lessman does it again with A Hope Undaunted, the first book of her Winds of Change series. As the back blurb states:

The 1920's are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman -- smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband -- good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

A story cann't get much better than that, can it? Rich with emotion, description and romance, Ms. Lessman gives us a glimpse into the grown-up characters of Katie O'Connor and Luke McGee - or you might remember him as Cluny McGee - from her outrageously popular Daughters of Boston series. The family saga lives on as Faith, Charity, Lizzie and all the rest pop in and out of the pages of Katie and Luke's journey of discovery, faith and love.

Ms. Lessman polishes her own facet on the diamond of inspirational romance to a brilliant shine. Known for her edgy romances, she's gifted us with another slice of nostalgia sure to live on in our hearts long after the last page turns.

To say the least, I cracked open the book and couldn't put it down until I finished. Romance at its finest!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Review - Made To Order Family

How can a woman betrayed so thoroughly by her late husband ever think of loving a man who once again keeps his own thoughts and secrets steadfastly to himself? Made To Order Family showcases love and forgiveness, and the occasional boot-in-the-pants, with flair.

Here's a peek at the back cover:

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 keep 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.

Doesn't that just make you sigh? From page one, Ruth Logan Herne draws you into a life that could mirror any typical person, only the lives of Rita and Brooks reflect unique from the get go. Both are recovering alcoholics, learning to take one day at a time. Only Rita's life includes three children with issues of their own, and Brooks struggles to deal with a past filled with betrayal and deception.

The story that unfolds on the pages of this book will simmer in your heart way after you read The End.

Neither of them are looking for love -- really, they hold anything resembling love at arms length. At times, you really don't see a viable resolution. Don't let that fool you, though. Ms Herne delivers a book filled with heart and hope...and a very satisfying ending.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!

Come join the fun all month long.

Stop in Friday, October 1st when I host the celebration!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

2010 ACFW Conference in Indianapolis

Hi Everyone! The weather is sunny and bright here in Indianapolis where I’m attending the 2010 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. Well, I think it’s sunny…I haven’t really left the hotel complex since noon yesterday.

To be honest, a hurricane could be barreling our way and I’d never know….

Myra, Janet, Debby, me, Missy, Mary at Janet's daughter's house having a pre-conference party. WooHoo!

The conference kicked off at 3:00pm on Friday with an opening and general session of all the attendees. This year’s conference is hosting 620 attendees -- the total number more if you count friends and spouses who join us for meals. It’s fun to see and meet all my Internet friends who are just as delightful in person as their words are scrolling across my screen.

me, Patti, Julie Sara, Laura, Wendy enjoying the terrific food at a great Mexican restaurant

Our keynote speaker this year is Tim Downs. An incredible man whose interests are as diversified as his writing. I look forward to hearing him speak again.

Also of note, James Scott Bell hosted an early bird session before the conference kicked off. Unfortunately, this was not in my budget and I was unable to attend, but those who did came away with pages of notes and almost all his Plot and Structure books are gone from the bookstore.

On a personal high, I attended the Steeple Hill editor meet and greet last night. Okay, I’ll admit it, I had newbie written all over my face as I participated in an event hosted for their authors only. Wow. Tina James and Emily Rodmell gave us an overview of the changes and new ideas for the lines. Love Inspired (my line!) releases 6 books a month, Love Inspired Suspense offers 4, and in January 2011, Love Inspired Historical will increase their monthly offering to 4.

Cheryl Wyatt, Janet Dean, Missy Tippens, me, Emily Rodmell, Debby Guisti, Glynna Sirpless, Myra Johnson at the Steeple Hill Spotlight

If you have an inspirational concept with romance the primary plot point, send your query in to Steeple Hill! They are actively acquiring for all three lines and you don’t need an agent to submit to them.

Late night activities included the Seekerville (another blog I belong to) tradition of hosting our informal gathering each night in the lounge area. 12 of our 15 Seekers are in attendance this year and we welcome all to come and enjoy with us. Our mission? NO ONE is to feel left out. You’re always among friends in Seekerville.

Okay, have to get back to workshops. More updates come soon!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Join Me In Seekerville


With the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers just around the corner, I'm posting about Conference Survival. Stop by and leave a comment. You might end up with a gift certificate to Starbucks!!

See you there!