Friday, December 16, 2011

KindlePalooza Winner Announced Soon!




The deadline to enter the Stealing Jake KindlePalooza contest has passed. The winner will be announced no later than December 18, 2011 on

Pam Hillman, Author

page on facebook.

Thank you for entering!

God bless and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mamaw Lorene ~ 93 Years Young and Counting!

My husband's grandmother will be 93 next week. She is an amazing woman who decided to get her GED at age 77 (that is not a typo), then received a college degree (with honors!) and taught GED algebra at ECCC for several years. A pastor's wife, many times Mamaw wrote Christmas plays (or rewrote them) to make sure each child had a part in the Christmas play.

Even at age 5, you can see the determined look on her face.

She wrote the following for our enjoyment, and I hope she'll be able to share more of her life with us on Calico Trails in the weeks to come.

Enjoy!

Mamaw has wonderful penmanship, but it's a bit shaky these days. Her post is transcribed below for your reading pleasure.

I am the last of my family living and I came into this world in 1918 December 7th. I had three older sisters and 2 brothers. I was the runt of the family but I was determined I was not going to be bossed around. We had to walk 3 miles to school, and when I was four years I went with my 3 sisters and 2 brothers every day my mama would let me.

I was sick a lot but I loved school and when I was five I was a regular student. We called it the Primary Class. I could write to 100 and knew my ABCs but I wanted to learn to read so bad. I would cry at night for somebody to help me. Everybody was studying their own lessons, but the first one that got thru, Mama would make them help me.
Lorene Jones Graham, age 5, bottom row, third from left

We went to a country school: a two story building, primary thru fourth on the bottom floor and the fifth thru ninth upstairs. This was a two-teacher school. We were not allowed to go upstairs until we got in fifth grade.

I learned to read. I made first and second grade the second year. [ie: she skipped a grade] I wanted to get upstairs so bad after 2 more years. I made it!

We could then go draw water from a neighbor's well and bring it back to the school house for everybody to drink. Only one dipper to drink out of, but noboby knew any better.

Lorene Jones Graham "Mamaw", age 9, third row, far right
Mamaw's husband, Andrew Dow Graham, simply "Pappy" or "Bro Dow", is fourth from the left, top row


My girlfriend and I went to get water one day and we had to draw it up with what they called a windless, and I lost control of it and it hit my head and made a big knot on my forehead.

At Christmas time, the schoolhouse burned down, and that was the end of our country school.
Lorene Jones Graham
"Mamaw" to everyone

Thank you, Mamaw, for sharing this slice of your life with us. I, for one, would love to read more from your pen. We all love you very much.

Happy 93rd birthday!

Your grand-daughter-in-law,
Pam Hillman

Mamaw loves mail, so comments, questions, and Happy Birthday wishes are welcome. She's not online (not for lack of trying!), but don't worry, she'll get a chance to read every comment and respond when she can.

Feel free to comment here on the blog, or on Pam's facebook personal page, or on Pam's Author page.

Friday, December 02, 2011

TBCN 100 Book Christmas Giveaway!


Today is the second day of The Book Club Network's (TBCN) mega giveaway! Stop by and comment for a chance to win an ebook of Stealing Jake or a copy of Thunder Dog by Susy Flory.


Over 100 books to be given away from Dec 1st-20th.

AND you can go back and comment on the other days for a chance to win the other books. December 1st guests were Dan Walsh and Maggie Brendan.

Oh, and have you signed up for my KindlePalooza? Deadline is December 15th, so don't be left out in the cold!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quilt: The Drunkard's Path



I thought I'd share this picture of a quilt that Sis. Ola Graham made for me years ago. It's called The Drunkard's Path. There are several different versions of this pattern on Google Images, but I love mine because Sis. Ola made it for me!

The story goes like this.

One night Sis. Ola brought a quilt to church and I oohed and aahed over it. She said the pattern was called The Drunkard's Path. I asked how much her quilts were and mentioned that I'd love to have one in a blue and white pattern, just those two colors.

Well, a month or so later she came in with my new quilt.

At the time I probably didn't really have the money to buy a quilt, but I wouldn't sell it for ANY amount of money now!

We're having a quilting bee over on my new author page on Facebook, so join us and have some fun out in the cabin in the woods.


God bless and Happy Trails!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Welcome to Penny Zeller, author of Hailee


Welcome to Penny Zeller, whose latest book, Hailee, released September 2011. So, let's dive right in to our interview with Penny.

First, Penny, tell us a little about yourself.

Hi Pam! Thank you for hosting me on your blog. It’s great to be here! I am a wife, mom, and author of several books and numerous magazine articles. I also write a humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” . I am an active volunteer in my community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. My passion is to use the gift of the written word to glorify God and to benefit His Kingdom. I devote my time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with God. However, all that being said, my greatest ministry is to, with my husband Lon, raise our two daughters for Christ. When I’m not dreaming up new characters for books, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and playing volleyball.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

I was an avid reader as a child. I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries and read every copy of those books I could get my hands on! I also loved The Little House on the Prairie series.

Tell us about your latest book.

Hailee is the third book in my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series, which began with McKenzie and Kaydie. Following is a short blurb -

For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she's still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Nate Adams would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate's parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling.

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?

I’m excited about the new trailer for Hailee, which was just produced and can be found at http://youtu.be/LEGoM43jtwA

Pam again: I can so relate to the character Hailee because my heroine in Stealing Jake was a former pickpocket and street urchin, much like Hailee. Shucks, the two might have even known each other except for the fact that Livy hailed from Chicago and Hailee grew up in Cincinnati.

So, next question: Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

I am definitely a pantzer! *grins*

So, you just open a Word document and let 'er fly, huh? lol Sometimes that's when all the fun starts! Does your faith affect your writing? How?

My faith influences my writing 100%. In November of 2000, I gave my writing to the Lord. I quit my fulltime job with a social services agency to stay home with my infant daughter. That was the start of my writing career, beginning with magazine articles in national and regional publications. I am humbled that God has called me into a ministry of writing.

Because faith plays such an important role in my writing, I love the opportunity it has given me to share Christ with others. Being able to talk about my career has opened the door to sharing the Gospel in countless ways.

How exciting that you were able to stay at home full-time and write. That lets me know that there should be lots more Penny Zeller books in the works, and I know your readers are chomping at the bit for the next one. So, give us a taste of what are you working on right now?

Next on the agenda is my historical romance series set in the post-Civil War era. I recently completed the first draft of the first book and am hard at work on the second.

Post-Civil War era? Oh, that sounds exciting! You've been at this writing gig for a while now. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

God calls us all to do different things for His Kingdom. If He has called you to write, seek His guidance. Never give up, even when you feel like it or when someone has unkindly criticized you. Seek to please and honor Him in whatever you write, whether it is for the secular or the inspirational market; whether it be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, song lyrics, or a screenplay. Find a mentor and be open to ideas and suggestions from one who’s “been there, done that.” Join forces with other Christian writers. After all, we are all working for the same Boss.

I speak from experience when I say that when He closes one door, He opens a (much better) one and I firmly believe that if God calls you, He will guide you.

I give more tips for writers, including sticking with writing and how to prepare for a writer’s conference here: http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/sticking-with-writing/

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

Being a writer has been my dream since the time I was seven. However, if I wasn’t a writer, I would love to be a television talk show host for a Christian TV show. I think that would be a lot of fun!

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I love to connect with my readers at my website www.pennyzeller.com
my blog www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com,
on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller, and
on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks where I post updates about new books, giveaways, events, making a difference in the lives of others, and Just-for-Fun Fridays.

Thank you again, Pam, for having me as your guest!

Thank you for being here, Penny! I enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you again. Congratulations on your lastest release. The reviews are pouring in and I know readers are enjoying reading all about Hailee and Nate.

Penny Zeller’s passion is to use the gift of the written word to glorify God and to benefit His Kingdom. She devotes her time to assisting, encouraging, and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. When she’s not dreaming up new characters for books, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and playing volleyball.


Penny has graciously agree to give away one copy of Hailee. Commenters who leave an email address and/or sign up for Pam Hillman's mailing list will be in the drawing for Hailee.

Penny and I will be in and out all day to keep you company, so drop by, sit a spell, and let's chat about ragamuffin street kids who grow up to be beautiful women and marry men of their dreams!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

And the Winner of the Seeker Loaded Kindle Is....

Wendy N from St. Cloud, FL!

Wendy's brand new Latest Generation Kindle comes pre-loaded with the following
Seeker books:

The Officer's Secret by Debby Giusti
The Rancher's Reunion by Tina Radcliffe
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Steadfast Soldier by Cheryl Wyatt
A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James

And, the list wouldn't be complete without adding my debut release
Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman.

Congratulations, Wendy N!!!!

And special thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway, joined my mailing list, told your friends, and those who've let me know how much they enjoyed Stealing Jake.

Stay tuned for more contests in the future!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Kindle Contest has Closed!

The deadline to register for the loaded Kindle has now passed. The winner (how exciting!) will be announced in Calico Trails, Seekerville , Facebook and Twitter on October 8th, 2011.

But plans are in the works for another exciting giveaway! So sign up for my mailing list and I'll announce in the newsletter as soon as the details are ironed out.

Happy Trails!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Baker's Dozen Giveaway: 13 Seeker ebooks and Your Very Own Kindle!



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

MOST RECENTLY ADDED:

The Officer's Secret by Debby Giusti
About The Officer's Secret: In the middle of the night, Maggie Bennett finds her army officer sister dead in her military housing. She's devastated by the loss of the estranged sibling with whom she was trying to reconnect. But as U.S. Army criminal investigations agent Nate Patterson begins asking questions about the officer's suspicious death, Maggie can't tell the handsome man everything she knows. Except that her sister was definitely murdered—for a secret Maggie can't share. Then she walks into the killer's trap and has to trust Nate with the truth…and her heart.

The Rancher's Reunion by Tina Radcliffe
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Steadfast Soldier by Cheryl Wyatt
A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with THIRTEEN Seeker books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Seeker Sighting: A Rancher's Reunion by Tina Radcliffe added to Kindle Giveaway



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

MOST RECENTLY ADDED:

The Rancher's Reunion by Tina Radcliffe
Will Sullivan's reason for refusing marriage is his biggest secret. To Will, it's part of his legacy, like the family's ranch. But then the woman he has secretly loved since childhood returns home after two years. Abandoned as a child the way he was, Annie Harris understands him. But she doesn't know the real reason keeping him a bachelor. A missionary nurse, Annie is planning to leave soon. Especially when a senseless scandal involving her threatens the ranch—and Will's future. But can he trust in rekindled love to see that Annie just might be his future?

Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Steadfast Soldier by Cheryl Wyatt
A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with TWELVE Seeker books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Thursday, September 08, 2011

And Then There Were 11 - Mary Connealy



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

MOST RECENTLY ADDED:

Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy

About Petticoat Ranch: Sophie Edwards is doing just fine alone, until a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life, insisting on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man? When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he's bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hung. But first his Christian duty demands that he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her - right? Faith and love help unruly wed newlyweds find common ground and a chance at love on the Texas frontier.

Steadfast Soldier by Cheryl Wyatt
A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with ELEVEN Seeker books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Win a Kindle with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, TEN Seeker Books!



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

Steadfast Soldier by Cheryl Wyatt
A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with all TEN books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Thursday, September 01, 2011

Kindle Giveaway with.... Oh.My.NINE.... Books by The Seekers!

I have decided that it's a real bummer that *I* can't enter this contest!!!!

I'm giving away a Kindle to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Stealing Jake. And to make winning a Kindle that much sweeter, I'm including books by my Seeker Sisters.

We're up to 9, count 'em, NINE, books!



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

A Family For Faith by Missy Tippens
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with all NINE books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye added to Kindle Giveaway

I'm giving away a Kindle to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Stealing Jake. And to make winning a Kindle that much sweeter, I'm including books by my Seeker Sisters.

We're up to EIGHT books so far!



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye
Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with all EIGHT books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Kindle Giveaway Ramps up with SEVEN Seeker Books Preloaded!

I'm giving away a Kindle to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Stealing Jake. And to make winning a Kindle that much sweeter, I'm including books by my Seeker Sisters.

We're up to SEVEN books so far!

Will there be more books added to the giveaway before the September 30th deadline?

Well, a more direct question might be...Are there more than seven Seekers?



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne
Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with all SEVEN books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Stealing Jake - Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499 Paid in Kindle Store!

Stealing Jake

by Pam Hillman

Product Details
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 543 KB
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 24, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B0057Z87DK
Lending: Enabled
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
33 Reviews

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Copied direct from the Amazon website, but the BOLD, RED letters are ALL mine.

Considering there are about 750,000 Kindle books for sale, this is mind-numbingly, astonishingly, absolutely phenomenal!


Purchase from Amazon for Kindle

Purchase from B&N for Nook

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Kindle Giveaway with SIX Seeker Books Preloaded!

I'm giving away a Kindle to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Stealing Jake. And to make winning a Kindle that much sweeter, I'm including books by my Seeker Sisters. We're up to SIX books so far.

Will there be more books added to the giveaway before the September 30th deadline?

Well, a more direct question might be...Are there more than six Seekers?



Bonus Package!

Seeker books added to this Kindle Giveaway:

Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean
Sushi for One by Camy Tang
Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle with all SIX books is September 30th, 2011!

Click on the Giveaway Button to Enter!


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kindle Giveaway with FOUR Seeker Books Preloaded: INCLUDING Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James!





Love by the Book by Seeker, Cara Lynn James!

Product Description
A sweeping love story set in a lavish seaside mansion in 1901 Rhode Island.

Melinda Hollister is a society lady, intent on finding a rich husband before her peers discover her quickly diminishing wealth. Nick Bryson is all business, focused on making a name for himself in his father's teamship line. Despite the marriage of their siblings, they rarely gave each other a second glance-until a tragic accident results in Melinda and Nick being appointed as co-guardians of their three-year-old niece Nell.

In order to get better acquainted with Nell and one another, Melinda and Nick agree to spend the summer in their own private quarters of the Bryson family vacation home, Summerhill. As their love for Nell grows, so does their attraction to each other. And for the first time in their lives, they sense that God has a bigger plan in motion.

Yet old habits die hard and Melinda and Nick each find it difficult to resist the pull of their former worlds.

When the unthinkable happens, they find themselves faced with seemingly impossible choices and a new understanding of God's true love.


Deadline to enter to win the Kindle, A Passion Most Pure, Courting Miss Adelaide, Sushi for One, AND Love by the Book is September 30th, 2011!

Will more books be added to the giveaway? You be the judge...


Friday, July 29, 2011

Stealing Jake #1 for SIX days and counting...

Stealing Jake is still #1 on the Top 100 Free Bestsellers on Amazon. If you've downloaded a copy, like this post, share it, comment or retweet it. I'd love to hear from you.

They are going, aren't they?

Click HERE to download for free.

Thanks to everyone for spreading the word about my debut book. And a special thanks to those who have left such sweet, encouraging reviews! You all are awesome!

I never would have thought Stealing Jake would stay there for so long.

Can we make it to Day 7???

I think we can, I think we can!


And don't forget to enter my Kindle Giveaway...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stunned to be #1 for 4 Days in a Row!

Stealing Jake has been #1 out of over 15,000 free books in the Kindle Store for 4 days now!

At first I was thrilled, but not wowed, or stunned because the book was FREE, for goodness sake. Of course it would tumble up the Amazon ranks.

Everybody knows that!

Then, for the fun of it, I actually scrolled through the list of the top 100 Amazon Bestsellers in Kindle Store, and got a little light-headed in the process.

There are some amazing novels and games on that list, including my fellow Digital First authors, Diana Prusik, Lynne Gentry, Michael Berrier, and Russ Masterson.

I mean, at the typing of this, Pride and Prejudice was #27 with 1,206 reviews!!!
Ack.

Stealing Jake is a new kid on the block with 20...wait, 21 reviews to its credit. And such wonderful, sweet reviews they are. Some of them bring tears to my eyes.

How did this happen?

Amazon's Top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle Store is a mixture of new releases, games, Classics, fiction, and non-fiction. In fiction, there are inspirationals, romance, suspense, westerns, Sci-fi, paranormals. The list goes on and on.

After I studied that list, I realized the complete and utter miracle that shot Stealing Jake to #1.

I see it, but I don't believe it, and I don't know that I'll ever understand how it happened.

But it did happen.

It is happening.

Wow!

Ain't God good?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fifteen Rockin' Reasons to attend the ACFW Conference!

How many reasons do you need to attend ACFW? Let the Seekers count the ways....

"Worshipping, fellowshipping, learning and networking with other Christian writers." ~ Missy Tippens

“I credit ACFW and their conference and contests and the connections I made for the fact that I'm published today. I absolutely owe ACFW and their conference for finding my first contract.” ~ Mary Connealy

“The ACFW Conference embraces the heart of Christian fiction in an informative and uplifting weekend-long event that fills me with gratitude to be part of an industry focused first and foremost on the Lord." ~ Debby Giusti

"ACFW is the one conference I refuse to miss, and the biggest reason is the chance to hang out for three or four days with some of my very best writer friends--dear ones that I may only see once or twice a year! Sure, the workshops are great, and the conference offers a chance to meet with my fabulous agent in person. But nothing beats the warm hugs, encouragement, laughter, and prayers from the loyal friends who've walked this road with me." ~ Myra Johnson

“Professional connection. ‘Big picture’ perspective. Learning. Camaraderie. Renewed sense of purpose." ~ Glynna Kaye

“I love the ACFW conference! Having the opportunity to put names and faces together makes the whole year of developing friendships and contacts an adventure. Of course the worship and workshops are very fulfilling, but it's the people that make me start counting down the days for conference the next year." ~ Audra Harders

“Why attend the ACFW Conference??? Are you kidding??? Hobnobbing in the lobby bar after nine with Seekers and friends -- an absolute highlight, as well as fabulous worship led by Rachel Hauck and her incredible team before the sessions. Because bottom line, there's nothing better than mixing passion for God with passion for friends and writing!!" ~ Julie Lessman

"All conferences are terrific for networking, improving craft, understanding promotion and the publishing business, but no other conference inspires me as the ACFW conference does through daily worship sessions and keynote speakers that both motivate and change me." ~ Janet Dean

“They say having an agent is like a marriage. I would certainly want to meet a husband before marriage, therefore I enjoy meeting agents, editors and those in the business who I could possibly be working with in the future. I love networking, learning the business and my favorite part is seeing my Seeker sisters and friends.” ~ Sandra Leesmith

“1. To serve. You can never outgive God or this organization.
2. The networking is absolutely beneficial, crucial even, to an author's writing career whether the author is published or not yet published.
3. God always has an alternate conferenve agenda than the one we have planned. He surprises and delights in unexpected ways. But those blessings only come when we show up.” ~ Cheryl Wyatt

“Pam, here are my reasons to go to ACFW. Pick one or all--it's up to you. I'm going to meet my agent, meet my friends and hopefully make a few new ones, meet editors and learn more about writing from the great workshops.” ~ Cara Lynn James

“I enjoy the warmth of getting to see familiar faces and online friends. A smaller conference allows you more one on one time to network and the slightly slower pace means you go home refreshed not exhausted! I look forward to it next year!” ~ Tina Radcliffe

“A reason to go to ACFW??? Like seeing the Seekers and all the friends of Seekerville ain't 'nuff? :)

Writing is such a singular pastime. The fellowship bonds we forge online with one another, our precious friends of Seekerville, people I know and trust from playing with them cross-country via the Internet...

Now I'll get to meet them! Hug them! Make fun of them in person! AND I GET TO MEET PEPPER BASHAM IN PERSON!

Oh, snap! CANNOT WAIT!

For me that's a huge reason right there, but the other thing is that ACFW attracts strong professionals to the conference. My editor and agent will both be there. We'll get to talk career, fall foliage, chocolate. PERFECT! And a lot of LI authors attend ACFW. And...

Wait. You said one reason???? Oh my stars, how can I limit it to ONE???? Stomping off and pouting in righteous Ruthy indignation.” ~ Ruth Logan Herne

Okay, you got 3 for one on most of the Seekers, and enough from Ruthy to cover ALL of us. Ahem. But I agree with her (for once!) I CANNOT wait, either! Honestly, if all those reasons above aren’t reason enough to go to ACFW, there aren’t reasons enough in the whole wide world to convince you.

I love me some ACFW Conference!

What are you waiting for? Go the the ACFW website and sign up HERE!

Now, are you ready for some fun? We have three, count 'em, THREE, chances to win today....

To celebrate the release of Stealing Jake, my July debut release from Tyndale, I'm giving away one copy to one lucky commenter today.

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Stealing Jake is FREE for a limited time on Amazon/Kindle and B&N/Nook, so there will not be a drawing for the ebook today. Just click to download for free! And, if you love it (please say you will!), then hop on Amazon & B&N and leave a review.

And if you haven't signed up for my KINDLE GIVEAWAY, what are you waiting for? Click on the BUTTON and sign up!



In your comments, let me know if you've signed up for the Kindle Giveaway and my mailing list either today (or already), and your name will be in the drawing for this darling vintage Cornhusk doll. It was made in 1988 by the Mullenix Family. It's so precious, I hate to part with it.




Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kindle Giveaway loaded with Sushi for One by Camy Tang!


I'm so excited to add a THIRD Seeker book to my Kindle giveaway!!!



Sushi for One by Seeker, Camy Tang!

Deadline to enter to win the Kindle, A Passion Most Pure, Courting Miss Adelaide, AND Sushi for One is September 30th, 2011!

Will more books be added to the giveaway? Time will tell, but this might give you a clue: Was Lex's Grandma the female version of the Godfather? Well, she didn't KILL anybody, but...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chasing Cows at 2 AM with My Cowboy

Who needs tantalizing romance books with hunky cowboys on the cover when you've got your very own Cowboy chasing cows at 2 AM?

1:30 am ~ I woke up and padded into the kitchen to get a drink of water. Then I heard it. A cow lowed, the sound seeming to come from right outside the window. Okay, I'm practically blind without my glasses, but there was just enough light that I could see a black white-faced cow about six feet from the window. I woke Cowboy and he jumped up, mumbled something about it being the calves, and jerked on a pair of wranglers and cowboy boots and headed out the door. Since he sounded so desperate, I slipped on a pair of shoes and followed.
No, I didn't grab the camera at 2 in the morning, so this picture will just have to do!

1:40 am ~ There were three mama cows in the yard, and Cowboy chased them back into the pasture with the four wheeler. Horses are over-rated at 2am. Just sayin' Thinking all is well, I go back to bed, barely able to hold my eyes open.

1:45 am ~ What's taking him so long? Is he chasing cows out of the hayfield? He didn't take his phone with him? What if he flipped the four-wheeler and needs help?

1:50 am ~ Get up. Hear four-wheeler behind the barn. See lights. All is well. Go back to bed.

2:00 am ~ Still awake. No Cowboy yet. Get up again. Glasses. Cell phone. Shoes. Don't bother with housecoat. Go outside. No four-wheeler sound. No cowboy. No dog. But yelling!!! Yikes!!! Go around house and see four-wheeler light flashing halfway down the driveway. Yell back that I'm headed that way. Is he injured? Flipped the four-wheeler? Heaven forbid! Jump in a truck and head that way.

2:05 am ~ The newly weaned calves did get out of a catch pen. Ten 500 lb babies looking for their mamas were headed toward the highway! I drove them back toward Cowboy, and he chased them around the pasture until they went into a nearby pen to keep them safe for the rest of the night.

2:15 am ~ Back in bed, wide awake, but at least all the cows and calves are safe and accounted for.


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Daddy's Girl

What do you think about when you hear the phrase ‘Daddy’s Girl’?

Do you visualize a princess in pink taffeta twirling before her beaming father? Or a little girl, hands encased in pristine white gloves, serving pretend tea in a tiny plastic teacup while her daddy balances on a chair so small he’s in serious danger of tipping over?

I was my daddy’s little girl, but instead of pretend tea, my greasy hands were more likely to hand him a crescent wrench, a roll of baling twine, or a screwdriver while the two of us worked to repair a tractor or finish baling hay before the rains came.

My daddy was a farmer, and when my two older brothers left home, it was my turn to help Daddy on the farm. Daddy taught me to drive a tractor, to hook up a bushhog, milk cows, and to cut, rake, and bale hay — along with a host of other skills that have come in handy over the years. It never seemed to occur to Daddy that I couldn’t do the same work on the farm that my brothers had done before me.

No one is exempt from work on a farm. Not even a princess.

So if I had to work, I wanted it to be at something I enjoyed. I liked working in the hayfield, driving tractors and daydreaming. So much, in fact, that one day when Mama told me the garden needed hoeing, I asked if we had any hay to bale. Informed there wasn’t any, I wanted to know if I could cut some. I was willing to do anything to get out of working in the garden.

I spent my teen years working side-by-side with Daddy, putting up hay for our own use and for neighboring farmers. At first, I drove an old Allis Chalmers 110 tractor to rake hay. The tractor was small and ancient. It didn’t have a canopy to provide shade, and it didn’t have power steering. For a little thing, it was a monster to drive. Later Daddy bought a used Ford tractor with a cab, air conditioning, and a radio to use for raking hay. Boy, did that air conditioning feel good on a sweltering July afternoon out in the middle of a hay field.

I wore my hair twisted under a cap when working. It was cooler and kept it out of my way as well. One day while cutting hay at a neighbor’s place, a man drove up to their home. When he couldn’t find anyone at the neighbor’s house, he drove out into the hayfield.

I cut the throttle on the Ford tractor and disengaged the PTO, letting the whirling blades on the hay mower grind to a halt. As I opened the tractor door, the stranger looked up at me.

His eyes widened in surprise. “You’re a girl!”

That just tickled me pink. I guess he’d never seen a teenage girl operating a five-ton tractor and a hay mower. I couldn’t wait to tell Daddy what had happened. He got just as big of a kick out of it as I did.

On rainy days and Saturday mornings, Daddy and the other farmers could be found at the local country store, sitting around an old stove shooting the breeze. I spent many days sitting there with them, the only girl in the bunch. And when Mama told me I could skip school on my birthday, I was very excited. My birthday fell on a Thursday that year, and I could spend the day at the stockyard with Daddy.

Daddy taught me the value of hard work through example. But more than that, he taught me that I could do anything, be anything I wanted. He never told me I couldn’t achieve my dreams — dreams mostly formed inside the cab of a tractor.
I dreamed of becoming a pilot and a flight attendant, a linguist and an accountant. I dreamed of touring the world, of taming the old west, of running away with the circus, of becoming a missionary.

Eventually, all those dreams swirled together to form the best dream of all — weaving stories where I could be all of the above and more.

Today my sons help their daddy in the hayfield, and they’re learning lessons that will last a lifetime. Being behind the wheel of a tractor and raking sweet-smelling hay into neat rows with nothing but the blue sky for company is a good place to dream big dreams and do wondrous things.

Daddy was taken from us in the prime of his life several years ago, and I never truly understood what a special man he was until much later. Even now when his name comes up among farmers in the area, it never fails that someone mentions what a good man and a hard worker he was. I’d like to think some of his work ethic rubbed off on me from the many hours we spent in the hay fields together.

Thanks Daddy. I’m proud to be your girl!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Seeker Sighting!! Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean added to Kindle Giveaway


Another great book added to my Kindle giveaway!!!

Courting Miss Adelaide by Seeker, Janet Dean!

Deadline to enter to win the Kindle, A Passion Most Pure, AND Courting Miss Adelaide is September 30th, 2011!

Will more books be added to the giveaway?

The prim and proper Miss Adelaide's lips are sealed!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kindle Giveaway + A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman


What good is winning a Kindle if there aren't any books on it?

Well, not to worry!


My Kindle Giveaway now includes A Passion Most Pure by Seeker, Julie Lessman. I just love this cover and this book. Collin and Faith's story is one you don't want to miss!


Deadline to enter for both the Kindle and A Passion Most Pure is September 30th, 2011!

And who knows what other Seeker books might show up on the list between now and then...

Thursday, July 07, 2011



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