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!!!

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.


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.


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.

My debut novel Stealing Jake available now. Click here to check it out on Amazon!

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!

Heard about my debut novel, Stealing Jake? Click here to check it out on Amazon!

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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Monday, July 04, 2011

Pam Hillman Featured Author

Pam spotted on Rhonda Gibson's website talking about her debut novel, Stealing jake.


to find the answers to such burning questions as:

How long did it take before you got the call?

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

How did you come up with the title of your book?

Is this book part of a series? If so, what are the other titles in this series?

How do you come up with character’s names?

What was it like when you got your first contract? Did your agent call? Did the editor call you? Were you at a conference?