Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Seekerville!

Merry Christmas from Seekerville!
Seekerville is a group of 13 authors who all lived on Unpubbed Island together.

While the island was a sandy paradise, we longed to sail away to the Published Mainland. In 2011 we all saw our dreams come true as the last Seeker (me!) left the island and joined the Town of Seekerville.
We've sold over 100 books so far. This little table-top tree shares some of our latest releases. Our mission in Seekerville is to help other writers get off the island and to share virtual food, fun and fellowship with our readers.

You can check out our Village People here.

This ornament is filled with sand from Unpubbed Island. Isn't it adorable?

Happy Holidays from Seekerville!

Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, Glynna Kaye, Sandra Leesmith, Myra Johnson, Debby Giusti, Cara Lynn James, Ruth Logan Herne, Missy Tippens, Audra Harders, Pam Hillman, Janet Dean, and Tina Radcliffe.

What's in Your Stocking?




Merry Christmas from Pam Hillman and all the Seekers!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Seekerville Hits the ONE MILLION Mark!


How cool is that? 

Who are the Seekers?

We're thirteen Christian fiction authors
who collided on the road to publication back in 2005.
The journey from Unpubbed Island to the 
Mainland of publication has been a
dream come true for all of us. 

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU
to our readers. We write for YOU
and you give back by supporting our blog
and each of our writing ministries.

To celebrate this milestone, we're giving away


Hop over to Seekerville to join the party!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Seekerville Birthday Bash - Week 3



This Week in Seekerville....

Monday: Do you type The End on the first draft of your manuscript and then live in dread of looking at it again? Love Inspired author, and 2013 RITA© finalist, Missy Tippens shares what she's learned since leaving the island with "A Pantser Turned Plotter Learns to Love Revising." Come find out how you too can learn to love fixing your manuscripts! Missy will be offering a giveaway of a mentoring package!

Tuesday: Two-time Christy Award finalist, and Carol Award winner,  Melanie Dickerson returns with, "How to Put Your Own Twist on a Classic Story!" Don't miss this fun chat and her giveaway of The Captive Maiden.

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author and Seeker, Debby Giusti invites everyone to join her when she blogs about: "Fishing and Looking Back Over the Last Six Years!" Be sure to stop by to get your name in the basket. You just might be the winner of a sweet surprise package from Debby!

Thursday: Love Inspired Historical author Clari Dees is our guest with her post,  "Five Things I'm Thankful I Knew Before I Left The Island." She has a giveaway of The Marshal Meets His Match for one lucky commenter.

Friday: Cheryl St.John will be visiting to talk about "Preparing Yourself for Success: Gaining Confidence" and how that led to writing her first non-fiction book: Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel. Cheryl will be giving away a Kindle version of Land of Dreams.

Saturday: Love Inspired Historical author, Jan Drexler stops by today. She's talking about "Keeping Calm and Carrying On," and when you come and share a seat at her table of wisdom, she's offering up a French Press and roasted cocoa beans to enjoy while reading the free copy of her debut novel The Prodigal Son Returns.




Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Goodies Galore...Check it OUT!


YES, YES, YES!!! Free DOWNLOAD on 
A PASSION MOST PURE
by Julie Lessman

ACFW's 2009 Debut Book of the Year and 179 five-star
reviews on Amazon can't be wrong,
so find out why some Julie Lessman readers have read
A PASSION MOST PURE up to 20 times!!!
(Wow!!! Now that's LOVIN' a book, isn't it???)


Also Available at B&N, CBD and iBookstore! :)

~ ~

Seekerville Kicks off its
October Birthday Bash.

Check out Week One's Prize!

Daily prizes, weekly, and Grand Prize to come!

www.seekerville.net

Monday, September 30, 2013

Seekerville's October Birthday Bash



Yes, you read that right!!

The Seekerville party 
lasts
an
entire
month!

See you in Seekerville!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Reviews of Claiming Mariah Hiding on the Web... :)

Peek-a-boo! I see you!


Found some reviews of Claiming Mariah hiding on the web. Isn't this fun?


"I wanted to hate Slade for what he was doing to Mariah and her family but I just couldn't." 
Thanks to A Book Lover's Retreat for the great review of Claiming Mariah!


"Claiming Mariah had all of my favorite elements of a good story - a strong but gentle hero, a strong-willed heroine, a historical setting." Leah's Good Reads



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Guest Blogger Lorilyn Roberts Shares an Excerpt from Children of Dreams

Children of Dreams
By Lorilyn Roberts
Excerpt

As we stood in the doorway, the room appeared very dark. We were motioned in and I found an empty seat several feet from the door. As I waited for my eyes to adjust, I gazed through the window. The Himalayan Mountains in the distance seemed to symbolize the huge hurdle in front of me in the guise of this official.

Manisha sat beside me. One exposed light bulb with wires crisscrossing the ceiling provided the only lighting. Old wooden chairs lined the bare walls. I felt like I was starring in a movie as I sat in the dusty, dingy office of the CDO of Dolakha, Nepal.

A man in his early 30’s, the CDO was dressed in a green suit with a pointed little cap on top of his head. It was hard to comprehend how a man on the other side of the world could have such incredible control over my destiny except God had given him that authority.

My thoughts flashed back momentarily to all that preceded this defining moment in my life. As a child my parents told me I was born under a cloud. My husband chided me, “Is this another one of your sad stories?”

“I don’t love you anymore,” my partner spitefully responded one night after I presented him with evidence that he was seeing another woman. I remembered the wine bottles and cheese that I uncovered in the garbage after being away for a few days visiting my family.

I replayed scenes of the long hours I worked as a court reporter putting him through medical school. I recalled the night he contacted the police after I confronted him in his office at the hospital. Two weeks after our divorce was final, the other woman gave birth to his child. I was devastated and hurt. Only a loving God could help me to recover and begin a new life in Him. Would God give me a chance to redeem the years the locusts had eaten?

A few years after my divorce, I received a letter from World Vision, an evangelical organization that sponsors children in Third World countries. The beginning of the letter, dated February 13, 1993, read: “Over 150 million children worldwide are trapped by hunger, sickness, poverty, and neglect.” I took the letter and put it on my refrigerator. Someday, I thought, I am going to adopt a child from another country. How and when, only God knew.

The letter ended with the quote from Proverbs 13:12 (LB): “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”

I looked at Manisha and reflected on what the future would hold. With her piercing, dark brown eyes focused on me, she spoke softly in clear English, “I love you.”

I responded back, “I love you, too.”

I did not know how she could have uttered those words because she could not speak English. I thought about what the Bible said concerning speaking in tongues and wondered if I had witnessed another one of God’s miracles. Whether I could explain it or not, it gave me the assurance I needed over the next few days that God was in control.

As we sat and waited, there was a lot of talk in Nepali.

The CDO asked Ankit a few questions as various men walked in and out handing him papers to sign.

He continued to pour over my documents and after awhile looked up and asked, “You’re not forty?”

“No,” I said, “but I’m almost forty.”

“It’s the law you must be forty.” He gave a cursory glance through the rest of my papers. He and Ankit exchanged a flurry of words in Nepali. Some elderly men sitting in the room stared at me. I had the feeling that Ankit was talking about my infertility. I felt exposed that such personal information was being bantered about. I saw worry in Ankit’s eyes and knew my hopes of becoming a mother were precariously in limbo.

Ankit and the CDO continued to talk for a while longer. I went and sat by him hoping for some reassurance. More old men came in and the CDO turned his attention to other matters. About this time, Manisha’s father, not happy with the sudden turn of events, took Manisha outside and I could hear her running up and down the wooden planks.

Ankit said to me in a whisper, “The CDO said he cannot approve your adoption because you’re not forty, and he has to abide by the law. He is putting in a call to the legal office in Kathmandu to see if they will give him permission but they won’t do it. We will have to go ourselves and meet with the Home Minister after we get back to Kathmandu.”

We continued to wait for a long time for the phone call. Finally the phone rang and the CDO talked loudly on the phone. When he got off, they discussed the call. I could tell it wasn’t good.

Ankit shook his head indicating that he could not get permission to sign my paperwork.
“I wish I could do your adoption, but I can’t,” the CDO told me in broken English.

I knew it wasn’t his fault. He had tried. I had known before I came to Nepal about the age forty rule, but what difference did it make in my case because I couldn’t get pregnant? Written laws prohibiting a child from having a home, a future, and a hope—why, God?

Manisha was an orphan; her mother had died when she was a baby, and her father couldn’t support her. He didn’t want to support her. Girls were considered a liability in Hindu culture and without her birthmother, the life she faced was one of destitution and death.

This road seemed so familiar to me. I had walked it before, more than once; loss, separation, and abandonment. I cried out, “Not here, Lord, not in Nepal. A three-year-old orphan girl needs a chance to know You.”

**

Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian author who writes children's picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.

To learn more about Lorilyn, please visit her website at LorilynRoberts.com or blog at http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com. You can also follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/lorilynroberts


Children of Dreams is being showcased by the John 3:16 Marketing Network as part of their August Book Launch Event. Be sure to visit John 3:16 Marketing for a chance to win a Kindle, a $25 gift card and a $10 Starbucks card, as well as purchase Children of Dreams

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Check out this stunning cover by award winning author

The Captive Maiden 


Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore?

Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

Release date: October 22, 2013!

Available for pre-order in bookstores and from online retailers

Congratulations, Mel! The cover is fantabulous and the story is too! Can't wait! :)

Melanie Dickerson and Pam Hillman
SCWC Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
June 2013

Monday, July 08, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

God Bless America


Many a quill has been dipped, much ink spilled,
to convey Americans' love of the land
we call home.
Pride wells up inside and spills out
onto the parchment of books, poetry, and song.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is so beautiful,
so poignant, that it never ceases to reach
deep inside and tug at my heartstrings.


The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


God bless America today and every day to come.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

White Plains Pastoral

I've just discovered PicMonkey, and I'm having way too much fun recreating some of my favorite pictures.

In 2009, my oldest son was away at boot camp. I prepared long, elaborate newsletters peppered with pictures of home. Not only did he covet the pictures and news from home, he passed the newsletters around to his buddies and they got to see a slice of rural Mississippi life.

Happy trails!



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wrangling Cows in the Mud

Somehow I’ve been roped back into wrangling cows.

Not sure how it happened, but last week I became the spotter for all the baby calves born on the Hillman ranch. The last few years, I managed to wriggle out of the responsibility around the farm because I had a full-time job, but now that I’m working from home, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that my skills are going to be put to use again.

I grew up on a dairy farm, worked cows, put up hay in the summer, bush hogged, helped my daddy rebuild tractors, delivered calves, whatever our hands found to do, we did it. I even had aspirations of becoming a vet, until I passed out watching our vet perform major surgery. I know the difference between a crescent wrench and a reversible ratchet, and how to back a 30’ Gooseneck trailer up to the chute.

With such an impressive resume, it’s no wonder My Cowboy picked me when he was looking for a wife. Hmmmm, I wonder… Oh, well, after all these years it’s too late to ask now, isn’t it? So, after spending our first anniversary in the hay field, I got wise. I raised two strapping boys with the intention of not being My Cowboy’s sidekick in my dotage.

Uh-huh.
Twins!

Where’s a strapping cowboy and his offspring when you need ‘em? And when it’s cold weather too!

Grumbling and complaining about the cold and cowboys on the lam is pretty pointless when cows are dropping calves and they might be in trouble. So this week, I kept an eye on the cows and spotted a set of twins! Thank goodness they arrived without fanfare, and Big Mama didn’t need My Cowboy to come riding in astride the big red truck to save her babies.

The next day I went to check on a yellow cow (you can see her in the background) expected to give birth any minute. Good thing I did because I found this little newborn feller hip deep in ooey-gooey black mud. I knew I couldn’t get close enough in the 4-wheel drive truck to rescue him, and I didn’t want to risk the wrath of his mama by wading out into the mud (not to mention losing my boots!) without a buffer zone, so I rushed back to the house and got a 4-wheeler.

I pulled the 4-wheeler right up to him and wrestled him free, then with one eye on Big Mama, I crawfished the 4-wheeler backward hauling him with me until we were clear of the mud. I didn’t take time to get my good camera, but did take a shot of him with my phone after I’d pulled him from the goo. And, I’m happy to say that I spotted him later up and nursing, so all is well.
Newborn Calf Rescued from the Mud

So, how does all this relate to writing? I write historical fiction, mostly westerns, mostly about cowboys and cowgirls taming the land and the animals around them. My gut instinct was to try to wrestle that 40 lb muddy, stinky calf on to the 4-wheeler with me and bring him to the house and clean him up. But it wasn’t overly cold (about 40 degrees), it wasn’t raining, and it was daylight.

Against a mama’s instinct, but natural to a rancher, I left him right there and got out of Dodge. As soon as I moved away, Big Mama moved in and started nuzzling her baby, cleaning, protecting, and warming him with her tongue. Pretty soon he was on his feet filling his belly with his first milk, which he needed more than me taking him away from his mama.

I write what I know, and that’s farming and ranching, and driving jacked-up trucks and big tractors, but I did miss the horse and buggy in one area… I should’ve had more kids!

Happy trails,
Pam Hillman
www.pamhillman.com

Friday, March 01, 2013

Speeding off to Speedbo 2013!!!!




Can you believe it's Speedbo time again?

What is Speedbo, you ask?

Speedbo is Seekerville's version of Book In A Month. 
Stop by Seekerville and check out the hype. AND sign up
on the Seekerville blog to receive a certificate and badge
to post on your blog. You'll find all the info
you need to participate in Speedbo and have a great time.

Oh, and did I mention prizes...?

Don't forget to stop by the Seekerville blog all through March
for posts from Seekers and guests designed to
help you on your novel writing journey.

See you in Seekerville!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Claiming Mariah Worldwide Blog Tour....


Calico Trails is on the trail...virtually speaking. 

I'm on the trail from blog to blog from January through March of 2013, promoting my new release, Claiming Mariah

I'll be talking about raking hay, grandparents, being a farmer's daughter, and a farmer's wife, my love of history, writing, serving God, being a mother, and whatever else comes to mind.

So, if you've landed on Calico Trails and are trying to track me down, check out one of the links below....

Or.... just hop over to Pam Hillman, Author on facebook. I'm there most days, and would love to see you there too! 

Gather round the campfire, and have a cup of coffee to warm your bones, then hop on your horse and ride out to find me!

Happy trails,

Pam Hillman

2013 Blog Tour Dates
Date   ~   Host   ~   Blog Title




1/1/13  Claiming Mariah Official Release Date!














1/21/13  http://mconnealy.blogspot.com/
Publishing P's - Part Two
















2/18/13  http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/
Bio and Blurb Posted



















4/10/13  http://www.5020genesis.wordpress.com/

Dates subject to change

Friday, February 15, 2013

Time is Running Out: Claiming Mariah Special Promo Ends in 24 hours!


Claiming Mariah 
is still $1.99 
but the offer ends
Saturday night! 

Download your copy here:

More Buy Links for Kobo, BAM, CBD, etc. to the right. See? >>>>>>>>
More Blogging Next Week :)

After a crazy, fun-filled week promoting Claiming Mariah last week, Pam Hillman is relieved to only be blogging in SIX places this week! 

Clash of the Titles

Claiming Mariah is battling it out on Clash of the Titles, so hop over there and Vote for Claiming Mariah on COTT. Voting ends...Wednesday, I think. 


The Prize Vault is Open!

AND that's not all: Check out Pam's author events on facebook for some COOL giveaways!!! Deirdre Handmade Jewelry is partnering with Pam to give away handmade pewter bookmarks, plus a 40% off coupon in their store, AND Pam's Kindle/Nook giveaway is still in full swing. Have YOU registered yet??? Pay attention to ending dates. Click on the links on the Pam Hillman, Author Events page to register for each giveaway.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tyndale Digital First eBook Sale $1.99 Each

For a limited time, you can purchase three can't-put-down novels for only $1.99 each.

Mind of Her Own 
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill fell out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who was this Collin fellow, claiming she was his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name couldn’t be Louisa. Why, she was the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.

Barnes & Noble http://ow.ly/hpKD1
Christian Book Distributors http://ow.ly/hpKZb

Diana’s Author Links
Blog http://www.dianabrandmeyer.com/blog
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dianalesirebrandmeyer/author
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/dianabrandmeyer


Claiming Mariah
Pam Hillman

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s ranch, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man laying claim to her home…and her heart.

Amazon http://tinyurl.com/apnzl5n
Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/ays6fq7
Christian Book Distributors http://tinyurl.com/bvjx3m7

Pam’s Author Links
Website http://www.pamhillman.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PamHillmanAuthor
Twitter https://twitter.com/PamHillman


Where the Treasure Hides 
Johnnie Alexander Donley

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

Amazon http://ow.ly/hpLCl 
Barnes & Noble http://ow.ly/hpLFK
Christian Book Distributors http://ow.ly/hpLIS

Johnnie's Author Links
Blog http://www.johnniedonley.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JohnnieAlexanderDonley
Twitter https://twitter.com/johnnie_donley