Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Blessings!

This past Sunday, I was blessed to take part in our church's Christmas Cantata. It was a glorious work, so fun and moving to sing. We presented Darkness Into Light A Christmas Musical Journey by Mary McDonald.

Between songs, we had narrators. One of the readings got me so choked up I could barely sing. I'd love to share that with you as a way to say Merry Christmas!

In Him is life, and that life is the Light of all mankind.

Come to the Light!

His light, which lives in the hearts of all believers, gives life to all things by the power of God, who is in the midst of us all.

Come to the Light!

Holy God, Your visible love to us fills our hearts with joy and wonder. And although our earthly journey sometimes means walking through a valley of darkness, we rejoice that we can always come to Your Light of hope. In this moment, in this place, at this celebration of the incarnation, we sing "Hallelujah" to the Lord of Light!

--Excerpt from Darkness Into Light
by Mary McDonald

Blessings to you and yours from the Tippens family!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Blogging Schedule

Here's the lineup for November at the Seekerville blog! Can you believe how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching?!

Click here to visit the blog.

Monday, October 20, 2014

We Have Winners!

Winners of signed copies of The Guy Next Door are:
Amanda H.
Linda R.
Mackenzie D.

I've already emailed each of you to get your addresses.

And now…

The overall Scavenger Hunt winners:

Winner of the KINDLE FIRE HDX:

Erin Connor

Winner of the 33 BOOKS BY THE AUTHORS:

Heather Hart
Lynne Tidel

Congratulations to everyrone! Thanks so much for taking part. We really appreciate all of you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

Follow the clues for a Chance to Win a Kindle Fire HDX or 30+ novels!

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #18. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren't ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop #1 (Robin Lee Hatcher's website) and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.

The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren't familiar with the quote.)

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.


Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a "cheat sheet" with direct links to each author's post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.

And now, I'm excited to introduce you to my friend Ronie Kendig. I had the pleasure of spending several days on a writing retreat with Ronie a couple of years ago. She's warm, fun and a fantastic writer.

Meet Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an bestselling, award-winning, author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. She can be found at, on Facebook, Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads, and Pinterest!

About Hawk

Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

Ready to read more? If so, you can buy a copy of Ronie's new book here:

Now, Ronie is going to share a little about her amazing book covers.

Not Just Another Pretty Face

The covers for the Quiet Professionals series are complete, and I’m stoked that all three books feature real American heroes. An unintended result is that three major branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are represented—Army, Air Force, and Marines—through these three heroes.

Raptor 6, a story that features Captain Dean Watters, a Special Forces team leader. This Green Beret is actually modeled not only by a military hero, but by a man who served in the very role Dean is portrayed in—a Green Beret. The Army veteran has several tours of duty under his belt. He also has a beautiful wife and family. It’s been an honor to get to know and pray for his amazing family. He has asked that his identity remain unknown, and I will honor his wishes.

Hawk (which releases November 1 ) features communications specialist, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe. The veteran is an Air Force Security Forces veteran named Brent Gilley. One of the many amazing coincidences with Brent is that his wife nominated him—and his wife serves in the Air Force and is—get this—an military working dog handler! What an amazing couple! I’m so honored to know and pray for them as well!

The final cover was completed late this summer. The character for Falcon is Salvatore Russo, and he is portrayed by Marine veteran Gabriel Martinez. Gabe medically retired a couple of years ago—but he’s not just a veteran. He’s a Purple Heart recipient! His story is featured in Colonel Oliver North (retired) and Bob Hamer’s AmericanHeroes: On the Homefront. Gabe is also a spokesperson for Canine Companions for Independence.

No dream could be more wonderful for me as a writer of military fiction and wanting nothing more than to open dialogue about our military heroes and honor these heroes through my writing—than to have, as a Special Forces veteran said: “not just another pretty face” on the cover. To feature someone who has “been there, done that.” Our military heroes deserve more appreciation and recognition!

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #19, which is Ronie Kendig’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #18 clue: THE ONLY BOOKS
Also, please note: Many of the authors use Rafflecopter for their giveaways. Rafflecopter requires JavaScript to work. If you can’t see the form, please turn JavaScript on in your browser in order to enter. Rafflecopter sometimes doesn’t work on mobile devices. If you are on a mobile device and can’t see the entry form, then you’ll need to find a computer.

But Before You Go

As a bonus here on my site, participants can earn a chance to win a signed copy of my new book, The Guy Next Door. All you have to do is sign up for my quarterly emailed newsletter (top of the side bar to the right). Don't worry if you think you're already signed up. Vertical Response will remove duplicates. After signing up, complete this Rafflecopter form, and your name will go into the drawing. This bonus giveaway is for U.S. mailing addresses only.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Fleeting Moments with Our Children

I'm blogging today on the Yankee-Belle Cafe about how time is flying with my daughter turning 18. I'm sharing photos from a One Direction concert she attended, as well as talking about my last time chaperoning a concert.

I hope you'll drop by! click here

Also, don't forget the upcoming Fall Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogging and Events in October

Since my new book from Love Inspired just released (yay!), I'll be guest posting on some other blogs in October. I'm also having a book launch event (if you're in the area). I hope you'll join me!

Book Release Celebration and Signing! Sunday, September 28th, 12:15-1:30 pm at Winder First United Methodist Church, Winder, GA. Room #131.

Also! On the Seekerville blog, we'll be having our annual birthday celebration in October. We'll have several special guests and will be doing daily giveaways. Plus, weekly and an overall giveaway. So be sure to drop by to comment to be entered!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!

I'm offering a giveaway of my new book release from Love Inspired! I hope you'll enter if you'd like to win a print copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guy Next Door by Missy Tippens

The Guy Next Door

by Missy Tippens

Giveaway ends September 20, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win