Remembering Vince Mooney... with love


Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

BACKSTORY: Sixteen years ago a group of fifteen contest-winning unpublished Christian/Inspirational authors formed a group with one sole goal: To pray one another into publication by a royalty-paying publisher.

Their dreams came true when Pam Hillman was offered her Tyndale contracts. YAY! WE DID IT!

Back in 2007 that original group of 15 started a writers' blog and called it "Seekerville". The goal was to encourage and help aspiring authors, meet readers and build a platform for book launches. The blog-- this blog!-- was successful on all three. Blessed by the work of many and the faith of all, Seekerville was born and achieved the coveted "Top 101 Writing Blogs" multiple years in a row. 

A lot has changed! 

Many of the original Seekers have retired or gone their own way. Life happens.

New bloggers were welcomed on-board and we forge on, loving books, writing, readers and the chance to connect with both through this blog. Vince was right there, encouraging us to keep on keepin' on as seen in this "Changing of the Guard" post nearly five years ago:

From the beginning, or nearly the beginning, Vince Mooney Jr. has been a constant. He's encouraged, laughed, lamented, learned and taught with his wisdom, a wisdom gained through life, love and liberty. A well-read man of faith, a veteran, a sage, philosopher and successful businessman, Vince's comments were often a blog in themselves and he's never been afraid to argue or back up his points.

We've loved him for years. He and his wife Linda have welcomed Seekers with open arms when we've visited Oklahoma. His Amazon reviews are amazing, but then he is amazing so that's no surprise. 

Vince's "Philosophy of Romance" blog offered advice, wisdom and kudos to various authors. I was blessed to be one of those authors. I was blessed to know Vince, to win his love and support, to spar with him, laugh with him, and if we lived closer, I'd have had coffee with him on a regular basis. Yeah. He's that smart. :)

Vince has entered what he predicts to be a short-term hospice. Today's post is to thank him for his love, his words, his wisdom, his constancy, his support and that beautiful faith that has sustained him. Vince, my friend... from me personally... I don't have the right words to tell you how much your love, support, encouragement and enthusiasm for my work has meant to me. I am so glad to have known you for so long... what a blessing to me! And I have never forgotten your reaction to my debut novel... and my gratitude for your belief in me.

Go with God, my friend. I'll miss you. We all will. But that's the way of life, isn't it?

Until we meet again...


Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

 Dear Vince,


Thanks for your support and encouragement over the years. One of my biggest thrills was having THE OFFICER’S SECRET selected as the Philosophy of Romance Inspirational Suspense Book of the Year! You've always been so willing to affirm my writing, and your positive comments have meant so much to me. I still remember your praise for my novella, YULE DIE. Your kind words continue to buoy me, especially when I'm struggling to create a new story and feeling at low ebb. You’re a great cheerleader, Vince, which is what every writer needs.


Thanks, too, for being a loyal Seekervillager. Your posts always provided food for thought and lots of sound advice. You’re a Renaissance Man, dear Vince, and certainly one of a kind. You’ve enhanced my life in so many special ways.


May God bless you. I know the Lord’s holding you in the palm of His hand, and in His perfect time, will call you home to Eternal Glory. Prayers for the journey, dear friend, and God speed!


With love, prayers and gratitude,

Debby Giusti

Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

Dear Vince,

I want you to know that you always have been, and always will be, one of my favorite people, not only in Seekerville, but in the world. So much so that, as you know, I named a character after you in one of my books and then dedicated another to you as well – A Wing and a Prayer – because YOU were the creative force behind this story, my friend. As I said in that dedication, you never cease to amaze (and bless) me with your incredibly brilliant and fertile mind, and I will be forever grateful for both your creative input and your precious friendship. God bless and keep you always. 



From Myra Johnson:

Vince, I will always remember my delight in meeting you in person when you came to one of my very first book signings. Remember Steve’s Sundry in Tulsa? What a special day! You have been such a staunch encourager and advocate for authors of romantic Christian fiction. I treasure your insightful reviews, and I’m honored to know you, truly a man of integrity and deep faith. Praying God’s comfort and strength upon you and your dear wife, now and always.

From Janet Dean...

I treasure knowing Vince Mooney, both as a reviewer of my books and as a vital, faithful member of the community of Seekerville. Vince is a man of faith, well-read, intelligent, and generous with this time and yes, with his opinions. His views might sometimes differ from mine but his points always made me think. His reviews brought depth and meaning to romance books that rightly elevated our genre and encouraged us writers. When I was struggling with getting words on the page, I’d sometimes reread a couple of his reviews and receive a boost to keep on keeping on. When I was active in Seekerville, I appreciated his male point of view and could count on him to show up each day with fresh perspectives and occasionally controversy that made our exchanges interesting. I think of Vince as a true Renaissance man.


God bless you, Vince, on your journey home. My love goes with you.

Janet Dean 

From Mary Connealy:

I had the pleasure of meeting Vince once, and his wife Linda. 

I did a book signing in Tulsa Oklahoma with Ruth Logan Herne and Tina Radcliff, inspired by Tina having lived in Tulsa at one time and setting her book there. 

Vince came to our signing and made us feel welcome in everyway. We visited the Will Rogers Museum with him and shared a meal. I learned so much about Will Rogers from the museum and also from our trusty tour guide Vince. 

Now when I think of Will Rogers, which I do frequently because he’s such a great humorist and cowboy, and his trick roping is fascinating, I think of Vince and what a fan he was of Rogers and how he compared me and my romantic comedy with cowboys to Will Rogers. I consider that a great honor. Vince Yates, the hero of Stuck Together, book #3 of the Trouble in Texas series, is named for Vince.

Vince had been a faithful follower of Seekerville for years and with his marketing background, has always been full of advice that’s different that what we usually get from people more centered on writing. He’s a friend and an encourager and a man of faith. Thank you, Vince. 

Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

From Sandra Leesmith:

Dear Vince, 

What a blessing you have been to all of us in Seekerville.  And you have always been a blessing to me as a writer.  You have an uncanny/godly gift of always saying the right thing at the right time. Your words to me were always right on time.  I always thank God for that my dear friend.  You probably have no idea how much your words touched my heart just when I needed them the most.  I always felt so honored that you enjoyed my books.  And I treasured your reviews.  Thank you dear friend.  Know you will always have a special place in my heart. Love and hugs, 


And so it is that as we pass through life we touch people's lives in so many ways. Their hopes, their dreams, their thoughts, their beginnings and sometimes their ends.

Vince, I hope you see this. I hope you know how much you are loved and respected by so many. And we all hope that when we reconnect in God's heavenly kingdom, we can raise a cup to your health, hope and happiness. All things you shared with us.

"May the Lord bless and keep you. May his face shine upon you and give you peace."



20 Comments on Seekerville: The Journey Continues: Remembering Vince Mooney... with love

  • Pepper Basham
    on September 08, 2021 | 07:56 Pepper Bashamsaid :
    "This is a lovely tribute! May your step from this world to the next, Vince, be gentle and sweet! Thank you for all your encouragement! "
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on September 08, 2021 | 08:25 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Agreed, 100%!
  • Beth Jamison
    on September 08, 2021 | 08:49 Beth Jamisonsaid :
    "God bless you, Vince, and thank you for all you've done to support the Seekers (and so many others) over the years. "
  • Jan Drexler
    on September 08, 2021 | 09:41 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "Blessings to you, Vince, and to your dear wife Linda!

    Thank you for sharing your wit and wisdom with us for so many years. Your comments often brought out some tidbit from the blog post others had missed and made us think about aspects of the topic from a different perspective. Always appreciated!

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
    And give you peace.

    Shalom, dear friend."
  • Janet Dean
    on September 08, 2021 | 10:00 Janet Deansaid :
    "Vince, I'm sad to say goodbye, dear friend, but then, it's not really goodbye. It's until we meet again. Praying for a gentle transition for you and for Linda, now and in the days and months ahead. God bless you both.

    With love,
    Janet "
  • Mindy Obenhaus
    on September 08, 2021 | 10:35 Mindy Obenhaussaid :
    "Vince, thank you for being a loyal contributor to Seekerville. For sharing your wisdom and keeping us on our toes. You will be missed."
  • Connie Queen
    on September 08, 2021 | 11:11 Connie Queensaid :
    "Great tribute.

    Always love reading Vince's comments."
  • Valerie Comer
    on September 08, 2021 | 11:45 Valerie Comersaid :
    "Vince, your glowing review of my novella in the Barbour anthology, Rainbow's End, made my day - week - year in 2012. You gave me confidence and encouragement to pursue writing. There are now more than 40 titles, and Topaz Treasure rereleased this June. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
  • Debby Giusti
    on September 08, 2021 | 13:04 Debby Giustisaid :
    "Vince, you're one of a kind...a real treasure and a dear friend. I'm praying daily for you and Linda and asking the Lord to bring you comfort and peace. God is so good and his love--for you, Vince--is unconditional. Eternal Glory awaits you! Save a spot in Heaven for the Seekers so we can gather together again and talk about books and writing.

    Until then!

    With love and gratitude,

  • Mary Connealy
    on September 08, 2021 | 13:16 Mary Connealysaid :
    "It's been one of the great gifts of being an author to meet interesting people along the way. Vince, thank you for spending time with us here on Seekerville and when we came to Tulsa. May God bless you and keep you."
  • Sandra Leesmith
    on September 08, 2021 | 15:09 Sandra Leesmithsaid :
    "Hey Vince, Sending much love to you and Linda. Maybe some virtual Sees candy. Smile. Peace be with you both. Love and hugs, Sandra"
  • Missy Tippens
    on September 08, 2021 | 15:54 Missy Tippenssaid :
    "Vince, if you're able to read this--or if Linda is reading it to you--please know how much you are loved. I'm so thankful that I got to meet you through this blog. Thank you for your encouragement through the years. You've been such a great friend to us. My prayers are with you both."
  • Sally Shupe
    on September 08, 2021 | 17:36 Sally Shupesaid :
    "I loved reading Vince's comments. I learned so much from him. Thinking about you both. You are in my prayers. "
  • Walt Mussell
    on September 08, 2021 | 21:50 Walt Mussellsaid :
    "Vince, my prayers to you. I still remember our email discussion of the movie Silence and the reviews you gave my earliest works. "
  • Sherida Stewart
    on September 08, 2021 | 22:39 Sherida Stewartsaid :
    "Your insights with an advertising perspective were always valuable…..such as….making each page a reward for the reader. Thank you, Vince, for all your wise comments. Prayers for both you and your wife. "
  • Pabby
    on September 09, 2021 | 00:52 Pabbysaid :
    "What a great tribute to Vince. "
  • Glynis
    on September 09, 2021 | 09:12 Glynissaid :
    "So beautiful, ladies. Thank you for all you've done for this community, Vince. You will be missed. May God bless you and your family always."
  • Jeanne Takenaka
    on September 09, 2021 | 10:30 Jeanne Takenakasaid :
    "Vince, I haven't been around as much in the past year or two. Life with teenage boys and aging family members has kept me from reading. But, I wanted to say I so appreciate your comments and the unabashed way you've shared your wisdom and encouragement here. I'm praying for you and Linda as you walk through the final season here on earth. May you know God's delight in you each day and especially when you see Jesus face to face. "
  • Pat Jeanne Davis
    on September 09, 2021 | 13:26 Pat Jeanne Davissaid :
    "Thank you for your wisdom gained through experience so freely shared here. I appreciate the encouragement you've given me and other writers. May our Heavenly Father surround you and your family with His peace that passes all understanding, Vince."
  • Pam Hillman
    on September 12, 2021 | 00:20 Pam Hillmansaid :
    "What a lovely tribute. It has been an honor to sat at the feet of Vince's teaching through his comments here in Seekerville. He never failed to make me think. Praying for a peaceful transition from this life to the next."
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