Action Launcher is getting an update as we speak with a completely new feature. It's called the Quickbar, and it finally puts that search bar on the home screen to good use. In v3.5 you can add your own shortcuts and custom actions to the bar for easy access.
The launcher comes with a variety of presets for the Quickbar, but you can change it up however you want. The Quick Bar can just keep a few app shortcuts, or you can have actions to call certain contacts. After adding the items you want, the settings include an easy interface for re-ordering your selections.
The new version of Action Launcher is rolling out to the Play Store now. If it's not showing up for you, it should be soon. Remember, you need to buy the full version upgrade ($4.99) to have access to all the features.