Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekend Edition: Seeker Birthday Party Week Four

This is the last full week of our Seeker Birthday Party celebration.
Time for a few party games.

All you have to do is pick a colored balloon.
Two have prizes inside. If your name is drawn you win:
A surprise Seeker book or a first chapter critique.

We Have Winners!

Thanks for your patience as we get all these prizes out. And if you need a reminder of the rules, here they are: Please contact Seekerville through our new web email if you are a winner. Provide your snail mail address. Please note our giveaway rules in the right lower column of Seekerville.

If you have won a prize and haven't claimed it we will email you but please try to contact us by the end of October with your address. After that the cleaning crew comes in and well, no promises...

Last Sunday's Weekend Edition winner of a one chapter critique is Leigh and the winner of a surprise book package is Mary Bailey.

Monday we welcomed author, speaker and Belle Books publisher Debra Dixon. The winner of GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon is Barb Shelton.

Tuesday was Jeff Gerke Day in Seekerville and did we have winners! Winner of the seven book Wings of Refuge series by Cheryl Wyatt is Susanna. Winner of Story by Robert McGee is BeeMama. Winner of Jeff Gerke's book The Art & Craft of Christian Fiction is CindyW. Winner of the one chapter critique is Julia M. Reffner.

Wednesday Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti was our hostess with Putting the Pieces Together. Winner of Scared to Death and a $10 Starbucks gift card is Susan Mason. Winner of Protecting Her Child and a $10 Starbucks gift card is Patsy Houston.

On Thursday Tina Radcliffe shared Why I Love Debra Dixon's Goal, Motivation & Conflict. The winner of a copy of GMC is Lori Benton. Winner of a Seeker Book of Choice is Rose Z.

Friday Freelance editor, Caroline Tolley, former Executive Editor of women's fiction at Pocket Books was our guest. Winner of a $20 Amazon gift card is RainMaiden (Jen).

Saturday's The Best of Seekerville From the Archives featured Mary Connealy's post, Characters Welcome. Winner of a ten page critique is Sherrinda. Winner of a Seekerville Unpubbed Island Necklace is Runner10. The winner of Wrangler in Petticoats is Jackie.

How Long Will It Take You to Get to Wrangler In Petticoats?

Next Week In Seekerville

October 25-SF, fantasy, thriller author, and Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress-Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress giveaway

October 26-Avalon author Sandra Leesmith-3 prizes:10 page critique and two surprise book packages

October 27-Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye-A proposal (3 chapters) critique of a full-length completed novel by Natasha Kern of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Preliminary details here.

October 28-Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James- gift certificate

October 29-Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Missy Tippens-2 prizes:Missy Tippens two book giveaway

October 30-The Best of Seekerville from the archives-4 prizes:One chapter Seeker critique& Unpubbed Island Necklace, and Book In A Month: the fool-proof system for writing a novel in 30 days by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D and a surprise Seeker book giveaway.

October 31-Weekend Edition: The Seekers face the future bravely by giving away a new fangled Kindle as the grand prize super blow-out birthday gift to one lucky Seekervillain. And we will load the Kindle with Seeker books too!

Pin the Name on the Book (No Peeking!)

Seeker Sightings

It's been a long time coming but Audra Harders' debut Love Inspired release finally has a cover! Rocky Mountain Hero hits the stands January 2011 and is available for pre-order NOW!! All IOUs will be filled SOON!

Myra Johnson
is guest blogging at Words Seasoned with Salt blog on Wednesday, October 27th as part of the Season's Change-Falling into Love Series.

Mary Connealy's
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy is releasing in two weeks. November 1st, preorder here.

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy is three books in one: Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain, all for the price of a single full priced book.

Mary will be sending out another newsletter for the release of Lassoed in Texas Trilogy. To get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, sign up for her newsletter If you're already subscribed no need to do it again, you're in.

Camy Tang is teaching an online synopsis class and you can still sign up here. Class runs November 1-12. Don't Delay!

Julie Lessman sightings and giveaways! Your opportunity to win a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted OR your choice of one of The Daughters of Boston books are here:

Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 29, 2010 at Southern Sassy Things blog.

NOW through Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Another Day For Him. Happy Blogaversary to Ashley!

And..Want a SNEAK PEEK at book 2 in the Winds of Change series, A Heart Revealed and maybe win a book in the process??? Win a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted at Words Seasoned With Salt blog now through Monday, October 25th.

And check out Julie's REVIEWER CONTEST here.

Random News

Have an excellent week. We look forward to next Sunday and the announcement of our Kindle winner. It's not to late to like us or friend us on Facebook or comment in Seekerville to get your name in the drawing.


  1. Well hello there Mr. Hunky Man on Audra's cover! ;-) I can't wait to meet you in January!

    Congrats Winners!!

    And finally I pick the gold balloon (duh Black and GOLD girl) but I don't have to be entered to win.

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. Red, Red, I pick red! I LOVE Red! :)

    Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

    ericavetsch at gmail dot com

  3. Congrat's to the winners! I choose the purple balloon!

  4. LOL!!! Renee you are soooo funny.

    But it is true. Audra got the hunk!!!

  5. PINK!

    Congrats to all the winners! Guess I'm going to have to get GMC on my own =D.

    Happy Birthday again [or is it still?] Seekerville!

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

  6. I agree with Renee cant wait to read the Jan book (although can wait cos i dont want to miss christmas.)
    I am picking the blue balloon on the bottom row second from the right.

    wont be here much the next week as I am going away but happy birthday.

  7. How Fun! I pick the green balloon.

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

  8. Oh, Audra's cover does look good. ;)

    I pick teal! Normally I'd be a green girl, but I'll go with teal.

    Congratulations everyone!

  9. Congratulations to all the winners!

    The blue balloon for me, please.

  10. Congrats to the winners.

    I pick yellow...this isn't one of those games where you have to sit on the balloon and pop it, is it? Ouch.

    Another lovely book to add to my January list along with Tina's book. I will order in December and probably splurge on express shipping. Love the early ordering on

    Peace and happy week to all, Julie

  11. Coffee pot's on.

    I pick the green balloon.

    Internet service has been in and out, driving me nuts, last two days.


  12. Turquoise, or is it teal? I'll take it please!

    Congrats winners! If The Seekers keep this up, it'll be: "Everyone's a winner!". :)

    Uh, yeah Audra. Dang... Who was the inspiration for THAT? Wshew, what a cutie! Woot woot!

    May at maythek9spy dot com

    Once again, great job Tina!

    (Missed you Helen! Glad you're back!)

  13. Oooh, fun weekend edition! Congratulations to all of the winners! :D

    As far as picking a colored balloon...I have to go with purple. Love the color purple! ;)

    Have a great Sunday, everyone!



  14. Congrats to Audra for the great cover and to all the winners! I can't believe there's only one week of this fun left!

    I pick pink, and I hope it's a great color for me!

    Thanks, Seekers! reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  15. I'd like to pick the orange balloon, please. Many thanks! And I look forward to the upcoming week of posts! :)

    - Dana/Widsith

  16. I pick the beautiful GREEN balloon.

    Congratulations Seekerville. This has been one excellent party. Thank you all.

    Cindy W


  17. Yeah! What a week of great prizes! Happy Birthday Seekerville - only one more week to go.

    The orange balloon was screaming "pick me, pick me", so I picked orange balloon.


  18. Lots lots LOTS of fun! I always smile after reading the weekend edition. I'll pick the LIGHT blue balloon (though pink and purple might fight it out).

  19. Oh, Renee, he is SWEET with a capital SWEET, isn't he???

    I mean, seriously...

    Sigh.... ;)

    Helen, what a pain it is when that little circle just spins and spins and NOTHING COMES UP...

    We're Internet junkies but what an amazing machine this is for connecting me wi' youse and info for stories.


    Oh, I want a balloon!!!! A fistfull of balloons, just because.

    I served a wedding yesterday, and a funeral/memorial today for the same family, a joy/sad/joy weekend for them.

    Mom's safe in the arms of her Lord, and the happy couple donated money to Alzheimers and Parkinsons research instead of favors, to honor those grandparents.

    And life goes on.

    Teeeeena!!! Nooks at Walmart. Oh, don't you just love the idea free enterprise competition, LOL!

    But what's this whole 'sharing' or lending books thing, from Nook to Nook???

    Interesting. Or frightening.

    And what's the countdown to the release date of TEEEEENA's and Audra's first books, their debut novels, available for sale on

    Vince???? We need a day-counter, live on the front page of Seekerville, right next to the toll booth for the Island Ferry Service. (closed on Sundays)

    Breakfast is courtesy of Tim Horton's today, and their cappuccino blended with their hot chocolate is to die for.


    Don't forget the whipped topping.

  20. Good morning, Seekerville! Glad to be here on a beautiful Sunday.

    I would love a turquoise balloon just because that color always makes me happy, not because I need a prize. I apparently won a crit from one of you wonderful Seeker ladies. Yay! Thanks so much - I'm excited! :-) Congrats to the other winners too!

    Not sure what Ruthy's breakfast spread includes, but I have scrumptious cinnamon rolls warming in the oven.

    I finally took the plunge and joined Twitter last night. Now I'll have to look for y'all there!


  21. Sqqqquuuuueeeeeeeeeeee!

    I got the 10 page critique!!!!!!!


    Now what to send, what to send....

    Thank you soooo much, ladies!!!! And congrats to all the other winners!

    Oh, and I pick red. I love red. It's bold. :)

  22. AHHH!!! Look at Audra's book cover.
    Wow, it's GREAT!
    Yipee for Audra!

    Green balloon - it's my favorite color :-) I prefer a wee bit darker green, but green is very calming. Not that i NEED that or anything.

    Seriously, let's just admit that the very idea of a cowboy 'looks good' :-)

  23. Aww Ruthy beat me to breakfast. I was going to offer some apple pancakes just off the skillet. Sigh.
    And maple bacon.
    Oh well, Ruthy, I'll eat what you brought and leave room for mine. Wonder WHY my clothes are getting tighter? Hmm...

  24. yowza what a cowboy! Renee steeler girl said it for me! they oughta sell posters of these covers!

    woo hoo I finally won something **happy dancing**!

    ok not familiar with Tim Horton's so somebody order for me puh-lease! in the meantime I'll start on hot chocolate with whipped topping(I'll skip the cappucino part since I'm pretty sure that's coffee of some sort and blech with me and coffee!) oooh and some cinnamon rolls.hope they hve lots of that yummy icing on them!

    man so bummed! a book I wanna read is available by mail only and I have by Borders coupon in my hot little hands! bummer. oh well I'll have to wait because it'll probably be in the stores by the time it arrives in the mail(oh the book is Emily's Chance by Sharon Gillenwater - I 'discovered' her and Christine Lynxwiler earlier this year) man! all these years I didn't like christian romance and refused to read it because of the few I'd picked up and didn't care for and then read that Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches and thought 'hmm not so bad' then friend at used book store kept telling me to read Judy Baer and I did and it was cute.then got hold of Brenda Minton's latest at the time and it was like hoo boy a cowboy and a heroine who was a prostitute! can't get much more real than that and now I'm hooked! unfortunately I still get hold of a few that don't do it for me but that's few and far between now it seems like! so thanks for writing all you authors!

    man gotta get that cowboy book by Audra! ooh and I think Debra Clopton has a new one in her mule hollow series...ok maybe ya'll need to slow down a bit LOL I'm doing the Dave Ramsey financial peace and may need to enlarge my budget!

    ok another cinnamon roll if ya'll insist..did anyone order for me yet?! ;-)


  25. aw man I've never had apple pancakes! can we have them tomorrow?! huh huh?!


  26. I'd like to pick the orange balloon.

  27. WOW, Congrats to the winners, including my very own Alley mates! Woo-hoo!!!! So thrilled for you. :D

    I would totally do the purple balloon, I mean has anyone ever seen my blog? No brainer. :)


  28. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Congrats Winners!!
    Well it looks like Renee and I might become enemies (at least when it comes to football) since I am picking the

    Orange balloon for my football team the Cleveland Browns. (I know I moved to Tx 4 years ago but I grew up a Browns fan.)
    In fact my brother gets to go to the Browns game later today. He is so lucky.

    Happy Birthday Seekerville. I have had so much fun I am looking forward to this upcoming week.

  29. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Oops I forgot to mention my email:)

    fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  30. AUDRA!!!! LOVE the cover, hunk and all, girlfriend and cannot WAIT to sink my teeth in ... uh, the book, that is, not the hunk ... :)

    Great WE, Teenster, as always, and once again I apologize for not sending my sightings to you -- you always have my back on that, for which I am grateful!!

    I'm going to pick the purple balloon even though I know I can't win ... I just like it!


  31. The party just keeps getting better and better!

    A Seekerville book of my choice...THAT'S a tough decision. But a fun one! Thank you, Seekerville for all the prizes you're giving away.

    Audra, your cover's so "smokin" our hands will get burned while we read it! ; )

    I'll choose the orange baloon.

    RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

  32. Congratulations to all winners!!

    I LOVE the cover of Audra's book and I'm on my way to pre-order.

    I choose the green balloon. Thanks.


  33. This party is really rockin' with party games and all! WOW! How exciting!

    I pick the yellow balloon:)
    It's sunny and bright.

    Congrats to all winner; isn't this just so much fun?

    Blessings to all:)

  34. Somehow, going through a maze to get to someone's petticoats...sounds kinda dirty.

    Shame on you, Tina

  35. Too fun! I'd like the blue balloon, please.

    Congrats to all the winners!

  36. Congrats to all the winners. Hmm...I was raised to go for the underdog, and the red and pink balloons have been equally unpicked thus far, so I think I will take a red balloon as people have been a bit more exuberant about the pink. It also goes with my football team, the Patriots.


  37. Okay, I've been here twice without posting. Finally the French Roast has kicked in.

    Thank you to all of you for being friends of Seekerville.

    We hope we've been good hostess' and provided you with more information for a successful writing and reading journey.

    This year in Denver we're having a real autumn. Crisp weather and the trees are totally gorgeous. I look out my window and thank God for so much beauty.

    I hope you all have an excellent reading and writing day!@

  38. @ Tina- I try.

    @ L2RR-Laura and Holly which team has the most Super Bowl wins? 'Nuff said. :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  39. The teal balloon is my choice!

    All you winners enjoy your loot.

  40. I'll take the purple balloon since its my favorite color.

    I'm so excited about the critique! Thanks, I'm so anxious to get feedback!

  41. I hate being busy! I think I missed most of last week's posts.Wah!

    But I'll def. need to make sure I get this following week's stuff!

    And woohoo for that Hot hero on Audra's cover! Love it.

    Happy Birthday Seekerville!

    Oh, and I'll pick the purple balloon. :-)

  42. I pick BLUE!!
    Congrats to the winners!


  43. Congrats winners!

    Purple is my favorite color, I pick purple! :)

  44. I believe I shall pick the teal balloon, well it looks teal anyway.

    Anyhoo partee on Seeker dudesses


    Tina Pinson

  45. Really?

    “Somehow, going through a maze to get to someone's petticoats...sounds kinda dirty.”


    That sounds more like the heroic journey of every teenage boy.

    Moral Premise:

    That which is obtained without effort, trial, and trepidation is not to be greatly valued.


    That which is gained only with considerable toil, courage, and risk is greatly to be valued.


    The above Moral Premise actually comes from the book. “I Wonder Now if I Should Have Killed that Dragon,” the fictional memoirs of an errant Knight of the Round Table.


    "SPOT ON!"

    (As we never say in the USA.)


  46. I love the term SPOT ON.

    Madame S, (from the Seeker archives) my old boss says it all the time.

    I love it!

    Vince, that book sounds quite a amazing. Adding to my TBP (to be purchased list)

  47. Okay that was a joke, right?

    Who wrote this book?

  48. RUTH:

    The Dilemma!

    How can we wait for three years for a Seeker’s book to début -- only to have two of them come out on the same day!?

    That’s stimulation overload!

    I agree with Ruth. For a ‘Double Debut’
    There Should Be A Count-Down Counter on the Seeker homepage.

    I have Just the Place to Put it:

    Fly a Flag with the “Days Left Number” From the palm tree that’s at the end of the rainbow on Seeker Island!

    To make this even more symbolic: make the flag from a petticoat! (Not exactly Island wear anyway.)

    BTW: There’s Just 37 Days until “The Reacnher’s Reunion” and “Rocky Mountain Hero” are ‘Early Bird Released’ by eHarlequin at 12:01 am on December 1st, 2010.


    If you have the will power to wait thirty needless days for these books to come out in the books stores, well, then you’re a better man than I am.


  49. Yay! I'm a winner of the surprise book package! Although when my husband heard me gasp, it was because I had misread and thought I was a winner of the first chapter critique. Oh, well....a surprise book package still makes me happy :-)

    I pick the red balloon!


  50. We still have critiques to give away Mary. So all is not lost.

  51. What a jam packed edition today! Whew.

    I choose the purple balloon - one of my favorite colors.

    Thanks for all the wonderful prizes!

    Seekerville is the best!

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca


    Thanks to Friends of Seekerville for making our birthday celebration so fun.


  53. /hands out homemade cinnamon rolls leftover from Sunday School/

    Um... I had something else I was going to say but I've not got a clue what it was...

    Oh - Nook to Nook lending - as I understand it, you can 'lend' a book you purchased to someone else's Nook software for up to 2 weeks and then they can't access it anymore [and I don't think you can access it while it's 'loaned' out].

    I think there was still something else but I don't know what it was. If I remember between edits and laundry, I'll pop back in :).


  54. Hi Tina:

    Actually, “I Wonder Now if I Should Have Killed that Dragon” is a sequel to “Characters in a Romance” in which archetypal romance characters reminisce about life after “The End”. They tell what they would have done differently. I’m reading a free Kindle book, “The Legends of King Author and his Knights”, by Sir James Knowles, right now for background. IWNIIGHKTD is planned as my next NaNo project starting November first.

    However, I am also outlining another book about a writer who goes into an antique shop and buys the last remaining dime novel in existence by a romance author who wrote in the 1880s. The hero just wanted any dime novel to use as an example of archaic writing. However, as he types up the first page for a review, he becomes hooked. The story has everything a modern romance novel should have and before he can help himself, he falls in love with the author.

    He tries to learn more about her but she used a pen name. All her other books are lost to history -- although he knows the titles! He laments these more than he does the lost plays of Euripides. He becomes so obsessive in his search to find more about her that the heroine comes to him in the middle of the night to set his mind at rest. (At this point I have to decide if the book is a paranormal – with time travel -- or psychological thriller – she didn’t commit suicide; she was murdered!)

    Do you have an opinion on which book I should write for this year’s NaNo? : )


    P.S. I will pick the ‘white’ balloon which you can’t see because it is the same color as the background. (It’s hard to fool me.)

    And I’d like a chance to win a chapter review.

    vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

  55. You know, Nook to Nook lending sounds just as suspicious as follow the maze to get to someone's petticoats...

    Just sayin'...

    Don't you love balloons??? Grab a fistful whenever you can!!

    Thanks for all the kind comments on the cover for Rocky Mountain Hero. Personally, I can't stop looking at him either, LOL!!

    Vince? You're in charge of the countdown?? I think we need ANOTHER party in January!!!!

  56. Congrats to all the winners.

    I pick the purple balloon

  57. Purple!!
    This has been a great party!!

  58. Hey, guys, my family could really use some prayer. We are in the process of moving from NC to Louisiana. My dad is already working down there - has been for 5 months - and it just seems everything is going wrong! My mom fell down the stairs a few weeks ago and hurt her foot; then last week she injured her arm to the point where she couldn't move it at all. AND THEN today my sister stepped over a toy and did something to her foot (she's at the doctor now).
    Will y'all please keep us in your prayers?

  59. VINCE! Good thing I had already swallowed my tea or I would have soaked my keyboard.

  60. I pick red. It's a kick up from pink. It's a throbbing heart. It's the perfect notice me lipstick shade. It's confident. It makes me smile. :) Thank you! kauppatgridcomdotnet

  61. Congratulations winners!

    I choose PINK.


  62. Tori Lynn,

    Will add you and your family to our Seeker prayer list. We are honored to be asked.

  63. IT WAS YOUR BOOK. Well you hooked me Vince. Great premises.

    I of course think you should write the Knight one.

  64. I pick orange!


  65. Wow, what a jam-packed blog. I'm so glad to find you ladies. Happy Birthday! And congratulations on your exodus from Unpubbed Island.

    I choose the purple balloon (because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and uses the color purple.)

    Mary Kay

  66. Hi Audra:

    I’m doing the countdown on my website right now. 37 Days to Go!

    The “Early Bird” party is actually December 1st. The regular party is January 1st. What’s better than one party? Two parties!

    Your cover is up now on my site with count down days. Also, I have posted a sample of the first page of a genuine dime novel, “Edna’s Vow”.

    Can’t wait for my AlphaSmart 3000 to arrive in the mail. I’m going to write like a real pro!


    P.S. Tina: I think it will be the Knight book then. I am going to do a S.O.T.P. plot outline for the rest of the night.

  67. Wow, I love parties! Love balloons! One of my grandsons is terrified of them because they might pop. He has a thing with noise. Fireworks scare him. Large cheering crowds scare him. He'd never make it at Seekerville's birthday party.

    Congratulations winners!! I'm so excited to see who will win the Kindle!!!

    Audra, I don't want to wait until January to read Rocky Mountain Hero!


  68. What an incredible final week of Seekerville celebrating to anticipate! Woohoo!

  69. What an incredible final week of Seekerville celebrating to anticipate! Woohoo! and the green balloon :)

  70. Wow, No one has attempted the maze?????

    Or are you too embarrassed to tell us how much time it took???

    I went the wrong way. But then started over and went the right way in two minutes. HOORAY
    Who can beat that???

    Vince you are tooo funny with your teenage boy visions. But you're right. It does sound kind of bad.

    I think the apple pancakes sound good for a night time snack. Go for it.

    And Audra I can just picture you staring at that hunk. Tell your hubby its research.

  71. Congrats Winners!

    I choose the Pink balloon.

  72. Congrats to all the winners!

    Jodie Wolfe

  73. Happy Birthday, Ladies! Congrats to all this week;s winners!

    Purple! Purple is my color. I want the purple balloon. :D


    lr. mullin at live. com

  74. Congrats to all the winners--and those are great prizes. I pick a purple balloon.


  75. Tori Lynn, we'll be praying for you. Moving is so, so stressful, even in the best of circumstances.

    I hope you've all had a great weekend! We've been out of town visiting my son at college for parents weekend. A great time!! But then I had to leave him behind. [sniff sniff]

  76. BTW, I pick the purple balloon. I always pick purple if it's available! I saw halloween shows on Food Network today, and one show host was making red velvet cupcakes with purple icing! Love it! Printed the recipe. :)

  77. I've missed the party today. Not sure where I've been! lol

    Love Audra's cover, and congrats to all the winners.

  78. Sandra unless I could print it out I think i would be lost forever tryed several times but kept coming to a dead end then losing my place!

  79. I pick purple - my fav color! This month has been so much fun!!

  80. Wow, What a great line up of winners and prizes! Such a fun month at Seekerville! : )

    My balloon is purple!

  81. I pick the pink balloon! I love pink! It just makes me happy!

  82. Congrats to all the winners!
    Happy Birthday Seekerville! I am picking the blue balloon on the bottom row second from the right.

    Kids Birthdays