Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend Edition

This weekend in Seekerville,
we invite you to share your favorite author and writing quotes.

We Have Winners

Please contact Seekerville through our new web email if you are a winner and if needed, provide your snail mail address. Please note our giveaway rules in the right lower column of Seekerville. We'd like to remind you that we allow 6-8 weeks to mail out prizes to accommodate our busy writing schedules. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday Sandra Leesmith shared Coping Through the Tough Times. Winner of Glynna Kaye's Second Chance Courtship is Kathy Eberly.

Wednesday Glynna Kaye presented part 1 of her blog series, What's Holding You Back : FEAR. Winner of her latest Love Inspired release, Second Chance Courtship is Catmom.

Cara Lynn James shared Common Error in Scenes Part 1 on Thursday. Winner of the second book in the Ladies of Summerhill series, Love on Assignment, is Patty Wysong.

Got Rythm? Guest Patti Lacey and a Book Giveway. Fridays winners of Patti Lacey's latest release from Kregel Publications, The Rythm of Secrets are Melanie Dickerson and Andrea Strong.

The Best of Seekerville from the Archives, Gotta Love It with Audra Harders. And the five page critique winner is Lindi Peterson.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Lyn Cote is our special guest today. Lyn has published with Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, FaithWords and Avon Aspire. Her post is called 7 Power Rules of Dramatic Sentences and she's giving away a book as well. Don't miss it!

Tuesday: We are thrilled to have Shelli Johannes in Seekerville today. Not only is Shelli an MG/YA author but she's a Marketing Consultant. Shelli's post is Biggest Bang For Your Marketing Buck and she has some giveaways for Seekerville!

Wednesday: Today we're excited to welcome the new kid, JoAnn Durgin to Seekerville!! Awakening is her debut release from Torn Veil Books. Stop by for a chance to win an autographed copy.

Thursday: Love Inspired Rocky Mountain Hero author, Audra Harders is your hostess today!

Friday: Hard to believe, but it's time for another Contest Update. The prize vault is open and we're giving away a three pack of Seekerville Love Inspired books.

Seeker Sightings

Glynna Kaye can be found NOW, at
Love Inspired Authors Blog.

Join Mary Connealy, Rose Ross Zediker and Erica Vetsch signing February 12th from 1-3 at Crossroads Book Store in Sioux Falls, SD.

Cara Lynn James will be interviewed on Margaret Daley's blog, February 1st! And she's giving away a copy of Love on Assignment.

Random News

Seekerville would like to extend our most excited-for-you congratulations to friend of Seekerville, Katie Ganshert on her first sale!! (a two-book contract)

Have a great writing week!


  1. Coffee pot's set.

    You just keep cranking out great weeks of good information for us. Thanks so much.

    Congratulations to all winners, especially to Katie Ganshert on her first sale!


  2. First sales are SO special! And congrats to all the winners!

    When Dad asked a client why she was reading another Pat Conroy book she replied, "Because he writes such beautiful sentences."

    Great WE Tina! Mornin' Helen!

  3. I'm guzzling coffee, it's 4:28 AM and dancing in the streets over Katie's good news.


    Wonderful stuff. Just marvelous.

    Writing quotes: Here's one of my favorites, I had to look it up because I forgot who said it, but it encompasses what I love in a good book... The intimated rather than the explained.

    "What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers."
    ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931

    "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Anton Checkov

    "If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." ~Isaac Asimov

    Finishing the office today. If you can believe it.

    There's a floor.

    And two windows.

    WHO KNEW????? ;)

    I'm leaving a Sunday breakfast of strawberry crepes, whipped cream, apple fritters, ham/egg/cheese breakfast sandwiches on croissants or bagels and...

    Nectarines. Just bought some. (Dave did, actually) Oh my stars, they're the perfect fruit and I don't often waste calories on fruit when chocolate is, well...


  4. Morning all. Got up at 0330 with an urge to write. So there I was back in 1888 and this thought goes rattling through... what's up at Seekerville...

    Well, there went my train of thought. Great Weekend Edition, Tina. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate these weekly reports. We had a news program up here in Canada called W5. Each W stood for the questions Who, What, Where and When. I could never remember what the 5th one, though. But, that's what this is - WE instead of W5. Everything you need or want to know about the Seekers with one click. Thank you.

    Great coffee, Helen. And Ruthy, thanks for bringing the nectarines. They are delish.

    Anita Mae.

  5. Congrats, Katie. I hope this is just the first of many.

    Anita Mae.

  6. This week my favorite author is Kaye Dacus, but I've chose this quote:

    “I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.” ~Oscar Wilde

    Does anyone know how many calories are burned up while editing?

    Congrats to Katie. I think this is going to be a banner year for FOS sales.

  7. THANKS for the congrats!! It's definitely a dream come true!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS, KATIE!!! I LOVE hearing about first sales--particularly when they come to Seekers and Friends of Seekerville!!!!

  9. Thank you for this Weekend Edition, Tina! I am SOOO EXCITED about winning Glynna's book - - THANKS so much!! ~ Congrats to Katie - - YAY! ~ And Ruthy brought apple fritters---another YAY--those are one of my favorites!! :)
    Blessings from Georgia,
    Patti Jo

  10. Congratulations on your TWO book deal, Katie!

    Here's my quote from James Michener:
    "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."

    Looking forward to another fantastic week here in Seekerville.

  11. Congrats Katie!!!!

    That's awesome!!!!

    Congrats also to the winners!

    Had a great day in St. Louis yesterday [Hi Julie!!]. Will post pics of our ACFW STL meeting on my blog later today =D.

    Gotta get the kids ready for church. They're calling for up to TWENTY inches of snow here on Mon night into Tuesday! EEP! I'm outta milk and bread. Guess DH is going to the store later...

    Meantime... here's some chocolate chip muffies from Panera for breakfst...


  12. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraJanuary 30, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Congrats to all of the winners! Can't wait till next week!

  13. Congrats Katie! All the best!

    And congratulations to all this weeks winners!

    One of my favorite quotes is from William Shakespeare.

    "We are such stuff as dreams are made on."


  14. "Great coffee and great food, what more could a girl want?" ~ A Harders

    Congratulations, Katie! A TWO book contract. So, so proud of you!!

    Great WE, Tina!

  15. Congrats to all the winners!

    And most of all a huge congrats to Katie!

    A two-book contract is wonderful! Enjoy this amazing moment!


  16. Congrats to Katie Ganshert (how exciting!!!!!) and to all the winners. Seekerville is such a happening place! I have spent an hour exploring all the links. Absolutely love the Fairytale Magazine. Who knew??????? And the book retailers discussion on the romance genre. Very encouraging.

  17. Congrats to Katie! SOOO exciting!
    Looking forward to this next week. LOTS. Great WE

  18. How many quotes are we allowed to leave? :-)

    Thanks for the great WE, Tina. Always wonderful!

    And congrats winners!!

    Here are a few quotes I love:

    "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

    "What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931

    "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
    ~William Wordsworth

    "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." ~Mark Twain

    There's another one by Mark Twain that I really like, but he uses some inappropriate verbage, so I'll refrain. Suffice it to say, it's about NOT using the word 'very" :-)

    Okay - only two more.

    When you are describing,
    A shape, or sound, or tint;
    Don't state the matter plainly,
    But put it in a hint;
    And learn to look at all things,
    With a sort of mental squint.
    ~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

    This one is FANTASTIC...and one I keep close by :-) (Not that I heed it as much as I ought)
    "You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God's adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by." - Mark Twain

  19. Pepper, here's another by Smith...

    "When I'm writing I know I am doing the thing I was born to do."-Logan Pearsall Smith

    "What he said."-Debra E. Marvin

  20. "What Deb said."
    - Pepper D. Basham
    Totally! Isn't that a great feeling? I think I've mentioned it before, but a quote by Eric Liddel, the Irish runner who won a few Olympic gold medals...
    "When I run, I feel God's pleasure"
    That's how I feel when I read something I've written well. I reread it, and I 'feel God's pleasure'. That knowledge that I"m doing something I've been called to do.
    It happened recently with one of my songs...I KNEW as the song evolved and I sang it. I'm humbled and enraptured all at the same time.

    Okay - that probably sounded weird.


  21. Oh dear, I meant SCOTTISH Olympian, not Irish

  22. I'm part Irish, so I just go there by default ;-)

  23. Hi everyone. It's Sunday afternoon. Every Sunday afternoon I almost have to take a nap. Why is that?

    How could my body possibly know its Sunday? I don't get groggy at this time EVERYDAY.

    No one can be that Pavlovia.

    Anyway...night night.

  24. We're doing writer quotes?
    I've always loved this one, though it's BY a writer, it's not about writing.

    If you can't be a good example, maybe you can be a horrible warning.
    --Jennifer Crusie

  25. Congratulations Katie! And congratulations to all the winners this week!

    Here's a writing quote everyone might appreciate:

    "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W. Somerset Maugham

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  26. I'm baaaaack. And I bet you didn't even know I was gone.

    Congrats again, to Katie.

    Vince, glad you are feeling better!!!

    Hope you all had a productive weekend and hope Mary's nap was filled with zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs.

  27. Pepper, he WANTED to be Irish, but his angel had stopped by a local pub and, oh well...

    A hop, skip and a jump 'cross the water and he was born Scot.

    But if you reeeeeaaaaly look into it, there's not much that changes across a narrow strip of water.

    And I'm Irish and Scotch Irish so I'm the offspring of marauders and some clever Irish lass who convinced him to stay and raise a host of young un's.

    If we couldn't beat them at war, we managed them with love.

  28. Oh Ruthy,
    My Irish ancestors went for British aristocrats or American soldiers...that is, if they weren't being stowaways on a ship bound for America to escape the Potato Famine.

    Love the culture. Love the accent. Love the color green :-)

    And I'm all for Scot-Irish too. I'm Presbyterian. LOL


  30. Congrats, Katie! So happy for you!

    And thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading Cara's book. That cover is stunning! It cracked me up that two Patty Jos won this week. Well, CatMom spells her name Patti Jo. I did a double take the first time I saw it in the comments. LoL

    Happy Sunday! =]

  31. You noticed that, Deb?
    It's from Pemberley :-)
    Move over Lizzie Bennet!

    Seriously, it IS from the house which doubled as Pemberley in the 2005 version of P & P (with Keira Knightley). When I visited the house, Chatsworth Hall, they still had the bust of Mr. Darcy from the movie. Who WOULDN'T want to get their picture with Mr. Darcy?

  32. Pepper, I'm SO jealous I'm going to steal that picture and photo shop myself in! HAHAHA!

    And Katie, TwO BOOK deal? So awesome!

  33. Woo hoo, Katie!!! I'm thrilled for you! Just read your first sale story. How very, very cool!! :)

  34. Pepper shared:
    "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
    ~William Wordsworth

    Oh, Pepper, I love this one! Thanks for sharing.