Saturday, December 10, 2011

Seekerville Weekend Edition

Lot's of exciting things coming up in Seekerville ...

Check out the December calendar to stay up to date on the blog,
our town and Yankee-Belle Cafe guests.

Please note that Abingdon Press Senior Acquisitions Editor for Fiction,
Ramona Richards
has left a message on our town web page.

Save the date, December 31st is the Seekerville all day New Year's Eve Party.

And...January 1st we launch a new feature, short reads,
fiction and non fiction selections by the Seeker authors.
Details coming.

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 here. All prizes are distributed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements. Send us a note if we dropped the ball. We do that on occasion.

Barbour and Bethany Publishing author Mary Connealy shared"NANOWRIMO--is this something Mork made famous??" on Monday, and it was a Mary oops day...more winners! Winner of Harry & David Pears is Melanie Dickerson.Winner of Cowboy Christmas is Runner 10 and the winner of a Mary Connealy BOC as available on Amazon in print or ebook is Heather Day Gilbert.

Love Inspired Suspense and Barbour author, Susan Sleeman, was our guest Tuesday with "Romantic Suspense - Is There Really a Formula?" Winner of The Christmas Mission is Walt Mussell.

Wednesday Seekerville welcomed Love Inspired Historical debut author Debbie Kaufman. Debbie shared on "Writing the Exotic Setting"-winners of The Doctor's Mission are Ginger and Christina.

Thursday: Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne shared, I Got the Music in Me! on Thursday. Check it out to find out how you can win a copy of Yuletide Hearts. Two winners of a Christmas basket of goodies are Kayla and Gail Kittleson.

Friday:Harlequin author and friend of Seekerville Cheryl St. John returns to talk about "Creating Tension In A Scene." Winner of Cheryl's Christmas anthology, Snowflakes and Stetsons is Keli Gwyn.

Next Week In Seekerville

This is a crazy time of year. It's sometimes hard to remember the Reason for the season. Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean will be our hostess today, bringing us hints for "How to Keep Christ in Christmas."

Today we welcome Robin Lee Hatcher, Christy and Carol Award winner, eight-time RITA Award finalist, two-time RITA Award winner, and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin, who has published more than 25 books for multiple CBA publishers, will talk about "Weaving Faith into Your Romance."

Wednesday: "HO-HO-HO!! FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT ... or Putting Humor in our Writing!"
with Revell author Julie Lessman. Julie will be giving away a signed copy of winner's choice of one of her books or a top CBA book from her library AND a detailed handout from Ruth Axtell Morren's and Julie's ACFW workshop, "A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss!"

Seekerville is delighted to welcome back author Caroline Fyffe today with her post, Writing a Novel is Like Buying a Horse. One lucky commenter will win Caroline's latest release, Texas Twilight, a western historical romance available in ebook.

You've finished your manuscript and had critique partners and others read through it several times, but that still doesn't mean you're finished. Join Barbour author Janet Lee Barton today as she blogs about "Learning to be Flexible." Janet will be giving away a paper copy of I'd Sooner Have Love.

Keep your eyes on the Words Seasoned With Salt Blog for Seeker Appearances as they share their favorite songs of the season.

December 4th through December 11th Cara Lynn James will be blogging about A New England Christmas at Author Memories, Anita Mae Draper's blog. She'll be giving away a copy of Love by the Book.

December 8-25, 2011- Join Julie Lessman at Project Journal blog for a interview giveaway to win a signed copy of one of Julie's books including Julie's new release, A Heart Revealed.

Check out the Philosophy of Romance review of The Sweetest Gift.

Random News & Information

That's it for this weekend. Stay warm and keep writing and reading!


  1. Congrats to all winners. I have to say I love the snowmen in the post. im taking a break from ironing. (I am so over it) I need to bake christmas cookies but the ironing has taken over my life, lounge room, hall, spare room, laundry should I just say house!
    On that note I will leave you some fresh apricots from my tree the first ripe ones are about to be picked.

  2. Wow another busy week in Seekerville! I don't know how you ladies do it! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  3. The coffee pot is set.

    Next week's lineup looks llike fun.

    Congratulations to all winners.


  4. What fun to see that I won a copy of Cheryl's book. Thanks!

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  6. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Looks like a good line up for next week.

    Now I'm heading over to read Ramona's message at Seekerville!


    So sorry to hear Ramona's been sick :(. I mean, I already knew that but still sorry to hear it.

    Hoping to get some writing done today. Trying to decide what we're going to do re a tree. Since we rearranged furniture last summer there's no good place for it [took the 3 piece LR set downstairs and replaced it with the 4 piece so there's a loveseat where the tree usually goes...].

    Thought about the little 3ft one I've got on a table but the kids don't like that idea [not that I blame them] and DH who HATES our tree [because it's /whine/ too big /whine/] doesn't like the idea either. So I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do [though I can't get to the closet where it's all stored anyway].

    What's everyone else's plan for the day?

  8. Congratulations to the winners!

    Carol we don't know where to put our tree either. We put in computer stations for the kids school work and it's taken up our tree space. One of the girls drew a picture of a Christmas tree, I suggested we hang that on the wall but doubt if they will go for it.

  9. Another great weekend edition. Now all I have to do is catch up on the week! LOL. I can't believe Christmas is 14 days away!!!! Egads!!!! Loved the lie/lay article. Lessons in story format are so my thing!

  10. Congrats to the winners!

    And I hear Nashville is surviving Ruthy's visit...

    Plans for the day? Hubby and I are heading out to a craft fair, and then it's home to make fudge and Christmas candy. Cookies are next week :)

    Oh, and decorate the tree - the lights are on, but the boys want to help with the ornaments.

    Did anyone catch the Teenster over on Pepper's blog?

  11. Ausjenny - I love apricots! How nice that you have your own tree :) And how nice for us to have apricots in the middle of winter!

  12. The weekend!!! Hurrah.

    Now to catch up on everything I didn't do for 5 days and prepare for the next 5 days.

    Hope you are all catching your breath as well.

  13. A real apricot tree, Jenny? Oh, my.

    Now I am dreaming of apricot slices dipped in dark chocolate. Apricot jam. Apricot bread.

    What do you do with them besides eat them raw?

  14. It was a great week this week and looks like a great one for next!!

    Just saw Janet Dean's cover too for Brides of the West--LOVE IT!!

    See you all Monday. :D

  15. Entered one MS in Great Expectations in time for the early bird.

    Contemplating the NaNo MS before the late bird. Needs to have the first 25 pages critted first...

  16. Sent a full ms off in the mail this morning (re-request)! Breathe!!

    Carol, do you belong to a crit group? I see you all over ACFW.

  17. Yes we do have an apricot tree and a nectarine tree. The birds are sharing the Apricots and this year looks like I will get more than 6 nectarines. they will be ripe late Jan.

  18. I remember having apricot trees when I was a kid. I think it'd be neat to have them now as well as apples, peaches, pears and avocados.

  19. We had one apricot tree in our yard when I was a little girl. We lived in the city and it was a rare sight. I remember how fun it was to climb the tree and sitting up there eating apricots.

  20. Way to go submission and contest writers!!! Wonderful news!!!!!

  21. I can relate to having no space for the tree. We added a piece of furniture over the past year.

    In a difficult move, we put a smallish Lazyboy chair in DS's room. Not pretty, but he enjoys reclining while watching movies and playing videos. We may not get it back! lol

    So nice to know we aren't the only ones unprepared for putting up the tree. Ours is up but we lost interest and only hung about half the ornaments. Tree looks fine! We have too many ornaments. :)

    Congrats for entering Great Expectations on early bird rate. I read my potential entry and didn't like it. I may revise it and pay the extra fee. :(

  22. It's cold in Nashville... I think Mary jinxed me, but it's sunny and lovely and I love this WE TEEEEENA!


    I'm baking already, but I'm also hoping folks 'll bring a dish to pass. Always more fun that way!


    Short reads. Free reads. Love this, love it, love it. Hot diggity-dog-diggity, I'm so IN.

    Is it weird to have developed an instant affinity for biscuits? Is it a Mason Dixon thing? How does one handle a love for soft, chewy biscuits while staring carbs in the face????

    These are the tough questions of the hour.

    TREE PROBLEMS: Okay, listen up, dudes.... make room for the tree. Shift. Re-arrange. I, um... yes, I will admit... I put a large piece of furniture on the side porch to make room, because I want that tree where it's always been,in the front window so that people smile when they pass by...

    I'm a dork.

    And the only way around reluctant hubbies is to do it yourself. Which I do. I did elicit help for moving the furniture, but the tree is me and kids. No bah, humbugging around the tree. And if the lights reflect on the tv screen, well...


    Change where you're sitting, right?

    I love decorating for Christmas. (refer back to the DORK statement)

    But every year we have to rearrange, because it's not like you live 11 months holding a tree spot, right?

    But these are memories we're creating, so I always handle those with care. (which is probably more dorkdom comin' at ya')

    We could do an Occupy-er chant:

    Make room for the tree!

    Make room for the tree!

    Trees have Christmas rights, too!

    Mary will make the signs for us. I think. ;)

  23. CHRISTINA!!!!!



    Wouldn't that be just wonderful, honey? But either way, just keep plugging. Working.

    Did I mention writing? :)

  24. Christina -

    LOL! All over huh? Is that a good thing?!

    I'm a member of the big crit group. Got way overwhelmed real quick. I have over 11K unread emails in that folder... it stays hidden... but I can't bring myself to unsubscribe or go no mail.

    I have one crit partner and another group of critters where we crit stuff like queries and proposals and I may see if they'll read it for me. And a couple others I may ask as a one time thing.

    And YAY!!!!! for a full request!!! Awesome!!!!

  25. Thank you, Ruthy!

    Carol, I know what you mean. I've sinced stopped the emails from the big and belong to two smaller ones. I'd be happy to look it over for you! If you want, you can send it to me.

    christinainspirationals [at] gmail


  26. Congrats to all the winners. Thanks, Tina, for keeping us all up to date!

    Christina!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Snoopy dancing for your submission. Way to go!

    Hugs to everyone who finds time to write during DEC. It's a balancing act, for sure.

    Merry Christmas...we're into the countdown!