Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weekend Edition

We're so excited that February is here, because it means, white, milk and my favorite dark chocolate.

If that isn't enough, we started the month off with a bang, celebrating the first sale of a friend of Seekerville here. Check out our calendar of blog guests on Seekerville the Town for more of what's coming. AND, we've released the first information on the March Speedbo. An entire month dedicated to getting your manuscript completed!

We Have Winners

On Monday, Seekerville welcomed Mary Ellis who shared on her First Booksigning. Winner of An Amish Family Reunion is Loree Heubner.

Friend of Seekerville Nancy Kimball guest blogged on When Writing Isn't Your Day Job. Winner of a gift package that includes a $10 iTunes gift card, a $10 Barnes & Noble GC and one of Nancy's beautiful Party Lite jar candles is Kayleen. 

Friday was our February Contest Update. Winner of a 15 page critique is Kayla Miller.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Mary Connealy is with us today, talking about The Moral Premise in a post titled:
 "And they asked for volunteers and my hand went up without my permission and before you know it I'd agreed to do something I know better than to do and now I need HELP"...(yes, that's the title)Mary is giving away a TWO copies of In Too Deep, book #2 in the Kincaid Bride series, which releases February 1st. But you're going to have to WORK to win one.

Tuesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Valerie Hansen shares why she's delighted to be a writer. Come and pick her brain, and chat it up for a chance to win not one but two of her releases!

Wednesday: Don't miss Summerside Press author Roseanna White who'll be blogging on "Word Fall -- the Importance of Words." There will also be a giveaway of one of her books!

Thursday:Join Ruth Logan Herne for a day of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" as she explores how endearments aren't always all that endearing! Feel free to offer your own versions of "snarking it up" or "sweetening the pie" based on the way you phrase a scene.  Ruthy's offering a sweetheart surprise basket for one lucky commenter, guaranteed to contain something yummy, but mostly she wants you to brave the comment area. Casual dress encouraged!

Friday: Welcome back Harlequin American author Barbara White Daille who'll be sharing "How Do You Like Your Heroes?" To celebrate her new release, A Rodeo Man's Daughter, Barbara is giving away an autographed copy of A Rancher's Pride, the first book set in Flagman's Folly, New Mexico.

 Seeker Sightings

Debby Giusti's going to Alabama this weekend for two fun events.  On Saturday, February 4 (TODAY), she'll take part in the Murder in the Magic City Conference in Birmingham, AL, discussing Murder and More.  The day-long event will end with a book signing.  Check it out at:

On Sunday, February 5, Debby will travel to Wetumpka, AL, for Murder on the Menu, a luncheon where authors rotate from table to table and chat with the readers attending the event. Following lunch, Debby will sign copies of The Officer's Secret and The Captain's Mission.  Approximately 300 folks will attend both events, and Debby plans to invite everyone to Seekerville.  Hope we see some new Alabama folks visiting the blog next week


Glynna Kaye is cooking today in the Yankee-Belle Cafe. Don't miss it!

High Country Hearts is a featured 14-day Valentine Special on the Harlequin web site.  Scroll down and click on "See More" for an excerpt!

Looking for warm reads this Valentine’s Day? Myra Johnson joins Dora Hiers and Jennifer Hudson Taylor on Tuesday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m., at the Kannapolis, NC, Library to talk about their writing experiences and their books. Book sales and signing will follow.

If you're in the Atlanta area, Missy Tippens will be signing copies of her new release, A House Full of Hope, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 12-2 pm at Winder First United Methodist Church. She'd love to see you! See for more info.

Missy will be blogging on Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 6th and 8th, with Sandra Orchard.

Missy will be a guest on Lyn Cote's blog on Thursday, Feb. 9th. 

Mary Connealy will be on the ACFW blog on February 8th.

Mary is on Margaret Daley's blog on Monday, February 6th

And Saturday February 11, 10 until noon, "Love, Laughter, and Chocolate" book signing event at Stam Chocolaterie in Shadow Lake Mall in Papillion, Nebraska with Wacky Womanhood blogger: Vicky Decoster. Vicky will be signing copies of all three of her books. Mary will be featuring copies of her latest release, In Too Deep. Love, laughter, and chocolate ... what more could a girl want for Valentine's Day?

 Random News & Information

 Penguin has released a free app based on Julia Cameron‘s bestselling novel The Artist’s Way called Artist’s Way Toolkit. (GalleyCat)

Call for Submissions (Pelican Book Group)

 The Rapidly Evolving Role of Agent (PubRants)

One Author's First Month in Kindle Direct Publishing Select (Writer Beware Blogs)

 Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory (The Author's Guild)

Clarification on Sale of Heartsong to Harlequin (Steve Laube Blog)

Digital Book World: New Retail Channels, The Library e-Book Wars and Bundling (PW)

Building a Better Relationship with your Editor by Melissa Endlich (ACFW Blog)


From the Yankee-Belle Cafe comes this announcement:
Long, tall Texan Mindy Obenhaus has joined the cafe staff as the Tuesday contributor!  Mindy will host "Tuesdays with the Texan" and she'll give us some Lonestar State wisdom, maybe a little bossiness and all around cowgirl charm! 

Also please keep in mind that February is also the month of letters. You can become a month of letters participant and join the challenge by sending out 24 letters or postcards in February. Find out more about Mary Robinette Kowal's The Month of Letters Challenge here.

Finally, we leave you with a Seeker lunch in Atlanta this month 
starring Debby, Missy and Janet.

Have a great week!


  1. Nice week ahead.

    Saturday morning coffee pot is set.


  2. Congrats to this week's winners! I am so going to have to stop by Monday! I just read In Too Deep and LOVED it! :)

    And guess what... February 4th is my blog's One-Year Blogoversary!!! :)

    Christian Bookshelf Reviews

  3. Congratulations winners!
    Congratulations to you too Melanie on your blog!
    Thanks for the coffee Helen, it's always perfect :)
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  4. Congrats to all the winners!

    After reading the blog, I'm suddenly hungry for chocolate!

  5. BTW-good information on Steve's blog about Heartsong. Thanks for sharing that!

  6. JAN DREXLER! Your story in "Woman's World" was delightful! I hope to see more there from you and our Tina in the future!!

  7. Fabulous weekend edition as usual, Ms. Tina!

    How lovely that Rosanna White will be here on Wednesday. I've been enjoying her Love Finds You in Annapolis, MD as my subway read this past week.

    Can't wait to see what accompanies Mary's big long title on Monday.

    Congrats to the winners!

  8. Saturday! Saturday!!

    Melanie welcome to Seekerville!

    Eva Maria Hamilton has a book debuting very, very soon!@!!!! I am so excited. So excited I went and checked out the cover (Gorgeous) and preordered it!!!!!

    Highland Hearts

  9. Mmmmm, chocolate!

    Congrats to all the winners - it's been a great week and looks like a great one to come :)

    Happy Blogoversary, Melanie! And welcome to Seekerville. I'm very, very jealous that you've read In Too Deep already...I'll just have to pick up a copy SOON.

    Thanks, Glynna, for the comments about the Woman's World story! It was such a fun story to write.

    I'm looking forward to Eva's debut coming out, too, Tina. It should be in the stores in less than a month, shouldn't it?

    Have a great weekend, everyone. Our weather is so non-winter, I'm itching to get up into the hills for a hike. But there are tasks that need to be done, first. Sigh.

  10. Oooh, Eva Maria's book looks VERY good!!

  11. Congrats to all the winners!!

    Looks like next week will be another great week in Seekerville.

  12. Non, winter,Jan? We had up to 28 inches in our area. Serious overkill. Luckily it's that Spring stuff, more on the fluffy side.

  13. Lovely WE! And it's the Month of Letters? How genteel!!!! I'm going to go snail mail all the way! What fun!

  14. Congrats to the winners!!

    Thanks to everyone for your prayers. Feeling better and the meds are working better today.

    Looking forward to next week and LOVE Mary's title ;).

  15. Love Mary's title too - and I am a Roseanna White GROUPIE (yeah, she knows LOL). Can't wait to see what she has to say - plus the OTHER post.
    Great WE!

  16. Tina! 28 inches?!? That storm missed us completely - and we could really use it. We've only had a couple snowfalls all winter, and that means a dry summer -

    Not too many people are talking about it, but there are hundreds of acres of dead trees in the Black Hills - dead trees plus no moisture is a recipe for disaster.

    The trees are being killed off by the Pine Beetle - long story, very political. Much too long for a Seekerville comment. Maybe a book...

  17. Thanks for sharing so many great links, Tina! I'm off to read!

    Hope you all have a great Saturday!

  18. Tina, thanks for letting us know Eva Maria's book is coming soon!! Woo hoo! I've been impatiently waiting for this. :)

  19. I think Seekers and groupies are plain tuckered out from this exciting week. 18 comments at 3:17pm? I'm used to seeing 150 by now. Is everyone writing? Gasp!

    or out to the store on a chocolate run?

    I love Glynna's cover.

    Happy Weekend!

  20. Love that Seeker lunch! WAY fun!

    Thanks for a super Seekerville week, looking forward to the next.

    And Tina - always a great WE. Already opened a few of your links. Good stuff!

  21. Thanks for the peek at the coming week, Tina! And for all the great links! Congrats to our winners!

    Yay, to Mindy, Texas "hostess with the mostest" in the Yankee Belle Cafe on Tuesdays!

    I had the best time with Missy and Debby in Atlanta!!! Never a silent moment between us. Surprise! :-)

    Jan, is the WW still on the shelves? Hope it's not too late to get it!


  22. Thanks for all the great links. I especially like the one for a call of submissions by Pelican Book Group. Anyone got a short Christmas story?

    Congrats to all this week's winners.

  23. Lovin' the glimpses of chocolate here, but now I may have to go make some fudge to sooth the cravings. Thanks for coffee, Helen... it helps.

    Congrats to all the winners. But then aren't we all winners around here? There's always so much good info, links and constant support.

    Jan, this is our first year in several when the pine beetle hasn't been a big topic of discussion. There are acres and acres of beetle-killed trees throughout the western Canadian provinces, so I know what you're saying.

    Looking forward to Monday to see what Mary's volunteered for this time. Have a great weekend, everyone!

  24. Now, Debra, we move at a more LEZURLEY pace on the weekend.

  25. Yes, thanks Jan, it's out in March :)

    Thanks Missy, I hope you like it :)

    Thanks Glynna! :)

  26. Yes. I am. Let's never, ever forget it.


  27. Eva, I so can't wait for that book!

    And I didn't comment earlier because I had to go check out those great link- especially the on by Melissa Endlich. Hmmmm. Do you think she wrote that for me and didn't want to be too obvious?? I should stop calling every ten minutes!

    Seriously, I love it when people 'at the top' write posts like that. Because sometimes it's like the 'let's do lunch' phrase. You're wondering, 'did they mean that?' You don't know them, you're not sure what they meant by 'feel free to call'.

    Or like me, you just don't even remember the phone call because you were in shock. :D

    Professional mystique is great and all, but it's hard on the little people. GOD BLESS all those gracious people who make it easy on us newbies!

    AND I got my new copy of In TOO Deep which I won on Audra's post WITH chocolate!!! Funny, I loaned my other copy to a friend and she loaned it to a friend... So, this one is NOT leaving my hot little hands (shelf).

  28. I mean 'Out of Control'!! I have Mary's new book on the brain!

  29. Yes, Virginia...that was my first thought. OMG she is talking to Virginia.


    She was talking to me.

  30. Somehow, I've been missing the helpful links at the end of these posts. Thanks for sharing! :D

  31. Thanks Virginia!
    And yes Tina, put it into a mantra :)