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.
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.
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 http://winderfumc.com/ 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.
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.
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)
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!