Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weekend Edition

More Hearts & Flowers!
Happy Valentines Day. 
Today Seekerville brings you a Seeker Valentine Essay
by Mary Connealy
in our Short Reads.

Additionally, because this week we celebrate Valentine's Day
we'll be giving away a Godiva chocolate treat daily
to one winner beginning today. 
Saturday through Friday!
Seven winners! Just tell us you want chocolate!

We Have Winners

  As always, 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 mailed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements. But if we missed something, just let us know!

 Mary Connealy  about the The Moral Premise on Monday 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"... The two winners of In Too Deep, book #2 in the Kincaid Bride series, which released February 1st are Melissa Jagears and Debra Marvin.

On Tuesday Love Inspired Suspense author Valerie Hansen shared why she's delighted to be a writer. Winner of Valerie's recent release, The Rookie's Assignment is Natalie Monk and the winner of  her October 2011 release, Nightwatch, is Pegg Thomas. Thank you, Valerie for your generous gifts!

Hope you didn't miss Wednesday and  Summerside Press author Roseanna White who blogged on "Word Fall -- the Importance of Words." Winner of her choice of any of Roseanna's books, including her latest release, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland is CatMom.

 Ruth Logan Herne brought us The Princess Bride: A Sweetheart of a Movie! on Thursday. Winner of a Ruthy style GOODIE BOX is Melanie Pike.

Friday we welcomed back Harlequin American author Barbara White Daille who shared "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. AND the drawing for this book won't be announced until next Saturday, February 18th. So get over to that post and comment. You can still get in on that drawing!!

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe brings you "Somewhere Over the Rainbow and other Myths." Stop by and chat for an opportunity to win a copy of Janet Dean's An Inconvenient Match, or a 15 page critique.  Two winners.

Tuesday: Barbour and Abingdon Press author Myra Johnson will be blogging on "Life is a Special Occasion." If you've been slogging through life waiting for "the call," whether from a contest coordinator, an editor, or your agent, you could be overlooking some truly special moments in your writing day. We'll talk about a few of those, and to help you celebrate, Myra will give away a $10 Hallmark gift card to one of our commenters.

Wednesday:Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti will be talking about "Readers' Luncheons." She'll be giving away one of her books, reader's choice!

Thursday: We are delighted to welcome Special Edition author Lynne Marshall to Seekerville with her post, Not Quite There POV. Seekerville will be giving away an IOU for Lynne's upcoming release, Courting His Favorite Nurse which releases in March, and Lynne is giving away a copy of Candace Calvert's Disaster Status - an inspirational medical romance from Tyndale.

 Friday: Welcome special guest Laurie Schnebly Campbell back to Seekerville! Laurie has impressed some of the Seekerville folks with her wonderful online classes and will be posting about "Mastering Motivation." She's also offered free registration for her Plotting Via Motivation class coming up next month at to one lucky commenter!

Seeker Sightings

Missy Tippens  will be doing an interview on Jane Myers Perrine's blog on Valentine's Day! 

On Thursday Feb. 16th, Missy Tippens will be a guest on the Okay, Listen Here blog

And Missy will be sharing her new work space on Saturday, February 18th at The Pink Heart Society blog. That same day, she'll be signing copies of A House Full of Hope after the Georgia Romance Writers meeting. For more info, visit

Tina Radcliffe is  baking in the Yankee-Belle Cafe today!

Come join Love Inspired author, Audra Harders in Cheyenne WY on Saturday, February 11, from 1 to 3 as she signs copies of Rocky Mountain Hero at Cornerstone Christian Supply (1507 Stillwater Avenue, Suite E). Joining Audra is Amanda Cabot signing copies of her latest release by Revell, Summer of Promise. The weatherman predicts cold and snowy in Cheyenne, but Cornerstone Christian Supply always has a warm welcome. Hope to see you there!

Saturday February 11, 10 until noon, Mary Connealy will be at a 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?

And check out the book trailer for In Too Deep!

Random News & Information

 Why Your Work Never Gets Read as Quickly as You Want It To (Lucienne Diver's Drivel)

Attributive Clauses (Writer's Digest)

Got Rights? How To Publish Your Book On Kindle( Two Week Class) Presented by Nina Bruhns. Check out the link for registration information. Deadline is March 2. Fee $16.

A Public Service Valentine's Day Video for the Valentine's-Challenged Among Us (Dorco USA)

The Annual Harlequin Romance Report -download as a PDF (Harlequin Blog)

From Secular to Inspirational by Love Inspired, Associate Editor, Emily Rodmell (Inspirations Blog)

And here's some fun if you're surfing this weekend....

Join the Letter Writers Alliance (GalleyCat)

Take Part in PW's First-Ever Academy Awards Contest (PW)

Finally, we leave you with a little chocolate and tea. Together!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! (And I am SUPER excited about winning the "Love Finds You" book--I really enjoy the Summerside books! ~ Thanks for the great WE, Tina! Looking forward to the great posts this coming week. Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  2. p.s. Oh my!! Just realized I posted the FIRST comment, LOL! I'm usually the "late arrival" ~ But I'm happy to be out of lurkdom now that my life has "calmed down" a little. Hugs, PJ ;)

  3. Yay CatMom got the first comment this time, way to go!!! Congrats to ALL the winners! There's so much to win and learn on Seekerville, LOVE it! The Princess Bride post with Ruth was my favorite this week, but I'm blessed by everyone who posts here :)
    I DEFINITELY want chocolate, what a great way to celebrate valentines!!
    Thank you for listing all those blogs and upcoming events, lots to look forward to here :)
    Have a great weekend, Seekerville!

  4. I want chocolate!

    I just read Mary's short read. I have the overwhelming urge to get a blanket and cover up.

    Do any of you know the song "Little Arrows" that was sung in the sixties by Leapy Lee?(I'm not that old. I had an aunt who gave us her old records.)Makes a great Valentine or cupid song.

  5. LOL Connie! I just read Mary's short read also, good stuff :) Blessings!

  6. A delightful HEARTfelt WE, Tina. Good one!

    Congrats to all the winners.

    I'd love some chocolate but... there's a nice supply courtesy of my fabulous hubby, so - someone else - ENJOY!

    It's been snowing here and c-c-c-cold too. Brrrrr. Good weekend to WRITE by the fire!

  7. Yeah! I won Mary's book, though I probably had an unfair advantage blabbering in the comments like a hundred times.

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but throw me in for the chocolate. I never was a chocoholic until I was pregnant with my son, the bambino in the womb craved it, and I got into the habit. Addicted now.

  8. I want chocolate!!

    And Connie Queen, I have to go check out that song. Maybe it's on youtube? My kids are going to the nursing home on Monday to hand out Valentine's Day cards (home made, they're so crafty!) and sing some songs. We're singing 'A Bushel and a Peck' and 'Tomorrow' from Annie... and some other old timey ones, but we're looking for more.

    There are so many old people that don't get visitors. :( And after we're there, they're glad to get a little peace and quiet, haha!

  9. Congrats, winners. : ) Next week looks like a great Valentine's Day line-up.

    Need I say it? I want chocolate! ; )


  10. OH WOW!!! I'm thrilled to have a new Mary book! (I can do kindle, remember...) YEEEEEHAAAAAWWWWWW~

    The moral premise to the moral premise is:
    talking about it leads to confusion but doing the work leads to success.

    I'm really looking forward to the discussion on motivation in plots, too.

    Hey, Tina, how's that tea? white chocolate, really? yum.

    "And thanks for the link to attributive clause abuse," she murmured as she drank cold coffee and let it dribble down her chin.

  11. I want chocolate!

    Congratulations to all the winners! Great WE, Tina. Gonna come back and read more later. :)

  12. Congratulations to the winners! Woo!Hoo!

    Chocolate? Did I read there was a chocolate giveaway? Oh please include me in your chocolate giveaway. Please, please, please.

    Now that I've begged suffieciently, I pray everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day and week in Seekerville!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  13. Was I suppose to say "I want chocolate"? If so, I WANT CHOCOLATE!

    Thank you for indulging my craving!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  14. Tina, thanks for all the great info!

    I hope everyone is staying warm this morning! It's even cold here in Georgia.

  15. Oh, chocolate, YES!!! Best part of February, in my opinion!!

    PATTI JO ... SUPER congrats on winning Roseanna's book -- don't know if you have read her yet, but she is WONDERFUL!! Believe it or not, I won her Annapolis book a few weeks ago, so I am really looking forward to diving in!

    And SUPER CONGRATS to all the other winners as well.

    Great WE, Teenster!

    Happy weekend, all!


  16. Congrats to the winners! And SO lookin forward to this week. LOVEyou girls!

    (and I am ALWAYS good for chocolate!)

  17. Thanks for all the great info. Congrats to the winners!

    Next week sounds like another good one!


  18. I love being first. I pretend otherwise.

    Then I feel guilty about pretending.

    We're such a mix of neuroses, aren't we?

    Oh, wait. Make that ME!


    So awesome, Teeeeeeeena!

  19. Ah I love Godiva chocolate! ;-)

    Congrats to the winners and looking forward to another Seeker week!!

  20. I love hot tea, but I have never seen that white chocolate tea before. I wonder if it's any good. Congratulations to the winners! It's always fun getting new books. That chocolate does sound good. I guess I'm supposed to yell it out, so here goes! I WANT CHOCOLATE!!! :)

  21. Wait, no, my son was using my computer again! That was me! Don't give my chocolate to that absconder!

  22. After reading Mary's short read, I'll never look at Valentine's Day the same way again...

    ...blood, death, wings, paint...

    I'll stick to chocolate.

    (Did I say "I want chocolate" yet? Do we only get to say it once a day?)

    Congrats to all the winners!

    I'm doing a baking day today - cookies, bread...maybe even a pie or two. Anyone who drops by can have some :)

  23. I don't know whether I should laugh or cry over Mary's Valentine essay. I don't think I'll explain it quite that way to the kids that visit my library on Tuesday -- and I'll definitely veto the visuals now. ROFL. Great weekend edition, Seekerville! Love you guys!

  24. Congrats to the winners!

    Waving to Patti Jo!

    Loved Emily Rodmell's article on switching from secular to insp. Thanks for providing the URL, Tina.

    Chocolate and romance...what every woman wants! :)

    Our church is hosting a dinner dance for couples this evening. Prior to the festivities, we'll renew our wedding vows. Over 400 folks have made reservations to attend. Should be a lovely night!

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your special someone!

  25. Deb, love your moral premise to the moral premise!!! :)

  26. Congratulations everyone!!

    Thanks for putting my name in for the Rookie's Assignment! I'm so excited to read it! :)

    Happy Weekend Before St. Valy's Day, all!!

  27. Congratulations to the winners! The twins and I just had a tea party - vanilla wafers and pink lemon aid. Chocolate would have been nice but there wasn't any on hand. We love chocolate.

    We'll be making Tina's Heart Brownie recipe on Tuesday... can't wait :)

    Now to go read Mary's short story. Happy Saturday everyone.

  28. Congrats to all the winners!!

    I want chocolate!

    My dear writer friend Jess Koschnitzky [sp? I'm on drugs still - don't ask me to spell ;)] sent me brownies and oreo ball thingies :D.


    And now... Back to convelescing. DH is making me a choco chip milkshake and I'm reading Ruthy books atm. Followed by Pat Simmons book [from when Julie had her on a couple weeks ago - it and Denise Hunter's Accidental Bride and Princess Bride showed up yesterday :D].

    Have a great weekend all!

  29. Congratulations to this weeks winners!
    I have really enjoyed all of the short reads and I'm going to go read Mary's next, then off to Yankee Belle!
    And I always want chocolate!

  30. Congratulations winners! Looks like a great line-up next week! Have a great weekend everyone!

  31. I'd love to be in your drawing for chocolate. Thanks.


  32. I'm always up for a chocolate drawing.

    Speaking of chocolate, there is a wonderful brownie recipe in the Yankee Belle Cafe.

  33. hahahahahaha, the brownie recipe that almost wasn't!!!!

  34. I WANT CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!
    But then, I always want chocolate! Love, love, love chocolate. Can't help it. I love it. And darn it, I think it loves me too.

  35. And Mary, I want to know how your book signing went! At the chocolate dream shop! The shop that I want to go to before I die!

  36. Debra, I read your comment and thought to myself, "What on earth does that even mean?" I thought maybe it was the drugs you're taking, but then I remembered it was CAROL on drugs, not you.

    So, on to the links... and WOW! Funny and... yes, informative. I had to read it out loud to my daughter and we laughed ourselves silly.

    But I also have a very vague sense of worry and want to immiedately go examine my last draft. :O

  37. I still want chocolate :D. I have some. Not enough. Can you ever have enough chocolate?

    And yes, Mary, how did your book signing at the chocolate place go?!

  38. You really liked my short read?
    I was a bit afraid you might all be coming with the tar and feathers.
    Though I was hoping you'd be laughing hard enough I could get away.

    Paint Shortage Endangers Artistic Community--Film at Eleven.

    on Short Reads.

    Here, live link

    Paint Shortage Endangers Artistic Community

  39. I am still in a bit of a daze from the book signing. I drove home VERY CAREFULLY I didn't want to get a speeding ticket because I'm pretty sure that chocolate was mood altering and who knows how I'd have come out on a breathalyzer test.

    It was a great signing. I had it with Vicky DeCoster an author and a humor blogger from Omaha. This was all her idea.
    She was really fun.
    And along with other great guests, Dawn Ford, a friend and Seekervillager, stopped in then Vicky, Dawn and I had a two hour lunch during with we talked (gasp) writing.

    You can learn more about Vicky on her blog
    Wacky Wommanhood

    The chocolate is raised to an artform. Wow.
    And it's called (to read it) stam, like HAM, right? Chocolatier
    Chocolatier like muskateer?

    Oh no. I asked how it's pronounced and he said it's STAWM and then the next work, well, Chock (the first syllable is something like Shock...and it gets more confusing from there.
    I think Amsterdam is involved.

  40. You know, now that I've had to think, I realize I should have bought a box or chocolate or two or three or fifteen to give away on Seekerville.
    I'm so sorry!

    I'm so far from this story now.

    And I only got enough for MYSELF!!


  41. BTW Patti Jo aka CatMom I'm still so glad you came up to me at the ACFW conference...we were all waiting and waiting and waiting for the limo we ordered so politely, as directed, only to be left on the curb for an HOUR.

    I love meeting Seeker friends.

  42. And when I say 'limo' I mean minivan

  43. After I spewed my Diet Pepsi on the keyboard at the SHOCKING IMAGES I really loved your little essay, Mary.

  44. Congratualtions to the winners! I also need to say I LOVE Chocolate!

    Debbie Clark

  45. Welcome to Seekeville, Debbie Clark!

  46. Ewww. I love chocolate and tea but that tea just does not look good to me at all LOL. I think I had Godiva chocolate once in my life, I'd love to try it again. :-) I want chocolate!! Thank you ladies!!!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  47. I want chocolate.
    Congratulations to the winners!
    I want chocolate.
    I'm looking forward to the upcoming guests and chats.
    I want chocolate.
    The Random News & Information is really interesting.
    I just ate chocolate and probably shouldn't eat anymore. Ever.
    But I like some more.

  48. Valerie, you are hilarious.
    I want chocolate.
    Welcome to Seekerville.
    I want chocolate.