Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weekend Edition


Welcome to a Seekerville Word Weekend!




Don't forget to claim your Speedbo prizes. We've listed them here. You have 8 weeks to claim your Speedbo prize as well as this week's prizes per our UPDATED rules here. If we forgot a mailing (remind us after 8 weeks please), give us a nudge or a kick in the pants at our Seekerville address here. 


Monday, award-winning author Deborah Raney shared "Doing Time" in Seekerville, with helpful hints (born from experience) on how to keep track of story timelines. Winner of a three-book set of her Hanover Falls novels is Connie Queen. Thank you so much, Deborah!


A FESTIVAL of Stars took us on a Treasure Hunt Tuesday! Valerie Comer, Annalisa Daughety, Nicole O’Dell and Cara Putman, the authors of the novella anthology, Rainbow’s End visited Seekerville to tell us where X marks the spot. These talented and generous authors gave away FOUR sets of books in Seekerville! Thank you!

1. From Valerie Comer-Winner of  Rainbow's End and It's a Treasure Hunt (to get you started geocaching!) is Anne Payne.


2.From Annalisa Daughety- Winner of Rainbow’s End and A Wedding To Remember in Charleston, South Carolina is Jeanie C. Gordon


3. From Cara Putnam- Winner of Rainbow’s End and  A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is Miss Kallie.



4. Nicole O'Dell-Winner of Rainbow’s End and  The Embittered Ruby is Paula Mowery.



On Wednesday literary agent Wendy Lawton, vice-president of Books & Such Literary presented "Show Me the Money!"...  a discussion of mid-list, "A" list and how a publishing money path works... or doesn't work!  Winner of the gorgeous gift basket Wendy donated is Ginger. Thank you, Wendy!


 Love Inspired author, Audra Harders was in stealthy pursuit of clues as she snooped in drawers on nightstands and on bookshelves. Hope you didn't miss "What's on Your Shelf?"  Winner of a Mary Connealy's In Too Deep is Jamie Adams.  Winner of a Ruth Logan Herne book is Amanda Barratt.  Winners of surprise packages are: Tina Pinson, Jan Drexler and Melanie D.


Additionally, since there was such a great turnout on Thursday we have another prize opportunity:  Pam Hillman will gift an eBook (Kindle) of Stealing Jake to the first 2 commenters from Audra's Thursday post who email and request a copy. Just email Seekers@Seekerville.net and put "What's on Your Shelf: Stealing Jake" in the subject line. We have our two winners, Janet Kerr and Jackie S! Congratulations!



Finally, Tina Radcliffe would like to remind you to take Zombies seriously. The CDC does and has issued Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.



Friday was the May Contest Update. Winners of  Jill Marie Nelson's  Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View are Annie Rains and Helen Gray. Winner of a Seekerville Surprise Book Package likely to contain anything including the kitchen sink, is Dawn. Winner of a 10 page critique is Sally Bradley.





Monday: On Monday join our very own Mary Connealy as she pays "A Tribute to Mothers... with apologies." As payment for reading her drivel and seeing the wretched picture she chose for Ruthy, she's giving one blessed and long-suffering reader/commenter a $25 Amazon gift card to help you enjoy a Happy Mother's Day!


Tuesday:"Let Maslow Make You a Meanie." Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Heartsong and Abingdon Press Seeker author, Myra Johnson offers suggestions for ramping up the conflict and creating trouble for your characters. Myra will give away a copy of A Horseman's Heart.


 Wednesday: Worthy Publishing debut author Nancy Herriman talks about "Perseverance" on the heels of her brand-new release, The Irish Healer. Stop by and meet Nancy and you might win a copy of her release! 




Thursday: In the spirit of the week Ruth Logan Herne will be your hostess today, and  will no doubt yammer on about something funny, warm or poignant that may or may not have a thing to do with mothers or spring or writing. She will reward two of you for the gift of your time and your comment with a ten page critique and a copy of her upcoming delightfully sweet release: A Family to Cherish.


Friday: Join us as welcome back Lacy Williams with "Layering: a technique to get your manuscript to a publishable final draft." Lacy will share her personalized method for bringing a book from first draft to salable manuscript. She'll be giving away both a paperback copy and a PDF copy of her newest Love Inspired Historical, The Homesteader's Sweetheart.
 


As always we encourage our Friends of Seekerville to share YOUR sightings, milestones and links to YOUR events with us in the Weekend Edition.


 
Mary Connealy and Julie Lessman took top honors in the Family Fiction Magazine 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Click on the link and download the May/June edition as a PDF or read it online. You'll also see Friends of Seekerville there! 





Congratulations to Debby Giusti (The Captain's Mission) and  Janet Dean (Wanted: A Family) who are  Golden Quill finalists.










WHOO-HOO ... a new contest to have a character named after you in Julie Lessman's  A Love Surrendered, a $50 gift card and a signed copy of that book ... Check it out on the CONTEST tab of her website.






If you haven't clicked on the Brenda Novak Online Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research widget on our blog or website, what are you waiting for??


This gift array includes a Keurig single-cup beverage brewer, a variety of K-cups, Godiva chocolates, an expandable recipe album already stocked with the Seekers' favorite recipes, and a whole library full of romantic fiction penned by Seekers Mary Connealy, Janet Dean, Debby Giusti, Audra Harders, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, Cara Lynn James, Myra Johnson, Glynna Kaye, Sandra Leesmith, Julie Lessman, Tina Radcliffe, and Missy Tippens.







Now it's your turn writers and readers.  Pick ONE of the two trays of letters ! Tell us the words you find in that tray of seven letters. Anyone who tries will have their name entered into a giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card so you can buy your own words. Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.



That's it for this week, But we leave you with these terrific photos.


 Sandra Leesmith & Glynna Kaye at the Desert Dreams Writers Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The conference is put on by Desert Rose RWA and the next one will be in Spring 2014!
 
 The conference was held at the beautiful Chaparral Suites.


 
 

71 comments :

  1. Do you want A word, or a whole list of words?

    I'll assume a list. Here goes.

    incest
    cites
    case
    cast
    nice
    nest
    neat
    sine
    since
    site
    scent
    saint
    satin
    cent
    cane
    case
    cant
    snit
    since
    stine
    scat
    stain
    sane
    sate
    eats
    east
    tine
    ties
    teas
    ante
    actin
    ascent

    Gott stop to make coffee.

    Helen

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  2. This is good. OH, my. You are good.

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  3. I chose the SINCETA group.

    The two words that you can make with all the letters are:

    acetins which is colorless, thick, hygroscopic liquid, C5 H10 O4: used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives

    and

    cineast which is any person, esp. a director or producer, associated professionally with filmmaking

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  4. Here are some words.

    Heron
    rode
    herd
    nerd
    gore
    gored
    done
    gone
    goner
    hod
    red
    God
    hero
    Nero
    dog
    hog
    her
    hone
    honed
    nor
    one
    on
    or
    do
    go
    he
    hen
    den
    node
    no
    oh
    ode

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  5. ooh, words to make with all the letters...ISN'T THAT 50 BONUS POINTS?????

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  6. I wrote some others, but I'll wait and see what else shows up.

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  7. Of course it's worth 50 bonus points!!!!

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  8. Melissa, you are once again cracking me up.


    We'll have to have a Scrabble showdown when we meet.


    Noon at the OK Scrabble Corral.

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  9. I was going to go with Helen's tray. I didn't get as many words and unfortunately ran into one that is not publishable on seekerville. That is what I get for checking to make sure they were words! I must go read a Seeker book to get nice words in front of my eyeballs.

    God
    red
    hod
    den
    hen
    nod
    node
    rod
    rode
    god
    rend
    hone
    dog
    done
    gone

    I have to quit. I am afraid of the internets now so will just go with the ones I know off the top of my head!

    And look at Melissa. Wow, she's good.

    Peace, Julie

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  10. Oh, Tinas, now I have to quit. I didn't get NO. I didn't get ON.

    But worst of all, I didn't get HERO! ;-)

    My brain has already headed to bed!

    Peace, Julie

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  11. Oh, Julie, you are so cute.

    Tinas. That would be two Tina. And three would be what?


    T-R-O-U-B-L-E

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  12. Yeah # 3 Tina would be trouble.
    but a pair of them, isn't too bad.

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  13. I was so into the words, I didn't read the winners, and I'm one. How Awesome. Thank you.

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  14. Okay, I was going to try and then I saw Helen, Melissa, and Tina's comments...

    It reminded me of when I went to a party and a friend pulled out her Boggle and said, 'Let's play'. Everybody groaned and wandered away. not because it wasnt a great game (it is, and they were ALL librarians) but because this friend was some kind of crazy Boggle-tastic champion who could get 50 words where normal people could find 20. Weird.

    JULIE!!! HAHAHAHA! Now I'm trying to find out what the naughty word is!

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  15. Well I was all proud of my list till the comments loaded, LOL.
    I did the first tray.
    gone
    hone
    done
    rod
    heron
    red
    her
    drone
    horn
    nod

    That was super fun. Congrats to all the winners.

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  16. Ok I am now beyond frustrated. I posted earlier and its gone again. Blogger really dislikes me at present. This probably wont post but I'll try.
    Congrats to all winners.

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  17. Those were some super nice prizes this week and such great posts! What a great week.
    I've been looking forward to the Sandra and Glynna photo-sweet!!

    Congratulations Debby and Janet. Wow! The Golden Quill...well deserved! When are the announcements?

    Julie and Mary rocked the Family Fiction awards...

    but you are all 'winners' "in my book". me and everyone else here.

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  18. sinceta= Bottom tray

    sin
    tin
    ten
    tan
    nice
    ate
    sit
    sat
    since

    Okay, I tried. Disappointed that I couldn't make bigger words with those letters, lol.

    Congrats to the winners! Looks like I won the book that I wanted. Yay!

    Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

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  19. I love the Sandra and Glynna picture from Desert Dreams!

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  20. Here's my list...can't resist a word game and I bet I'm not alone in that here! LOL.

    How cool is that online magazine? How did I not know about it and how can they do it for free????? I'm a fan now.

    Congrats to Debby and Janet! And on a side note I just finished Janet's short story in the Western brides novella from LI. Really good -- loved catching up with Callie and Jake too!

    I'll have to read the rest of the news later on account of this being my first Saturday off in 8 months and I plan to pack it full of grocery shopping, gardening and writing. Woohoooooooo!

    case
    nice
    ice
    ices
    sit
    sat
    sate
    site
    cite
    cites
    seat
    tea
    teas
    teat
    teats
    eat
    eats
    ate
    net
    nets
    tan
    tans
    sin
    since
    tin
    tns
    tine
    tines
    cat
    cats
    sent
    set
    ten
    tens
    ace
    aces
    nit
    nits
    seal
    teal
    nest
    can
    cans
    an
    a
    neat
    scant

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  21. WOW, what a fun WE, Teenster!!

    SUPER CONGRATS to all the winners, including Janet and Deb in the Golden Quill and Mary and Melanie Dickerson in the Family Fiction Awards -- you guys ROCK!!

    And, Deb Marvin ... LOL ... thanks for the congrats ... all five times!! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  22. Another great WE, Tina--thank you! ~ Congrats to ALL the winners and contest finalists---YAY!! ~ Oh, I LOVE making words (which is why BOGGLE BASH is my favorite game, LOL). I went ahead and made a list from that 2nd group of words (even though these have probably already been given--I didn't cheat, LOL). in sin cine tea eat ate cat cats cast a at sat act ace aces ten is I incest it tac net nets nest stain nice ice ices (Hope you can read these since they're not written out in list form*sorry*). Hugs, Patti Jo

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  23. p.s. LOVE those photos too--especially Sandra and Glynna! :) PJ

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  24. Tina - HOW do you do it?
    These WE's are the best.
    Congratulations to ALL THE WINNERS! wow!

    I entered a contest but didn't place... Drat. Looking forward to the feedback though!

    Great photos - and how fun y'all could get together!

    Hero
    Nod
    Ron
    Gher (Norwegian name!)
    and probably more but... at least it's a few.

    Have a splendid day weekend everyone. Write write write!

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  25. Oh, I'm so bad at Scrabble. And word puzzles. I am in awe of Helen...

    Dagnabbit woman, that rocks!!!

    Melissa, LOL in upstate! Ear to ear grin!

    KC, at least you entered! Good for you, chickie!!!!

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  26. Thx our FURiend, Ruthy!

    Your words have been in our ears the past several days.

    Up to you to figure out which ones... ;D

    Say hi to all puppies and g'kids!

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  27. I'm a winner. Yah!!!

    I would play scramble but I imagine Kav has every word possible already on her list. Wow.

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  28. I did first tray, and after reading the comments, I think I am befuddled! lol Anyway, I want the GC so ....WE, net, news, sent, wet, set, etc.

    Congrats to last week's winners...and Julie L. and Debby G.

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  29. Congrats to the winners! And to the contest finalists!!!

    I got my library to order Nicole O'Dell's first book - Wishing Pearl. Started it yesterday and enjoying it so far :). Thanks for introducing me :D.

    Wish I had time to come up with a list to make the rest of you envious but, well, I have a house to clean before family gets here /sigh/. Plus I'm not feeling great and my mind isn't working quite right...

    Would much rather hang out with y'all. If youse all were my guests, I would be stressing myself sick...

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  30. But I do want a chance to win so...

    sinceta

    sin
    tine
    cine
    tan
    nit
    tin
    cine' [like cinema instead of cine up there which is the calc thing]
    since

    There we go :D. A few anyway.

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  31. Wow, Kav and Helen!!


    And Debra was very enthusiastic, wasn't she??? Five times. I made four go away.

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  32. Melissa, you either have an A-MAZ-ING vocabulary and love of science, or you got a little help. :)

    I don't have time to come up with a list, but I chose the back tray, and the three words that I saw quickly were: hero, dreg, and horned.

    Thanks for the WE, Tina, and for the fun you brought to it today! :)

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  33. Sinceta- 41 words
    since sine tin sin tase case ate eat seat ices sit tea teas nice tan tans can cans cant ten tens cents cent scent tins sat cast nest sent stain ice ace aces sane cane canes incest stein tine tines nicest

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  34. I used the boggle rules - nothing less than 3 letters, lol. Old rules of playing with the family seep in...teehee...

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  35. Er, sine is the calc term not cine...

    It's what I get for being in a hurry... ;)

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  36. Wow, I promise I didn't look at any lists before I played. I noticed one of Helen's though...incest, what a great word!

    sin
    seat
    Stan
    Ian
    since
    net
    nice
    tan
    sit
    ten

    Fun game!!

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  37. Congratulations to the winners and yippeee I won a book. Love books.

    I wrote THE END last week and am starting a third book. This ones going to be so much fun to write.



    Go
    God
    Horde
    End
    Rod
    Red
    Dog

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  38. oooh, you guys are amazing.


    We should start our own Scrabble group.

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  39. Needed a brain break so I tried the other string of letters -- much harder. Here goes:

    nod
    her
    god
    node
    rod
    rode
    doe
    gore
    ore
    dog
    nor
    hog
    Hore
    red
    den
    gored
    herd
    nerd
    hoe
    hoed
    ode
    and if we ignore the three letter rule

    do
    he
    go

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  40. Who said there is a three letter rule?

    There's no three letter rule in Scrabble.

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  41. In Boogle it's a three letter rule. And when he was little, my son held us to it! Actually, a fond memory.

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  42. Ah, see, never played Boggle. Too addicted to Scrabble.

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  43. Great WE, Tina!! Thanks for all the great links.

    Also, congrats to all the winners! I'm astounded at the entries today as well. I'm TERRIBLE at Scrabble! (and Boggle). Strange, isn't it??

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  44. hello I love scrabble and here is my list, tray with SINCETA
    since cents saint sine cats cat cane canes sane nice nicest act acts cast tin tins tine ten ant ants ate east etc sect incest cite cites nest neat tea teas ascent ante antes scent satin snit scat stain stine tie ties
    thanks for the post today and congrats to all the winners... have a great weekend
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  45. I am a little concerned that everyone's playing Scrabble...when they should be preparing for the zombie apocolypse! Tina did warn us.

    As for me, I don't have a flashlight, batteries, or bottled water ready, but I'm all set with Pop-Tarts. I don't know why I keep buying them every week. I guess there are some things you just can't risk running out of.

    BTW, there are some master level Scrabble players here. Maybe there should be a Seekerville tournament!

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  46. Anne, I figure I'll skip the supplies and just call CASTLE to come help. He loves it all so!

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  47. Which apparently is the correct answer because if I pretend the l is really an L then I can spell CASTLE out of the bottom tray.

    :)

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  48. POP TARTS and bottled water. Flashlight! I am ready!!!!

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  49. HAHA Jeanne T. I wonder when someone was going to call me on that! Especially since I said "the two possible words" I was kinda amazed I was getting away with it--or that you all are way too nice in refraining from calling out a lying, sneaking scrabble thief.

    Hint:It's the same reason why everyone thinks I'm a computer genius.

    Yeah, I hate scrabble. I had help. There are actually 179 words possible in the Sinceta group, just so you know.

    I think Tina is going to take away my 50 bonus points. :(

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  50. Melissa!! Go directly to Scrabble jail, do not collect $200.

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  51. Congrats award winners and Seekerville winners!!
    Here is my list:
    cent
    sin
    eat
    sea
    tea
    neat
    cents
    eats
    teas
    Thanks for the great (as always) WE!

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  52. Ok lets see if we can post today. here is my list


    since
    sin
    seat
    sea
    eta
    ice
    ace
    nice
    neat
    ate
    cat
    sat
    cats
    aces
    ices
    tan
    tans
    stain
    saint
    tans
    cent
    cents
    scent
    can
    cans
    staince
    cast
    cist
    can
    cans
    cane
    canes
    an
    in
    as
    is
    it

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  53. okay, if my post went up five times... I have to say I only posted once. Really. But my enthusiasm remains at five-fold.

    okay, i'm not sure where I missed it but weren't you going to post the list of shelf and correct owners this weekend? or did you do that at the end of the day?

    There are some scary good Scrabble players on here. Do you all play Scrabble with Friends?

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  54. She did that at the end of the day Thursday Ms. Enthusiastic.

    Now for the Scrabble.

    There are 86 possibilities for

    G E H R O D N and 135 possibilities for S I N C E T A.

    OFFICIAL SCRABBLE WORDS

    found here at SCRABBLE.COM

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  55. Debra while Blogger posted your post 5 times it was deleting mine.
    I think the issue is fixed now.

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  56. Okay,
    i only got 33 words before i gave up, I will wander over to scrabble words though to see how brain dead i am. i love Seekerville! always something interesting going on and titillating to the brain… *heh*

    G E H R O D N

    DEN DOE DON DOG END GOD HOD HOG HOE HEN HER NOD NOR ODE ORE ONE RED ROD ROE
    DONE DONG GONE GORE HONE NODE OGRE RODE HOED HERD HERO
    DRONE GORED HONED

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  57. Oooh, DebH, well done..and on a fried brain no less.

    Yes, we in Seekerville strive to be unboring.

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  58. Here's my list...

    since
    tics
    tin
    stein
    nice
    cast
    ant
    snit
    nit
    ace
    ice
    tan
    an
    can
    seat
    eat
    ate
    cane
    sane
    sat
    set
    sit

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  59. Oh my, Scrabble! Fun! I don't think I'll have any words someone else hasn't already mentioned, but here are some I saw:

    dog
    Herod (are proper nouns aloud? :))
    rode
    Rhode
    rod
    doer
    doe
    roe
    red
    dreg
    den
    end
    gore
    God
    gone
    done
    hero
    horn
    herd
    dong
    nerd
    ogre
    hod
    goer
    goner
    horned
    hog
    hen
    hoe
    hoed
    hone
    nod
    hoer
    her
    drone
    Nero
    Ron
    horde
    heron
    one
    Don

    Congrats, winners!

    Great WE, Tina!

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  60. A HUGE congratulations to Mary and Julie for their top honors in the Family Fiction contest! Both of you are amazing writers!!!!!

    Blessings,
    Amanda

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  61. I should have picked the other tray, but here's what I came up with before I decided it was dinner time and I could use that as an excuse to stop.

    rod
    rode
    no
    nod
    node
    do
    dog
    go
    gone
    he
    hen
    hone
    go
    god
    gore
    den
    red
    rend

    Not nearly as impressive a list as Tina's and Natalie's. Imagine missing "ogre" and "hero"! Well done, ladies!

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  62. Excellent, Carol!!

    You may proceed to the Scrabble Olympics.

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  63. *snort* I was wondering when it would all come back to the zombies...

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  64. Winners, honorees, finalists, and word wizards -- what a community!

    And what a weekend edition. The explanation of a catalyst was easy to understand -- even better, I am happy to report my WIP has one :-)

    The birdhouses are cute but I dunno ... am I the only one who would have trouble cutting up a book? A book I like, I mean :-)

    Hope everyone's having a good weekend.

    Nancy C

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  65. DRIVEL??????????????
    EXCUSE ME????????????

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  66. I didn't write that...you know who wrote drivel.

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  67. Okay,
    How about,
    at
    in
    incest
    tan
    sent
    tin
    sin
    sent
    sat
    eat
    eats
    since
    ..............
    Jan

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  68. Thank you for the 2 books from Cara that I won. Now I can mark off 2 from my wish list and add more. I don't understand why my list keeps getting longer. lol
    So many great books and new authors for me to read.
    Congrats to all the other winners.

    I shiver at the thought of cutting up a book. I don't even like to see a page turned down and try to read without damaging the spine of my books. I guess I am a little nuts about my books. lol

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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