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!
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.
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.
Dear Lucky Agent Contest (Guide to Literary Agents Blog)
10 Questions writers must ask before quitting their day job (Writer's Digest)
A Transmedia Company Puts A New Slant on Romance With TruLOVEstories.com (PR Newswire)
Nix Your Neediness Now (Forbes via Jane Friedman)
Microsoft buys Nook stake, Barnes & Noble shares soar (Reuters)
Barnes & Noble Wants You to Read in Bed (GalleyCat)
To Prepare You for the Upcoming Holiday We Have a Video! Susie's Place
Make a Bookish Birdhouse of Your Own (PW)
What is a Plot Catalyst? Friday's With Agent Kristin (PubRants)
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.|