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:

Helen Gray said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Melissa Jagears said...

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

Tina Pinson said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Tina Pinson said...

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

Tina Pinson said...

pretty good, Melissa.

Melissa Jagears said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

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.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

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

Julie Hilton Steele said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

Oh, Julie, you are so cute.

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


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

Tina Pinson said...

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

Tina Pinson said...

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

Virginia said...

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!

Nancy Kimball said...

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.

Ausjenny said...

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.

Debra E. Marvin said...

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.

Annie Rains said...

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!

Cara Lynn James said...

I love the Sandra and Glynna picture from Desert Dreams!

Kav said...

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

Julie Lessman said...

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

CatMom said...

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

CatMom said...

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

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

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!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

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!!!!

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

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!

Connie Queen said...

I'm a winner. Yah!!!

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

Jackie S. said...

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.

Carol Moncado said...

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...

Carol Moncado said...

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.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Wow, Kav and Helen!!


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

Jeanne T said...

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! :)

Lyndee said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

Whoa, Lyndee! Way to go!

Lyndee said...

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

Carol Moncado said...

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

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

Casey said...

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!!

Jamie Adams said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

oooh, you guys are amazing.


We should start our own Scrabble group.

Kav said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

Who said there is a three letter rule?

There's no three letter rule in Scrabble.

Lyndee said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Missy Tippens said...

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??

pol said...

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)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Paula!! Well done!!!

Anne Barton said...

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!

Mary Curry said...

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

Mary Curry said...

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.

:)

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Melissa Jagears said...

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. :(

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Donna said...

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!

Ausjenny said...

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

Debra E. Marvin said...

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?

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Ausjenny said...

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

debH said...

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

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Yes, we in Seekerville strive to be unboring.

Rose said...

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

Natalie Monk said...

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!

Amanda said...

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

Blessings,
Amanda

Carol J. Garvin said...

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!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Excellent, Carol!!

You may proceed to the Scrabble Olympics.

Virginia said...

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

Nancy C said...

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

Mary Connealy said...

DRIVEL??????????????
EXCUSE ME????????????

Tina Radcliffe said...

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

Janet Kerr said...

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

misskallie2000 said...

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