Saturday, May 12, 2012

Weekend Edition

Happy Mother's Day!
Today in Seekerville, we present....

Feel free to join in the fun!

We Have Winners

 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. 

Last Weekend's Scrabble Random winner of a $15.00 Amazon gift card is KAV.

 On Monday  Mary Connealy shared "A Tribute to Mothers... with apologies." And she also insulted Ruthy. I can't believe YOU MISSED THAT! Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card to help you enjoy a Happy Mother's Day is Michele King.

"Let Maslow Make You a Meanie." Using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Heartsong and Abingdon Press Seeker author, Myra Johnson offered suggestions for ramping up the conflict and creating trouble for your characters on Tuesday. Winner of A Horseman's Heart is Mary Cline.

Worthy Publishing debut author Nancy Herriman shared on "Perseverance" Wednesday. Winner of her brand-new release, The Irish Healer (in their choice of print, or audio book) is Emily C Reynolds.

  Ruth Logan Herne was your hostess on Thursday with Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen Regina: Not Exactly Mother of the Year! Winner of a ten page critique is Andrea Strong and winner of her upcoming delightfully sweet release: A Family to Cherish is Piper.

Friday we welcomed back Lacy Williams with "Layering: a technique to get your manuscript to a publishable final draft." Lacy shared her personalized method for bringing a book from first draft to salable manuscript. Winners of a  paperback copy and a PDF copy of her newest Love Inspired Historical, The Homesteader's Sweetheart are Jennifer (pdf) and Kara (paperback) (two prizes, two winners).

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Seekerville welcomes back Harlequin author Shirley Jump with "Tension! Conflict! Action! Creating a Compelling Book." And, she's giving away a five-pack of her Harlequin Romances!

Tuesday: Love Inspired author Allie Pleiter returns to Seekerville to share her thoughts on: The "Real People." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest release, "Homefront Hero" to one lucky winner!

Wednesday:Stop by today to see what Debby Giusti has to say in her blog, "Shhhh...It's a Secret!" Debby's giving away a copy of one of her books, digital or print, winner's choice.

Thursday: Author Martha Rogers joins us, with her post, "Writing--Using Our Own Life's Journey." Martha is giving away a copy of her latest release Hope Springs.

Friday: Waterbrook author Mona Hodgson is with us to chat about "Dr. Quinn Time: What I'm Learning About Dedication."  Mona will be giving away two copies of her newest release The Bride Wore Blue.

Seeker Sightings

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

Congratulations to Debby Giusti. The Captain's Mission, is a HOLT Medallion Merit Award Recipient.

Join Julie Lessman, May 15-21 2012for a giveaway of A Heart Revealed at Book Review Sisters blog. Hope to see you there!

Tina Radcliffe is DEELIGHTED to share that her agent, Meredith Bernstein's web page went live this week! 

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.

Random News & Information & Some Other Stuff Too

 Kathy Davis has joined Harlequin as acquisitions editor, supporting the newly acquired Heartsong Presents program. (Publishers Lunch)

Alive Communications Launches E Publishing Company, Bondfire (PW & Publishers Lunch)

Create Romance Short-Short Fiction Competition Enter to win or judge (FamilyFiction)

Jacquelyn Mitchard To Head New YA Imprint for Merit Books (Publishers Lunch)

9 Warning Signs of an Amateur Artist  Writer (Skinny Artist)

8 Ways to Get More Out of Your Facebook Fan Page Today (ProBlogger)

Writing Opportunity. Lovely Christian Romance!

The Most Read Books in the World: INFOGRAPHIC (GalleyCat) 

Where Is Publishing Headed?: The Future Of Books In 7 Easy Steps (Huff Post)

 I’ll Take the High Road and You’ll Take the Low by Jason Black (Author Magazine)

Understand Your Mother Breath Spray (Stock Up Now!)

And finally, we leave you with some terrific, exciting and fantabulous news!!!


Jeanne T said...

Was just heading to bed and thought I'd check in. Congratulations to the winners, and CONGRATULATIONS to Jan! Sooo happy for you.

Good night. I'll check back tomorrow. I saw some articles I want to read.
Thanks, Tina!

Mary Connealy said...


Helen Gray said...

Great going, Jan!!!

Have a cuppa coffee and celebrate.


Christina said...

Jan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAn you feel me snoopy dancing? Congratulations!!!!! Oh, I get to give you a hug in the morning! Doubly excited now!

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Great news, Jan! Congratulations!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Congratulations to Jan Drexler.

And my mother didn't have to tell me that you are one talented cookie!!

Valerie Comer said...

WOOOOT! Happy Dancing with Jan! (And now going to bed--long day!)

Ruth Logan Herne said...






What's your favorite cake for real??? I'll bake it for you!!!!!

Grinning ear-to-ear!

What a village!!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Val, come back and join the celebration when you wake up....

Oh, happy day!

This is the day the Lord has made....

Still grinning!!!!!

Annie Rains said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Jan! That is so exciting. I can't wait to buy and read your book :)

Ausjenny said...

Congrats Jan Cant wait to hear more of your book.

Mary Curry said...

Congratulations, Jan!!!
Awesome news. I'm so happy for you.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Jan, how marvelous! Congrats!
Already have you on my pre-pre-order list. LOL. Yippee!

Details! We want details!

Oh, and what my mother always said was, "You got to know their people." Boy, does that work for remembering about family background and secondary characters in plotting.

Peace, Julie

Kav said...

Wooohoooooooo!!!! Congratulations, Jan! Love the photo announcement too. Snicker. That's so exciting. Can't wait to read it. When's your release date? Or is it too early to tell? I don't know how these things work.

Great WE...again! I can proceed with my day knowing that the bible is still #1 and by a landslide! I was kinda worried as I waited for the page to load. And has anyone gently broken the news to certain Seekers that To Kill a Mockingbird didn't make top ten but Twilight did?

Great way to start a day full of writing and gardening! Can't get any better than that!

Pam Hillman said...

What a great WE!

Pots before Plots! lol


Congratulations!!!! How exciting. I bet you're still floating on air. And right before Mother's Day too.

Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate!

Pam Hillman said...

Oooh....we're talking CAKE again today.


Today, I think my favorite is my mother's Mississippi Mud Pie.

Okay, it's called pie, but it's really like cake. So good.

And, running a close second is Earthquake Cake. Has anyone ever had that? Yummy!

Julie Lessman said...

WHOO-HOO, JAN BABY ... YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOOOOOOOOOOO THRILLED FOR YOU, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Glynna Kaye said...

WOOOOOO HOOOO, JAN! Welcome to Love Inspired Books! Tell us a bit about what it's about!

And TINA -- yet another fabulous weekend edition!

Rose said...



I'm so happy for you.

And thanks for waving to me when you passed by on I29.

Rose said...

Great weekend edition, as always.

Love those pictures and captions!

Jan Drexler said...

Good Morning, Everybody!

Did you catch Christina's news? We're getting together at Panera's this morning - a mini Seekerville convo!

Thanks for all the congrats :). I've been celebrating ever since I heard the news.

Details: My story is an Amish Historical, set in northern Indiana during the 1930's. No release date yet...

And Debby Giusti is a Holt Merit Award recipient! Yay Debby!

I'm off to Panera's, and then to my daughter's commencement this afternoon. Big day! I'll be back to visit more later.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Okay, spill the beans. What is Christina's news??

Janet Dean said...

WAHOO, JAN!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SALE!!!! THRILLED FOR YOU!! Can't wait to read your Amish historical set in my home state. YAY!! Have fun with Christina at Panera today, lucky ducks.

Tina, love the retro pictures! And all the great info. As always, the Weekend Edition is fantastic! You rock!


Jennifer said...

Congrats Jan! How exciting. Congrats to Debby also!

Advice I got from my mom was to never buy white shoes because they show dirt.

Always cook your bacon until crispy (that way you know its cooked all the way).

Life is like a box of chocolates...wait, I'm getting that one confused...

If I ever need anything in life, she will always be there.

Tina Radcliffe said...

LOL, Jennifer.

No wearing white after Labor Day.

Connie Queen said...


I'm so happy for you.

Congrats to all the winners.

Everyone have a wonderful Mother's Day.


Jeanne T said...

Still happy-dancing for Jan! :) Can't wait to follow the details as things for your publication iron themselves out. :)

Tina, thanks for the articles! The High road, Low road one was great!

Have a wonderful day and Mother's Day!

pol said...

looks like the news is out all over town Congrats in order for Jan....
"Happy Mothers Day" to all the Seekerville Mothers and friends of Seekerville.
Paula O(

CatMom said...

Congrats to all the winners---and a BIG CONGRATS to JAN!!!! Soooo happy for you!!! What exciting news!!!! Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo p.s. Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

Carol Moncado said...

YAY JAN!!!!!

And Congrats to the winners!!!!



Tina Radcliffe said...


Stop taunting me.

Recipes or I will be forced to come to your house.

Jamie Adams said...

Congrats to the winners and JAN! I'm so happy for you. I love historicals and Amish stories so I can't wait to read you book.

Susan Anne Mason said...

WOO-HOO,JAN! Congratulations on your Sale! Things move fast for you!

And Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Enjoy!



Erica Vetsch said...

So excited for Jan! WOOHOO! That's wonderful news!!!!! Seekerville, REJOICE!!!!

Virginia said...

JAN!!!! That is SO exciting!!!!

HOORAY!!!!!! I have tears of joy. So glad to be able to see your hard work pay off.


Joanne Sher said...

Congratulations Jan!! WOOOWWOOO!!

Sounds like a GREAT week!

Donna said...

WONDERFUL news, Jan!! So happy for you!

Debby is a Holt Merit Award recipient!!

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

Debby Giusti said...



YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Debby Giusti said...

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!!!!

Hugs to everyone!!!

Casey said...

Woooo-hooooooooooooooooooo Jan!!!!!!!!! That is SO awesome and Seekerville helped you do it!!

Fun WE, Tina, as always. :D

Miriam said...

Congrats to winners!

Wishing you all moms a Happy Mother's Day!!

Hugs & smiles!

Piper said...

Congrats to you Jan! It sounds like a great book and I can't wait to read it!

Thank you for the prize of the Ruthy book, Seekerville--just let me know how to claim it.


Lyndee said...


I missed the announcement on the first page! Saw that lovely cake and wondered why it said congratulations, lol. That's really wonderful news!

Thanks for the weekend wrap up, Tina.

Cara, I received my prize from last week today! What a nice gift for a mother's day read - your Love by the Book! Gorgeous cover, too.

Christina said...

Had a great time meeting Jan and I had my first Panera experience.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Piper check out the contact tab.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Sooooo Christina, what did you have at Panera? Mango Green iced tea? Asiago cheese bagel?

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Wonderful news, Jan! So happy for you. And congrats to all last week's winners, too. Wonderful WE, Tina. Happy Mother's Day to all.

Melanie Dickerson said...

Jan, I just saw your news on facebook! So happy for you, girl!!! Woot woot woot!!!!!!!!!
You go, girl!!!

Bethany Boden said...

Congratulations, Jan! Such exciting news!!

Andrea Strong said...

I won a Ruthy critique. That's great news.




Happy Mother's Day to all you moms.

Ruthy, I'll get those pages to you as soon as I can.

Audra Harders said...


Anita Mae Draper said...

Congratulations, Jan!!!!
Yeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaa!!
That's wonderful news!

Nancy Kimball said...

Yay Jan!!! I'm so doing a happy dance for you. =)
Happy Mother's Day everyone.

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Yay, Jan!!! Congratulations!!!

Anne Barton said...

Congrats, Jan!!! Woo-hoooo!

"Pots before plots." Too funny! LOVED this WE!!!

Mary Curry said...

So did we ever discover Christina's news?

I'm guessing it's more than just meeting Jan at Panera? Not that meeting Jan isn't special, but hmmmmm?????

Mary Curry said...

Happy Mother's Day to all the Seekers and Seeker villagers!

Jan Drexler said...

Sorry to mislead you...Christina's news was that we met at Panera.

Now isn't that fantastic enough? A cybber-acquaintance is now a real-live friendship :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Well, Jan, meeting you is pretty exciting!!!


And Panera's!!

Head rush!~!!

Nancy C said...

Gracious! Look at all the wonderful news!

Congratulations, Debby. A very nice accomplishment indeed.

And ohmigosh, Jan. Yeehaw! I'll prowl the comments in hopes of details.

Congrats to all the winners, too.

The weekend has been super busy so I'm settling in now to check out the links. Thanks for the WE :-)

Nancy C
P.S. Seriously? To Kill a Mockingbird didn't make the top ten???