Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekend Edition

We Have Winners

 Prize rules are here and  winners should contact us through our Seekerville email address. We allow 6-8 for prizes to allow for forces beyond our control, such as babies, Mother Nature and DEADLINES!!

The Winner from last week's Weekend Edition -who gets a Deadline Surprise is KC Frantzen.

Monday we welcome back award-winning author Shirley Jump! Shirley will share how to "Take a Book from Good to Sold in 10 Steps."   The winner of a critique from Shirley of the very important first page of your manuscript is Carol Moncado.

  "What's in a name?" Finding just the right names for your story characters can be a challenge. Barbour and Abingdon Press author Myra Johnson shared some tips and tricks, on Tuesday. The winner of The Writer's Digest Character-Naming Sourcebook, by Sherrilyn Kenyon is Sharyn Kopf.

 Wednesday Revell author Julie Lessman brought us "With a Little Help From my Friends ... Or Promotion Links You Will Love!" Don't miss this win-win post with links for free books as well as links to promote your own. The winners of Julie Lessman book of choice are Tina Pinson & Lane Hill House.

 Thursday was "Spa Day" in Seekerville as Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne chated about the onerous task of research while writing A Family to Cherish,her 4-STAR June 19th Love Inspired release! Ruthy delved into the laborious step-by-step process of facials, hair cuts, blow-dries and massage as she single-handedly tackled a subject previously alien to her farm-girl heart! The three winners of  A Family to Cherish are Sarah from NC, Ginger and Sally.

Taking Research to the Next Level: Cara Putman joined us on Friday with a guest post on research and stories of some of the crazy places she's visited and questions she's asked all for the sake of writing a novel readers can't put down. Winners of  a copy of each of her 2012 releases: Cherry Blossom Capers, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, and Rainbow's End are Jodie Wolfe, Jackie, and Clari Dees (in that order). 

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday:  Welcome back Belle Bridge author Lindi Peterson! Lindi will share "Humor Me: Eliciting a Smile and Laughter from Your Readers Naturally." Lindi will be giving away two copies of her debut, Her Best Catch, as well as two copies of her just-released Summer's Song! (WOW!!)

Tuesday: Author, fiction instructor and writing coach, Adrienne deWolfe is our guest today with "20 Tips for Writing Lovable Romance Novel Heroes." Stop by and ask her a few questions about writing a great hero. Share how you use Adrienne's  tips in your manuscript or if you're a reader share how you've seen these great tips used in books you've read for an opportunity to win a Seeker current release of your choice.

Wednesday: Stop by to learn what Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti has to say about "Building a Story." Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for one of Debby's books, winner's choice!

Thursday: Seekerville welcomes Heartsong Presents and Barbour author Beth Goddard with The Well-Trained Author: Supercharge Your Brain to Generate Great Ideas. Stop by and meet Beth and you might win a copy of Oregon Outback her latest release.

Friday: Join David C. Cook author Nikki Arana with "Why Do First Manuscripts So Often Get Rejected?" Nikki will give away a copy of her new novel, The Next Target!

Seeker Sightings

Friday night Seekers Mary Connealy, Tina Radcliffe and Audra Harders met  in Denver, for dinner on Larimer Square, at Ted's Montana Grill. How's that for a real life sighting for you?? 

Check out page 12 of the Summer ACFW Journal for Mary Connealy's article, "Looking for the Strike Zone."

And don't put down that magazine....

Ruth Logan Herne is on page 26 with "Group Marketing In Seekerville!"

Random News & Information

 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer (Poster) (CopyBlogger)

Self-Published Bestsellers List (GalleyCAt)

Making a Small Book Big (Belle Bridge Books)

A Tent That Looks Like a Book (GalleyCat) 

FB fans aren’t seeing your posts (and how to fix it)(The Always Upward Blog)

Stephanie Bowen has joined Sourcebooks as editor. She was most recently an assistant editor at Doubleday.(Publishers Lunch)

The Emotion Thesaurus by Vickie McDonough (ACFW Blog)

Writer a Letter to the Future with (Superromance Authors Blog)

An Inspirational 15th Anniversary Celebration (Harlequin Blog)

Authors: Why you shouldn’t respond to bad book reviews (The Publicity Hound's Blog via Steve Laube Blog)

Have a great week!


  1. Sounds like a great week coming up.

    Congratulations to this week's winners!

    The coffee pot is set to perk.


  2. Okay, that bookshelf muse list of emotions really got me thinking...

    Great WE, as always!!

  3. Seriously loved the book tent. Where do you find these things???? If I was a camper I'd definitely buy that! Of course, I'd probably blow my whole season's camping funds on it but hey, I could pitch it in my backyard!

    And the emotional thesaurus is intriguing. What will they think of next? Oh -- I know -- a thesaurus that eats up your back story and spits it out in a refined form. :-)

  4. Congrats winners! Next week's line up looks great.

  5. Hi Kav, I'm with you. I would have lived in that tent growing up. How fun is that? Let me know if you set it up in your backyard. It would be worth a visit to crawl in and read for awhile.

    Great WE Tina. Looks like you and the girls had a blast. (I'm so jealous)

  6. LOVE the pics of you, Mare and Audra, Teenster -- wish I were there!!

    SUPER CONGRATS to all the winners!!!

    OMIGOSH, can HARDLY believe the article on FB fans not seeing our posts on their newsfeed!!!! Makes me want to up and get off the stupid thing!!


  7. Good Morning, Seekerville! LOVE the photos of a Seeker get-together! Sandra & I met up twice this spring--at Desert Dreams and then again when I taught a workshop for my regional RWA last month--but we forgot to have anyone take our photo together at the latter reunion. OOPs!

  8. Thank you so much!! I can't wait to see the posts for next week. They all sound interesting!

  9. I won a crit?!?!?!?!?!


    Congrats to all the other winners too!!!

    Having a write in at our local ACFW meeting today. Need lotsa words. Praying for direction etc. or I'll end up crying ;). Plus a visit to my local historical museum in my town.

    Thanks, Seekers! And thanks Tina for a great WE!

  10. Carol - do you shoot somebody on p. 1?! That's a fabulous prize!

    Congrats to the other winners too.
    And moi? A Deadline surprise.

    OH MY!
    that should be GRAND!!!!!

    Super WE, and love the links.
    AND... looks like you girls had FUN in Denver. CO is soooo wonderful.

    Great Saturday everyone, May and I are editing away!

  11. Congrats to all this weeksn winners!

  12. Hey, Tina!!! You and Mary and Audra look so fabuloso. I bet you had fun. Did you get the buffalo meatloaf? It's very yummy. :-)

    I finished my edits. YAY!!! Surprised I survived them, but I did. Whew. This better be my best book yet. LOL!

    I liked the article on writing a BIG story. You always find such great stuff.

  13. Congratulations to the winners! It sounds like another great week in Seekerville.

    Tina, the WE was fabulous. I clicked on a few of the links and I ordered the Emotional Thesaurus. I have been looking for something like this. Thanks!!!

    Seeing the pics of you, Audra and Mary were great! I haven't been to Larimer Square in years.

  14. Yay! I won a book! What a nice surprise this morning. It's been a crazy one already, too. Babysat an eleven-week-old Miniature Pinscher overnight. The thing was as cute as a button, maybe all of two pounds, but it's already spoiled rotten. I planned on writing this morning, but the owners didn't come get it until just a bit ago. I'm worn out. The puppy has been "trained" to think inside is the place to use the potty. It had absolutely no idea what to do with grass. We would stay outside for half an hour playing and the second we came in... clean up time. This pattern happened four or five times starting about 5:30 this morning. I'd forgotten how much work puppies are! Makes me appreciate my adult dogs. :-)

    Thanks for the prize, and congratulations to the other winners. Hope everyone has a good Father's Day weekend. I'm off to try and salvage some writing time.

  15. Happy Father's Day tomorrow to all the fathers dear to Seekerville!

    Congratulations winners!!

    Love the photos of Audra, Tina and Mary having fun together in CO! Trying not to be jealous.

    Melanie, congrats on finishing your revisions!


  16. What a great WE! Unlike Janet, I'm going to admit to, and EMBRACE my jealousy of Mary, Tina, and Audra's get-together in Denver. lol

    And, I'd love to read all the links, but I've got an afternoon tea honoring my future dil so I'll have to click on the links later.

    Love the Father's Day them with the blue jean theme.

    Happy Father's Day to the Seekerville guys!

  17. So stinkin' jealous (yes, a sin.... Dagnabbit!) of Tina, Mary and Audra meeting in Denver!!!!

    Why does no one live in the Northeast? Is this an anti-Ruthy conspiracy???

    I think perhaps it is.

    Loving the WE, Teenster! Wonderful! We're prepping for a wedding picnic tomorrow (a friend's daughter) so we've been baking the day away... Which I chatted about at Yankee Belle Cafe.

    Gotta check this more thoroughly tomorrow. Hey, try a brownie: Your choice!

  18. Happy Father's Day to all Seekerville dads!!! I know our Seekervillager moms are planning a special Sunday for their special guys!

    Congrats to the winners!

    Thanks, Tina, for a heads up about an interesting blog by Deb Smith at Bell Bridge. It's worth reading.

  19. Thanks for the shout out to the ACFW Journal! I was thrilled to have Mary C and Ruthy contribute to the July issue. And Ruthy's piece on Seekerville was everything I asked for.

    In the coming weeks, both Mary C and Ruthy will appear on my editing blog,, in the In The Edit posts. Would love to have the entire Seekerville community turn out to see what I do to their writing... heh heh heh!

  20. I love all the cool links you share with us, TINA!! Thank you!

    Now I can hardly wait to get my copy of the ACFW journal. I hope it's in the mail NOW!

    Michael -- please remind us when Ruthy & Mary C are on your blog so we don't miss it.

  21. WOW! Ask and ye shall receive! The mail just arrived with my ACFW Journal! GREAT JOB MARY AND RUTHY!!

  22. What a wonderful dinner last night. Blissful.

  23. Oy, and there's that Connealy woman, braggin...

    Oh, it might seem PEACEFUL 'nuf, but it's braggin', jus' the same.

    Hey, an emotional thesaurus????

    Oh, that sounds like too good to pass up! And now I must go see the article about facebook fans.

    But that makes sense because the streams are so different now. I think they mostly have to go to your page to see what you're up to. And who has time to do that, day in, day out?

    Although the very notion of anyone waiting to hear what I have to say has my children laughing on the floor, clutching their sides, tears rolling down their collective cheeks.


    Da lot o' dem!


  24. LOL. LOVE the photos from your dinner! How is it that you guys keep getting younger looking?? Adorable!

  25. I loved the pics of Audra, Tina and Mary! I wish we all could've been there for the fun!

    Thanks for all the great articles, Tina!

  26. What a treat to see Mary and Audra...Audra is a hop, skip and a jump but we are so busy we never connect.

    Oh, and the food was great too. We ate outside, and Larimer Square was lit up with lights, horse drawn carriages kept passing by. Total fun.

    Next time I am going to be awake for it.

  27. Hi Christina Rich..good to see you.

    You have been missed.

  28. I bought the Emotion Thesaurus. I have been following their blog and wow to have it all in one place is such a resource.

  29. oh, ladies, I'm soooo jealous!!! I wish I had been near Denver. Waaa. :( When are y'all going to come to Atlanta, huh????

    I loved the photos. GREAT WE Teenster!

  30. The Ten Steps to Becoming a Better Writer is a blast!

    So glad to see the emotion thesaurus in a book. The settings are excellent, too -- good inspiration.

    And the photos are so much fun. Thanks for sharing your get-together.

    In other words, another great WE, Tina :-)

    Congrats to all the winners.

    And is there any place non-ACFW folks can see Mary and Ruthy's articles?

    Nancy C

  31. Happy Father's Day!

    Congratulations to all the winners. Isn't it grand? I love getting stuff almost as much as I like giving it away : )

    Yep, I'm not even going to pretend I didn't love seeing Mary and Tina. And the evening was gorgeous. I'm just sorry it ended so quickly.

    Congrats on finishing your edits, Mel. You need a breather and some quality relax time now!

    Can you believe it's 100 degrees on our deck in the shade?

  32. Mary said on facebook that she got snowed on yesterday at Pike's Peak! Weird weather you guys have.

  33. But Mary was at Pikes Peak.

    Denver is an altitude of 5,280. Pikes Peak is 14,000. Slight difference there!

  34. Nancy, you can come to my house and read my ACFW Journal.