Welcome to the start of Week 3 of our Seekerville Birthday Party, where we thank you for allowing us into your cyber home and celebrate our FIFTH BIRTHDAY! We're celebrating all month long with daily, weekly and one monthly present.
Today's opportunity for a birthday giveaway is in your comment. Tell us what writing topics you want us to cover during the next year in Seekerville for a chance to win a Seekerville birthday gift bag with a special treat inside. Winner announced in next Sunday's Weekend Edition.
Our Week 3 Birthday Present is .. The Kindle Paperwhite.
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We Have Winners
We're getting those mailings out as fast as we can. If you are a winner contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remind us if it has been more than 8 weeks and your prize has not arrived. See our rules under the legal tab above.
This week's winner of our Week 2 Birthday present is Carrie Pagels.
Sunday's Weekend Edition winner of not only a birthday present surprise but also her favorite cake and photo featured in an upcoming post on Yankee-Belle Cafe! Winner is Jeanne T and her "flourless chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and toasted coconut shavings." Send us the recipe and we'll get cooking.
And the Mary Connealy/Ruth Logan Herne Celebrity Author Bake Off is being scheduled right now. Keep you posted!
Monday we we're delighted to welcome Love Inspired author Brenda Minton who stepped off the pages of her fictional town of Dawson, Oklahoma to Seekerville with her post about "Small Towns". Winner of an autographed Brenda Minton double birthday book package is C.E. Hart .
"That was SO five years ago!" Tuesday Abingdon Press and Heartsong author Myra Johnson reflected on how far she's come as a writer in the past five years and she took a look at some significant "fives" in her life. In honor of Seekerville's fifth birthday, Winner of a box of five inspirational novels (including her own A Horseman's Gift) is Raquel Byrnes.
Wednesday Revell author Julie Lessman and her alter ego Sr. Julie Asumpta shared KISS-OLOGY 301, the final class in "Warming up the Pages with Romantic Tension." Winner of their choice of having a character named after them or a $50 gift card PLUS their choice of any of Julie's books, including Love at Any Cost and A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story is: Ink in the Book.
Thursday Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne shared the second part of her blog post on "How to Write A Selling Series." Winner of an adorable gift basket of cool things from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties (Kirkwood Lake series) including Cuba Cheese... Webb's Candies... NEW RUTHY BOOK!!! and assorted fun stuff is Kathleen Maher!
Special thanks to Love Inspired Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer for spending Friday with us and for providing wonderful insight into what makes a Love Inspired story shine. The top five finalists in the Read Me Contest will be announced next Sunday in the Weekend Edition. Congrats to the 21 Seekervillagers who won books in Friday’s drawings.
Each of the following winners will receive two Love Inspired Suspense stories from Elizabeth: Julie Hilton Steele, Christina Rich, Bridgett Henson, Lyndee H.
Thank you, Elizabeth!
A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens: Page After Page
Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean: Melinda
Last Minute Bride, by Janet Dean, featured in Brides of the West: Patricia W
Yuletide Hearts by Ruth Logan Herne: Clari Dees
A Family to Cherish by Ruth Logan Herne: Annie Rains
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kay: Carol Garvin
Second Chance Courtship by Glynna Kaye: Virginia Munoz
At Home in His Heart by Glynna Kaye: Deb Marvin
High Country Hearts by Glynna Kaye: Susanna
The Officer’s Secret by Debby Giusti: DebH
The Captain’s Mission by Debby Giusti: Christina Lasswell
The Colonel’s Daughter by Debby Giusti: Jeanne T
A surprise package from Tina Radcliffe: Jodie Wolfe
Four Heartsong Presents giveaways from Mary Connealy: Amanda Chavez, Terri Dawn Smith, Walt, and Amy Campbell
Saturday Seekerville was honored to welcome back the witty, sardonic, brutally honest maven of the library world-- ' S '. Also known as Madame S in some circles. She chatted about "The Dos and Don't of the Library World for Authors and the Kitchen Sink." The fortunate dear who won the Amazon gift card is Cathy Ensley.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: Love Inspired author Missy Tippens will bring you "5 All-time Favorite Writing Tips" as well as a giveaway of 5 first-page critiques. If you'd like to find out if your novel opening is catchy enough to draw readers in, be sure to stop by to enter!
Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith will share her experience with the Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson in "I Called the Plot Whisperer." The birthday prize will be an hour consultation with the Plot Whisperer courtesy of Sandra Leesmith. And Martha Alderson has copies of The Plot Whisper for lucky commenters.
Wednesday: Seekerville is honored to have Publishers Weekly's Barbara Vey visiting. Barbara is an expert on social networking and knows what makes a book a bestseller. She'll share how she's grown the Beyond Her Book blog into an international success and offer ways writers and readers can connect, including information on her Second Annual Readers' Appreciation Luncheon. Barbara has not only great information to share but also a real love for people that is evident in everything she does so stop by to chat with this amazing woman who many of you met at ACFW. Seekerville will be giving away lots of surprises in honor of Barbara's visit. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.
Thursday: We have many Women's Fiction writers and readers in our village. Who better to share about this sub-genre than one of our favorite writer friends, WF author extraordinaire, Carla Stewart? And Carla brings her WF buddies (Lisa Wingate and others) with her to chat too. Stop by and you might win a copy of Stardust. Her latest release from FaithWords.
Friday: We've managed to snag Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View author Jill Elizabeth Nelson for a visit Seekerville. Stop by for her post, "The Nature of Deep Point of View" and for FIVE digital giveaways of her POV handbook.
Saturday: Seeker Audra Harders is bringing us a SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY on Saturday. Surprise post, and surprise giveaway. Don't miss it if you like...SURPRISES!!
Our Birthday Party Page is up so check out the upcoming presents!
Don't forget to check out the Friends of Seekerville (The Village People) Photo Album. Continue to send your photos of you and Seekers or you reading a Seeker release to email@example.com. We'll be picking a winner from all the photos sent for a special birthday prize.
On the Seekerville the Town web page we have our monthly calendar and links to the Yankee-Belle Cafe, the October Contest Update.
Nominate Seekerville for the Writer's Digest 101 Best Website for Writers in the genre fiction category.
Join Mary Connealy at Amanda Barratts Blog Monday, October 15th.
And Mary invites you to check out the Petticoats & Pistols Website Launch Party! Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card
(Your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble)
They'll also be giving $25 Gift Cards to 2 additional winners!
Everyone who leaves a comment between now and October 25th will be entered to win. You can get your name in the Stetson more than once. The more days you come by to leave a comment, the more times you are entered! Maximum of one entry per day. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 26th.
October 16th Sandra Leesmith's The Price of Victory will be available at Amazon.com in paperback and ebook. Her upcoming release Current of Love is available for pre-order both in paperback and ebook.
HO! HO! HO! Tina Radcliffe and Missy Tippens are on the cover of the December issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine. Available to subscribers now, this issue can be found in most Barnes & Noble stores at the end of October. Thanks both Keli Gwyn & Anne Barton for sharing the image! You ladies rock!
Julie Lessman Sightings. Now through October 19, 2012:Five Chances to Win!!! Win A Love Surrendered at a giveaway on The Bookclub Network blog.
October 15 - 22, 2012 Win your choice of any of Julie's books including A Love Surrendered and Julie's Christmas e-book A Light in the Window at a giveaway at Sarah Forgrave's blog.
HINT: Julie's giveaway will be choice of Julie's books, a $50 gift card and having a character named after you in Julie's next book! For more information, and the starting point, begin the hunt at www.LisaBergren.com. The hunt can be completed anytime that weekend. Remember: It all starts at Lisa Bergren’s blog on October 25, so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!!
Random News & Information
Nora Roberts Happily Ever After Life (CBS NEWS)
RT Book Reviews Covers the ACFW Conference (RT)
How To Writer A Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict (Writer's Digest)
Dorchester Publishing Trying To Transfer Rights Back To Authors (GalleyCat)
NaNoWriMo – The Pitfalls and How to Deftly Avoid Them (Writer Unboxed)
Not doing NANO in November? Consider Susan Meier's online class: Goal Setting
Are Longer Books More Important? (Salon)
Harlequin's Proofreading Department (Harlequin Blog/Youtube)
Stop Worrying About Book Deals & Write (GalleyCat)
Amazon Starts Author Ranking Feature (PW)
That's it party peeps. Have a great week!!