As we wrap up our
Fifth Birthday Bash
we've got great news.
The kind of news that makes us all LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE. Love being involved with this blog and getting to share the ups and downs of writing with other authors.
Today we will devote a day to celebrate
Melissa Jagears 1st sale!!!!
And it's great sale.
A three book deal plus a novella to Bethany House Publishing!
YAY! Melissa is joining me at Bethany House!!!!!!
Here's a little bit from Melissa about her book and her journey!
A Bride For Keeps
Book One in the Mail-Order Trouble Series:
A desperate homesteader longs for a wife to share his burdens, but three failed attempts at mail order brides lead him to believe God wants him single. When the prettiest woman he's ever seen agrees to marry him, his joy turns to distress when her past keeps her from desiring anything but a marriage in name only. When a near-fatal wound drives them closer together than either one can handle, will his bride cave to love or will fear keep her armored against his affections?
But keep your eye out for the novella, Love by the Letter, which will debut before then!
By the way, shout out to Myra Johnson for helping with my novel’s pitch many years ago when I was some pregnant stranger that showed up for a meeting in Tulsa.
My writing journey?? You do know I write novels, right? Even in blog comments…Okay, okay, only a few paragraphs….
I wanted to be a book editor in the 6th grade but knew I wouldn’t want to live in a big city like New York, and unfortunately, I didn’t predict the invention of the internet. So I decided to teach English. No “writing since I could hold a crayon and staple little paper books together” stories for me.
Then I had a screaming baby and got bored of washing diapers and reading Bear in the Big Blue House Likes to Eat. (How come toddlers pick the WORST written books to have you read a hundred times over?) After I started writing so my brain wouldn’t atrophy, I found an excellent group of writers through ACFW Scribes. I grew very quickly because Diana Sharples, Anne Greene, Glenn Haggerty, and Naomi Rawlings told me everywhere my writing sucked without worrying about sandwiching every critical comment between a positive.
After three years of writing, I decided I wasn’t entering contests in 2012. But as a Seekerville Junky, I read through the contest updates and noticed a contest I’d finaled in the year before was low on Inspirational Entries….so I just had to click over. I read through the final judges and prizes and noticed the prizes were gift certificates for next year’s contest, and I realized I had one of those! Well, of course I had to throw something in ten minutes before the buzzer, and I only had one manuscript ready—the one I had decided to give up on. Then it finaled, won, and the editor requested it. I said, “Hold on, I want to try for my dream agent again, maybe she’ll feel better about this novel.” And she did! Five months after winning Fool for Love, Bethany buys a novella and three book series from me. And that’s the beginning of my story.
MARY Again: Whenever one of our Seekervillagers sell it causes a RIOT because we are so happy for you.
Everyone leave a message saying
CONGRATULATIONS to MELISSA!!!
And when one of you gets bad news we have ALL been there and feel such empathy for you and so much pride in the hard work you've done and the courage it takes to persevere.
Writing is a lonely business. The hours spent behind the keyboard can't be put in by anyone else. We LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE because a community of LONERS is honestly an amazing and precious thing!
WE LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE, knowing all of you, watching you strive and learn and fail and pick yourselves up and strive some more is inspiring and we love coming along for the ride and ANY bit of help we can give you is just a blessing to each of us.
I think one thing that makes us LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE is that none of The SEEKERS came to being published easily. One of the reasons the Seekers all get along so well is because we took years to get published. We endured countless rejections. We had to get tough. We had to work hard. It's a bond that just has taught us all to roll with the punches and not sweat the small stuff and to TREASURE friends who support us when the going gets tough.
We spent all last month partying because we LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE and we just can’t come all the way down in one day.
So, today we are extending the party to celebrate
Melissa's 1st sale!
(And just fyi, I've already read Melissa's book Neener, neener, neener!
And it's WONDERFUL.)
And we'd also love to hear your thoughts about the birthday bash. We are wide open to comments and suggestions for how we can make it better. Sound off with any ideas you've got for next year because YES we are planning to be around to celebrate SIX years and a whole bunch more FIRST SALES!!!!
To celebrate I am giving away an ebook copy of my Christmas novella Candlelight Christmas(I'd give away Melissa's book but it doesn't release until next year!!!)
Candlelight Christmas contains two novella’s The Outlaw’s Gift by Linda Goodnight and The Christmas Candle by Mary Connealy. Candlelight Christmas is available on Amazon only as a Kindle ebook for $2.99.
If you do NOT have a Kindle you can still get a free Kindle app to download to your computer, your smart phone or whatever whiz bang digital device you own.
|Click To Buy for $2.99|
Two Inspirational Christmas Stories ...
1. The Outlaw’s Gift by Linda Goodnight
1880s Oklahoma Territory
When drifter Seth Blackstone shows up at Raven Patterson’s homestead, Raven thinks this may be the solution to all her problems. But Seth’s mysterious past is about to catch up with him and could mean disaster for them both.
2. The Christmas Candle by Mary Connealy
Arkansas Ozarks 1883
Gabe Wagner, has left his hectic city life and moved onto Rose Palmer’s mountain. His plans to build a house will tear the heart out of her Ozark Mountain home. Rose learns that what she calls peace and quiet has evolved into isolation and loneliness. As Christmas approaches and she searches for the perfect way to honor the Savior’s birth, she realizes she wants to let Gabe into her life. But to do it, she may have to face a larger world that frightens her while she gives up the safe life she has always known.
Can the search for the perfect Christmas candle and the broken hearts of two little boys bring a solitary woman and a grieving man together?
WE LOVE BEING SEEKERVILLE