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Many thanks to all the writers, published and unpublished who made our New Year's Eve party such a success (with over 2800 comments!) If you stopped by check here to see if you are on the giveaway list.
Wednesday was the January Contest Update. Winner of a contest critique (max 15 pages) is Cindy Regnier. Winner of a Seeker Winter Reading package is Crystal.
Thursday we were joined by Love Inspired author, Audra Harders who just recently grasped the meaning of "bigger and better is not always as it seems." Audra shared some of her New Year's revolutions on the subject in her post Do We Need Bigger and Better? The winner of a $15 gift certificate to Amazon or B&N or Christianbook.com is Hallee Bridgeman.
Friday we shared a Best of the Archives post : Pimp Your Contest Entry. Winner of a ten page critique is Pat Jeanne. Winner of a Seeker surprise package is Misty.
Next Week In Seekerville
The January calendar is up. Check out our webpage to keep updated on who's blogging this month.
Monday: Join Mary Connealy today for..."SPEEDBO-Firing a Warning Shot Across the Bow." Mary is firing a warning shot to tell you that Seekerville will again be hosting SPEEDBO in the month of March.
Tuesday: Join Seeker and award-winning author Myra Johnson on Tuesday for a lively discussion about . . . some writerly topic of interest. She's still catching up with "real life" after the holidays, but she promises that if you play along with her "blog du jour," she'll give away not one but TWO copies of her January release, A Horseman's Hope, book 3 in her Horsemen of Cross Roads Farm series from Heartsong Presents.
Wednesday: Wouldn’t it be great if writers were only expected to write? These days, the business and marketing expectations can make any writer, published or unpublished, feel overwhelmed. Thomas Nelson author Tracy Higley shares insights into a strategy that can bring both simplicity and peace as you consider all the tasks on your marketing to-do list.
Thursday: Today Cub Reporter Ruth Logan Herne sets the record straight on "Reader Expectations: What Turns Them Off, What Brings Them Back For More!" On advice from a Seekervillager, Ruthy asked readers what they like... and what they don't like. Stop by Thursday to see what your audience and your friends have to say on the down low... And if you'd like to be in on the fun, e-mail Ruthy with your thoughts on the subject before Wednesday! Names won't be used without permission. Send your comments to email@example.com And despite the fact that she can't imagine why anyone would jump at this and sees "run screaming" as a more likely scenario, Ruthy is offering a twenty-minute (give or take!) phone call to one commenter... Just let her know and she'll put your name in the cat dish!
Friday:We're delighted to have New York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley will be talking about "Resolutions for Writers" and she will give away a copy of her newest release from Thomas Nelson, Waiting for Morning (Book #2 in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series).
This week was the launch for Pam Hillman's Tyndale release, Claiming Mariah. Pam's celebrating with a virtual release PARTY! on facebook. Come as you are! We're serving cake today!
Check out Pam's Official Blog Tour Here!
Myra Johnson announces her January release, A Horseman's Hope, book 3 in the Horsemen of Cross Roads Farm series for Heartsong Presents.
Grace Lorimer (little sister of Kip Lorimer from A Horseman's Heart) is too busy for a relationship. And love is definitely out of the question while she works her way through college to earn her occupational therapist certification. Besides, her mother's string of failed relationships and broken promises prove romance is not worth risking her heart—even when she begins to care deeply for single dad Ryan O'Keefe. Four years after his girlfriend, Shana, became pregnant, Ryan still can't believe he's a father…and can't imagine being anything else. His daughter is the light of his life. Now if only Shana could embrace motherhood and the three become a real family….Then Ryan receives shocking news about Shana, and his world is torn apart as he faces losing his daughter. Suddenly old feelings for Grace resurface, but is a whirlwind marriage of convenience the answer?
Now Available for Preorder!
A June novella collection with Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton and Mary Connealy
1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.
“And Then Came Spring”—Margaret Brownley
Sheriff Tom Garrett wants vengeance on his brother's murderers, but he must think of his orphaned nephew. Then Mary-Jo shows up, swearing she married Tom’s brother by proxy and he’d neglected to mention a son.
“An Ever-After Summer”—Debra Clopton
Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding—Bible believers need not apply. But Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt’s so desperate for her help that he accepts.
“Autumn’s Angel”—Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena Abbott is a singing sensation in New York. But as guardian to her brother’s children, she has few options to provide a home. Clay Birch won an abandoned theater in a poker game. The Hitching Post editor thinks they'll make a perfect match.
“Winter Wedding Bells”—Mary Connealy
David Laramie is looking for a woman to care for his children. In exchange he’ll make her financially comfortable for life. But no woman wants to marry a dying man. Then Megan responds to his ad. It seems his “edited” letter contained no mention of him dying.
Mary Connealy will be on Mary Vee's blog starting on Friday, January 4th and continuing all next week. Mary will be giving away a signed copy of Out of Control, book #1 of the Kincaid Brides series.
Check out the Thorndike Large Print edition of Missy Tippens' A House Full of Hope!
You can still get the 2012 November/December issue of Southern Writers Magazine, featuring our very own Julie Lessman, here.
Random News & Information
Speedbo 2013 is coming. Last year we were overwhelmed by the over 100 writers who participated in our month long writing challenge. This year we're ready for you and we're excited to do it again. March 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013. Details coming, but this is your heads up to clear the decks and prepare.
Don't forget to download your free copy of the Seekerville New Year's Eve Party Cookbook in pdf format. A few recipes have been added and updated, so this supersedes all other editions. Stop by Yankee Belle Cafe, Ruthy is cooking up Rose O'Shea's Killer Oatmeal Cookies (from Tina Radcliffe's The Rancher's Reunion).
Amazon Select: One Author's Choice (Five Scribes)
E-book restrictions leave 'buyers' with few rights (AZ Republic)
My Publishing Predictions for 2013 (MacGregor Literary)
Your Novel Blueprint (WD)
Two Classics, from Literary Agent Noah Lukeman, Free on Kindle. How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent & How to Write a Great Query Letter.
Show Me the Money (Brenda Hiatt) We like to post this several times a year!
THE ACFW CAROL is now open. Deadline March 15, 2013
The FHL IRCA is now open. Deadline March 1, 2013
California Hooker contest open to published, unpublished, self published authors. Opens January 5th, deadline February 15. FIRST 3 Pages. All electronic.
The RWA Web Page Has Been Revamped! RWA.org
Why Writers Should Use the My Healthy Habits App (GalleyCat)
How to Submit Your Novel in the New Year(GalleyCat)
You Are More Than Your Novel (Southern Writers Magazine Blog)
It's Almost Here. Downton Abbey Season 3. Coming Home (PBS)
That's it. We leave you with one of our favorite quotes that zinged by at the New Year's Eve Party...