Welcome to another Weekend Edition.
January is the month for goals and new beginnings.
We Have Winners
Please see our rules for giveaways in Seekerville. Be sure to contact us with your snail mail address if you are a winner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeker and award-winning author Myra Johnson had a lively discussion about her My One Word, "Complete" on Tuesday. The two winners of her January release, A Horseman's Hope, book 3 in her Horsemen of Cross Roads Farm series from Heartsong Presents are Naomi R and Viv.
Wednesday Thomas Nelson author Tracy Higley shared insights on How Uncovering Your Brand Brings Peace. Winner of Isle of Shadows is Edwina!
Thursday Cub Reporter Ruth Logan Herne set the record straight on "What Readers Want and Don't Want" On advice from a Seekervillager, Ruthy asked readers what they like... and what they don't like. Winner of a chat with Ruthy is Jeanne T.
New York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley was our special guest Friday, talking about "Resolutions for Writers." The winner of her newest release from Thomas Nelson, Waiting for Morning (Book #2 in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series) is Tanya Hanson.
Congratulations to the many Seekervillagers who entered the Golden Heart! This year's winner of one of their entry fees reimbursed by check or money order is Kristi Ann Hunter.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: In Janet Dean’s post “Just Do It” she reveals what her Christmas tree taught her this year, along with her One Word for 2013. Janet will be giving away an IOU copy of her April Love Inspired Historical April release, The Bride Wore Spurs.
Tuesday: Madame S Returns! Don't miss her observations on e-books and libraries and why it’s a mess right now. With a special e-book giveaway of a Seeker book of choice.
Wednesday: Debby Giusti shares "Five Tips for an Inspirational New Year." She'll give away a copy of her January Love Inspired Suspense, The General's Secretary.
Thursday: Why should you "ask" your characters about their history and even that of their parents and grandparents? "Interview Your Characters Like a Psychologist Would" with guest blogger Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist for over twenty-five years who shares how getting the "really juicy" backstory on your characters can enrich your plot. Don't miss Carrie's great insight and great giveaway of a Virginia gift basket with chocolate.
Friday : "Writing What You Know...OR Not! " with Debra Ullrick and Cheryl St. John. Recently Debra wrote a writer's loop asking a question about something she knew nothing about. A person emailed back and said, "What happened to writing what you know?" That really bothered Debra until she found a post on that very thing. Join Cheryl St. John and Debra Ullrick as they explore that concept together. Cheryl and Debra will each give away one copy of Colorado Courtship, their Love Inspired Historical (featuring Winter of Dreams by Cheryl St. John & The Rancher's Sweetheart by Debra Ullrick), signed by both.
Pam Hillman’s Blog Tour Blowout celebrating the release of Claiming Mariah continues with stops this week with Cheryl St. John, Rose McCauley, Dora Hiers, Awesome AusJenny!, and Preslaysa Williams. And that’s not CLL. The Prize Vault is OPEN!
Mary Connealy will be on Petticoats & Pistols on Thursday, January 17, talking about launching a new series- Trouble In Texas!
Tina Radcliffe will be mapping out a New Year on the ACFW blog on Monday, January 14th.
On Friday, join Myra Johnson on the ACFW blog. She'll be talking
about how to use GOAL-MOTIVATION-CONFLICT-RESOLUTION to get your you-know-what away the computer to exercise something other than your brain cells.
Lillie Beaumont, the heroine in Debby Giusti's latest LIS, The General's Secretary, is being interviewed this weekend on www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com
Debby Giusti will be the guest on Margaret Daley's blog, January 14. Debby will be talking about her latest release, The General's Secretary.
Random News & Information
Michael Hauge's Six Stage Plot Structure (Infographic)
6 Winning Ideas for Self-Publishers Straight from “Downton Abbey” (The Book Designer)
Smashwords Year in Review 2012 - The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors (Smashwords Blog)
Tips for Writers on Naming Fictional Characters (Baby Names via K.C.Frantzen)
Nate the Great Series Coming as eBooks (GalleyCat)
The Writing Book for Your Year (Steve Laube Blog)
Power of the indie: Macmillan strikes partnerships with e-publisher Entangled (Paid Content)
Us Plus by Jennifer Paros (Author Magazine) Wow! Great article!
The 2012 RWA Conference Workshop CDs are available now!
Now for some inspiring news for 2013!
Congratulations to the 2012 Phoenix Rattler Finalists!!!
Seekerville would like to congratulate Villager Bridgett Henson on her debut release, Whatever He Wants.
Congratulations to Mindy Obenhaus on her first sale to Love Inspired Senior Editor, Melissa Endlich!
You can also drop by the Yankee Belle-Cafe and congratulate Mindy!
That's it! Have a great weekend!