Happy Valentine's Week, Friends of Seekerville!
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"Ready For My Chance"---A story of the kind of flexibility that would make a circus contortionist green with envy by Mary Connealy was our Monday post. The winner of the first ever in the known universe giveaway of Swept Away by Mary Connealy, and coming soon from Bethany House Publishing is Chill N (Nancy C).
Nancy Mehl was our guest on Tuesday, talking about "Settings, Backstory and Description." The winner of Unbreakable, from Bethany House Publishing is Megan Parsons.
Wednesday we were delighted to welcome the writing team known collectively as Sparkle Abbey to Seekerville. Their post is aptly called "Two For the Price of One-Writing Together." And the winner of a trio of books in the Pampered Pet Mysteries published by Belle Bridge Books is K.C Frantzen.
Thursday our guest was Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies, who shared on "Scrivener: Everything but the Muse." The winner of either a signed book (US/Canada only) or a free class registration for either February or September is Jackie Layton.
What do small-business owners and authors have in common, and what can they do to spread the word about their services or stories? Freelance editor Amber Stokes shared "5 Tips for Spreading the Word and Surviving in the Online World" on Friday.The winner of a $10 Amazon.com gift card is Linda Maendel.
Monday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe is going to start the countdown to Speedbo 2013. We'll share what we (in Seekerville) learned from last year, what we're doing this year and how to sign up. And she'll share some great ideas to get you prepared. And because her copies of her April release Mending the Doctor's Heart just arrived, she'll be giving away a copy and a few more surprises.
Tuesday: Pam Hillman is our hostess talking about Tyndale's Digital First line the second time around, with cameo appearances by Tyndale Digital First authors Johnnie Alexander Donley and Diana Brandmeyer.
Wednesday:To celebrate Valentine's Day, Julie Lessman will present an encore performance of her favorite blog on romance, "Stupid in Love," a true story as to just what "Stupid in Love" means and why it's what every romance reader is looking for along with a few new clips from upcoming and latest books. Giveaway will be winner's choice of any of Julie's books including her upcoming release Love at Any Cost.
Thursday:Be sure to mark today with a BIG RED HEART to remind yourself that Ruth Logan Herne is going to be here celebrating Valentine's Day with the lot o' youse! Vince Mooney has inspired her to scrap the mundane teaching lesson she'd planned and jump into the waters of romance! Ruthy will use a bunch of authors she bribed to demonstrate those little romantic things we love in life and fiction. Come see what sweet things our heroes do to make our heroines feel beloved! Some lucky commenter will receive a delightful Valentine's sack of treats
Friday :Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean will talk about "God at Work in Our Work." Janet will give away a copy of her April release The Bride Wore Spurs.
Just in time for Valentine's Day and hot off the ebook press, Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman - $1.99 Limited Time Special Promotion 2/10-2/16 All Buy Links here! Search and retweet #Digital1st and #1.99 ebook to spread the word! A complete list of Pam's blog stops for this week can be found on her website.
Myra Johnson will speak about her experiences as an inspirational romance author at the monthly Men in Mission dinner at Christ Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC, Monday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. Book sales and signing to follow, including Myra's latest release, A Horseman's Hope.
Join Julie Lessman at "Remain in His Love" blog for an interview and giveaway of a choice of her books. Hope to see you there.
Julie Lessman's Irish Love Story, A Light in the Window, has just gone on sale for Valentine's Day for almost half price at $3.99. Check it out at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
If You Want More of Gwen Hernandez and Scrivener:
Check out this Audio Interview with Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn and remember her next upcoming online class is February 19th followed by a class in May. More info here.
Postal Service Plans to End Saturday Mail Delivery by August (Washington Post)
The Laurie Contest is Low on Inspy entries. Save the category. Sacrifice yourself today. Deadline February 14.
This Robot Book Scanner Can Digitize 250 Pages per Minute [video](Ebook Friendly)
Ideas About the Future of Bookselling (The Shatzkin Files)
Easy Tips for Getting More Amazon Reviews – Now! by Penny Sansevieri (Book Marketing Blog)
Newly Awarded Patent Suggests Amazon is Interested in Selling Used eBooks (The Digital Reader)
Agent Ethics: Schmagents and "Pre-shopping" (Jennifer Represents...)
iTunes Launches Breakout Books Section to Highlight Self-published Titles (Paid Content)
How Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter’s Vine (GalleyCat)
Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish (GalleyCat)
If you write Children's-Middle Grade-YA type books you should definitely bookmark Falling Leaflets Blog. Lots of good info and opportunities.
The Ten Best Jane Austen Characters in Pictures (Guardian)
11 Places to Get a Free and Legal Photo for Your Blog (AuthorMedia)
Whew, lots of information this week! Stay warm while you read them.
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