Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Weekend Edition


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This weekend we're day dreaming, letting our plots and characters percolate on those clouds in our minds.  I'm seeing a cute guy on a horse who looks like Henry Cavill in those clouds. What do you see?

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Contact us at our email address if you are a winner. If you haven't received your prize in 6-8 weeks, per our legal page, drop us a line.  - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.JJi8hhGM.dpuf
Monday: Today Janet Dean talks about writing with clarity in her post entitled "My Two Cents: Worth Every Penny. " Janet will give away a signed copy of her April Love Inspired Historical The Bride Wore Spurs.


Tuesday:Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson is your hostess on Tuesday. Join Myra for "Character Casting Call" and some hands-on practice in searching the Internet for just the right photos to represent your heroes and heroines. Myra will give away winner's choice of one of her Heartsong Presents "Horseman" novels.


Wednesday:OH, NO!!! What happens when your plot thickens … uh ... all the way to concrete?? When historical research or editors lock your story up, how do you get things stirring again? Join Julie Lessman with her experiences and solutions in her Seekervile blog entitled  "WHEN THE PLOT THICKENS TO CONCRETE!" A giveaway of choice of Julie's books is included.


Thursday:Can't afford a conference? Or don't choose to go, but hate missing the fun of gathering with your writer buds???? You've come to the right place, City Slickers and Cowpokes! Grab your chaps, your boots and your laptops because Ruth Logan Herne and the Seekers are inviting you to take a totally fun, amazingly FREE and marvelously encouraging Virtual Writer's Retreat housed at a Dude Ranch. For eight wonderful days we'll gather around the mountainside campfire... or the indoor hearth if the weather turns on us... and we'll chat about what we've done to further our careers, to carve out writing time, to build our career one day at a time. Don't miss Thursday's post for details.


Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf
Monday: Today Janet Dean talks about writing with clarity in her post entitled "My Two Cents: Worth Every Penny. " Janet will give away a signed copy of her April Love Inspired Historical The Bride Wore Spurs.


Tuesday:Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson is your hostess on Tuesday. Join Myra for "Character Casting Call" and some hands-on practice in searching the Internet for just the right photos to represent your heroes and heroines. Myra will give away winner's choice of one of her Heartsong Presents "Horseman" novels.


Wednesday:OH, NO!!! What happens when your plot thickens … uh ... all the way to concrete?? When historical research or editors lock your story up, how do you get things stirring again? Join Julie Lessman with her experiences and solutions in her Seekervile blog entitled  "WHEN THE PLOT THICKENS TO CONCRETE!" A giveaway of choice of Julie's books is included.


Thursday:Can't afford a conference? Or don't choose to go, but hate missing the fun of gathering with your writer buds???? You've come to the right place, City Slickers and Cowpokes! Grab your chaps, your boots and your laptops because Ruth Logan Herne and the Seekers are inviting you to take a totally fun, amazingly FREE and marvelously encouraging Virtual Writer's Retreat housed at a Dude Ranch. For eight wonderful days we'll gather around the mountainside campfire... or the indoor hearth if the weather turns on us... and we'll chat about what we've done to further our careers, to carve out writing time, to build our career one day at a time. Don't miss Thursday's post for details.


Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf

Monday Janet Dean talked about writing with clarity in her post entitled "My Two Cents: Worth Every Penny. " Winner of her April Love Inspired Historical The Bride Wore Spurs is Amber Perry.

 

Tuesday Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson was your hostess. Join with "Character Casting Call" and  hands-on practice in searching the Internet for just the right photos to represent your heroes and heroines. Winner's choice of any one of Myra's three Horseman romances is Lyndee H--please specify book title when claiming your prize.


OH, NO!!! What happens when your plot thickens … uh ... all the way to concrete?? When historical research or editors lock your story up, how do you get things stirring again?  Julie Lessman shared her  experiences and solutions in her Seekervile blog entitled  "WHEN THE PLOT THICKENS TO CONCRETE!" The winner for the blog itself for choice of any of Julie's books is LornaFaith.The winner of the Rafflecopter contest who will have a character named after them in Julie's next book and a signed copy of that book is: Shannon Murphy. The 2nd runner up who wins a signed copy of choice of Julie's books is: Callie.The random winner of a signed choice of Julie's books (where even one entry could win) is: Glenda Alexander

 

Friday we learned how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies."  Winner of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, is Karen Kirst.






Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf

Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf

Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf

Friday: Want to learn how to spice up your writing with the freshness editors crave? Come learn one of the secret ingredients that has propelled Karen Witemeyer's stories to the CBA bestseller lists. Don't miss her post on "The Art of Analogies." She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, Stealing the Preacher, to one lucky commenter (US residents only). - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.56f4TEei.dpuf
Next Week In Seekerville


Monday:Welcome Love Inspired Suspense and Revell author Sandra Orchard! Sandra will share with us "A Tip for Choosing the Strengths and Weaknesses in Your Characters."



Tuesday:Seekerville welcome Heartsong Presents, author Debby Mayne. Stop by and let's talk about "Breaking All the Rules." Debby gives new meaning to the word multi-published. She's published with Avalon, Summerside Press, Charisma House, Guidepost, Barbour Publishing, Heartsong Presents, B& H and Abingdon Press. Debby is also giving away a copy her June release from Abingdon Press,Pretty is As Pretty Does!



Wednesday:Stop by today to read Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti's blog post, "Weaving the Inspirational Thread Into Our Stories." Leave a comment to win one of Debby's books, winner's choice!



Thursday:Readers don’t want to read a story, they want to feel it. Today Thomas Nelson author  Margaret Brownley will discuss ways to touch your readers’ deepest emotions. Margaret will be giving away a copy of Waiting for Morning.  


Friday: In "Creating Characters Who Breathe," 2013 RITA finalist Robin Lee Hatcher gives some tips on how she discovers the inner workings of her characters, how she loves to watch them come to life and begin to tell her their stories. Robin will give away a copy of her book Heart of Gold. The hero and heroine from that book make a cameo appearance in her novella in A Bride for All Seasons.  






Seeker Sightings


 Don't forget the Seeker's Semi-Annual Writer's Retreat lead by Ruth Logan Herne starts Sunday, June 16 and goes for 8 days. This session is at a Dude Ranch! Saddle up your horse, and pack up your S'mores. 

Email us at seekersvirtualwritersretreat-subscribe at   yahoogroups dot com to get enrolled. 

Prepare to brainstorm, write, chat and raid the mess hall at intervals. We'll meet daily to talk and swap tall writing tales from 8-9 PM EST ( 7:00 - 8:00  CST, 6:00 - 7:00 PM MST and 5:00 - 6:00 PST) See you there.





2013 RITA finalist, Missy Tippens is thrilled to announce the sale of two books to Love Inspired!!!! Release dates TBA.











Congratulations to Janet Dean! Her  novella, Last Minute Bride, is a 2013 Holt Medallion Award of Merit recipient. 











 This weekend, Debby Giusti is blogging with Camy Tang in honor of Flag Day. Stop by Camy's Loft and leave a comment for a chance to win Debby's latest release, The Colonel's Daughter.

Exciting News!! The General's Secretary, the fourth book in Debby Giusti's Military Investigations series, is an Award of Merit recipient in the HOLT Medallion Contest.








Random News & Information


Why Amish Novels Are Hot (WSJ) 



Loglines and Taglines are Different And You Need Both (RWA San Diego)



 5 Ways to Make the Ordinary Menacing in Your Suspense Novel (WD)



 HarperCollins makes it easier for authors to give away their ebooks (paidContent)



 Check Out These Free Guides by bookbaby



Why The Hero’s Journey is a Tourist Trap (Writer Unboxed)



PUSHING THE BUTTON, PART 2: GOING INDIE (A Newbie's Guide to Publishing)



How to Know You're a Writer (In GIF Form) (Nathan Bransford)



Cover Designer to the Self-Published Stars( GalleyCat)




What Writers and Publishers Need to Know About Pinterest (GalleyCat)



Writing the Perfect Scene (Advanced Fiction Writing) 



 Small Towns, Broad Tastes: Focus on Romance 2013 (PW)




That's it! Have a great weekend! And Happy Father's Day!

40 comments :

  1. I see a great big eye. :)

    The special weekend coffee pot is ready.

    Congrats to the winners.

    And to Missy for her sales!!

    Helen

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  2. YAY for Missy!!!!

    And Debby!!!! Margie Vawter is talking about the same thing tomorrow at the MozArks group!

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  3. Looks like a great WE, Tina. I'm beat right now (literally and figuratively as my boys beat the pants off me at Settlers of Catan tonight). But, Missy, what a beautiful photo of you! You just shine, lady.

    Rest well. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stop back tomorrow. :)

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  4. Wow, what a weekend wrap up!

    Yay, Missy! Congratulations and good luck as you weave another set of wonderful award winning stories for us.

    Congrats Debby and Janet for the Holt. Well deserved, both of you.

    And thanks to Myra for donating a book that I won - very cool.

    Miss Tina- Thanks for your great WE as always. You ROCK, lady!

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  5. Congratulations, Missy, on your 2-book sale! Also congrats go out to Debbie and Janet!

    Happy Saturday, Seekerville!

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  6. The awards and honors and contracts just keep rolling in. Aren't you afraid your published books scroller is going to burst?

    I am not going to browse those fabulous teaser links (well, maybe Henry) because I've GOT IMPORTANT WRITING STUFF TO DO TODAY. And I need to get some of it done before the craziness of ranch getaway.

    Congrats to the winners and to Missy, Debbie and Janet.

    A special shout out to my critique partner/encourager Lyndee before I go to my cave!

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  7. Congrats to Missy, Debby and Janet!

    Lots of great links, Tina! Thanks for another great WE!

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  8. MISSY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!


    Also, congratulatons to all of the winners.

    Looks like we have a great line up for next.

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  9. Wow, Tina, I'm impressed with what you see in those clouds. I saw waves of trouble with glorious light of the hero and heroine's Happily Ever After ending. Ah, the wonder of romance.

    Congrats to our winners!

    Wahoo, Missy, for your two-book contract!

    Thanks for the congrats, ladies! I love the Holt so I'm thrilled!

    I'll be checking out several of the links. Thanks Tina! I'm looking forward to next week's lineup! Seekerville rocks!

    Janet

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  10. Those clouds remind me of that Louis Armstrong song. What a Wonderful World

    I see trees of green........ red roses too
    I see em bloom..... for me and for you
    And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

    I see skies of blue..... clouds of white
    Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

    The colors of a rainbow.....so pretty ..in the sky
    Are also on the faces.....of people ..going by
    I see friends shaking hands.....sayin.. how do you do
    They're really sayin......i love you.

    I hear babies cry...... I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more.....than I'll never know
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

    (instrumental break)

    The colors of a rainbow.....so pretty ..in the sky
    Are there on the faces.....of people ..going by
    I see friends shaking hands.....sayin.. how do you do
    They're really sayin...*spoken*(I ....love....you).

    I hear babies cry...... I watch them grow
    *spoken*(you know their gonna learn
    A whole lot more than I'll never know)
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world
    Yes I think to myself .......what a wonderful world.

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  11. Congrats to the winners and to Missy for her sale. And next week's line-up looks awesome.

    Y'all remember SpeedBo, don't you? It was responsible for me finishing a novella that I entered into Boroughs Publishing Group's novella contest. Well, the contest is live and the finalists are selected by popular vote. I would sure appreciate your vote if you're so inclined.

    Go to http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/content/whats-name-voting and my entry is the second one, BETTER AS A MEMORY. You can vote once a day (and it has to be 24 hours between votes). There's a week left in the first round. I'll be sure to post the results in here. I've been promoting this every day and everywhere. I guess it's a taste of what it's like to promote a book release!

    Thanks in advance. You guys and SpeedBo were here at the right time for me.

    Marilyn

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  12. Congratulations to the week's winners and Missy, Janet and Debby!

    Tina, thanks for the WE and all the excellent links. I love the clouds!

    I've got to start packing/shopping for the dude ranch. I'll see you all there!

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  13. Go Marilyn!! There is also a hot link to vote on the Seekerville FB page for today.

    VOTE!!!

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  14. Wow! What a great line-up for next week!

    Congrats to the winners and to Missy, Janet and Debby! Lots of great news!

    Voted for you Marilyn. Good luck!

    The article on writing the perfect scene was awesome. I've heard it all before but this was clearer somehow. A keeper for sure. Now if I could figure out how to get a Goal, Conflict and Disaster in all my scenes, I'd be doing great!

    Thanking God that my daughter was not injured in her car accident yesterday. Our new car was, (2nd time in 6 months!) but metal can be fixed. Nerve wracking few hours yesterday though.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  15. Hmmmm....see packing boxes but Simba sees an army of squirrels.

    Congrats to Missy on her two book deal. Can't wait to read them so you better write fast!

    Whooohoooo to Debby and Janet! Uber cool.

    Tons of information to sift through this WE but I think I'm depressed. I was just beginning to think I might survive synopsis writing but now I have to worry about loglines? Really? I'd been blissfully ignorant of them until this morning, thank you very much. :-0

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  16. Oh, Susan. So glad she is okay.

    Kids and cars. It's a constant prayer.

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  17. Hello everyone.
    Congrats to the winners.

    Does anyone know on the writers retreat if we should receive a confirmation email? I've sent 2 emails but no reply.

    WAY TO GO, MISSY!!!

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  18. Tina, that's one of favorite songs.

    Susan, we're on kid #5 for teaching to drive. I get more nervous w/each one. This one is almost 17 and I still haven't let her get her her license. I must be getting old.

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  19. You should Connie. I will ask Ruthy.

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  20. I see a CAT in every cloud, LOL!

    CONGRATS to all the winners!
    And CONGRATS to Missy on your sale and to Janet and Debby on your Holt Medallion awards - - YAY!!

    SO excited about the upcoming week in S'ville - - some of my FAVORITE writers AND friends will be posting! YIPPY SKIPPY!!!

    Happy Weekend everyone, and in honor of Father's Day I'm leaving some desserts here that my precious Daddy always loved....Georgia Pecan Pie, and (the usual, LOL) Peach Cobbler, served with homemade vanilla ice-cream. ENJOY!! ~ Hugs, Patti Jo

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  21. p.s. Oh Tina....my Daddy LOVED that Louis Armstrong song...So now I always think of Daddy when I hear it....such a precious song.

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  22. Tina, another great WE!

    Thanks for the congrats! Hugging Janet...so fun to be a HOLT Merit Recipient with her. Such great company. :)

    Is everyone getting ready for Father's Day? I've got a steak ready for the grill...

    Congrats to all the winners!

    Yay, Marilyn! I'm voting!

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  23. I remember my parents went to a military function when I was young, and Louis Armstrong performed. They got his autograph for me.

    Of course, I was little and didn't realize who he was.

    Wonder where I stashed that tiny scrap of paper?

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  24. Congratulations to all of the winners. Congrats are also in order for Missy, Janet and Debby!

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  25. Oh, COOL WE, Teenster!!!

    I see cactus, but that could be because I'm sitting outside in 87-degree weather ... ;)

    SUPER CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND ESPECIALLY MISSY, JANET, AND DEBBY FOR THE FINALS!!!

    I have to admit, the two articles on Amish did dismay me a wee bit, so maybe I need to do what my hubby's been telling me all along -- put a bonnet on Charity. :|

    Hugs and Happy Weekend!!
    Julie

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  26. Uh oh. I didn't get a confirmation e-mail after I signed up for the retreat. I got an "undeliverable" message the first time. Nothing the second. Thought that meant okay.

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  27. Thank you all for your votes!

    I'm still going through all the article links in the WE. Got interrupted by a flood in my apartment. A bad release valve in the apartment over me caused water to gush from my hot water heater. At least I was home and got maintenance on the phone quickly. I'll have 2 blowers and a HUGE dehumidifier here til Monday. At least they're like white noise. I should sleep well. LOL!

    No Father's Day celebrations here. My dad died in 1970. I let my boys handle things for their dad since we're divorced. I will send my older son an email and tell him what a terrific father I think he is. He has two little girls and is just wonderful with them.

    Back to washing towels and my bathmats. *sigh*

    Marilyn

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  28. Congrats to the winners...A good name for Julie's book, I like Shannon. and look at yous seekerville has some poets, another poem for us...great.
    I like to cloud watch and on this one I see two faces looking at one another in surprise...
    Have a great weekend all...

    Paula O

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  29. Helen and connie have arrived at the ranch! We're upwards of 50 slickers coming together to get 'era done!

    Still plenty of bunk space... we love us some company in Seerkerville!

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  30. Teenster I read the article about small town tastes and laughed out loud about how some can't keep 50 Shades on the shelf and for others it's sweet fiction.

    Not all towns are created equal... or alike! And i loved the article about indie covers. What a great story of evolving enterprise!

    I'm heading to the back porch of the ranch because I heard Grammar Queen was on the front one! My goal? To make it through as many days as I can without seeing her!

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  31. LOL. That's a very admirable goal. No bloodshed is also.

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  32. Great WE TINA.

    CONGRATS to MISSY, DEBBY and JANET. Not surprised. :)

    SUSAN so glad your daughter is okay.

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  33. First Father's Day without my dad. So instead of celebrating I'm remembering and thanking God for such a wonderful papa and father-in-law. I sure was blessed.

    Had some great men in my life to model my heroes after. smile

    Blessings to all of you.

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  34. Sooo much here.
    Congrats to all the winners!
    Hope everyone is having a fun, productive weekend.

    And a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the gentlemen here on Seekerville!!!

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  35. YES!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the link Why The Hero’s Journey is a Tourist Trap. The other links are good reads, too, don't get me wrong. But oh wow and double wow for Why The Hero’s Journey is a Tourist Trap. Bookmarked. Will be shared. And shared. And shared.

    Congrats to the winners, Missy, Janet, Debby. Lots of encouraging new.

    And Happy Father's Day to the Seekervillager Dads amongst us.

    Nancy C

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  36. Just realized I never got to the comments this past weekend! I read the WE but got pulled away before reading all your sweet wishes. Thank you for celebrating with me!! I'm sorry I'm late to thank you.

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