Seekerville turns SIX! and we invite you to join the celebration October 1-31. We blog daily during our birthday month, so do not miss a day. We have daily presents, and weekly presents, and a final big birthday extravaganza giveaway. All to give back to our Villagers; to say thank you.
Nothing is required except your presence and a comment.* Every time you comment* your name goes in the drawing jar/hat/cat dish, as applicable. This is not the time to lurk.
We Have Winners
Contact us at our email address if you are a winner. If you haven't received your prize in 8 weeks, per our legal page, drop us a line (we get busy with writing books and do forget). Please remember we don't contact winners -so please contact us at seekers at seekerville dot net
Week 1 Gift Card Winner is Amber Schamel
Monday, Seekerville was delighted to welcome Love Inspired Historical author, Karen Kirst to blog with us. Her post is "Epilogues: Love in Action." The winner of her November release, "The Husband Hunt, which received 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews is Clari Dees.
Love Inspired Historical author Jessica Nelson started our birthday party with her post, "Count Your Blessings...Not Your Royalties." The winner of a lovely $25 Barnes & Noble gift card is Chris (of the I'm Just Thinkin' blog).
Wednesday Love Inspired author Mia Ross joined us to talk about the "Top Three Things she's learned since leaving the Island!" Winners of of "Rocky Coast Romance" Book 1 of her "Holiday Harbor" series are Leona Loller, Kathy Bailey and Salyna.
On Thursday, Danica Favorite as she shared what she's learned since she floated off the island and into the loving hands of Love Inspired Historical!! Winner of a vial of Colorado silver is Donna and the winners of $10 Amazon gift cards are Vince and Karen Kirst.
Friday Winnie Griggs returned to talk about "How To Craft Your Quick Elevator Pitch." Winners of her October release A Family for Christmas are Wanda Barefoot and Sally Shupe. And the winner of Winnie's "I Love 2 Read Pin" is Tina Pinson.
Saturday Sandra Leesmith shared her recent debut experience of putting a book on Audio CX in her post entitled: "The World of Audio CX." The winner an audio copy of Love's Miracles is Pat Jeanne Davis.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: We are thrilled to welcome Guest Blogger Audra Jennings, from the Litfuse Publicity Group today, with her post "Why You Need a Publicist." And don't miss our giveaway!
Tuesday: Love Inspired Assistant Editor Giselle Regus joins us today to talk about Reunion Romance stories! Why they’re her favorite and the appeal they have on readers. Stop by to get to know the newest member of the Love Inspired editorial team! To augment their quest for new suspense authors, Giselle is bringing this month's Love Inspired Suspense books with her. Leave a comment on her day and we'll put your name in for a wonderful read, courtesy of Love Inspired!
Wednesday: Mary Connealy will be talking about "How to Stir Up Trouble in Texas." Mary is writing a Novella Backstory for her heroes from Trouble in Texas. In fact she's written it. It's done. How Luke, Dare, Vince and Jonas met in Andersonville Prison. With a surprise twist telling you how Trouble in Texas is connected to the Kincaid Brides Series. Only trouble is, she doesn't know what to do with it. Today she'd like advice and will be kicking around ideas with Villagers. Mary will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to lure you into brainstorming.
Thursday: Ruth Logan Herne lights the hearth and home fires while talking about the ins and outs of holiday-themed books, how the author's choices can enhance or hinder their chosen theme. Think 'Christmas-wrapped Moral Premise" and to celebrate how well you pay attention, Ruthy will be giving away three copies of her newest releases "Love Finds You in the City at Christmas" & "The Lawman's Holiday Wish" in either e-version or paperback.
Friday: Join us for a chat with Bethany House author Melissa Jagears. Her post is,"How Thanking Writing Contest Judges Can Benefit Unpublished Writers." One lucky commenter will receive a complimentary print copy of her debut release, A Bride for Keeps.
Saturday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe shares "Endurance to Cross Your Own Finish Line." Bring your sneakers and a towel. Anyone left standing will be entered in a drawing for thirty days of book camp mentoring. To one reader, a chance to win a Tina Radcliffe/Tina Russo book of choice. And there's chocolate for a third commenter!
|Week 2 Birthday Present: Hand Crafted Kindle bag, wood-turned stylus/ink pen and Seeker BOC|
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It's that time of year again. Please consider nominating Seekerville for the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to email@example.com with “101 Websites” in the subject line between now and December 1, 2013. Our category is Genres/Niches as we are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community. Many thanks. Your friends at Seekerville
If you belong to RWA, be sure to read the October RWR. Page 21 features an article by Laurie Alice Eakes called, "Defining a Genre: Christian Fiction" with commentary by Seeker Mary Connealy and agent Natasha Kern.
News Flash!! FREE Download of A Passion Most Pure! ACFW Debut Book of the Year and 179 5-star reviews can't be wrong, so see why some of Julie's readers have read it more than 20 times!
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The wait is finally over! Julie Lessman's Romance-ology 101. Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Marketplace is now AVAILABLE. Currently available in print format. E-book available very soon.
Debby Giusti and her September Love Inspired Suspense, The Soldier's Sister, will be featured on The Suspense Zone next week, starting on Monday, October 7! Stop by to learn more about the latest book in Debby's Military Investigations Series!
The Soldier's Sister will also be featured this weekend on the Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog including an interview on Sunday with the story's heroine, Stephanie Upton.
Debby Giusti will attend the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, Oct 4 to Oct 6, and will take part in the Pitch Mentoring Workshop on Friday, Oct 4, at 2 PM. She'll sign The Soldier's Sister on Saturday, Oct 5, from 4:30 to 6 PM. The signing is open to the public and will be held at the Atlanta Hilton Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial BLVD, Norcross, GA 30092.
Join Debby at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon held in Birmingham, AL, on Nov 2. For information and reservations check here.
Sign up for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD and a lot of other prizes. This will be your chance to see Mary in her first ever webcast! Just consider the potentials for disaster! We could still be talking about it for years to come! In fact, she can almost guarantee it! You'll be talking about it in solemn, mournful tones, behind her back of course, but still.........you will want to be part of that---RIGHT??? Click Here to Sign Up for a Reminder Email.
|Grand prize winner announced on November 2|
Random News & Information
Seeker Villagers have bravely entered Harlequin's SYTYCW! Time to go over to the site and VOTE. You can pull up a sub-genre such as Love Inspired and find your Villager friends. (See the word submissions, go to the search box to the right of that and use the drop down menu). If you are listed there, go ahead and give us a link in the WE ED. comments.
Great Self-Editing Tools, Check out Melissa Jagears, Weasel Word List (MelissaJagears.com)
When Turning Down a Book Contract is the Best Choice (Novel Rocket)
This Is What Blocks Your Writing (And How To Bust Through) (Write to Done)
New Global E-book Study Published (PW)
The Creative Penn Podcast (The Creative Penn)
FYI: Copyright Office website shuts down (Gigaom) and FYI: Library of Congress shuts down (Galleycat)
Free Writing Pacemaker Creates Custom Writing Schedule (GalleyCat)
What Writers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act (GalleyCat)
Win a Literary Vacation from Kirkus Reviews (GalleyCat)
Never Give Up Your Dreams of Being a Successful Self-Published Writer (ALLi)
3 Paralyzing Statements That Keep You from Your Best Work (Jeff Goins Writer)
The Ascent of Metadata (The Book Designer)
Seeking Inspirational Romance Writers (Books & Such Literary Agency)
Photos from the M&M Conference this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. You can follow the event on Twitter
|Missy Tippens and Debby Giusti|
|Maggies Finalist Missy Tippens at the Booksigning|
|Gala with L to R Meg Mosely, Debby Giusti,. Diana Shuford, Christy Smith. Standing, Lindi Peterson and Ciara Knight|
CONGRATULATIONS DEBBY GIUSTI,
RECIPIENT OF THE GRW NANCY KNIGHT MENTORSHIP AWARD!That's it for this Weekend Edition! This week we're doing a birthday cupcake bar so be sure to grab your favorite!