Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Weekend Edition Birthday Week 3

Happy Birthday SEEKERVILLE! 
 We invite you to join the celebration October 1-31. We blog daily during our birthday month, so do not miss a day. We've got daily presents, and weekly presents, and a final big birthday extravaganza giveaway. * Every time you comment* your name goes in the drawing. 

That's a chance at 36 giveaways plus the grand prize.
Lurkers don't win prizes. Don't lurk!

Additionally, we're getting very close to the big MILLION. Anyone posting in the 24 hours of the big MILLION is eligible for MILLION SWAG.  We're getting very close!

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

 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 - See more at:

Week 2 Winner is Jan Drexler!

Monday we were thrilled to welcome Guest Blogger Audra Jennings, from the Litfuse Publicity Group today, with her post "Why You Need a Publicist." Winner of Fired Up in print or ebook by Mary Connealy is Karen K. 

More birthday fun!!The Litfuse gang enjoyed their visit so much that they are giving away a surprise box of books to one commenter! The winner is Christina Rich.

 Love Inspired Assistant Editor Giselle Regus joined 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 brought this month's Love Inspired Suspense books with her. Winners of Love Inspired Suspense are Piper, Jackie McNutt, Boos Mum, Melanie Dickerson.

Wednesday Mary Connealy "Brain Stormed" in Seekerville. 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 SeriesWinner of a $25 Amazon Gift Card is Jan Christiansen.

Thursday  Ruth Logan Herne lit 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, Winners of  Lawman's Holiday Wish are Valri, Judy B., Patti Jo. Winners of
Love Finds You/Red Kettle Christmas
are Cindy W, Hilleary Peterson, Jackie Smith. 

On Friday, Bethany House author Melissa Jagears joined us with,"How Thanking Writing Contest Judges Can Benefit Unpublished Writers." Winner of a complimentary print copy of her debut release, A Bride for Keeps is Bookishqueen.

Saturday Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe shared "Endurance to Cross Your Own Finish Line." Winner of thirty days of boot camp mentoring is Natalie Monk.  A winner reader of a Tina Radcliffe/Tina Russo book of choice is Mary Cline. Winner of a first chapter critique is Marilyn Turk. The final winner of chocolate is Rebecca. 

Week 3 prize, Coleman Cooler Quad Chair for Beach or Land, and Winner's Choice of a Seeker book!

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:Do you type The End on the first draft of your manuscript and then live in dread of looking at it again? Love Inspired author, and 2013 RITA© finalist, Missy Tippens shares what she's learned since leaving the island with "A Pantser Turned Plotter Learns to Love Revising." Come find out how you too can learn to love fixing your manuscripts! Missy will be offering a giveaway of a mentoring package! 

Tuesday: Two-time Christy Award finalist, and Carol Award winner,  Melanie Dickerson returns with, "How to Put Your Own Twist on a Classic Story!" Don't miss this fun chat and her giveaway of The Captive Maiden.

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author and Seeker, Debby Giusti invites everyone to join her when she blogs about: "Fishing and Looking Back Over the Last Six Years!" Be sure to stop by to get your name in the basket. You just might be the winner of a sweet surprise package from Debby!

Thursday: Love Inspired Historical author Clari Dees is our guest with her post,  "Five Things I'm Thankful I Knew Before I Left The Island." She has a giveaway of The Marshal Meets His Match for one lucky commenter.

Friday: Cheryl St.John will be visiting to talk about "Preparing Yourself for Success: Gaining Confidence" and how that led to writing her first non-fiction book: Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel. Cheryl will be giving away a Kindle version of Land of Dreams.

Saturday: Love Inspired Historical author, Jan Drexler stops by today. She's talking about "Keeping Calm and Carrying On," and when you come and share a seat at her table of wisdom, she's offering up a French Press and roasted cocoa beans to enjoy while reading the free copy of her debut novel The Prodigal Son Returns.

Seeker Sightings

 Here's a helpful reminder. DO share you own news and sightings in the comments during the Weekend Edition. And we welcome you to share your news (releases, contest finals and wins, book sales or free days, etc.)  on our Facebook Page! 

Please consider nominating Seekerville for the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to with “101 Websites” in the subject line. Our category is Genres/Niches as we are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community. Many thanks. Your friends at Seekerville 

 Romance-ology 101 is Here!! New paperback workbook for writing romantic tension in the Inspy and sweet markets is hot off the press, so check it out HERE!! Ebook coming soon -- more details can be found at Julie's Romance-ology 101 website tab here: Romance-ology 101.

Don't miss the FREE Download of A Passion Most Pure! Julie Lessman's ACFW 2009 Debut Book of the Year is still available for free download, so do check it out! 


Downton Abbey, Look Out!

THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL FACEBOOK LAUNCH PARTY IS COMING!! Please join Julie Lessman and Joanne Bischoff to help kick off Carrie Turansky's new release, The Governess of Highland Hall, at a Facebook Party on Tuesday October 15th at 7:00 pm Eastern. Carrie will reveal a behind-the-page glimpse of her FABULOUS new book as well as answer questions and give away copies and other fun prizes.

Joanne and Julie will be calling in as Carrie's special guests and giving away copies of their books too!  Please RSVP here, and we will send you a reminder so you don't miss the fun and prizes including Downton Abbey DVDs, Calendar, and Cookbook, tea and teacups! Hope to see you there!

Tina Russo Radcliffe is guest posting on My Story My Way-An Indie Adventure on Wednesday, October 16th with her post "The 6 Qualities of an Indie Author," and then with an excerpt of The Rosetti Curse available on Saturday, October 19th.

Also, be sure to stop by and sign up for her newsletter. Beginning November 1, she'll be drawing one subscriber a month to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

On Friday, October 18, visit Mary Vee's blog to read how God has led Myra Johnson on her writing journey. It began in second grade when she wrote her very first short story, and continues today with eight novels in print. Myra shares how she survived twenty-five years of heartbreaking rejections until she finally landed her first book contract. 

Mary Connealy's Tuesday Night Webcast  has been edited to add in the videos that didn't play correctly the night of the live broadcast and all commercial interruptions are gone. Click here.

Fremont, Nebraska newspaper article features Mary Connealy Click Here


Janet Dean is speaking to Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church’s Ladies Auxiliary Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Southeast Villagers, check out the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon, Nov 2, in Birmingham, AL, where Debby Giusti will be hosting a table. For reservations and information:

Mark your calendars for Oct 22, 2013 when Publishers Weekly Contributing Editor Barbara Vey guest blogs on Seekerville. Debby Giusti hosts and is giving away an open ticket to Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon, April 26, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI, with keynote speaker, Debbie Macomber. Check your calendars to see if you want to enter the drawing for the luncheon entrance. (Any other expenses, including travel costs and hotel are the winner's responsibility.) Arrive on Friday, April 25, 2014 for the mix and mingle with more than 40 of your favorite authors, including Debbie M. More details at:


 If you haven't gotten one of the new Seeker Bookmarks, 
please drop us a line, and during October we'll pay the postage~!

 Random News & Information

Scene Arcs (Writers in the Storm) 

Techie Tips: Basic SEO  (Litfuse Publicity)

 E-books are changing reading habits (USA Today)

 How to Build Subplots From Multiple Viewpoints (WD)

 App Annie Releases eBook Analytics Tools (GalleyCat)

 Free Writing Pacemaker Creates Custom Writing Schedule (GalleyCat)

 Coming Clean: Revising Old Manuscripts (Rogenna Brewer)

 Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November (Writer Unboxed)

Show Me the Money! Traditional Publisher Survey (Brenda Hiatt)

Keep Your Tweets in Shape (Jones House Creative)

Whatever Happened to Book Editors? (PW)

 Can You Read People’s Emotions? (NYT via @CindyKirk)

We leave you with this great news!!

First Sale Congratulations to Susan Anne Mason who signed a contract with White Rose Publishing of Pelican Book Group for TWO contemporary Inspirational Romances!!

   *(Questions about our giveaways? See our legal page above. Please see our spamming rules as well. )


  1. Just popping in before I fall into bed. I'll leave some flourless chocolate cake for y'all and some Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin spice coffee. Yummy with cream!

    Congratulations to all the winners!!! I'm looking forward to checking out some links tomorrow, and to the posts next week!

    Good night all!

  2. Oh, yay! I surprise. Thank you!! Looking forward to another great week.

  3. Happy Birthday to us!! And we are only at the midpoint. Egads, I'm exhausted.

  4. Congrats all winners. I am about to head out to get the bus to the city so may not get to comment for a couple of days (the hotel computer needs updating and doesn't like blogger). See the wrist specialist tomorrow afternoon. (head is aching again more than I would like even with meds so may be an interesting trip)
    Happy birthday again.

  5. I signed up for your newsletter Tina, and I was going to make some other comment but cranky baby sidetracked me, probably was sarcastic anyway. You should thank the boy. :)

  6. Oh yes, I remember! Congrats, Susan!

  7. Wait, wait, wait... did I just read that I was the final winner of the chocolate? Or is that another Rebecca? ;)

  8. Oh, my goodness. I think I'm gonna faint. Except not really. Maybe just a little bit. Thank you so much!

    Congrats, winners!!

    Okay, I've opened like five extra tabs because of the goodies in the sightings and random news. hee. Gonna go take a look-see.

  9. Yes. It's you, Rebecca.



    Isn't it Nathan??

  11. Good night everyone. I'll come and be more rational tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nearly one in the morning and I've already checked out one of the links. I'd better safe the rest for tomorrow.

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    Happy Birthday Seekerville!

    1. How about I save them instead of safe them. :)

  13. Oh my! I just saw that I was one of the winners of Ruthy's Love Finds You/Red Kettle Christmas. I'm going to be doing the Snoopy dance all the way to church this morning. Thank you so very much! I'm smilin' big here!

    Congratulations Susan!

    Happy Birthday Seekerville! Party on!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  14. Up at 6:50 AM, drinking coffee with half and half and sugar. This looks like a fun place to visit during the month of October!

    Happy birthday!

    ~Cecelia Dowdy~

  15. Congratulations winners! Happy Sunday!
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  16. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    Looks like another great line up for next week.

  17. Wooooohooooo -- congratulations to Susan!!!!!! That's so exciting!!!! And congrats to all the birthday winners.

    Thanks for posting the link to Mary's webcast. I watched it all. Super cool and so much fun. Maybe I'll have to get a Facebook account after all. So neat that I could watch it anyway. :-)

    LOVED the reading faces link. That was way too much fun.

  18. Congratulations to winners, especially Natalie. God is working all things to the good for you, girlfriend.

    Congratulations to Susan on that contract. I'm praying for Jenny.

    I'm glad to put Mary's webcast back up. I had technical difficulties when it happened, so maybe I can hear what she says as well as see.

  19. Please excuse the plug for two talented Seekers Myra Johnson and Julie Lessman.

    I'm half way through Julie's Romance-ology and I have to say I'm learning so much about how to ramp up emotion!

    Myra's When Clouds Roll By is wonderful. If you enjoy reading about the World War 1 era, you'll love this story. I spent a lot of yesterday reading in when I should have been writing.

  20. Wow, stopped by today to join the celebration and wish y'all Happy Birthday -- and I'm officially exhausted! There's so much going on! So many links to check out, so many things to celebrate, so many previous posts to go back and read. Seekerville: You are an amazing resource for writers!

  21. I'm lovin' me some links!

    But most importantly....

    Of course!!!!

    Is the part of Mary's webcast where she talks about ME!!!!! still there. And can we fast forward to that??? (I may have already done so a dozen or so times. Not for real, of course, what kind of NARCISSIST would do that?????? )

    Oh my stars, imagining happy faces, and Jan Drexler!!!! You won the weekly prize the awesome Kindle bag!


    I have Macadamia Nut Coffee/Gloria Jean's, and it might replace Pumpkin Spice as my fave. I'm not kidding, this stuff is beyond wonderful!!! (imagine me singing that out, very Julie Andrews. No. Wait.

    Do not imagine that, spare yourself the pain.)

    Loving the Weekend Edition!

    Cara-mia!!! We love rampant plugs. They rock!

    (Ruthy must admit this being guilty of it time and again, after all!)

  22. Thanks for the great WE, Tina! Lots of fantastic links.

    Congrats to all the winners! And again to Sue. :)

  23. Thanks for the coffee Jeanne!! And I have to laugh. That just reminded me that I have pumpkin spice coffee sitting on the counter in the kitchen! Forgot all about it. LOL

  24. I love WEs. It was obvious I was beyond tired when I left my earlier comment.

    Tina, I made it through day one on my training plan. I'm a bit scared to look at what I wrote.

  25. Thanks everyone!

    Another Seeker villager rows away from the island!! Looking over her shoulder at the hammock swinging in the breeze! I'll be back for visits!

    Off to do laundry and cook turkey! Pumpkin pies all ready for the whipped cream!

    P.S. Melissa, love the name "Nathan"! Used it for a hero in one of my books, and may have named my son that, but Nathan Mason was a bit much! LOL!

  26. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Susan Mason and Congratulations on your sale.

    And to all our Canadian friends, Happy Turkey Day. We are thankful for you!!

  27. Christina! You are amazing! Way to go.

    Today starts my training day.

  28. Welcome Beth, Vogt. Great to see your smiling face.

    We have some of Jeanne T's flourless cake left with fresh coffee. Help yourself!!!

  29. Welcome Beth, Vogt. Great to see your smiling face.

    We have some of Jeanne T's flourless cake left with fresh coffee. Help yourself!!!

  30. Good to see you, Cecilia. 18 more days of exhausting Birthday FUN!!







  32. I'm all over those pumpkin pies, Sue Mason!!!!!


    And I have no idea why Mr. Blogger thought to quadruple Julie's comment, but I went with my gut in deciding she only meant to post it once.... I think. But her excitement is contagious!!!!

    I love WE's... celebrating with winners! Laughing. Eating.

    I love eating.

    Okay, I must clean a little. Not major, but some. I have a bunch of edits done.... and I made great progress on continuity book so I'm pumped, but I've got a crazy week ahead so I'm marginalizing my time.

    You just got the two allotted minutes.


    And that's about what I'll give the rooms, too!

  33. Happy Birthday to Seekerville!!!

    Congrats to all the winners, and I am tickled pink (my favorite color) to win a Ruthy Christmas book!! YIPPY SKIPPY!!!

    CONGRATS again to precious Sue Mason---WOOHOO!!! SO happy for you, sweet lady!!

    Hugs, Patti Jo

  34. Yay! I'm a winner! Thank you Seekerville and congrats to all of the winners especially cp Natalie! Tina is the best, witness this great WE!

    October is the best, isn't it?

    Have a great day all!


  35. I'm cheering for everyone from my bed with my leg propped up. No dancing. Foot/ankle are swollen and whole outside of leg hurts. But could have been much worse.

    I'm gonna lay around and read. Perfect.

    Next week looks great!!! Can't wait!!!

  36. I am sooooo excited to be one of the winners of Ruthy's LFY Christmas book! Yippee...thanks!

  37. Think of all the work you can get done in bed, Carol. My friend Jordan Dane got sidelined by surgery and wrote an entire long contemp suspense during her recovery.

  38. Yay, Susan Mason.

    Congrats on the contract!!!!

  39. Congratulations to the winners. This has been a great party . . . Happy birthday Seekerville!!

    Congrats Susan! So happy for you :)

  40. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

    Thanks, Tina, for another WE. Many helpful links to look over later.

    Congrats to all winners and to Sue Mason on the contract. What wonderful news! Happy Thanksgiving Day, Sue. And Natalie won a critique from Tina.

    I can relate to Carol M's injury. Hope you're better very soon.

    Just got my copy of Debby's book The Soldier's Sister with the new bookmarks. Many thanks to Sandra for sending it out.

  41. YAYAYAY Susan Anne Mason!!!! What a news flash to end a super Seekerville week!

    Congrats to all the winners and thank you for all the wonderful info in the blogs last week. Never too old to learn new stuff.

    AND, can't wait to soak up the info in the blogs coming up this week.

    With, I might add, a mighty fine WE inserted in between, too.

    Ahhh, life can't get any better : )

  42. OOOO!

    I got 34/36 on the facial cues test. Which is weird, because talking to people really exhausts me. Maybe because our faces are saying something different than our words?

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Susan!

  43. OOOO!

    I got 34/36 on the facial cues test. Which is weird, because talking to people really exhausts me. Maybe because our faces are saying something different than our words?

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Susan!

  44. Congrats on the double contract, Susan Anne Mason!!

    Tina, "Ma'am, yes, Ma'am!" *salutes after a quick snort of smelling salts--what are smelling salts anyway? lol*

    Congrats, CP Piper on winning the suspense books! Enjoy! Thank you and CP Elaine for the congrats!

  45. I was so tired last night I forgot to say it, "CONGRATULATIONS Susan!!!!" I was so excited to read that news this week!! :)

    Great links, Tina. Did anyone else look at the one about reading emotions? I'll be honest—I stunk. I'm not sure I want to know what that says about me..... :)

  46. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!!

    Yay, Sue!!! Love your pic and your two-book contract! Go you!!!

    Waving and sending Happy Thanksgiving greetings to all our Canadian Villagers!

    Just got home from our church picnic. Gorgeous day in Georgia. Lots of sunshine and blue skies. A perfect day to mix and mingle with church friends.

  47. Pat, so glad you won Sandra's drawing. Sandra, thanks for including my book in your giveaway!

  48. Carol, would chicken soup help?

    Or chocolate?

    Or both?

    Sending cyber hugs and all of the above!

  49. Happy birthday and congrats to all the winners!

    And TWO BIG congratulations to Susan Anne Mason!! Fabulous news!

    Thanks for the update, Tina....heading over to sign up for your newsletter, then back to read all this information.

    Hope everyone has a great start to the week!

  50. Hooray winners and Susan Mason!!

    Great WE as ALWAYS!

  51. Oooops! I'd already signed up for Tina's newsletter.....I've been so busy lately that my memory is slipping.

    I did remember I nominated Seekerville last week!!!

  52. Sherida, your CP signed you up to train in yesterday's post. LOL!!

  53. Congratulations on your contract, Susan! You must be really excited.

  54. Tina, thanks for letting me know my CP put me on the training list! YES, we will train together.....just after next weekend. Glad we're both ready to get back on track! (And I want to read more of her historical!)

  55. Wow! There are so many winners this month I feel like saying “Congrats” to everyone! What a month! I receive my Amazon gift certificate yesterday from last week’s contests and it was burning a hole in my virtual pocket. So I recycled it into Myra’s “When the Clouds Roll By”. I’ve read many history books about this time period (but I didn’t live it) so I’m really looking forward to seeing what it is all plays out.

    I’ll be up late tonight to get an early look at Missy’s blog on ”Do you type The End on the first draft of your manuscript and then live in dread of looking at it again?”

    That’s my biggest writing problem! I even have a 53,000 word romance that, until a question came up last week, I had forgotten I even wrote! I feel like after I finish the first draft, I’ve gotten the story out of my system and I’m free to pursue the next big idea!

    Writing the first draft is the party. Revising is the hours of clean up afterward. I always thought that writers who enjoyed doing revisions were called published authors.

    Can Missy really tell us how to ‘love fixing a manuscript’? I'll settle for not hating it! I haven’t needed a post more than this one in all the years I’ve been trying to write romances. What time is it?

    I think there is just about 5 to 6 hours to wait! I wonder how many others have the same problem.


  56. Woo Hoo! I won a copy of Ruth's, The Lawman's Holiday Wish! I am so excited. Thank you so much!

    Judy B

  57. Was anyone else exhausted by the time they finished reading all the good news and announcements? Wow! (catching breath)

    I know what I'll be doing this evening while the crew watches football -- I'll be reading all those links. Plus, I want to watch Mary's video. So much to do, I may not have time to cook dinner. Drat. Ahem.

    Congrats to all the winners, and congrats again (you can never have too many) to Sue. So much fun to read things like this: Love Inspired Historical author, Jan Drexler.

    Tina ... you've done it again. Another outstanding WE. Thank you!

    Nancy C

  58. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to one and all in Canada!!

    Nancy C

  59. Wow, this coming week sounds fun! Seekerville is such a fun place to party.

    Congrats to Sue Anne on the contract!! I'm thrilled for you!

    Congrats to all the daily winners as well.

  60. Well, it stinks to not win that mentoring package, but I'm so excited for the winners:)

    Seekerville is extremely awesome.

  61. LOL. I love how genuine you are Courtney. Missy is giving one away tomorrow. Don't miss it. Post goes up at 12 midnight EST.

  62. Nancy, C...what's for dinner or NOT in your case. Pasta?????

  63. Congratulations, Susan!!! I missed that announcement the first time I read the post!!!

  64. Oh my, Carol, what did you do? Sounds like foot/ankle injuries seem to be the norm for a bunch of us!

  65. YAY, SUE!!! Congratulations on your contracts with White Rose!!!