Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Weekend Edition

Welcome to Autumn in Seekerville

We Have Winners

  If you are a winner please read our legal page here. If you haven't received your prize in 8 weeks, 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

Monday we were delighted to welcome White Rose Publishing / Pelican Book Group debut author Terri Weldon as she shared her journey to publication in "Are You Rowing As Fast As You Can?" She also celebrates the release of her Christmas novella Mistletoe Magic with a giveaway! Winners of Mistletoe Magic are Annie Rains, Meghan Carver, and CaraG.

Tuesday, Barbour and Abingdon Press author Myra Johnson hosted today with her post, "The Writer's Guide to Surviving the Holidays." Winner of 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself by Steve Chandler is Dawn Crandall.

  It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ♫ ...  at least Wednesday in Seekerville when Julie Lessman talked about the components that transform mere words on a page into the warmth and enchantment of a winter wonderland and a most holy night. From hearth-and-home holiday settings to magical mistletoe moments, Julie demonstrated how she has “decked” the pages for her holiday scenes to bring joy to the world … or at least her readers, she hopes!! The winner of their choice of any of Julie’s books, including a paperback copy of her Christmas novel, A Light in the Window is Mary Preston.

  Ruth Logan Herne joined us Thursday to talk about "Tying Up Loose Plot Threads: The Finishing Touch," a premise that marks the difference between a strong, memorable novel vs. a forgettable read. The winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is Jenny "Aus Jenny" Blake.

Friday we talked the "Why Enter the Genesis Contest for Unpublished Authors," with double Genesis semi-finalist Casey Herringshaw.   Winner of a $40 voucher for the Genesis Contest is Sally Bradley.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:Today join Love Inspired Historical author and Seeker Janet Dean as she shares pictures of family quilts and the women who made them. Of course she also makes comparisons between quilters and writers. Leave a comment for a chance to win a ten dollar gift card to Amazon and copies of Wanted: A Family and “Last Minute Bride,from Brides of the West. The novella features a double wedding ring quilt similar to one in her post.  

Tuesday: "All the World's a Stage..." with our special guest Harlequin Special Edition and indie author, Helen Lacey, visiting us from Down Under. Helen will be chatting about promotion, branding, your unique platform and writing. Stop by to meet her and for a chance to win an e copy of The Cattleman's Proposal "a fabulous outback romance," or a signed copy of her August, Harlequin Special Edition Date With Destiny (may include adult content).

Wednesday:Did you know Debby Giusti is the Cover Lady for the November issue of Fayette Woman Magazine? Stop by Wednesday as Debby tells us about her make-up session and photo shoot with a fun insider peak at what happens when a magazine comes to call. Get a preview of the magazine at

Thursday:Villager Mary Curry, a three time Golden Heart finalist and an ACFW Genesis winner returns with her post "Story: Your Brain on Drugs." Stop by for this very interesting post on brain science and story PLUS a very exciting giveaway!

Friday: Our guest is Jamie Carie. Join us next week as Jamie shares a very personal story about her writing journey and tells about a special give-away to celebrate the release of her new Christmas novella – A Highlander for Christmas.

Seeker Sightings

 DO share you own news and sightings in the comments during the Weekend Edition. We welcome you to share your news (releases, contest finals and wins, book sales or free days, etc.)  on our Facebook Page at any time.

 Julie Lessman Sightings:

Julie Lessman's Christmas Video Contest!! Want to have a character named after you in Julie Lessman’s next book, a signed copy of that book, and a $50 gift card? Or maybe your choice of any of Julie’s books, including her new paperback release of A Light in the Window OR her January 1st release of Dare to Love Again? Well now you can, AND get to ogle some rogues in the process, choosing your favorite from Julie’s brand-new video for A Light in the Window. And then, of course, she’s also celebrating the Christmas SALE of her 99-cent ebook for A Light in the Window as well, so head on over and give it a shot — you’ll be glad you did! Here’s the link:

Christmas Romance & Gift Card Contest!! HO-HO-HO!! Join Jamie Carie, Colleen Coble and Julie Lessman for a Christmas Romance & $100 Gift-Card Giveaway!! This is your chance to stack up on great Christmas books for the holidays on us, so be sure to come on by!! Here's the link:

Join Sandra Leesmith on her blog tour for her new release Love's Refuge.  The tour starts November 17th and ends November 30th. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways including a Kindle loaded were her ebooks.

Random News & Information

 The Business Rusch: A Reality Check (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)  

 8 Cover Trends That Sell Books (UNBOUND)

83 Excuses for Not Writing (Publication Coach)

Amazon Australian Kindle Store: Everything You Need To Know (LifeHacker)

The State of Self-Publishing at This Moment in Time (Kill Zone)

Congratulations to the 2013 RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominees (RT 

CryptoLocker Crooks -What You Need to Know to Protect Your Manuscripts (Huff Post)

10 Tips for Creating a Bestselling Series (Writers in the Storm)

5 Apps To Help You Track Your Personal Libraries (GalleyCat)

Full Circle (Jonathan Fields) 

 Jeter Prepares to Turn a Page and Publish Many Others (NYT)

If you are so inclined, do nominate Seekerville in the Write to Done – 8th Annual Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2013 here.

Don't forget to sign up for the first two in our Online Night Class series. Information is available here.

Thank you to Briana McElroy at Grace Hill Media for sending Seekerville the link for the trailer for Paramount’s highly anticipated blockbuster NOAH, starring Russell Crowe, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

We're celebrating the arrival of autumn in Seekerville with a giveaway of Mary Connealy's Alaska Brides. Comment and let us know you'd like to win this great collection.

That's it! Have a great writing and reading weekend.


  1. It has felt more like winter here than autumn--and I live in the South! But I still love this time of year, minus the short days.
    I'd love to win anything by Mary Connealy, of course. :)

  2. I clicked the link to go vote for you, but it wouldn't load.

    Congratulations to all winners, and thanks for the great links. Gotta go read some more of them now.

    The coffee pot is set for morning.

  3. Sigh. Web person error. Will fix it now. SORRY HELEN!!!

  4. Thanks, Helen, for always having the coffee ready. Congratulations to all the winners. Can you believe we are half through November? I would love to have my name in the cat dish/cowboy hat/whatever to win Mary's book.., thanks and have one great and awesome weekend!

  5. Congratulations to all the winners!!! This is a great WE, Tina, and next week looks super.

    I am beat tonight, but I hope to get back over the weekend to click on some links. You've got some good ones!

    Thanks so much!

  6. wow you just made my day will be in touch when I get back home its been a tough few days here. came to see the cricket and couldn't go due to the noise which was driving me mad. But did get to see 2 different lots of friends and enjoy the peace and quiet at there homes. I get back tomorrow night. My head needs it as its really bad due to the noise. This is a wonderful surprise thank you.

  7. "So where are we with self-publishing at this moment in time? It continues to evolve, of course. But every month we have more and more data and testimony about methods and results. Which puts us on the brink of a new epoch, The Vocational, wherein writers wisely choose their path based on what they feel called to, where they feel happiest, where their writing can flourish according to their own definition of success.
    Which is what it should come down to, after all. Not someone else's definition of success, but your own.
    Define it. Write it down. Then go for it."--James Scott Bell

    I love that quote. I think I saw it before and forgot about it. Thanks for linking that article, Tina! Good words!!

  8. Oh, also the link to Janet Dean's novella is a 404...

  9. Jeter in publishing?????



    Oh, happy day! Oh, glorious day! Oh, holy smokeronies, marvelous day!!!!


    I love my boy. Go get 'em, Jete!

  10. Tina must have fixed Janet's link... it took me to the page.

    Tina, great WE! I liked Bell's blog about indie publishing. I'd read it last week and have to admit I was a little surprised that he did a fair take on both sides. And Virginia, I noted the same quote. It's a good one.

    I learned a long time ago not to let others chart my destiny. When they said I pushed my kids too hard, I ignored them... when they said you work too hard, I ignored them... There is a peace of mind in following your dream, charting your own personal course, while working in a solid framework of industry standards.

    I think we're amazingly blessed to be in this time period and Amazon and Nook have made self-publishing so easy.

    I remember a quote from James Michener's "Hawaii", citing a highly successful middleman's mantra: "Own nothing. Control everything."

    This is Amazon's mission and it's brilliant. But it's not new. If they can get you to bypass the middleman of small presses, they make money... you make more money... and you've removed a cog from the wheel.

    But maybe that comes down to comfort zone? Or just being insecure like I was last year? Then Mary Virginia paved the way while I dilly-dallied and I realized I was a DORK.


    But who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks????

    Jenny, congratulations! E-mail me from the address you'd like the gift card sent to! I'm so happy you won it!!!! Huzzah!!!!

  11. Congrats to the winners! And I won a Christmas novella! Can't wait to read it and get ready for the season.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Seekerville!

  12. Hi Mary,

    Alaska Brides looks like a great book. Please toss my name in the hat.

    Congratulations to all of this week's winners.

    Good luck Tina.

  13. Wonderful WE and next weeks line-up looks exciting as well. With information like this, we are all winners! Thanks Tina!

    Congratulations to all the WE winners! Happy day, enjoy your winnings.

  14. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    Like always, can't wait for next week's posts.

    Although, the Alaska Brides cover is a beauty, I'm out for the drawing. I have the original three in one!

  15. Wow -- It took me an hour and a half to get through all the links this morning. Awesome WE. I didn't even know they were making the Noah movie -- and there's a trailer out for it already! Thanks for always keeping me informed!

    As to welcoming autumn -- bah -- up here it's on the way out and old man winter is starting to take hold. bah humbug. :-)

  16. Wow -- It took me an hour and a half to get through all the links this morning. Awesome WE. I didn't even know they were making the Noah movie -- and there's a trailer out for it already! Thanks for always keeping me informed!

    As to welcoming autumn -- bah -- up here it's on the way out and old man winter is starting to take hold. bah humbug. :-)

  17. I got my vote in.

    Congrats to all this week's winners.

    Please toss my name into the hat for Alaska Brides.

    And yesterday I received this really cool Christmas book. Can't wait to read it. Thanks, Virginia.

  18. Congrats to all the winners!!!

    Mary C, love your new release. Such a keeper!

    The fall leaves in my area are loosing their's a gray day in Georgia. :) The WE brought much needed light and warmth!


  19. Tina, I went back and got the vote in.

  20. I voted, I voted!!! Would LOVE to see Seekerville on the top ten list for writers!!

    Great WE, Tina -- where DO you get such FAB headers??? That book with the tree-heart growing out of it is SOOO cool!!

    And, I'm sorry, but I'm having trouble believing that animals knocked shirtless men out of 1st place. I mean come on, shirtless men come in at five as to top covers for books??? Don't get me wrong -- I like animals as much as the next gal, but I prefer the two-legged kind ... ;)

    And, yes, I am a boy-crazy juvenile delinquent. :)


  21. Hi Seekerville! Great WE, Tina. Many thanks for the links and I voted.

    Been away this past week helping my son who had surgery last Sat. He goes back to work Monday, but I have to drive him to and fro until the doc gives him the go ahead to drive himself, so all my free time next week will be in the car. Prime time to think about plots!

    Would love to be in the cat dish (or maybe, since it's Mary, it is a trough?) for the bonus book.

  22. Congrats to the winners! AND WOW, did you notice Julie Lessman's quiet little marketing nudge??


    But then again, there is much that's quiet about Julie : )

    Great WE, Tina. If so inclined, I could spend all day clicking links and filling myself with knowledge...

    or I can write.

    Thanks for making me choose : )

  23. Lyndee, Google is LOVING you today!!!!

    Oy, silly blogger. Hey, you are a mother first... and I do a lot of plotting behind the wheel.

    Which has made for some INTERESTING SCENIC TRIPS, LOL!!!!

    Praying for his quick and complete recovery.

  24. Audra, you can click more links in 1K, okay????


    Every thousand words we get to browse for information. I think that's quite fair, really.

    Hey, Julie's pics do shine. Oh my stars, I'm never sure how she juggles all the plates she has spinning, but she does it well.

    I had fun bell ringing last night, and loved getting all my mailings out today... YES!!!! DONE!!!! FOCUS ON WRITING AND HOLIDAYS!!!!


    I'm spending the next two hours putting up outdoor Christmas decorations because it's nice here. And a nice Saturday in November in upstate??? Hey, you've all heard the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"??? Well, that's our NORMAL November weather, so I'm taking this mild, sweet day and putting up lights and my outdoor Nativity set.


  25. It looks like autumn around here, but it feels like winter. But tomorrow, all that will probably change.

  26. LOL, Pam, we had winter a few days ago with three mornings in a row in the 20s, plus a few snow flurries one evening. Now it's back to early autumn with highs in the 60s. Wish it would stay this way!

    Except . . . I just can't keep up with the falling leaves! Hubby usually handles the raking and bagging, but with his knee surgery, that isn't happening right now.

  27. I voted!!!

    Thanks to all the Villagers who did as well.

  28. Mary, I'd love to win your book! I tried over on Petticoats and didn't win so I'll try again! I've always had a fascination with Alaska! My husband keeps threatening to move us there but I told him I would not follow! I love snow but not that much! I think READING about Alaska would be good enough for me! Did you have to do any research for your story in the book? I love ANY of your books - you are an A+ writer :)


  29. Tina, your autumn in Seekerville image is adorable, clever, just makes me smile. Thanks for the links and another terrific Weekend Edition.

    My the month is going fast!
    Looking forward to chatting Monday.

    Congrats winners!


  30. RUTHY! Start writing a non-fiction book. Jeter's going into publishing!! Just think how special that would be???

    I'm excited.


  31. Sorry about that headache, Jenny! Glad the gift card helps.

    Hugs, Janet

  32. I voted, too. Seekerville deserves to be at the top of the list for writers. Hope I got that across in the comment box.

    Appreciate the links. I'd never come up with those on my own.

    When Mistletoe Magic arrives, I'm taking the afternoon off so I can sit by the fire, sip hot chocolate, and read. So thanks.

    Congrats to all the other winners.

  33. Janet, I'm happy dancing!!!!

    Maybe a teen book. I can do teen books. I might be too bossy to write non-fiction and not have folks YELL AT ME.

    That would smudge my anxious to please personality that is constantly at war with my bossy snark-side.

    It's a conundrum.

  34. Great WE, Miss T - - thank you, as always! :)

    CONGRATS to all the winners, and am looking forward to next week in Seekerville.

    YAY for DEBBY GIUSTI on the cover of Fayette Woman magazine!!~ My best friend (from high school days *gasp*) lives not far from Debby, so my friend got lots of copies of their county magazine for me - - oh my - - Debby is GORGEOUS!!!! And inside it's a WONDERFUL article!!

    Happy Weekend everyone!
    Please toss my name in for the Alaska Brides collection---love those authors. :)

    Hugs, Patti Jo

  35. p.s. Meant to add that in yesterday's mail I received the copy of Virginia's book (SEASON OF HOPE) that I won here - - Thank you, Virginia!! Except it's so good, I stayed up waaaay too late reading last night... *yawn*

    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  36. p.p.s. Just went to the site and voted for SEEKERVILLE in the contest! :) PJ

  37. So glad it arrived, CatMom! :) I think we have matching cats. Mine is a long-limbed, short hair male kitty with a white chest and tummy. He likes to show off his white fur when he streeeetttttttches out on my bed like he's been on the medieval torture rack. Paws way above his head, toes pointed the other way. I can never resist a little tummy rub when I see him in that position...

  38. Oh, Ruthy, you would have gotten there sooner or later. :)

    And you must never get caught flat-footed because you've certainly internalized the moment someone got the jump on you. Must be part of getting up at the crack of dawn every day.

    But then... if you stay up late enough, you catch those early-risers sleeping!


  39. Another great Weekend Edition TINA. Always love to read about the winners. Its a fun way to celebrate a weekend.

    I am so excited about the blog tour. I have already been blessed with some great reviews for LOVE"S REFUGE. Hope you folks join in as there's lots of prizes and giveaways.

  40. I love Seekerville and it deserves everyone's nominations like mine. I am interested in winning Mary Connealy's "Alaska Brides". Thank you for the chance to enter this great giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  41. Thank you for WE, Tina. Will return to look over those links. Congrats to all last week's winners. Seekerville has my nomination. Just voted.

  42. Thank you, Patti Jo!!! You're such a dear friend!

    Hugs and love!

  43. I got my vote in for Seekerville. Thanks for all the great links. Read a couple of them. Have to read the rest later after I finish making my burlap valances for my sunroom. Oh, and I received the Bloodlines Trilology that I won for Seekerville's birthday month. Can't wait to get started on them. Thanks Jordyn Redwood! No need to put me in the drawing because I've already read Alaska Brides.

  44. I got my vote in for Seekerville. Thanks for all the great links. Read a couple of them. Have to read the rest later after I finish making my burlap valances for my sunroom. Oh, and I received the Bloodlines Trilology that I won for Seekerville's birthday month. Can't wait to get started on them. Thanks Jordyn Redwood! No need to put me in the drawing because I've already read Alaska Brides.

  45. TINA, how do you do it? You even seem to have known something about Jeter before Ruthy did. Stars above!

    Informative reading from Kill Zone, Unbound, and Rusch. But the one about the CryptoLocker Crooks -- I thought it was a joke, checked with my brother who is in computer security, and ... it's no joke. Thud!

    Special thanks for sharing the link with tips for creating a best-selling series.

    OH! And congrats to all you winners!!

    Nancy C

  46. Wonderful WE, as usual... And terrific links.

    Thank you for sharing all the wisdom. I just returned from 3 day show. We have lots of new May the K9 Spy fans, and saw some wonderful FURiends from past years who wanted May's 3rd book. Lots of fun, but ready for a rest...

    Prayers for all in the path of the storms... Be safe.

  47. Virginia, LOL!!!!! Dadgum, you west coasters get the jump on the new day afore youse have used the old one up!


    Well, I'm glad you not only trail-blazed but shared. Wait, goaded. Wait, practically DARED me to jump in.

    I am sooooo 8th grade!!!!!