We continue our holiday photo session.
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Monday we welcomed guest Marcia Z. Nelson, Publishers Weekly Associate Religion Editor! Marcia sees a lot of Christian and inspirational novels in her role as PW's religion reviews editor. What makes her sit up and take notice? Winner of a Monday's grab bag is Boos Mum.
What is the point of writing Christian fiction? Why does a spiritual arc matter?On Wednesday, Dr. Carrie Fancett Pagels brought her unique perspective to Seekerville in this highly informative post as well as a discussion recent release in Guidepost Books’ “A Cup of Christmas Cheer.”The winner of the two-book set that has already sold out of its first printing and is now in its second is Naomi Rawlings.
Thursday Ruth Logan Herne when she chatted about quaint ways to add "charm" to your novel, capture the heart... and soul... with sweet images for all ages! Ruthy's been bitten by the Christmas spirit bug and she chatted with us from New York City where she is seeing her boys and the Christmas lights of the city that never sleeps! Winners of their choice of any Ruthy e-books are Paula, Marilyn Baxter, Kathy Baily and CaraG. Winner of a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card is Cindy W.
Friday Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe brought you the "Unauthorized Cheat Sheet of Self-Editing Tips for Writers," culled from years of attending online classes, conference workshops, reading craft books, rejections, contest fails and editorial comments. She also shared her top ten craft books. Winner of Writing with Emotion, Tension and Conflict is Janet F. Winner of a Tina Radcliffe ebook of choice is Patti Jo.
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday :Join Janet Dean as she shares tips on handling back story in her post entitled “Back Story: Better a Small Shake than to Inundate.” For writers, Janet is offering a critique of the opening five pages of a manuscript and for readers, she’s giving away the winner’s choice of one of her books used as examples in her post.
Tuesday:Join Mia Ross and Ruth Logan Herne as they take the age-old custom of shopping for a Christmas tree and equate that process to writing a book, as if the world at large needs yet another writing analogy! Stop by for some pastries, coffee and eggnog while Ruthy and Mia chat it up about Christmas, writing, family, friends and emotion... while giving away books to several lucky commenters!
Wednesday:Debby Giusti blogs today, with a reflection on how writers let Christ's light shine in the darkness. Debby will host a drawing for one of her books and an additional Christmas giveaway. See you Wednesday!
Thursday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome back Revell author, Ann Gabhart. Ann will be sharing her post "The Confidence to Write." She'll be sharing the holiday spirit with a giveaway of an autographed copy of Christmas at Harmony Hill to one commenter.
Friday: This week we bring you The Best of the Archives. One of our popular posts along with a giveaway.
DO share you own news and sightings in the comments during the Weekend Edition. We also welcome you to share your news (releases, cover reveals, contest finals and wins, book sales or free days, etc.) on our Facebook Page at any time.
Tina Radcliffe is guest blogging in The Writer's Alley on Tuesday, December 17 with her post "Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Creating a Blogging Tribe." Stop by to find out how Seekerville does what we do so well. The real story! Tina is giving away an e BOC as well.
True West Magazine's annual Best Western Books for 2014 named Mary Connealy's Swept Away as: BEST WESTERN ROMANCE
Swept Away (Trouble in Texas) by Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch, but she takes her readers across the West with her romance novels that include books set in Texas, Alaska, Montana and more. This mom of four daughters and two grandchildren who teaches GED classes, wrote for years before selling her first book. She’s won the Carol Award and been a finalist for the Christy and the RWA RITA Award. Check out the whole list here.
Julie Lessman's Love at Any Cost is Up for TBCN's Book of the Year. If you have read and liked Love at Any Cost, PLEASE consider casting your vote for Julie in The Book Club Network’s Book of the Year contest! And if you do vote, Julie is offering extra points in her video contest for doing so, whether you vote for her or not, so here’s the link for the vote, which you’ll find on the right-hand side of the TBCN website. AND here’s the link for Julie’s Video Contest where you can accrue extra points just for voting in the TBCN’s Book of the Year contest. Good Luck.
Saturday,December 14, only. Blog giveaway of A Light in the Window: Join Julie on Tamera Kraft’s Christmas Blog Hop at Word Sharpeners Blog, where you’ll have a chance to win your choice of ebook or paperback copy of Julie's Irish Christmas love story, A Light in the Window, which has won three awards and has a solid 5-star rating on Amazon.
Goodreads offering: Free Copies of Julie Lessman's Upcoming release, Dare to Love Again. Yes, it's true, Julie’s publisher Revell is giving away FIVE copies of Dare to Love Again on Goodreads, so head on over (link here) and enter the contest, which ends January 7th!
Christmas Sale on Love at Any Cost for Two Days Only. Get ready for the January release of book 2 in Julie’s Heart of San Francisco series, Dare to Love Again, by catching up with book 1, Love at Any Cost, which will be on sale for $2.99 on two days, December 12th and 27th ONLY, so mark your calendars!Great Christmas gift, especially since Amazon and B&N allow you to choose the date of delivery! See Julie’s Journal Jots blog for details.
Final two weeks for Julie's Video Contest for A Light in the Window! Don’t miss out on having a character named after you in Julie’s next book, a signed copy, and a possible $50 gift card. Three winners in all, and all it takes to enter is to watch a video and vote for your favorite rogue. Here’s the link with all the details.
Sandra Leesmith's new release LOVE'S REFUGE is now available in paperback--just in time for Christmas at Amazon.
Debby Giusti guests on Christina Rich's blog, Sunday, December 15, and reflects on her most memorable Christmas. Hope you can stop by!
From December 17, 2013- that's next Tuesday thru January 5, 2014- ebook version of A Bride for All Seasons is on sale for $1.99. A Bride for All Seasons, a novella collection by Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley and Debra Clopton.
Happy New Year! Join the Seekers, and many of our Village Friends who will be bringing in the New Year with a rockin' round the clock party. Hourly giveaways included. It's a progressive blog post that begins at midnight 12/31/13 and goes until 1/1/14 at 12 midnight PST.
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Santa is coming early to Seekerville!
A Match Made in Texas a novella collection by Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox, Regina Jennings and Mary Connealy is shipping early from Amazon.
In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from matching up women in dire straits with men of good character--to lend a helping hand in many ways--when her meddling turns into matchmaking, no one is more surprised and delighted than she is. And then the town's good-hearted busy bodies decide to turn the tables on her.
To celebrate the release, Mary Connealy is giving away a signed copy today. To buy a copy click HERE. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition. But you must tell us that you want the book.
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