Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Weekend Edition

We continue our holiday photo session.

We Have Winners

 If you are a winner, email us asap at Please  read our legal page here. If you haven't received your prize in 8 weeks, drop us a line (we get busy writing books and forget). 

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.

Seeker Sightings

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. 

  Random News & Information

 Why You Should Opt Out of Facebook Advertising (The Social Media Hat)

 Indie Life: How Much Can Hybrid Authors Make?  (Steena Holmes)

A Little Writing Motivation. A New Kitten Appears Every 100 Words. Written Kitten.

Tattered Cover Opens at Denver Airport (Denver Post Business)

How to Use Mind Map to Start Your Book (The Future of Ink)

 Can introverts be successful authors? How do you build a platform around your writing when you like to be alone (Creative INDIE)

 Three Myths About an Agent's Acceptance (Steve Laube Blog)

 Gifts for Writers & Readers

Through out the holiday season we're featuring this new section of the Weekend Edition. Enjoy! 

 Neck Massaging Bedrest 
@ Brookstone

 Book Lovers Scrabble @ Amazon

Comma T-Shirt @ Signals

Book Earrings @ Jezebel Charms/Etsy

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. 

 And don't forget...
Details here.


  1. Coffee's on!

    I read some of these great links. Too tired to absorb any more right now. I'll read some more after some shut-eye.

    Congratulations to all winners.

    Cute pics. :)

  2. I want those earrings!!! I can imagine the looks as people stared at my ears.

    I'm in for Mary's giveaway. As if that's a surprise.

    Congrats to all winners:)

  3. Oh Love the cover of Mary's Novella (then I am partial to red). would love to be entered.

    congrats all winners.

  4. Isn't that a great cover. I love red as well.

  5. Great Santa photo Mary! :) I'd love to win a signed copy of your new book! I've been looking forward to its release!

  6. I LOVE the pictures this morning. You all look so adorable in your Santa hats.

    Thank you so much for the links. I checked out the "How to Use the Mind Map to Start Your Book. Printer is in process of thinking about printing it. I've told it 3 times now but it just sits there and grins with it's lights blinking and open mouth with no paper moving through. Bad printer.

    Mary, I would love to be in your giveaway. I've had my eye on this book since I first saw the cover. LOVE IT!

    Have a blessed day and weekend!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  7. LOL commas save lives. LOL That was worth stopping by this morning. Oh, and I typed 100 words of nonsense so I could see the kitty. :-) Thanks for the great start to a freezing and blizzardy weekend. Brrrrrr.

  8. Stopping by for a quick hello and to congratulate the WE winners!

    And you girls look so pretty in those Christmas hats...and antlers, red noses, Santa costumes... I just
    love Christmas!

    Thanks, TINA, for the WE goodies, must hurry back and get started on them...:-)


  9. I forgot to say "Mary, put my name in the pot", I'd love a chance to win your book!

  10. Congratulations to all of the winners.

    I love the cover of a Match Made in Texas.

  11. Weekends are so much fun. Who loves weekends?
    Me, me, me. (hand shooting up)

    Congrats to the winners. I love winners.

    COURTNEY I agree. Those earrings are too much. I think I'll write a quick note to Santa.


  12. Count me in for Mary's book...thanks!

    Tina, thanks for an excellent job on the WE!
    Love all the Santa/Christmas pictures! Congrats to all the winners.

  13. CONGRATULATIONS to all winners love Mary's books, so would love to be entered. Thanks for the coffee and goodies this morning

  14. Great WE as always, Miss T!
    Congrats to all winners!! (yes, I noticed my name on the list too--YAY!).
    Cannot wait to try out the Written Kitten link---sounds PURR-fect for this Cat Lady, LOL.
    Getting ready for a Christmas party now - - need some music playing in the background.
    Bingle Jells, anyone?! Hugs, Patti Jo ;)

  15. What a great way to start the weekend! Congrats to the winners!

    Off to check out the links!

    Love to be entered in the draw!

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

  16. Great Weekend Edtion, Tina! I love the Seeker photos of Santa's elves and reindeer! Adorable beard, Mary!

    As a grandma, I appreciate the difference a comma can make. LOL I'm sure Grammar Queen has that T-shirt on her Christmas list.

    Congratulations winners!!

    Is everyone ready for Christmas? We're decorated and I've got our cards out but the shopping isn't done. And we're getting snow all day. Though it's beautiful, it's too hazardous to go to the stores. Hopefully tomorrow.


  17. Congratulations to all the winners. What fun. I would very much like to be entered into the drawing for a Match Made in Texas.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  18. Congrats winner!!

    Please enter me for A Match Made in Texas!

    Love the pics!

  19. Good morning, readers and writers.

    This is one of those times when Seekers wish THEY could be in the drawing. What an awesome book cover!!!!

  20. LOL! Love the photos! But I keep cracking up that Janet's looks strangely like a witch hat. :) hahaha

    Love the bed rest and earrings too! Thanks for sharing, Tina.

  21. Janet stay safe and enjoy the beautiful snow. We have yucky pouring rain.

  22. Loved seeing the photos of Santa's Seeker Helpers!!!

    Hoping Santa puts books in my stocking. The earrings in today's blog post look cute too. :)

    Congrats to the winners!

    Had to go to the Post Office. Big mistake. Pouring rain and lines out the door. Ho, ho, ho! 'Tis the season to be jolly, even at the PO.

  23. HA!

    Janet simply starched her Santa hat.

    Oh, that Janet.

  24. Oh, wow, who knew we were secretly wearing Santa hats in July at RWA??? Such fun pix, Tina!

    Busy day here. Just had our ACFW chapter Christmas lunch at Macaroni Grill. This afternoon is our church's Christmas concert and hubby & I are in the choir. Then tonight--YAY!!!!!!--daughter & family arrive from Ethiopia on missionary furlough!!!! (Prayers appreciated for their safe travel this afternoon and evening in very rainy weather.)

  25. WOW, Myra, you are a busy gal. Prayers going up!

  26. Would love to have a copy of "A Match Made in Texas" - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  27. I am in love with the
    Let's Eat Grandma
    Let's Eat, Grandma
    Commas Save Lives



  28. Janet's hat in that first pictures, she looks really STARTLED!!!!!!!

  29. The book, A Match Made in Texas, though it is releasing at Christmas is NOT a Christmas book. But the release date plus the beautiful red dress make it perfect for this time of year. I do believe we go past a Christmas in my novella, but it's not the focus of the story.

    So, it's a fun book, but nothing of the Yuletide Season about it. Sorry....buyer beware!!!!!!!

  30. Janet probably started her elf hat and then IRONED it.

    She seems like the type!

  31. I just bought two more gifts because I could NOT resist, shouldn't have done it, I have enough. But with those two clicks of the mouse, I believe I am done. Ready for Christmas.

    Wow, how cool is that?

    Now I can relax. (since I spend most of my life more of less snoozying, no one will notice I'm relaxed, probably)

  32. I would love a copy of this book! Our library doesn't have it and I have been dying to read it!

    1. I should clarify... Our library doesn't have Any of her books. And I have been dying to read this one:) or Any of them!

  33. Mary's book is actually a January release. But the picture of Mary before she shaves in the morning is a current release. YOU MAY SHARE THAT IMAGE. In fact, we encourage you're sharing that image.

    Let's make that image go viral.

  34. your not you're.

    I get so worked up my typos come out to play.

  35. There's a chance for a Mary Connealy book if I comment today?

    Count me in!!!!!!!! :-)

  36. I purchased a copy of A Match Made In Heaven today. Regina Jennings had a signing at our local Lifeway Store.

  37. I love Mary Connealy!! Excited about this new book. Like the cover design; I like it when you can't see the whole face, leaves it up to the imagination. Can't wait for Stuck Together to come out!

  38. Love Mary as incognito Santa. I'd have never guessed it was her!!!!



    Oh my stars, that's worth buying in paperback and Kindle just for the ease of Kindle... and the joy of holding that beautiful cover in my hands and having it on my shelf!!!!

    Have I mentioned that I double buy a lot now? So I have things on my Kindle... and in paperback.

    Am I weird or are youse guys doing that too?

    Hey, it's early here and I've brought fresh COFFEE for the Sunday morning crowd! Gather 'round, let's sing Christmas carols!!!!

    OH, and hymns, some of my favorite hymns are Christmas hymns.

    Missy, join in, you've got a beautiful voice!

  39. Fun WE. I'm a reindeer! How cool is that? :)

    Love the T-shirt. I should get my sis-in-law one of those. :)

  40. Back on for a second to say Happy Sunday to all my Seekerville friends. yesterday's mail my copy of A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS arrived!! YIPPEE!!! That cover is even more beautiful "in person" and I cannot wait to read these stories! :)

    Glad our rain has stopped but now it's cold and windy....brrrrr...but I'm sure not as cold as those of you with SNOW! Warm hugs, Patti Jo :)

  41. You are weird, Ruth. What was the question?

  42. Well, aren't you efficient, Patti Jo!!

  43. Please enter me in the giveaway for A Match Made in Texas. I've read a book by each of these authors and really enjoyed them. This book sounds fantastic. Would love to win. Thank you for a chance to win this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

  44. Merry Christmas and you are entered, Barbara!

  45. "Commas save lives" -- LOL -- is that not pure genius? Even funnier than "eats, shoots and leaves" (which, oddly enough, sounds a bit like a scene in a Mary Connealy book, doesn't it?).

    Especially appreciated the links about Facebook advertising and the three myths about an agent's acceptance. Thanks, Tina!

    Myra, hope your family arrived safely.

    Ruthy, I've double-bought several books by favorite authors, especially when the book is part of a series and I have the other books in print. The nice thing about print is there's no battery to recharge.

    Congrats to all you winners -- readers and Seekers :-)

    Nancy C