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Love Inspired author Missy Tippens is a self-proclaimed "Queen of Charts." Monday she shared her post "Charting Your Way to a Story-The Moral Premise." She shared her moral premise chart (based on Stanley Williams's book The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success) for her latest release, Georgia Sweethearts. Come and share your favorite methods for planning your stories! Winner of either a phone or email chat with Missy to discuss the moral premise of their current story is Jackie Layton.
Grammar Queen returned Tuesday with another of her scintillating lectures, "Danger! Dangling Participles Ahead!" Winner of a copy of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty, is Jennifer Smith.
Wednesday Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti was our guest with her post, "New Year, New Story!"and talked about creating the storyline for her upcoming Christmas novella, to be released in October 2014. The winner of the First Giveaway and an advanced copy of Deb's March LIS, The Agent Secret Past, is Vince! The winner of a ticket for the Reader Luncheon, hosted by Love Inspired, to be held in Tampa, FL, on Jan 30th is Mz ZeyZey. Congrats to both winners!
Thursday, Karen Witemeyer asked "What do you do with leftover characters?" You could just throw them away and start fresh. Or you could carefully pack them up hoping that they might be brought out again sometimes in the future. Or you might repurpose them into something delicious. Winner of a copy of A Match Made in Texas is Vera Godley.
Friday, Carol Cox visited to talk about "Reuse! Recycle!" Don't despair when a favorite part of a scene...or a whole scene...or an entire subplot winds up on the cutting room floor--whether an editor has mandated the cuts or the author herself realized they need to be surgically removed. Rather than being discouraged when ideas don't pan out the way we'd hoped, hang on to them to be reused in other stories later on. Winner of a copy of Trouble in Store is Debra Marvin.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday:Nicole O’Dell, author, speaker, founder of Choose NOW ministries, host of Choose NOW Radio, and publisher at Choose NOW Publishing is our guest to talk about crowd funding and the romance writer. Don't miss it!
Tuesday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome back Angela Ackerman, coauthor of The Emotion Thesaurus. Today's post is "10 Reasons Our Hero Need Flaws." Of course we have a book giveaway!
Wednesday: Seekerville really excited to welcome Harlequin's So You think You Can Write Winner Tanya Wright. Stop by for her inspirational story!
Thursday: Thomas Nelson author Sarah Ladd is back in Seekerville today with her post "ON DEADLINE: How to Make Your Writing Deadlines Work for YOU." Stop by to chat!
Friday:On Friday, Regina Jennings talks about "How Writing Blind Improves Her Descriptions." How creating a blind heroine led her to expand her use of 'Noisy Verbs'. Regina will be giving away a copy of A Match Made in Texas or a cube of Post-It Notes with a picture of A Match Made in Heaven's book cover on the sides. Winner's choice.
Mary Connealy with be on Seriously Write on Tuesday, January 21 talking about her Unbalanced Life.
Mary Connealy will be giving away a copy of A Match Made in Texas on Everyone's Story, hosted by Elaine Stock on January 24th. Stop in NEXT FRIDAY for a chance to win.
If you're in the area, stop by and say hi to Tina Radcliffe!
GLENDALE LIBRARY HOSTS “READ LOCAL ROMANCE: IT’S MORE THAN YOU EXPECT!”
Glendale, Ariz. –– Shop local, eat local...why not “Read Local?” With Valentine’s Day and the Glendale Chocolate Affaire approaching, love is in the air and the Velma Teague Branch Library will feature “Read Local Romance: It’s More Than You Expect!” Find something new to read and show support for local authors as they discuss their books and sign at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the library located at 7010 N. 58th Ave.
Make plans to attend Murder Goes South, a mystery reader and writer festival held on Saturday, Jan 25, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Smyrna Community Center, Smyrna, GA. Our own Debby Giusti is one of the featured presenters. Lunch will be provided with ticket. Book signing follows the talks.For more information and to make reservations, visit http://www.murdergoessouth.com/index.html
First ever Love Inspired Reader Luncheon! Seekers Debby Giusti and Missy Tippens along with several other Love Inspired authors will be taking part in a Reader Luncheon to be held Thursday, January 30th, from 11am to 2pm at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Tampa, Florida. Be sure to save the date! More info on how to order tickets here: http://harlequinblog.com/2013/12/love-inspired-reader-luncheon-coming-to-florida-in-january/ Tickets are limited, so don't miss out!
JANUARY 16-20, 2014:
FREE DOWNLOAD on Julie Lessman’s Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets, “a writing book that needs to be on the shelf of every author because nobody does romantic tension better,” according to Mary Connealy, so get your copy “hot” off the e-press HERE, and we do mean “hot”!
Julie Lessman Sightings.
January 13 - 20, 2014:One of Julie's reader friends decided to post one review every few days for all of her books leading up to the blog tour for Dare to Love Again scheduled for Jan. 20-24. Although this is an unofficial giveaway and Julie won’t be responding to comments, she wanted you to know about it nonetheless for an opportunity to win. So here's the link and GOOD LUCK!! Christian Novels Blog.
January 15 - 22, 2014:Join Julie Lessman for an interview/giveaway of your choice of her books including her newest release, Dare to Love Again, at Amber Perry's blog, The Historical Christian Review.
January 24 - 31, 2014:Join Julie Lessman for an interview/giveaway of your choice of her books including her newest release, Dare to Love Again, at Lena Nelson Dooley's blog, A Christian Writer's World.
Random News & Information
Why authors and trad pub don’t reveal authors’ earnings (The Passive Voice)
Everything You Really Need to Know About Twitter (Writer Unboxed)
It’s Not Just One Book. Your Rights And How To Exploit Them. (The Creative Penn)
Pew: E-Reading Surges, But Print Is Hanging On (PW)
The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading (Passive Voice)
Ten Myths About Writing (Writer Unboxed)
6 Writing Lessons from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (WD)
The Seventh Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest is right around the corner. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. (Amazon.com)
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