Speedbo signup is already underway. A great way to kickstart your 2014 goals! Don't forget to enroll before March 1 to be in the Starting Line-Up Drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Details here.
Remember, all unagented authors who complete Speedbo are eligible for our Seekerville Read Me! Agent Contest, which begins the moment Speedbo ends.
And plan to join Tina Radcliffe's Night Class, Self-Editing for Beginners, in April to polish that Speedbo manuscript.
We Have Winners
If you are a winner, email us asap at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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). You must contact us every single time you win.
Sunday's winner of a Godiva Classic Gift Set is Jennifer Smith.
Monday, Love Inspired author Missy Tippens talked sweaty palms, hearts pounding out of chests and insomnia in her post, "Performance Anxiety for Writers." Winner of one copy of any of Missy's books (print or e-book as available), winner’s choice is Lee Kilraine.
one copy of any of my books (print or e-book as available), winner’s choice - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/#sthash.0MIWm8mP.dpuf
Writers, have you found that the more you know about the craft of writing, the harder it is to turn off your internal critic and enjoy a good book? Tuesday, Myra Johnson helped us channel those critical instincts and learn to "Read like a writer . . . then write like a reader." Winner of Myra's latest release, When the Clouds Roll By is Kathy Bailey.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Julie Lessman (aka “The Queen of Romance”) reprised her popular “Stupid in Love” Valentine’s post with part 2 in “Not So Stupid in Love,” on Wednesday She explored “true romance" from a spiritual angle. Winner of their choice of any of her books, including her latest release, Dare to Love Again is Susan Anne Mason.
Thursday Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe will bring you chocolate and romance and survey results as she pondered what happened to "Your First Love." Godiva winners are Terri Reed, Valerie Hanson, Jane Myers Perrine and & Kathleen Y’Barbo-Turner. Winner of a Chocolate Affaire Bag filled with books is Sally Shupe.
& Kathleen Y’Barbo-Turner.
Friday: Ruth Logan Herne will join us in a heart-filled day with heart-shaped chocolates as she announces a BRAND NEW INDEPENDENT RELEASE Safely Home! Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is Chill'N (Nancy) and winners of a download of Safely Home are Aus Jenny, Heidi, Jackie Smith and Tracey Hagwood.
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday:Love Inspired Historical Author Janet Dean will share a critique by Berkley author Shirley Jump, along with the changes Shirley's input triggered. Janet will be giving away an $10 Amazon gift card to one commenter.
Tuesday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome the second appearance by May the K9 Spy and her friend K.C. Frantzen with their post, "What if..a K9 Indie Adventure." There's also a very paw-friendly giveaway involved. Don't miss it!
Wednesday:Debby Giusti blogs with "Romance On the Run!" Stop by for coffee, goodies and discussion about how to give the romance in your story a running start. Debby's drawing will include a copy of her March Love Inspired Suspense, The Agent's Secret Past.
Thursday: Muse It Up Author, April Erwin returns with her tips on "Finding You in Your Writer’s Voice." She’ll also be giving away a copy of her newly released e-book, Dysfunction Junction.
Friday: Today we welcome back the author of the wonderful Butternut Creek series, Jane Myers Perrine with her post, "Writing from a Different Brain." Do join us for an opportunity to share. Of course there is a giveaway-and what a giveaway. Jane is giving one winner a chance to receive the first two books in the series: The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek and The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek.
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Seekervillians get the first look at the cover for Mary Connealy's September release Tried and True. Now available for pre-order.
Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy---and now she's homesteading as a man! When somebody tries to burn her property, land agent Aaron Masterson inspects her claim---and realizes she's a woman. Will he keep her secret? And when the attacks continue, will she marry him just so she won't have to be alone anymore?
NEWSFLASH!!! From Julie Lessman
FINAL "FREE DOWNLOAD" OF JULIE LESSMAN’S ROMANCE-OLOGY 101 IS TODAY and TOMORROW, FEB. 15 & 16 SO DON’T MISS OUT!! Award-winning author Mary Connealy says, "this is a writing book that needs to be on the shelf of every author because nobody does romantic tension better,” so get your copy “hot” off the e-press HERE.
February 3-17, 2014: Julie Lessman discusses her opinion of the “the perfect kiss” and how to write it at Carla Laureano's blog, All Things Romance, where you can win your choice of her books including her newest release, Dare to Love Again.
February 14 - 28, 2014:Julie’s FINAL interview/giveaway of the season, so check it out for a chance to win your choice of her books including her newest release, Dare to Love Again, at the Remain in His Love blog.
Join Missy Tippens in the Writers Alley Chocolate Cafe today! Stop by and say hi!
Random News & Information
Author Media Tax Webinar for Authors -Monday, February 17
How to Find More Breathing Room (Michael Hyatt)
What Makes a Romance? Seven Tips. (Writers in the Storm)
Writer-Boxed (On Defining Genre) (Writer Unboxed)
Author Valerie Bowman Finally Says Yes To the Dress and Giveaway (Beyond Her Book)
The Report (Author Earnings)
People-Powered Publishing Is Changing All the Rules (Mashable)
Best and Worst Times and Days to Post Your Social Media Updates [Infographic] (SMW)
What Writers Leave on the Table (Author Earnings)
Announcing! The Search for a Killer Voice!
Love Inspired Suspense is on the search for some new superstar authors, and we want you! If you think you’ve got the chops to wow us with your high intensity, fast paced inspirational romantic suspense manuscript, we encourage you to pitch it to us in The Search for a Killer Voice!
For this pitch opportunity, Love Inspired Suspense editors Emily Rodmell, Elizabeth Mazer, Shana Asaro, Giselle Regus and Emily Krupin will be on the lookout for fresh talent. We invite you to show us that you’re the total package in these four stages:
1. Voice—Demonstrate that you’ve got the voice to keep readers on the edge of their seats by submitting your first page. Authors who wow us will move on to Stage 2.
2. Plot—Show us that your plotting skills are as strong as your voice by submitting your synopsis. Authors that have an amazing plot and conflict will move on to Stage 3.
3. Substance—Prove that the first page wasn’t a fluke by offering us a bit more of what you got and submitting three chapters. Authors who keep the story racing along will move on to Stage 4.
4. Full package—Convince us you’re the real deal by submitting your full manuscript. The sky’s the limit for these authors. A contract could be within your reach if you bring it all together into a rockin’ Love Inspired Suspense manuscript.
Seekers Tina Radcliffe & Sandra Leesmith met many new faces at the 2014 Chocolate Affaire in Glendale, Arizona. If you are new to Seekerville..WELCOME! Be sure to drop us a line and ask for a welcome packet.
And we leave you with images from the 2014 Glendale, Arizona Chocolate Affaire
|Sandra Leesmith and our Seeker pal, Desert Breeze author Tina Pinson|
|Author Arlene Hittle!|
|Authors were kept happy with Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Free!|
|Love Inspired authors, Pam Tracy, Kim Watters, Tina Radcliffe|
|Kensington Author Marlina Myles & Harlequin author Pam Tracy|
|Seeker friend, Leola Ogle, Tina Radcliffe, and Seeker buddy, Jan Christiansen.|
|Marianne Barkman, Tina Radcliffe, Sandra Leesmith, and Marianne's Mom!|
|Sandra and Captain Jack (He stopped by for the rum balls.)|
That's it! Have a great weekend!