Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Weekend Edition

Easter greetings from all of us in Seekerville.

We Have Winners

 Please send us an email to claim your prize. ( See our legal page for any questions.

 Winner of last weekend's mystery box of books is Wilani Wahl.

Monday, Love Inspired author Missy Tippens brought you "Backstory: Where to Draw the Line." Winner of the first five pages with backstory in mind is Sherida Stewart.

What do dragons, time machines, and God have in common?  Dawn Ford was in Seekerville on Tuesday with her post, "Speculating on Speculative Fiction." Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is Amy Campbell.

Wednesday Debby Giusti hosted humorous mystery author Larissa Reinhart, who discussed "How to Cozy Up a Cozy Mystery," in her blog post. Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series and graciously donated one of her books in e-format to a lucky winner of the drawing. Debby Giusti added a second drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Larissa's winner for the digital book is S. Trietsch, and Debby's winner for the gift card is Jana Vanderslice. Congrats, ladies!


Thursday Cheryl St.John shared about how to keep your story moving forward--Everything that happens in your story, every piece of information learned, every obstacle faced, every conversation, should propel the story toward the conclusion. Winner of one Kindle copy of any book of Cheryl's books is KAV.

Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe shared "Five Things I Learned About Writing From Jack Reacher," on Friday. Jack's drink of choice is black coffee. (Shaken not stirred.) Where did the name REACHER came from? The author's wife suggested that if his books didn't sell he could be a reacher in the grocery store since he is so tall. Winner of an Amazon gift card is Debra Marvin and winner of a Starbucks gift card is Piper Huguley.  

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean is your hostess today. She'll chat about the "Hazards of Ticking Clocks" and share tips for keeping track of story deadlines. Janet will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to someone leaving a comment.

Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith will discuss "Using Setting to Deepen Your Character." She learned several exciting techniques at the Desert Rose conference and will order Writing An Active Setting  by Mary Buckham for one lucky winner.

Wednesday: Seeker Glynna Kaye brings us “Layering As You Go: Part 2,” which will take a closer look at some of the elements of layering touched on in Part 1. There are THREE chances to win a copy of Glynna’s April Love Inspired release, Pine Country Cowboy!

Thursday: Seeker Cara Lynn James is your hostess with her post, "Making Unlikable Characters Likable." She's giving away a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks to one lucky commenter.

Friday: Join award-winning author Siri Mitchell when she discusses "The Fine Art of Making Stuff Up,” a must for every novelist who reaches a point where gaps begin to appear between research and the story. What you do about them can make the difference between a compelling tale and a self-conscious apology. Learn the whens, whys, and hows of "making stuff up and win one of two giveaways of Siri’s latest books, Love Comes Calling and The Miracle Thief.  

 Seeker Sightings

From Audra Harders: My gift to you this Easter weekend. Second Chance Ranch is #free Saturday and Sunday on Amazon. Download it to your Kindle or Kindle app and share the gift with your friends. Tell everyone you know they reeaaallllly need to read this book!!!! 

And join Audra on Friday, April 25 as she shares her family favorite Cheesecake recipe on An Indie Adventure.

Join Sandra Leesmith this week on her blog tour that features her new release LOVE'S PROMISES. Begin the tour at Seasons of Humility on Monday and find the schedule for exciting interviews that feature Sandra's research for this novel, the marvelous Lake Tahoe setting, and don't miss the interviews of the hero and heroine. There is also a fun surprise rafflecopter gift featured during the week. The tour runs Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25.

Beginning today, Mary Connealy is publishing a novella in thirteen installments, twice a week, leading up to the release of Stuck Together, June 3rd. Closer Than Brothers is how the Trouble in Texas heroes met in Andersonville Prison. It's not really a story, just a string of scenes showing them meeting, fighting at each other's sides,  helping each other through the nightmare that was Andersonville.We begin with Vince.

Chapter One is up now at

Debby Giusti will attend Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon on SAT, April 26, in Milwaukee!
She'll bring back lots of picture to share.

On Wednesday April 16, Ruth Logan Herne sneaked out of her rabbit hole and had a wonderful time talking with the Hilton Readers Group. The ladies invited her to do two of her favorite things: Eat and Talk!!! 

Random News & Information

Many thanks to those who contributed links this week! 

Night Class Info Here.

  Seekerville congratulates the Christy Award Nominees!  How the nominees are determined: here.

Baker Publishing to Acquire Regal Books (PW)

Nominate Your Favorite BLOG at the TCBN Blog of the Month Nominations. (Shameless Seekerville Self Promo!) (TCBN)

Book Expo America to Hold Book Start-up Pitch Contest (DBW)

How To Market Your Book To The Locals – Four Secrets (The Future of Ink)

No pressure Speedbo writers. But you have approximately 12 days to submit your polished pages for the Perfect Pitch Contest!~

The Art of Creating Memorable Villains Whatever Your Genre (Writer Unboxed)

Ways to Publish and Sell Your eBook: INFOGRAPHIC (GalleyCat)

The Trailer to Authors Anonymous! (Movie Maniacs)

Colorado House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill (ABA)

That's it! Have a blessed weekend.


  1. Great WE, Tina Reacher.

    Seems like Piper's having a good week. Not only did she win a Starbucks gift card, she has advanced in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. You can read and review her entry here

    Happy Weekend everyone.

  2. The Weekend Coffeepot is set to brew.

    Another great WE.

    Way to go, Piper.

  3. Hurrah, Piper!!! Way to go.

    Have downloaded your read!

  4. OOooo....that's one long web address to enter! Thanks, Tina, for another great WE!! And congratulations to Piper on both accounts! Thanks for the coffee. I sure love it that Tim Hottons is here in the WV of Phoenix. They have great ice caps. Also congrats to all winners

  5. Thanks, Tina.

    Marianne, copy and paste that address.

  6. I forgot to say I finished my Speedbo book 2 days ago...just in time since I got my line edits today. Yeehaw.
    Yay for Piper moving on in the contest! Saw her lovely cover on FB today. Exciting.

  7. Great WE Tina!

    Congratulations, Piper! I just downloaded it and can't wait to read it.

    Congratulations to all the winners! I am so excited to win the mystery box of books. Thank You!

    Happy Easter everyone!

  8. Thank you for posting Mary Curry! Guess you guys can tell I can't sleep, huh? And to be a winner on Seekerville! And the week ahead looks great! A very good week indeed!

    Thank you for the cover love, Melissa! The cover is lovely, but it is for my prequel novella, not for my ABNA book. I will reveal that maybe on Monday, since everyone is off having Easter. I guess I'm trying to do an indie version of the way you launched, novella first, then novel....:)

    Thanks for the hot link, Tina. Great WE!

  9. Oh, I've missed so much this week. I'm revising a book, I had little ones all week, and four days of beautiful Holy Week events/Masses/services are upon us, but I hate missing SEEKERVILLE!!!!!


    Thank you for this weekend edition. Now I want to go and buy Easter lilies, and decorate gravesites and rake leaves and see spring grass, re-born.

    Julie Hilton Steele sent me the sweetest wooden cross, with tiny signs of faith for various seasons.... And I will celebrate the He is Risen sign tomorrow! Yaya!!!!!!

    Piper Huguley!!!! I'm so stinkin' proud of you, and yes, I'll download and review, but you know I'm already a cheerleader of the highest sort! I love your work, dear girl!!!

  10. THanks for the hot link - I was going to ask. I've been a fan of Piper's work since I judged "Ruby" in a contest. Thanks also for the Amazon gift card! oooh! the best thing since sliced bread!

    Have a glorious Easter weekend, everyone! Congratulations to all the winners! I'm rushing off to grab Audra's book.

  11. Thanks for another great weekend, Tina!

    Congratulations, Piper! So excited for you.

    Happy Easter everybody! Christ has risen!

  12. Thanks for making it a hotlink, Tina.

  13. Congrats to all the winners.

    Way to go, Piper!!!!

    Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

  14. YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! PIPER. So glad you advanced. Folks this is HUGE. There were thousands of entries and if she advanced I think it is super exciting.

    Wooohoooo Way to go, Piper.

    Great way to start a fun weekend.

  15. Woot -- I won a book!!!! Great way to start the weekend...thanks Seekerville!!!!!!

    And hooray for Piper. I've downloaded the book...well first pages. Can someone explain how that contest works? Do we vote, post a review?

    I'm puppy sitting this week...a little yorkie man named Bear. He's a great task master because he likes to cuddle close to me while I'm writing. We only take breaks for walks so I'm hoping to get lots done this week. :-)

    Happy Easter everyone!

  16. Thanks for the support guys! It's very much appreciated.

    Kav, anyone is welcome to post a review for any excerpt. This next round isn't judged by the reviews, but anything, including bunches of enthusiastic 4 or 5 star reviews, to make your entry "Breakthrough" is always appreciated. I have plans to indie publish this story in August regardless of the outcome of this contest, but Amazon has started a Christian imprint lately. Since I don't have an agent, my thought was to try to use the contest to make my entry stick out more to Waterfall press if they were inclined to give it a look. (Amazon can choose to give a look to any entries from the quarters on). So a bunch of 4 or 5 star reviews would certainly help with that! I'm going to read all of the Romance entries, but given what I've read so far...inspy is going to be I appreciate the help if you can leave that kind of review!

  17. Createspace Breakthrough Novel Award in a nutshell
    10,000 entries
    First round= 400 selected from each category and go to:
    Second round= top 100 go to:
    Quarter Finalist= Customers can review and Publisher Weekly staff will review. and select top 5 go to:
    Semi-Finals= During this stage customers will be asked to vote also.
    Grand prize is contract

  18. I know all this about the contest becasuse I entered also and did make it with Piper to the Second round. So this is HUGE. She made top hundred out of 10,000

    So go read and review folks. This will help her a lot.

  19. I love that Amazon started a Christian imprint....

    Anything that puts clean, morally sound work in people's hands gets my vote!

    And hoping to see "God's Not Dead" on Monday evening.

    Love the premise and I like supporting Christian endeavors like this. I wish we could all go together....

    MOVIE NIGHT!!!!! :)

  20. Great WE, Tina, and congratulations Piper!!! I considered entering the breakthrough, but life got in the way and I missed the deadline. Oh, well. I guess it wasn't meant to be. But I'm SOOOOOOOO happy for you, Piper AND Sandra!

  21. Congratulations to the winners.

    Looks like another great week ahead of us!

  22. Another great WE, Tina!

    And SOOOO excited for PIPER!!!! You go, girl!!!!!

  23. Congrats to the winners this week.

    Helen, I love your new photo.

    Super congrats to Piper. I've got my review in, easiest one I've ever written. I love these contests where readers have input. Kind of like an American Idol for writers. I didn't have anything ready, but maybe next time.

    Have a blessed Easter everyone.

  24. Congrats to all the winners!

    Congrats to Piper! Woot!

    Happy Holy Saturday and a joyous Easter to all.

    BTW, Tina, I'm still thinking about Jack Reacher.

  25. Another great WE, Tina. Thank you!

    Congrats to all the winners this week. So good to see so many names!

    WooHoo, Piper! I've downloaded the entry and can't wait to dig in. I love how Amazon has an Inspy imprint now. So wise of them ; )

    Happy Easter to all. Our weekend is looking sunny and bright so won't need to break out the down jackets for Sunrise Service tomorrow!!

  26. God bless all of you who hang around Seekerville. We just have so much fun!

  27. Melissa J. You got line edits today, the day before Easter?? Blech.

  28. Thanks for the update Sandra. It puts stuff in concrete terms. And congrats to you too! The pitch stage is hard for a lot of people.

    I don't like to be so concrete about what may happen at this point--it's in God's hands now. I'm just trying to think of it as an opportunity for a spotlight for the two months it will last.

    Thank you for the Starbucks as well!!

  29. Another wonderful WE, Tina. Many thanks to you and those who sent in links. Congrats to all of last week's winners and especially to Piper. Such fantastic news for her. Blessed Easter to everyone.

  30. Another wonderful WE, Tina. Many thanks to you and those who sent in links. Congrats to all of last week's winners and especially to Piper. Such fantastic news for her. Blessed Easter to everyone.

  31. Great WE, Miss T!
    Congrats to all the winners!
    Looking forward to next week in Seekerville.

    Easter blessings to all my Seekerville friends.
    He is risen indeed!!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  32. p.s. Just now read about Piper - - YAY PIPER!!! :)
    Hugs, PJ

  33. Hmmm, I thought I commented. Or maybe not. I think I got sidetracked clicking all the shiny buttons in the WE!!!


  34. Tina, thank you for the WE and Jack Reacher information.....interesting!

    And THANK YOU Seekerville and Missy for the critique! Excited! Congratulations to all the winners!

    Super congratulations to Piper and Sandra!

    Audra, thank you for your book!

    Wishing all Seekerville friends a glorious Easter Sunday!

    (Hmmmm.....too many exclamation points? I don't think so!!!)

  35. PIPER!!!

    Love the excerpt! What a great Easter gift!! I can NOT wait to see what happens for you... God's hand is in this, for sure. (And all that hard work you've done.)

    Happy Easter, all!

  36. Piper,

    I loved the excerpt and wrote a review. I wanted to keep reading.

    You did an awesome job!

  37. Tina, I didn't even think about it being right before Easter....

    And Piper, that novella thing first has done wonderful things for my kindle sales on Book #1, so I'd expect you'd do well with it, good luck!


    Happy Easter, my friends!!!!!

    He is risen! Alleluia! I'm always just filled with some kind of special and delightful joy on Easter, the thoughts and prayers of Lent coming together in a week of sorrow, contemplation, patience and joy!!!!!!

    Joy to the world, absolutely.


  40. Congratulations winners!

    Congratulations, Piper!! Thanks for the link to the contest, Mary Curry. Will head out.

    Jesus was victorious over death that we might be too. Blessed Easter, Seekerville!


  41. It is Easter. He is Risen!

    And I just downloaded Piper's excerpt of The Preacher's Promise!


  42. I had hoped that would be the case with how your novella set things up so wonderfully. I appreciate the kind words Melissa. Thanks for the affirmation, downloads and for the support from everyone. Seekerville is the best!

  43. Congrats to the winners and Happy Easter everyone!

  44. I hope everyone had a wonderful, blessed Easter.

  45. Seekerville!!!! I have eaten too much....

    And it was all amazing.....

    And come Tuesday I must behave again....

    But today is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

    Happiest Easter.... God bless you all.