Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Weekend Edition

Welcome to May! The Seekerville Calendar is UP!

We Have Winners

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

Monday's winner is Kelly Goshorn. Kelly wins a copy of Claiming Mariah from Pam Hillman's post,  Pam's Kindle Giveaway ended April 30th with a whopping 2255 entries! The winner of the Kindle was Elizabeth from Waukesha, WI. A Kindle Fire is already winging its way to Elizabeth. Congratulations Kelly and Elizabeth.

 Study after study shows birth order has a profound and lasting effect on a person. Tuesday, guest  Lorna Seilstad talked about using birth order to create characters. Winners of her June release While Love Stirs are Marcia from Nevada and Andrea Strong.

Wednesday Seekerville was delighted to welcome Howard Books author Stephanie Landsem to visit. Her post was "Encountering Jesus in Biblical Fiction." Melissa Jagears is the winner of her latest release, The Thief.

Thursday was May Day and Audra Harders  talked with us about pruning out the unnecessary wordiness in our manuscripts so our stories will shine in her post "Weeding the Gardens." Winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is Marianne Barkman.

The May Contest Update was Friday. Congrats to our May Contest Diva Sally Bradley. Winner of  a print copy of Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View is Dana McNeely.  Winner of Ruth Logan Herne's Loving the Lawman in print or Kindle is Crystal Ridgeway.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:Mary Connealy is on Monday talking about her foray into novella writing and asking for advice.To bribe you into giving her advice she will be giving away a $25 Amazon ecard.

Tuesday: "Magma: Finding the Core of Your Story." Love Inspired Suspense author Lisa K. Phillips joins us today with a terrific, make your brain work post! Don't miss this post and btw, Lisa has a fun surprise for everyone.

Wednesday: Love Inspired author Belle Calhoune is your Dorothy, I mean hostess, with her post, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." If you're brave and comment you might win a copy of her latest release, Her Forever Hero. Two copies. Two winners!

Thursday:WATCH OUT!!! Practice makes perfect in this fun, crazy profession. Ruth Logan Herne is your hostess today and she wants you to love writing enough to take care of the small stuff, like money and time management!  She's giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter and hopes it's you! 

Friday: Today we're delighted to welcome Bethany House Publishing author Kate Breslin. Kate joins us from the Pacific Northwest with her post, "What Our Stories Teach Us." Do stop by to chat, and for an opportunity to win a copy of For Such a Time. 


Today Seekerville is sneaking in this little giveaway to see if you are paying attention. Leave a comment for a chance to

Seeker Sightings

 Debby Giusti hosted a table at Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon last weekend, and is seen here, visiting with keynote speaker Debbie Macomber.


Jennifer Tipton stopped by Debby's table to say hello, along with her mom, Alice.

Chapter Five of Closer than Brothers is now up on Mary's Blog. In which Dare gets stabbed in the back for the first time. (or is it the second?) Definitely the first time in the novella, but maybe not the first time in his life! CLOSER THAN BROTHERS 

On May 6th...that's next Tuesday, Mary Connealy's novella, Meeting Her Match, found in the--A Match Made in Texas novella collection will release as a separate ebook. It is currently available for preorder for $1.99 on Kindle and for $2.99 on Nook. And is available in all ebook formats.

Myra Johnson's novel When the Clouds a Roll By is a finalist in the historical fiction category for Christian Retailing's Best Award! The book cover also made the finals of Cover Cafe's annual contest in the Avant Garde category. Vote for your favorites (and Myra won't mind at all if you vote for hers!).  

Pam Hillman will be signing books in Philaldephia, MS at the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Public Library on May 3rd with Pamela Carron, Jon Etheredge, and June Davis Davidson. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi!

Tina Radcliffe's Mending the Doctor's Heart is a finalist in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest!

Random News & Information

Sign-up info here

A brief note on how Night Classes work. They are not live.

They ARE lessons posted to a Yahoo Group and question and answer sessions. They are made for busy writers who are juggling five things at once. The lesson arrives in your in-box, or you can go online and read it. Read the lesson at midnight in your jammies or in the bathroom with your iPad. It's for your convenience. Don't miss out on these amazing opportunities because you think you don't have time.

 Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper  (Wired)

 Suffering Fools (JAKonrath)

 Ebook Readers Want Fresh Approaches to Genre Fiction (DBW)

 Book Marketing for the Christian Marketplace (The Book Designer)

 Make a Soundtrack to Your Book Using Booktrack (GalleyCat)

 BookBub Raises $3.8M to Help Readers Find E-Book Deals Online (WSJ)

 Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents (Writers in the Storm)

What Really Happens When You Start Over (Goins Writer)

  That's it! Have a great weekend! And pass this coupon along...


  1. Hello
    my elbow hurts for NO REASON

    That's all I have to say.


  2. Wow, I get to post the first comment!

    Congrats to this week's winners.

    Great WE, Tina - as usual. Since I need to be finding an agent I'll definitely check out the link on researching agents.

    Since it is the weekend, I've set up an omelet bar. Made to order.

  3. Mary, I hope your elbow gets better fast.

  4. Yay! I won The Theif! Woot.

    And I also finaled in the Inspys....a contest I didn't even know I was in. How's that for no stress. :)

    And I am CRAZY BUSY. :) See that, I'm paying attention.

  5. I'm CRAZY BUSY too, as I prepare to close up the house and fly to a cooler climate. Yes, I'm leaving the dry heat state of Arizona and heading to northern Alberta where I've never seen 100 (or 40 C) weather yet. See you next season, Tina and Sandra.

  6. You're playing too much tennis, Mary.

  7. Bye, bye, Marianne!!! We will miss you!!

  8. Great WE as always, Miss T!
    Congrats to the winners!
    Looking forward to another delightful week in Seekerville.

    Terri, an omelet bar - - YUM!! Thanks for doing that (I haven't eaten an omelet in forever, so I'll really enjoy one!)

    Poor Mary....sorry your elbow hurts. Take it easy, and don't get up in ARMS about anything, hehehe....(okay, that was supposed to give you a chuckle) ;)

    Tina, congrats on your book being a finalist in (yikes, my mind just went blank---was it Golden Quill contest??). I think I need sleep.

    Happy Weekend! Sleepy hugs, Patti Jo zzzzzzzz.....

  9. I'm not CRAZY BUSY. Just crazy generous. Or is that crazy? Hmmm Another nice WE and congrats on finalizing in the Golden Quill, Tina

  10. Tina, great weekend edition, and congratulations on the Golden Quill.
    Mary, hope your elbow feels better soon.
    Terri, thanks for the omelet bar!
    Congrats to all the winners!

  11. I went and voted covers...just so you know you have to vote in three different categories in order for your vote to count.

    Congrats on being a finalist in the Golden Quill contest, Tina. And Melissa in the Inspys. Lots of good things happening in my happy little reader world.

    Wait...can Mary type with a sore elbow? This might turn tragic if she can't!!!

    Rainy weekend some I'm indoors writing without gardening guilt. Yaaaayyyy!!!


    Congratulations to TINA and MYRA for finaling in the contests.

    Way to go girls.


  13. MELISSA Congrats to you also. Way to go girl.

    That is too funny that you are so busy you forgot you entered. You are way too young for that. But I know what you're sayin. LOL

  14. Just to clarify, I typed finaling (CONGRATS TO ALL FINALISTS BTW) And my Crazy generous phone got busy and changed it to finalizing.

    Have an awesome weekend.

  15. Congratulations to all of the winners. Looks like a great week ahead of us.

  16. Yay! I won Ruthy's book! I might not even be able to read it because that cover is so gorgeous that I'll want to look at it all day. :)

    Congrats to all the other winners and what a great WE, Tina!

    Mary, you poor dear. Maybe you should have your cowboy give you an elbow massage. Can't hurt.

  17. Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy your wins!

    Good info Tina, thanks, I'll read everything later today—something to look forward to with my afternoon tea break.

    Sorry about that elbow, Mary. Be kind to it. It has a reason, you just don't know what the reason is. :-)

  18. Tina, congrats on the Golden Quill!!!

  19. Mary, do you want me to smack your elbow, SO THERE'S A REASON for it to hurt?

    Congrats to ALL winners.

    I guess everybody knows the coffee is ready for the weekend, whether blogger lets me tell you or not. Grrrr

  20. Congrats to all of the finalists and winners! Thank you for another fabulous edition of WE and I hope everyone has a good weekend!

  21. YAY for TINA and the Golden Quill!!

    YAY for MELISSA and the Inspys!!!

    Congrats to all our other winners, too!

    MARY, have you considered the highly unlikely possibility that . . .


  22. Great WE!

    Congratulations to all this weeks winners.

    Congratulations, Tina, Myra, Melissa!

    It is a beautiful day. Hoping after I get lessons prepared for Sunday School and Children's church to both write and read.

    I am feeling so much better today. The stormy weather negatively affects my body. The Lord is so good.

  23. Congrats to all the winners this week.

    This month is looking good. Emily Rodmell is on the calendar!

  24. Congrats to the winners, and to Tina, Myra and Melissa!

    Lots of great news!

    Sue :)

  25. Crazy Busy!!!

    I'm afraid that my WIP is going to be too short to be considered for publishing...



  26. Congrats to our the Finalist Trio -- Tina, Myra, and Melissa!

    Debby -- thank you for sharing the pix. So fun to see those smiling faces.

    Pam -- hope the book signing was fun ... and maybe you'll share pix?

    Lots of interesting-looking links, Tina. Will save them to read with my afternoon tea break. Waving "hi" to Mary H, and wishing we could take that tea break together.

    Nancy C

  27. Mary C I'm really sorry your elbow is hurting. Honest. And if I could do something about it, I would. Honest. But ... well .. you did say on your blog that you had all of Closer than Brothers written, right? And you will suffer through the agony of a hurting elbow so you can post the chapters for your readers, right?

    I thought so.

    You are noble beyond words, Mary!

    Nancy C

  28. HAHAHA!!! Mary Connealy. You're first comment... You crack me up. Always. :)

    CONGRATS to Tina on the Golden Quill!!! Happy happy dance! Great WE, btw.

    I'd love to be entered for the copy of Crazy Busy. I may just need to buy it anyway...

    I forgot to congratulate Sally Bradley yesterday on being the May Contest Diva! Woot Woot!!! :) Reading about your contest journey was truly inspirational!

  29. Nancy C! You are so clever with your highlighted words. I am much impressed.

  30. I have a question. I know several of the rules of grammar have changed recently. What is a good resource I could check on what the current rules are. For instance like when to write the number and when to write the word.

    I hope every one is having a great weekend.

  31. The Golden Quill, Tina!!!!!

  32. I'm so excited about all the successes here. Congrats to Myra, Melissa and Tina and the winners from last week.
    So happy for you, Sue M.
    Great WE, Tina. Many thanks for the links and the contest update. Entered the WOW flash fiction contest today.
    Mary, hope your elbow is better soon.
    Wonderful weekend everyone. Such a gorgeous day here in Philly.

  33. Oh, what a great WE, Tina!!! I was in Buffalo all day, watching a dance competition... and in between Casey's numbers, I curled up on the floor and worked... but then a wonderful maintenance guy named Bill said "Get off the floor and go use our break room..." So I did and I got to know Bill and Tom and they're now very excited about my books... AND I got my new LI proposal done... So one more thing to check off the list!

    Casey's mom came and got me whenever we were getting close to Casey's dance numbers, and she came away with five "gold" awards and a win, and a special "smile" award for her beautiful smile!!!

    A great day!

  34. Okay, I read Konrath's blog and I agree wholeheartedly.

    First, don't engage the crazies. It just isn't done.

    Second, don't read reviews. And don't respond to them.

    I am so stinkin' grateful for good reviews but I know not everyone is going to love my stuff... so I have to act like a big girl and suck it up if someone doesn't think Anne Kellwyn is a great heroine... I know better!

    And Matt Cavanaugh is about the hottest marine going!!!!

    And "Shadow Jesus" rocks!

    And "Beansy-the-goat" is a wonderful little pet.

    Always remember Eleanor Roosevelt: "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission".

    And that is so true. We have the power.

  35. p.s. Since I was half-asleep last nite when I typed my comment, I said congrats to Tina but want to also say CONGRATS to Myra and Melissa too!

    Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Here in Georgia we have gorgeous weather...and I have a COLD...yuk. But I haven't had one in ages, so guess I was "due" LOL.

    Hugs, Patti Jo (grabbing more Kleenex)

  36. >> Tina Radcliffe said...
    Nancy C! You are so clever with your highlighted words. I am much impressed. <<

    See? I pay attention when you teach me something.

    Nancy C

  37. Patti Jo I've had a cold too. Now Dave's got it. The little ones love to share special, special things!!!!

    But we'll persevere and forge on, tissues in hand!

    Thank heaven for Zicam.

  38. Tina, thank you for the WE and BIG congratulations on Mending the Doctor's Heart!

    Cheering for Myra and Melissa, also! And for contest diva Sally--encouraging to read her contest journey! (Yes, I'm CRAZY BUSY, so catching up with previous posts.) Now to see what's happening with Mary's characters.....

    Hope everyone is having a lovely springtime Sunday that's not TOO busy!

  39. Oh, WOW, I've been wanting to get my mitts on that CRAZY BUSY book because I heard it was SO good, but I've been too busy to do it and then I forgot the name of it until this WE, Teenster, so THANK YOU!!

    Great WE, my friend, as always.