Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Weekend Edition

This weekend we're focusing on the dream. Where are you in the process. Don't let another day go by without making a dent in your goals.

We Have Winners

 Contact us at to claim your prize. See our legal page here for details. Remember that we get busy and forgetful juggling writing and blogging. If you haven't received your prize in 6-8 weeks, DO CONTACT US!!


 Sandra Leesmith discussed "Social Media Etiquette" on Thursday.Winner of Karen Baney's book, 10 Keys to ebook Marketing Success and a copy of their choice of one of Sandra's books is Sally Bradley.

Wednesday we joined Glynna Kaye for Part 3 of “Layering As You Go!”  She shared  tips on internal dialogue and character voice. Two winners of her April release,  Pine Country Cowboy are Kathy Bailey and Heidi Robbins.

Thursday  was the June Contest Update. LeAnne Bristow was our Contest Diva and the winners of Mary Connealy's Stuck Together are Joy and Jackie Smith.

Friday we welcomed back Love Inspired Historical author Jessica Nelson with her post, "When Inspiration Strikes...But You're Dead." Do not miss this heartfelt post. Winner of Love on the Range is Jana V. Winner of Family on the Range is Mary Hicks. Winner of a Starbuck's card is Jennifer Smith. Thanks, Jessica!

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Today, Mary Connealy will explain in simple terms how to tackle intensely serious sometimes heart wrenching topics, all laid out using terms and attitudes carefully chosen to not disturb contemporary politically correct hyper-sensitivity without being unfaithful to historical accuracy and all while making people laugh.(And in the very real event that she fails at this, which is highly possible considering she mostly doesn't know what she's talking about......she's hoping you won't notice because if you  leave a comment she's giving away a signed copy of Stuck Together and a SECOND give-away, a signed copy of the novella collection she did with Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley and Debra Clopton...Four Weddings and a Kiss)

Tuesday: Love Inspired author Winnie Griggs joins us in Seekerville today giving her thoughts on when you do and don't need an epilogue and how to craft an effective epilogue when you DO include one. Winnie will give away a copy of her June book Lone Star Heiress.

Wednesday:  Freelance writer and editor, Preslaysa Williams is our special guest today. Her post is "Juggling Babies and Books - for Moms and Dads." She's got a lovely Starbucks gift card for one commenter. So stop by and let's chat! 

Thursday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe is your hostess with "Understanding the Mentor Archetype." Stop by for some insight into this fictional character from both sides of The Hero's Two Journeys. She's of course got a giveaway to dazzle you as well.

Friday:  Audra Harders invites you to join her on a journey of epic proportion…well, at least it is to her! She’s dipping her toe into the pond of Author Newsletters. See what info she’s collected on compiling a successful Author Newsletter, and then pop over to, and join her newsletter list. She will be eternally grateful for comments from her friends in Seekerville so let her know how she did. And as always, no good deed ever goes unrewarded, so she’s giving away 2 copies of her latest indie release, Second Chance Ranch – 1 Kindle copy and 1 paperback – let her know which you prefer.

  Seeker Sightings

Have you liked our Face Book page? Stop by and give us the thumbs up!

Don't miss Seekerville's interview on Suzanne Woods Fisher's blog! 


 The General's Secretary, by Debby Giusti, is a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in the Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense category. CONGRATULATIONS, DEBBY!

 Today, Saturday May 31, on Mary Connealy's blog you'll find the conclusion of Mary's Novella prequel to the Trouble in Texas series Closer Than Brothers Chapter 13.

Stuck Together releases June 3. That's TUESDAY and it has been sighted in bookstores and is shipping for anyone's preordered online. Available on Amazon now.

Mary Connealy will be talking about one of the most joyful moments of her life on Cheryl St.John's blog on March 31.

Look what showed up on Amazon!


Congratulations to Pam Hillman. Claiming Mariah is an IRCA Finalist!

Pam Hillman will be signing Claiming Mariah at the Southern Christian Writing Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on June 6-7th. If you're in attendance, make sure you find her and say hello! She'll be snapping photos to share with friends of Seekerville.

Live in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area? Our very own Missy Tippens will be the keynote speaker at the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers Laurie Award Banquet on June 14th at 11 am. She would love to see you! For more information, click here.

Random News & Inspiration 

The June Calendar is up! 

No, it’s not Amazon that has the ebook monopoly (Yahoo Finance)

 Amazon Speaks (JAKonrath)

B&H President Selma Wilson launches new blog (Christian Retailing)

Target to offer e-books through partnership (USA Today)

Announcing the Imprint  (TOR Blog)

5 Tips for Hitting Bestsellers Lists (Writer's Digest)

A Quick Guide for Writing Short-Part 1:Fiction ( Beyond Paper Editing )

One Star Book Reviews (The Passive Voice)


That's it! Happy Reading and Writing!


  1. Great WE, Tina! Your book cover is splendiferous. I looked at it, then had to go back and look some more. Beautiful!

    Yay! I'm so excited to see Pam at the SCWC this next weekend! Scared a little bc it's my first conference, but so excited to meet a Seeker!

    Now to browse those links.

  2. Great edition, Tina!!! Congratulations to ALL the winners. To you, too, Tina , on having your book show up on Amazon.

  3. Splendiferous??? I think it's splendiferous too. My favorite yet.

    Thank you Natalie...aaaand, Marianne.

  4. Just FYI, I'm writing my blog post right now. Just forget the whole thing!!!!

  5. Ohhh, Tina, love the cover and title, I'm not a contemporary reading girl, but I'd pick that up and see if you could entice me with the blurb!

    Happy weekend, I'll be doing nothing but trying to fulfill three deadlines that suddenly all plopped in my lap. No sleep for me!!!!!!

  6. Good morning, Seekerville!

    Great WE as usual!

    And yay, Tina! I love the cover of your new book. And the title is very intriguing. It's going on my to-read list.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  7. Well isn't this WE edition chalk full of good news? Congrats to Debby and Pam. How exciting!!!!

    I had to google IRCA and was a bit confused when I found that it was a rodeo cowboy award. Pam rides broncs? But then the intrepid librarian in me scrolled down and I found Inspirational Readers' Choice Awards. Now that makes sense!

    And I love the cover...and the title...and the whole idea of being Stranded With the Rancher.

    Great interview on Suzanne Woods Fisher's blog too. I'd hopped over to it on the day it 'aired' but it wasn't up yet and then I forgot to go back. :-( 150 books between y'all???? Thud, no wonder I need another book case!

  8. YAY, I won Mary's book.....THANKS, Mary!

    And thanks, Tina, for all you do....took a peek at your book on it and can't wait to read it.

    Happy Weekend to all..........

  9. Tina, great WE! Thanks as always! :-)
    Love your book cover!

    Congratulations to all winners! I'm happy to win FAMILY ON THE RANGE, can't wait to read it!!

    Thank you Jessica Nelson!

    Good weekend to all! :-)

  10. Great WE!

    Congratulations to all the winners

    Have a great weekend everyone

  11. Congrats to the winners! Looks like we have a great lineup next week!

  12. IRCA - I had to google IRCA and was a bit confused when I found that it was a rodeo cowboy award. Pam rides broncs?

    Ha!!! Well, if the saddle fits... ha

    Love that IRCA is also a rodeo cowboy award. I'll have to tie that in somehow. I feel a meme coming on: bucking bronc, my book cover and a caption that says "IRCA - the OTHER award!"

  13. Whoot! Natalie and I are going to have SO much fun at the SCWC conference next weekend.

    Can't wait!!! :)

  14. Love that cover, Tina! The book sounds great.

    Mary, keep writing your blog. You know it's going to be great! :)

  15. Thanks, Melissa J. Sleep is over-rated, right?

  16. Thanks for the kudos on the cover. Those folks in the art department sure deserve some chocolate.

  17. Fabulous WE, love the lineup for next week! Tina, your book looks wonderful. Generally, I read historical so I can stay in the historical world for my writing, but I've recently been dipping my toes into modern reading AND writing. 34K into my second contemporary. My daughter is also 20K into her first contemporary. And, you know what? It's fun!!

    Had to laugh over the IRCA mixup. International Rodeo Cowboys Association, I'm guessing? Congratulations, Pam!

    Off to read the links and CH. 13 of Closer Than Brothers...

  18. Tina!!!

    You wrote a ‘Stranded’ book!

    Now I have to get my book out before September first! You are so competitive!!!

    Okay: let’s face off. Whose cover do you think is best? (BTW: I just pre-ordered your ‘Stranded’ on Amazon – so don’t let me win it.)

    Isn’t that one good looking hero? And don’t forget the bears.

    Note: My covers come just before three of yours! I even have the models on a poster to display my book at the RWA conference! How about that?

    Also: the rewards book is coming along. It really is. I have a real professional editor waiting for the copy. I’ve just been writing and editing 200,000 words of real estate books and manuals trying to stay ahead of deadlines and thus stay in business.

    Rogenna Brewer is a cover art genius! You tell her what you want and she does it better than you ever imagined. It makes you want to write more books! If I don’t meet my real estate deadlines I’ll be able to write romance books full time!

    The clock is ticking!

    I have to hit the keys.


    P.S. Great WE, by the way, only I don’t have time to check out links. There are bears bearing down on me and they don’t think I’m Goldilocks.

  19. Tina, you're such a productive gal. Great cover. Great WE.

    Great links. Just found some time to read them this morning.

    My kids arrived last night. Spending the day with them. Doesn't get any better than that.

    Extra coffee brewing!

  20. Love checking out the interesting WE links you come up with, Tina! Great to see your latest on Amazon, too!

    Congrats to Pam on the IRCA final!

    Rainy day here. Thinking of going to a movie with hubby. Not much chance of getting anything done outdoors.

  21. Have fun with your kids, Helen! Got to see some of mine earlier this week--nice!

  22. Rogenna does an amazing job, Vince. WOW. Love your covers.

    The editorial team at Love Inspired collaborates with the author to come up with the title. It was originally called, Stranded in Paradise.

  23. Congratulations to Pam and Debby on their finals!~!! Way to go.

  24. Didn't mean to miss Debby's final--congratulations! Great book!

    And Missy, a keynote speaker! What an honor!

    Still watching the rain. Think we'll go see Moms Night Out. My daughter said it was cute.

  25. Great WE as usual, Tina :) I didn't know your book was up on amazon! Will go preorder my copy now :)

    And I L-O-V-E your cover, btw--but thanks for bragging about me, Vince--because I love your covers as well. And really loved working on them.

  26. So much to celebrate here!
    WTG everyone!!!!

    Thanks for a great WE, Tina. (And congrats on YOUR news!!! Love that cover!)

  27. Congrats to Debby and Pam and all winners this week. Enjoyed looking over the links, Tina. Lovely book cover for your find on Amazon. Enjoyed the interview on Suzanne Fisher's blog. Wonderful weekend to all.

  28. Love your book cover, Tina. Can wait to read it. Congrats to Debby and Pam. Another great WE!

  29. Tina, a new book! Woot! Can't wait to read. Love that cover and title. Know I'll love the story as well!

    Thanks for all congrats about the Daphne final. I'm thrilled. Lots of wonderful writers are in the lineup so making the final round means a lot to me. :)

    Congrats to all the Seekerville winners! Don't forget to send your snail mail address to the web addy Tina provides each weekend so we can get your prizes to you!

  30. Missy, what a lovely honor to give the keynote for the Laurie Banquet! Go you!!! YAY! I know you'll WOW the audience. Tell them to visit Seekerville! :)

  31. Thanks for the comments on the cover!!

    Rogenna has a great new military romance out now from Supers too.

  32. Sandra, thanks for the marketing book! Very excited! And one of yours too!!! Which one do you suggest I start with?

  33. Oh, great WE Tina!!!! I've popped over to Konrath's article on Amazon vs. Hatchette and then read Passive Voice's link to the classics with ONE STAR reviews, LOL!

    Well, honestly, I've read some classics that would be lucky if I gave them a one star review, so while that's funny, I think the viewpoint of what makes a book resonate depends on the marriage of author to reader.

    Although I'd probably be generous and give a TWO STAR review, just because the author was like... famous.... :)

    Congrats to winners!!!!!! Hooray for you, I love winning!

    And I can't hardly B-R-E-A-T-H-E waiting for a Mary Connealy Monday!!!!!

    Yeeeee Haaaawwwww!!!!! Now that I've written fun cowboys I just WAIT TO SEE WHAT FUN STUFF MARY WILL SAY ABOUT THEM THAR COWBOYS!!!!



  35. Hi Tina,
    You asked the hard question and I put on my big girl pants and signed up for the June Class. Thanks for the push.


  36. Hi All:

    You can read the conclusion of Mary’s “Closer than Brothers” here:

    ALERT! The ending of Chapter 12 is so edgy it could make Julie Lessman blush! I mean it belongs in Kissology 401.

    BTW: I just loved this line:

    ”She wrote to those uncles and threw in a letter to her husband, just in case he had the nerve to not be dead.”

    Could there be any doubt who this author’s voice belongs to? : )

    I’m reading “Brothers” at the same time that I’m reading “Over the Edge” and if there was any doubt about how Callie could love a crazy guy like Seth Kinkaid, then reading "Brothers" will remove all that doubt. I think reading “Brothers” will make fans want to read “Over the Edge” a second time.

  37. Hi Tina:

    “Stranded in Paradise”.

    My first thought was that this story takes place in your beautiful location, Paradise, CO. My next thought was that the story is a paranormal. My final thought was that the theme was about survivors of a plane crash on a heavenly tropical island.

    If the story really is about your Paradise location, then I’d like to see that mentioned on the cover or the blurb as that would be a strong selling point for fans of “Mending the Doctor’s Heart”. If the story does not take place in Paradise, then the current title may be far less confusing.

    Whatever, I’ve read the blurb and I’m hooked already. The hero and heroine were instantly highly sympathetic. I think you are at your very best when you write on medical themes.

  38. Jeri!!! I'm in the class too. We can be brave together.

  39. Vince, I think you complimented me. Though it's hard to tell at first read. LOL. Back to the old Vince, I see. Great to have you back.

  40. Excellent Weekend Edition, Tina! I actually had an urge to shiver when I saw your fabulous wintery cover. Love it!!

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    This week's lineup looks great. Especially intrigued by Mary's post.

    Beautiful, sunny day here. In honor of Sunday and this beautiful weekend, I brought a buffet of ice cream flavors and toppings along with darling footed cups to put your sundaes in. Dig in!


  41. Mary, now that the prequel is finished, I'm going out to read it. I may even copy and paste. Is that allowed? I have to take a friend to have cataract surgery and thought Andersonville prison would be a great waiting room read!


  42. Congratulations, Debby, on the Daphne final!!

    And, Missy, on being the keynote speaker at Smokey Mountains Romance Writers awards luncheon!

    Pam, have fun signing at Southern Christian Writing conference!

    Wow, Seekers are on the move!!


  43. Vince, I love your cover! Kudos to Rogenna! I will read this book!


  44. Vince!!!! Great cover! Love it, my friend. And Rogenna does beautiful work. Just lovely...

    And Tina, I'm kinda thinkin' sorta it WAS a compliment, because I love you, Paradise and medical peeps.

    That's a win/win/win from where I stand.

  45. There are FIFTY baby chicks coming to my house tomorrow.


    That's FIFTY, like 5 X 10.

    Stinkin' cute, right????

    I'm kinda psyched in a farm-girl kind of way. :)

  46. I loved your cover Tina! Makes me want to rush to Amazon and order the book!

  47. 50 Chicks for laying eggs next spring/summer/fall.


    Why????? I don't know. Well, because they're DELICIOUS, of course, and so colorful!!! Ban the stinkin' boring white eggs: Go brown/green/blue!!!!

    I got a text from the hatchery today (do you love that, a hatchery that ships one day old chicks and TEXTS????? Modern farming!) that the 50 babies are en route.

    So I made a trip to Country Max, ordered fertilizer (for the 6 acres of veggies, not for the chicks, they'd get sick on fertilizer...:) got chick feeders, chick waterers, chick food, big chicken food and 96 Market Pride tomato plants.

    Dave's favorite.

    You might want to shoot me now for thinking any of this is a good idea!!!!

    Peep.... peep.... peep.... peep....

  48. Yeah. I am thinking this = work.

  49. Ruth, 96 tomato plants? Send ripe fruit south, please!

    A few eggs too.

  50. New releases and finals and great covers and weekly winners and 50 chicks!! There's never a dull moment at Seekerville, is there?

    Thanks for the WE. Looking forward to reading the links, Tina.

    Nancy C

  51. YEA! I won a book!! I am soo excited!!! Thank You! I've already got people begging to borrow the book. We will put up good reviews!!
    Thank YOU!!! :) :) :)

  52. THANKS

    To all who checked out mine and Tina’s covers and to all who made encouraging comments. This WE started with the question, “What have you done today to make your dream come true?” I think my covers are what they call creative visualization.

    Lately I’ve been trying to visualize 50 chicks. I think Ruth will have to provide some photos. If she writes about the adventure will it be called chick lit?

  53. Tina ... you probably won't see this, but I apologize for being a day late and way MORE than a dollar short in reading this wonderful WE!!

    LOVE your new book cover, my friend, and YAY that it's now up on Amazon!!

    SUPER CONGRATS to all the winners, especially Pammy --way to go, girlfriend!!


  54. I did see it, Julie. Thank you very much.