Saturday, June 28, 2014

The July Contest Update

Surprise! You were expecting the Weekend Edition...

The upcoming holiday and day jobs threw a wrinkle in the scheduling. So here we are with the July Contest Update on a Saturday. Think of it as another opportunity for writerly education, and to win a lovely commenter giveaway!  

Pick either a Seeker book you want to read or a craft book and the Seekerville Wishkeeper will pick one reader and one writer whose wish will come true. We have unusual abilities. We grants wishes, but don't read minds. Go figure. So you have to tell us in the comments what you want to win.Winner announced TOMORROW in the Weekend Edition


 The Howies.Deadlines for all contest submissions, except for the Total Package, is July 31st at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The Total Package entries must be received by June 30th, 11:59 EDT.


Pages From the Heart. Deadline June 30th.Entry consists of: Electronic entry of the first 25 pages of your original, unpublished, and uncontracted novel-length (or projected novel-length) manuscript.Open to RWA members only. Published Authors: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published. Self-published authors welcome. Unpublished Authors: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by the contest entry deadline.)

Published Division:

Contemporary: Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Historical: Katherine Pelz, The Berkley Publishing Group
Inspirational: Stephanie Taylor, Astraea Press
Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel: Alicia Condon, Kensington Books
Romantic Suspense/Mystery: Cat Kline, Sourcebooks
Young Adult/New Adult: Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press 

Unpublished Division:

Contemporary: Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing
Historical: Junessa Viloria, Random House
Inspirational: Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency
Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Romantic Suspense/Mystery: Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing
Young Adult/New Adult: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Hero Of Our Heart Award: Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon/William Morrow – Harpercollins

Indiana's Golden Opportunity. Deadline July 1. Entry consists of first 55 pages (including synopsis).

Contemporary Romance                                                             
Traditional Print Editor        Latoya Smith                           Associate Editor, Grand Central 
E-Pub Editor                       Heather Howland                    Senior Editor, Entangled 

 Erotic Romance                                                                 
Traditional Print Editor        Allison Janice                          Editorial Assistant, Berkley 
E-Pub Editor                       Michele Paulin                         Editorial Director, Resplendence    
 Historical Romance                                                           
Traditional Print Editor        Laura Fazio                              Assistant Editor, NAL at Penguin
E-Pub Editor                       Erin Molta                                 Senior Editor, Entangled 

Inspirational Romance                                                     
Traditional Print Editor        Shana Asaro       Associate Editor, Harlequin Love Inspired
Traditional Print Editor        Becky Philpott    Associate Acq. Ed., HarperCollins Christian Publishing              

 Paranormal Romance                                                                   
Traditional Print Editor        Kristine Swartz                         Editorial Assistant, Berkley E-Pub Editor                       Mallory Braus                           Editor, Carina Press

 Romantic Suspense                                                                     
Traditional Print Editor        Patience Bloom                       Senior Editor, Harlequin Books
E-Pub Editor                       Deb Nemeth                        Developmental Editor, Carina Press

Young Adult Romance                                                     
Traditional Print Editor          Lauren Smulski                   Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Books
E-Pub Editor                       Stephanie Taylor           Owner & Editor in Chief, Astraea Press


Put Your Heart in a Book. Opens June 1. Deadline July 1. Entry consists of  Synopsis and first chapter/prologue (30 pages max).

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Contemporary Series
 Agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
 Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
 Multi-published Author: Jennifer Probst

Single-Title Contemporary
 Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
 Editor: Angela James, Carina Press
 Multi-published Author: Roxanne St. Claire

 Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
 Editor: Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
 Multi-published Author: Terri Brisbin

 Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
 Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
 Multi-published Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Young Adult Romance
 Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
 Editor: Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin's Press
 Multi-published author: Susan Mallery

Romantic Suspense
 Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates
 Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
 Multi-published author: Stella Cameron

 Heart of the West. Deadline Extended to July 15.Entry consists of the first twenty pages. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded.

 Final Judges:
•Contemporary: Pattie Steele-Perkins , Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
•Historical: Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen Pomada Literary Agency 
•Paranormal: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
•Romantic Suspense: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
•Young Adult/New Adult: Katelyn Detweiler, Jill Grinberg Agency

The Phoenix Rattler is Open For Entries August 1-29th. Hosted by the Christian Writers of the West.  Entry consists of the first 15 pages of your manuscript.

 Contemporary- Michelle Grawkowski Agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Mystery/Thriller- Elizabeth Mazur Editor, Harlequin Love Inspired
Fantasy/SciFi/Speculative- Steve Laube President, The Steve Laube Literary Agency & Editor, Enclave Publishing
Young Adult -Rachel Kent Agent, Books & Such Literary Management
Historical- To be announced

Golden Palm. Deadline August 15. Entry consists of the first 25 pages.  

 Categories and Final Round Judges:

Contemporary Category:

Editor:Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing

Agent: Beth Campbell, Bookends

Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks

Historical Category:

Editor:  Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Agent: Jordy Alberts, Booker Alberts Literary Agency

Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Young Adult/New Adult Category:

Editor: Lauren Smulski, Harlequin Teen

Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency

Agent: Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary Agency

Paranormal Category:

Editor:  Peter Senftleben, Kensington Publishing

Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates

Editor: Angela James, Carina Press

 Hot Prospects Contest is Now Open. Deadline September 1. Entry consists of first 25 pages and a 3-5 page synopsis. 
 Single Title Contemporary-
•Editor – Sue Grimshaw, Random House
•Assistant Editor – Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks, Inc

Romantic Suspense-
•Editor – Associate Editor- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
•Editor -Tera Cuskaden, Samhain

•Senior Editor – Esi Sogah, Kensington

•Editor – Editorial Assistant –Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group


  WD Short Short Story Competition. Early bird deadline is November 17. Deadline is December 15.  Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

 The Seventh Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest. This contest begins at 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on May 9, 2014, and ends at 11:50 P.M. ET on September 18, 2014.

 Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it.Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.

We'd like to introduce our July Contest Divas. Yes, two. The writing team of
Crystal Ridgway & Destanie Ridgway!

2014 ACFW Genesis double semi-finalists
Seekerville Perfect Pitch winner

Writing as a team has been a blessing but it’s also had a few pitfalls. Contests have been one of them. The first contest we entered was the 2014 ACFW Genesis. Right off we ran into problems. We got an email from ACFW saying we’d done something wrong, that the photo was supposed to be of the author alone. After explaining that we coauthor, we were told not to enter any more manuscripts until they got their system fixed to accept coauthors. Seven manuscripts later, we had all our entries in.

Having only started writing seven months before our first contest, we entered our manuscripts with the sole purpose of getting feedback- although hope was running high. 

When the day came for the semi-finalists to be announced we sat by the phone. Two calls later we were thrilled to hear that we’d semi-finaled twice. That was on Monday. On Saturday we got an email saying Crystal Ridgway was one of five winners in the Seekerville Perfect Pitch contest.

Contests have been a wonderful tool that has gotten us feedback, validated our opinion that our stories are worth writing, and given us hope that we might make it into print. We are planning to enter all our completed stories in the ACFW First Impressions contest when it opens and will most likely enter a few more.

As relatively new writers, we are finding the feedback invaluable. That alone has made entering contests worth every agonizing moment of the long wait to see how they turn out.

 That's it Seekerville. Now go forth and CONTEST!!


Jennifer Smith said...

You guys are awesome for putting all this contest stuff together every month!

And I would LOVE to win A Match Made in Texas! :)

Tina Radcliffe said...


Tina Radcliffe said...

We are awesome, Jennifer. Wishing your wish comes true!! hehehe

Jeanne T said...

This is great! Congrats to Crystal and your daughter for being the contest divas, and for the contests you've done so well in. :)

I'm looking forward to reading this more closely tomorrow. :)

Oh, I'd love to win Getting Into Character, by Brandilyn Collins. ;)

Thank you, ladies, for ALL you do to encourage those of us coming along behind you on this writing voyage (since it's water we must cross to get off the island and onto the mainland ;) ).

Tina Radcliffe said...

Jeanne T! You are one of the hardest working writers I know.

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to win "A Love Surrendered" by Julie Lessman. :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Such good book picks. You all have good taste in fiction and non fiction.

Melissa Jagears said...

Dear Seekerville Wishkeeper fairy, We love fairies in the Jagears household, we have all kinds of fairy books for your reading pleasure stored in our many, many bookshelves for you to read since you should choose me and come to my house to visit. I'd like Wired for Story please, and if you'd like, I have plenty of baby teeth in a box you could have!

Melissa Jagears said...

Okay, somebody please tell my husband that we don't have to keep the teeth!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Baby Teeth? How can we upcycle baby teeth. Must think on this.

Janet Kerr said...

You Seekers are so great. It is so very hard to choose! I wish for Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins.


Terri said...

Congratulations to the two contest divas! How did you two decide to write together? I want my sis to write with me, but I can't convince her.

I'd like to have Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell.

Jenny Blake said...

congrats Divas,

I would love to win a kindle copy of Tried and True (Iknow its not released yet but would love to read it).

I read much better on the kindle but still reading quite slow.

Cindy W. said...

Hi Seeker Wishkeeper I would love a print copy of ROMANCE-ology 101. Thank you so much!

Congratulations Contest Divas!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Kav said...

Of course Seekerville has their very own wish keeper fairy! I shouldn't be surprised at all.

Great not-the-weekend-edition. Love all that you compile all that contest info! I'll be raring to go again after I finish editing.

Congrats to the diva duo! How cool that you co-author together. Must be fun to always have someone to bounce your ideas off of.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Crystal and Destanie!!!!!



Congrats to you guys, this is wonderful, marvelous and I'm so over-the-top happy for you!!!

I'm still beaming over how many of my Seekerville buds got into the Killer Voices competition and did so well... This??? Oh this is frosting on the cake!

God bless you both with this quick turn of success and just keep writing.

And editing.

And writing and editing.

Everyone I know who looks for a quick-road-to-the-top-of-the-mountain finds the same bit of news...

Writing and editing.

I'm so proud of you!!!!!


Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm in love with the wishkeeper fairy!!!!!! Oh, isn't she the CUTEST THING????????

And I'm in a wish-granting mood this weekend, so Tina, what a perfect time to do this!!!

Whatever it takes to keep me happy, and I'm just glad you realize that, darling.


I'm not cooking. Probably not baking, isn't that what ice cream shops are for in summer????

Panera. You can't go wrong with a breakfast tray from Panera, and stuffed breakfast crescents are a marvelous thing!

Bacon/ham/sausage egg, cheese and a dash of cooked onion.... in a flaky pastry.

I'm fatter just thinking about it.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Of course you don't keep the teeth. How can you keep the teeth if THE FAIRY HAS THEM?????

What on earth in the name of all that's right and holy in this world is the man thinking??????

Lose the teeth!

That's like saving the umbilical cord or something icky like that... eeeewwwww..... After the first two, I just saved the baby.

It turned out to be a good plan.

Wilani Wahl said...

Congrats Crystal and Destinae,

My wish is for The Work in Progress Notebook by Jeannie Reush.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I haven't seen any more snakes. This weekend the ants are taking over. I would much rather struggle with ants than snakes or mice any day.

Missy Tippens said...

Crystal and Destanie, congrats on your contest success! And what fun to work together!! I wish my daughter was interested in writing. I'm hoping that someday she may change her mind. :)

Yes, Tina, I agree. A WONDERFUL PHOTO! Two beautiful young women!

Missy Tippens said...

Tina, I'd like for the Wishkeeper to come finish polishing my book for me! :)

Crystal Ridgway said...

Good morning everybody and thank you for the congratulations. Ruthy, your comment made my daughter smile. I'll try to check in occasionally today, but I'm right in the middle of moving from one house to the other so I may not be able to.

I'm wishing for Ruthy's new cowboy book, His Montana Sweetheart, but since it's not released my next pick is Stuck Together.

Rose said...

Whew! Thanks for the explanation. I wondered where the contest update was yesterday.

Yep, I'm a victim of routine even in my blog reading! HA!

Congratulations to this months contest divas. Way to go!

Crystal Ridgway said...

I started writing a novel one year ago because my then fourteen year old daughter wanted me to, but by the end of the day she'd decided that she wanted to help write it too. It worked out well. With our writing voices still being undeveloped, the scenes we wrote sounded pretty much the same voice wise. Fast forward twelve months and my nearly sixteen year old writes romace almost completely independently, because our voices are now different and coauthoring is more difficult. In reality, we're more like critique partners now than coauthors. But that's great too.

Mary Connealy said...


Mary Connealy said...

This is confusing, Tina.


I had to open my computer calendar and double check. It's Saturday, right?

No, it must be Friday.

And it's Summer right?

No it's winter because the fairies that took care of Sleeping Beauty are clearly flying around in the snow.

But at least Crystal and Destanie look great!!!!

Marianne Barkman said...

You guys ROCK!!!YOU ARE THE BEST!!! And me, I'm being selfish..each contest, each winner just means I have another book to check out!
Have a great weekend!

Pam Hillman said...

Way to go, Crystal and Destaine! And thanks for being "guinea pigs" on the co-author question for the Genesis. :)

Jackie Smith said...

Congrats to Crystal and daughter!!

Good to see Jenny B. back here!

My wish is for a backlist of Missy Tippens...Her Unlikely Family.

Happy weekend to all......

Myra Johnson said...

Another great contest roundup, Tina!

And YAY for our contest divas, Crystal and Destanie! How fun to write as a mother/daughter team!

Moving day, Crystal? Oh, I feel for you! Hope it goes smoothly!

I'm heading out shortly to present a characterization workshop at the library with my good friend Dora Hiers. If anyone's in the Charlotte area this afternoon, come check us out at the Morrison branch!

Cindy Regnier said...

Thanks Seekers - and congrats to the Mother-Daughter Divas. How awesome is that? Yay Crystal and Destanie!
Dear Seekerville Wishkeeper: Please put in a pre-order in my name for Stranded with the Rancher. I would be so perfectly happy!!!

Tracey Hagwood said...

I'd love to read Tina's Mending the Doctor's Heart, oh wishkeeper fairy!

Jan Drexler said...

Congrats to the contest Divas! What a team :)

And dear Seekerville Wishkeeper, I would dearly love to win a copy of Cheryl St. John's Writing With Emotion, Tension and Conflict!

Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone :)

Donna said...

If I were to win I would have to ponder upon which craft book I would want. Although I would also love a Seeker book! So put me in the hat for either.

Now off to find a coauthor....

Congrats crystal and Destanie!

Elaine Manders said...

Congratulations Crystal and Destanie, diva duo. How awesome is that for mother and daughter to write together. I want to convince my granddaughter to write a teen book with me.

If I win the drawing, I'd like 4 Weddings & a Kiss.

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Crystal and Destanie! Such a great mom-daughter team! Love your coauthor story...which will resonate with readers when they read your debut! No negative comments allowed in Seekerville today. Everyone sells! Isn't that why Tina posted the pic of the cute fairy godmother?

How are all the Killer Voices doing? What's the word on the street? I'm excited. Bet you are too!

Debby Giusti said...

I'm finishing my next story and need nourishment so I brought chocolate covered strawberries and jelly beans. Two favorite foods.


Debby Giusti said...

Lots of great reference books mentioned today. I'd like one of each. Pretty please with ice cream on top.

Can you tell I'm hungry? :)

Ruth Ann Dell said...

Many thanks to Seekerville bloggers for ALL your awesome posts- yours is the first blog I read every day.

If I win, please would the Wishkeeper grant me a copy of Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.

Lyndee H said...

Congrats Ridgway Divas! Great story.

Tina, you pulled a June surprise!

DOG TEETH - that's what's stored in my little keepsake box! What does that say about me? Ahhh, never mind!

Deep and Wide: Advanced Fiction Techniques Worktext by Susan May Warren - and the all-knowing fairy must realize that it's on sale at My Book Therapy at a better price than Amazon. Maybe the fairy has unending cash, considering the rising cost of teeth. I got a quarter, my kids got a buck and my kids kids are up to ten bucks! Inflation!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Jenny from down under. Good to see you again!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Cindy W. Terri, and Janet. The Wishkeeper has added your requests.

She's such a cute and chubby gal. A little like me. Of course I am much cuter. Chubbier too.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Ruthy, you want the Wishkeeper to send you food? Yeah. Good luck with that. She'll eat it first. Did you see her figure?

Tina Radcliffe said...

Got it, Wilani!


Tina Radcliffe said...

Sorry to confuse you, Mary.

But frankly it didn't take much, did it.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Got your request, Jackie Smith!

Tina Radcliffe said...

haha, Cindy Regnier. You are in the Wishkeeper's drawing.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Have fun at your program, Myra. Can't wait for your class to start in Seekerville.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Dog teeth. Let's NOT go there.

You are in Lyndee.

And hey Ruth Ann Dell. You are in as well.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Tracey Hagwood and Jan Drexler. Fairy dust to you. You are in the drawing.

Tina Radcliffe said...

And my mind is still boggled over the fact that THE RIDGEWAY TEAM ENTERED SEVEN MANUSCRIPTS IN THE GENESIS.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Wait. Wait. Wait.

I brought food.

Did I ask for it??? Oh, that was GREEDY OF ME.

Okay, 7 manuscripts in GENESIS??? My kind of girls, LOL!

And I love that they're more like critique partners now, because that's cool and fun and working with Destanie keeps Crystal on her toes... which she appears to do quite well.


Hey, I love the fairy request thing. Oh my stars, fairier ROCK.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm eating Deb's chocolate covered strawberries....

Loving it.

Thank you. :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Jenny, how are you doing????? Tell us if the improvement lasted, kid?????

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Jennifer Smith you will love A Match Made in Texas.

So say I.

Crystal Ridgway said...

That's okay, Tina. We plan on entering at least thirteen between is in the First Impressions.:-)

Destanie actually writes really well on her own aside from occasional writers block, so I don't have to stay on my toes all the time. One of our mss that semi finaled in the Genesis was nearly entirely her work.

Peggy Trotter said...

Love the contest diva's photo! Such a nice backgroud, and congrats! I'd love to start a craft book library! Thanks Seekerville for all you do!

Sybil Bates McCormack said...

Congratulations, first, to the awesome Ladies Ridgway. Thanks, Seekerville, for today's contest opportunity. I'd be thrilled to win either a paperback or Kindle copy of "Story Engineering" by Larry Brooks. Blessings!


Tina Radcliffe said...

Peggy Trotter and Sybil McCormack! You are in. That book is new to me Sybil. MUST CHECK IT OUT!!!

Heidi Robbins said...

What a fun surprise post! Seekerville Wishkeeper, I'd love a copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Thanks, Heidi. You are in.

DebH said...

May I request either a Julie Lessman book or a Ruthy book should my name be drawn? I think I'm behind on the books of these two... well, more so than any of the other seekers. i'm way behind on all.

Congrats two the double divas! I haven't even tried the contest circuit other than the one at Harlequin for Killer Voices. Must write more. write, write, write.

Thanks for the contest info. Gives me something to aim for.

Jackie said...

I'm learning so much for the contests I've entered. Thanks for encouraging us to enter, and thanks for the updates!

Have a great weekend!

DebH said...

ah, buggers... forgot having to be really specific.

maybe i should go with Wired for Story since I can't pin down exactly which Lessman or Ruthy book I want.

*brain freeze*

Tina Radcliffe said...

Wishkeepers appreciate specificity!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Hey, Jackie! How'd that 5K go?

Tina Radcliffe said...

Oh, did we say Happy Birthday to Sandra Leesmith yet?

Happy Birthday Sandra!

Crystal Ridgway said...

Happy Birthday Sandra!!!!!!

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Thanks for the contest update. Judges'comments are invaluable in showing where I can improve.
Congrats to the mother-daughter writing team as contest divas. Impressed by your number of entries in the Genesis. Lovely pic of you both.
Hope Myra had a successful workshop at the library.
Happy Birthday to Sandra!
Wonderful weekend to all.
If wishfairy selects me would like Writing With Emotion, Tension and Conflict. Thanks for the opportunity.

Tina Radcliffe said...


I have it on my desk right now. As we speak.

Terri said...

Not that anyone asked, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I wrote a little over 3,000 words yesterday.

Tina Radcliffe said...


Sherida Stewart said...

Congratulations, Diva Crystal and Diva Destanie! Fun to learn you write as a mother-daughter team and are having great success!

Tina, thank you for the Contest Update.....some intriguing ones coming up.

Seekerville Wishkeeper fairy, Cheryl St. John's Writing With Emotion & Conflict is on my wishlist.

Happy weekend of writing/reading to all in Seekerville!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Terri!!!! Proud of you, oh my stars, that rocks the big kahuna!!!! YAY!

Hey, I've noticed that CHERYL ST. JOHN CHICK is POPULAR...


She's only written like a gazillion books, each one better than the next. Piffle. What could she possibly know????????????


I love the fairy. We should make the Wishkeeper Fairy a certified villager. She's got cute clothes, too.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Happy Birthday, Sandy!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

You are in the drawing, Sherida.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Yes. Cheryl is popular. Almost as popular as the Wishkeeper.

Jenny Blake said...

Im ok the med was raised and is keeping the pain at a lower level. the exercises for my back and neck are helping. I still tire easy and there are times the headpain gets hard to handle but Im not down like I was. The worst part is going to places where there is a lot of noise or bad acoustics like Church. I have ear plugs but it takes a lot of energy at times to deal with the noise.

I see the specialist again in a few weeks so hope he has some thing to say rather than just deal with it. I cant even remember what not having a headache is like but I am coping. I find if I do more than a couple hours at work cleaning or even at the bookshop I feel exhausted.

Loves To Read said...

What a hard choice! Too many great authors. I think I would like to have "Whisper Goodbye" by Myra Johnson.

Melissa Jagears said...

Oh, and my mother last month found my first baby tooth and gave it to me......What am I supposed to do with it? Thanks Ruthy, for being on the "why on earth, why?" on keeping teeth!

But they're in a box, until he can part with them I guess, but decades from now when I pull them out he'll probably tell me I'm crazy for keeping them . . . . he's got a good memory like that.

Oh, and my fairy is as cheap as I am. Still a quarter. An extra nickel if they pulled it themselves.

Hey, my daughter thinks selling stories for 3 cents is good and wants to sell my book at garaged sales for a dime, a Quarter is mega-bucks!

Valri said...

Dear Seekerville Wishkeeper Fairy, I'd love to win Four Weddings and a Kiss!, it's a hard choice but that's the book I most want to read right now! Haw very nice of you to grant some wishes!

Tina Radcliffe said...

You are right, too many good books to choose from!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Melissa Jagears, cheapest fairy EVER. Your fairy is operating on 1950's pricing. And yet, is wise to do so when children are young enough not to understand their buds are pulling in 20's.... I don't get that, but it's true.

I have a husband with a memory like that. Once it's his idea, we embrace it wholeheartedly.


So I plant ideas, I'm on the six-month idea harvesting schedule.

This is not devious. It is smart. There's a difference.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Couldn't sleep tonight. Well, did sleep but woke up at 2:39 and then couldn't go back to sleep.

So here I am.

Nap today????? I might be able to do that if I hide.

Kara Isaac said...

Argh so many great choices!

I think I'm going to have to put my wish in for Myra's one that just won historical at ICRS.

And big congrats Tina on the Carol final!

Rachel Jones said...

Love perusing the Contest Update!
Seekerville fairy - my wish is a copy of Whisper Goodbye.

Patsy said...

I love to crochet so I would love the book Vintage Redwork Potholders!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Late to the party but wow look at the congrats.

Go Divas. You are both toooooo adorable. Congrats and best wishes.

Love the contests.

Hubby took me on a hike yesterday so no computer. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

"Hubby took me on a hike yesterday..."

I saw pics on Facebook. Sandra, you guys know how to party!!!!! :)

Glad you had a fun day! (My version would have been slightly different, LOL, and there would have been no hiking involved unless the car broke down....)