Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Weekend Edition

Hope you're enjoying the long holiday weekend. Unpublished Island is open, so feel free to enjoy the breeze on the beach!

We Have Winners

Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to We don't have time to track you down. And do let us know if you don't receive your prize in 6-8 weeks. Rules are located here, on our legal page. 

Monday Seekerville was thrilled to welcome 2014 Christian Retailing (double) Award Winner, Cynthia Ruchti to visit with her post, "Writing Acousitcally." Mary Hicks is the winner of  All My Belongings.

  Love Inspired, Howard Books and Huffington Post contributor, Virginia Carmichael Munoz aka Mary Jane Hathaway, was our honored guest Tuesday with her blog post, "Giving Yourself Permission." The three winners of of Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits (June 2014) are Chris Bailey, April Gardner and Wilani Wahl. AND the three winners of of Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (July 2014) are Jeanne T, Courtney Phillips and Alison Stone.
of Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits (June 2014) AND three copies of Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (July 2014)! - See more at:
of Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits (June 2014) AND three copies of Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (July 2014)! - See more at:

Wednesday Author Val Hansen joined us to talk about "Team-Writing a Continuity for Love Inspired Books," and how to set the stage when there's a mob of authors working behind you. Becke and Donna Phillips are the winners of Her Montana Cowboy, Book 1 of the "Big Sky Centennial" Continuity series.

Thursday Audra Harders invited us to explore the possibilities of "Outlining Forward...Writing Backward."  3 winners of a digital copy of Rock Your Plot are Cindy W, Natalie Monk and amymmcnew.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Mary Connealy will be here to talk about setting today. A recent convert to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch fan club, Mary is in the midst (well, toward the end) of a 17 book reading spree and she's noticed how intricately Connelly has woven setting into the Harry Bosch series. he's a master and Mary will try and tell you what she's learned from that.

Tuesday:  Crafting a catchy title for our work-in-progress can be one of a writer's toughest challenges. Today, Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson offers "Tips and Tricks for Terrific Titles." Join in the discussion for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

Wednesday: Today, Janet Dean takes us back in time, searching for her roots in the town of her birth and finding another family that gripped her imagination, proving that stories can come looking for a writer. Leave a comment for a $15 Amazon gift card. 

Thursday:  Join us on today for Ruth Logan Herne's All-American giant book giveaway where fifteen copies of her Big Sky Centennial His Montana Sweetheart will be UP FOR GRABS to lucky commenters! Her newest 4-Star rated story gave Ruthy an intro to cowboys and SHE HASN'T LOOKED BACK! Thursday she will most likely  harangue you about staying the course, working hard, taking advantage of time by not feeling sorry for yourself that you cannot attend the RWA or ACFW conferences. Instead, use that time to work hard, full steam ahead! 

Friday: Please welcome 2014 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Nominee, Kathleen Y'Barbo to Seekerville. Kathleen is going to get you ready for RWA and ACFW with her post "Making the Most of Your Conference Experience!" And she's got TWO copies of Their Unexpected Love, her latest Love Inspired release for two lucky commenters.

Seeker Sightings

Ruth Logan Herne is giving away free books again and she'd love for you to share her 4th of July joy!  For the next 5 days Ruthy Logan Herne is giving away copies of "Try, Try Again" her marriage reunion love story set in two of her favorite go-to places, Manhattan and Princeton.... GO HERE AND DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY and she hopes you love this beautiful story of second chances and forgiveness... and please, yes! Tell your friends!

We hope you aren't missing all the tasty goings on in the Yankee Belle Cafe! Blogging weekly with Ruth Logan Herne, Jan Drexler, Mindy Obenhaus, Julie Hilton Steele, Missy Tippens and Virginia Carmichael.


Look what we found on Amazon! The Guy Next Door by Missy Tippens is now available for pre-order!

You're running out of time to enter the the Sweet on Love iPad Mini giveaway. Enter anytime between June 18  and July 8 by CLICKING HERE to join the Facebook Party with Mary, Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley and Debra Clopton. The chat will be held on July 8th and the winner will be announced at the end. The iPad Mini is the grand prize but there will be lots of prizes, lots of fun. 

Also, to read some great reviews for Four Weddings and a Kiss CLICK HERE then scroll down to the bottom and click on REVIEW.

Three of the four authors who contributed to Four Weddings and a Kiss, (which Mary Connealy is in, but did she get to go to Las Vegas??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) video taped an interview at the American Library Association Conference . You can see if it you want, though Mary is bitter about the whole thing. CLICK HERE.

Still one more chance to catch Seeker Myra Johnson and her friend Dora Hiers presenting their workshop "Creating Characters that Come Alive" in the Charlotte, NC, area. You'll find them next Wednesday, July 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mint Hill branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library. But don't worry if you can't make the live presentation. Myra and Dora are also offering their class in November as part of Night Classes in the Village.

Tina Radcliffe's My Critique Partner is on summer hiatus. See you in September. 

Random News & Information

The July Seekerville Calendar is up!

 Check out the free ebook prequel to Love Inspired’s Big Sky Centennial continuity that has just released. Amazon, B&N,
A reminder: Blogging Authors Beware! You Can Get Sued. Roni Loren Guest Blogs (PubRant) 

Want to be sure the family pet makes it to THE END before you watch a movie? Check it out here at

Kensington Expands Distribution Partnership With Penguin Random House (Galley Cat)

7 bogus grammar 'errors' you don't need to worry about (The Week)

Tell Their Secrets (NYT)

Think Like a Publisher (Dean Wesley Smith)

I sold my book for $25,000″: A debut novelist’s experiment with radical honesty (Salon) 

 Submission Tip Checklist: Double-Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out (Writers in the Storm)

For all of you Seeker friends sending out submissions to agents-time for a blast from the past: The Great Agent Hunt!

Details here.

 That's it! Have an awesome week!


  1. Great links. I especially enjoyed the Submission Tip Checklist and The Great Agent Hunt.

    Coffee's set to brew.

    Happy weekend!

  2. Happy Weekend!!!! Time for leftovers! The fridge is calling!

  3. Right.

    We barbecued and made homemade ice cream. The leftovers have already been raided.

  4. Ooohhh -- love Missy's new cover!!!!

    Thanks for the great WE. Lots of lovely links to help me slowly wake up this morning. It's actually cool enough to have hot chocolate for breakfast. Bliss. Wish it would last but apparently we are heading into another heatwave. Ugh.

    Happy holiday weekend!

  5. We have no leftovers, so that's kind of sad but I'm making triple berry no-bake cheesecake for tomorrow's family reunion, so that part is super-good!!!!

    But a quiet two days is great room-organizing (Now that all of that STUFF is out of my bedroom, I'm being quite choosy about what returns, LOL!) and writing time!

    And call-the-far-away-kids time to wish them a happy holiday!

    Who did fireworks?

    I heard them as I nodded off, and no one does them:

    A. When it's light at 8:30 OR
    B. At 4:00 AM

    But I love the "pageant and pomp and parade!" ala John Adams, 1776...

    Happy weekend, I'll bring cheesecake by!

  6. OOOO love the cover on Missy's new book.....can't wait to read it!
    Happy Weekend to all....

  7. Wow aren't holiday weekends fun?

    I hope you all are having as great a time as I am. I love all the families having big get-togethers here in the RV park. Lots of bar-b-que going on so the smells drive you crazy. Plenty of activities to choose from, pickleball (of course) swimming, kayaking and hiking. I plan to do all of these this weekend. yay.

    Are we blessed or what? I am so thankful for all we are privileged to have in this country and waving to our Canadian friends who celebrated a bit earlier. Eh?

  8. Hope everyone is having a great Fourth weekend! We actually do have some leftover grilled veggies and two more servings of watermelon. The steak? Long gone!

    Okay, I mistakenly allowed Grammar Queen to check out that post on "7 'bogus' grammar errors." As expected, she took exception to a couple of them, particularly the "that/which" debate. She gets picky about "like/as" usage too. I just nod and smile and usually go along with her. Mainly because she lives with me and there's no escaping the tyrant.

  9. Okay, I have been AWOL way too much this past week. BUT... the moving is done and so is the worst of the unpacking! Great WE!!! Congratulations to the winners!

    Ruthy, I'll join you in that I heard the fireworks as I went to bed. We had originally planned to go to a local rodeo or the 'fireworks in the arena' display at our cowboy church, but my van broke down. So I walked the kids to the school playground a couple blocks from my house so they could play instead.

  10. We've had fabulous weather and a great weekend celebrating the birth of our Nation. The food, fireworks, and fellowship were wonderful. I gained two pounds. So unfair! I only had a plate of food and a plate of dessert. Guess I should be grateful I only gained two.


  11. I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth! We took the boys to a historic ranch and did things from years gone by. We loved it! My youngest is sure he wants to be a blacksmith when he grows up. We didn't watch fireworks, but we sure heard them. :)

    What a great WE, Tina. Congratulations to the winners. Virginia, I'm so excited I won a copy of your book! I'm definitely looking forward to reading it. :) Have a wonderful weekend! I'm hoping to squeeze some writing in in between family time. :)

  12. Crystal!!! I love your ingenuity! Close is close enough sometimes!

    Hey, cheesecake is READY.... And marvelous, of course!!!! Dig in, it's smooth and creamy and slightly frozen perfection....

    For you, my friends!!!


  13. Missy's cover ROCKS THE BIGGEST OF BIG KAHUNAS!!!!!

    Love it....

  14. Congratulations to our winners! Looking forward to next week!

    Missy, love your cover! When I was growing up, I never had a guy that looked like that next door.


  15. I love all the valuable info you guys always have available! :) Happy weekend!

  16. Myra, if you get tired of Grammar Queen send her my way. I could use a tyrant with her talent!


  17. Jeanne T, I'm smiling at your son wanting to be a blacksmith when he grows up. Sounds like you had a great day, something I'd love!


  18. Great WE! Love those links on submissions and agent hunting especially!!! Thank you!

    Ooh! Can't wait to read Rock Your Plot!!

    Have a fabulous Saturday, everyone!

  19. Congrats to all the winners!

    I hope everyone is still enjoying the Fourth of July weekend. Weather in GA is gorgeous...a bit cooler and sunny!

  20. Hey, update reminder!!! Ruthy's delightfully snarky reunion romance "Try Try Again" is FREE on Amazon for the next five days.... So she would love for you to get your free Kindle copy and yes, spread the word!

    I just added it to the WE but wanted youse to know. I love that story, I absolutely, positively love it... Something about NYC/rich people who need God/sick dogs/nice kids/sadness/homeless folks/and the milk of human kindness with faith renewed...

    LOVE IT!!!

  21. Congrats to all the winners this week!

    Tina, thanks for including the link about using photos ILLEGALLY. I finally went back and deleted all the Googe Images I'd innocently used. Apparently, they don't care if it was innocent or not! YIKES!!

    Another great WE!!

  22. Oops, I mean Google Images, not Googe.

    Well, some of their images are googe, don't you think??

  23. I think the fireworks might be done by tonight. My cats hate them!!

  24. I am so looking forward to Myra's post -- I need gobs of help coming up with titles.

    The 'Think Like a Publisher' posts are outstanding, Tina. Thanks for sharing. And (note the beginning of a sentence with a conjunction) the bogus grammar errors was (were?) smile-worthy. By far the best link, though, is Does the Dog Die -- what a great idea!

    Congrats to all the winners. Hope everyone had an enjoyable and SAFE July 4th.

    Nancy C

  25. I'll consider that a thumbs up, Nancy. Thanks!

  26. Thanks for all the WE information and congratulations to all the winners! Missy's beautiful cover shows where I want to be-by a mountain lake.....I was last week! I grabbed Ruthy's cheesecake, then retweeted about her book. Hope all had a great 4th of July!

  27. Congrats winners! I'm so excited- my Four Weddings and an Kiss review is on the LitFuse page!!! I'm a newbie with them so it's a thrill to see it there :)