Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Weekend Edition

 Just another motivational Weekend Edition here in Seekerville. Which of these quotes is your favorite? Or do you have your own?

We Have Winners

 Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to with your snail mail address unless email is specified). We don't have time to track you down. Do let us know if you don't receive your prize in 6-8 weeks. Rules are located here, on our legal page.

Monday we welcomed back Abingdon Press author Jennifer AlLee. Her post was, "How Much Reality Does Your Fiction Really Need?"  Sara Ella and Mark Abel are winners of her new release, Last Family Standing.

Still slightly brain-dead after returning from the RWA conference in San Antonio, Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson shared a few gems from the workshops she attended at RWA 2014 with her post, "A Random Recap."   Sharon Timmer is the winner of a copy of Myra's award-winning historical romance, When the Clouds Roll By, recently named a finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award!

Question: What’s one of the most, if not THE MOST, important component in a romance? Answer: The Hero! Wednesday we joined Julie Lessman for PART 3 of her exploration as to the most common hero types in Inspirational Romance today in her blog entitled, “From Sweet to Swoon … Ramping Up the Sigh Factor in our Heroes -- PART 3”!  Julie provided her favorite tips to ramp up the hero swoon factor in your novels from ho-hum to hot. Jennifer Smith is the winner of a signed copy of any of her books, including her upcoming release, Surprised by Love.

Thursday we donned our Stetsons or Resistols and joined Ruth Logan Herne for "When Spinning a Bunch of Plates, What's One More?" Winners of Her Montana Cowboy are Lisa Murray, D.J. Mynatt, Christina and Melanie Pike.

Writer and teacher Jewell Tweedt was with us on Friday with her post, "Teachers as Writers: Why They're a Good Fit." The skills that are useful as a teacher also help in business, and writing is a business. It’s creative and fluid but also a business. Writers produce a product and market it, if they finish the darn book.Stephanie Queen Ludwig is winner of  When Christmas Bells are Ringing.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Welcome bestselling and Christy Award-winning author DiAnn Mills! "Where is Your Warrior?" Writers march to their computers every day to battle with words. If you doubt your fighting skills, here are ten ways you can find the warrior in you. DiAnn will be giving away a copy of her new release Firewall.

Tuesday: Seekerville is excited to have Love Inspired Historical author Sherri Shackelford with us today with her post, "Are We Selling Books or Selling Out?" Sherri is generously giving away TWO copies of  The Cattleman Meets His Match!

Wednesday:Award winning Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti shares, "Reflections on RWA 2014," with information she gleaned from the conference, along with her observations about why RWA is a conference worth attending.  She'll also hold the first giveaway for her October novella, Mission: Christmas Rescue, featured in Holiday Defenders. Join in the fun. Leave a comment to win Debby's next release, and pick up conference tips that will help streamline your productivity and creativity. See you Wednesday!

Thursday: Stop by today for tips and tricks on "Writing Historical Dialect" with Vickie McDonough. Vickie is also giving away two copies of Song of the Prairie!

Friday:  Come celebrate Astrea Press debut author Chris Lorenzen! Chris will inspire us with her first sale story. And she'll be giving away a copy of her e-book, A Husband for Danna.

Seeker Sightings

You can now pre-order Seeker, Glynna Kaye's November release, High Country Holiday!

Tina Radcliffe is serving up salmon, along with cheddar biscuits in the Yankee-Belle Cafe on Friday, August 22 to celebrate the Tuesday release of Stranded with the Rancher.

Ruth Logan Herne's "Running on Empty" is free this weekend! Hop on over to Amazon... grab your free Kindle copy or download free Whispernet to your laptop... and then come back!

Random News & Information

The Top 100 Websites of 2013 (PC Magazine)

 Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now (WSJ)

 Authors are Being Hoodwinked (Hugh Howey)

10 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following (The Independent Publishing Magazine)

The Rules of Writing According to 20 Famous Writers (WD)

Writer's Digest Partner with Bookbaby for Blue Ash Publishing Imprint (The Independent Publishing Magazine)

Kindle Direct Publishing Unveils Pre-Orders for eBooks (Good E Reader)

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top Publishers of 2014…So Far (DBW)

 How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services  (Writer Beware®: The Blog)

Night Class in the Village
That's it. Have a great writing and reading weekend.


  1. Thanks for the links and another great WE.

    Happy reading to all winners.

    Coffee pot's set.

  2. Yawn. Curled up in bed with the rain lashing at my windows and Seekerville in my lap. Cozy way to start a Saturday. Think I'll make pancakes with strawberries soon. I'll share. Or do you prefer blueberries?

    Great WE. Oy, don't ask me about quotes because thanks to Seekerville I now have a pinterest account and there are great inspiring quotes on there to chose from. How about:

    For the writer:

    Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take that step.

    For the reader:

    I'm not a bookworm, I'm an escape artist.

  3. I love reading the preview for the upcoming week! Gives me something to look forward too.

    Congratulations to all of the winners.

  4. LOL ... LOVE the "I cheated on my fears" quote ... made me smile!!

    But in a more serious vein, I loved the "let your dreams be bigger than your fears ... your faith stronger than your feelings" because as an emotional CDQ, that's where my biggest struggle is -- the faith vs. feelings scenario, so that quote really resonated with me. :)

    GREAT WE as usual, Tina, especially the 101 BEST WEBSITES and the HOODWINKED ones -- thanks for all the research you do on the WEs.

    SUPER CONGRATS to all the winners and happy weekend, all!


  5. As always, a top-notch WE, Tina! Must comeback later and dig deeper into those intriguing links!

    KAV, love your quotes!

    Another Saturday, another day of catching up of household chores. Oh joy.

    On the bright side, I arrived at "the end" on the first draft of the Barbour novella I'm working on! Now to decide what's next and also polish up my Seeker Christmas novella. So excited to be I the historical collection!

  6. “To write is human, to edit is divine.”
    ― Stephen King, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

    “Find a diva to teach you editing.”
    -- Corollary to Stephen King.

    “The human I can do. The divine is guarded by jealous gods.”
    -- Vince Mooney, “On Being Vincible.”

  7. Great WE, as always, Tina. Congratulations to all the winners, readers and writers alike!

  8. Great WE, Tina! Congrats to the winners! My favorite quote was the one about cheating on your fears. I need to do more of that ..... :)

  9. Wow Tina, The sayings spoke to my heart this weekend. Thank you, dear friend.

    Congrats to all the winners.

    woohooo look at the new Love Inspired books coming out. Yay. Love those seeker novels.

    Have a terrific weekend everyone.

  10. You know, I give one and only one speech and the foundation of it is Dreams Can Come True.

    And the other day I was giving my little speech to a bunch of really old ladies and I looked out at that sea of white curls and thought...nope, don't bother, it's too late for all of you.

    I suppose that was wrong of me, right?

  11. Exactly how old is REALLY OLD, Mary?

    Sara and Abraham old?

  12. Happy Saturday. Enjoy your waffles.

  13. Happy Saturday, Seekerville! Another STELLAR Weekend Edition, Tina! You are amazing!

    Thanks for announcing the pre-order of my November release of "High Country Holiday!" Seems a bit strange to see both of our snowy book covers in the dog days of August, but that season is approaching faster than we can imagine. Where did the summer go?

  14. The "Never too old" quote spoke to me as I have been wondering if I can really begin writing novels at my age. That also makes the "Let your dreams be bigger than your fears quote" appropriate. Not sure I should ask Mary though! :) But I am not "really" old and don't have white curls so maybe she won't give up on me yet.

  15. "Now I'm marrying my dreams!"

    Love that line, Tina! Such a good WE!!!

    The weather is delightful in Georgia. Everyone come South for the upcoming Moonlight and Magnolias Conference hosted by Georgia Romance Writers. I know a number of Villager will be there! Can't wait to see everyone.

    Have a fantastic weekend. I'm writing a synopsis...wish me luck!

  16. I'll be at M&M, DEBBY! Can't wait! You and MISSY have been talking about it for years, and now I finally get to go!

  17. I'm back from a month-long vacation....and find plenty to catch up with in Seekerville! Everyone has been busy! So much good news!

    Thanks for the motivational WE! Hmmmm...the "you're never too old to have goals" is sounding more appropriate for me....but the "dream bigger, act louder, and faith is stronger" is perfect! Thanks for that and the reminder that the self-editing class is coming up....I need to finish that WIP in September so I HAVE SOMETHING TO EDIT!

    Enjoyed Myra's RWA recap and pictures last week and looking forward to Debby's this week. These recaps make me feel like I was attending RWA along with you all!

    Congratulations to the winners! Happy writing/reading this weekend to everyone!

  18. Hi Tina:

    My first thoughts on reading the below quote

    ”I cheated on my fears,
    broke up with my doubts,
    got engaged to my faith,
    and now I’m marrying
    my dreams.”


    You really need to get yourself a girlfriend, guy.

    In my experience marrying anything other than a wife is always a bad thing. But then I’ve just come back from speaking at a funeral and my POV is in an altered state. "He's married to his work" often foreshadows a divorce. “Married to his dreams”…forget him girl!

  19. Hi Debby:

    I love a synopsis!
    I love to write them, read them, and read about how to write them. Here’s the best advice I found in all my synopses books:

    Don’t look at your notes. Let the story cool a little. Then write the synopsis from memory as if it were the blurb at the back of the book cover. This way only the most important story events should come to mind.

    The next best advice: give yourself permission to leave out large parts of your plot. A synopsis does not have to follow the order of the plot or scene sequence. It’s just a little story about what happens in your story. It should serve as a great coming attraction.

    I think a great synopsis shows your story is really worth writing. Reading a great synopsis should act like getting a halftime pep talk from Vince Lombardi.

    Have a great weekend.

  20. SHERIDA!!! A month long vacation? How cool is that? Where do I go to get one of those???

  21. Thanks for another great WE, and I LOVE those quotes! (especially the C.S. Lewis one).
    CONGRATS to all the winners!

    Enjoy the Georgia Peach Shortcake (with real whipped cream) I'm setting out--makes a great snack when you take a brief writing break! :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

    p.s. Might be absent some of next week--am going to FL for a best-friends reunion!! :)

  22. Such a wonderful WE!!!! Thank you, Tina, as always. I'm always uber-motivated when I get done reading the WE...

    And think that from where we were five years ago, how blessed we are!

    Oh, God is good all the time...

    We mere mortals just need to follow suit!

    We're having our family reunion, grandchildren's summer-palooza birthday weekend here, so while writing is on hold, grandchildren who've never met each other are eating, running, playing, climbing, laughing, shrieking and cuddling!

    Oh, the joy!

  23. Congratulations winners! Another great WE, Tina!

    Loved the links. I learn so much from the WE!!

  24. Hey, winners! Congratulations! Looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead of you.

    Informative links, Tina, especially the 'hoodwinked' article and the ebook publisher rankings. How cool that self-pubbed is making the list.

    And I particularly appreciated this quote at the Rules of Writing link: Eudora Welty, from “Place in Fiction“: One can no more say, “To write stay home,” than one can say, “To write leave home.” It is the writing that makes its own rules and conditions for each person.

    Thanks, as always, for a great WE!

    Nancy C

  25. Thanks for a great WE, Tina! I almost missed getting by. We moved middle son into the dorm yesterday. I miss him already.

  26. Myra, I think you'll have a great time!

  27. Missy, I understand how you feel about moving your son into the dorm. My son moves back to college this Thursday for his second year after being home all summer. I am going to miss him, too.