Don't forget that Tina Radcliffe will be tweeting live from the Saturday night gala at https://twitter.com/TMRadcliffe Go to the ACFW Conference web page for the live blog link to the gala here.
We also launch our 7th Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, October 1st. During the month of October we blog every single day. We will be giving away a $50 gift card from various online stores each Sunday in October. We will also be collecting names (not numbers of comments) for the drawing for our grand prize-an iPad mini. Winner announced on Saturday, November 1st.
Psst! The Sunday giveaway is a $50.00 Amazon gift card.
|Inside view of author's conference purse. (Thanks Melissa Endlich for motivating the purse cleaning)|
We Have Winners
Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|Name those familiar faces. Left to right. Winner gets a surprise book from conference.|
The ACFW conference week began on Monday and Stay-at-Home Ruthy Logan Herne was your hostess here to spur you in the right direction with her typical "Go Get 'Em, Tiger!!!" diatribe on how you should appreciate... and USE... this time. Winner a $25 Amazon gift card is Sally Shupe.Oopsie, I missed the Randomizer's other winner, due to the fact that I am TIRED and BUZZING WITH CONTEST ENERGY! Kav also won a $25 Amazon gift card.
Tuesday, Harvest House Content Writer Amber Stokes joined Sandra Leesmith today to talk about Marketing Among Friends - a current wave of marketing philosophy with good old-fashioned values. Winners of the five wonderful books are: Miranda A Uyeh wins a copy of Perfect Life. Mary Hicks wins a copy of Choose Love. Edwina wins a copy of Amish Blacksmith. Walt Mussell wins a copy of Get Unstuck Be Unstoppable. And KC Frantzen wins a copy of Fortune Cookie. Be sure and email the Seekerville address and give us your snail mail address. Thank you, Amber!
Wednesday, author Nancy Kimball was our guest. Nancy returns with "Behind the Scenes of Audiobook Production." Nancy shared a glimpse behind the curtain at how her debut novel Chasing the Lion was brought to life on audiobook.Winners of three downloads of her audiobook are Sally Bradley and Becke and Cindy W. CONGRATS and thanks, Nancy!
Jane Choate returned to Seekerville Thursday to discuss the attributes of our characters and how we can delve deeper into their lives. Jane is a new Love Inspired Suspense author! Winner of her October release, Keeping Watch, is DebH. Thank you, Jane!
Seeker Tina Radcliffe was "Live from ACFW" in St. Louis where she is a 2014 Mentor of the Year Finalist and her release Mending the Doctor's Heart is a finalist in the short novel category. Tina shared shots of friends of Seekerville at conference. SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! We have stay at home winners! Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is Courtney Phillips and the winner of Ruthy's (originally Tina's) box of chocolate are Lyndee and Jana.
|Mary Connealy, Jan Drexler and Helen Gray|
|Debby Giusti and Terri Weldon|
|Tina Radcliffe, Jessica Nelson and Dana Lynn|
|Mary Connealy, Editor Charlene Patterson and Lauraine Snelling|
|The Love Inspired Editors! Melissa Endlich, Emily Rodmell, and Shana Asaro|
|L to R, Mary, Debby, Linette Mullins, Janet, Tina, Julie and Jessica Nelson|
Monday: Today we welcome Love Inspired Suspense author Laura Scott. She'll be sharing with her post, "Open Your Book with a BANG!" And she's giving away two copies of her latest release, Down to the Wire!
Tuesday: We're thrilled to have Love Inspired Suspense and Indie author, Lisa Phillips back with us today. Join her for her post, “Lost in Translation or, How to rock the novella, the epic-length novel, and everything in between.” She's also got a giveaway to share-two copies of Star Witness!
Wednesday:It's Here!! Seekerville's 7TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Be sure to stop by as Mary Connealy kicks off a month full of fantastic blog posts, special guests, giveaways, and general fun! You don't want to miss it.
Thursday: Welcome Amanda Cabot back to Seekerville as she poses seven questions everyone who wants to write a contemporary novel should ask. Amanda has a new book coming out in October! Join the fun and one commentor will receive a copy of At Bluebonnet Lake.
Friday:Join Audra Harders as she shares "7 Survival Tips for authors who try to balance family, friends and work -- and stay sane!" Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.
Saturday: Time for the October Contest Update. Stop by to meet the October Contest Diva/Divo. The prize vault is open.
|Mary Connealy, Editor Charlene Patterson and Lauraine Snelling and Julie Lessman|
|Irene Hannon and Julie Lessman|
Missy Tippens will be celebrating her new release from Love Inspired, The Guy Next Door, online and in person. Hope you can come for one or all!
Book Release Celebration and Signing! Sunday, September 28th, 12:15-1:30 pm at Winder First United Methodist Church, Winder, GA. Room #131.
October 1: Petit Fours & Hot Tamales Blog
October 2: The Love Inspired Authors Blog
October 6-10: Margaret Daley's blog
Three Seekers in a Barbour historical collection! Available for pre-order now, The Homestead Brides Collection is 9 great stories of life... and love!.... on the American prairie. Join Mary Connealy, Ruthy Logan Herne, Pam Hillman and six other delightful authors as their characters fall in love while they settle the great American West. The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land.
Mary Connealy's Christmas novella, The Advent Bride, is available right now for pre-order in all ebook formats. It's on sale for $0.99.
The Advent Bride
Melanie Douglas, a lonely school teacher and widower Henry O’Keeffe, the overworked, grieving father of her most troubled student. When Melanie challenges Henry’s negligent fathering, Henry, to avoid admitting any failing, challenges her to be a teacher and manage her school. Melanie finds a mysterious box in the cold, attic where she is boarding with a cruel old woman—the only house with an available room in the small Nebraska frontier town.
Hidden drawers give her an idea of how to wring good behavior out of Simon.
As Melanie and little Simon search the box for hidden gifts, Henry becomes involved and while searching for hidden gifts, he finds something far more important...the tender heart for his son that seemed to have died with his wife. And an awakening love for the young woman who is bringing his family back to life.
The three of them journey toward Christmas one secret at a time, learning about God, about each other and about how love can replace sadness with joy.
FREE THIS WEEKEND! 9/26-9/28 Safely Home, Ruth Logan Herne's beautiful independent novel of healing, hope and coming home is free on Amazon for your Kindle or device with a Kindle app... or use the free Amazon Whispernet download for your computer and start reading right away!
|Mary and Tom|
|Jessica Nelson and Mary Connealy|
|New Villager Jennifer White and our pal Hallee Bridgeman|
Random News & Information
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FRIEND, JEANNE TAKENAKA -2014 Frasier Winner!
Remember, this is the last weekend to sign up for Self-Editing for Beginners. Evites go out on Monday. Details here.
Sandra Bishop has joined the Transatlantic Literary Agency as an agent. Earlier in her career she was a vice president at McGregor Literary, where she worked for six years before going out on her own as an independent agent, and she will continue to work out of Portland, OR. (Publishers Lunch)
Should You Be Using a Pen Name? (The Book Designer)
10 Tips To Help Writers Stay Focused (The Book Baby Blog)
5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better (WD)
Blessing Or Curse? The Modern Writer’s Dilemma (The Passive Voice)
Diana Gabaldon: Busy Day. How to Write (Diana Gabaldon)
Harlequin's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE, now taking your entry!
|Janet Dean, Debby Giusti and Meghan Carver|
|Sheryl (sister of Glynna) and Glynna Kaye|
|Jennifer ALlee, Lisa Karon Richardson and Mary Connealy|
|Cecilia Dowdy and Mary Connealy|
|Mary Connealy & Melissa Jagears|
|Glynna Kaye, Janet Dean, Jan Drexler, Christine Johnson & Jackie Layton|
|Erica Vetsch, Mary Connealy, Patti Jo Moore and Glynna Kaye|
|Editors, Emily Rodemll and Shana Asaro from Harlequin Love Inspired|
|Tina Radcliffe, note the new pashmina-a gift from Seeker sisters Debby Giusti and Janet Dean|
|Author Kate Breslin and Tina Radcliffe|
|Tina Radcliffe and Sara Ella (Genesis winner YES)!!!|
|Genesis winner Candee Fick (YES!) and Tina Radcliffe!!!|