Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Weekend Edition

It's the weekend before the ACFW Conference in St. Louis! #R-U-JAZZED?

Tina Radcliffe will be tweeting live from the Saturday night gala at  Keep an eye on the ACFW Conference web page for the live blog link to the gala. Last year's is here. Join the Seekers Thursday and Friday night in the bar area for a late night chat. 

 If you are a Villager attending conference look for a Seeker and we'll give you a smiley face sticker for your badge to identify you as a Villager.

If you aren't attending and are an ACFW member you can join the ACFW At Home Conference here. Don't forget Ruth Logan Herne's Support Group Meeting on Monday.

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

On Monday, Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean challenged writers to torture their characters in her post "Raising the Stakes." She offered examples on how to create anxiety in our characters, even in what appears on the surface as routine events. Jenny Blake is the winner of a $10 Amazon gift card.

Triple Header! Helen Gray returned on Tuesday with the launch of the third book in her Ozark series, and her post, "Writing in Harmony." Cindy W is the winner of an Ozark Wedding.

Award winning author Debby Giusti bloged Wednesday,and shared information about the Writers' Police Academy she attended last weekend.  Jackie is the winner a copy of her upcoming Love Inspired Suspense anthology Holiday Defenders, featuring her novella, "Mission: Christmas Rescue."

Thursday Seekerville was delighted to welcome two-time Golden Heart finalist and Indie author, Piper G. Huguley with her post, "Why You Should Submit to the RWA Golden Heart® This Year." Winner of a very nice $10 Amazon Gift Card is Preslaysa Williams.

Friday our guest was C. Hope Clark, author of both fiction and non-fiction and owner of the successful blog Funds for Writers. Funds for Writers has been named one of Writer's Digests 101 best websites for writers from 2001-2014.  She shared how "Setting defines the place, the plot and the character's journey." Winner of her September release, Murder on Edisto, book one of The Edisto Island Mysteries is Vince Mooney.

Next Week In Seekerville

 Monday: ACFW conference week begins today, and Stay-at-Home Ruthy Logan Herne is 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. She's also doing a "Name Those Heroes" contest to find the best names possible for her upcoming wedding industry trilogy for Love Inspired!!! Plus, Ruthy will be secretly opening THE PRIZE VAULT. 

Tuesday: Harvest House Content Writer Amber Stokes joins Sandra Leesmith today to talk about Marketing Among Friends - a current wave of marketing philosophy with good old-fashioned values. She's bringing some books to share, including 4 brand-new Harvest House releases (in honor of HH's 40th anniversary!), as well as a Kindle copy of The Fortune Cookie Principle: The 20 Keys to a Great Brand Story and Why Your Business Needs One by Bernadette Jiwa.

Wednesday: Author Nancy Kimball is our guest. Nancy returns with "Behind the Scenes of Audiobook Production." Nancy will be sharing a glimpse behind the curtain at how her debut novel Chasing the Lion was brought to life on audiobook. Plus she's giving away three downloads of her audiobook to three commenters.

Thursday: Please join us today when Jane Choate returns to Seekerville. Jane will be discussing the attributes of our characters and how we can delve deeper into their lives. Jane is a new Love Inspired Suspense author! Rumor has it she'll be giving away a copy of her October release, Keeping Watch, so leave a comment and let's make it an engaging day!

Friday: Seeker Tina Radcliffe is "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. Today will be a photo opp day as Tina shares shots of friends of Seekerville at conference. SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!

 Seeker Sightings

It's coming this week! Mary Connealy LIVE WEB CHAT!  You can join the Facebook page for Mary's Web Chat.The chat is on September 23rd at 7 pm Central Time.To find out more find the Author Landing Page & the Webcast Landing Page. Up for grabs are a Kindle HDX, AND the Trouble in Texas Series.

Harlequin Authors Stand Up To Bullying. Tina Radcliffe is part of this campaign.

In honor of fall with its wonderfully cooler temperatures and delicious scents of all things harvest, Second Chance Ranch is on sale for .99 on Amazon! And of course, Audra Harders is celebrating Second Chance Ranch hitting the Top 20 of the Amazon Contemporary Christian Romance list! Woo Hoo!!

Random News & Information

 Stories about Christmas and the whole holiday season! (Chicken Soup For the Soul Story Callout)
 Copyright Basics (SFWA)

Check out the DeskCycle (IB3Health) 

 The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book (The Future of Ink)

‘New York Times’ adds two faith-focused best-seller lists (Christian Retailing)

Permafree as an Indie Marketing Strategy~Interview with Traci Tyne Hilton (Novel Rocket)

  Self Publishing 101 – The Quick Start Guide for Authors (Writer's Digest) 

Jane Austen Fans Break World Record (GalleyCat)

Ask the Agent: What are the new companies making a mark in publishing? (Chip MacGregor)

HarperCollins has a new digital first imprint devoted to thrillers and crime fiction. KillerReads will publish two or three titles per month — crime stories, detective fiction, psychological thrillers, legal thrillers, and almost anything that fits under the umbrella of crime fiction. To celebrate their launch, KillerReads is opening for a limited time to submissions of complete manuscripts from unagented authors. You’ll need to submit a complete manuscript, a 500-word summary of the story, a one-paragraph recap of the story, a list of the characters and an author profile. This reading period will close on September 14, 2014, so get your submissions in now. Find all the details here. (Cindi Meyers Market News's Blog)

Night Classes Info
That's it! See you in St. Louis.


  1. Wish I was close enough for St. Louis, but since I'm not, I'll be thinking about you all!!!

  2. I'm excitedly impatient for next week to get here! Can't wait to put some faces and voices to so many of the wonderful people I've "met" through Seekerville!
    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  3. Looks like a great week coming up, as usual. Would love to be there to get a smiley!

    Congrats to all the winners too!

    Happy weekend everyone!!!

    May the K9 Spy has a new HQ. Our FURiends at Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery have asked us to join them at their new shop.

    Check it out when you have time:

  4. Great WE as always, Miss T!
    Congrats to all the winners!

    Am SUPER EXCITED about ACFW soon - - and can't wait to get my smiley sticker! (Yes, the kindergarten teacher in me still LOVES stickers!!). :)

    Happy Weekend everyone!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  5. The coffee pot's up and running.

    Like Clari, I'm anxious for next week. Thinking about what to pack.

    Thanks for another great WE.

  6. Thanks, Tina, for all you do!

    Blessings to all those up for ACFW awards! (((Miss Tina)))

    And safe travels to everyone heading to St. Louis. I will be praying for all of you!

  7. I'm in conference packing denial. I bought a dress because nothing is dressy enough in my closet a few weeks ago. ($7 brand new, Woot!) but that's all I've done, I haven't even looked up how long it takes to drive there to figure out when I need to leave....maybe it's because if I just don't think about how long it's going to be, I won't realize how stupid I am for deciding to drive with this one year old when I flew there the last time with the now three year old. But I'm only going to be there for one half of a day, I couldn't make myself pay for plane tickets for 2 people....and the baby's sleep routine has messed up here lately, because he's walking, I think? And yeah.....I just shouldn't have bothered to sign up to go....and I usually cry the first day because there are too many people!! and I just want to go home to my one guy, and so, basically, being there only one day, means I'll not get over the crying panic! But a friend of mine promised to sit with me at the banquet thing, so as long as I can find her I might be okay....where's my brown paper bag....I need to go hyperventilate into it now...or well, go to bed, that's a good idea being 2 am and all!

  8. Wow you made my day I checked my amazon balance yesterday and it was getting quite low thanks so much for the gift voucher will email you asap.

  9. Great weekend. I can't wait to meet you all in St. Louis.

    Congrats to all the winners!

  10. Another good WE, Tina!

    So much good info to enjoy reading this afternoon at break time. :-)

    I'm envious of all getting to attend ACFW, have fun and good luck!!!

  11. Happy Saturday, Seekerville.

    I can't BELEEEEEVE CLARI DEES is coming to ACFW. Woot!!

  12. Melissa Jagears, step away from the computer.

    Go directly to the refrigerator and grab protein. Oh! My!

    Let me know when you arrive so I can come and hug you.

  13. BTW I haven't packed yet or anything. Still working on edits and such.

  14. Jackie Layton is going too? Cool!

    And Mary Hicks, love your new pix.

  15. Thanks for the WE with links. Congratulations to all the winners. I'm impressed that so many here will be at ACFW. Maybe some day for me. Travelling mercies to those attending. I'll be rooting for you, Tina. Wonderful weekend.

  16. I hope everyone going to ACFW in St. Louis has a blast! I'm sure you will. :)

  17. More fun links to check out in the WE--thanks, Tina! I'll be cheering you on from afar for the Carol Awards, girlfriend! This will be my first ACFW conference to miss in ages. Hope everyone attending has a wonderful experience!

  18. I'm so excited about ACFW Conference! And I can't wait to meet you gals in person. I'm like Patti Jo, I'm eagerly awaiting my smiley face sticker. What is the name of the place you'll be ganging out in? Want to make sure I don't miss everyone.

    I'm not packed and I still have a few things to shop for. I like to shop! :-)

  19. Oh my stars, youse 'll have so much fun next week! I'll be here, tucked with my babies and squash and pumpkins and stories, wavin' you down to St. Louis.... and you'll love it!

    I will roast squash in your honor!

    And visit Abbott's ice cream as my way of being part of the fun inabsentia.

    And I'll be cheering like crazy for all the contesters next weekend! Happy dancing for the finalists and all who have braved the contest circuit! That's awesome!

    And now, my word count has been reached, I need to get ready for church because then tomorrow morning I declare a peaceful six hours for writing.

    My new schedule. God and I have it worked out, and my church has a Saturday late afternoon Mass, so I'm in gear-switching mode!

    Tina, thank you so much for all of this, and WE PROMISE not to blow anything up next week!!!!!

    (Missy, did you hear that???? NOTHING GETS BLOWN UP.)

    I'm blaming Missy if it does!!!!

  20. Really excited for the conference coverage!!!!! Happy packing and traveling everyone!!!

    Great WE everyone. Loved the links. I tried a very cheap imitation of the desk cycle and it did not work!!! It only cost $50 though. The pedals were stiff and the motion uneven...though that might be my gimpy leg. And it kept sliding away even though I put a not skid mat under it. I might go for that upgraded model if I could actually try it out first.

  21. So much to do before ACFW...could someone slow time for the next few days?

    Thank you!

    Here's the thing...make yourself known if you're a Villager and we haven't met in person! Please!!! Sometimes my slow brain does not make a connection between a tiny pic on blog comments and the real live person...also I sometimes walk in a fog when I'm at a conference--a good fog, but still, I may be in my writing world rehashing what I just learned in the last please, tug on my sleeve and say hi! Okay? Promise?

  22. Thanks for all the prayer power that I'm already feeling from those who won't be at ACFW.

    Your support and prayers will get us there and back safely and then sustain us throughout the conference. Thank you!!!

    In case you didn't know, I pray for each of you everyday...hope you feel the love!


  23. Congrats to the winners!

    I can't wait for the audiobook post --that's something I've always been curious about. :)

  24. Sounds like another great week in Seekerville. Particularly looking forward to Tuesday.

  25. Hello
    I had a booksigning today
    as always my standards for success for a thing like this are......I declare it a success if NO ONE IS KILLED!

    Using those standards, it was a HUGE success.

  26. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Enjoying hot summer weather here today but a week of beautiful fall weather ahead. Hope everyone enjoys the start of fall this week.

  27. Congratulations on a HUGE SUCCESS booksigning, Mary!

  28. Terri, whatever is the main conference bar. Every hotel has a main bar where folks gather.

    We are gatherers.

  29. Tina, have I mentioned lately how much I love that picture? I don't think I've mentioned it in WEEKS....

    I bought a sassy summer skirt last night, like a Joseph's Coat of Many Colors skirt, all swirled in bright yellows/orange/turquoise/black.... WITH A RUFFLE!!!! Mandy made me try it on, and darn, if it wasn't the cutest thing!!!!! We were in Burlington with the NICEST SALES LADY EVER.... and we had fried ice cream before we shopped, and that's never a bad thing!!!!

    So that was fun, fun, fun. Now back to writing today after a night off with girls!!!! (A man would not have appreciated the restaurant reparte, nor the shopping at Burlington that followed, LOL!)

  30. WHOO-HOO!!! Can't wait to see everybody at ACFW!!! THRILLED that the Teenster will be tweeting live from the awards banquet, but I have one question ... who's going to tweet for HER when she wins???

    SUPER CONGRATS to the winners this week, and WHOA, BABY ... I'd download Audra's fab book IN A HEARTBEAT if I hadn't done so already when it first came out, so everybody -- DO. NOT. MISS. OUT!!!

    YAY for the anti-bullying campaign -- where do I sigh up???

    Great WE, Tina, and I'm praying for you, girl, to get everything done before you head to St. Loo.


  31. Great WE and congrats to the winners.

    I am trying not to be jealous about all of you getting together at ACFW. sob sob

    But Ruthy girl. I'll be with you this week. We'll keep the rest of Seekerville on their toes. Right? (Trust me, it is always a good idea to do what Ruthy says. I speak from experience. smile)

  32. Congratulations to all the winners and to Audra on Second Chance Ranch success. Adding my prayers for safe travels and FUN to all going to The ACFW conference. #cheering4TINA and looking forward to the week ahead!