Welcome to the start of week FOUR of our 7th Birthday Celebration. During the month of October we blog every single day. We will be giving away a $50 gift card from various online retailers 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.
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 on our legal page.
Did you claim your prizes from Week One & Week Two?
The Week Three $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card goes to Mary Hicks! Congratulations!
On Monday,Love Inspired author Missy Tippens shared "7 Things I've Learned Over the Last 7 Years." Jackie Layton is the winner of either a phone or email chat (winner's choice) to one entrant--which goes hand-in-hand with the #1 thing she's learned!
Tuesday, Seeker and award-winning author Myra Johnson shared her top seven writing resources and why they made it to her favorites list. Winner of a hot-off-the-press copy of Myra's latest release, Every Tear a Memory, book 3 in her Till We Meet Again historical romance series from Abingdon Press is Janet Ferguson. Winner of free enrollment in Myra and Dora Heir's November Night Class, Creating Characters That Come Alive, is Stephanie Ludwig.
In celebration of Seekerville's Seventh Birthday, Debby Giusti invited fellow authors Susan Sleeman and Jodie Bailey to join her on Wednesday Each author shared writing "secrets" in the blog, "Seven Secrets of Success from Three Successful Authors!" Be sure to stop by and see what each of them has to say. Leave a comment to be entered in three drawings for Holiday Defenders, a Love Inspired Suspense Christmas anthology, which features "Mission: Christmas Rescue," by Debby Giusti, "Special Ops Christmas," by Susan Sleeman, and "Homefront Holiday Hero," by Jodie Bailey. Along with the book, each winner also receives a $7 gift card from Starbucks! Congrats to Debby, Susan and Jodie’s winners: Jana Vanderslice, bonton (email@example.com), and Mark Abel.
Bethany House Fiction Publicist Amy Green stopped by on Thursday and shared "Four Tips for Marketing Like a Storyteller." Amy, who also runs the blog Bethany Fiction, is giving away all four historical releases from Bethany House this month. The winners of the Bethany books, to be sent randomly... Tried and True by Mary Connealy, The River by Beverly Lewis, Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer, & A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears are: Caryl Kane, Rose Ross Zediker, Tyrean Martiinson and Eva Marie Hamilton.
Friday we were excited to welcome Love Inspired, Assistant Editor, Emily Krupin with "Submit these Seven Themes to the Love Inspired Lines." Thanks to Emily and Seekerville, we have a birthday box filled with books to give away. The following commenters won two-pack book prizes: Mary Curry, Cindy W, CathyAnn40, Tracey Hagwood, Wilani Wahl, Hope Toler Doughtery, Debbie H, Karen K, Dawn Leonard, Deb H, Edwina, Kelly Bridgewater &Terri Weldon.
For those of you who missed it, Emily Krupin said in the comments: "By the way, I’m very eager to acquire my first brand new author, so please feel free to submit directly to me!"
Seekerville was happy to welcome Love Inspired, White Rose Publishing and Bethany House Publishing author, Susan Anne Mason to Seekerville on Saturday, with her inspiring post, "Persistence and Those Little ‘God Nudges’ — The Key to Success!" Winner of a digital copy of Betrayed Hearts is Kav!
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday:Today Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean will share "Seven + Villager Success Stories." Leave a comment for a chance to win a book in either eBook or hard copy, author’s choice (we'll discuss your options), and a $10 Amazon gift card.
Tuesday: Let's give a huge, happy, no holds barred Seekerville welcome to Heartwarming Senior Editor Victoria Curran! Harlequin's move into these 70-75K sweeter stories follows today's reader trends, providing another option for Seekerville authors and readers! Victoria will be talking about the line, what they're looking for and what she likes... and we'll have a host of fun book options as giveaways to celebrate our time with her!
Wednesday: Oh my goodness! We have the Suspense Sisters with us today! Stop by for "3 Sisters on Writing: 7 Simple Strategies for Making the Dream a Reality,"with Love Inspired Suspense writers (and sisters) Shirlee McCoy, Sara K. Parker and Mary Ellen Porter. They have an amazing prize giveaway too!
Thursday: Another treat today as we welcome back Virginia Carmichael, (aka Mary Jane Hathaway )with her post, "The Joy of Rejection." She has a HUGE prize package for today's visitors. Don't miss it!
Friday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome back our pal, Erica Vetsch with her post "Seven Things That Will Make Your Editor Happy." Stop by. Chat. You could win a copy of Sagebrush Knights.
Saturday: Today we welcome Worthy Publishing author Brandy Vallance with her post, "Seven Essentials For Powerful Fiction." Stop by to meet Brandy and you could win a copy of her debut release, The Covered Deep. Two winners!
More from The 12 Brides of Christmas! Pam Hillman's ebook novella THE EVERGREEN BRIDE releases Monday, October 20th and is available for pre-order.
Amazon | B&N | CBD
#3: The Evergreen Bride
Mississippian Annabelle Denson dreams of visiting cousins in Illinois and seeing a white Christmas. In the face of her excitement, Samuel Frazier hides his growing affection for her behind a quiet smile and a carpenter’s lathe. Samuel starts to worry that if she goes, Annabelle won’t return. Can he convince her to stay?
Free this weekend! Spread the word and grab your e-copy if you haven't already done so because Ruth Logan Herne's highly rated, top-selling indie novel "Running on Empty" is FREE this weekend, and we all know how much we love free stuff! Follow THIS LINK to Amazon and download your free copy and yes... tell your friends! The more the merrier!
Debby Giusti will sign copies of HOLIDAY DEFENDERS, which features her novella, “Mission: Christmas Rescue,” on Wed, OCT 22, from 4-6:30 PM, at Omega Book Center, 100 North Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. Proceeds from the signing will benefit Wounded Warriors at Atlanta’s Shepherd Spinal Center, in conjunction with their SHARE Military Initiative. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Orders can also be phoned in at 770-487-3977, and autographed copies can be held for pickup or mailed.
Congratulations to Debby Giusti, Holiday Defenders: Mission: Christmas came in at #38 on the
Nielsen Bookscan Top 100 Bestselling Romances List for the week ending 10/12/14!!
On Monday, October 20, Seeker Myra Johnson celebrates the release of her newest novel, Every Tear a Memory, as she visits with Dorothy Adamek on the Ink Dots blog. Stop in for some never-before-revealed glimpses into Myra's life! (Don't let your imagination run wild. This is Myra we're talking about here!)
Then hop over to author Sarah Sundin's blog on Wednesday, October 22, for more about Myra's latest release!
Please hop over and join Missy Tippens at Trish Perry's blog, Reading, Writing, and The Stuff In-Between on Monday! There will be an interview as well as a giveaway of Missy's new release from Love Inspired, The Guy Next Door.
In honor of Julie Lessman’s latest release, Surprised by Love, her publisher has put the two prior books in the "Heart of San Francisco" series on sale as well, at savings of 66% for Dare to Love Again to 80% for Love at Any Cost, so take advantage!! Here are the links:
LOVE AT ANY COST (Book 1):AMAZON-BARNES & NOBLE-CBD-LIFEWAY
DARE TO LOVE AGAIN (Book 2):AMAZON-BARNES & NOBLE-CBD-LIFEWAY
Join Julie Lessman on the following blogs for an interview and giveaway of winner's choice of any of her books, including her latest release, Surprised by Love!
October 20 - NOVEMBER 8, 2014: Creative Madness Mama Blog at http://creativemadnessmama.com/
October 20-23, 2014: Novel Crossing Blog at http://www.novelcrossing.com/
October, 2014 (actual date TBA): Relz Reviews Blog at http://relzreviewz.com/
Several of the Seekers are singing holiday songs already and are sharing their Christmas Novella's!
Hope for the Holidays: Contemporary and Historical Collections. Now available for pre-order!
Contemporary, featuring Mary Connealy, Audra Harders, Ruth Logan Herne, Sandra Leesmith, Tina Radcliffe and Missy Tippens.
Historical, featuring Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Myra Johnson and Julie Lessman.
Random News & Information
If you haven't, please consider nominating Seekerville for the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “101 Websites” in the subject line. We are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community.
Your friends at Seekerville
Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? (Digitial Reader)
Waiting for the pundits to vote on Amazon's new 'Kindle Scout' (Future Book)
How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing (the creative PENN)
Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist (The Book Deal)
Engagement ring prices linked to divorce rates (Fox News)
Book Marketing the Old Way Versus the Way That Works Today—Part 1: Book Reviews (DBW)
Mystery Writers of America and Minotaur Books have teamed up once again to sponsor their 2015 Best First Crime Novel Competition. Writers over the age of 18 who have never had a novel published (in any genre) may enter the contest. Manuscripts must be 65,000 words or longer and must feature murder or another serious crime at the heart of the story.The winner will receive a publishing contract from Minotaur books (an imprint of St. Martin’s Press) and a $10,000 advance against royalties. The deadline to enter is December 15, 2014. For more details, go here.(Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)
Anatomy of a Cowboy Hero (eHarlequin.com)
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That's it! Have a great reading and writing day!