Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Weekend Edition

We Have Winners

Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK

Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books!

 Monday we joined Missy Tippens, who scoured the Internet and picked the brains of writer friends to help you compile your  writer Christmas list. Winner of Hope for the Holidays--Deanna Stevens and winner of A Recipe for Romance--Tanya Agler.

Tuesda Myra Johnson provided us with Seekerville's Official Holiday Permission Slip. She shared tips for a guilt-free holiday season. Winner of a surprise bundle of inspirational reads is Valri.

On Wednesday,
  Dr. Carrie Fancett Pagels'  fun and informative blog entitled, “Building Your Writer’s Toolkit,” told us what every writer needs in his or her kit and the social behavior that goes along with it. Winner of very cool writer's tool kit and an ecopy of The Fruitcake Challenge is Cindy W.

Thursday Mia Ross and Ruthy Logan Herne  talked about their favorite gifts and how the emotion of that gift can be used to enhance their stories! Winner of Sugar Plum Season is Cathyann40. Winner of Her Holiday Family is Wilani Wahl. Winners of Hope for the Holidays Contemporary: Becky and Hope for the Holidays Historical: Piper Huguley.

On Friday cowboy romance writer, Davalynn Spencer was our special guest with her post, "7.1 Confessions of a Love-Writer." And we're all writing down her much loved quote for our own! Susan Ann Mason is the winner of an e-copy of her Barbour release, The Snowbound Bride.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Join Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean. She’ll be calling “All aboard!” the Publication Train. Hop on before steam engine 9670 pulls out of the depot. Wear running shoes to keep from falling to the tracks as she leads us from car to car. Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Tuesday: Love Inspired Historical and indie author Lacy Williams is with us today, sharing a facet of herself you may not be aware of with her post, "Secrets of an Indie Author Cover Designer." And Seekerville is giving away a $10 Amazon stocking stuffer in honor of her visit!

Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti blogs today, and in keeping with the Advent Spirit, she’ll talk about “Building Anticipation.” Stop by to leave a comment and be entered in a Christmas surprise drawing that includes Debby’s Holiday Defenders anthology.

Thursday: Belle Calhoun returns to Seekerville today with her post, "Thinking Outside the Box and Trusting your Instincts as a Writer."  Stop by to hear about the behind the scenes of her latest Love Inspired release and you might win a copy of Heart of a Soldier! Two winners!

Friday: Walt Mussell returns to Seekerville today with his post, "A New World For Writers...And Fans." We're going to check out the world of fan fiction and there will be some readerly giveaways as well!

Seeker Sightings

On December 19, from  4-10 pm, Sandra Leesmith will be signing books with her friend Carolyn Hughey at the Front Porch Festival and Farmers Marketplace, 7142 N 58th Drive, Glendale, AZ. Benefits from the sales will go to buy bulletproof vests for Glendale's K9 Unit.  The signings are also a part of Glendale Glitters. 

Just in time for the holidays! Ruth Logan Herne's delightful "Red Kettle Christmas" part of "Love Finds You in the City at Christmas" is ON SALE UNTIL DECEMBER 22, just .99 (ninety-nine cents, yes!!! You read that right!) for two beautiful Christmas stories by two best-selling authors! Two great books... One low price!

Barnes & Noble (Nook) - Amazon (Kindle)


CHRISTMAS SALES ON JULIE LESSMAN’S FINAL TWO BOOKS IN O'CONNOR FAMILY SAGA!! HUGE savings on A Heart Revealed & A Love Surrendered, and YES, you CAN schedule Christmas e-delivery!!





Random News & Information

Find the right book for everyone on your Christmas list.Take the Christmas List Quiz!

Don't forget,  The Booklover's Christmas Giveaway rages on! Enter today!

Megibow Launches Agency (PW)

Be Like Ludwig (Writer Unboxed)

The Copyright Naughty List (Writers in the Storm)

Check out Author Minute with YA Author Deb Caletti (Author Magazine)

3 Social-Marketing Predictions for 2015 (Entrepreneur)

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author? (Jane Friedman)

Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor (The Creative Penn)

It's that time of year again for the Jerry Seinfeld Don't Break the Chain Calendar (Thanks to Cindi Myers Market News's Blog for the reminder)

How Publishers Can Create a Virtual Book Tour (GalleyCat)

 20+ Free Image Sources for Your Blog: Find and Download Beautiful Images (WebHosting Secret Revealed)

Graphic Courtesy DebH

That's it! Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Wonderful WE Tina! Congratulations to all of the winners! Have a wonderful & productive weekend everyone.

  2. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Looks like some great posts in the coming week.

  3. The weekend is here at last. It has been a long week for me with 12 hour days at my two jobs. But now I have the whole weekend free and looking forward too finally getting Christmas decorating done.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

  4. Oh, how can it be that another week has passed? And I'm sure the weekend will blow by, too.

    Thank you for the WE, Tina and I will come back to read the articles you've posted. So many interesting topics this week.

    I'm back to the editing cave now so I have time tomorrow to attend our neighborhood Christmas party. I'd mentioned this earlier, but they bring a horse and Christmas carriage in and everyone gets a ride. It's one of my favorite things, seeing my grand-kids so excited about riding in the Santa Sleigh - at least, that's what they call it!

    Have a wonderful weekend, all.

  5. Some great links. Thanks.

    Congratulations to all winners.

    Coffee's on!

  6. Yay, winners!

    Also, yay Seekerville ... the upcoming week looks great.

    Especially ... Walt AND fanfiction? I'm so there!

    I enjoy reading fanfic, though you do have slug through a large range of writing skills/quality, but once you find a good author, it can be worth it. =)

  7. I love New Year's Eve Parties in my jammie pants the best!!!!!

    Happy dancing in upstate, but first:

    CHRISTMAS!!!!! Oh, yay, baby Jesus!

    WINNERS!!!!Congratulations, my friends!!!!!!

    I love seeing happy faces and winning stuff is always fun!

  8. I popped over to check out the article about Reedsy... and it's an interesting and age-old method of entrepreneurism:

    Own nothing.

    Control everything.

    A successful matching business to make professional's lives easier. What a smart idea!

    But I must return later, I've got a writing stint to do now, then a 7:00 AM trip to Sam's Club, 8:00 AM choir practice, 9:30 AM pick up pictures for gifts at Walmart and then back home to clean and decorate for Herne family party tomorrow.

    So if it doesn't get written NOW... sigh... It doesn't get written this weekend! :)

    I'll stop back later with cream puffs!!!!

    MMMMM.......... cream puffs. :)

  9. It's been a great week, and thanks Tina for another great WE. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Sandy Smith I hope you get your decorating done.

  10. Good morning, Seekerville! First real snow for the season (1-2 inches) on tap for today. Rained here most of the night, but the temps will be dropping around sunrise. Today will be writing and wrapping presents and a billion and one other chores that got neglected while chasing down that December 1 book deadline.

    Ruthy -- your Sam's Club opens at 7? Ours doesn't open until 9 on weekends and not til 10 on weekdays.

    Thank for another fabulous Weekend Edition, TINA! Looks like a busy week ahead -- and a fun New Year's Eve!

  11. Just checked again -- still dark but snowing now!

  12. Another great WE edition and I see I have some catching up to do in Seekerville. I'm going to hang out here and read over the days I missed until Ruthy comes back with those cream puffs.

  13. Wonderful WE reading, Tina! I look forward to browsing through it all this afternoon.:-)

    Congratulations, winners!!! :-)

  14. It was a great week...but with TINA at the helm, all weeks are like that. Thanks TINA, and the whole gang at Seekerville! YOU ROCK!!!! Congratulations to all the winners. It took some work to get there!

  15. Glynna, I have a business membership at Sam's. And even if you don't have a business, you can do the Sam's Plus and get in at 7:00.

    And ours is actually open to everyone at 7:00 over the holidays, so that's nice for full time workers!

    I love getting in and out early before things get busy. Today I have written 1K, grabbed a quick shower, cleaned the kitchen (kind of), shopped at Sam's, had a 90 minute choir practice, shopped at Walmart and put away all the groceries I need for this week and tomorrow's party and now the festive part begins!!!

    After I feed the chickens!!!! EEEK!!! HUNGRY CHICKENS!!!

  16. Cream puff schedule: Mid afternoon.

    With chocolate frosting.

    I'm psyched.

  17. Tina, thanks for the terrific Weekend Edition! Every week is chock full of information and reasons to celebrate.

    Congrats to our winners!

    Hope Villagers can find time on Monday to take a mini break from shopping, wrapping, decorating, card sending, baking and of course, writing, to board The Publication Train. Anyone else love trains like I do?

    Ruthy, I adore cream puffs!!! I'll be back.


  18. Lyndee, a carriage ride with your grandkids is well worth crawling out of your editing cave! Have a blast!


  19. I'm a Costco fan, but don't know their hours. Impressed that anyone is shopping at 7:00. LOL


  20. Happy Saturday, Seekerville! May all your reading and writing dreams come true. Actually they won't unless you actually target them. I am targeting as we speak.

  21. I'm taking a quick break from baking my son's birthday cake to drop by! Stop by the Yankee-Belle Cafe in the new few weeks to see this amazing southern recipe. Of course, I'm hoping photos of this one will be prettier than some I've shared! :)

    Tina, thanks for this great WE! I see I have lots to read later.

    Now, back to making cream cheese icing...

  22. Wow! I won a copy of Davalyn's book! How exciting.
    Trying to put up our decorations. Taking a break. Tomorrow my daughter has a day off work and will help with the tree!
    Have a great weekend!

  23. CONGRATS to Cindy who won the toolbox and books!!! Thanks for having me on this past week. I really enjoyed hanging out with you. Blessings!!!

  24. Tina, the free image sources article is fantastic! Thank you!

    Looking forward to reading Walt's post about fan fiction. What a wonderful vehicle fan fic is for being in touch with fans and getting immediate feedback.

    Congrats to all you winners!

    Wishing everyone a nice weekend.

    Nancy C

  25. Sue, we got our tree last night but need to decorate it. Now that my son is home, we'll have more help. :)

  26. Ruthy, you have choir practice at 8 am Saturday morning??!! I guess that's maybe a special rehearsal for Christmas? What dedication!

    We have dress rehearsal next Saturday, but it's at 10 am. :)

  27. Missy, we got bumped from 9 to 8 because of a funeral Mass.

    We probably all sounded like frogs. Then we'll practice a couple of nights this week, so yeah, like yours, it's a busy time. So many beautiful services and Masses to sing for!

    Alleluia! ;)

  28. Baking cream puff shells now. Pudding is made and chilled.


    I'm so excited about that! We have two beams in the new family room and I got to bring out the village pieces my oldest daughter bought me when she was in high school... Working extra shifts waitressing to buy me these pretty village pieces. But then with so many little kids here, I didn't dare put them out the past ten years. They're not pricey... but they're priceless to me!

    Today, I put up twinkle lights and the village buildings and some fun Christmas greens.... And it's charming.



    And now I return you to your regularly scheduled program. :)

  29. Yaya! I'm a winner! Thank you Seekerville and congrats to all of the winners! Hope your dessert turns out well!

  30. That was for you Ruthy in whatever you are making to put into shells!

  31. Another great WE Miss Tina! I'm really excited about next week's posts. Great lineup.

  32. PIPER!!! :) Thank you for the baking good wishes!

    Party today. Family gathering + Christmas = Memories !!!!!.

  33. Congrats to the winners, and Happy Third Week of Advent!

    Love Sandra Leesmith's outreach for her book signing. Hope it's a huge success!

    Such a busy time of year. Praying peaceful holiday preparation for all!

    Hugs and love!

  34. This WE has definitely put me in the holiday spirit. So much stuff going on!

    Congrats to the winners!! Isn't it great getting prizes you don't have to wait until Christmas to open??

  35. Julie, I just bought Surrendered on Amazon and was offered an Audible version for very I snapped that up, too!!

    Sandra, have fun at the signing. You're spread looks awesome!!

  36. AND, Natalie and Courntney!! Thanks for the promotion on your blog! So, so very generous of you!!!!!

  37. Congrats to the winners of the lovely prizes.

    Thanks Tina for the great WE

    Have a wonderful week. Its always a busy time so don't forget to take time to rest and remember why we are celebrating. smile

    Hugs to all of you.

  38. Oh Audra, Glad you mentioned the audio version. I really like those. I think I'll go snap it up too. I've read the book but it will be fun to listen to it also.

  39. Congratulations to the winners! I got my copy of RED KETTLE CHRISTMAS! Woot Woot!