Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Weekend Edition

Yes! It's that time again! 
Time to celebrate 
 In some areas known as THE SUPER BOWL!

Seekers Pam, Myra, Audra, Janet and front row Tina prepare for NUDW.

We Have Winners

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!

Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK?

Weekend Edition Winners of Homestead Brides are Kelly Blackwell, Heidi Robbins & Kaybee. Winner of a surprise package of books is: Donna P.

Monday Seeker Sandra Leesmith blogged and talked about the miracles that happen when she is writing. Are they coincidence or God's perfect timing? Winner of a signed copy of one of her books or an available e-copy of an available Seeker book of their choice is Leola Ogle.

 Pam Hillman is your hostess on Tuesday, discussing the pros and cons of author book plates with advice on when and when not to use them. Winner of a signed copy of Homestead Brides and bookplates on request is Sherida Stewart.

 Love Inspired author Seeker Glynna Kaye shared her thoughts on “Flying Through the Fog” – tips to finding your next story idea and getting it off the ground, on Wednesday  Patricia Radaker and Susan Anne Mason are the winners of Jeff Gerke’s  Write Your Novel In a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What To do Next.

Thursday we brought you The Best of the Archives and a super special giveaway so you can buy whatever wasn't under your Christmas tree. The Amazon gift card winner is Rose.

Friday was the February Contest Update. A shout out to our February Contest Diva, Tanara McCauley! Winner of chocolate is Jeanne T.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:Today, Mary Connealy asks the fateful question, "Why can I find time to check my email while Superman is ramming Zod's head into the Statue of Liberty?" Mary will be giving away a signed copy of The Homestead Brides Collection and a T-Shirt that says: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A WOMAN WITH WRITING SKILLS. (The T-Shirt is an XL, but it's a shrimpy XL.) Two Prizes. Two Winners.

Tuesday:  We are delighted to welcome 2013 & 2014 Genesis winner Laurie Tomlinson to Seekerville today. Not only does Laurie write and write well, but she's a VA. That's Virtual Assistant. Stop by when Laurie shares, "Can a Virtual Assistant Help Your Writing Career?" Comment and you could win your choice of a Staples or Office Depot gift card.

Wednesday Today we welcome editor and reviewer Leslie McKee to Seekerville. You may know Leslie from RT Bookreviews Magazine. Stop by and she'll share some inside scoop about how she made the leap from reader to reviewer and more with her post, "Reviews and Reviewers: A Love/Hate Relationship." We're giving away an Amazon gift card in honor of her visit so you can read and review more books!

Thursday:  Colorado Seeker, Audra Harders is our hostess today. We know she's got a surprise up her sleeve. Don't miss it!

Friday: Join us for a "sweet" time when Food Network's Cupcake Wars winner and young entrepreneur Heather Saffer joins us in Seekerville! Heather will be talking about how her time as a cupcake designer has morphed into her own brand of gourmet frostings. Heather also writes her own eclectic blog via her website where topics jump from things like Firebomb Nachos to the perseverance and tenacity it takes to start your own company and write a book about frostings! Heather will be sweetening the pot with a copy of her book The Dollop Book of Frosting to one happy commenter!

Seeker Sightings

 Look what's available for preorder!

 The Bachelor's Baby

Jake West's troubled cousin leaves him with a most unusual parting gift—her newborn baby girl! And now the small-town contractor is forced to seek help from the very woman he resents—the new big-city pediatrician who practically stole his uncle's practice, Violet Crenshaw. Violet knows she shouldn't be consorting with the enemy. But she can't resist the adorable baby and her handsome new caretaker. Violet traded her chance at motherhood for her career years ago. But raising a family with Jake could be everything she's ever wanted.

We're having so much fun giving away copies of Homestead Brides with THREE Seekers in the collection of nine novellas, that we're doing it ONE MORE TIME!  THREE copies to three lucky commenters this weekend. BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL US YOU WANT IT! Lots of other great authors are included in this collection. You can purchase it HERE.  Winners announced in the next Weekend Ed.

Love Our Readers Lunch
Kennesaw, GA
February 14, 2015 at 10:00AM to 1:00PM
Click here to purchase tickets.

Join us for an eclectic style lunch with NYT Bestselling Author Karen White, Missy Tippens, Meg Moseley, Lindi Peterson and Ciara Knight. This will be an intimate gathering of approximately 35 readers and five authors. You'll be able to meet ALL the attending authors!! Thank you to FoxTale Book Shoppe for being our bookseller for this event!

CHRISTIAN FICTION ROCKS!! Three more days to vote for your favorite book of 2014 in Family Fiction Magazine’s TOP TEN LIST contest and be entered to win your choice of FIVE MORE!! Check out Julie Lessman’s “Christian Fiction Rocks” giveaway HERE, and let your voice be heard! Note: You do not have to vote for Julie to enter the contest.


Put a "Light" in your "Window" this Valentine's Day! FREE DOWNLOAD of Julie Lessman’s award-winning Irish love story, A Light in the Window (178 five-star reviews on Amazon!) for five days only — February10-14, 2015, so mark your calendars now and spread the word!! And be sure to check out the ALITW video starring Julie’s daughter HERE!!

Random News & Information

Thanks for the links, friends! 

The February Calendar is Up

No Limits Quote of the Week:


  1. Another great WE, TINA! Thanks! Congratulations to the winners. do I wanit the HOMETEAD BRIDES? I DO!

  2. I WANT IT!

    Great We. Great links.

    Now back to read some more of them.

    Oops, better set the coffee pot first.

    Okay, it's done.

  3. Awesome WE, Miss T!
    Wow, Seekers not only write amazing books, but they PLAY FOOTBALL too!! ;) Love the photos!

    Please put my name in for HOMESTEAD BRIDES!!

    Happy Weekend!! Hugs, Patti Jo

  4. Great WE, Tina!!!

    And love those links! And the quote at the end. I'm going to have to revisit that one. Thanks!!!

  5. First, thank you.


    I am beyond excited about that. I'm not even kidding, how pathetic am I?????


    Okay, then:

    love the article about not quitting day job, you could substitute my name in there and it would be a similar story although now the scales are tipping in writing being the higher paid of the two jobs, so my Liberty balance scales are moving in the right direction. Great article!

    AND THIS: THE BULL RIDER SERIES... Now that's a category author making crazy money. When they put the power of the machine behind one author and promote a series, aya caramba! That's a Harlequin win right there.

    I love that this past year they've been featuring some LI authors on Bookbub, they've been packaging "deals" and promoting them, this year has seen some wonderful changes in how Harlequin is working inside and outside to promo their authors and books.

    A round of applause from this author!!!!

  6. Whoop! I'm a winner! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Great weekend edition. I think the Harlequin's bull rider series is a great addition to their line.

    I almost gave a co-worker a heart attack yesterday when I told them I didn't watch the Super Bowl. I didn't bother to explain I had better things to do like starting a new book proposal!

  7. Great WE, thanks again, Tina! :-)

    I'll be reading the links this afternoon.

  8. I am so pleased to have won a copy of "Homestead Brides"! The prairie and the West is my favorite period to read--and write--about. So delighted to have a volume with Mary, Ruthy and Pam under one cover! It will probably arrive just in time for my mini-vacation at the end of March, and I can wallow in it all weekend. Unless there's another blizzard before then.
    Kathy Bailey

  9. Congratulations to all of the winners.

    I would LOVE to win a copy of Homestead Brides. Thank you for your generosity in giving it away again this week. :)

    Smiles & Blessing,
    Cindy W.

  10. Good morning, Seekerville!

    I'm so happy it's the weekend. Looking forward to THE NATIONAL UNINTERRUPTED DAY OF WRITING.
    My husband is from Boston so it's going to be rather tense around here. Good thing I can lose myself in my story.

    Speaking of stories, please put me in for the copy of Homestead Brides. Maybe 3rd time is a charm.
    All of Julie Hilton-Steele's talk of the new Laura Ingall's Wilder annotated autobiography has given me a hankering for some good old-fashioned stories.

  11. If it weren't for the home team being in it, I'd oly want to see the Clydesdales. I still love the puppy adoption one from last year. It's a romance novel in a commercial.

    Of course thanks to Ruthy, I've already seen this year's ad. So no need to be distracted from the writing.

    Congrats to all the winners from last week.

    Off to read some of the articles as I procrastinate about walking the dog with 50 mile an hour wind gusts and single-digit temps.

  12. Great WE, Tina. Congrats to all the winners.

    I can't wait to learn more about Virtual Assistants next week. You'd think having a kid in college would be all I need, but he's so busy I hate to bother him.

    When I do ask for help, I often get the wide-eyed look of disbelief that I don't understand something so simple. At least he has enough manners to to say what he's thinking.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. Great info, great WE. Congrats to all the winners.

    I don't like football. Guess what I'll be doing? Reading. Helen Gray's new book is coming up on my Kindle. After that, Piper Huguley's. Don't have Homestead Brides yet, so toss my name in the pot.

  14. Happy weekend! Thanks for the great post. I wrote 2618 words, making the total 13,475. I checked out the contest links as well. This year is gonna be a great year! I have a plan to get at least two books done and can't wait to see how the year goes. Thanks for the encouragement, inspiration, and prodding!

  15. Wow, Sally, you already made your goal for the day. Good for you.

    Write then Seekerville.

    I am coffee first.

  16. Great Weekend Edition! Congratulations to all the winners.

    I would love to be in for the drawing for Homestead Brides.

    I hope everyone has a great and productive weekend.

  17. I want to win the HOMESTEAD BRIDES! I'm looking forward to next week's posts.

  18. I WANT Homestead Brides!!
    Thanks for a great week in Seekerville and congratulations to all the winners. Today is my UDW - a BD gift from my husband!

  19. Kathy B if you HAVEN'T received your book yet in time for a mini vacation at the END OF MARCH, let me know and I'll kick 'somebody's' backside.

  20. Great WE. Thanks Tina.

    Congrats to all the winners.

    Superbowl weekend. Great time to write during that silly game. Or shop. The stores are empty. smile

  21. Oh, wow, me in a football jersey!!!

    Honestly, a mock-up photo is the ONLY way I'll ever be connected in any way, shape, or form to the Super Bowl!

  22. Lots of requests for Homestead Brides. Better get over to Amazon and order my copy. I don't want to be left out.

    Ruthy, you made the cut because you just charge your way through. chuckle. Our No Limits heroine.

  23. Actually, today (this afternoon, anyway) will be my NUDW. Hubby and I made a deal a couple of weeks ago that if I'd take Wednesday afternoons off so we could go to a movie matinee together (or something else couple-ish), he would do most of the housecleaning and weekend chores so I could claim Saturday afternoons to write.

    This week we saw Into the Woods. Anybody else seen it? It was cute but . . . different. Guess I wasn't expecting all the singing and silliness.

  24. I would love to win a copy of Homestead Brides for my daughter! She enjoys historical fiction and I'm sure she would enjoy this collection!

  25. Helen, pass that coffee!!! I stayed up really late grabbing pictures of actresses and pinning them to my Character board on Pinterest.

    Fun, but a bit too easy to get sucked into a hole! lol

  26. Patti Jo, we look like some tough dudes in that football pic, don't we. That was part of our NO LIMITS photo shoot for "Get 'er done, gals!" lol

  27. Yeah, we often do photo shoots as part of our WORLD DOMINATION strategy.

  28. Good morning (still morning in Arizona), Seekerville!

    Having now been given the go-ahead on the proposal that I submitted, I've been writing my little heart out on my brand new WIP this morning. Now I'm coming up for air, lunch, and to check the Weekend Edition! Looks like I'll need to come back later, though, as it looks like there's WAY too much good stuff to digest in a pop-in visit! Great job AS ALWAYS, Tina!

    Is it okay if we still eat junk food tomorrow even though we're not watching the Super Bowl?

  29. Junk food is mandatory for Interrupted Day of Writing!!! It's Girl Scout Cookie time.

  30. Congrats to all the winners!

    Great links, too. I love how Harlequin is pairing up with Bull Riders!!

    I like the graphics. Yes, no interruptions tomorrow. Thanks for the permission to write all day, LOL!

  31. Jackie, I gave up trying to make my kids Virtual Assistants a Looooong time ago, LOL! Sounds good in theory, but I'd rather not deal with all the comments like "really, mom? You're posting THAT to facebook??"

    I'll do it myself...or look into the Virtual Assistants who are NOT related to me : )

  32. Awesome picture! I'm looking forward to uninterrupted reading day :) I am so excited I won a copy of Homestead Brides! Novella anthologies are so much fun. Thank you and happy weekend!!!

  33. Thank you so much for my win of Homestead Brides! I feel so blessed! Thank you also for the great links. I enjoyed each one!
    Congratulations to all winners. Have a wonderful weekend!

  34. Oh my stars, Mary Curry did I post a link to the new one???? With the puppy? Why was I thinking that was last year's with the pup?


  35. Connealy, I took your comment to heart and just filled out envelopes and signed books to catch up. I can't be having Connealy KICK MY BOOTIE!!!!


  36. Is it against the law to threaten an author's backside????

    In Nebraska???

    I'm asking for a friend.


  37. I forgot to say please enter me into the drawing for Homestead Brides!

  38. Family VA's?

    I'm with Audra. I've just about given up on that strategy. Sigh.

  39. Congrats to all the winners! LOVE the football photo, and the Charles Swindoll quote. Great WE ladies. Happy writing :-)

  40. Congratulations to all the winners. I would love a copy of Homestead Brides. I love Bride books. :-)

  41. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pam and Seekers! I'm thrilled to see I won the Homestead Brides collection and bookplate!

    Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks for the WE, the football pictures!

    Hoping to find time to read all the posts from the past two weeks. We're just back from visiting the grandkids....and I took notes on two-year-old vocabulary to use in future stories. :)

    Happy reading/writing/football to all!

  42. Spent a few minutes late last night decorating my NUDW tree and wrapping gifts.

    I didn't want to leave it til today because THAT WOULD INTERRUPT MY WRITING!

  43. Sherida, that's so cool you took notes on two-year-old vocabulary. So many of those adorable phrases are forgotten even when we are so sure we never will! NO LIMITS to those!
    Did I say I wanted THE HOMESTEAD BRIDES? I DO!!

  44. Ruthy, I think you posted a new one on FB the other day. I LOVE the one from last year with the puppy that keeps running away from the adoption center to be with the horse. The new one looks like it takes place after that when the pup accidentally gets locked in the truck and taken into the city.

  45. I didn't put up a NUDW tree this year but I have sparkly NUDW lights in my office.

    Happy NUDW!

  46. Yeah, it's a follow up, Mary Curry. I saw it on Fox News again this morning. MY BAD!!!!!


    I love the stinkin' horses. And the puppies. I was born city but bred country!

  47. I have no tree or special lighting because we'll be knee-deep in cooking and football, but I had my celebratory day yesterday and this morning I finished a novella....

    Except for the epilogue which will be next weekend.

    THIS WEEK: Ruthy's back to cowboys! Yeee Hawwww!

  48. Love our Seekerville football stars!

    I plan to have the game on as I enter manuscript changes into my computer. Can I multi-task? Hope so...if not I'll move to another room and miss all those great commercials! :)

    Great quote on impossible situations being opportunities, Tina! The word opportunity has been running through my head all weekend. Happenstance? I doubt it!

  49. A T T E N T I O N !

    Watch the Super Bowl with your writer’s eye and store up enough hero physical proxies to last a year or 1000 pages whichever comes first! Tape the game and study the crowd reactions. You’ll see the physical manifestation of almost every emotion. The game is mandatory for all serious writers.


  50. Marianne, exactly! I'm finding I didn't take enough notes, so need to make a return "research" problem! :)

    Hope everyone has NO LIMITS on their writing.....or!

  51. How was everyone's NUDW?

    Congrats to all the winners, and good luck to everyone hoping for a copy of Homestead Brides.

    Some extra-good links this week, Tina. Especially the tax tips and what to do when your content is stolen. The WE is such a good way to keep up without the need to read a lot of blogs.

    Oh, and the picture -- what a smile-maker.

    Nancy C

  52. Thank you, Seekers for the surprise book package!

    Another great WE, Tina!

    Have a great & productive week everyone!

  53. Wow! I finally stopped by and found out I won something! Thank you so much!

  54. Congrats to the winners! Please drop my name in the hat for the Homestead Brides. :)

  55. BUSY WEEKEND WITH OUT-OF-TOWN GRANDBABY AND SUPERBOWL COMPANY, so I am just NOW getting to WE, but this one is soooo worth it, Teenster!!

    GREAT articles, especially the Fifty Shades article, Why I'm not quitting my Day Job and the Author's Earnings Report -- WOW, some real surprises there for me, at least!


  56. great article on not quitting day job, Tina. thanks for the link.

    um... cooking, cleaning and watching football. too much a sports fan to not watch the game. which was EPIC, btw.

    coveting a copy of HOMESTEAD BRIDES (if that is allowed, coveting that is...)

    still can't believe Seattle didn't call just one more run play...