Besides Speedbo, we have so much going on in Seekerville we're barely catching our breaths. Enjoy this Weekend Edition and all the excitement. Read carefully so you don't miss anything!
We Have Winners
Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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! And P.S. -if we forget to send our your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.
Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK?
This week's winner of a $25 Amazon Speedbo gift card is Loraine Nunley. Winner of a one chapter manuscript critique is Dana McNeely. The box of books winner is Marianne Barkman.
All prizes are mailed out April 1. During Speedbo we write.
Comment any day this week to win the VERY SAME GIVEAWAYS in week two of Speedbo! Remember that you must either be enrolled in Speedbo for the gift card and critique or have declared yourself a cheerleader for the box of books!
Our five All Dressed Up in Love e book winners are:
Jess on the other side of the world
Monday Mary Connealy kicked off a month of #NO LIMITS SPEEDBO.An uplifting, encouraging, pep-talk to get you going on your word count and an article SHORT enough to give you NO EXCUSES.(and to give Mary no excuses either). Arlene is the winner of a $25 Amazon gift card.
What's the one thing all successful people have in common? They fail. A lot. They fail more than the average person. Successful people fail more often because they're not afraid of taking risks. They aren't derailed by failure. Instead, successful people use failures as a launching pad to success. Tuesday we visited with an expert on failure, Sherri Shackelford, and learned some tips and tricks to overcome your fears and increase your productivity with her post, "Failing Your Way to Success." ohiohomeschool and Jennifer Delamere are the winners of The Engagement Bargain.
Wednesday Love Inspired author Carolyne Aarsen stopped in to talk about "The Freedom of Chains," how discipline allows you freedom to write. Pam Jernigan, Vicki Marney and Marilyn Turk are winners of one of THREE SETS of Carolyne's newest books Her Cowboy Hero and Reunited With the Cowboy, books 1 and 2 of her "Refuge Ranch" series.
Thursday Cathy Yardley was back in Seekerville today to discuss revisions: when to do them, and how to do them. Also, why you might not want to revise as you’re doing a fast Speedbo draft! Winner of her book Rock Your Revisions is Bettie.
Tina Radcliffe was your hostess with a Speedbo Appropriate post called, "What Have You Done Today to Make Your Dream Come True?" The dreams mug winners are Sarah Claucherty and Kelly Blackwell. Tossed an extra one in there.
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday:Two-time Christy Award winner and RITA finalist DiAnn Mills will bring us tips for meeting deadlines in her post "Was that a Truck that Hit Me, or a Deadline?" DiAnn will be giving away a copy of her soon-to-be-released book, Double Cross (FBI: Houston).
Tuesday: Today, join Seeker (and pantser!) Myra Johnson for "A pantser plots: from the middle, to the beginning, to the end." Using James Scott Bell's book Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between, Myra takes a look at a plotting method even die-hard pantsers can use to their advantage. Join the discussion and you could be one of three winners of the Kindle version of Jim Bell's eye-opening book!
Wednesday: Move over Tammy Wynette, because Julie Lessman’s blog entitled "STAND BY YOUR MAN: Redeeming Haunted Heroes” will have plenty of fast and furious tips to make that bad-boy hero into a real hero your readers will love! Plus a giveaway of any of her books or novellas (including signed paper copies of her novellas).
Thursday: Join Ruth Logan Herne aka: "The Ruthinator" today when she busts into town demanding that you visualize yourself as successful, because if you won't... WHO WILL???? Ruthy's giving away a $25 Amazon card in honor and hopes of your success! Jump on board, leave a comment and she'll toss your name into the newest cat dish!
Friday: Seeker Tina Radcliffe will be revisiting the romantic arc today. Stop by for a sighful journey from first glance to love declared with a love-ly giveaway!
It's time to preorder the April 1 release that includes Seekers Pam Hillman and Myra Johnson.
Oregon Trails Romance Collection
Nine romantic adventures take readers along for a ride on the Oregon Trail where daily challenges force travelers to evaluate the things that are most precious to them—including love. Enjoy the trip through a fascinating part of history through the eyes of remarkably strong characters who stop at famous landmarks along the way. Watch as their faith is strengthened and as love is born despite unique circumstances. Discover where the journey ends for each of nine couples. Today Seekerville will be giving away one pre-order copy to one commenter. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition. Copy available on release day.
Congratulations to the Homestead Brides Collection Authors! Homestead Brides is an ECPA March 2015 Best Seller!
If you haven't read it and still want a copy, let us know. We'll draw a name for one print copy. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.
And look what's coming!
Five great stories for one low price! Jump into sweet and inspirational contemporary romance with this group of award-winning, best-selling and multi-published authors as they weave stories that will make you smile and sigh. Everyone deserves a second chance, and the "With This Kiss" Contemporary Collection offers the hope and warmth of new beginnings. Available for Kindle pre-order on March 18th at the everyday low price of $2.99.
Take a trip into "yesteryear" with these five stirring historical stories brought to you by award-winning and best-selling historical authors. The "With This Kiss" Historical Collection presents a warm, evocative look into second chances through history with stories that make you laugh, cry and enivision the strength and sacrifices that made our country great. This beautiful collection includes a bonus feature: "Closer Than Brothers" by Mary Connealy, showing the bonds formed by her future heroes as they dealt with life in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Available for pre-order on March 18th!
Sandra Leesmith will be signing books at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 14-15. On Saturday, March 14, Sandra will be signing her sweet and inspirational romances at the Desert Dreams booth from 9:30-5:30. On Sunday, March 15, Sandra will be signing her children's books at the Children's Author Pavilion from 1:00 - 3:30 pm. If you are in town, be sure and stop by. The Tucson Festival of Books is a book lovers dream come true.
Missy Tippens will be featured on Script Chics March 19-25. The Chicks will be reading and discussing her RITA finalist book, A House Full of Hope. Also, Missy will be doing a giveaway that week, so be sure to drop by!
What's better than a dozen eggs, a dozen roses or even a dozen bagels?
Tina Radcliffe celebrates her 12th sale to Woman's World magazine. Cubby Love will be in the April 16 on sale issue.
Random News & Information
Thank you to all the folks who sent links!
Becoming a Student of Your Own Creative Process (Writer Unboxed)
Be Careful Out There - Cyber Security Tips for Authors (Novel Rocket)
The Ol’ “Show, Don’t Tell” Thing (Author Magazine)
Whose Story Is It? Self-Editing for Point of View (The Book Designer)
Agent Carter Actors Star in Speed Reading Video (GalleyCat) How would you fare?
Kindle Spy (Passive Voice) UNREAL!!
It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller: INFOGRAPHIC (GalleyCat)
That's it! Go Speebo!