Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Weekend Edition

This weekend we're bringing out the holiday greenery 
to celebrate the release of Rancher for the Holidays!  
Comment for a chance to win a copy.  
Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.

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! And P.S. - if we forget to send  your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.

From last Weekend: 

Patricia W is the winner of their choice the ebook or paperback of Isle of Hope. 

Debra Marvin is the winner of a Kindle pre-order of 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (The Writer's Toolbox Series)

Myra Johnson was our hostess on Tuesday with "Four Fixes for Faulty Dialogue." Conversation is the way we get to know each other in real life, and it's the way our characters reveal themselves in our stories. Myra offered tips on crafting and formatting effective story dialogue. Cindy W. and Trixi are winners of her latest release, Rancher for the Holidays, a Love Inspired contemporary romance. (If you would also like a print copy of Autumn Rains, the "prequel," just request it when claiming your prize.)

"You want me to cut HOW many words from the book???" Unfortunately, that’s a question Julie Lessman’s has had to ask more than once of her editor, so when it comes to editing a big book down, she’s your gal. Wednesday we joined Julie for her blog, "Crash Edits: How to Trim the Fat From Your Novel" as she shared tips learned the hard way when she had to cut 50,000 words from one of her books. Jill Weatherholt is the winner of Julie’s brand-new contemporary novel, Isle of Hope, in either paperback or ebook.

Thursday, we cowboy'd up with Ruth Logan Herne as she celebrated her first cowboy story going into production at Waterbrook/MultnomahBack in the Saddle!  Her post was called "Writin' and Ropin' the Fundamentals of Talkin' Cowboy... and Those Who Don't!"  Donna, Cindy W and Jackie are winners of pre release copies of Back in the Saddle. 

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Next Week in Seekerville 

Monday: Janet Dean will talk about alpha heroes, those hard-nosed, strong-minded, dangerous men that are fun to write. But when they threaten the heroine, readers are likely to be upset. And the heroine can't fall in love with a jerk. Janet will share some tips for softening the alpha hero in her post “Tips for Making the Alpha Hero Lovable.” Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Bounty Hunter’s Redemption, LIH, January 2016.

Tuesday:  USA TODAY bestselling author, Rachel Hauck returns to Seekerville today with her post, "The Beauty of the Reader." This is release day for The Wedding Chapel! Stop in to help celebrate the release of this RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Star Top Pick. Of course we have copies to give away to commenters!

Wednesday: Debby Giusti promises something intriguing with her blog post "Mission Impossible." Stop by to say hello and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Debby's giving away a copy of her latest release, Person of Interest, along with a surprise gift.

Thursday:  We're delighted to welcome back New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Julie Cantrell to Seekerville. Stop by for her thoughtful post, "Imperfect People. Imperfect Christians." Two commenters will win a copy of their choice of an ecopy of When Mountains Move or Into the Free.

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Seeker Sightings

Find your favorite Seeker's Harlequin digital releases on sale 
for $1.99 through November 17, at your favorite online retailer.

Janet Dean

Debby Giusti 

Glynna Kaye

Ruth Logan Herne

Tina Radcliffe

Missy Tippens 

Here's your chance to win a copy of The 12 Brides of Christmas and The 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook.

Mary Connealy and Pam Hillman ride the range together, in a novella collection with ten other authors, The 12 Brides of Christmas. Come along for the ride with a 12 author novella collection!  Enter here!

Congratulations to Janet Dean, Ruth Logan Herne, & Tina Radcliffe. Their January 2016 Love Inspired releases ALL garnered 4 star Reviews from RT Book Reviews!

The Bounty Hunter's RedemptionAn Unexpected Groom, & Rocky Mountain Reunion, are all available for preorder!

Congratulations to Mary Connealy and Company (Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears)! 

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry is a RT Book Reviews January 2016 4 1/2 Star TOP PICK!

In honor of our vets, Sandra Leesmith's Love's Miracles ebook is on sale for  $.99 until Nov 20th. Read the reviews and decide for yourself. Love's Miracles 

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Random News & Information

Thanks to Seekers and Villagers who sent links!

Congratulations to the 2015 RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominees!

A Penny for Your Books (NYT )

 HarperOne to Publish Digital-First Fiction at HarperLegend (DBW)

 Fitness Quickies for Deskbound Writers (the ASJA Word)

 Getting the Most out of Mentoring, from Both Sides of the Fence (Writer Unboxed)

 Message, Moral, Meaning: The Theme (Southwest Writers)

 Book Marketing Tips You Need To Know Now! Part One (BadRedhead Media)

 Spotlight on Harlequin Single Title (Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)

Five Ways to Annoy A Book Lover (Bethany House Fiction)

5 Ideas for Promoting Your Ebook Price Promo on Social Media (BookBub Parnters)

What Writers Need to Know About Freelancing for Content Mills, Business Websites, and Information Portals  (Jane Friedman)

That's it! Have a great Weekend Seekerville!


  1. Another Awesome WE, TINA! And next week I can scour the shelves for my favorite authors' books! I'll be busy this weekend with all the fun last minute things before we leave the farm for 5 months. Laundry, wash floors, clean the pantry, take out the trash, etc. Each thing done is one step closer to Arizona. Have a great day. Congratulations on your releases

  2. I'll spend more time looking at the WE edition in he morning for now I am off to bed but I just had to peek at this because I love the fun weekend edition. I actually look forward to seeing what new books are revealed and the fun links to check out. Yes, pleased enter me for Rancher for the Holidays! It's already starting to feel like Christmas with all these amazing covers shown. Congrats to all the winners !

    Deanne P.

  3. I'm loving the Harlequin $1.99 sale! I was able to make a big dent in my wishlist and got 9 books for my kindle. This week I got an exciting email letting me know that Karen Witemeyer chose me to be one of the influencers to review With This Ring? :) :) :) I love all the authors that contributed to it so I can't wait!!!

    Please include me in the drawing for Rancher for the Holidays! Have a great weekend everyone!

  4. Welcome to the Weekend! Another great addition that I will need to come back later to view the links.

    Congratulations everyone!

    Smiles & Blessings,

    Cindy W.

  5. Happy weekend, Seekerville. Another FAB weekend edition, Tina!

    And isn't that $1.99 sale at HQ amazing? So many to choose from by my favorite LI authors! I need to find time to sit down and review my gift-giving plans--and my own wish list(!) before the sale ends on the 17th.

    Boy, is this month flying! When I walked into Walmart yesterday, there was a big sign that said "41 days until Christmas." YIKES! Slow down! Slow down! I want to enjoy Thanksgiving first!

  6. Congratulations winners and all of those with new books out or honored. I already have my copy of Rancher for the holidays. It was a good one!

  7. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Love the WE, Tina,

    I put With This Ring on my Wish List so I will remember to order next month. I spent too much on Harlequin's sale. I just couldn't resist snatching up LI I had missed.

    I am behind on my reading this month because I have been writing. On my Nanowrimo, I have written 36,000 words so far. Yes, it has been work, but it has also been fun.

    It looks like we are in for a chilly weekend in Western NC.

    Have a great weekend every one!

  8. Congratulations to the winners! Great WE, Tina.

    And congratulations to Tina, Ruthy and Janet for the 4-star RT reviews!!!

    I read through a link, and I hope to readmore later, Thanks for providing them, Tina!

  9. Five Ways to Annoy a Reader -- Snort -- this should be written into a contract so everyone in the sphere of a reader's life completely understands what they're getting into. LOL Love that January LI lineup -- did you guys plan that? Great WE!!!

  10. Tina, thanks for another terrific Weekend Edition!! Always fun to see what's ahead in Seekerville. Looking forward to chatting it up Monday.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Myra, reading Rancher for the Holidays and enjoying it!!!

    Congrats to Ruthy and Tina on the 4 stars. I'm delighted The Bounty Hunter's Redemption also received 4 star review!

    Mary, cannot wait to read With This Ring?, the novella collection that garnered RT's Top Pick!


  11. Wilani, congrats on writing 36k!! Go you!


  12. Congrats to Ruthy, Janet and Tina on the 4 stars and congrats to all winners this week.
    I would like to be entered for Myra's book; love the cover!
    Happy weekend to all!

    Must check on With This Ring....sounds great!

  13. Congrats to book winners Patricia, Debra, Cindy W., Trixi, Jill, Donna, Cindy W. and Jackie, happy reading ladies!

    Congrats to our Seeker authors Janet, Ruthy, Tina and Mary on their upcoming releases. Looking forward to each one. Can't wait to read MARY C's novella in With This Ring? and what she does with a proposal gone awry, that should be entertaining!

    Congrats to both Julie and Myra for their current releases. The Seekers are sure giving readers plenty to choose from.

    Please enter me in the drawing for Myra's book, Rancher for the Holidays, looks good!

  14. Ooh, Myra's book looks fun! Please enter me in the drawing!

    Happy weekend all!

  15. Congrats to all the winners!

    Thanks for a packed WE, Tina! Lots of articles to read.

    Glynna mentioned 41 days until Christmas! I started shopping yesterday. Also have 4 family birthdays in that time period! Must get busy.

    Myra, love your blurb. The story sounds so, so good!

  16. Good morning, Seekerville! And thanks to TINA for yet another jam-packed Weekend Edition--AND for the extra promo for my newest release! So glad to hear some of you are already reading and enjoying Rancher for the Holidays. It was a fun story to write, especially imagining what Marley's life might be like a decade after Autumn Rains.

    Congrats on those 4-star reviews, ladies!

  17. Great WE, Congratulations winners. I sure would like a copy of Rancher for the Holidays. Cowboys and Christmas make an irresistible combination!

  18. Great WE, Miss T!
    CONGRATS to all the winners!!
    Next week looks GREAT in Seekerville. :)
    I've ordered Myra's LI book and am eagerly awaiting the arrival!
    And CONGRATS to all those celebrating great RT reviews - - WOOHOO!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo (setting out warm Peach Crisp on the table--Enjoy!)

  19. Myra! I am so jealous and in love with this cover! It is gorgeous.

    Mary and Melissa Jagears! Congratulations on the RT TOP PICK!!!

    And to my fellow January LI release ladies!! "WE ROCK". lololol

    Happy Saturday. May all your reading and writing dreams come true. Off to the WIP!

  20. Wow, TINA, thank you! Looking forward to your next book, too!

    And yes--MARY & MELISSA, top RT picks! You go, girls!

    As usual, it's chore day at my house. Laundry, bills, brushing the dogs, vacuuming . . . Doubt I'll get back to writing before Monday. Also hope to spend a little time in my Johanna Basford coloring book this weekend. Sooooo relaxing!

    Oh, and I just put a batch of brownies in the oven!

  21. Fun WE! Congrats to all the winners, and the words being racked up by NaNo'ers, AND that wonderful sale on LI books! Whoot! :)

  22. I've been enjoying the LIH sales!

    The 5 ways to annoy a book lover was fun, though I'm a book lover, I and my children are really bad to books, that's why we don't borrow from the library unless it's an absolute must, we "love 'em and squeeze 'em and hug 'em to death." And The Count of Monte Cristo was much better as a movie. It really didn't need a chapter about a secondary character and how he inherited his in the book. Sometimes those old literary classics are done better shortened. :)

  23. Congratulations to all of the winners! Yay! I'm a winner too! I can't wait to read Julie's book...thank you so much.
    Congratulations Janet, Ruthie & Tina on your 4 star reviews! I'm not surprised...your stories always deserve 4 stars.
    Also a big congrats to Mary and Melissa!
    Thanks for a terrific WE, Tina.

  24. would love to win.

  25. I would love to win Rancher for the Holidays. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  26. Looks like another great week to come in Seekerville!

  27. Congratulations to all the winners. Congratulations to all the authors with new releases and great responses already! It was a great week ON Seekerville, starting printing the many great tips and looks like another great week to come!

    Can't wait to read all these great new releases! Please enter me on the giveaway for Myra's Rancher for the Holidays. Thanks!

  28. Please excuse all the grammar and spelling errors on my comments. Out and typing with two fingers on a small screen with auto correct just doesn't always work.

  29. I feel your pain, JUST COMMONLY! I'm typing on my iPad right now, and it doesn't always think the same way I do. Autocorrect really comes up with some doozies sometimes!

    Had to cover or bring in my patio plants this weekend with two mornings below freezing. I am SOOOOO not ready for winter!

  30. Hi Janet! With this ring was lots of fun to write. It's got a connection to The Kincaid Brides and Trouble in Texas.
    I love telling the stories of secondary characters from earlier books and that's what I've done here.

  31. Tracey, THANK YOU. I hope you'll enjoy it. I'm looking forward to it releasing Jan. 1st. This is the second novella collection I've done for Bethany.

  32. That TOP PICK in RT Magazine is the first one I've ever gotten. I'm so delighted by it!

  33. What a great WE! First, congratulations to Janet Dean, Ruth Logan Herne, & Tina Radcliffe for 4 Star reviews! Whoohoo!
    So many good things happening in Seekerville! Myra, I'm so excited about your book! And congratulations to all the winners!

  34. WOW, this WE is jam-packed with great things, Tina -- I'm goggle-eyed over all the great links this weekend, so THANK YOU!!

    WHOO-HOO, MARY and MELISSA JAGEARS, RT 4-1/2 Star Top Pick is AWESOME, girlfriendS!! THAT'S HUGE!!!

    And SUPER Congrats to Ruthy, Janet and Tina on the 4 stars for their upcoming releases -- you guys ROCK the big RT!!

    MEGA CONGRATS to all our winners this week, too -- it's always fun to see who walks away with the prize. :)

    MYRA, I agree with Tina -- LOVE your cover!! Looks SO inviting with the ranch gates open and the greenery & bow on top, making readers WANT to mosey on in and spend time for the holidays. Can't wait to read it!!

    Hugs and Happy Weekend!! Uh ... what's left of it, that is!


  35. MARIANNE ... heading back to Arizona sounds like a GREAT place to go, so i hope you got everything spic-and-span at the farm. What a cool way to live, my friend -- splitting your time between the relaxation of a farm and the sunny bliss of Arizona!!

    WILANI!!! WOW, girlfriend, 36,000 words is AWESOME!!! You are going to have that book done in NO TIME, my friend!!

    Thanks, TRACEY, for the congrats on Myra's and my new releases -- I hope to get that new release in your hot, little hands soon ...

    PATTI JO!!! You always hook me in with your peach desserts, you little stinker, because I am a GONER for anything with peaches in it!! And by the way -- did you get my email about being an influencer on Isle of Hope? Never heard back from you, so just checking.


  36. A great WE, Tina!! So many fun new covers and sales and Top Pick awards! Congrats Mary and crew for 4.5 stars and top pick!!

  37. Marianne, safe travels to Arizona!!

  38. Also meant to add Melissa to the congrats with Mary!

    Melissa, I'm one that about loves books to death, too. And, dare I admit it here...I fold corners of pages. Running to hide now!

  39. I should add I do NOT fold library book pages. :)

  40. Would love to win the Rancher for the Holidays!

    Congratulations to this week's winners!

  41. Julie Lessman, No - - I didn't get an email from you - - SOOO sorry!
    I'll message you right away!! :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  42. Congratulations everyone.
    AMAZING WE, Tina...

    Love all this good news!

  43. Checking back in after a busy weekend! Any of PATTI JO's peach crisp left?