Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Weekend Edition

Today in Seekerville we're celebrating the upcoming release of 
The 12 Brides of Summer Collection: 12 Historical Brides Find Love in the Good Old Summertime, which features Seekers Mary Connealy and Pam Hillman. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition.

We Have Winners ***

 Giveaway rules can be found here. Drop us a line to claim your giveaway at Please allow us the 6-8 weeks per our legal page to get your prize sent out.  

** Effective 5/31/16 all winners are required to submit their address and phone number to verify their identity even if they win an e-prize. This is due to scammers attempting to claim prizes. ***

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!

From the last Weekend Edition,Sharee Stover is the winner of a writer mug and Tracey Hagwood is the winner of a reader mug or a Seeker BOC.

Tuesday Mary Alford was our guest hostess with her post, "Finding The Courage to Submit Your Manuscript And The Inner Strength To Move Beyond Rejection." Edwina and Sandy Smith are winners of print copies of her latest Love Inspired Suspense, Rocky Mountain Pursuit,. And Vince and Laurie Wood are winners of ecopies. Thanks so much, Mary! 

 Wednesday was time for the June Contest Update and to meet our June Contest Diva/Divo, Angie Dicken Additionally, today we unveiled our Conference tabwhere we conveniently list conferences, retreats, and workshops held annually. Our hope is that you can find one close to you that meets your writing needs. Winner of a Girl Nerd mug is Cindy Regnier and winner of a SBOC is Heidi.

Seekerville welcomed back L.A. Sartor on Thursday.  Leslie shared a few of her favorite ways to make your hero anything but a Superman. Caryl Kane and Cindy W. are winners of the new collection - Simply The Best .

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection
Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Mary Connealy is your hostess and she always has something to talk about. 

Tuesday: Janalyn Voigt is our special guest today. Her post is called "Where to Start a Novel (Tips and Traps)." Don't miss this great learning opportunity! The prize vault is open.

Wednesday: Hallmark movie, anyone? Join award-winning Christy nominee Denise Hunter for a peek into the world of selling a book to Hallmark. Denise discusses what happens When a Book Becomes a Hallmark Movie: 8 Things You Didn’t Know. A giveaway will be included of her soon-to-be-aired Hallmark movie novel, The Convenient Groom, along with a sneak peek at the actors chosen for the roles of hero and heroine.

Thursday: Sandra Leesmith will talk about the world of and will be giving away an iPod loaded with her Audible books so the lucky winner can discover this world for themselves. She also has some surprise photos to share.

Friday: Best of the Archives: Today we feature Ruth Logan HerneComments are closed each Friday so we can achieve our reading and writing goals.

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection
Seeker Sightings

Congratulations to Julie Lessman her latest novel, Isle of Hope, is a finalist in the Long Contemporary category of the IRCA.

Stop by the Coffee Cups & Camisoles Blogspot on June 7, when several Seekerville authors participate in "Online Workshops - Pithy Advice That Packs a Punch."

Get your cowboy fix. Back in the Saddle is on sale for Kindle. $1.99! 

WHOA!! Get FIVE best-selling novels -- including two Seeker books -- in one ebook for less than $.79 each with Heart & Soul at only $3.99!

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection

Random News & Information

Thanks to everyone who sent links!

FIRST SALE!  Villager and Diva Leanne Bristow.

Congratulations to the Seeker Villagers who placed in the FabFive Contest! (Rhonda Starnes (1st place), Jackie Layton (2nd place) and Preslaysa Williams (HM). 

Congratulations go out to the IRCA  finalists! WOOT!! Check out all the Villagers on this list!!!

Alicia Rasley July Workshop Registration is open. July 5-29. Channeling Your Characters. In this (online) interactive workshop, you’ll be exploring your main characters’ journeys, strengths, conflicts and values. From these discussions and exercises, you can deepen your scenes and your plot with an emotional arc. And you’ll be able to individualize your plot events by determining where the characters start, where they end up, and how they get there through interacting with the other characters in the story events. 

Almost Six Figures. My Breakdown Of One Year Of Book Sales By Format, Vendor, Genre, And Country (The Creative Penn)**

Have You Checked out Gilead Publishing's Blog here?**

May 2016 Author Earnings Report: the definitive million-title study of US author earnings (AE)**

Avoiding Author Intrusion (Romance University)

Invest in Yourself (Writer Unboxed)**

5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising (The Creative Penn)

Always Be Closing (Steven Pressfield Online)**

Creating Promotional Matter That Works: Swag (Fiction University)**

How to Make Agents' Blogs Work for You (Steve Laube Blog)

Self-Publishing My First Audiobook (JA Konrath) 

The Audiobook Boom: What's Happening and How Can I Be Included? (DBW) 

Every Day You Get Our Best: Lessons in Viral Marketing from One of the Nation's Top Supermarkets (The Writer's Alley)**

Reviving Your Backlist Title: Revisions (Nancy's Notes from Florida) 

**Short on time? Read these now and save the rest for later!**

Have a great writing and reading weekend!


  1. I love the novella collections. There are always great short stories by great authors, many of my favorites and once in a while I even find a new author I enjoy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  2. I missed a whole week of posts....been busy around here! My son will be graduating the 13th,I'm getting my house ready for my mom's month long visit (she lives in New Zealand), and I watch my grand-girl 4 days a week! I'm too pooped to!

    Congrats Julie on Isle of Hope being finalist in the Long Contemporary category of the IRCA!! Wonderful for you, I'm cheering right along with you :-)

    Tina...I did catch your post over on the Yankee Belle Cafe the other day. Couldn't stay long enough to comment but I did enjoy reading the recipe for your Outback copy cat-Alice Springs chicken. I might just have to try it one day along with the honey mustard...yummy!

    Congrats Leanne Bristow on your first sale to Heartwarming!! How very exciting for you :-) Doing a happy dance for you!

    All the other winners and finalists, congrats to you all! Great job everyone :-)

    Looking forward to (hopefully) being able to get back into participating in this fabulous blog next week. I've missed it tremendously!!
    Please do add my name for a copy of 12 Brides of Summer collection, I do so adore these types of sets!

    Blessings on everyones weekend!!

  3. Just a Late Night Comment

    "Back in the Saddle"
    has me lassoed! I haven't been able to stop reading since I picked it up! Colt and Nick could be me and my brother. He was older but I'm still the Colt character. It is so similar to us, it's spooky!

  4. Happy Weekend, Wendy!! Your name is in the draw!

  5. Thanks Trixi.

    That is a scary good recipe!!!!

  6. Vince!

    Can you ride a horse??

    What a deal on Back in the Saddle, right??? I am reading it as well!

  7. Congratulations to Julie, and LeAnne and all the contest winners and finalists!!!!!

    WOOOT! Love it when we have something to cheer about.

  8. Back in the Saddle is a great book, Vince. I loved it and am (in western lingo!) chomping at the bit for book #2.

  9. Wendy thank you for the kind words about the novella collection. This one is a lot of fun!

  10. I've got one of the Reeve's boys from Calico Canyon matched up with Belle Tanner's daughter and the sparks fly, mainly from Belle sharpening her knife!

  11. Trixi what a wild but fun month ahead. Congratulations to your son!!!

  12. Happy weekend! So excited to pick out a SBOC!!! Thank you so much! This coming week at Seekerville looks amazing...

    Thanks for sharing the sale on Ruthie's book and the bundle deal, I like to post about those on my facebook page.

    Put my name in the hat for the 12 Brides of Summer Collection! I've read Mary's and Pam's (both excellent!), but would love to read them all- novellas are a weakness of mine, especially in between review books ;)

  13. Tina, thanks for a great WE! Leanne!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    And huge congrats to our contest finalists and winners.... trust me, to final in a contest is as good as a win in the Ruthy Book of Life!!!!

    Rhonda, Jackie and Preslaysa: Happy dancing for you guys!!!! And Julie, congrats on having Isle of Hope final!!!! You must be delighted!

    And I am way overusing exclamation points. Must be the lovely weather and having edits done.... and working on new projects.

    Which is exactly what this farm gal is doing this weekend. Writing and working outside and having fun with cute kids. Who could ask for more?

  14. Vince, I'm so glad you like it! I love that story and the premise of the three brothers.

    And Angelina Morales is overwhelmingly mentioned in reviews as a favorite character, and that makes me happy because I love her. Her presence is such a tie that binds....

    Thank you so much for getting it!

    And Tina, too!!!!! WOWZA!!!!!!

    How fun that they put it on sale, right???? Sending smooches to Waterbrook right now!

  15. Trixi, you've got a lot going on! Bless you and have fun with it. These are the celebrations of life, and a New Zealand Mum??????


  16. Congratulations to all of the winners both here and the writing contests!
    Yay Leanne! I'm so happy for you!
    The cover for the 12 Brides of Summer Collection is beautiful! I'm currently reading A Heart Full of Christmas collection by the Seekers. I love to read Christmas novellas when it's 90 degree and 100% humidity outside. :)
    Thanks for a great WE, Tina.

  17. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for my win!

    A HUGE congratulations to Leanne on your first sale. I'm sure you are beyond happy!

    I would love to have my name put in the hat for the 12 Brides of Summer collection. Thank you for the chance.

    I wish everyone a wonderful, restful, and successful weekend doing whatever you are led to do. Blessings to you all.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  18. Congratulations on the "Fab Five," RHONDA, JACKIE AND PRESLAYSA! So proud of all of you!

    And to JULIE for her contest final!!

    And MEGA Congrats, LEANNE, on the sale to Heartwarming!!! WOW! Another Seeker Villager sails away from Unpubbed Island!!

  19. Got writing in early before cute kids arrive... and then it's on to read-through and yard work.

    Ruthy Gets Dirty!!!! :)


    With creamers and sugar and some over-stuffed Danish, my favorite kind! Help yourselves while we celebrate good times!

  20. Congratulations, LeAnne! I'm so excited for you!!!

    Congratulations, Julie! What a great story, and I'm so happy for you! Congrats to all the IRCA finalsits!

    If you haven't read Back in the Saddle, head on over to Amazon. It's a great story!

    Tina, thanks for another great WE!

  21. Congratulations to the winners! I love the cover of the new 12 Brides book.
    Happy Saturday!
    Becky B

  22. I love these type of books and 12 in one. Beautiful cover!

  23. LEANNE!!!!! IT'S FIREWORKS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!


  25. I took the caplocks off. It made me sound a little insane.

  26. Hi Ruth:

    I'm with Nick!

    I don't think I'd want those two precious little girls riding horses either! The saddest movie I ever went to as a child was: "Gone With The Wind".

    I don't think kids under 10 should be allowed to see that movie! We came into the movie after it had started and when the intermission came, I asked my father to take us home...which he did. I've never seen the whole GWTW movie. And I have never wanted to.


  27. LeAnne! I'm thrilled beyond words for you. We've done a few contests together over the last few years. I know how much you wanted "the call". I remember when Jill Weatherholt got her call too. I'm rooting for you both and waiting to join the ranks.

    Are you going to RWA National? I'd like to meet up with Seekers or frequent posters, if anyone is going.

  28. Hi Mary:

    If I might ask: How were you and your cowboy about letting your four little girls ride horses? Were you like Nick or Colt? (Of course, a guy with a horse's name, is not the most objective source.)

    Was it ballet or barrel racing?

    Tutus or tack?

    In the rodeos I've been to the best event is always the little girls who barrel race. You want to see cute: check the below clip of a four year old rodeo girl barrel racing!

    I guess the under five year olds must wear a helmet.


  29. LeAnne! I'm thrilled beyond words for you. We've done a few contests together over the last few years. I know how much you wanted "the call". I remember when Jill Weatherholt got her call too. I'm rooting for you both and waiting to join the ranks.

    Are you going to RWA National? I'd like to meet up with Seekers or frequent posters, if anyone is going.

  30. Aw...thanks, Renee. We're rooting for you too! Stick with Seekerville and it will happen. :)

  31. I need a class in speed-reading ... One in speed-writing would be awesome too!

    Great WE with tons of fun links, and Back in the Saddle is available ... Whoot! :)

    12 Brides of Summer is here (such a fun collection to be part of!)

    AND LEANNE's first sale!! Congratulations girl! Time to party! :)

  32. What a week! Congratulations to LEANNE on your sale and to all the contest winners and finalists!

    MARY, with caps lock on, you don't sound insane. You just sound effervescent like JULIE! ;-D

    Well, today is going to be interesting. Our next-door neighbors are having a backyard wedding. They've been primping the yard all week. Yesterday a bunch of wedding-style chairs, decorations, canopy, etc., were delivered. And we've had afternoon thunderstorms nearly every day this week. Hope the happy couple doesn't get rained on!

    Also hoping we can keep our doggies from barking at all the extra traffic expected on our street! Oh, well, the neighbors have two yapping dogs of their own that sometimes drive us crazy.

  33. Hi, please put my name in the hat. LEANNE, congratulations!!!

  34. Thanks for such a great WE, TINA! So much good news!

    Congratulations LEANNE on your first sale!! So happy for you! And JULIE, congratulations to you, and RHONDA, JACKIE AND PRESLAYSA!!

    I'm off to read the links, and do a little book shopping :-) Have a great weekend everyone!

  35. Wow -- such exciting news this WE. Congrats to all the finalists and to Leanne. Woohoo! Awesomesauce (which is my new favourite word.) I've only read a few of the links so far. Have to get to the market before it gets to dreadfully steamy hot outside.

  36. Congratulations to Leanne...I'll be looking for it!
    Julie I'm glad the judges were intelligent judges, the book was a winner from the get go!
    Congrats to all the other winners!
    Thank you TINA, for taking the time to put out a great WE!

  37. Congratulations to all those winners. Way to go!

    All this productivity makes me feel lazy.

    Glad Ruth made the coffee.

  38. Woowhoo!! Congrats to all the winners! Love seeing Christian fiction booming :)

  39. Congrats to the winners! I love these stories so I can connect with some of my favorite authors and learn some new ones too. Put my name in the hat for the book and will continue to follow y'all.

  40. How wonderful for Leanne on her first sale and Rhonda, Jackie and Preslaysa on their contest wins and Julie on being a finalist! Applause all around!

    And to Tina for always have a terrific weekend edition full of interesting topics, more applause!

    Congrats to all winners this week, me included, yay!

  41. Congrats to all the winners!!
    Please drop my into the hat for the collection! I do
    enjoy collections from my fav authors!

  42. SO excited for Leanne! Congrats to the contest winners. Looking forward to reading more from all of you

  43. Hello! Thank you all so much for all the congratulations! Someone needs to tell my 9 month old granddaughter to give me a few minutes break so I can respond to all the emails, tweets and well wishes! I finally got her down for a nap, so maybe I can start catching up. A few days of babysitting and I'm exhausted. Not sure how I managed 3 kids under the age of 6!!!

    Congrats to Rhonda, Jackie & Preslaysa on the Fab Five! Contests are such a great way to get feedback. The Pages From the Heart is going on right now and really needs your inspirational entries! (Sorry for the plug!)

    I'm so excited to start this new journey and I have to say it absolutely would not have been possible without Seekerville. I've learned so much from these wonderful ladies! This is the first site I go to when I need to fix plot problems, need editing tips, ect. Not to mention that it was through Seekerville that I met my fabulous critique partners and I credit them so much with pushing me to be better.

    And Renee, YES!!!! I'm going to RWA nationals! I would love to meet up with everyone! We should organize a FB group or email loop or something!

  44. I just had my third cup of non-cyber coffee as I was working with black rubber for the pond rebuild....

    It was that or kill someone.


    I don't like Scarlett at all, the little witch, so GWTW isn't on the "let's watch" list around here. (Julie knows this and loves me anyway).

    But I love girls doing tough, cool things. No barriers, no bars, no holds barred. :)

    Although we couldn't afford horses. And I did pay for dancing and gymnastics lessons, but if I'd been on a ranch, oh my stars... they'd all be ridin' and ropin'!

    I hope you're enjoying the book, I love Colt and Nick. And Trey is a huge favorite hero of mine.

    He's got the heart of a cowboy and the soul of a crooner....

  45. Welcome Connie Brown!! Your name is in the hat or cat dish, as the case may be.

  46. Hi Becky in Ohio. You are in.

    C Patterson, you are in.

  47. I should be going to RWA, it's a two hour drive for me. Sigh. But Sandra Leesmith is the only Seeker going. I think NYC wore us out last year.

    Be sure to go to the FHL meeting and you will see everyone who stops by Seekerville.

    Save the Date! FHL’s Annual General Meeting (open to the public, free, even to non-conference attendees) will take place during the RWA conference on Wednesday July 13th from 1-4 p.m. We’ll have refreshments, praise & worship, 2nd annual inspirational editor and agent panel, and final results of FHL’s Touched By Love Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. While the exact room is TBD, the AGM meeting will be in a conference room on the SanDiego Marriott Marquis & Marina property. We will announce the room assignment closer to July 13.

  48. YAY, winners in so many ways!!

    Congrats, Julie, on my fave book of yours being a finalist in the IRCA - so excited!!

    Congrats, Leanne and other contest winners and finalists!!

    Wonderful deal on 'Back in the Saddle' - loved the book!!

    Thanks for a great Weekend Edition, Tina!!

    Congrats, Mary and Pam on the '12 Brides of Summer Collection' - please drop my name in the drawing, love novella collections!!


  49. Congratulations to all the winners this week including those in contests.

    Congratulations Leanne.

    I am hoping to get some writing done tonight. Yesterday was a rough day with family conflict and being accused of not living in reality because I read and write. Then I received some not so good news from the doctor. If this new antibiotic does not do its trick I may be facing another hospital stay. Anyway the Lord is good and I am rejoicing in the Lord.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend

  50. Bonton, thank you.
    Has anyone seen this book on a shelf?
    It's shipping and we're doing giveaways and I haven't been to the city much lately, especially not to a bookstore.

    I just wondered if it was getting distributed.

  51. Thank you for another FANTASTIC WE! Congratulations to this weeks' winners!!!

    I'm shocked that "scammers" are trying to obtain prizes.....

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  52. Mary, I looked for the book at Walmart but didn't see it.

  53. WHOO-HOO, LEANNE, ON THE SALE -- the first of many, I pray!!



    TRIXI ... Thanks SO much, sweetie, and girl, I'm "pooped" just reading what's on your plate! Have fun with your mom and your sweet grand, and congrats to your son. :)

    MEGA Thanks for the congrats on the IRCA final, everyone -- it was a VERY nice surprise because it's been a long, LONG time ... :)

    Hugs and Happy Weekend!!

  54. MARY SAID: "I took the caplocks off. It made me sound a little insane."


    MYRA SAID: "MARY, with caps lock on, you don't sound insane. You just sound effervescent like JULIE! ;-D"

    LOL ... I knew you would pipe up when I read Mary's comment, Myra, because I know my caps drive you CRAZEEEEEEEEEE!!! ;)

    MARIANNE, BLESS YOU, my sweet friend!!


  55. LEANNE super congrats!!!!! Heartwarming. I am soooooo excited for you. Yippee!!!!!!

    Roz will be super excited too I'm sure. Yay!!!!!!

  56. Congrats to all the finalists in the IRCA

    Wow. Love seeing all those friends of Seekerville.

  57. Yay Julie Super congrats to you also. woohoooooooo!!!!!!!!

  58. I'm sooo excited. We have been in Yellowstone and zippo Internet. We are in a town now and I have great internet. I'm soooooooo excited to read the news. Yay!!!!!!!!

    Great going Super finalists

    And Sales. Yippee!!!!!!

    Great weekend edition Tina

  59. I'm excited that I won Mary Alford's book! Can't wait to read it.

    Please enter me for the Seekerville novella collection!

    Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. It is flying by for me. Very busy Saturday.

  60. Happy Sunday! Sorry, I couldn't stop in yesterday. I was away from home...and my computer!

    So many congrats are in order! Woots and hugs to Leanne on the sale! So proud of you!!! Yay!!!

    Congrats to our Fab Five winners: Rhonda and Jackie!!!

    Congrats, Julie, on the IRCA final!!!

    Love all the good news!

    Did I miss anyone? Congrats to the winners this week! Everyone in Seekerville is a winner! :)

  61. Congratulations to all the winners!!!!!!

  62. Hi Ruth:

    I'm just having the best time reading "Back in the Saddle". I'm having several bad days in a row and your book is my one bright spot!

    I must say that you have one of the most memorable kisses I've read in romances. From the heart of a raging fire to a direct experience of time itself. Readers will love it!

    The next example especially hits close to home.

    An old woman is talking to the hero about her husband:

    "He’s got the Alzheimer’s, and I couldn’t take care of him, the critters, and the place. About six years back, when he started to get sick, we moved here.” She pointed to a small gray village house behind him, east of the square and untouched by the fire.

    “Easier for Coach that way?” Colt asked, but was surprised when she shook her head.

    “I thought it would be, but once he got in town, he spent the next three years trying to find his way back home. Only home was gone, of course.”

    I had a next door neighbor, a scientist, who we'd known for over two decades. At the end, he'd come over to our house with a Tulsa city map and ask me to point out where the 'real' Tulsa was.

    The Tulsa he was no seeing did not match the Tulsa in his mind. He did this several times over the next few months.

    Finally he came over with a twenty dollar bill. "Please take me to the other Tulsa. I'll give you this twenty dollars if you do."

    I called his wife and told her what had happened. I told her that he would eventually find someone who would take him for a ride and maybe for a lot more than twenty dollars. She just cried on the phone. "I just can't handle it anymore."

    Like Coach, he was off to a care center.


  63. Hi Tina:

    I just noticed that you'd asked me a question.

    "Can I ride a horse?"

    Well, in a way, I can. I've ridden horses several times in my life but I think I was the inspiration for Big and Rich's,
    "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy"

    ( )--

    Every time I was coming down on the saddle, the horse was going up.

    Now, in physics they teach that when two moving objects collide head on it doubles the impact.

    So while I can ride a horse, I won't. I'd rather jump out of an airplane or parasail. At least the ground is not headed up to smack you halfway down. : )


  64. Hooray for all the Seekers and Villagers successes!!! Especially Leanne's first sale. *Snoopy dancing* I love seeing all the awesome news. Seekerville rocks.

    Please put my name in the cat dish for the collection. Gotta love those. Great WE Tina. Thanks!!!

  65. Good grief! Just realized I never commented after I read the WE yesterday! Okay ... congrats to one and all. Special cheers for Leanne :-)

    So much good news and links, Tina. Thank you!

    Nancy C

  66. Congrats to all our contest finalists and to LeAnne for her first sale!!