Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Weekend Edition

We're giving away Seeker holiday novella collections today!
 Let us know which of these romantic 
  Novella Collections
you haven't received, but want to.
 Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition!

We Have Winners

 Giveaway rules can be found hereDrop 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!

Love Will Find A Way Release Celebration Weekend novella winners are Vince, Sherida and Kav.

Tanya Agler, Tracey Hagwood, Trixi, Laura Conner Kestner and Texas Teacher Anne are winners of a print copy of a Match Made in Alaska.   Thanks, Belle!!!

  On Monday, debut Heartwarming author, LeAnne Bristow talked about "Perseverance," and shared her first-sale story. Lara Hitchcock is the winner of a $20 Amazon gift card!

Tuesday  Myra Johnson has prevailed upon Grammar Queen to grace us with her presence. Seems GQ has been on a rampage lately about punctuation issues. Did you pass the pop quiz? Winner of The Best Punctuation Book, Period is Theresa Van Meter. Winner of Love Will Find a Way is Deanna Stevens.

Wednesday Julie Lessman was in the house! The CDQ when debunked the “Sticks & Stones” Myth for Writers with a giveaway of her upcoming release, Love Everlasting, book 2 in the Isle of Hope series or winner's choice of Isle of Hope or A Light in the Window. The winner is Janna Vanderslice.

 Sandra Leesmith was your hostess Thursday with a special post for our Villagers from RWA 2016 in San Diego. Winners of Love Will Find a Way are Cindy W, Sandy Smith and Caryl Kane.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Multi-published author, Jordyn Redwood debuts her first Love Inspired Suspense, Fractured Memory this month. Stop by for Seekerville Unplugged, as we chat about "What I Would Change in Publishing." And she's giving away three copies of her LIS release.

Tuesday: Tina Radcliffe brings you a "Foreshadowing, Telegraphing, Red Herrings & the Rule of Three in Fiction." The prize vault is, of course, open!

Wednesday: Janet Dean is your hostess with her post, "Put Meat, Not Fat, On the Bones of Your Setting." Leave a comment for a chance to win the Seeker book of your choice.

Thursday: Helen Gray returns to Seekerville with her post,"Self-Editing Tips for the Indie Author: When do you say ‘Done?’" She's bringing a giveaway too!

Friday: The Best of the Archives: "Publishing Road Trip" with Tina Radcliffe.

Hope for the Holidays Historical and Contemporary Collections.

Seeker Sightings

Gilead Blog, Cover Reveal and Giveaway Opportunity. Check this out! 

We love it when Villagers and Seekers get together. Check out this Atlanta meet-up! Click on the picture to see the smiles close up. Left (Connie Queen, Rhonda Starnes and Patti Jo Moore) Right (Connie Queen, Debby Giusti & Rhonda Starnes.)

Sandra Leesmith and Rose Ross Zediker having breakfast at #RWA16

Sandra and Barbara Vey

Spotted on Twitter:

If you would like to be put on a waitlist, email me at tina at tina
A Heart Full of Christmas & Home For Christmas

Random News and Information

Thanks for sharing your links with us!

Congratulations to the FHL Chapter's TBL and IRCA winners! TBL winners can be found here. A shout out to Villager Jackie Layton who won the contemporary category!

Congratulations to the KOD Chapter's Unpublished and Published Daphne finalists and winners!

The 2016 RITA and Golden Heart Awards will be streamed live on Saturday, July 16, starting at 8 p.m. PST. The URL is Join us in celebrating excellence in romance fiction!***

Live from the Harlequin Party VIP Lounge in San Diego ‪#‎RWA16‬

For even more #RWA16 fun, and to meet the Harlequin LI authors in San Diego, check out the Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog later today!***

From RWA July Board meeting:Changes to the RITA Award:

The RITA entry process will be staggered: there will be a limit of 3 entries for each entrant during the first 7 days of the submission process.

“Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance” was added as a provisional category.

The Inspirational Romance category is now “Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements."

Get your fill of #RWA16 pictures on Twitter!!

Here's Why E-Book Sales From Major Publishers Are Plummeting (Fortune)***

 This Week’s Self-publishing News: Metadata and beyond (ALLi)***

This Is The Reason Your Author Platform Impacts Book Sales (Bad Redhead Media)***

Voice, Pitch & Strike at the Heart by Chris Keeslar (Romance University)***

Why Your Ebook SHOULD NOT Look Like a Print Book (JW Manus)

Why It’s Crucial to “Write Ugly” (Writer Unboxed)

In An Interesting Twist, B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores (BookBusiness)

Do I Really Need a Literary Agent (The Write Conversation)

Upcoming Marie Force Workshops for Authors (Marie Force)

 Tips for Writing Tight with Love Inspired’s Shana Asaro (Splickety Blog)***

Confessions of a Copy Cat (Novel Rocket)***

5 Tips To Finish Your First Draft (Writers in the Storm)***

Questions to Ask (& Strengthen) Your Minor Characters (Writer's Digest)

Life Cycle of a Novel (Inspired by Life...And Fiction)***

Short on time. Read these ***links first, then come back and read the others. 

That's it! Have a great reading and writing weekend!


  1. I cannot possibly be the first to comment! And yet I am, which means the gals on the West Coast might be partying... or at RWA!!!


    Amazing and awesome as always, and I love that folks are jumping at the chance to buy our Christmas collections, because Christmas in July is SO FUN!!!! There's a reason Amazon does Prime Day in July, because folks love those mid-year specials.

    Thank you, Tina!!!!

  2. I brought coffee, tea, soda and a full array of delicious New York pastries, because I love those old world style pastry shops in NYC.... And cheesecake.

    What would the world be without cheesecake, I ask you?????

    Choice of toppings, fresh berries, triple berries, fudge, nut and caramel turtle topping and plain.

    Happy weekend!!!

  3. Hey Ruthie! Where is everyone?
    Congratulations to all of the winners and an extra big congrats to my friend, Jackie! I'm so thrilled and proud!
    Thanks for another terrific WE, Tina. By the way, I LOVED your WW story!

  4. Thanks Tina and Jill!

    What a great WE with so many good links! Thanks for all you do. And if anybody missed it, Tina has a recipe for avacado hummus at the cafe!

  5. Happy Weekend, Villagers. Jackie, you diva!!! More congrats. Let's have hummus and cheesecake for breakfast.

    The Craftie Ladies have their conference pictures up. So pretty!

  6. Congrats to all winners! I'm looking forward to some snow in Belle's book set in Alaska. Our heat index temps have been in the 100's this week rivaling Tina's!

    How inspiring to see Jackie's win after following her progress here at Seekerville. Thanks for the reminder about Tina in the Café, I must get over there and check it out.

    The pictures from RWA are so fun to see, I hope everyone is having a great time.

    I'll have one of those NYC pastries Ruthy! And a coffee refill please!

    I hope everyone has a happy reading/writing weekend!

  7. I think the girls on the west coast have partied hard, sleeping in and getting ready for tonight's BIG SHOW!

    Great job as always, Tina! Lovin' the links!

    Ruthie, I'll have a slice of the cheesecake with caramel turtle topping and a little fudge thrown in for good measure! Yum-O!

    Blessings, all!

  8. Good morning Seekerville! Happy weekend! Looks like Tina has a TON of stuff for us to read here when you find a break from your writing!


  9. Congratulations to all the winners (I"m happy dancing because I'm one) and especially to Jackie Layton for your win for the Touch By Love contest.

    I pray everyone has a wonderful & blessed weekend.

    Cindy W.

  10. Congratulations JACKIE!!! Also, congrats to this week's winners!

    TINA, thank you for another fabulous WE!


  11. I forgot to mention that I would love to be entered to win the Home for Christmas collection. Thank you for the chance,

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  12. Wow, what a great selection of writerly links to explore--thanks, TINA!

    Um . . . hummus and cheesecake???? Together????

    Thanks, but I'll stick with my Eggo frozen whole-grain waffles and fresh blueberries.

  13. I don't know how you do it, Tina. Every WE is chockful of terrific links! Congrats to all the winners!

    Have a great weekend, fellow Seekers!!

  14. Congratulations, Jackie!

    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

  15. Fun to see pictures of Seekers and Villagers getting together! Thanks, Sandra, for the RWA16 photos and information.

    Congratulations, Jackie!!! And to the other winners of the FHL chapter awards!

    Congratulations WE winners....and thank you for the Love Will Find A Way collection!!! On the trail to inspiring! Don't enter me for the Christmas collections...I have them all. <3

    Looking forward to next week and to reading the links. Thank you, Tina. Happy weekend of reading and/or writing to all.

  16. GREAT WE as always, Miss T!
    CONGRATS to all the winners! Thanks for these great links - - heading to a 2-year old's birthday party *smile* then will read links later today!

    The highlight of my week was spending time with the gracious and lovely Debby Giusti (our hostess!) and meeting sweet Villager friends Rhonda Starnes and Connie Queen!! LOVE meeting new friends in person! :)

    CONGRATS JACKIE!!!! I have been SO excited for your big news this week - - YAY!!

    FINALLY getting some much-needed RAIN in my GA neighborhood!!
    Happy weekend, Friends!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  17. p.s. SANDRA, Thank you SO much for sharing RWA photos with us!! Soooo happy you're THERE in person!! :)

  18. Congrats to all the winners!! I'm so excited to have won a copy of Match Made in Alaska - can't wait to read it!!

    Congratulations, JACKIE!! So happy for you!!

    I've enjoyed looking at the RWA photos, and some video I saw on Facebook. Looks like everyone is having a blast! It's so cool to put faces with names. Thanks for sharing, SANDRA and TINA!!

    Thanks for another great WE, TINA - off to read the links!

  19. I stopped at Veniero's Italian Cafe in Lower Manhattan because nothing is too good for SEEKERVILLE!!!

    Especially for us Stay-at-Homes.

    So how'd everyone do this week? I'm working full-time at my day job for the summer, so my hours have a self-imposed limit because parents actually expect me to watch their children.

    SILLY THEM!!!!

    But I've been writing every morning, and extra on weekends, and getting my edits right out of the way....

    So I am blessed!

    Not as many words as during the school year, but my proposals are in, and I'm happily working on Grace Haven 4 for Love Inspired.... and loving it!

  20. Turtle Cheesecake for Edwina.... YES!!!! A great choice!

  21. Jackie!!!! Congrats on Touched By Love, my friend!!!!

    I'm so proud of you!!!!!

    Extra pastries for everyone!!!!!

  22. Eggo waffles instead of cheesecake???


    Oh my stars, I can't even!!!!!

  23. Great WE, Tina.

    Congratulations, Jackie!!!

    Patti Jo, it was so much fun meeting you! I love meeting fellow writers in person. After spending time with you, Debby, and Connie, I'm even more motivated to get my revisions finished.

  24. Congrats to the winners and to Touched by Love finalists.
    Love seeing Seeker's friends names on the list.

    Rhonda, I'm ready to plan next year's trip and see if we can find more Seekers to meet!

  25. I want to meet you and Rhonda, Connie!!!! #FUN!!!!


    You added our just released cover of "Cowboy's Christmas Homecoming"!!!

    Isn't that cover beauteous??? Gilead has been wonderful to work with, and I'm in love with the cover, and I've had so much fun with the other ladies on board.... Oh my stars, simply delightful, and HISTORY + CHRISTMAS????

    Oh be still my pioneer-loving heart!

    Ruthy Goes Historical, Take Two!!!!

    Color me happy!

  26. Waving to Rhonda and Patti Jo! Where's Connie? So wonderful seeing you this past week. Connie flew in from Dallas...and Rhonda drove to my part of the world from Alabama. Those two had planned a writing retreat, and then, I butted in and said, "Let's do lunch at my house." Patti Jo joined us and the rest is history. We talked non-stop about writing and Seekerville! How fun is that! A lot of fun! I'm hoping it becomes a yearly get-together. :)

    Can't wait to check out all the links, especially the RWA pics! I always enjoy Nationals, but this year, I'm glad I decided to stay home. It's been a lovely week in Georgia!

    Hugs to all!

  27. Ruthy, I'm going to be at ACFW in Nashville. Maybe, we can meet there. :)

  28. Lovely cover, Julie, Ruthy and Mary!!!

  29. I'm here Debby!

    I can't wait to meet you Ruthy, but I'm not going to nationals this year...

  30. I'll take the cheesecake anytime, RUTHY. Just not with hummus. Yikes!!!!

  31. Rhonda, yes! I'll be the naturally dyed blonde in the lobby... You can tell me by my big teeth and bushy hair!!!!




    I will love meeting you!

  32. Oh, Myra, now I get it.

    Well, if you had hummus on a bruschetta, and then chased it with ice cold Snapple, then cheesecake a quarter hour later....

    (I'm talking myself into this!!!)


    Yo comprendo!

  33. Deb, I'm so glad you guys got together. I think that's awesome. I'm so glad that worked out for you guys, there's nothing better than spending time talking writing, futures, God, romance, writing, options, romance, food, God, writing and more food.


    That was a great day, ladies!!!

  34. Waving to Connie! Sorry I missed your comment earlier!!!

    Seekerville retreat in GA next year!!! YES!!!!

  35. I'd love to attend a Seekerville retreat in Georgia! Count me in.

    Thanks for all the sweet and encouraging comments. It's great spending time with you all!

  36. The results of the Kiss of Death Chapter's Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense are in. On behalf of KOD and the Daphne Committee, I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Published Contest:
    Category (Series) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Janie Crouch for Untraceable
    Finalist: Elizabeth Goddard for Buried
    Finalist: Elizabeth Heiter for Disarming Detective
    Finalist: Beverly Long for Hidden Witness

    WINNER: Lena Diaz for Missing in the Glades

    Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Nancy Bilyeau for The Tapestry
    Finalist: Regina Jeffers for The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy's Cousin
    Finalist: Linda Lovely for Lies: Secrets Can Kill
    Finalist: Mary Miley for Stolen Memories

    WINNER: Anna Lee Huber for A Study in Death

    Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Sara Davison for The End Begins
    Finalist: Mary Ellis for Midnight on the Mississippi
    Finalist: Elizabeth Goddard for Backfire
    Finalist: Virginia Vaughan for Yuletide Abduction

    WINNER: Lynette Eason for Rodeo Rescuer

    Paranormal (Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Sharon Lynn Fisher for Echo 8
    Finalist: AE Jones for Sentinel Lost
    Finalist: Katrina Snow for Forbidden
    Finalist: Rebecca Zanetti for Wicked Edge

    WINNER: Beth Yarnall for A Deep and Dark December

    Single Title Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Toni Anderson for Cold Fear
    Finalist: Hope Anika for The Bequest
    Finalist: Veronica Forand for Untrue Colors
    Finalist: Brenda Novak for The Secret Sister
    Finalist: Rebecca Zanetti for Total Surrender

    WINNER: Kendra Elliot for Spiraled

    Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
    Finalist: Traci Andrighetti for Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai
    Finalist: Susan M. Boyer for Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot Mystery #3)
    Finalist: Ellen Byron for Plantation Shudders
    Finalist: Nichole Christoff for The Kill Shot: A Jamie Sinclair Novel
    Finalist: Julie Mulhern for The Deep End

    WINNER: Allison Brennan for Compulsion

    Lynette Eason for Rodeo Rescuer

  37. RWA(r) Mystery/Suspense Chapter presents
    The Daphne du Maurier Award

    The results of the Kiss of Death Chapter's Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense are in. On behalf of KOD and the Daphne Committee, I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Unpublished Contest:

    Category (Series) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    First: Lexi Fairfax for A Soldier's Princess
    Second: Kelly Duff for Tame My Racing Heart
    Third: Lori Matthews for Hit and Run
    Honorable Mention: Sandra Havriluk for Murder at Second Sight
    Honorable Mention: Maurine Joyce for 36 Hours

    Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    First: Ann Chaney for Dangerous Pursuit
    Second: Janet Halpin for String of Pearls
    Third: Kari Bovee for Grace in the Wings
    Honorable Mention: Jeanine Englert for Against the Tide
    Honorable Mention: Masha Levinson for The Duke's Seduction

    Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    First: Darlene L. Turner for Buried Secrets at Whispering Meadows
    Second: Victoria Austin for Danger on the Ranch
    Third: Terri Weldon for Deadly Assets
    Honorable Mention: T.N. Payne for Her Psychotic Break
    Honorable Mention: Sharee Stover for Rock Solid Search

    Paranormal (Fantasy/Time Travel/Futuristic) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    First: Trisza L. Ray for The Souls of Angels
    Second: Nancy Litzau for Time Hunter
    Third: Jessica Grace Kelley for The Mercy Killers
    Honorable Mention: Jennifer Mary G. for Sparks
    Honorable Mention: Chris Weston for Fighting Spirit

    Single Title Romantic Mystery/Suspense
    First: Masha Levinson for Trial Run
    Second: Lynnette Labelle for The Fire Beckons
    Third: Maurine Joyce for Protecting His Witness
    Honorable Mention: Diana Munoz Stewart for Warrior Women: The Fall of Justice
    Honorable Mention: Sharon Wray for Wicker Hollows

    Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
    First: Wendy Larken for Murder is in the Cards
    Second: Rebecca Zanussi for The Abandoned House
    Third: Tracy Brody for In the Wrong Sights
    Honorable Mention: Natasha Neagle for The Language of Liars
    Honorable Mention: R. Sethi for Coded for Murder

    Masha Levinson for Trial Run

    Congratulations to all!
    Brooke Wills
    2016 Daphne Contest Chair

  38. TINA, thanks for another fantastic WE Edition! Lots of interesting links to check out. Congrats to our winners! Great week ahead. I'm looking forward to chatting about setting on Wednesday.

    JACKIE, huge congrats on your win!! Proud of you!

    Fun to see the photos of Debby, Rhonda, Patti Jo and Connie and Sandra and friends at RWA.

    Have a lovely Sunday!!


  39. Tina, I just read the article on book sales, platform, and marketing (Bad Redhead Media). She recommended a book by Barb Drozdowich titled The Author's Platform: A Beginners Guide. I hopped on Amazon and bought it for $2.99. Now THAT'S how marketing works. :-)

  40. Barbara, that sounds like a book I need to read!

    Tina, thanks for sharing the Daphne results. Congrats to Lynette Eason for the overall Daphne win! A huge achievement!

  41. Thrilled that Kristi Ann Hunter won the Inspirational RITA! She's a fantastic writer, a Georgia girl and a friend of Seekerville!

    Way to go, Kristi!!!

  42. Congratulations to all of the winners, looking forward to some wonderful reading!
    & thanks so much for the Love Will Find A Way collection, I do enjoy collections!
    Please toss me into the weekend drawing.

  43. Congratulations to all the winners!
    Please enter me for the "Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection" weekend drawing.
    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

  44. Thanks, Tina for a fabulous Weekend Editon!! Congratulations to ALL the winners...YAY!! And, LOVE all those links...great info!!

    I'd like to join the others in the drawing...for the Hope for the Holidays-Historical...THANKS!!

  45. Love Christmas in July sales! Walked into Macy's and heard Christmas music and knew the prices would be good. Not as good as Seeker novellas, I'm sure. :-)


  46. TINA, congrats on a full class! If you need help with discipline, call on Grammar Queen. She's a pro!


  47. Happy WE everyone!!!! I've always wondered where Christmas in July originated from, anyone know?? Would be an interesting research project :-)

    Congrats to the winners, both authors and readers alike. I've seen SO many of my favorite authors win various awards for their books. I'm so excited for each one of them!!! What an awesome feeling it must be :-)

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Gilead Blog Cover Reveal and Giveaway Opportunity. I definitely took advantage of that one. Scented candles are among some of my favorite things (cue the Sound of Music song, lol)!

    Love seeing all the pictures for the RWA and the Seeker/Villagers get-togethers :-) Someday that may be can dream, can't one?

    Please put my name in the pot for the chance to win a copy of "Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, since that's my favoirte genre. Thanks so much for every WE you bring us Tina!! Looking forward to another fun-filled week in the Seekerville Village (?) :-)

  48. Laughing at Janet's advice on discipline... because I can't imagine anyone giving The Teeeeeenster a hard time!

    We had a family reunion up here in upstate, Dave's family this time.... so special.

    An amazing bunch of people "The race that knows Joseph" and they're simply marvelous. It's a blessing, for sure!!!

    I've got kids here all this week, so my summer has stretched back to full-time work... and fitting writing in before kids get here, but I refuse to wish my summer away. We wait too long for it up here!

    But it's busy and hot... and I'm on my THIRD CHRISTMAS STORY... this one for 2017, the others were for 2016.

    So I'm cooling off with Christmas music and thoughts of eggnog!


  49. JACKIE!!! Way to go, girlfriend, soooooooo proud of you!! And you need an updated pic, my friend, wearing the Golden Heart necklace instead of the star. Although, you are CERTAINLY a "star" in our book! ;)

    SUPER CONGRATS to all our winners!!

    Tina, no offense, but I'm gonna pass on hummus and go straight for Ruthy's cheesecake with fudge topping! Of course, I realize hummus is brain food, which is why the WEs are always so chock-full of fabulous info, no doubt!!

    Thanks for including the Gilead link for the Christmas novella -- it's a beauty, isn't it? And I'm SO excited to be a part of it with Ruthy and Mary!!

    Debby, I'm jealous you got to meet with Connie, Rhonda, and Patti Jo, but hoping we get to see some of you guys at ACFW?

    LOVIN' all these Christmas novella sales in July -- kind of cools a body down in this heat, you know?

    Happy weekend, all!!


  50. Hello--I wanted to say I would love the Hope for the Holidays collection Historical Collection.