Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Weekend Edition

Hope your Thanksgiving was terrific. We're still walking off pie here in Seekerville!

We Have Winners

If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes. Send to

Winners of The Pastor's Christmas Courtship are Jackie Layton and Laura Conner Kestner.

Janet Dean was our hostess on Monday, as she shared her love of this country and its history in her post "I'm Thankful to Live in America." The winner of either Janet's Christmas novella "A Daddy for Christmas" or one of the historical eBooks written by Seekers Pam, Julie, Cara, Janet, Audra, Ruthy, Mary or Myra is Chris Bailey.

Let's Talk Turkey! Sandra Leesmith discussed how fixing turkey dinner is like writing a romance novel on Tuesday. Kelly Blackwell and Connie Queen are the winners of a surprise package of Seeker books. 

Wednesday we were delighted to welcome editor and author Barbara Scott back with her post, "What Does an Editor Really Do?" Michelle Matney is the winner  of the Christmas novella collection Sleigh Bells Ring, which includes Barbara Scott’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Romantic Times named it a Top Pick and gave the book a 4-1/2-star review.

One of our October 9th Birthday Celebration Kindle winners: Cynthia Herron.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Connilyn Cossett is our special guest.

Tuesday: K. C. Frantzen & May the K9 Spy, present "Beyond the Bookmark," an in-depth look at swag! Stop by for some AMAZING giveaways too! 

Wednesday: The December Contest Update. Stop by to meet our Contest Diva/Divo. The prize vault is open.

Thursday: Happy December! Seekerville welcomes back, Jill Kemerer, with her post, "When Your Calling Flatlines." Stop by to chat and get your name entered for a copy of Yuletide Redemption, her latest release from Love Inspired.

Friday:  Join us for the Best of the Archives. Today is Tina Radcliffe's "The Secret Life of an Inspirational Romance Writer." On Friday we close comments so we can catch up with our reading and writing.

Seeker Sightings

Check out "Puppy Love" by Tina Radcliffe 
in the December 5, Woman's World issue!

Preorder Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe here. 

Random News & Information

Thank you to everyone who sent links.

The December calendar can be found here.  

πŸ‘Emma Merritt Contest. Deadline November 30. Open to published and unpublished authors. Each entry must be an unpublished work – it cannot be published or under contract in any form or format, not in digital or print prior to the entry deadline. Entry must be the first 5,000 to 8,000 words. 

Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Acquiring Editor, Bethany House/Baker; Cori Deyoe of 3 Seas Literary Agency.******Let's fill this category, people!

Revised and Updated: The BookEnds Publishing Dictionary, Fifth Edition (BookEnds Literary Agency)

πŸ‘If you have considered subscribing to Publishers Market Place they have a one month, trial deal going on now. "As a very modest offering, for anyone who wants to try out the full resources of and full membership in our PM world, the promotional code 1515 will provide the first month of service for just $15. (The usual disclaimer: it must be entered in the Promo Code: box when registering to work.) Feel free to share, and have a great holiday."

Q&A with a BookBub Editor on Our Selection Process (BookBub Partners)**

Story Structure: Crisis Response (Michael Hauge Story Mastery)

9 Important Tasks to Make a Living With Your Writing  (Icy Sedgwick)**

How To Attract a Readership Based on Concept Alone (Jane Friedman)**

Warning: Facebook Likes Could Be Going Away (Mixtus Media)

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – November 2016 (The Book Designer)**

When It's Okay to Listen to Your Internal Editor (Writers Helping Writers)**

Another !@#$% NaNoWriMo Article (Writer Unboxed)**

Short on Time? Read ** First and come back later for the rest!

That's it! Have a great reading and writing Weekend. We are thankful for YOU! And thankful to Blogger who now lets us add emojis! πŸ‘Œ WOOT!!!πŸ’–


  1. Gobble, Gobble. Hope your holiday weekend is delicious.

    I'm avoiding the crowds and writing and watching Gilmore Girls. Oh, and hitting Sonic during happy hour for two for one Diet Green Teas with Mango!!! New addiction.

    Have a great weekend, readers and writers.

    Hey, and Kindle Fire's are on sale on Amazon for 33 bucks.

  2. Tina, great WE! Thank you!

    And huge congrats to the winners of everything.... It's always so much fun to win something!

    We're celebrating Thanksgiving today. With a big family that's far-flung, we "Create-A-Holiday" and celebrate whenever we can get together... that way on the holiday itself, the kids and grandkids aren't torn trying to rush from here to there...

    I love peaceful, fun-filled holidays!

    So my holiday continues through tomorrow, and I wish you and yours a beautiful start to the Advent season... I love a "season of waiting"... There's a holiness about it!

    And I'm waiting for a slice of pie today, made with BLUE PUMPKINS!!!!


    1. Blue pumpkins? I'm intrigued. Can you post a picture?

    2. Blue pumpkins? I'm intrigued. Can you post a picture?

  3. Congratulations to all the winners! I'm thankful we were able to bring my mom home from the hospital. Now she just needs to work on getting her strength back.

    May you all be blessed this weekend and through the coming week.

    Cindy W.

  4. Tina,

    Thanks for another great WE and congrats to all of the winners!

    Cindy W, I'm so glad you're bringing your mother home!

    I hope you all have a great weekend!

  5. Yay another weekend edition with winners. Congratulations to all the winners. I love giving away books. Yay!!!

    Tina How funny you're watching Gilmore Girls. I'll have to find those. We've been watching Hallmark Movies. Hubby is so sweet to record them for me. Yay. Sweet romance. My favorite pastime. smile

    I'm trying to stay away from all the pies and goodies. Sticking to a turkey sandwich. Yay. Might make up some soup.

  6. Ruthy Are pumpkin pies made with blue pumpkins blue? That would be so cool. They would make a great winter pie with the blue color.

    Have fun today with your family. We have been celebrating the whole weekend camping with friends.

    1. That's what I wondered too, Ruthy. Is the pie blue?

  7. Cindy So happy that you are bringing your mom home today. Blessings and prayers.

    Stay rested. smile

  8. Good morning, Seekerville! Lots of good reading once again in the W.E.! After almost 2 weeks away, it's good to be back, too!

    TINA -- do you have that spare room ready for me? Snow moving in tonight and, depending on which forecast you look at, mountain country could get 6-12 inches by Monday morning. I personally vote for the 6--or less! As often happens before a "snow event," it should get up to a balmy 50 today, but a high of only 35 tomorrow and lows in the low teens. Brrrr!

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. And I'm glad you mother got to come home, CINDY!

  9. CINDY - I'm so happy to read that you're bringing your mother home today. God is good!

    Thanks for the terrific WE, Tina and congratulations to the winners. By the way, I loved your WW story.

  10. Thank you for this special WE. Congrats to all of the winners!

  11. TINA, thank you for another informative Weekend Edition. Next week's lineup sounds great.

    I'm moving slow this morning after a busy, fun Thanksgiving with our family. I've eaten so much that I only wanted yogurt for breakfast this morning. :-) As we sat at the table on Thanksgiving, our family shared how we'd seen God working in our lives and/or what we're grateful for, always a highlight for me.

    Hope you all had a lovely holiday!


  12. CINDY, it's good news to see that our mom is home with you!


  13. GLYNNA, good to have you back! Hope you don't get all that snow.


  14. I second Sandra's question. I want to see what a pumpkin pie made with blue pumpkins looks like!

    Happy Thanksgiving WE everyone. Cindy, I'm so glad you get to bring your mother home. Home is definitely best for getting your strength back.

    Glynna, I wish I could take some of your snow - not all - just enough so we each have a nice amount. Wouldn't that be grand?

    Janet, I hear you. Just thinking of food at the moment is too much. (Of course I just had a blueberry muffin with my coffee.)

    Great week ahead. I hope I can actually manage to drop by before the lights go out each day! #work:(

  15. Glynna, hope you get the "less snow"!! Am expecting your new book to arrive any day and can't wait to read it!

    Cindy, prayers going up for you and your Mom!

    Tina, another GREAT job on WE; can't wait to read your story in WW. BTW the December calendar says 2017.....well, time does fly!
    Happy weekend to all!

  16. CATE -- Id LOVE to share the snow! A number of years ago I made a little wooden sign to hang by my front door that says "FREE SNOW! Help yourself!" :) We get over 100 inches each winter.

  17. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Seekerville! Always fun to check out the interesting links TINA has compiled, plus get a sneak peak at what's in store next week! Also, congrats to all our weekly winners!

    CINDY, so glad your mom could come home from the hospital. Praying her strength comes back quickly!

    GLYNNA, nice to have you back! Not envying your snow predictions, though!

    We had a quiet Thanksgiving. Our daughter & family who have been slowly moving in with us over the past month spent the day with our SIL's family. So Project Guy and I went to a movie. Anyone seen Arrival yet? It's very good but quite different. Lots of food for thought!

  18. I hope you enjoy "The Pastor's Christmas Courtship" JACKIE S! Too bad my current WIP isn't a Christmas one--I have a feeling I'm going to get some genuine winter "hands on" inspiration very soon! :)

  19. Thanks, JANET & MYRA! I love watching it snow--just don't care to shovel it when it comes in at the rate of a foot or two overnight or have to drive to work in it. :)

  20. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone. It has been busy for me with celebrating with my family--Thanksgiving on Thursday and Christmas on Friday. We also surprised my dad for his birthday (which is two days after Christmas) by replacing his falling apart recliner with a new one. We all sat around the living room waiting for him to walk in the door. The look on his face was priceless. So we celebrated lots of holidays in just two days. Is it New Year's Eve now? But it was fun.

    Also have worked a few hours at the book store. Very busy this weekend, of course. Encouraging to see how many people still want to buy books and give them as gifts!

    Cindy, I'm glad you could bring your mom home.

  21. Congratulations to all winners and continued Thanksgiving blessings to everyone! We're off to our THIRD Thanksgiving celebration today. :-)

  22. Congrats to all the winners! Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend! Hope you get all your Christmas decorating and shopping done!

  23. I love Thanksgiving! Being with family is always so special. Today is our grandson's 9th birthday so we're still celebrating! Son-in-law cooked a turkey in his Green Egg and daughter cooked a second bird in the oven in order to make gravy. Both so yummy! I'm still stuffed!

    We haven't had rain in GA in so long, and the leaves still look beautiful. Gorgeous reds and oranges. The temp dropped today. Seems our mild fall is over, although who could complain. It's almost Christmas!

    Gobble, goggle, gobble! Sending warm hugs and love from my home to yours!

  24. Tina, thanks for the info about the great buys on Kindle Fires!

  25. Praying for your mom, Cindy! Glad she's home.

  26. Praying here, too, Cindy. It's nice that she can be with you.

    Thanks for the tip on the Kindle Fires, Tina. I have one and loooooove it, if anyone is wondering. It's actually faster to use than my laptop for shopping on the Web. Could be dangerous, though. Especially on cyber Monday, hahahaha.

  27. HAPPY THXGIVING WEEKEND, ALL!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thxgiving and stayed FAR from the "madding" mall crowds ... or at least I did! Basic rule of thumb: Never ... and I repeat, NEVER should a CDQ go to a mall on Black Friday!!!

    The Lessman Thxgiving get-together was AWESOME, and we all have SO much for which to be grateful! And my daughter's dessert was a hit -- YUM!! It's an award-winning recipe (yes, I won an award for it in a pie contest!) I made up using my favorite desserts. It's called Apple-Cranberry Crisp Cheesecake Pie, and it's TO DIE FOR! AND ... to "diet" for as well ... :(

    Tina, those diet green teas with mango actually sound pretty darn good. I absolutely LOVE Sonic's cherry limeade, but haven't had one in a while since Keith is not too keen on Sonic. Sigh.

    And, GILMORE GILS, YES!!! I need to tune out Hallmark and tune in Lorelai and Rory, so thanks for the reminder.

    Tina, SUPER CONGRATS on yet ANOTHER Women's World sale, my friend -- you are AMAZING!!


  28. I hope you all had or are having aa awesome Thanksgiving season/day. We're settling into our lovely winter home. are like the energizer bunny. How do you get everything done? YOU ROCK. Thank you for another great WE!
    Congratulations to all the winners.

  29. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. I came home last night after spending a couple weeks with my parents. We went out for Thanksgiving dinner. I am still enjoying the food I brought home in a box from the meal. As I walked out of the restaurant. I looked up at the sky. It was blue and full of puffy white clouds. I teared up in thankfulness to God that after a month of smoke and not being able to see the sky, it looked so beautiful. How could I have taken for granted something so simple as the sky. The Lord is so good. The fires are still burning where I live but they are for the most part contained.

    Congratulations to the winners this week.

    How is everyone coming with their Nano novel. I rejoiced when I hit 15 k last night. It is still feasible to reach the goal of 50k. I will try but even if I don't make it, I will still have written more than if I hadn't tried. Sometimes life just happens.

  30. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to everyone. Congratulations to last week's winners. Tina, loved, loved your short story in WW. Easy to see why you sell there so frequently. I still sub occasionally. Thanks too for the WE and the links. I haven't been commenting much as of late, but read the blog posts frequently.

  31. Congrats to all the winners! Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! Spent the day helping set up Christmas decorations and doing my chores. I am so not ready to go back to school on Monday (insert uncontrollable sobbing here) already counting down the days until Christmas break.

  32. Snagged a copy of your Woman's World, TINA! Cute story! :)

    Congrats on the increased wood count, WILANI!

  33. Snagged a copy of your Woman's World, TINA! Cute story! :)

    Congrats on the increased wood count, WILANI!

    Hang in there, NICKY! Winter break will be here before you know it!

  34. Tina I bought a copy ofwoman's world today congratulations

  35. Great WE as always, Miss T!
    CONGRATS to all the winners, and CONGRATS to TINA on yet another Woman's World story!! YAY!! Must get this copy very soon! :)
    Hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving and will enjoy a blessed Christmas season (still wondering how 2016 has zipped so quickly!?!).
    Holiday Hugs to all, Patti Jo :)

  36. p.s. GLYNNA KAYE, have loved loved loved your book THE PASTOR'S CHRISTMAS COURTSHIP - - oh my!! What a wonderful story!! No wonder I'm a big Glynna Kaye FAN!! :) About to leave a 5-Star review!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  37. Thank you, PATTI JO! So happy you enjoyed Jodi and Garrett's story!! :) I had so much fun writing it!

  38. Thanks for a lovely weekend, and happy celebrating, everyone!

  39. Thank you, everyone. That was a fun story to write. And my Woman's World editor did some tweaking to make that story really shine. Love a good editor.

  40. Congratulations to all the winners and I have to say thank you so much for the wonderful win. I am very, very excited.

    Thanks for a wonderful weekend edition, I look forward to some serious reading as I have spent the past few days cleaning after Thanksgiving....well that and watching Hallmark movies...sigh.

    I am really looking forward to reading "When Your Calling Flatlines." The crazy changes in my life over the past two years really threw a lot of water on my fire, but those embers are still there!

    Congratulations Tina on another awesome Woman's World story. I regularly flip open Woman's World at the register to see if you are present and if so...totally snag it!

    Blessings to you all. Have a wonderful week!

  41. Congratulations to all the weekly winners. Thanks for the WE, Tina, and BIG congrats on another WW story...I'll be picking it up tomorrow!

    Cindy, praying for your mom's healing and praying for all the NaNo writers to complete their goals.

    This afternoon, I'll be checking the links...and the posts I missed the last couple of weeks......and trying to work off the Thanksgiving mashed holiday indulgence. Treadmill time. Blue pumpkin pie?!?! Hmmm....

    Blessings to all on this last day of the Thanksgiving weekend...and the first day of Advent season.

  42. Home after a lovely, long weekend with my eldest and her family! I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving. We did. Plus, as I mentioned yesterday, we celebrated a grandchild's birthday, which added to the fun.

    Cynthia, thanks for sending the cute picture. Congrats on being our Birthday Winner!

    Tina, I hope to get a copy of WW tomorrow when I go the grocery! Can't wait to read your story!!!

    Glynna, I have your book!!! It's on my TBR pile! Hope to get to it soon. Your stories are always delightful!!!

    Happy First Day of Advent. Four weeks until Christmas, which seems hard to believe!

  43. CATE, the good thing is I got a lot of steps Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.


  44. GLYNNA, I love snow. Just not too much of it. Do you use a snow blower or is it too deep to handle with a blower?


  45. TINA! The Puppy Love story is delightful! (and what a cute picture with the story)

    GLYNNA, The Pastor's Christmas Courtship is waiting for me on my iPad. I'll be starting it as soon as I leave Seekerville :-)

    Congratulations to all you winners. Hope everyone's had a nice long weekend -- and safe travels.

    Nancy C

  46. Glad to see we've made it on this side of Thanksgiving.
    SO thankful for Seekerville!
    (and turkey with a dollop of cranberry sauce too)

    Excited to be hosting on Tuesday and Tina, Tina, Tina... that's PAWMAZING giveaways... Hurumph as May would say. ;)

    Safe travels... And congrats to all the winners! Nice Seeker sightings too!!

    And if anyone has time and inclination, paws and hands together for finding our missing Anna. We think she was chasing deer, a fave pastime, and ran into unfamiliar territory. She's been gone since 11/25 about 10am... Put out another 30 flyers today.

    We KNOW God's in control and He is faithful. Just praying our girl comes home to us safe and sound... And if not, He has another plan and we will abide in His loving care. (But we'd still like her HOME if pawsible!)


  47. Tina, wonderful WE! Congrats on your WW story. I know I'll love it, it has puppies in it. πŸ˜€

    Love your new book cover. I'm anxious to read it.

    My baby boy Crosby had eye surgery on Black Friday. Poor puppy. He did get a few bites of turkey to help him prepare for surgery and then to recover.