Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Weekend Edition

Welcome to the Weekend Edition. 

WHOO-HOO ... Julie Lessman celebrates the release of 
LOVE EVERLASTING in PAPERBACK
Leave a comment and you might win 
one of two signed paperback copies OR 
 four Kindle e-book copies!
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 Seekers@Seekerville.net



Tuesday we are delighted to welcome back, Belle Calhoune with her post, "Transforming an Ordinary Concept into an Extraordinary One." Thank you, Belle for giving away TEN copies of Reunited at Christmas. Winners are: Laura Conner Kestner, Sally Shupe, Boos Mum, Tanya Agler, Kaybee, Megan Brummer, Patti Jo, Cynthia Herron, Kelly Blackwell and Rose.   

Wednesday we were honored to have Fiction University's Janice Hardy with her post, "Three Ways to Make Your Writing Come Alive!" Kelly Bridgewater is the winner of her latest craft book, Understanding Show, Don't Tell: (And Really Getting It), in ebook format.



 Multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne loves to set her stories in big cities and small towns. Thursday she talked about that really big story in that initial small town: Bethlehem. What was it like to be the newcomers, creating a ruckus, bringin' in angels and draggin' shepherds from their jobs? Winner of a $15 Starbucks Card is Jenna V.





Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Christina Rich is our special guest on Monday! Christina returns with her post,"Being You Through the Hard Times." And she brings a sleigh full of Christmas presents, including her latest Love Inspired Historical The Negotiated Marriage. 


Tuesday: When your editor says it's time to submit front/back matter and cover art information, don't be caught by surprise. Myra Johnson offers tips in her post "Book Production Prep Begins Before You Write the First Line!" Join the conversation and you could be one of three winners to choose one of Myra's three Christmas stories: One Imperfect Christmas, Rancher for the Holidays, or Designs on Love.



Wednesday: Join Julie Lessman as she celebrates the spiritual side of Christmas in  "JOY TO THE WORLD: Infusing the True Spirit of Christmas in our Writing." Giveaways include winner's choice of a signed paperback copy of either of Julie's two Christmas books, Cowboy Christmas Homecoming or A Light in the Window, plus choice of either Isle of Hope or Love Everlasting in e-book.


Thursday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome back Jan Drexler. Today she's out in the snow building scenes with her post,"Having Fun with Revisions." The prize vault is open and one commenter will win a prize pack that includes, Hannah's Choice and Mattie's Pledge! 

Friday : Best of the Archives. Tina Radcliffe is your hostess. Comments are closed on Fridays so we can all catch up on our reading and writing.



 


Seeker Sightings





Merry Christmas from Audra Harders.

 Get your copy of this delightful novella today! 





















Prepping for the annual Seekerville Rockin' It New Year's Eve party continues, and Audra Harders and Ruth Logan Herne invite you to jump in! Our theme is based on Joshua 1:9 and we're "Kicking Discouragement to the Curb"... with a little pet therapy! Send us a pic of your dog or cat or goldfish or (gasp....) snake... turtle... and we'll try to feature him/her at the party! We need your name... and the pet's name!  And yes, we're looking forward to a wonderful day and night of making merry with our friends... Real friends. Virtual food!  Send pics to Ruthy at loganherne@gmail.com



Wednesday, December 14th -- Blog Interview & Giveaway! Join Julie Lessman for a really fun interview on Beth Erin's Faithfully Bookish Blog where Julie lists five favorite kisses she's written plus one you've never seen! The giveaway will be a signed paperback or e-book copy of Julie's latest release, book 2 in the Isle of Hope series, Love Everlasting, so here's the link:  Faithfully Bookish Blog


FREE DOWNLOAD on Julie Lessman's A Glimmer of Hope the prequel novella to her award-winning novel Isle of Hope. Get your free e-copy of AGOH at AMAZON, BARNES, AND NOBLE, or KOBO.







99-CENT SALE (almost 90% off!) on ISLE OF HOPE, Julie Lessman's award-winning 5-star novel that made Family Fiction Magazine's Top 15 Novels of 2015! Buy Link.
















FREE CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL! Mary Connealy and Julie Lessman are part of a very unique Christmas devotional that is going on now and available for free download, so join them and authors Barbara Scott, Mesu Andrews, Sandie Bricker, Lenora Worth and  a host of others as they explore Christmas through the viewpoints of characters from the Christmas Story as told by Matthew and Luke. We promise you'll walk into Christmas with a greater understanding of the importance of this incredible season. Check it out on All Mom Does Blog and be sure to download the free devotional HERE.


The Christmas Angel by Tina Radcliffe is free for a limited holiday engagement starting December 12, and ending December 16. Download your own copy of this humorous and heartwarming romance to read on your phone or tablet. You'll wish you were a McBride!  

BTW, Tina's inaugural newsletter releases on Monday, so there's still time to sign up here.
 










Did you pick up this week's Woman's World Magazine? Tina Radcliffe has a story inside called A Christmas Match. Tina's BFF Marie Osmond is on the cover.


 Check out this amazing Love Inspired Romance Promo featuring books by Tina Radcliffe and Ruth Logan Herne. Giveaway runs December 12-December 19. On Monday, you can click here to enter. bit.ly/love-inspired






Check out Melissa Wardwell's Christmas Stock-Up, featuring Julie Lessman, Tina Radcliffe, Mary Connealy & Ruth Logan Herne, and many of your favorite authors! Click here.





Random News & Information

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The Heroes Two Journeys (Hague/Vogler) is now available on Udemy for $15-offer ends Sunday!Enter Coupon Code GIFT 204. Details here.**



Embracing Extreme Heroes (Story Mastery)


How to Create an Author Newsletter That Isn’t Terrible (I Need Coffee)


Details here. Please share with your online groups.



Short on time? Read ** first, come back later for the rest!

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













82 comments :

  1. Tina, picked up Women's world now to get the pain meds to allow me to read and I will be set. It is hard not reading.

    I have a twisted disc in my lower back that the doctor says it is like a cousin to sciatica so the only choice is to take care of it by resting and exercising. I was trying to wean myself off the pain meds which is making me do and say crazy things. I have been known to fall asleep while eating, standing and various other times.

    Julie I have not had a chance to purchase Love Everlasting so please put me in the drawing for a copy. One of these days my body will allow me to read.

    Trusting the Lord through all this. I know in His time I will heal. Time to take another pill and then I will head to bed.

    I am so thankful for all of you.

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    1. Wilani, I'm so sorry! I pray you get some relief.

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    2. Wilani, God bless you. May the Lord of all, the Most High, the Alpha and the Omega, help you to deal with this infirmity, and grant you full healing.

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    3. I hope you feel better soon, Walani.

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    4. I hope you feel better soon, Walani.

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    5. Whoops ... wrote a separate comment to you below, Wilani, 'cause I'm not used to this reply mode, but I do like it. So here's what I said:

      Oh, WILANI, I am soooooo sorry about the twisted disc in your lower back, ESPECIALLY if the doctor says it is like a cousin to sciatica because I have sciatica in periodically on both sides of my lower back/butt, and it is NOT fun!! When it happens, I walk like I'm 90 years old, hunched over and toddling really slow like Tim Conway when he plays the little old man. Saying a prayer for you right now, my friend, not only that it goes away, but that you win LE, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    6. I pray you feel better soon Walani.

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    7. Bearing you up in prayer, Wilani!

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    8. Hope you feel better Wilani. Praying.

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  2. Feel better, Wilani.

    Hope everyone has a great reading and writing weekend.

    Julie, congrats on the paperback release!!! My favorite cover of the series.

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    1. I also wanted to say congrats on the paperback edition! It's beautiful.

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    2. Not much reading for me this weekend (or writing!), since we are in St. Louis for lots of Christmas parties this weekend, but, tis the season!

      Thanks, Tina, for your comment about LE's cover. I like it too. :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  3. What a great, jam packed Weekend Edition! And I'm up really late reading it because I forgot to bake a dish for a brunch tomorrow morning! It should be out of the oven around 2:30 am. Brunch at 9:30. LOL

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  4. I cannot believe how late Missy stays up... I'd be dead. Buried. Comatose, at the very least!

    Tina, thank you for a great WE and JULIE!!!! Congrats on all of your success with this wonderful series of books! I'm so proud of you! Go get 'em, Tiger!!!

    AND HUGE CONGRATS TO ALL OF THIS WEEK'S WINNERS!

    I love imagining the smiling faces of folks when they see their names. SWEET!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ruthy -- this has been a fun series to write. :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Yes, Ruthy, but NOBODY gets up as EARLY as you do!!!

      At least . . . nobody normal!

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    3. Well, I almost passed Ruthy on the way to bed last night. Went to bed about 3:30 and she gets up about 4 or 4:30! :)

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  5. While most years I keep crazy at bay during December, this year we're having two floors re-finished. That means for the next five days, everything and its brother is out of place in three rooms.... and there will be five children here playing today while Dave and Seth tear out the carpet and subflooring to the original antique floors in this VERY OLD house!

    It should be a very interesting weekend at Ruthy's Place! In the meantime, it's 4:30 AM and this is my shot to get some writing in, so enjoy this wonderful Saturday, my friends!

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    1. Holy cow, Ruthy, seriously?? Not the greatest time of the year to be refinishing floors, but the end result should be SO worth it!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Oh, my! RUTHY, you are Superwoman!!! :-)

      We're having new furniture delivered soon, and I'm trying to work my schedule around that. New flooring??? *runs and hides*

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    3. Oh My. You will be busy. Praying for you. smile

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  6. Lots of good stuff here! Will definitely have to come back and spend more time. This weekend, I'll be making Christmas cookies with my youngest. The other two believe they're too old. Sad for this Momma. Christmas carols will be playing. Sign me up for Julie ' Love Everlasting. Haven't gotten it, but want to read it. Have a great weekend everyone!!

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    1. Kelly, they come back around! I promise!!!

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    2. Oh, Kelly, I used to love making Christmas cookies with my kiddos, although I was a bit on the anal side, taking 20 minutes to decorate a snowman like it was a work of art. I would give out about 30 mini rum cake & cookie platters to neighbors and friends every year, all wrapped up in red cellophane and bows, so I was a mite particular about the cookies. Problem is, my kids always wanted to eat mine, not theirs ... ;) I wish I could do it all differently now, not giving a whit about perfection and focusing more on the fun.

      And you're in the draw for LE, so GOOD LUCK!

      HUGS,
      Julie

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    3. Julie....I giggled about your Christmas cookie adventures. I can identify. As I mature (sounds better than "get older," I've learned that perfection isn't ALL THAT.

      Beautiful book covers BTW!!!! Congratulations!!! I need to download those two on my new Kindle!!! (We don't count off for exclamation points today, do we?)

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    4. Oh, CYNTHIA, I am sooooooo glad I am not alone. I always feel like a bad mom for being too perfectionist, but I've definitely loosened up A LOT with my grands, so who said you can't each an old dog new tricks?? It just takes a little longer. ;)

      A new Kindle -- WHOO-HOO!! You are going to LOVE that my, friend, and you may never have to buy a book again because Amazon has top-100 lists for free books in every genre PLUS you can sign up for Inspired Reads, which sends you an email daily with free and sale books!

      Hugs and Good luck!
      Julie

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    5. Y'all will probably think I'm bad. I've never been a cookie baker! Not unless you count slice and bake. hahaha

      Please drop by the Yankee-Belle Cafe soon! We're having the 12 Days of Treats and doing giveaways for the next 12 days. :)

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  7. Good morning, Seekerville! And a jam-packed issue of the W.E. edition for sure -- why is it they are even MORE jam-packed with article goodies when I'm under a book deadline and don't have time to linger?!

    YES, the December 19 Woman's World is now on the stands (I picked it up last night), so run out and get TINA's delightful Christmas short story!

    Congrats on the new release, JULIE!

    Happy writing & reading and making Christmastime memories, Seekerville!

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    1. Thanks, Glynna -- it's fun finally getting it out there. Now ... onto the next one! :)

      Hugs,
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  8. Congratulations to all of the winners!
    A big congrats to Julie on her new release. Boy, her covers are always so beautiful.
    Tina, last night I did pick up this week's Woman's World Magazine. It's definitely one of my top favorites. Loved it! Thanks for another terrific WE!
    Wilani, I hope you're feeling better soon. Having had two ruptured discs in the past, I feel your pain...praying for you.

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    1. Hey, JILL, thank you SO much, my friend, especially your sweet comment about my covers!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

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  9. TINA, great Weekend Edition! Thank you.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Looking forward to next week's lineup.

    Janet

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  10. WILANI, I'm so sorry you're in such pain. Praying for relief.

    Hugs, Janet

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  11. TINA, will be getting Woman's World. Can't wait to read your story!

    Janet

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  12. JULIE, congratulations on your latest novel! Lovely cover! Go you!

    Janet

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    1. Thanks, Janet -- it's one of my faves. :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  13. Congrats, Julie, on your new release! I plan to download your Christmas devotional too. More congrats on that.

    Tina, I looked for the new WW on Thursday but my Kroger didn't have it yet. Must head back to the store. I love, love, love your stories.

    Heading to the big outlet mall south of ATL today. Wish me luck! ☺

    Congrats to all the winners...but then, everyone who visits Seekerville is a winner!

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    1. Debby, you are going to LOVE the devotional, my friend -- VERY unique and you sure can't do better than free! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  14. RUTHY, not the best timing perhaps but won't it be great to have lovely wooden floors in these rooms?!

    Hang in!

    Janet

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  15. TINA!! I didn't realize you even knew Marie! She never mentioned a thing about you when we had lunch last week. Small world.

    Congrats on your new story in WW!! I plan on picking up a copy today!

    Thanks for listing links to all the holiday blogs and books, such wonderful reading opportunities

    I'm so happy to see my name among the winners of Belle Calhounes' book! Loved her last one, and look forward to reading this one, too. Thank you!

    Julie your new book is beautiful!! Can't wait to read it! Glimmer of Hope and Isle of Hope hooked me for sure!

    RUTHY, good luck with your floors!

    WILANI, I hope you feel better soon!

    Off to read the links before heading out to face the world. Thanks for such a great WE, Tina!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Laura! And it will read even better on your new iPad Mini, YES??? ;)

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

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  16. GOOD MORNING, SEEKERVILLE AND YIKES -- ONLY 14 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!

    Wonderful We, Teenster, as always, and I cannot WAIT to dive into Audra's Christmas Cowboy, Tina's WW "A Christmas Match," and Rocky Mountain Cowboy as my Christmas treats! And I highly encourage everyone to read Tina's The Christmas Angel, because it's WONDERFUL!!

    Thanks to everyone for the congrats on the release of the paperback version of Love Everlasting! For some reason this one took a lot more effort to put together than my other indie books, and not really sure why, especially since it's almost half the size of Isle of Hope! And, yes, Ruthy, I am finally learning to writer shorter books, hard as that is to believe. I think the novellas have been training me! ;)

    Thanks, Tina, for your sweet comment about the cover. The colors are definitely my favorite (always been a lavender girl), so I like it too. Killion does a great job on covers, although like everyone else, I come up with the concepts for them to implement.

    Hugs and Happy Weekend, all!

    Julie

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    1. Love the devotional too Julie. Thanks

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    2. Thanks, Sandra -- it was a cool project!

      Hugs,
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  17. WILANT, a prayer going out for you. I can't imagine being in so much pain I can't read.
    TINA, thank you for another great WE.
    Happy to have won Belle's book!
    The Debby book I won arrived in mail yesterday, am going to read over weekend so can review, thanks DEB.

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  18. Oh, WILANI, I am soooooo sorry about the twisted disc in your lower back, ESPECIALLY if the doctor says it is like a cousin to sciatica because I have sciatica in periodically on both sides of my lower back/butt, and it is NOT fun!! When it happens, I walk like I'm 90 years old, hunched over and toddling really slow like Tim Conway when he plays the little old man. Saying a prayer for you right now, my friend, not only that it goes away, but that you win LE, so GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  19. Laura, you, me and Marie!!!! Girls night out!

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  20. Congrats Julie! Can't wait to read this book, so thank you for the giveaway opportunity :)

    Best wishes on your home project, Ruthy.

    Merry almost Christmas, everyone!

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    1. My pleasure, SARAH, so here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  21. Thanks for a great WE and congratulations to the winners. Congrats Julie on the paperback release of Love Everlasting. This will allow more of us to read it!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, CONNIE, that's my diabolical plan, I'm afraid! ;) I actually wasn't planning on a paperback for LE because it's really the e-sales where most authors (or at least me) make their money back on indies, but I decided to do it for the handful of die-hard paperback readers who have contacted me, asking when the paperback would be out. So trust me, it's definitely not for monetary profit, but the return via wonderful reader friends? Priceless! :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  22. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you Tina for the wonderful WE again.

    I pray everyone has a wonderful relaxing weekend and a blessed week.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  23. Wow, Tina, two stories almost back to back in Women's World. Sometime I'll have to tell you my conversation with the clerk when I bought the last one. It was a great story and I can't wait to get this new story.

    Congrats to all the winners.

    Julie, I hope I get an autographed copy of Love Everlasting! If not, I'll order it. I like my Kindle but seem to read paperbacks more.

    Have a blessed weekend everybody!

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    1. Gosh, JACKIE, seriously? I have to admit I am a paperback defector, almost exclusively an e-book reader at this point.

      In fact, Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors and since I'm an influencer/endorser for her, I always get a free paperback from her publisher. Well, I am DYING to read her latest, Just a Kiss, which I've had in paperback for months now, but I mostly read at night in bed, and since I don't want to keep my hubby up with the light on OR use one of those annoying little clip-on lights that I used to use before ebooks, I've been putting it off. Sigh. Which is fine since I have several other books -- Tina's and Audra's among them -- I want to read before Christmas. :)

      Here's to an win, my friend, and if you don't win and you buy the paperback, just let me know, and I will send you a signed bookplate, okay? Although I'll be honest -- I'm one of those rare readers who doesn't understand why anyone would want to mar up a crisp, fresh new paperback with an inscription or signature. ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  24. Tina, have you had some WW stories in back-to-back issues??? Seems like every Weekend Edition announces another story getting published! I feel like I've missed one or two--have hardly left the house since catching a cold several days ago. At least I'm finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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  25. This WE is like a much anticipated Christmas gift, so full of goodies. Wawzah.

    Thanks! And thanks for including our furbabies. A photo of Cass is on the way, representing all of us at May the K9 Spy. :)

    He and I are heading to a gig here in a few minutes, a book signing with Mr & Mrs Claus and the Grinch. :)

    Tried to sign up for Tina's newsletter, only to be told I already was so - GOOD! Didnt' want to miss it.

    Congrats Julie. Lots of wonderful things happening with you!

    Looks like great lineup next week.

    Merry Christmas one and all!

    And, thanks for your prayers. Still no sign of our beloved Anna dog. Gone over 2 weeks now. It was about 14 degrees last night, so we know God provides and pray that she was warm and fed and safe, wherever she is. We're still putting out flyers and posting signs. A man in a C-store quite a few miles from us said he'd seen her photo on Facebook. Ah, the power of social media, for good. :)
    We sure hope to find her soon, or to hear her greeting coming through the doggie door. <3

    Merry Christmas one and all.

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    1. KC, we'll keep praying that she's warm and safe and fed. I'm so sorry you still haven't found her.

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    2. Oh, KC, sending more prayers up right now, my friend, because that is soooo hard, isn't it?

      We had a golden once who ran away the week before Christmas, and we were heartbroken. Prayed like crazy and constantly went looking, but to no avail. Until we got a call many days later from someone who knew Ben (our dog), saying she couldn't be sure because he was dirty, but she thought she might have seen a golden running with a pack of dogs down by the river. We jumped in the car and tore off for the river road and actually found him in a ravine with the pack. The minute we called him, he came running, filthy and full of burrs, but SO glad to see us!! But not as glad as we were, sobbing and crying and hugging him like crazy, burrs and all. :)

      May God bring you the best Christmas gift of all this year with the return of your precious Anna.

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  26. WOW, Miss T - - I really think Woman's World should have a big photo of YOU on their cover - - seriously!! :) With all the awesome stories you've sold to them, I think you'd be the perfect choice for a cover!
    Thanks for another great WE! CONGRATS to all the winners and I am THRILLED to win Belle Calhoune's book - - YAY!! :) Thank you!!
    CONGRATS to Julie Lessman on your sequel release -- you are AMAZING!! :) Looking forward to this story (Loved Isle of Hope)!! :)
    Everyone have a wonderful day! It's cold but gorgeous in my GA neighborhood this morning and a good day to get a LOT accomplished!
    Holiday Hugs, Patti Jo :)
    p.s. Setting out some plates of warm sugar cookies - - decorated for Christmas! Enjoy a star, snowman, Santa, etc. with or without icing! ;)

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    1. PATTI JO SAID: "WOW, Miss T - - I really think Woman's World should have a big photo of YOU on their cover - - seriously!! :)"

      LOL ... I couldn't agree more! Tina -- do you know what ranking you hold as far as authors appearing the most # of times in WW?

      And, thanks, my sweet friend, for your kind words. I hope you like LE -- it really is a fun story although not as complicated or deep as IOH. :)

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

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  27. Oh, my goodness! EXCITED to win a copy of Belle's new book! Her post about infusing conflict/hooks into our stories really fired me up.

    Congratulations to all winners and to those authors with upcoming releases!

    TINA, thank you for a fabulous WE edition! Congrats on your new WW story!!! Will have to look for that one on the stands.

    Now...off to Christmas shop!!! *slugs back coffeeeee*

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  28. Ohhh, and THANK YOU, TINA, for all the fantastic links! Will definitely check them out (especially the newsletter one. New subscribers this week -- I LOVE connecting with my audience and offering encouragement!) THANK YOU, again, for all the love/work you and others do for SEEKERVILLE.

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  29. Nice weekend edition. Congrats to all of the winners. I love this time of year. I hope all of you are enjoying it also. Don't get stressed. Get lots of rest and try to stay away from sugar. It helps. LOL

    Happy holidays.

    Happy Christmas shopping.

    Happy Christmas novel reading.

    Happy writing.

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  30. Julie Wow another novel in the series. YAY!!!! I can hardly wait.

    Hugs

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    1. LOL, SANDRA ... that's how I feel about YOUR books, my friend! :)

      Love you!
      Julie

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  31. Tina So excited about another story in Women's World. Congratulations.

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  32. Congrats to all of last week's winners and all the new releases! Wowzer! I can hardly keep track of them all.

    Thanks for all the links, Tina. Can't wait until tomorrow afternoon for my reading binge. :-)

    Merry Christmas all! The tree is still in the attic. Hopefully, it will show up before Santa. Have a great weekend everyone!!

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    1. LOL, BARB ... that would be good if the tree turned up before Santa.

      But I will admit you sound a wee bit like me last year -- we never put the tree up because we'd just moved months prior and since nobody would see it but us, it didn't make any sense.

      But ... I am happy to say that we got the tree up the first week of November this year so we could enjoy it during Hallmark movies, especially since our time enjoying it would be cut short with various trips.

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season, Barb!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  33. Another information packed weekend edition. Lovin' it. Pondering lots. And catching up on the week in snippets. I can't keep up with your Women's World stories, Tina. Must try to nab that one. We seem to be out of sync by a week up here so I think there's still time. Happy weekending, everyone.

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  34. "He sets hearts on fire/She's been burned by love."
    That's brilliant Julie! Yet another book to add to my TBR pile. I love Seekerville. So many good authors, great stories, and wonderful characters! I never lack for a good book these days!

    And what a fun WE! I opened all the articles in separate tabs in my browser to read throughout the day. So many good resources!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Megan! I LOVE writing taglines!!

      Add LE to your TBR, but hopefully you'll win it here, so GOOD LUCK!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  35. First big big thanks for an awesome weekend post!
    :)
    Congratulations to all of the winners! I feel honored to be included in this list today.

    Julie, congratulations on your latest release!

    Tina, I also believe it is time for your lovely face to be on the cover of Woman's World. :) You would be perfect! Can't wait to read your latest!

    Looking forward to digging into all of the links this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly, and fingers crossed that I'll be able to send you a winning copy, so GOOD LUCK!

      HUGS,
      Julie

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  36. Congratulations to all the winners and authors!
    Great WE TINA. 14 Days till Christmas, 11 days till I see TINA and Sandra. Yippee! Sent in the pic of my baby (CeZar) to Ruthy. Putting Julie's HOPE series (in paperback) on my list from Amazon! (Is GLIMMER of Hope in paperback as well?)
    Hope you are feeling better soon, Wilani.

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    1. Oh, MARIANNE, I sure would love to join you guys, but I'll be someplace WAY colder ... brrrrr ...

      Unfortunately, A Glimmer of Hope is not in paperback, but I hope to get it there someday soon. AFTER I rewrite it and embellish with more back-history. I've had a number of readers tell me they wanted to see more about Tess and Ben's marriage backgrounds, so I'm going to add that eventually. :)

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  37. TINA, thank you for another fantastic WE!

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

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  38. Congrats to all the winners. We've been getting a lot of snow up here in Ohio, in three days we've gotten about two feet of snow, we have to shovel the deck just so our little puppy can go outside.

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  39. Happy WE everyone! Congrats to the winners. Please toss me in for Julie's book. :-)

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    1. Hey, TRIXI, you're in the draw, darlin', so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  40. FANTASTIC WE, Tina. The links are super, particularly the Jane Friedman one about evaluating small publishers. I've bookmarked several links and printed out others. Lots of good info.

    Congrats to all you winners! And thanks to all you writers for sticking with a crazy business :-)

    Nancy C

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  41. AUDRA, I didn't notice until after I downloaded "Her Christmas Cowboy" that it's a Circle D story!! Yippy!!!!!

    Nancy C

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