Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Weekend Edition













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

Winners of Peace in the Valley are Wilani Wahl and Barbara Fox! 


Monday: Mary Connealy asked everyone to consider writing pulp fiction. The winner of a copy of Long Time Gone is Phyllis Wheeler.

Tuesday: Seekerville was delighted to welcome back Eva Marie Everson with her thoughtful post, "The Choices We Make." Tracey Hagwood is the winner of her latest release from Tyndale, The One True Love of Alice-Ann.

Wednesday: Jenni DeWitt visited to tell us Why she switched from Indy publishing to Traditional. The winner of Jenni's book Why Won't God Talk to Me? (Surprising Ways He Already Is) is Anne Carol.

Thursday: Connie Queen was our hostess today, with her post, "Stripping Your Characters of the Their Identities: Ramping Up Internal Conflict the Easy Way." Cindy W and Theresa Van Meter are the lucky winners of Seekerville mugs. Thank you, Connie.














Monday: Stephanie Dees, Love Inspired author of The Dad Next Door,  joins us today with her post, "Long-Term Critique Partnerships: Myth or Magic?" She's sharing tips and has a double giveaway!


Tuesday: Tina Radcliffe is in the house, with "The Art of Listening." Bring your ears, and listen closely for a terrific giveaway as well. 

Wednesday: Award-winning author Pepper Basham joins us to take the pulse of "The Heart of Christian Fiction," so be sure to stop by for a chance to win Pepper's latest release, Just the Way You Are.

Thursday: Join Ruthy Logan Herne today as she talks about "Taming the Wild West of Westerns... But Not Too Much!" Folks who love westerns know there's something broader, wilder, more rugged and demanding about eking a living from the land in the west. And while it's not the gunfighter-filled dirt streets of pre-1900, there's enough crazy going on these days to make these contemporary plots just as gripping as their historic counterparts. Ruthy's opening the prize vault and has an AUDIBLE copy of Back in the Saddle to give away to one lucky commenter! (commentor) Pick your spelling!

Friday: Welcome to the Best of the Archives where we feature a post from our past. Comments are closed on Fridays to allow us to catch up on reading and writing. 


Myra Johnson is delighted to announce that her historical romance Castles in the Clouds has been named a finalist for the Selah Awards! Winners to be announced May 24 at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Visit the BRMCWC page or the Selah Awards page on Facebook for a complete list of all the finalists! 












You can also catch Myra at Sherida Stewart's blog next Tuesday, May 9, for Sherida's #TuesdayTea review of A Rose So Fair, book 3 in the Flowers of Eden series. Be sure to comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!


















Congratulations to Debby Giusti who was added to the RWA Honor Roll! 

The RWA Honor Roll recognizes current RWA members who have a work of romance fiction, excluding multi-author anthologies and multi-author boxed sets, that has: appeared on any New York Times bestseller list; appeared on the Publishers Weekly Top Ten bestseller list or any other PW best-seller list based solely on format, genre, or region; appeared in the top 50 of the USA Today bestseller list; or sold at least 100,000 copies in a single language, including copies from digital, print and audio formats, as well as reissues of the identical work that do not appear in multi-author anthologies and multi-author boxed sets.



Amish Refuge, the first book in Debby Giusti’s new Amish Protectors series, hit bookstores May 1st. Find your copy, print or digital, at Amazon. Print copies are also available at Walmart, K-Mart and anywhere Love Inspired stories are sold. 
No Way Up, book #1 in the Cimarron Legacy Series is on sale now for only $2.99 ebook. When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

$0.99 cent Ebook Special - Stealing Jake is on sale for $0.99 cents during the month of May.

When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.


Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy―literally while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town―as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off―Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can’t seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

Deal Alert!! From May 5-11, book 1 in Julie Lessman's Winds of Change series, A Hope Undaunted, will be on sale for only 99 cents, so if you haven't read book 4 in Julie's O'Connor saga, you'll want to take advantage. 

This is Julie's favorite book she's ever written, so if you've already read it and liked it, then please spread the word, okay? Here are the links for the sale that runs MAY 5-11: AMAZON / B & N / CBD



 


And just released May 2, 2017:
Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne! The long-awaited third story of the Double S Ranch is on shelves nationwide now... You can find this beautiful Western romance wherever mass market paperbacks are sold and the price... it's exactly where the race that knows Joseph would want it to be! $5.88 at Walmart. 









At the Omaha Word Sowers Conference with Chaka Heinze, Dawn Ford, Mikal Hermann, Mary Connealy and Sharee Stover















The Georgia Romance Writers Meeting with speaker Laurie Schnebly Campbell in center. L-R. Golden Heart finalist, Dianna Shuford, Debby Giusti, Laurie, Walt Mussell, Tanya Agler and Jeanine Englert.



Come for dinner, come to network!
Details here. 














Thanks for the link love!






Congratulations to the ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalists!  A shout out to Tanya Agler (finaled x 2 ), Laurie Wood, Cynthia Herron (finaled x 2), Sherrinda Ketchersid, Kathleen Bailey, Deb Garland, Linda Sammaritan, and Amanda Wen.

Congratulations to the Daphne Finalists, Unpublished Division with a special shout out to Jeanine Englert, Sharee Stover and Laura Conner Kestner. 



















20 Days of Giveaways for 20 Years of Love Inspired! Visit the Love Inspired Facebook page from May 1st -20th and answer the daily question for a chance to win!

 Oregon Christian Writers Spring Conference. Open to writers of all genres and levels, is Saturday, May 20, in Eugene, Oregon. Authors and international speakers, married couple Dan Kline (The Savvy Couple’s Guide to Marrying after 35) and Kay Marshall Strom (Once Blind: The Life of John Newton), will keynote on the theme “Rekindling Your Passion: Encouragement for the Christian Writer.” To view the schedule and register, visit: http://oregonchristianwriters.org/spring-2017/.

Kindle Scout – A Two Year Performance Review (Kill Zone)

How to Optimize Your Amazon Author Central Pages (Jane Friedman) 

Agent stats on personalization, credentials, comp titles, and more! (Nathan Bransford)

How to Work with an Editorial Calendar ( Writer's Digest)

Want to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul? (Chicken Soup)

With E-books Down, E-tailers Are Still Far From Out (PW)


Top 10 Facebook Advertising FAQs (Andrea Vahl) 

6 Ways to Identify a Contrived Plot (Fiction University)

7 Weird, Wonderful Words You Should Use More Often (PW) If you use one of these words in a sentence in the comments today we'll put your name in the hat for a Library Card Tote Bag.  (color may vary) Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.


Weekend Edition Special Giveaway!
We've got a pkg of books ready to send to you! Let's us know you want to be entered in this giveaway!

142 comments :

  1. Defenestrate has been one of my favorite words since high school. Last year I actually used it somewhere on FB for real, like it fit the actual conversation! I should have taken a print screen of that though because I can't remember what the conversation was about now. :( But it was very likely in regards to how I felt like defenestrating myself during writing this last year. :)

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  2. LOLOLOL. I like that word too. It sounds like removing the stuffing from a favorite stuffed animal.

    I'm also loving JAWN. My cat got me into another gnarly jawn again.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS ACFW GENESIS SEMI FINALISTS!!! WOOOT!

    Loving all these cool things happening in Seekerville! Books and Villagers and get togethers.

    I just poured an ice coffee and am starting in on my night time writing adventures. May the writing force be with you Seekerville!

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  4. Super congrats also to the Daphne finalists! Go RS writers.

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  5. Congrats to all those who have been named in the Genesis and Daphne awards. Excited for all of you.

    I was at the Omaha Word Sowers Conference, too. It was a great time. (I didn't get in any pictures to prove it, I guess. :) )

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm trying to play catch-up after being gone last weekend.

    Please enter me for the bundle of books.

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    1. Sandy, I would have loved a pic of you with The Connealy!!!!!! Good luck with your game of catch up!!!

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    2. I can vouch for you Sandy!! I saw her. In real life. She's wonderful!

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    3. Congrats to all the award winners and finalists! Thanks for all the info and links!

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    4. Aww, thanks Sharee. It was great meeting you. Ruthy, every time I was with Mary we were eating. Should have done a selfie of us stuffing our faces!

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    5. Sandy! How did we miss you!!!!! ACK! It was so good to see you at the conference!

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    6. Mary, next year I'll be sure to get a picture! It was really good to see you, too.

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  6. I want in! I'm trying to write. It's been hard the last few days. Anyone got a few words I can borrow?

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    1. Did your timeline mess up make you stutter step??? I get so mad at myself when I have to re-wind a book because I messed up a timeline. And they are my weakness!!!!

      Hang in there, my prolific friend. Mary would have you shoot someone. I'd have you design a tragic and unexpected death....

      :)

      I brought cookies and I'm willing to share. I find my brain works better with cookies!!!

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    2. Oooo! Cookies!

      I did finally manage a short sprint last night. Don't love it but at least got to the next scene. Hopefully that'll help... after I spend all day at a band fundraiser...

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    3. Ahhh, Carol! (For those who don't know, Carol's "short sprints" often mean book babies born overnight. Yep -- conception, labor and delivery (almost) all in eight blissful hours. ;)

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    4. Carol is amazing! I'm gobsmacked. Isn't that what Ruthy says?

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    5. Don't I wish Cindy!!! Maybe 550 words... :p

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    6. LOL, Cynthia ... I hear you on Carol's short sprints!! I want two things from Carol Moncado -- her secret for short sprints and for chocolate chip cookies!!

      And, Carol, NO WAY you are going to convince me that your "short sprints" are under 1,000 words, 'cause I ain't buying it!! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  7. Congratulations to the awesome salmagundie of winners!

    I can't believe I'm up this late to be one of the first commenters! Romance movie marathoning after drinking caffeinated iced tea all day. It was 104* here in Nevada.

    Blessings,

    Marcia

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    1. p.s. I would like to be entered for the bundle of books.

      Thanks!

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    2. This Yankee can't even imagine 104, Marcia!!!! I would wilt, I am a total wimp!!!! Go you!

      And yes, you're tucked into the drawing! Thanks for staying up late!

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    3. Oh, Ruthy...you ain't seen nothin' yet! 124* was our highest last year! Lots 'o tea sippin' goin' on!

      Marcia

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    4. ***please excuse that misplaced apostrophe***

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    5. Oh, oh, Ruthy! I was in Walmart yesterday. They had Peace In The Valley shelved way far away from its pardners, so I pretended to be the vendor and put them side by side! Your welcome! lol

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    6. Nevada is hot and hot Georgia has turned cold! We turned the heater back on. I'm drinking hot coffee while wearing a sweatshirt and I'm still chilly.

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    7. Marcia ... 124???? PLEASE tell me that's with low, LOW humidity!!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  8. Huge congrats to all of the winners! Wilani and Barbara, I hope you guys love, love, love "Peace in the Valley".... Congratulations!!!!

    And mega congrats to Debby Giusti for being named to the RWA Honor Roll! What a marvelous accomplishment, Deb!!!!

    And Myra, super congrats as well, for finaling in the Selah Awards. How marvelous!!!!!

    And this week the Genesis semi-finalists were announced and I saw so many wonderful familiar names there! I was so excited for all of you!!!! And glad that there's still strong competition out there. Good competition makes us stronger in the end...

    I am happy dancing for all o' youse!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ruthy! It was so fun to receive the official announcement!

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    2. Thanks, Ruthy! I need to make a Walmart run. Peace in the Valley wasn't in Walmart when I was last there. But I did get your latest LI and Glynna's latest as well. Happy reading!

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  9. I have no big words anymore. Editors have scrubbed them out of my persona! But they've left me far too busy to fuss with the minutia involved. I leave that for my people. (Okay, I don't really HAVE people. But if I did have people, they'd be really nice ones!!!)

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  10. What a jam packed weekend edition! Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists in the Genesis Semi-Finalists and the Daphne Finalists! Congratulations to all of this weeks winners too! I am over the moon excited that I won one of the Seeker mugs. I LOVE mugs. It will be my new daily favorite! Thank you Seekers!

    I love the word Retronym. I have never heard of it before but as old as I am I can use the term and know of what I speak. As in I remember the days of snail mail, film camera (I still have one that is never used) and of course the paper book and they are all retronyms. I love the library tote bags, library cards are also retronyms I guess.

    I would love to have my name tossed into the hat for the package of books.

    May everyone be blessed this weekend! I'm off to continue packing up Mom's house.

    Cindy W.

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    1. Cindy, I have at least three SLR film cameras tucked away in the back of a closet. Talk about obsolete!!! One, I think, still has a partial roll of vacation photos in it because I hadn't used it up and never got it out to develop.

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    2. I have an undeveloped roll of film, as well, Myra. Keep thinking that might turn into a story someday.

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  11. Congratulations to all of the winners here at Seekerville and to the Semi-Finalists in the Genesis Semi-Finalists and the Daphne!
    Also, congratulations to Myra and Debby!
    Ruthy, I looked for your book last night at Walmart, but it was SOLD OUT. Great for you...bad for me.
    Thanks for the great WE, Tina!

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    1. SOLD OUT???? Oh be still my bookselling heart! :)

      Jill, now I'm happy dancing! Were you looking for a cowboy book or Grace Haven's "Their Surprise Daddy"?

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    2. And to follow up on this lovely selling news, I was just at a local Walmart to tuck bookmarks into books and "Their Surprise Daddy" is sold out there! And only 3 copies of "Peace in the Valley" on the shelves.

      Now with bookmarks!!!

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    3. Ruthy, that is soooo cool to put bookmarks in your Walmart books. I know Mary does that with hers in bookstores, I think, too.

      Jill, looks like another trip to Walmart is in your future, and if the book is sold out again, complain to the manager!
      ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  12. Nothing beats The Weekend Edition. I feel like such an old timer when I look at the Genesis finalists. Makes me almost miss the contest circuit. Almost. Congratulations to the finalists! And I hope this means you'll be able to go to conference, too!
    Myra's book covers are exquisite.
    And I was thrilled to see salmagundi on the list. Strangely enough, my auto correct changed it to dachshunds. That had better not be a secret ingredient.
    It also reminded me that my mom made a meat mixture called salamagotta or something that sounds like the same ingredients. (Not dachshunds)

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    1. Deb, we were saying the same thing about the Genesis! We were in it when it was the Noble Theme contest... then the Genesis...

      The years are sneaking past!!!!

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    2. I do not want a dish with dachshunds... although the mustard commercial with them is adorable!!!! Dressed in their "rolls"!!!!

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    3. Thank you, Debra! I've been so happy with my Flowers of Eden covers!

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  13. Wow! So many winners, finalists, new books! Seekerville is amazing.

    No big words here. I'm working on a story for kids this weekend. I also have more tote bags than a person ought to have. You can throw my name in the bag for the books though. I've got a lot of those but that is one thing a person can never have enough of.

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  14. Oh my goodness, I sit down to read the weekend edition like I do every Sat. morning and find I have a copy of The One True Love of Alice-Ann in my future! Thank you Eva Marie and Seekerville! Can't wait to read it!

    Congratulations to Myra, Debby and all the contest finalists!

    I couldn't get the weird wonderful words link to work, but I see enough of them used here to know I'd be in over my head, lol.

    Lastly, in addition to Mary's book, No Way Up, which has now dropped to $1.99, Bethany and Revell have dozens of other books on sale for 1.99 too! I was able to get a good number I had on my want list including these~
    A Heart Most Certain, by Melissa Jagears
    A Note Yet Unsung, Tamera Alexander
    For the Record, by Regina Jennings
    Shadow of the Storm, by Connilyn Cossette

    So if you love a good deal like I know a few of us do (TINA of the grocery shopping fame)check the sale out, I'm not sure how long it's going to last!

    Happy weekend reading and writing everyone!

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    1. Oh my stars, those are great deals!!! Thank you, Tracey!

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  15. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists! Great weekend, Tina. Thanks for sharing, and of course I want to be entered for the books.

    Happy Derby Day everybody!

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    1. Is your hat ready, Jackie? We always watch! Love My Ole Kentucky Home...especially on Derby Day! Lots of fun memories watching the Run for the Roses in person!

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    2. I love the Derby. I have no idea why, I think it's from reading and loving horse stories when I was young. There's something so amazing about the fanfare and the competition and the stories behind it all.... I want a hat like Janice Dean was wearing yesterday morning on Fox & Friends.... Big, splashy and pink!!!!

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    3. Wish I could post a pic of my hat I'll be wearing to a Derby party this afternoon. A couple of the contenders landed on my brim!

      Marcia

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    4. Have fun at your Derby party, Marcia! Two years ago, a horse that belonged to the daughter of one of my best friends ran in the Derby. We gathered in my local area to watch on TV. The owner sent hats for all of us to wear with the horse's name: Destin. So fun!

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  16. Congratulations to my fellow Genesis semi-finalists Tanya, Laurie, Sherrinda, Deb, Linda and Amanda. Seekerville got to me with the news before ACFW did! I opened my e-mail yesterday to a congratulations from Seekerville. Made my day.
    My Walmart had one copy of Ruthy's book left and I snagged it. It is raining in NH all weekend, so I am going to have some cozy reading time. After I have some cozy writing time.
    Kathy Bailey

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    1. Very happy for you, Kathy!

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    2. Wasn't this a wonderful list of people???? I loved seeing so many of my buddies on the list!!!!!! And thank you so much for buying my book, Kathy!!!! The rain has sure made for some nice reading weather... I love hearing that the Walmarts are running out of things! Of course then I want to run and RESTOCK their shelves with more cowboys and Grace Haven. :)

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  17. Ruthy, BTW, it was "Home On the Range."
    KB

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  18. Happy Weekend Seekerville.
    I'm off this morning, very soon, to have a birthday party for my 89 year old Mom. I've got four sisters and two sisters-in-law coming into town for what our church calls the May Breakfast.
    One outlaw sil lives to far away. We'll miss her.
    Assorted adult and child granddaughters and one great-granddaughter, too.
    It oughta be great! :)

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    1. So apparently you not only have outlaws in your novels, you also have them in your family?

      Have a wonderful day with your mom!

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    2. Happy Birthday to Mama, Mary!

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  19. Congratulations to the Daphne and Genesis finalists. YAY!!!!!

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  20. Wow, what a great WE....they just get better and better!
    CONGRATS to all the winners/finalists....I don't want to leave anyone out, but super congrats to Debby and Myra.
    YES, count me in for the bundle of books! THANKS

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  22. Thanks for a great week at Seekerville. It was a certainly a Salmagundi of tips and information and a major Defenestration has occurred in my concept of authors and publishing. Visiting Seekerville is always a learning experience and all of the contributors have outdone themselves with all of the Jawn that they have shared!
    Looking forward to a great week ahead and a special congratulations to Debby Giusti who was added to the RWA Honor Roll!
    Please enter my name in the drawing for the books.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Connie! Great use of words. I'm impressed! :)

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  23. WOW! All sorts of excitement today! Congrats to Debby's on her honor, Myra on her award, Ruthy on her latest release, Daphne finalists, & the Genesis semi-finalists!!

    Oh, and don't forget -- today's Kentucky Derby day!

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    1. Can't wait for the Derby! I'm kind of rooting for Patch!

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    2. Thanks, Glynna! I'll be watching the Derby!

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  24. Congrats all the way around!! So exciting! And because I'm a bookaholic please toss me in for the drawing. One can never have too many books!!

    I love the words discombobulated and twitterpated. They're just fun and have a lot of letters. That's the best reasoning I can come up with.

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    1. Sharee, seems you're on fire these days! So excited for you. Keep us posted.

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    2. Sharee, I love those, too. My mother always said discombobulated and who doesn't love Thumper and "twitterpation!" I've been twitterpated before!

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  25. Oh, enter me in the package of books drawing, please, beach season is coming along with sitting in the yard sipping iced tea season and there's nothing on TV season and my favorite, it's too hot to move season. Better yet, just enter me in the drawing.
    KB

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    1. Hey, congrats on the Genesis!!! I am so stinkin' excited for you!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!

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  26. The interesting word I found in the list was lickspittle. I can't imagine anyone doing this unless it was a small child who didn't know any better, but it did remind me of one of my students in my very first class I taught in school. She was spitting so I went to the lunchroom and got a styrofoam cup. I then made her fill it with spit. She was in tears by the end and I never saw her spit again.

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  27. Lots of congrats to hand out this morning. First of all to the semi finalists for the Genesis contest. Way to go.

    Congrats to Debby for the RWA Honor roll

    Wonderful covers and book sightings. Love it!

    Of course congrats to all the winners this week. I am so excited to be getting Peace in the valley. Thank you Ruthy.

    Please enter me for the box of books.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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    1. I knew there was a congrats I was missing. Myra so excited about your Selah award.

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    2. Thank you, Wilani. I'm still savoring the moment!

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  28. Tina, thanks to that link, I now have a new appreciation (????) for pumpernickel bread.

    My favorite words I hardly ever get to use are "exacerbate" and "ubiquitous" (picked that one up from Ruthy a few years ago).

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    1. I love exacerbate and use it whenever I can. :)

      Ubiquitous is fun to say but not as often used.

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    2. I rarely get to use ubiquitous... they make me change it. :) BUT I LOVE THE WORD.

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  29. Good Morning, Seekerville!

    Congrats to all semi-finalists and finalists! AND I LOVE all the wonderful things happening for so many Seekerville authors. Those book covers are gorgeous.

    DEBBY, congratulations on your RWA Honor Roll status. Wow! That's huge!

    Yes, please toss my name in for the box of books.

    Here's to a sunny, happy day, all! (After the Ozarks' record flooding, I can assure you, the sunshine's pretty sweet.)

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia. Sorry about the flooding.

      We had rain for a couple days in GA. And it's turned cold. Had to turn off the AC and turn on the heat! Brrrr!

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    2. Cynthia, flooding here, too.... along Lake Ontario, some tough stuff going on and Mother Nature's liquid generosity has got us in a steady rain/storm/rain pattern.

      No sunny skies in between to help dry things up.

      Send me some sunshine, darling!!!

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  30. Oh. MayI go off-topic with a question this morning? I'm curious. What's everyone's weekend writing routine? Is it strictly family time, no writing allowed, or do you still try to make word count? Personally, I find my habits have changed since college gal's been away. I write more on the weekends now, of course, but I'm just curious about everyone's habits. Any tips what works best if you're a weekend warrior? Thanks!

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    1. If I don't have family events, Saturdays are usually quite productive. Sunday finds me at my computer for only a few hours after church and lunch.

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    2. Now I know how you achieved Honor Roll status. :)

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    3. I don't change my schedule for weekends because it works for me to get up super early and get my writing done... and that way when family descends or when someone needs a Grammy, I'm available... I'm still working 25 hours/week at day job, so that weekend writing time is precious. And this way it doesn't interfere with family because up here with a big family, there is always a family event!

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  31. Until my writing pays all the bills, I write seven days a week. Lately I have been weaning off social media Fri/Sat/Sun.

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    1. Me, too! I check in and out on social media, but I don't stay plugged in all the time on the weekends. Can't. Thanks, Tina!

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  32. Oh my goodness! Those 7 Weird, Wonderful Words are delightful. I am so eager to share the real meaning of pumpernickel -- I can hear the hoots of laughter already. I've seen salmagundi on menus and always assumed it was Italian, since it usually has anchovies (a pause to explain that all my Sicilian relatives loved anchovies).

    So I guess our heroine could have salmagundi to accompany her ham and swiss on pumpernickel sandwich while she listens to a recounting of the death by defenestration of a lickspittle.

    Or maybe not :-)

    Congrats to all you winners. Kudos and wishes-for-the-best to you contest finalists and semi-finalists. What a thrill. And cheers for Ruthy's latest Stafford book. You Seekers can sure keep a reader busy!

    Wishes for a productive (or not, if you'd rather) weekend. Hope everyone is safe as the bad weather marches through the country.

    Nancy C

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    1. Salmagundi with a side of pasta, waiter!

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    2. Oooh, and dessert! Whatever shall we have? Hopefully they won't have sesquipedalian names :-)

      (Did I use that word correctly, Grammar Queen?)

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  33. DEBBY!! FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT! CONGRATULATIONS!

    Nancy C

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, for the congrats! All caps and bolded! I'm honored!!!

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  34. Thank you Mary! I'm excited to be your winner!

    Congratulations to all the other winners and authors!

    Funny sentence, Chill :)

    My husband loves pumpernickel for his sandwiches. I, however, am allergic to it so none for me, thank you. And I don't really want the library tote, just wanted to participate in the fun.

    But I would love to win the "pkg of books!" so please enter me in that drawing.

    May God bless and guide all of Seekerville!

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  35. TINA, finally I am remembering to thank you for the printer friendly button at the end of the posts. So helpful.

    Nancy C

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  36. Great WE, as always, Miss T!
    CONGRATS to all the winners - - Seekerville is the BEST place for writers AND readers!! :)
    Super excited for the semi-finalists and finalists listed in the post - - WOOHOO!! AND thrilled for sweet DEBBY GIUSTI added to the RWA Honor Roll!! :)
    I hope everyone is having a delightful, productive weekend. This mom is emotional as my oldest daughter is moving to TN right now (in her car as her hubby drives rental truck with furniture). Happy for her getting a dream job, but will MISS her! :(
    I guess I'd better "lose myself" in my writing today!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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      I'm feeling your pain. Hate to say goodbye. Especially hate to say goodbye to one of my children. I know your Mama Heart is sad. Sending hugs and love!

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    2. I hate goodbyes!!! I get very "Marilla Cuthbert" about goodbyes, and my heart just aches when my kids go off even though I know it's normal.... but there's the mommy side of me that still wants to look out for them.

      Weird.... but I'm glad you and Debby feel the same way.

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  37. Great comments today....must do lunch but it won't be pumpernickel ugh....lol...I want to be in for that lovely "library card" bag!! Thanks!

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    1. I know, see if I ever eat pumpernickel after reading what the word meant in the original German.

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    2. I'll eat your pumpernickel. I love all kinds of rye bread.... And rye bread with beau monde dip????

      OH BE STILL MY HEART!!!!!

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  38. Goodness, what a salmagundi of links today! I've learned a lot -- like an electronic book (e-book) is a retronym. That's a handy jawn to know -- great dinner party fodder. I hope you don't think I'm a lickspittle for using too many weird words -- I wouldn't want to provoke you into silencing me by defrenestration!

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  39. My reading list for May is definitely Salmagundi! I'm participating in the Clean Sweep ARC reading challenge and I'm planning on getting to some review books that have been on my list too long. I'd love to be entered for the surprise books too! Happy weekend!!!

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    1. Books, books and more books. Definitely salmagundi!

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  40. So much good news today! Congrats to all the finalists and folks with new releases!

    Seekervillagers rock!

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  41. Congratulations to the Daphne and Genesis finalists! :) And a great big shout-out to Debby for making the RWA Hall of Fame! Yes!

    Then there's Ruthy's new book, AND Myra's Selah nod. Wow! So much good news today. Love it.

    Uh... am I the only one who's hesitate to click this link: 6 Ways to Identify a Contrived Plot (Fiction University)? Gulp!

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  42. For those watching the Derby coverage, the young announcer with beard and wearing a bright plaid sports coat, Rutledge Wood, went to high school with my daughter. Local boy on NBC. Good for him!

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  43. Congratulations, Debby, for making the RWA Hall of Fame, and to Myra for the Selah final! So happy for you both!!

    Congrats also the semi-finalists and finalists in the unpublished category - such an exciting week!!

    Thank you, Tina, for such a great WE, and for the updates on the new releases, and deals on some great reads in the Seeker Sightings. So many opportunities!

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  44. The WE is always so awesome! I hit the jackpot with an AirBNB weekend away with my daughter. It is a separate apartment on a 75 acre farm with a pond and fountain in the middle. Horses and cows...it is just fabulous. I had to stop by Seekerville and catch up. And please enter me for the giveaway! I always need books. :)

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  45. Happy Weekend everyone! And congrats to all the winners.

    Myra cheers on your book being named a finalist. And Debby great job getting on the RWA honor roll.

    Ruthy, congratulations on the release of your book. My mom is reading Home on the Range now, and she says that it is really good.

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    1. NICKI!!!! Tell mom thank you for her kind words.... it is really good! It's such a delightful and quirky story with a holy hot hero, Batman hero!!!! :)

      I appreciate the kind words, kiddo!

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  46. Congratulations to the Daphne and Genesis finalists. Woot Woot!

    HAPPY WEEKEND!

    Please enter me for the package of books.

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  47. Lot of great bookish jawn in this post!

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    1. Love that PailofPearls. I actually would love a pail of pearls too.

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    2. Pail of Pearls...so happy to see you here in Seekerville. We're a fun group. Many of us write for Love Inspired!

      As they say in the South, don't be a stranger, hear!

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  48. Congrats all the way around, plus great info, and please drop my name in the hat for the package of books - one can never have too many books to read/review! Thanks!

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    1. CC you are entered. Glad to have you in Seekerville.

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  49. Delightful Weekend Edition! Since my life has been sort of a salmagundi since the middle of March, I am thrilled to be writing any words at all.

    Can't wait to share the Weird Wonderful Words link with my writing group!

    Congrats to all the contest finalists and all the authors with new books...so exciting!

    I'd love to be entered for the package of books giveaway! Thank you.

    Wishing everyone a Tea-riffic Sunday!

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    1. I'm sipping a cup of tea, Kathryn, as I read you comment. It's still chilly in GA! Lots of sunshine, but windy and cool. We WERE in the 80s. Now we're in sweatshirts and sweaters. Go figure! :)

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    3. I'm going to try again!! LOL

      Debby, tea's my comfort in all kinds of weather! In Modoc where we have our ranch everyone quotes that old saying, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it'll change!"

      Congratulations on your nomination to the RWA Honor Roll!

      Take care.

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  50. I love reading these posts! You are all so much fun. The weird, wonderful words article was awesome. The word origin for pumpernickel is hilarious. No wonder I'm not fond of pumpernickel! I do, however, enjoy interesting words.

    I'd love to be entered to win the bag and the package of books.

    Congrats to everyone who won awards!

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    1. HA!!! Thanks, Winnie. You are entered.

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  51. KUDOS to all the Genesis and Daphne finalists -- praying for a win for each of you!!

    And WHOO-HOO to Debby Giusti for her RWA Honor Roll nod and Myra's Selah Awards final -- you girls ROCK!

    Fun WE, Teenster, so thanks for putting it together for us -- you are absolutely and utterly AMAZING, and that's not lickspittling there either, my friend. As Joe Friday said, "just the facts, ma'am"! ;)

    HUGS!!
    Julie

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  52. Seekerville is just brimming over with good news!! Mega congrats to the Genesis and Daphne finalists!

    Congratulations, Debby, on making the RWA Honor Roll!! We're all busting buttons we're so proud of you!

    Myra, huge congrats on the Selah Award final! Your covers are gorgeous!!

    We've got great sales on some fabulous books!

    Congratulations on your new release, Ruthy and Debby!

    Thanks for sharing the fun photos, Debby and Mary!

    Tina, excited for your gig, Tuesday!

    Janet

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    1. "Busting buttons!" Cute saying, Janet. Sounds like it belongs in one of your wonderful historicals! I love that you use phrases that could come from the mouths of your delightful characters.

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  53. Camped out with peace in the Valley yesterday afternoon. Great read! I put a rave review on Amazon.

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  54. Thank you, Seekerville, for the shout-out. Continuing in the Genesis Contest put me on Cloud Nine this week!

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  55. Congratulations to Myra and Debby and all our contest finalists!!

    I hope you all had a great weekend. My son graduated from college so I've had family in town. It was a wonderful weekend!

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  56. Great WE, Tina! Wish I lived close enough to attend your Blogging 101 class!

    Congrats to all the contest finalists, giveaway winners and Debby and Myra!

    LOVING these links. Especially the one about the editorial calendar, since I happened to be working on one this weekend and loved her tips in the article.

    Also, I stammer a bit when I speak, especially around strangers or in nervous situations, so I've never been brave enough to call myself a sesquipedalian, though a long word pops out here and there when I'm comfortable, especially at home. I'm absolutely in love with the word defrenestration now. And I remember learning lickspittle (disgusting but vivid) from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers when Adam calls his brothers "a bunch of lily-livered, chicken-hearted lickspittles" for attempting to behave like gentlemen. :)

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