Saturday, May 13, 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

Winner of an Out of Print tote is Melissa Jagears.

Winner of a surprise package of books is Jill Weatherholt.


Monday: Stephanie Dees, Love Inspired author of The Dad Next Door,  joined us today with her post, "Long-Term Critique Partnerships: Myth or Magic?" Winners of a A copy of her Love Inspired release, The Dad Next Door by Stephanie Dees and We Need a Little Christmas by Sierra Donovan are Vince Mooney and Rhonda Starnes. Print or ebook. Winner's Choice. 
 
Tuesday: Tina Radcliffe was in the house, with "The Art of Listening." Winner of a Do Not Disturb sign with Mac's Ear Plugs is Bria Burton. Winner of an Out Of Print Pride & Prejudice tote with a book tucked inside is Holly Ison.

Wednesday: Congratulations to Vince for winning award-winning author Pepper Basham's latest release, Just the Way You Are, during Pepper's blog last week on "The Heart of Christian Fiction." 

Thursday:  Ruthy's winner of the highly sought after audible copy of Back in the Saddle is Renee McBride! 















Monday: Janet Dean is your hostess with her post, "Make Plot and Backstory Mesh." Commenters may have an Amazon gift card in their future.

Tuesday: Get ready! Melissa Jagears has thrown down the gauntlet with her post,"5 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Time." You definitely want to stop by today. Plus, you could win a print copy of A Love So True!

Wednesday: Sandra Leesmith will share her exciting research as a ride-along with the Yavapai Sheriff's department. She will share how research, even with contemporary novels, helps deepen the plot.

Thursday: Laurie Tomlinson is our special guest with her post, “A Primer on Branding for Authors." Stop by to chat and you could win a paperback copy of her debut Harlequin Heartwarming release, With No Reservations.  

Friday: Today we bring you The Best of the Archives. Comments are closed today to enable us all to catch up on our reading and writing.


Congratulations to  Seeker Ruth Logan Herne. Two of her releases have posted on the ECPA bestseller list! Home on the Range joined Back in the Saddle on the bestselling fiction list this week! 




Check out the interview with our own Debby Giusti on The Suspense Zone!


Debby will sign copies of Amish Refuge at Books-A-Million in Peachtree City, GA, on Tuesday, May 30th, from 3:30 to 6:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. 

Follow Debby on Facebook for more information!











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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!

Perspective and Your Authorial Voice (Writer Unboxed)

The Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest is Open!

There’s an App for That—Apps to Make Your Writing Conference Experience Better (The Write Conversation)


How to Write a Romance Blurb (Romance University)

 New Amazon Buy Button Program Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors (PW)

Why Authors Need to Dump the Elevator Pitch (BookEnds Literary Agency)

How to Get the Right Mindset (Publication Coach)

This Novel Seems Very Weak (Janet Reid Literary Agent)

5 Tips for Using Swag to Bond With Readers and Increase Book Sales (DBW)
This weekend, Ruth Logan Herne has her own Sack-O'-Stuff to send out to TWO lucky commenters. Stop in and chat! We'll add your name twice if you talk like a cowboy. One sack for writers and one for readers. Let us know which Stetson your name should be tossed into. Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition.


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  1. Weekend
    Challengaroo!


    How would you go about writing a captivating, page-turner, of a story without the use of conflict? Could you do it? Conflict alone can work well but conflict alone is a one trick pony.

    James Patterson says that the way to create page-turners is to always be asking questions that the reader just has to have answered.

    The Value-Adding Writer

    While the plot is the main attraction when reading a story, it is also possible to have a lot of other things happening outside the plot that the reader finds rewarding to read.

    How are your stories? How interesting and page turning are the things going on that do not directly relate to the plot? I call these extra things 'value-added' material.

    In Stephanie Plum it's the wisecracks. In the "Cat Who" stories it's the antics of the two cats. In the wonderful "How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart" (by Candice Patterson) it's all the interesting quotes and facts about the history and process of beekeeping.

    I've noticed that the really big best sellers have a high amount of value-added material. Is the TV show "Lethal Weapon" really about solving the crime or is it the interplay between the two detectives?

    Does anyone want to share their ideas for creating high interest without the use of conflict? Or share ways to add value to an existing plot? Perhaps you've already done this in a story.

    Please contribute to this Weekend Challengaroo!

    Vince

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    1. A story without conflict? Hmmmm?

      I like the conflict so doubt I would try to wrote a story without it. Perhaps a literary read would fit into the non-conflict arena.

      Although I do like your ideas, Vince, about added value for the reader. Something to always keep in mind as we write.

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    2. Hi Debby:

      I don't suggest one actually write a whole story without conflict but rather that one develop the skill to be able to do this. This way a writer might get into the habit of having multiple streams of 'page-turning' events happening that create high reader involvement independent of the interest generated by the plot conflict. I would also suggest that those that can do this will never have a 'sagging middle' or really sagging anything. There's the 'I can't put it down book' and the 'I really can't put it down book', and the 'I really, really, can't put it down book' etc. The mega-best sellers have often ratcheted this up to 'putting this book down is not an option' category. :)

      BTW: I think you do this well with the added interest there is in the Amish lifestyle.

      Think of the pro golfer who can hit a ball left-handed using the back of the club and drive the ball where he wants to for over 100 yards. Now he would not do that every shot, but it would sure help when the ball is up against a tree trunk and left-handed is the only way to hit it.

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    3. Thanks, Vince, for you kind words about the Amish input in my stories.

      Often our editors, at least with LIS, make us remove the "extras." Probably due to the short word count. :)

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    4. VINCE SAID: "James Patterson says that the way to create page-turners is to always be asking questions that the reader just has to have answered."

      Oh, I like that a LOT, Vince, thank you!!

      You also asked: "Does anyone want to share their ideas for creating high interest without the use of conflict? Or share ways to add value to an existing plot? Perhaps you've already done this in a story."

      LOL ... well, I sure haven't done it because I like drama and angst in LARGE doses, but I remember reading a few of the Mitford Series, and the thing that kept me coming back was not the conflict (I don't even remember what it was, so there!), but it was the small-town setting and the love interest of the neighbor next door for a middle-age minister that kept me glued.

      But honestly, if I love the characters, that always hooks me in WAY before the plot does, which is why I am not generally a suspense or mystery reader because the conflict is front and center, and I like my conflict in the relationships. Not sure if this makes sense or not?

      Hugs,
      Julei

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    5. Oh, and DUH! VINCE -- you won Pepper's book from her blog last week, so SUPER CONGRATS! I actually did type it into the WE this week, but for some reason, it didn't stick, so I just retyped it in the winner's column above.

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    6. Hi Debby:

      When it comes to the added value stuff, it still has to be worked as carefully into the story as does backstory. It cannot slow the story up or worse, distract from the story. A good example is when Amish ways, which are very different from the Englisher's POV, play a part in solving the mystery.

      Another good example is Stephen Saylor who writes about a 'Finder' (detective) in ancient Rome who works for the Emperor.

      Saylor is a Latin teacher, loves Rome, and provides lots of delicious tidbits all along the way to solving the crime.

      Nevada Barr does the same thing when she reveals so many juicy insights into the National Park Service. (They won't sell her National Park mysteries at the National Park Bookstores!)

      Idea: I was thinking of having an odd, even for them, Amish woman create a controversy by buying a lottery ticket. While the mystery is about the State lotto system, the woman had nothing to do with that plot. The reader wonders how the Bishop is going to rule on the ticket and if the woman is going to win! Well, the woman, Helga, comes running into the Sunday service, at her father's farm no less, and screams "I've won the lottery". It was the liveliest Sunday they ever had...turns out she 'only' won $10,000 not the $140,000,000 carried in the news! Now how does the Bishop rule? What about the woman winning made the hero figure out who did his lotto crime?

      Vince

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    7. Hi Julie;

      I think I've read most of the Milford stories and while I loved them and felt they were super page turners, all I can really remember from those stories was if Fr. Tim was going to find a wife and would he finally get the woman all the readers wanted him to get.

      I almost only read Debby when it comes to suspense because she creates four robust streams of interest: mystery, suspense, inspiration, romance/love. Most LIS have almost all suspense and very little romance arc and often just prayers for help as inspirational.

      Like you I read for the characters. Your Boston series has the big advantage of being historical. We not only learn about the parish priests but also what priests were like back at that time in that part of the USA. I lived there near that time and your priests were just like the ones I knew as a boy.

      Your books have the added value of being snapshots into the past that was evaporator with the atomic bomb. I look forward to reading all seven books again.

      Vince

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    8. Hi Debby:

      I just noticed that Janet Dean is doing a post on Monday called "Make Plot and Backstory Mesh." I would venture that just about everything Janet has to say about making this mesh work will also apply to value adding and question asking. Both are very hard to do seamlessly. Can't wait to read this post late Sunday night!

      Vince

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    9. Wow, Vince, this is a great Challengaroo. Thinking about the books I enjoy -- the ones of which I'll read the entire series -- what keeps me reading is definitely the character development and developments in relationships. For example, two characters who learn aspects about each other's skills while dealing with a situation.

      And humor -- especially knowing how one character will react and just waiting for it to happen will keep me turning the page.

      I also enjoy secondary characters who provide comic relief or bring out aspects of the main characters that no one else does.

      Lots to think about here to apply to my writing.

      Nancy C

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  2. Congrats to all the winners!!!
    Lot of great articles this weekend.
    I'm up late eating chocolate and drinking a Coke Zero. I'm going to regret the caffeine.

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    1. Connie Queen, I've had a few of those regrettable nights, LOL!

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    2. Hi Connie: At the exact time you were writing this, I was also drinking a Coke Zero. I see I am also a book prize winner. So thanks for the Congrats! May you win next week!

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    3. Vince, LOL. I stayed up past 3:00. Grandkids are here so I knew it may be my only quiet time.

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  3. Congratulations to all this weeks winners!
    Congratulations to Ruthy for being on the ECPA Bestseller List I'm sure Peace in the Valley will be there soon! I'm lovin' this book.

    Puh-lease inculude me in thuh stetson for readers. Ah would be tickled pink ta win. Ah guess ah'll mosey awn down thuh road a bit, i got much t' do todee.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. TWO CHANCES IN THE READER'S STETSON FOR CINDY WOOLARD!!!!! Well done, my friend!!!!!

      And how exciting is that bestseller stuff??? I am absolutely thrilled!

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  4. Howdy partners! Yeehaw! I won the surprise package of books...thank you!
    Congratulations to all of the winners. A special congrats to Ruthy on the ECPA bestseller list!
    I'd love to have my name thrown in the writer Stetson.
    Happy Trails!

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    1. Jill, you did it!!! You talked Western, well done, my friend! Two chances in the Writer's Bag (which you know will have UNUSED craft books, darling.!!!!)

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  5. Congratulations Ruthy!

    Congratulations to all the winners this week.

    Ruthy, please put me in the hat for the writers bag.

    I hope it is a Happy Mother's Day for all.

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    1. Wilani, I'm tucking you in, and thank you for the Mother's Day wishes. You have such a good heart, Wilani, and I'm thinking of you especially this weekend.

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  6. Another packed WE. Thanks, Tina!!!

    Ruthy, congrats on having two books make the ECPA bestseller list! Woot! You're smokin'! And that's good!

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    1. Doesn't Tina do a marvelous job on this??? We are so blessed to have her.... And huge thank yous, that's an unbelievable thing to me. I am so grateful to Natasha Kern, to Waterbrook, to Walmart and all the cool stores that gave the Double S Ranch series shelf space. I am beyond blessed.

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    2. Hi Ruth:

      You might not believe this but I have no idea what the ECPA is!

      I looked it up for us who are less enlightened:

      http://www.ecpa.org/?page=bestseller_lists

      and it's a list of the top 50 best selling Christian Books and/or the top 20 best selling Christian Fiction books.

      Wow! I can see now that I need to put my first edition copy of "Winter's End" in my safe along with my first edition of "Petticoat Ranch". I'm glad I was reading print books back then!

      Congrats!

      Vince

      P.S. I still like "Red Kettle Christmas" and "The Lawman's Second Chance" best.

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    3. ECPA stands for Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, what an honor to make that list!

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    4. Vince, I don't think a lot of folks know what the ECPA is... Kind of like why would you know Publisher's Weekly unless you were in the biz... And they've taken over the Christy Awards as of this year, so that's nice, too. And I'm glad you like Red Kettle Christmas and Lisa's story... I love them too... but I love all of them, it's like loving my kids... sometimes they're brats, but I love them amazingly. They're such gifts!

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  7. Congratulations, Ruthy! That is fantastic! Did you do a happy Cowboy dance when you found out? (I have no idea what a Cowboy dance is, by the way, but I'm thinking a thigh slap and a 'yeehaw' were a part of it.)

    Please toss my name in the 'ol writers hat, ma'am. And thank you much, darlin'.

    That was weak. But I don't talk cowboy, I talk dee French!

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    1. You are in the writers' hat, darling and I DID DO A COWBOY DANCE!!!! AND I LOOKED UTTERLY RIDICULOUS, JOSEE!!!! :)

      But what fun it is to celebrate this with all o' youse!!!!

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  8. Happy trails, Seekers! Yee haw, put my name in that Stetson. I'm going to git some vittles. If we had sun instead of all this rain, it'd be calling me home on the range so i could get back in the saddle, but I'll settle for peace in the valley. Git along, little doggies, have a pert fine weekend.

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    1. Two chances in, well done! I'm laughing! I'm putting you in the writers' tote because I love what you do!

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    2. I made you laugh! Mission accomplished! You made me sigh. You love what I do. Thank you! Off to do more! And I accomplished something early this morning for a student I was working with yesterday. I'm in a roll!

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  9. Miss Ruthy, I'm downright tongue tied to hear you got two of them bestsellers. You shore must know how to write them words that make purty stories. If I ever git time out on the range I jest might git me some readin time. Cup of joe and your story but Might have to hide it. Some of my pardners might not understand. My white hat's off to ya! Gotta mosey now but you have you a happy mama's day.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Miz Ruthy, will ya please throw my name in that thar hat you seem to always have aroun?
      Connie
      cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Miz Connie, I surely will, an' happy to do it, my friend! I am tuckin that thar name two times into the yonder Stetson, little Missy! :)

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  10. On the road again today. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers. Celebrate and enjoy your special day. Happy writing. Congrats to all the winners.

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    1. Safe travels, my friend! God bless you!

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  11. Howdy, darlin'. just wanted to tell ya' that Ruthy, she's got some snap in her garters alright. Just makes a person want to hallelujah the county. Well, I'm busier than a stub tailed bull during fly season today but just wanted to drop by and get my name dropped in the writer's cover. Just remember a worm is the only animal that cain't fall down. Keep yur saddle oiled and yur gun greased. See you on the rebound. I'm headin' to the wagon yard y'all

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    1. Hahahahahahahaha! I LOVE HAVING SNAP IN MY GARTERS!!!!! I am on the floor laughing and begging to borrow that line, it's perfect!!!!I've got your name in twice, my friend, and still laughing!!!!

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  12. Good morning, Seekerville! Congratulations on the book recognition, Ruthy!!! Sweet!

    I've been in the Valley of the Sun on day job business the past 3 days...gorgeous weather. You can't beat perfect temperatures, exotic-sounding birds, cactus, palm trees, and dining under the stars. But I sure could have done without the ice-cube-cold air conditioning inside the meeting rooms that left my teeth chattering!

    Hope everyone has a GREAT writing day!!

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    1. Glynna, I cannot imagine life down there without air conditioning... But I hear you. I've learned to never wear sandals (frozen toes) and always bring a sweater or jacket. Isn't it crazy???? But I love the birds in Phoenix.... they do sound tropical!

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  13. P.S. It SNOWED in Arizona mountain country this past week before I headed for the Valley of the Sun!!

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    1. Glynna, we got some flakes here, too. Hoping for a warming trend this week, and I'm sending some your way. And your mountains and high level plateaus are beautiful.

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    2. Thanks, Ruthy! I'll take a warming trend for sure. Although it was beautiful, I wasn't really in the mood to see snow coming down hard and fast--and STICKING. Then the next day I was basking in desert sunshine and warmth where everything was blooming and birdsong sounded happy, happy, happy. :) I was happy, happy, happy, too!

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  14. Snow? So strange Glynna. Happy Weekend Seekerville. Happy Mother's Day to the Mom's out there. Happy Cowboy to Ruthy and congrats on her EPCA listings!!!

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    1. Tina, thank you for a great WE! It is much appreciated. And Happy Mother's Day and COWBOYS to you, with your upcoming Western ranch series. Must love cowboys!!!!

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  15. All Yall sound more western & Texan than I do in real life!! :)

    In honor of Talk Like a Cowboy day here's one of my favorite camp songs(To the tune of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee")...
    Just a bowl of Butter Beans.
    Pass the Biscuits if you please.
    I don't want no collard greens.
    Just a bowl of those good ole Butter Beans!

    *And Yes, that will stick in your head all day! You're Welcome!! :)

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    1. Jana, LOL, you're in twice!!! Oh that's perfect, and how can we not embrace "Talk Like a Cowboy" day???

      Got some butter beans????

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    2. Haha, Jana, you got me singing it, thanks, lol!

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    3. I singing along, Jana! A catchy song, for sure!

      Pass the beans, please!

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    4. All Yall sound more western & Texan than I do in real life!! :)

      Laughing out loud, Jana! I was just thinking the same thing :-D

      Nancy C

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  16. Yee Haw! Congrats to all thuh winners!

    I'm raising a sarsaparilla to all thuh mothers here. Enjoy your Mother's Day weekend!

    Puh-lease toss my name in thuh readers stetson.

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    1. I'll take that sasparilla and enjoy it mightily!!!

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  17. Well shucks Ruthy, you know that surprises are just the gosh darn best! I'd be obliged if'n you'd toss my name in that there Stetson for the draw. Readin' is my special-ty ;)

    I found some cowboy wisdom that I thought y'all would appreciate...

    ~Always drink upstream from the herd.
    ~An onion can make people cry; but, there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.
    ~Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.
    ~If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there with ya.
    ~If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
    ~Just 'cause trouble comes visiting doesn't mean you have to offer it a place to sit down.
    ~Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back.
    ~Nature gave us all something to fall back on, and sooner or later we all land flat on it.
    ~The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.
    ~The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.
    ~There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.
    ~When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

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    1. I love this. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging!!!!

      The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse!!!

      I am in love!!!!!

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    2. Possible best list of cowboy wisdom ever, Heidi!

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    3. Wonderful, Heidi! Especially "The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse." It reminds me of another saying around here, "Was that smart, or did it hurt?"

      Nancy C

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  18. I ain't even gonna try an' speak cowboy lessen the truth ones take me for the city slicker I am!

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    1. That was tru, not truth, autocorrect don't speak cowboy

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    2. I think that slip o' the tongue, makes it Western enough for me! :) And a well placed "ain't" is a marvelous thing!

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  19. RUTHY!!!! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! SUPER CONGRATS ON THE DOUBLE ECPA LISTING, YOU LITTLE BRAT -- YOU ARE SMMMMMOKIN'!!!!!!!!!!

    And congrats to all the winners AND kudos to the Teenster for another seamless and scintillating WE!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, go figure!!! The wonderful thing is that these books are exactly where my so many of my readers shop.... grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Winn Dixie, Kroger.... I'm among my own folks and I love it!

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  20. Well, howdy there, ya'll! What a rip roarin series you have there, ma'am. Wishin all ya'll a happy square dancin momma's day! I am just a lonely reader here. ;)

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    1. Susan P, a rousin', rip-roarin' welcome to you and I'm dosey-doe-ing right 'longside! Promenade! Tossing two chances into the "NEVER LONELY IN SEEKERVILLE!!!!" reader hat!!!

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  21. Good morning, Seekerville! Guess what. I am NOT spending my Saturday doing weekend chores and generally being grumpy.

    I AM ON VACATION!!!!!

    And lest anyone think they can go rob my house while we're away, remember, our daughter's family of six, plus two "vicious" dogs and an attack cat are still living at our house.

    Having a great time with our other daughter in Montana. SIL is planning to grill elk steaks for lunch!

    And last night? We actually stayed up until midnight at a karaoke bar where daughter & SIL are regulars. Oh, wow, I wish y'all could hear them sing! They are THE most popular singers there. (And all they ever drink is water.)

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    1. Enjoy your trip north, Myra.... I expect your daughter and her family are enjoying some quiet family time while you're up here!

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    2. Quiet???? Are you kidding????

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    3. Myra, have a wonderful time!! I'm so jealous!

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    4. Myra that sounds like so much fun! Do they sing together? Like a duet? I LOVE IT!

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    5. And I appreciate the attack cat warning. You probably saved me from some mighty scratches. I will set aside my burglary plans.

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  22. Happy Mothers Day Seekers/Villagers!
    Enjoy your special day!

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    1. Tracey, darlin', a happy day to you as well! With blessings aboundin' and cowboy church! :)

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  23. Aw shucks Miss Ruthy, sure would like to win whatever you got stuffed in that there writer's stetson. I once wrote a cowboy poem for my daddy and then it also got printed in our local rodeo program. Fun stuff. Happy Mothers Day everyone!

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    1. Happy Mother's Day, Cindy! That's awesome about the cowboy poem!

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    2. Now I want to see the cowboy poem.... Cindy, that's the sweetest thing!

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  24. Howdy, and congratulations on the ECPA bestsellers RUTHY!!! That's awesome news, pardner! (LOL, I may be thrown outta Texas for that attempt at cowboy speak). Congrats also to all the winners! Thanks, Tina for another great WE! Love the links and updates!

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    1. Laura, thank you! I was gobsmacked! :) And I'm throwin' your name into that writer's Stetson, darling!

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  25. Hope you're all having a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day to our mothers!

    Oh my goodness, I'm getting such a kick out of the cowboy talk! :)

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    1. Wishin' you a happy Mother's Day, lil' Missy... and tippin' a cowboy hat your way.

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  26. Whoa Nellie Bell! A whole big old Stetson for a lucky aspiring writer? Yeehaw. Sounds like a good ride. Time to mosey so I'll say happy trails to all.

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    1. And that lovely rendition of Westernitis gets you two tickets in that thar writin' gals hat, Miz Bettie!!!

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  27. Howdy, Miss Tina. I reckon there's no need me talkin' like a cowboy. Us here, Seekers never get to win nuthin'. :(

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    1. Wait! You won my love and affection! WHY ISN'T THAT EVER ENOUGH FOR YOU?????

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  28. If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain.
    A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.
    If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride. 
    The horse stopped with a jerk-- and the jerk fell off!
    When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin'. 
    Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.

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    1. I love those. If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.

      Analogy of life.

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  29. Cowboy talk...

    Save a horse, ride a cowboy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt0_oPPK6eA

    A horse of a different color!

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    1. Big & Rich... what a pair of volatile guys. So much initial success and then they split. Solo careers for years... and then they kissed and made up again.

      Didn't one of them throw a temper tantrum on an awards show back in the day?

      I liked "Coming to Your City". Great song!

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      I was big on Rich but I was never very rich on Big. My knowledge on both is rather small and poor.

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  30. Happy Mother's Day to all the ladies! To those who have children and to those who love children! Enjoy the day!

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  31. Howdy! Happy Mother's Day!

    Yeehaa for all the winners! I reckon if someone'll just distract Melissa I can make off with her out-of-print tote :-)

    That's a mighty fine accomplishment being on that EPCA bestseller list there, Ruthy.

    Let's have a big round of applause for the little lady named Tina for another top-notch WE.

    Nancy C

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    1. Nancy, thank you! Isn't that crazy exciting??? And well done on the Western lingo, lil' missy!

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  32. Howdy, y'all,

    Hope y'all are enjoying your weekend, congratulations to all of ya who are winners. To all of you who are mothers, happy Mother's Day.

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    1. Please enter my name into the writing stetson.

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    2. Nicki, two chances in for you, my writing buddy!!!

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  33. Happy Mother's Day to all the Seekers and Seekervillagers who are mom's.

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  34. Well, howdy, Seekers. My Stetson's about near to fall off, but I thank the Seekers for all that great information and links. And a mighty big congrats to Ruthy for her books and another mighty big Stetson salute to Tina and Janet for their contest final.

    (Please dip my name into the horse's trough labeled writers.)

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    1. Tanya, loved that pic on facebook!!! ADORABLE!!! And you've got two chances in that writer's hat, darlin', and a nod of gratitude for yore fine congratulatory message.

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