Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Weekend Edition


  





Last weekend we celebrated Janette Foreman's first sale. Winner of a a Love Inspired Historical Book of Choice, (your choice print or ebook as available on Amazon) is Megan Brummer.

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


Monday: Mary Connealy showed up talking about research and getting lost in the Rocky Mountains. Crystal is the winner of a signed copy of Long Time Gone.

Tuesday: Karen Witemeyer returned to Seekerville with a fun post, "Online Dating in the 19th Century???" Jackie Smith is the winner of an autographed copy of Heart on the Line.
Wednesday: Guest Connie Mann inspired us with "Navigating the Unpredictable Sea of Publishing." The winner of a copy of Hidden Threat is Kathy Bailey.

Thursday: Ruthy Logan Herne was in the house with "8 Clues to Writing a Cozy Mystery." The winner of "A Light in the Darkness", the first book in the "Mysteries of Martha's Vineyard" series is Darlene Bucholz!




Monday: Missy Tippens brings us "Are You A Couch (Desk) Potato? Let’s Get Moving!" Missy is issuing a writer and reader fitness challenge! Do you dare come check out the challenge??? She'll will make it worth your while with a prize!


Tuesday: "Yes, You Can Be a Story Genius!" Myra Johnson shares tips gleaned from Lisa Cron's book Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) One lucky writer could win a copy of Cron's book, and Myra is also giving away a copy of her award-nominated Castles in the Clouds

Wednesday: "Me, Write a Novella? What a Novel Idea!" Join author Debbie Lynne Costello as she talks about her experiences and benefits in writing a novella. Book giveaway included as well as Rafflecopter contest for the choice of Kindle Fire or $50 gift card and more!

Thursday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome back award-winning author, Kate Breslin with her post “Seeking Inspiration – Find The Spark That Ignites Your Story Into Lift Off!” One lucky commenter will receive a copy of her recently released book from Bethany House Publishing, High as the Heavens.

Friday: Today we bring you The Best of the Archives, with one of our finest vintage posts. Comments are closed so we all can catch up on our reading and writing.








SAVE THE DATE!!! Summer doldrums hold you back from success? Do you languish your months away and then regret lost time? Join us for the SUMMER 2017 VIRTUAL WRITERS' RETREAT. Yes, once again Ruth Logan Herne and a faculty of published authors will give you the imaginary week of your writing lives! We'll take that week to relax in the heart of Central Idaho at the Rocky Ridge Ranch, riding horseback into the hills, gathering around the campfires and learning the basics of sheep, cows, donkeys, and horses. All for one low price: FREE.  Don't let the dog days of summer hold you back from your dreams. Retreat Dates: August 13-19. More information to come and all virtual meds should be registered with retreat organizer in advance. ;) Early Bird Sign-up: loganherne@gmail.com 
Congratulations again to our own Ruth Logan Herne! Peace in the Valley, the third book of her delightful cowboy/western "Double S Ranch" series is #6 on the Christian Fiction Bestseller List, and Home on the Range is hanging in there at #15! You can find these books nationwide, at any store stocking mass market paperbacks (Walmart, Albertson's, Kroger's, etc.) or on Amazon.com! (photo courtesy of Tina Radcliffe and Albertson's grocery!)



Available for Preorder Now! Ruthy promised she'd tell you when the link popped up and here it is: Book One of "Mysteries of Martha's Vineyard" Ruthy Logan Herne's "A Light in the Darkness" is coming soon and can be preordered from Guideposts now!













Hearts Entwined  
 with Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings & Melissa Jagears.

Stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.
Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers




Myra Johnson's historical romance Castles in the Clouds (Flowers of Eden book 2) has been named a finalist in the inspirational category of First Coast Romance Writers National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards!









Thanks for the link love!

Before Anything, You Must Believe (Bookends Literary Agency)

How to Personalize a Query (Nathan Bransford)

10 Surprising Takeaways from Book Expo 2017 (Project Manager Writer)

BookCon 2017: Consumers Flock to Javits to Meet Authors—and Publishers (PW)

The ACFW Silent Auction is now OPEN! 

The 2017 NJ Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Contest is now open!

How to Research a Literary Agent (Nathan Bransford)

Brand New Vellum Picks a Fight for Prettier (e)Books (TechCrunch)

 Mary Keeley has departed Books & Such Literary Management, where she was an agent since 2010. She plans to pursue opportunities outside of the publishing industry. (Publishers Lunch)

How To Manage Your Time and Automate Your Author Marketing With Nick Stephenson (The Creative Penn)

Enhancing Your Story Through Macro & Micro Setting Descriptions (Writers in the Storm)

How to Create and Market your Author Platform FREE (Bad Redhead Media)

Rachel Brooks, formerly of L. Perkins Agency, has moved to BookEnds Literary Agency. She is actively looking for high-concept romance, commercial young adult, cozies with a strong series hook, and select commercial women’s fiction. 

Check out the Harlequin Blog Ebook Deals and sign up for the newsletters. (Harlequin)


That's it! Have a great reading and writing weekend and a big welcome to all our new visitors this week!

65 comments :

  1. Happy Weekend, everyone. It is going to be hot here in Nebraska--mid to upper 90's the next few days. Good time to stay inside and read and write.

    I'm excited because on Friday I got a contract in the mail for another Pockets story (a children's magazine.) That was very encouraging.

    Looks like another great week ahead in Seekerville. I look forward to it.

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    1. SANDY!!!! That's so wonderful to hear! Congratulations to you!!!

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    2. Same here, Sandy! It's starting to get HOT. Congratulations on the Pockets story!! :)

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    3. Sandy, congratulations on the Pockets sale! I remember from my days as a children's writer how hard that publication was to break into!

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    4. Oh Sandy! Thanks for sharing the good news! Congratulations!!

      Nancy C

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    5. SANDY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!
      AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    6. Congratulations, Sandy!! I'm a little late to the party, but still happy for you!

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  2. Sandy, you're becoming the Pocket's Queen. You'll have to tell us more about what you are subbing. Fiction? Non Fiction?

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    1. Tina, I am submitting fiction. They have a theme list and I write a story that fits the theme. In the past I have also sold puzzles to them. They pay less than stories, of course, but don't take much time to prepare so not bad to get a little pay for that. I am going to start working on more of those.

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  3. Myra! Congratulations on your NERFA final. Wonderful news. And congrats to Ruthy on her ECPA listing! WOO HOO!

    Love that new cover, Mary. So pretty. And love the mystery cover for Guideposts.

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    1. There is so much to love this weekend... :) And the sun is shining in WNY. We're excited!!!

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    2. I'll take every bit of encouragement I can get! Really glad this book is getting a little notice!

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  4. Happy WE everyone!

    Big weekend here, our Pastor is retiring from serving in the ministry for 52 yrs!! Our church is throwing a retirement luncheon after Sunday service, but setting up the reception hall tomorrow (Saturday). Sad to see his wife and him go, he's been out Pastor since we moved here in 2008 :-( Happy for them because they will move to central Oregon to live closer to their kids and grandkids. I guess if you've lived as long as they have (80) and served as Pastors as long as they have, you deserve to live out the rest of your life surrounded by your family :-)

    Congrats everyone! Looking forward to another great week here.

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    1. Oh, bless them for their service... and they must be lovely people to have served that long. Trixi, enjoy the laughter and tears of this weekend!!!

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    2. Trixi, sounds like they've had an amazing ministry. Such a happy/sad occasion.

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  5. Congratulations to all of the winners.
    Yay Myra! Nice!
    Thanks for a great WE, Tina. Going off line...lots of work to do this weekend. Happy writing!

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  6. Congrats Myra, Ruthy, and all the winners.

    I love the idea of the virtual retreat. No bug spray needed and it's free. You ladies are great!

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    1. Thanks, Bettie! BTW, Ruthy organizes some really fun virtual retreats. You'll have a blast!

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    2. We will have fun on the retreat... a great way to re-energize ourselves!!!!

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  7. Congratulations Ruthy, Myra and all the winners!

    Happy Weekend!

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  8. Hi everybody, it is great to be back from Boston, although Boston was great in its own way. I got to "come ye apart and rest a while" and did some serious work on both my WIP and the revise and resubmit. Looking forward to this week in Seekerville!
    Kathy Bailey

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  9. So many things to celebrate today. I'm raising my coffee mug to all the winners! Congrats, Ruthy and Myra, for your good news too!

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    1. Always grateful for a little good news to brighten my day. Thanks, Deb!

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    2. I love going to Boston... I love the shoreline, the harbor, Faneuil Hall area... the food!!! I love the food, Kathy!!! :)

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  10. Congrats to Ruthy and Myra!
    Happy Weekend to all! Thanks, Tina, for a great WE!

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  11. Congratulations to this week's winners and to all of the Seekerville authors who have received recognition.
    Blessings!

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    1. Recognition isn't everything, Connie, but I won't turn it down (especially the good kind!). :)

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  12. Great WE as always, Miss T!!
    CONGRATS to all the winners and to Ruthy and Myra for your exciting news!!
    Just now pre-ordered RUTHY'S Guideposts book - - hardcover copy - - Woohoo!! Cannot wait til it arrives!!
    Now I'm thinking I need another bookshelf just to hold Seeker books! :)
    I hope everyone has a delightful, safe weekend. Please enjoy some goodies I've set out this morning (yes, I was baking when I should've been writing....or decluttering*sigh*). ;) Buttermilk pancakes, Pecan waffles, fresh fruit, and grits (with creamery butter---YUM!).
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. LOL, Patti Jo, I ran out of Seeker bookshelf space a long time ago! Now the books are all double and triple stacked!

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    2. Patti Jo, thank you! I hope you love it, my friend!!!! I've got a set of bookshelves for Seeker books now... it's crazy fun, isn't it???

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  13. So, I turned in book #2 of The Natchez Trace Novel series... The Journey to Promise (working title) on Monday.

    #Happy!!!

    And after falling into an exhausted 9 hour sleep, I hit the ground running on Tuesday. This week has been filled with marketing calls for The Promise of Breeze Hill (August 2017), website facelift, mailing ARCs, ACFW business, personal business, and more.

    The list isn't done, but I'm consistently chipping away at it. I want to "clear the decks" of everything that can be done and then start on book #3.

    A woman's, nor a writer's, work is never done. :)

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    1. Good luck with clearing the decks, Pam! Just about when I think mine are clear, somebody dumps another barrel of fish all over them!

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    2. Yippy! You turned in Book #2 ... making it one step closer for us readers :-)

      Nancy C

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    3. Pam, congratulations!!!!! Happy dancing in WNY for you!!!!

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  14. Good morning, Seekerville! Is it Saturday again already??? At least I can happily say I polished off (successfully, I hope!) the revisions due Friday for an upcoming Love Inspired romance.

    Now I need another vacation--and WITHOUT the drama of the one we just got back from!

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  15. Woohoooo congrats Myra. And Ruthy, kudos for store presence. Yay girls. Way to go. Have a wonderful weekend all of you.

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    1. Sandra, thank you! Planting time here, so we've got dirt under the fingernails and kids underfoot... all is well with my soul!

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  16. Happy weekend! I'm so excited for Hearts Entwined! I always LOVE the novella collections from these four!

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  17. There are more libraries than Starbucks? Wow, that was a big surprise for me. Go libraries! BTW, I'm an Overdrive fan. I've found several 'new to me' authors by reading one of their ebooks via my library and Overdrive.

    Sure hope I'm able to participate in the Virtual Writer's Retreat in August. I've never been to Idaho ;-)

    Love the use of the rope making a heart on the cover of Hearts Entwined. Eager to read what sound like fun stories.

    Congrats to all this week's winners, to Ruthy for all the bestsellers, to Myra for the final in the First Coast Romance Writers awards ... and a BIG thank you to Tina for another WE. Looking forward to reading more links later.

    Happy weekend everyone!

    Nancy C

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    1. Nancy, you'll love Idaho, LOL! It's gorgeous and the ranch is AMAZING.... and the food, Lordy! Let me tell you, the food is enough to make the commitment, LOL!

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    2. I love Overdrive as well. Wonderful invention!

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  18. Happy weekend! So much good information on this blog!

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  19. Happy weekend! Popping into say congratulations to Ruthy for her bestselling status and to Myra for her final!!! Lots of good news to share. Looking forward to seeing some of you in Cincinnati in August! Cheers, Sue

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    1. I'm looking forward to the Readers' Retreat, Susan! Can't wait to see you!

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    2. Thanks, Susan! I hope y'all have a wonderful time in Cincinnati!

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  20. WHOO-HOO, RUTHY & MYRA -- WAY TO KICK BUTT, GIRLS!!!

    It has been an IN-CRED-I-BLE WEEK on the Lake, and I have spent more time outside than in because I LOVE summer!! Nothing better than water rippling, a sweet breeze, and proofing book 3 in a series. Oh, and did I mention BBQ??? YUM!!

    Hugs and HAPPY WEEKEND, ALL!

    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie... I love this crazy biz!

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    2. Thanks, Julie!

      P.S.: Can I come over???

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  21. Mary, I love your new cover!

    Myra, congrats on the NERFA!

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  22. Ruthy, congrats again on the bestseller list!

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    1. Thank you, Missy! My cowboys are mighty happy 'bout now. ;)

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  23. Congratulations to our winners and to Myra on the NERFA final and Ruthy on the bestseller list and Mary on the novella release! Wow I love all the great news!

    I have some of my own. Yesterday our granddaughter and her doubles partner were runners-up in the state doubles championship and a grandson's high school graduation is this afternoon. Busy, fun time for our family.

    Happy Weekend Seekerville!

    Janet

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    1. Busy weekend, Janet!!! Congratulations to your family.

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    2. Thanks, Janet! And so delighted about your granddaughter's great day of tennis! Congrats on the grandson's graduation, too!

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  24. Late to the party, but Wow! Look at all this to celebrate! Way to go!

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