Saturday, March 31, 2018

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.  Note our new email address and please send your emails to
Tuesday: Ruth Logan Herne talked about diversity in stories on Tuesday... and she enjoyed talking with the lot o' youse! :) Winner of a copy of "The First Gift" is Connie Almony. Congratulations, Connie!

Wednesday: Glynna Kaye chatted about how to add "visual texture" to the telling of your tale! Winners of a copy of her April Love Inspired release, "Mountain Country Courtship" are Kathy Bailey, Jackie Smith, Winnie Thomas, and Linda Sammaritan!

Friday: Barbara Scott brought us a post about the power of journaling. The winner of Dreams of My Heart is...Alisa LaGroue!!

Monday:  Mary Connealy will be talking about the nugget...the foundation...of your story. She'll be talking about her TUESDAY release of the Accidental Guardian and there will be a drawing for a signed copy of The Accidental Guardian!

Wednesday:  Mindy Obenhaus will post about a writer's well being!

Friday: Thinking about designing your book cover? Leslie Ann Sartor will take us through the design steps to beautiful covers you can create yourself.

We have news to celebrate from another Villager! In January, Cynthia Herron was offered a three-book contract with Mountain Brook Ink! Her Hope Discovered (Book One in her Welcome to Ruby series) will release in July 2019! This was one of her books that finaled in the 2016 ACFW Genesis contest. Congratulations, Cynthia!

Ruthy is so excited not just to wish you all a blessed and wonderful Easter, but to announce the re-release of "Refuge of the Heart" in Kindle and paperback! With rights reversion, Ruthy is able to bring you this beautiful story for an affordable Kindle price... and Ruthy loves watching out for your pocketbook! Huge thanks to Franciscan Media for this rare and wonderful opportunity to share Lena's story with the world... starting here, right here, with you. LINK TO AMAZON! 

District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson lost his family to tragedy. He became a dogged prosecutor with an enviable conviction rate. But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love?

Erica Vetsch and her fellow novella collection authors are over on Tisha Martin's Blog talking about their April 1st release: 7 Brides for 7 Texas Rangers. Stop on by and enter the giveaway to win a copy! 

You can learn more about this new collection (a sequel to 7 Brides for 7 Texans) and order your own copy by clicking  HERE. 

The third book in Debby Giusti's bestselling Amish Protectors series, AMISH RESCUE, is in stores this week! You're sure to find it in Walmart as well as in your favorite romance-friendly bookstores. Buy digital copies at Amazon or other online providers! 

Amish Rescue
By Debby Giusti

Hiding with the Amish

Englischer Sarah Miller escapes her captor by hiding in the buggy of an Amish carpenter. Joachim Burkholder is her only hope—and donning Plain clothing is the only way to keep safe and find her missing sister. But for Joachim, who’s just returning to the Amish, the forbidden Englischer is trouble. Trapping her kidnapper risks his life, but losing Sarah risks his heart.

Barnes and Noble
Sioux City, Iowa
Southern Hills Mall
Saturday, April 14 - 1 pm
Sharee Stover, Erica Vetsch and Mary Connealy
Celebrating their new releases
Secret Past
Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers
The Accidental Guardian

5 Things You Must Know About Email Consent Under GDPR from Bettina Specht at Litmus. (Regarding EU subscribers to your email list)

Books Really Are Judged by Their Covers from Inspiring Creative Minds.

4 Tips on the Road to Publication by Laura Hodges Poole from The Write Conversation

Visual Thinking by Anne Greenwood Brown by way of Writer UnBoxed

3 Reasons It's Not Too Late To Submit by Tamela Hancock Murray, The Steve Laube Agency

(Thanks Jeanne Takenaka for always sending links!!)

Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for the Blog + Review Tour of Mary Connealy and Missy Tippen's new novella collection!  Together with Cheryl St. John, Tina Radcliffe, Lorna Seilstad, and Sherri Shackelford, Cowboys of Summer "bring you a collection of humorous, romantic and heartfelt novellas set against the sultry heat of summer."  Open to all readers, no blog required, and to bloggers to host our authors!! Click on the banner to take you directly to the sign up form.  For more open tours from JustRead Publicity Tours, click HERE.

TBLA Contest Needs Entries--Deadline on April 1!!!!!!

The deadline for the Touched By Love Award contest is fast approaching. The contest is currently low in entries which is good news for those entering since it increases their chances for making the final round. 

This contest is open to authors that have not been traditionally published or self-published in the last three years. They do NOT have to be a FHL or RWA member to enter. 

The book does not have to be finished and should be suitable for the Christian fiction market. A sample score sheet is available on the FHL website.

By entering your partial fiction manuscript (20 pages and a synopsis), you not only get feedback from fellow authors but you could win a critique from the following editors and agents. 

Miralee Ferrell, Publisher of Mountain Brook Ink
Michelle Grajkowski, Literary Agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Cynthia Ruchti, Literary Agent, Books & Such Literary Management
Raela Schoenherr, Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

1st Round entries will be judged by 3 trained unpublished and/or published authors. 2nd round entries will be judged by 3 published authors. Feedback is encouraged to be provided on all entries. The 1st place winning entries will be sent to the editors and agents.

Deadline for entry is April 1, 2018 after 11:59 pm PST 

More details are at or contact Kelly Ann Riley at if you have questions.


  1. Congratulations to Cynthia! Way to Go!
    Kathy Bailey

  2. Happy Easter weekend to all! I pray you have a blessed time with friends and family.

  3. Happy Easter Weekend!! Congratulations to all the winners and to Cynthia on her three book contract!! Hope to see all who can make it to our book signing in Sioux City!!

    1. Sharee, I SO can't wait to read your book. Congratulations, friend!

    2. Wish I could come, Sharee. I have other things going on that day.

    3. Sandy I wish you could be there too!!

  4. Wishing everyone a blessed Resurrection Day and wonderful weekend!

  5. Congrats to all the winners and wish I could be at the book signing.
    Alas, I don't know that my husband would be pleased w/me traveling that far....

    Fantastic news on Cynthia!!!!

  6. Congratulations, Cynthia! That is awesome news.

    I wish a very blessed Easter to everyone. Unfortunately for us, we are expecting a heavy snowstorm which will probably keep us from traveling out of town to our Easter dinner. Strange weather for Easter.

  7. Congratulations to the winners and congratulations Cynthia. Happy Easter!!

  8. Good Morning, SEEKERVILLE ~ Thanks so much for the shout-out and well-wishes! You ALL are a fantastic group of encouragers and I appreciate your support. :-) It's a crazy-fun ride!

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend with family and friends as we focus on the greatest miracle in history.

    Happy, Blessed Easter!

    1. CONGRATULATIONS, CYNTHIA!!!!!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you! What great news during the holiest week of the year.

    2. Cynthia -- I congratulated you yesterday on the blog, but I'm going to jump in and do it again today! Something like this is worthy of a double shout-out for sure!! :)

  9. Cynthia, I'm so excited!!! A three-book contract! How fantastic!!! Good for you. Congrats!

  10. Wishing everyone a very Blessed Easter and joy throughout this Alleluia season!!!

  11. Congratulations, Cynthia!

    Happy Easter to everyone

  12. Happy Resurrection Sunday all.
    What a blessing!

    Congrats to all the winners also!

  13. Congratulations to the winners!

    Happy Resurrection Day!