Saturday, June 23, 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

Monday:  Jan Drexler invited us to daydream about our story worlds to make them a place where readers can feel at home. Winner of her choice of 2-in-1 Love Inspired releases is kaybee!!!

Wednesday: Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Debby Giusti shared travel tips and packing suggestions in her blog, "What Debby's Packing in her Suitcase...for the RWA National Convention."  Winner of AMISH RESCUE, the third book in Debby's Amish Protectors series, is Glynis. Congrats. Be sure to email with your snail mail address.

Friday: Pam Hillman shared her experiences with Research. Result? Always expect the Unexpected!

Monday:  As we enter Conference Season, it's time to polish up and/or create your pitching One Sheet. Don't have one? Don't know what one is? Never fear! Erica Vetsch will post all the particulars about What Goes On A One Sheet - and you can enter to win a FREE One Sheet design! 

Tuesday: Sherri Shackelford is here talking about Continuity Series including her latest Legacy of the Heart. There will be prizes.

Wednesday: Melanie Dickerson is our hostess as she shares some of her favorite inspirational quotes and encouragement for writers. She plans to give away copies of her book The Orphan's Wish that releases on the 26th, her 14th published novel!

Thursday: Sandra LeeSmith is our hostess. 
Friday: Jennifer Slattery is our guest!!

Mary Connealy's latest release, The Accidental Guardian, made the Christian Booksellers Association bestseller list (do NOT ask how come they listed the top SEVEN, but The Accidental Guardian came in at #7 so YAY!)

Cover reveal for book #3 of the High Sierra Sweethearts series, The Unexpected Champion.
Tough frontier woman Penny Scott gets kidnapped with a Pinkerton Agent who's never been in the wilderness. She needs to get him to civilization and then he can show her  he knows a few tough guy tricks.

Mary Connealy issued a re-release of a previously published book, Ten Plagues.
A demon possessed serial killer acts out the Ten Plagues of Egypt on the city of Chicago. He's focused his rage on an inner city mission pastor. A Chicago cop with the spiritual gift of discerning spirits gets the case and is confronted with an evil unlike any she's ever known.

AND available now for pre-order, releasing July 2nd, indy pubbed contemporary romantic suspense!!!
Loving the Texas Lawman...Book #1 of the Garrison's Law series.
Garrison's Law begins. A family of alpha Texas lawmen (and women) bring their own brand of justice to law and order in Texas.
Trudy Jennings, is a college professor with a string of bestselling pop psychology books about answering all of life's troubles with love.
Ben Garrison is her student. He's a hardened cop who needs this class to get his degree, but he can't keep a straight face. He tells her she's right, as long as she lives in her cushion, safe life. But for him, using her philosophy, he'll be dead by the weekend.
A stalker is coming after kindhearted Trudy and Ben is there to protect her. Trudy faces her first true challenge to turning the other cheek and feels like a failure that she can't help her confused and desperate and frightening stalker.
Ben has to keep Trudy safe until the escalating stalker can be stopped and as Ben gets to know Trudy better, he recognizes his own callus behavior at the same time he finds out everyone in Trudy's life takes advantage of her.
She's got to get tough.
He's got to find a kinder way.
Together they have to take down a wealthy, obsessed man who knows how to play the system, because he's done all this before.

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman giveaway

Carrie Schmidt is the new 'book girl' (aka book reviewer & coordinator) at Hope for Women magazine.

Jan Drexler and Erica Vetsch are at the beautiful Linden Hill Retreat Center in Little Falls, MN at a writer's retreat! A lovely setting, twenty writers, and lots of inspiration. This sign was posted

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Sign up for Pam Hillman's Natchez Trace Takeover Tour for both The Promise of Breeze Hill and The Road to Magnolia Glen AND Melanie Dickerson's The Orphan's Wish with JustRead Publicity Tours!  Click on the images below to take you straight to the sign up forms for more info.

Grab your Kindle copy of Ruth Logan Herne's bestselling novel "Welcome to Wishing Bridge" right now! On sale for one more week, it's the story so many are laughing about, sharing and remembering while anxiously waiting for book 2 in October!  Grab your copy for $1.99 and make Welcome to Wishing Bridge one of your favorite 2018 Beach Reads! 

The Introvert's Guide to Launching a Book by l.l. Barkat at Jane Friedman's blog.

How To Make Your Sentences More Descriptive by Jordan Conrad at Live Write Thrive

Create Drama with Your Character's Desire by Jim Dempsey at Writer Unboxed

6 Ways For Writers to Find Inspiration in A Graveyard by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Can You Guess the Day Jobs of These Famous Authors? by Jess Zafarris at Writers' Digest

Writing: A Multifaceted Business by Karen Van Den Heuvel at Thyme For Writers


  1. Can you really expect the unexpected? Doing this may not be logically possible. Once the unexpected is expected then it is no longer unexpected. Maybe we should just expect to be surprised by what happens. I'm sure that can be done.

    What a way to start a weekend! :)

    Sandra's coming back next week. Anyone for pickleball?

    1. LOL, Vince! That's true!

      Yes, I'm thrilled to see Sandra will be here! You'll need to challenge her to a game, Vince. :)

    2. Hi Missy:

      Sandra is one of the virtual founders of pickleball and a league player! I'd rather take lessons from her than challenge her. Sandra is an inspiration! So glad to see her back in town!

    3. Oh, we are too! I miss my Sandra!!!! But I'm glad she's taking life a little easier these days. But even more glad that she's coming back!!!!

  2. Congrats to this week's winners!

    Happy Weekend Seekerville!

    1. Thank you, sweet thing! Happy weekend back to you!

  3. Well this weekend is off to a good start, I won a book from Jan!
    Looking forward to next week, FIVE days of Seekerville, including a badly-needed tutorial on the one-sheet.
    Met my writing goals for June, yay. With five days to spare.
    Good weekend planned. Heidi Chiavaroli is signing books in Concord, NH, and I'm going to stop by and say hi, then do the Market Square Days festival in downtown Concord with my daughter, unless it rains, in which case we'll go to see "Oceans Eight."
    My heart is heavy today over people taking their own lives. My publisher just circulated a prayer request for a friend's family impacted by suicide. Also, an 11-year-old in a neighboring town took her own life because of bullying. This is a terrible world without Christ. Which is why we do this, right?
    Kathy Bailey
    Working it all out in New Hampshire

    1. A sobering reminder of how evil this world is. Like you said, without Christ....

    2. Kathy, I'm so glad you met your June goals!

      But yes, it's heartbreaking to see the increase in suicides. I pray that more will seek help rather than suffer.

    3. Kathy, it is heartbreaking that in a world with so much... a country with so much... homes with so much... that so many of us suffer from life-changing depression that steals heart and soul and sometimes breath.

      I am praying for them, and for so many going through mental health crises. I have no answers... because I know good Christians who struggle when their brain goes awry.

      But I wish we had answers, dear Kaybee.

  4. Congratulations to all of the winners this week! Also, congratulations to Mary for hitting #7 (Is 7 God's favorite number?) I'm excited to read your new romantic suspense!
    It looks like next week will be another fantastic week at Seekerville. Until then, have a great weekend!

  5. Congrats to the winners and all the authors with their book news! Yay, Mary has a new series!

    Jan and Erica, your retreat center looks beautiful!

    Have a delightful weekend, everyone! Sending hugs to all!

  6. Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks for the book, Debby!

  7. Good morning, Seekerville!

    And yes, Debby, this retreat center is beautiful. And the company is even better! We stayed up WAY too late last night, but it was fun to gab into the almost-wee-hours.

    I'm looking forward to getting a lot of work done today.

    Have a great weekend, everyone, and congratulations to the winners!

    1. Jan and Erica, I'm so envious of your fun retreat!! That house is stunning!

  8. Happy, happy weekend! Congratulations to the winners and all the great books that are out/coming out. Mary! So many books! Loved The Accidental Guardian, ordered Ten Plagues, will have to find The Unexpected Champion and Loving the Lawman. Sound like great books! I've been following you on Netgalley. Will they be on there? You've been busy!! As far as expect the unexpected: as I was running this morning I figured out if you start out running without a hotel, you'll hit it every time- not meeting your goal. If you want to run for an hour, you have to have that in mind when you start. If you want to run 4 miles, you've got to go on with that in mind. If you want to write a book, you've got to start with the endgoal in mind. Do you know why? Because if you don't, as soon as the going gets tough, you get tired or you've hit a wall or you get feedback you don't like, you'll quit.

  9. Congratulations to Mary on the bestseller and so many new books! And congrats to Carrie on the new position at Hope!!

    So much great stuff in the WE today. Lots of Seeker Sightings and links!

  10. Lots to savor in this weekend edition. Mary's book is lucky #7 on the CBA AND she's writing contemporary suspense?????? Woohoo! And congrats to Carrie on sharing more book love in her new gig. That magazine looks awesome. Happy weekending everyone!

  11. Congratulations to all of the winners! Thanks for another great week in Seekerville.

  12. Oh my stars, so much fun stuff going on with all these crazy Seekers this week! I LOVE IT!!!!!


    And huge congratulations to the winners this week.... what fun that is. I love winning.... but I love cheering for others when I lose, too, because it's so much fun to see their joy. A joyous heart create in me, oh God!

    Now there's a great verse for us!

  13. Tina's Woman's World
    Romance Holds Big Surprise!

    My WW issue, with Tina's new romance, (2 July 2018 p.42) arrived today and it has a story theme that I have never seen in many years of reading these stories. I would have thought that WW's guidelines would not accept this theme. I'd be interested if anyone else has seen a similar story. I might have missed it. I won't say what the theme is because I do not want to spoil the surprise. (I might add that Tina did use a subplot to ease the way into this theme. Yes, an 800 word story with a subplot!)

    1. I don't have my issue yet, Vince. Now you have me very anxious for mine to come!

  14. Happy Weekend, everyone. Hope it is a good week ahead for all. Alas, I did not do anything on my writing goals last week. But it is another week and I will aim to do better.

    I processed new books this morning in my volunteer work at our church library and Mary's The Accidental Guardian was one. I will be checking that out soon.