Saturday, June 30, 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:  Erica Vetsch talked about what goes on a One Sheet. Lorna Seilstad graciously offered a free One Sheet Design Package to one commentor. The winner of the prize is: RMGarrick!

Tuesday: We welcomed Sherri Shackleford and her thoughts on Continuities. Her winners are for the ebook copy of Legacy of the Heart 1) Jubilee Writer, 2) kaybee, 3) Lee-Ann B and the winner of the ebook and mug is Vince!

Wednesday: Melanie Dickerson encouraged us to Write Confidently and from the Depths of Your Heart. Breanna Theobald and Amy Anguish will each receive a hardcover copy of The Orphan's Wish.

Thursday: Where Oh Where is Sandra Leesmith? Do you know the answer? The winner of a bunch of really delightful books is Winnie Thomas!
Friday: Jennifer Slattery helped us understand Why Every Writer Needs A Critique Partner. The winner of an ecopy of Singing In The Rain is Ruth Douthitt!

Monday:  Mary Connealy kicks of the month of July. with a new release! And there is a free ecopy of book #1 of her new series Garrison's Law....Loving the Texas Lawman.

Wednesday:  Seekerville Closed For The Holiday. Celebrate our Independence Day!!
Friday: Mindy Obenhaus will thrill and inspire today (she always does)!

This just in from Waterbrook/Multnomah! The third book of Ruthy's popular Double S Ranch Western series goes on sale Sunday, 7/1/18 for $1.99 for Kindle or Nook! A great way to get this marvelous BEACH READ at an amazing price. BUY AT AMAZON! or... BUY AT BARNES & NOBLE!!! The sale price should show up tomorrow, darlings... on Sunday!

Then, after enjoying a marvelous 4th of July with family and friends or A.C. and a good book... join Ruthy at Petticoats and Pistols on Thursday for a talk about westerns, great sales, great books and why it's fun to curl up and read a book on the beach... because summer only lasts so long, dear ones!

Garrison's Law begins. A family of alpha Texas lawmen (and women) bring their own brand of justice to law and order in Texas.
Erica Vetsch will be at the Dodge County Historical Society Museum on Saturday, June 30th, signing books and chatting about history with folks during Mantorville, Minnesota's Stagecoach Days.
Mary Connealy's new series releases tomorrow!

Garrison's Law Book #1

Loving the Texas Lawman

Detective Ben Garrison has gotten so cynical he's hurting his career, but he's the best detective they've got. He's not going to get kicked off the force, but he's low on the list for another promotion, like sub-basement low.
Trudy Jennings is the youngest tenured professor at her Christian college. She'd bright and rich and successful with a string of best selling books that are Biblical truths dressed up in pop psychology language. Her answer is respond with love. Turn the other cheek. And if everyone in her life is taking advantage of her, will she's just to nice to admit it.
And then a stalker is after her and Ben is on hand to protect her.
Cynical Ben wants the guy in jail.
Sweet Trudy wants to return kindness for evil.
To protect her, Ben offers to let himself be the subject of her psychological theories. That keeps him close and as they get close ... they get closer.

Stages of Critique Grief by E.C. Farrell

The 3D Book Cover Creator at DIY Book Design (Thanks to Heidi for this link).

Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters by Kerrie Flanagan at Writer's Digest

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings.

And, announcing the Carol Award Finalist
finalists for the 2018 Carol Awards. The winners will be awarded during the gala awards dinner in Nashville as part of ACFW’s annual conference.

Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Rische and Jan Stob
The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor LB Norton
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti, Abingdon Press, editors Jamie Chavez and Ramona Richards

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson, Tyndale House, editors Stephanie Broene and Sarah Rische
A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long and Jennifer Veilleux
Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles, Kregel Publications, editor Dawn Anderson

Historical Romance
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Karen Schurrer
The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Jessica Barnes and Dave Long

Four Months in Cuba by Luana Ehrlich, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editors Pat Brown and Jodi Shumway
Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Ellen Tarver
Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy

Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan, Harbourlight Books (Pelican), editor Jamie West
An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Dave Long
One Enchanted Noel from Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Terri Simmons

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, Waterfall Press, editors Amy Hosford and Sheryl Zajechowski
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editors Iola Goulton and Halee Matthews
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Andrea Doering and Kristin Kornoelje

Romantic Suspense
Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Lonnie Hull DuPont and Kristin Kornoelje
Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman, Faith Words (Hachette), editor Christina Boys
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr

Short Novel
Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Ami McConnell Abston and Becky Philpott
A Sweetwater River Romance by Misty M. Beller, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Robin Patchen
Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editors Melissa Endlich and Giselle Regus

Awakened by Morgan L. Busse, Enclave Publishing, editor Reagen Reed
Huntress by Julie Hall, Independently Published, editor Rachel Starr Thomson
King’s Blood by Jill Williamson, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long and Elisa Tally

Young Adult
For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Sara Bierling
Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino, Vinspire Publishing, editor Dawn Carrington
Betrayal of the Band by Sarah Tipton, Watershed Books (Pelican Book Group), editor Jamie West

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli, Tyndale House, editors Caleb Sjogren and Jan Stob
If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson, Kregel Publications, editor Dawn Anderson
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Barbara Barnes and Vicki Crumpton

Happy 4th of July from Seekerville!!


  1. Happy weekend, Seekerville! I'm working early today (early even for me!) because the thought of 95 degrees and farm work doesn't make the short list. But it does get me into writing early so I can hit the chrysanthemums with water before it's too crazy hot.

    I love the exercise... but I'm a big wuss in the heat, and I will happily admit it!

    Congrats to the winners... And a happy and blessed weekend and huge vacation week to so many! Summer is here. Let us rejoice therein!

  2. Erica Vetsch, I would have a ball at Stagecoach Days!!! That sounds like So Much Fun!!!

  3. Fabulous links, liked the stages of critique one, and of course Steinbeck always has something good to say.
    Hot here too, getting outdoor work done early, going out in a few minutes to chase air conditioning. We have it, but I'm hoping to spend the day somewhere where it's better.

  4. Congratulations to the winners. I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend!

  5. Happy Saturday, Seekerville!

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  6. I hope you're all having a great weekend!

  7. Congratulations to all the winners! YAYAYAYAY!!

    It's going to be high 70s here in Colorado today - just today - then back up to the mid to high 90s. OMG, give me freezing temps and let me bundle up!!

    Have a great weekend, everyone!!

    1. Audra, I'm so sorry about the wildfires that seem to b springing up all over your state. I know that mountain arid is prone to it, but gosh... I still hate to see it. Praying for safety for all.

  8. Congratulations to the winners!

    Happy weekend!

  9. It's Canada Day tomorrow so we get a long weekend. I guess y'all just get Wednesday long weekend? Well, anyway, happy holiday week to us all.

  10. "All Things Come to Those Who Wait…
    (and wait)".

    Wow! The cover of "Peace in the Valley" takes me back to the days of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, twenty-five cent Saturday matinees, and a world where white-hatted heroes could sing with six strings as well as sling a six-gun.

    However, those who wait will have to wait a bit longer…as remuneration still resides up with the high plains drifter!

    Fret not: patience is a virtue.

    1. Vince, this is so funny. They specifically e-mailed me on Friday to tell me the promo was starting today... And yet... OOPS!

      Tomorrow? Maybe?

      Let's hope so, my friend!

      I just got home and clicked through and went... "Oh My Stars!!!" :)

    2. They had I got it!
      The 4th Can Now Start with a Bang!

  11. Happy Weekend, everyone. Congratulations to the Carol Award Finalists.

  12. Oh my gosh, so many talented writers finaling in the Carol Awards! Congratulations to all of you! And how fun to see a bunch of indie and hybrid authors' stories in the mix. Well done, writers!

  13. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your fears and excitement with us. And for the record, I love reading e books, but there is nothing like looking at a full bookshelf of books yet to be read....