Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Edition: Seeker Birthday Party Week Two

Welcome to the second Sunday of our month long Birthday Party.

Entries in our GRAND PRIZE random drawing for a KINDLE filled with Seeker books will be collected from all Seekerville Facebook likes and friends (one per person) and daily (one per day) from Seekerville post comments. So every single day you post in Seekerville through the month (October 1-30) you are entered in the random drawing.

We're giving away over 50 presents in our daily drawings too.
Be sure to let us know what you would like to win.

We Have Winners!

Please contact Seekerville through our new web email if you are a winner. Provide your snail mail address. Please note our giveaway rules in the right lower column of Seekerville.

Barbour author Mary Connealy wracked up the chatter and gave away a copy of Wrangler in Petticoats to winner Emily (of Emily&Jason) Monday with her post Wisdom--Drivel--Whatever.

Tuesday Steeple Hill, Love Inspired Assistant Editor Emily Rodmell-joined us for a 9-5 all day book giveaway event! Be sure to email us if you are a winner and haven't claimed your prize.

9-Kirsten Arnold--Made to Order Family & The Rancher's Reunion IOU
10-Holly (Ocean Dreamer)--Protecting Her Child & $10 Starbucks Gift Card
11-Connie (bcountry)-- One Imperfect Christmas & Rocky Mountain Hero IOU
12-Janet Lee Barton--The Substitute Bride & Rocky Mountain Hero IOU
1-Eva Marie Hamilton--Countdown to Death & God's Spirit Within Me & $10 Starbucks GC
2-Renee Steeler Girl--Waiting out the Storm & Cowboy Christmas
3-Susan Holloway--The Rancher's Reunion IOU & Courting the Doctor's Daughter
4aLinette Mullins--Dreaming of Home & His Forever Love
4-b Phyllis Wheeler-- Steeple Hill BOC & Wrangler in Petticoats
5 Debbie Kaufman-- Set of Love Inspired Suspense September releases.

Thank you Emily!

On Tuesday Revell author Julie Lessman teased us with her post THE TEASE … Great Scene/Chapter Endings to Lead Your Readers On! The two prize winners of the winner's choice of 10-page critique OR Julie's signed book OR a bundle of 3 surprise books are Nicole Zoltack & Pepper Basham.

NY Times Best-Selling Author and speaker Bob Mayer joined us The Writer's Enemy: Feeling Like a Fraud. The winner of Who Dares Wins is Walt Mussell and the Warrior Writer is Patty Hall.

Friday we peeked into Genesis and GH winner Pam Hillman's Writing World. Winner of a $20 B&N or Amazon gift card is Patricia W.

Saturday we shared The Best of Seekerville with Janet Dean's post Author-Speak Cheat Sheet from the archives. -Winner of a 10 page Seeker critique to include additional one page single spaced synopsis (contest entry style) is Joy Tamsin David. Winner of an Unpubbed Island Necklace is Helen Gray. Winner of the Writer's Little Instruction Book "Getting Published" by Paul Raymond Martin is Debra Marvin. And winner of a surprise Seeker book giveaway is Renee Ann Smith.

Next Week In Seekerville the Party Continues with these Guests and Giveaways...

October 11-Steeple Hill Historical author Janet Dean-$20 Starbuck's gift card

October 12-Abingdon Press & Heartsong author Myra Johnson- One Imperfect Christmas giveaway

October 13-Steeple Hill Historical author Patty Hall-2 prizes:One chapter critique and an IOU for her debut release from Steeple Hill, Hearts in Flight

October 14-Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne-$20 Starbucks gift card

October 15-Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D., author of the The Moral Premise-The Moral Premise giveaway

October 16-The Best of Seekerville from the archives-4 prizes: 20 page Seeker critique & Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne, and an Unpubbed Island Necklace AND a surprise Seeker book giveaway.

Please note!!

Avalon Editor Lia Brown missed her blog date with us due to illness. If you posted a question please stop by the blog post-Interview with Avalon's Lia Brown, for her responses.

Thank you, Ms. Brown!! Glad you're feeling better.

Seeker Sightings

Tina Radcliffe is deeelighted and Snoopy dancing at the chance to share the cover of her January release from Steeple Hill, The Rancher's Reunion, which debuts on her newly designed web page here.

Julie Lessman sightings and giveaways! Your opportunity to win a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted OR your choice of one of The Daughters of Boston books are here:

Now through Tuesday, October 19 at A.J. Hawke's Inspirational Writing Blog.

Friday, October 8 - Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Continuous Delights Blog.

Random News

  • Michael Hauge offers an excellent down-loadable Story Conflict Template here. Be sure to scroll down the page and it's on the left side in the red box.

  • NaNoWriMo kicks off November 1st. Are you up for the challenge?

You don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job.
-Nora Roberts


  1. Congrats winners and thank you Seekers for picking me as a winner! ;-)

    Happy Birthday!


  2. Congratulations to all the winners!!!! :o)
    And Renee - looks like I won't often get a chance to comment before you!!! Where do you live anyway? ;D
    And thanks again Seekerville for being such a great resource as well as fun!!

  3. Sweet congratulations to all the winners.


  4. Tina:

    Thanks for keeping us informed.

    I looked back at Lia Brown's post and made a discovery.

    Photos do not show up for me on current posts. But when I went back to the older one, Ta-Da!! There they were.

    Can you tell me why I don't see them all the time?

    Coffee's on!!


  5. LOL Elizabeth! I live in Pennsylvania but I'm a night owl!;-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  6. Congrats to all the winners, and mega congrats to Tina on that awesome cover. Love it!

  7. Tina:

    Does the subtitle 'Home on the Ranch' mean this book is the first in a series?


  8. Congrats to all the winners. How fun.

    Thanks for the coffee Helen.

    I posted the info about protein pancakes in yesterday's comments. US EGG

    US EGG is featuring pumpkin waffles this week. That sounded so yummy that I brought some for all of us to try.

  9. Congrats to all the winners. I apparently turned into a weekend night owl. Ugh. At least Seekerville gives me something to do.

    And Sandra, I am tempted to fly out to US Egg!

    Peace, Julie

  10. Wow, what a list of winners!!! Congrats to them all. And Tina, love your new website and the cover of your book!!!!! You must be getting just a tad excited as the 'debut' date draws closer and closer.

    Oh, and thanks for the link to the Michael Hague's Story Conflict template. I fear my conflict is conflicted so this will help. And I'm so up for NaNoWriMo this year!!!!!

  11. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Congrats winners!! I would love to win something I just need to remember to comment. I don't know if this one counts for a chance for the Kindle but in case it does I left my e-mail below.

    fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  12. Tina, I LOVE your new website and your cover. Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing, and for the great WE!

  13. Tina, love your new book cover. Can't wait for the book.

    Thank you for the Bob Mayer book. Congrats to all the winners. Now, if only the Braves take out the Giants today, it'll be a perfect day. (Sorry, Missy, but I'm impressed that your nephew at least admitted after the game that he'd been tagged out. It took the
    '51 Giants fifty years to say anything.)

  14. Congrats to all the winners and many thanks Seekers for this chance to learn lots about writing and have a little fun along the way!

  15. Helen,

    I post and check out Seekerville in Firefox and I too notice that if I go back and look at posts using my AOL browser or my Internet Explorer browser I see pictures I didn't see in Firefox.

    Try using a different internet browser and see what happens.

  16. Laura,

    Welcome to Seekerville.

    Every day you comment is one entry into the Kindle Contest.

    Thankfully I am not the person counting the entries. We have a mathematical genius in the Seekers who is doing that.

  17. Thank you all for the kind words on my cover.

    Home on the Ranch is the name of a series of releases with the same banner. Audra Harders book is a Home on the Ranch book as well.

    They are not connected by characters or locales but they are all ranch books.

  18. Anne, thanks.

    I have to keep up with the Barton's and your new web page.

  19. May wants to know if she can have cake too?

    Good morning all!

    Congrats to all the winners too. Great WE Tina. Loving all the links and covers and such. We're Snoopy dancin' with ya!!

    Enjoying Seekerville today... Y'all are meeting your objectives of having a gathering place where we can feel at home and share food and fellowship.


  20. Tina -- BEAUTIFUL COVER! Less than 3 months and it will be in the bookstores!

  21. What a list of winners! Congratulations to all of you.

    Tina, love the cover. Can't wait to read it.

    Looking forward to another week on partying with Seekerville.


  22. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Ruth--I received Made to Order Family yesterday!!!! Yeah!!! Thanks bunches! I'm psyched to read Rita and Brook's story!

    Tina--Love the cover of Rancher's Reunion. Really Beautiful. Makes me even more excited to get the book!


  23. Tina, love the web design! Perfect, simple, clear, concise. Done by Total Web Designs, right???

    Love it and I love their work. Solid.

    And seeing your cover and Audra's new cover gives me such good shivers. Happy dancing in upstate for you guys and I can't wait to walk into Walmart and grab those books!!!


    Which beats the heck out of the mouse I found in my bathroom towels this morning.

    A mouse.

    Snuggled up in the dirty towels that someone(I will not name the person) tossed onto the floor when the hamper is like six inches away.

    Six inches....

    The MOUSE is not six inches. More like 1 1/2 inches. Gray. Kind of cute in a mouse-like way, but you know what it means when you find a baby mouse????

    Brothers. Sisters.

    Oh my stars, where's that cat when you most need her?

    I brought a new treat, you will love this, and it has not been touched by mouse-like paws:

    Whipped cream Apple cake.

    Yellow cake drizzled with caramel.
    Topped with thick whipped cream...
    Then topped with homemade apple pie filling...

    Serve cold.

    Delightful. Light. Amazing. Dig in!

  24. My Dad just helped me figure something out. Mary is a master of this concept...

    for example:
    "I like going to the park and watching the children run and jump around, because you see, they don't know I'm using blanks."


    "It's too bad that whole families have to be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs."

    Now just think about the start of Montana Rose and others of course!! Ha! :)

  25. Mice are NICE Ruthie... really... but thanks for the non-mouse pawed grub this morning. I'm in Colorado mode you see, so there's "grub"... (Waving Tina!)

  26. Hey Tina,

    How fabulous is that cover? You must be so excited.

    Can't wait to read it!

    Have a super weekend everyone.

    sbmason (at) sympatico (dot) ca

  27. Again, a great WE edition. Thank you, Tina. Congratulations to you on the new website and the cover for your debut novel is lovely. Congrats to all the winners last week.
    Happy Birthday,Seekers!
    Pat in Philly

  28. Whooo-hooo! I won a critique!?!

    Thank you so much Seekers!!!!

    I look forward to swimming off this island one day too. :)


  29. BEACON CONTEST for unpublished writers is SHORT inspirational entries! Deadline has been extended to Friday, October 15. Elizabeth Mazer at Steeple Hill is the judge--so great opportunity here!

    Paste path in your web browser:

  30. Congrats to all the winners!! I love seeing who won including the Alley's own PEPPER!! Think she'll share the helpful info from the critique? Hope so!! :)

  31. Fun photo!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating in Canada!

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

  32. Continued Happy Birthday to Seekerville and congrats to all the winners.

    Tina, I'm not huge on western-themed romance but I absolutely have to read The Rancher's Reunion. Congrats on your upcoming Steeple Hill release!

  33. I love celebrating Seekerville's birthday all month!! Congrats winners!! Come visit me tomorrow for a chance to win a $20 Starbucks gift card!

    Thanks Ruthy for the apple cake! Delicious!

    Tina, love your cover!! Cannot wait to read yours and Audra's books!! Didn't remember they were in a linked series. How perfect is that!

    It's sunny and gorgeous, a perfect fall day! Hope you're all sharing the same fantastic weather.


  34. LOL Janet I just got a "sneak peek" of your post. It popped up for a minute but after I read it and went to leave a comment it disappeared. Anyways I'm really looking forward to Wanted: A Family and Tina I did pop back and check that cover out. It looks great! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  35. It's cold and rainy here. And I promised Bob Mayer nice weather for his workshops in Denver.

    But who can predict Rocky Mountain Mama Nature? The trees are gorgeous and it is like Thanksgiving here Eva.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!! What food is traditional for a Thanksgiving in Canada?

  36. Tina,

    I think the food is pretty much the same as in the US - turkey with all the fixings (stuffing, gravy, potatoes, carrots, corn, cranberry sauce, etc.) and for dessert pumpkin pie and apple pie.

    But, it would be rude of me to have this feast without sharing - so please everyone dig in and enjoy Thanksgiving in Canada as a prelude to your Thanksgiving which isn't for another month.

  37. Tina, love your cover!!! Can't wait to read the story!

    I had a great time in Seekerville last week. Thanks, Emily, for joining us on Tuesday and making the day so much fun!

    Looking forward to the week ahead.

    Tina, thanks for the link to Michael Hauge's Website. I downloaded his template!

  38. YUMMMMY!!! Thank you for sharing Eva Marie!!!!

  39. Let's keep this party going!!
    Congrats to this weeks winners!!

  40. Congrats guys sure do know how to party.

  41. Yeah to all the winners!! There's just something about cutting on that computer and seeing that you had won that makes your day!

  42. Congrats to the winners. Looks like an exciting week coming up!

    Jodie Wolfe

  43. Congratulations to all the winners...and once again Happy Birthday Seekers!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  44. Congrats winners! We're so excited that all of you are hanging out to celebrate with us!

  45. Seekerville is so awesome!
    Tina, I checked out your new website! It's very pretty, and your new cover is FABULOUS! Did you get tears in your eyes when you first saw it?

  46. Congratulations to all the winners!!!
    I can't wait for next week. And I'm looking forward to reading your book, Tina.

  47. Tina,
    You're book cover looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Oh my, what a temptation.
    SOOOOOOO excited for you.
    Snoopy dancing for YOU
    and ME...A critique!!!
    A Critique!!!
    Yipee, skipee!

    Happy Birthday again, Seekerville.
    So much going on - and what fun!

  48. Oops, I forgot to mention another Seeker sighting
    Mary is on my blog tomorrow for my new blog series - Seasons Change
    And she's doing a giveaway - just so you know :-)


  49. Happy Birthday to Seekerville! I can't wait to see what is posted for this next week.


  50. Well, Melly I called Harlequin IMMEDATELY to be sure they really wanted my name on the book.

    So far no one has returned my calls, so they are stuck with me.

    So I guess they had their chance.

    I tried!!

  51. Thanks for the link to Michael Hauge's Sotry Concept Template.

    Congrats to all the winners!!

  52. Congrats to all the winners! I'm thrilled to have won a prize.

  53. Congrats, you winners! Thank you, Seekerville!