Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekend Edition

On occasion we take a break from writing to live life and what better way than...
Take Me Out To The Ball Game?!

We Have Winners

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

Captain Jack Sparrow Exclusive Expose! "My Life with the Seekers." And if you missed it Monday, you're definitely a day late and well, you know... Per the instructions of Captain Jack, "Basket of goodies goes to Pepper Basham. Copies of delightful Seeker Books go to Carol Garvin and Holly Jacobs." Savvy??

Vickie McDonough visited Seekerville Tuesday with her post, What's Holding You Back From Succeeding In Your Writing? The winner of Vickie's latest Barbour Publishing release, Finally a Bride is V.V Denman.

Wednesday Seekerville Welcomed Belle Bridges Author Lindi Peterson. Winner of Her Best Catch is Renee Ann.

Thursday was our April Contest Update. Winner of Kelly L Stone's Time to Write is Mary Bailey, and Winner of Mary Connealy's RITA finaling book, Doctor in Petticoats is Karen Whiting.

Our Friday guest was Shannon Vannatter with Writing the Second Book. Winner of Shannon's second book from Heartsong Presents, White Doves, is Brenda Anderson.

The Best of Seekerville From the Archives and First Five Pages Critique post was Cara Lynn James' Another Light Bulb Moment. Winners of a Five Page Critiques (two is such a nice round number) are Sarah Thomas and TravelingStacey! Oops..let's add one more in honor of Captain Jack...Autumn!!

Next Week In Seekerville

Please note that this week we have 6 days of posts and no Best of the Archives on Saturday. We will still be drawing a name for the First Five Pages Critique. Request your name be entered in the drawing at anytime or leave a note on our Facebook Page.

Monday: Dutton author Rainbow Rowell is our special guest with her post, Rainbow Rowell : A Woman Writing in a Man's POV. Stop by and meet her and you might win her release, Attachments. (and do check out her web page!)

Christy Award finalist, Carol Award winner and 2011 RITA Award finalist Mary Connealy is your hostess with Research That Leads Only To Questions. She is either giving away a book or a cow. Either way they both lead to Deep Trouble.

Wednesday: Today Learn How Best Selling Authors Achieve High “Rewards-Per-Page” Scores, with Guest Blogger Vince Mooney. We have a Seekerville book giveaway and a surprise opportunity for you writers too!!

Thursday: Love Inspired cowgirl Audra Harders is your group leader today. Don't miss it!!

Join our guest Kathi Macias as she shares, Do You Have Issues with Fiction? Kathi has a copy of People of the Book from New Hope Publishers to share with Seekerville as well.

We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Morrill with Go Teen Writers. She is the author of the The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. Stop by for fun, information on an interesting contest Stephanie holds and a book giveaway.

Seeker Sightings

This week Mary Connealy will be the featured in the Author's Spotlight at Words Seasoned with Salt. Don't miss an entire week devoted to Mary's books!

April Fools! The gals over at Inkwell Inspirations pulled one over on at least a few of us in Seekerville with An Exclusive Peek at Mary Connealy's Upcoming Release. Check out Suzie Johnson and Barbara Early's post from Friday.

Missy Tippens' book, A Family for Faith, is now officially released! She'll be blogging a few places this week:

Tuesday she'll be on RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter website in preparation for a workshop she'll be teaching in June with Lindi Peterson.

Wednesday you can find Missy on the e-Harlequin Love Inspired blog about The Story Behind the Story.

Thursday look for Missy on Lyn Cote's
Strong Women, Brave Stories blog.

Looking ahead... If you live in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, or Huntsville, Alabama, areas, please visit Missy's website for book signing information. She'll be in KY April 15-16 and AL April 30. She'd love to meet you!

Thursday, April 7, 2011 — Win a signed copy of your choice of Julie Lessman's books including A Heart Revealed during Casey Herringshaw's Purity of Hearts Week, April 4 - 7, where she'll be giving her personal testimony . Join Julie at An Audience of One blog on Thursday.

Random News

  • "Sue Grimshaw is joining Ballantine Bantam Dell as category specialist and editor-at-large, effective March 28, reporting to Gina Wachtel, v-p associate publisher, mass market, Ballantine Bantam Dell. Grimshaw was most recently at Borders, where she was a buyer for romance, horror, westerns and large print books; she also wrote for the retailer’s blog True Romance. (PW)

  • Jessica Alvarez has joined BookEnds Literary Agency as an agent, effective immediately. Previously she was an editor with Harlequin and has more recently been a freelance editor.(Publishers Lunch)

  • Christian Writers Guild has acquired Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers Market Guide, the annual resource for authors of Christian books and articles. Stuart has published the Guide for the past 26 years. Tyndale House will continue to publish the book, which will be retitled in 2012, to The Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Jerry B. Jenkins, who owns the Guild. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Christian Writers Guild offers training to writers through e-mail courses, conferences, contests, mentoring, and peer groups.(PW)

Have a great week and before we leave, congratulations to Friend of Seekerville, Tina Pinson whose release In the Manor of the Ghost finaled in the Grace Awards.

PS. If any of your are in the Love Inspired Book Club, would you contact me, please and thank you. ~Tina


  1. I am sleeping in tomorrow. That means later than five am. So in addition to peanuts and Cracker Jack I am providing a tray of Danish (cherry, cheese and blueberry) along with the strawberries and cream.

    Helen? Is the timer on the coffee?

  2. Yes, Tina, the timer's on the coffee.

    Enjoyed the post. Thanks as usual.


    P.S. Loved the opening picture. My mother retired from Rawlings.

  3. Congratulations to the winners! Excellent WE as usual Tina!

    'Night you and Helen. I'll get a bit of coffee and Danish in the A.M.! :)

    PS - May would LOVE it if you would come by and "like" her photo. If she is the winner, this super neat artist will paint her portrait!!! The competition looks pretty stiff too!

  4. I have to say that I've heard Judy Gann present about Library Insider and it looks fabulous! I'll be taking a 3 month subscription later this year for my November release.

  5. Rawlings... Aw, Helen, that's a name that inspires baseball lovers everywhere...

    And a JETER jersey-look-alike!!!

    TEEEEEEENA!!!!! You did that just for me, didn't you darling girl??? And let me just say my boys in pinstripes are lookin' all right. And I heard from a salesclerk at Kohl's yesterday (do not ask...) THAT:

    Victoria's Secret is carrying YANKEE unmentionables. Yes, if my source is to be trusted, there's a sporting connection that's got little to do with sports bras, I expect. And yes, we can say 'bra' in Seekerville...

    I hope. ;)

    My guess is that your fave team may be available at your local VS store. Or online, mayhap?

    And Camy, the Library Insider looks to be a great marketing ploy, doesn't it? Getting your foot in the door of 'must buys'....

    Across the country....


    Helen, loving the coffee, Tina, the Danish is soooooo tender and flaky.

    Thank you, ladies!

  6. Congrats all to all the winners.
    I wish I could have slept in but we turned our clocks back and the only time the sun really shined was at 6amish.
    here its football season and after this weekend things are looking up at least we didn't lose but we drew.

  7. Great WE! I'm still chuckling about Mary's paranormal. Glad you provided the link to the source because I started reading about it on the acfw bookclub. So, is Mary really going to write it now that she's got everyone's attention? Talk about seizing a marketing moment. LOL!

  8. Great WE, Tina.
    And Cpt Jack is currently my favorite hero - (next to Liz Curtis Higgs' Jack Buchanan and RUTHY's TRENT Michaels!!!
    Woohooo! Wonderful writing, Ruthy - and I'm ALL for those kisses.

    Congrats to all the winners!

  9. TINA!!! My eyes popped open Sunday morning and I thought, "Oh, no!!! I forgot to give Tina my WE info!!! I vaulted from the bed and flew down the stairs, leaving Keith with jaw agape as I streaked by, hoping to send you a late e-mail with the info on my post on purity before marriage for Casey's blog this week. I skid to a stop in front of the computer, click on Seekerville and the air slowly seeps from my lungs in one, long, grateful sigh ... because ONCE AGAIN, you have our backs!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!





  10. Hi Tina:

    That ‘Take me out to the ballgame’ video is something else! The woman looks like she is off a Cara Lynn James cover. And notice all the men have on suits and ties to go to a ballgame! What would it be like to go to a ballgame today and see all the men wearing suits and ties? I bet everyone would behave better.

    Don’t you think it is time for one of our historical writers to take us (readers) out to a ballgame? (And remember the men wear suits and ties.) It would be cool to use a real scorecard from 1890 using the real player names and scores.


  11. Wonderful weekend edition!

    Congratulations to all the winners.

  12. Yes, Ruthy, that is a Derek Jeter jersey. The stuff dreams are made of.

    And you are welcome Julie, Casey assisted.

    Vince, you are so right. What a perfect book setting!!!

  13. Okay - I want to win the cow from Mary on Tuesday. TOTALLY. But it's my tech-free day. Can I enter early???

    Congrats to the winners - AND especially to Tina Pinson for finaling in the Grace Awards!

    Oh - and enter me for the five-page critique. joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com

  14. Congrats to all the winners!!! Books, Grace, all of it!

    Yummy Danish Tina!

    Sadly, my Cards aren't looking so great just yet, though El Hombre did get his first homer yesterday. In an 11-3 game, it didn't mean much...

    Watching today's game now. Hopefully, things'll improve.

    I sent characters to Busch once. Historical in the sense that it was 2005, but not like you're talking about Vince. That would be fun =D. Think maybe Julie... Mary's characters are too in the middle of nowhere. Um... who else writes historicals around here? I'm blanking.

    I'm in for the cow on Tuesday. If it's a milk cow. If not, then not so much.

    Had a great writing day yesterday. Hoping to repeat. Off to try...

  15. Jeter's jersey and I got muddy in the garden today.



    Heading to Abbotts Custard (remember there's one outside of DENVER!!!) with Bethy and 'Lijah... It's the 150th anniversary of the first ice cream sundae.

    Reason enough to celebrate right there!!! ;)

    Tina P, congrats, sweetie. Awesome. Totally.

  16. 80 in Denver yesterday..supposed to get 3 inches of snow today.

    No ice cream yet.

  17. Hi CarolM:

    I’m curious, who does your Vince look like? : )

    I think these Seekers could do the historical baseball scenes: Janet Dean, Cara Lynn James, and Julie Lessman.

    Here are years with great teams and of course, there was the 1919 Black Sox scandal which men would be talking about in all walks of life.

    1927 Yankees (may be best team ever).
    1939 Yankees
    1907 Cards
    1932 Yankees
    1902 Pirates
    1910 Athletics
    1905 Giants
    1906 Cubs
    1929 Athletics

    Janet and Cara are approaching the 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910 years. Julie may still be able to catch the 1932 and 1939 Yankees.

    BTW: The first baseball game ever broadcast on radio was a Pittsburgh Pirates versus Philadelphia Phillies game on August 5, 1921. The game was broadcast by KDKA .

    I think it would be interesting to have the hero walking down a city street and have him listening to the ballgame through the apartment building windows. He could hear a little more at each block. He could also smell the foods being cooked in the kitchens and hear three or four foreign language being spoken. Ah, NYC! (Even Boston or Philly.)


  18. Pepper better have won something on Jack's post after what he said.


    I think the 'Alley' needs a mascot.....


  19. LOL, Case

    Cpt Jack and I really bonded while watching Phineas and Ferb.
    And he taught me how to do my eye makeup too -
    Just so you know

  20. Vince -

    Think a 45ish year old Michael Ohr.

    Something like that ;).

    Or the Uncle/Dad from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    One of the two.


  21. Yay, Tina P!! Congrats!

    KC, I voted! May is so, so cute!! I hope you win. :)

    Helen, thanks for the coffee!

    Tina R., I haven't felt well so slept in on Saturday. At 7:30, I turned the alarm off and thought I'd snooze for a few minutes. Well, I woke up at... drum roll...

    11:00!!!! My gosh, it's been years since I've done that. Sleeping in usually means about 9. Maybe 10 am. But 11??! I felt pretty good, though. :)

    Tina R. your Denver weather astounds me!

  22. I Love the Take me out to the ballgame picture. We are huge baseball fans in our home! Would love to be considered for a 5 page critique.

  23. Wow, Missy. I guess you needed that sleep. And we ate all the Danish.

    It was delicious.

  24. Oh my stars, Vince....

    I can smell the hot dogs, my friend! And hear the broadcast. It reminds me of old baseball movies. Still endearing today.

    And I love traipsing around NYC and Boston. What great cities! And Philly.

    I love Philly.

    I can picture it, Vince. Nice imagery.

  25. Missy, I saved you half a cheese Danish that May didn't want.

    No dog drool that I see.


    Around here, honey: you snooze, you lose.

    First up, best dressed. ;)

    Glad you're feeling better.

  26. Yay! I'm so excited about the critique!! Thanks!

  27. Just received my copy of Finally a Bride. Thank you to Vickie McDonough and the rest of you guys here at Seekerville.