Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekend Edition

Today Seekerville presents a salute to St. Louis,
for all you folks going to the ACFW Conference.
And if you aren't going, we'll have lots of opportunities
for giveaways and prizes this week!
So stick around.

We Have Winners

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. All prizes are mailed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements.

Harlequin Romance author Shirley Jump was our special guest on Monday. Her topic: Conflict: What It Is and Isn’t. Winner of The Princess Test and A Princess for Christmas, in a two-pack of the first two princesses of Ucelli stories, is Jessica Nelson.

On Tuesday we welcomed back Barbour author Erica Vetsch with An Orange Rhombus Talks Networking. Winner of Erica Vetsch, A Log Cabin Christmas,( Christmas Service, appears in this anthology) is Mary Bailey. Light to My Path from Heartsong Presents winner is Judy. And the winner of Erica's first full length trade fiction release A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas is Patsy.

Wednesday,debut novelist Dina Sleiman, shared "A Strategy for Beauty." Winner of Dina's novel, Dance of the Dandelion is Naomi Rawlings.

Barbour author Mary Nealy visited on Thursday to talk about her highly anticipated Barbour release Ten Plagues, and the Top Ten Reasons to Use a Pseudonym. Winner of Ten Plagues is Sandy.

On Friday, Harvest House author Mary Ellis was our guest with Five Steps to a Simpler Writer's Life. Winner of her seventh Amish romance, part of the Wayne County Series, A Marriage for Meghan is Jamie Adams.

Saturday's First Five Pages Critique
winner is Katie. Only one more critique left and that's next Saturday.
Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Seekerville welcomes Love Inspired Suspense author Sandra Orchard who will share on breaking the chains of writer’s block.

Tuesday: Seekerville friend, Patty Wysong is our special guest today with her post, Nail It Down, NOW! Stop by to chat and for a special giveaway!

Wednesday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe is your hostess and she's sharing her dreams today, plus..she's giving away a copy of her October release, Oklahoma Reunion.

Thursday:What inspired you to start writing? Were you barely able to hold a pencil and started scribbling a story that popped into your imagination? Or did you finally realize the voice in your head wasn't cause for therapy, it was your muse? Today, join debut Love Inspired author Mia Ross for a yummy virtual breakfast buffet and share your story. We’re giving away two copies of Ruth Logan Herne's Mended Hearts, hard copy or e-reader to two lucky visitors.

Friday: Today is dedicated to all of you who are not at the 2011 ACFW Conference. We'll talk about getting you there in 2012 and have lots of consolation prizes to giveaway to lesson the pain.

Seeker Sightings

Pam Hillman is blogging about what authors and readers are saying about ebooks at Joanne Tropello's blog on Thursday, September 22nd.

FREE DOWNLOAD of A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in the Winds of Change series and other great Christian books at,, Barnes& and Sony e-reader!! You do NOT need a Kindle, Nook or e-reader to download it — you can download e-books on ANYTHING, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Cloud Readers, Androids, Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7, you name it!

PLEASE pass the word via Twitter, FB, blogs, family and friends, etc.

Julie Lessman Sightings:

AUGUST 29 to ? Join Julie at OneDesertRose's Blog for a Q&A session where your comment will enter you in a random pool giveaway for participants from several blogs to win a signed copy of any of Julie's books including her latest release, A Heart Revealed.

September 3 to October 1, 2011. Join Julie at The Owl Bookmark blog for a Q & A session and a chance to win a signed copy of any of my books including Julie's upcoming release, A Heart Revealed.

September 9 to 30, 2011 Giveaway of A Heart Revealed at Radiant Light blog.

If you are in the area, join Mary Connealy for a book signing with Stephanie Grace Whitson at Barnes & Noble 5150 O Street, Lincoln, NE from 2 - 3 on September 18th.

Random News and Information

  • From Publishers Lunch Friday, September 16th: Barbara Scott has joined WordServe Literary Group as an agent. In 30 years of publishing she has worked at Zondervan, McGraw-Hill, Honor Books, and most recently, started the fiction arm of Abingdon Press.

That's it! Have a great week. Praying for a successful conference for all you conference attendees!


  1. Good Sunday morning!

    Have a cup of coffee from the huge pot I have set up.

    Congrats to all winners. Enjoy your loot.

    Next week sounds great, but I'll probably miss parts of it SINCE I'LL BE AT CONFERENCE!!!


  2. Congrats to the winners and YAY Helen! Y'all will have so much FUN!!!

    Enjoy some chocolate for me!
    Good WE, Tina. Thx for the links.

    And thanks to Cheryl. She kick-started me on some writing tonite over on Facebook. *yawn*

    But *yawn* gotta hit the hay. Have a great one! Happy end of Constitution day!



    Thank you for the coffee, my friend. I'm loving it! And just so looking forward to seeing/meeting/hanging with my Seekervillager friends and buds and cohorts and colleagues and, oh, whatever y'all want to be called today!

    I'm leaving early Sunday breakfast because puppy customers are comin' by after church and I will be busy puppying....

    And yet another new verb finds its way into the English language, LOL!

    We're going with Tim Hortons sweets this morning... And a side of bacon and sausage pizza. So donuts/pastries on the shelving unit, mid-left and breakfast pizza under the warming lights.

    And I finished A Family to Cherish this week, a month early, and I LOVE IT... So that means I go to conference ready to think and tackle the next project in Ruthy-land...

    Ahead of the curve... ahead of the curve.... Always work ahead of the curve because you NEVER KNOW when life might reach up and smack you upside the head with sickness... Emotional difficulties.... grief.... divorce....

    Ahead of the curve.

    Just do it. (I love Nike)

  4. Good Morning!

    Congratulations to all of the winners.

    Next week looks like a great line up but I'm with Helen, I'll be missing some of it because I'LL BE IN ST. LOUIS!!!!!

    Can't wait to meet everyone.

    Have a great day.

  5. GREAT WE, TEENSTER!!! I especially enjoyed the articles about "Show Me the Money" and "Amazon Reviewers Objectivity." I am ALWAYS amazed at the things you find, which means you have to read them first!! How DO you find the time???




  6. Congrats to all the winners! Looks like a great week coming up for those of us not heading to St. Louis.

    Hope everyone going to the conference has a blessed time!


  7. Good morning, I'm loving the cooler weather. Had to pull my sweater out to take to church. I love the fall.

    Congrats to this weeks winners and yippeee I'm so happy to get to read A Marriage for Meghan. Thank you Mary Ellis!

  8. I can't wait to see me some Seekers and Seekervillians in St. Louis. It's not long now. =)

    It's fun to see the news of Barbara joining the WordServe family in your post. We're so excited to have her joining the agency.

  9. Great WE as always Tina! But I won't be around next week to share in the fun, I'm leaving tomorrow for ACFW!!!!!

  10. Good morning Seekerville. I'm just off a week in the Pacific Northwest. Spectacular scenery. Mount Ranier revealed herself on a cloudless day!!!

    And the salmon, and oysters and crab were fantabulous and freshly caught off our friend's dock.

    I am now an Ivar's clam chowder addict as well.

    Hope all you ACFW conference goers have a great time.

    I'll stay behind to hold down Seekerville and I guess that means giveaways!!!

    Lots of them as well.

    Catching up on my mailings AND cleaning out the Seekerville mailbox and forwarding to the correct Seeker. So you can expect to get your mailings and critiques soon. Thanks for your patience.

  11. Great WE, Tina (as usual)
    and congrats to all the winners!!

    Can't wait to see everyone in St. Louie
    Casey and I are going to be posting over at the Alley Friday-Sunday- direct from St. Lou.

    Tina- I HOPE we can meet next time!

  12. It eases the pain to know there are others not going to St. Louis--looking forward to our own party on Friday in Seekerville!

    I know what a blessing conference time is and I'm looking forward to hearing lots of great reports and seeing all the photos.

  13. I'm praying everyone has a wonderful week, whether at the conference or at home. Let's all be productive, learn something new, write pages, encourage one another to think BIG, step out in faith and then pat ourselves on the back next week when we've returned to our routines!

  14. Tina~

    I'll be here for all the giveaways next week. I feel sure I'm the only ACFW member who lives in Missouri and is not going to St. Louis.

  15. Oh my gosh, for the stay-at-homes, here's what I do....


    1. I work/write/edit/enter/submit

    2. I work/write/edit/enter/submit

    3. I work/write/edit/enter/submit

    Then I eat and drink coffee.


    This does not sound much different than my normal routine... ;)

    So that's my advice. I love going to conferences, but...


    Yes, I'm a freak.

    But I love writing... working...editing...

    So much.

  16. Congrats to the winners. Looking forward to next week and hanging out with other left behind seekers. Tina, glad to hear you had such a great time last week. My kind of vacation.

  17. I still can hardly believe I'm going to the conference, but sooooo grateful! God is AMAZING!

  18. I have to say, Ruthy, that I have met Helen and she is absolutely adorable. You will love meeting her!

  19. Oh, Deb, I will miss you at the conference. I so wish you were going. Hugs hugs hugs

  20. Thanks for a great WE! I've been gone most of the day so just got here.

    Hope you all had a great weekend. And that you conference goers have safe travels and a wonderful week!!

  21. Congratulations to the winners! I enjoyed the WE, too. Since I'm
    not going to ACFW either, I'll join you other stay-behinders for the week. Looking forward to these promising posts.

    Oh, I wanted to ask you to consider me for the weekly critique drawing. I'm writing a contemporary married romance (does that count as a romance?). My targeted publisher would either be Bethany House or Tyndale.
    Thank you for all y'all do to help us move forward in the writing journey!

  22. Melanie, you are so kind.

    I'm delighted that you are going to get to attend. I'll be watching for you.