Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Weekend Edition

Time to curl up with your favorite mug
and a nice warm beverage
and peruse the Seekerville Weekend Edition.
And don't forget to keep your eye on Seekerville the Town for
news, giveaways and our calendar!

and your last chance to be reimbursed in our GH ENTRY CONTEST!

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 here. All prizes are distributed within 6-8 weeks of winner announcements. Send us a note if we dropped the ball.

Ooopsy!! Forgot the Saturday WE ED winner of Glynna Kaye' s At Home In His Heart-IT'S STILL UP FOR GRABS! To make up for the error we'll be giving away a copy of Friend of Seekerville Walt Mussell's Christmas novella-part of the ebook anthology Hot Cocoa For the Heart.

Monday:Who is that guy? On Monday, Mary Connealy took a hard look at secondary characters and how chance to kill them off non-violently. Winner of a signed copy of Cowboy Christmas. is Gwendolyn Gage, and in the spirit of the season of giving, (both Christmas giving and Thanksgiving) Mary is doing a bonus giveaway of a second copy of Cowboy Christmas to Glenda Parker Fiction Writer.

Tuesday we welcomed back the Grammar Queen to pontificate once more on the power of punctuation. Our topic of the day was The Lowly Comma. Winner of Anne Stilman's Grammatically Correct, is Carol Moncado.

Revell author Julie Lessman joined us on Wednesday to talk about Playing Favorites. Winner of their choice of a 5-page critique or a signed copy of one of Julie's books including her new release, A Heart Revealed is Cynthia!

Thursday was Nail That Query with Ruth Logan Herne. Winner of their choice of any one of Ruthy's seven books, including the sold-out Winter's End and the not-yet-released Yuletide Hearts is Cindy Wilson.

We got to spend Veteran's Day with Tricia Goyer who shared on stories hidden in the heart. Winner of Remembering You are Jan Drexler and Pat Jeanne Davis.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:Be sure to join us today when Darth Vader, er.. Janet Dean chats about "Getting to the Dark Side", and be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for a drawing for Janet's January release from Love Inspired Historical, An Inconvenient Match.

Tuesday: Our guest is Eva Marie Everson the award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction as well as award-winning national and international speaker, friend of Seekerville (and Southern belle who writes Southern Faith into Fiction) who shares why “It’s a Southern Thang (Y’all Wouldn’t Unda-stand)” and we have a book giveaway.

Wednesday: Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer will be guest blogging today, and talking about the release of their new book, 1001 Things to Love About Military Life, from Hachette Book Group. Stop by to learn how they went “From Self-Publishing to Print on Demand to Small Publisher to Large Publisher....Lessons Learned Along the Way.” Debby Giusti’s “Sisterhood,” a tribute to military wives is featured in the book.

Thursday: Love Inspired author Audra Harders is your hostess to ask you "Would He Really Do That?" and other ways to figure out if your characters are acting, well, in character. Don't miss the drawing for a helpful how-to book, too!

Friday: We are delighted to welcome Harlequin Mills & Boon author Kate Walker. Stop by to chat and for an opportunity to win a copy of Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance.

Seeker Sightings

On Tuesday, Seeker Ruthy and Friend of Seekerville Erica Vetsch are partying at Casey Herringshaw's Blog Birthday Bash on her blog! Join Ruthy and Erica for the party atmosphere, free books and great kernels of wisdom from Erica. Ruthy will be too busy eating cookies.

Mary Connealy has a book that released just this week in a novella collection along with Robin Lee Hatcher. A Home for Christmas: The Sweetest Gift/A Christmas Angel. It’s an ebook only and it costs 99 cents.If you have neither a Kindle or a Nook you can download the book to your computer and since it's a novella, it doesn't take long to read it there.

The Sweetest Gift by Mary Connealy:

A spinster with a master's degree who is a world traveler, librarian by day and concert pianist by night, marries a Nebraska rancher with an eighth grade education. Their worlds are so far apart that each is afraid to admit their marriage of convenience is turning into a love match.

When Christmas draws near Adelaide must decide if she can give up her hopes of owning a beautiful piano so her husband can have the stallion he needs for his ranch. And Graham may need to risk his perfect brood mare to show his love for his wife by buying her the Christmas gift of her dreams.

Julie Lessman Sightings: Through November 14, 2011-Join Julie at Book Reviews by Lady Katy blog for a Q & A session and a chance to win a signed copy of any of her books including her upcoming release, A Heart Revealed.

Through November 14, 2011-Join Julie at Debbie Lynn Costello's blog, The Sword & the Spirit blog, for a chance to win a signed copy of her new release, A Heart Revealed.

Random News and Information

  • Time To Start Your Christmas Wish List and Levenger's Is a Good Place to Begin!

And we leave you with these pictures ....

Mary Connealy and Janet Dean met for lunch in Indiana this week!

Meanwhile in Georgia, so did Debby Giusti and Patti Jo Moore!

click on pictures to enlarge


  1. Coffee's ready. Come and get it!

    Great week just ended. Great week awaiting us next week.

    Thank you, Seekers!


  2. Congrats to all the winners though really we're all winners just by being here. The info and camaraderie are the best prizes of all.

  3. Well, I popped on over and submitted an ms to the Harlequin site. :) Actually, I spent an hour brousing the days I missed on the calendar and making sure my submission was all ready to go. I just love entering contests because it's like a lottery ticket: full of 'what IF' and 'wouldn't it be GREAT' feelings.

    Loved the photos!!

  4. Helen, thank you! Great coffee as usual, my friend! And I LOVE THOSE PICS OF PATTI WITH DEB AND MARY AND JANET....

    It's so much fun to steal a chance to get together away from the bustle of conferences, etc. I love me some Seekervillage Time!!!!

    Great info link to NAL/Berkley's e-book endeavor. Very similar to what Random House is doing.

    I think they'd be silly NOT to resurrect old lines so people can download old faves onto their Nooks and Kindles. Good for them!

    And it's a cagey way to launch new authors, isn't it? I don't think I ever read Nora Roberts' Donovan series????

    Doesn't sound familiar which only means my library didn't have it when I started studying the masters of modern romance.

    I'm off to Allegany County shortly. Book signing today and I get to visit the places that inspired "Jamison", New York, my fictional town set off of Route 19...

    LOVE IT!

    Teenster, thank you for a great WE as usual, my friend!

  5. Oh Janet, Mary, Patti and Debby, I'm so jealous. oops not supposed to be jealous. Well heck, I am.

    So glad you all had a great time.

    MARY C. How sweet of you. You're so right because that is what we are all about here in Seekerville.

  6. What MaryC said. And ditto again!

    And Virginia! You go girl! Entering a contest is kind of like anticipating Christmas when you were little, because you might, just might, get that pony you've been wanting! (So, did you submit it?)

    And who wouldn't want to be in Allegany County today? November sunshine (I hope), small towns nestled in the hills, and a chance to run into one of Ruthy's hunky heroes? Sigh.

    (Yes, I do know Ruthy's heroes are fictional...)

    Fun WE Tina! Thanks again!

  7. Congrats everyone!

    What a great week in Seekerville and super line up for next.

    As always, Tina, love the WE!

    I'm with you Sandra! So WHO is coming to middle TN? If you're traveling between Nashville and Knoxville, you'll pass nearby. Let's get together! If it works out, I'll bring May! ;D

  8. Hmm... won Grammatically Correct from my birthday.

    Not sure whether to be excited or offended ;).

    Though my exceptionally inappropriate use [or lack of use] of commas Tuesday is probably why ;).

    Seriously - thank you!!!!

    Great WE as always! And great week coming up!


    And Deb, Patti Jo, Mare and Janet, I'm JEALOUS, SOOO JEALOUS you guys got face time!!!

    I would have to say that's one of the hardest things about online friendships ... you almost NEVER get to meet the people you've grown to love online!! :(

    Happy weekend, all!


  10. Great WE, Tina and THANK YOU for the birthday mention. I'm sooooo excited. ;-)

  11. Great WE, as usual Tina! Next week sounds like another wonderful week in Seekerville---especially looking forward to a SOUTHERN guest (smile!). ~ I was surprised to scroll down and see my pic today (with the sweet Debby Giusti)--we had such a delightful time meeting for lunch! (of course, SHE'S a delightful lady!). Hugs from Georgia, PattI Jo :)

  12. p.s. Ooops! Looks like I signed my name with an "L" at the end---should be an "i"---Helen, I NEED your coffee today! ;) PJ

  13. Congratulations to all the winners! It was such a great week here last week, and I'm looking forward to the coming week. You ladies are wonderful for taking the time to help us along. :)

    This site is one of my daily stops. :)

    Thanks for the coffee, Helen. I'm enjoying a cup now.

    Hope the book signing goes/went well, Ruthy!

  14. There's an oopsy in today's post that I fixed.

    And I fixed Patti Jo's name...

    last night was sorry.

    Had a sick kitty cat and that took all my attention.

    She is on the mend today. (Is it okay to pray for cats? Because that's what did the trick.)

  15. Tina:

    I appreciate the win of Glynna's book, but I won that one when she posted about gardening. It arrived day before yesterday, and I haven't had time to read it yet!

    So why don't you do another draw and give someone else the pleasure of reading it.

    And thank you again for the book, Glynna.


  16. ooh Helen, a double header for you.

    Let's put it back in the hopper and draw another winner this weekend.

    Mea Culpa for not checking.

  17. YAY! Great pictures and congrats to the winners.

    Off to do a leaf battle with the kids!

  18. I'm jealous of those of you getting together in person recently! Great photos Mary and Janet and Debby and Patti Jo!!

    BTW, Janet, you look great in pink!

  19. Tina, I'm sorry for your sick kitty! I think it's totally fine to pray for our animals and will be doing so for your baby.

  20. Tina -- I'll add sick kitty to my prayers. Of course it's okay to pray for them -- God created them, didn't he? Poor little fluffball. I hope she stays on the mend.

    Loved the Levenger site. I'd never heard of it. There's some lovely pens...and to-die for Free Leaf Multicolred Annotation Ruled Pads...doesn't that sound divine enough to send shivers up and down your spine?!

  21. Tina,

    We all pray for our pets over here! God made them, He loves them, and so do we!

    So sorry she's under the weather... :( Rubs and hugs to her. And prayers!!

  22. Miss Tina, May the K9 Spy here.

    Of COURSE it's okay to pray for us four footers. We have a pretty good relationship with the Creator as well and pray for our humans often. It's just different. ;D

    Hope Miss Kitty is doing MUCH better now. Sounds like it! Give her special sniffs and greetings from me and Mom, 'kay?

  23. Congratulations Virginia on submitting to Harlequin's contest!

    I could use a really strong decaf right now. I don't know why today's post made me think of coffee.

    Congratulations to the winners! Another great week in Seekerville!
    Bee-utiful photos, ladies. Wow.

  24. I just spent the morning with the lovely Stephanie Karfelt at my book signing in Angelica, New York! We had a delightful group of ladies... great food... a wonderful server named Colleen... and the Black-eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe was the place to be!

    Thank you Don and Karen Ash for another great time! We love you guys in "Jamison" NY, aka Angelica!

  25. Congrats to all the winners! I am excited to have won a copy of Cowboy Christmas! I'll be checking my email! Thanks for the info on upcoming events!

  26. Gwendolyn,

    Drop us a line at our seekers at seekerville dot net address with your email.

    We only only you down as a last resort.

  27. Thanks for all the prayers, Charlie is eating today!!!

  28. HElEN -- have you "planted" the paperwhites yet?

    Did you like my creative wrapping job? The book wouldn't fit in the flower box and I didn't have a box that the flower box would fit in, so I resorted to that bit of engineering ingenuity! Glad it made it thru the postal service! :)

  29. Congrats to all the winners from last week. Tina, hope your Charlie continues to improve. Ruthie, hope your book signing was fun. I have one next Sat. Happy birthday to Carol. And best wishes to all those submitting to contests and publications. Thanks for my win of Tricia's latest novel. Wonderful weekend everyone.

  30. Tina, you softie.

    I knew it.

    I knew it all along. Was it Charlie?

  31. Oops, now I've read the posts and see that it was Charlie.

    One of our Golden puppies is named "Charlie", also.

    I love that name.

  32. Hey, everybody. When Glynna says "creative wrapping job" she means business.

    She took this rectangular book, you see. And she wrapped it. Then she took this square flower box and put it on top of the rectangular book. She bound this structure together with rubber bands. Then she wrapped it all in brown paper and taped it up.
    It looked like a little log cabin. :)

    So what did I do?

    I opened the flower box UPSIDE DOWN. Guess what happened. Yup. Little brown flakes all over my recliner.

    I read the instructions for "planting" it, but I don't see what time of year to do it. Can it be done immediately, or should I wait until spring?

    Remember, I have a black thumb and don't know these things.


  33. Pat! Tell us about your booksigning that is coming up!

  34. I am honored to have my writing as a prize in Seekerville. Congrats to all of the winners already this week.

  35. Look at that Glynna person. Not only sending stuff out in a timely fashion, BUT....

    sending bulbs, too.

    Plant 'em now, Helen. They'll come up in spring. I keep spreading mine out because they look delicate but they're very cold hardy.

    And up here??? We need cold hardy!

  36. Congrats to all the winners!

    Love the pic of Mary and fun to meet for lunch.

    Patti Jo and I had the best time at our lunch date! Of course, we talked about books and writing and how much we love Seekerville! :)

  37. Yay, Walt. Loved downloading your book to my Kindle! Love seeing your name on the cover. So how's it feel? Really cool, right?

  38. Loved the pictures of Mary & Janet, & Debby and Patti Jo.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my hubby and I took a short trip to visit friends at a fellowship meeting on the MS coast this weekend. It was the church's 25th anniversary and the members surprised the pastor and his wife with a pastor's appreciation celebration as well. We had a wonderful time, but I didn't run into any other Seeker buds! lol

  39. Congratulations winners,

    I loved the mugshots. The coffee cups. And the other pics were nice too. How nice to get together. I was going to see Brandilyn and Colleen and got my days crossed.

    Oh well.

    Hope everyone has a lovely day.


    Tina P

  40. I'm grateful for every minute I spent with Mary at our gabfest. We had real, not just cyber, food and hugs. Loved every minute!

    Congratulations to all the winners in Seekerville!

    Huge congratulations, Walt, on the release of your Christmas novella! The title of the anthology Hot Cocoa for the Heart makes me crave a cup. Off to download your story.


  41. Tina, I am soooo sorry that Charlie has been sick, but am glad he's on the mend. Praying for the furry fellow (YES! I'm a big believer in prayer for people AND pets!). ~ My goodness! You did not need to take time to correct my name (it gets spelled with a "y" a lot!). I've even had folks to argue that my name couldn't really be "Patti" but that it must be "Patricia" LOL....but nope, my precious Mama named me Patti Jo (good ol' Southern name *grin*). ~ Thanks for ALL you do on the WE posts, Tina--you are wonderful! Hugs, Patti Jo p.s. To get in the "Thanksgiving meal mood" I've brought a warm Pumpkin Pie to share, and whipped cream, of course! ENJOY!!


    Anything pumpkin, but especially, pie!!

    Thank you.