Saturday, June 24, 2017

The 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. Send to Seekers@Seekerville.net

 Monday: Mike Ehret was here chatting about editing... tiny houses... and the delightful new anthology he's part of, in his post "Editing the Editor." Winner of a copy of "Coming Home" is Deb H!

Tuesday: Pam Hillman discussed six things she learned from a "Crunch Deadline." Kathryn Barker is the winner of  The Promise of Breeze Hill, coming August 2017.

Wednesday: Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Debby Giusti has been in a book club for more than a decade and talked about "Book Clubs" and why she loves them! Marcia is the winner of the first book in Debby's Amish Protectors series, Amish Refuge!   

Thursday:  Love Inspired Suspense author Jessica R. Patch was our special guest today with her post, "Why Writing is Like Walking on Water." Sally Shupe is the winner of a copy of her latest release, Deep Water!





Monday: Aussie Carolyn Miller joins us with her post, "From Down Under to Awed Wonder." Pack your bags as we go on a whirlwind trip to visit London and Jane Austen. Leave a comment for your chance to win an e-copy of either The Elusive Miss Ellison or The Captivating Lady Charlotte.
Tuesday:  Welcome award-winning mystery/suspense author Nancy Mehl as we continue Ruth Logan Herne's series about writing who-done-its! Join this incredibly talented author as she give us her inside tips about this crazy popular genre! One lucky commenter will be chosen for a copy of a wonderfully delightful book!


Wednesday: Seeker Tina Radcliffe brings you "The Stoic's Guide to Emotions." So you're not a Drama Queen--more like a Mr. Spock? No worries. Today Tina will provide tips to bring out your inner angst, whether you like it or not. Leave a comment for your chance to win a fabulous and fantastic and special giveaway. Did we mention utterly stupendous?


Thursday:  YES! Today we welcome four of the ladies responsible for the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, on August 12th this year in Cincinnati! Amazing bloggers Carrie, Annie, Beth Erin and Rachel have begun an annual tradition that brings authors and readers together in one place. Stop by and leave a comment for a delightful giveaway, but more because you want to meet these wonderful women who are also setting the bar high as successful bloggers.and see what it takes to run a successful blog in today's online market!


Friday: Today we bring you The Best of the Archives, with one of our finest vintage posts. Comments are closed so we all can catch up on our reading and writing.






Congratulations to Mary Connealy! No Way Up is a 2017 Carol Award Finalist! No Way Up is the first book of the Cimarron Legacy series. 

Tina Radcliffe returns to her Oklahoma roots for her brand new series: Big Heart Ranch. Book 1, Claiming Her Cowboy is available for preorder here. If you are a newsletter subscriber you can join the baby naming fun! Book 3 features Emma Maxwell, widow, and mother to these adorable twin girls. Join the newsletter here,  and then name the twins on Tina Radcliffe's Author Facebook page. (Avoid rhyming names.)  If your names are chosen you'll be acknowledged in the book and receive an autographed advanced copy of Book 3 of this heart-tugging new series about God's grace, second chances and forever love.

Congratulations to Seeker, Pam Hillman! The Promise of Breeze Hill, the first book of her new Natchez Trace series has received an RT Book Review TOP PICK with 4 1/2 STARS!! (Click on the image above for a peek at the review!) You can preorder your copy of this August release here.  

 FREE DOWNLOAD 5 DAYS ONLY! If you haven't  read Julie Lessman's 5-star, Family Fiction magazine's Best of 2015 ISLE OF HOPE, book 1 in the 
Isle of Hope series, now is the time!


Book 2 in Julie Lessman’s Isle of Hope series, EVERLASTING LOVE, has a 5-star rating on Amazon and is NOW on sale at almost 50% off!  

 Book 3 in Julie Lessman’s Isle of Hope series, HIS STEADFAST LOVE, is NOW available for PREORDER!!  And good news! Pre-ordering 
gives you extra points in Julie's contest below!


CONTEST! Julie Lessman is kicking off the launch of His Steadfast Love with a new contest where you can win a character named after you in both the e-book and paperback versions, a signed copy, plus your choice of a $50 Amazon gift card OR a box of 10 top CBA books, so here’s the link:   










Thanks for the link love!

Congratulations to the 2017 ACFW Carol Award Finalists. The awards ceremony will be held at the ACFW Conference in Grape Vine, Texas, September 21-24. Keep an eye on the ACFW website for details on live streaming of the event!

Amazon has done away with many popular lists, but you can still track new releases and sales from your favorite authors. Follow them on Amazon (Click on their name under their book title, and then click the plus sign under their name/picture.) and follow them on Bookbub. You can also get deals sent to your mailbox. Are there any newsletters you recommend for finding deals, new releases, and new authors? Please share in the comments! Here are some of our favorites:

An Agent’s Perspective: Why You Should Be Attending Conferences & Workshops as a Writer (WD)

New Amazon Buy Button Program Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors (PW)

How To Choose and Set Up a Pen Name (Jane Friedman)

Hacking Amazon's Ad System (AME)

The Difference Between a Press Release and a Pitch (You Need Both) (Jane Friedman)
Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – June 2017 (The Book Designer)

How to Write a Mystery (The Creative Penn)

7 Top Book Marketing Takeaways from BookExpo 2017 (BookBub Partners)

Family Affair: Religion Pubs Sign Bestsellers' Kids (PW)

An Agent's Advice: The Big Five No-nos to Querying a Literary Agent (Kill Zone)

How to Handle Conflicting Critiques (Fiction University)


Mrs. Austen: JANE!
Lady Gresham: What is she doing?
Mr. Wisley: Writing.
Lady Gresham: Can anything be done about it?


Becoming Jane

We're celebrating Jane Austen this weekend.
 Leave a comment for a chance to win this P & P tote. And if you haven't ready Mary Connealy's Carol Award finaling release, 
No Way Up, why we'll tuck a copy of that into the tote as well!
Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.



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  1. Congratulations to Pam Hillman (TOP PICK!!!) and Mary Connealy (CAROL AWARD FINALIST!). The cream has risen to the top! Way to go ladies.

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    1. Me too. We ought to have ice cream to celebrate. I'll take some marionberry and cream. Thank you.

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    2. Awe, thank you, Tina. And huge congrats to Mary for making the Carol cut! Whoot!

      Now, about that ice cream... I ran across a recipe in one of my homegrown Southern cookbooks the other day and just DROOLED....

      Butterfinger Ice cream

      1 large Cool Whip
      6 Butterfinger bars, frozen and crushed
      1/2 gallon CHOCOLATE milk
      1 can sweetened condensed milk

      Mix all ingredients and pour into a 4 quart freezer. Add "regular" milk to fill line on freezer if needed. Freeze.

      As Ruthy likes to say, Oh my Stars! Doesn't that sound yummy?? And, ps, no raw eggs, not that I'm adverse to that, but still...

      So Butterfinger Ice Cream coming up!!! :)

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    3. Wow. That's one of those, don't even bring it into my house things.

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    4. Hi Tina: I think the cream has been at the top for quite awhile now. But congrats anyway!

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    5. Tina THANK YOU! It's fun to be nominated! I'm honored.

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  2. Congrats Pam and Mary!

    Looking forward to the post on how to get Spock to have emotions, maybe that will help with my real life along with my writing life. :)

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    1. Melissa, Spock can't wait to see you, either.

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    2. What? Force emotions on Spock! That's his quirk. Give him emotions and he becomes just a guy with funny ears. Emotions will most likely block any attempt at a mind-meld. Save Spock!

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    3. Myra, I wanted to LIKE your comment but remembered we don't have a like button here! :)

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    4. And now Vince is on a mission to save Spock from humanity.

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  3. Oh, Austen.... I love Pride and Prejudice.... Just love it. Can you imagine us struggling to make a living writing back THEN??? Oh mylanta, what a different life that would be!!!! I love our immediate access to work and readers! Go us!

    MARY AND PAMMERS!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! There will be some heel kicking and foot stompin' goin' on in the old barn tonight!

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    1. Funny thing is, I never like Pride and Prejudice. Thought it was really dragging and silly. How goofy is that? I know, I'm weird.

      But yes to the congratulations. Yay Mary and Pam.

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    2. I have my fingers in my ears, Sandra and am lalalala ing.

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    3. Sandra, you need to reread Pride and Prejudice until you learn to love it. You just have to.

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    4. I had a friend who agrees with you Sandra. I'm not sure I could wade through the book again, but I did love the movie with Kiera Knightley.

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    5. Hi Pam: I don't know which I loved more: the movie with Kiera Knightley, or Kiera Knightley. She was the same age as Elizabeth was. Perfect casting I thought. Austen fans should also watch the special features on the movie's DVD as it shows how hard they worked on that movie.

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    6. RUTHY!!! Thank you!. I'm really delighted. I love No Way Up. In fact I love this whole series so it's fun to have it get noticed!!!

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    7. Mary, I totally agree on all! It is a great series and a marvelous book!!!! And Vince... I will still disagree kindly on that Kiera Knightley thing... If this was an election, I would be on the "Never Kiera!" side, not because I don't like her... Loved her in the pirate movies... but I don't see Elizabeth as anything like her and the production was rushed and kind of thin.... but we can blame that on Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle... she was my kind of Elizabeth, strong and just regal enough to be in your face... not in your face, but anyone's. :) Love that rendition!!!

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    8. Hi Ruth: The thing about Kiera is that she is the kind of fresh beauty that a guy like Darcy would fall for even given her poor circumstances and awful mother. She provides the best motivation to explain Darcy's behavior. I think Kiera is the kind of Elizabeth a man would most want and lose his head over. If you have not watched the special features on the DVD, please do. I don't see that film as rushed. The sisters spend a week before filming living in the house being sisters. And when that pig walks thru the hallway, I knew this was a more realistic P&P. I though this film was the most real. I guess it gets down to what you prize most highly. And I don't like older women playing the very young Lizzie.

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    9. RUTH: BTW, my wife does not like Jane Austen and will not watch any of the Austen related movies...of which I own many. I did get her to Austenland and she didn't like that! So I find your position on Austen to be very welcoming. Now if we could just get the Yankees some pitching. Who could we trade?

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    10. Last year we had a box calendar of Pride and Prejudice. Every night my husband and I tore off the page and read it. By Dec. 31 we had read the entire book. My husband had never read it before. I don't think that is the best way to read if you haven't read it before. You don't get much each day. But it was fun.

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    11. Sandy, a book on a calendar: what an interesting idea!

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  4. COFFEE IS HERE! WITH FLAVORED CREAMERS... and caramel and chocolate shots! Hey, we know how to party in Seekerville!!!!

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  5. Congratulations Mary and Pam! How awesome is that!?!

    Congratulations to all the winners as well! Another great week and weekend here at Seekerville!

    I am eyeing that beautiful P & P tote...and Mary's book as well. Now that's something to get excited about! Please toss my name in for the draw and thank you for the chance.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  6. Congratulations to Pam and Mary!
    Thanks for a great WE, Tina. I hope your heat wave has subsided. Stay cool!

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    1. 113 today. Getting better. After summer solstice there is hope.

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    2. Come this way, Tina. We have a cool front coming in this weekend. Highs for the next few days will be mid-80s. I even saw some overnight lows in the 50s predicted.

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    3. Tina: 113! But what's the humidity? When I lived in Tucson I played golf in 118 degrees (according to the S&L big sign near the course) and the only place there was sweat was the palm of my hands which were covered with golf gloves. But then, I don't know about Phoenix. I liked Tucson's weather better than Tulsa's 98 degrees and 98 humidity. Would you rather be back in Tulsa?

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    4. I would rather be back in Colorado. Period. Don't give me that...BUT IT'S DRY HEAT STUFF. LOL.

      The sweet thing about Tulsa is that no matter how bad a gardener you were, everyone had a green thumb. My Boston fern and my Elephant ears were massive. Oh, and those azaleas and Magnolias.

      (I prefer only to remember the good Tulsa weather. LOL)

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    5. Thank you, Jill. I'm slow checking in today because I've been running all day. (honestly, all WEEK!) I huge family reunion at my mom's house. I live near her so I don't have to travel like most of my family...but that does mean I get to be IN CHARGE!!!
      Fun once we all start to gather!

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    6. Tina: What about the crape myrtles? Mine get as big as trees and nothing seems to kill them. You can cut them back to nothing and they spring back full force and the different colors are brilliant. Azaleas seem to hate me! But they do love Oklahoma. They must known I'm from NY. :(

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  7. Woohoo! Pam and Mary, you're rockin' it! Congratulations, ladies.

    ~ Renee

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    1. Thank you, Renee. There has been a bit of nail biting leading up to the release. You know... that whole "Will they like my baby?" thing!

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    2. Thanks Renee! We're on for Friday right???

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  8. Good Saturday morning. I am drinking my coffee, eating a glaxed doughnut and rejoicing with all of the good new that is featured today. Congratulations to this week's winners, congratulations to the 2017 ACFW Carol Award Finalists and added congratulations to Seekers Pam Hillman and Mary Connelly. I haven't read Mary's latest book so I would love to have it in the tote, if I were to win it. As for Pride & Prejudice...one of my favorites!!
    Hope all of you have a blessed weekend!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I want a donut, Connie. You are entered in the drawing. But I want a donut.

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    2. You have a blessed weekend too, Connie. Sounds like you have a great start. coffee and doughnuts. Yum

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    3. Good luck, Connie. You're in for a fun read!

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    4. Now I want donuts and ice cream.

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  9. Great posts! Gonrats to the winners! Would love to have the tote and the book tucked inside! Count me in!

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  10. Congratulations to Mary and Pam! Something we can all aspire to. Awesome!

    Tina, this WE just gets better and better! Looking forward to your post on emotion.

    We haven't cooled down here. 120* here today. Lots of iced tea being slurped at our house.

    I already feel like a winner, so I'll pass on my chance to enter this time.

    Blessings,

    Marcia

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    1. Look at that. You will be much cooler today according to my sources. Vegas is 113. But you're going to be in the late nineties. LUCKY YOU!!!! Eat a popsicle. Celebrate. Go wild.

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    2. Marcia, did you see that you ARE a winner? Check out the list of last week's wins!

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    3. Yes, Debby, I'm so excited...love all of your other books I've read. Sent my email in...thanks!

      I'm in Laughlin, Tina...almost a hunnert miles more southern. Right now, 114*.

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    4. Thanks, Marcia...but is it a DRY heat???
      You know like an OVEN? Much more comfortable to be baked in an oven than boiled on top of the stove...right?

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    5. The dry heat thing.... oy vay.... give me sweater weather!

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    6. Baked or broiled? Yep, that about sums it up.... in MS, we get broiled.

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  11. Congratulations to all the winners this weekend. And whoohoooo there are some award winners, big star read winner, Pam and a Carol finalist, Mary. Wow. Big celebration required.

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  12. Congratulations, Mary and Pam! Thanks for another great WE!

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    1. WOOT!!! I'm with you, Preslaysa. Congrats to our WE ED STARS!!

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  13. Congrats, ladies! And like Melissa I'm excited to read what Tina's got to say about emotions next week. I think that may be my biggest bang up when it comes to writing for me... And life too. Lol! And throw my name in the hat for the book and bag. I haven't had a chance to read it yet!

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  14. Good morning, Seekerville! And mega-congrats to Pam and Mary! You do us proud!!!

    And, hey, am I the only Seeker who's pouting a wee bit because we aren't eligible for our own Weekend Edition giveaways??? There's some seriously fun stuff up for grabs!!!

    Oh, well. I shall drown my sorrows by cleaning house and paying bills. Yuck yuck yuck.

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    1. I can think of better ways to drown my sorrows. Egads, Myra.

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    2. What can I say? It's Saturday, my least favorite day of the week.

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    3. LOL! Yeah, I think brownies are more efficient for drowning sorrows. :)

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    4. Well, our grandson has been baking cookies--AGAIN. I'll probably snitch a couple before the day is done.

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  15. Congratulations Mary and Pam. You guys rock. Sounds like a great week coming up.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I'm looking forward to next week's posts, too. Great lineup. :)

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    2. Thanks Cindy. Seriously, these days when someone says 'you rock'...I'm picturing the actual rocking chair! But thank you!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS, MARY and PAM! Wonderful news for both of you!

    Thank you, TINA, for another great WE edition! OH- I just named your twins. Well, your story's - LOL. AND I love that sweet baby photo. Ahhhhh... You have the greatest NEWSLETTERS.

    JULIE, your book covers are gorgeous. Thank you for the free download! Will have to ck out the others, as well. I imagine there will be a *few* kisses, right? ...Along with some redemption and a come-to-Jesus meeting or two, huh? :-)

    Happy Saturday to all!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cindy! And fan girl Tina loves your newsletters too.

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    2. Cynthia, thank you, I appreciate that. Tina's the best isn't she???
      And did you get the sale on Julie's book? YAY! I already have the book but now I've got it on my Kindle!

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    3. LOL, Cynthia ... uh, one or two! ;) More kisses than come-to-Jesus meetings, but definitely lots of both! ;)

      Mary, thank you for downloading IOH AND for your shout-out on FB -- you are THE BEST!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  17. I read a lot -- like a whole lot -- but it never ceases to amaze me how many Carol finalists I haven't read each year. I've only read 15 out of 30!!!!

    Great weekend edition. I'm still link hopping but 'A Rose So Fair' by Myra Johnson keeps pulling me a way. Read a chapter. Check a link. Repeat. :-)

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    1. I just made a list myself, Kav. I have some catching up to do.

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    2. I need a sabbatical just to read. Let's see... just the Carols and the Ritas for one year would be like... 100 books or so. Hmmm...

      Has anyone just taken a permanent sabbatical?

      Because I'd need it!

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    3. No sabbaticals allowed, Pam. You need to keep writing those RT Top Pick stories!

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    4. Aw, Kav! Hope you're enjoying it so far!

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    5. Kav, I always add the finalists to my TBR pile if their books aren't there already. :)

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    6. Hi Pam: Take the sabbatical! After a year of study (reading) your head will explode if you don't go back to writing and teaching. A sabbatical is like taking ground school before they will let you fly! Besides: you can always take notes of what you are learning during your sabbatical. Go for it!

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    7. Exploding heads... hmmm, maybe I need to rethink my sabbatical!

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  18. Happy Weekend, Seekerville! Mega congratulations, Mary, on the Carol final and Pam, on RT 4 1/2 star Top Pick!! You gals do us proud!!

    Julie, your book covers are so pretty and feminine!

    Tina, your story twins are adorable. Can't wait to see you create a romance amidst all the demands of taking care of newborn twins.

    Janet

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    1. They don't have their own story until book three and by then they are two year olds...somewhat more difficult actually. Newborns sleep and poop. That's easy.

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    2. Thanks, Janet. I'm delighted with the nomination!!!

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    3. Thanks, Janet -- I really like them too, even if Keith doesn't ... ;)

      I agree with Janet, Tina -- those twins are ADORABLE!! AND what a clever idea for a contest!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    4. Tina: Naming twins is easy in a vacuum but the names should fit the context, the parents lifestyle, the backstory, and the type of HEA. What are the parents like? Any Native American heritage? Willa and Rogenna (Parents fans of Will Rogers?) I am and it's in the right part of the state!

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  19. Congratulations to Mary and Pam!

    I love the Jane Austin tote and of course would love Mary's book along with it.

    I hope everyone enjoys a great weekend. I will be continuing to stay in since I can't go anywhere for 2 weeks after getting the shingles vaccine. There is so much needing to be caught up on reading and writing wise, The Lord is so good.

    There are several links I will check out later.

    Have a great weekend everyone

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    1. Wilani, ouch on the shingles vaccination.

      And I know the feeling. So much to do at home, but I'm going to have to brave the crowds and go shopping soon. Pout.

      It's not the crowds, it's just the time... basically 2-3 hours out of my day. I should just quit complaining about it, and go do it. Waaaayyyy...

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    2. Thanks Wilani! It's been a great, but hectic weekend so far and it's not ever CLOSE to over! :)

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    3. Well half over, I guess, so ...well, anyway.

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  20. Congrats to the winners and thanks for the great links.

    Happy weekend celebrating Jane!

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  21. Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day!!!!

    It's raining in Georgia...yet again!

    The only sunshine I see is from the great news in Seekerville. Congrats, Mary, on being a Carol finalist! Congrats, Pam, on your RT Top Pick!

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    1. Come to my house. Lately we have had trouble remembering what sunshine looks like.

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    2. Sun is shining here right now, Debby. Hopefully you'll get some too!

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    3. Went to the store...got caught in a deluge. Umbrella was in the car. :(

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    4. Thanks, Debby. I'm up against some great writers, so I'm claiming the nomination as the win!!! I ask for no more! :)

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    5. Myra, Debby and Tina need to meet in the middle... Some sun, some rain.... Kentucky sounds good!!!!

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    6. It's now Sunday...more rain. Yes, to a mix with Tina's sunshine and blue skies!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS, MARY and PAM!!!!

    Congrats to this weeks' winners!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Caryl, everyone is being so sweet! It's the best part of getting nominated so far!!!

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  23. WOW! A Jane Austen Weekend! Love it! P&P was the only book I was forced to read in high school that I instantly loved! I went on to read all her novels on my own. And I didn't care about the romance. I loved the way she saw the world around her. The real romance was how I loved Austen!

    I don't think one has to learn to love Austen. I think it's a 'love at first sight' type of thing.

    Here's my comment: Look into this book, "A True Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen"

    Even if you don't love her work, you might love reading about why so many great writers do love her.

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  24. Tina: I went to pre-order "Claiming Her Cowboy" but they don't have the Kindle version available for pre-order. That's going to be my Christmas present.

    Can you tell us where in Oklahoma "Big Heart Ranch" is located? Some authors won't let you know!:) Too bad there is no longer a Steve's where you could have held a "Reunion Book signing".

    Come to think of it, "Big Heart Ranch" seems like a title Hemingway would pick. Glad to see you back to the Sooner State.

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    1. Big Heart is in Timber, Oklahoma, near Pawhuska. I've talked to the Chamber of Commerce. VINCE YOU GENIUS YOU. I need to do a book signing there. Maybe at Ree Drummond- The Pioneer Woman's store in Pawhuska.

      https://www.themercantile.com/


      WHOA THIS IS A FABULOUS IDEA!!!

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    2. Timber is a fictional town. I forgot that part. It's real to me!!! lololol

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    3. Tina do it! I will come if you get a signing there!!! It's only about two states away. Admittedly they are BIG states.

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    4. Yes, Tina, come 'home'! I want to buy those ice cream cups. If my wife sees that website, there will be no keeping her away. Her birthday is 6 August and it would make a great trip. Could you have a book signing in a restaurant? They sever 6000 people a day! (We used to live in Osage county - a few hundred feet from the Tulsa county line!) I think it is in the stars! Maybe Myra could come back and see the sun!

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    5. OMG, Tina! Tulsa. Goldie's!!! You have to. It's your fault that I now consider those the best ever burgers. Wish I lived closer to Goldie's ... or maybe it's better for my weight that I don't live nearby :-D

      Nancy C

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  25. Hi Pam: I went to pre-order "The Promise of Breeze Hill" and the Kindle edition was priced at a lot more than the print version. Was this a mistake? It seems odd to me. Can't wait to read it. It's not often a book is so highly rated in a setting that I most enjoy reading about as your "Promise of Breeze Hill". There are a lot of good books coming out in the months ahead but these long waits are quite the tease! :) Vince

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    1. Vince, I'm not sure what's going on with that. :( Thank you for pointing it out. Hopefully, as you say, it's a mistake. I'll let you know what I find out!

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  26. Completely off topic here, but wondering if anyone has ever experienced pantry moths. We've spent the last couple of days totally emptying the pantry, tracking down the source(s), and setting traps. I had never, ever, ever even heard of these things before now!!!

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    1. Myra, we had that nightmare years ago! After months of treating, we finally found the source. (Can't remember what it was.) So you're doing the best thing by clearing out everything and checking every box/bag/container. Once you find it and get rid of the source, you'll be fine.

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    2. I know one of the issues was some wild birdseed we had stored in the garage--in what I thought were airtight containers--NOT!!!

      We completely emptied the pantry and washed it down, and also vacuumed a bunch of moths off the walls, floor, and ceiling. After all that was done, Project Guy even painted the inside of the pantry. It looks great! Especially with all the stuff neatly sorted and the old stuff tossed.

      I sincerely hope I NEVER have to deal with those critters again!!!

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    3. OH! A mealmoth. Just looked it up. We kept our flour and grains in the fridge in Tulsa to prevent them. I pretty much kept everything in the fridge in Tulsa. Even peanut butter. It was a crowded fridge.

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    4. Myra we call them mealy moths and they live in flour products. Oatmeal, too. I put everything that has a flour base...cake mixes, bisquick, flour, cornbread mixes...in the freezer. Do the clean up just like you're doing and from now on store flourish type things in the freezer.

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    5. Airtight does NOTHING! They prevail. Put the birdseed in the freezer, too.

      It's a theme for us.

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    6. We had those a couple of times.... and they can reproduce in the tops of closets and very unnoticeable places, the brats... but they loved pasta and cake mixes and anything with flour or rice... Obviously not gluten free critters! Our second infestation was from a bag of peanuts in the shell that someone gave us... and it sat in the back of a cupboard one summer and oh mylanta... so many bugs! EEEK!

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    7. They can lay their little tiny eggs/larva at the edge of a Mason jar and the tiny critter CRAWLS up the ridges into the jar... and ruins whatever is in there. I used to have the cutest display of Mason jars on the counter and in the cupboard... no more. Stupid moths.

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    8. My wife, a native Oklahoman, puts everything in Tupperware. I think we have more than a distributor. However, because she puts the tops and bottoms in two different locations, I don't have the patience to try and use them. So I put things in the refrigerator until she puts them in Tupperware. We have never had bug problems using this system. (It takes too much room up to put the tops on the bottoms...in case you were wondering.)

      Vince

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  27. Colorado Miller Moths are the only ones I ever heard of. I hate the suckers.

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  28. So excited for Pam and Mary!!! Congrats!!

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  29. Congratulations, Pam & Mary!!!

    A Jane Austen weekend!
    My whole life right now is Jane Austen :)
    'Capital...Capital...Capital' :)

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    1. LOL, Eva Maria! Why is your whole life Austen right now? WIP???

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    2. Yep :) In the midst of a Jane Austen Colouring & Activity Book series. Plus I just finished a regency that I was going to send to LIH :)

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  30. Congrats to all the Carol Awards finalists!

    I love the idea of a P&P weekend! that is my all time fave. That bag is fabulous.

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    1. Dana, don't you have something exciting to share...not book related, but job related?

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  31. Hi, Dana! And that bag matches your shirt!!!

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    1. I know, right? It's like it was meant to be:)

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    2. I could carry my writing books and notes in it when I go to Barnes and Noble to write.

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  32. Debby- Can I share my news here?!!!
    I am so excited about it! I have loved working as an educational interpreter, but I will not be returning to that job in August. Instead, I will be going back to being an itinerant teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, a position I held years ago before I married and decided to stay home to raise my kids. I am so thrilled about it!

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    1. So exciting, Dana! Congratulations!

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    2. Wow, big changes, Dana! God bless you for doing such important work!

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    3. I'm so happy about your new position, Dana! Congrats!!!

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    4. Congratulations, Dana. What an important job. Bless you.

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  33. Congratulations to all the winners and authors!

    What a great weekend giveaway! Please enter me!

    May God bless all of Seekerville!

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis, God has blessed us by giving us such a great community.

      Also by giving us Tina of course!!!

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  34. WOW, SO MUCH GOOD NEWS!!!

    Mary, I am SO excited about your Carol final, my friend -- SO well-deserved!!

    Pam -- a 4-1/2 RT pick is AMAZING, so you go, girl!!

    Tina, LOVE the twins, and I have to admit that as a certified CDQ, I am most intrigued about your upcoming post, "The Stoic's Guide to Emotions"!!

    SUPER CONGRATS to all our winners, and I hope the weather everyone is having this weekend is as nice as it is in Lake of the Ozarks!! I know Cynthia's probably is ... ;)

    Hugs!
    Julie

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      I'm intrigued as well and also delighted about the Stoics getting some time on the Seekerville stage. :) I'll have to brush over my "The Discourses of Epictetus:" and "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius". Is there an emoji for 'Stoic'? How do you draw a stone face? Poker face? Can't wait! A sage on the stage is hard to beat!

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    2. Yes. There is an emoji for stoic, Vince. Find out on Wednesday.

      Live Long and Prosper.

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  35. Happy weekend all!! Special shout out to Pam and Mary!!! Woowhooo!!!

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  36. Congrats to all the winners!!! And congratulations to all the authors as well. So many are my favorites! :-)

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  37. Welcome to Seekerville, Molly! And I'd love to know the history behind the word cafinated. :)

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  38. Just now getting here for the weekend. Can't believe the weekend is almost over. I have had some very busy weeks and haven't done much writing, but plan to change that this week!

    I would love to be put in the drawing for the tote. I love Jane Austen. Don't need to include Mary's book, though. I already have it!

    Congrats to Mary and Pam!

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  39. Happy weekend! Way to go Pam and Mary! So happy for your good news :)

    Had a successful shoulder surgery on Friday and thank goodness for my Kindle to keep me sane... I'm catching up on all my reading!

    Please enter me in the awesome giveaway! Love tote bags!

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    1. Praying for complete and swift healing for your husband, Heidi!

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  40. Yippy for Pam and Mary! Congratulations, ladies! Cheers for this week's winners and for Dana with her new/old job.

    Special thanks for the link about pen names. Boy, that Amazon 'buy button' for resellers does not sound like good news for writers and publishers. It's basically like the book being sold via a used books store where the writer gains nothing from the sales. Although ... I've found some new-to-me writers at used books stores and liked them so much I've bought their other books.

    A very late wish for a happy weekend!

    Nancy C

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  41. Congratulations to all the winners this crazy weekend. Please enter my name in the drawing.

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  42. Actually, Nancy, it's more than that. The used book option has always been available, just like used book stores. But apparently the issue is:

    1. the new book option from the publisher or author not being the first option.

    2. third party-sellers selling remainders as new books for a lower price

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    1. Oh wow ... I didn't pick up on the new book option not being the first option. Thanks, Tina.

      Nancy C

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  43. CONGRATS to Mary and Pam!
    Count me in for the tote/book!
    THANKS!

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  44. Congratulations Pam and Mary - so happy for you both!! And congrats to all the winners! Thanks for the wonderful WE, Tina! Off to read the links.

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