Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekend Edition


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 Weekend Edition: Winner of last week's Weekend Edition offer of a Ruthy book (either Refuge of the Heart, More Than a Promise or The First Gift) is Laurie Wood! Congratulations Laurie! Let us know which book you'd like at

Monday:  Missy Tippens shared about R.U.E., resisting the urge to explain.

Wednesday: Ruthy barrelled into town with talk about grabbing stories out of thin air and looking at them from every possible angle... and the winner of a copy of her newly re-released book "The First Gift" is  Pat Jeanne Davis!

Friday: Winnie Griggs discussed why it's all a matter of perspectivee in our writing

Monday:  Jan Drexler is peeking out of her writing cave to invite you to spend some time in her world. How does she create story settings that make her readers feel like they've come home? Stop by on Monday for some great tips.

Wednesday:  Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Debby Giusti will attend the RWA National Conference and wants to share some travel tips for anyone who plans to attend a conference in the not-too-distant future. Stop by to read her blog, "What Debby's Packing in her Suitcase...for the RWA National Convention." 

Ruth Logan Herne is addressing a local book club on Tuesday 6/19 at the Maplewood Branch Library in Rochester, the very same library she'd hike to as a small child to feed her cute kid passion for books, books and more books. The book club just finished reading "Back in the Saddle", and Ruthy can't wait to hear what they have to say!

Jan Drexler's "Journey to Pleasant Prairie" series is on sale for the month of June! E-books (both Kindle and Nook) are listed at special prices at BarnesandNoble and Amazon - starting at 99 cents!

25 Ways to Promote Your Book with Instagram by Kelly Schuknecht

Non-verbal Communication in Writing by Jeanne Kisacky at Writer Unboxed

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers by Sara Shepard at the BookBub Partners Blog.

And all of us in Seekerville would like to extend huge congratulations to the ACFW Genesis finalists! Many of us are Genesis/Noble Theme alumni and we've got lots of good stuff to say about that chance to shine!

Here are the finalists for the 2018 Genesis Contest.  

 Jessica Brodie
Jessica Kate
Katie Powner

Historical (up to Vietnam Era)
Melanie N. Brasher
Kiersti Giron
Katherine Koch

Historical Romance
Elizabeth Ann Boyles
Martha Hutchens
Savanna Kaiser

Voni Harris
Leanna Lindsey Hollis MD
Marian Rizzo

Elizabeth Ann Boyles
Rebecca May Hope
Grace Olson

Kathleen D. Bailey
Rebekah Millet
Amanda Wen

Romantic Suspense
Michelle Aleckson
Shannon Moore Redmon
Darlene L. Turner

Short Novel
Laura C. Brandenburg
Loretta Eidson
Kerry Johnson

Sara C. Anderson
Gretchen E.K. Engel
Jamin N.S. Goecker

Young Adult
Gretchen Carlson
Clint Hall
Camille Ross

Winners will be awarded during ACFW’s annual conference gala in Nashville.


  1. Thank you, Audra, for the Genesis shout-out. It's the furthest I've ever gone in this particular contest, and I am over the moon. (Not really, I would need astronaut stuff to breathe.) I am humbled and pleased.
    The floor guys are STILL here, but I am working around them. It's like Murphy Brown's house painter, if anyone can remember that. I had 48 hours to revise my Genesis entry and I did it with the sound of a tile cutting machine in the background. This may have topped my line editing at the Laundromat this past winter, we'll see.
    This next week looks relatively placid and I may be able to get some writing done in peace.
    I'm excited for Ruthy speaking at her childhood library. She has really come full circle, hasn't she?
    My library for most of my childhood was a bookmobile, with only occasional trips to the big "downtown" library. Right now all my fans could FIT in a bookmobile, but not forever.
    ACFW. I get to go to NASHVILLE!
    Kathy Bailey

    1. Congratulations. I'll be rooting for you.

    2. Thank you, Wilani. Keep writing, maybe you'll join us some day.

    3. Congratulations, Kathy. I am so happy for you. I am rooting for you, too.

    4. Kathy, I'm so glad you were able to do your quick revisions in that chaotic setting!! I'm also glad to hear you're able to go to ACFW!

    5. Kaybee, I'm so excited for you! Kathy, that is awesome!

      And I'm delighted to go back to the Maplewood library, too. They were so good to me as a child, coming in and taking as many books as I could carry back home... and then repeating it in a few days!

      God has blessed me, that's for certain!

  2. I get to go to NASHVILLE! I love saying that. Young girl (okay, not so young) heads to the music mecca to fulfill her dreams of being a recording artist (okay, her dreams of being a fiction writer). Will she fall on her face? Will she know heartbreak? Will she reunite with her luggage?
    I actually wrote a country song once. Well, made up the titles, I'm not at all musical. The "A" side of the single was "You Had Me at Goodbye," and the "B" side was, "Not Tonight, I've Got a Heartache." Which is probably why I'm not a country music superstar and should stick to writing.

    1. Woo! Woo! Woo! Kathy's goin' to Nashville!!!

      Congratulations on your Final!!! I'm crazy excited for you!!!

    2. LOL, Kathy! I love those titles. I would not be surprised if they've actually been used!

    3. Hi Kaybee:

      I really like your country song titles. I think one has real potential. I envision a song that is made up of lines from other songs. I even wrote a whole country song for my hero to sing in "Stranded in a Cabin with a Romance Writer" which I sang to Julie Lessman as part of a critique. I bet that has never happened to her before or afterwards.

      I used your title as a prompt for a song to be sung as a duet for two famous country singers. It is intended to be sung, as for now, to the music of "Turn out the lights, the party's over." I'd love to see what anyone else would come up with using your titles as a prompt. (Well it is the weekend.)

      M: Not tonight, I have heartache...

      B: That's what comes from a cheating heart…

      M: At least I feel, you're just a tin man…

      B: Who without your amour has lost his heart…

      M: Even so the fans still love me
      and as for you, they'll soon forget
      Go find a woman who will stand by you
      Because Blakey boy, I'm no Tammy Wynette.

      B: You may be pretty and Nashville's choice
      But I'm the one who has the Voice
      Oh, Devil woman, let me be
      I've got sweet Gwen to comfort me.

    4. Go country songwriters!!!!! I'm ordering this online right now! :)

  3. I will be looking forward to Debby's post on Wednesday. I have not been to a major conference in a LONG time and need to know how to pack for the 21st century.
    KB again

  4. Congratulations to all the Genesis finalists. I hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm hoping to get a lot of writing in.

    1. Me too, Wilani. Good luck with yours.

    2. You, too, Wilani! I'm hoping to buckle down on my WIP. The prewriting work is almost done and it's time to give my characters a voice. :-)

    3. I hope you do, too, Wilani. I hope you're feeling better.

    4. Wilani, I hope it went well!

      I've been doing overnight writing to avoid the house crowd.... Sneaking downstairs, grabbing a diet Mt. Dew and settling in.

      Day by day!

  5. Going to the mountains with my daughter. See you Monday.

  6. Happy Saturday Seekerville!

    Congratulations to all the Genesis Finalists!!!

    And congratulations to the WE prize winners!

    My husband has a new schedule, so Saturdays are work days for me. I'll be diving into my WIP in a little bit.

    Have a great weekend, and Happy Fathers Day!

    1. Jan, I hope you're productive today! We've been running errands this morning as well as going to Five Guys for lunch. My favorite burgers!

    2. Jan, that's the best way to make use of that new schedule... he works so you work. We gotta do what we gotta do!

  7. Happy Weekend, everyone. Hope it is a good one. I plan to hit the writing hard this coming week. I had my summer planned out. I allowed one week to do house projects, then last week was supposed to hit the writing hard. But then I got sick and lost a week. Now I am ready to get back at it.

    1. I hope your illness is completely gone, Sandy!

    2. I'm sorry you were sick, Sandy! Hope next week is just what you planned.

    3. Oh, Sandy! We've got strep going around up here again, and it should be outlawed... because it's summer. And yet, the bacteria are partying!

  8. Congratulations to all the Genesis finalists and Seeker Winners!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Happy weekend, Seekerville! I know it's almost over, but on the farm we kind of forget the whole idea of weekends... although we do go to church on Sunday, and it's a welcome quiet time of prayer and reflection!!!

    Congratulations to all winners and asking God's blessings on every one of you.

    AND GENESIS FINALISTS!!!! Super huge ginormous congrats to you! I finaled and won that contest a few times... it was an amazing feeling! You are on the right track, absolutely!


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