Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Weekend Edition-Birthday Week 3

We Have Birthday Winners!

Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. - if we forget to send  your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.

Did you claim your giveaway from Week 1 and 2? Check it out here and here.

The Birthday Bash Week Two winner of a $50 Amazon gift card is Bettie.

Pat Jeanne and Trixi are winners in the Weekend Edition  birthday drawing for a set of Christmas novellas that include both collections, Heart Full of Christmas and Home for Christmas. 

Winners of one contest reimbursement each are: Tanya Agler, Janet Ferguson and Connie Queen.

Monday Mary Connealy shared, "A Cord of Three Strands," how weaving faith into our plot and characters makes our books strong. Suzanne Baginski is the winner of  Fire and Ice, Meghan Carver is the winner of 12 Brides of Christmas and Jackie Smith wins a $28 Amazon Gift Card. And Mary giving away a fourth prize, this one to DebH--it's a second $28 Amazon Gift Card for the Gupster's birthday.

From Seekerville March 2014 Diva Sara E Larson to ....drumrolll here... Sara Ella, YA author of a three book series that sold to Harper Collins visited Tuesday. Don't forget to check out this cute and informative Vlog on her advance. Sara shared her post, "Defying Gravity." Linda Truesdell is the winner of an ecopy of winner's choice of any the 2015 Carol Award Winner books.

Wednesday,  Bethany House Acquisitions EditorRaela Schoenherr visited our little town. Her post was, "8 Tips for Making Your Heroine Unforgettable."  Rachael Koppendrayer and Barbara Scott are winners of their choice of any 2015 Bethany House Publishing  release.  Thank you, Raela!

Thursday we celebrated our birthday in grand style with a full day of Ruth Logan Herne critiques! Becky Dempsey is the winner of an  a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Sandy Smith and Kelly Goshorn are the winners of our new holiday collections  Heart Full of Christmas and Home for Christmas.

Lest we get comfortable in our writerly dreamer world, Bethany House author and Village, Melissa Jagears brought us her post, "8 Reasons Why ‘No Limits’ is Bad for You" on Friday. Heidi H is the winner of an ecopy of one of her Unexpected Brides series books of their choice.

Saturday, Seeker Tina Radcliffe told you how to," Turn Insomnia into Your #NoLimits Writer Super Power. Rose is the winner of an insomnia package. Kathryn Barker and Jamie Adams are the winners of A Heart Full of Christmas ebook. Winners of the choice of both or either/or Stranded with the Rancher/ Safe in the Fireman's Arms are Kate, Jeanne T,  Sheryl Barnes and Laurie Tomlinson.

Next Week in Seekerville:

Monday: Cate Nolan is our special guest today as she shares "Writers Write," and an inside peek of her debut release from Love Inspired Suspense, Christmas in Hiding. Stop by and you might win an autographed copy!

Tuesday: Sparks fly (along with a few jewels from the royal crown) when Myra Johnson goes head-to-head with Grammar Queen in a tell-all (well, almost, anyway) #NOLIMITS interview! Three chances to win: GQ will be giving away a copy of Grammatically Correct, and Myra is offering a copy of her latest release, The Sweetest Rain AND a surprise box of inspirational fiction.

Wednesday: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray is coming to Seekerville today. She'll be sharing her post, "Don't Blink." Stop by to meet and chat with Shelley. Our special birthday giveaway for today is an Amazon gift card.

Thursday: Stanley D. Williams, PhD, affectionately known as the "Moral Premise Guy," is Myra's guest today! You won't want to miss this in-depth discussion of "Irony--the Spice of Life"! With clear instruction and vivid examples, Stan will show us how dramatic irony works in our stories to make them even more engaging and memorable. Plus a giveaway of his eye-opening book The Moral Premise and a couple of other fun surprises!

Friday: Penny C. Sansevieri is coming to town! Penny is the founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. Do not miss her post, "The Ultimate (Budget) Guide to Ramp up your Holiday Sales." And Seekerville is giving away an e copy of Penny's book, How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon - Power Pack!: Sell Books by the Truckload & Get Reviews by the Truckload to two commenters.

Saturday: In her post "Angels Unaware," Sandra Leesmith will talk about characters who are angels and/or the appearance of angels in our novels. To celebrate our birthday month, Sandra is offering to one lucky commenter a Kindle loaded with eight Seeker ebooks including Love's Dream Song and the two new Seeker Christmas novellas, A Heart Full of Christmas and Home For Christmas. In honor of her October 17th release of Love's Dream Song, she will offer another lucky winner a copy of Love's Dream Song (choice of print or ebook) and a lovely photo guide of Arizona and a note cube featuring the Grand Canyon. 

Seeker Sightings

Join Ruth Logan Herne for a  Refuge of the Heart  Blog Tour this week! You will find reviews, giveaways and random Ruthy sightings at the following blogs:

10/12- Spiritual Woman


Just released!  

 A Heart Full of Christmas. Five beautifully-crafted modern-day holiday stories with a heavenly hint of angelic intervention and the kind of romance that keeps the true meaning of Christmas at hand.

Home for Christmas. Four lovely historical romances with the sweet simplicity of old-fashioned Christmas traditions and timeless romances from some of your favorite authors.

  Merry Christmas comes early, Villagers. 

 Let us know in the comments if you'd like a set of these collections. We're giving away a set to FOUR commenters. Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition.

To celebrate our Christmas release you can get With This Kiss Historical & With This Kiss Contemporary collections for a sweet price! Ends soon.

Another new release you can pre-order now!  

Love's Dream Song by Sandra Leesmith will release on Saturday, October 17th at Amazon. Look for other books by Sandra on sale this week!

PREORDER SALE & CONTEST for Julie Lessman's new contemporary novel, Isle of Hope! 

How would you like to have a character named after you in Julie Lessman’s next book or novella, a signed copy, and your choice of another of Julie’s books? 

Well, you can! Simply help Julie celebrate and promote her new contemporary release, Isle of Hope, by entering the contest on her website. And BONUS — the preorder price for Isle of Hope is almost 50% less than what the November 1st release price will be, so take advantage at:  

Julie's Isle of Hope Contest.

Random News & Information

Thank you to Seekers & Villagers for the links! 

ACFW 2015 Conference Recordings are now available for purchase. 

October 2015 – Apple, B&N, Kobo, and Google: a look at the rest of the ebook market (Author Earnings)

Seven Ways Authors Are Basically Superheroes (Bethany House Fiction)

When a Literary Agent Says Yes: Evaluating an Offer (or Offers!) of Representation (Helping Writers Become Authors)

What’s the Best Price for Your Next Ebook Promotion? (BookBub Partners)

“The Call” Reversed: What agents like to know about potential authors (Carly Watters, Literary Agent)

Dialogue Tags: What Are They and How To Use Them (The Write Practice)

Before You Launch Your Author Website: How to Avoid Long-Term Mistakes (Jane Friedman)

Do Free Book Promotions Work? (The Passive Voice)

It's that time of year when we ask you to please consider nominating Seekerville for the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to with “101 Websites” in the subject line. We are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community. 

Many thanks from your Seeker friends!


 P.S. If you are new to Seekerville don't forget to ask for a Welcome Packet. Information is here.

That's it. See you tomorrow for the start of week three of our Birthday Bash!


  1. Thank you, Seekerville. I opened my email to find that Seekerville had sent me Heartful of Christmas. Thank you. I'm reading Saving Mr. Gracey, but the Christmas collection is next. Congratulations to all the winners at Seekervile this week. Thanks, TINA for all your hard work.

  2. Guppy won a gift card for his Birthday!!! YEA!!
    I hope he gets Dr. Seuss & Legos!!

    *please put me in the drawing! Thank You!

  3. **And did everyone see the note to nominate SEEKERVILLE for the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award, Inspirational Romance Writing Community.
    Send an email to with “101 Websites” in the subject line.

    It only takes a couple of minutes! We should FLOOD their inbox with nominations! It's the least we can do! Don't you agree?!?!?!!!

  4. Looking forward to another week ahead thank you.

    Count me in thank you.

  5. Have a post on insomnia and what happens? I can't sleep! Couldn't hold my eyes open at 9pm, then four and a half hours later I am wide awake.
    Great weekend!! Congratulations to all the winners and looking forward to another great week ahead. Thanks so much for the gift in my email! What a great surprise!

  6. Congratulations to all the winner! I would love to be included in the drawing.

  7. I agree with Sally Shupe. I read the post on insomnia and last night I had it bad. Maybe had a total of two hours sleep. Ugh! Maybe a lengthy nap is in my future today.

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you Seekerville for my gift of Heartful of Christmas, what a suprize!

    I would love to be entered to win the Home for Christmas historical anthologies. Thank you for the chance.

    May everyone have a bless day and be blessed with a wonderful peaceful sleep tonight. :)

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  8. Yeah! I won the birthday gift card. Congrats to all the other winners. It looks like there are a lot of us this week. Happy, happy birthday!

  9. Great Weekend Edition, Tina - thank you for my copy of 'Heartful of Christmas', Seekerville!! Such a surprise - can't wait to finish the book I'm reading and be entertained/inspired by these.

  10. P.S. Sorry, for the misspelling of 'Heart Full of Christmas'!!

  11. Thank you Seekerville for Heart Full of Christmas! You ladies are so amazing and generous!

    Congratulations to all of this week's winners!

  12. THANKS for the gift card offered by Mary....YAY....I have many selections in my "cart" so can now get them shipped out!! Thanks, also for Heart Full of Christmas.....I am already on story #2...loving it!

    Seekerville is the best!!!!!

  13. Congratulations to all the blessed winners this week!

    It looks like a good number of us received email gift blessings.Thank you Seekerville!
    Instead of "..and you get a car, and you get a car..." I want to say, "and you get a book, and you get a book, and you get a book..." lol

    What a fun birthday week!

  14. Congratulations to all of the winners.
    I don't often look forward to Monday, but I'm excited to see Cate will be here tomorrow. I'm reading Christmas in Hiding now and it's a page turner!
    Thanks for all of the great links, Tina. I'll definitely check out the conference recordings.

  15. THANK YOU, MARY for the bonus Amazon card for Guppy. What a super cool surprise!!!!! He's gonna love his online shopping trip, I just know it. (bonus bonus: he adores getting packages or mail, so when what he chooses gets mailed, he will be thrilled all over again.) Jana isn't too far off the mark with mentioning Dr.Suess and Legos.

    Have already nominated Seekerville for best writer website. Can a body nominate more than once? Just wondering...

  16. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you! Tina, I'm looking forward to reading your book. :) I'm digging into some of those links right now. Thanks for providing another great WE, Tina!

    Have a great Sunday, everyone!

  17. Fantastic WE and Birthday month!!

    Congrats WINNERS!

  18. congratulations to the winners!
    drop me into the hat for the With This Kiss Historical drawing :)

  19. CONGRATS to ALL the winners!!
    Looks like another wonderful week coming up in Seekerville!!
    LOVE the ongoing BIRTHDAY PARTY all month!! Seekerville is the BEST!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  20. Thank you seekerville for the copy of A Heart for Christmas. I will treasure it as well as read and review. Congratulations to the winners this week.

    Tina, I could relate to your post this morning as I was rushing around getting ready for church in record time. I was awake during the night and I remember looking at my phone and it said 5:00 so I knew I had an hour and a half before the alarm would go off. I must have finally gone back to sleep because I never heard the alarm and I suddenly had 20 minutes to get up get dressed gulp down some cereal and be out the door for church. I hate it when I have insomnia on Saturday night.

    Happy Birthday every one I love having a celebration that lasts a whole month.

  21. Congratulations to all the winners. I hope you all have a great reading and writing day!!!


  22. Congrats to our weekly winners and thanks to TINA for another great Weekend Edition! And two more Seeker novella collections for the Christmas season! What a treat!

    Looking forward to a fun week and more giveaways!

  23. happy weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our birthday party rages on!

  24. Happy Weekend, Seekerville. I'm looking forward to being here tomorrow. I have the day off so it will be fun to hang out with you all.

    Congrats to all the winners, thank you for all the links, and thank you, Tina for wielding the magic wand with such diligence in blending it all together.

    I'm spending this gorgeous October afternoon relaxing on the sofa with the new Seeker Christmas collection and a box of Sees chocolates that a friend gave me last week.

  25. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!
    You're killing me with all the cupcakes. I'm supposed to be good. Congratulations to all the winners and I'm really happy about the ebook I won. I love Christmas stories especially when they are written by some of my favorite authors.

  26. Congrats to all the winners! I know everyone will enjoy their prizes! They were exceptional this week! The Birthday celebration continues to be so exciting!

  27. Congrats to all this weeks winners (including myself, thank you for letting me know Tina!)!! Won two sets of novella's "Home for Christmas" & "Heart Full of Christmas"....yay!!!!! It's never too early to start those Christmas books :-)
    I'm enjoying a few of those cupcakes, thanks to whoever made them....delicious! I'll be putting my vote in for Seekerville, I am loving this blog & I just "joined" it very recently! Looking forward to another great week of posts. Glad you let readers into this group, because I sure am NOT a! :-D
    Happy Birthday to you & thank you for the prizes!!

  28. Already we're heading into the third week of Seekerville's 8th birthday celebration? Wow, time is a flying! But lots of great prizes and fun are still ahead!

    Congrats to our winners! A bunch of winners! Yay!

    Next week looks terrific!

    Thanks, Tina, for the links!


  29. Cate, your book is in the stores! A trip to Walmart is in my immediate future. See you tomorrow! Smiling that you have a day off. I've got commitments all day but I'll be popping in.


  30. Happy weekend! Congrats to all the winners and thanks for sharing the sale on With This Kiss Historical- I just grabbed a copy for my kindle :) I have both of the new collections too and can't wait to indulge in a novella marathon this week!

  31. Hi, TRIXI! We're glad to have you as a Seekervillager! Readers ALWAYS welcome!!!!

  32. Good grief, I checked the blog earlier today and just now realized I forgot to comment. Way too busy. chuckle

    HEEEYYYYYY SEEKERVILLE. I LOVE birthdays. Yippeeee!!!!

    So fun to announce all those winners. Tina you did another super job on the weekend edition.

    And speaking of birthdays. Some Seeker birthdays this month also. Yippppeeeeee!!!!!

    Can you tell I've had a good day?

    Blessings to all of you.

  33. Hi, Seekerville! Hope you all have had a GREAT weekend. Crazy busy one for me--with my next deadline looming on the horizon, I wrote 7,000 words (!) and celebrated a family member's milestone birthday. Beautiful weekend here in the mountains--almost 70 degrees, which is a real contrast to the mountain-top snow of last week! Maples are turning a GORGEOUS red!

    Sorry so many got hit with INSOMNIA after yesterday's post! :( But NO WAY, WILANI, could I get ready for church in 20 minutes!! You amaze me.

    Sounds is if a trip to Walmart is in store for me this week, too, if Cate's book is on the stands! Myra's will be out there VERY soon, as well. I just can't keep up with all the Seeker & Seeker Villager books--but isn't that a delightful "problem" to have? :)

    Another fabulous W.E., Tina!

  34. Another fantastic weekend edition, thank you Tina!
    I just snagged With This Kiss! Can't wait to dive into some romance. Really who can pass up such a bargain?

    Have a blessed and wonderful week!

  35. Congratulations to all of the winners.

    Looks like a great week ahead!

  36. Jana, thank you for the Writer's Digest shout-out! You are SO sweet! :)

  37. Thanks!! Kelly Blackwell!!!

  38. We have a post on insomnia, and then no one can sleep. That would be sorta funny, but it's not. Sorry guys! :(

  39. It is sort of funny. The power of suggestion. I should do a post on first sales next. Or three book contracts.

    Or becoming Nora Roberts or Debbie Macomber.

  40. This just in from Seeker Nancy C:

    Lonestar Contest results in the inspy category:


    *WINNER: Trail: A Novel of the Oregon Trail/ Kathleen Bailey
    ** *

    2nd Place *When I’m With You/ Laurie Tomlinson
    ** *

    3rd Place *A Home for Her Heart/ Preslaysa Williams*

    *** indicates request for manuscript

  41. Congratulations to the Lone Star finalists & winner!!! LOVE seeing Seeker Villager names in there!

  42. Great WE!!

    Happy birthday to Guppy!

    Sally, I'm sorry about your insomnia! (Hopefully not blog induced!) LOL

  43. Oh, and poor Cindy W also! I guess it's the power of suggestion. :)

  44. HAPPY WE AND WEEKEND, ALL! I'm a little late, but here after being out of town, and soooo glad to see ALL the winners. You guys ROCK!!

    AND so does Tina! Great We, girlfriend!

    SUPER CONGRATS TO Kathleen Bailey, Laurie Tomlinson, and Preslaysa Williams for taking the Lone Star contest by storm -- we are SOOOO proud of you guys!

    MEGA HUGS to Jana and Deb H for nominating Seekerville for the 101 Best Writer Websites in Writers' Digest -- SO appreciate it!

    PAMMY SAID: "We have a post on insomnia, and then no one can sleep. That would be sorta funny, but it's not."

    LOL ... it is kind of funny, but not. ;)


  45. Janet, I agree. The month is flying by.

  46. Ooh count me in for the drawing! Would love to win the new novellas :) I could use a little extra Christmas early...lots of stress and uncertainty about graduating from college in December...! I'd appreciate prayers!

    Congratulations to all the winners this week :)

  47. Oh boy! A visit from the Grammar Queen! My hero! Hmm, or is that heroine ... I think in that context 'hero' can refer to man or woman. Must remember to ask Her Majesty on Tuesday.

    Congratulations to all the winners -- and to the Lonestar Contest Threesome!!

    I would have been here sooner but I had to finish reading "A Bride Rides Herd" in the Old West Summer Brides anthology. Thank you, Mary Connealy :-)

    Super links. Thanks for another great WE, Tina.

    Nancy C

  48. I am laughing at myself because I was here TWICE on Sunday and didn't comment.

    WHAT WAS I THINKING????????????????????

    Duh. But I did read several links, and the one on Author's Earnings (I love those guys) got a gold star flag from me!

    Gotta know your industry!


    "Super ideas and great encouragement, Tina. Nice to know I'm not alone. LOL. And I tried to leave a comment whilst insomnia plagued me at 3:30 AM but couldn't get it to go thru. Hoping this one works. Thanks for this!"

    Mary Kay Moody

  50. LOL, RUTHY ... I did the SAME THING!! Read the post, then got side-tracked by the links. Then came back, got side-tracked by reading the comments!!



  51. Happy week 3 birthday Seekerville.
    Congrats to all the winners of fun goodies.
    Looking forward to lots of new great posts this week.
    Please throw my name in for the drawings.

    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com