Saturday, July 15, 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


Last Weekend's Winners:

Winner of a 2017 RITA finalist book of choice, in the Religious & Spiritual Elements category is Tanya Agler. 

Winner of Myra Johnson's NERFA Award Winning book Castles in the Clouds is Tracey Hagwood.

The recipients of Love Inspired Coupons are: (please send your snail mail address to seekers@seekerville.net asap!) Jackie Smith, Megan Besing, Wilani Wahl, and Connie (CPS).


Monday: Our guest, Misty M. Beller, gave away the winner's choice of either of the following: All three ebooks of her latest series, Wyoming Mountain Tales (includes A Pony Express RomanceA Rocky Mountain Romance, and A Sweetwater River Romance) OR a signed paperback of her new book for writers, How to Market a Book Release. The winner is Rhonda Starnes!

Tuesday: Myra Johnson gave away three copies of her upcoming Love Inspired romance, Her Hill Country Cowboy. Winners are Dana McNeely, Jackie Layton, and Barbara Fox!

Wednesday: DCDQ (double-caffeinated drama queen), Julie Lessman, continued with Part 2 of THE TEASE … Great Scene/Chapter Endings to Lead Your Readers On, awarding Kelly Bridgewater with a character named after her in His Steadfast Love (which releases August 1st!) a signed copy, and e-copies of books 1 and 2 in the Isle of Hope series.

Thursday:  Winner of her choice of a Ruthy Western (Back in the Saddle, Home on the Range, Peace in the Valley or His Montana Sweetheart) is Megan Brummer! 




Monday: Janet Dean is your hostess and she's taking us to the beach to talk about "Beach Reads." Bring your towels and flip flops!

Tuesday: "How to Build Your Fire When Your Wood’s Still Wet" with Genesis finalist, Cynthia Herron. Stop by to chat and you could win lunch, coffee, and books!

Wednesday: Debby Giusti turns in the third book in her Amish Protectors series on Monday and will be ready to have some fun on Seekerville on Wednesday. Stop by to learn what she has to say about "Capturing Stories from the Headlines" and be prepared to enhance one amazing news feature by brainstorming "the rest of the story." Debby will have prizes so be sure to add your two cents to the mix!

Thursday: Rachel Hauck returns to Seekerville with her post, "The Story Equation." Seekerville is giving away an ecopy and a print copy of The Writing Desk, a Romantic Times TopPick! to one commenter. 

Friday: The Best of the Archives featuring a classic post from our ten years of blogging. Comments are closed on Fridays to catch up on reading and writing.









Check out Tina Radcliffe's latest Woman's World story,
The Cellphone Wager. Available on newsstands now!



 Did you know that Blake “The Rake” from Julie Lessman’s Heart of San Francisco Series finally has his own novella? Grace Like Rain was formerly part of the Seekers' With This Kiss Historical Collection, so now you can preorder it as a separate novella HERE!









Thanks for the link love!

Congratulations to the Tara finalists and the Great Expectations winners! With a special woot to Josee Telfer, Jeanne Dickson, KD Fleming and Robyn Hook who are Tara Finalists and to Amanda Wen, Jessie Gussman and Jeanine Englert, Great Expectations winners!  WOOT!!

Hallmark Will Debut 33 New Christmas Movies This Year (Country Living)

8 Reasons People Mock Romance (Book Riot)

Raise a Story. Earn a Backstory. (Writer Unboxed)

The $500 FreeWriter. An Alternative to the Defunct AlphaSmart & Alphasmart Neo 

Penna - Typewriter style Retro Bluetooth Keyboard (Indiegogo)


How to Easily Proofread and Edit Your Own EBook (The Digital Reader)

MARA Fiction From the Heartland Contest is Open!

Writing in an Unfamiliar Setting (Writer Unboxed)  

A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators (Jane Friedman)

17 Incredible Possibilities if Writers Ran The World (The Write Life)


That's it. Have a great reading and writing weekend. Oh, and if you leave a comment, we'll put your name in the hat box for an ecopy of...


Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection. This collection features many of your favorite Seekerville friends including, Natalie Monk, Erica Vetsch, Susanne Dietze, Gabrielle Meyer, Jaime Jo Wright, Michelle Griep and Kathleen Y'Barbo (and new to us authors Jennifer Uhlarik and Anne Love).  Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.



131 comments :

  1. Wonderful weekend edition! Great way to start out the weekend. Or end the week, whichever the case may be lol. Congratulations to all the winners. It's been a fun filled week. Happy reading and happy writing!

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    1. Sally, first to comment. Praying you have a productive weekend. May the numbers be with you!

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    2. So far so good! Should have known someone was praying lol. I was up putting more words together. About 800 of them. Wrote them in about 20 minutes. You may be seeing them... as soon as a friend does her part and I tweak them. Happy Saturday!

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  2. Congratulations to ALL finalists! Wonderful news!

    Congrats, TINA, on another fabulous WW story! How many does that make now? :)

    Thanks, as always, for an outstanding WE edition! (Im eager to ck out all the links, especially the Hallmark movies because that's my feel good fix. Lol)

    Incredible line-up for next week! ;) Can't wait!

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  3. We have the delightfully heartfelt, homespun Cynthia Herron this week. And a roar goes up from the crowd.

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    1. I'm bringing my pom-poms! Rah-Rah-Rah!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Can’t wait Tuesday and your brilliant wisdom, Cynthia!!

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    3. Sharee, LOL!!!!!! (WELL... It'll be fun. That's something anyway.) :)

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  4. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the Tara finalists!
    Nice job, Tina! Your stories are taking over my WW notebook. :)
    I never thought I'd look forward to Monday, but Janet's post sounds so fun!
    Julie - I'm loving the cover for GRACE LIKE RAIN!

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    1. You have a WW notebook, too, Jill? Excited to add another Tina story to mine. And--YIKES--this issue is on my lamp table but I've been so busy with other stuff lately that I haven't even cracked it open yet!

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    2. BTW--nervously admitting I submitted my very first WW story last week. Not holding my breath . . . But at least I dipped my toes in the water.

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    3. Thanks, Jill -- I actually love it, too, which always puts an extra bounce in my step! :)

      As far as I am concerned, Tina IS Miss Women's World and should have her name on the cover. Maybe I will write a letter to the editor ... :)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    4. I have a stash of Women’s World magazines but love your idea Myra and Jill about making a book of them! Headed out to buy this issue since I already know the story will be fabulous, Tina!

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    5. You guys are sweet. Thank you. Myra!!!! Good for you!

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    6. Jill, looking forward to Monday's chat on Beach Reads! If you share a favorite beach read, you'll have a chance to win an Amazon gift card to buy more great books!

      Janet

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    7. Myra, I'm impressed you subbed a story to Woman's World! Pulling for you!

      Janet

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    8. Tina, I also read your newest WW story. I should have a notebook of them, too. I need to get busy and send another. In fact, I need to send you one still for the critique from your Facebook WW day. It will be coming. Myra, crossing my fingers for you.

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    9. Hi Myra: I think your "Stealing Her Heart" is an ideal WW story. It's just short of 800 words like WW wants. I sent you an email about this but it said I had to join Dropbox for you to get the email. Good luck!

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    10. Weird, Vince! Can't imagine why you would have to join Dropbox to email me!!! Did you try mj @ myrajohnson dot com?

      The main reason I didn't submit that story to WW is that it was previously published (in a slightly altered version) several years ago. So I could not offer first serial rights.

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  5. Tina, congrats on another WW story!!! My writing class on Monday focused on short stories. Six new writers attended. We looked at WW Magazine and every writer came up with his/her own story idea. Some of them were worth developing! Thanks for providing the inspiration. BTW, I used one of your stories as an example!

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  6. Congrats to all the winners and finalists!

    The third book in my Amish Protectors series is due Monday. Prayers appreciated as I get the manuscript ready for submission.

    My wonderful editor contacted me Thursday with the title selected from the list of possibilities I submitted. Book 3 will forever be known as AMISH RESCUE, which was my top choice! Thank you, Emily Rodmell!

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    1. Congrats, Debby! Your Amish stories are so good!

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    2. Thank you, Myra, for your comment about my books. :)

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    3. I've added it to my TBR pile, Debby!

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    4. Ah, you've made my day, Sharee!

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    5. Debby, cheering you on to the finish line! Amish Rescue is a great title! Glad you got the one you liked best.

      I loved all the details of Amish life you gave in your latest book Amish Refuge and how believable it was that your English heroine would yearn for that simple life with the Amish hero. Great job!

      Janet

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    6. Best of luck in the home stretch, Debby!

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    7. Thanks, Janet. Ready to download the ending from my AlphaSmart to my computer. Then must revise those last pages. Then read it one more time...just to make sure everything is in place.

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    8. Thanks, Sandy. I can see the finish line!!!

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  7. Julie and Pam, love your new covers!!!

    Pam, which plantation is on the cover? Any idea?

    Julie, my hubby is from San Fran! Love those street cars!

    Congrats to the talented authors in the Rags to Riches collection. Yay, Natalie! Yay, Susie! Yay, Erica! Yay to all!!!

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I was actually pretty worried about his cover because I asked Killion to make it look like the series covers, but I couldn't find a stand-alone girl OR guy I liked, so it was a dilemma for me. I finally asked Killion to just go ahead and use the couple I originally chose even though his head was cut off (which was the original problem with that photo for Killion, which I said Keith would fill in the head). Anyway, I suggested doing a split cover, and VOILA!! Poor Killion ... not only are they working with the Queen of Anality, but I like to design my own covers as well. I'm surprised they still work with me, and annoyingly enough, so is Keith!! ;)

      Tony is from San Fran??? I didn't know that, Deb. I love San Fran, especially after all the research I did for that series. I felt compelled to blow the doors off on my research since my editor grew up there too ... ;) Talk about pressure!!

      HUGS,
      JULIE

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    2. Debby, I'm pretty sure it's Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, built in 1837. Someone mentioned that online when the cover first came out. I'm definitely going to have to visit some time as it looks gorgeous.

      The fictional u-shaped plantation house in Breeze Hill is actually modeled after the much older Linden Hall in Natchez the main portion of which was built in 1785.

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    3. Seems I've been to Linden Hall. I lived in LA and toured Natchez with some ladies. So many beautiful sights!

      Must google Oak Alley Plantation. Not sure if I've seen that one. Great photo that made for a great cover!!!! Can't wait to read!

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    4. SF has such a rich history, Julie! You could research for years, right? A little pressure since your editor came from there! :)

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    5. Thank you, Debby! Hopping with happiness over here. :)

      Definitely enjoying the "cover candy" in this post. Fun! Fun!

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  8. Cynthia Herron, I'm looking forward to Tuesday! :)

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    1. It will be fun...with lots of yummies!!!!! :)

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    2. You'll be a hard act to follow, Cynthia! I'm on for WED! Must decide what I'm serving. Grits perhaps?

      Hugs!

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    3. Debby, ohhhh the pressure!!! Lol And...I love grits! My mama makes a mean grits casserole with garlic and tons of cheese. Mmmm........ :)

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    4. Oh, thought of something else... "...the rest of the story" made me think of Paul Harvey. Remember him? I LOVED his stories. His cadence and storytelling style mesmerized me. {{{HUGS}}} back!!!!!

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    5. Paul was a US treasure, for sure, Cynthia! Miss those stories...or, the rest of the stories!

      Would you share your Mama's recipe? You've made my mouth water. It's lunch time and I'm hungry. :)

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    6. Hahaha! I'm hungry, too! I'll have to ask her for it because I've never made it, but I'll try to pop in later today with it. It's an old Southern recipe - My daddy's a Georgia native. Mama's made it since I was a little girl.. "some" years ago. LOL

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    7. Debby, I just e-mailed you (care of Seekerville) the recipe for Grits Casserole. Here's the link to this delish recipe and this is a GREAT cookbook, BTW. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taste-of-georgia-newnan-junior-service-league-inc/1006261165 (This is the recipe Mama has used since 1977.)

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    8. Thank you, Cynthia! You're too sweet!!! Must be those Georgia roots!

      Hugs!

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    9. Just saw Newnan, GA. Oh my gosh. That's the town next to mine! Were your parents from Newnan?

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    10. No, Debby, Daddy was from the Soperton area, but he also grew up around the Savannah area. And one of his sisters had a home at St. Simon. I love the South! :)

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    11. Savannah and St. Simons are both so lovely. I haven't been to Soperton.

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  9. Great WE, Tina! Soooo many to congratulate....afraid I will leave someone out..so big CONGRATS to all!
    Have pre-ordered Julie's novella...excited.
    And THANKS for the coupon!

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    1. JACKIE, BLESS YOU, you sweet thing -- my first order!! On my next Journal Jot blog next Friday, I plan to add the preorder for Grace Like Rain as a points option to my contest that ends July 31st, so be sure to swing by and claim that option, okay? HUGS!!

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  10. Thanks for another great WE, looking forward to checking out the links.
    Looking forward to the blog posts this week. I went on a Rachel Hauck binge last month, reading her three-book "Wedding" series in three days. I am eager to hear what she has to say.
    This has been a summer of learning and trust. Be careful what you wish for. I retired from the day job in April with the expectation of a temp job over the summer and two reasonably steady freelance writing gigs. The temp job hasn't panned out. The writing gigs are there but not as regular as I'd hoped or need. This has left me with far more time to write than I'd expected. I am seizing the day, especially since the days are still long, and Getting Things Done. Have contest entries prepped and ready to go, and this month I worked on revising the second book in my New York "City On a Hill" trilogy. So when the first book sells, I won't be in the dreaded "second book" mode. I'm going to work that for another week, then switch over to my Speedbo project, the Christmas contemporary, and see what I can do with that. I'll probably look for a job in the fall, a coup0le of days a week, but for now I guess I'm a full-time writer. I'm a little nervous about the finances, but God knows.
    Well, we shall see how this pans out, which is about the safest thing to say in 2017.
    Kathy Bailey
    Rolling with it in New Hampshire

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    1. Oh, Rachel has a really good plotting post. I printed a copy for myself already!

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    2. Glad you're seizing the day--or summer--for lots of writing, Kathy! Sounds like you're accomplishing things on many different fronts!

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    3. Kathy, I loved the Wedding Series too. The Writing Desk is my new favorite of her books.

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  11. Tina, thanks for another great WE. I went to grocery and grabbed the WW as I was checking out. It wasn't your story, sigh. I'll go back and look for yours though.

    Congratulations to all the winners. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Balloon lady on the cover. Thanks for trying!

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    2. Sprouts, my new favorite grocery store in my local area, doesn't sell WW. I need to talk to management!

      Will stop by Kroger to get the Tina Radcliffe issue of WW! :)

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  12. Congrats to last week's winners, Happy to be one of them winning Myra's book!
    I'm headed out first thing for a copy of Woman's World and Tina's story! You are becoming their Writer in Residence, yay!
    Looking forward to the great lineup next week!
    I'm ready to send Tina's Arizona heat we've been having here in Va. back to her, thanks for sharing...but no thanks. I'm turning into a cavewoman myself, lol!

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    1. Writer in Residence. Sounds so stately.
      Monsoon hits next week. We get below 100 degree temps all week. I am so excited I can barely stand it.

      The North American monsoon happens once a year, usually in the middle of summer. Warm, moist air from the Gulf of California blows northeast, while warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico blows northwest. These two winds meet over the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in central Mexico. The monsoon brings moisture to the mountain ecosystem before continuing north to the U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.


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    2. WOW Tina, you are so well versed in weather occurrences, impressive! I think we had a mini east coast version last night. Out heat index was 105 and we had torrential downpours and LOUD thunderstorms all night long!

      I think you should continue working on that dream to live further north, way further north, wasn't it a Craftsman style house in Oregon? Dreaming it with you and for you, who knows, it could happen ;)

      No need to enter me for the Of Rags and Riches Collection, I've read it, it's got a lot of great stories in it. I'll be busy reading WW anyway, Tina's story with a side of detox diet, how to grow hair, rejuvenate my metabolism and get rid of join pain, all worthwhile topics :)

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    3. Let me know what it says about joint pain, Tracey! I'm taking Tumeric, which seems to help!

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    4. Back from wally world, read Tina's story in the parking lot because I had 3 other places to go, it's so cute, yall go get it!

      @DEBBY-per joint pain;
      1)500 mg curcumin (I think that's the same family as turmeric)
      2)SAMe 800 mg as a natural inflammatory
      3)fish oil 1000-2000 mg omega 3's to relax muscles
      4)Saccharomyces boulardii -it's a probiotic yeast naturally found in digestive tract-helps your gut adapt quickly and easily to diet changes
      And that's our health lesson for today, thank you Tina and WW :)

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    5. Oh, one more thing, by adding DLPA (amino acid) 250-500 mg to your usual pain remedy could give you 10 more hrs of relief daily, prods your brain to produce painkilling endorphins.

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    6. Wow, Tracey, you're a wealth of info. Thanks!!!

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    7. Not me, it was the Woman's World article, lol!

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  13. Good Saturday morning! Thanks for another great WE and the great links shared. Congratulations to the Tara finalists and the Great Expectations winners and congrats to the winners of the Seekerville prizes. I am looking forward to next week!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Wow, Seekervillagers are really having a good showing in contests this summer--congratulations to all!

    Quiet start to the weekend here as daughter & family are off on short jaunts, getting together with friends & taking care of a few details before they depart in a week and a half. Where have the last 8 months gone???

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    1. I'm sad just thinking about their departure, Myra.

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  15. Another great weekend edition.
    Congrats to all the winners/finalists in writing contests!

    Have a fun weekend to all!

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  16. ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! I had the privilege of endorsing Pam Hillman's new book, The Promise of Breeze Hill, and it is SOOOOOO good, so I encourage you to enter the Goodreads ARC contest to get an advance copy because you don't want to miss this one.

    SUPER CONGRATS TO ALL THE FINALISTS/WINNERS, including those from The Tara and Great Expectations -- you guys ROCK!!

    AND Tina -- super congrats on another WW issue!! How many is this for you now, girlfriend??

    HUGS and HAPPY WEEKEND, ALL!
    Julie

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    1. Ah, thanks Julie! :)

      Speaking of the Natchez Trace Novel series, I had a conference call with my editors this week regarding book #2. I have some more work to do, but that's fairly normal, and we're settling on a new title.

      I'm excited to dig in again and pull out some fascinating threads in Quinn and Kiera's story. :)

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    2. I want to know how many WW stories it is for Tina, too! I think she must wake up and a new story pops out. :)

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    3. Hi Julie: I did what you said and signed up at Goodreads for an ARC of Pam's new book. It's a good idea because strangely the Kindle cost 50% more than the print book! I've already read several history books about the Natchez Trace. Pam's book will be a real treat. Vince

      BTW: You wrote: "I'm surprised they still work with me, and annoyingly enough, so is Keith!! ;)" Well, you can get away with almost anything, if you're good enough. So stay sharp!


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    4. Aw, thanks, Vince -- you NEVER fail to make me smile, my friend!

      SO glad you signed up for the ARC because YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!

      As far as staying "sharp" -- I'm trying, but it sure ain't easy! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    5. Vince, Tyndale reported the ebook issue to Amazon weeks ago, and it still isn't corrected. Prayers appreciated that Amazon get this fixed ASAP. :(

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  17. Julie, I love the cover of Grace Like Rain. So pretty! :)

    Tina, congrats on the new story in WW!

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  18. Tina, I got so excited when I picked up Women's World on Thursday and found your story. I've been thinking about writing a short story that could possibly be submitted and wondered what the word count is for their stories. Congratulations on another story sold.

    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

    I hope you will all have a wonderful weekend.

    Julie, you are right about Pam Hillman's book. I am reading it now and it is awesome.

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    1. Wilani, this means a lot to me! So glad you're enjoying Connor and Isabella's story. :)

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    2. I do not lie! I have loved Pam's writing since WAY BACK WHEN before we were all published and Pam knows it! :)

      Happy reading, Wilani!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  19. Another great WE. Thanks Tina. Congrats to all the winners and finalists. I'll be back later to read more. Have a blessed weekend.

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  20. TINA,thank you for another fun WE! Congrats to all the winners and finalists.

    HAPPY WEEKEND!

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    1. Woot! I'm with you Caryl! Congrats to all those contest divas.

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  21. Happy weekend all! Another outstanding WE! Congratulations to all the winners! Special shout out to my writing sister Josee!!!
    The 8 Reasons People Mock Romance was so funny.

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    1. GO JOSEE!!! That diva is on a roll.

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    2. Thank you, Sharee, and Tina. So thankful for my writing sisters! I feel the love.

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    3. Congrats, Josee! Contests can lead to publication. I'm cheering you on!

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  22. Congratulations to all the winners and authors!

    Happy weekend everyone!

    The "Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection" looks great. Please enter me in the drawing.

    May God bless all of Seekerville!

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  23. Congrats to our winners! Julie and Pam, your covers are gorgeous! Can't wait to read these stories! The Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection looks wonderful! Great to see so many familiar names on the cover!

    Looking forward to next week's lineup! Cynthia, your title is intriguing! I think I have some wet wood. :-)

    Janet

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  24. I have been MIA this week which is really sad considering all the great stuff I missed. Sorry, Seekerville, back next week. Off to buy a Woman's World!

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    1. MIA FOR BIAW which is the greater good. :)

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  25. Tina, I will get out and buy Woman's World ASAP! You write wonderful short stories!

    Janet

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  26. Congrats to everyone! You are all winners in God's eyes!

    Read most of the articles in thanks for the links...I'm a newsletter junkie. Next week's line-up looks like we'll all be much more smarter by the end of the week. Looking forward to Debby's "rest of the story".

    Monsoon season here in Nevada too, Tina. We had one last week and precip percentages are 20% and higher for next week. All this heat and wet are invites for more ants, crickets, and scorpions, too.

    Blessings,

    Marcia

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    1. Scorpions. ARGH. They don't try to get in the house when we have a little moisture outside. That's my plan at least. Sigh.

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  27. Happy Weekend, everyone. Hope you are all staying cool. Tonight is date night for me, going to the community theater to see Guys and Dolls. I have never seen it so looking forward to it.

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    1. Date night. I sort of remember what that is. Maybe it's time to remind Project Guy. But after the kids move out. It's going to take some time to regain some sense of "normal."

      Have a great time at the theater!

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  28. DEBBY: I really like the idea of your coming post about 'ripped from the headlines'. Can you tell us now if we need to come up with our own headlines to use as examples or will you supply them? Need to prep. Vince

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  29. Hi Julie:

    I really like the cover art for "Grace -- Like Rain". Very inviting. Clearly a romance. Surely San Francisco. Cable car is old and the scene is very inviting on a hill with the bay in view. I suppose that is Alcatraz island. Man's suspenders also dates it.

    My only problem is that when placed on a wall with all your other covers, this one does not look like a Lessman book. I already decided to buy it (I've been to SF many times.) before I realized you were the author. True.

    I'd like to see your name in bolder type, bigger, and essentially the same on all your books. I'd say your name is the strongest selling point for this book.

    I pre-ordered it even though I have it in a novella collection because I like standalone books that I can review right after reading it. I just don't like collections and having to remember which stories I read in which collection. Of course, this assumes a bargain price of 99 cents!

    You fooled me with the start of this story. I thought the boom! was the earthquake...but it wasn't. But you sure got my attention. I was not certain of the quake date. And that's just the first paragraph. I may have to read the collection version before the first of September.

    I sure hope all the Seekers come out with standalone books of their novella collections.

    Vince

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    1. Thanks, Vince, I like it too -- a lot -- and there actually is a reason why it doesn't look like a Lessman book.

      You see, I sent the cover designer the picture of the couple on the book and asked her to use the same colors and typefaces as The Heart of San Francisco series so this novella would tie in, along with the same cable car.

      She tried, but said it wouldn't work since the guy's head was cut off in the stock photo, even though I told her my husband could fix it (by adding a full head) before I sent it to her.

      Instead, she wanted me to use a standing photo of a female model (like on the HOSF covers) or a male. I spent hours looking for acceptable models, but could not find even one I liked, either because the clothing was all wrong for the period, the guy looked like a clown, or the girl had a smirk or sexy look on her face and we both know the heroine, Patience, is anything but smirky or sexy.

      SO ... I asked her to do a split cover (like she has done for my two O'Connor Christmas novellas that I will be revealing on my Journal Jots blog this week, which look more like the Seeker Christmas anthologies looked. So at least this novella cover will be more in line with my others. :) Frankly, I just got tired of fooling with it -- all the back and forth with the cover designer -- so I just said yes to this one to get it over with. But I truly like it! :)

      Thank you for ordering it, my friend, and thank you for saying my name is the strongest selling point, although I'm not sure that's true. :)

      LOL about the Ka-boom in the first line of Grace Like Rain -- I never even thought about it possibly sounding like an earthquake because I specifically set the story in 1905 rather than 1906 when the earthquake happend. :)

      I hope all the Seekers come out with stand-alones as well, and I think most have so far. :)

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  30. So many winners! So many lovely book covers -- especially Pam's!
    So many links I want to read!

    Thanks, Tina, and everyone who shares with the WE. It's a wonderful way to end the week.

    Nancy C

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Glad you like it. :) I'm hoping the entire series has this same style but with different colored "wall paper", heroine, etc. :)

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  31. Tina, congrats on yet ANOTHER Woman's World story. As an aside, have you noticed how every cover has a diet ... and then a picture of a scrumptious dessert?

    Nancy C

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    1. Every single one. Diet of the week and fabulous food.

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    2. LOL--my daughter is always teasing me about this every time an issue arrives!

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    3. They know how to cover all the bases! We eat... and diet.... and eat... and diet... and eat... ;)

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  32. Congrats to all you GE winners and TARA finalists! Great achievement!

    Nancy C

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  33. Hey gang. Walking Wounded reporting in.
    I am up and around now, trying to pace myself but still making forward progress at last.
    I had a detached retina two weeks ago.
    TEN DAYS OF LYING FACE DOWN....THE DOCTOR SAID 23 OUT OF 24 HOURS A DAY, FIVE OR TEN MINUTE BREAKS MAX...PER HOUR.
    So I survived that with my sanity somewhat in tact.
    And now I can't see out of my left eye. It's all a blur. It's supposed to heal and be okay but in the meantime it is driving me MAD.
    So weird how blurry the world is.
    So I can see to type pretty much but using only my right eye, well, it seems like I'm a typo queen...it's gotten so much better!
    And I finally am back to writing after the longest break possibly since I started writing twenty years ago.

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  34. Hey Mary Connealy I am so sorry to read about your retina and will include your complete healing on my prayer list. Hang in there. God loves you.

    And congratulations to the finalists in TARA and the Great Expectation winners. It is so much fun to see familiar names and friends doing well. Way to go!

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  35. Congratulations to the winners and to Tina on another WW story. Now, if my grocery store could get with the program and put out the latest issue. Will check back today.

    Love the book cover, Julie (as well as the title.) Happy weekend everyone!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Josee -- I really do too, ESPECIALLY the title. I fell in love with Todd Agnew's song, "Grace Like Rain" about the time I was writing the novella, so it just seemed to fit. Especially since if you know anything about the lovable rogue brother, Blake "The Rake" McClare from my Heart of San Francisco series, because that guy sure needed grace like rain in this story. :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  36. Congrats to all the winners, also the Tara finalists and the Great Expectations winners. Additional congrats to Tina on the release of "The Cellphone Wager" and Pam on "The Promise of Breeze Hill", and to Julie on the beautiful cover for "Grace Like Rain".

    Thanks for another wonderful The Weekend Edition, Tina!!

    Love each of the authors of "Of Rags and Riches" and would love to have a copy!!

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    1. Bonnie!!! So lovely to "see" you. You are entered!

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    2. Always a good day when Bonton visits Seekerville! Hugs and love and prayers!!!

      Can't wait for the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, Bonnie! This year's retreat will bless so many readers and writers alike! See you in Cincinnati!

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    3. Bonnie, great to see you in the house! Know the second annual CFRR will be a huge success.

      Janet

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    4. Bonnie, so good to have you drop by. Love ya! :)

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    5. Lovely to see you here, Bonnie! Hugs and prayers! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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    6. Hi, Bonnie! So glad to hear from you!

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    7. BONNIE!! All of us are SO thrilled to see you here, my friend -- thanks for making our day!

      LOVE YOU!!
      Julie

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    8. Thank you, Tina, Debby, Janet, Pam, Myra, Missy, and Julie - love Seekerville and so wish I was able to still keep up with all the blogs as I'd love to do!! Love each of you!!

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  37. Just read your WW story, Tina! So cute!

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  38. Better late than never.... busy times here on the farm and that's not a bad thing... and a wonderful Eichas family reunion (I'm using the Eichas family name in a historical series for indie publishing next year, they're such a marvelous old-German family... I love 'em!) and there were 237 PEOPLE at this reunion... Grandparents, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. We're down to 7 of the original 11 siblings, and they're all edging 75-90 but going strong. And such good people!

    Congrats to all winners this week, and Megan Brummer, I hope you love Home on the Range! Nick and those girls are favorites of mine!

    I didn't see Tina's issue at Walmart... will check again tomorrow and see, sometimes our stock is behind and/or ahead. I love Tina's short stories!!!

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    1. Ruthy, 237 people???!!!! Wow. I love that you have family reunions! Our family hasn't had any kind of get togethers in probably 10 years.

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  39. I'm so excited that I found the WW Magazine today! Tina, I'm turned to your story, ready to read. :)

    I hope you've all had a great weekend!

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  40. So sorry about your retina, Mary C. Glad you are better and hope fast recovery is certain!

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  41. Am I too late for the drawing? If not, put me in please. :)

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