Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Mission Accomplished

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When I came up with the idea for the Summer Spotlight Series, I went straight to my favorite editor, Derek. I explained the idea to him and his first response was, “What if no one wants to participate?”

Fast forward twenty weeks and I’m one happy blogger. The series accomplished exactly what I had envisioned. First and foremost, I wanted to learn more about those of you who faithfully visit my blog each Friday. I’ve been blessed to meet some wonderful people and consider you all friends. However, being the inquisitive person that I am, I wanted to know more, so I thought asking a few questions would be fun.

Each week I was thrilled to see the interaction that was happening. You asked additional questions that revealed more interacting facts about the person in the spotlight and yourself. That part I loved!

What made me the happiest was to see you go to the person’s blog for the first time, leave a comment and then start to follow that blog. When that started happening, I knew it was mission accomplished. So thank you to all who participated both in the spotlight and in the conversation. You all are a talented and often comical bunch!

Next week I plan to share some good news I received during the summer of 2014 and I hope you’ll have some good news to share as well.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

72 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished

  1. It was a great series, Jill. I enjoyed participating and connecting with some really great writers. You’re the ultimate matchmaker 🙂 Looking forward to hearing your news next week. xo

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  2. It was a wonderful series!

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  3. Gwen has the perfect comment: You are the ultimate matchmaker! I really enjoyed participating in the series and making new friends. My life is truly richer for it. Thanks, Jill, and looking forward to your good news 🙂

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  4. Confession: Derek slipped me a fiver to participate so you wouldn’t feel let down.

    😛

    But seriously folks, it was a fun concept and it worked out better than anyone could have hoped. Cheers!

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  5. Very fun series, Jill. Most of us expanded our blog circles in new directions. Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your good news.

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    • Hi Nancy! I was thrilled when I started to see some of my followers checking out the spotlight blogs and becoming regular commenters. Watching connections being made was pretty cool. Thank you for your continual visits! Enjoy the weekend!

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  6. I’m new to your blog but glad to be here and look forward to more 🙂

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    • I think I discovered your blog through John or Marie…I can’t remember, but I’m happy I did. I appreciate your visits and look forward to reading more about your writing journey. I hope to meet you in person when you visit your mountain home in NC, SK. Happy Weekend!

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  7. Such fun Jill – it’s been great meeting new people and finding out a bit more about the folk we already know a little.
    Can’t wait for your big reveal next week. I love good news!

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  8. It was a fun experience both participating and as a reader. It expanded my reading and my readership. Win-win and win for you too.

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  9. ‘Jolly good’ series you created! As always, all my best.

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  10. It’s nice to see you back at the helm, Jill. 🙂 Thanks for hosting all of us. And I hope you have a great weekend too.

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  11. I really enjoyed it and not only met some great new friends, I also learned a lot! I’m looking forward to your good news too!

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  12. It was one of the best things about the summer. Thanks Jill

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  13. Definitely a rousing success, Jill! Well done. Thanks for making the effort to expose us all to a wonderful group of bloggers.

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  14. An absolute success Jill, and I can’t believe it’s been 20 weeks!!! I echo what everyone here has already said and thank you so much again for building such a wonderful community. Woo Hoo!!! Can’t wait to read your post next week, but until then I hope you and DFD (and boy, I bet he was thrilled for you with the response you got!) have a lovely, restful weekend 🙂 xoxo

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    • I know! I can’t believe how fast the time flew, Sherri! I wish I could say I wrote a couple books in that time…but no, I didn’t. 🙂
      Thank you so much for participating both in the spotlight and with all of your great comments!
      DFD and I have laughed about his initial response to my idea. After the series took off, he said, “What do I know…” 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend, my friend! xo

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  15. Definitely enjoyed everyone you featured and quite enough variety and unusual interests to keep us all entertained and intrigued, too. I am very happy to have met several of the twenty bloggers on my own posts, which means it is spreading both directions, exponentially, Jill!
    I cannot wait to hear about your own personal good news, Jill! Enjoy your well-earned congratulations for a job well done and delivered! Smiles!!

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    • Thank you so much, Robin! I’m happy you enjoyed series and I appreciate your participation…you all are great!
      I hope you had a great visit with your mother. I’ll look forward to hearing about it. Enjoy your weekend!

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      • When you looked at this project, from the Spring months, I bet you felt like it WAS a mountain to climb! I just came back to check if you had posted your great news, yet. Still anxiously awaiting and by the way, grateful for you genuine comments. I appreciate your views and thoughts, Jill! Take care!

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      • Thank you, Robin! I post every Friday, so come back for a visit. 🙂

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  16. I loved this series, Jill. I hope there’ll be more…

    Looking forward to hearing your good news 😉

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  17. Jill: This was a most enjoyable experience! I looked forward to each Friday through the summer to meet new folks out there and to share a little bit about myself and my own writing life and joy of retirement. You were an outstanding coordinator/moderator and should be given a rousing ovation! Thanks for your efforts. Looking forward to staying in touch with so many of your featured Spotlighters. Now, about that five dollars I have coming…:-)

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    • Ha ha! Now I know where the stashed cash in the cookie jar has gone. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words, Mark. I really enjoyed hosting this series and I so appreciate your participation in both the spotlight and your comments. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  18. Your series was definitely successful. Good job.

    You left us with a cliff-hanger. I’ll be back next week to hear about your good news.

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  19. Jill, you did a beautiful job with this. There was a delightful, informative, glad-to-get-to-meet-you aura around all your guest interviews.
    I want to hear this good news!!!

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  20. I belong in the comical bit 🙂 Desperate to hear your good news, Jill. Does it relate to your writing? (not fishing, mind you 🙂 )

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  21. Jill, I met so many wonderful people through your Summer Spotlight Series! I am exchanging thoughts with some of them now on a regular basis!!!! Thanks for your time, generosity and wonderful questions you provided so we would get to know these great people! Now….are you going to answer the same questions!????? We all, I am sure, would love to know more about you!! Thanks Jill! I am sure it could not have been easy!

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    • Hi Hollis! You’re doing exactly what I hoped would come out of the series. I’m so happy you’ve gotten to know some of these wonderful people.
      Ha ha! I can’t interview myself. 🙂 Seriously, I might touch on a few of the questions in more depth in some future posts.
      Thanks for participating, Hollis!

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  22. As you know, Jill, I was in the throes of writing throughout the summer. The one spotlight I managed to read was enlightening and I’ve enjoyed the new connection. I can only imagine your good news. Can’t wait to learn what it is!! 🙂

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  23. WHAT? People got paid and I gave it away for free?? My mother would be soooo disappointed in me! Thoroughly enjoyed being on both sides of the event, Jill and am continuing to enjoy the new buds I picked up along the way! Looking forward to hearing the news!

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  24. Very well done Jill 🙂 I think your generous spirit has helped many if not all of us feel like we are part of a special community – thank you ❤ I am looking forward to your news. I have champagne on ice 😉

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  25. Thank YOU, Jill. It was a delight to meet so many great bloggers.
    Theresa

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  26. Can’t wait to hear your good news, Jill. So exciting! I enjoyed the author spotlights. Thank you for introducing all of us to some very intriguing people. Have a wonderful Sunday. I know I will. My hubby is taking me on a date today and we’re going to go driving to view the beautiful autumn colors, then to my favorite antique boutique and lunch. 😀

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    • I’m happy you enjoyed the series, Elizabeth. Thank you for your visits each week. 🙂 What a wonderful day you have planned…enjoy! I sure hope you’re taking your camera along…silly…of course you will. I’ll look forward to some pictures!

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  27. You introduced some great bloggers Jill, some that I knew and some that I didn’t. It was very generous of you to devote all of this time to other bloggers. Look forward to hearing your news 🙂

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  28. Jill i met so many interesting people thanks to you. I am glad you are back just the same.

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  29. It was such a treat to be included. You’ve really built a community of writers online. Good job Jill.

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  30. It was fun since I learned more about blogging buddies and met many others. And good news. Can’t wait!

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  31. Jill, your endeavor was a huge success! 🙂 Congratulations. Now, I can’t wait to hear your wonderful news! Have a great week.

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