Monthly Archives: April 2009

J. R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Barbara Vey -- April 30th, 2009


Take one part Cindy McCain and add one part TV lawyer Allie McBeal (only taller) and you have some idea of the physical appearance of J.R. Ward as she made her entrance to the Barnes & Noble booksigning in Milwaukee, WI.  (Ok, it’s really Wauwatosa, but how many of you really know where that is?)

J. R. was regally dressed in a black and white striped ruffle blouse and wide belt with her blond hair up and pearls that brought me images of the stylish McCain.  She paced in front of her fans like the lawyer she was in her former life, offering the jury evidence of the popularity of her Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  J. R. had them eating out of her hand when she announced that the next book would be out next year and over the groans of the crowd announced, "What do you think?  I roll over and a book comes out?"

2 new YA readers I met at J.R.’s B&N signing. Jessika, 11 and Mackenzie, 11 will be blurbing on the Saturday Breakfast (Book) Club

I had a chance to talk to J. R. Ward before the booksigning and she told me she started as a corporate lawyer  in health care.  She went on to write contemporary romance that didn’t catch on.  In 2003, J. R. tried and failed at romantic suspense.  That fall Wrath (one of her characters) came to her. "They picked me," she affirmed.  At that point she said she realized that vampires can be heroes and the next 10 books were planted firmly in her head. 

The author was thrilled when she realized that superheroes can be absurd, alpha, bad boys and her instinct told her that the regular rules wouldn’t work in her world.  J. R. decided to write for herself.  She had nothing to lose at that point. 

I did ask her about Lover Unbound which kind of bothered me about the hero and heroine.  J. R. admitted she made a mistake and that if she had added 10 more pages, the story could have all been wrapped up with everyone understanding where she was going with it.  She insists that she listens to her fans for what is working and what is not. For her current book, Lover Avenged, she went back to basics and that, her fans agree are just where they like her to be.

Bottom Line:  Drive by Videos™ are back!  WooHoo!!

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- April 29th, 2009


I realize that April showers bring May flowers, but enough rain already. I am so ready for the flowers and sunshine that I’m almost considering planting some this year (ok, I really mean that I’ll run to the store and buy a couple of pretty pots of flowers to put around the condo and make it look like I’m into gardening).  But until then, here’s the reads of the week from the WW Ladies Book Club.

Darkness Under Heaven by F. J. Chase

Read by Loretta   On a night out in Beijing, Peter Avakian, a US Security Consultant and Dr. Judy Rose, a physician employed to care for an Olympian team,  are having dinner.  While enjoying the evening, China launches missiles against Taiwan, exploding the area into war.   Since both Peter and Judy are now considered aliens, prison or death might become an immediate problem.  Defending themselves from some angry young soldiers puts them on the run from the authorities. Peter suggests that the only way to escape is to try to reach the Mongolian border under the cover of darkness because dawn would reveal their identities by displaying their white complexions.   Dealing with a maze of narrow alleyways, checkpoints,plus no illumination whatsoever, they encounter unbelievable problems.  The bungling of the Chinese police is almost hilarious, if it wasn’t so dangerous.  When I thought they had reached an impasse, Peter’s amazing capabilities  surprised me.  A most unusual tale that totally captivated me.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Read by joysann

Ellen Gleeson is a newspaper reporter, but more importantly she is the single mother of an adopted son. A missing child flyer picture catches her eye because of the boy’s similarity to her own, which leads her to speculate on the moral obligation an adoptive parent might have that could sunder a happy new family. She feels compelled to investigate his background, regardless, and discovers inconclusive records and too-convenient deaths, and begins to fear for her own safety and that of her son’s.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read books by Lisa Scottoline, and this was a good reintroduction. The story is told with nail-biting suspense, but it isn’t just the mystery and danger that keeps the reader anxious, but the fear of a mother’s ultimate loss being realized. Intriguing and exciting, I could hardly put it down.

Unpolished Gem: my mother, my grandmother and me by Alice Pung

Read by Bev   This is a memoir about Alice Pung’s life in Australia.  Her family, father, mother and grandmother fled Cambodia and ending up relocating there.  Alice was born in Australia, she is the first born of four children.   Alice leads the way into new territory for her family. Old customs and new ways of doing things often conflict.  She has to walk the line between two cultures.  The story is not just about Alice and her problems but those of her her mother and her grandmother who did not get along.  Alice’s mother created jewelry in the old country and tries to sell her wares here but the shops don’t last and she often does not get paid.  She tries to learn English but has many problems with the language and relies on Alice for help. Alice helps with her sisters and brothers when her mother can’t and Alice slowly closes down.
  I always am interested to read about people immigrating to a new country.The challenges that Alice’s generation has to take on are tremendous.  It is not only her getting acclimated but dealing with her parents and grandparents and the problems they encounter because of language and customs that they bring from the old country.  This book was a fascinating read. 

Corsair by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul
 
Listened to by joysann
Two hundred years ago pirates on the Barbary Coast of North Africa were led by a former imam whose reputation for ruthlessness and dedication to jihad are imitated by a terrorist leader in present day Libya. New information comes to light that his writings may influence an upcoming peace treaty, sending archaeologists into the desert to search for the pirate’s cache, from where they disappear. When the plane carrying the US Secretary of State to the conference also disappears over the desert, the crew of the Oregon is engaged to find it, leading them into a dangerous hunt and a desperate chase that races against the clock.

  As always, Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon crew of specialists and techno-wizards display creative ingenuity and unflagging energy to achieve their goals. I think I enjoy these books so much because they are exactly what I expect them to be, as unlikely as the stories are. I especially enjoy them on audio, where narrator Scott Brick makes them exciting and listening easy.

Baggage Claim by Tanya Michna

Read by Heidi   Dr. Carly Frazer can control everything in her life, except her memories of the past. And those memories are catching up. Her icy exterior is starting to crumble and she is trying desperately to keep it from breaking. An act of fate brings her together with Beth. Beth may be the only person to see her for who she really is, and Carly is not sure if she is ready for that.   What I truly enjoyed about this book is how uncomfortable I felt while learning about Carly. I felt her walls around her and boy, did I have to shake them off wanting that wall to break! And rooting for Beth in the book was so much fun!! Women power unites!

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
Listened to by joysann
Odd Thomas is a young man with psychic abilities that allow him, with reluctance, to find things, predict the future, and see ghosts. This is the fourth journal he narrates, this time telling of his stay in a small town on the California coast which he knows is the focal point of some future cataclysmic event. Facing the threat of ruthless killers, Odd relies on his special gifts to race against the clock to thwart evil intent on toppling the nation. 
I love much of what Dean Koontz writes, his analogies and descriptions can be priceless, and one
just never knows where he’s going to go. I listen to the Odd Thomas books, and I think I enjoy them more for that; reader David Aaron Baker is thoroughly convincing as Odd Thomas. I think I liked this "journal" best of the four written so far, though it left me with more questions than answers, which makes me hope there are more stories in the works.

I’m currently working with Young Adult readers and am hoping to start posting their blurbs on Saturday and calling it the Saturday Breakfast (Book) Club in honor of the John Hughes movie Breakfast Club.  Andrew says young people won’t get the reference, but since it seems to play on tv every other week, I was sure everyone has seen it.  What do you think?  Will they "get it"?

Bottom Line:  "I am an optimist, but I’m an optimist who carries a raincoat." — Harold Wilson

Washington (DC) Romance Writers Retreat

Barbara Vey -- April 28th, 2009
WRW Retreat Chair Kathryn Anderson, special guest, fantasy author PC Cast, and media and publicity guru Katy Hershberger (St. Martins)

I was extremely upset that I missed the the WRW Retreat I was supposed to attend April 17-19, but my little hospital incident put the end to that.  Thankfully author Jeanne Adams sent me this great write up on the weekend (now I feel even worse that I missed it…I’ve never been to Virginia).  Well, maybe next year.  But here’s Jeanne’s version and she’s sticking to it!

It was a lovely April weekend for the famous Washington (DC) Romance Writers Retreat, In the Company of Writers, held in Leesburg, VA, April 17-19, 2009.  Our fabulous keynote speakers were none other than two New York Times Bestselling authors, Carla Neggers and PC Cast.  Industry moguls from St. Martins, Harlequin, Samhain and Sourcebooks were on hand to give us the benefit of their wisdom as well.  In addition, there were fabulous agents from all over the country,

WRW Authors Susan Donovan, Sally MacKenzie (standing), Mary Blayney, and special guest, suspense author Carla Neggers

including Meg Ruley, Elaine English, Helen Breitweiser and Irene Goodman, who took appointments, talked about the fascinating state of the industry and were available for chats, pitch sessions and a good dose of common sense talk about writing.   All we were missing was YOU, Barbara!  We’re so sorry you couldn’t be with us this year…   The Retreat started off with a bang – for the authors anyway!  Our special guests, along with other wonderful WRW writers were treated to a highly-publicized book signing with WRW Member Nora Roberts at Turn the Page Books in Boonsboro, MD.  (Special thanks to the staff of Turn the Page!)  Signing along with our guests and Nora were Mary Blayney, Susan Donovan, Darlene GardnerDonna KauffmanSally MacKenzie, Michelle MonkouSophia NashKathleen Gilles SeidelSarah Wendell, Michelle Willingham, Rebecca York.  

Suspense author Rebecca York and WRW Member Kathy Hall Schindler sharing a laugh

From presentations on writing as work to writing as play, improv for writers, romancing the media, and what’s hot in the EPublishing world to collaging, screen writing as a writer’s tool, and creating characters that live and breath (even if they’re dead), the Retreat kept everyone hopping.  And in between?  There was still time for laughing, connecting and sitting on the porch in a rocker, sipping a cold one.

How did the attending feel about the conference?  "This was my first WRW retreat. It lived up to its reputation for warmth, fun and business savvy" – Carla Neggers.  "The WRW Retreat was such a fun, unique weekend with some of the friendliest writers I’ve ever met." – Katy Hershberger, Publicist, St. Martin’s Press.   Hopefully you can join us next year, Barbara, In the Company of Writers, and enjoy the fun!  We missed you.  :>

Well, this will teach me to plan a little better and I’d like to thank Jeanne Adams for the terrific report and pictures.

Bottom Line: Ok, I’m still dreaming of the part, "sitting on the porch in a rocker, sipping a cold one."

Monday News

Barbara Vey -- April 27th, 2009


There’s nothing better than when a weekend falls into place and Sunday I went with my brother and mom to Bingo to celebrate his birthday.  He won $200 and shared.  Yes, a very nice weekend.  Now, here’s the news I received to pass on to you this week:
 
From author Marilyn Baron:  Nine Petit Fours and Hot Tamales bloggers will launch a new “Group Novel” called Aspen Exposé that will start serializing Sunday, May 3, 2009, and every Sunday after that for the next nine weeks. Our Sunday April 26 blog post, “Book on a Blog,” explains how the process worked. We hope your readers will stop by  enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. So log on every Sunday, starting May 3, 2009, as the writers of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales shake things up with their unique spin on an original serial thriller that starts with a rollicking charade of espionage, suspense and intrigue, twists and turns and romance that’s almost too hot to handle. (You can read about it here)

From Zinta Aistars, Managing Editor of The Smoking PoetTHE SMOKING POET’s SECOND ANNUAL SHORT STORY CONTEST  The Smoking Poet is a literary ezine, established in 2006, and published online on a quarterly basis. TSP’s first annual short story contest is open to all writers, whether they have been past contributors to TSP or not, and in any genre.  Judges will be Zinta Aistars, managing editor of The Smoking Poet; J. Conrad Guest, fiction editor of The Smoking Poet and author of January’s Paradigm. And, we are thrilled to announce – the honorary judge of TSP’s Second Annual Short Story Contest is Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of "American Salvage,"  Submission deadline for the contest is May 31, 2009.  We look forward to reading your best work! (Get all the details here)

From Sheila English, CEO, Circle of Seven Productions:  Christine Feehan’s book trailer for Dark Curse won an EMPixx Award for CGI affects.  (Congrats Christine and you can see the video here)

From author Cherry Adair Many of us have been affected in some way by breast cancer. (just the words send a nightmarish shudder up my spine!) My mother Petal died in 1974 of breast cancer. And while treatments and medical breakthroughs have improved enormously since then, the dreadful anticipation of breast cancer still hangs over our heads. A close friend died of cancer last year, and two dear friends are going through treatment right now. Just the word cancer is terrifying to most of us.

Many of us have been touched directly and deeply by breast cancer, and this year I want to do my part in something that has nothing to do with writing. Something bigger and way more important.

This year I’m going to walk 60 miles to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s annual Three Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

In this crappy economy everyone is struggling to find their financial footing. I understand that only too well. And charities, no matter how well deserving, are feeling the brunt of everyone cutting back in a big way. I get that most of us don’t have disposable $$ this year, so I’m going to match all donations up to $5,000 for this truly worthy cause!  (Good Luck Cherry, my nieces did the walk last year.  You can donate here).


From author Robyn Carr:  Robyn invites women to nominate their sweetie, brother, cousin, son, uncle, nephew, pal, dad — anyone who has served or is serving in the U.S. military. The idea is to ask women to nominate heroes who remind them of a specific hero in Robyn’s series–and to send a photo of the man they’ve nominated. One hero will be selected for each month in the calendar. This is a contest to honor our military heroes, not a hunk calendar contest. Although the men will undoubtedly be hunky in their own right, it’s shirts on for these photos!
 
Initially the calendar will be online, but there is discussion of doing a print version as well.  Robyn’s husband was in the military; her son is a surgeon in the military. Those men in uniform are near and dear to her heart!
There will be no charge for the calendars.

From Jodi Rosoff of Associate Director of Publicity Berkley Books, the publisher of #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton is pleased to announce a partnership between Hamilton, and IFC (The Independent Film Channel) to create an original television movie based on her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series of novels.   This is the first original made-for-television movie from IFC. The film is scheduled to air summer of 2010.

I love this video so much on YouTube that I’ve watched it dozens of times and sent it to others (something I don’t normally do).  Let me know if you make to the end without singing along.


Bottom Line: 
Let’s start at the very beginning…a very good place to start…
 

Sunday Matinee

Barbara Vey -- April 26th, 2009


Bea Arthur died yesterday.  The former star of Maude and Golden Girls was 86 years old.  But I remember her best as Maude because of the difficult subjects the show tackled during the 1970s.  Although it was a comedy, her husband Walter was an alcoholic.  The show she had an abortion had protesters up in arms, although it showed how tough the decision was for her as a 50 year old with an already adult daughter on the show.  Bea Arthur’s character was definitely part of the growing feminist movement of the time.  Thank you for being a friend!

Now, it’s time for the Sunday Matinee.  Enjoy this week’s selection of book videos.


Lori Handeland presents DOOMSDAY CAN WAIT



If you’d like your video considered, please send me the embedded code to barbaravey@gmail.com

As a special treat, here’s Bea Arthur singing her theme song (with a little help from a friend).

Bottom Line: Today is my brother John’s birthday.  Wish him luck…he’s off to play Bingo on his Harley.

Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- April 24th, 2009


Ok, so maybe I still have some bruising on my face and maybe the double vision is why the doctor still won’t let me drive and maybe I still occasionally walk like a drunken sailor, but the absolute worst part is not being able to read my books.  I can maybe get a paragraph in, but then my eyes start burning and watering, so it’s very slow going.  It’s been a whiny and cranky week around this house, but it stops right now.  I have declared myself cured of everything.  Nothing but sunshine and rainbows from now on around here.

Now, with this being Your Turn Friday, I’ll tell you what I listened to this week and you can tell me what books you’ve been reading/listening to lately.

Blood Sins by Kay Hooper:  Tessa Gray pretends to be a young, wealthy widow who owns land that the cult leader Reverend Samuel wants to get his hands on.  Going undercover for Noah Bishop’s FBI Special Crimes Unit, Tessa must get near enough to the Reverend, who seems to possess unusual abilities, to expose his evil purposes.  Police chief Sawyer Cavenaugh, of Grace, NC doesn’t seem to be much help against such a depraved and malicious villian with unknown powers.

While I’ve read all Kay’s books and have a special place in my heart for Bishop and his team, I was not prepared for how dark this book would be.  And while I know I’ll still read the third book in this series (which can easily stand alone), I find myself needing a little more lightness because the villian really scared the crap out of me (which is what I’m sure was supposed to happen).
 
Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krenz

Grace Renquist has a past she’d like to forget, so she becomes a new person, working as a librarian who can read auras.  Luther Malone is an ex-cop, who walks with a cane, doesn’t like guns, but is sent to protect Grace as she uses her aura reading powers to hunt for a murder suspect.

 

 

 

Jayne’s Arcane Society started in her Amanda Quick books and she once again brings the society into the 21st century.  Call me a sucker for falling for the not so perfect hero who hates that he needs a cane.  And you have to watch for those librarian types…it’s always the quiet ones. 

Audio books are great.  You can dust, knit, and even put on make up while listening to them.  Not that I did any of those things, but it’s possible.  And while I’ve always listened to books while driving my car or on my iPod while walking, I still can’t wait to be able to pick up that next book and feel the pages and watch the words flow as they take me to far off places with people I’ll get to know intimately.

Now start commenting with the books you’ve held this week before I start getting mushy.

Bottom line:  Already have the Neosporin and Bandaids ready for all those paper cuts I’ll be getting from turning the pages so fast.

Real Live Author at Book Club Meeting

Barbara Vey -- April 23rd, 2009

Heidi, Sandra Kring, Lesley Connor (owner of Once Upon a Time Independent Bookstore)

Today’s blog is brought to you by WW Ladies blurber Heidi who invited me to her Book Club meeting where author Sandra Kring would be attending to answer questions.  Since I wasn’t able to make it there a couple of weeks ago, Heidi was kind enough to send this report.

I had the pleasure of meeting author Sandra Kring at my book club this month which featured Thank you for all Things. Sandra had come to our club once before, but this was my first time getting to hear from her. And since I am not like Barbara, I didn’t wait with the crowd to ask questions. I guess I was too shy. So I took tons of notes and these are the things I learned about Sandra:

1) Sandra has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. She has lived in several small towns, but a Wisconsin girl through and through. Sandra believes she was a writer at an early age.

2) She is at the end of the writing process for her fourth book and I can see how anxious she is to get it all out. It was amazing how excited she is about the characters coming to full fruition.

3) The coolest thing is that she didn’t really read many books as a child, but after she was married, she got a library card, started in the A’s and worked through the whole alphabet. Now that is dedication.

4) When asked about her writing process, Sandra said that she can’t read fiction while she is writing. She only wants the story she is writing in her head. But she does think that reading memoirs has helped her with the writing process and believes if she can’t feel the emotion when she reads her book, the reader won’t feel it either.
 
Final Thought: I could feel every emotion Sandra has regarding her writing and she expresses herself with such passion. I believe her writing is a true gift and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

Thanks Heidi, great job!  I’m sorry I missed it, but from Heidi’s reporting, it seems obvious that having the author attend the book club’s meeting really adds that extra dimension.  While it’s not possible for an author to attend every book club that reads their book, an author may want to consider offering doing a phone call with the club or even offer questions or let the club send them questions ahead of time.  Are any of you doing that now?  How’s it working out?  Any book clubs out there that have tried this or have other suggestions?

Bottom Line:  If yesterday was Earth Day, is today Venus Day?

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- April 22nd, 2009


Hi all!  It feels great to be be back in the saddle again.  I’m still a little loopy, can’t drive for 2 weeks and see double once in a while, but, other than that, it’s business as usual.  Over 700 messages in emails.  I need that audio computer for a while until I can see better.  Anyway, here’s what the WW Ladies have to say about the books they read this week.

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells 

Read by joysann

Sabina Kane is half-vampire, half-mage, and all bad-ass assassin, and no one is excepted when she gets orders from the vampire hierarchy called the Dominae, which includes her difficult grandmother. She’s instructed to infiltrate a rising cult which threatens the status quo in the vampire world, and to kill the charismatic leader. As she gains acceptance into the new camp, making friends and gaining new insights about herself, she’s forced to question her leaders, her heritage, and where her loyalty lies.

One of my favorite things is observing how an author writes her world to develop something fresh and creative in the paranormal genre. The mix of fact, folklore, and fantasy is blended well in Jaye Well’s exciting debut novel, beginning a story line that has piqued my curiosity so that I anticipate the next book to find the answers to Sabina’s mysteries.

Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

Read by Heidi

Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn, starts a new class: Knit to Quit. There are many reasons to quit something. Bad habit, bad relationship, bad attitude. Knitting and Quitting can make for an interesting combination and in the right setting; there is more than meets the eye.
 
I was inspired to look into a beginner knitting class after finishing the book, especially since I already quit something for Lent: TV. But I am a little nervous with that idea, since sewing, quilting and crocheting have seemed to skip a generation with me. It is something I might consider for the future. I think I need to call my mother.

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Read by joysann

Rachel Morgan’s life is never simple. While trying to remember what happened the night her boyfriend Kisten was killed (twice), she is also trying to find who or what critically assaulted her detective friend, who or what is haunting her house, how to keep her demon teacher from abusing her friends, how to survive having her aura stripped from her body, and how to live down the untrue rumors she’s a black witch who summons demons. With her friends Ivy and Jenks to support her, she faces these as they seem to confront her all at once and, as always, in a big way.

Kim Harrison again takes us to The Hollows, a suburb of Cincinnati which is predominantly populated by supernatural folk of all kinds. I’ve found the series captivating from the first (Dead Witch Walking), including a few important short stories published in anthologies. Furiously fast, highly imaginative, rigidly complex, the stories continue to be appealing, suspenseful, and intriguing.


It’s Hotter in Hawaii
by HelenKay Dimon

Read by Dina

Cassie Montgomery was not going to accept that her half-brother Dan was involved in any wrong doing, especially with his accidental death. And when Dan’s friend Caleb Wilson arrives, there are more questions than answers.

 

 

The characters in this book were alluring, intriguing and made me laugh. I loved that there was a spark ready to ignite as soon as they met. This is my kind of romance.

Suite 606 by J.D. Robb, Mary Blaney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas
Read by Joan

Ritual in Death by J.D.Robb - Suite 606, in one of Roarke’s upscale New York hotels, is the bloody scene of a heinous crime.  Lt. Eve Dallas is truly puzzled over the "why" and the "who" as she follows the clues. The only witness cannot recall any of the events that took place -  or is he conveniently claiming a total memory loss?

Love Endures by Mary Blayney - Another setting in mid-19th century England involves star-crossed lovers, a magic coin, and a ghost with unpaid gambling debts who is seen only by "those who believe" … and many do! Oh, what treachery lurks in the heart of man!

Cold Case by Ruth Ryan Langan - An accident on a lonely road in a ferocious storm has a troubled young man seeking refuge at Storm Hill farm. He finds two young women and an unwelcoming step-father from a seemingly earlier time. No one seems safe and the secrets of this family are difficult to unravel. An unusual twist of fate is a complete surprise.

Wayward Wizard by Mary Kay McComas - There are serious constraints in a mother-son relationship as they find themselves on an incredible journey back to a time where a wizard, with a big problem, awaits them. Agreeing to accompany them back through the ages to their original lives, their trip has several stops and starts, and a light hearted look at history along the way.

I quite enjoyed this grouping of four short stories with the common thread of Suite 606. The paranormal, suspense, and romance was very entertaining and satisfying. I look forward to another collaboration soon.

Bottom Line:  Everyone say hi to our newest Vey member, Addison Jane (my great-niece), born last week (sorry I wasn’t around).  But Congrats Kelly and Kris…she’s beautiful.

Black and Blue Tuesday

Barbara Vey -- April 21st, 2009


That’s our Barbara…. OW!
The good news is that she’s getting better every day…

   Hi! joysann here. Barbara’s been having a bit of a time of it lately, so she’s asked me to pop in a little note here to let you all know that she’s still alive and kicking. After a couple week hospital stay to get her meds regulated, she’s still somewhat discombobulated. She was wobbly enough that in her first hour or so out of the hospital, she slipped, fell, and kissed the ground. Despite appearances, she is getting better. Between medications and her bruises, her vision is not so hot, and she likes to sleep a bit more than usual. But please let me assure you, her conversations haven’t slowed any, nor has her enthusiasm flagged.

But, wait, that’s not all… Yesterday not only did her cell phone die, but her computer went kaput. Until that gets repaired, (hopefully today), she and I will be making interstate efforts to get her blogs posted. There will be Book Blurbs on Wednesday, and hopefully Barbara will be back to her old tricks by the end of the week. 

Barbara is very grateful for the show of concern at her absence. She apologizes for being unable to respond to e-mails and messages at this time, but will work on replying as she (and her computer) recovers, and asks for patience. She send her thanks.

Bottom Line:  For once, after conversing with Barbara, I get to have the last word …

Sunday Matinee

Barbara Vey -- April 12th, 2009


Time again for Sunday Matinee.  Here’s your chance to see the books out there in a different light.  So, check out the videos for this week and maybe you’ll have a few more titles for your TBR list.  If you have a video you’d like to be featured on the BHB blog, please email the embeded code, name of book and authors name to barbaravey@gmail.com

Now, sit back and enjoy this weeks entries.

Bulletproof Texas
by Kay Thomas


Black Stockings Society
by Dara Girard


Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues
by Jacquie Rogers

Carina and the Nobleman by Jannine Corti Petska 

Sweetbrier Academy by Nancy O’Berry

Beast of Burden by Tami Sinclair

Bottom Line: