Monthly Archives: September 2009

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 30th, 2009


Well, my plane leaves at 5:50 a.m. for Atlanta and the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference.  My wonderful brother, John, is taking me to the airport at 4:30.  What a guy!  And no…I don’t plan to get much sleep before I leave.

French Peril by Mona Risk

Read by Mary

Cheryl has traveled to France to assist in the restoration of a medieval chapel, but one man has been murdered, another beaten, all for the sake of a small but priceless statue, hidden somewhere in the ruins. An international team has been assembled by Francois to help in the renovations, but obviously, one of them is willing to kill to be the one to retrieve the statue. Cheryl doesn’t know who to trust, especially the dangerously handsome Francois, who definitely has more than just a statue on his mind.

Who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in Mona Risk’s French Peril? Traveling to the beautiful French countryside, staying in a marvelous, ornate chateau, eating fine food and drinking the chateau’s wine, and let’s not forget the charming and handsome host. Sign me up, Ms Risk, I’ll be looking for your next foreign escape.


Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison

Listened to by joysann

Allie Denty’s 20th high school reunion is approaching, and she’s dreading how she’ll appear to her old classmates – heavier, aging, and single. When the day comes, the worst thing is that her best friend and companion, Noah, not only shows up with the most shallow, vicious girl from their class, but is engaged to her. She warns Noah off, losing his friendship, and is left wishing she could give her life a make-over.

Listening to Hope in a Jar was fascinating because of the reader, Orlagh Cassidy. The light, emotional, but fairly predictable story came alive with her wonderful talent and beautiful voice. I found it excellent entertainment to while away a few hours.

The Rising by Brian Keene
 
Read by Michelle
 
The world changed as a result of a government project gone horribly wrong.  A Nuclear Accelerator designed to replicate the Big Bang is the open door needed for the demons of the Void to re-inhabit the earth.  The human race is being sacrificed and the demons are coming to life in the bodies of the dead.  Holed up in a bomb shelter with the world changing above him, Jim gets a call from his son who miraculously is still alive.  On a cross country trek to save his son, Jim befriends a preacher and a prostitute.  The three join forces to survive and soon find out it isn’t just dead humans the demons are inhabiting but also any living thing, which leaves no safe place to hide.
 
The Rising was truly a creepy read, and the dark images stayed with me.  For anyone who loves a demonic zombie tale, Brian Keene who is a winner of the Bram Stoker award has a book for you.

When Seducing the Duke by Kathryn Smith

Read by Kate

Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton is a very rich and privileged man. He has lived a very debauched life, but then an event three years ago changed his life forever. He lusts for Rose Danvers, a woman ten years his junior. One night Rose, who has too much too much to drink, tells Grey her true feelings for him. She reminds him of those wonderful nights they shared together at a scandalous masked ball where he had no idea she was the woman he seduced. 
 
This is a luscious and sizzling historical with a hero who aches for his heroine. Spicy, hot, steamy and passionate are only a few words that come to mind while reading When Seducing a Duke. Historical romance fans are not going to want to miss out on this one.

The Scoop by Fern Michaels

Read by Jan

After burying her 8th husband (or was it only number 7?), Theresa Amelia "Toots" Loudenberry is ready to shed her mourning widow’s ‘black’ (it wasn’t her color, anyway) and jump back into life with both feet (not to say hands, body, etc.) taking her 3 nearest and dearest friends along…friends who each have a book worthy life story of their own. Toots’ "rag writer" daughter, Abby, (from her first or was it the second marriage?) has a major problem…her 2nd rate tabloid newspaper employer is about to be sold.  Toots is ready to ride to the rescue…only it is Toots who gets taken for a ride…to the tune of $10 million bucks.   I thought I was reading a book about "The Golden Girls" and you all know what a hoot they are (were)!  There were tears of laughter from the first page to the finish.  ’tis only my second Fern Michaels book. Where have I been all these years?

The Phantom of Black’s Cove by Jan Hambright
Read by Denise
  Olivia Morgan is an investigative journalist and had come to Black’s Cove seeking answers to her traumatic past.  Jack Trayborne has inherited the long-closed medical clinic where the records she desperately wants are.  He has to protect what is hidden behind the clinic’s closed doors.  It could be devasting, maybe even deadly.  He has to try to convince her there is no secret, therefore no reason to stay in Black’s Cove.  As much as he wants her to stay.   Another book that I started on my break at work and didn’t want to put down.  I was enthralled with the mystery of the clinic’s secrets and to find out if there was a Phantom.  I did cook my husband dinner, but after dishes were done, I picked it back up until my friend came over to can some peppers (wanted her to do all the work so I could keep reading, but she wouldn’t).  Picked it back up at midnight and finished it about 2am.  Late night with little sleep, thank goodness I didn’t have to go to work that morning, but well worth it!

Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon >

Read by Michelle 

Godmother shares the story of Lillian, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and her regret of the night when Cinderella met the Prince.  Lillian has become an old woman living in Manhattan and working in a used bookstore.  She’s plagued with memories, loss and an overwhelming drive for forgiveness.
 
As I was reading this I found myself wanting for Lillian all the things she dreamed for.  I could almost feel her grief and understand the twist of fate that awaited her and the ultimate choice she needs to make.  Cinderella is a much loved favorite, but it doesn’t bring life to the supporting cast like this book does.

 
Bottom Line: 
Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, so get up off that couch and get physical!

Kate Duffy: A Legendary Editor

Barbara Vey -- September 29th, 2009


Kate Duffy, Editorial Director at Kensington Publishing died Sunday.

For me, Kate was always larger than life.  People talked of her in hushed tones and with reverence.  I met her at an RWA conference and felt I was in the presence of greatness.  It wasn’t in her looks, but in the way she spoke.  Kate wasn’t one to mince words,  she said exactly what was on her mind.

My favorite Kate moment came during a conference after Kate had just done a panel.  We were shooting the breeze when a woman approached and needed to ask Kate a question.  "I just got a rejection letter from Harlequin and I don’t know why," the woman explained.  "And since you work for Harlequin, I thought you could tell me."  "I don’t work for Harlequin," Kate tried to tell her, "I’m with Kensington."  But the woman wouldn’t listen and thrust the letter at Kate demanding an explanation for the rejection.  Kate handed the letter back and said, "Write a better book."

I did manage to talk her into doing a Drive By Video™ for me.  It’s very short, but very Kate.

Bottom Line: 
You will be greatly missed my friend.

Monday News and Giveaways

Barbara Vey -- September 28th, 2009


Wednesday I leave for the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference (don’t you just love that name?) in Atlanta sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW).  I’ll be doing my own session on Marketing and I’m thrilled and a little nervous.  My time period is up against Hank Ryan Phillippi and I’d rather go to her talk.  But I’ll be bringing my secret weapon…chocolate, so I should attract a few stranglers.

Last week we discussed my rant on the local B&N attitude on romance and one of the commenters, Curious Male said: 
This is kind of off topic.
I don’t know much about the romance genre per se…but I realize it is a very substantial market.
I know there are annual book awards for romance in the same vein as the science fiction and fantasy genres.
My question is this…has a man ever won an award for writing a romance(genre)book?
Just curious(if a man should ever make the attempt)…

Anyone know the answer to this one?  Has a man ever won a Rita or other Romance Award? 

From Author Tina Wainscott:  Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) is celebrating the second book in her urban fantasy romance series, OUT OF THE DARKNESS, with her Kick Butt First Line contest.  Shocking, suspenseful, funny…make us want more!  Cash prizes! Contest runs from through November 1, 2009. For aspiring authors, it’s a chance to get your name out there and add a "win" to your bio.  For readers, it’s a chance to play at being a writer. For details, and to check out the entries, click on the Contest link.

If you have newsworthy items or kudos you’d like listed, please email me at barbaravey@gmail.com.


Monday Giveaways:

From Author Jaime Rush
BE IN A BOOK! YOUR NAME, NO CONTEST, NO KIDDING!  Author Jaime Rush is giving you the chance to have your name in a nationally-published book as a way of thanking you for your support, being a friend, or just being you. There is no contest, no "lucky" winner. You’re all winners to Jaime. Tell your friends, too! Go to her website or MySpace page and sign up by October 30th!

From Author Dianna Love: 
Tuesday, September 29th – Come out to see Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love in Baltimore during Sherrilyn’s BORN OF NIGHT launch at Barnes & Nobles.  Everyone at the signing will be eligible for drawings to win monogrammed shirts (with BAD MOON RISING logos), T-shirst (With "I’m in a BAD mood" design), Dark Hunter Tote bags, THE LEAGUE patches (with the cool assassin logo) and more.  Barnes and Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 881-0237

From Authors Michael and Paul DeFazio:  Giving away a copy of our debut book, Pros and Cons, just for sending an email saying "Hi.(Enter this and show these new authors how supportive romance readers are like I’ve been telling them.)

From Author Kelly L. Stone:  I’m drawing a name from my newsletter list to win a free copy of THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind. This just released book will teach you how to tap into your subconscious mind to achieve all of your creative aspirations! It comes with a CD with 4 guided meditations. To be entered into the drawing, email me by October 5th.

From Lisa Amrine, Samhain Publishing: 

Below is a list of our upcoming Amazon Kindle giveaways through early November.  The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.

 

Begin Date

End Date

Book Title

Author

ASIN

9/21/2009

10/31/2009

Paradox I

Wilder/ Laurey

B001KC6WUY

9/28/2009

10/12/2009

Discovering Dani

N.J. Walters

B000R93D6M

10/1/2009

10/31/2009

Giving Chase

Lauren Dane

B001CMQ6NU

10/12/2009

1
0/26/2009

72 Hours

Shannon Stacey

B000JMKU0Y

10/26/2009

11/9/2009

Unbreakable

Sydney Somers

B000WCWVN0

Anyone interested in being included in this Monday Feature may email me at barbaravey@gmail.com.  Include one sentence to describe your giveaway and your website address.  Subject of email:  Monday Giveaway

Bottom Line:  Bought a new red suitcase so I could find mine among the million black ones on the conveyor belts and I think everyone else had the same idea.  Crud.

Sunday Matinee

Barbara Vey -- September 27th, 2009


Yesterday Andrew took me to the movies to see The Informant with Matt Damon.  A little quality bonding time because I’ll be traveling for my birthday.  It’s a quirky little tale with an engaging and delightful Damon that reminded me somewhat of A Beautiful Mind.  Very retro with fun music and Scott Bakula.  Not a bad way to spend a couple hours.  Now here’s a few book videos to whet your appetite.


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Bottom Line:  I love celebrating my birthday at home, but I look forward to making it special in New Orleans…can you say beignets??

An Over Due Rant on Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- September 24th, 2009

I am way over due for a rant.  I think rants are good for the soul because they are like a cleansing. 

Yesterday, while wasting time, I wandered into a Barnes and Noble.  I don’t know why.  Nothing good ever seems to come of it, but I had some time to kill before an appointmet and it was the nearest place. 

I went inside and checked out the displays to see who was getting all the attention this week and I happened upon a table called "Recommendations for Book Clubs."  Most of the books I’ve never even heard of and no surprise, there wasn’t a romance to be found.

I asked why romance wasn’t represented and was told that the books were recommended by the staff from the books that they read.  When I asked if they had a romance reader on staff, they looked at me like they had a mouthful of lemons.  No, not one of their staff reads romance.  NOT A ONE!!  They get their books entirely from corporate and don’t do any ordering.  The staff person admitted that romance was their number one seller and they did move the rack a few rows closer to the front of the store.

When I pressed her about recommending romance as a bookclub selection, she felt it was unethical of them to do so without reading it first.  So, I suggested that one of the staff bite the bullet and read one, but she told me she was too busy to talk to me anymore.

Needless to say, I won’t be heading back to that particular store anytime soon.

Now it’s your turn to let everyone know what you’ve been reading (and it’s ok to mention romance…it’s really not a bad word).

Bottom Line:
  B&N, get the lemons out of your mouths and try some nice, sweet juicy peaches with a touch of romance.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 23rd, 2009


I know we’re just heading for the end of September, but I want everyone to know that the Christmas blurbs will be featured on October 14th to give you plenty of time to pick them up for holiday gifts and for your own reading pleasure.  If you have a Christmas book you’d like to see read by the WW Ladies, please email me.

Urgent Care by CJ Lyons
 
Read by Michelle
 
Nora Halloran is a woman haunted by the memories of a brutal rape two years previously.  Her nightmare comes flooding back when a co-worker is raped and killed by the same assailant.  As Nora tries to make sense of the wickedness surrounding her the parallel lives of her closest friends are plagued with their own troubling pasts and insecurities.  No matter what is transpiring in their personal lives, the care of their patients never falters. 
 
True to form for any big city hospital, Angels of Mercy Medical Center is the setting of the past paced life for trauma doctors and nurses.  Miracles happen, excitement abounds, love and compassion win out.  Having worked in healthcare settings myself I was drawn to the nuances taking place. A riveting novel and one I will recommend to many.

Cowboy Protector by Patricia Rosemoor

Read by Denise
 
Neil McKenna Farrell is a cowboy rancher who didn’t realize that he had the power of his grandmother’s legacy until he met Annabeth Caldwell.  That power came through in a shocking vision of her in danger!  They became entangled in something sinister and he had no other choice but to protect her himself, but could he keep himself safe from her mind-blowing touch.
 
I started reading this on my lunch hour and had a hard time going back to work, I couldn’t wait to get home to continue reading the book.  My husband had cold sandwiches for dinner that night.  I kept reading the book until I was finished (in time to go to bed and still get in 6 hours before I had to get up to go to work).

Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway

Read by Heidi
 
Cassandra Riley has dreams for her life. One of them has already come true, being the owner of Malibu and Ewe, a beachside knitting shop. Not only does Cassandra want a real family, but she wants someone to love her as well. Her dreams may start to come true with her neighbor and landlord, Gabe Kincaid.
 
Gabe Kincaid may be a complicated man for Cassandra, but BOY OH BOY do they have the chemistry!! This book was so hot, I had to put it down several times to catch my breath!! Dirty Sexy Knitting certainly lives up to it’s name!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Read by Ms. Faye

If Edward (Twilight) were a fallen angel he would be Patch, the hero of the new YA novel Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I loved everything about this book! Nora is a normal teenager or so it seems. The new boy in school, Patch is obviously a bad boy and he doesn’t mind that she knows it. Patch is very dark and mysterious and whether he wants to harm her or help her is unclear until the very end. There is undeniable sexual-tension between the two, but I didn’t feel it crossed any lines that would keep a 16 year old from reading the book.

This is a romance, paranormal, young adult book with a great mystery. The "mystery" is not whether or not Patch is a fallen angel. But, of course I can’t say more it would be a spoiler. What I can say is that I enjoyed this book so much and highly recommend it!

The Gatekeeper by Michelle Gagnon

Read by Loretta
  
The abduction of a naive girl, Madison Grant, who hopes to escape from her humdrum family and home atmosphere.  She expects to find a "prince charming" whom she met on the Internet -  however, he doesn’t quite fill the bill.  Instead she is drugged, awakes to find herself strapped to a bed in a cold, dark room and begins to cry and scream to no avail.  She is the pawn of a much larger crime to be committed on a national scale, which also involves her family. 

The author, Michelle Gagnon, pulls you into her novel.  A nail biter to say the least!  As the story continues, you will be drawn in further as you try to work out the solution.  Absolutely frightening — and it could happen!

Isis by Douglas Clegg
 
Read by Michelle
 
Iris Villiers and her twin brothers Harvey and Spence grew up on their grandfather’s estate Berlerion Hall.  Old man Marsh the gardner warns them of the Tombs, the cursed subterranean burial chambers on the property.  Legend says that a young boy once raised the dead and had to pay a terrible price.  When faced with a horrible tragedy, Iris summons a dead loved one but all she manages to do is to intensify her suffering and that of her lost love.
 
Be careful what you wish for is the lesson learned in this novel.  Once someone leaves this life, there is no restoring the loss.  I found it haunting, hopeful, tragic and resonated with the message that "death has a price."  Play the game here.

The Wedding Heiress by Pamela Ford

Read by Denise
 
Delaney McBride’s great-aunt passed away and left her an inheritance, but in order to receive it she had to go back to her Wisconsin hometown and Mike Connery.  She has to run her great-aunt’s wedding-planning business or lose everything.  Here she is creating happy endings for real-life Cinderellas and still pining for Mike.  Is Mike secretly pining her?
 
I took delight in how Delaney’s great-aunt (even dead) believed in happy endings.  It was a book that I could relax and read with a bubble bath (no candles, too dark to read).<
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Bottom Line: Not thinking about Christmas yet, but I did buy the cutest ornament as a gift…couldn’t resist.

KillerCon – Wild and Crazy Weekend

Barbara Vey -- September 21st, 2009

What a wild and crazy weekend and I’m not just talking about Killer Con in Las Vegas.  Late Saturday night, I left the Con to head downtown to the Golden Nugget to stay the rest of the night with my mom and sister since our plane was leaving early the next morning.  For some reason, I couldn’t get connected to the internet to write my blog yesterday.  Then after arriving at the airport, the plane was overbooked, so we gave up our seats for free tickets on a future flight, but had nine hours to kill before the next flight.  Back to the Rio where another sister was staying and she had no internet access.  Finally we arrived in Milwaukee at 5 a.m. and when I got home I thought I’d just close my eyes for 5 minutes before I started typing.  Well, it’s been a long 5 minutes, but I’m connected and lots to tell you about.

Heather Graham’s Band (Heather in middle)

Saturday at KillerCon was filled with seminars and readings like Friday.  I learned lots of new marketing ideas that I’ll be passing on at the Moonlight and Magnolia Conference in Atlanta at the end of the month and future gatherings. Another panel that stood out was The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Erotic Fiction with Gabrielle Faust, Sephera Giron, Rain Graves, Hal Bodner, L.A. Banks and Jeannie Eddy.  It was actually quite entertaining with the authors stories of having to come up with different positions and words to describe the action.  But the most interesting part was talking about using smells to put the reader in the story and identify closer with the character and their feelings.  We were asked what images are brought up when we think of coconut oil and I immediately thought of vacation with all that suntan lotion.  I’ll be looking for this in future books.

Heather Graham sponsored a social complete with to die for appetizers and her famous band of authors and family performing for the enjoyment of all.

By 9 p.m. I’m usually ready to call it a night, but my panel was up, Book Reviewing vs. Criticism: What’s the Difference?  I was joined by reviewers Jim Argendeli, Bill Gaglani, James La Chance, and Jerry Unangst.  It was great fun, but I was the only blurber (not sure if there are any others out there).  Then it turns out that Bill lives a few blocks from me in South Milwaukee…very small world.

Plot development panel – Rain Graves, Sephera Giron, Lisa Mannetti, John Skipp, Joe Lansdale, Brian Keene

Since I had to leave so early Sunday, here’s what happened thanks to Sephera Giron:  The last day of Killercon featured panels on The Seven Deadly Sins of Horror Art (Allen K. John Palisano, Russell Dickerson), Plot Development and Working with an Agent.

Panels were well attended especially considering the early hour and the fact it was the last day. At the closing ceremonies it was announced that next year KillerCon may occur in August and the first GOH’s announced were Brian Lumley, John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow.

Killercon was a blast and I’m very sad to see it over all ready. (Thanks Sephera!)

Now here’s the Monday news:


From Zack Nobinger:  A new Susan G. Komen partnership with Internet search engine, Ask.com, will allow Americans to contribute to the fight against breast cancer without spending a dime.  The program couldn’t come at a better time for Komen – an organization that has really had to get creative in securing corporate assistance amidst today’s turbulent economy – turning to a natural tie between a disease that presents people with a plethora of tough questions and a search engine that can help provide answers in an honest and anonymous setting.

 The initiative makes it easy, educational, and free for consumers to support the fight against breast cancer. Starting today, Ask.com is featuring new homepage themes, called skins, which are designed to educate consumers about breast cancer and inspire support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The skins display a weekly series of questions that challenge consumers’ knowledge of breast health and breast cancer issues.

From September 13, 2009 through December 31, 2009, Ask.com will donate up to $100,000 in conjunction with consumers who participate in the Search for the Cure program by adopting the special homepage skin and answering breast health questions. Ask.com has pledged to invest at least $1 million by December 31, 2010 through this program and sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series.


From Elena Stokes:  Author Doug Clegg‘s online game to go with his new book, Isis, has already received over a million hits.  The "Spot the Difference Game" features the incredible pen-and-ink illustrations of Glenn Chadbourne, the award-winning artist who recently illustrated Stephen King’s Secretary of Dreams. In ISIS, Clegg, winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shocker Award, tells the eerie tale of a love that extends beyond the grave.  (You can play the game here) 

Monday Giveaways:

From Susan Hanniford Crowley: The Novels of the Final Prophecy author Jessica Andersen will celebrate her newest novel SKYKEEPERS by giving away an autographed copy to one lucky winner on Sept. 27th on the Nights of Passion blog.

From authors Michael and Paul DeFazio:  Win a copy of Pros and Cons just by signing up for our news letter.  Also, we just sent a thousand copies to the troops!

Bottom Line:
  Looking forward to the second annual KillerCon and need to find alternate source to the internet.

KillerCon – Seminars and Readings Galore

Barbara Vey -- September 19th, 2009
Me, Heather Graham, LA Banks

Killer Con takes their conference seriously.  There are seminars and reading by authors from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and then the party really starts.

Fridays seminars included Anatomy of a Serial Killer, Six Million Ways to Die, Bite Me, Chew off my Face, but Love Me, Seven Deadly Sins of Working with and Editor…Self Publishing…and Marketing and Self Promotion (Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy).  Lots to choose from, but I definitely sense a theme here.  Lori Perkins, a literary agent also with Ravenous Romance, summed up the writing of a good story by saying, "First there’s the skeleton, then the muscles, skin and finally hair and make-up."


Hal Bodner, Maurice Broaddus

L.A. Banks, Heather Graham and Hal Bodner discussed, "Is paranormal romance the new horror?"  I’m still not sure what the answer is to that other than horror has gotten a bad rap in the past (kind of like romance).  Personally, I still like the sound of paranormal romance, but they all agreed that most books have a combination of genres.

There was a creative fiction contest and Cassandra was the big winner.


Co-founders Wrath James White and Monica O’Rourke

Damnation Books sponsored the Friday night party that offered up prizes and had their authors do readings from their books.  I met debut author Tim Marquitz when he gave up his seat to me in the crowded suite.  Even though he’s very shy, he did a delightful reading of his book Demon Squad about half-devil and favorite nephew of the Devil who needs to rescue an angel.

Bottom Line:  Just found out I’m on a panel tonight at 9, so I’d better be sure to get a nap in.

KillerCon – Vegas Style

Barbara Vey -- September 18th, 2009
Courtney LeClare and Gardner Goldsmith showing off their silky threads

The first annual KillerCon came to Las Vegas this weekend.  The conference intended for horror, thriller and paranormal romance writers started off with a Strip Crawl.  No, not to check out all the strip clubs here (ok, maybe some did), but most were shuttled about the Las Vegas Strip to visit the many casinos. 

Next up at 10 p.m. was a pajama party complete with horror movies to be shown until 4 a.m.  I managed to make the 10 o’clock start, but barely made it through the first movie (actually, I sat with my back to the bloody massacre on the screen and talked with the attendees).  Among those was the only couple I saw with pj’s on, Courtney LeClare and Gardner Goldsmith.

It looked to be about a 5 to 1 ratio of men to women and I’m not sure if that’s because there are more men writers in the genre or that they were the most interested in the movies shown which started with Splinter, Let the Right One In (Swedish with subtitles), Martyrs (Spanish) and Shuttle.  Never heard of any of them, but this group was pretty familiar with them and seemed excited with the idea of watching the gorefests with like-minded people.

F. Paul Wilson (who’s name tag just read "F") and Evyl Ed

F. Paul Wilson was there.  Here’s a man who knows a thing or two about horror, but when I met him years ago I actually told him that what he writes was not horror because I don’t read horror and I love his Repairman Jack books.  (I still call them thrillers because that’s what they are to me.)

I also met Scotty who moderates The Haunt at Horror Mall.  He decribes it as a social network for all things horror related and is frequented by fans as well as professionals.  There’s a blog, books, T-shirts, movies and art.

Today officially kicks off the seminars and writing contests at 10 a.m. and I have to wonder how many of those who made it until the final movie’s credits were rolling will be up and at ‘em this morning. 



Bottom Line:
  Definition of horror… "An overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear."  What did I get myself into??

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 16th, 2009


Today I leave for KillerCon in Las Vegas.  It is the first conference for this group and I’m really looking forward to it.  My sister and mom’s coming along, although I think it has more to do with the location than the conference.  We don’t arrive until almost midnight, but in Las Vegas there are no clocks, so time just doesn’t matter.

Now, here’s the WW Ladies books of the week.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Read by Kate

Alexia Tarbotti is a twenty-six year old Victorian spinster without a soul. She has a heart and can feel emotions but because she has no morals, she uses reason and logic instead. As a preternatural, anytime Alexia touches a supernatural creature they lose their abilities. Alexia’s secret is about to come out because one night while she is at a ball a vampire attacks her. Because she kills the vampire Alexia pretends to faint and is found by her nemesis, Lord Maccon who is the fourth Earl of Woolsey and also happens to be Scottish and the alpha to the Woolsey werewolf pack. It looks like something dastardly is at play that could uproot the whole supernatural community.
 
Soulless is a rousing good time. The sights and sounds of Victorian England are shown so well here where you will be lost in the world of vampires, werewolves and mad scientists who have an obsession with octopuses There are not many books I can recommend that will make you want to drop everything you are doing and run out to your nearest bookstore to buy. Soulless is one of them. I am truly in awe of Gail Carriger’s writing talent and because of her I have a new respect for the Steampunk genre.

Slow Burn By Pamela Britton
 
Read by Stacey
 
Braden James is a NASCAR driver who’s made it big.  Dana Jordan is a young woman with a past she’s running from.  But with the help of an unexpected sweepstakes win, Dana is thrust into Braden’s life at a time where she needs to know she can trust someone.  Life will take them both to a place where trust is important, and love is found at edge of the spotlight’s glare.
 
Pamela Britton’s ease with the characters and subject matter are responsible for my own NASCAR obsession.  It’s all about how real, yet intriguing, she makes the drivers, as well as the people that get to know the wild world of NASCAR for the first time.  Even when she delves into more difficult subject matter (like domestic violence, in this book), her  ability to make readers believe in the possibility of happy endings is unsurpassed.  I cannot wait to see what she has coming around the next turn.
 

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Read by Jan

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, having left her private forensic practice in South Carolina, has set up shop in Massachusetts.  Her husband, Benton Wesley, summons her to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York City to examine a patient who is terrified of doctors. Oscar Bane, a "little person", had voluntarily admitted himself after finding his girlfriend brutally tortured and murdered and he is the most likely suspect. Bound by doctor-patient confidentiality, she is unable to share what she discovers with the police and her forensic psychologist husband. Did Oscar commit the murder or has his  paranoia that someone is following him taken over?
 
For many years I couldn’t wait for each new Cornwell novel to come out…then I think I got ‘Cornwelled’ out and just ignored her books for a long time.  What was I thinking? This book brought me back into the fold.



City of Thieves by David Benioff

Read by Michelle
 
During war time in Leningrad, Lev Beniov finds himself in prison for stealing a dead paratroopers knife.  Instead of the execution he anticipated, Lev is paired up with an army deserter, Kolya.  The only way to freedom is to acquire a dozen eggs for the colonel.
 
I found this a descriptively written novel that brought alive a truly horrific time period while keeping a positive and even romantic look at humanity.


Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle

Listened to by joysann

As time goes by, the people of Harmony continue to develop new and interesting psy-talents. Lyra Dore, for example, has the unusual ability to resonate with amethyst amber, which leads her to the discovery of a valuable cache of amber relics. Her find is confiscated by a powerful amber company, and the CEO Cruz Sweetwater is left trying to break through her bitterness to win the heart of the only woman with whom his psy-powers resonate.

I continue to look forward to each new Harmony adventure, which, like this one, is exciting, suspenseful and steamingly romantic. As these stories relate back to the Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick Arcane Society novels, they get more and more intriguing, and I always find listening to them a pleasure. A related amusement is following the Arcane Society‘s detective Fallon Jones’ on-going investigation on Twitter.

Death Angel by Martha Powers
 
Read by Joan
 
Theirs was a normal life but one afternoon, for Richard and Kate Warner, it was tragically changed forever. A parents’ worst fear has their world crashing down around them. When Richard becomes the focus of suspicion by police, friends and community their lives become unbearable.
 
A dark tale, a clever plot, and hauntingly but beautifully written – Ms. Powersis unmistakably talented and will want to read everything she’s written. At one point I nearly took a peek at the last pages to see who…….. but I held myself in check! Clues are superbly laid down midst the complex cast of characters
and had me  guessing at every turn of the page. This is an absolutely riveting story not to be missed.

Storm of Shadows by Christina Dodd

Read by Ms. Faye
 
They are the Chosen Ones. People born with special abilities who fight on the side of good and help protect the world against the Others.  Aaron is Native American and full of contridictions that enhance his appeal. Rosamund is very similar, but the two are different from each other. I kept wondering how the author would bring these two together and was delighted with how it worked out.  Rosamund is a librarian and knows about myths and legends, though she doesn’t believe in them. The Chosen Ones and the Others are both looking for her, find her and want her for themselves. She is oblivious.

I love the whole premise of this series, but this one is my favorite. The story is very character-centric with an incredible hero and heroine love story.  Rosamund is funny-geeky, sweet, smart and beautiful. I love her!  Our dark hero is one of the Chosen Ones and his special ability is fantastic!  This books has great characters, great story, great pacing and great conflict. I highly recommend it!

The Jake Helman Files: Personal Demons by Gregory Lamberson

Read by Maddy

Jake Helman is a cop who works in the special homicide task force. He was working on solving the murders of the Cipher, a deranged serial killer, when he resigned instead of taking a drug test. He had been out of work for less then 24 hours when Tower International ( a genetic engineering company) hired him to be there directer of security. Things don’t seem right and his instincts as a cop push him to discover unthinkable things.

This is the first horror book that I have read and I found it shocking and unnerving. It was exciting to read because of the monstrous and unnatural things. I also really liked how the point of view wasn’t just from Jake Helmans character.

Bottom Line:
  Like many others I mourn the passing of Patrick Swayze.  Dirty Dancing will always be one of my favorite movies.