Monthly Archives: October 2009

YA Saturday Morning Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 31st, 2009


Thanks for all the great suggestions of books for the 7th graders to read.  I’ve heard from several authors and publishers and once we decide on a book, I’ll let you know.  After the class reads it, we’ll be having a video conference with the author to discuss the book.  I’ll be blogging and doing a Drive By Video™ about the event.  Now here’s some of the books the YA readers have read this week.

The Line By Teri Hall
 
Read By Bekah, 17
 
Since her dad’s death, Rachel has lived exclusively on The Property. Although it can be a boring place, The Property is unique. Unlike any other home, it lies directly on the Line. Maybe it’s all made up, but rumor has it there are strange, human-like monsters of the other side of the Line. Despite her mother’s displeasure about the subject, Rachel is obssesed with the Line. Her curiousity overpowers her and she finds herself at the Line, face to face with one of the monsters she’s heard so much about. Strangely, though, he looks exactly like every other boy she’s ever met. He comes to her seeking aid to help one of his people. As Rachel struggles to help, more than just her mother’s strange employer try to stop her. Before she knows it, old conspiracies lead to new ones and the ideas of right and wrong start to become obsolete.
 
I’ve always enjoyed futuristic style books and this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It was different from other books because of how complex it was. There were a lot of surprises that I didn’t expect to encounter. Its developement of moral code was extremely accurate and touching. I loved it!

The Gates by John Connolly 

Read by Chris, 12
 

Samuel Johnson is getting a head start on Halloween in Biddlescombe by trick-or-treating three days in advance.  When he arrives at his neighbors, the Abernathys, and sees they’re attempting to open a portal to Hell, he realizes he’s in deep doo-doo.  This is confirmed when the Abernathys and their guests are consumed by demons who then take on their forms.  Afterwards, Samuel’s plunged into a crazy adventure involving jelly beans, an undead bishop, a conscience-riddled demon named Nurd and the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator (LHC). No, really.   
 
Will Samuel save Biddlecombe from The Great Malevolence before it’s too late? Or will he fail, leaving the entire population devastated? Finding out is fun for lots of reasons, including the book’s wacky, Monty Python-esque humor, which will draw anyone in. And if you think a novel with Quantum physics gets boring, don’t worry, because the LHC stuff is in simple terms, and only adds to the general nuttiness of the book.  This is a great, creepy, crazy book for Halloween or any time of the year.

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Read by Maddy, 17

Damen is cursed to never to be allowed to touch Ever, his true love and soulmate, again. If Damen does his soul will be in sent into Shadowland, to be forever lost and alone. Believing its her fault, Ever tries everything she can do to find the antidote. Her search leads to more problems then answers. One of them being a mysterious hot guy Jude Knight, that makes her wonder if Damen is her true love after all.

Shadowland is the third book in Alyson Noel’s series The Immortals. I was surprised and excited after reading this, the only problem is now I have to wait until the summer for the next one to come out. I would recommend it to anyone who is in high school.

Bottom Line:  Here’s a special Halloween video of a costume sure to win first prize. (Watch it to the end)
   

YA Readers at St. Matthew School

Barbara Vey -- October 30th, 2009


I spent Thursday morning at St. Matthew school in Oak Creek, WI visiting with the 7th grade class.  Since I started the Saturday morning Young Adult program, I’m always looking to recruit readers and when I was invited to speak I thought it was a great opportunity to try to start a YA book club.  Ms. McDonald, the teacher agreed.  We even did a Drive By Video™.

But, back to the visit.  I was welcomed with cheers and awe that I actually knew authors (I personally think the kids were just happy to have something different happen in their school day, but I’m not complaining).   I talked about my love of books and how they led me to all the wonderful things I now get to do.

When I asked the class if anyone read Twilight, 3/4 of the class raised their hands (almost all the girls and a half the boys).  They all wanted to know if I met Stephenie Meyer (I haven’t).  Their second choice of author to meet was Stephen King (sorry, don’t know him either).  But I did impress them with a story about Dean Koontz and the ginormous line at Comic Con to see Stephanie and the cast of Twilight.

I gave away free books and the kids were especially thrilled with those autographed by authors.  One boy even asked for a note written by the author about her book.  Then I asked if anyone was interested in blurbing for the blog.  All the rest of the books were passed out to enthusiastic readers.

So now we’re on the lookout for a book to start the book club with that will appeal to both boys and girls in the seventh grade.  The teacher would like to steer away from the paranormal for now, so I’m looking for suggestions.  After we all read the book, I’d like to set up a video chat with the author to discuss their book with the kids.  I need help here.  Any suggestions?  Read any good YA books lately that would appeal to this group?  Want to be the author of choice?  Please post your ideas and email me with the specifics to barbaravey@gmail.com.  Let’s start something special here.

Oh, and don’t forget that it’s Your Turn Friday, so please comment on the book you’ve been reading lately.

Bottom Line:  Seventh graders…check.  Now on to the eight graders.  I know no fear.

When Authors Visit

Barbara Vey -- October 29th, 2009

happy thursday Pictures, Images and Photos

I’m not sure authors always realize the impact they have on readers.  Just sharing a few minutes of their time can mean the world to someone who has read your book.  Beyond Her Book blurbers Joysann and Heidi caught up with a couple of authors recently and are sharing their experiences with us today.

Cooking Up Dead by Joysann
  
What do authors Connie Laux, Zoe Daniels, Connie Deka, Constance Laux, Miranda Bliss, and Connie Lane have in common?  They are all Casey Daniels, author of the increasingly popular Pepper Martin Mystery series. 
    The Medina County District Library I work for hosts the Writers Live banquet a couple times a year, and this time, Thursday, Oct 22, they invited Casey to come to tell how her series came about. Since she is a local (Northeast Ohio) and her heroine, a private eye for the dead, works in cemetery based on Cleveland’s most famous (Lake View), she had lots of stories to tell to which her audience could relate.
   But that’s just this one character. In her multiple personalities Casey has written a wide range of books from historical and contemporary romance to a Goosebumps. Her other upcoming release is part of the Cooking Class Mystery series she writes as Miranda Bliss.

Author Laura Caldwell visits Book Club by Heidi

Laura Caldwell and Heidi

I had the honor of meeting Laura Caldwell in October at my book club. Laura is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Thanks to Facebook and Barbara’s Blog; I was brave enough to contact Laura about her new Izzy McNeil series. After a series of emails, we had a date set for her to make an appearance at our book club.   What a treat it was to hear from Laura about her start as a writer! She did not start in a typical style. She journaled most of her life, but wasn’t a writer at a young age. She even mentioned she failed creative writing and received low grades in legal writing while becoming a lawyer. But Laura believes you can adapt and become GREAT in anything you set your mind to!!   She also mentioned that it’s the little tiny things that add up to a big result. So her first idea for a novel came to her as a simple "what if" question. That first novel she pushed for 8 years and THEN she sold that first book. What is amazing is that she sold 7 novels in 18 months once her first book was sold. That is one determined woman!   Laura has also been told she is naively cheerful. I think that is why I enjoyed her visit so much. I want to always surround myself with women who are successful, positive, and I guess naively cheerful like myself! Laura fits that to a tee! I am watching for more of the Izzy McNeil series to come in the future!   Thank you Laura for an awesome visit!

Bottom Line: Book groups and authors…a natural fit.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 28th, 2009

Thanks to Dorchester Leah Hultenschmidt for answering all the tough questions yesterday.  Now the it’s time for the WW Book Club to chime in with their reads of the week.


Indiscreet by Carolyn Jewel

Read by Kate

Edward, Marquess of Foye knows Miss Sabine Godard by reputation. His former friend, the Earl of Crosshaven spread some vicious rumors about her, where he comes out and says that he knew Sabine in more intimate terms. Edward has come to Turkey and finally meets Sabine in person. Even though Edward doesn’t find Sabine to be beautiful, there is something special about her that strikes him in such a way that he can’t look away at any other woman. Against Edward’s judgment, Sabine goes off with her uncle and then the unthinkable happens.

 
Indiscreet is a beautifully written, almost epic type romance. I found the exotic setting adds to the luscious story between these two stoic and breathtaking characters. Edward, at first, comes across as cold and a bit egotistical. Sabine is shown as a woman who seems so lost because of a false indiscretion that has almost ruined her life. When these two enter each other’s world, they are changed forever. In my opinion, a much recommended book.


Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Dead and Alive
Book 3 by Dean Koontz

Read by Michael

It’s been a very long wait for the third and final book of this series. The first two came out in 2005, and I enjoyed them both. Originally conceived as an idea for a TV show, the first book introduced us to the concept that both Dr Frankenstein and his original monster were living in modern day New Orleans. The TV show plans were dropped, and the second book went off in some odd directions that left me confused and bewildered. I was also left very curious as to how the series would end. But then came Hurricane Katrina, and with it came a very long delay.

At last it’s here, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the third book. I liked what the author did with several of the main characters. If you read the first two, you should certainly read this third one. If you have never read any of the trilogy, get hold of the first two and give them all a try.


206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

Listened to by joysann

The brutal deaths of elderly women have Tempe Brennan and Detective Ryan considering a serial killer. Meanwhile, professionally, Tempe is horrified at being called on the carpet because of errors discovered in her work. And, as always, her personal life is fraught with tension as long as Ryan is around.

Filled with mystery and suspense, and with a bit of romance, 206 Bones doesn’t fail Kathy Reichs fans. I’ve always been crazy about Ryan, so whenever Tempe has to (gets to?) deal with him, I’m enthralled. I get hardly anything done when an audio book is this good; I’m guessing a bound-copy reader couldn’t put it down either.

Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods
 
Read by Bev
 
Jeanette is a single lady who works with the clients at the Corner Spa in Serenity.  She is friends with Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen who are collectively known as the Sweet Magnolias.    The town Christmas festivities are coming up and each year there is a committee to get it organized.  Jeanette, who does not like Christmas for reasons that become evident as the story goes, ends up on the committee.  The new town manager, Tom has to be on the committee.  Tom is single and also does not like Christmas. Well, of course, Tom takes one look at Jeanette and he is smitten. He has to deal with the Sweet Magnolias to find the best path to her heart.   But will he get the girl? 

The story has several side stories, an interfering mother, a strained relationship with parents, etc… all of which add to the romancing of Jeanette by Tom.  This is a wonderful book.  I felt so at home with all the characters. The trials and tribulations of Tom and Jeanette are things anyone could relate to.  I have not read any other in this series but I will be seeking them out.

Demon Squad: Armageddon Bound by Tim Marquitz
 
Read by Michelle
 
Frank Triggaltheron, nephew of Lucifer, turned down the role of Anti-Christ and instead works with DRAC the Demonic Resistance and Containment organization.  Frank and his cousin Scarlett, an angel from Heaven, have found themselves trying to thwart demons and rouge angels from bringing on Armageddon. With God and Lucifer coming to a mutual understanding and leaving earth, there is a battle for control over the fate of the world.
 
Witty, sarcastic and hilarious.  I thought I had bad days, but Frank Triggaltheron has the worst as demons, angels and his succubus ex-wife try to kill him at every turn.  A very enjoyable story with erotic undertones.  I was intrigued by the imaginative and descriptive writing style.

Blind Eye by Jan Coffey

Read by Loretta

When Marion is locked in the laboratory with her dead co-workers and killers are searching for her, she is receiving messages from her twin sister who has been in a hospital in a comtaose state for six years.  It begins in a hospital and eventually links up with a secret facility dealing with radioactive test samples.

 Jan Coffey uses well constructed chapters, full of mystery, violence and intrigue.  This book is a real thriller and suspense builds and reigns throughout each page.   I was unable to put this book down, and neither will you.  

Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye

Read by Sheila

In a case of mistaken identity, when Rosalie Ronaldi’s car breaks down, a guy named Nick picks her up. She assumes he’s
a mechanic and he doesn’t tell her he is Nick Romeo, millionaire car dealership owner. In turn, he doesn’t realize she’s a corporate turn-around expert. The two soon get so hot and heavy that they are practically living together, surprised to be falling in love in spite of being fiercely independent workaholics. However, concealing their work lives from each other causes complications when Rosalie learns that her man may be involved in a deal she has in the works.

I totally fell for the characters, Nick, Rosalie, and her dog Dave. The Brooklyn setting was so rich that reading the book felt like a visit to New York. Rosalie’s big Italian family provides lots of wonderful humor. Robin Kaye likes her male heroes to be Domestic Gods. They know how to cook, clean, and take care of a woman. Caution: this book will make you hungry for Italian food. I’m glad I found this author. Now I have Too Hot to Handle to look forward to.

Bottom Line:
  Today is National Chocolates Day…I’m all over this one!

Dorchester Editor Leah Hultenschmidt

Barbara Vey -- October 27th, 2009


Today we have the honor of welcoming Dorchester editor Leah Hultenschmidt.  As many of you requested, here’s someone to answer those burning questions about getting your book published.

Many unpublished authors have created a web site as part of their preparation for publication. What do you recommend these authors post on their sites? How much of their manuscripts and story ideas should they be sharing with the public? 

When I’m interested in a proposal, one of the first things I do is Google the author’s name to find out more information.  It’s so helpful if there’s a bio, titles of finished works with a one-paragraph description, and contact information. For some authors, knowing what other manuscripts they have available has pushed a one-book deal into two or three books.

If someone is published in e-book format, do your editors look on that favorably or in a negative light?  Or is it even an issue for them?  

Generally, it doesn’t matter.  And it’s definitely to any author’s advantage to have reviews and recommendations for her work when submitting.  That can be easier for something that has an ebook available.

Please talk about your views on blending genres. Are you interested in working on these types of projects?

Most definitely.  To me, blending genres is what keeps Romance fresh and growing.  In fact, DARK LEGACY by Anna DeStefano, which just came out last month, has been called Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Paranormal Romance and just about everything in between. I think readers get excited when they feel like they’re getting something they haven’t seen before.  

 
How do we, as unpublished writers, reconcile the two concepts of fresh/original and marketable? 

The key here is to tweak the genre in some way while still remaining accessible to the reader. “Marketable” really comes down to the reader having some kind of element of familiarity, along with a fresh hook that doesn’t make the book sound like everything else. Katie MacAlister is a master at this. She really has her pulse on the readership and because of that she tends to create trends instead of following them.   
  
Is there a good place to find out which "house" is looking for what? 

RWA is a great resource, as is Writer’s Digest. Most libraries also have a copy of Literary Marketplace or Writers Guide to Editors and Publishers, which give very basic listings.   
  
What kinds of books are you particularly looking for, and what do you NOT want to see? 

I tend to particularly enjoy:

  • Some kind of fairy-tale element (like many of Robin McKinley’s books)
  • Kick-butt women (like in Eve Kenin’s DRIVEN or Bettie Sharpe’s “Like a Thief in the Night”).  I was a huge fan of Alias and still watch the DVDs.
  • Assassins (male or female)
  • A thrilling, unrelenting pace (like COUNTDOWN by Michelle Maddox or ICE by Stephanie Rowe)
  • Adventurous, Indiana Jones-style quests (like SIREN’S SECRET by Trish Albright or Elisabeth Naughton’s STOLEN HEAT)
  • A first-person voice with quirks enough to make me laugh out loud (like Angie Fox, Gemma Halliday or Leslie Langtry)
  • Witty, dialogue-driven Regencies (like Emily Bryan or Alissa Johnson)
  • Unusual elements in a historical – setting, situation, writing style.  Ones I’ve particularly enjoyed are Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY, WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS by Carrie Lofty, Sherry Thomas’ books, Laura Kinsale’s books, THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley, and a debut we have coming out from Rose Lerner in March called IN FOR A PENNY.  These are all meaty stories that go beyond traditional historicals.
  • A gothic tone (like THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER by Leanna Renee Hieber)

Just as personal preference, I’m not as interested in romantic comedies or straight contemporaries.  

 
What is your preferred method to receive partials, traditional snail mail, or e-submissions? 

We accept either hard copies or email.  Full submission guidelines can be found here.

Thanks Leah for taking the time to answer these questions.  Leah will be stopping by during the day to clarify any questions you may still have.  

Bottom Line:  "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
— W. Somerset Maugham
   

Monday News and Giveaways

Barbara Vey -- October 26th, 2009

I love hearing about all the conferences going on, even if I can’t attend them.  If you have gone and would like to write a paragraph about it, please email me at barbaravey@gmail.com.  You can also include a picture. 

From Grace Fonseca:  It was a great weekend at Authors After Dark. The first panel that I went to was the Joey W. Hill and Judi Fennell on Mermaids. I got to learn a lot more about the Mermaid myths and where they came from. There was also some incredible artwork that we got to see of the mermans. It was very entertaining. (Note: first picture is of Joey W. Hill and Judi Fennell)  Enter the Eververse with Stella and Audra Price was a lot of fun. They discuss how they co-write The Eververse and held a contest where people. got prizes. (Second pic is of Stella and Audra).

Stella and Audra Price

Saturday Morning’s panel was Waking Up With Vampires. It was interesting to hear what inspired them to start writing about Vampires and how they all started writing this genre. Not to mention what it was like to receive the feedback. Jennifer Armintrout recalled a story where this woman told her at a RWA meeting "You can’t have your vampire hero be a female hero." Well that inspired her.  On to Faries, Dragons, Knights. Jennifer Armintrout, Rosemary Laurey aka Madeline Oh, aka Georgia Evans,  Judi Fennell, and Stephanie Julian all held a panel discussion. They talked about the myths, where they got the ideas from, how they took those traditions and put their own spin on them. Plus not to mention how they did this. There was a booksigning and Masquerade Ball with prizes. Everyone managed to win something.

After Sunday breakfast the raffle began for the gift baskets. Not to mention that I took home three incredible gift baskets with some incredible books. This was a wonderful conference. I had a really fun weekend. I’m so glad that I went.

From Me:  Don’t forget that tomorrow Dorchester editor Leah Hultenschmidt is in the house to answer your editor related questions.

Monday Giveaways

From Dorchester Publishing: Post a widget and win a prize!  Visit Romantic Reads for full details.  One grand prize winner will receive the entire NYT best-selling Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson, but everyone who plays will receive a prize.

From author C.J. Lyons In honor of her new release, URGENT CARE, CJ Lyons is hosting a contest.  One lucky winner will have their query package critiqued by my agent, Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Agency.  Check here for more details.

From author Roberta Beach Jacobson:  Win a copy of the quirky Quiz It: Arizona by Felice Prager.

From the 2009 Debutantes: 
To celebrate Teens Read Week, the YA and MG authors of Debut 2009 are giving away a 46-book set of their debut novels to ONE lucky library, anywhere in the world! In light of recent budget cuts to libraries in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other communities, these debut authors would like to contribute their library to your library, offering up brand new novels for your patrons at no cost.
 

The collection includes #1 New York Times bestseller WINGS, by Aprilynne Pike, critically-acclaimed novels EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan, FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan, TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler and THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean, Junior Library Guild Selections CANDOR by Pam Bachorz and SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell, and a host of other amazing novels that debuted in 2009.

This contest is open to librarians only- public or school- anywhere in the world. (All it takes to enter is one picture taken in your library!) To find out more about the 2009 Debut Library, how to enter, eligibility and full rules, please visit us here.

From author Emily BryanCheck out Emily Bryan’s MERRY CHRISTMAS BALL CONTEST. The winner of a $100 B&N gift card will be drawn  on December 1st! Who couldn’t use one of those in her stocking?

From Linda LaRoque:  Linda LaRoque is giving away a pair of amber and sterling earrings to celebrate the release of Flames On The Sky, book two of The Turquoise Legacy, a time travel set in historical Chaco Canyon. For contest details go to her blog by clicking on this link.  The winner will be announced on November 1, 2009.

Bottom Line:  Today is Worldwide Howl at the Moon Day…enough said.


 

Sunday Matinee

Barbara Vey -- October 25th, 2009


I almost freaked out this morning when I realized that it was the last Sunday in October. The official Trick or Treat Day in our city and I had no candy in the house. I ran to the store to stock up only to find out that they changed the date this year to October 31st, a Saturday. Well, yay, because I can watch the Packer game without getting up every 2 seconds to answer the door and boo because now I have to sit with all this candy in my house for a week. Well, maybe I’ll indulge in just a piece or two while I watch this week’s book videos.

Bottom Line: Oops, I’d better get to the store to buy more candy for next weekend.

YA Saturday Morning Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 24th, 2009


Saturday morning and the YA readers have managed to juggle school work with some fun reading.  I don’t have many books left for them to take, so please contact me if you’d like your YA book considered. 
    

Children of the Dawn Land by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Read by Maddy, 17

Twig is having dreams that are coming true. Her dreams are turning into nightmares, and she sees horrible things happening to her village and something falling from the sky. Her Grandfather, Halfmoon thinks she maybe a Spirit Dreamer like her mother, and allows her to learn how to become a better one with Screech Owl. Learning to become one is dangerous, but it might be the only choice she has. 

I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read about adventures. It was written in a time set thirteen thousand years ago, and to me it was fascinating to learn how people thought and lived back then.

The Other Girl by Sarah Miller

Read by Sarah, 15

 

Molly seems to be in a perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Gideon. She loves him and she knows he loves her back. Their connection is strong but that’s because Molly has a secret. She’s inside Gideon’s head and can hear his every thought. But when Gideon has a brief desire for Pilar, a fellow student at their boarding school, Molly dumps him in a fit of envy. But instead of ridding her mind of her connection with Gideon, Molly finds herself in Pilar’s head, who is now dating Gideon.

This novel of love, jealousy and rivalry kept me entertained from beginning to end. I really enjoyed Molly’s character as I could relate to her in most ways. The situation the author spun made me feel like there really was possible to be inside someone’s head. I would really recommend this book.

The Hourglass Door By Lisa Mangum
 
Read By Bekah, 17
 
Abby has just begun her senior year of high school and is looking forward to the perfect year. She has her best friend and a great boyfriend to help her along with deciding what college to attend. For her, everything should be perfect. Then, an Italian exchange-student comes into her life to disrupt her meticulous world. Abby’s attraction to Dante, this Italian hunk, leads her to discover secrets in the world that she was probably better off knowing. Although she trusts Dante, there are those in his life that are dangerous that threaten what happiness she has finally found. When age old secrets are brought to light, saving the world becomes a rush against time.
 
This was a great read. It had a lot of deep symbolism that held truth in everyday living. I loved the twists and turns it entailed and the strong sense of ever lasting love it instilled. Then again, any girl will love a book about a tall, dark, mysterious Italian.

Daniel X: Watch the Skies By James Patterson and Ned Rust

Read By Rae, 15

This book is focused on an adolescent youth, who, in fact, is not only an alien hunter but an alien himself. This extraterrestrial, Daniel, hunts down outlaw aliens that wreak havoc on the innocent of earth. Daniel comes face to face with a challenge beyond comprehension when he takes on the Number 5 ranked top outlaw alien on his list. The sick alien Number 5 brings enjoyment to the galaxy in his documentaries and films of real planet destruction and the occupants torture and demise. It is up to Daniel and his powers of imagination to save the small town of Holliswood and the Earth from this box office blow!

 

The style of writing in this book made a complicated plot a breeze to follow. I found it to be an extremely easy read and put a decent dent in it in a rather short span of time. It is far from the cliché alien tale and even though I did not read the first book in this series I did not miss a beat. I would recommend this book to a younger teen audience both boys and girls.

Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale

Read by Maddy, 17

Aspen Brooks is a senior at Comfort High and all she dreamed of being was homecoming queen. Shes cute, totally A-list popular and dating the quarterback, so the obvious choice is her, right? Wrong. Instead, her worst enemy Angel Ives gets the tiara. The only good thing about that is a D-list dork Rand Bachrach becomes king. More bad things start to happen to Aspen, and she is starting to think that Angel is out to get her.

Stephanie Hale is my new favorite author. The story was amusing, full of drama and a mystery. I loved the voice she gave her characters, especially Aspen Brooks. This homecoming is truly unforgettable. 

Bottom Line: These books prove that YA books aren’t just for the young anymore.
 

TGIF

Barbara Vey -- October 23rd, 2009


TGIF!  Another week that flew by.  Just wanted to remind you about a couple things coming up.  Remember that Saturdays the Young Adult readers are in the house so stop by and take a look at their blurbs on the books they’ve been reading.  Sunday is for book trailers.  Be here to watch the latest videos on Sunday Matinee.

Then on Monday, a special treat as Editor Leah Hultenschmidt from Dorchester Publishing stops by to answer your questions.  She’s already got a FAQ list and maybe you’ll get your answer there.  Should be fun and interesting.

Now it’s Your Turn Friday and you can tell us the book you’ve been reading lately.  I just finished my last Christmas book which I’ll be writing about November 4th as the WW Ladies add to their Christmas book blurbs.  Next up for me…a Valentine book.

Bottom Line:
  How come no one every says TGIM (Thank Goodness it’s Monday)?

Historical Hysteria

Barbara Vey -- October 22nd, 2009


I’ve always been a big fan of historicals and have read them for years.  Everything from medieval to Victorian to Regency, it really doesn’t matter.  But I have to tell you about a conversation I had yesterday at the Franklin Library.

I was meeting with the Young Adult librarian because I want to put on a YA program there.  We discussed the books the kids like the best and what authors are from the Milwaukee area that could attend the program.  While she was talking about the books, she mentioned how popular historicals are and I was surprised.  I thought all the kids liked were vampires and fantasy.   When she showed me one of the book, I saw it was about the 1970s!  I almost fell off my chair.  (I should mention that the librarian is 30.)

Yes, historicals for YAs are considered anything from the seventies and earlier.  When did this happen?  When did my childbearing years become ancient history?  Is this true all over?    The definition for history is the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.  You’ll notice no specific time frame is given. 

What do you consider historical?

Bottom Line:  To soothe my trauma, I’m curling up with a nice historical from 1830s London.

While comment section is being fixed, you can email your comments to me and I’ll post them later.  Thanks for your patience.  Barbara