Monthly Archives: March 2010

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 31st, 2010

It’s almost been a week since I announced the winners of the Anniversary Party.  Please check here to see if you’ve won.  Winners have until midnight Thursday.  Any unclaimed prizes will be given away to anyone who posts on Friday’s blog.  Kind of a second chance drawing.  So, go now and check…after you read the blog of course.

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Read by Loretta

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The events occurring in this novel and the major characters therein, were discovered by the author, Mary Sharratt when she read a true account of the sad plight of the Pendle witch hunt in “merrie:” old England in the year 1612.

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Bess, the prime character, was a pauper and daily went out to the neighborhood to beg for food for herself and her family.  If she came upon a sick child or a lame animal, she muttered some incantations and used herbs for healing.  Sometimes it worked, and when it did, she was called “cunning” and hailed as a hero.  Unfortunately, not every case was successful and when it was not, people began to call her a “witch.”

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I could feel the cold, hunger and hopelessness which enveloped the lower classes and the cruelty of some of the gentry towards them, but the charm and beauty of the early English phrases knit me into the fabric of the story and did not let me go until the final page.   I was captivated by this most unusual novel.

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Read by Anne

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In an attempt to clear her father’s name, Audrianna Kelmsleigh arranges a clandestine meeting where she inadvertently meets, and shoots, Lord Sebastian Summerhays, who has been investigating the act of treason which led her father to commit suicide. The resulting scandal leads to their uncomfortable marriage. As Audrianna and Sebastian investigate the treason further, they become closer, both in bed and out. But they discover truths about their families and friends that they’d never suspected, some of which might drive them apart forever.

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This is the first book in Ms. Hunter’s new series about four friends who run a flower business called The Rarest Blooms. Suspenseful, sexy, and dotted with humor, this story might keep you up too late for a night or two, as it did me. I already have the second book, Provocative in Pearls  in my To Be Read pile.

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Listened to by joysann

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Single-mother Emma Hunt has raised her two sons with ironclad house rules, striving to keep some control over their difficult lives. Her older son, 18 year old Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum, and though he is genius, his social skills and sensory intolerances make it extremely difficult for him to function in the “normal” world. When his co-ed tutor goes missing, he is implicated, faces jail time and a trial, and Emma finds herself frantically seeking a way to defend and protect him.

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I listened to House Rules, and it was a terrific book and audio performance. The multiple first-person characters tell their own perspectives on the story, and those were fascinatingly read by different performers. More importantly, Jodi Picoult has told a compassionate and sympathetic story, yet kept it mysterious and suspenseful. This was my first experience with Jodi Picoult and I was impressed.

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Read by Bev

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Lily is a witch and she wanted to prove to her parents (a wizard and and witch) that she was as responsible as her soon to be married sister Anica, also a witch. To do this she decided to have a boyfriend for her sister’s engagement party.  Griffin was the guy she wanted.  Griffin (oh he hasn’t clue about the witches and wizards), who frequented the Bubbling Cauldron where Lily was a bartender, wanted a woman who had plans for her future – he wasn’t getting involved with anyone unless the met his qualifications or so he thought.  Enter Lily’s magic spell on Griffin.

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Thank you Ms Thompson.  I didn’t think I would enjoy a book with a little magic in it but I did.    Even the dog, Daisy,  has her own brand of magic.  This was a fun read and I plan to read Anica’s story in “Blonde with a Wand”.

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Read by Michelle

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Abbie Phillips is contracted to work on a task force in Savannah lead by Detective Ryne Robel.  She’s immersed in finding a serial rapist who uses a specialized drug that enhances the sensory experience of the pain and torture that the victims endure.  Abbie has to prove her worth as a profiler, someone that will be an asset to the task force.  As the investigation gets closer to finding the rapist, Abbie’s life takes a variety of emotional turns that include a traumatic childhood, a loved one who is spiraling out of control and an intense sexual affair.

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This novel is not for the faint of heart.  It taps into the horror of our fears and the potential for real evil.  It also has numerous erotic encounters that left me wondering how the characters could possibly focus on the real task at hand.

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Read by Sheila

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Lizzie Stevens owns a bakery called Taste of Magic. On her birthday, and one-year divorce anniversary, her grandmother gives her some witchcraft. From now on, Lizzie can bake cakes with wishes inside. Good timing – she’s the cakemaker for her ex-husband’s second wedding. Soon, Lizzie is baking to fix everyone’s problems – her best friends, her family, and her hunky police officer neighbor, Nate. But her skills will take practice, something she learns only after her wishes come true.

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Contemporary romance sprinkled with magic – just my kind of book. I was rooting for Lizzie from page one. She struggles as much to recover from her painful divorce as she does to learn magic. I’m glad I found A Taste of Magic first. Now I can read A Stroke of Magic and be ready when Tracy’s third title, A Breath of Magic, releases in April.

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Read by Denise

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Single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina for a fresh start.  With support from her two best friends – the newest generation fo the Sweet Magnolias – she can face any crisis.  In comes sexy Travis McDonald, he may be exactly what Sarah’s battered self-confidence requires.  His intent is to get Sarah to work at his fledgling radio station… and maybe getting her into his bed as well.  She has learned not to trust sweet words.  She’ll measure the man by his actions.  Is Travis the one to heal her heart, or will he break it again?

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A lively, upbeat story that tugged at my heartstrings with such serious issues as mental abuse and how much a person can take before they finally get out.  I was charmed by the southern small-town atmosphere created by the author and how once your a part of the “Sweet Magnolias” you always have someone to cover your back.
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Bottom Line:  An adorable child once told me her birthday was March thirty thirst.  Happy Birthday Jenny!

I Hear Music

Barbara Vey -- March 30th, 2010

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WW Lady Heidi tells us why she hears music when she reads:

Shhh!!!! Give me a minute, I am having a moment.

Music and reading go hand in hand for me. I could be listening to a song and think, that reminds me of a book I read. Or I could be reading a book and a song may be playing over and over in my head.

Take for example, the most recent book I read for Barbara. As I kept getting closer and closer to the ending, the last song from the 1982 movie: “The Pirate Movie” kept playing in my head.

Now, to set this video up properly, you need some information before the song: Everyone is fighting, and since Kristy is dreaming, she stops everyone and says: “wait a minute, wait a minute…. I want a happy ending!! I want a happy ending!!” Well, it’s your story, make up your ending.  So she matches everyone up into couples, and then you have this song:


Don’t you think that every book should come with a theme song??    What songs have you heard when you read?

Just give me a minute for the song to end. We can talk more later.

Bottom Line:
  I know how bad this movie is, but there are MANY bad 80′s movies that I can’t help but love and this is one of them. Rent it and live in my life for a moment. You won’t be disappointed.

What a Character

Barbara Vey -- March 29th, 2010

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March 2nd was the 106th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  My grandchildren’s school celebrated with events that lasted all week.  They called it Hooked on Books Week.

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The kids got to dress up for Dr. Seuss’ birthday by wearing his famous red and white colors or wearing his Cat in the Hat hat.  The first graders gave a performance by reciting some of his tongue twisting works.  For lunch, green eggs and ham were offered.   One day they dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 by wearing the same clothes as a friend.  There was Wacky Wear your Shirt inside out or backwards and Get Comfortable with Sweats Day.  All to encourage kids to get comfortable with reading.

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Personally, the coolest thing they did was to have the kids, “Stop, drop and read when they heard the school mascot (a hawk over the loud speaker).  Everyone had to stop what they were doing and start reading the book they chose for the week.  I wonder if this became a Pavlovian thing with kids stopping, dropping and reading every time they heard a hawk even after the week was over.  (Too bad it wasn’t remote control clicking sound…that would really get them to read a lot.)

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With the main focus on literacy, the kids came dressed as their favorite literary characters and my grandkids chose Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians:  The Lightning Thief) and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter).  Pictured here are Alex holding his pen, ready for it to turn into a sword and Lydia carrying her favorite Harry Potter book, The Prisoner of Azkaban (which almost weighs as much as she does).

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So I was trying to think of who I would come dressed as and I think I’d like to be Scarlett O’Hara (if I could pull off the 18 inch waist) and not the one with the drapery rod (a la Carol Burnett).  Or maybe, at this time

in my life, Miss Marple (Agatha Christie) would be a nice fit.  The clothes wouldn’t be fancy, but they’d be comfortable.  I could be more contemporary and go with Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter).  Plus the pointy witch’s hat would make me look taller.   So many choices, so few places to wear all the costumes to.

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Now you let me know who you’d like to spend a day dressed up as.  Or, who would you like to see dressed up as your favorite character?  (Ok, for me it would be Pierce Brosnan dressed as any character I’ve ever read.)

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Bottom Line:  “If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.”  ~ Richard Bach

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RWA Announces Golden Heart and Rita Finalists

Barbara Vey -- March 26th, 2010

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Yesterday the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the finalists for the 2010 RITA and Golden Heart Awards. These prestigious awards are the highlight of the RWA National Conference to be held in Nashville, TN and the winners announced at a special ceremony July 31st.  According to the RWA, “The 2010 RITA honors romance fiction published in 2009. Over 1,000 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories.  RWA’s Golden Heart Award honors excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts from 2009. More than 1,000 manuscripts were judged in 10 categories.”

Rita Finalists

Best First Book Finalists
One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Her Calls Her Doc by Mary Brady
The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
Angel Vindicated by Viola Estrella
The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

Contemporary Series Romance Finalists
A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews
From the Outside by Helen Brenna
The Snow-Kissed Bride by Linda Goodnight
Single Mom Seeks… by Teresa Hill
Revealed: a Prince and a Pregnancy by Kelly Hunter
The Christmas Love-Child by Jennie Lucas
One-Night Mistress…Convenient Wife by Anne McAllister
Duty, Desire, and the Desert King by Jane Porter
I Still Do by Christie Ridgway

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists
Mountain Investigation by Jessica Andersen

The Christmas Stranger by Beth Cornelison

The Soldier’s Secret Daughter by Cindy Dees

In Care of Sam Beaudry by Kathleen Eagle

Silent Watch by Elle Kennedy

Cold Case Affair by Loreth Anne White

The Christmas Present by Tracy Wolff
Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists
Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper
Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins
A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash
Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway
Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis
Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Historical Romance Finalists
Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle
With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn
Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory
The Lone Texan by Jodi Thomas
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Taming Her Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Inspirational Romance Finalists
The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander
A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley
The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
Entertaining Angels by Judy Duarte
An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
Breach of Trust by Diann Mills
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists
The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday
Red’s Hot Honky Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax
The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin
Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Paranormal Romance Finalists
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel
The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu
For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory
Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan
Covet by J.R. Ward
Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks

Regency Historical Romance Finalists
Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare
Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
Tempting Fate by Alissa Johnson
A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden
Revealed by Kate Noble
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls

Romance Novella Finalists

“A Little Night Magic” by Allyson James in Hot for the Holidays
“The Robber Bride” by Marjorie M. Liu in Huntress
“Annalise and the Scandalous Rake” by Deb Marlowe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
“Charlotte and the Wicked Lord” by Amanda McCabe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
“This Wicked Gift” by Courtney Milan in The Heart of Christmas
“On a Snowy Christmas” by Brenda Novak in The Night Before Christmas
“The Christmas Eve Promise” by Molly O’Keefe in The Night Before Christmas

Romantic Suspense Finalists

One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Waking the Dead by Kylie Brant
A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll
Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin
Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry
Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
Kill for Me by Karen Rose

Young Adult Romance
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick

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Golden Heart Finalists

Contemporary Series Romance

Caught Beneath the Mistletoe by Tina Joyce
Games Without Rules by Nancy Holland
Honey, I’m Home by Laurie Kellogg
The Reluctant Nude by Cara McKenna
Laura Takes a Lover by Mary Oldham
Fake Fiancée, Real Love by Cat Schield
The Magic Man by Paula Stelluto
Hometown Star by Joleen Wieser James

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
Breathless by Kimberley Ann Howe
Wanted: Dead by Tina Joyce
Hollywood Hoodoo by Rochelle Staab
See Jane Run by Angela Platt

Contemporary Single Title Romance

For Love or Money by Elizabeth Bemis
Sharing Spaces by Laura Graham Booth
Steel Hearts by Nan Dixon
Rules of the Road by Hope Ramsay
Songbird by Lizbeth Selvig
Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy by Gayle Sharp
Three Little Words by Paula Stelluto
Seattle’s Best by Carolyn Ann Whitecarver

Historical Romance
Good-Timin’ Man by Alison Atwater
The Healer by Elisabeth Burke
The Serpent’s Tooth by Jessice Ann Darago
In Longfellow’s Keep by Mary Lawrence
Rafe’s Redemption by Jennifer Jakes
Between Heaven and Hell by Jacqui Nelson
Overlander by Gail Zerrade
Wild Flower by Linda Bailey

Inspirational Romance

Unforgiven by CJ Eernisse Chase
Violets & Violins by Keli Gwyn
Here Comes the Wedding Planner by Kristin Leigh Wallace


Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Damaged Goods by Barbara Binns
A Place at the Table by Patricia O’Dea Rosen
Fortune’s Fool by Jane Sevier
The Lake Effect by Gabrielle Luthy
Switching Sides by Maureen McGowan
The Sinners by Lisa Connelly
Rescuing Rembrandt by Jean Willett
When the Bough Breaks by Chris Keniston


Paranormal Romance

Glorious Misfortune by Donnell Epperson
The Perfect Adventure by Katrina Snow
Something Wicked by A.N. Conway
Bloodborn – Book One in the Light Blade Series by Kylie Griffin
Shadowed by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Honor Bound by J. Keely Thrall
Ancient Skills by Robin Weaver
The Divine Gate by Morgan Karpiel


Regency Historical Romance

Her Husband’s Harlot by Aurora Grace
A Whiff of Scandal by Robyn Enlund
To Seduce a Proper Rogue by Gillian Layne
A Most Improper Gentleman by Elisa Beatty
Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow
My Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Stock

Romantic Suspense
Deadly Recall by Donnell Ann Bell
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz
Stronger Than Bone by Kendra Elliot
Counterfeit by Linda Lovely
Dangerous Summer by Greta MacEachern
The Yard Man by G. Jillian Stone
Midnight Guardian by Sharon Brennan Wray
The Poet’s Secret by Kenneth Zak


Young Adult Romance

Ghost-Ridden by Vanessa Barneveld
Shattered by Shea Berkley
bloom by Shelley Coriell
Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelly Coriell
The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian by Carey Denise Corp
Squeeze Three Times by Kimberly Eve MacCarron
Spelling and Glamour by Jennifer McAndrews
Unchosen by Erica Daniel O’Rourk

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Bottom Line:  Congratulations to all the nominees…and what will you all be doing until July 31th?

3rd Anniversary Prize Winners

Barbara Vey -- March 25th, 2010

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The party may be over, but for some of you the fun will continue with these great prizes offered up by the very generous authors and publishers.  Thanks to everyone who commented and participated.

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Here’s how it will work.  Winners have one week to contact me at bhbparty@gmail.com.  Please include:

1.  Your Name (real and online) and Snail mail address

2.  The prize you won and the author/publisher name

3.  The day of the week you won it

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This will help expedite things.  I will send an email to the author/publisher with all the information so they can get your prize out to you.

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Monday Prize Winners -

M.J. Rose - 2 winners, one copy of the Reincarnationist and the other a copy of the Memorist
1. PC’s Mom
2. Kira Riyu

Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon - One monogrammed Beladore Tote bag, a monogrammed Belador Shirt, a signed copy of Dead After Dark, the new Belador Triquetra logo as a tattoo and an advance copy of BLOOD TRINITY (as soon as it’s available)
Liz Kreger

Angie Fox - A Biker Witch Party Kit: everything the modern biker witch needs to have a good time. It includes: An autographed copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers, A Yankee candle, Chocolate turtles, A Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt (like the biker witches wear)
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Allison Brennan - TWO signed copies of ORIGINAL SIN, the first book in her paranormal Seven Deadly Sins series.
1.  Kh
2.  Wendy

Leanna Renee Hieber -  A “Strangely Beautiful” set of goodies, including a signed copy of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker AND a bound galley of The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (This is the only place I’m able to give one of these away so this is exclusive!)
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Brynn Chapman - An ebook, Project Mendel and a $10 Borders gift certificate
Natalie Stenzel

Cindy Holby -  an ARC of Breath Of Heaven with a “special” unicorn as a prize
Jenna Bayley-Burke

Cynthia Eden - an autographed ARC of I’ll be Slaying You
Afshan N

Jeanne Stein - A complete set of Anna Strong Chronicles with matching book cover magnets, pens and a surprise or two.
Cameo Brown

Jessica Andersen - a signed ARC of Demonkeepers
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Kathryne Kennedy - a copy of My Unfair Lady
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Kerrelyn Sparks - a signed copy of my 2009 Rita finalist, The Undead Next Door
Shari Anton

Erin McCarthy - a copy of The Taking, a dark and sensual paranormal romance
Dina

Nicole Zoltack - an e-book of Knight of Glory
Dena

Elizabeth Amber - a copy of Dominic The Lords of Satyr and chocolate
Melinda

Pamela Palmer - a signed copy of Desire Untamed (Feral Warriors series)
Debra Harber

Mark Henry - a copy of Happy Hour of the Damned in mass-market paperback
Rebecca

Susan Palmquist - 2 prizes, first an e-book of Sleeping with Fairies,
Donna Holmberg
second, a print copy of A Sterling Affair
Patti O’Shea

Sylvia Day - signed copies of all 3 of Marked novels, Eve of Darkness, Eve of Destruction and Eve of Chaos
Gayle O

Theresa Meyers - a pair of chrome fangs
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Marilu Mann - a signed copy of Changing Times, Changing Focus and novella Sapphire Tease in the anthology, Sapphire Sizzle
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J L Wilson - a signed copy of Human Touch
Andrea Becraft

Cameo Brown - $10 Amazon e-gift certificate
Carol Luciano

Michelle Pillow - Fantasy Romance, Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed in e-book
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Kathy Love - signed copies of DEMON CAN’T HELP IT and WHAT A DEMON WANTS
Whitney S.

Marcia Colette - a copy of my urban fantasy STRIPPED (available in ebook)
Hollie

Dawn Cartier - soon to be released e-book, Not An Angel
Kim Hughes

Caridad Pineiro - a copy of Sins Of The Flesh, a Sins lunch bag and t-shirt as well as a copy of Fury Calls from The Calling Vampire novels
Terry

Tim Carter - 2 winners – signed copies of EVIL
1.   teoh
2.   Loretta K.

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Tuesday Prize Winners -

Brenda Novak - an autographed set of my PERFECT books in a Brenda Novak tote
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Gemma Halliday - a signed copy of romantic mystery, SCANDAL SHEET
Anna Shah Hoque

Rebecca York – a copy of More Than a Man
Kathy Crouch

Deborah Sharp - I know Midnight Ink will be happy to kick in a copy of each of my titles as party favors: MAMA DOES TIME and MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN.
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M.J. Rose - 2 winners  getting The Reincarnationist and the The Memorist
1. Tracey D
2. Cassondra Murray

Laura Griffin - Romantic suspense writer Laura Griffin wants to celebrate by helping all those mystery lovers curl up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee with a $10 Starbucks giftcard and a signed copy of her recent release UNTRACEABLE.
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Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon One monogrammed BAD (Bureau of American Defense) Agency Tote bag with signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies and an advance copy of Silent Truth plus a BAD Agency notebook and button.
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Dee Davis - a signed advance copy of Dark Deceptions the first in my new A-Tac series.
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Roxanne St. Claire - a copy of HUNT HER DOWN and MAKE HER PAY
Jen McA

Shiloh Walker - a signed copy of CHAINS.
Cameo Brown

Bob Mayer - An electronic copy of my original title coming out 16 March:  Chasing The Ghost
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J L Wilson - Signed copies of the 3 Fatal Writers’ Conference series books
Connie Cox

Lucy Monroe - Goody bag centered around the theme of her Children of the Moon novels, including signed copies of the first two books, Moon Awakening and Moon Craving.
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Libby Hellmann - a signed copy of DOUBLEBACK my most recent novel, PLUS a limited, numbered copy of an original short story that explains how my two protagonists originally met.
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Hank Phillippi Ryan -  2 winners – signed copies of AIR TIME – just nominated for the AGATHA for Best Mystery of 2009! Another winner gets a limited edition and very cool black canvas tote bag PRIME TIME, FACE TIME and AIR TIME.
1. Linda LaRoque
2. Dawn (LIRW)

Jeanne Adams - a copy of Dark and Deadly
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Christie Craig - an ARC of my next release, Shut Up and Kiss Me
Rebecca York

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Wednesday Prize Winners -

Catherine Anderson -  three autographed books to three different winners, Summer Breeze, Star Bright, and Early Dawn

Leslie G.

Rosie G.

Quilt Lady

Molly O’keefe - the drunkwritertalk blog will donate a basket of drunk writing goodies

Addison’s Mom 

Elizabeth Amber - a copy of Lyon The Lords of Satyr & chocolate
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Midnight Moon Cafe - a Midnight Moon Cafe t-shirt, plus an author bookmarks and more fun pack with assorted promo goodies inside.
Bev

Dorchester Publishing - Will give away three six-month memberships to any one of Dorchester’s book clubs.
1. Katharine Ashe
2. Anna Shah Hoque
3. Dina

MRL Press - any one title on the MLR Press website for a gift in print or ebook if available
CrystalGB

Laura Baumbach -  any one title pdf download or print book off my own website of the reader’s choice.
Carly Carson

Trish Albright - three copies of Siren’s Secret
1. Andrea AKA Smarty Pants
2. Tanya Reynolds
3. Pamk
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The Writing Playground - One lucky commenter will pick up our gift set that includes: a nifty martini set with 2 glasses and shaker, a cocktail recipe book, and a copy of two Playground releases – Kimberly’s USA Today Bestseller Magnate’s Mistress…Accidentally Pregnant! and Kira’s Afterburn.
Marianne Stephens

Bob Mayer -A copy of Warrior Writer:  From Writer To Published Author
Amy Cook

Natasha Moore - a signed copy of Seasons of Seduction IV which includes my story, Taste of Honey
Jade Lee

Nicole North -  two new romance books from my TBR stack
Liza

Carly Carson - A beautiful bracelet The prize will be a bracelet.
Cathy M

Cameo Brown -  $10 Amazon e-gift certificate
Kira Sinclair AKA Instigator

The Risky Regencies Blog - a poster of Regency fashion prints, starting March 10. Dust off your copy of Venetia and join host Carolyn Jewel and the other Riskies for this month-long bit of fun. You might win a prize. In honor of Barbara’s anniversary we will give away one poster of Regency fashion prints.
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Ellora’s Cave - E-book of your choice
Tanya Reynolds

The Seasons Blog - 5 copies of The Queen’s Dollmaker – Christine Trent (ARCs)
1. Afshan N
2. Angela Johnson
3. Tracey D
4. Dawn (LIRW)
5. Bama
and 1 copy of Most Eagerly Yours – Allison Chase (ARC)
Marilyn Baron

Hank Phillippi Ryan - a signed copy of AIR TIME  (AGATHA nominee for Best Mystery of 2009!) and a signed copy of the newest Charlotte McNally Mystery  DRIVE TIME

Donna Coe-Velleman (LIRW) 

Nancy Martin - a signed copy of the brand new  Our Lady of the Immaculate Deception
Donna V.

Rosemary Harris - a signed copy of The Big Dirt Nap
Debbie Kaufman

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Thursday Prize Winners –

Ramona Richards - “Teatime for Murder” package. Two autographed books, decorative mug, selection of teas and chocolates. The two books will be FACE OF DECEIT and THE TAKING OF CARLY BRADFORD.
Addison’s Mom

Mae Nunn -  a copy of Her Forever Family, April 2010 and A Season for Family, November 2010
The Vampire Raphael

Bob Mayer - A copy of Who Dares Wins:  The Green Beret Way to Conquer Fear & Succeed
Jacs

Lyn Cote - a copy of Her Patchwork Family
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Anne Elizabeth -  the graphic novel PULSE OF POWER debuting in July
Michelle Willingham

Tamara Leigh -  a signed copy of Leaving Carolina, my most recent inspirational novel, and a signed copy of Stealing Adda, my first inspirational novel.
Donna Coe-Vellelman

Trish Perry -  a signed copy of all four of my Inspirational Romantic Comedy novels
Cheryl Koch

Kelly Lynn Parra - Autographed copies of YA books Graffiti Girl and Invisible Touch
denise s

Cheryl St.John - To Be a Mother anthology
Dawn Chartier

Cara Putman - choice of six home front romances
Marianne Stephens

Sandy Marshall - an E-book copy of  Addiction
Gina

Renee Ryan - a copy of HEARTLAND WEDDING, Book 2 in the AFTER THE STORM continuity series
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Louise M. Gouge - a copy of Love Thine Enemy
Dina

Janet Dean - a copy of Courting the Doctor’s Daughter The Substitute Bride
Miss45

Linda Ford - a copy of Dakota Child
Bev

Ruth Axtell Morren - a copy of A Bride of Honor
Gayle O

Cheryl St. John - a copy of To Be a Mother, the  ’10 Mother’s Day anthology
catie james

Janet Tronstad - a copy of Mistletoe Courtship.
CrystalGB

Carla Capshaw - a copy of The Duke’s Redemption
WW Jan

Victoria Bylin - a copy of Kansas Courtship
WW Lady Sheila

Laurie Kingery - a copy of THE OUTLAW’S LADY
greenshamrock

Winnie Griggs - a copy of The Hand-Me-Down Family
Cheryl St.John

Dorothy Clark - a copy of Family of the Heart The Law and Miss Mary
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Stephanie Newton - 2 copies of  SMOKE SCREEN
1. Cameo Brown
2. Christine T.

DC Stanfa - Beach party in a bag- including a signed copy of my book, “The art of table dancing”…
Sandra K. Marshall

James Dean and Eric Litwin - a copy of their debut book PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES (comes with a free music download)
Linda LaRoque

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Friday Prize Winners –

Michelle Styles -  a copy of A Noble Captive
Kathy Crouch

Ann Lethbridge -  a copy of The Rake’s Inherited Courtesan
Blurbette Heidi

Blythe Gifford - a copy of HIS BORDER BRIDE.
cheryl c.

Julia Justiss  -  one copy of her Regency historical, A MOST UNCOMPROMISING MATCH and one of FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE.
Amy Cook

Elizabeth Rolls will donate a copy of Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride.
Dawn (LIRW)

Amanda McCabe will donate a copy of To Catch a Rogue.
Tonya Williams  

Laurel McKee - a copy of  Countess of Scandal
Phyllis C

Diane Gaston - a copy of Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady
Gayle O

Christine Merrill, Michelle Willingham, Louise Allen, Terri Brisbin and Diane Gaston will give away a copy of Pleasurably Undone, the first in print Undone anthology
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Bronwyn Scott - a copy of The Earl’s Forbidden Ward.
Janet H

Lucy Monroe - Goody bag from Lucy Monroe with a lovely collection of things any royal  might enjoy in her down time.  Also included, signed copies of the original Scorsolini brothers trilogy that launched Lucy’s Royal Brides series.
Sandra A

Cassandra Curtis - a signed copy of my paperback erotic romance anthology Shifting Tides, a cool talisman pin, and a robotic book light.
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And to a second winner: for those readers who are ebook lovers, a winner’s choice from my ebook backlist, of two titles.
Maureen

Cathie Linz - a signed copy of my hard-to-find book BAD GIRLS DON’T
Blythe Gifford

Cora Zane -  a digital copy of Crossing Borders
Terry Spear

Nicole North - a copy of my ebook Kilted Lover
Carol L.

Denise Lynn - a copy of Pregnant by the Warrior
Donna Coe-Velleman

Eloisa James - the Essex sisters series Much Ado About You, Kiss Me, Annabel, The Taming of the Duke and Pleasure for Pleasure
Shari Anton

Hope Tarr - one copy of my Victorian historical, VANQUISHED (the launch for my “Men of Roxbury House” trilogy) and one copy of STROKES OF MIDNIGHT (set in modern day Manhattan and Belize).
Lisa G.

Jennifer Haymore - An advance copy of A TOUCH OF SCANDAL
Allison Chase

Dawn Halliday - A copy of HIGHLAND OBSESSION
Little Lamb Lost

Julie James - a copy of my new release, SOMETHING ABOUT YOU.
Donna V.

Kimberly Killion - a copy of my latest release, HIGHLAND DRAGON
Donna Alward

Michelle Willingham - a copy of my March release, The Accidental Princess
Anne

Patricia Sargeant - A copy of Tails of Love
Katharine Ashe

Sara Lindsay - a signed copy of Promise Me Tonight
Judi S

Kathy Lyons -an early copy of Under His Spell
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Elizabeth Amber -  a copy of Raine The Lords of Satyr & chocolate
Liza

Carla Capshaw - copies of The Gladiator, The Duke’s Redemption and The Protector
Aj

Jenny Gardiner - copy of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver and a SWWC t-shirt! And a copy of my new release, “winging it: a memoir of caring for s vengeful parrot who’s determined to kill me”
Denise Lynn

Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon  - One monogrammed BAD (Bureau of American Defense) Agency Tote bag with signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies (the new mass market coming out March 23rd) and an advance copy of Silent Truth plus a BAD Agency notebook, “I’m in a BAD mood.” T-shirt (L or XL) and button.
Elizabeth Amber

Bob Mayer - All six books in my Atlantis series in eBook format
Bev

CJ West - My latest Randy Black novel, Gretchen Greene
Joellebb

Emma Holly - a copy of DEMON’S FIRE
Lyn Cote

Alix Rickloff -  autographed copy of DANGEROUS AS SIN and a $10 Borders gift card
Vegasbaby

Tim Carter - two signed copies of EVIL
1. Debbie_D
2. Pat L.

Sara Lindsey - Signed copy of Promise Me Tonight
Catslady

Julie James - a copy of my new release, SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
Cindy C.

Jennifer Haymore - An advance copy of A TOUCH OF SCANDAL
Dina

Dawn Halliday - A copy of HIGHLAND OBSESSION
Laney4

Beverley Kendall - 2 copies of my historical, SINFUL SURRENDER
1. Victoria Hinshaw
2. Addison’s Mom

Andrew Petersen - 5 copies of FIRST TO KILL to one winner
Ann Lethbridge

Cameo Brown - A copy of my erotic romance novella, Ride ‘Em, Girlfriend!
Jacs

Rushmore Judd – E-book, Three Short Stories (erotica)

Karleene

Donna Alward -  a copy of One Dance With The Cowboy, the first in the Cowboys and Confetti duet.
Maggie Mae S 

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Saturday Prize Winners -

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J. L. Wilson - Signed copy of Nowhere to Run (romantic suspense)
Dawn (LIRW)

Mary Margret Daughtridge - a copy of Sealed with a  Ring
Donna V.

Linda Wisdom - a copy of Hex in High Heels
Janet H

Judi Fennell - a copy of Catch of a Lifetime
catslady

Cheryl Brooks - a copy of Fugitive
Barbara Elness

Sharon Lathan - a copy of Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy
Andrea Becraft

Joanne Kennedy - a copy of Cowboy Trouble
Donna Coe-Velleman

Amanda Forester - a copy of The Highlander’s Sword
Laura Iding

Ashlyn Chase - An ARC of Strange Neighbors
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Shana Galen - An ARC of The Making of a Duchess
Maggie Mae S.

Robin Kaye - a copy of Breakfast in Bed
Tracey D

Marie Force - a copy of Love at First Flight
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Terry Spear  - a copy of Legend of the White Wolf
Margay

Kathryne Kennedy - a copy of My Unfair Lady
Afshan N

Adelle Laudan - all three eBooks in my Iron Horse Rider Series that just released today!
Jacs

Amy J. Fetzer - copies of Naked Truth, Hit Hard, Come As You Are and Fight Fire with Fire
Jeanette Jackson

Marcia Colette - a copy of my newest paranormal romance Seduction on the Prowl (only available in pdf format)
kH

Terry O’Dell - a copy of When Danger Calls (must live in US)
Mz Betty

Jade Lee - copy of Devil’s Bargain
Shari Anton

Arleigh Bish - a download of my e-book, You’re All I Want for Christmas, which is a romance.
Gwen27Potts

Rhonda Pollero - a copy of Knock Off, Knock Em Dead and Fat Chance
Marilyn

Tracie Hall - a copy of Love’s Magic and Beauty’s Curse
Bama

Elizabeth Amber - Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr; and chocolate
Joyce C.

Dianna Love - A monogrammed BAD (Bureau of American Defense) Agency Tote bag with signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies and an advance copy of Silent Truth plus a BAD Agency notebook, “I’m in a BAD mood” T-shirt (L or XL) and button. A second winner will receive a monogrammed BELADOR tote bag with a monogrammed Belador shirt, the new Belador triquetra logo as a tattoo and an advance copy of BLOOD TRINITY.
Kathy Crouch

Michele Hauf - a prize package of The Highwayman, Moon Kissed, and Her Vampire Husband
Pat Cochran

Michelle Pillow - Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed; a fantasy romance in .pdf ebook
Christine T.

Stephanie Draven - a Netgalley Pass
Rosie G

Kathleen O’Brien - signed copies of Texas Baby and Texas Wedding. Signed copies of For the Love of Family. A $25 Borders Gift Card.
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Beth Cornelison - to each of 2 winners, a of the October Silhouette Romantic Suspense release, The Christmas Stranger (Book 1 in The Bancroft Brides mini-series)
Cassandra Curtis

Carrie Weaver - one autographed copy each of Baby, I’m Yours and Welcome Home, Daddy, plus a ten dollar Barnes & Noble gift card
Boone Brux

Charlene Sands - an advanced signed copy of my May Book, Million-Dollar Marriage Merger
Dawn Chartier

Dianne Drake - a signed medical romance and some “heart healthy” dark chocolate
Terry Odell

Paula Graves - a couple of signed books and the first season of the ABC show Castle on DVD, because, yum, Nathan Fillion
Lori B.

Donna Alward - a copy of Once Dance with the Cowboy, the first in the Cowboys and Confetti duet
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Holly Jacobs - autographed book
Fantasyfan

Janice Lynn - 2 autographed medical romances
sfcatty

Jeannie Watt - a set of 2 cowboy books, A Cowboy’s Redemption and Cowboy Comes Back. Also, an April Super Romance, Always a Temp
Micole Black

Karina Bliss - 2 copies of latest Superromance, What the Librarian Did (March 2010 release)
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Kate Hardy - signed copy of Temporary Boss, Permanent Mistress, and a pen
Barb P

Michelle Willingham - a copy of my March release, The Accidental Princess
Kammie

Laura Iding - The Surgeon’s New-Year Wedding Wish, The Nurse’s Brooding Boss, A Knight For Nurse Hart
Olivia Cunning

Mary Burton - A basket of suspense novels, including: I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer, Silver Bells and Dying Scream
Rwindham

Nicola Marsh - a copy of current release, Marriage: For Business or Pleasure?
JamieMichele

Shirley Jump - a Shirley Jump tote bag, a Shirley Jump travel mug, and 3 copies of my back list titles
Martha Lawson

Kay Stockham - four autographed titles: Another Man’s Baby; His Son’s Teacher; Her Best Friend’s Brother; and Simon Says Mommy, as well as pens and promo, etc
diane

Cindy Gerard - a trade paperback size volume that contains both Show No Mercy and Take No Prisoners; also a bound galley of Risk No Secrets, Book 5 in the Black Ops series to be released May 18, 2010.
Diana Cosby

Beth Cornelison - winner’s choice of two titles from my backlist, which is available on my website
Christi

Lenora Worth - winner’s choice of two titles from my backlist, which is available on my website
Marle

Marianne Stephens - an autographed copy of “Gone to the Dogs”
Kat Sheridan

April Ash - ebook copy of “Sexy Games”
Amy Cook

Kate Douglas - a copy of Wolf Tales 9 for one winner, and a copy of DemonFire for another
Eva S

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Bottom Line:  Whew…Congrats to all the winners!  Time to plan next year’s party.

Silken Sands: Get Inspired!

Barbara Vey -- March 24th, 2010

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Saturday is always a full day at a conference and the difficulty is to pick the workshops that will be most beneficial to you from among the variety of subjects offered.  The problem is that a lot of them take place at the same time. (Pictured: Madeline and the Silken Sands Cookbook)

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After stuffing ourselves with the free breakfast offered by the hotel, the decision making began.  The choices were Creating Memorable Characters, Search Like a Pro, Shining in a Shrinking Market, How to Write a Good Book Based on a Good Book, Paranormal Plot: What’s Hot & What’s Not, Designed to Sell, Corralling the Clutter and You Can Find Time to Write.  Quite a selection and hard to pick “the perfect one.”

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Dinner

A quick lunch offered the time to pick the afternoon offerings which included The Pros & Cons of Writing for the e-Market, The Subliminal Writer, Targeting Contests, Web 101 and Doing it with Dialog. (Pictured: Paula and Michael Hardin, Lois and Steve Ellitt)

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Then one of my favorite parts, the book signing.  I love walking up and down the aisles talking to all the authors.  Looking at their book covers, checking out their promo items and finding out about their books.

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The keynote speaker at dinner was the delightful thriller writer Karen Rose.  Her speech had everyone in tears, in a good way.  Karen described her fear of snakes and the way she handled it when she had to take her dog out into the backyard.  With a big flashlight and a pot.  She’s bang the two together, making a racket and announcing her presence.  It must be working because she hasn’t been bitten yet.

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The evening ended the only sensible way you can at a conference…with karaoke.  There was the good and the bad, but a lot of the hilarious. Pictured is Cynthia Eden and Joan Turner showing us how it’s done.

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Sunday mornings always seem to be somber.  Probably from the late night, the early start and the sad expectation that it’s time to go home and back to reality.  The good news is that several great workshop were scheduled for the morning.

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Conference Committee

I managed to get all the conference committee members together with the giant pelican for pic:  L to R, Joan Turner, Rita Van Fleet, Arabella Stokes, Paula Hardin, Michael Hardin, Cynthia Eden, Sayde Grace and Casey Crowe. Great job team!

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Bottom Line:  The theme of Silken Sands was “Get Inspired” and I say…Mission Accomplished!

Silken Sands: Kick-Off

Barbara Vey -- March 23rd, 2010

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I had forgotten what warm and sunshine felt like and then I arrived in Pensacola, Florida at the Silken Sands Conference.  All those good feelings were flowing  from the members of the Florida Romance Writers of America.

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The theme of the 2010 Silken Sands Writer’s Conference was Get Inspired!  And judging from the enthusiasm emanating from the group it achieved it’s goal.

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The workshops got everyone motivated right off the bat with a Critique Shop, Muse Therapy, The Unpub’s Guide to Finding the Right Agent”, Promotions, Grogging and Ruffians, Rakes & Rulers: Bringing History to Life.  Something for everyone.

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After all the information overload, the Dessert Welcome Reception was a much appreciated diversion.  Adding to the excitement was the exuberant kick off speech by NY Times Best Selling author Dianna Love, who brought her massive energy level to already sugar high group.  She told a story about fishing and how it never mattered if she caught fish or not, she always enjoyed her days on the water.   Dianna’s point was not to be so focused on trying to sell a book that you fail to enjoy the golden days of writing like when you finish your first book, pitch a story for the first time at a conference, win a contest or maybe it’s the day you meet someone who becomes a life long friend.  Celebrate those special times along the way because the journey is as important as reaching your dream.

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I also got to meet the amazing group of Southern Sizzlers who write a fun blog.  Since there was no bar at the hotel (and what’s up with that), they invited me to have wine in their room (pictured at left).

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To finish off the evening was an editor/agent panel/industry professional panel (I was the industry professional which was a surprise to me).  I had the best time.  Along with me were Laura Bradford from the Bradford Literary Agency, Elaine Spencer from The Knight Agency, Lindsey Faber from Samhain Publishing, Patience Smith from Harlequin/Silhouette and Megan Records from Kensington Publishing.  A very fine group to be involved with.  The questiones centered around what’s hot (paranormals are still big), how e-Book contracts work (different for each individual situation) and what the agents/editors are looking for (something new to knock their socks off).  It was great fun and I loved being on that side of the table (no problems talking here).
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After coming down from the dessert high, most were ready to call it a night so they could get an early start on the morning.  And after being up since 3 a.m. to catch my flight, I was more than ready.

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Bottom Line:  You had me at Silken Sands…what a great name for a conference.

Innovation

Barbara Vey -- March 22nd, 2010

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Hi, WW Lady Stacey here filling in on Barbara’s travel day.

“Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed. ”

— Lloyd Jones

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Nothing will ever change if authors aren’t encouraged to step out of the box.  Suzanne Brockmann, Liz Carlyle, Tessa Dare, L. A. Banks and Jennifer Ashley (among others) have written books that have challenged people’s opinions on particular issues.  Of course, for every book that innovates successfully, there are those that fail.  I’m sure we can all think of authors who have contributed to the discussion by demonstrating the importance of researching into the hearts and minds of readers.

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But the most important thing that comes of innovation, whether success or failure, is a desire to learn more.  One person’s anguish about how an author failed to research their faith properly before writing about it might possibly inspire someone else to study the history of that faith more clearly.  Another’s argument that a trailblazing author finally encapsulated the pain she feels every day might possibly inspire someone else to take a chance and write the book they’d been wanting to for their entire lives.

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jewel.jpgSomeone who famously took chances and suffered some very public consequences was Sherry Jones.  Her book, “The Jewel of Medina,” was one of the most talked about of 2008.  Her original publisher withdrew it; the British publisher who stood strong had their offices bombed.  And to make matters worse, the New York Times book review famously stated that ‘the book didn’t deserve protection under the first amendment’.

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The New York Times and their errors in judgment aside, Jones’ piece of historical fiction told a wonderfully written story.  Having no personal background in the history of Islam, I can’t vouch for its accuracy.  But what I can vouch for is my desire to learn more about the time and the founding of Islam because I read the book.  And my admiration for Sherry Jones because she wrote it.   

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Bottom Line:  Tomorrow I share my wonderful weekend at the Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola, FL.

A Final Farewell

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2010

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The party’s over and it’s been a huge success.  My many thanks to all those who took the time to write things for the blog, donate items for our extensive prize list and the wonderful readers who took the time to post their very creative comments.  The prize list will be posted on Thursday.

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I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who sent me messages, cards and well wishes for my mom, Rita.  I’m sorry to say that she passed away early Monday morning.  It was a very peaceful experience and I was blessed to share it with her and my sister, Sally.  We called  the rest of the family who quickly gathered to say our final goodbyes.

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The memorial service was Thursday.  It was a wonderful turn out to honor a woman who  devoted her life to help those less fortunate.  Mom worked for years for ICDP (Inner City Development Project) and SDC (Social Development Commission) helping people with housing problems, no food, no heat and no money.  She was even given a special day by the mayor for her tireless work.  It didn’t go unnoticed as the funeral home was packed to bursting by people who’s lives she touched.

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I’m sorry you all never got to meet her, but I’m sure you all have someone in your life who’s just as special.  Treat them as the remarkable gift they are and you will realize that you are as blessed as my family has been.

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My family will be involved in the 2010 Relay For Life of South Shore
June 25-26, 2010 6:00pm – 8:00am at Cudahy High School for the fight against cancer.  For more information or to sponsor me, click here.

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Bottom Line: My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.”  ~Graycie Harmon

3rd Anniversary Party: Romance Blowout

Barbara Vey -- March 20th, 2010

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It’s already Saturday, last day of the week-long party, but have no fear I’m still ready for action.  This is our big romance blowout and we have a ton of prizes to give away.  Romance has always been near and dear to my heart so I’m psyched for today’s party.

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Today we’re partying at one of the most romantic places on earth, Paris.  The Eiffel Tower is ours and it’s absolutely gorgeous at night, all lit up.  I can only imagine what this group can do to party this place up.

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The Vamps & Scamps (Jules Bennett, Toni Blake, Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley, Janice Maynard, Donna MacMeans, LuAnn McLane, Patricia Sargeant, Shiloh Walker) have brought along a fondue, the Twister party game and heart-shaped balloons.  And Terry O’Dell has promised to supply triple chocolate brownies.

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“Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Look no further than between the pages of some of the books offered here!” J L Wilson has checked a lot of them and they fill the bill (no pun intended…)

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We got inspired by all the water to bring in a pirate for Barbara’s virtual party on her blog.  Since the party is in Paris, we decided to choose a Frenchman.  This guy played the bad guy in the Clive Owen movie, Derailed.  He also played the thief in one of  the Ocean’s movies.  He was very, very evil in Derailed.  AND very, very agile in the Ocean’s movie.   Vincent Cassel.  Enjoy!

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Arleigh Bish says, “I’d like to bring some handsome service men from all four branches of the military who like to play as hard as they work, along with some peanut butter fudge for yum yums.”  From Rhonda Pollero, “I’m sending a virtual bottle of Crystal.  Oh, and “and Pirate Grog” aka Boat drinks delivered by Jack Sparrow! Three jiggers of V8 Splash (you can even use Diet V8!), and a jigger of Myers coconut rum. Stir and add a pink umbrella in the drink, of course.

Papa BearCindy Gerard also joins the celebration today but decided to forgo chocolate in favor of a generous helping of the hot and hunky star of her upcoming Black Ops, Inc. book, RISK NO SECRETS, Wyatt (Papa Bear) Savage. Eye candy is just as much fun and a lot lower in calories, right ladies??

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Tracie Hall says, “I am sending p-atron silver – chilled – with thin slivers of live :)   The waiter is a very hot, very sculpted Cuban male who has a dimple and dark, waving hair. He will offer to pour the tequila in your mouth for you – slowly – if you’re brave enough.

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Sourcebooks Casablanca had brought recipe treats for those deliciously romantic moments  for everyone and you can get them here.

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This party will be going all week through Saturday.  Now’s your chance to win.  The following authors have donated some great prizes.  Just leave a comment…even just a Hello and you’ll be entered to win.  Winners will be randomly selected and announced next week.  Every comment is worth one entry.  Good Luck!!  Winners will be posted on Thursday.

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Bottom Line:  So long, farewell, auf weidersehen good-bye…at least until next year.

Saturday Prizes

J. L. Wilson — Signed copy of Nowhere to Run (romantic suspense)

Mary Margret Daughtridge — a copy of Sealed with a  Ring

Linda Wisdom – a copy of Hex in High Heels

Judi Fennell — a copy of Catch of a Lifetime

Cheryl Brooks — a copy of Fugitive

Sharon Lathan — a copy of Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy

Joanne Kennedy — a copy of Cowboy Trouble

Amanda Forester — a copy of The Highlander’s Sword

Ashlyn Chase — An ARC of Strange Neighbors

Shana Galen — An ARC of The Making of a Duchess

Robin Kaye – a copy of Breakfast in Bed

Marie Force — a copy of Love at First Flight

Terry Spear  — a copy of Legend of the White Wolf

Kathryne Kennedy — a copy of My Unfair Lady

Adelle Laudan – all three eBooks in my Iron Horse Rider Series that just released today!

Amy J. Fetzer — copies of Naked Truth, Hit Hard, Come As You Are and Fight Fire with Fire

Marcia Colette — a copy of my newest paranormal romance Seduction on the Prowl (only available in pdf format)

Terry O’Dell — a copy of When Danger Calls (must live in US)

Jade Lee — copy of Devil’s Bargain

Arleigh Bish – a download of my e-book, You’re All I Want for Christmas, which is a romance.

Rhonda Pollero — a copy of Knock Off, Knock Em Dead and Fat Chance

Tracie Hall — a copy of Love’s Magic and Beauty’s Curse

Elizabeth Amber — Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr; and chocolate

Dianna Love – A monogrammed BAD (Bureau of American Defense) Agency Tote bag with signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies and an advance copy of Silent Truth plus a BAD Agency notebook, “I’m in a BAD mood” T-shirt (L or XL) and button. A second winner will receive a monogrammed BELADOR tote bag with a monogrammed Belador shirt, the new Belador triquetra logo as a tattoo and an advance copy of BLOOD TRINITY.

Michele Hauf – a prize package of The Highwayman, Moon Kissed, and Her Vampire Husband

Michelle Pillow — Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed; a fantasy romance in .pdf ebook

Stephanie Draven — a Netgalley Pass

Kathleen O’Brien — signed copies of Texas Baby and Texas Wedding. Signed copies of For the Love of Family. A $25 Borders Gift Card.

Beth Cornelison — to each of 2 winners, a of the October Silhouette Romantic Suspense release, The Christmas Stranger (Book 1 in The Bancroft Brides mini-series)

Carrie Weaver — one autographed copy each of Baby, I’m Yours and Welcome Home, Daddy, plus a ten dollar Barnes & Noble gift card

Charlene Sands — an advanced signed copy of my May Book, Million-Dollar Marriage Merger

Dianne Drake — a signed medical romance and some “heart healthy” dark chocolate

Paula Graves — a couple of signed books and the first season of the ABC show Castle on DVD, because, yum, Nathon Fillion

Donna Alward — a copy of Once Dance with the Cowboy, the first in the Cowboys and Confetti duet

Holly Jacobs — autographed book

Janice Lynn — 2 autographed medical romances

Jeannie Watt — a set of 2 cowboy books, A Cowboy’s Redemption and Cowboy Comes Back. Also, an April Super Romance, Always a Temp

Karina Bliss — 2 copies of latest Superromance, What the Librarian Did (March 2010 release)

Kate Hardy — signed copy of Temporary Boss, Permanent Mistress, and a pen

Michelle Willingham — a copy of my March release, The Accidental Princess

Laura Iding — The Surgeon’s New-Year Wedding Wish, The Nurse’s Brooding Boss, A Knight For Nurse Hart

Mary Burton — A basket of suspense novels, including: I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer, Silver Bells and Dying Scream

Nicola Marsh — a copy of current release, Marriage: For Business or Pleasure?

Shirley Jump — a Shirley Jump tote bag, a Shirley Jump travel mug, and 3 copies of my back list titles

Kay Stockham — four autographed titles: Another Man’s Baby; His Son’s Teacher; Her Best Friend’s Brother; and Simon Says Mommy, as well as pens and promo, etc

Cindy Gerard — a trade paperback size volume that contains both Show No Mercy and Take No Prisoners; also a bound galley of Risk No Secrets, Book 5 in the Black Ops series to be released May 18, 2010.

Beth Cornelison — winner’s choice of two titles from my backlist, which is available on my website

Lenora Worth — winner’s choice of two titles from my backlist, which is available on my website

Marianne Stephens — an autographed copy of “Gone to the Dogs”

April Ash — ebook copy of “Sexy Games”

Kate Douglas — a copy of Wolf Tales 9 for one winner, and a copy of DemonFire for another