Monthly Archives: April 2010

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- April 28th, 2010

I arrived in Ohio yesterday and Joysann picked me up at the airport.  We went to a lovely little cafe for lunch that had a shelf full of “Free” books.  There were cozy, overstuffed chairs and I wanted to spend all day there.  I need one of those cafes in my town.  The WW Ladies are offering up some books that you may want to read in an overstuffed chair.

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Read by Michelle

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Playwright and actor, Will Shakespeare becomes a prominent figure in 1592 London not only as a quirky and talented thespian, but as an undead pursuer of zombies.  Only a Necro-vampire, like himself, can raise the dead which means there’s another vampire in town.  It becomes clear that Queen Elizabeth is the target of the newly raised zombies.

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As Will tries to unravel this mystery he meets and becomes enchanted with a chasseur named Clayton, who is really Katherine Dymond masquerading as a young boy.  Together they become the Queen’s champions.

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What a perfect career for a vampire, playwright and zombie slayer.  Amusing and creative, Lori Handeland brings new life to Shakespeare, or should I say death.

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Read by joysann
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Mayan pyramids and artifacts bring archeology student Lauren Halpern into the Guatemalan rainforest, where the perils aren’t just those of a jungle, but of lawless rebel factions, memories and ghosts of a civilization long gone, and the heart-risking attractions of Professor Deven Chandler. Lauren gets caught up in dreams of the violent history of the Maya, and fears a repetition of the past.
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The disappearance of the Maya has always been intriguing, and Kathy has wrapped her contemporary adventure around theories of that mystery. With the sizzling romance of young lovers both then and now… or is it then and again?…, I found that the exotic locale and the potential for danger make Wild Jade captivating.
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Read by Joan

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Lizzie Rush seems to have one foot in the nefarious world of crime and drug dealing and the other in her lively family of Irish hoteliers.  She tries to keep each life separate but often finds herself walking a tight line.  When her family and friends are threatened by Norman Estabrook, a thrill-seeking billionaire, she soon finds her own life in serious danger.  From Boston to Ireland, the entrance of Lord William Davenport brings intrigue and romance to the dark secrets that swirl around her.
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Another long night with a suspenseful tale that I couldn’t put down.  Carla Neggers is quickly becoming one of my very favorite authors!

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Read by Michelle


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Andi Wolkowicz returns home after her mother dies to help her father and her twin sister Jelly.  After leaving Chicago’s corporate world Andi needs to adjust to the small town life she dreaded as a child.  As finances run low and job prospects fizzle, Andi decides to re-open her father’s car wash.


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Much to the dismay of the local conservatives, Andi’s car wash has a special feature, bikini clad women.  Outside of her father and sister, her biggest supporter is Pete Guthrie son of Hank Guthrie who is the man determined to shut her business down for potentially inappropriate behavior.


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Growing up in a small town where everyone knows your business, I could totally relate to this novel with the local biddies and conservatives rallying over their perceptions of decency.  A light-hearted and enjoyable read with a clear sense of determinism to succeed when it seems like everything is an obstacle.

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Quiet, slightly built Einar Wegener was an artist and art teacher in Copenhagen when he met Gerda Gottlieb, an up and coming portrait artist. When Gerda needed help with a portrait she had to finish on deadline, she talked Einar into posing in women’s clothing. That was the beginning of Einar’s transition, and, becoming Lili Elbe, was one of the first identifiable transsexuals.
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This novel, based on real life people, takes place in the 20′s and 30′s, and is told from Einar’s, Gerda’s and Lili’s perspective…a bit confusing. The story is intriguing, though, and I find it very interesting that it’s being made into a major motion picture.

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Bottom Line: We’re on the road to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and you can follow along with my adventures here on Twitter and on the blog.

New to Me: Lynn Veihl

Barbara Vey -- April 20th, 2010

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While I like to think I read everything and know a ton of authors by their books, in reality, I know there’s so many I haven’t had the chance to read.  I’m always given suggestions, which I appreciate, but it’s just finding the time to fit them in with all my other readings.  Luckily, I made time to read Lynn Viehl.

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I know that she’s been around a while and thanks to a friend who was amazed that I hadn’t read her paranormal series yet, I now can say I’m a fan.  I had just finished an older book of hers when a brand spanking new ARC appeared in my mailbox.  I tore into it and finished it that same day.  I had to know what happened next in her world.

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Dreamveil:  A Novel of the Kindred is the story of Rowen Dietrich, a young woman who has had more than her share of hard luck.  With a special ability that made living in her foster home unbearable, Rowen takes to the street for years before being found by a kind, elderly woman.  When her motorcycle is in an accident, Rowen finds herself accepting the help of French chef Jean-Marc Dansant .  It doesn’t help that someone from her past is looking for her and not in a good way.

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Lynn Veihl launches you into a world that keeps you guessing all the way through.  It’s gritty and unpleasant one moment and mouth watering the next as she meticulously describes the food and it’s preparation.  One scene in particular sticks out when the chef has Rowen close her eyes and taste the different food items and how they interact together…sensually.  Yum.  Dreamveil is an engrossing and seductive read.

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This past weekend I was told I need to read Lavyrle Spencer, so that’s my next “new” author to try.

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Have you ever discovered an author who’s been around a while, but you’ve just started reading?  Any you’d like to suggest that others may have missed?

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Bottom Line:  Always keep an open mind to try “new” authors and genres…you might be pleasantly surprised.

WRW: Workshop Well Received (Whew!)

Barbara Vey -- April 19th, 2010

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Sunday mornings are usually pretty quiet compared to the frenzy of Saturday night at a conference.  But the craziness of Romance Jeopardy the night before didn’t stop everyone getting up bright and early to attend the final workshops.  Mine was one of them.  I call my workshop, Social Marketing: Pain or Pleasure, which says it all for a lot of the people who gathered for my talk.  (Here I am at the podium…I really didn’t need the microphone.)

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New technology and the constant pressure to be involved in the lastest craze on the internet to help market oneself can drive a sane author crazy.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  I had a couple pages of handouts, but we spent most of the time talking about Twitter.  With limited time available, a lot of people don’t want to add just one more thing to their daily grind.  I’m happy to report that by the end of the session, most were willing to throw caution to the wind and give it a go.  By this morning I’ve already gotten message from many who have signed up and are ready to get started.  Yea!

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I shared the workshop with Sandy Coleman publisher of All About Romance,  a romance review site that’s been around for over 10 years.  Sandy knows her way around a great romance novel and I was happy to hear that she enjoys many of my favorite authors.    (Pictured: Nancy Naigle and Cynthia Peterson, owner of Treasure Books in Silver Spring, MD)

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A ton of gift baskets were raffled off and I didn’t win any.  I was hoping to get the pirate’s chest that was loaded with goodies that my grandson would have loved.  I also had my eye on an autographed bag and books from Nora Roberts that I would have used at the library fundraiser.  Oh, well, there’s a lot more conferences this year that I can have a shot at the baskets.  There were also many critiques raffled with over $2,000 raised for charities.

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And then the conference was over.  This Washington DC chapter, that was started in 1982, is filled with amazing, talented women (and one man).  The retreat was fun, enthusiastic and filled with inspiration.  Everyone left with a sense of well being and a can do attitude.  (Pictured is Retreat Committee:  Jeanne Adams, Lynne Silver, Kate Anderson, Elise Hayes, J. Keely Thrall)

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Now enjoy a Drive By Video of Charlaine Harris.

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Bottom Line:   I can see why this gathering is on the must attend list of so many.

WRW: Romance Jeopardy

Barbara Vey -- April 18th, 2010

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I always love the Saturdays of a conference.  Everyone has shaken off the travel dust and are in full speed ahead.  The Washington Romance Writer’s Retreat was no exception.  The day was filled with workshops, eating, awards, games and great conversation.  (Pictured are Maggie Toussaint, Anita Clenney and Tracy Mastaler)

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Leading off the morning was Kathleen Gilles Seidel with An Ongoing Sense of Discovery,  Charlaine Harris‘ Developing Compelling Background Characters, Susan Meier, Let Conflict Tell the Story, Roxanne St. Claire, Breathing Life into a Dying Scene and Ellen Dugan, An Intro to Witchcraft for Writers.  While most of it was over my head (I don’t plan on writing fiction any time soon), the writers in the rooms hung on every word.  Pens were ferociously scribbling away hoping to embrace the one magical thought that would turn their own tale into a sellable product.

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The editors got together and presented the American Author (the literary version of American Idol).  The first page of an unpublished book was read out loud and the editors would each take turns giving on the spot feedback.  It was extremely entertaining and amazed me how much of a story can come through on only one page.  I know that one writer was immediately approached by an agent wanting to hear more about her story.
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I tried to sit a little while outside again like yesterday, but if you weren’t in the sun it was windy and cold.  I managed about 20 minutes while I gave an impromptu lesson on the joys of Twitter.  After I took a picture of the group with my iPhone and showed them how easy it was to Tweet it and post, they agreed to try it.  I love bringing others to the Tweetverse.

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Dinner was a lovely affair followed by WRW’s own awards ceremony.  The delightful Charlaine Harris was the keynote.  She told the tale of becoming an overnight success after 29 years of writing.  Charlaine had the incredible bad luck that every time she sold a book, soon after the editor she had would leave the company.  This happened at each of the publishing houses she sold to.  But, obviously, she persevered and is in more demand than ever with her Sookie Stackhouse books now on HBO as True Blood.  (Tomorrow you can catch Charlaine on a Drive By Video.)

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Finally, the highlight of the retreat…Romance Jeopardy.  This unruly game consisting of teams of 6 has one main rule…”IT’S NOT FAIR!”  Yes, that is the mantra that is repeated in this annual event.  Anyone who complains during the game automatically is deducted points.

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The officials came in dressed as the Wizard of Oz characters.  Cathy Maxwell as scarecrow, Kathleen Giles Seidel as the cowardly lion and Karen Smith as Glinda, the good witch. (Pictured Cathy Maxwell, Karen Smith and Kathleen Gilles Seidel)

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My team, The Munchkins, offered the officials a bribe of a giant chocolate bar and immediately lost 100 points.  (Pictured top row: Naomie Hackenberg, Danielle Meitiv, Louise Fury, Barbara Vey, Tim Bentler-Jungr, Elaine English – Bottom row: Michelle Butler, Elise Hayes)With categories like “And your little dog too,” chaos was inevitable.  Some categories had to be sung like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and with “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” it was a given that the “Oh, my!” part would be yelled out by the crowd every time it was picked.  I did manage to get one question right, but this group knows their books, authors and book covers.  Our team ending up in second place and really, that’s the same as losing because only first place won the Girl Scout Cookies.

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Bottom Line:  I woke up Sunday morning with “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” stuck in my head…it’s going to be a long day.

WRW: In the Company of Writers

Barbara Vey -- April 17th, 2010

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I love to fly, but 2 planes to get to Washington DC was goofy since they were each only 50 minutes long.  Up, down, up down…and me with motion sickness.  But the gorgeous 85 degree weather, once I landed made it all worthwhile.

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I’m at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat in Virginia and the old world charm of this place is delightful.  There’s verandas with rocking chairs where you can laze away the afternoon and the hotel even has it’s own cat, Carlito.  (Pictured is Hope Ramsey and Helen Cook.)  The cocktail party took place in the carlito.jpg1747 mansion home attached to the hotel.  The atmospheric building even has a hidden door in the floor that lead to the underground railroad.

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Roxanne St. Claire kicked off the event with a delightful game that had everyone yelling, “Great book”  whenever she mentioned a title of a book written by one of the members.  Rocki seamlessly wove them into her speech and had the group hanging on her every word while they were laughing at her clever 6 Truths About Being a Writer.  I even did a Drive By Video of her that can be seen below.

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agents.jpgNext up was the Editor and Agent panel.  It was a packed room and I’m sorry to say that I can’t tell you all that went on because it was uncensored and I’d like to honor their wishes.  You’ll just have to come next year to find out what is being said.  But I do have a picture of them.  Bottom row:  Alexandra Machinist- Linda Chester Literary Agency, Kevan Lyon-Marsal Literary Agency, Naomi Hackenberg-Elaine English Literary Agency, Megan Records-Kensington, Margo Lipschultz-Harlequin, Elaine English-Elaine English Literary Agency, Jessica Sebor-Random House.

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The one thing I did miss today was the booksigning.  It was held at a bookstore before I arrived.  Someone did take pictures and is writing up a little something about it, so it will be posted soon.

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Enjoy the entertaining Roxanne St. Claire as she explains the new RWA food pyramid for writers.

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Now here’s the winners from Dianna Love’s Silent Truth blog on Thursday.  If you are a winner, email me (barbaravey@gmail.com) your online name, real name, email address and snail mail address for you prize.

Laney4, Dina, granny5, beckyC, cylops8

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Bottom Line:  Today is my baby boy’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Andrew!!

Your Turn Friday Returns

Barbara Vey -- April 16th, 2010

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I’ve been busy reading this week.  Unfortunately, not the one book a day habit I used to have, but I did manage to read three that I really enjoyed.  If I can stay off the computer for a couple of days, I may be able to get four in next week.  I’ll even let you pick them.  Here’s the choices:

All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins

Wild Fire by Christine Feehan

Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips

Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

Dead Town by  Nancy Holzner

Hell Fire by Ann Aguirre

Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

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Top four books commented on will be read and blurbed about next Friday.  Now, here’s what I read this week.

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Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley – Attorney Kim Fraser finds herself a little out of her league when she defends a shifter accused of murdering his girlfriend.  She’s told to go to Liam Morrissey for help getting the shifter community to talk to her.  Liam’s the go-to guy in the neighborhood, but when someone starts putting up dangerous roadblocks to Kim’s investigation, Liam and Kim find themselves having to work together to stay alive.

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A whole new way to look at shapeshifters who are forced to wear collars to control their natural aggressive nature.  I could almost hear the Irish lilt in Liam’s voice and that gets me every time.  Rousing action and sensually charged, Mapquest me the directions for Shiftertown!

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Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer – Mab (Mary Alice Brannigan) is restoring the Dreamland Amusement park to it’s former glory, but she isn’t aware that it’s home to demons who’ve been imprisoned there.  Ethan John Wayne hasn’t been back to Dreamland in 20 years, but now that he’s done with the Army he’s ready to come home.  Too bad that his first day back all hell breaks loose.

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After reading Jennifer Crusie for years and all the books with Bob Mayer, I never expected demons.  Of course, clowns creep me out anyway, so I can believe the demon part.  Mad cap adventure with a cast of odd ball characters take you on a  rollercoaster of a ride.

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Silent Truth by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love – BAD (Bureau of American Defense) agent Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne III is loyal to the cause until he finds himself going rouge to catch an assassin he’s been after for 4 years.  Abbie Blanton is on a mission to find the cure for her mother’s mystifying disease.  When Abbie is present during an attack on an heiress she’s trying to get information from, Hunter jumps in the fray and the two find themselves tangled in a conspiracy that threatens to leave them dead.

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The latest BAD Agency romantic thriller has it all – heart-thumping suspense, an explosive plot full of twists and intense emotion.  As a writing team, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love have set a new standard in romantic suspense with this series.


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Friday is my favorite day because I get to hear what you’ve been reading.  So, it’s your turn…what have you been reading lately?

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Bottom Line:  I’m off to the Washington Romance Writers Retreat in Virginia today…maybe I’ll see some of you there.

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Author Dianna Love’s Silent Truth

Barbara Vey -- April 15th, 2010

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Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Dianna Love, winner of last year’s A Day of Blogging at PW’s Beyond Her Book from Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction. Dianna is a Rita Award Winner for Worth Every Risk and currently writes the BAD (Bureau of American Defense) and upcoming Belador series with fellow New York Times best selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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I’m so excited to guest blog with Barbara Vey, but this didn’t happen by accident.  Barbara is one of the many people in publishing who support Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction by donating things like Barbara’s offer of a day to guest blog here or the page of TEN items I’ve donated in conjunction with Sherrilyn Kenyon and Mary Buckham.  So I bid on Barbara’s guest blog day last year…and WON!  

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The Boys of the BAD agency are in the writing room, and they came up with five questions for me—and a few for YOU to answer, too.

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  1. Describe your favorite day off.  This one is tough because I’m torn between riding more motorcycle through back roads or saltwater fishing pretty much anywhere I can drop a line.  But my favorite day off would be anything I did with my husband from riding bikes to fishing to walking through an art festival to attending an art or music event.
  2. Do any of your previous hobbies or current interests play into your writing?   Yes.  The most recent Bureau of American Defense (BAD) Agency book coming out next week (April 20th) will have motorcycles and a fair amount of outdoor time, plus the main setting is in Chicago where I have friends and am starting our signing tour with Sherrilyn Kenyon on April 20th.  Plenty of BAD Boys in that city.  Sherrilyn and I incorporate things we have an interest in or have been thinking on for a while (like the opening setting in Hawaii – we keep trying to figure out how to get there to see fans!) in every story.
  3. Some authors have a special project they focus on and support on their website such as Brenda Novak’s auction – do you?  Absolutely.  I’ve had an idea for a long time of offering something special for the neighborhood Book Clubs across the country so a year and a half ago I started a program on my website where any book group could sign up to win books offered by authors of many different genres.  When a book group’s name is drawn and matched to a participating author the book group will receive up to 8 copies of that author’s books personalized to the members.  We’ve given away over 500 books already and will exceed that number this year alone.  The response has been extraordinary.  My goal of introducing authors to readers is succeeding beyond what even I imagined. 
  4. Were you always a writer and do you think only certain people can write?  No and No.  I started out life as a realistic portrait artist (you can see some of my art on my website) and used the ability to make a living.  I started writing my first book in 2001 with no background for it, but I have always had a strong passion for learning.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have the ability to accomplish something – how can THEY know?  We have some of the most amazing art, writing and music in this world plus medical and technological advancements because of people who tried something they didn’t know how to do and focused only on what they were passionate about rather than wasting time thinking they might not have that skill. I encourage everyone to do whatever makes their heart sing.
  5. What would you like to do if you could snap your fingers and have the ability?  Another tough question.  I’m torn between wanting to sing and be a fighter pilot. If I had to absolutely choose, I’d go with fighter pilot then hope that I would eventually have my own airplane so I could fly to meet readers who live too far from the big cities where we’re sent to sign.  Hey, I figure if I’m going to dream about being a pilot I might as well dream up an airplane, too. 

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silenttruth300px.jpgOkay, I’ve answered your questions and the BAD Boys that joined me today are getting restless.  They’re more interested in asking you questions than going back to work where Sherrilyn and I will make them earn their heroines.  Post an answer or even just a “hello” [make a BAD Boy’s day by smiling at him] and three of your names will be drawn to win a copy of SILENT TRUTH and an “I’m a BAD girl” T-shirt (yes, that was the boys’ idea).   Barbara will draw the names and post them on tomorrow’s blog.

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The BAD Boys want to hear from you –

Hunter asked, “Describe YOUR favorite day off.”

Carlos asked, “What would YOU do if you could snap your fingers and have the ability?”

Jeremy asked, “What’s YOUR favorite place and/or time to read a book?  Oh, and keep an eye out for my story in September.”
<Dianna rolls eyes…Jeremy never sticks to the rules>

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Thanks again for coming out to visit and if you’re a romantic suspense fan – SILENT TRUTH will be out next week on Tuesday, April 20th.

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Bottom Line:  Thanks Dianna joining us and for bring the BAD boys along.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- April 14th, 2010

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This week is National Library Week and the American Library Association has named Neil Gaiman as the honorary chair.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.  I celebrate all year.  Libraries are amazing places full of romance, adventure, comedy, drama and things that go bump in the night.  Be sure to stop by your local library this week and thank a librarian.  I guarantee you’ll make their day.

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Seventeen year old Shaylee, in trouble with the law for vandalism, theft and drugs, is appalled when her mother decides to send her to an elite boarding school for wayward adolescents, located in the wilds of Oregon.   She finds the school scary, the staff secretive and fear prompts her to beg her older sister, Jules, to rescue her.  Jules applies for a job and is hired as a teacher at the school.  A weird and strange atmosphere prevails throughout the school. Secrecy shrouds the disappearance of one of the students but then a vicious dual murder of two of the students shocks them all.
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A thriller from start to finish, as only Lisa Jackson can write.  I could not make myself put this book down – its twists and turns kept me shuddering to the shocking ending.     Her best….. so far!

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Georgina doesn’t know what to do when her clueless best friend Maddie asks for her help in planning her wedding to Georgina’s ex Seth. As if things couldn’t get worse, a new succubus is in town and she’s got her sights set on corrupting Seth.Georgina has her hands full juggling bridesmaid fittings, keeping an eye on the new succubus, fighting her growing attraction and affection for Roman, and her job at the bookstore.Just as she is at her weakest, a new mysterious force threatens to put Georgina in danger. Georgina finds out just who she can trust and that the future is never certain, even for an immortal succubus.

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Georgina Kincaid is back in full sexy force in this fifth installment of Richelle Mead’s Succubus series. I loved every page of this thrill ride into the dark sensual depths of Hell.This is a must read!

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Finley Anderson Tanner has mother issues, man issues, and now crime issues, since Mom has bequeathed her a run-down Palm Beach property with a skeleton in a closet (literally) that hot P.I. Liam McGarrity steps in to investigate. Since both beach house and dead body are linked to Finley’s beloved deceased stepfather and a foster mother he supported, Finley sets out to renovate her cottage and crack the cold case. It gets personal when someone tampers with the brakes of her BMW. The long-dead skeleton is not the only crime. And the case is not so cold.

So much to love about Finley – her bad-boy taste in men, survivalist bargain-hunting skills, serious sleuthing, fashion asides and designer-label name-dropping. Rhonda Pollero’s humor and suspense kept me laughing on the edge of my seat. Third in a series, Fat Chance stands on its own, but I’m going back for more of that tension between Finley and the aggravatingly irresistible Liam.

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Take a new look into the real adventures of President Abraham Lincoln.  When his journals surface, the author Seth Grahame-Smith is entrusted with them to tell the truth behind “Honest Abe.”  What the public doesn’t know is that Abe was living a double life.  While he was a young adult struggling with many losses he met Henry Sturges who brought him into the “know” of Vampire culture and the vicious story behind slavery and thus the movement towards Emancipation.  As Lincoln’s political career progressed, he also became an accomplished slayer of the damned.

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I had the opportunity to listen to an interview with the author on NPR which cinched my interest to read this novel.  I found the idea of fascinating that Lincoln during the civil war could be an early vigilante against evil.  I was also left with wanting to pursue my knowledge of the man behind the legend.

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11 year old Flavia de Luce is desperate to free her Father from jail. Her father is being framed for murder, but the evidence is mounting and he’s looking guilty. Maybe her brilliant mind and chemistry skills can find the guilty person before it’s too late. That is, before her two sisters drive her crazy!!
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Flavia de Luce is the most quirky and interesting character I have read about in a long time! Her brilliant mind for a child brings a refreshing change to a mystery. I also found it fascinating that this is Alan Bradley’s first novel at the age of 70! Certainly puts the phrase, “you can do anything” into perspective, doesn’t it?

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As the pack’s enforcers, Elena and Clay are off in pursuit of a “mutt” (a werewolf not part of the established pack), winding up in the wilds of a wintry Alaska, where recent human killings are attributed to ordinary wild wolves. Elena and Clay know differently, that the culprits are renegade werewolves, and it’s up to them to stop the killers. But in the dark night of the Alaskan winter wilderness, they find there are other predators… quite something else.

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I love the Women of the Otherworld series, and I particularly enjoy the Danvers pack. Clay Danvers makes my list of hot male characters, right along with Jeremy Danvers. Kelley Armstrong keeps these exciting stories coming. This month is the release of her anthology Tales of the Otherworld, and Kelley is donating all her proceeds to World Literacy of Canada. It’s on my list.

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Bottom Line:  “When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.” – American Library Association (ALA).
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Looking For Cub Reporters

Barbara Vey -- April 13th, 2010

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Friday I leave for Washington DC where I’ll be attending the Washington Romance Writers Retreat.  I’m really psyched for it.  Attending conferences really energizes me and I love connecting with those in publishing and meeting new readers.

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cubreportermedia2.jpgI’m constantly hearing from readers about how much they enjoy hearing about my travels since they can’t always go themselves.  Even though I’ll be attending about a dozen events this year, there’s a ton more I won’t be able to make.  While it saddens me, I think I’ve got the perfect solution.  You can become a cub reporter for Beyond Her Book.  If you are attending a conference, retreat or convention that I won’t be at, let me know and I’ll be glad to include your write up about the function.  You can even include a couple of pictures.

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Here’s a list of my commitments:

WRW  (Washington Romance Writers) 4/16-18 (Doing a workshop)
Spring Fling (Chicago RWA) 4/23-24 (On a panel)
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention – 4/28-5/2
WisRWA (Wisconsin RWA) 5/14-16 (Doing a workshop)

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books 6/18-19 (On a panel)

Thrillerfest 7/7-10
San Diego Comic Con – 7/22-25
RWA (Romance Writers of America) 7/28-31(Doing a workshop with author Jade Lee)
Dragon Con 9/3-6
ECWC (Emerald City Writers Conference) 10/1-3
NY Comic Con – 10/8-10
Ritas n Readers 11/12-14

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Please send me an email if you are interested in covering your event.  barbaravey@gmail.com

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Here’s the chance to plug your get-together.  Feel free to post the places you’ll be attending.  Let everyone know when the booksignings will be.  Does your chapter do something special?  Book festivals?  Special gatherings?

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Bottom Line:  Today is International Moment of Laughter Day.  Go ahead and tell a joke.

Brenda Novak’s Annual On-Line Auction

Barbara Vey -- April 12th, 2010

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May 1st is right around the corner and that means it’s time for Brenda Novak’s 6th Annual On-line Auction for Diabetes Research.  Brenda’s son has juvenille diabetes and she started an on-line auction in 2005 to try and make a difference.  Authors, publishers, editors and celebrities answered the call.  Booklovers from all over poured in and goobled up the goodies.

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Last year, Brenda’s auction had another record-breaking year, coming in at $269,111. With all previous years combined she’s raised well over three-quarters of a million dollars. This year, Brenda feels, the auction should break that million dollar mark.

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Among the special items donated are lunch with Diana Gabaldon in Phoenix, an afternoon sailing in Southern California with author Lauren Royal, a night’s stay at Nora Robert’s Inn and lunch with Catherine Coulter.  Margie Lawson’s husband will fly you around in his airplane (I got to do this last year and it was amazing).  There’s also fantastic trips to Disney World, New Orleans, London, Italy and my dream vacation to Scotland.

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For the booklover is a treasure trove of autographed books from your favorite authors.  There are gift baskets, purses, jewelry and collectibles.  The writer in you will find inspiration with evaluations from agents and editors, critiques from authors, conventions and conferences, networking opportunities, on-line writing classes and in person workshops and promotional opportunities.

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I’m offering up a one day blog on Beyond Her Book.  Last year’s winner, Dianna Love, will be here on Thursday to take over the blogging duties. She will be giving away copies of SILENT TRUTH (Pocket/April 20, 2010) and other books from her romantic thriller series with Sherrilyn Kenyon plus “I’m in a BAD mood” T-shirts to names drawn from everyone who posts during her guest blog date.

Anyone who registers today for the auction will receive an autographed copy of Brenda’s book, The Perfect Couple.  Here’s the link for donating to the auction.  You can join the auction on Twitter here.

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Bottom Line:   The auction runs from May 1st-31st with some items up for only 1 day, so you really want to check it daily.