Monthly Archives: March 2011

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 30th, 2011

I’m getting ready to leave Monday for the RT Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles.  Trying to save money for the trip, I opted to not pay $100+ to get my hair colored (I decided gray is not in my color palate).  Instead, I asked my sister to dye it for me.  She did it the first time for me over 40 years ago and you think we would have learned our lesson, but no.  Now, apparently, orange is the color to work my wardrobe around.

Michelle

Michelle

Phantom Evil by Heather Graham

Read by Michelle

Regina Halloway, wife of Senator David Halloway throws herself off the balcony of their house on Dauphine in the French Quarter.  Senator Halloway belives their home is haunted and that due to her intense grief over the death of their son she couldn’t deal with her loss.  Jackson Crow is called in to lead a team of Paranormal Investigators, to answer the question whether or not the house is really haunted.  Angela Hawkins is being directed by two ghosts who were victims of the serial killer Madden C. Newton who went on a killing spree during the Civil War.  The ghosts are trying to communicate to Angela about the evil lurking in the real and spiritual realm.

Heather Graham does a great job with character building and setting her scenes.  Having been to New Orleans I was able to picture in my mind’s eye what the characters were seeing.  At times I sat with chills and goosebumps awaiting the next plot turn.  The images she paints came alive in my imagination.  A great read and highly recommended.

Kym

Kym

Guarding a Notorious Lady by Olivia Parker

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Read by Kym
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Rosalind doesn’t think she needs a guardian. Her brother, Gabriel, disagrees. After all, he’s leaving town for three months, and men are already betting that they’ll be able to win his sister’s hand during his absence. To Rosalind’s dismay, it turns out Gabriel has chosen Nicholas — the only man she’s ever loved — for the job. This sets the stage for Parker’s amusing romp of a Regency. Because though Rosalind will only settle for a man who loves her with all his heart, Nicholas is determined not to fall in love.
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I always look forward to “Olivia’s” books, partly because I know her, but mainly because they’re always a fun read. Entertaining and amusing, with feisty heroines and dashing heroes, they provide an escape from everyday reality. “Guarding a Notorious Lady” fits perfectly into this category, and I hope others will take the opportunity to enjoy it.
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joysann

joysann

Stone Kissed by Keri Stevens

E-book read by joysann

Delia Forrest’s business as a conservator is successful because she has a special talent for restoring stone sculptures to perfect condition. It’s also a secret one. When she has to sell her grand family home and all its treasures to Grant Wolverton, her art dealer father’s young competitor, she grieves at losing all her friends. Delia and Grant end up working together, however, when someone uses murder and destruction in an effort to secure both the ancient property and the man who now owns it.

I’m already waiting for Keri Steven’s next book, because the magic of this one charmed me with both her artful writing and the beguiling characters she created, and she must have more in store for us. Exciting, entrancing, and wonderfully romantic, Stone Kissed was one book I’ll be rereading soon. If you haven’t gotten to this delightful and inventive story yet, you really must.

Linda

Linda

Delicious by Susan Mallery

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Listened to by Linda

The story focuses on the Buchanan family and the Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. Cal Buchanan agrees to return to the family business to manage The Waterfront and bring it back to it’s former “Delicious” status in Seattle. In order to accomplish this he has to hire the best chef in town which turns out to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson. From the beginning there are sparks between the two of them and lots of interference form Cal’s grandmother.

I was completely entertained by this book. The characters were interesting and the narrative believable. The plot is well developed and intriguing. I especially like any book centered around a cooking theme. Therese Plummer did an excellent job reading.

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Michelle

Michelle

Alien Tango by Gini Koch

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Read by Stacey

Meeting Martini’s parents, dealing with a Representative who has it in for the A-C’s, and debating whether or not she wants to attend her high school reunion isn’t a walk in the park for Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt.  Nope.  Especially when you combine it with deadly attacks against the members of Alpha team, stalkers and the reappearance of a high school boyfriend.  All she hopes is that she’ll get out of it all alive, with her relationship with Martini in tact.

This book is funny, fast paced and yet at the same time, raises interesting questions about dealing with prejudice, religion and refugees.  Kitty is an amazing narrator and her perspective on the situations she must deal with in this book…from assassination attempts to her high school reunion and her former classmates, as well as the reality of finally meeting Martini’s parents, gives readers insight into the events that have forged her personality.

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joysann

joysann

Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong

Listened to by joysann

Though nightmares of black ops in the middle east plague her, retired Army sniper Mercy Gunderson decides to run for sheriff when it appears the current one isn’t doing his job investigating the murder of one of her former operatives. Since a major oil conglomerate had hired her friend to promote an unpopular push for a pipeline, it seems the search for his killer is also unpopular. Mercy’s investigation leads her into dangerous territory that threatens her both her political aspirations, and more gravely, her life.

Gritty, tough and competent, it’s as Mercy’s vulnerabilities and hesitant dreams are revealed that she becomes seriously admirable and sympathetic. I like her all the more for the complicated humanity of her character, and Lori Armstrong again proves herself as a talented writer with this second engrossing mystery in Mercy’s South Dakota. As an audiobook, Mercy Kills is compelling, and narrator Jennifer Van Dyck portrays the heroine as tough a woman as she is.

Bottom Line: Spending the day shopping for hats.

Special Auction Aids Romance Advocate

Barbara Vey -- March 28th, 2011

There’s a terrific auction going on right now to help out Fatin who has been involved in the romance community for many years.  Here’s the story from Operation Auction:

Fatin has been an integral part of the romance community for years – she owns and runs the RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk blog, is an administrator of the WriteMinded loop, an author assistant and a tireless advocate for romance novels. She is also a friend to many in this community.

On Tuesday, March 8th, she lost her husband in a senseless act of violence, leaving her alone with four children. You can read more about the tragedy here.

The romance community would like to rally around her. Therefore, we will be holding auctions on ebay the last week of March.

The auction started yesterday, but there’s a ton more items to bid on and you can find them all here.

For my part, I’m offering to have lunch at RT in Los Angeles next week with the highest bidder.  After the lunch, I’ll interview the winner for one of my Drive By Videos which will appear on this blog next week and then go on my YouTube site.  So, bid high for this very worthy cause.  (Just heard that my donation will be in batch 3, which is going live March 29th at 12:01am PDT.)

Bottom Line: I’ll even let you bring a friend to lunch if you want to.

And the Finalists Are Official

Barbara Vey -- March 25th, 2011

Here’s the official word from RWA:

RWA Announces 2011 RITA® Finalists

(HOUSTON, TX) – Romance Writers of America® (RWA®), the 10,250 member professional trade association for published and unpublished romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2011 RITA® Award.  The RITA® recognizes outstanding published novels and novellas in twelve categories and is the highest award of excellence in romance publishing.

About the Contest

Up to 1,200 romance novels from 12 different categories are entered in the RITA® competition each year. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book’s publisher. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists.

The RITA® winners, one in each of the 12 different categories – will be announced at a black-tie Award Ceremony as part of the culmination of RWA’s 31st Annual National Conference, June 28 – July 1, 2011 at the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York, New York.

The 2011 RITA finalists are:
2011 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

§  Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley; Leis Pederson, editor)

§  Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense;
Tina James, editor)

§  I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic;
Cheryl Klein, editor)

§  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)

§  Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner (Berkley Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

§  The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire;
Deb Werksman, editor)

§  A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)

§  Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge; Bob Gleason, editor)

§  When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin’s Press;
Jennifer Enderlin, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

§  Breaking the Sheikh’s Rules in the Summer Sheikhs anthology by Abby Green (Mills & Boon; Meg Lewis, editor)

§  Christmas Magic on the Mountain by Melissa McClone (Harlequin Romance;
Joanne Grant, editor)

§  Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox (Harlequin Romance;
Sheila Hodgson, editor)

§  Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? by Sarah Morgan (Mills & Boon Medical Romance; Kimberley Young, editor)

§  Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (Mills & Boon Modern Heat;
Joanne Grant, editor)

§  An Unexpected Father by Lisa Ruff (Harlequin American Romance;
Johanna Raisanen, editor)

§  Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton (Silhouette Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)

§  Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon by Kate Hewitt (Harlequin Presents;
Meg Lewis, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

§  The Baby’s Guardian by Delores Fossen (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

§  Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue;
Allison Lyons, editor)

§  To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter (Silhouette Romantic Suspense;
Johanna Raisanen, editor)

§  A Cop in Her Stocking by Ann Voss Peterson (Harlequin Intrigue;
Allison Lyons, editor)

§  Meltdown by Gail Barrett (Silhouette Romantic Suspense; Susan Litman, editor)

§  The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

§  Perfect Partners? by C.J. Carmichael (Harlequin Superromance;
Johanna Raisanen, editor)

§  Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle (Harlequin Nocturne;
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

§  And One Last Thing by Molly Harper (Gallery Books; Jennifer Heddle, editor)

§  Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (Berkley Trade; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

§  Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (HQN Books; Tara Parsons, editor)

§  Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan (St. Martin’s Press;
Monique Patterson, editor)

§  Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)

§  One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy (Sourcebooks Casablanca;
Deb Werksman, editor)

§  Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

§  Still the One by Robin Wells (Forever; Selina McLemore, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

§  Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

§  The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne (Berkley Trade; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

§  His at Night by Sherry Thomas (Bantam Books; Caitlin Alexander, editor)

§  A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (Avon Books; Carrie Feron, editor)

§  Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase (Avon; May Chen, editor)

§  A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl (Zebra Books; John Scognamiglio, editor)

§  One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick (HQN Books; Kimberley Young, editor)

§  Open Country by Kaki Warner (Berkley Trade; Wendy McCurdy, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

§  A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical;
Tina James, editor)

§  Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing; Rebecca Germany, editor)

§  Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired;
Allison Lyons, editor)

§  In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon (Revell; Jennifer Leep, editor)

§  Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers;
David Long and Julie Klassen, editors)

§  Shades of Morning by Marlo M. Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah;
Shannon Marchese, editor)

§  The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)

§  Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang (Tyndale House Publishers; Stephanie Broene, editor)

§  Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer and Charlene Patterson, editors)


2011 RITA Finalists for Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

§  Blood Vines by Erica Spindler (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Weis, editor)

§  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (MIRA; Valerie Gray, editor)

§  Killbox by Ann Aguirre (Ace Books; Anne Sowards, editor)

§  On Folly Beach by Karen White (NAL Accent; Cindy Hwang, editor)

§  The Search by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

§  Stormwalker by Allyson James (Berkley Sensation; Kate Seaver, editor)

§  Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge; Bob Gleason, editor)

§  Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas (Berkley; Wendy McCurdy, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

§  Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley; Leis Pederson, editor)

§  A Highlander’s Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue (Pocket Books;
Megan McKeever, editor)

§  Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra (berkley Trade; Cindy Hwang, editor)

§  Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

§  Rebel by Zoe Archer (Zebra Books; Megan Records, editor)

§  Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver (HQN Books; Tara Parsons, editor)

§  Unchained: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood (NAL/Signet Eclipse;
Laura Cifelli, editor)

§  Water Bound by Christine Feehan (Jove; Cindy Hwang, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

§  His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)

§  The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Dutton; Erika Imranyi, editor)

§  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (Avon Books;
Carrie Feron, editor)

§  Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter (Jove; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

§  To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott (Forever; Frances Jalet-Miller, editor)

§  Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare (Ballantine Books; Kate Collins, editor)

§  When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin’s Press;
Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

§  The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice (NAL/Signet; Ellen Edwards, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

§  “Blame It on the Blizard” by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It’s Cold Outside  (Harlequin;
Marsha Zinberg, editor)

§  “A Dundee Christmas” by Brenda Novak in That Christmas Feeling (Harlequin Superromance; Paula Eykelhof, editor)

§  “Friendly Fire” by Jill Shalvis in Born on the 4th of July (Harlequin Blaze;
Brenda Chin, editor)

§  “Love Me to Death” by Maggie Shayne in Heart of Darkness (HQN Books;
Leslie Wainger, editor)

§  “Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)

§  “Mountain Rose” by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Patience Smith, editor)

§  “Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up (Berkley Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

§  “The Wrong Brother” by Maureen Child in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

§  The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Berkley; Cindy Hwang, editor)

§  Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

§  Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire (Forever; Amy Pierpont, editor)

§  Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

§  Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne (MIRA; Leslie Wainger, editor)

§  Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan (Ballantine Books; Charlotte Herscher &
Kate Collins, editors)

§  Silent Scream by Karen Rose (Grand Central; Karen Kosztolnyik, editor)

§  Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon (Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)


2011 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

§  Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Annette Pollert, editor)

§  The Clearing by Heather Davis (Houghton Mifflin Graphia; Julie Tibbott, editor)

§  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing;
Karen Wojtyla, editor)

§  I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic;
Cheryl Klein, editor)

§  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)

§  Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Walker Publishing; Emily Easton, editor)

§  The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire; Deb Werksman)

Bottom Line: Congratulations to all the finalists!!

Getting the Call

Barbara Vey -- March 25th, 2011
Rita Award

Rita Award

Today is a big day for Romance Writers of America.   The finalist for the Ritas and Golden Hearts will be announced.  But before it’s made public, those fortunate authors will be notified by phone.  According to the RWA website:

Notification will be sent to finalists by two-day delivery. Phone calls to notify finalists will also commence. Release of official finalist list on RWA website by 2 p.m. CT.

So today there are a lot of anxious writers out there clutching their cellphones and waiting to hear the words they’ve worked so hard for.   Across the internet, there are several sites  available for people to post when the finalist is notified and I’d like to make this blog also available.

Golden Heart

If you’ve received the call, or know of someone who has, please feel free to post their name, the name of the book and the category.

Congratulations to all who took that big step to even put your work out there to be judged.  My hat’s off to you.

Bottom Line: There’s all different ways to win and may this day be a stepping stone for many.

Computer Withdrawal

Barbara Vey -- March 24th, 2011

If someone would have told me 4 years ago that I would be so dependent on my computer, I would have laughed in their face.  At that time I had a PC desktop that my son, Keith, actually built for me.  I didn’t need much since I basically used it for emails and ordering books from the library.

Now I’m like that old advertising slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”  I have graduated to a MacBook Pro (thanks to my other son, Andrew) and it’s like another appendage to my body.  Really, I actually take it to bed with me.  It’s the last thing I look  at night and the first thing I peruse in the morning.  I use it for everything.  I check the news, weather, dictionary, Wikipedia and sometimes, yes, even those goofy viral videos.

Between checking on Twitter, Facebook (3 accounts), email (3 accounts), various blogs and writing my own, I spend a fair amount of time online.  I can film video, edit it on my laptop and post it on YouTube.  Not that I don’t love it, but it is a time suck.  In between, I’m reading and listening to books like crazy (on my computer as well as in my car and on my iPod).   Even though I’ve been sent books to read on the computer, I can’t seem to bring myself to do that.  I need to hold a book either paper or eReader, but not on my honking laptap.

No Nathan Fillion as Castle with internet down

No Nathan Fillion as Castle with internet down

So, when my power went out last night and the internet was down overnight, I felt the shakes coming on.  I know I can use my iPhone, but I’m still all thumbs when it comes to texting, so the thought of typing anything more than 140 characters at one time is extremely daunting.

Not to mention that without a computer there was no Hulu.com so I couldn’t catch up on my television series.  Now I’m avoiding everything so I don’t find out who was sent home on the Biggest Loser and what happened on Castle.

Anyway, internet now back up.  Blog posted.  Almost all emails read.  Still a few blogs to read and lots of tv to catch up on.  But now I worry about something happening to my laptop.  How did I get to this point and is there a patch for this (like when you try to quit smoking)?  I think I need to get into some sort of support group.

How about you?  How long could you survive without the internet?  Do you use it only for work?  Or as entertainment too?

Bottom Line: If you do send me a text, be patient for the reply…I have slow, fat fingers.

Gearing Up for Conference Season

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

Finally, my favorite time of year is almost upon us.  No, not Christmas.  Since my kids are grown and gone, my favorite time is conference time for all things book related.  While my schedule isn’t as full as last year, I’ve got some great things coming up this year.

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In 2 weeks I’m headed to Los Angeles for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This puppy is huge with lots of authors and readers.  There’s panels (yes, I’ll be on one), book signings, an award ceremony and of course, parties.  Lots of parties including a vampire ball and faerie ball.  Dean Koontz will be there as a special guest and the fan favorite cover model competition.  And did I mention that it will be in Los Angeles?  I’m just hoping I have enough time to stop at Disneyland.  After all, I am a kid at heart.

At the end of April, I’ll be headed to Huntsville, AL for the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon.  I’ve never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great time.  Another new event to break in.

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I also get to go to BEA (Books Expo America) in New York.  I was only there for one day a couple of years ago and I had a blast.  It’s so exciting with tons of authors, publishers and any with anything to do with publishing.  I was like a kid in a candy store and I was only in the exhibit hall.  This year I’m hoping to go to some of the actual sessions.

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The other big conference in New York will be the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I’m honored to be on a panel there this year.  Their book signing is amazing.  It’s free and open to the public with all monies from books sold going to literacy.  It gives me chills to see fans lined up to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones.  Although this is a working conference for many of the writers, there always seems to be time to socialize and the publishers parties are to die for.  I’m expecting a lot since the event is on their home turf.  And I’ll also get to attend Lady Jane’s Salon where they have authors read from their own books in a very cozy atmosphere with an audience of enthusiastic romance fans.

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In between, I’ll be flying to Detroit to give a workshop to their GDRWA members.  I love the intimate gatherings and getting to know both the published and unpublished authors in the group.  There’s also the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books where I’ll be on both a panel and acting as a moderator for a panel of romance authors.

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I’ve been invited to do a workshop with author Dianna Love for the GRW in Atlanta.  Since I’ve gotten to attend a meeting of theirs in the past, I know the talent in this group.  Excited to visit with all of them again.  I’ll be in Ohio twice this year.  Once for their reader luncheon and once for their Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus where I’ll be doing a workshop.  More people to share the joys of Facebook and Twitter with.

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I do admit that I’m in withdrawal because I won’t be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con, but I will be at DragonCon in Atlanta and it’s unique fan based style.  Always an experience and such fun.

If I win the lottery, I’d love to attend Moonlight and Magnolias, RomCon, Novelists, Inc., Thrillerfest, Emerald City, WRW, New Jersey Romance Writers  Conference, Crimebake, WisRWA and many more.  But it’s always fun to dream about and hopefully some people will step up to be cub reporters for the events I cannot attend.  I know my readers love reading about the events they can’t always attend and I’m honored to represent them.  I try to report back what it’s like to be a reader living the dream.

Here’s where I’ll be this year:

RT - April 6-10 Los Angeles

Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon – April 30 – Huntsville

GDRW – May 17 – Detroit

GRW – May 21 – Atlanta

BEA - May 23-26 New York

SEWFB - June 17-18 Waukesha

Lady Jane’s Salon – June 27 – New York

RWA – June 28-July 1 – New York

DragonCon - September 2-5 – Atlanta

Central Ohio Fiction Writers – September 30-October 1 – Columbus

Ohio Readers Luncheon – October 20 – Medina

Bottom Line: I think there should be a magic card, just for me, that lets me travel to every single conference.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter.

TBR: Truly Big Resolutions

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
Bookroom Part 1

Bookroom Part 1

TBR (to be read) piles are always a hot topic with avid readers.  They are the piles of books that take over your house and multiply like rabbits.  They never seem to go down and just when you think you have a handle on it, there’s ten more books you’ve heard about that you “just have to have.”

My TBR piles are the stuff of dreams or nightmares, depending on your frame of mind that day.  It seems the more I give away, the more I get.  The more I read, the more I want to read.  I do have them in genre order and I like to mix them up but every once in a while I get on a tangent where I want to read just one type of book.

Basement bookroom

Basement bookroom

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Dining room table

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I personally have a full bookroom that contains 2 bookshelves and a closet that has been converted into bookshelves.  There’s also an attached storage room that has boxes of duplicate books.  I’ve now set up a metal shelving unit in the basement that’s full with four boxes waiting to be put into the shelves.  My dining room table is filled with books that I receive daily ready to be input into my spreadsheet system.  Even though I have readers come through all the time for books to read and write about, the piles just never seem to go down.

Bookroom Part 2

Bookroom Part 2

The other problem I run into is that I’ll just pick up the next book to read and one will come in the mail that I’ve been waiting months for.  What to do?  Read the one that was supposed to be next or skip ahead to the one I’ve been pining after?

We may feel that we’re the only one who’s weak, but I always see people online lamenting the same fact.  Just this past weekend, Kym, threw it out to our Facebook page, Friends from “Beyond her Book” Party.  She asked if you read from the top or shuffle through the pile.  The consensus seemed to be to shuffle through the pile for whatever meets your fancy that particular day.

What about you?  How do you tackle your TBR pile?  Do you have one?  Does it intimidate you?  Are you a shuffler or do you take the next one in the pile?

Bottom Line: It doesn’t seem to matter how many books I have, I never seem to have enough.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 17th, 2011

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The WW Ladies Book Club is back this week with their reads.  Just a reminder to check Monday’s blog to see if you are a winner of any of the prizes because the deadline is March 20th or you will forfeit the giveaway.  Now, raise your glass!

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joysann

joysann

Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler

read by joysann

Selfish, egotistical, callous Drake Parrish gets his comeuppance when a voodoo curse makes him mostly dead some of the time, causing him to become reclusive and begin a new career as a ghostwriter. When popular author Simone Kent is suffering from writer’s block, her agent suggests she contact Drake to help her get started on her new book. More than her writing ignites when the two meet, and together they face off against the voodoo priestess to remove the zombie curse.

I got drawn in right from the start when I so wanted to see that jerk get his. Most likely, somewhere inside every jerk there must be something redeemable, and Paige Tyler finds good qualities in Drake, making him a likable and sympathetic hero. Dead Sexy is a fun, exciting, and very sexy romance with a clever concept that warmed up some cold winter hours for me.

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Stacey

Stacey

Tyler by CH Admirand

Read by Stacey

Tyler Garahan is stuck between a rock and well…a hard place.  His one shot at saving his family’s ranch involves baring it all as the main attract5ion at a ladies lounge.  He finds himself tangled up in love and secrets; not wanting to tell his brothers about what he does at nights nor does he wish to tell the readhead he’s fallen in love with about how deep in debt he and his family are.  When a campaign to drive the bar out of business gets dangerous, Tyler must bare his secrets, or risk loosing everything he loves.

Tyler has to grab a reader right from the beginning, his namesake story won’t work otherwise.  But CH Admirand manages, in those first few pages, to show Tyler’s soul and his spirit.  And that, as well as the strength and love of Emily and her co-owners, gives readers a tale, and a hero, that they won’t want to let go of.

Michelle

Michelle

On the Ropes by Tom Schreck

Read by Michelle

Duffy Dombrowski is a full-time social worker and part-time boxer that finds himself saddled with a flatulent basset hound and a caseload of amusing characters.  His friends include a cop, a doctor and the fearsome foursome who frequent AJ’s bar on a nightly basis.  When a client is murdered, Duffy finds himself delving into a world of terrorism and child pornography.  He has to wrestle with his ethics to do the right thing and the barriers imposed by those exploiting the weaknesses of others.

I fell in love with this hilarious cast of characters as they plodded along in their relatively ordinary lives.  I enjoyed the suspense, plot twists and sarcastic humor.  A great read and it is the first in a series of three.

Stacey

Stacey

Loose Ends by Tara Janzen

Read by Stacey

Conroy Farrel, aka J.T. Chronopolous, comes to Denver to break an associate out of the prison she’s in…at the Steele Street headquarters.  Of course, the chop shop boys (and girls) have a plan of their own to bring their lost boy back at any cost.  But when Con aka J.T. finds his way into Jane X’s car, it sets off a chain reaction that brings the Steele Street family together to face the toughest opponent they’ve ever known.

Where do I start?  Where can I start?  Loose ends is the last book in a series I’ve avidly followed since a friend shoved the first book in my hands almost two years ago.  It was good in a way that I didn’t want it to be; left me wanting more that I knew wasn’t coming.  Tara Janzen’s trademark prose, loveable characters along with a story that didn’t let up, not even for a second, helped her send this series and these characters out with a Bang ….

Linda

Déjà Vu by Fern Michaels

Listened to by Linda

This is the 19th book in a series about the “Sisterhood”, a group of women of various ages and backgrounds who accomplish what the FBI, CIA and Homeland security could not – deal with their # 1 Enemy,  Hank Jellicoe. He has alluded all the agencies by changing his appearance and laying low  –  but the President wants him caught.  The Sisterhood decides it is finally time to come out of retirement and  bring him to justice. The women bring their special talents and insight to the problem – always dealing with obstacles before them in a straightforward, humorous, and inventive manner. The plan to capture their nemesis is laid - success is the goal.

Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors. I find her books entertaining, funny and the characters are well developed. It was great fun listening to the plan develop.  Readers are critical to the enjoyment of the listener – in this case they really hit the mark.

joysann

joysann

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Listened to by joysann

Gorgeous, well-adjusted Ted Baudine is marrying his perfect match, Lucy Jorik, until he isn’t. Meg Karanda is Lucy’s best friend and maid of honor, and just can’t let Lucy make this huge mistake and talks her out of it. When Lucy takes off, Meg is left behind in Ted’s small Texas town, broke and scorned, and, for the first time, responsible for herself. Everywhere she turns, there is an angry Ted, determined to make her miserable, until he determines to make her his.

These characters are all off-springs of the wonderfully volatile and romantic matches made in Fancy Pants, First Lady, and Glitter Baby, and it is rewarding to visit these charismatic families again, with the kids all grown up. Call Me Irresistible is as charming, emotionally provocative, and romantic as we’ve come to expect, and I love it. Predictably, this book adapts to an audio version exceptionally well, and narrator Shannon Cochran gives a delightful and captivating performance.

Bottom Line: Green beer and rivers died green…just be careful out there.

The Community of Books

Barbara Vey -- March 15th, 2011

Well, the party is officially over, the winners announced and the authors are being notified (please be patient, this is a one-woman operation).  But I’m still trying to process what exactly happened here last week.

It was my 4th anniversary party, so I’ve done this 3 times before, but never have I seen happen what went on 24/7 for six straight days.  There are articles all over the place about social networking, promoting, getting your name out there.  But this was a whole different animal.

What we experienced here was like nothing I’d expected.  Nobody did.  It was truly a coming together of a community.  The book community.  The number of readers online was amazing and were absolutely thrilled when an author would join the conversation.  I could talk until I’m blue in the face about how important I think this interaction is, but let me show you some of the comments posted by readers:

I’ve not only managed to find about 100 new authors (when I was ALL out of new authors to read) but I also found some amazing friends. I seriously adore finding people who read the same genre as me! It means I can tell them about new authors and they can do the same for me.. and that is priceless  these parties have been so much fun too!

…my TBR pile has grown leaps and bounds this week!!!

As a non-author, I’m finding it fascinating to see my favorite authors stopping by and enjoying this fun-filled party with me! So cool! And thanks to all the authors and their generous donations of prizes…what a great list of prizes to hope for! If I don’t win, that’s ok, I’m learning about some new reading choices here today!

this was a wonderful week at your anniversary bash! Took away from my daily troubles.

Okay, I have officially clicked on EVERY link this week, bought 12 books, preorder 5 and filled my favorites bar.  My hubby as asking if the party is going on next week, too (as he tries to pry my credit card out of my hands….).

Ok,I thought I had a big “to read” list all ready…but now its huge!! Guess I just have to read more and catch up

Thank you Barbara for giving us a fun activity to do, and for building a stronger online community! What fun I had this week. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Good Night all! I’ll see you on facebook…and this blog!

Thank you so much and if you could please pass this on the the authors who so graciously donated the gift to me, I would appreciate it.  I will be reading their books and those of the other authors that I am now acquainted with because of you.  Beyond her Books is wonderful, you are fabulous.  I will continue to follow your blog and will see you at the party next year….maybe I will take a weeks vacation it was like that any way.

That’s just a few of the over 22,000 comments posted, but they all echo the same theme.  There’s a hunger out there that needs to be satisfied.  These readers are craving new authors and staying loyal to their favorites.

One of the most amazing things, to me, to grow out of this week was the readers getting together to form a Facebook page devoted to Friends from “Beyond Her Book” Party.  This group plans to keep the party going by posting about the authors they met and discovered during the bash and talking about the books they won.  They will keep spreading the word and word of mouth is a very big part of the book world.  This is an open group and everyone is welcome to join.  I encourage authors and readers to get together to share their passion here.

Any final thoughts on the bash?

Bottom Line: A community is a group with shared interests…I have found my community.

Winners of 4th Anniversary Bash

Barbara Vey -- March 14th, 2011

22,494 comments!  How is that even possible?  Because romance readers and writers rock!!  Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for all those who came out and posted comments to celebrate my 4th anniversary here at PW.  Your words of support mean the world to me and the wonderful generosity of the authors and publishers who participated was well noted by the readers.  I hope you’ll stop by often.

Congratulations to all the winners.  All prizes must be claimed by March 20th or they will be forfeited.   Please email me (a separate email for each prize won) at barbaravey@ymail.com with:

Your full name

Mailing address

Prize you won

Date you won

Email address

Please fill it out exactly like this and include your email address so I can forward the information to the author.

And the winners are:

Monday

Dianna Love – a Nook, monogrammed www.MyFeenix.com backpack, signed copy of the Urban Fantasy book Blood Trinity she co-authored with  Sherrilyn Kenyon, a Belador Tshirt and engraved pin.  Teresa B.

M.J. Rose & Linda Francis Lee – e-Reader and The Reaincarnatoinist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist  melissa b

Deborah LeBlanc – e-reader, nook or kindle and e-book “A House Divided” DeeLynn

Sherrilyn Kenyon – an ARC of her new book BORN OF SHADOWS, from the League series, April 2011 Brenna Ash

Karen Marie Moning – a Barrons Books and Baubles shirt, temporary tattoos and a personalized copy of Shadowfever Jenny Smith

Meljean Brook – 3 copies of The Iron Duke, signed Kristy, Renee Ann, Lisa Hutson

Kensington Books – Kensington tote bag filled with our new March paranormal and urban fantasy paperbacks hot off the press!  You’ll get UNDER WRAPS by Hannah Jayne, TRUTH OR DEMON by Kathy Love, FATED by Rebecca Zanetti and BLOOD WICKED by Sharon Page. Sondra Garcia

Marilyn Baron -A PDF eBook copy of her new humorous, supernatural e-short story, “A CHOIR OF ANGELS” Laurie London

Paige Tyler – EPIC AWARD Finalist GOOD COP, BAD GIRL Gina

Kathryne Kennedy – BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, signed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Nina Bangs – Gods of the Night 3-book series, signed and $20 B&N gift card Tracy Garrett

Laurie London – A signed copy of paranormal romance, Bonded By Blood Jillian

Elizabeth Amber – Signed Dane, The Lords of Satyr & Bastian cover flat Debra H

T.C. Archer - A digital copy of Sasha’s Calling, an erotic space opera Leni

Minnette Meador – ECopies (PDF or Kindle) of Starsight I & Starsight II Theresa Meyers

Gerry Bartlett – First three books in the Real Vampire series: Real Vampires Have Curves, Real Vampires Live Large and Real Vampires Get Lucky, along with a $20 gift card to book store of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Borders only, please). anna S

Angie Fox – a signed first edition copy of The Last of the Demon Slayers Teresa Lloyd

Edie Ramer – e-copy of each of her three books: Dragon Blues, Dead People, and Cattitude. Nas

Kate Douglas - give away a signed hardcover copy of DemonFire and a stuffed dog  vanetta

Elisabeth Naughton – 1 Autographed copy of books 1 and 2 in the Eternal Guardians Series – MARKED & ENTWINED Bridgette N

Heather Graham – 4 copies of Phantom Evil Renee C., Missy Taylor, Rebecca C, Bethany

Dawn Metcalf – a signed copy of my debut novel, LUMINOUS June 2011 Colleen C.

Misty Evans – Witches Anonymous Series of 3 ebooks including: Witches Anonymous, Jingle Hells, and Wicked Souls to celebrate my Name The Witch Contest as well as your anniversary blog! Paula Keown

Dawn Cartier – I’d like to give away a New Orleans Paranormal Basket (including a box of beignet mix). Danielle J

Teresa D’Amario – Autographed copy of SheWolf  StacieDM

Suzanne Rock – .pdf Copy of Dark Obsession Katie D

Erin Quinn – Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice) Sara

Diane Whiteside - an ARC of THE SHADOW GUARD, paranormal mystery April 2011 Bama

Lisa Hendrix – a signed copy of IMMORTAL CHAMPION, plus an official Immortal Brotherhood mug. Carol Burnside

Leanna Renee Hieber – Books 1 and 2 in the Strangely Beautiful series (genre: Gothic Victorian Fantasy Romance) to one winner. Ana

Barbara Monajem – signed copy of Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil and some fortune-telling cards. diane

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen paranormal romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada. Also, because meeting a paranormal romance author is icing the cake, one admission (non-transferrable) to the DFW Tea Boas & Tiaras on June 11th  in Dallas (Allen), Texas with special guest Nalini Singh plus Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Dianna Love, Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Lorraine Heath, Nikki Duncan, Rachel Caine, Vicki Pettersson, Lori Wilde, and Farrah Rochon. Extra special guest and emcee radio personality and award winning author Candace Havens makes our annual Boas & Tiaras sparkle. L. Blanchard, Greta Gunselman

Amanda Stevens - Signed galley of The Restorer along with a Starbucks gift certificate to chase away the ghostly chills of the cemetery Kathy Crouch

Theresa Meyers – bottle of St. Hilaire Cellar Blood Red Merlot, chocolates, and an autographed copy of my latest Harlequin Nocturne release out this month, The Truth About Vampires Gina Leigh Maxwell

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom – BARBIE AND THE BEAST teresa

Myra McEntire - a preorder of my debut HOURGLASS. blodeuedd

Virna DePaul – A tote filled with an autographed ARC of my May 2011 debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel, Berkley), Harry&David chocolates, Avon ANEW hand cream, and a pair of Jaclyn Smith sunglasses Danniele AKA Playground Angel

Michele Hauf – a set of SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE and FALLEN to 3 different winners. Chelsea B., Christine, Teresa Lloyd

Alix Rickloff – autographed copy of EARL OF DARKNESS Christina

Tuesday

Killer Fiction Blog – E-Reader Leanne

Shiloh Walker – Nook WiFI Kathy Crouch

ITW Debut Authors – E-Reader infinitieh

Joanna Slan – Kindle Christina

Kat Martin – E-Reader Robin W

eHarlequin – 5 copies of So Close the Hand of Death Lisa Stevens, Kerry, Toni, April McGlamery, Bama

and 5 copies of Panic Zone Qwill, Brenna Ash, Grace, BeckyK, ZombieJoe

Kensington Books – An advance copy of Lisa Jackson’s new hardcover, DEVIOUS, which comes out April 1. Limecello

Dianna Love – Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love are giving away a BAD Girl package – signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies, Silent Truth, “I’m in a BAD Mood” button and an “I’m a BAD Girl” Tshirt. Linda Young

Mary Buckham – Autographes Copy of INVISIBLE RECRUIT Joice

Fresh Fiction – a signed copy of Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes Pat Moore

Brenda Novak – Brenda Novak Make-Up Bag that includes a set of 3 specially created lipglosses in celebration of her HEAT trilogy Tracey Devlyn

Amanda Brice – e-book copy of “Codename: Dancer” YA Mystery Heather Coulter

Virna DePaul - a romantic suspense collection with Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard, Big Jack by JD Robb, and Live To Tell byWendy Corsi Staub runner10

Kay Thomas – all four of my Bulletproof Intrigue books including my upcoming April release, Bulletproof Hearts; Better Than Bulletproof; Bulletproof Texas; Bulletproof Bodyguard (releasing in the UK March 18- they’ll get the US edition though..I won’t have the UK copies for a while); Bulletproof Hearts  (upcoming April release) StacieDM

A.D. Thurlo – signed copy of our new release trade paperback  – EARTHWAY from the Ella Clah mystery series blodeuedd

Terry Odell - A copy of When Danger Calls april M

Pamela Samuels Young – A copy of my novels Buying Time and Murder on the Down Low and a $25 Visa Gift Card Nichole Baumgartner

Rosemary Harris – Curl Up with a Good Mystery Basket with signed copies of Pushing Up Daisies and Dead Head, a comfy throw, gourmet coffee and tea, decorative mug and chocolate truffles. Kym Amaral

Libby Fischer Hellmann – 1 copy of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, special numbered first edition hardcover Amy Cook in WI

Erin Quinn - Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice) Miranda

J.L. Wilson – will give away 3 mystery books to a reader (print for US readers, e-version for international visitors) Eliwrites

J.L. Saint/Jennifer St. Giles - ebook copies of Collateral Damage by J.L. Saint.  ebook copies of Midnight Secrets by Jennifer St. Giles.  ebook copies of Wild Irish with pictures of models. Chelsea Rafferty, Bobbi Pardon, Debra H

Candance Havens – two copies of She Who Dares, Wins (Win it before you can buy it) Dana Mattice, Lulu and a $25 Amazon gift certificate Karin T

Pamela Callow – A signed copy of DAMAGED  and INDEFENSIBLE  the Kate Lange thriller series vanetta

Hank Phillippi Ryan – A signed copy of each : PRIME TIME,  FACE TIME, AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME BT Irwin

Julie Miller - A copy of my current release, PROTECTING PLAIN JANE Joy

Cynthia Justin – a copy of my soon to be indie e-published romantic suspense, Her Own Best Enemy elizabeth gray

Gail Barrett - MELTDOWN Ruth Logan Herne

Jennifer Morey – UNMASKING THE MERCENARY cyclops8

Anna DeStefano - The second book’s (Secret Legacy) coming out in May, and Dorchester will give away a free eGalley from Netgalley and a Dark Legacy T-shirt and a copy of that book (the first in the series). Cynthia Garcia

Tara Taylor Quinn - a set of The Chapman Files (four books, The First Wife, The Second Lie, The Third Secret, and The Fourth Victim) and some ttq safety items, including pepper spray. Sara

Anita Clenney - An autographed copy of Awaken the Highland Warrior as soon as it’s released, May 3rd Dorothy St. James


Wednesday

Seekersville – Kindle Blurbette Heidi

Petit Fours and Hot Tamales – Kindle Amanda Woodward

Liquid Silver Books – Free eBook Download Shell B

Nancy Naigle - A glass tea cup and blooming tea blossoms that open into a beautiful flower in your mug as it steeps. Penny Nielsen

Debby Giusti – Love Inspired Suspense books:  Protecting Her Child and Nowhere to Hide Dina

Heroes and Heartbreakers – a 3-pack of urban fantasy ARCs.   Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn (July 2011), Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts (July 2011), and As You Wish by Gabi Stevens (May 2011) SummerSharp

Cynthia Eden – A copy of Deadly Fear and Deadly Heat scooper

Donna Grant – A copy of Wicked Highlander Kristen Gough
and The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance Isis Nocturne

Caridad Pineiro – A copy of Stronger Than Sin and an ARC of The Lost Sandra elzie

Missy Tippens - A copy of my new Love Inspired, A Family for Faith Gram

Lisa Renee Jones - An ARC for Legend of Michael and her entire Hotzone Trilogy  Cindy W in Fl

Jennifer Haymore – A copy of A Hint of Wicked, A Touch of Scandal, and A Season of Seduction S Faloon

The Writing Playground – $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble – the winner can choose which she/he would prefer. blackroze

Jessa Slade – Signed copy of VOWED IN SHADOWS, Book 3 of the Marked Souls, along with a set of demon-inspired notecards and a pair of “Possession in Pearl” earrings. Susan C

J.S. Laurenz - To Conquer the Heart of a King Leanne

Julie Lessman – Winner’s choice of one book in my Daughter’s of Boston series or my new book, A Hope Undaunted Diana

Cara Lynn James – a copy of Love on Assignment Tina Radcliffe

Mary Connealy – Lassoed in Texas Trilogy Lexie C.

Tina Radcliffe – Love Inspired, The Rancher’s Reunion. Farrah

Cheryl Wyatt – 3 copies of Ready Made Family CarolM, Ju Dimello, Missy Tippens

Janet Dean – Wanted: A Family Cre

Audra Harders – my January 2011 debut release, Rocky Mountain Hero Lisa DeGross

Myra Johnson – a copy of WHERE THE DOGWOODS BLOOM Marilyn Shoemaker

Glynna Kaye – Autographed copy of my Love Inspired, Dreaming of Home Lady DragonKeeper

Pam Hillman – $10 Amazon gift card DeeLynn

Camy Tang – 2 copies of Only Uni and Single Sashimi Renee C., Kym Amaral

Sandra Leesmith – Two books each of God’s Spirit Within Me, God’s Spirit
Calls Me Sherri, Dana

Sandy Wardman – A copy of one of my Childrens Books Kari

Ruth Logan Herne – “Made to Order Family”, “Waiting Out the Storm” and “Reunited Hearts” Jan Terry

Linda Ford – a copy of my March release Prairie Cowboy Vanessa

Erin Quinn – Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice) Tabitha Gibson

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada Christy

Deborah Schneider – 2 copies of “Promise Me” Pam Hillman, Mikaela

Total E-Bound – One e-book of the winner’s choice from one of the genre pages ayla

Thursday

Virna DePaul – A CPO Wi-Fi Nook Penny Nielsen

Renee Ryan – a Kindle with my four Charity House books already loaded on it.   Vegasbaby

Sherrilyn Kenyon -  a signed ARC of  YA book INVINCIBLE, from Chronicles of Nick, coming out March 22, 2011 Stephanie Scott

Dianna Love & Mary Buckham – a copy of Break Into Fiction (takes you step-by-step through how to plot a powerful commercial novel), a Break Into Fiction Tote bag. Pamk

Sourcebooks – Fire Package:  (all to one winner) Virginia

1.       iDrakula by Bekka Black

2.       The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

3.       Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

4.       Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

5.       Haunted by Joy Preble

6.       Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

7.       The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

8.       Amelia O’Donahue is so NOT a Virgin by Helen FitzGerald

9.       Picture the Dead by Adele Girffin and Lisa Brown

10.   The Star Shack by Lila Castle

11.   Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson (ARC)

12.   I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (ARC)

13.   Beautiful Dead: Summer by Eden Maguire (ARC)

St. Martin’s Press – 5 copies of Dark Mirror  Cassie, Lulu, Tammy McClure, Laura Wisniewski AKA Loves 2 Read Romance, Christina

Debbie Kaufman – One signed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers Leigh Duncan

One signed copy of The Doctor’s Mission (released in Nov.) Ju Dimello

Missy Tippens – A signed copy of my April Love Inspired, A Family for Faith. Nichole Baumgartner

eHarlequin – 5 copies of The Iron Queen Debbie Kaufman, Grace, Sarah, “Tahiri Veila”, Little Lamb Lost

and one Iron Queen Gift Bag Roberta

LaShaunda Hoffman – SORMAG Goody Bag Kathy Webb

Terri Reed – a copy of my January release Daughter of Texas Leni

Marcia Colette – an ebook copy of Bittersweet audra

Staness Jonekos - “The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide To Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause” Jessica B.

Allie Pleiter – a signed copy of my April Love Inspired Historical release, YUKON WEDDING Judie Gaines

Ruth Logan Herne – “Made to Order Family”, “Waiting Out the Storm” and “Reunited Hearts” Amanda Woodward

Alix Rickloff – autographed copy of EARL OF DARKNESS. Cynthia Garcia

Mandy Goff – 5 copies of inspirational Regency romance, The Blackmailed Bride Kerry, Vicki, Sara, Jade Wagoner-Gray, Shell B

Lisa Mondello - 1 copy of Yuletide Protector and Fresh-Start Family. Lenora Worth

Sandra Leesmith – 2 copies God’s Spirit Within Me & God’s Spirit Calls Me Raonaid Luckwell, Katie Hart

Jill Elizabeth Nelson - Legacy of Lies Cheri Horgan

Charlotte Carter – two autographed books: my first Love Inspired Montana Hearts and Christmas Miracles (hardcover) from Guideposts Books. Rebecca C

Irene Brand – I will give a piece of Blenko glassware–made in Milton, West Virginia. Also two of my SP books,  Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska  and Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe Laurel Newberry

Renee Andrews – An autographed copy of Her Valentine Family by Renee Andrews, February 2011 release Jenny S.

Kelly Stone – TIME TO WRITE is the most popular because it features advice from 104 bestselling authors, & the latest is LIVING WRITE: The Secret to Bringing Your Craft Into Your Daily Life which includes a CD. Barbara Monajem

Dana Mentink – a copy of Turbulence, a Love Inspired Suspense Chelsea Rafferty

C.C. Hunter – A copy of Born at Midnight my first book YA, Paranormal romance in my Shadow Falls series, and pack of swag, which includes a mirror and brush compact, a note pad, a pen, and a bookmark. Bettie Coffin

Lois M. Richer – 4 copies of Love Inspired book A BABY BY EASTER Patty Wysong, Christina, Janet Tronstad, KirstenA

Emma Miller – signed copy of “Courting Ruth”, the first inspirational in the Hannah’s Daughter’s Amish Series Tabitha Gibson

Carla Capshaw – 1 copy of each of my books (The Gladiator, The Duke’s Redemption & The Protector) Amy Cook in WI

Julie Lessman – Winner’s choice of one book in my Daughter’s of Boston series or my new book, A Hope Undaunted Christy

Mary Connealy – Sharpshooter in Petticoats Bama

Lore Lough – Suddenly Daddy/Suddenly Mommy. I also have 6 other 2010-2011 titles (Love Finds You in Paradise, PA; Love Finds You in North Pole, AK; Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (devotional by Andrea Boeshaar, Sandie Bricker, Debby Mayne, and myself from Summerside Press), and Prevailing Love, Tales of the Heart, Beautiful Bandit, and Maverick Heart (Whitaker House). scooper

Saundra Mitchell – A signed copy of my new historical YA novel, THE VESPERTINE Kym Lucas

Janet Tronstad – a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card plus one of my Christmas books, ’A Silent Night in Dry Creek’ Kym Amaral

Margaret Daley – A Daughter for Christmas and Christmas Bodyguard.  Toni

Dorothy Clark - A copy of my latest book Frontier Courtship Sara A.

Valerie Hansen – The Doctor’s Newfound Family, Rescuing the Heiressand Face of Danger. Debra Clopton

Lyn Cote – Daddy in the Making LI (set in WI!) Francis

Trinity Faegen – A signed ARC of THE MEPHISTO COVENANT, a YA paranormal romance releasing 9/27/11 & a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Jenny St.

Ruth Axtel Morren – my March Love Inspired Historical: A Gentleman’s Homecoming Lexie C.

Amanda Brice - e-book copy of “Codename: Dancer” Farrah

Hope White – Copy of my book, “Hidden in Shadows” Wendy

Lenora Worth – Books (Body of Evidence-LIS and Because of Jane–Superromance) Heather

Janette Rallison – a copy of  How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend Vanessa

Linda Goodnight – Not one, but the first three books in the Redemption River series,  FINDING HER WAY HOME, THE WEDDING GARDEN, AND A PLACE TO BELONG. Shellie

Barbara Harrison/Leann Harris – My last 2 books, Second Chance Ranch,  01/11 LI & Guarded Secrets,  10/09  cheryl c.

Marley Gibson – Set of four (4) GHOST HUNTRESS books, as well as my non-fiction companion, THE OTHER SIDE:  A TEEN’S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL Lisa Mondello

Mary Buckham – BREAK INTO FICTION(tm): 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells Patty Smith Hall

Leanna Renee Hieber – An ARC of Magic Most Foul, a Gothic Victorian YA (will have ARCs in May for a November Release) Linda Goodnight

Barbara Monajem – $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Myra Johnson

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen YA books mailed to one winner US / Canada Jamie

Tina Radcliffe – 2 copies of Love Inspired, January 2011 release The Rancher’s Reunion. Michelle W, Afifa Mace

Cheryl Wyatt – 3 copies of Steadfast Soldier Regina Scott, Ruth S, Blackwater Mama

Janet Dean – Wanted: A Family Renee C.

Audra Harders – my January 2011 debut release, Rocky Mountain Hero Colleen C.

Glynna Kave – Autographed copy of my Love Inspired, Dreaming of Home Samantha Duvall

Camy Tang – 2 copies of Only Uni and Single Sashimi Karin T, Alison

Debby Guisti – a copy of Protecting Her Child and Nowhere to Hide Amanda Brice


Friday

Lori Foster – e-Reader brooke

Ruby Slippered Sisterhood - e-Reader Vanessa

C.H. Admirand, Tara Nina & Anne Elizabeth – e-Reader Lora

Louisa Edwards – e-Reader and book Toni

Rosemary Harris – e-Reader Barbara

Ellora’s Cave – e-Reader Kym Amaral

Debbie Macomber – 5 copies of Between Friends trade paperback Jan D, Hope Ramsay, Kristin L, Brianne, Lisa Ferris

Karen Marie Moning – A Shadowfever MP3 Jade Wagoner-Gray

Sabrina Jeffries – The three Hellions of Halstead Hall books published to date:  The Truth About Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed and How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, a collectible and (very) limited edition deck of A Hellion in Her Bedplaying cards, a set of the Hellions bookmarks available to date, plus a lovely blue cameo necklace reminiscent of the one Minerva wore when Giles Masters rocked her world with a passion ate kiss on the occasion of her 19th birthday. Debra H

Victoria Alexander – Desires of a Perfect Lady, The Virgin’s Secret and Believe. And a Victoria Alexander coffee mug. Bridget

M.J. Rose – The Reaincarnatoinist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist Cre

Lynn Raye Harris – A signed copy of my April Harlequin Presents, The Devil’s Heart Kate

Nancy Naigle – Adorable travel mug and assorted Harney and Sons tea. Kansley

Robyn Carr – A Virgin River backpack, with three of Robyn’s sought-after Virgin River backlist so the lucky winner can be a book-carrying, romance-packing romance fan! Pam Gardner

Tessa Dare – signed copy of Twice Tempted by a Rogue on Friday March 11th - Jessica B.

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen historical romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada cheryl c.

Michelle Styles – a copy of my latest release — Breaking the Governess’s Rules Bre

Ann Lethbridge – Undone  short stories in the anthology Scandalous Regency Nights Jeanne Miro

Susan Meier – A copy of my new book THE BABY PROJECT Chelsea Rafferty

Lisa Hendrix – a signed copy of IMMORTAL CHAMPION, plus an official Immortal Brotherhood mug. Pat Cochran

Christina Brooke – $20 Amazon.com gift certificate Roberta

Kimberly Killion – My two recent releases from Ellora’s Cave: EDUCATING APHRODITE & TAMING A HIGHLAND DEVIL + 2 images off Gwynlyn MacKenzie

Jade Lee – a copy of Wicked Surrender and Wicked Seduction Lisa Mondello

Cathy Maxwell – A copy of HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE Karin T

Shari Anton – paperback copy of AT HER SERVICE and the ebook of EMILY’S CAPTAIN, both Historicals Nichole Baumgartner

Elizabeth Amber – signed Dane, The Lords of Satyr & Bastian cover flat (May 2011 release) scooper

T.C. Archer – A digital copy of Sasha’s Calling, an erotic space opera from Loose Id. Sara

Minnette Meador – Ecopies of The Centurion & The Queen & The Edge of Honor C-hell

Kelly Jamieson – signed copy of my contemporary romance Friends With Benefits S Faloon

Tarah Scott – Digital copy of the erotic fantasy/paranormal Born Into Fire Silver James

Christina Phillips – A copy of one of my ancient historical romances - FORBIDDEN or CAPTIVE (winner’s choice) Christy

Jacquie Rogers – 1 autographed copy of Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues and 1 Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues cap meissa

Blythe Gifford – copy of HIS BORDER BRIDE Linda LaRoque

Sue Grimshaw – would love to donate virtual Seattle’s Best Mocha’s complimentary from Borders & giveaway a chance to Blog on Borders True Romance Blog -www.bordersblog.com/trueromance! Jeannie Lin

C.H. Admirand – 5 copies of TYLER March 1st contemporary western romance release from Sourcebooks Laura Wisniewski AKA Loves 2 Read Romance, DeeLynn, Andi, Cathy Shouse, Gina

Tara Nina – 5 copies of either Devilish Delights or Double Dilemma and providing the link to her latest release Tasting Devilish Delights available March 14th as a Free Read from EC. Christina Milway, Miranda, Heather, Lisa Fields, Isis Nocturne

Anne Elizabeth – 5 copies of graphic novel PULSE OF POWER by Anne Elizabeth, 1st book in the PULSE series. Brandi P, Page Traynor, Sabrina S., Ann, Shell B

Desiree Holt – 5 winners – choice of ebook from my backlist which currently numbers 98! Cindy W in Fl, Shari Anton, JessiAnn11, Diana, Renee C.

Kris Kennedy - a copy of the book, The Irish Warrior Anne from Iowa

Keri Ford – The first two contemporary erotic ebook novellas of my Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas Series- Through The Wall & On The Fence leanne

Phoebe Con n – PDF copy of DEFY THE WORLD TOMATOES runner10

Michelle Willingham – I’d be happy to give a signed print copy of my anthology Delectably Undone (Harlequin Historical) and also an electronic copy of my short story “A Wish to Build a Dream On” (originally published in the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance) Eliwrites

Katherine Ashe – Swept Away By a Kiss (2010) Kerry

Leslie Carroll – a signed copy of my new nonfiction release ROYAL PAINS: A ROGUES’ GALLERY OF BRATS, BRUTES, AND BAD SEEDS (NAL Trade) Amanda Woodward

Lynna Banning – Latest novel, Lady Lavender (February 2011), mass market paperback; Two additional western novels Melissa

Jennifer Lewis – a copy of my April release The Prince’s Pregnant Bride. It’s the first my my three book Royal Rebels series out this year. Jan Terry

Fiona Lowe – A copy of Single Dad’s Triple Trouble Erin cromer

Virna DePaul – e-copies of Copping To It and Cop Appeal, erotic novellas by Ava Meyers Cathy Lindauer

Gwen Roman – 2 copies of ebook Trail of the Tudor Blue EBabb, Stephanie Scott

J.S. Laurenz – To Conquer the Heart of a King Kiwi

Stephanie Dray – a copy of Lily of the Nile: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter Shirley Cochran

Brenna Lyons – A copy in PDF of each 2011 release I have, delivered by email to the winner on release day (note that this will be at least 8 ebook releases, and some releases are erotic).  Marianne Strnad

Leigh Duncan - Autographed, 1 copy of April 2010 Harlequin American Romance, The Officer’s Girl and 1 copy of June 2011 Harlequin American Romance, The Daddy Catch (as soon as it’s available) Kelly Raasch

Jeannie Lin – Autographed Print or eBook (w/ autographed cover flat) of Butterfly Swords (winners choice) + eBook of The Taming of Mei Lin vegasbaby

Jillian Burns – I can donate one of my recent Harlequin Blaze books Meggerfly

Alana Joli Abbot – An e-book copy of Into the Reach Ju Dimello

Mariah Stewart – a copy of each of the first three books in the Chesapeake Diaries – Coming Home, Home Again, and Almost Home, and a Mariah Stewart coffee mug. Stacey Zink

Kate Rothwell – my latest book, a Summer Devon story called Powder of Love, a m/f historical romance set in New York City joysann

Total E-Bound -  One e-book of the winner’s choice from one of these links contemporary or Historical The Hungry Poet

Saturday

The Wicked Writers – a Kindle reader with a book from each of us included Chelsea B.

Grace Burrowes – E-reader Renee C.

and 5 copies of The Heir Chelsea Rafferty, Lexie C., Tami Brothers, Susan C, Vegasbaby

eHarlequin – Kindle – loaded with Kristan Higgins MY ONE AND ONLY & Linda Lael Miller  A CREED IN STONE CREEK sharon

Sourcebooks – Casablanca Package:  (All books to one winner) Sara

1.       The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels

2.       Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye

3.       Tyler by C.H. Admirand

4.       I Love This Bar by Carolyn Brown

5.       Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

6.       Taste Me by Tamara Hogan

7.       Wolf Fever by Terry Spear

8.       Merely Magic by Patricia Rice

9.       My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas

10.   Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain

11.   The Solider by Grace Burrowes (ARC)

12.   The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones (ARC)

13.   Tapestry of Dreams by Roberta Gellis (ARC)

Dianna Love – signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies and Silent Truth. But watch for her to pop in during the day (starting at 5am EST…until she falls asleep at her computer) to say hello and give stuff away to commenters randomly on the blog  Bobbie Baynard

Sharon Sala - a basket of some of my titles, (autographed of course) Jessica B.

Christine Feehan – Gift selection of books & other Feehan merchandise sue brandes

HarperVoyager  – one winner for each book

1. Chelle Sandell KILL THE DEAD by Richard Kadrey

2. C-hell THE CHILD THIEF by Brom

3. scooper, April McGlamery BURN DOWN THE SKY by James Jaros (2 copies)

4. Jade Wagoner-Gray THE TASTE OF NIGHT by Vicki Petterson

5. Debbie Rieckmann, Kim hughes LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny (2 copies)

6.  Rebecca C, Brenda BRAINS by Robin Becker (2 copies)

7.  Dayle EARTH STRIKE by Ian Douglas

8.  Michele G, Vikki Parman AUDREY’S DOOR by Sarah Langan (2 copies)

9. jennifer mathis, Skylar Kade DAWNBREAKER by Jocelynn Drake (2 copies)

10. Bronwyn S, catslady, Keira Soleore, Faith_Bookluvr NIGHT’S COLD KISS by Tracey O’Hara (4 copies)

11. Allison Leotta, Angela, Christina, Stacey A Smith, Jan Terry PHOENIX RISING by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris (5 NETGALLEY copies)

Louisa Edwards – A signed copy of my Market trilogy: CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, ON THE STEAMY SIDE, and JUST ONE TASTE Chris

Kristen Painter - ecopy of The Perfect Dish Little Lamb Lost

Kimberly Lang – signed copies ofBoardroom Rivals, Bedroom Fireworks! and Girls’ Guide to Flirting With Danger Debbie Kaufman

Kensington Books – A paperback copy of NEVER KISS A STRANGER by Heather Grothaus Kristen J

Teresa D’Amario – Ebook of Tigress By the Tail melissa

Erin Quinn – Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice) Kim Hughes

Nicola Marsh – Signed copy of my latest release, Her Bad, Bad Boss

Hilleary Peterson

Fresh Fiction – It’s a blowout so what better than a full pass (value $125 – non-transferrable) to the 2011 Readers & ‘ritas weekend November 11th to 13th in Dallas (Allen), Texas with Gena Showalter, C.L. Wilson, Lori Wilde, Ann Aguirre, Nikki Duncan, Jade Lee, Marianne Mancusi, Jane Porter, Tara Taylor Quinn, Jaye Wells, Lauren Willig, Michele Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Julia Justiss, Alyssa Day, Monica Burns, Louisa Edwards, Vicki Pettersson, Kristen Painter, Roxanne St. Claire and Jill Monroe. Plus the extraordinary fabulous radio personality and award winning author Candace Havens. StacieDM

Kira Sinclair – 2 signed copies of my backlist.  I’ll also throw in some goodies which will surely involve chocolate of some sort mende

Francis Ray – #2 – autographed copies of HEART OF THE FALCON Mariee, Dina S

Nancy Robards Thompson – a set of her “Accidental” series:  ACCIDENTAL PRINCESS; ACCIDENTALCINDERELLA; ACCIDENTAL FATHER; and ACCIDENTAL HEIRESS Eliwrites

Mary Sullivan – My first three books: NO ORDINARY COWBOY, A COWBOY’S PLAN, THIS COWBOY’S SON Miranda

Jackie Braun – Copy of my March release, The Daddy Diaries cyclops8

Jules Bennett – Silhouette Desire (April 2011) HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST Jacqui Lyonelle aka Jacs

Sharon Archer – a copy of MARRIAGE REUNITED, BABY ON THE WAY Dawn Brower

Gail Barrett – MELTDOWN  jennifer mathis

Gwen Roman - 2 copies of ebook Trail of the Tudor Blue Rita de Canha, Lisa Ferris

Stephanie Draven – a copy of Poisoned Kisses, the first full-length installment of the award-nominated Mythica series and kindle copy of Siren Song (I’d give out other formats but no one else lets you ‘gift’ a copy) leanne

Jennifer Morey – Signed copy of SPECIAL OPS AFFAIR Michelle Bledsoe

Susan Hornick - 3 copies of More Than A Cowboy caroline fyffe, Sabrina S., Kathy Crouch

Rebecca York – Autographed GUARDING GRACE Colleen C.

Anita Clenney – An autographed copy of Awaken the Highland Warrior as soon as it’s released, May 3rd Brenda Butters

Allison Leotta – a signed first-edition hardcover of my novel, “Law of Attraction” Theresa N

Barbara Wallace – one copy each of The Cinderella Bride and Beauty and the Brooding Boss as well as a $10 Starbucks card (because after a week of partying, we’ll need the caffeine) peggy Quidor

Bottom Line: Look out…Moving into the 5th year with readers and writers in the house!

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