Monthly Archives: May 2011

Best Romance Book to Recommend

Barbara Vey -- May 31st, 2011
Me and Eduardo on the plane

Me and Eduardo on the plane

Last week in New York was a blast.  Book Expo America was a huge success and I got to check out new products, meet publishers, go to signings and even catch a celebrity or two (but mostly it appears I missed them).  I even went to see Bridesmaids again with four other women and let me tell you that I laughed as hard the second time I saw it as I did the first.  The tag line is great, “Chick flicks don’t have to suck!”

The plane ride home was delayed an hour at  the airport and another hour on the runway, but the good thing about that is, if you’re lucky, someone very interesting is sitting next to you.  I was very lucky.  Next to me was Eduardo, a Wall Street guy who travels the world for his company.  He has homes in New York and London, family in several countries and a there is no such thing as a typical vacation as he goes from African safaris to Vietnam and everywhere in between.  I tried to talk him into trying out for The Amazing Race since he also speaks several languages and he is considering who to ask to try out with him.  It would be great to personally know someone on my favorite show and I made him promise, if he makes the show, to say that it was me who talked him into it.

Of course, the conversation came around to books and while he loves biographies (the lady next to me going out also loved biographies), for fiction he tends to head for Latin American authors.  Naturally, I touted the wonderfulness of romance.  While we volleyed back and forth about our favorites, in the end Eduardo offered to send me his favorite Latin American author’s book and I offered to send him a romance.

Now I need your help.  What book should I send him?  What book would sell him on romance?  Should it be a classic or something new?  What’s the definitive romance book to you?  Which one would you recommend to a new friend?

Bottom Line: Another plane ride on Friday as I head down to Huntville, Alabama to attend the Heart of Dixie Romance Reader’s Luncheon…can’t wait for that Southern Hospitality and a new plane mate.

BEA: Welcome to New York

Barbara Vey -- May 26th, 2011

It’s always a whirlwind when I come to New York and BEA is no exception.  While it’s mostly for buyers and sellers to get together, I found myself immediately absorbed into the frenzy.

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The first day, Dan Blank of We Grow Media, (and my buddy) acted as tour guide.  He showed me around and explained so much I didn’t understand.  I’m so visual that I’m easily attracted to all the sparklies and sometimes miss the plain but important stuff.  It was really fun to walk around the huge convention center and run into so many people I knew. We lunched with aspiring authors who are taking Dan’s class and I was thrilled to know that we follow each other on Twitter (another perk of social media).  You can find them here, @Porter_Anderson, @friendgrief, @virtualDavis . Can’t wait till they’re published so I can say I knew them when.

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While waiting in line to get a book signed by actress Julianne Moore, I found author Michelle Willingham waiting in front of me.  We took each other’s picture with Julianne.  She’s teeney, tiny and lovely in person.  Then I was off to catch Tyra Banks and managed to stick my head behind her because her line was way too long to stand in. 

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

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Harlequin author signing

Harlequin author signing

There were lines everywhere for book signings and I wandered in to the Harlequin set up where they had shifts of different authors signing at once.  Lots of happy readers came away with many free books.  While I didn’t take any books, I did manage to get a Dork t-shirt for my granddaughter and some Marvel stuff for my grandson.

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Since I love audiobooks, I stopped by the Brilliance Audio booth and they showed me a QR app you can put on your phone, then when you are at a book store or a library and notice an audio book you are interested in, if it has a QR icon on it you just put your phone in front of it and it down loads an excerpt of the book.  That way you can tell if you like the reader.  I know that the reader can make or break an audio book, so I can’t wait to use my app when I get home.

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Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

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Kensington Publishing had a fun party with their authors and staff.  It’s always nice to get together in an informal relaxed atmosphere and find out the latest news.  Of course, the drinks and food is a nice perk.  It’s going to be hard to go back home to frozen dinners.

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Day two I had a 10 a.m. meeting with Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks.  It’s really more of a fun chat session, but if I would have know that Jimmy Fallon was signing at that same time, I may have changed it.  He’s so adorable.  Then I found out that I also just missed Michael Moore.  Boy, my timing was really off.

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Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

But I did catch up with Harlan Coben who was signing his audio cds and ran into several authors while just walking around like Leanna Renee Hieber, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Nancy Naigle, KT Grant and I’m sure I’m forgetting some.  Just let me know and I’ll add your name here.

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I also checked out the Autography booth.  It’s a brand new company that offers an opportunity for authors to sign e-books.  The author can do it in person or be in another location.  It’s done on an iPad and gets transferred to your e-book.  If you are seeing the author in person, there is the option of getting your picture taken with the author and then attached to the signature page.  You really have to see it done to understand it.  I’m still not sure I do, but it does look pretty cool.  Right now you have to buy the book at the same time the author is signing, but they are working on a way to get the books signed that you may already own.  Stay tuned.

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Reader’s Digest was giving away Toy Story 3 books and I loved the movie so it was the only book I ended up taking, but I’ve got to tell you that a big selling point was the magnetic Woody.  It comes with a cloth Woody that you can attach to whatever page you are reading.  I can’t wait to try it out.  (Feel free to insert Woody joke here.)

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Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

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Ok, here the part you’ve been waiting for, one of my adventures moments.  As I’m walking around I notice this good looking guy and find myself yelling, “Hey Kevin!”  Face to face with Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo offered a hug and picture with me.  As I posted on Twitter, “Just call me Xena!”  A definite sigh moment.

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Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

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Next it was off to High Tea at the St. Regis with authors Kathleen O’Reilly and Dee Davis.  We did this several years ago and I’m glad we had a chance to do it again.  It’s so fancy, but I went with coffee.  They serve a plate of finger sandwiches.  There was cucumber, salmon, duck, egg salad and more.  Almost too pretty to eat.  Then comes the dessert tower with the most decadent teasers like lemon tarts and a variety of chocolate concoctions.  A real treat.

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PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

I caught up with Anne Elizabeth and helped her celebrate her 3 book deal with Sourcebooks by dining at The Harvard Club.  Really folks, I seriously need some new clothes.  This place was straight out of a movie.  A fish out of water, think Pretty Woman without thinking of me as a prostitute.  I knew better than to order shell fish because we all know what happens.  But being with fun people really makes all the difference.

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The Harlequin party was held on the roof top of the Kimberly Hotel and served as a prelude to their amazing RWA party.  There were sparkling lights hanging all over that made it all seem magical.  While it all was wonderful, the high point for me was meeting the amazing author, Margaret Atwood.  I got goosebumps.  I had to tell her that I read A Handmaid’s Tale years ago and it still haunts me.  If you haven’t read it, give it a try.  It’s so relevant, especially today.  I also caught up with Heather Graham, Carla Neggers, Rick Mofina, Sophie Littlefield, and Brenda Novak (don’t forget about her charity auction ending soon).

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Bottom Line: Yes, I’m pooped, but in a good way and I can’t believe I was too tired to go across the street to see Kiefer Sutherland…maybe tonight.

2012 Calendar…want to be on it?

Barbara Vey -- May 24th, 2011

Just a very short post today because I’m in New York and heading to Book Expo America (BEA).  It’s a huge conference so I’ve got a lot to soak up.

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately and visiting several writing groups and conferences, so I wanted you all to know that I’m already working on my 2012 travel calendar.  In January I’ll be traveling to meet the Space Coast RWA chapter, March I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola, Florida.  April is the RT Booklovers Convention and Spring Fling by the Chicago RWA.  RWA Conference is in July and September I’ll be going to Dragon Con in Atlanta.  Also in September, I’ve been invited to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas.  Lots of new people to connect with.

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If you have an event you’d like to invite me to, please email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com   2012 will be here before you know it and I’d love to get you on my calendar.  But right now I’m off to the Javits Center.

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Bottom Line: Today is Brothers Day and I have four brothers.  I hope they don’t find out about this because I didn’t get them anything.

Georgia Romance Writers Workshop in Hot-lanta

Barbara Vey -- May 23rd, 2011

I love traveling to visit the different RWA chapters and the Georgia Romance Writers are no exception.  They are so welcoming and friendly that I feel right at home.  They have quite a large group and their meetings are held in hotel conference room.

Georgia Romance Writers (& look for me and Dianna in the group)

Georgia Romance Writers (& look for me and Dianna in the group)

Dianna Love and I were presenting a workshop on Building Reader Loyalty, so we sat toward the back of the room with some brand spanking new members.  Two sisters came to hear us speak and while one is a writer, the other just likes to read the books.  And really, readers are who the authors want to connect with.  Another woman was a transplant from Florida who just recently moved to Atlanta, but also wanted to come to the meeting after hearing about the workshop we were doing.  I’ve got to tell you that, for me, it’s an amazing feeling to know that someone has taken the time to hear what you have to say.  I’m very humbled by it.

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Nicki Harris Salcedo and Pam Asberry

Nicki Harris Salcedo and Pam Asberry

During the meeting, Pam Asberry was honored by receiving her PRO

Anju Gattani

Anju Gattani

status.  That means that she has completed a full manuscript and sent it to an editor or agent and either had it accepted or rejected and received a confirmation letter stating the result.  Another award went to Anju Gattani for making her first sale.  Then whoever had any kind of news lined up to make their announcements.  There were quite a few and congrats went for everything from a request for a full manuscript to someone receiving their doctorate.  Lots of reasons to celebrate.

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Then it was time for our presentation.  Dianna had sent a message out on her Facebook page asking readers what they need to stay loyal to an author.  I took comments from my anniversary blog and we shared them with the group.  Here’s a sampling of what we were sent:

“ I think that when authors take time to connect with readers, it can make a difference. Such as when authors personally answer their letters and take time to go to reader/author events and meet them.”

“ Well written story, relatable characters and respect for the readers.”

“ What makes me loyal to an author is the consistent writing. Characters that always act the same way, talk the same way and have human flaws like the rest of us. If the character is ‘believable’ then I’m willing to follow the trail down the rabbit hole, wherever that may lead.”

“ I think when an author connects with their fans, on some level–facebook, twitter, or at a signing it’s great! (it spoke in volumes for me on a personal level.)”

It seems to me that the best thing an author can do is listen to the readers.  They are, after all, the ones who buy the books.  Readers are thrilled with any connection to the author and tend to be very forgiving if a book isn’t up to expectations if theyy have a bond with the author.

Our workshop went into overtime, but no one left and were taking lots of notes.  One the key things to remember when you are an author is that you are also a reader, so think back to the things that made you loyal to an author.

Marilyn Baron & Sandra Elize present Barbara Vey with cookbook (I'm in it!)

Marilyn Baron & Sandra Elize present Barbara Vey with cookbook (I'm in it!)

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The blogging group Petite Fours and Hot Tamales presented me with a cookbook that their group put together and they even included one of my recipes in it.  Does that mean I’m officially published?  If you are interested in purchasing a cookbook, you can get one here.
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Atlanta Falcon Stuff

Atlanta Falcon Stuff

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Since they all knew what a huge Brewer and Packer fan I am, I was given a gift of various Atlanta Falcon items including a poster, book covers and portfolios.  I’m sure I’ll find a use for them at home, but not so sure I’ll be going out in public with them when I get home.

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Jerry

Jerry


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I almost forgot.  I wanted to say  a special hello to one of the most entertaining, sweetest flight attendants I’ve ever flown with.  This is Jerry and he took extra special care of me on my AirTran flight from Atlanta to New York.  He has adorable dimples and I asked if he would be flying me home on Friday, but he’ll be on the Miami flight.  I just may have to change my reservation.


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Bottom Line: I’m now in New York to attend the Books Expo America, so let’s see who I can get on candid camera while I’m here.

Sunday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- May 22nd, 2011

Yesterday I spoke to the Georgia Romance Writers with Dianna Love about Reader Loyalty and had a blast!  I’ll be writing about it in tomorrows blog.  Right now I’m off to New York for the Book Expo America.  In the meantime, enjoy some terrific book videos.

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If you’d like your book video considered, please email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com .

Bottom Line: Every time I go to New York, I’m on the lookout for Robert DeNiro.  Here’s hoping this time’s the charm.

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WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 20th, 2011

Today I’m off for Atlanta and tomorrow I’ll be giving a workshop on Building Reader Loyalty with Dianna Love for the Georgia Romance Writers.  I’ve thrilled because this is a subject close to my heart and I’ve had the opportunity to visit the GRW before, so I’ll get to see a lot of people I know and meet some new ones.

Kym

Kym

Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle

Read by Kym

Grandma Pearl Lives in Adams Grove and is known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and for giving out the best advice, whether you ask for it or not! Her Southern Hospitality and Grandmotherly ways
engulf you like a warm hug.  Shortly after returning home to attend a surprise party for Grandma Pearl, Jill gets a call from her ex-fiance’ that Pearl has passed away.  Jill returns to Adams Grove, to find out she didnt know everything about Grandma Pearl.

I found this book to have a small town, welcome home feel.  Adding in the love of Grandma Pearl and suspense of finding out if Jill and Garret’s relationship works out, and will their lives be in jeopardy, made this book a page turner and a must read!

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joysann

joysann

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin

Read by joysann

The romance between Jaz and Vayle is still hot and heavy… and it’s interrupted by an assassination attempt on Vayle right in his own home. The assassin is a young man their seer friend Cassandra says is the reincarnation of one of the two sons for whom Vayle has spent centuries searching. This leads to Jaz and gang racing across Europe to find Vayle’s other reincarnated son, and right to the Gates of Hell to prevent demons from invading the world and chaos to reign.

The Jaz Parks paranormal series has been packed with no-holds-barred action and cleverly imaginative situations. The camaraderie of the engaging recurring characters has been enough to bring me back again and again, but the mysteries and magic are just as captivating. This latest book in the series brought me suspense, passion, laughter, romance, and thrills, all overlaid with melancholy knowing that this is the last. (Jennifer Rardin 1965-2010) (Note: I see now that there are some short stories being released.)

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Heidi

Heidi

Chocolate-Covered Crime by Cynthia Hickey (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

Summer Meadows, owner of Summers Confections has gotten caught up in another murder mystery. This one happens to include her cousin Mae Belle, who has been murdered while planning Summer’s wedding. Summer soon realizes there are more disgruntled clients of Mae Belle’s party planning, and the list of suspects continues to grow. Summer’s April Fool’s wedding day is fast approaching but she has promised to solve the murder before she becomes the next target.

I have simply adored all the characters of this story, and truly appreciated that Summer is like a modern day Nancy Drew. The story is also Christian based, and it’s nice to see that the characters are living to a higher standard. This is a great weekend read!

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Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson

Read by Kathy

What happens when the fairy tale doesn’t end “Happily Ever After”? Cinderalla turns out to be a spoiled narcissistic brat who abandons her adolescent daughters. The Evil-Step-Mother is lying low, trying to rebuild her tarnished reputation. Prince Charming is middle-aged, divorced and developing a paunch. But he is still able to turn on the charm as he discovers that Evil isn’t so bad after all.

I really enjoyed this very cute romantic twist on the classic fairy tale. Cleverly conceived, it was as charming as the prince, and made me smile.

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joysann

joysann

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Read by joysann

There’s another sort of stranger danger when a “zoological anthropologist” comes to Grundy, Alaska, to study the reports of people killed by wolves. He believes werewolves are real, and is trying to prove his theory. That poses a dilemma for pack alpha Maggie, for she finds the doctor deliciously irresistible, but it’s her job to protect the pack and keep them hidden from the human world.

This is a paranormal romance of the cutest order. Just like its predecessor, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, it is delightfully amusing and entertaining. Infatuated with the characters and the scenario, I read the books back to back, with hardly a pause between.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

Bethanne Hamlin is at a crossroads in her life. It seems her daughter Annie and her ex-mother-in-law Ruth are also at a crossroads as well. They all decide to take a cross-country road trip from Seattle to Florida so that Ruth can attend her 50th high school reunion. All three women have things to think about and ponder while taking this drive, and it seems that their lives could be on a road to change forever.

I have always enjoyed the Blossom Street novels by Debbie. This book has taken us away from Blossom Street to drive across the country. I related so well to the actual trip and the desire to go off the beaten path, because you never know what wonderful thing may be waiting for you. Why should you follow an itinerary, when you have 18 days to discover new things? That is exactly how the characters approached this trip, even with all their own baggage in their lives that they needed to sort out. Debbie has proved once again that her books can create a feeling of happiness and the joy for a happy ending.

Bottom Line: Adventure awaits in Hot-lanta!

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Visiting the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America

Barbara Vey -- May 19th, 2011

Arrived in Flint, Michigan and it wasn’t nearly as cold as I thought it would be.  Just gray, cloudy and windy.  Pretty much the same as Wisconsin, no surprise.  Author Patti Shenberger met me at the airport and told me I could identify her by her lime green purse.  It was pretty much neon green, so I spotted her right away as she waved her identifier.

Wonderful group from GDRWA

Wonderful group from GDRWA

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I was invited by the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America (GDRWA) to speak at one of their meetings.  Patti kept me entertained during the day by taking me to Kirby’s Coney Island which served yummy hot dogs.  All I needed was a baseball game and I would have been all set.   We spent the afternoon talking books, RWA, authors and family.

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The GDRWA board took me to a lovely dinner at an Italian restaurant and after one glass of wine, I was ready to roll (I know, it doesn’t take much).  On to the meeting.

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Booksigning

Stephani Hecht, Robbie Terman, Renee Alexis, Michelle Celmer

The GDRWA group had an even balance of published and unpublished authors and sitting through their meeting I got the sense of purpose and commitment.  They went around the room introducing each other and telling the group their successes for the month.  Happily, quite a few announced that they had sold their books, finaled in contests and received positive feedback on their proposal.  When they sell their book, they are given different flowers to designate their achievement.  I’m happy to let you know that several flowers were given out.  It was inspiring to see.  At the break, the published authors did a book signing.

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I like to keep my workshops open and interactive, so I encourage questions throughout.  After explaining a little about myself, we talked about social networking, branding yourself, navigating the mysteries of the internet, blogging, websites and staying positive in adversity.  Great questions and I hope a lot of the fear taken out of connecting online (and in person) with potential readers.  Judging from the new Twitter and Facebook followers I’ve seen since coming home, they appreciated the advice.  I look forward to visiting them again and will see many next month at RWA in New York.

I should also mention that the GDRWA gives out the very popular Booksellers Best Awards for published authors.  Winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America Conference in New York in July at the BBA Reception.

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It may kind of look like Captain Kirk's chair, but it has some different features

It may kind of look like Captain Kirk's chair, but it has some different features

Just as a side note, when we got to the Holiday Inn, it had amazing amenities including a very special bathroom.  There was a contraption attached to the toilet with lots of buttons and dials and although it’s probably not very PC, I found myself yelling to Patti, “You’ve got to come and see this!”  Not something I sure the person outside of the bathroom really wants to hear.  Turns out it was a built-in bidet.  I didn’t even know there were such things (the built-in part, I mean).  Of course I had to try it out and it even had a button to heat the seat.  I’m sure I sound like a country bumpkin, but really, have you ever heard of this?  Anyway, I’ll spare the details and just say that I want one of these in my house.  Really, a warm seat in Wisconsin.

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Bottom Line: I’ve started putting pins on the US map of RWA chapters I’ve visited and my goal is to fill it with pins.

Will the New Facebook Rules Cramp Your Style?

Barbara Vey -- May 17th, 2011

I’m on my way to Michigan to talk to the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America about Social Networking and Branding Yourself.  I’ve been looking forward to meeting with this group and I know it’s going to be a great time.  It’s always fun for me to admit how I hated the ideas of Facebook and Twitter at first, but now have watched them become a part of my everyday existence.  So, when the big news broke this week about how contests are to be run (or not run) on Facebook, it had me saying, “Huh?”

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I thought I had it all figured out (at least as much as I wanted to know), but this curve ball by Facebook seems to have a lot of people scratching their heads.  I tried to read the new rules but got a headache.  I guess it just boils down to getting around the Facebook rules by running a contest on your website or blog page and letting people know about it via Facebook.  Of course, you can’t announce the winners on Facebook, but again, you can tell people to go to your website to find out the winners.  At least this is the way I understand it.

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If you can explain it easier, please let me know.  But tell me now if any of you will still do any kind of contest on Facebook.  Is it worth it?  The funny thing is that last night I saw our local news station say, “Go to our Facebook page and “LIKE” us for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate.”

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Bottom Line: Maybe they didn’t get the Facebook memo.


Free Giveaways this Week

From Debby GuistiDebby Giusti will be blogging about GIVING BACK on WED in Seekerville and giving away 5 copies of her May Love Inspired Suspense, THE OFFICER’S SECRET. Stop by www.seekerville.blogspot.com and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Sunday Matinée!

Barbara Vey -- May 15th, 2011


It’s been a while, but it’s time for the return of the Sunday Matinee. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the book videos. It’ll whet your appetite for some great reads.
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If you’d like your book video considered to be in Sunday Matinee, please contact me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: Today is National Chocolate Chip Day, so do your part and add those little suckers to your pancakes, ice cream, cereal and imagination!

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 12th, 2011
Enjoying a Francis Ray book

Enjoying a Francis Ray book

You all know how I always stop to talk to anyone who I see reading a book.  Well, this week alone I talked to four women (reading Catherine Anderson, Lisa Jackson, Francis Ray and Sandra Brown).  The biggest concern they all voiced was the dilemma of neighborhood bookstores closing.  One woman says the highlight of her week is to roam the bookstore, buy a couple she thinks she’ll enjoy and stay to read them at the coffee shop.  None of the four owned e-Readers and had no plans to buy one.  “I like to hold the book and occasionally look back at the cover to see if the characters look like they’re written about in the book.”  They all agreed that they pass the books on to others after they read them to “share the joy.”  And now, here’s the WW Ladies sharing the joy of the books they read this week.


joysann

joysann

Bastian by Elizabeth Amber

Read by joysann

In 1881, while excavating the ancient Roman Forum, archeologist Lord Bastian Satyr is unknowingly led to discover the Temple of Vesta by one of the original Vestal Virgins. Silvia has lived in a lonely, invisible state since the temple was destroyed centuries ago, and is only able to interact in the world by possessing other human bodies. Now unearthing the temple has become vital for her freedom, and Bastian and Silvia are drawn to each other in a passion that is a new experience for both of them.

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I’ve been enjoying every book in the Lords of Satyr series, and Elizabeth Amber maintains her marvelous creativity with an unusual blend of the historical and the mythological. Magical, mysterious, intriguing, different, sensual, and captivating, Bastian is just as sizzling hot and erotically romantic as its brothers.

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The Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman

Read by Kathy

Isobella Douglas, fresh off a failed engagement, is convinced she was born hundreds of years too late. She and her twin sister Elizabeth are touring Scotland, seeking the tombstones of their Douglas ancestors and indulging Isobella’s passion for Medieval Celtic archaeology when they suddenly find themselves thrust backward in time by the devilish ghost of the Black Douglas. They arrive on the island of Mull in 1515 just in time to witness a clash between rival clans, the Macleans and the Mackinnons. With no way back to their own time, Isobella and Elizabeth will discover if they have what it takes to survive in the 16th century Scottish Highlands, and whether they can resist the wild Highland men.

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Elaine Coffman has blended a couple of my favorite ingredients, Scottish Highland Lairds and the time-travel genre, to concoct a delightful fantasy. Romantic, titillating and exciting.

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Heidi

Heidi

Rest in Peace by Frances Devine (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

Victoria Storm and her residents of her senior boardinghouse are in the middle of another mystery when the local pet store owner is found dead. The parrot of the store starts squawking out clues, more evidence is discovered and precious Miss Aggie disappears. Victoria and the seniors have very little time to solve this mystery before Victoria can walk down this aisle for her wedding.

The seniors living in Victoria’s boardinghouse are hysterical. They reminded me of some of the residents I knew when I worked in a nursing home. Older, set in their ways, and stubborn to a fault. But you can’t help but love them. This faith-filled mystery is a great read for a Sunday afternoon.

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Ms Faye

Ms Faye

The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane

Read by Ms. Faye

Lady Lucinda is as rich as she is beautiful and that brings some unwanted attention on a lot of levels. Lord William Randall is a rouge and a spy with a new assignment, to protect Lady Lucinda. The only way to do that is to court her and secretly watch over her. Lord Williams greatest nemesis, once thought dead, is back with a vengeance and his target brings about a confrontation of danger.

This is a historical romance with a touch of humor and mystery. Nothing is more exciting than danger peppered with romance and that for me is a must read.

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Heidi

Heidi

Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber

Read by Heidi

Lucy Valentine and her family were blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, where Lucy has the ability to find things. But it’s proving difficult to find who the “Lone Ranger” is; a masked man who is throwing cash out into the public all over town. By the time Lucy tries to catch him, he disappears. With the help of her hunky boyfriend, Sean, Lucy is determined to find out and maybe even solve a few questions in her own love life.

I found this book charming and intriguing. Lucy and her boyfriend are constantly trying to have a intimate moment, but are getting interrupted. I think that is the story of most people’s lives. I loved the way that Lucy is determined to help those looking for lost loves, and wishing for love herself. The quirky characters in this series really made the story come alive for me.

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joysann
joysann

The Book of Scandal by Julia London

Listened to by joysann

Because of her proximity to the royal family and her possible implication in treason, the dissolute Earl of Lindsey, Nathan Grey, demands his estranged wife Evelyn return home to the country, even if he has to kidnap her to do it. Though enraged by his high-handedness, Evelyn begins to see, not only the real danger to their lives because of the political intrigues, but that it might be time for both of them to reflect on their estrangement, and discover they might rekindle the love and passion they once shared.

Julia London’s books are new to me, but with The Book of Scandal, I’m afraid I’m developing a new addiction. It is filled with passion, heartache, romance, mystery, excitement and suspense, and there was never a dull moment. Listening to this Regency romance took me a away for a few pleasurable hours.

Bottom Line: Today I’m guest blogging at the International Thriller Writers debut author’s blog.