Monthly Archives: June 2011

Romance Writers of American Descend on the Big Apple

Barbara Vey -- June 29th, 2011

It’s official, the Romance Writers of America Conference has begun.  Registration is fully underway and everyone is walking around with their black bags and name badges (thank goodness because I’m horrible at remembering everyone’s name.
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Sharon Sala, my videographer Andrew (yes, that's my son) and Candace Havens

Sharon Sala, my videographer Andrew (yes, that's my son) and Candace Havens

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I got to start off my conference by having breakfast with Candace Havens.  You’d think it would be enough that she’s a wonderful author, but this dynamo from Texas has been a TV and movie critic for over 20 years.  Her reviews are in over 600 newspapers and she does a segment on radio.  Sharon Sala also joined us and she has the honor this year of receiving RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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The first day is dedicated to librarians and booksellers.  It’s a day long program with workshops and the

NY Librarians and author Jeannie Lin (in center back)

NY Librarians and author Jeannie Lin (in center back)

much anticipated visit to the goody room.  There they can grab free books and other giveaways.  For the luncheon I sat at a table with librarians from Queens, Brooklyn and Orangeburg.  We had a great discussion on student’s summer reading lists provided by the education boards.  I see a future blog there.

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Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn

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The luncheon speaker was Julia Quinn who was introduced as having appeared on The Weakest Link and winning $79,000.  I didn’t know this and I watched the show.  This is so cool.  In her speech, Julia talked about the impossible dream, being an organized person.  She also mentioned a letter she received in the early part of her career from a reader who told her she could be a better writer by using nouns, verbs and adjectives.
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Crowd at Literacy Signing

Crowd at Literacy Signing

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The highlight of the day was the Literacy Signing.  The huge conference room was lined with tables that held hundreds of authors.  People started lining up at 3 p.m. for the 5:30 signing and I heard the line went out the door of the hotel and well down the street. The books were donated and all proceeds donated to literacy.  It’s a very inspiring sight and everyone comes out a winner.

Jade Lee connecting with a reader

Jade Lee connecting with a reader

Bertice Small signing for a fan

Bertice Small signing for a fan

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The evening ended with a dinner party given by Nancy Berland at the Algonquin Hotel.  We were in the Round Table Room that is the site of the legendary 10-year Algonquin Round Table lunch.  Among the famous people who lunched there were Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and other luminaries of the literary world.  It kind of gave me goosebumps to think of the conversations that went on here.  Our discussion were more about things that can stop you cold while reading a book like poor research, language not appropriate to the time period and unbelievable coincidences.
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As a side note: You all know that any conference for me isn’t complete without some adventure and while I was out in Time Square we notice that there was no traffic on the street.  People were standing around and I was sure they were filming some kind of movie or something.  Later I found out that there was a man who had climbed a lamp post ready to jump.  A hostage negotiator was called in to talk him down.  Kind of scary.
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Bottom Line: Only 2 blisters on my feet so far, but nothing wrong with my voice.

Gearing Up For RWA

Barbara Vey -- June 28th, 2011
View from my window overlooking Times Square

View from my window overlooking Times Square

Good morning from the Big Apple!  I’m here in New York for the Romance Writers of America Conference.  Although the conference officially starts today, nearly everyone arrived yesterday.  The sold-out conference is  being held at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square.  You know what they say, location, location, location.

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Although my plane arrived early, because of the traffic, I had to blow-off lunch with Sourcebooks (please, let’s reschedule).  But I did get to visit the Romantic Times Book Reviews office in Brooklyn.  We got together to talk social media, Facebook and Twitter.  Definitely a sign of the times.  Publisher Carol Stacy remarked that the social networking sites work a lot like RT did in the 1980s where RT shared their messaging

RT Staff

RT Staff

through their magazine with little tidbits of information interspersed with the book reviews.

Dinner was at Carmine’s which serves family-style Italian food with 9 authors.  The food was great and so was the company, but we were off to Lady Jane’s Salon right away, so I didn’t even think to take a picture.

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Arrived at Lady Jane’s Salon very early because I knew there would be a huge crowd with so many writers in town for RWA and I was right.  The small venue filled up quickly with anxious readers ready to experience their first romantic readings and the authors chosen did not disappoint.  Dianna Love, Carrie Lofty, Leanna Renee Hieber, Karen Rose, Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James offered up bits of their books while infusing their

Leanna Renee Hieber, Carrie Lofty, Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, Karen Rose, Dianna Love

Leanna Renee Hieber, Carrie Lofty, Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, Karen Rose, Dianna Love

talks with insights.  Eloisa James took her reading in a different direction by playing the professor (her job in real life) and explaining why and how she went the route she did in her book.  The ambiance of the place is amazing with the long, narrow room filled with settees, loungers and ottomans and drenched in red lighting.  Kind of reminds me of a French boudoir (not that I’ve ever been in one).  This is a must stop for anyone in town at the first Monday of every month.
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Bottom Line: I get my name badge today and that will make it the official beginning to the conference.

Relay for Life

Barbara Vey -- June 25th, 2011
My great nephew Austin joins the fight

My great nephew Austin joins the fight

Last night my family joined many others in the Relay for Life walk to help stamp out cancer.  As many of you know, my mom passed away of lung cancer last year just 4 months after diagnosis.  At Relay for Life, we walk a track from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.  During that time there are lots of activities and themes.  One lap you dress for a sport you love, one you wear pajamas and my favorite, when men wear dresses.  They carry purses and you put coins in them as they pass you.

The local news station stopped by and interviewed my sister, Lori and her daughter, Sarah, a cancer survivor.  Please watch the video (they don’t offer embedding, so click here) and take a moment to think of someone you know who’s life has been touch with this horrific disease.

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Bottom Line: Together we can all find a cure.

Survival Tips for RWA

Barbara Vey -- June 24th, 2011

Monday I leave for the Romance Writers of America Conference in New York.  While I have attended several RWAs, for many it will be their first event.  Along with the stress of travel, they will be faced with meeting agents, editors, publishers and some of their favorite authors.  Twitter to the rescue.  A hashtag (#RWAsurvivaltip) has been started on Twitter to offer sage advice to those attending RWA.  I have complied some of the tips offered and used their Twitter names.  Pay attention because they may come in handy.

TeresaMedeiros Never talk about author/editor/publisher in bathroom. Odds of them being in next stall: 100%.
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SueGrimshaw introduce yourself to everyone w/card & purpose, its your chance to not be forgotten *imow*
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KimberlyKincaid: Put business cards in your nametag holder– no rummaging necessary
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maiseyyates I have never met an author who didn’t want to hear from a fan. If you’re a fan…say hi!!
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ChristinaDodd Assume no one remembers yr name & introduce yourself. Pls. Bcz I *don’t* remember yr name.
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katiebabs Want to make sure your arm doesn’t go numb by all the books up for grabs? Don’t take every book you come across
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JessicaScott09 No matter how tempted you may be, do not lug a copy of your manuscript for agent/editor request.
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LisaHendrix No drunk tweeting. I will repeat, NO DRUNK TWEETING! We all can read your stream, even if we’re not following you.
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shellistevens Carry those foldable flats (shoes) in your purse for when your feet start rebelling in the heels
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KimberlyKincaid: Put business cards in your nametag holder– no rummaging necessary
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BethYarnall Sit at a table of strangers & introduce yourself to the person next to you. You never know who you might meet.
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rosefox Ask for directions. New Yorkers are friendly–especially if you’re not blocking a crowded sidewalk while reading a map.
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TrinityFaegen Play nice with others, whether they’re NYT or Betty Beginner. It’s about karma & connection, not who you know.
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michellewilling Buy a flat-rate Priority box. You can fill it up with as many books as you can stuff. 

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TeresaMedeiros Don’t worry if U come out of bathroom w/ skirt tucked in panties. 2000 women 2 help. Or take video & post on YouTube.
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JessicaScott09 Know who various agents represent. Know other authors news. Be able to talk about something other than your own book.
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LouisaEdwards The bar WILL be understaffed. Closest liquor store is at 47th and 8th!
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The only thing I can add is to vent to your friends in private.  There are ears everywhere and you don’t know who is listening and may know the person you’re talking about.  Ways to avoid this is to only say nice things about people.  If that gets overheard and gets back to the person, it will make their day.
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Do you have any survival tips to offer?
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Bottom Line: Relax, have fun and the rest will fall into place.

The Hard Sell

Barbara Vey -- June 23rd, 2011

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of social media.  I enjoy following people on Facebook and Tweeter.  There’s something special about getting to know them through 140 characters at a time.  A person’s creativity can come shining through.  When someone includes pictures or links, it usually gets me to discover something new, have a laugh or maybe even cringe.  Facebook has given people the opportunity to tell little stories about their lives.

Sharon Sala

Sharon Sala

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One of my favorite people to follow on Facebook is Sharon Sala.  Everyday is a new adventure as she copes lovingly with an aging mother, Oklahoma weather, children, grandchildren, cooking and favorite tv shows.  While it may sound mundane, Sharon’s voice is anything but.  I can almost hear her accent come through as she takes me through her day...”Hmmm, remember yesterday the light went out in my bathroom. So I now have a NEW light fixture with 6 (count them) 6 bright bulbs to shine the way. WTH was I thinking? That bright…and me…straight out of the shower…OMG. sigh. I hope God doesn’t strike me blind.” What a visual!

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The thing about the way Sharon approaches social media is that I get to know her and when the time comes for her book to be released, I’ll want to read it because I feel like I have a bond with her.  It will be like buying a book from a friend.

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Then there’s the hard sell.  The person who doesn’t get the “social” part.  This is the author who only comes on line with one purpose…to sell their book.  If you look at their Twitter page it looks something like this:

“Buy my book, The Wrong Way, only $1.99 at Amazon”

“Buy my book, The Wrong Way, only $1.99 at Amazon”

“Buy my book, The Wrong Way, only $1.99 at Amazon”

And so on…

Not only is it boring, it’s embarrassing.  It kind of reminds me of State Fair when you go into the buildings with the all the stuff for sale and people are yelling for you to come over and buy their products.  You don’t even want to make eye contact.  And these authors don’t even limit it to their pages.  They post it on other Facebook pages and blogs.  No niceties like “How is everyone one today?” just “Buy, buy, buy!”

And it’s not just Facebook and Twitter.  I get sent a lot of books that I’m sure many other reviewers do.  One of my pet peeves is getting an email from someone that says, “I don’t read your blog, but would you like a copy of my book?”  Why on earth would someone want me to read their book and write about it when they don’t even know what goes on at my site?  I could have views that are totally offensive to them or their prospective readers.  Their book may not even apply to my blog.  It’s like sending an inspirational book to a horror site or an erotica to a YA site.  Again, I’m embarrassed for the author.

Do your homework.  It took a long time to write the book, edit it, get it published.  Why take shortcuts to getting the word out about it?  An author should be getting their name out well before their book is published.  With self publishing and e-books along with traditional publishing, there’s a ton of books to choose from.  The idea is to get the reader to pick you out of the pack.  And you don’t want them to remember you because you spammed them with BUY MY BOOK NOW! messages.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to approach marketing your book, get help.  Ask other authors and listen for what will work for you.  There’s a ton of books about the subject out there and my mentor Dan Blank even offers an online class called Build Your Author Platform.

Don’t get me wrong, you want to let people know you have a book out and it’s perfectly fine to put it on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, blogs, etc.  But you don’t want to be pushy and annoying about it.  Have a consistent presence even when you don’t have a book out.  Talk about other things and it doesn’t have to be personal if you don’t want it to be, but even sharing a book that you enjoyed or a movie you saw can give a reader a glimpse of the person you are.  Visit other blogs occasionally and leave a quick comment to show them you’re around.  People do notice. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time.  Set a timer for 10 minutes and do some quick marketing…in a smart way.

Yes, I know writing the book should be enough, but that’s not the way it works anymore.  An author needs to get noticed, but in a way that makes a reader want to buy their book.

What tips can you offer authors who are struggling with the marketing/social aspect?  What works for you?  What doesn’t?

Bottom Line: Having a book published is a joy…spamming others about it, not so good.

Giveaways This Week

From Susan Hanniford Crowley: On Saturday, June 25th, romance author and advertising expert Jennifer Fusco will be on Nights of Passion blog talking about the author’s brand.  She will be giving away to one lucky commenter a free website analysis.  See the blog for entering details

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From Dianna Love: NYT best sellers Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love will be signing on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at the RWA Literacy signing in New York (Marriott Marquis Broadway hotel) along with 500 other authors.  But Sherrilyn and Dianna are giving away 100 Tshirts (from different series, including the full color Belador shirts) to the first 100 in their line and color posters to the next 100 in line.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 22nd, 2011

Summer has officially arrived and with it beach reads.  Personally, I could read any book at the beach.  There’s just something about having the sun warm your bones while you’re deep in an adventure and an ice cold lemonade quenching your thirst.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Of course, I could do without the sand that seems to cling to every crevice of my body, but that’s a small price to pay for not having to shovel snow.  Here’s what the WW Ladies have been enjoying in the sun.

Kym A

Kym A

Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
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Read by Kym A
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Lexa Clarke joins a Team Work Mission for the summer.  She expects to travel to an exotic country, but instead is sent to San Antonio, TX to rebuild homes destroyed by a flood.  Lexa meets the team work mission director, Sam Lewis who challenges her to grow spiritually and emotionally. They have an immediate attraction, which brings out the best and worst in Lexa.  During the eight weeks, Sam and Lexa endure many challenges that cause them to question and grow in their faith, which also brings them closer as a couple.

This is a humorous, uplifting, and adventurous story.  Awakening is JoAnn Durgin’s first published novel, which I found to be an entertaining story with many surprising twists and turns.

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joysann

joysann

Spirit Dances by C E Murphy

Read by joysann

Since recognizing and accepting her shamanic powers, Seattle Detective Joanne Walker’s gifts for magic and healing have grown almost faster than she can learn to control them. In fact, watching an exquisite theater performance of Native American dance, Joanne discovers metaphysical changes in herself as magic swells around her. Something evil is hijacking the magic, however, and Joanne is drawn into searching for an extraordinary murderer.

I’ve been an enthusiastic fan of Joanne and her exploits for years, and The Walker Papers series just keeps getting better. This one I read cover to cover, enthralled, allowing no distractions (then read the last chapter over again). There’s mystery and suspense, humor and sorrow, discovery and excitement, and delight.

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Stacey

Stacey

Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr (E-book)

Read by Stacey

A young sports radio producer from Buffalo moves to Manhattan for her big break, a drive time sports talk show hosted by a former hockey player.  But from day one, explosive sexual tension wars with a strong professional camaraderie.  When  they take their relationship into the bedroom, will they learn there is more at stake than just sex, or will they loose the game of love before the opening face off?

Debut author Carr delivers a scorching erotic tale that captures the essence of Manhattan, Brooklyn and two people who have legitimate concerns about being in a relationship.  With her skillful pen, she draws them closer, past emotional pitfalls and well developed secondary characters, towards a love that I genuinely believe is happily ever after.
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Kym L

Kym L

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (E-book)

Read by Kym L

Harper’s got her life just how she wants it. She’s ready to pop the question to long-term boyfriend Dennis when she is interrupted by a phone call from her flighty sister. It seems Willa is getting married — again — to the brother of Harper’s ex-husband Nick. Harper will have to postpone her own plans for matrimony in order to attend the wedding. There, despite the presence of Dennis, Harper and Nick realize they still love each other. To find a future together, they will have to confront the issues that drove them apart, issues both would rather ignore.

Although My One and Only departs somewhat from Higgins’ usual theme of finding love for the first time, it reads as delightfully as her other books. I was left satisfied by Nick and Harper’s tale and enjoyed the numerous other quirky characters as well.

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Heidi

Heidi

Slugfest: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris

Read by Heidi

Paula Holliday has left Connecticut to attend the Big Apple Flower Show in New York City. Her goal is to sell all of the merchandise in her booth, not to be involved in another murder mystery. But when mysterious circumstances keep happening to sabotage the show AND a security guard winds up dead, Paula can’t help but search for answers.

Even though this is the fourth in the series, Slugfest is a funny, quirky mystery all on it’s own. Not only did I fall in love with Paula, I loved JC Kaufman who is looking out for Paula during the flower show. That feisty woman could make any robber think again. With the whole story wrapped around gardening and a flower show, it’s a perfect summertime read!

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Stacey

Stacey

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

Read by Stacey

Dutiful, driven Gayle slowly and inescapably falls in love with his housekeeper.  But she has secrets and will not let herself see him as anything but her boss…despite the steadily growing attraction between them.  But as he continually demonstrates himself to be a true gentleman, she finds she is powerless to resist him.  Yet when her past intervenes, she finds herself hoping that circumstances will allow her to find true love with the heir.

It’s Grace Burrowes’ writing style and amazing characters that made this book such a joy to read.  It was quite easy to understand why Gayle’s entire family wanted to protect him, his emotional fragility and his desire to protect those around him from any sort of harm combine to create a wonderful central character and from that, a great story.

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Bottom Line: If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  ~Bern Williams

Sunday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- June 19th, 2011

Coming soon, to a happy reader like you!

Nightwalker by Lisa Kessler

Cascade by Lisa T Bergren

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

The Venus Fix by M. J. Rose

Hourglass by Myra McEntire


If you would like your video considered, please email me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: Happy Father’s Day!!

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 15th, 2011

I have to admit that all the authors blurbed about today are new to me in that  I haven’t read any of them yet, but more to consider for my TBR pile.  Meanwhile, I’m gearing up for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books this weekend.  I’ll be doing three panels (luckily the same day) and I know I’ll be asked to recommend books.  I have a huge list (divided into genres) and now I have a few more I can add to the list thanks to the WW Ladies.

Heidi

Heidi

The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

This is the second book of the Matchmaker Series, featuring Caylor Evans, an English Professor who has given up on love to be the care-taker for her grandmother “Sassy” Evans. “Sassy” has plans of her own when she decides with her other friends that Caylor needs to be happy. Dylan Bradley has just returned to Nashville after being humiliated in the Philadelphia art scene. His grandmother “Perty” has given him specific instructions to get his life back together. Dylan and Caylor have a spark between them, but their past mistakes are preventing them from moving forward. Their love of the creative arts, as well as their strong faith, could be just the things to bring them together.

One of the biggest reasons I turn to a contemporary Christian romance novel is the fact that you don’t need the sex to have a wonderful romantic story. I truly appreciated they way that Kaye not only wove the story around the main characters, but the way she created the feeling of the struggles within the two main characters themselves. I felt the beginning blossoms of a romance, and how it grew like a strong flower. It was refreshing to see Caylor confronted with someone who had too much to drink, and the appropriate choices she made to keep herself safe. Since this book is part of a trilogy, I am inspired to read the other books and complete the set.

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Dawn

Dawn

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Read by Dawn

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler, and most eccentric. Tara also specialists in Tarot Card reading. In this case she will have to use her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.  Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia are disappearing.  The bodies are missing and there are very few clues. Tara increasingly ominous dreams, are suggesting something dark, along with her Tarot card reading skills and the unwanted help of the Delphi Daughters she is about to find a terrifying endgame that even Tara could not have foreseen.

I found this book to be very interesting. I love the Tarot cards mixed with the FBI profiling.  Those are two stimulating subjects and they mixed well with the story line.  The secret scheming and underhanded methods of the  Delphi Daughters held my attention from chapter one to the end.

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Lynn

Lynn

In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener

Read by Lynn

John Parker, a loyal courtier during Henry VIII’s  reign, is sent to escort a court commissioned artist from the London quay.  Susanna Horenbout, the tantalizing artist, unknowingly holds a secret that could change the course of history, and cost many lives.  Beneath the many layers of lies and intrigue, Parker struggles to discover who is plotting against the King, while keeping Susanna out of danger, and out of his heart.

I found it a pleasure to read a well – researched historical novel in which nearly all the characters truly existed.  A very fast paced, plucky story with much double-dealing, many brawls, and plenty of adventure.  My kind of book.

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Kym

Kym

A Choir Of Angels by Marilyn Baron (E-Book)

Read by Kym

Rhonda Paver’s dream was to sing at her daughter Hayley’s wedding. Rhonda was relentless, a bull dog, and never backed down .. Even if it meant selling her soul, to cross over and help her daughter celebrate the happiest day of her life.

This may be considered a short story, but Marilyn gives a fast-paced plot line with  wonderful conflict as Hayley learns to cope with the loss of her Mother and prepare for her wedding.  A supernatural, humorous, heartfelt ebook which exemplifies a  Mothers Love that will prevail, even after death. This is one wedding I wouldn’t want to miss!

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Ashley

Ashley

The School for Brides by Cheryl Ann Smith

Read by Ashley

Miss Eva Black is a twenty-three old spinster hiding from her mother’s past as a courtesan. The only joy in her life is teaching young courtesans to become suitable wives. She never had any problems with her school until the vengeful Duke of Stanfield comes pounding on her door demanding his mistress back, with his mistress long gone and married; the Duke demands that Miss Eva becomes his new mistress. What starts out as a love-hate relationship has the chance of becoming real love, if the two of them can overcome the secrets of their past.

A witty and sensual tale of love between two people, in two different classes of society. The love-hate between the characters is highlighted with amusing dialogues throughout the novel which made it a delightful read for me.

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Bottom Line: Another dark, gloomy, rainy day here.  Thank goodness when I open a book I have sunshine throughout my house (seriously, I need to wear sunglasses).

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Auction for L.A. Banks

Barbara Vey -- June 14th, 2011

Yesterday, Michaela Basham contacted me and asked for my help in spreading the word about L. A. Banks.  As usual, the romance community is rallying around one of their own in her time of need.  According to Michaela:

L.A. Banks has been diagnosed with late stage adrenal cancer and is very ill.  She is currently in a Philadelphia Hospital receiving treatment, but it is an uphill battle. Her best friend, Tina Wise is asking for donations on a Facebook page and a page specifically for Leslie (L.A.) here.


I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie a few years ago and although she didn’t know me, she wanted to get to know me.  She was incredibly kind, supportive, and encouraging to me as an aspiring author.  So, I have decided to set up a charity auction on eBay to help her family cover the astronomical medical costs she is incurring.  I am a reviewer on the Wicked Lil Pixie blog, so we are using that as a staging area to ask for donations and direct people to the auctions on eBay as soon as they start. If we receive enough donations, we hope to hold the auction next week, otherwise we will hold it the week after RWA.  Right now you can get information about donating here.


All of the proceeds earned from the auction will go to Leslie’s family, save for the amount needed to cover the posting costs and commission eBay charges (I don’t have the funds to cover that myself).  It will be posted when the auction is set to begin.  Right now we are looking for anyone who would like to donate books, critiques, or anything else, please e-mail me at michaela.a.b83@gmail.com
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I met L.A. at the first RT convention I attended just weeks after starting this blog.  She was gracious and welcoming.  Over the years Leslie has written many wonderful books and been very generous with her time.  Now it’s time for us to be generous.  Please consider offering something or bidding on an item if you are able.


Bottom Line:
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa



Get Caught Listening – June Is Audiobook Month

Barbara Vey -- June 13th, 2011

Joysann is a wonderful addition to Beyond Her Book.  Besides working at a library, she reads constantly and is a huge advocate of the spoken word.  Audiobooks play a big part in her world which is how Joysann became a reviewer for Publishers Weekly’s audio books.  June is one of her favorite months since it celebrates audiobooks and she’s always in a partying mood.  Today Joysann shares her insights and love of listening to books.

joysann

joysann

Hi, there! It’s joysann.

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has declared June is Audiobook Month, and I think that’s worth celebrating. Anyone well acquainted with me knows that they have to get my attention and wait for me to tug out my earbuds before they can talk to me, because I’m busy, thank you. Whatever it appears I’m doing, I’m really off in whatever fantasy world or living whatever exciting life is happening in my audiobook. I love audiobooks, and since June is Audiobook Month, I would like to celebrate by bringing them to your attention.

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I spend a lot of time with audiobooks; I blurb about audiobooks, I write reviews about audiobooks, I babble about audiobooks, but mostly I just enjoy listening to audiobooks. I’m pretty strictly a fiction listener, but I know that, for those who enjoy them, non-fiction audiobooks can be as fascinating, for many of the same talented performers narrate them. I can no longer make a list of my favorite narrators, I enjoy so many. Readers nowadays are so talented and professional, and we listeners expect nothing less.

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I’ve wondered what goes into the production of an audiobook, and marveled at the effort and discipline that must be involved, but who could I ask?

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Actor/Narrator Scott Brick

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Well, multi-award winning narrator (and, okay, a favorite) Scott Brick has endeavored to describe it this month on Twitter. Using hashtag #NARR8, he, along with other narrators and other industry professionals, is presenting fans with a daily Tweet in response to commonly asked questions. Each #NARR8 Tweet is accompanied by a link to a brief YouTube video where Scott and/or guest relates the message (here’s a favorite favorite). If you’re not a Twitterer, you can find these brief messages here , and follow along. They’re already fascinating, and we’re only into the second week. I’m really looking forward to seeing who joins in the fun during the rest of this Audiobook Month.

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Bottom Line: Give an audiobook a try…it may surprise you.

Monday Giveaways

From Elena Michele: Stop by the Happy Chances blog for a chance to win an Autographed Copy of Atlantis Unleashed by Alyssa Day – one book to 2 lucky winners.