Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sherlock Holmes Strikes Again

Barbara Vey -- September 28th, 2012
Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone

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Yes, I read all the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes books.  No, I could never guess who did it or how.  But I loved them all the same.  Over the years I followed Basil Rathbone embody the very essence of Holmes with his deerskin hat, distinctive coat, pipe and violin.  The bumbling Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) I didn’t really get.  Was he helpful or just comic relief?

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Recently, I’ve enjoyed other incarnations of the brilliant detective.  I adore Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Holmes.  Unkempt and unhinged.  And his relationship with Jude Law’s Watson brings friendship to a whole new level.  Friends will stick with you no matter what and this Watson’s loyalty comes through time and time again no matter what craziness Holmes puts him through.  A bit cartoony, but in a good way.  It makes the abrasive character more appealing.

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The British series, Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch has only had seven episodes in three seasons.  I’m hooked!  This time he is in present day and using cell phones, computers and all the latest gadgets, but it’s still his power of observation and deduction that gets things done.  He’s still a tortured soul, but the job always comes first.  This time around Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) was injured in Afghanistan.  The series starts with their first meeting, so you get to watch their complicated relationship unfold.  This series is brilliant and it’s on my “just can’t wait for the next” one list.

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Last night I watched Elementary, the latest Sherlock Holmes incarnation with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and in a nice twist, Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson.  Again this takes place in the present and Holmes has just gotten out of rehab (can’t get much more 2012 than that).  Watson is hired by his father to watch him (and administer random drug tests) for six weeks.  Immediately, there is a murder to solve and I found it entertaining to watch the chemistry between the two.  It was obvious Watson didn’t want to be dragged into the investigation, but it wasn’t long before she was hooked and finding clues.  Although it was just one episode, it was interesting enough for me to come back for more.

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I know there have been a lot more adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes character and I’m sure there will be many more.  He’s complex, fascinating and intriguing.  He’s a tortured soul who needs understanding and his brilliance only makes him more grating.  I admit that I’ve watched the Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch versions more than once because they are so complicated that I miss things the first time through.  This is no chore, just plain fun.

 

What is your favorite portrayal of Sherlock Holmes?  Or are you a “the book is always better” person?

 

Bottom Line:  My favorite…Sherlock.  Elementary, my dear Watson.

Meet Amanda Barratt

Barbara Vey -- September 27th, 2012
Amanda Barratt

Amanda Barratt

While at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, I had an opportunity to meet Amanda Barratt, a 16 year old author who was attending her second ACFW conference.  Amanda is very quiet, but focused on what she wants.  She’s dressed in a business suit and appears much older than her 16 years.  I talked to her about her writing.

Barbara Vey:  What age did you start writing?

Amanda Barratt:  I was about 12.

BV:  What genre do you like to write?

AB:  My favorite is historical romance, Edwardian and Regency for ages 18-21.

BV:  So, no Young Adult for you.  It sounds like you’re writing New Adult (personally I think it’s a dumb term).  Do you ever think about writing YA?

AB:  Not really.  I’m more interested in older characters.

BV:  How many books have you written so far.

AB:  So far I’ve written 7.

BV:  You’ve got quite a head start.  What kind of feed back do you get from editors and agents?

AB:  I already have an agent.  Editors are very acceptive of me and my work and many have requested manuscripts.

BV:  What do you do for fun?

AB:  I love reading and watching British movies.

BV:  Who are your favorite authors and books?

AB:  Jane Austin, the Brontes and I love Downton Abby.

BV:  Well, who doesn’t.  What do your friends at school think of your writing?

AB:  I am home schooled, but there are some classes that we get together in groups for.  Most of the kids are curious about what I do and I belong to the Great Lakes Chapter Critique Group.  My mom is my editor.

BV:  Do you use your friends in your stories?

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

AB:  (smiles shyly) Sometimes.

BV:  Do you ever cast your characters when you write your books?

AB:  I think of Colin Firth when he was in Pride and Prejudice, a young Gregory Peck, Ramola Gari and Zoe Boyle.

BV:  How are you enjoying the conference?

AB:  I’ve gone to several different conferences and I learn something new every time I attend.

BV:  Thanks for taking the time to talk to me and good luck with your writing.

AB:  Thank you…it’s been fun.

I think I need to talk to more young authors.  The whole world it out there waiting for them and the sky’s the limit.  I remember being that age and thinking anything was possible.

Bottom Line:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Agatha Christie

 

 

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

Barbara Vey -- September 25th, 2012

I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW) in Dallas this past weekend.  This was my first time and there were about 175 others like me.  Also attending were 30 editors and 17 agents.  This conference has grown steadily over the years and attendance is topping the 700 mark.  After spending several days with these writers I know this will grow to be a premiere event.  One thing really different, for me, was the announcement that this would be a “fragrance free” conference.  Attendees were asked to forgo the perfume and cologne.  How refreshing to know those meeting rooms would be breathable.  I’d love to see other events follow this example.

 

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

 

Keynote speaker Michael Hyatt got everyone motivated with his words of wisdom.  He encouraged all to promote and build their platform.  Michael also told the audience, “Now is the best time ever to be an author.”  There are many opportunities out there for authors, but my favorite thing he mentioned was not to be a high maintenance author.  I have heard authors, agents and editors talk about other authors who are demanding, critical and difficult to work with.  No one likes these kind of people.  I agree with Michael, don’t be one of “those kind.”  Be an author you can be proud to be.  “Traditional publishing is far from dead” and  Michael says that more books are being published today than ever before.

 

Michael Hyatt notes, “The power has shifted to the authors.”

1.) Easier than ever to do the writing (going to conferences, software, research at your fingertips, support groups, chapters)

2.) It’s easier than ever to do market research (ask others on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Google)

3.) Easier than ever to get into print (traditional publishing is not the only game in town, self publishing is available)

4.) It is easier than ever to build a tribe.

5.) It is easier than ever to build a business (speaking)

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Gina Conkle Judy Duarte

Gina Conkle and Judy Duarte

 

The place was buzzing after his rousing keynote and writers were off to the publishers spotlights.  My only concern with having all the spotlights at the same time was that the writers had to decide which one publisher to check out.  There was no way to visit several of them.  Many authors told me that they would have liked to have heard what a lot of the different publishers had to say, but they (the authors) had to choose only one.

 

Workshops for writing and marketing were held day and night, but I’ve always liked to visit with the writers.  I met several interesting ones that I’ll be writing about in upcoming blogs like the 16 year old who’s attending her second conference and the Amish like German Baptist writers who bring a new dimension to romance.

Carin Gibbs Paula Wallace

Carin Gibbs and Paula Wallace

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Since I wasn’t scheduled to do a workshop or be on a panel, Morgan from RT Magazine and I decided to do an impromptu session in the hall for those interested in what we had to say.  It was standing room only for our 1/2 hour chat which introduced the writers to PW and RT and what they can offer writers.  We also touched on social media and some do and don’ts for new writers.  This may end up being on the schedule for next year.

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Love Inspired authors

Love Inspired authors

I got to spend a wonderful evening with the Love Inspired authors.  The Love Inspired line by Harlequin is described as  “You believe hearts can heal. Love Inspired stories show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives—always.”  They cover several genres including suspense, historical and women’s fiction.  The large group of authors and their editors invited me to dinner where the conversation was all things romance.  There is nothing better than sharing a meal with people who think like you do.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and it was an evening that ended all too soon.

 

One disappointing note was no book signing event.  I think readers would love to get to meet the many authors congregated here, but because the conference was held at a Dallas airport hotel it wasn’t considered an ideal place to hold a book signing.

Tina Radcliff Mary Connealy Pepper Basham

Tina Radcliff, Mary Connealy and Pepper Basham enjoying the conference

 

The highlight of any conference is the awards gala.  The ACFW is no exception.  Saturday night was all glitz and glamor as the awards for best books were given out.  There are awards for unpublished authors (Genesis) and published authors (Carol).  The anticipation was as exciting as the awards themselves.

Genesis Winners

Genesis Winners

Genesis Winners

CONTEMPORARY FICTION:
Anne Prado

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE:
Amy Matayo

HISTORICAL FICTION:
Kathleen L. Maher

HISTORICAL ROMANCE:
Brandy Vallance

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER:
Matthew Sheehy

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE:
Arlene Coulter

SPECULATIVE FICTION:
Caleb Jennings Breakey

WOMEN’S FICTION:
Rachel Moore

YOUNG ADULT:
Kathleen Freeman

Carol Winners

Carol Winners

Carol Winners

Debut Novel:
Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

Long Contemporary:
The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell)

Long Contemporary Romance:
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)

Long Historical:
Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

Long Historical Romance:
To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers)

Mystery:
Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman (Zondervan)

Novellas:
An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver (Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:
Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)

Short Contemporary:
Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan (Love Inspired)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen (Love Inspired Suspense)

Short Historical:
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (Revell)

Speculative Fiction:
Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press)

Suspense/Thriller:
Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky (B & H Fiction)

Women’s Fiction:
Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate (Penguin Praise/Berkley)

Young Adult:
The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)

Other awards given out:

Editor of the Year – Julee Schwarzburg
Agent of the Year – Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
Mentor of the Year – Allison Pittman
Member Service Award – Jeanne Marie Leach
Lifetime Achievement Award – Allen Arnold

Congratulations to all the winners and congratulations to the American Christian Fiction Writers for putting on an amazing conference.  I know it left the attendees motivated, excited and inspired.

 

Bottom Line:  The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~ John Muir

Talk Like a Pirate Day Books

Barbara Vey -- September 20th, 2012

Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.  I tried it, but without an eye patch, peg leg and parrot on my shoulder, people were kind of looking at me funny.  I’ll try to be more prepared for next year.

 

I’ve always loved books about pirates and am still nagging Jennifer Ashley about writing more since becoming enamored with her The Care and Feeding of Pirates and The Pirate Next Door.  There’s something so dashing about a romance pirate.  Their tight pants and loose, open to the navel billowy shirts.  A tough exterior, but heart of gold when it comes to finding their soul mates (insert sigh here).

 

One thing I did go was ask people on Twitter and Facebook to suggest some good pirate books for me to read.  Here’s what they like:

Leigh EvansWindflower by Sharron & Tom Curtis. Best. Pirate. Historical. Romance. EVER.

Bekka Black - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson!

Dana Cameron – I like Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly. (Nonfiction)’

Michael McGovern – If you feel like a movie, try going with an old-school Errol Flynn pirate movie like Captain Blood or The Sea Hawk! Might be a good way to cap off a day of pirate reading, and Flynn is one dashing chap to spend an evening with.

Caitlyn Willows – Anything from Darlene Marshall

Missy JaneSay You’re Mine by Judi McCoy

Lisa Dunick Lady Pirate by Katherine Ashe

Patti O’SheaThe Skypirate by Justine Davis. Futuristic pirate and awesome story.

Nina BruhnsGhost of a Chance by Nina Bruhns

Julie Ann Long - I Kissed an Earl by Julie Ann Long

Sheila Griffin LlanasThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Josephine Ault TempletonA Pirate’s Kiss by Josephine Templeton

Sabrina Shields - Check out The Kraken’s Caribbean Series from Maureen O. Betita!

Got a pirate book you like?  Post it below.

 

Bottom Line:  Thanks for all the suggestions.  They’ll be going on my list of books to check out because every now and then I need a pirate fix.

 

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- September 19th, 2012

I leave tomorrow for Dallas where I’ll attend my first American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.  Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity and I’m looking forward to meeting the writers, publishers, agents and editors who are a part of this organization.  Leave a comment if you’re attending and I’ll try to catch up with you there.  Meanwhile, take a look at what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.

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Anne

Anne

The Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Read by Anne

Evalle Kincaid’s life is complicated.  She’s an Alterant, half Belador and half unknown (which scares the heck out of some of the Beladors), her partner, Storm, has gone missing and now evil Svart Trolls start showing up.  She’s working with VIPER to protect humans, but there are those who would like to see her locked away.  Meanwhile, she struggles to learn about her heritage.  With only 2 days to figure things out, Evalle has to ask for help from a black ops human who is no friend to her kind.  Time is running out and the battle is raging in Atlanta.

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This is the 3rd book in the Beladors urban fantasy series.  Evalle is a strong woman who has to overcome enormous odds to stay alive and having a life of her own seem almost unattainable.  I couldn’t help but root for her.  The romantic triangle between Evalle, Storm and Tristan keeps me guessing and I know who I want to be together.  I love a book that keeps me guesses and makes me crave the next book even before I finish the last.  Exciting heart-pounding action combine with an emotional rollercoaster…count me in!

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joysann

joysann

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Read by joysann

Boston in 1765 was a politically troublesome time, and, after a destructive riot destroyed homes, a young woman is found mysteriously dead, without a mark on her. Her father hires thieftaker Ethan Kaille to recover the girl’s stolen brooch, believing that Ethan’s discreet special talents as a magic conjurer will lead to her murderer. Ethan finds himself facing a convoluted mystery, making increasingly dangerous enemies as he goes along.

Colonial Boston makes a fascinating backdrop for an historical mystery. I found the descriptions of the streets and people of the growing new city riveting . Knowing the fears and prejudices toward perceived magic users in that time period, D. B. Jackson’s book keeps a keen edge on the dangers his protagonist faces. Rough and dark and hard as the times, Thieftaker makes for a remarkably good magical mystery.

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Kym L

Kym L

Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Read by Kym

Four years ago, Jake “The Snake” Sommers broke Michelle Carter’s heart when he shoved her away and into the arms of another man. Now a young widow and mother, she’s determined he won’t get the chance to hurt her again. Jake is equally determined to win back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Michelle and her young son are threatened by an enemy of her brother’s, she’s forced to accept Jake’s protection, and he has no qualms about taking advantage of the opportunity to get close to her.

Rev It Up is the third in Walker’s “Black Knights Inc.” series, and though I’m not a motorcycle aficionado, the series seems to be just the kind I enjoy. The book works well as a stand-alone, but Warren refers back to previous story lines and sets up future books just enough to make you want to read them. My advice? Jump on and take ‘em for a ride!

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Sophie

Sophie

The Other Countess by Eve Edwards (Young Adult)

 

Read by Sophie, 17

The Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime and affectionately known simply as Ellie, is a young girl of sixteen whose Spanish mother gave Ellie her high-ranking title before passing away and whose father, Sir Arthur, is an alchemist, hell-bent on figuring out how to turn iron into solid gold, despite failure upon failure.  William Lacey, Earl of Dorset, has, at age eighteen, been the Earl for four years, since he lost his father at age fourteen and, as his first official act, threw out the alchemist on whom his father spent the entire family fortune and the alchemist’s brat of a daughter.  Four years after this unfortunate event, both families still have no money when Ellie meets Will at Her Majesty’s court and realizes that he has no recollection of who she is—instead, he sees a beautiful young lady and asks if he may wear her colors while jousting, a sure sign that he finds her far more enchanting than he did four years ago. But when Will finds out who she really is, he is outraged first by the fact that she didn’t tell him and then because he realizes that even though the beautiful and rich Lady Jane as agreed to marry him, he wants nothing more than to promise himself to Ellie and Ellie alone, to marry her and figure out another way to save his estate—an overwhelming truth that could put his everything he knows in jeopardy.

Eve Edwards writes with so much emotion and detail that I often had to shake myself to keep from feeling as though I had literally been dropped right into the middle of Will and Ellie’s story.  The characters, too, were so intricate and dynamic that I loved every one—except the ones I loved to hate, of course!  In short, I loved The Other Countess, and would readily recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance and other similar genres.

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Joan

Death by Diamonds by Annette Blair

Read by Joan

Maddie Cutler has opened her vintage clothing shop in Mystic Falls and things are going well until Dominique Delong, Broadway star and Maddie’s good friend, sends her a package containing a beautiful dress covered in rhinestones. The note enclosed tells Maddie that if she has the dress then Dom is dead. Dominique knows Maddie’s secret, that some vintage clothing speaks to her and gives her glimpses into what happened to the wearer, and Dominque wants Maddie to solve her murder.

This is the third book in the Vintage Magic Mystery series and it’s a fun read that keeps moving. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books about Maddie and her special talent, and I’m excited about reading the following two books in the series so far, Skirting the Grave, and Cloaked in Malice.

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joysann

joysann

All Spell Breaks Loose by Lisa Shearin

Read by joysann

Raine Benares possesses and/or is possessed by the powerful, magical, sort-of-sentient soul-stealing stone called the Saghred, and they are not getting along. In fact, the Saghred would like to change its partnership to a powerful goblin sorcerer who plans to take over the world, annihilating the elves, but Raine has to die first, which she has no plans to do. So Raine and her faithful and beloved friends, and an enemy or two, face a horrendous battle for possession of the stone that can end only one of two ways.

I’ve loved the Raine Benares series from the first book, with Lisa’s endearing characters, humorous word play, and lots and lots of magic. All Spell Breaks Loose is action-packed and spell-binding, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Sophie

Sophie

Ingenue By Jillian Larkin  (Young Adult)

Read by Sophie, 17

Lorraine Dyer has finally become successful—working for the mob, that is, and trying to lure in her ex-best friend, Gloria Carmody, and Gloria’s boyfriend, Jerome Johnson, whose relationship is on the rocks and who are running from the mob after Gloria killed one of their men to save Jerome’s life.  Vera, Jerome’s little sister, and Evan, one of Jerome’s old friends, are trying desperately to find Gloria and Jerome to warn them about the hit man (woman?) who Vera just witnessed killing Gloria’s ex-fiancée, Sebastian Grey, and whose list has Jerome’s name on it.  Clara Knowles got a new job, but the partying it requires of her might ruin her relationship with Marcus Eastman, not to mention her resolve to never return to the taxing lifestyle of a flapper.  But when all of these people find themselves in spots they’d tried so hard not to be in, people get hurt, lives are put in jeopardy, and another party gets involved, one who no one expected nor welcomed.

This riveting sequel to Jillian Larkin’s Vixen is even more dramatic, juicy, and enthralling than its predecessor.  Every character has a scandal, every heart has a weakness, and every head has an ambition—though some less civil than others.  With a plethora of twists and turns, ups and downs, and tons of surprises, you will not be able to put Ingenue down!

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Bottom Line:  Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day….Aarrr!!

SYTYCW Contest from Harlequin

Barbara Vey -- September 17th, 2012

Today kicks off the So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) Online Conference offered by Harlequin.  This whole week they will be offering 24/7 advice by over 50 Harlequin/Mills & Boon editors.  One lucky writer will be offered a contract.

The boot camp has started and the week will offer:

  • Day 1: Why Write for Harlequin/Mills & Boon?
  • Day 2: What is Harlequin?—Defining the Different Series
  • Day 3: Characters, Conflict and Plot
  • Day 4: Revising, Critiquing and Grammar
  • Day 5: Here Comes Success! Enter our Contest

Starting September 23rd, writers can submit their first chapter.  Public voting will help decide the top 25 submission and there will also be 3 wild card spots.  Editors will decide the final 3 full manuscripts and then it’s back to the public to vote on their favorite. They are offering blogs, podcasts, live chats, videos and Twitter events.

While I think winning the contest is terrific incentive, the bigger value is a week long event to get writers motivated and educated in what publishers and editors are looking for.  Not only that, but it’s free.  This is a no excuse kind of program.  If you’ve ever even considered writing, this is a terrific opportunity to ask any question you may have and have it answered.  You don’t have to go to conference in a far off city.  You can sit in your jammies and and learn all those little things you may not have been aware of.

Even if you don’t plan on writing for Harlequin, knowledge is king (or queen).  While we all think we may know it all, there may be that one gem of advice that makes you say, “I didn’t know that!”

Bottom Line:  Today is a good day to learn something new.

 

Monday Giveaways

Romance Round Robin:  The top romance blogs team up to give away free books and celebrate the grenre…it’s the monthy Romance Round Robin!  Stop by all four blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win awesome prizes on each site.  Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance at Random, Discover a New Love and USA Today Happily Ever After.

 

Author Dianna Love:  Sept 18-22nd – NYT bestseller Dianna Love is giving away Keeper Kase™ Starter Kits during her Q&A/signings in Bowling Green, KY, Indianapolis, IN and Greenville, SC at her book events for THE CURSE plus a free raffle at each location for Tshirts and other Belador goodies.  Event details hereALSO:  KINDLE FIRE prize at Belador Scavenger Hunt (under Fun & Games) where all you have to do is answer one (easy) question to be entered, but answer all 5 for 5 chances to win the tablet and a signed copy of THE CURSE!! Enter by September 26th.

 

Get Lost in a Story:  Meet debut author, Susan M. Boyer’s LOWCOUNTRY BOIL and win a copy of her book.

Debbie Macomber Listens to Her Readers

Barbara Vey -- September 13th, 2012

PW now has its own YouTube channel.  New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber talks to PW about the importance of listening to readers, and why her latest novel, The Inn at Rose Harbor, almost didn’t happen.

 

Bottom Line:  Stop by tomorrow for a couple of my latest Drive by Videos with Kristen Higgins and Victoria Alexander.

Remembering 9/11

Barbara Vey -- September 11th, 2012

I can’t imagine anyone going through today without remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  That day is imprinted on my mind the same as the day JFK was shot and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  Most of us remember exactly what we were doing.  I was visiting my mom when the awful images started appearing on television.  We couldn’t look away.  The shock and horror was unimaginable.

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9/11 affected us all in some way and my thoughts and prayers today are not only with those who experienced it first hand, but also with our entire country.  Let today be filled with love and compassion for everyone.  Put hate and bad feelings aside for a time and enjoy our freedoms by showing someone some small kindness.

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Bottom Line: A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. ~ William Arthur Ward

Yes, It’s Time for Christmas Books

Barbara Vey -- September 10th, 2012

It now officially feels like autumn around here.  Last night the temperatures dropped into the 50s and it smells like sweater weather.  Even though we had an unusually hot summer, I’m always sad to see it come to an end.  Oh, I like how pretty the trees look when the leaves change, but it’s such a short time until they’re bare and winter comes rolling in.  And I really dislike cold weather more and more as the years go by.

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The cooler breezes aren’t the only thing coming into my house lately.  Christmas books have begun to arrive.  I love reading Christmas books, but I especially like to read them when the tree is trimmed, evergreen and cinnamon candles are burning and I’m sipping a hot chocolate with whipped cream.  It really puts me in the mood.

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Next month the WW Ladies will let us know what they think of the Christmas books they’re reading.  Some of the books I’ve seen so far are A Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery, My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr, Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries, A Little Holiday Temptation by Janice Sims, Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown and A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs.

     

 

 

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The Christmas books start coming out in October, much like when the stores start putting out their Christmas stock.  I’ve always loved to buy the little Christmas books to use as stocking stuffers, but even though I understand the reasoning in retail, I hate to see the seasons rushed.  How about you?

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I’m sure I just touched the tip of the iceberg with the Christmas books I mentioned, so please, let everyone know what other Christmas books will be coming out this year by posting the titles and authors in comments.  I’ll put the list together and post it again when the WW Ladies write about their Christmas books.

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Bottom Line:  Maybe I’ll crank up the air conditioning, light some candles and put the burning Yule log DVD on to put me in the Christmas mood while reading some of these books.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- September 6th, 2012

It seem like I’ve been getting a lot of books lately that are reprints of old books.  I’ve especially noticed it in audio books.  I’ll start listening to a book about an author I’ve read for years and it just sounds different.  I’m sure authors voices change over the years and with experience comes new ways of doing things.  I recently listened to a Tami Hoag book and kept waiting for there to be a dead body somewhere, but it turned out to be a romance from the ’80s.  So, you may see some older books read by the WW Ladies here more often.

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joysann

Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer

Read by joysann

Vamp City is a magically created alternate city laying exactly with Washington DC. Something about Quinn Lennox allows her to see glimpses of that secret city, and one day accidentally step through into it. It’s a deadly place for a human to cross into, a place where they serve as slaves, brutal entertainment and livestock. Quinn must find away to escape and lead what people she can out of there, all the while resisting the potent draw of charismatic vampire Arturo Mazza.

I’ve found another series I’m going to follow enthusiastically. A Blood Seduction is the first book, but there are more in the works, I hope, and I’m excited about it. It really grabbed me, and I hope Pamela doesn’t dawdle getting the next book out.

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Ashley

Ashley

Autumn Lover by Elizabeth Lowell

Read by Ashley

Elyssa Sutton never fit in London Society and she aches to be back in Nevada on her family ranch. However, when she returns after the Civil War, she finds both her parents dead and the ranch almost in ruin. Elyssa is determined to make the ranch her home but ruthless raiders are making it almost impossible til Hunter comes along with his own vendetta against these raiders. And so they join forces and fight for the ranch’s future…and their own.

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Autumn Lover is a fantastic historical western novel, definitely one of my new favorite genres.  This is a classic tale of bravery, excitement, and of course, love. Truly an unforgettable , action-packed romance!
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joysann

A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries

Listened to by joysann

The last of the Sharpe siblings to meet their grandmother’s ultimatum (wed within the year or all five will lose their inheritances), Lady Celia invites the attentions of a few suitable gentlemen, none of whom she’s interested in marrying. She’s a had an irresistible antagonistic battle-of-wits going with the Bowstreet Runner investigating her parents long ago deaths, and now she’s engaged him to investigate her potential suitors. But Jackson Pinter finds the task difficult as he longs to be the one to court her.

I’ve loved listening to the Hellions of Halstead Hall series and have delighted in the romances of the five Sharpe siblings. The premise is entertaining, the on-going mystery intriguing, and the different audiobook narrators, both women and men, along with Sabrina’s charming stories, have made the Georgian era historicals vividly entertaining. The story is not done yet, with another book coming out this fall.

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Heidi

Heidi

One Man Rush by Joanne Rock

Read by Heidi
Marissa Collins is a matchmaker with a goal. She must land hockey player Kyle Murphy for one of her top clients to be matched with. Kyle Murphy has one goal, the Stanley Cup. Both goals disappear when Marissa and Kyle meet. A new game emerges for the both of them, and that game is hot and sexy.

I couldn’t put this book down. It was a fun, fast and hot read. And hockey to boot! You can’t beat it!

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Ashley

Ashley

The Warrior Laird by Margo Maguire

Read by Ashley

Dugan MacMillian’s clan is threatened by a ruthless landlord who is threatening to kick them off their ancient family home. Dugan’s only chance to save his land is to go after a rumored buried treasure. And if that wasn’t hard enough he also has to deal with Lady Maura, who stole his only clue to discovering the treasure. If these two can start to trust each other and become allies they might just find the treasure but its proves to be very difficult with the past haunting them.

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A historical fiction novel loosely based on actual historical events, certainly makes this a wonderful book, now add a treasure hunt and some romance, and it equals perfection! The Warrior Laird is everything I could of wished for in a book! Beyond a doubt, it is a magnificent  novel!

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Bottom Line:  A good book is a good book no matter when it’s written.