Monthly Archives: November 2012

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- November 28th, 2012

Hi There! joysann here. Barbara’s off being a lady of leisure somewhere and has asked me to post the book blurbs this week. I find this is that awkward time of year when I can’t decide whether to read only holiday books or indulge in a variety of reading pleasures. Fortunately, this week’s blurbs provide several terrific choices. There goes any dents in my TBR pile… not that I’m complaining. Happy reading!

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Joan

 Iced Chiffon: A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown

Read by Joan

Savannah raised and recently divorced, Reagan Summerside is left with only Cherry House, a Victorian fix-it-upper, and a pile of mounting bills. Her ex and his good-looking attorney, Walker Boone, took everything else. In order to survive she has been selling off her furniture, and without trying, Reagan has started a consignment store that her aunt names the Prissy Fox. Without telling her ex, she and Aunt Kiki borrow his Lexus to move a water fountain she sold, and they find the ex’s girlfriend dead in the trunk. Determined to hang onto her home and not wanting to pay Walker Boone’s excessive attorney fees, Reagan knows she will have to find the killer before he does.

This is a new mystery series that I have been looking forward to reading, and I really did like Iced Chiffon. The fact that the author actually works at a consignment shop peaked my curiosity even more. I cannot wait for the next book to come out in 2013; I do wonder if Reagan will fall for Boone.

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Heidi

Heidi

Werewolf in Denver: Wild About You Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Read by Heidi

Stillman Lodge in Estes Park near Denver is a private hotel, the perfect place for a conference where werewolves can meet, be themselves and work together. Were blogger Kate Stillman agrees to debate political “bad boy” Duncan MacDowell about werewolf segregation. Kate and Duncan are delayed getting to the conference by a huge blizzard and are stuck in a remote cabin, where their attraction to each other is conflicts with their beliefs and loyalties to their organizations. But as the conference continues, they need to decide whose side is the best, while keeping their feelings aside for the good of all.

Even though this isn’t a holiday book, it certainly put me in some holiday spirit: with the blizzard, the fight of opposing sides, all wrapped up in a beautiful lodge. I thought this book would be super serious, but there were so many enjoyable funny sides to this book, that it really went full circle for me. I am looking forward to the next installment of the Wild About You Series: Werewolf in Alaska.

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Kym L

Kym L

Queen’s Ransom: A Sofie Metroplis Novel by Tori Carrington

Read by Kym Lucas

Sofie Metropolis is having a hard time finding the holiday spirit. First, one of her suitors has been deported and the other is playing “now you see me, now you don’t.” Next, she’s somehow managed to acquire yet another lost animal case. Oh, sure, finding Rudolph the reindeer should be easy enough, but when a Greek tycoon tasks the frappe’-gulping PI with finding his kidnapped daughter, Sofie discovers it will take more than iced coffee to get through Christmas alive.

Because I’m a big fan of — okay, sucker for — holiday tales, and also have met Lori and Tony Karayianni (the couple who together write as Tori Carrington), I welcomed the opportunity to read this, their sixth Metropolis novel. As usual, the pair made me long for an ice-cold frappe’ despite the chilly weather. In Queen’s Ransom, the Karyaiannis have gifted us with a holiday tale that’s light on the tinsel, but rich in fun. Now, where did I put that frappe’ recipe?

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joysann

joysann

Charming Freaks by Koko Brown

 

Read by joysann

This fun title holds two erotic novellas:

Charmed – Chloe enjoys the most amazingly realistic erotic dreams starring a handsome Tristan Smythe, only to discover she isn’t dreaming. She has married Tristan during a whirlwind Las Vegas vacation, and now finds herself wondering if his vampiric intimations indicate he’s crazy or she’s crazy, or if her choices were somehow magically influenced.

Nerds Are Freaks Too – Computer nerd Leo has kept his feelings for his best friend Roxanne under wraps for years, but when she hints that she’s looking for something a little less vanilla in her sex-life, Leo knows he can give her what she needs, and more. Now he just has to convince her.

Both of these erotic stories are titillating, but I have a fondness for those beta-male types that sneak up in nerd stories and end up so appealing. Those guys are never quite what you expect them to be. Koko has delivered some sexy fun fantasies.

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Heidi

Heidi

His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly

Read by Heidi

When her long-estranged grandfather asks her to leave her Quaker background and return to England, Phoebe Linville made the brave decision to leave America and return by ship, knowing that things will be different. When she arrives, she is met with an unusual request from her grandfather; to marry Major Lucas Stanton. Lucas is handsome and irresistible to Phoebe, and she isn’t sure the marriage is the best idea, but caught in a compromising position, they don’t have a choice. Their stubbornness could cause them not to find true love, especially during the holidays.

This historical brings all the traditional feelings of the holidays, along with family beliefs both from England and America. I found Phoebe delightful with her headstrong ways that had her standing up against her stubborn husband, as well as her seductiveness with him too. The entire book felt full of love, laughter, family, elegance, and happiness, all while dreaming of fancy clothes and sparkling jewelry. A perfect holiday treat to read.

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Joan

Rescue My Heart: an Animal Magnetism Novel by Jill Shalvis

Read by Joan

Adam Connelly was always in trouble growing up and, after a tragic accident, he enlists in the National Guard. He leaves behind a broken-hearted Holly Reid, who tries to move on, but makes some unfortunate choices until returning to run her father’s ranch in Sunshine, Idaho. Adam Connelly has also returned after his years of military service, specializing in search and rescue. Adam still suffers some PTSD from his time in the military, but with the help of therapy, his family and current work training and working with search and rescue dogs, he is doing better. When Holly’s father goes missing she reaches out to Adam to help her find him before a huge snow storm hits the mountains.

This is the third book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series. Though I have not read the previous two books, Animal Magnetism and Animal Attraction, I felt I did not need to have read them to enjoy this story. I enjoyed this book as it deals with what our soldiers can go through and how animals can be a comfort and great therapy for them or anyone.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Cowboy for Christmas: A Jubilee, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

Read by Heidi

Lissette Moncrief is facing more loss than she cares to think about. Her husband dies in Afghanistan and leaves all his benefits to his half-brother Rafferty Jones, a man she never knew about. Now, she learns her little boy Kyle is slowly going deaf, and she has no extra money for his health care. As she feels her world crumbling, she runs her car right into Rafferty’s pickup truck. Rafferty is in town to offer help, and she wants none of it, no matter how attractive Rafferty the cowboy is.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It put me in such a holiday mood, even with the seriousness of loss and love of a sick child. I admired Lissy’s character so much. She shows so much strength, love and drive to help her little boy. The secondary story line of Lissy’s mother-in-law Claudia not only creates conflict, but shows the strength in Lissy. This book has motivated me to read more from Jubilee.

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Bottom Line: Whatever I choose to read on these cold, dark evenings heading into winter, I’ll be snuggled down under a nice warm afghan and a couple of cats. Toasty.

 

Busy December

Barbara Vey -- November 26th, 2012

Usually this time of the year I kick back, throw up a wreath and settle in with a warm afghan, Bailey’s and coffee and some good books.  But this year, I’ve got places to go and people to see.

Friday I leave for the St. Louis area to visit my son and his family for our Christmas celebration.  Well, as luck would have it (lucky for me anyway) I’ll be at Rose’s Bookhouse event, Naughty and Nice II: 50 Shades of Naughty.  This second annual event is already sold out and features New York Times Bestselling authors, Sylvia Day, Beth Kery, Jaci Burton and Shayla Black among others.  I’m most excited about this event because my daughter-in-law will be going with me.  She’s never attended an author event, so I’m thrilled to introduce her to the wonders of all things books.

December 8th I’ll be in Richmond, Virginia giving my workshop, Building Reader Loyalty, to the Virginia Romance Writers.  This is an extra special event because it is also their Christmas party.  I’ve been to a number of these events and they always make me warm and fuzzy inside.  I’m looking forward to meeting all the writers and hearing their stories, plus I’m hoping to see a little of Virginia.

The weekend of December 14th I’ll be in New Orleans attending Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans conference.  I’ve been before (granted I was only there for one day because hurricane Gustuv made an appearence), but I’m looking forward to staying the whole time.  This is a must event for writers.  Heather does it for a great cause and it’s in an amazing location.  For some reason I just can’t get enough of New Orleans.  I always said it is like visiting a foreign country.  And I won’t be traveling alone.  Since Heather was the keynote speaker at my first Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, she gave away a trip to her conference to one lucky reader.  I’ll be traveling with the one of the most avid readers (besides myself) that I ever met, Heidi.  It’s her first event of this kind and it will be fun to see it through her eyes.

Needless to say, I’ll be blogging about all the traveling, so let me know if you’ll be at any of these functions or if you have any questions you’d like me to ask any of the authors attending.  I’ll also be bringing my video camera.  Do you have anyone special you’d like me to interview?

Bottom Line:  Today is Cyber Monday…a much calmer version of Black Friday.  Y’all be careful out there online.

 

Authors Give Thanks

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2012
What are you thankful for?  Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

What are you thankful for? Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

While I’m a firm believer in giving thanks everyday (there’s way too much to be thankful for then can be mentioned in one day), I asked a few authors what they are thankful for.

Jeannie Lin:  Last Christmas my twins were 10 days old and fit inside a small gift bag. I’m thankful that today, 11 months later, they are happy and healthy with chubby little cheeks.

 

Marjorie M. Liu:  As always, I am thankful for my family and all my wonderful friends, new and old, and for the blessing of being alive in this beautiful world doing what I love and being with those I love.

Daniel Marks:  I’m thankful to have found such grim, gruesome, like-minded readers and supporters, who’ve made my debut year a fantastic experience!

Military Thanksgiving

Military Thanksgiving

Dianna Love:  I’m thankful for every day I can wake up in a country where my family is safe – huge thanks to our military who won’t be home for the holidays. 
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Tracey Devlyn:  I’m so thankful for my supportive and loving husband, Tim. He’s been my rock and friend for nearly two decades and is a huge source of inspiration when I’m crafting my heroes.
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Nancy Naigle:  Thanksgiving always fosters a vivid recollection of the relationships that have come into my life. I’m so thankful for the friendships, experiences and partnerships that I’ve had this year and look forward to the continued opportunities to share the many blessings with others.

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Lisa Kessler:  I’m thankful for my amazing writer friends who are always there to buoy my spirits. Parts of this year were bleak and painful, and yet, they always made me smile and I still finished two more books in spite of the drama.

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Susan Carlisle:  I’m thankful for readers that make being an author the best job ever.
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Today I’m thankful for the crazy set of circumstances that led me to this incredible second career and to all the amazing, talented people I’ve had the honor of meeting along the way.
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And what are you thankful for today?  What especially comes to mind as you gather with family and friends?  Is this year different from others?
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Bottom Line:  “Take a moment and think about all you have and not all you want.” ~ Lori Basterash

Put Me in the Story

Barbara Vey -- November 21st, 2012

It probably comes as no surprise to you that my kids grew up around books.  I joined the Disney book club and had books delivered every month.  While other parents took their kids to the mall for toy stores, we hung around in book stores.  We were constantly at the library and I kid that I helped build it with all my overdue fines.

One day I discovered the adventure books that you could order to put your child in the story.  You filled out a form with their name, friends names, pet name and street you lived on.  Your child could go on an adventure in outer space, under the sea, with animals and even have a birthday party.  I ordered them all.  Of course, we read them until they fell apart.

Now Sourcebooks has developed an app for the iPad that works on the same principle, Put Me in the Story.  I had to try it out immediately.  I downloaded the app and saw a free book was offered.  Once I got the book, I could add in a child’s name (I picked my grandniece, Addy, 3) and also who it was from (Auntie Barb).  I just had to run over to her house and show her.

Addy adored it.  Her friend, Lily was there and it was challenging to hold the iPad while those little fingers wanted to press everything.  Yes, the book not only tells a little story, it has animation, things to move around and lights to turn on and off.  Their favorite parts were the barking dog, purring cat, bicycle that has a bell that dings and changing a picture from night to day and back.  You can even post to Twitter and Facebook from it.

Screen shot of the opening of the book

Screen shot of the opening of the book

While I read it several times to them (cause that’s just how kids like books read to them…over and over and over again), there are also options to have the book read to them or for them to read the book themselves.  You also have an opportunity to order a hard copy of the book if you want.

“There’s nothing more special than bedtime reading,” Sourcebooks founder Dominique Raccah told PW. “The question was, could we make that an even more creative experience? We took great stories people already love and added a magical element: you. It builds an amazing bond between parent and child.”  You can read the whole PW article here.

Right now there are three books available, but download the free one and see how the child in your life likes it.  Let me know what you think too. I had to wrestle my iPad away from the girls, but passed the app info on to their mothers.

Did you ever order a special made book for your child?  Would this be something you’d give to a child?

BTW, the winner of Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell by Sheila Clover English and myself, from yesterday’s blog is Kate Rothwell!  Congratulations Kate, please send me (bvey@publishersweekly.com) your email address so I can have the ebook sent to you and thanks to everyone for stopping by.  And a special thanks to all of you who ordered the book because it has jumped up to #7 on Amazon.  Unbelievable!!

Bottom Line:  I have to admit that I had my fingers in that book too…I loved making the kitty purrrr.

Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell

Barbara Vey -- November 20th, 2012

Morning all!  Some days you just want to shout in the morning and make sure everyone is as awake as you are.

As many of you know, Sheila Clover English (CEO, Circle of Seven Productions) and I wrote a book several months ago.  We both do a lot of workshops and panels, so we took all the questions we were asked and answered them in fun, little book, Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell.  It’s for new and used not so new authors.

Sheila, being the Über talented person she is, had a book trailer made for us.  May I present the video for Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell.

This has certainly been a year of new experiences for me.  I even have an author’s page on Amazon.  It all would have tickled my mom.  But I really think Sheila should have used me as an actress in the video.  Then I could have joined SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) and got a page on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).  Hey, a girl’s gotta dream.

ADDED BONUS!  Just leave a comment, “I’d like your book” and I’ll pick one winner to receive a free ebook in the format of your choice.

Bottom Line:  I’m now working on my follow up book, How to Keep a Clean House While Traveling and Doing a Bunch of Other Stuff.  Just kidding…I hate doing housework.

Lunch Hour Love Stories

Barbara Vey -- November 19th, 2012

The one thing you’ll always hear diehard readers talk about is where they read.  The answer is pretty much everywhere and every chance they get.  First thing in the morning, last thing at night and every spare minute they get in between.  Any job I’ve worked at, the readaholics would eat their lunch with one hand and read a book with the other.  Lunchtime reading was always my favorite part of the workday.  It seems a natural progression for authors to get together to form Lunch Hour Love Stories.  I caught up with New York Times Bestselling Author Teresa Medeiros to find out more about it.

BV:  What made you come up with the idea of Lunch Hour Love Stories?

TM:  Several friends and I were chatting on an author loop about the fun trend of Japanese “novelettes” deliberately crafted to be read on a smartphone or e-reader in an hour or so. We decided that would be an ideal format for romance shorts and Lunch Hour Love Stories was born! We get to flex our creative muscles while providing our readers with some fresh new stories to enjoy between our major book releases. We all have substantial fan bases and the idea of being able to combine our marketing muscle in a sort of “promo co-op” was very appealing. We also want to brand Lunch Hour Love Stories as the site where readers can go to discover quality romance shorts by some of their favorite authors.

BV:  What exactly are Lunch Hour Love Stories?

TM:  “Lunch Hour Love Stories” are brand new original romantic shorts, historical, contemporary and paranormal, between 10,000-20,000 words that will retail for $1.99. We do have a lovely selection of previously published novellas and shorts by our members in our archived or “Recent Stories” section, but our Home Page will always feature brand new shorts. The stories can be downloaded from all of the major e-tailers for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, etc. They’re the perfect length for reading during lunch time, waiting rooms, or between soccer games. There’s no telling what you’ll find when you visit. You might discover your favorite author has finally given one of their beloved secondary characters their own story!

BV:  Who’s all involved in your project?

TM:  We have a core group of “founding authors” that includes Victoria Alexander, Susan Andersen, Elizabeth Bevarly, Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Suzanne Enoch, Barbara Freethy, Karen Hawkins, Candice Hern, Stephanie Laurens, Susan Kay Law, Julia London, Emily March, me (Teresa Medeiros), Barbara Samuel, Christie Ridgway and Barbara O’Neal. We’ll also be featuring an impressive roster of “guest authors” in the months to come. During our debut, we have brand new offerings from Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Christie Ridgway and Judith Arnold.

BV:  What’s been the reaction from the readers?

TM:  So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! When we went “live” last Thursday by promoting the website on Facebook, Twitter and through our individual newsletters, the sales of the featured books soared, as was evidenced by their sales rankings at various e-tailers. But far more important to us is that we’re already hearing from readers who are loving the stories. Our ultimate goal will always be to produce and promote QUALITY fiction.

BV:  Will you be adding other authors?

TM:  We’ll be providing our readers with a wide variety of guest authors, along with exciting new projects from our founding members. We’re already booked well into the future so we’ll have to see where we go from there. We’re not a publisher. Each individual author is responsible for the editing, formatting, cover design and uploading of the new content so we won’t be taking “submissions” at this time.

You can check out the first month of stories here,  LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Bottom Line:  Now there’s even more reasons to have a quickie.

Giveaways

Romance At Random:  We’re giving away 10 copies of DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian, the climactic novel in the bestselling Midnight Breed series. Enter here.

More Christmas Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- November 14th, 2012

After seeing my first snowfall of this season, I know it’s time for more Christmas books.  Come December, I pile up all my Christmas books, sit by my tree, light an evergreen candle and drink Bailey’s Irish Cream in my coffee while diving into one book after the other.  It helps put me in the spirit of the season with my happily ever afters.  Please feel free to post any Christmas books we haven’t covered yet to let the readers know what else is out there.

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Joan

A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham

Read by Joan

Jon and Julie Radcliff, with their three children, Christie and Jordan (teenagers) and young six year old daughter, Ashley, have been at odds due to their hectic lives, and are even considering divorce. Wanting to give the children one last traditional Christmas together, they spend Christmas at Oak River Plantation outside Washington, DC, where their unusual hosts greet them wearing authentic period costumes. What we know and the Radcliff’s don’t is that on a Christmas Eve during the civil war there was a terrible tragedy that separated the owners and their family.

‘Tis the season for reading heart warming books, and this book (originally released in 1996) provides a story within a story. What I liked about this book is it reminds you that many of the things we fuss and fret over daily are not as important as the people we love. We should not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and not have time to appreciate what we have the the ones we love. I know I got sappy, but the civil war period intrigues me, and the book reminds me of how Christmas should be. I believed when I was little and I still believe in Christmas magic.

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Kym L

Kym L

Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Read by Kym

Lady Louisa is charming, with a dazzling intelligence that would frighten all but the most stouthearted suitor. Sir Joseph is a kind, generous war hero whose only confidants are his horse, Sonnet, and sow, Lady Ophelia. Both Louisa and Joseph have secrets, which they are convinced make them unsuitable for marriage. But it’s Christmas, and at Christmas, the most magic of all magical things can happen — true love.

In my opinion, this book could be titled “The Perfect Christmas Regency Romance.” It’s that good. Burrowes’s love story is tender, her characters endearing, and the resolution/ending satisfying. Truly, you couldn’t ask for more in a holiday romance. If you like Christmas regency romances, and only have time for one this year, make it Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight.

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Heidi

Heidi

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
Read by Heidi

Angie LeCroix arrives in Virgin River to escape her very controlling mother while she finds her own voice after a tragic car accident. Angie has healed and is looking for clarity while finding peace before the holidays. In walks Patrick Riordan to her uncle’s bar. Handsome, quiet, tough, yet something about him tells Angie that he is hurting inside. Patrick wants to avoid Angie… she is too young, too pretty, too special. Both of them want to avoid people during the holidays, but they are drawn to each other.

I loved Angie’s passion to find herself and what she was meant to do. Her car accident changed everything she planned or what her mother planned, and it was exciting to read about where she wanted to go. The love story between her and Patrick is so sweet and loving. It makes you feel cozy for the holidays.

Bottom Line:  I almost forgot, I can’t have my Baileys and coffee without the whipped cream, it’s also part of my holiday tradition.

Social Media for Social Good: Romance Charity

Barbara Vey -- November 12th, 2012

In the world of romance (as well as other genres), there’s always a good cause to get behind.  Over the years I’ve posted about charities for the military, literacy, animal rescue and too many natural disasters to count.

Limecello (yes, that’s the name she goes by online and people even call her that in person) has been a blogger and reviewer since 2002.  She’s also a lawyer.  Every year she researches charities that will help the international community.  This year she has chosen Charity:Water.

Social Media for Social Good is  what she calls her annual event.  Limecello says, “This is actually my third year, and it’s the same as before. A fundraiser for charity where I ask the romance community to step in, and step up. To give what they can, and if not, leave a comment to contribute. To make a difference, and in our small way, make the world a better place. In fact, that’s why I made it a comment drive – so people who can’t afford to donate can still feel a part of it, and know that they were integral to the cause, as there are people donating based on the number of comments the blog post has – either a set mark, or a “quota.” E.g. $10 for ever 100 comments. ”

Of her challenges, Limecello offers, “There are people pledging once we hit 350 comments, 500, and (for example) The Romance Man and I are both in for $300 each if we get 1,000 comments. (I’m in regardless, but 1,000 comments is my goal.)  I’m also doing a reader/blogger challenge, where if 50 readers or bloggers donate – even $1, I’ll increase my donation by $25.”

The website also offers giveaways for commenters.  This one is kind of a no brainer folks.  You can pledge as little as $1 or you can just leave a comment.  This is the one instance where your comment can be worth money that goes for a good cause.  And you have a chance to win something.  Really, how long can it take out of your “busy” day to comment, “Good luck with your charity.”  It doesn’t cost you anything.  But, if you do want to donate, that’s ok too. You can comment on the post Water Changes Everything.

My hat is off to Limecello and others who make it their mission to help others.

As always, I encourage you to post info in the comments section on your favorite charity that others may find out about them.

Bottom Line:  “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” ~ Bob Hope

Life and Love on the Lam

Barbara Vey -- November 9th, 2012

What does an innocent escaped convict, a killer shih tzu, fuzzy jelly beans and cow manure have in common?  An exhilarating, rollicking adventure that never quits and a heroine that has you cheering her on all the way.

Every once in while you randomly pick up a book and it turns out to be just plain fun.  That’s what happened to me yesterday.  I wanted to download some e-books and NetGalley offers ARCs (advance reading copies) of books to reviewers.  The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti popped out at me because of the tag line, “Life and love on the lam.”

I try not to read synopsis because I don’t want to know too much about the book, so I just dove in.

Mazie Maguire is serving life in prison for the murder of her two-timing husband.  The rub is, she’s innocent.  When a tornado blows through, Mazie has an opportunity to escape and try to find out who really killed her husband.

Sounds like it should be a thriller, but with Mazie’s luck it turns into a three ring circus.

I can’t say enough good things about this fun, delightful book.  It’s a quick read that will have you calling your friends to have them read it so you can all talk about it.  There’s a scene in a barn with a slimy farmer that had me laughing out loud.  It’s only in e-book form at this time and will be released December 10th.  I’m buying them for my sisters and nieces.

Juliet Rosetti is a debut author and from Wisconsin, so I may be a bit biased.  But it just tickles me when I read a book about the neighborhoods I know and the author gets it right.  The husband’s family is in plumbing, but anyone from around here will definitely see the similarities to Kohler.  There’s references to the Brewers, Bay View, National Ave. (my old neighborhood), the Oriental Theater, cheese and Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek.

Did you ever read a book because it was set in your town/state?  Did it make you like it more?  Was it fun to clearly see the scene because you know what they look like?

Note:  I did contact Juliet Rosetti and yell (nicely) at her because she doesn’t have a website and I couldn’t find her on Facebook or Twitter.  She says the website should be up soon.  Authors…get those websites up well before your book comes out so I have somewhere to send the readers.

Bottom Line:  Come check out my neck of the woods through the eyes of an escaped convict.

Please Vote Today

Barbara Vey -- November 6th, 2012

I know everyone is sick of all the ads and campaigning, but now the ball is in your court.  Take all the information you have and make your mark in this election.  It’s not really about who you are voting for.  Everyone has a right to their opinion and now’s the time to make it known…at the polls.

 

When I turned 18, my biggest thrill was voting in my first election.  I walked into that voting booth, the curtain closed and I turned the lever to adulthood.  I knew the struggles that so many people went through before me to be allowed to vote and I didn’t want to make their sacrifices to be in vain.

 

I am so proud to be an American and this is something I can do for my country.  It doesn’t take long and it gives me an opportunity to get out and see my neighbors at the polls (I vote at the local elementary school).

 

We’re all book lovers here.  I know you’ve read books about people and places that don’t have the luxury of voting.  Here’s your chance to put up or shut up.

 

Please share your story of your first voting experience.

Bottom Line:  “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” ~
Franklin D. Roosevelt