Monthly Archives: February 2014

An Oscar Winner in the Family

Barbara Vey -- February 28th, 2014

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Maggie Mae Gallagher, is the author of Anointed: The Cantati Chronicles, a dark, urban fantasy series.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie is a also an Event Manager for RomCon , and CEO of Gallagher Author Services.  She’s also related to an Academy Award winner.  This is her story.

This weekend will be the eighty-sixth Academy Awards. While most of the population considers it nothing more than a bunch of Hollywood Pomp and Circumstance, it is a quite a bit more significant for me. You see, last year my baby brother, Robert Huth, won an Oscar or at least, he worked as one of the animators on the film, Disney’s Paperman, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. This year, his latest film, a little movie by Disney you might have heard of, Frozen, has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. What is it like having a little brother who has worked on a film that has won an Oscar and might win more?

My brother, Robert, holding the Oscar and the director of Paperman

My brother, Robert, holding the Oscar, and the director of Paperman

Besides being utterly amazing, it means he has also set the bar for success in my family pretty high. Creativity certainly runs in the family as I am releasing my debut novel Anointed today!

I think in many ways having my little brother do what he does, has inspired me to work tirelessly on my dreams of writing and being an author. His path to working at Disney wasn’t necessarily an easy one nor did he start out at Disney. Prior to Disney, he worked at Blue Sky Studios in Connecticut, and worked on films like Rio and Ice Age 3. In 2011, Disney knocked on his door, and it was the type of opportunity he could not pass up.

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I asked him once, “What is it like, once you get your dream?” And his response was one that pushed me to change my approach in working toward my goal and aspirations, he said, “Well, Mag, it is still a job.”FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.indd

The journey for Frozen, from being a mere story on the page into the wonder they created: both musically and visually is an iconic film in the making. I tear up a bit, in a very proud, big sisterly, type of way when I think about my brother being a part of it.

The moral of this story is: Live your dream. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. The chances you take may be big and scary, but in the end, life is too short to do anything that doesn’t make you happy, inspire your passion and make you to want to reach beyond yourself. You might even one day end up with a golden statuette or book with your name on it.

Bottom Line:  As for this weekend, “Go team Frozen!”

Watch the Academy Award winning Paperman here.  Very romantic!!

Should There Be a Rating System For Books?

Barbara Vey -- February 26th, 2014

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Usually on the side of books, the genre is written.  Romance, Suspense, Fantasy, Historical.  Sometimes the back blurb on the book will give you an idea of what the book is about.  But there are times you pick up a book because you like the cover or the title and just start reading.  You may think you know what you’re getting, but do you really?

Covers can be misleading and back of book blurbs are written long before the book is finished many times.  Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints from readers about a book not being what they thought it was.  There was too much sex, it was too explicit, not enough sex, too violent, too religious or too much foul language.

Maybe it’s time to rate books like they do movies and video games.  You know, with little warning labels.

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Maybe someone already thought of this.  Would this make it better or worse for books?  Would it stop the complaining?  It can’t tell you if you’d like the book or not, but at least you’d know what to expect inside.  And it certainly wouldn’t stop anyone from reading any books because it would just be a warning or suggestion.  Do you have a better idea?

Bottom Line:  To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Books are like a box of chocolates, sometimes you’re surprised what you get inside.”

The winner of yesterday’s Karen Marie Moning giveaway “Iced” is Brenda Hook.  Congratulations!  You will be notified by email.

Hot New Tuesday Releases!

Barbara Vey -- February 25th, 2014

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Sad news yesterday when I read of the passing of writer/actor/director Harold Ramis.  Many of us grew up on his timeless comedies Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes and Caddyshack.  They were goofy, silly movies that made us laugh and smile.  You know someone’s especially made an impact when a phrase or a song is mentioned and you know what they’re taking about.  “Who you gonna call?”  “Toga party!”  And if you hear the song, It’s Alright by Kenny Loggins, you know you see that sneaky gopher from Caddyshack in your mind.  I may just have to watch an old dvd today.  Thanks Dr. Egon Spengler for saving us from those pesky ghosts.

As a special treat today, Karen Marie Moning is giving away her new release Iced today to one lucky commenter.  Winner will be announced tomorrow and will be contacted by Karen’s assistant.

Today is a huge day for new releases.  It’s going to really be difficult to pick from this list.

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Anointed: The Cantati Chronicles by Maggie Mae Gallagher (Indie) 2/28/14

Journey of the Wanderer by Shawna Thomas (Carina Press)

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The Place I Belong by Inez Kelley (Carina Press)

Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre (Harlequin HQN)

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn (Harlequin MIRA)

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House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield (Harlequin MIRA)

Close Pursuit by Cindy Dees (Harlequin HQN)

Liberty by Ginger Jamison (Harlequin Kimani Press)

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Atonement by B.J. Daniels (Harlequin HQN)

The Trouble with Honor by Julia London (Harlequin HQN)

The Cottage on Juniper Ridge by Sheila Roberts (Harlequin MIRA)

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Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre (Harlequin MIRA)

The Chance by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison (Harlequin MIRA)

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Evening Stars by Susan Mallery (Harlequin MIRA)

Angel Seduced by Jaime Rush  (Hachette Book Group)

The Sweetest Thing by Deborah Fletcher Mello (Dafina / Kensington)

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Hot Shots by Anne Marsh; Lynn LaFleur; Stacey Kennedy (Aphrodisia / Kensington)

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (Kteen / Kensington)

A Changing Marriage by Susan Kietzman (Kensington)

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The Third Hill North of Town by Noah Bly (Kensington)

The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy (Kensington)

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington)

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Death Among The Ruins by Pamela Christie (Kensington)

The Cottage on Juniper Ridge by Sheila Roberts (MIRA)

Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen  (Loveswept)

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A Man to Hold On To by Marilyn Pappano (Forever, Mass Market)

Where Evil Waits by Kate Brady (Forever, Mass Market)

The Warrior’s Bride by Amanda Scott (Forever, Mass Market)

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Undone by Shannon Richard (Forever, Mass Market)

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate? By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Forever, Mass Market)

Thrown For A Curve by Sugar Jamison (St. Martin’s Press)

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The Problem With Promises by Leigh Evans (St. Martin’s Press)

Love Another Day by Gina Robinson (St. Martin’s Press)

Rules Of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell  (St. Martin’s Press/Entangled)

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The Scandalous Duke Takes A Bride by Tiffany Clare (St. Martin’s Press)

Witch Interrupted by Jody Wallace (Carina Press)

 

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Bottom Line:  Since Ghostbusters, I have a thing about the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 24th, 2014

Still opening all the packages of books that came to my house while I was in Florida.  So many I want to read.  I think I need to lock up my computer after blogging and just read for about a week straight.  Nothing puts balance back into this chaotic world like reading a good book.  Here’s a look at what the WW Ladies have been reading.

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Clean Sweep by Ilona AndrewsClean-Sweep-Cover-Small

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The Bed-and-Breakfast that Dina Demille runs in a quiet Texas town doesn’t appear unusual, but Dina is from a long line of innkeepers that shelter supernaturals and aliens and otherworldly beings. When an vicious creature infiltrates the neighborhood and begins the slaughter of local pets, Dina feels she must intervene before people start dying. With the help of an intriguing but reluctant werewolf and an outrageously handsome vampire alien, Dina uses her own magic and the intrinsic magic of the amazing house to continue the work her family has done for generations.

Ilona Andrews first released Clean Sweep as a serial posted to her website, and the cliff-hanger chapters had me checking almost daily for a new installment. I can’t say how glad I am to see it now released as a book in whole, and I was delighted to read it again all polished and shiny. It’s exciting, mysterious, titillating, and a lot of fun.

 

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One Day in Apple Grove by C. H. Admirand1402269021

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After serving in the Middle East as a medic, Dr. Jack Gannon has returned to his hometown of Apple Grove, Ohio, to take over his father’s medical practice. Caitlin Mulcahy was taking the long way home from her last handyman job when she notices the Doc’s car parked at the side of the road, and stops to see how she might help. A black bundle of fur jumps into her arms, with Doc chasing the small puppy not far behind. Now as they decide how to take care of her just until the puppy’s owner is found, Cait realizes that there is more to the man than just being her older sister’s old friend.

This is the second book in the series, and though I haven’t read the first, I did not have any problem following this story. I was enchanted by it since I grew up in a small Ohio town like Apple Grove, plus I was familiar with many of the areas mentioned in the book.

 

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The War Bride Club by Soraya LaneThe_War_Bride_Club

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Four British women who had married American GI’s during World War II and were then sent aboard a ship bound for New York to live with their new American families. Each woman has her own story and all start out hopeful and eager. The bond of friendship unites them for their journey to an unknown world. Madeline, Alice, June, and Betty face hardships at sea, heartache, love, and pain in New York, and through it all lean on each other.

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I found this to be a story for women, about women. It is a romance, a coming of age and a lesson on friendship all rolled into one. It evokes a bygone time when women stood together and gave the gifts of strength and hope no matter the circumstances.  Empowering.

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Her Firefighter under the Mistletoe by Scarlet Wilson1113-9780373069279-bigw

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Dr. Jessica Rae is a paediatric consultant, who is called out when a nursery minibus is in a major accident. She is the one on call to go and help the injured children. Little does she know that she will come face-to-face with the one man she hoped to forget. Callum Kennedy is one of the best in the rope rescue units. He can’t believe he has to work side by side with the woman who took his heart. But time and circumstances have changed both of them, and they realize they must sort out the rekindled feelings between them, and face the future, together or apart.

I was really intrigued by the inner-struggle that both Jessica and Callum had and how their past connection brought up some deep resentment and deeper love. I thought it was really romantic the way they worked to fight through the struggle which brought them together. This book really spoke to me about how love can conquer all things, even in the most dire of past experiences.

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What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries16130107

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Max Cale, the Duke of Lyons, takes Lisette Bonnaud to France, looking for her brother who is supposed to have information about his brother who was kidnapped and presumed dead.
The two, naturally, find themselves alone together and the plot thickens.

I love a heroine who can match wits with a Duke and come out on top!  Fun, sexy and delightful.

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Fixed (A Gin & Tonic Mystery) by L.A. Kornetsky9781451671650

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Personal concierge Ginny Mallard and bartender Teddy Tonica team up again when they’re asked to investigate a theft of funds from a no-kill animal shelter. As their investigation starts uncovering a long-term embezzlement, a dead body complicates the situation. With even the animals unsettled by the goings-on at the shelter, Ginny and Teddy are unwilling to give up on the mystery even when they’re told to back out.

I sure like the opportunity to read mysteries that aren’t all shoot-’em-up or violent, so the calm and cerebral investigations L.A Kornetsky offers are refreshing. To my way of thinking, it’s a plus that Ginny’s dog and Tonica’s companion cat are quietly driving forces in the team’s investigations, not that the humans are aware of it. I’m enjoying Ginny and Teddy a lot, and continue to be interested in their tentatively growing friendship.

 

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Lending a Paw by Laurie CassLendingAPaw

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In the three years since she took the job as assistant director for the Chilson, Michigan, library district, Minnie Hamilton has worked hard to acquire the funding for a starting a new bookmobile program. On the premier voyage of the new route, Minnie’s cat, Eddie, leads her to the murder site of the rich benefactor who supported the acquisition of the bookmobile. As almost everyone in town could have a motive for the murder, Minnie, with Eddie’s help, does her own investigating.

Lending a Paw has everything I like in fun-to-read books; a mystery, a strong lead for a heroine, a cat and some romance. While sleuthing, Minnie meets the handsome Dr.Tucker Kleinow, who I hope we will see more of in the next book.

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Snowbound with Dr. Delectable by Susan Carlislesnowbound-1

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Dr. Kyle Campbell would do anything not to be back on a mountain, skiing while helping on the slopes. Baylie Walker loves being in charge of all the volunteers who work on the slopes, even if Kyle is a pain in her neck. But as feelings seem to grow between them, they realize they both have secrets to sort out and there may not be room for love in their lives.

I was really intrigued by the inner-struggle that both Jessica and Callum had and how their past connection brought up some deep resentment and deeper love. I thought it was really romantic the way they worked to fight through the struggle which brought them together. This book really spoke to me about how love can conquer all things, even in the most dire of past experiences.

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Running on Empty by Colette Ballard7035823

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When her boyfriend assaults her, River accidentally shoots him, the local Golden Boy. Knowing she will never get a fair chance, she goes on the run with her two best friends. As the girls grow up they learn to trust each other and still manage to help River find a way to beat the charges.

This  Young Adult book pushed my acceptable boundaries with some lifestyle choices. I continued reading and very quickly got past that because the story was so compelling and well-written.  I liked River and her friend, Justice, and how they cautiously allowed their friendship to grow into more. A compelling story that kept me up all night reading.  Satisfying and surprising.

Bottom Line:  Today is National Cupcake Day (in Canada) and I plan to show my solidarity by having a cupcake in honor of Canada.

 

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From Tina Wainscott:  Cover Reveal & Giveaway For Dangerous Dozen Boxed Set — 12 Romantic Suspense Novels of Dangerous Heroes by 12 Bestselling Authors! Join the Dangerous Dozen Romance authors on Facebook, , on Wednesday, February 26th.  “Like” the Dangerous Dozen Romance Authors Page for a chance to win 1 of 2 — $10 Amazon gift cards!

From Jaime Rush:  The Kick Butt First Line contest–Shocking, suspenseful, write a line that make us want more!  Cash prizes!  Runs through Jan 30th.  Details here.

 

 

 

Dockside Lunch with Tina Wainscott

Barbara Vey -- February 21st, 2014
Lunching on a dock in Naples, Florida with Tina Wainscott

Lunching on a dock in Naples, Florida with Tina Wainscott

On my last day in Florida, I caught up with author Tina Wainscott/Jaime Rush.  Over lunch at an iconic seaside restaurant, we talked about the trend of authors having multiple books come out in one year.  I remember the days of reading a book by a favorite author and knowing it would be a year or two before the next one would come out.  Now, it seems, authors are almost pushing out books monthly.

BV:  Tina, this is going to be a very busy year for you and your alter ego, Jaime Rush.

TW:  It actually started in December.  My Jaime Rush paranormal series has books coming out in December, January and February.

BV:  Didn’t I hear that you are taking a departure from paranormal to delve into romantic suspense?

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TW:  I had an e-short, Wild Hearts, come out in January.  It introduces my new Justiss Alliance series where you’ll  meet the five Navy SEALs who undertake the covert mission that trashes their careers—and the offer that changes their lives.  The full length novels will be out in February, March and June.

BV:  What happened to April?

TW:  Well, I actually do have something in April.  I’ll be part of a boxed set of romantic suspense books called The Dangerous Dozen along with Virna DePaul,  Maureen Child, Paige Tyler, Maureen A. Miller, Caridad Pineiro writing as Charity, Kristin Miller, Karen Fenech, Nina Bruhns, Gennita Low, Tawny Weber and Joyce Lamb.

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BV:  That’s a terrific line up, but it all sounds exhausting.  What do you do in your spare time?

TW:  I do have a young daughter that I love spending time with.  I make sure we talk a lot, have dinner together and then do things together in the evening.  I write after she’s asleep.

BV:  What are your plans for the rest of the year?

TW:  I have a lot of marketing to do, so I’ve started a new Facebook page.  Now that I think about it, I’d like to offer anyone who “Likes” it, to be entered into a drawing for special dog tags I have made up for my books.  Other than trying to get the word out on my books, I plan to write, write, write.

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TW:  Actually, I just found out that Harlequin just rereleased a book of mine called “The Best of Me.”  It was a happy surprise.

BV:  Do you think readers like books issued this fast or don’t you think it makes any difference?

TW:  I think when readers find an author they like, they want to read all their books and look for more.  When they read a series, they don’t want to wait a year to find out what happens to the rest of the group.  There’s an immediacy nowadays and e-readers make it so simple for the reader to get that next book.

Bottom Line:  I really felt like a slacker after talking with Tina and all the writing she’s done lately, but that’s what writers want to do…write.

Hot New Tuesday Releases

Barbara Vey -- February 18th, 2014
I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

 

I feel like signing, “The Party’s Over.”  This afternoon  I head back home where 7 inches of new fallen snow await me.  But I’m not complaining.  I got to hang out at the beach yesterday in 80 degree weather and met with several hundred authors while I’ve been down here.  Thanks for the memories Florida!  Now, here’s what I’ve got waiting for me at home.

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A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth (Carina Press)

No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur (Carina Press)

Demon by My Side by Victoria Davies (Carina Press)

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.A Proposal at the Wedding by Gina Wilkins (Harlequin)

Alone with You by Debbi Rawlins (Harlequin Blaze)

Lassoed by Fortune by Marie Ferrarella (Harlequin Special Edition)

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The Sheikh’s Last Seduction by Jennie Lucas (Harlequin Presents)

The Lawman’s Honor by Linda Goodnight (Harlequin Love Inspired)

Yours Forever by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

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The Prosecutor by Adrienne Giordano (Harlequin Intrigue)

Secrets at Court by Blythe Gifford (Harlequin Historical)

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market)

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The Blush Factor by Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)

Tumbledown by Cari Hunter (Bold Strokes Books)

Wingspan by Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)

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Lovely Little Liar by Gloria Gay  (Boroughs Publishing Group)

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Sweet Temptations Boxed Set by Cara Maris

The Fall of a Saint by Christine Merrill (Harlequin Historical)

The Temptation Of Laura by Rachel Brimble (eKensington)

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Bottom Line:  I guess I’ll just fall back on “Spring will be here soon.”

SWFRW Conference

Barbara Vey -- February 17th, 2014
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My last weekend in Florida and yes, I am whining about it.  Tomorrow I head home to the frozen tundra.  But I did spend it well.

The Southwest Florida Romance Writers Conference managed to jam pack a ton of information in their conference.  Held in beautiful Estero, Florida, the conference itself was in an Elk’s Lodge, but it was a perfect venue.  Lots of space, lovely area and everything went smoothly.

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Lynette Austin and Marisa Cleveland

After an early breakfast, we were off and running with an editor’s panel.  Writers always seem to sit up straighter and take notice when editors have anything to say.  I was honored to be asked to moderate the group of Gwen Hayes of Entangled Publishing, Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks and Barb Wison of Taliesin Publishing.    Tips were given about pitches, marketing and trends, but as usually is stated, if anyone knew ahead of time what the next big thing was going to be we’d all be millionaires.

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Rae Monet and Sheila English

Jennifer Fusco offered her class on Market or Die and Rae Monet gave expert advice as a web designer.  Speaking as a person who really believes in an author needing a great website, this was much needed and valuable information.

Sheila Clover English and I did an afternoon session on Building Reader Loyalty, Branding, Transmedia, Book Trailers and more.  It was an intense 4 hour program that made writers really think about what they were writing about and who.  We did a couple of exercises.  One had the writers write a tag line about their book that would entice readers.   Many great ideas came out of this and it was interesting to see how the authors thought of their stories.  The winner received a free Book Trailer from Sheila.  We also had the authors answer questions about their readers.  Who they thought they were, what age group it was geared for, male or female, and so on.  It caused a lot thought and conversations about how authors perceive readers.

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My favorite part, though, was the speed dating.  Writers sat at round tables and the speakers and editors spent 10 minutes at each one.  It really did go fast, but I loved learning about the writers and their concerns.  The amount of creativeness always amazes me and I love to hear their ideas because I think, “Why didn’t I think about that?”  Now if they can just get them into books so I can start reading them.

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Author Loretta Chase at the booksigning

Author Loretta Chase at the booksigning

While many published authors attended, Loretta Chase seemed to be the star attraction.   Loretta writes incredible historicals and her fans quickly surrounded her to talk about some of their favorite books of hers.

A lot of work goes into these conferences and I know it is much appreciated by the attendees.  I know I get energized after attending them and after talking to many of the writers there, it seems like they can’t wait to get home and put some of their new learnings to good use.

Bottom Line:  Adieu Florida, you’ve been a great break in what would certainly have been a dreary, gray winter.

Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them

Barbara Vey -- February 14th, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I meant to post this earlier in the month, but time got away from me.  I’ve often said that authors are the biggest hearted people I know and I love to showcase their causes.  Today it’s Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them.

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Award-winning romance author Hope Tarr announces the publication of Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them. Styled in the spirit of the bestselling “Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul” series, the anthology comprises 28 nonfiction essays by bestselling romance and women’s fiction authors on how they met, wed, and love their real-life spouses and significant others. Contributors include Deanna Raybourn, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Julie Kenner, May McGoldrick and Lisa Renée Jones.

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All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Women In Need (Win), a non-profit organization based in New York City and dedicated to helping women and families break the cycle of homelessness by providing clean, safe housing and critical programs and services.

The anthology hit the Kindle Top 100 within hours of its launch, ranking #14 in the Store’s Love & Romance category. The book’s title was inspired by 19th century writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s notorious reference to female authors as a “damned mob of scribbling women.”

 

“The romance fiction community is filled with some of the most generous souls I know,” says Tarr, who is also a cofounder and curator of Lady Jane’s Salon®, the city’s only monthly romance fiction reading series. “Every author in the anthology contributed her time and talent pro bono so that we might raise the maximum monies for Win. By sharing our own real-life love stories, we want our readers to know that Happily Ever After isn’t only the stuff of fairy tales and romance novels. It is every woman’s birthright.”

 

 “Hope’s generosity and continued support for Win and the families we serve is immensely appreciated,” said Win CEO Bonnie Stone. “We are grateful to her and all of the authors who contributed to Scribbling Women, and look forward to the book’s success.”

Bottom Line:  What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…with stories of real love.

The Search for a Killer Voice

Barbara Vey -- February 13th, 2014

 

Harlequin is at it again.  Adding pop culture into a fun contest for writers.  This one involves Love Inspired Suspense looking for some fresh new voices and using the popular TV show, The Voice, as the backdrop.

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There will be several rounds and winners will be chosen to be on one of 5 editor’s teams.  Love Inspired Suspense editors, Emily Rodmell, Elizabeth Mazer, Shana Asaro, Giselle Regus and Emily Krupin, will be offering support and one on one coaching during the competition.  Of course, there can be only one winner, but that person will receive a publishing contract.

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I’m happy to see publishers coming up with new ideas to give writers a boost when it comes to finishing those manuscripts and I look forward to seeing more pop culture/publishing mash-ups in the future.  If this is the genre for you, give it a try.  You can get all the information here.

 

Publishers, if you have some exciting, new way you’re trying to entice new authors, let me know.

 

Bottom Line:  Sorry, I’ve been told that Adam Levine is not available for one on one coaching for this contest.

Hot New Tuesday Releases

Barbara Vey -- February 11th, 2014

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The Olympics are really cutting into my reading time.  I’m not only a sucker for all the events, but I really enjoy the stories of the athletics themselves.  And not just the US ones.  It’s fascinating to me that they come from all sorts of backgrounds and their reasons for their dedication varies but they all have that drive, that focus, that makes them special.  I feel very patriotic during the Olympics, but often find myself cheering for the underdogs.  Of course, being a Bob Costas fan really helps too.  Here’s some new books for those Olympic off times.

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Country Heaven by Ava Miles

Kindred Rites (Night Calls #2) by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel  (Book View Café)

Always in My Heart by Mary Ellis (Harper Collins Christian Publishing)

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Tempered by Karina Cooper (Carina Press)

Catching Heat by Alison Packard (Carina Press)

Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone (Carina Press)

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Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz (Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin)

Crazy, Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates (Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin)

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (Forever Trade Paperback)

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.Impossible Things by Kate Johnson (Choc Lit)

Wild Things by Chloe Neill  (Penguin Group (USA) LLC)

Bared by Stacey Kennedy  (Loveswept)

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Scandal On The Sand by Roxanne St. Claire (South Street Publishing)

Tea For Two  by Marilyn Baxter (Boroughs Publishing Group)

Bottom Line:  Just for fun, today is National Fruit Cake Toss Day…lots of dented stuff today.