This, that and the other thing Monday

Barbara Vey -- June 30th, 2008

Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin
To welcome in July, I give you Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York…talk about hot, hot, hot.

Tomorrow is July 1st, which means a hectic month of conferences.  The good news is that I thrive on them.  Thrillerfest in New York (July 7-12), ComicCon in San Diego (July 22-28…yes, I’ve been invited, watch out Superheroes!), and RWA in San Francisco (July 28-August 3).  Be sure to stop by and say hi when you see me.
Otherwise, here’s the news of the week I’ve heard from you and remember you can send me your news, kudos, happenings and just plain interesting stuff by emailing me here.
Fangs, Fur and Fey
From Author Mark Henry:  Fangs, Fur and Fey, the largest online community of published urban, young adult and contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance writers, teams up with the Conestoga Sci-fi/Fantasy Convention  to present this year’s "Con Within a Con", commencing July 25th at the Tulsa Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (Tulsa, OK). Fans of vamps, ghouls, werewolves, demons, faeries and a legion of other fantasy creatures will be in heaven…or hell, depending.
The Guest of Honor at Conestoga 12 will be the wildly popular Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander seriesClick here for more information.  (OMG, I have been a huge Diana Gabaldon fan forever and am totally in love with Jamie…I want to go, but I’ll be at Comic Con.  Maybe DG will stop by.)

Golden Crown Literary SocietyFrom Author Karin Kallmaker:  I’m a long-time reader of your blog and your plea for news that’s a bit unusual inspired me to drop you this note. Though often unmentioned –and certainly that annoying MSNBC poll left no room for a gay woman to respond to any of their choices– a lot of lesbians read romance, just like straight women do. This year’s by, for, about lesbian book awards (The Fourth Annual GCLS Literary Awards) are on August 2 in Phoenix. 
The titles are nominated for classic and contemporary romance novels and there are also Mystery/Action/Thriller, Erotica and Speculative Fiction categories, all known to be heavy on the romance.  For a complete list of nominated titles, click here.  (Kudos to all the nominees and Karin, be sure to keep us updated on all the happenings at the awards ceremony.)


Trust Me by Brenda NovakFrom Author Brenda Novak:  I was just reading all the good news and realized that I should send you mine. LOL Trust Me hit the NYTimes Bestseller List last week.  This is a dream I’ve had since I started writing, so I’m thrilled. I hope it means that readers are loving the first book of my Last Stand series and will be excited for Stop Me, which comes out tomorrow!
Thanks for all you do to promote the romance genre, Barbara. And thanks again for pitching in on my diabetes auction. I still can’t believe we raised $252,300!!!! (Congra
ts Brenda for the making the list for the first time!  Having read Trust Me, I’m not surprised.)

Bottom Line:   Thanks to Kurt Russell, I don’t hate Snakes anymore (at least those named Kurt).

34 thoughts on “This, that and the other thing Monday

  1. Karin Kallmaker

    Thanks for posting about the Goldie Awards, Barbara! Gay women adore loves stories, and all kinds of books, as reflected in the 11 categories and 80 finalists for this year’s Goldies. I’ll be sure to keep you posted about the awards results. I’ve had my dress picked out for months!

  2. Heather

    Have fun at Comic-Con! I’m bummed that the one year I have to miss it is the year you’ll be there. Make sure you visit the exhibition hall (dealer’s room)–it is simply extraordinary. In light of your kind invitation, I also have a tidbit to share with your readers. For anyone who’s a fan–or wants to be one–of science fiction romance, I welcome you to join me at The Galaxy Express ( for fun features, discussions, and giveaways. Thanks, Barbara! Congratulations, Brenda!


    Barb: Could you please tell me who the publisher of “Candy, Corpses and Classified Ads” by JL Wilson is? (from the Friday blog) Is it an ebook? I went to my usual sources to order it but it wasn’t listed and it really sounded like a fun read. Thanks!

  4. Monica Burns

    ooohhh…..what a Delicious picture to see on your blog!! The hot & s*xy meter went through the roof when Russell starred in the Escape movies. I’ll look forward to seeing you again in San Fran (we met at Lori’s event in Jun).

  5. Anna

    Congratulations to Brenda for FINALLY making the NYTimes List! It’s about time! And the USA Today, too. Talk about being on a roll!! Awesome news; can’t wait for the last book, WATCH ME in August.

  6. JP Mercer

    THANK YOU INDEED for mentioning the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. At the convention, July 31 to August 3, in Phoenix Arizona, at the Sheridan Wild Horse Pass Resort, Mystery/Action/Thriller, Erotica and Speculative Fiction, will be presented. Join us and listen to a reading and meet the personable authors or just browse the books. Read a romance and the best Mystery/Action/Thriller, Erotica and Speculative Fiction offered today. Congratulations, Barbara!

  7. Ruth Perkinson

    Barbara, The GCLS conference in Phoenix will be AMAZING! The energy of the writers and the readers is synergistic…the workshops and presentations are top-notch and the venue is perfect. We’d love to have you come and visit! Ruth

  8. Brenda Novak

    Thanks, Barbara, for helping me celebrate my good news. I wish I was going to Thrillerfest. Allison Brennan highly recommends it. I’m going to go next year. Thanks to you, too, Anna! It’s been a great summer! Brenda Novak

  9. Brenda Novak

    Thanks, Barbara, for helping me celebrate my good news. I wish I was going to Thrillerfest. Allison Brennan highly recommends it. I’m going to go next year. Thanks to you, too, Anna! It’s been a great summer! Brenda Novak

  10. Geoff Schutt

    Dear Barbara, I wish you lots of fun at ComicCon. I also wanted to follow up on your recent column about the “creative process,” and how we, as writers find our way through the process to the words. The way is different for each of us, of course, but we can also learn from one another. For anybody interested, you can check out “This Side of Paradise,” a “thog” (blog for thinkers) that is devoted to “process.” There’s even a 28-day period when I had to “put myself” into “creative rehab” to find focus again, documented one-day-at-a-time, of course. “This Side of Paradise” exists on a single, long Kerouac-inspired page, so be sure to scroll down if you visit. There is an end goal of 500 postings on the one long page, and we’re almost halfway there (we include guest writers an artists), following the revision of a novel before it gets back in my agent’s hands. There are many digressions, as one might expected during the day-to-day life of a writer. In fact, a recent posting connects an interview I conducted with Anne Lockhart of the original “Battlestar Galactica” TV series and what it meant to my writing then, and now. The interview was conducted 25 years ago, but the cult popularity of the show keeps that interview somehow relevant. (… speaking of ComicCon — as the magazine I was publishing at the time had a focus on pop culture, from to comics.) Check out the “scroll” at: Thanks!

  11. Kate Sweeney

    Barbara, thanks for posting about The Golden Crown Literary Society’s conference in Phoenix from July 31st to August 3rd. It’s a wonderful weekend of authors, readers, editors and publishers all gathering to celebrate lesbian literature. From Mystery to SciFi, from Romance to Erotica there’s something for everyone. Readers have a chance to meet with their favorite authors and listen to some interesting panels. Come join us at the Wild Horse Pass Resort!

  12. Renee Bess

    Thank you so much for including Karin K’s remarks about the Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual conference. The writers, editors, publishers, and booksellers who attend this conference are always so willing to share their time and knowledge. It’s great to know that readers of lesbian literature can find news about it here, Barbara.

  13. J L Wilson

    Thanks so much for the review of my book — Christine, I ‘specialize’ in older heroes and heroines. I’ve got 2 books out in print now and two more coming this year, so I can promise you some interesting reads. Just check my web site for details — I’ve got a list of all my books and how to find them! Thanks, Barb!

  14. Lori Foster

    Snake Pliskin! I STILL love that movie! Kurt Russell is the man. I liked him a lot in Soldier too. He’s just too gorgeous. My editor said they’ll be handing out copies of my 1st Servant book (urban fantasy/horror) at ComicCon! Have fun there. Thrillerfest sounded great too, but mega, mega busy! I’m laying low and not doing much traveling (other than trips with hubby and/or kids) until a local Sept conference, and then again in November when I go to CA – on my birthday! – to speak. Hugs, Lori

  15. Moondancer Drake

    Wado, dear Barbara, for the mention of the GCLS awards. So often as a writer of non-traditional romance many of us feel as if we are being swept under the romance industry carpet as some naughty little secret. Thank you for your show of support.

  16. Moondancer Drake

    Wado, dear Barbara, for the mention of the GCLS awards. So often as a writer of non-traditional romance many of us feel as if we are being swept under the romance industry carpet as some naughty little secret. Thank you for your show of support.


    Some really great posts on this web site, thanks for contribution. “Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.” by Sarah Knowles Bolton.


    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire.” by Jules Renard.

  19. Donnetta Higashi

    There are some interesting cut-off dates on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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