4th Anniversary Bash: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure

Barbara Vey -- March 8th, 2011

Whew!  I’m exhausted from yesterday.  Can you believe there were 2,090 comments!  I do because readers and writers are the ultimate party animals.  There are 5, count ‘em, 5 eReaders to be given away today.  But now I’m ready to push on because the party today is at a crime scene.  These authors take their subjects seriously.  And we’ve got some superstars here today that have offered up e-readers as prizes.

Our Guest of Honors today, who offered up the e-readers, like their beverages.  The ladies at the Killer Fiction blog are coming with Killer Kosmos while Shiloh Walker is lugging in a vat of Bloody Marys (I think I had my fill yesterday, but Joanna Slan and Kat Martin are enjoying them again today).    Nancy Naigle ran up and told me, “I bumped into Richard Castle when I was picking up Krispy Kreme doughnuts to bring to the scene, so I’m bringing him along. He’s great at solving murders, and not so bad to look at it either.  I wonder what’s under that Kevlar jacket he wears with WRITER on the back?”  I think we’d all like to know that Nancy.

Richard Castle didn't answer my Twitter request for his book

Richard Castle didn't answer my Twitter request for his book

“I’ve brought some suspects and murder weapons from the game CLUE. Miss Scarlett is eyeing Castle, and it looks like there might be a revolver in her purse. Professor Plum is surveying the scene, but his pocket watch is dangling from a rope, not a chain. And Mrs. Peacock has either just left an antiques store, or she’s up to no good with that silver candlestick. Hmmm. Whodunit?” wonders Tracy March.  Grace Greene says, “Well, since Nancy forgot the Krispy Kremes when she ran into Mr. Castle, I grabbed fresh ones on my way, plus some tea for the cozies and blood-red wine for the thrillers. Should I mention the body I tripped over on the way? Maybe Tracy’s Clues can help us figure out what happened?”

The food had started to arrive now.  Terry Odell is carrying in a Death by Chocolate cake, baked

Brenda Novak's Rocky Road

Brenda Novak's Rocky Road

and served by Graham Harrigan.   “Kettle Corn, my favorite snack,” said Pamela Samuels Young.  Brenda Novak wants everyone to know shes got a fabulous 5 minute-rocky-road-fudge (if that’s appropriate for a crime scene <G>…recipe available if you’d like).  Kay Thomas is headed over to the bar with the frozen margaritas….with Chips and Salsa…I am so there.   Anita Clenney has brought brownies and I’m thrilled because I have a craving for chocolate about now.


The Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas

For entertainment Joanna Slan said  “I will lead the readers in a zumba dance. We will keep on all our clothes, but we’ll also let our sexy out.”  But Candace Havens says, “I’d like to bring a Black-eyed Peas party mix. That music will get you jumping! “  Tara Taylor Quinn just keeps yelling, “I’d like to bring the wine!…I’d like to bring the wine!”  Sounds good to me Tara.

Decorations look to be slim with Rosemary Harris saying, “I’ll bring all the funeral wreaths….I mean floral arrangements ..unless you think I should pick something more fun.”


I invited Seeley Booth to help solve the crime...just because.

I invited Seeley Booth to help solve the crime...just because.

Since it’s at a crime scene, Mary Buckham is bringing a packet of red herrings and a magnifying glass, Pamela Callow said, “my cell phone to call homicide detective Ethan Drake.”  Julie Miller wants, “My SWAT cops to set up a perimeter to keep everyone safe while we’re having fun!”  And J. L. Saint came in with Hunky military-type guy with big guns and  a to die for recipe.  Anita Clenney is bringing Faelan Connor, secret warrior to the murder scene, in case the perp turns out to be a demon in disguise. Faelan’s excellent at spotting those demons and can use his sword, talisman, or time vault to dispatch them back to hell.


Hank Phillippi Ryan has a different thought on what to do, “Costumes!  It’s not a party if you don’t dress up in glitter and glam—so I’m bringing tiaras and stilettos for all.”   Thanks Hank, but I’ll be the one in jammies and the bunny slippers.

By Popular Demand, Alex O'Laughlin

By Popular Demand, Alex O'Loughlin



Bottom Line: No worries, the dead body was removed before the party started…just the chalk mark remained.


Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be randomly picked daily and posted on the blog March 14th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.



Many thanks to the following for their generous offerings:

Killer Fiction Blog – E-Reader

Shiloh Walker – Nook WiFI

Nancy Naigle, Tracy March, Grace Greene – E-Reader

Joanna Slan – Kindle

Kat Martin – E-Reader

eHarlequin – 5 copies of So Close the Hand of Death by JT. Ellison
5 copies of PANIC ZONE by Rick Mofina

Kensington Books – An advance copy of Lisa Jackson’s new hardcover, DEVIOUS, which comes out April 1.

Dianna Love – Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love are giving away a BAD Girl package – signed copies of Phantom In The Night, Whispered Lies, Silent Truth, “I’m in a BAD Mood” button and an “I’m a BAD Girl” Tshirt.

Mary Buckham – Autographes Copy of INVISIBLE RECRUIT

Fresh Fiction – a signed copy of Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes

Brenda Novak – Brenda Novak Make-Up Bag that includes a set of 3 specially created lipglosses in celebration of her HEAT trilogy

Gemma Halliday – a complete set of the High Heels Mysteries ebooks (5 books)

Amanda Brice – e-book copy of “Codename: Dancer” YA Mystery

Virna DePaul - a romantic suspense collection with Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard, Big Jack by JD Robb, and Live To Tell byWendy Corsi Staub

Kay Thomas – all four of my Bulletproof Intrigue books including my upcoming April release, Bulletproof Hearts; Better Than Bulletproof; Bulletproof Texas; Bulletproof Bodyguard (releasing in the UK March 18- they’ll get the US edition though..I won’t have the UK copies for a while); Bulletproof Hearts  (upcoming April release)

A.D. Thurlo – signed copy of our new release trade paperback  – EARTHWAY from the Ella Clah mystery series

Terry Odell - A copy of When Danger Calls

Pamela Samuels Young – A copy of my novels Buying Time and Murder on the Down Low and a $25 Visa Gift Card

Rosemary Harris – Curl Up with a Good Mystery Basket with signed copies of Pushing Up Daisies and Dead Head, a comfy throw, gourmet coffee and tea, decorative mug and chocolate truffles.

Libby Fischer Hellmann – 1 copy of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, special numbered first edition hardcover

Erin Quinn - Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice)

J.L. Wilson – will give away 3 mystery books to a reader (print for US readers, e-version for international visitors)

J.L. Saint/Jennifer St. Giles - ebook copies of Collateral Damage by J.L. Saint.  ebook copies of Midnight Secrets by Jennifer St. Giles.  ebook copies of Wild Irish with pictures of models.

Candance Havens – two copies of She Who Dares, Wins (Win it before you can buy it) and a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Pamela Callow – A signed copy of DAMAGED  and INDEFENSIBLE  the Kate Lange thriller series

Hank Phillippi Ryan – A signed copy of each : PRIME TIME,  FACE TIME, AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME

Julie Miller - A copy of my current release, PROTECTING PLAIN JANE

Cynthia Justin – a copy of my soon to be indie e-published romantic suspense, Her Own Best Enemy

Gail Barrett - MELTDOWN


Anna DeStefano - The second book’s (Secret Legacy) coming out in May, and Dorchester will give away a free eGalley from Netgalley and a Dark Legacy T-shirt and a copy of that book (the first in the series).

Tara Taylor Quinn - a set of The Chapman Files (four books, The First Wife, The Second Lie, The Third Secret, and The Fourth Victim) and some ttq safety items, including pepper spray.

Anita Clenney - An autographed copy of Awaken the Highland Warrior as soon as it’s released, May 3rd

Total E-Bond - one book of choice from thriller or action/adventure

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