4th Anniversary Bash: Inspirational, YA, Nonfiction

Barbara Vey -- March 10th, 2011
Party Mall

Party Mall

The island was a blast yesterday and today we are at the mall with the young adult, inspirational and nonfiction authors.  How cool is htis?  Everything we could possibly need is here.  It’s open only for our party, so feel free to explore everywhere.  There’s also several bookstores so you can shop for your favorite authors along with all the new ones you have discovered this week.   The possibilities are endless.

Our two honorary guests today have offered a Nook and a Kindle.  How cool is that?  Virna DePaul says, “I’ll bring my aunt’s special layered chiffon cake with caramel flan!”  Ah, Virna, if you remember how many have been coming daily, you’d better bring more than one.  This group can eat.  Renee Ryan told me, “Cinnabons.  ;-) ”  You’re right Renee, the first thing you smell when you enter the mall is the Cinnabons.  Thanks to you both for your eReader donations, I know a lot of people who would really enjoy them.



Saundra Mitchell reminds us, “We may be meeting in a mall, but this is supposed to be a party. That’s why I’ll be down in the food court pushing the tables against the walls so we have somewhere to dance. The band is on their way, and we have the most eclectic refreshment table imaginable, catered by fine dining establishments such as Auntie Anne’s and Sbarro. Dance cards are optional (though recommended!)”  Janet Tronstad said, “Godiva chocolates (there’s always a candy store in a mall.”Trinity Faegen says, “I’m bringing money for the Food Court . Pizza’s on me!”  Margaret Daley is offering Balloons and Ice Cream Sundaes.

Even more food on the way with Lyn Cote bringing individual cheesecakes and Hope White coming in with chocolate cupcakes.  Lenora Worth is thinking a little outside the box with crawfish and bread pudding (I live in Louisiana).  Chocolate and raspberry layer cake is on the way from Marley Gibson and Barbara Monajem has Mrs. Beaton’s Plum Cake.  LaShaunda Hoffmann i bringing in a tray of Gooey Butter Cookies.  Renee Andrews suggests, “GNC Peaches and Scream Smoothies for everyone while we shop!”  And C.C. Hunter thinks, “Some homemade Chocolate Chip  cookies–warm from the oven.”

Emma Miller is, “Bringing a basket of fresh eggs, Mam’s hot biscuits, and a crock of wild clover

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

honey from our bees.”  Now that sounds wonderful, but I don’t think Emma gets to the mall very often.

As for entertainment, Amanda Brice said, “Dani Spevak and her partner, Hollywood superstar Nick Galliano, will be teaching a cha-cha lesson in the corner in about 15 minutes if anyone wants to join in.”

Now I personally just heard that Justin Bieber will be here for the YA group.  He’s cute, but I’m not sure I can do 24 hours of him.   On top of that the Twilight Group just arrived and they are already splitting off into team Jacob and team Edward.  We need Bella to get her butt over here and break this up.  Waiting for Joysann to bring in the adult entertainment.  Where is she?  Well, Linda Goodnight promises, “Bringing along a strong hero (good-looking, of course) to carry all those bags and packages–just in case we need some muscle and a bodyguard.”

Team Edward

Team Edward

Dorothy Clark considerately is supplying, “A pair of insoles for a shopper’s weary feet.”  And Valerie Hansen says, “I’ll bring myself to the party, ready to shop! I love malls.”  Janette Rallison says, “I’ll bring little mirrors as party favors, because hey, you’ve got to look your best at the mall.” Terri Reed said, “I’ll bring 10 mylar balloons and a rainbow of streamers.”

Mary Buckham has just commandeered  a magnifying glass Sedgeway liberated from a mall cop.  Get the bail money ready.  Leanna Renee Hieber is offering a haunted painting of a strikingly beautiful British lord to hang in the shopping plaza. If you stare hard enough, you might see him move.


Good-hearted Debbie Kaufman is offering BOGOF coupon on shoes and I’m sure those will go fast.

Team Jacob

Team Jacob

Allie Pleiter says, “Since we’re in a mall, I’ll bring the gift cards to the coffee bar.  If there’s a yarn store in the mall, too, (or knowing me even if there isn’t…) I’ll offer to teach everyone how to knit!”  (Not me…even Debbie Macomber couldn’t teach me and she really tried.)

Alix Rickloff brought a case of Writers Tears Irish whiskey. “I only brought a bottle last year and it was swiped by some fat guy masquerading as the Prince Regent.”  Charlotte Carter thinks we’ll all need, “an on-the-spot foot massage at the mall.”  I’m first.

Carla Capshaw will be everyone’s friend as she hands out, “Gift cards to the book store.”  And isn’t that what we’d all love?

Bottom Line: I already feel years younger hanging with all these YA readers…and their moms too.

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 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:

Virna DePaul – A CPO Wi-Fi Nook

Renee Ryan – a Kindle with my four Charity House books already loaded on it.

Sherrilyn Kenyon -  a signed ARC of  YA book INVINCIBLE, from Chronicles of Nick, coming out March 22, 2011

Dianna Love & Mary Buckham – a copy of Break Into Fiction (takes you step-by-step through how to plot a powerful commercial novel), a Break Into Fiction Tote bag.

Sourcebooks – Fire Package:  (all to one winner)

1.       iDrakula by Bekka Black

2.       The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

3.       Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

4.       Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

5.       Haunted by Joy Preble

6.       Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

7.       The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

8.       Amelia O’Donahue is so NOT a Virgin by Helen FitzGerald

9.       Picture the Dead by Adele Girffin and Lisa Brown

10.   The Star Shack by Lila Castle

11.   Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson (ARC)

12.   I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (ARC)

13.   Beautiful Dead: Summer by Eden Maguire (ARC)

St. Martin’s Press – 5 copies of Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney

Debbie Kaufman – One signed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers, One signed copy of The Doctor’s Mission (released in Nov.)

Missy Tippens – A signed copy of my April Love Inspired, A Family for Faith.

eHarlequin – 5 copies of The Iron Queen and one Iron Queen Gift Bag

LaShaunda Hoffman – SORMAG Goody Bag

Terri Reed – a copy of my January release Daughter of Texas

Marcia Colette – an ebook copy of Bittersweet

Staness Jonekos - “The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide To Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause”

Allie Pleiter – a signed copy of my April Love Inspired Historical release, YUKON WEDDING

Ruth Logan Herne – “Made to Order Family”, “Waiting Out the Storm” and “Reunited Hearts”

Alix Rickloff – autographed copy of EARL OF DARKNESS.

Mandy Goff – 5 copies of inspirational Regency romance, The Blackmailed Bride

Lisa Mondello - 1 copy of Yuletide Protector and Fresh-Start Family.

Sandra Leesmith – 2 copies God’s Spirit Within Me & God’s Spirit Calls Me

Jill Elizabeth Nelson - Legacy of Lies

Charlotte Carter – two autographed books: my first Love Inspired Montana Hearts and Christmas Miracles (hardcover) from Guideposts Books.

Irene Brand – I will give a piece of Blenko glassware–made in Milton, West Virginia. Also two of my SP books,  Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska  and Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe

Renee Andrews – An autographed copy of Her Valentine Family by Renee Andrews, February 2011 release

Kelly Stone – TIME TO WRITE is the most popular because it features advice from 104 bestselling authors, & the latest is LIVING WRITE: The Secret to Bringing Your Craft Into Your Daily Life which includes a CD.

Dana Mentink – a copy of Turbulence, a Love Inspired Suspense

C.C. Hunter – A copy of Born at Midnight my first book YA, Paranormal romance in my Shadow Falls series, and pack of swag, which includes a mirror and brush compact, a note pad, a pen, and a bookmark.

Lois M. Richer – 4 copies of Love Inspired book A BABY BY EASTER

Emma Miller – signed copy of “Courting Ruth”, the first inspirational in the Hannah’s Daughter’s Amish Series

Carla Capshaw – 1 copy of each of my books (The Gladiator, The Duke’s Redemption & The Protector)

Julie Lessman – Winner’s choice of one book in my Daughter’s of Boston series or my new book, A Hope Undaunted

Mary Connealy – Sharpshooter in Petticoats

Lore Lough – Suddenly Daddy/Suddenly Mommy. I also have 6 other 2010-2011 titles (Love Finds You in Paradise, PA; Love Finds You in North Pole, AK; Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (devotional by Andrea Boeshaar, Sandie Bricker, Debby Mayne, and myself from Summerside Press), and Prevailing Love, Tales of the Heart, Beautiful Bandit, and Maverick Heart (Whitaker House).

Saundra Mitchell – A signed copy of my new historical YA novel, THE VESPERTINE

Janet Tronstad – a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card plus one of my Christmas books, ’A Silent Night in Dry Creek’

Margaret Daley – A Daughter for Christmas and Christmas Bodyguard.

Dorothy Clark - A copy of my latest book Frontier Courtship

Valerie Hansen – The Doctor’s Newfound Family, Rescuing the Heiressand Face of Danger.

Lyn Cote – Daddy in the Making LI (set in WI!)

Trinity Faegen – A signed ARC of THE MEPHISTO COVENANT, a YA paranormal romance releasing 9/27/11 & a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble

Ruth Axtel Morren – my March Love Inspired Historical: A Gentleman’s Homecoming

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

Hope White – Copy of my book, “Hidden in Shadows”

Lenora Worth – Books (Body of Evidence-LIS and Because of Jane–Superromance)

Janette Rallison – a copy of How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend

Linda Goodnight – Not one, but the first three books in the Redemption River series,  FINDING HER WAY HOME, THE WEDDING GARDEN, AND A PLACE TO BELONG.

Barbara Harrison/Leann Harris – My last 2 books, Second Chance Ranch,  01/11 & Guarded Secrets,  10/09

Marley Gibson – Set of four (4) GHOST HUNTRESS books, as well as my non-fiction companion, THE OTHER SIDE:  A TEEN’S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL

Mary Buckham – BREAK INTO FICTION(tm): 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells

Leanna Renee Hieber – An ARC of Magic Most Foul, a Gothic Victorian YA (will have ARCs in May for a November Release)

Barbara Monajem – $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen YA books mailed to one winner US / Canada

Tina Radcliffe – 2 copies of Love Inspired, January 2011 release The Rancher’s Reunion.

Cheryl Wyatt – 3 copies of Steadfast Soldier

Janet Dean – Wanted: A Family

Audra Harders – my January 2011 debut release, Rocky Mountain Herom

Glynna Kave – Autographed copy of my Love Inspired, Dreaming of Home

Camy Tang – 2 copies of Only Uni and Single Sashimi

Debby Guisti – a copy of Protecting Her Child and Nowhere to Hide

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