5th Anniversary Bash: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure

Barbara Vey -- March 5th, 2012
Andrew Peterson's sniper in a ghillie suit hiding behind a column at Stonehenge.

Andrew Peterson’s sniper in a ghillie suit hiding behind a column at Stonehenge.

Our second stop on the bash bus takes us to Stonehenge.  It’s age is estimated at 3100 BC.  Suddenly I don’t feel very old.  Seems like a perfect place to hold our party for thriller, mystery, suspense and adventure authors.





Allison Leotta said, “I’ll bring a cake shaped like a stone and frosted in grey icing, with five candles on top for your 5th anniversary.  As my guests, I will bring the hosts of Myth Busters, to see if we can get to the bottom of the legends that surround Stonehenge.”  Gabriella Hewitt will be illegally smuggling in a chupacabra and Puerto Rican Rum under her hooded cloak  in exchange for  any information on where to find some good beer on tap and an ancient book of Druid rituals.  That sounds kind of dangerous to me.  Heather Snow will bring her Regency-era lady chemist’s supply of cobalt chloride (invisible inks) and the chemicals to reveal it—perfect for leaving or uncovering hidden coded messages.  I love puzzles.

Jami Alden thinks this party needs some music, so she’s stopping by with her ipod so we can all dance.

Jillian Stone has asked a very handsome Scotland Yard agent to join us. If anyone can solve the mystery of Stonehenge, this Detective Inspector can!  Shiloh Walker will be bringing a sexy state cop-since we’ll be doing the suspense stuff and she figures having a good investigator around would help and Ezra’s really good at his job.  Susan Sleeman also has an Ezra sleuth, “I’m going to bring along Ezra, the sexy detective.  If we’re going to be solving crimes, we might as well have a good crime solver or two with us, right?”



Time for food.  Mary Easton is thinking something chocolate. A chocolate latte and some sinfully delicious chocolate desert.  “I’m bringing a tray of special coffee drinks to share with some of our friends. Look, they are in souvenir mugs.  Enjoy. Hugs and happy Stonehenge exploring. This ought to be something to write about,” says Nancy Naigle.  A picnic spread for everyone, including Carla Neggers’ favorite wine!  Brenda Novak offers a recipe, No-Thought Quick and Easy Salsa Dip & Chips:  Place one package cream cheese on platter, pour your favorite salsa (corn salsa makes a fabulous substitute) over.


Carla Swafford is bringing the balloons. For there’s nothing better than dozens upon dozens of floating bright colored balloons to make a party…well, feel like a party!  Gemma Halliday feels a party needs Killer Komos cocktails.  I’m with Gemma!






Leave it to Cherry Adair, she says, “Those buff guys in black, with T-FLAC printed across their muscular chests, are my favorite counterterrorist guys. They’re serving Sex on the Beach cocktails, and offering hot and spy-cy hors d’oeuvres. Please excuse Hunt, Derek, Michael and Marc if they want to touch you as they perform their serving duties. They adore giving impromptu back and foot rubs. I’ve asked them to be on their best behavior, but you know how these black ops, counterterrorist operatives are when they let their hair down. If you disappear with one of them, consider yourself warned- you might miss the rest of the party.”



I like Duffy Brown’s idea, “I’m bring Emily Thorne with me who is always up for a bit of Revenge.”  I love Revenge.  The Novel Nation will be bringing a deerstalker and Hercule Poirot style moustache, though they’re still arm wrestling over who gets the hat. And maybe the Pink Panther theme song too.  Boy, we’ll never be able to get that out of our heads.


Bottom Line:  I really expected at least one dead body to turn up today…kind of disappointed.

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 12th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:

Gemma Halliday   Nook color E-Reader

Allison Leotta  5 advance reader copies of my next legal thriller, “Discretion.”

Andrew Peterson  FORCED TO KILL (Playaway audiobook)

Brenda Novak  Autographed set of Three Titles–INSIDE, IN CLOSE and IN SECONDS

Carla Neggers   After touring Stonehenge, it’s time for a picnic in the English countryside, with a Handcrafted Wicker Sussex Picnic Basket outfitted with ceramic plates, napkins, wine glasses and corkscrew—and a copy of the launch book in Carla’s Swift River Valley series, Secrets of the Lost Summer.

Dianna Love signed copies of Whispered Lies, Silent Truth and Blood Trinity

Carla Swafford  5 BOOKS of Circle of Desire  (One for each year you’ve been writing your blog! Congratulations, Barbara.)

Catherine Mann  Signed Protector and Honorable Intentions

Cherry Adair   An Advanced Readers Copy of Vortex

Clea Simon 2 copies each of “SHADES OF GREY” (Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery #1) and “Grey Matters” (Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery #2)

Desiree Holt  1 ebook of Jungle Inferno, Book One: The Phoenix Agency plus a Phoenix Agency mug and for second winner, signed copy of Out of Control

Duffy Brown Murder, Mystery Party –Pasta, Passion and Pistols ( kit for throwing your own mystery party

Gabriella Hewit  2 e book copies Dark Waters (romantic suspense)

Heather Graham  5 hard cover copies of The Unseen

Heather Snow  A signed copy of SWEET ENEMY encased in a decorative book case, much like one that plays into the mystery of her story

Jami Alden  5 copies of Run From Fear

Jullian Stone  A double dose of detectives! Signed copies of my latest releases: An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and The Seduction of Phaeton Black

June Kramin  E-copy of Hunter’s Find

Kristine Cayne & Dana Delmar one signed print copy of “Deadly Obsession” by Kristine Cayne (US-only – International will get an ebook), one signed print copy of “Revenge” by Dana Delamar  (US-only – International will get an ebook),one $10 USD Amazon Gift Card. (US-only – International will get it electronically)

Joan Swan Print Copy of FEVER and $10 Amazon Gift Card

Lucy Monroe  A copy of THE SPY WHO WANTS ME

Marliss Melton  A basket full of all seven of my Navy SEAL books, plus book #1 of my Taskforce series, THE PROTECTOR

Mary Eason  ebook copy of Killer Moves – my latest Samhain Publishing romantic suspense.

Missy Jane  an ebook copy of Day Shift (urban fantasy)

Nancy Naigle  Giving away a $10 Starbucks Card and some Sweet Tea and Secrets swag

Penguin Publishing  3 suspense books

Shiloh Walker signed copy of The Departed, second winner IF YOU HEAR HER, the first book in my Ash trilogy, and  $15 GC to Amazon, BAMM or BN, reader’s choice

Susan Sleeman  3 winners will receive a Kindle e-book of Nipped in the Bud, the first book in my Garden Gate mystery series and a $5 Starbucks giftcard so they can curl up with a cozy mystery.

The Novel Nation Hardcover copy of Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott
Gone by NYT best seller Lisa McMann
Thriller anthology edited by NYT best seller James Patterson
Paper Scissors Death by Joanna Campbell Slan
The Babylonian Codex by C.S. Graham
Not Quite Dead by John Maclachlan Gray

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