5th Anniversary Bash: Inspirational, YA, Nonfiction

Barbara Vey -- March 7th, 2012

Today will be a super fun day.  We’re at an amusement park.  The sky’s the limit here.  We can all be kids and eat and drink all we want.  And the rides are amazing.  They should keep everyone entertained the entire day and night.

Now, I’ll tell you the truth, when I think of an amusement park, I think of rides.  Rollercoasters, tilt-a-whirl, Bubble Bounce (the only time I ever saw my dad throw up), carousel, bumper cars and fun houses.  I can’t do them like I once did, but there was a time I would be at the park from opening till close.  So, when I told the authors we were spending the day at an amusement park and asked what they wanted to bring, the majority said food.  I love this group.


Cotton candy will be supplied by  C.C. Hunter and Jean C. Gordon.    Funnels cakes are compliments of Lynette Easton and Karen Kirst who has lots of powdered sugar on hers.  Debby Giusti says, “I’ll host a concession stand that gives away funnel cakes and corn dogs…good Southern fare!”  Elizabeth Goddard brought a bag of popcorn.  I don’t think one bag of popcorn is going too far with this group, but Winnie Griggs has caramel popcorn and that should be a hit.  I saw Sandra Orchard carrying a giant chocolate cake with sparklers, lots of sparklers so we can wave them around and light up cyberspace!

Cornell DeVille  just came in with something Cajun, like steamed shrimp or shrimp cocktails.  That works for me.  Debra Clopton told me  Matchmaking Posse member Adela Ledbetter’s special Lemonade used at all the Mule Hollow festivals will be offered.  I’ll need some after the Cajun shrimp.  Double chocolate brownies are compliments of Jessica Nelson.  Lynette Sowell is handing out Texas barbecue sliders.  There’s a stand over there with Missy Tippens giving out boiled peanuts from Georgia.

Ruth Logan Herne says, “I’m bringing some of my famous chocolate chip cookies, to die for. Really.” Manning the Coney Island Hotdog Stand at the Amusement Park is Tina Radcliffe.  Jennifer Delamere is bringing cookies for us to snack on while waiting in line for rides– they’re her mom’s secret white chocolate macadamia recipe!



Now I like this, Trinity Faegen says “Since we’re at an amusement park, I’m bringing lots of cash to buy tasty treats! I’m also bringing a handsome butler named Jasper to carry our things around and hold a giant umbrella over us when we get too hot.”  Nothing like cold hard cash.  Abingdon Press is giving out balloons.  Ok, now I’m thinking about the movie “Up!”


Susan Sleeman is thinking about the rides since she’s bringing my best scream for the roller coaster. She tells me, “After all, I’ve heard my share of them as I write romantic suspense and mystery books. Plus for those who don’t ride roller coasters, I’m bringing cotton candy to snack on as you watch us loop and wind our way to queasy stomachs.”  More cotton candy.

Carrie Turansky and Deborah Malone want to protect our beautiful skin by supplying lots of sunscreen.


Leanna Renee Hieber has brought an endless supply of Earl Grey Tea along with a painting to hang inside the Funhouse / House of Horror (watch out for the demons). But she’s brought no ordinary portrait, ladies and gentlemen. This is, in fact, the very haunted painting of Lord Denbury, and his soul is trapped inside. Careful, if you get to close, you’ll fall into his alternate, cursed world. But you might not mind, he’s VERY handsome. Regardless, Leanna will hand you cups of nice hot tea to warm the chill in your soul.

Mari Mancusi arrived with black roses for decorations and wax fangs for those who want to embrace their inner vampire!  And Melinda Evaul brought a Carpenter’s Wheel quilt for a shade tree picnic.  For fun Tawny Stokes has provided the dunk tank and the dunkee…she’s thinking Robert Pattinson would love to be in his swim trunks and dunked into freezing cold water by all you lovelies.  Free to play!!!



George Clooney jumping out of a cake you can't see

George Clooney jumping out of a cake you can’t see





Miranda Kenneally says, “I will bring a giant cake and George Clooney will jump out of it.”







Phyllis Johnson and Nancy Naigle aka Johnson Naigle:  I’m bringing special Barbara Vey “First-In-Line” passes for our friends. I have 50 of them! Call dibsys! These will let you get to the front of the line on any ride or into a performance! But just one…so choose wisely.




Bottom Line:  I think I need an antacid after all the junk food I ate today.

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:

Debbie Kaufman A Kindle and e-copy of The Doctor’s Mission. Two signed copies of The Doctor’s Mission (for two winners)

Sherrilyn Kenyon  autographed copy of Infamous

 Liz Maverick  A $15 Amazon.com gift card in celebration of the release of her new YA fantasy novel Arcania: Trial by Fire, an interactive ebook fiction series developed by Coliloquy.com

Abingdon Press  Our complete spring 2012 List:
River’s Call, Melody Carlson
Honor Redeemed, Loree Lough
Saving Hope, Margaret Daley
Before the Scarlet Dawn, Rita Gerlach
The Hope of Shridula, Kay Strom
The Dog That Talked to God, Jim Kraus
Hearts That Survive, Yvonne Lehman
A Texan’s Honor, Shelley Gray
Downtown Green, Judy Christie
The Mother Road, Jennifer AlLee
Cooking the Books, Bonnie Calhoun
Her Restless Heart, Barbara Cameron
Always the Designer, Never the Bride, Sandra Bricker

C.C. Hunter Copy of Born at Midnight, and a Shadow Falls T-shirt and more swag

Carrie Turansky  a copy of my new Love Inspired novel, A Man To Trust.

Cathryn Fox   a print copy of Pride’s Run, Cat Kalen and a$25 amazon gift card!

Christa Allan
  One of each:  The Edge of Grace and Love Finds You in New Orleans

Cornell DeVille  a signed CD containing Lost in the Bayou (YA thriller set in Louisiana published by Musa.)

Debby Giusti  The first two books in my Military Investigations Series: THE OFFICER’S SECRET and THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION

Deborah Malone  “Death in Dahlonega” one copy

Deborah Raney  Hanover Falls Novels series (I will give away the first two books in the series, Almost Forever, Forever After, and an ARC of After All, due out in May)

Debra Clopton  Her Rodeo Cowboy (Mule Hollow Homecoming Series Book 1)

Elizabeth Goddard  Freezing Point by Love Inspired Suspense

Jean C. Gordon  3 copies of Small-Town Sweethearts

Jennifer Delamere  5 advance copies of AN HEIRESS AT HEART (provided by publisher)

Jessica Nelson  Love On the Range (an April 2012 Love Inspired Historical book)

Jocelyn Green   –Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed…Again: More  Daily Encouragement for Military Wives  and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

Karen Kirst The Bridal Swap March 2012  (3 copies)

Katy Lee A free ebook of REAL VIRTUE (release date April 4th)

Kassy Tayler aka Cindy Holby
  An ARC of Ashes Of Twilight

Leanna Renee Hieber  2 signed copies of Magic Most Foul book 1: DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul (Gothic Historical YA) with swag from the Apocalypsies Debut YA crew!

LoRee Peery  2 e-books. Books 2 and 3 in the Frivolities series:  Rainn on My Parade and Sage and Sweetgrass.

Lucy Monroe  A copy of MEGAN’S CHANCE

Lynette Sowell  Titles: Catch A Falling Star, Cherry Blossom Capers

Mae Nunn  three copies of Her Love Next Door

Margaret Daley  1 copy of Saving Hope and 1 copy of my LI-A Love Rekindled

Mari Mancusi  Copy of The Blood Coven Vampires Volume 1

Melinda Evaul  2 copies of “Grow Old With Me” (may choose paperback or ebook format) Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Miranda Kenneally
  One personalized signed copy of Catching Jordan

Missy Tippens  a copy of A House Full of Hope from Love Inspired

Phyllis Johnson and Nancy Naigle aka Johnson Naigle  $10 Subway Card and some inkBLOT swag  from the writing team of Johnson Naigle (Phyllis C. Johnson and Nancy Naigle)

Robin Lee Hatcher  Heart of Gold & Belonging

Ruth Logan Herne  Reunited Hearts, Small-town Hearts, Mended Hearts and Yuletide Hearts (my Men of Allegany County series)

Sandra Orchard  signed copy of Shades of Truth March 2012 Love Inspired Suspense ~ Inspirational

Susan Sleeman  5 autographed Copies of High-Stakes Inheritance the first book in my Morgan Brothers series.

Tawny Stokes  ecopies of both paranormal YAs Static and Demon Whisperer

Tina Radcliffe  Two copies print or Kindle And a $25.00 Amazon e-gift card

Trinity Faegen  A signed copy of The Mephisto Covenant, a YA Paranormal Romance and a signed ARC of The Mephisto Kiss

Sherri Wilson Johnson eBook version of my novel To Dance Once More

Lynette Eason  3 copies of When the Smoke Clears, 5 copies of Holiday Hideout.

Winnie Griggs  The Christmas Journey, The Proper Wife, Second Chance Family,
Home For Thanksgiving (part of the Once Upon A Thanksgiving anthology)

Ruth Axtell Morren  Hometown Cinderella, Love Inspired Historical (2 winners)

Stephanie Barko signed paperback of ForeWord Book of the Year (Memoir) When I Came West by Laurie Wagner Buyer, hardcover of The Home for the Friendless (Memoir) by Betty Auchard, hardcover of My Wisdom That No One Wants by Nancy Reily, a compendium of original quotes and adages

Kat Deacon  7 copies of my YA paranormal novella, The Gift, to 7 winners. I will also mail a Romance Trading Card to each of the winners

St. Martin’s for C.C. Hunter Two sets of C.C. Hunter’s first three books in the Shadow Falls series:  Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, and Taken at Dusk.

St. Martin’s Press – Eleven YA author book packs including Naked City featuring Melissa Marr and Holly Black and Tempest by Julie Cross.

Heroes and Heartbreakers – Two copies of the YA novel All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.

Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jinx by Meg Cabot

The Fury/Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith

Hunted by P. C. Cast + Kristin Cast

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3,822 thoughts on “5th Anniversary Bash: Inspirational, YA, Nonfiction

  1. Donna Coe-Velleman

    Hey girls, is that the renegade vampire motorcycle gang Bad Blood over by the cotton candy booth? How the did they follow us from Transylvania?

      1. Donna Coe-Velleman

        I hope Barbara transports us before they see us. They’re nothing but trouble. And I mean that in the worse way.

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  3. Susieq

    Am new to blogging…..wish I could join you guys at the park, but an ocean separates us :>D The bumper cars and the games is where I’d want to be.

    Have fun and think of me!

  4. Mel

    I’m looking at the George Clooney picture again and it reminds me of my teacher; she’s such a big fan of his. If he ever jumped out of a cake for her, I just know she’d be super happy.

  5. Shannon

    I just have to say that I love the picture of George Clooney. It’s so silly and cute. I love that he doesn’t take himself so seriously all the time. It doesn’t hurt that he has truly aged like a fine wine. I have grown older right along with him.

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