This, that and the Other Thing Monday

Barbara Vey -- June 16th, 2008

Great things on the horizon for me.  Thrillerfest just invited me to their conference in New York July 12-15th.  OMG, NY 2 times in one year…I must be dreaming.  And just take a look at that line up.  
Right after that I’ll be heading to San Francisco for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference.  Never been to SF either and, even though I was a newbie last year at RWA, I had the best time and am looking forward to really rocking it this time around.  You can expect lots of surprises with extra special Drive by Videos™.  Then, the very talented Heather Graham invited me to Writers for New Orleans Conference in August.  Talk about your HEAs.  I’m living the dream people.

Now here’s the news I received this week.

The Accidental Demon Slayer                                   

From author
Brenda Novak (regarding the online auction to benefit diabetes research:  The winner of the Guest Blogger at Beyond Her Book at PublishersWeekly, is author Angie Fox and it sold for $ 535.00, helping us raise over $252,000.  That’s more than the previous three auctions combined! (Angie will be guest blogging on July 22nd, so save the date!)

BlogtalkradioFrom David Ewan:  One year anniversary for Today’s Author which was launched a year ago serve writers, authors, publishers experts in reporting new works and industry trends. Guests have included all types of people including a 10 year old author and the 6th man to walk on the moon. In addition, guests have called in from Japan, Germany, England, Australia, Canada and USA. Everything from education, politics, religion, alien abduction, history, reincarnation, business, conciseness, law, healthcare, wellness, civil service, science, etc has been discussed on Today’s Author.
Initially, Today’s Author began airing once per week on Sundays. A year later, it airs up to 11 times per week.  Today’s Author continues in it’s 2nd year with a greater focus on reader’s interests. Recently the show joined the Circle of Seven Production radio network and is companion with Book Bridges: From Authors to Readers, Canned Laughter and Coffee, Book Word News and Readers Entertainment Radio. (I was a guest on this show and had a great time.  Click here if you want to hear it.  It’s about 15 minutes and I sound semi-literate)

Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard
From Dina, one of our own WW Ladies Blurbers (and addicted to contests):  Hey want to know something cool?  My name will appear in the 3rd book of Cindy Gerard’s new Black Ops Inc. series, Whisper No Lies.  I won it on her blog.  It will be released in 1/09 and she’s going to  mail me a copy too.  I also won her ARC of Show No Mercy(Dina, you are on a roll…quick, buy a lottery ticket!)                  

A Stranger
From author Cait LondonA Stranger’s Touch, made the NY Times extended, just. I’ve made the USA Today and other bestselling lists in my 23 years and almost 70 books in publishing with Berkley, Dell, Harlequin (Desire), and now Avon, but this was my first time on the NY Times and I’m taking that label and running with it. Cannot wait to see that tag, the NYTs bestselling, on the cover of my next book, the 3rd, For Her Eyes Only, in October. (And we can’t wait to see it either.  A high five to Cait…well deserved after 70 books!)


From Sandra Solberg (Toasted Coconut Media):  I thought your blog readers might be interested in watching "Hot Tips from Cool Authors: How to Keep Kids Reading this Summer" — a WABC-TV segment that aired on Sunday morning.

Anna Smudge The short clip takes a small, medium, large approach— Jane O’Connor (Fancy Nancy) gives tips for the young readers, MAC (Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink) advises the 9-12 crowd, and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies) saves teens from summer boredom. Jane and Scott are of course NY Times Bestsellers; and MAC is an "up & comer" who recently sold out of her debut novel at its sneak preview during NY Comic Con.

Here’s a link to the TV clip, which may be a great starting point for your own discussion on how to keep kids reading through the dog days of summer.  (Actually, as a kid, I loved to go to the library in the summer and then take books on picnics.  BTW, I have more than one book with a squished bug in it because it made the mistake of landing on the page I was reading.)

Now if you have any news, kudos or fas
cinating tibits to share, be sure to
email them to me and I’ll try to get on as many as possible.

Bottom Line:  Ok, the worst that happened to me while reading a book outside was when a bird crapped on the page.  And it was during a good part too.  I think this was the one book I didn’t keep (well, maybe I gave it to someone I didn’t like very much <grin>).                         

36 thoughts on “This, that and the Other Thing Monday

  1. Cait London

    So nice to meet you at Lori Foster and Diane Casteel’s Reader/Author Event. What a cushy, great job you have–traveling and meeting all these great authors :) You’re also turning on a lot of readers to great books. Really nice job, Barbara. Thrillerfest will be great.

  2. Magdalena Scott

    Happy Monday, everyone! Wow, Barbara, you will be a very busy girl with all the travel, and the wonderful events you’ve been invited to attend. I love the drive-by videos, so definitely will be experiencing RWA vicariously next month. (Got to be there in person last year in Dallas–*sigh*) Congratulations to everyone with good news posted this morning! I got to meet Cait London at Lori Foster and Dianne Castell’s event last weekend, and she was so sweet to talk to. I guess next time I see you, Cait, your smile will be even more brilliant–now that you have the initials NYT after your name! Go you!

  3. Barbara Vey

    Cait, yes, I love what I do. Magdalena, glad you like the videos because I’m planning on doing a lot of them with some twists. Edie, thanks for offering to be my back up.

  4. Michele Bardsley

    Barbara, you’re so lucky! Have fun traveling from coast to coast. My next event is Conestoga, which is right here in Tulsa. No planes for me. Yay! Did you know that Kathy Reichs daughter was at RT? We met her one night in the piano bar. Although I doubt she remembers us … we all had a bit o’ the grape that night.

  5. Monica Burns

    Barbara, You lucky girl you!! I ADORE NYC. I’ve never had a bad experience there. I’m hoping to go this fall to the NJRWA conference, which means I’ll be able to squeeze in a show! Hope you have a BLAST!

  6. Missy Taylor

    AAAAHHH why does everything good have to either be too far away or at the same time as something else. Wanted to do the Heather Graham Conference but it’s at the same time as Dragon Con! Sigh… Oh well yet again I’ll live vicariously through you… ;)

  7. Candy Calvert

    Have heard such great buzz about Angie Fox’s The Accidental Demon Slayer,ever since it finalled in RWA Daphne last year. Can’t wait to read her blog post here, and then get my hands on this hilarious book. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Ann Macela

    Hi, Barb! I’ll be seeing you at RWA National. I’ll be rooming with the RWA Librarian of the Year, Susan Gibberman, who, in addition to being a super person and librarian, is a good writer too. If you didn’t meet her at Love Is Murder, I’ll be sure to introduce you. Cheers, Ann

  9. Leanna Renee Hieber

    Neat! I’m going to have to check out ThrillerFest myself! I love my city. *s* Barbara, I’m so glad you’ll be there to report on RWA Nationals for me, I can’t make it this year, I eagerly await your thoughts.

  10. violet s

    Good morning Barbara–I guess my best solution to not keeping books is to realize I can (hopefully) get & reread favorites at the library–if they don’t go out of print etc.

  11. Helen Scott Taylor

    I’m looking forward to Angie Fox’s blog. I was lucky enough to snag one of the two chapter excerpts of The Accidental Demon Slayer at RT and I can’t wait for the rest of the book. Such a fun and original premise. And isn’t that a great cover!

  12. Emily Bryan

    THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER looks terrific. I understand one of the heroine’s powers is the ability to hear her dog’s thoughts. I’ve got a new Jack Russell myself and I’d give a lot to know what’s rattling around in that empty little head of his. Thanks for spotlighting it, Barb!

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