This, that and the other thing

Barbara Vey -- April 28th, 2008

Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees

I’m starting off Mondays with pictures of baseball players, so when I Googled "hot baseball players" I got a Yahoo question from a girl who wanted names and pics of hot players. When this came up for Robinson Cano, I couldn’t resist.
Well, I’m home for 2 weeks before I head off to the WisRWA conference in Green Bay, WI with my Flip video camera.  I’m still downloading videos and I’ll be posting more from RT and Spring Fling.  All the videos are also on YouTube and you can see them all here.

Time for another addition of This, that and the other thing Mondays where you can email me what’s happening.

From author L.Y. Marlow:  Award-winning author L.Y. Marlow of Color Me Butterfly, a book about 4 generations of mothers and daughters that suffered and survived 60+ years of domestic violence and abuse, has launched a national campaign entitled Saving Promise to change domestic violence laws.  The campaign is inspired by Color Me Butterfly which has won 7 awards including the National "Best Books" Award and the author’s granddaughter named Promise whose life was threatened by her own father in a domestic violence dispute. Learn more about the Saving Promise Campaign and pledge your support.  The author is seeking 1 million pledges to take her campaign to Congress to implore them to change laws. (A tragic situation that occurs much too often, check this out)

From Sheila Clover EnglishCircle of Seven Productions now has an online radio station! This past Saturday host David Ewen and author Liz Kreger discussed Liz’s books and her take on the RT convention’s ebook vs. traditional Book Fair. Click here to listen in(I always listen to this stuff while working on the computer…I’m such a multi-tasker.)

From Lori Devoti:  A group of authors who write about shapeshifters (Lori Devoti, Rebecca York, Teresa D’Amario, Terry Spear, Marcia Colette, Jennifer St. Giles, and Michele Hauf) have started a new group blog, Shapeshifter Romance, where we will be blogging about all things shapeshifter—books, movies, theories, you name it. (I just stopped by and things are hopping over there, so stop by if you’re into the furrier things in life).

From author Deborah LeBlanc:  Never let it be said that a small publisher (a very small one, in fact) can’t dream big. BelleBooks, the tiny southern press owned by veteran authors Deborah Smith, Debra Dixon, Sandra Chastain and Martha Crockett, has launched BelleBooks Audio. The publisher’s "studio" consists of a laptop computer hooked up a professional microphone in Smith’s master bedroom closet. BelleBooks Audio plans to release five audiobooks by Fall 2008.  BelleBooks is also launching an ebook and POD division, Bell Bridge Books, focusing on fantasy titles.  (I’m big into audio books, so I’m always looking for great books to listen to)

Enjoying a beignet in New Orleans

From author Heather Graham:  It’s happening again: after Katrina, the first Writers for New Orleans took place at the hotel Monteleone. It’s a little bit of craziness, workshops, book fair, dinners, chats, and parties, all in a holiday weekend. Registration is now open. The conference is totally nonprofit and is known for the best registration bags in the business. Sales from baskets and charity events go directly to the library foundation that is restoring libraries not just in the Big Easy, but in the surrounding, hard-hit areas.  (I love New Orleans and this opportunity to go there sounds too good to miss)

Remember to send me any special news, notes, info, kudos (or just a hot baseball player suggestion) and I’ll try to get them in on Mondays.  You can email me by clicking here.

Bottom Line:  A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.  ~Humphrey Bogart

47 thoughts on “This, that and the other thing

  1. Sheila

    Lots of great things going on I see! Liz did great on the COS Radio show. I’ve read Color Me Butterfly and it is such a fantastic and inspirational book! I always get the scoop from you Barb! :-)

  2. Susan G

    Wonderful blog about Color Me Butterfly. I read this book and loved it! Now, I’m touched to learn about the Saving Promise campaign that was inspired by the book. We need more books and campaigns like this.

  3. Heather Graham

    Barb, thanks so much for mentioning Writers for New Orleans. I think we’ve managed to do a fair amount of good for a city that is integral to American history–and have a great time doing it. Anyone interested in a few of the great ghostly goings-on there can check out, ghost walk heather graham lalaurie mansion. Thanks again, from all of us and a really great, unique city!

  4. Alexandra Sokoloff

    Writers for New Orleans has all the decadent joy and goldmine of publishing information and opportunities of RT on a smaller (for now!) and more intimate scale – and in the heart of the French Quarter. And it feels so great to do something to help New Orleans as she rebuilds herself one party at a time, as the locals say! Thanks for the mention, Barbara! Alex

  5. Beth Ciotta

    I attended Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans conference last year, Barbara. I’ll be there again with bells on! Educational and entertaining, not to mention for a good cause. I had a blast and encourage others to join in this unique and inspiring event. See you there!

  6. Teresa D'Amario

    Thanks for the mention of the shapeshifter blog! I wanted to add one more author to our contributor’s list: AJ Hampton! Dont’ forget to check us out. Might I add, I’m terribly jealous of all you guys who made it to RT. :)

  7. F. Paul Wilson

    re: Heather’s New Orleans Workshop. I was at last year’s and had a blast. So did the other participants, plus they came away with valuable insights about writing and the realities of publishing. Great for beginning writers. Plus you help New Orleans. It’s win-win.

  8. Mary Stella

    Count me among the enthusiastic fans of Heather’s Writers for New Orleans Conference. I had a great time last year and can’t wait to go again over Labor Day Weekend. A good time will be had for all — Heather practically guar-an-TEES it!

  9. Dave Simms

    Heather’s New Orleans Writers’ thing. Last year was amazing! Everyone there came away with something, most increasing their skills as writers. It’s New Orleans – that should be enough. Helping the town is great. The music is fantastic. Then there’s the food… I doubt there can be a better hostess of a con than Heather – seriously.

  10. Connie Perry

    Thanks so much for mentioning Heather’s Writers for New Orleans Workshop. Everyone has a great time, authors, readers, aspiring writers and friends. Heather works extremely hard to make this weekend special to all who attends.

  11. Liz Kreger

    Thanx for the shout out, Barb. Doing an interview with Blog Talk Radio was a fun and exciting experience. The interviewer (David Ewen) was very easy to talk to and made sure I felt comfortable during the entire interview

  12. Edie Ramer

    Barbara, a lot of great information! I listened to Liz’s radio interview, and she did great! I’ll have to check out the shape shifter blog. Marcia Colette never once mentioned it to me.

  13. Faye Hughes

    Oooh, I love the Monday morning blogs best! Thanks for all the great info this morning, Barbara, especially about Liz Kreger’s internet radio interview (can’t wait!) and about the latest with BelleBooks. ~Faye

  14. Kathleen Pickering

    So great to see Heather’s Writers for New Orleans conference mentioned in your blog. I attended the first, and every one since. It is a not-to-be-missed event. The speakers are fabulous. The networking, a blast. Especially in New Orleans.

  15. Ethel

    Color Me Butterfly is a book about 60+ years of mothers and daughters who are overcomers. It should be the May Mothers Day Month read for all mothers and daughters.

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