Anniversary Bash 6: Romance Blowout!

Barbara Vey -- March 16th, 2013


We have reached our final destination for the 6th Anniversary blog, Monaco.  A perfect location for Romance Blowout.  The place that made American movie star Grace Kelly a real princess when she married Prince Rainier.  Our party is in Monte Carlo famous for it’s gambling.  Enjoy a game of roulette.


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Prince Rainier and Princess Grace


Heather Long is generously passing out Arcana Royale poker chips for Monaco.  Nancy Naigle says, “I’m bringing limited edition BarbaraVeyBash Casino chips. What will you do to get your hands on one of these amazing $1000 chips?”

Nancy Northcott says,  “I’ll bring champagne, chocolate caramels, and kazoos.”  I’m not sure there’s a lot of kazoos in Monaco.  Barbara McMahon is walking in with a kettle full of red hot Texas chili and pans of cornbread with melting butter.  Not sure if this is part of the local cuisine. Colleen Collins has Besame (“Kiss Me”) cocktails! Made with lime, raspberries, Agavero, Chambord and topped off with passion fruit juice, of course!  Karen Sandler has a chocolate fountain and all the goodies to dip into it–marshmallows, strawberries, Oreos, bananas, brownies. Mark Denham will be at the fountain to help you dip.

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Lori Perkins and the Riverdale Avenue Crew are going to bring some Aperos (before dinner cocktails and snacks) of Limoncello and beautiful green and black olives.  LuAnn McLane has some yummy frozen rum runners. Rogenna Brewer is thinking tropical with Jamaican jerk chicken, Cuban sandwiches, Key lime pie and assorted cocktails (if that’s allowed) Bahama Mama, Rum Punch…and more.  Salena Laurence says, “I’ll bring some champagne and caviar to get the party started, and an Astin Martin because all good spies should drive one!”


Natasha Blackthorne is giving everyone a crystal vase filled with a dozen red roses and a gift basket of bath salts and oils, one for each guest’s bedroom. A string quartet.




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Elizabeth Staab wants to entertain us with Balloon animals!  Lauren Hunter is thinking a little bigger by bringing in Maroon 5.  The Nine Naughty Novelists brought a karaoke machine and a few cover models to keep us all entertained.  I’m assuming that’s for when Maroon 5 takes a break.  Zoe Monodee came in with heroes to die for!




Bertrice Small commented, “After a night of partying everyone is going to need a delicious Brunch come Sunday morning. I’ll be serving Eggs Bennedict, or scrambled eggs,, bacon, saussage, French Toast, fresh fruit salad along with coffee or tea. Come one! Come all! And we can dish the dirt over brunch about our editors. Hee Hee!.”  Valerie Mann has post-party pain relievers for those partygoers who overindulged!

Bottom Line:  Thank you all for an amazing 6 years…on to number 7.


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 18th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:

Ann Mayburn -  Print copy of Sodom and the Phoenix

Barbara McMahon -  Three books from my Cowboy Hero Series, Come Into The Sun Crazy About A Cowboy One Stubborn Cowboy

Bertrice Small – The first 2 copies of my new series, “The Silk Merchant’s Daughters”, BIANCA and FRANCESCA and a box of the North Fork Candyman’s delicious homemade candy for 5 lucky winners.

Colleen Collins -  autographed copy of The Next Right Thing

Dianna Love – Romance basket with signed books – Last Chance To Run, Nowhere Safe, Curse, Deadly Promises, Time Trap and Silent Truth – blanket, hot chocolate and popcorn.

Elisabeth Staab - Romance swag bundle plus Amazon and Starbucks gift cards. Joint gift with Mary Calmes

Heather Long -  winners choice of my backlist and a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate

P. Grider -  One eBook of my contemporary romance book, Maybe This Life.

Jami Davenport -  Print copy of Fourth and Goal Full ebook set of Seattle Lumberjacks books (1-3)

Jane Ashford -  Print copy of Fourth and Goal Full ebook set of Seattle Lumberjacks books (1-3)

Karen Sandler -  Two copies of my rom-com, CHOCOLATE MAGIC (trade paperback).

Lauren Hunter -1 ecopy of my paranormal romance, The Coffee Shop -1 ecopy of my paranormal regency romance, The Promise

Lori Perkins – 50 Shades of Gay by Jeffery Self, The Virgin Witch and the Vampire King by Trinity Blacio, and Nightfall by Lois Gresh

LuAnn McLane – A signed copy of Playing for Keeps, the first Cricket Creek novel and a copy of Restless Heart, my book with Wynonna Judd

Petit Fours and Hot Tamales bloggers  – Carol Burnside, Marilyn Baron, Tami Brothers, Lindy Chaffin Start, Linsey Lanier, Pam Asberry and Maxine Davis—A print copy of their new release, SEASONS AND SEASHELLS, A Sweet Romance Anthology, Love Stories for Every Season.

Mary Calmes – Romance swag bundle plus Amazon and Starbucks gift cards. Joint gift with Elisabeth Staab

Nancy Naigle - A Read. Relax. Repeat. water bottle huggy

Natasha Blackthorne – A $6 Gift Card to Amazon or All Romance Ebooks, Winner’s Choice.

Pam Jenoff – The Ambassador’s Daughter

Rogenna Brewer – 2/$25 gift cards together with 2 review copies of The Frogman, Prince – My first self-published ebook (coming March 2013) and the long awaited prequel to my bestselling Superromance Seal It With A Kiss.

Salena Laurence - An ebook copy of my debut novel and an Amazon giftcard.

Susan Palmquist - ebook copy of How To Write A Romance Novel-A Beginner’s Guide to Getting It Written and Getting It Published.

The Nine Naughty Novelists – A $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Valerie Mann - $10 Amazon gift card and e-copy of my one book from my backlist

Zee Monodee - An ecopy of my sweet contemp romance Calling Home

Nancy Northcott -  An ARC of my paranormal RS novel, Renegade, and novella, Protector.

Eileen Dreyer- Set of 5 ebook Suspense Novels (A MAN TO DIE FOR, NOTHING PERSONAL, BRAIN DEAD, BAD MEDICINE, & IF LOOKS COULD KILL) along with a virtual bottle of Jamiesons.

Angie Fox-  A full, signed set of Accidental Demon Slayer books (THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER, THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS, A TALE OF TWO DEMON SLAYERS, THE LAST OF THE DEMON SLAYERS) and let the winner name a character in next book, MY BIG FAT DEMON SLAYER WEDDING, which is out in May

Amanda Berry- Signed ARC of FATHER BY CHOICE (May 2013 Release) & L.A. CINDERELLA

Karen Rose Smith- HER SISTER ebook


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