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What the Author Recommends…

Barbara Vey -- September 12th, 2013

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Greg

I always get excited when an author comes to town.  Now that I know a few, when it’s someone I know well, I love to be able to introduce them to their most avid fan.  That’s why I headed over to the Mystery One Bookstore on Milwaukee’s east side to see Hank Phillippi Ryan with Heidi (one of the WW Ladies).  Hank is on a whirlwind book tour for The Wrong Girl and Heidi couldn’t wait to get her hands on a copy after reading Hank’s last book.  Just something very special about connecting that one reader with the one author who has made a lasting impression.  While we were at the store, Greg strolled in for a fantasy book, but after Heather’s glowing review of Hank’s book, Greg ended up buying the book.  Every author needs these kind of fans.

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As a special treat, the Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author and investigative TV reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is giving away a terrific gift.  Hank’s to-die-for prize package: two BOSTON STRONG T-shirts, a signed copy of the Mary Higgins Clark award-winning novel, THE OTHER WOMAN—and a signed copy of THE WRONG GIRL, all tucked into a special tote. Just leave the comment, “The Wrong Girl” for a chance to win.  I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

Now, on to the author recommendations of the week.authorsrecommendingbooks

 

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StolenSharon Sala recommends Stolen by Allison Brennan.  It is another great Second HandLucy Kinkaid novel and one to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Jade Lee recommends Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton.  A delightful m/m book that came alive for me. Two guys who felt real. I never thought I could get into m/m but this book  showed me how absolutely real love between two men can feel.

The Devils Heart
th_0671003364C.H. Admirand recommends Ransom by Julie Garwood (Historical Romance). It is one of my favorite books to re-read with a braw Scottish Laird and a strong Englishwoman. I confess, I have all of Ms. Garwood’s books :)

Anne Elizabeth recommends Cathy Maxwell’s The Devil’s Heart: The Chattan Curse.  Maxwell’s heroine is a strong woman with the ability to rise above life’s challenges while still celebrating the beauty of falling in love.

THE RUIN OF A ROGUEElla Quinn whole heartedly recommends Miranda Neville’s Ruin of a Phantom WolfRouge. The chemistry between Marcus and Ann, the witty dialogue, and the love scenes blew me away.

Kathleen Pickering would like to recommend Bonnie Vanak’s latest Nocturne, Phantom Wolf.  Bonnie has a knack for writing sexy, exciting romances wrapped around intrigue.  Her unique touch to paranormal mystique creates heroes and heroines you can’t forget.  I love reading Bonnie’ books and eagerly await each one’s release.

Bottom Line:  Today is Video Games Day.  I say replace it with You Can’t Play a Game Until You Read a Book Day!

RWA: Free Book Signings

Barbara Vey -- August 1st, 2012

One of the most popular events at RWA is hands down the free book signings.  Publishers separately open the doors to readers and offer free books signed by the authors.  The lines are long, but it is so worth it.  You get up close and personal time with your favorite authors and a free book to boot.  Readers come prepared carrying boxes and pulling suitcases to load up with their treasures.  Here’s a few of the many authors who signed at these events.

Karen Rose

Karen Rose

 

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson

 

Lori Handleland

Lori Handleland

 

Allison Leotta

Allison Leotta

 

Abigail Sharpe and Kathy Fawcett

Abigail Sharpe and Kathy Fawcett

 

Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth

 

Erin Knightley

Erin Knightley

 

 

Hope Ramsey

Hope Ramsey

 

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott

 

Kate Pearce

Kate Pearce

 

Maggie Mae Gallagher and Angie Fox

Maggie Mae Gallagher and Angie Fox

 

Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi

Mia Marlowe

Mia Marlowe

 

Shelli Stevens

Shelli Stevens

 

Theresa Meyers

Theresa Meyers

 

Tracey Devlyn

Tracey Devlyn

Victoria Alexander

Victoria Alexander

 

Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine Galenorn

 

Bottom Line:  Getting a free book signed by the author is like Christmas morning.

Drive By Videos Done at Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 17th, 2012

Here’s some of the authors I managed to catch up with at Comic Con.  My Drive By Videos are back.  Yes, I finally broke down and bought a great new video camera.  Let me know how you think they came out.

 

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BTW, I had a total fan girl moment this morning when a friend was talking on the phone to Rebecca Cantrell.  I am in love with her iDrakula book and tell everyone about it.  Well, I got to talk to her (she’s in Berlin for a year) and she told me she has a new book out today, A City of Broken Glass.  So, while I wish her good luck with her new book, I’m really waiting for her Frankenstein book.  If it’s half as good as iDrakula, I’m sold!

 

Bottom Line:  Next week I’m off to RWA with my new camera, so watch out authors, I may corner you for a Drive By Video.

Pictures from Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 14th, 2012

It is so fun to walk around the convention center.  You just never know who or what you’ll see.  Here’s a few pictures from my day at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Bottom Line:  Just another normal day at Comic Con.

Paranorman
Paranorman
PredatorPredator
Military guy
Military guy
The Tick and Arthur
The Tick and Arthur
Authors Kelly Armstrong, Chantelle, Sylvia Day direct from a romance panel
Authors Kelly Armstrong, Shawntelle Madison, and Sylvia Day direct from a romance panel
Author Anne Elizabeth at her booth
Author Anne Elizabeth at her booth
patient from Coma

patient from Coma

Merida from Brave
Merida from Brave

New York Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- October 31st, 2011
Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth

Welcome Cub Reporter Anne Elizabeth who is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT BOOK Reviews. Her published romance credits include short stories and a new upcoming Navy SEAL Romance Novel Series debuting in Fall 2012.  Her second graphic novel, THE PENDULUM (Book II of the PULSE series) releases this month. She lives on the west coat with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL.

Today Anne is giving away Five Free Copies of THE PENDULUM.  Five lucky commenters will win a copy of THE PENDULUM.

The New York Comic was October 13-16.  As the doors opened and the first fans entered the show floor, they moved into a dead run zipping past the popcorn and smoothie vendors on to the biggest draws.  A third of them ran toward the gaming booths, another group funneled toward the fiction publishers, and the rest lined up at the comicbook booths.

Kim Harrison and husband, Tim

Kim Harrison and husband, Tim

Luckily, I had arrived earlier, and being an exhibitor had scoped out all of the must-see spots.  Here’s the best of the best – in my opinion – in terms of New York Comic Con’s 2011 offering.
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Paranormal Fiction Fans!!!  The line for Hollow Maven Kim Harrison wound around several booths as fans were anxious for their own copy of the brand new guide to Rachel Morgan’s world called The Hollows Insider.  I caught a sneak peak and this book is seriously cool!  When I caught up briefly with Kim for a quick hug and she sent a shout-out to all her fans.  Her graphic novel Blood Work is out now with Del Rey, too, and I’m told that the second one is in the works.

Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu – brilliant HarperCollins author and Marvel writer — was also on the fast track with a mighty list of signings and panels.  We caught a breath of fresh air outside of the convention, which was packed with costumed crusaders.  Marjorie looked wonderful like she’d just stepped out a magazine Ad – how does she do that!  My brow was glistening and yet, we both enjoyed a much anticipated chat while we relaxed for five minutes in the fresh air  (FYI, Marjorie will be featured in an in-depth interview in RT Book Reviews in February).  She sent a smile and wave to everyone in Beyond-Her-Book Blog-land!

Back inside the Comic Con, I zipped by Jeaniene Frost who was promoting “A BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” and “ONE GRAVE AT A TIME”.  The HarperCollins Booth was hopping with great books!

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Stacey Agdern and Patricia Briggs

Stacey Agdern and Patricia Briggs

Patty Briggs was signing at Penguin.  Her fan line created major traffic jams as readers leaned in to hear news about their favorite stories.  She has fresh reads coming our way and they will releasing in 2012 – Iron Kissed and River Marked (Mercy Thompson) and Fair Game from the Alpha & Omega series, too.  In November, Patty will be the Guest of Honor at the TusCon 38 Science Fiction Convention in Tucson, AZ.

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Anne Elizabeth and Stan Lee

Anne Elizabeth and Stan Lee

In terms of comics…I met Stan Lee!!!  Okay, I could faint right there, but this iconic man hugged me twice and let me take a picture with him.  Attending the announcement of the ROMEO AND JULIET:  THE WAR.  This graphic novel highlights Shakespeare’s legendary story and is set in the future.  This book promises to be as amazing as the man who is spear-heading the project!

Don’t forget…CASTLE’s DEADLY STORM by Marvel!  So I finally took a few minutes to read the brand new Castle graphic novel written by Brian Bendis and Kelly Sue McCormick.  It’s AMAZING!!!  True to Castle style!  Unfortunately, I did NOT see Nathan Fillion who is such a regular at the San Diego Event.

IDW released the second season of the hard cover TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED BLOOD graphic novel this week and has brought Ghostbusters – Heat up those blasters! — back to comics along with COBRA and GI JOE, too!    Del Rey gave away free copies of the first issue of George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones.  And, Bluewater has a new biography comic about Steve Jobs and his legacy releasing at the end of this month.

One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Comic/Graphic Novel Discoveries at the NYCC was produced by HERMES PRESS.  They had a hard cover edition of My Favorite Martian, which was a TV show starring Ray Walton and Bill Bixby.  The comics inside this book were originally produced by Gold Key and were written by Paul S. Newman and drawn by Russ Manning.  This book is super-cool, and it is going to live on my treasure shelf as soon as I read it at least a dozen times.

Star sightings:  Among the stars were Eliza Dushku (Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse) who is the new voice of Catwoman and she signed autographs along with Mark Hammill and Rick Fox.  I saw Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Zeb Wells, and Doug Goldstein (Robot Chicken) as well as Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang (Terra Nova – I love the dinosaurs!) and Haven stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.  The best line from a panel was from Haven when the writers shared how nervous they were about presenting a 15-page mythology document to Stephen King.  Obviously, though, he liked it because the SyFy show of Haven has really taken off!

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the wrap-up!  Have a super-hero day, everyone!

 

Monday Giveaways

Anne Elizabeth: WIN an OPPORTUNITY to BE in an e-COMIC. Your face could be the HERO or HEROINE in a ZOMBIE COMIC!  Comic Creator Anne Elizabeth is writing a short story about ZOMBIE ROMANCE entitled ZOMBIE LOVE and YOU could STAR in it.  Enter your name at aeauthor@yahoo.com and list Zombie Love in the subject.  Please note: this story is written at the author’s discretion (teen-rated) and the winners will be chosen at random.  There is no compensation, only a free comic.  Good luck!

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From Romance University: Mon, 10/31 – Stop by to visit with Nancy Naigle, our favorite author from Virginia, as she chats about her debut novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets. Comment to be eligible to win a copy of Nancy’s book! ;  Fri, 11/4 – Debut author Rochelle Staab stops by to talk about her path to publication and her debut release, Who Do Voodoo. One lucky commenter (US only, please) will win a copy of Rochelle’s book.   Comment on the blog.
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From Mia Marlowe: No tricks here. Only treats. Learn a bit about Halloween from Mia Marlowe’s blog guest Ashlyn Chase and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Mia’s newest e-novella MY LADY BELOW STAIRS
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From GET LOST IN A STORY: author giveaways for October 31 – November 4: Monday: Christine Cody is giving away three copies of Bloodlands to three commenters. Tuesday: Katy Madision – A signed copy of ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION to one lucky commenter. Wednesday: Diane Kelly, three copes of DEATH, TAXES AND A FRENCH MANICURE.
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From Samhaim Publishing: In November, Samhain Publishing has one paranormal romance and two contemporary romance giveaways, on Kindle at Amazon.com and Nook at BarnesandNoble.com.The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day when it will return to regular price.

 

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11/1/2011     11/30/2011         Touching Lace                Anne Rainey

 11/1/2011     11/14/2011         Carinian’s Seeker           T.J. Michaels

 11/15/2011    11/28/2011       Home for Christmas       Kate Davies


Sunday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- October 23rd, 2011

 

Have a look at the lastest batch of Book Videos!

Anne Elizabeth’s The Pendulum The Graphic Novel

Not This Time by Vicki Hinze

Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev

 

If you have a book video you’d like considered, please send it to me at bvey@publishersweekly.com with Book Video in the subject line.

RWA: Workshops and Parties

Barbara Vey -- July 30th, 2010
Danniele, Marilyn, Kira, me, Kimberly, Alexandra

Danniele, Marilyn, Kira, me, Kimberly, Alexandra

One of the best parts of coming to RWA is meeting up with old friends.  With over 2,500 people here, that’s a lot of meeting up.  An annual get-together that I look forward to is seeing the women of the Writing Playground.  We met at my first RWA when none were published yet and have continued getting together every RWA since.  Now Kimberly Lang and Kira Sinclair are publishing veterans, Marilyn Puitt, Danniele Worsham and Alexandra Frost are polishing up their books for pitches.  The annual conference is a great way to watch people careers grow and blossom from year to year.

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Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts

Keynote speaker for the luncheon was Nora Roberts.  Joysann attended and reports that, exhorting authors to work hard, Nora says “it’s supposed to be hard”, and that “hard is what makes it special”, so “ride the hard”. But she also says to find friends because “no one should have to face the hard alone.”

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Anne Elizabeth at the spa

Anne Elizabeth at the spa

As for me, I admit I slipped off for a few minutes with Anne Elizabeth and Sheila English for a little spa treatment.  It was wonderful to relax, have my poor tootsies rubbed and inhale the soothing scents.  A quick lunch and I was rejuvenated for the afternoon.

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The workshops for the afternoon included:

Sex Appeal: Blurring the Boundaries Between Women’s and Men’s Fiction brought Suzanne Brockmann and thriller author Lee Childs together in discussion. Lee maintains that men are a hard sell as most men don’t read fiction at all, and the best way to get them to read romance is to not tell them it’s romance at all.

Helen Kay Daimon received the Mentor of the Year Award

Helen Kay Daimon received the Mentor of the Year Award

Writing in Multiple Genres was a panel discussion with Ann Aguirre, Cynthia Eden, Beth Kerry, Elisabeth Naughton, Juliana Stone, and Beth Williamson. The consensus seemed to be that despite the challenge of a multiplied workload, writing in multiple genres enhances the writing experience and is rewardin

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Heather Graham, Shirley Hailstock, Gail King-Gamble

Heather Graham, Shirley Hailstock, Gail King-Gamble

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I stopped in the Presidential Suite to help RWA celebrate 30 years.  It was a beautiful view with a grand piano and wine.

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Next I ran over to the Swan for the Trident Party.  I met agents Robert Gottlieb and Kim Whalen and Pocket editor Lauren.   I’m sorry that I could only stay a few minutes because I was off to a dinner, but I got to congratulate Cherry Adair for hitting the NY Times list this week, said a quick hi to Karen Tabke, Liz Kreger and Edie Ramer.

Carina Press Dinner

Carina Press Dinner

Carina Press invited bloggers and reviewers to a lovely dinner off the Disney property, so 15 of us boarded a van.  Yes, it did look a little like a clown car when we all poured out.  Angela James was quick to point out that our waiter resembled an alpha hero and when he mentioned that he also cooks, cleans and does laundry (because it won’t get done itself), there was a collective sigh around the table.  I was seated next to Lynn Spencer of All About Romance and Aztec Lady (she said I could call her Al).  A little wine, wonderful food and delightful conversation.  I learned so much and now have more new blogs to read.  The taxi ride back to the hotel was a nightmare.  Jayne Hoogenberk, Al and I needed to be back early to hit other events.  Unfortunately, our cab driver got lost.  It was a long, hot, bumpy ride in the back seat and I got a case of motion sickness.  When we finally got back to the hotel, I was feeling so lousy that I was walking like a drunken sailor with Jayne and Al holding me up.  More than one person commented that I probably had “too much to drink.”  I wish…instead I stumbled into my room and barely made it to the bathroom.  No more parties for me last night.

So, my apologies to Death by Chocolate, Pasic, Nancy Berland and the Harlequin Pajama Party.  I’m sure they were all a blast and when I get pictures from them, I’ll be sure to post them to the blog.

Bottom Line: If the ride there takes 15 minutes and the ride back, over an hour…your cabbie is probably lost.

BEA: Jam Packed Day

Barbara Vey -- May 27th, 2010

Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth

RT Columnist and Author of romance and fiction, Anne Elizabeth was at Book Expo America signing promo at the Dynamite Entertainment booth for her upcoming release of Pulse of Power (July 21, 2010).  She was my Cub Reporter for the event, while I returned from Florida.  I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s no secret that she had a BLAST.

Start the presses!  Barbra Streisand was the keynote speaker at the Book Expo America (BEA).  Promoting her book My Passion for Design – Babs was interviewed by Gayle King, Editor-at-Large of “O” magazine.  Barbra discussed her relationship with furniture.  She revealed that growing up, her family didn’t have much…only a dining room table with stiff chairs.  As she grew older, her tastes grew more lush. “We like certain things because of experiences of our childhood,” she said, and as she grew she gravitated toward certain colors and items.  The book reveals insights into her personal history and psyche as well as being a celebration of life.  P.S. The burgundy sweater story is charming!

It was super to see Brenda Jackson, Beth Ciotta, Gena Showalter, Debbie Macomber, Carly Phillips, and Linda Lael Miller.  Harlequin had an awesome booth this year, and the crush to see the authors was tremendous. Alex Sokoloff was signing titles at Mystery Writers of America and at Horror Writers.  Booksellers were lining up to see Kathy Reichs (Bones) at Penguin, and the Sourcebooks booth was rocking with activity.  A shout-out to Deb Werksman – keep those fan-tas-tic titles coming!

Eric Ruben - Agent & Entertainment Lawyer

Eric Ruben - Agent & Entertainment Lawyer

I met Jonathan Maberry who gave me the ARC of his new YA entitled Rot and Run. This is the author who wrote the chilling book Patient Zero.  Also, he’s a great supporter of our troops – way to rock, Jonathan!  Stacy Agdern of Posman Books stopped to chat about her favorite parts of the BEA, along with authors Kitty Keswick (Freaksville) and Judith Graves (Under My Skin).

The Author’s Guild had a hot dog roast for Scott Turow, the newly elected President.  The booth overflowed with guests, and more supplies were called in.  FYI, Judy Blume has been elected to the office of Vice President.  Her books remind me of childhood…  Okay, maybe NOT the book Forever but definitely Are you there God?  It’s me, Margaret. She’s still amazing!  Though, I don’t know why they didn’t serve – FUDGE. :)

IDW highlighted the upcoming Charlaine Harris True Blood comic, while Dark Horse was celebrating Janet and Alex Evanovich’s Troublemaker graphic novel with art by Joelle Jones. Keith DeCandido was signing Farscape titles at the BOOM! booth, which was also stuffed with issues of Cars, Disney, and much more.  LA Banks signed promos at the Dynamite booth (They also produce Kevin Smith’s “Green Hornet” and yes, Kato is a Girl!), and Leslie shared the latest news of her hottest new graphic fiction project with me.

The best booth exhibit was Workman Publishing with its enormous shipping-sized ‘mock’ books highlighting such titles as Stitch ‘N Bitch Advanced; Potato Chip Science; The Cake Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free; Perfect Piggies; and The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.  Abrams was the runner-up with a giant typewriter.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

An eye-catching title was Pete Nelson’s I thought you were dead (Algonquin Books) that is a humorous story of an owner and his dog.  Get this…the dog talks!  In the author’s own words, the dog gives better advice than most of his friends. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has a new book coming in September called Jon Stewart Presents Earth:  A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. And, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who wrote Helping Hand Books: Emily’s First Day at School was the Master of Ceremony at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast.

Erika Oliver dropped off books for a lucky BHB reader — books will be given away to three lucky commenters on today’s blog.  Just have to say “BEA Rocks!”  Among the titles is her book Three Good Things.  Also for BHB readers, I snagged two extra copies of Nancy Butler’s comic Sense & Sensibility Issue 1, which she was signing at the Marvel booth.

This is Anne Elizabeth signing off!  “Happy Reading!”

If you’d like to be a Cub Reporter for BHB at an event that I won’t be at, please send me an email:  barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: BEA sounds amazing and I’m already penciling it in my calendar for next year.