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Where in the World is Barbara Vey…2013?

Barbara Vey -- December 26th, 2012

Once again I’m amazed at all the wonderful places I visited in 2012 and all the place I plan to go to in 2013.  As I do every year, here’s a list of where I’ll be and when.  If you’d like me to visit your group or attend your event, please email me at barbaravey@gmail.com .  Hope to see you in 2013!


January 12 – Florida Romance Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 1/2 – NOLA Conference, Shreveport, LA

March 15/17 – SoCal Conference, Santa Ana, CA

April 25 – Cudahy Library Author Event, Cudahy, WI

April 26 – Q & A with Authors, Milwaukee, WI

April 27 – Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, Milwaukee, WI

May 1/5 – RT Convention, Kansas City, MO

May 29/June 1 – BEA, New York

June 21/23 – RomCon, Colorado Springs, CO

July 17/20 – RWA, Atlanta, GA

Bottom Line:  Looking forward to adding things along the way.

Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon a Rousing Success!

Barbara Vey -- April 11th, 2012
Bags of swag ready for readers

Bags of swag ready for readers

All I can say is, if you missed the luncheon this year, you missed a lot.  But have no fear, there will be a second luncheon, April 27, 2013 with James Rollins as the keynote speaker.




Special author cupcakes (thanks Dee Schrader & team)

Special author cupcakes (thanks Dee Schrader & team)


But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Tuesday’s luncheon proved that the Milwaukee area can get pretty riled up when it comes to authors visiting.  About 250 readers started lining up at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:30 meet and greet at the Oak Creek Community Center including readers from Australia, Canada and many different states.  You could tell you were in Wisconsin when the food arrived with portions large enough to feed at least two (all delicious).  The crowning glory was the arrival of cupcakes for dessert, all flagged with the author’s book covers.


royal table with Victoria Alexander

royal table with Victoria Alexander


Each author had 7 avid readers at their tables and with all genres represented, everyone seemed to get what they wanted and more from their intimate encounters.  The authors attracted many new readers and the readers learned there were many more authors out there than they had been reading.  Conversations were lively as authors brought favors for their tables mates including crowns, book bags, books, note pads, booklights and candy.


A Packed Room

A Packed Room

There were a couple of tables devoted to young adult readers with 7 kids ages 12-17 hanging on every word of the authors.  Even editors came up and discussed books with the youngsters getting their take on what they enjoy reading.  Austin Maier, 14, was thrilled when YA author B.A. Binns offered to send her book to him.  “I can’t believe an author would want to send me her book.  I can’t wait to read it!”



The adults weren’t doing too bad either.  As they entered the event they were treated to a tote bag that included eight books, note pads, pens, bookmarks, trading cards, post cards, excerpts, calendars, and many discount coupons for businesses.  A special thanks to the authors who supplied the totes, Kristen Painter, Victoria Alexander, Roxanne St. Claire and Louisa Edwards.


Heather Graham

Heather Graham

The crowd was all warmed up by the time keynote speaker Heather Graham made her way to the stage.  We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural speaker.  In her trademark style, Heather managed to entertain the group with stories of her beloved New Orleans, crazy men that sew their wives together after they are dead and mentions of her quirky home state of Florida.  Particularly entertaining was the electric chair story of the man who’s hair caught fire during his execution and having it called cruel and unusual punishment.  The next day paper’s headline was, “Electric Chair Deemed Unsafe.”  Heather also announced that her Writer’s for New Orleans Conference will be held December 14-16th.




A lucky winner...Jenny St. Germaine

A lucky winner...Jenny St. Germaine

Anticipation was building for the amazing door prizes that the author’s brought.  Lucky readers walked away with baskets of books, gift certificates, scarves, treasure chests and of course, chocolate.  Next up were the drawings for the raffle baskets donated by authors, author blog groups, publishers, local business, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, Kindles, Nooks and a Kindle Fire.  In addition, an amazing acoustic guitar with all the accessories was donated by Blue Flame Music.  All proceeds go to local libraries.  People frantically checked their tickets and screams could be heard from the winners.  Congratulations to all!


Jacqui Sue-Ping said it best, “And apparently there are times that putting horseshoes up one’s a$$ really does work! I won a door prize and two raffle raffles including an arc from Suzanne Brockmann a gift basket from Virginia Kantra, 20th anniversary edition of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and so much more. Complete icing on a lovely cake of a day :-)


The finishing touch was an incredible book signing.  Not only were the authors able to sell and sign their books but programs (donated by COS Productions) were given out to everyone with author bios that were signed by the authors and kept as collectables by the readers.  I was more than a little surprised when I was asked to sign a few.

Getting ready for booksigning

Getting ready for booksigning


My sisters and me with a poster dedicating the luncheon to my mom.  Sally Lisiecki, Chris Mattice, Lori Basterash, Barbara Vey, Dee Schrader

My sisters and me with a poster dedicating the luncheon to my mom. Sally Lisiecki, Chris Mattice, Lori Basterash, Barbara Vey, Dee Schrader

It was an incredible event and punctuated even more by the throngs of readers who lined up to tell me how much they enjoyed the event, had no idea what to expect, were pleasantly surprised and wanting to know how to sign up for next year.


I can never adequately express my gratitude to the many people who gave them time and talents to help make this event so successful.  The list would be endless.  So, let me just say that I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to working with you all again next year.  Get some rest.


Bottom Line:  I have no doubt it will be a sold out event.

Libraries, Luncheons & Conventions, Oh my!

Barbara Vey -- April 6th, 2012
Logo designed by Andrew Bernier

Logo designed by Andy Bernier

Next week is a big deal for our small community.  On Monday, I’ll be hosting a library event for South Milwaukee Library that will feature four authors, Marjorie M. Liu, Dianna Love, Trish Milburn and Debbie Kaufman.  Since the library is expecting a big turnout, they have moved the event to Tri City Bank, 2115 10th Avenue  South Milwaukee because they have a bigger meeting room.  There will be a panel discussion, Q&A period and book signing.  This is a free event and everyone is welcome.


Tuesday is my big day.  The first annual Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon.  We don’t often get a lot of authors to come to our area, so it’s a big deal that 35 authors will be here to meet, greet, eat lunch with and sign books for eager readers.  The response has been amazing and 252 people have signed up for this first time event.  Not bad considering that it will be held during the day on a Tuesday.  All proceeds from the raffles will benefit local libraries.


Everyone around here is very excited and I’m still getting emails and letters asking for tickets even though sales stopped March 31st.  It does my heart good to know that people get this stimulated by books and authors.




On Wednesday I’ll be off to Chicago for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This is always a treat and is especially  so this year because it’s so close.  Thousands come to meet authors, visit friends, buy books and party.  Of all the conferences I go to, this one excels at keeping the readers entertained by the variety of parties including a 1920s theme, Scottish Kilt, Intergalactic, cocktail parties and many more.  There will be a special teen day, graphic novels signing and ebook signing along with the gigantic book signing by hundreds of authors.  Definitely something for everyone.


A very busy week coming up, so I’ll be blogging daily with lots of pictures and video.  Be sure to stop by often to catch up with what’s going on.


Will you be at any of the events?  Or do you have other fun things planned for the week?


Bottom Line:  The Reader Luncheon is dedicated to my mom, so I hope I make her proud.


Hopeless Romantic

Barbara Vey -- November 7th, 2011

I admit it.  I’m a hopeless romantic.  I guess I always knew it.  My books and movies always have to have happy endings.  I cry at weddings, baby christenings and Hallmark commercials.  But now a new television show has brought me to my knees.


Once Upon a Time uses the premise that that fairy tales are all true and the characters live in an enchanted land (well, I knew that anyway).  But the evil Queen from Snow White is finally getting her revenge by cursing all the land with a fate worse than death…real life in the present.  The only catch is that time stands still so they are all stuck in the present with no memory of what their lives were before.  They can’t remember anything before the curse and no one can leave the town without bad things happening.


We learn that there can’t be a curse unless there is a way to break it and their fate lies in the child of Snow White and Prince Charming returning to save them 28 years later.   Of course, she doesn’t know who she is or what she’s suppose to do, but that’s the fun of the whole thing.


They do a clever job each week of weaving the story line through the present with glimpses of the past.  And last night we saw how Snow White and Prince Charming met.  Not quite like the book, but very entertaining.  I can’t believe I spent the whole episode waiting for them to kiss.


Now I’m no where near a school girl, but the simple fact of the possibility of true love, love’s first kiss and happily ever after just get me every time.  It’s so refreshing to see a show like this that isn’t about gory police procedure, raunchy sexy inuendo shows, reality shows that show the ugly side of human nature or political commercials.  Many of these unfit for kids (especially the political commercials).  Adults on the other hand, can choose to watch whatever they want.  I do.  In the interest of full disclosure I love Bones and Castle.  My guilty pleasures are Survivor, Big Brother, The Guild (webisodes).


The beauty of Once Upon a Time is that the whole family can watch it and talk about it.  They can dust off the fairy tale books and read what they had read to them as children.  Real discussions can happen about where the story is going and how other fairy tale characters may fit in. Be creative.


Yes, I can’t get enough of it and it’s been a long time since I can remember being excited about the next episode of anything.  I suppose that means it will be cancelled soon because that seems to happen to a lot of the shows I enjoy.  If you’ve missed the first 3 episodes, they are online.

BTW:  It’s official.  My Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Luncheon is now online.  You can order tickets for the April 10, 2012 event here and even choose the author you want to sit with.  Read the blog about it and check out the 38 authors attending here.


Bottom Line:  I’m okay with being a hopeless romantic and hope I never outgrow it.


Monday Giveaways


From Jill StoneGET LOST IN A STORY giveaways for November 7-11 Wednesday: Candace Havens has a copy of Model Marine to giveaway, Thursday: SEAL OF MY DREAMS ANTHOLOGY: Navy SEAL stories inspired by a Pulitzer prize winning photographer’s photo of a real Navy Seal. And Get Lost in a Story is donating a copy to one lucky commenter! Published by Bell Bridge Books, proceeds go to Veteran’s Medical Research. Friday: Rochelle Staab has a copy of her debut mystery: WHO DO, VOODOO?


From Wendy Wax:  Starting this week, Ten Beach Road author Wendy Wax is offering a book a week for each of six weeks, all women’s fiction. This week the winner will receive a copy of Carly Phillips’ new bestseller SERENDIPITY. Saturday morning week two highlights Jill Shalvis’s latest. Enter here and click on Contest News: Enter Wendy’s Latest Giveaway Now.



60 is the New 30 (Happy Birthday to Me!)

Barbara Vey -- October 7th, 2011
COFW celebrated my birthday in Ohio Saturday night at Buca's

COFW celebrated my birthday in Ohio Saturday night at Buca's

Yes, today is my birthday and not just any birthday, but my 60th birthday!  60 may not be the new 30, but it’s at least the new 40.  The past 4 years have been filled with all kinds of adventures for me.  I met a lot of my favorite authors, made a ton of new friends, interviewed movie stars, traveled all over the United States and even flew an experimental airplane.  And I know things will only get better.


Finally I can tell you about an exciting new venture I’m undertaking.  SAVE THE DATE!  April 10, 2012 will be the first Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon.  It will be held in the Milwaukee area and feature 38 authors with 7 readers at each table.  There will be free door prizes, raffles (including an acoustic guitar with accessories, a color Nook and more) and a book signing.  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham will be the keynote speaker.  Proceeds from the event will benefit local libraries.


The website to buy tickets will be up on November 1st, so grab your friends and book clubs and plan on a girlfriend day out.  I have dreamed of hosting a Reader Appreciation Day for years, so it’s my present to myself.


In addition, I just received some great news that a story I wrote for Chicken Soup for the Caregivers Soul has been accepted and the book will be out in March.  So, not only will I be at the luncheon, I’ll be able to actually sign books there.  This, I’d have to say, is more than I ever dreamed possible.


Authors attending are:

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Jeanne Adams
Victoria Alexander
Deb Baker
Maya Banks
B.A. Binns
Laura Caldwell
Lori Devoti
Tracey Devlyn
Louisa Edwards
Anne Elizabeth
Debby Giusti
Heather Graham
Lori Handeland
Lynn Raye Harris
Leanna Renee Hieber
Elizabeth Hoyt
Laura Iding
Larissa Ione
Debbie Kaufman
Amy Knupp
Kimberly Lang
Andrea Laurence
Jade Lee
Marjorie Liu
Dianna Love
Mia Marlowe
Cathy Maxwell
Trish Milburn
Nancy Naigle
Clare O’Donahue
Jana Oliver
Erica O’Rourke
Kristen Painter
Allie Pleiter
Kira Sinclair
Roxanne St. Claire
Hope Tarr

(List subject to change)




Now I’m off to breakfast with Andrew and to see the new Hugh Jackman movie Real Steel.  Tomorrow bowling with my sisters and lunch at the Harley Davidson Museum restaurant, Motor.


Bottom Line:  Best 60th Birthday ever!