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Naughty & Nice

Barbara Vey -- December 13th, 2013

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Last year I was lucky enough to attend this event, but this year we have Cub Reporter Maggie Mae Gallagher on the scene.  Maggie Mae graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in music. Continuing her education, Maggie received a master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, St. Louis but writing has always been a passion. As a teenager she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. Maggie Mae adores exotic worlds of mythic beings, folklore and fairy tales. She currently resides in St. Louis with her two furry felines, Guinness & Isabella and her debut novel, Annointed, will be available February 2014.

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Indie bookstore Rose’s Bookhouse in Saint Peters, Missouri held its annual Naughty and Nice Booksigning Event this past Saturday, December 7th. The event has been dubbed a “Girls Night Out” and boy was it ever. Readers mingled with some of their favorite Erotic and Romance Authors, sipping wine and nibbling on fabulous appetizers from their sponsor Stefanini’s.

Reader Gena Cardinale said she, “loved the rosesintimacy and variety of authors, that getting
a chance to hear all the different stories the authors had made it a truly unique experience.” For the small price of the admission ticket, readers had the chance to win baskets of prizes, loaded up on signed books from their favorite author and helped out a good cause. One of the raffles even had a Kobo Tablet up for grabs. The proceeds from all the raffles were donated to Books For Soldiers.

roseWhen you glanced around the Elk’s Lodge, what you found were women, enjoying the
evening with their best gal pals, and talking about books. Rose’s Bookhouse has long been a champion of the romance genre and this event, while on the more risqué aisle of romance, truly displayed the passion and zeal Rose’s has for the genre. USA Today Bestselling Author, Jade Lee commented, “While it was fun having a naughty cake, what was supremely awesome about this event was the opportunity to talk books and romance with readers.”

For Readers who love romance, the Naughty and Nice Event hosted by Rose’s
Bookhouse should be on your must list of events to attend. Plans are already underway for next year’s event, so mark your calendars for the first Saturday in December.

Bottom Line: The best event to pick up a little something for yourself at Christmas.

Rose’s Bookhouse: 50 Shades of Naughty

Barbara Vey -- December 3rd, 2012
T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

Saturday night, Rose’s Bookhouse hosted a sold out booksigning that featured erotica authors.  Billed as Naughty & Nice II: 50 Shades of Naughty, it was obvious that this genre is the Twilight for adults.

Since I’m visiting in St. Louis, my daughter-in-law attended with me and it was her first booksigning event.  We came a half an hour early so I could meet with some of the authors before the event started and were amazed by the enormous line formed out the door.  It stretched past the building and into the parking lot.  This group was ready to do some serious book buying and meet their favorite authors.

Beth Kery Signing

Beth Kery Signing

I was thrilled to catch up with two readers who attended my Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon in April.  I asked them how they heard about it since they live in St. Louis and I’m in Milwaukee.  They said an author linked to it on their website and they planned to come again next year because they had an amazing time.  It feels good to know people enjoyed it.

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Then I asked readers what it was about the genre that put this event on their “to do” list.

Betty, 63:  “It’s like the taboo subject that’s now in the open and seeing so many others who enjoy the same thing I do.”

Sue, 25:  “I came with my friends for a girl’s night out and waiting in line together is half the fun.”

Mary, 38:  “My mom and I came.  She’s actually the one who gave me the 50 Shades of Grey book and I was shocked to get it from her, but now we laugh about it.”

Renee, 36:  “I like to read all kinds of books and since this is right in my own backyard, I wanted the chance to meet some authors.”

Michelle, 42:  “My girlfriend came last year and so we decided to make a night of it.  She even saw some people from last year.”

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

While all the authors (Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Shiloh Walker, Beth Kery, Eliza Lloyd and Cassandra Gold) had sizable lines, Sylvia Day’s was by far the longest with the line forming all the way around the room.  This New York Times Bestselling author has her second book out in the Crossfire series, Reflected in You which debuted at #1 on the Times list and has her fans clamoring for the next one.

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Bottom Line:  There was food, drink, friendships and great reads.  What more could you ask for in a night out?

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RT: Romance at Twilight

Barbara Vey -- May 3rd, 2010
RT Booksigning

RT Booksigning

The last day of any conference is often bittersweet.  Many have to leave early to get home to jobs that start early Monday morning.  But those who choose to stay often are in for a treat.  This year RT offered Social Sunday.

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After a late party Saturday night, the first event was appreciatively started at noon.  Author Speed Meeting (which I kept calling Speed Dating) allowed guest to go one on one with authors.  Authors sat at tables with the fans and every 15 minutes they would change tables to visit with a new group of readers.  Tori Carrington moderated and fans got to ask intimate, burning questions in a very relaxed atmosphere.

Author Speed Meeting

Author Speed Meeting

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The Title Search Game had fans looking for hidden titles from a specific publisher.  Authors joined in to help the teams out.  It was a word search that had you looking forward, backward, diagonally, up and down.  Prizes were given out to the winners.  The game was sponsored by Avon Books.

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Mix ‘N Match was a memory game.  Teams competed to  match up authors and their book covers.  It was like Concentration.  Hosted by Dorchester Publishing, prizes were given to the winners.

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Tiffany Mason, Editorial Director and Leigh Collett, CEO Resplendence Publishing

Tiffany Mason, Editorial Director and Leigh Collett, CEO Resplendence Publishing

To finish off the conference, Resplendence Publishing offered up Romance At Twilight.  Guests were encouraged to come to the party in their pj with pillows and curl up on a couch or cuddle up on the floor to enjoy the double feature of  Twilight and New Moon.  There was popcorn, soda, free books and baskets to be given away.

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Additional photos from the Romantic Times Book Lover’s Convention in Ohio:

Vampire Ball

Vampire Ball

Readers at RT Prom

Readers at RT Prom

Zebra Publishing

Zebra Publishing

RT Workshop Panel

RT Workshop Panel

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Bottom Line: I must admit that this RT totally rocked!  Great venue, workshops and entertainment.  Looking forward to Los Angeles next year.