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WW Ladies/Men Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 27th, 2013

I can’t believe that next Monday starts the week long Anniversary Bash.  Authors, this is your last chance to offer something up for the readers.  You can register and get details here.  Readers, mark it on your calendar.  The party goes from Monday through Saturday with tons of giveaways.

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joysann

joysann

Trapped by Kevin Hearne

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Atticus O’Sullivan, the last druid in the world, has spent the last 13 years training his apprentice for this time when she can be bound to the earth and become the first new druid in a thousand years. But conflicts from Atticus’ past adventures catch up with him, pitting him against gods and goddesses from several pantheons and some of the Tuatha de Danaan from his own country. But he can’t allow even the beginning of Ragnarok interfere with this important task.

Atticus is known as the Iron Druid, and Kevin Hearne’s series is fascinating excitement from book to book. The characters are fantastic and captivating, and story is written with charm and humor. I best enjoy the laugh-out-loud moments that are frequent and in just the right places, making it a series I want to suggest to every reader.

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Heidi

Heidi

True Love at Silver Creek Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel by Emma TrueLoveSilverCreekCane

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Adam DeSantis is back to Valentine Valley after his tour of duty, with the understanding how his grandmother’s health is getting worse and needs him. He is reluctant to go back to where he grew up, especially with his hard upbringing; but his grandmother sacrificed for him, so he must be there for her. Brooke Thalberg has been working hard for her family at Silver Creek Ranch, and there is always more to do. She seems to be wanting something different, something more, but isn’t sure what or how. When her father hires Adam to work at the ranch, Brooke becomes his boss, so the feelings that are making her insides stir, must be put away, no matter how hard it is.

You know how wonderful it is to put on comfortable clothes? You relax, and feel better inside and out. That is how I felt after reading this book. Great all over. And even with the side stories of the grandmothers fighting for the city, and Brooke helping out the local youth in town, it really made everything comfortable and cozy.

Joe

Joe

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi Georgedemonhuntinginadivebar-200x296

Read by Joe

Half-demon Rebekah “Beck” Damian owns a bar that caters to the paranormal residents of Hannah, AL. Beck’s firmly controlled life goes to hell in a hurry when a hot, arrogant Dalvahni demon hunter shows up, throwing Beck into infuriating lust and a load of unwanted trouble. Conall thinks Beck knows something about a weapon that can wound the near-invulnerable Dalvahni. Prickly Beck is bewilderingly attractive to the “unemotional creature of logic” that is the Dalvahni warrior, plus he’s supposed to kill demons, not fall for them. Added for fun and depth are a sweet shifter dog, a depressed vegetarian zombie, a screechy Wampus Kitty, and scores more.

For me this book fit into the moderately interesting category. The humor and snark in it kept me laughing, but there were parts of the romance elements that seemed rushed and odd to me. This may read differently for someone else. Not having read the first two, I don’t know if I would have gotten to book three if it took until now to introduce any weakness for the demon hunters other than human women. It’s part of the reason I never got fully behind Superman. Still, even with some of the leaps in romantic logic that come close to the physics examples given in a Die Hard movie, it was a solid read. A quick one too as there was always action going on.

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Joan

Joan

Untamed by Sara Humphreys

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Amoveos are shape shifters of various clans ruled by a high council, and have pre-designated mates, their one true love that they must find in life. Unlike most half breed Amoveos, Layla Nickelsen knows what she is and is determined to choose her own mate. However, when William Fleury of the Falcon clan shows up in her dreams and then at her farm she begins to find out more about herself and her future.

Untamed is the third book in the Amoveo Legend series. Not having read the first two books, I still was able to easily pick up the story line. It was a very exciting and romantic story with lots of conflict and tension in this paranormal world. I am anxious to read the next book, Undenied.

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Alice

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

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David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, saves Helena Fitzhugh, whom he’s secretly loved for years, from ruin when he offers her marriage after she is found in an ill-conceived rendezvous with married man. Helena reluctantly accepts, though she’s detested David since their childhood. Surviving an accident in which Helena loses her memory, David lives in fear of her recovery, thus ending the marriage he’s always desired.

I really enjoyed this historical with its twists and turns. It was romantic and charming, and made for an interesting read.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Enchanted Land By Jude DeverauxThe-Enchanted-Land

Read by Ashley

Morgan Wakefield father has died leaving her his ranch in New Mexico but the only way to inherit it is if she marries and lives with her husband there for a year. For shy, simple, plain Morgan this is a nightmare. But then she meets the handsome Seth Colter and proposes a marriage of convenience to him. Together they sent off on the Santa Fe trial where they will encounter dangers they never expected. Just when one challenge is over another occurs and the new lovers will have to fight for future together on their wild and enchanted ranch in New Mexico.

This might be Jude Deveraux best novel! Its an emotional rollercoaster, there are so many surprising twists and turns in the plot, I could not put it down! The Enchanted Land is truly an enchanted novel with adventure, thrills, and a steamy hot romance. It is honestly one the best western historical romance novels I have read this year!

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joysann

joysann

An Apple for the Creature, an anthology of stories edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner

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Here is another of those fantastic anthologies that bring together short stories by multiple excellent authors, many of whom are favorites of mine and some who are new to me. ALL of the stories are exciting and chilling. The premise here is learning, whether as student, teacher or innocent bystander in a wide variety of spooky situations.

These incredible authors are Ilona Andrews, Amber Benson, Rhys Bowen, Mike Carey, Charlaine Harris, Donald Harstad, Steve Hockensmith, Nancy Holder, Faith Hunter, Toni L. P. Kelner, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, Thomas Sniegoski. Some of the stories are related to a series the author may have going, and some go off in a wholly new direction for the author. Each of these stories were enthralling, and more than a few gave me goosebumps. They make for an excellent read.

Bottom Line:  Been snowing here for 2 days days…good thing it’s bright and sunny in my fantasy world of books.

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Dragon Con Begins

Barbara Vey -- September 3rd, 2011
Brent Spiner and Karen Marie Moning

Brent Spiner and Karen Marie Moning

Yesterday was the opening day for the convention of all conventions for fandom …Dragon Con.  These avid convention goers take their roles seriously and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Costumes run the gamut from G to X.  Even the kids dress up to get into the act.  Karen Marie Moning sent me a picture of her and Brent Spiner from Star Trek: The Next Generation at the airport.

 

One of my first run ins was with an elf channeling Orlando Bloom from Lord of the Rings.  He was very popular as cameras flashed.  But it was the 8 foot tall Wookie who stole the show with a pack on his back that actually would make the Wookie sounds. Then there was the woman who wore next to nothing and it looked like just a snake curved around her body to cover the crucial areas.

 

I stopped in a Vampires Are the New Vampires panel with Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton.  The questioners were lined up to find out how Charlaine felt about what they did with her characters in the tv show (Fine) and if Laurell is in any way like Anita Blake (No, and having blond hair helps).   Jana Oliver was giving a reading of her book, but, of course, I was rushing off and didn’t get a chance to hear her, but I’m sure she did great.  I did have time to stop and wish her good luck.

 

Snake Lady?

Snake Lady?

 

My registration savior, Dave.

My registration savior, Dan Carroll

Charlaine Harris and Barbara Vey

Charlaine Harris and Barbara Vey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I saw a couple of police officers from Eureka and told them how sorry I was that their series was canceled, and they said so were they.  Then I asked another guy who was dressed like a police officer what show he was from and he admitted that he actually was an Atlanta sergeant on duty.  Well, I just had to take a picture.

Sargeant Schmidt (real cop)

Sergeant Schmidt (real cop)

Eureka cops (fake)

Eureka cops (fake)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The one drawback, if you can call it that, is the crowds.  This enthusiastic group is so big that en mass it moves at a snail’s pace.  In order to get from one area to another, allow yourself a lot of time.  The other part is that there is something going on in each of the five hotels, the Marriott, the Hyatt, the Hilton, the Westin and the Sheraton.  Lines form outside for some panels for hours in the hot Atlanta sun.  But it’s obvious that no one is complaining.  Many plan their whole vacations around this event and have for years.  I met one man who’s been coming for 15 years and has no plans to stop in the near future.

 

Bottom Line:  This fanfest is for everyone whose inner self has been screaming for the opportunity to be a stormtrooper.

 

 

News, Notes & Giveaways

Barbara Vey -- December 20th, 2010
Penguin car signed by authors

Penguin car signed by authors

Looking for that last minute Christmas gift and want to give to charity at the same time?  Well, look no further.  Penguin Books has the perfect gift for the book lover.

From Penguin:  Remember the adorable Penguin Mini Cooper that was travelling across the country this summer bringing bestselling authors to birthday parties in their hometowns to celebrate Penguin’s 75th anniversary?  Well that car is now up for sale! It would be the ultimate ride for the ultimate literary buff.

It’s a 2010 Mini Cooper SD with a dashboard signed by 18 bestselling Penguin authors—the full list is below.  It’s only 30k, and with the purchase, you’ll get a set of the top 75 titles published by Penguin Books over the past 75 years, a collection of books worth about $1,200.   All proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to the New York Public Library.

Signing authors:  Garrison Keillor, Michael Pollan, Rosanne Cash, Jan Karon, Sue Monk Kidd, Geraldine Brooks, Nathaniel Philbrick, William Kennedy, TC Boyle, Luanne Rice, Bryan Burrough, Melissa Bank, Kim Edwards, David Rohde, Janice Y.K. Lee, Paolo Giordano and Laura Dave.

Brad Parks

Brad Parks

Also, congrats go out to Brad Parks, debut author of Faces of the Gone, on his double win of both the Nero Award and the Shamus Award.  Brad is the first person to ever win both awards for the same book.  You’ll remember Brad from his Drive By Video when he dedicated a song to fellow author Brad Meltzer.  You can watch it here.

Bottom Line: I’m done Christmas shopping, all my books are wrapped and under the tree, but it would be fun to drive that orange car to the mall.

Giveaways

From Jodi Rosoff: Please visit our Charlaine Harris page. We’ve launched an all new Sookie Stackhouse Forum where fans can discuss their favorite waitress.  Readers can also join the Charlaine Harris Group to interact with fellow fans and see the latest news on new books and Charlaine’s events.  And while you’re touring the site be sure to enter the Charlaine Harris Holiday Sweepstakes!  Five lucky readers will win a stocking and a copy of Dead in the Family, both autographed by Charlaine (please see the website for the complete sweepstakes rules).

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From Marilyn Baron: The Petit Fours and Hot  Tamales bloggers have written our third blog novel. This time we tried our hand at a paranormal, called “Merlin’s Daughter.” The free read will debut December 20-30. Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing, which will take place on December 31.

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From Heather Massey: Starting December 20, The Galaxy Express is hosting the second annual SFR Holiday Blitz. This event features a huge giveaway of over 50 science fiction romance books. 33 authors and 15 bloggers have joined forces to give the gift of intergalactic adventure and romance to readers around the globe.  Sample prizes include books by Linnea Sinclair, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Pauline B. Jones, Nalini Singh, Ella Drake, Anitra Lynn McLeod, and Susan Grant.  Best of all, entering is easy: Just leave a comment at any of the participating blogs that has prizes you’re eligible for. The deadline to enter is midnight at EST on Sunday, December 26.

If you’d like any news or giveaways considered for the blog, you can send me an email.  bvey@publishersweekly.com

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 15th, 2010

I hope you all had a chance to check out some of the wonderful book blogs out there that were listed in yesterday’s comment section.  Remember this is Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

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Heidi

Heidi

When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster

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In the town of Avening, the air is filled with magic. Autumn is the guardian of the Jaen sisterhood and it is now her time to move on to a new life. Autumn creates a one year contest to help her find her protégé. Her list is long and the candidates are diverse. She hopes within the year, she can find the group of thirteen and the magical one to lead.
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I had a preconceived idea of what this book was going to be; and was delightfully surprised by the actual novel. I was intrigued to begin with, because the author is the daughter of composer David Foster. Then the story began with a delicate weaving of finding the right candidate for a replacement, and I was hooked.
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Dina

Dina

Scoundrel: The Blades of the Rose Series by Zoe Archer

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Bennett Day loves the ladies even when danger is near, until he meets beautiful and smart London Harcourt.  London does not want to believe that her father could be trying to overpower the world’s magic, as she is the only person who can read the ancient Greek dialect and will tell him what he needs. She struggles with the knowledge of her father and her growing feelings about Bennett.
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Fun and magical, this second book in her series had me dreaming of being in Greece with the picture that Zoe drew in my head with her words.
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joysann

joysann

Death’s Excellent Vacation edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

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Favorite characters Sookie Stackhouse, Cat and Bones, and Effrijim all make appearances in this fun and spooky all-new story collection. Written by popular authors Charlaine Harris, Sarah Smith, Jeaniene Frost, Daniel Stashower, A. Lee Martinez, Jeff Abbott, L. A. Banks, Katie MacAlister, Christopher Golden, Lilith Saintcrow, Chris Grabenstein, Sharan Newman, Toni L. P. Kelner, these stories of the dead, not-so-dead, and undead take some exciting and haunting twists and turns.
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I always enjoy these short story collections, especially when there is a story or two that adds color and enrichment to series books that already have me enslaved. But it’s also fun finding authors I’m not acquainted with, or reading genuine horror stories, a genre which I haven’t pursued in awhile. This anthology gave me all of these things.
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Denise

Denise

In The Flesh by Rita Herron

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Detiective Cortez is a man who likes to work hard on closing a case. His wife was killed by a psycho who was released, on bail.  In walks Dr Jennifer Madden a psychiatrist that does profiling of murder scenes.  Detective Cortez has no choice but to work with Dr. Madden only to have a stalker set his sights on her.  She has to surrender to Detective Cortez’s protection (much to her dismay) because things are getting a little to personal for either one of them to feel comfortable.
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The energy of suspense, not knowing what was around the next corner was exhilarating.  I had to make myself put the book down to get things done around the house.  I was baffled as to who the stalker was, and glad to find out it was not who I thought it had to be.
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Michael

Michael

Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

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In actual fact, in Cleveland, Ohio, back in the 1930’s there were a number of unsolved murders attributed to a serial killer. Lisa Black uses this true history as the foundation for a fascinating tale that jumps back and forth in time. In the past we watch as one of the few honest detectives attempts to solve a case that has depression era Cleveland in alarm. In the present, recurring character, Theresa Maclean, a forensic scientist, works on a case that may be connected to those previous murders.

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The author has an excellent eye for detail, plus an admirable vocabulary. I personally enjoyed the way she made the 1930’s come alive with her use of the era’s vernacular.

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Denise

Denise

The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross

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Former Navy Seal Sax Douchett has just returned home from the war.  He is trying to get on with his life, which is hard for him, because everyone is claiming the former bad boy is a local hero.  A secret unites him with Sheriff Kara Conway.  Ever since they were kids, she has always held a special place in Sax’s heart.
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The empathy I felt for Sax dealing with the complications of war made me stop and think about all the men and women coming back from the war now and how difficult it must be for them.  I envied the way Kara was worshiped by Sax.   A touching, thoughtful  read.
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joysann

joysann

The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Olivia Sotiris is able to sense emotions and the truth of what people think, which makes relationships with the opposite sex difficult, meaning that even as a 20-something, she’s still a virgin. Taking some R&R at her grandmother’s home on a Greek island from her stressful FBI psychologist position, she meets Robby MacKay, recovering from his own dangerous job with MacKay Security, and finds she cannot sense or read the gorgeous hunk at all, and falls head-over-heels. Robby falls in love, too, but must keep secret that he’s a vampire.

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Kerrelyn Sparks’ best-selling Love At Stake series are fun, sexy books that are good for some laughs and a whole lot of romance. As the story evolves and more characters are introduced, I find I want to keep up with them all, and Kerrelyn is good at bringing them all together, sometimes seriously, sometimes comically, and always warmly. I’m looking forward to the next one coming out soon, Eat, Prey, Love, featuring a character of whom I’m fond.

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Bottom Line: “A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.”  ~Author Unknown