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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- August 30th, 2013

Harley Davidson

Things are hopping this weekend in Milwaukee.  It’s Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary and that means we have bikers from around the world visiting our city.  There are Australians who flew into Los Angeles to pick up bikes, Austrians started riding in Texas and Germans started their rides in Las Vegas.  While there are events all over the city, the lakefront (home of the Harley Museum), is the loudest.  Between bikes, bands and people who just want to be part of the festivities, you really need ear plugs.  We welcome the bikers with open arms and people actually stood on freeway over passes with signs and waved as the visitors arrived.  I might have to put a book down today and check it out.  Meanwhile, here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading.

biopicDown Range by Lindsay McKennaDown Range

Read by Barbara

Captain Morgan Boland is a top Navy sniper and so is Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey.  When a dangerous Taliban regional leader needs to be stopped their names are chosen.  Since these two have a lot of history, the danger isn’t just in the mission to Afghanistan.

I love the idea of women in the military and the fact that an actual Navy SEAL has recommended the book says a lot about the research and authenticity of the story.  I even enlisted in the Army after high school, but my mom wouldn’t allow it (you had to have your parent’s permission at that time).  This book is adventurous and riveting, plus a romance to die for just made this summer a lot hotter.

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Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

Read by joysann

Though Verity Price came to New York to establish herself in competitive ballroom dancing, she’s never stopped following her family’s traditional occupation as cryptozoologists, keeping the monsters of the world safe and undiscovered. But the Covenant of St George is coming, and if they begin a purge of the supernaturals of the city, they’ll paint the town red. But there is one thing the Covenant folks want more than dead monsters, and it’s Verity.

Seanan McGuire has got a fun urban fantasy series going here with this second InCrypted novel. Verity and her family and friends are likeable and interesting, the supes are creative and entertaining, and the plot exciting and suspenseful enough that I couldn’t stop turning pages. With its little spot of romance and sprinklings of family mystery, I’m delighted to discover related short stories on Seanan’s webpage.

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Dark LycanNatalieDark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Read by Natalie

The Lycans and the Carpathians have little to do with each other.  The fear of a mixed race (half Lycan/half Carpathian) drives the Lycans to kill anyone who is both.  Rogue packs and vampires force Fen to feed from a Lycan hunter that he befriends. He doesn’t realize that he will mix his blood with the Lycan and go from hunter to hunted.  His lifemate is a Dragonseeker and Carpathian, very old and powerful.  Together they try to figure out who is killing whole packs while also trying to keep Fen’s secret from the Lycans.

Dark Lycan is not only part of the famous Carpathian series, but is book one of a new trilogy within the series. I love the direction of this series that feels evolved and fresh and there’s a lot of important information that fans (like me) will want to have but others can still enjoy it if they haven’t read any Carpathian books. I was surprised at the epic fantasy feel while still very much a romance.  Two big thumbs up on a fresh take on one of my favorite classics.

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MaryVicious by V.E. SchwabVicious

Read by Mary

EO’s (ExtraOrdinarys) have special powers. But, this is less about good versus evil and more about what’s bad and what’s worse because not everyone who gets a superpower what’s to use it for good.  Victor and Eli are best friends, roommates and brilliant. They are in a school for the gifted. They know about EO’s, though EO’s are unconfirmed by the government. Victor and Eli devise a way to make themselves EO’s through near-death experience and it works. While each has his own power, an accident causes Eli’s love to die while she helps Victor. Eli is consumed with the need for revenge.

Just like real life, there’s a little of good and evil in each of them and this
is easily the best book I’ve read so far this year.  I still can’t stop thinking about it.  I felt compelled to keep reading page after page as the author cleverly foreshadows and drops hints that made me squirm to know what happens next.  Extremely compelling and utterly captivating.

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susanGideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David BarnettGideon

Read by Susan

Gideon lives in a small village but dreams adventures like the ones he reads in the “penny dreadful”.  When his father goes missing he looks to author/adventurer Captain Lucian Trigger to help. On his way there he runs into Bram Stoker who believes a vampire may be at work here, then he stops at Einstein’s where he finds a remarkable mechanical girl who can think and talk and who escapes with Gideon.  Their adventures take them to London where Lucian is not what he appears.

This is a steampunk mystery and romance with some paranormal.  Betrayal, espionage and mystery lead Gideon on the adventure he’s always wished for. But be careful what you wish for.  This was my first steampunk novel and I loved the alternate history, the gadgets, and the mechanical girl, who did not start out mechanical.  This was a thrilling and great adventure that I was glad I had a ticket to.
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NatalieThe Incrementalists by Steven Burstthe Incrementalists and Skyler White

Read by Natalie

People, who are immortal in a way,put their memories and consciousness into other bodies if they die.  They have an organization that helps them stick to their goal which is to make the world better, a little at a time.  But, one person’s idea of how the world could be better can clash with another.  And if they make the wrong call it can have a devastating effect on humanity.

This reminded me of the movie Inception as far as its complexity and intricate storyline. I was able to follow what was going on well enough even though I was given bits and pieces until it all came together as one picture.  It’s challenging, but since I enjoy puzzles it was my cup of tea.  Thought provoking and intriguing!

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Bottom Line:  Ok, my motorcycle riding days may be over, but like other things in life, I can enjoy looking at them.

Saturday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- December 3rd, 2011

 

Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan

King of the Isles by Debbie Mazzuca

Educating Ansley by Cat Johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtQQs-Xh29A

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Blowing Embers by Lauri J Owen

The Amazing Wolf Boy by Roxanne Smolen

HOOKED by Catherine Greenman

 

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.

Sunday Matinée!

Barbara Vey -- May 15th, 2011


It’s been a while, but it’s time for the return of the Sunday Matinee. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the book videos. It’ll whet your appetite for some great reads.
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If you’d like your book video considered to be in Sunday Matinee, please contact me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: Today is National Chocolate Chip Day, so do your part and add those little suckers to your pancakes, ice cream, cereal and imagination!

Book Trailers: Get Your Fix Here

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2010

On November 4th, PW Shelftalker blog asked, “Who Watches Them?”  Sheila English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions said she just read “an article about grants being given to libraries for book trailers.  And Sheila would be the one to talk to about this subject since she trademarked the term “Book Trailer.”

I used to post Sunday Matinee with book trailers when PW was using a different blog site.  I had to stop when I couldn’t figure out how to put them on this site, but the issue was finally resolved, so I will again be showing videos on Sundays.  If you would like one considered to be on the blog, you can send it to me at bvey@publishersweekly.com

In case you’re wondering what you’ve been missing, I’m posting several book trailers I’ve recently received.  Enjoy them and then let us know if watching the video makes you want to buy the book or even read it?  Have you seen them being shown anywhere?  I actually saw one before a movie at the theater a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised.  There were a lot of people in the theater exposed to that book video and I’m for anything that gets something to think of reading a book.  Brilliant!

Face the Winter Naked by Bonnie Turner

An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

Dark Fire by Christine Feehan

The Shadow Keepers Series by J. K. Beck

Wicked Highlander by Donna Grant

Crown of the Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson

Bottom Line: By the way, I’m blogging over at Romance University today and Saturday I was at the Pink Heart Society.  Thanks to all who stop by.

Giveaways

From Susan Crowley Nights of Passion Blog: From Nov. 29 to Dec 5, Nights of Passion Blog is having a weeklong holiday party with romance authors a.c. Mason, Lindsay Downs, Mary Martinez, Toni Kelly, Rebecca Royce, Annie Nichols, Sandra Sookoo, Leanna Renee Hieber, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Marie Roy, Kit Marlowe, C. Margery Kempe, and Inara LaVey. Join the fun and enter the contests.  See the Nights of Passion Blog for details.

From Samhain Publishing: Here are Samhain Publishing’s freebies for this month on Nook and Kindle. This month we’re not only offering our standard two titles for giveaway, we’re also offering four holiday stories as freebies that’ll run a full month from mid-November to mid-December. Happy holidays to our readers!

The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.

Begin Date

End Date Book Title Author

11/1/2010           11/14/2010         The Matchmakers          Jennifer Colgan

11/15/2010         11/28/2010         Pack Challenge              Shelly Laurenston

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         Snowy Night Seduction Arianna Hart

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         My Christmas Wish        Ember Case

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         Holiday Bound               Beth Kery

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         The Dickens with Love   Josh Lanyon

Author’s Personal Conventions

Barbara Vey -- May 10th, 2010

Fan tatoo from K-Con 2006

Author’s having their own conventions is nothing new.  I’ve been invited to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s K-Con in New Orleans for the past couple of years and had a blast interacting with her fans and touring the areas that are featured in her books.  Although there are no plans for an official New Orleans K-Con this year, Sherrilyn is celebrating a mini K-Con on May 24th in Nashville as a free event for her fans.

FAN held aboard the Delta King

Brenda Novak and Christine Feehan tried their luck with FAN, Feehan and Novak, a fan convention aboard the Delta King.  I really wanted to attend, but there were no rooms available on the boat and the overflow hotel was a few blocks away.  I’m a chicken to walk the streets at night.  Brenda highlights the get together here.

Now Karen Marie Moning is trying her hand at having her own conference.  Here’s the information I received: The excitement is building for Karen Marie Moning’s FIRST FeverCon in Atlanta, GA! A three day fan event celebrating fans of Karen Marie Moning and featuring a Q&A with Karen, a writer’s workshop by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole, a concert by Neil Dover, special guest appearances by Actor Eric Etebari and Audie Award winner Phil Gigante and much much more. To celebrate, all who register before May 31st will be entered in a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. (You can get more details here.)  I’ll be at the Emerald City Writer’s Conference that October weekend, so I’m sorry that I won’t be able to make it.

Lori Foster is on her 6th Annual Reader-Writer Get-Together to be held in June.  I was fortunate enough to attend this very casual event that boasts a pizza party, book signing and raffle baskets galore.  Proceeds to the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.


Lora Leigh is holding her 4th Annual RAW (Reader Appreciation Weekend) in September.  Although I’ve never attended, I’ve heard it is a “not to be missed party.”  There will be a pajama party, costume party and book signing.  All monies raised will be going to Golden Girl Group Home and Bays Mountain Park Association.

Have you attended any of these author events?  What do you think of them?  Any author you wish would have one?

Just a reminder that the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction is in full swing all this month.  Along with all the great items to bid on, I have donated one blog day on Beyond Her Book.  The winning bid will get to post a blog all about themselves, right here.  Get the details here.

Monday Giveaways

From Samhain Publishing:

This month, we have two titles available for free on Nook and Kindle. The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.  You can get them at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Begin Date

End Date Book Title Author
5/1/2010 5/14/2010 Forbidden: The Sacrifice Samantha Sommersby
5/15/2010 5/28/2010 Heat of Passion Elle Kennedy

From author Janet Halfmann: “Make a Splash with Books” will run from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Library at 1907 10th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI. The free event is a collaboration between the library, South Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

From author Brenda NovakOne lucky commenter to today’s blog will receive:

One VIP invitation to New York Times Bestselling Authors Brenda Novak and MaryJanice Davidson’s Cyber Launch Party on Thursday, August 5, 2010, 8 p.m. EASTERN TIME on Twitter. Everyone who registers here will receive a Party Pack including free raffle tickets in the snail mail, but VIP ticket holders will receive a DELUXE party pack that includes an autographed copy of WHITE HEAT, a Brenda Novak mini-tote, a special edition Murder Mystery game for 8 women commissioned by Brenda herself and a Love is the Key turquoise and copper bracelet Brenda had designed for members of her fan club.  (The winner will be posted in tomorrow’s blog)

Bottom Line: Maybe there’s a Barbara Vey Con in my future…yeah, probably not.