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Merry Christmas to All

Barbara Vey -- December 24th, 2012

I’m not sure how many will take the time today to read blogs, but I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

When I was a kid, we would wake up about 5 a.m. on Christmas morning (there were 9 of us).  We’d sneak downstairs and squeal over our presents.  Even though we only got two or three each, the tree look loaded underneath because we all made something for my mom, dad and grandma.  And 9 times anything is a lot.  Of course, my dad would yell for all of us to go back to bed until a decent hour and we would last about a half an hour before racing downstairs again.  Mom would reluctantly get up, but we still had to wait for my dad and grandma.

The time wasn’t wasted as we tried to guess what was in each present.  Mom made hot chocolate while we waited and finally it was time.  Dad handed out the gifts and he was so slow about it.  Everyone got one before we could open them.  Then it was on.  The ripping, the tearing, the screaming (yes, even the boys).  Dad always got Old Spice and mom got hand prints on paper or clay bowls.  Grandma loved lace handkerchiefs.







When it was time for me to have a family, things changed, but not in my head.  I still got up early and ogled the gifts.  When I was finally able to rouse my boys by 8 a.m., they stumbled down where I had hot chocolate made and Christmas music playing.  There were still lots of presents under the tree and I always counted so they would have the same amount.  I made them open their gifts one at a time so I could relish the moment.  As a mom, I still got the hand prints on paper and clay bowls (which I still have).  They are my most precious possessions.

Now I spend Christmas morning alone.  My kids are grown and gone.  I celebrated with my older son, Keith, and his family a few weeks ago in St. Louis and Andrew I’ll see tonight.  Christmas Day he spends with his dad and girlfriend.  I still get up Christmas morning, make coffee and Baileys (with whipped cream, of course) and listen to Christmas music.  Then it’s time to watch my favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard.

It’s not horrible, just different.  Don’t feel bad for me, I’m very blessed.  Christmas eve is now the special day for family.  We gather at my sister’s house and there’s usually about 40 of us with my brothers, sisters and their families.  The tree is overloaded with gifts and there’s plenty of squealing, laughter and hugging.

If you have a minute, tell me your holiday tradition.  Has it changed over the years? 

Bottom Line:  Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!


Free Books for Your New eReaders

Barbara Vey -- December 26th, 2011

Christmas is over.  The food is in left over containers in the fridge, only crumbs left on the cookie plates and all that’s left of the presents under the tree are schnibbles of wrapping paper and stray ribbon.  Everyone is busy playing with their new presents and the number one gift I’m hearing about this year is eReaders whether they are stand alones or on tablets.


My 8 year old niece got a tablet and my grandson an iPad.  I’m just thrilled that they both contain eReaders.  Now to fill them.  That’s when the fun really starts.


And to get everyone going, I sent out a message on Twitter and Facebook for authors to send me links to their free books today.  Happy downloading!


True North by Marie Force

Broken Resolutions by Cheryl Shireman

Hand to Hand by Robert W. Walker

Here’s a site that lists over 3,000 free Kindle books including kids books.

A Writer’s Work is offering free books, today only.

A Free Sampler of the Recarnationalist series by M.J. Rose

Justice Incarnate by Regan Black (Amazon) (Barnes and Noble)

Personal Business by Barbara Sheridan

Last Man on Earth by Michelle Pillow

Gypsy Nights by Mandy M. Roth


Well, that’s a start.  Please feel free to add any others to the comment section.

Now tell me, did you receive an e-reader for Christmas?  Did you give one?  Know someone who got one?  What were the reactions? 


Bottom Line:  “Tis the good reader that makes the good book.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Merry Christmas!

Barbara Vey -- December 25th, 2010
Andrew showing off his artwork

Andrew showing off his artwork

Merry Christmas!!!  Last night I went to my sister’s house (like I do every year) and got together with almost the whole family.  Seven of my eight brothers and sisters came with their kids and grandkids.  I counted 42 people, 2 dogs and 2 cats.  It’s always fun to watch the kids open their stuff.



My niece was thrilled with her Batman hat

My niece was thrilled with her Batman hat

Andrew gave me a hard shell cover for my laptop and my sisters gave me a grandma nightgown (flannel, of course, it is Wisconsin) and a “convention sweater” that I’ll be wearing at RT and RWA next year.  I also got candles (you can never have too many in my house) and aroma therapy stuff.  I will be so relaxed.  Yes, I did give books…to everyone.




My condo version of a fireplace for Christmas morning

My condo version of a fireplace for Christmas morning

But it’s after 6 a.m. here so I opened my special gifts that my friend sent me.  I showed the picture in yesterday’s blog.  We did a Skype (video) visit while I opened everything.  So, here’s what I got.  #1 A Starbucks cup filled with coffee, hot chocolate and candy.  #2 A candy cane filled with little bottles of Baileys Irish Cream (I love Baileys and coffee and I just had to open one to taste test it this morning…yummy).  #3 Gift cards for Subway (everyone knows I’m a Subway nut.  When I go in there, they don’t even have to ask what I want, they just start making the sandwich.).  #4 Had 3 gifts inside marked A, B and C, so I apologize for the “not the sharpest tack on the board remark” I made yesterday.  A was a really cool magnetic book mark with an elastic string (I joked about using it on my Kindle.  Ok, not the funniest joke, but it was 6 a.m.)  B was a tin of mints (no comment) and C was Gift card for after Christmas shopping (although I may use it to see a movie, lots of good ones out there now).

That’s the thing about good friends.  They really know you and what makes you smile.  I got things I would have never thought to ask for, but I wanted and will use.  Of course, the best part was sharing it with her and her husband, even if it was on video.  It’s a very quiet Christmas morning here without my kids and having coffee and visiting with friends made it perfect.  Thank you dear friend, I love it all!!

May you and your family have all the blessings of Christmas to share with loved ones and may it be as perfect as mine.

Bottom Line: My brother picked #2 and that was Jusy from yesterday’s comments.  Jusy, please email me your snail mail address and I’ll ship off your new books on Monday.  Congratulations!  (bvey@publishersweekly.com)

Christmas Books into Movies

Barbara Vey -- November 30th, 2010

I love hearing good news and I’m always happy when authors share it with me.  So, congratulations to Sheila Roberts for having her book make into a movie.  Here’s her news:  “My novel “On Strike for Christmas” is going to be a Lifetime movie, airing this December 5th. Needless to say, I’m excited about it and since this is such a fun chick story I thought maybe some of your posse might be interested in hearing about it. Lifetime should have a page up about it soon but meanwhile, here’s a link in case you need to check it out.”  I’m a Christmas movie junkie, so I’ll be looking foward to it.



Debbie Macomber and Doris Roberts

.Debbie Macomber and Doris Roberts

Debbie Macomber’s second installment in the Mrs. Miracle series, Call Me Mrs. Miracle can be seen on the Hallmark Channel on Friday, December 3rd.  Last year’s Mrs. Miracle movie can be seen online at the Hallmark Channel website.  Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) stars as Mrs. Miracle.



Katherine Chloe Cahoon is using her debut novel, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men for some very good causes.  Events have been held at the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University with the help of sorority members. Proceeds from the UT event went to  First Book, which gives new books to children in need. Katherine says, “Being an author, this was especially important to me.

Several of the young women at the event plan to travel abroad next year

Many of the young women who came said they were planning a trip abroad

When children do not have their own books, they miss important opportunities to develop their creativity and see the options life can hold for them.”

The VU event benefitted the Nashville Children’s Hospital and was called “Give the Kids a Shot at Life.” At both events, local singers donated their time and talents to entertain those who attended.  Tonight Katherine will be in Chicago for a philanthropy book event with Northwestern University for CASA, a nonprofit group which helps children who have been abused and neglected. Several European male students at the university have volunteered to put on a show for the girls attending the event. It will be quite entertaining!  (BTW, I did a Drive By Video with Katherine at the Emerald City Writers Conference and you have view it here.)



From 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 Marianne Stephens:  Enjoy a Free Read, Special Delivery, on December 1st on my website.  Happy Holidays!

From Ellora’s Cave:  Ellora’s Cave free books being issued through the end of the year:  12/6/10 – A Taste for Jazz by Ciana Stone  12/27/10 – Destiny by Design by Wylie Kinson

If you have any news, charity or giveaway you’d like considered for the blog, please send me an email:  bvey@publishersweekly.com

Bottom Line: Good things are happening all the time…take a minute to look for all the good things in your life.