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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- March 28th, 2013

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Yesterday you all had the chance to name Chris Keelar’s baby.  There were some great suggestions, but here’s what Chris had to say:

Well, first off, I want to say how slightly bizarre it is to have my personal life up on display like this. LOL. That said, Barbara’s been a great friend for a long time–I don’t think she’s old enough to be my mom, sadly–and so it was worth it. I also want to thank all of you for taking the time to weigh in. Liz and I are flattered.

There were a lot of great options. Obviously, I can’t promise I’m going with any of them–especially because Liz isn’t even home at the moment, and she probably wants a bit of input. That said, they’ll go on the list, and here are my favorites (ranked from third place to first, though I think there’s only a prize for first):

Isabelle. I have always liked this name, and Izzy as a nickname.
Minerva. Actually, our top contender at the moment is indeed a goddess, though Greek not Roman.
and…my favorite is…

Musette. I like the name a lot, not least of which because it reminds me of Musica, mistress of the Cosmic Harp (the chick from Robotech), which was a name I liked but that got shot down early. Ah well.

So, thanks again, everyone!

So the winner is Kathleen Nordstrom.  Kathleen, send me your street address to bvey@publishersweekly.com and Boroughs Publishing will send you your prize.

Now here’s the WW Ladies reads this week.

joysann

joysann

Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn AnnBite Me Your Grace

Read by joysann

Angelica Winthrop defies the conventions of the ton to find a spouse, dreaming of being a famous gothic novelist like Mary Shelley and Dr John Polidori. Polidori’s popular book The Vampyre has put the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton, the Duke of Burnrath, in danger. When Angelica discovers his secret, he convinces her the only course to follow is for them to marry. But their deception of love comes to mean something more to each of them.

It was fun to read about the strong stubborn independent-thinking heroine, a woman before her time. Amusing and romantic, and, to some degree, historically sound, this debut book in Brooklyn Ann’s series just makes me anticipate the next one.

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Joan

Joan

Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose

Read by Joan

FBI agent Joseph Carter has for long months pined for Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery, rearranging his work in order to be close to her. He believes he has now missed his chance with her until he is pulled into her life when her son and his girlfriend are kidnapped.

I loved this book! It is a great combination of suspense and an ongoing love story. There are many interesting characters that could be friend or foe. Karen Rose kept me frantically turning the pages all the way to the end.

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joysann

joysann

The Lady Most Willing by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway

Read by joysann

After an evening of inebriating festivities in his decrepit castle, an aging Scottish laird leads his retainers in a raid on a neighboring estate to kidnap four young eligible heiresses for his two nephews, titled gentlemen themselves, and surely at least two of the ladies will serve. The women, knowing they are in no danger, mostly want to get where it’s warm ahead of the blizzard. But romance seems contagious, and one union after another makes the adventure worthwhile.

The Lady Most Willing is a lighthearted romantic collaboration by these winning authors, each taking a different couple’s story. In places it’s enchanting, and in others, laugh-out-loud funny. As an easy read that warms and charms the heart, I am recommending it to friends.

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Heidi

Heidi

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanThe Other Woman

Read by Heidi

Jane Ryland did the right thing, never revealing her source for her TV news report as an anchor, but at the cost of losing everything. Humiliated, she has become a newspaper reporter, running after every story, to prove herself a legitimate newswoman. Jane finds herself in the middle of a scandal, looking for a mistress of a Senator before a very important election. Detective Jack Brogan has his hands full, with three dead bodies of women who seem to be connected, but Jack knows there is something more. Jack and Jane soon realize their stories are somehow connected and look for the killer, before one of them becomes a victim themselves.

I have heard wonderful things about Hank Phillippi Ryan books, but have never had the opportunity read one, until now. What a book to start off with! My mind kept spinning with the mystery of who the killer was of the dead girls, who the mistress could have been, why was the Senate race so heated, and how will it end? Then, with all the plots, the super twists and turns, I found myself curling my toes through the whole book!! The ending didn’t disappoint either, which makes for a great read!! This will be a wonderful book to cuddle up with during Spring showers on a weekend afternoon.

Bottom Line:  Cabbage Patch dolls always creeped me out, but the picture at the top kind of fits.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- February 16th, 2011

Last week I got to see Lily Tomlin with my sisters.  It was amazing to watch her work the audience.  She latched on to an older woman in the audience and when Lily asked her if she wanted to come on stage, the woman replied, “I didn’t bring my accordion.”  (Well, this is Milwaukee.)  She seemed even more incredible when I realized that she was 71 years old.  Seems like only yesterday she was on Laugh In and after one ringy dingy, she had us all enthralled.  Now, here’s the WW Ladies with their enthralling reads of the week.

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joysann

joysann

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Read by joysann

MacKayla Lane continues exploring the strange worlds created by the powerful, missing, insane Unseelie King to find what she needs to capture the evil book of magic that is instrumental in shoring up the walls of the Unseelie prison. More wary than ever of deception and betrayal, she teams up with sidh-seers, druids, Seelie fae, and Jericho Barrons’ mysterious friends, whatever they are, in a final effort to save the world.

The “Fever” series has thrilled and enthralled me from the first, and Shadowfever is a explosion of mystery, action, passion, lust, love and magic. As I read this last book in the series I experienced surprise and wonder, shock and horror, sorrow and grief, hope and joy, and, in the end, satisfaction; I couldn’t have hoped for more. And since I’ve gotten great pleasure from listening to the previous books on audio, I’ll be listening to Shadowfever for that enjoyment soon, because once is not enough.


DeAnn

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

Read by DeAnn

Everyone has their secrets.  Some are just bigger than others.  When Allison Glenn’s are exposed, lives are forever altered, even seemingly destroyed.  As she works towards rebuilding her lost relationships and starting all over, she realizes her past isn’t in the rearview mirror just yet.  The truth must be told.

Heather Gudenkauf has woven a masterful tale of the incredible power of love, loyaty and family.  I easily identified with the characters, as they tried to have hope for the future, while at the same time coming to peace with, and not forgetting the lessons of the past.

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Heidi

Heidi

Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay

Read by Heidi
Wanda Jane Coblentz has not used her name for a really long time. Most know her as Mary Smith. She just arrived in Last Chance, South Carolina with her last 5 bucks and hope for a fresh start. Clay Rhodes knows she is trouble, but can’t seem to stay away from her. Clay is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. They are both reluctant to take a chance on each other, especially when both of their pasts are catching up with them.
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What a great small town feel throughout this book. I could actually picture all the quirky characters that make up this entire town, and knows every single piece of gossip as soon as it happens. I got caught up in the entire story, as well as the romance of Clay and Jane, and was left wanting more.
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joysann

joysann

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Connie Brockway

Read by joysann

“Cupid Cats Shelter: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat.” In Katie MacAlister’s Unleashed, Jacintha Ferreira is called upon in her capacity as an officer in the WA Fish and Wildlife Dept to handle a very large, very unusual wildcat that somehow got into the cat shelter. In Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway, a special old shelter cat brings a widower and his young daughter together with the brilliant, eccentric and lonely scientist that works there. And a cat is instrumental in the reunion of jungle researcher Kate Archer and movie mega-star Jon Ramsey who parted ways in high school in A Cat’s Game by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

As we all know, a cuddly cat can warm our hearts and our laps, and they’re all just a little bit magical, though Cupid Cats are just a little bit more. The affection, the humor, and the romance in these sexy stories are typical of these favorite authors, and I was charmed by each of them again.

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Kym

Kym

The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels

Read by Kym

The Earl of Hawthorne bought the lovely house that adjoins his property thinking it will be an ideal place to install his next mistress. To his surprise (and delight), that mistress, Lady Anne Keighley soon becomes his wife. Next up is Felicity Mercer, a friend of Anne’s in need of a hideaway. However, the Earl’s cousin, Lord Colford, makes the scene and sparks fly, resulting in another unexpected wedding. Finally, along comes Georgiana, the Earl’s ward, who is fleeing an arranged marriage. But fate catches up with her in the form of Lord Silsby, a handsome soldier she finds lurking in the garden.

Leigh Michaels wrote the book on romance — literally. Her book On Writing Romance is on the bookshelf of many budding authors, and The Mistress’ House proves she knows her stuff. Her likable characters and clever dialogue are fun, but what I liked best was the way she used the house to link the stories of three couples. It was like getting three books in one! Read it and enjoy!

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DeAnn

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Read by DeAnn

Charley Davidson is a busy girl. Bartender, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper all rolled into one small, albeit feisty package. She seems to have it all. An uncle and father who would do anything for her, great friends (most of them alive) and a man who makes her weak in the knees. So what if she’s not sure who, or what he is?
Darynda Jones has created a cast of characters and a unique story that kept me wanting more every chapter. The twists and turns in this suspenseful drama were amazing, yet it also had me laughing out loud at the banter between the characters. One of the most entertaining books I’ve read I quite some time and I can’t wait for the follow up!

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joysann

joysann

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Read by joysann

When Elise Drummond hears the rumor that her mother is living with a much younger man, she’s appalled enough, but when it turns out to be her own high school sweetheart, she flies home to Kentucky determined to put an end to the humiliating affair. Outraged that Sam McCade is taking advantage of a vulnerable woman, she never once considers there might be more to the story than the rumor mill provides. But as she spends time in their company, and feels her own attraction to Sam reignite, she discovers secrets that have them all in danger.

Once I opened the cover of Cat Shaffer’s book, I was hooked. I liked the characters, the suspenseful situation, and the concept of discovering one’s mother might be a “cougar” challenges the imagination. In the end, Kentucky Blues was touching, intriguing, tense, exciting, and satisfyingly romantic.

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Bottom Line: “If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.” ~ Lily Tomlin

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 6th, 2010

Sabrina Jeffries, Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber

Spending time at Lady Jane’s Salon is always a special experience for me, but even more so on Monday night when I was allowed to emcee the second half of the readings.  The charming setting adds to the moment as authors pick their favorite passages to read aloud to the adoring crowd.  Presenting that evening were Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber and Sabrina Jeffries.   With proceeds going to charity, Lady Jane’s Salon is the “must do” event held on the first Monday of every month in New York City.

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Loretta

Loretta

Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams

Read by Loretta

CIA Agent Ana Burton, placed on probation for prior handling of a case resulting in five vicious murders, is given an ice-cold l0 year old case to re-work.  If you are into any of the following –algorithms, equations, search parameters, linked computers, decripting data or terminus city –  this book is for YOU!

Author Jeanne Adams crafted a complex, death around each corner story, mixing in a sizzling love affair amidst  international intrigue.  As I read through the twisted, upside down, inside-out tale, it amazed me to discover that she very ably ironed out the details while untangling the hidden characters and created a captivating and provocative book.

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joysann

joysann

Hot Southern Nights

by Dianne Castell

Read by joysann

Churchill McKenzie returns to Savannah after a sojourn in up north, and is happy to be working in the beautiful, historical public library. The only complication is that she crosses paths with the intriguing, sexy man she sent to prison on a robbery conviction years ago, but what if he really didn’t do it? Cal Davis just wants life to get back to something normal, work the races at the speedway, and avoid entanglements with gorgeous, sexy librarians, which can only lead to trouble.

Amusing and delightful, Hot Southern Nights has all the romance, heat and southern charm an HEA reader can want. I enjoyed the characters a lot, which made me really hopeful things would work out for them, and I laughed out loud at some of their situations. Dianne’s “Hot” books about contemporary southern romance have turned out to be pleasurable reads.

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Edie

So Enchanting by Connie Brockway

Read by Edie

Francesca Walcott doesn’t believe her psychic gift is enchanting.  Instead, it alienated her from her highborn family and was the cause of her early marriage to a fake medium who abandoned her after he was exposed by Lord Greyson Sheffield.  Six years after the death of her husband, Greyson finds her in a Scottish village, the companion of a young woman whose life is being threatened.  Mayhem, mix ups, and near-accidents ensue.  So does the attraction between Fanny and Greyson, and a romance between Fanny’s headstrong ward and Greyson’s fashionable nephew.

Brockway’s quirky characters are delightful.  Her pacing is perfection, as is her dialogue, and I never doubted the attraction between Greyson and Fanny.  This Victorian romance really is So Enchanting.

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Marsha

Dark Warrior Untamed by Alexis Morgan

Read by Marsha
Chief Talion Greyhill Danby and administrative assistant Piper Ryan thrown together in a shared office.  Piper is a rebel and Grey is a sophisticate with a sexy English accent.  Piper has a secret and Grey’s job as head of security for the Kyth Nation puts them on a collision course.  Piper and Grey become caught between the desire to get away from each other and the need to get closer as their attraction builds.  They must work together to defend the Grand Dame of the Kyths from attack.
Alexis Morgan’s spicy dialogue and romantic scenes kept me reading far into the night until I reached the delicious conclusion.
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Heidi

Heidi

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Read by Heidi
Lily Casey Smith is a woman ahead of her time. She broke horses at a young age, worked on a ranch in Arizona, learned how to drive a car and fly a plane, when most women were not expected to do much. She married later than most women and became a mother of two; including her daughter who is portrayed in The Glass Castle.
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I was fascinated by Jeannette’s portrayal of her grandmother in this novel. During times of droughts, floods, the Great Depression and ranching life; Lily shook off the challenges and moved forward. It seemed to me that no matter what came into Lily’s path, she had the ability to keep moving forward. I had to keep remembering that this woman is not of my age, but my grandmothers age. Maybe people who are whining today about what they don’t have and who to blame, should take a look at Lily and see that you can achieve anything you want if you just keep moving forward.
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Marjorie

Marjorie

Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie

Read by Marjorie
A fall from his horse was the accident that brought Nash Renfrew into the life of Maddy Woodford. A peasant girl trying to support her younger siblings, Maddy nursed the handsome stranger back to health, not knowing he was an English diplomat to Russia and a member of the landed gentry. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Nash was won over by Maddy’s charms and, when his memory returned, he determined to make her his wife.

I was held captive with a fast-paced story, interjecting twists of plot and other surprises along the way.  This is the fourth romance in Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series, following her much acclaimed romance, To Catch a Bride. The setting is Bath, England, 1819.

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Heidi

Heidi

Murder in the Latin Quarter by Cara Black

Read by Heidi
The ninth mystery of the Aimee Leduc series finds her trying to return to a normal life, when a Haitian woman enters the PI office claiming to be her half-sister and in trouble. Aimee is reluctant to believe her, but is drawn to help her especially after she disappears.
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I felt the twists and turns of this mystery as easily as I could see the Paris streets. I found it extremely creative how modern day the book takes us, especially after the death of Princess Diana in Paris.
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Bottom Line: I’m interviewing Stan Lee at New York Comic Con on Saturday…any questions you’d like me to ask?