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New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- December 17th, 2013

It’s snowing here…again.  I feel like I should have invested in snow shoes this year instead of boots.  The good news for me is that I don’t have to go out in that mess.  I can just sit home, nice and cozy and read to my hearts content.  My TBR pile overfloweth and all is right in my little corner of the world.  Even with that said, it’s time to peruse the new releases because a bookaholic can never have too many books.

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His Enchantment by Diana Cosby (eKensington)

Snow White And The Vampire by Marina Myles (eKensington)

Size Matters by Robyn Peterman (eKensington)

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Gardens Where No One Will See by T.C. Mill (Carina Press)

Beyond Texas by Ann DeFee (Carina Press)

Murder in Mystic Cove by Daryl Anderson (Carina Press)

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Confessions of a Bad Bridesmaid by Jennifer Rae (Harlequin KISS)

Texas Outlaws: Jesse by Kimberly Raye (Harlequin Blaze)

The Dimitrakos Proposition by Lynne Graham (Harlequin Presents)

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Happy New Year, Baby Fortune! By Leanne Banks (Harlequin Special Edition)

Forged in the Desert Heat by Maisey Yates (Harlequin Presents)

His Ideal Match by Arlene James (Harlequin Love Inspired)

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In His Arms by Yasmin Sullivan (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

Dead by Wednesday by Beverly Long (Harlequin Intrigue)

White Lace And Promises by Debbie Macomber ( RHPG – Ballantine)

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Friends – And Then Some by Debbie Macomber  (RHPG – Ballantine)

Love and Devotion by Jove Belle (Bold Strokes Books)

Like Jazz by Heather Blackmore (Bold Strokes Books)

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Under Her Spell by Maggie Morton (Bold Strokes HeatStroke Editions)
Rush by Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)

The Flesh Cartel, #12: Paradise Island by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau (Riptide Publishing)

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Lost and Found
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Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane (Riptide Publishing)
Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1)  by Alexis Hall (Riptide Publishing)

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Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #3) by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley (Riptide Publishing)
Mindscape by Tal Valante (Riptide Publshing)
In Discretion by Reesa Herberth (Riptide Publishing)

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Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan (Forever, Mass Market)

Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush (Forever, Mass Market)

Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan (Forever, Mass Market)

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All He Needs by C.C. Gibbs (Forever, Mass Market)

Reaver by Larissa Ione (Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market)

Law Man by Kristen Ashley (Forever, Mass Market)

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Secrets of a Gentleman Escort by Bronwyn Scott (Harlequin Historical)

The Camelot Series 4-Book Bundle by Ruthie Knox  (LoveSwept)

Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire (South Street Publishing)

Bottom Line:  Next Tuesday is Christmas Eve already…how did that happen so fast?

Reader Appreciation Luncheon

Barbara Vey -- April 29th, 2013
Victoria Hinshaw working registration & handing out gift bags.

Victoria Hinshaw working registration & handing out gift bags.

This past weekend was the culmination of all my dreams, the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon.  James Rollins was the keynote and 37 other authors came into Milwaukee and took the readers by storm.

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Reader Lori meeting James Rollins on Friday night

Reader Lori meeting James Rollins on Friday night

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It started with a Friday night Q&A in the hotel auditorium.  I had asked on Facebook and Twitter for questions ahead of time.  Each author came on stage, introduced themselves and were given a question by readers both in person and from online.  It proved to be an interesting way for the readers and for the authors to get to know each other.  Afterwards, we proceeded to the bar area for refreshments and a chance to get up close and personal with the authors.  It was a terrific prelude to the luncheon.

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Sharon Sala table

Sharon Sala Table

 

Saturday morning came early and we started setting up at 7 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. event.  There still wasn’t enough time.  Things like this aren’t put on by one person, so, quickly I’d like to thank all those who pitched in.  225 gift bags (generously donated by Sue Grimshaw and Random House) lined the registration area.  They were stuffed with books and swag sent in from publishers and authors.

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Amy Knupp and reader Jessica

Amy Knupp and reader Jessica

 

We learned from last year and opened registration a half an hour early so the line didn’t get that long.  Inside the ballroom, authors rushed to put the finishing touches on their table gifts.  When the doors were finally opened the readers were treated to an hour of meeting and greeting their favorite authors and mingling with new ones.

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Keynote James Rollins

Keynote James Rollins

 

The luncheon was held at the Crowne Plaza-Airport and they need to get kudos.  That staff fixed things before we even knew we had a problem.  The food was amazing and that’s saying a lot for those of us who attend conference events.

After lunch it was time for the keynote speaker, James Rollins.  As usual, he didn’t disappoint.  Readers learned of his first career as veterinarian, an ill-fated encounter with actor/director/producer, Ron Howard, the surprise moment of learning he would be a published author and his exciting new news that one of his novels is to be made into a movie.

Debby Giusti giving away her door prize

Debby Giusti giving away her door prize

Next the authors came up to the stage, introduced themselves and endeared themselves to the readers even more by giving away door prizes.  They really outdid themselves as the readers were present with everything from picnic baskets, fantasy baskets, designer bags, books, chocolates, wine, and even eReaders with an occasional monkey thrown in.  But James Rollins brought down the house when he started to give away a bag of books and then threw out to the audience that the winner would also be a character in his next book who would be brutally murders.  When the winner was announces, there was actually a blood curdling scream which I later learned came from the author at the table because she was thrilled that one of her readers won it.

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Angie Fox Table

Angie Fox Table

After the raffles winners were announced, it was time for the Barnes and Noble booksigning.  The final hour flew by as readers quickly snatched up the authors latest offerings and had the writers busily signing books.  There were many smiling faces at the end of the day from both readers and authors.

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CH Admirand and her prize winner Jenny

CH Admirand and her prize winner Jenny

As soon as I got home, I started receiving emails from readers.  “I enjoyed the program, and got to meet some wonderful and talented people.”  “I had SUCH a blast yesterday.  Eloisa James was amazing and I enjoyed every minute.”  “What a wonderful time. I loved listening to James Rollins and how cool is it that someone from the luncheon will get killed off in his book. I sat with Adrienne Giordano and Carla Neggers, what nice people.”  “It was marvelous chatting with authors, the food was great, and the gift bags were wonderful.”  “I had such a great time. Not only did I LOVE Milwaukee, but I loved the entire event!”  “I got to turn around and go fangirl on Marjorie Liu.”  “Thank you for an incredible day yesterday. It was truly a fantastic experience.”  “Dianna Love even gave me a gift bag for my child, even though I didn’t sit with her, that says a lot about a person and I can’t wait for next year!”

The good news is that I can finally announce that next year the keynote speaker will be Debbie Macomber.  The event will be held April 26, 2014 at the same place and tickets will go on sale August 1st.

To see all the pictures taken, please click here.

Bottom Line:  A huge thank you to the helpers, the authors, the publishers and especially the readers for making the day so special.

 

Debbie Macomber Listens to Her Readers

Barbara Vey -- September 13th, 2012

PW now has its own YouTube channel.  New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber talks to PW about the importance of listening to readers, and why her latest novel, The Inn at Rose Harbor, almost didn’t happen.

 

Bottom Line:  Stop by tomorrow for a couple of my latest Drive by Videos with Kristen Higgins and Victoria Alexander.

WW Ladies Book Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- November 30th, 2011

Today the WW Ladies show off their diverse tastes with tales from sci-fi to contemporary and YA to Christmas.  Any who ever says, “There’s nothing good to read” is certainly not looking in the right places.

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joysann

joysann

Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair

Read by joysann

Devin Guthrie has contentedly conformed to familial expectations both in interplanetary high society and as the financial expert in the family business, mega-wealthy Guthrie Galactic, but when his 19 year old nephew becomes a target for kidnapping or assassination, he’s quick enough to take to the rough space stations to rescue him. In his efforts, he is reunited with bold and beautiful Captain Makaiden Griggs, an unrequited fascination he developed when she piloted the Guthrie private spaceships. As it becomes a chase of wit, danger and survival, the professional and class inhibitions of the past relax and the two find themselves involved in more than political intrigue and rebellion against the Empire.

When you present me with a well-conceived, well-written space opera, you can plan on my total inattention to anything else until I’ve finished it, and Linnea Sinclair has done it again. Though part of the Dock Five Universe, it stands alone pretty well, but will make you itch to find out what you’ve missed if you haven’t caught the others (or to back and read them again!). Fast, exciting, intriguing, and wonderfully romantic, Rebels and Lovers took me, with great delight, out of this world.

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Loretta

Loretta

aftertaste by Meredith Mileti

Read by Loretta

Mira, and her husband are gourmet cooks who own a popular restaurant in New York.  When their baby, Chloe is born, Mira is enthralled -  her husband is not.  Instead he finds a new love, an employee in their restaurant.  Mira discovers them together, loses her cool, attacks the woman and the court sentences her to take an anger management course, which she subsequently flunks.

We have all heard the saying “she has too much on her plate already” and know it does not refer to food. How Mira faces her “full plate” with uncommon grit, dignity and love, is why I rooted for her from Page l of this outstanding novel.  A heartwarming story unfolds as she discovers what is really important in life and makes this book DELICIOUS READING!.

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Sophie

Sophie

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Read by Sophie

Weird things are happening in Theia Alderson’s life—like the night the burning man fell from the sky, or the fact that the handsome boy in her dreams now suddenly is very real, and attending her school!  Theia is not sure how she’s supposed to feel about Haden Black, and Haden’s mixed signals are not helping—in her dreams, though everything else is extremely creepy, Haden is affectionate and kind and can’t keep his eyes off of her, but at school Haden avoids Theia, and uses his charm to entice cheerleaders (or, as Theia’s friend, Donny calls the popular kids, sneetches).  Despite this, Theia can’t seem to keep Haden off her mind, even when she finds out that he has a (and kind of is) a very dark, other-worldly secret—one that could cost Theia her soul, her friends, and her loving, if overprotective father.  And when Theia’s heart gets her in trouble, it’s going to take Haden’s confused love, her friends’ determinations, an exorcism or two, and a couple of psychics (the legit kind!) to get her out.

Falling Under was a thrill from the first sentence to the very last period!  With a slew of fun, well-rounded characters and details so intricate I could picture where each chapter was taking place and everything that was going on, it would have held my attention for hours on end, if only it was longer.  I applaud Gwen Hayes for this terrific work of fantasy which contains not one “vampire that glitters in the sunshine.”

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Michelle

Michelle

Room by Emma Donoghue

 

Read by Michelle

 

Jack is the narrator of this story and he tells it from the eyes of a five year old boy whose whole life has been lived in one room.  His playmate is “Ma.”  Seven years earlier she was kidnapped by Old Nick and during her incarceration she was repeatedly subjected to his sexual advances that led to her conceiving Jack.  Jack believes that what is real is what is in the Room with him.  Now that he is old enough “Ma” tells him the truth and elicit his help in planning the “Great Escape.”  As their plan unfolds they are thrown into a brand new and bigger world that causes some overwhelming changes.

 

What an unnerving and riveting tale about love that transcends some of the worst imaginable human experiences.  The strength of a mother’s love is an amazing thing, looking at the real life story of Jacyee Dugard we know that that love is possible.

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Heidi

Heidi

1225 Christmas Tree Lane (Cedar Cove Series) by Debbie Macomber
Read by Heidi
The last installment of the Cedar Cove Series focuses on Beth Morehouse and her family. Beth started a Christmas Tree Farm after her divorce from her husband and at this time of year, she is busier than ever! Beth started a new relationship with Ted Reynolds, the local vet, and that will come in handy with 10 abandoned puppies on her doorstep! Not to mention her college-age daughters have come home with plans up their sleeves to reunite their parents. Beth was looking forward to quiet family Christmas, but those wishes may change, especially in a romantic town like Cedar Cove.
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Those who are fans of Debbie’s Cedar Cove Series will be very pleased to see how well she wove the story of Beth and her family around the rest of the town in this last book. It’s nice to see when an author thinks of the fans and wants to make sure all questions of different couples have a final answer. I think that is what I enjoyed the most of this book, not only one happy ending, but many happy endings all wrapped up in one gift!!

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joysann

joysann

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Read by joysann
Private Investigator Nikki Glass doesn’t believe in woo-woo stuff, but when she is suddenly thrust among a tough, scary, indestructible group of weirdos she thought were a cult, she learns she is descended from Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, which explains her special talent at finding people. She discovers that she and they are immortal, and each has woo-woo talents she can’t deny. When an even scarier group of immortals threaten her family to force her to hunt for people they want to destroy, Nikki quickly ceases to doubt the existence of the descendants of the gods, and works with her own newly discovered talents to confront evil.

There were twists and surprises in every part of this story, and I liked how unpredictable and imaginative it is. Between the suspense, exciting action, and the fascinating characters, I was unable to put this book down. Now I find myself enthusiastic about another compelling series by Jenna Black; I can hardly wait for the next book coming out in April.

 

Bottom Line:  Thanks for the great response to an All Book Christmas and feel free to leave more suggestions here.

 

Debbie Macomber Suffers Tragedy

Barbara Vey -- August 14th, 2011
Dale Macomber

Dale Macomber

I was saddened to hear of the death of popular author Debbie Macomber’s son, Dale.  My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and her family.  Debbie’s publicist, Nancy Berland  sent this statement.

Renowned author Debbie Macomber and her family will celebrate the life of her beloved younger son, Dale, Tuesday morning at a memorial service in Port Orchard, Washington.

A dedicated father of two young boys, a gifted teacher and award-winning distance runner, Dale Macomber, 36, lost his battle with illness August 9. His body was discovered by his brother, Ted, and local police, after the authorities were alerted by family members concerned about Dale’s apparently serious despondency. A poignant obituary written by Ted can be found here.

Early on Dale developed a caring nature for those with special needs. Fittingly, his family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Special Olympics Washington for those wishing to express condolence for their tragic loss. Donations can by contacting the organization via their website,  or via postal mail  to 1809 7th Ave Ste 1509, Seattle, WA 98101. Those wishing to send Debbie and her husband, Wayne, condolence messages may do so via the guestbook on her website, or via mail to P.O. Box 1458, Port Orchard, WA, 98366.

Hundreds of people have shared loving memories of Dale on a Facebook page established by the Macomber family for this purpose: “Remembering Dale Macomber.” He was a bright, joyful young man who will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Bottom Line: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  ~From a headstone in Ireland

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 20th, 2011

Today I’m off for Atlanta and tomorrow I’ll be giving a workshop on Building Reader Loyalty with Dianna Love for the Georgia Romance Writers.  I’ve thrilled because this is a subject close to my heart and I’ve had the opportunity to visit the GRW before, so I’ll get to see a lot of people I know and meet some new ones.

Kym

Kym

Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle

Read by Kym

Grandma Pearl Lives in Adams Grove and is known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and for giving out the best advice, whether you ask for it or not! Her Southern Hospitality and Grandmotherly ways
engulf you like a warm hug.  Shortly after returning home to attend a surprise party for Grandma Pearl, Jill gets a call from her ex-fiance’ that Pearl has passed away.  Jill returns to Adams Grove, to find out she didnt know everything about Grandma Pearl.

I found this book to have a small town, welcome home feel.  Adding in the love of Grandma Pearl and suspense of finding out if Jill and Garret’s relationship works out, and will their lives be in jeopardy, made this book a page turner and a must read!

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joysann

joysann

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin

Read by joysann

The romance between Jaz and Vayle is still hot and heavy… and it’s interrupted by an assassination attempt on Vayle right in his own home. The assassin is a young man their seer friend Cassandra says is the reincarnation of one of the two sons for whom Vayle has spent centuries searching. This leads to Jaz and gang racing across Europe to find Vayle’s other reincarnated son, and right to the Gates of Hell to prevent demons from invading the world and chaos to reign.

The Jaz Parks paranormal series has been packed with no-holds-barred action and cleverly imaginative situations. The camaraderie of the engaging recurring characters has been enough to bring me back again and again, but the mysteries and magic are just as captivating. This latest book in the series brought me suspense, passion, laughter, romance, and thrills, all overlaid with melancholy knowing that this is the last. (Jennifer Rardin 1965-2010) (Note: I see now that there are some short stories being released.)

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Heidi

Heidi

Chocolate-Covered Crime by Cynthia Hickey (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

Summer Meadows, owner of Summers Confections has gotten caught up in another murder mystery. This one happens to include her cousin Mae Belle, who has been murdered while planning Summer’s wedding. Summer soon realizes there are more disgruntled clients of Mae Belle’s party planning, and the list of suspects continues to grow. Summer’s April Fool’s wedding day is fast approaching but she has promised to solve the murder before she becomes the next target.

I have simply adored all the characters of this story, and truly appreciated that Summer is like a modern day Nancy Drew. The story is also Christian based, and it’s nice to see that the characters are living to a higher standard. This is a great weekend read!

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Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson

Read by Kathy

What happens when the fairy tale doesn’t end “Happily Ever After”? Cinderalla turns out to be a spoiled narcissistic brat who abandons her adolescent daughters. The Evil-Step-Mother is lying low, trying to rebuild her tarnished reputation. Prince Charming is middle-aged, divorced and developing a paunch. But he is still able to turn on the charm as he discovers that Evil isn’t so bad after all.

I really enjoyed this very cute romantic twist on the classic fairy tale. Cleverly conceived, it was as charming as the prince, and made me smile.

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joysann

joysann

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Read by joysann

There’s another sort of stranger danger when a “zoological anthropologist” comes to Grundy, Alaska, to study the reports of people killed by wolves. He believes werewolves are real, and is trying to prove his theory. That poses a dilemma for pack alpha Maggie, for she finds the doctor deliciously irresistible, but it’s her job to protect the pack and keep them hidden from the human world.

This is a paranormal romance of the cutest order. Just like its predecessor, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, it is delightfully amusing and entertaining. Infatuated with the characters and the scenario, I read the books back to back, with hardly a pause between.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber (E-Book)

Read by Heidi

Bethanne Hamlin is at a crossroads in her life. It seems her daughter Annie and her ex-mother-in-law Ruth are also at a crossroads as well. They all decide to take a cross-country road trip from Seattle to Florida so that Ruth can attend her 50th high school reunion. All three women have things to think about and ponder while taking this drive, and it seems that their lives could be on a road to change forever.

I have always enjoyed the Blossom Street novels by Debbie. This book has taken us away from Blossom Street to drive across the country. I related so well to the actual trip and the desire to go off the beaten path, because you never know what wonderful thing may be waiting for you. Why should you follow an itinerary, when you have 18 days to discover new things? That is exactly how the characters approached this trip, even with all their own baggage in their lives that they needed to sort out. Debbie has proved once again that her books can create a feeling of happiness and the joy for a happy ending.

Bottom Line: Adventure awaits in Hot-lanta!

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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.

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Debbie Macomber and Doris Roberts

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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.

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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.)

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Giveaways

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.


WW Ladies Book Club Christmas List

Barbara Vey -- November 3rd, 2010

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next month already.  For the first time ever, I’m not done Christmas shopping.  I usually have everything bought and wrapped by now, but it’s been a crazy year.  So I’ve decided, books for everyone.  A fun shopping day for me and in the end, everyone wins.  Here’s the first wave of Christmas books read by the WW Ladies and next week will feature more.
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Heidi

Heidi

The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts

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All I Vant for Christmas
features Connor Drake, a very rich and very traditional vampire , is looking for the perfect celebration. Connor hires party planner Jillian Parker to create the mood in his mansion. Jillian has never worked for vampires before but there is always a first time.  A Vampire in her Stocking has Vivan Harrison, dedicated assistant to her incredibly handsome boss Sean Spice. When she finds out that her boss is terminally ill, she is devastated. Her friend Angelina decides to change Sean and leave him on her doorstep all wrapped up for Christmas. Vivian needs to find the power to show Sean the ways of the undead.  In It’s a Wonderful Bite, Angelina Ricci is looking for a commitment from her boyfriend Ian. After hundreds of years together, she wants the ring, the romance, and the whole package. Angelina lives a dream similar to “It’s a Wonderful Life” and learns the true meaning of Christmas.

My favorite type of holiday reading is in novella form. I especially liked how Heidi weaved all the characters in and out of all three novellas. The one I enjoyed the most was “It’s a Wonderful Bite”. I think everyone would wish to find out what would happen if your past was changed, and see what your future would be like. This book has it all; a little holiday, a little vampire and ALOT of romance!!

Melissa

Melissa

Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

Read by Melissa

Mark Nolan unexpectedly gains custody of his niece Holly when his sister dies.  He’s working at making a great life for them both when he meets Maggie Collins, who has just opened a toy store in Friday Harbor.

The magic and wonder Lisa Kleypas manages to infuse her stories with is the kind you want to bottle and keep with you every day!!  I hope I’ll get a chance to go back to Friday Harbor soon, and it’s an amazing place.

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Heidi

Heidi

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Read by Heidi

Jake Finley is the son of the great JR Finley, owner of Finley’s department store. With the holiday season fast approaching, the focus is on the profit of the season. Jake and his father don’t look at the holiday season since tragedy struck them years ago. Holly Larson is focused on her eight year old nephew Gabe, who has seen his own tragedy and is now without his father who has been sent overseas with the Army. Her one wish is to give Gabe a holiday to remember. Enter Mrs. Miracle, or Emily Merkle. Emily’s focus is to help everyone achieve their own miracle for Christmas.

It’s like a modern day Miracle on 34th Street, but with angels in disguise!! I am not at all surprised that the Hallmark Channel made both of the Mrs. Miracle books into made-for-TV movies. I felt like wrapping up in my favorite fuzzy blanket, hot cocoa and cuddle down with the book, and now with the movie!! Double win for everyone!

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joysann

joysann

Wicked Wonderland by LuAnn McLane, Susanna Carr, Janice Maynard

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Stranded at the whistle-stop town of Whisper, Colorado, Claire Collins must spend snow-bound days with a surly artist, but their companionship unexpectedly warms up the holidays for both of them in Hot Whisper by LuAnn McLane. Hot for the Holidays by Susanna Carr has reforming bad girl Rachel wildly tempted by co-worker Justin who would be a delightful holiday gift, but she’s determined to avoid any casual self-destructive affair. Janice Maynard tells a heartwarming story of a woman braving the Alaskan winter to temporarily run a Bed and Breakfast during the holiday season to distract herself from recent sadness and loneliness, and there finding hope for love and companionship, in Hot Arctic Nights.
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I usually have trouble reading holiday stories this long before the season even starts, but Wicked Wonderland has charming, romantic stories that quickly made me feel all contentedly warm and mushy, even aside from the delightfully sexy, sensual parts. Only don’t set those aside; they’ll really warm your toes.

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Heidi

Heidi

Bed and Breakfast by Lois Battle

Read by Heidi

Beaufort, South Carolina is the perfect setting for the Christmas holidays with the family at Josie Tatternall’s Bed and Breakfast. As Josie witnesses her close friend’s heart attack, she decides life is too short and calls her three daughters home for the holidays.

There is no Bed and Breakfast big enough for three daughters with different personalities. You certainly can feel that in this book. Josie is a classic southern mother, with a modern twist, which makes her fun to learn about. But I found the surprising romances exceptionally sweet and satisfying by the end.

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Heidi

Heidi

One week in December by Holly Chamberlin

Read by Heidi

The Rowans’ are gathering for the holidays at the family house in Maine. Becca is on a mission to claim her daughter back, who was adopted by her brother. Even though this revelation would break the family apart, Becca is determined to follow through with her plan despite the challenges from her family.

I felt sad for Becca and her loneliness towards herself and her family. Her wishes for her daughter to be back in her life full time are admirable, but at what cost. The holidays are always a roller coaster, but this family certainly has an even bigger one with the power struggle to reveal the truth.
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Bottom Line: Only 51 days until Christmas!

New Ways to Look at Books

Barbara Vey -- October 8th, 2010
JeanAnn and Ayelet of Pocket

JeanAnn and Ayelet of Pocket

It’s been a great birthday week here in the big apple.  Wednesday I had lunch with the marketing whizzes at Pocket Books, JeanAnn and Ayelet.  My first time at a Kosher restaurant and I’m told the main difference is no cheese.  Not what someone from Wisconsin wants to hear.  We had a great time and they were very excited to tell me about their Pocket After Dark site an online community of urban fantasy and romance readers, where top authors share exciting new content and interact with fans.

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Pineapple Cosmo

Pineapple Cosmo

Last night, I got to go to The View which is located at the top of the Marriott.  It’s a revolving restaurant that offers a spectacular view of the city.  I watched the sunset and then saw Times Square all lit up.  A pineapple Cosmo was my birthday drink (yummy) and finished off with an array of desserts to die for.  Many thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes and my son even called from Germany (he’s there on business).  But, since I believe in celebrating the birthday month, I finish off when I get home.

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In the meantime, I lunched with Leah Hultenschmidt, senior editor of Sourcebooks.  Always ready to give me the next breakout book, she handed me iDrakula, a Young Adult book by Bekka Black.  To keep things fresh, the first 2/3 of this book is available as an app on a phone.  Then you can buy the rest of it if you want.  It’s also available in book form, which is how I read it in an afternoon.  It’s a hoot!  Done all in text messaging and emails, it tells the Dracula story using a present day setting, technology and teen talk.  I laughed out loud and constantly felt the urge to tell anyone around me what was happening (“Listen to this!”)  Refreshing and delightful, I downloaded it to my iPhone and can’t wait to share it with everyone I know.  The back of the book also mentions voice messages that you can listen to if you have the app.

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I also received the phone app for Dark-Hunters: An Insiders Guide.  This app offers Dark-Hunter stories and interviews with the author, Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I enjoy reading from my iPhone because it’s back-lit and great for those moments when you’re stuck somewhere without a book.  Whenever you come across a character’s name, you can click on it and receive info on that character including what books they appeared in.  This looks to be a must have item for any Dark-Hunter fan.

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Cedar Cove

Cedar Cove

Debbie Macomber doesn’t have a phone app, but she’s brought her town of Cedar Cove online.  At the site you’ll find pages that offer points of interest, news, fun things to do and restaurants and even the current weather.   While the series is based on her home town of Port Orchard, the ficticious Cedar Cove has a lot to offer including Debbie’s books.

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What new things have you seen that take reading books in a whole new direction?

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Bottom Line: I think it’s time I consider a Beyond Her Book phone app just so I can make my kids get it for their phones.

Authors and Charities

Barbara Vey -- September 20th, 2010

Charities and authors many times go together like Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction, Debbie Macomber’s Warm America, David Baldacci’s Feeding Body and Mind, Romance Writers of America’s ProLiteracy Worldwide and Romantic Times Book Review’s SOS America, Inc.

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Some of my family at the PKD walk

Some of my family at the PKD walk

Yesterday I participated in the local PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Walk. It was only two miles, but it was really a show of solidarity against a disease that strikes millions.  I was walking for my brother-in-law and my nephew, who both have PKD.  PKD is a hereditary disease that causes cysts to form in the kidneys making a kidney transplant eventually necessary.
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While I did the Cancer Relay for Life this summer (my mom died of lung cancer in March), I was also thinking about the many author charities that I don’t know about even though I read about some on Twitter and Facebook.

So, here’s your chance.  Please post the charity you support and add a link to it.  Let other’s know what’s dear to your heart.

And just for naming a charity, I’ll pick a winner to receive a set of five new books that I have received (all different genres).

Bottom Line: “If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.” ~ Arab Proverb

Monday Giveaways

From Tracey Devlyn of Romance University: Freelance Assistant Kim Castillo of an Author’s Best Friend joins us to discuss the benefits of having a personal assistant. Don’t miss this informative post and a chance to win an autographed book from Eloisa James (DESPERATE DUCHESSES), Courtney Milan (PROOF BY SEDUCTION), Vanessa Kelly (SEX AND THE SINGLE EARL), or Anna Campbell (MY RECKLESS SURRENDER).

From Liz Kreger of Magical Musings: We here at MagicalMusings are thrilled to welcome five new bloggers joining our ranks.  We have Karin Tabke (a/k/a Karin Harlow), Cynthia Eden, Amy Atwell, Marilyn Brandt and Carrie Lofty.  You’ll also notice a change in our appearance and our format.  Since all bloggers are published authors, we plan on gearing our group blog to appeal to both readers and writers.  And as a special thank you, well be drawing three names as winners of books just for posting at our blog.

Where I’ll be Next:

Alice Baker Library Event in Eagle, WI – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention (Seattle) – October 1-3

Lady Jane’s Salon, New York (will MC) – October 4

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas (Dallas) – November 12-14

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