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Readers Pick Their Favorite Books

Barbara Vey -- January 2nd, 2014


The readers have spoken and named their favorite books of of 2013.  The rules were:

1.  Only one book could be nominated.

2.  It had to be published in 2013.

Seems simple, but readers love their books and many favorites listed were whole series and lists of books.  To keep things fair, only the first book listed was counted and if a series was nominated (instead of titles) it was disqualified.  So here’s the top vote getters.

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1.  Out of Turn by Tiffany Snow

2.  A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes

3.  Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

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4.  The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

And a 5 way tie for 5th place.

5.  A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala

5.  The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin









5.  Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

5.  A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh

5. Turn on a Dime by Tiffany Snow

There were plenty of other books nominated, so please go back and check them all out.  Congratulations to all and here’s to a a new year of exciting new books.

Bottom Line:  Today would have been my parents 63rd Wedding Anniversary.  Missing them and raising a glass.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 4th, 2013

Joysann and I make quite the book club by ourselves today.  We can talk for hours about books and sometimes do.  If we put all the books we’ve read and listened to together, I wonder how large our library would be?  I think joysann and I would make spectacular book store owners.  We would be the ultimate hand selling team.  Take a look at what we’ve been reading/listening to this week.

Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Beauty Queen by Julia London beauty queen

Listened to by Barbara

Rebecca Leer is a former beauty queen, mother of a 5 year old and now divorced.  Problem is that no one can see past her beauty queen status.  Stocking up on self help books, Rebecca lives each day with an affirmation.  Taking a job with a political campaign seems just the ticket to getting some work skills.  Enter Matt Parrish campaign manager with political aspirations of his own.  Problem is that he can’t see past the beauty queen part of Rebecca.

I listened to this book on audio and found myself drawn into Rebecca’s frustrating world.  It’s not easy when everyone only sees you for the one thing you’d like to forget.  Julie London manages to make me not hate Rebecca for her beauty but see into the person she is inside.  The bingo rally was cute, but I found myself nitpicking over the numbers (bingo lovers will understand).  A pleasant and engaging audio book.




Hidden Passions by Emma Holly

Read by joysann

Tony Lupone came out to his fellow cops and wolfpack mates a while back, and everyone is mostly cool about it. Firefighter weretiger Chris Savoy hasn’t opened that door yet, knowing the trouble it will cause with his less open-minded mates at the firehouse. But when the two of them come together, the heat is almost more than they can keep hidden, and sometimes fires become uncontrolled.

I’ve visited Emma Holly’s magical fantasy city of Resurrection, New York, before and have enjoyed the other Hidden stories that take place there. They’re all very imaginative and compelling, and absolutely scorching hot. Hidden Passions continues in that vein, with characters that are sympathetic and likeable, and storylines that keep me returning for more.



Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Crazy for You by Juliet Rosetticrazy for you

Read by Barbara

Mazie Maguire was wrongly incarcerated for the murder of her husband, but since has been cleared of all charges.  That doesn’t mean that everyone believes it.  Trying to make a new start for herself, Mazie finds herself taking a job as a barista in a coffee shop where the workers uniforms are lingerie.  When Mazie’s ex, Ben Labeck,  finds himself the number one suspect in a murder investigation, Mazie uses all her ex-con knowledge to try and get him off the hook without falling for him again in the process.

Mazie is a klutz in the spirit of Stephanie Plum.  Well-intentioned, but weird things always seem to happen to her.  Luckily, she’s a take life by the horns kind of person that I want to know.  Quirky, delightful fun.  More Mazie please.




The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker  real magic
Read by joysann

Nora Fischer’s life is in the dumps, what with being ditched by her boyfriend and difficulties with her studies, so when she meets with beautiful people who find her beautiful as well, she is enchanted and reluctant to go home. But her world twists again when she discovers she really has been enchanted, trapped into another dimension, and is being used as a tool for the fey to break from their prison. Rescued by a dark, enigmatic and powerful magician, Nora must trust him and learn to use real magic herself to survive.

I found myself enchanted as well, both with the story and that dark, enigmatic magician. This début book is exciting, and I’m certainly hoping that there’ll be a sequel, because surely there must be more to this captivating story. If you liked A Discovery of Witches or City of Dark Magic, this is fantasy journey will appeal to you, too.


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Barbara Vey

Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoytdukeofmidnight

Read by Barbara

Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield, is also one of the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles,  He has spent years tracking the murderer of his parents but one night comes face to face with lady’s companion, Artemis Greaves.  After discovering the identity of the Ghost, Artemis will stop at nothing to get him to free her imprisoned brother, even blackmail.

The Maiden Lane saga continues with this engrossing dark tale of mystery, suspense and love.  Let me just say that Elizabeth Hoyt continues to be an auto-buy for me.

Bottom Line:  Today is National Cookie Day and I’m happy to say I’ve already started celebrating.









New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- October 15th, 2013

Time to celebrate New Releases Tuesday!!

Through The Smoke  By Brenda Novak  (Amazon/Montlake)

Deadly Shadows by Shirley Wells (Carina Press)

Agamemnon Frost and the Crown of Towers by Kim Knox (Carina Press)


Club Wonderland by Christine D’Abo (Carina Press)

Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth (Carina Press)

Naked Sushi by Jina Bacarr (Harlequin)


Everything You Need to Know by HelenKay Dimon (Harlequin)

First Love by C.J. Harte (Bold Strokes Books)

Pale Wings Protecting by Lesley Davis (Bold Strokes Books)


Mounting Danger by Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)

The Artist’s Muse by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Bold Strokes Books)

Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt (Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market)



The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen (Forever, Trade Paperback)

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle (Forever, E-Book)

Midnight’s Promise: Part 2 by Donna Grant (St. Martin’s, e-serial)

The Entity Who Came for Christmas by Cat Devon (St. Martin’s, e-original, novella)

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Bottom Line:  Today is “I Love Lucy Day.” Say ‘Vitamitavegamin” 5 times fast!

Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- August 29th, 2013


Today is the first day of what I hope will become a regular feature on Beyond Her Book.  Authors will be recommending other books.  They can be current reads or favorite past reads.  I also encourage you to leave your recommended reads in the comment section, so other readers can add to their TBR pile.




Elizabeth Hoyt recommends Firelight by Kristen Callihan (Historical Romance) “Callihan is an amazing new author! Her Victorian London is mysterious, weird, and exciting. Her heroine is kick-ass, her hero dreamy and forbidding at the same time, and the romance singes the pages. I simply can’t wait to read the rest of this series!”

Maggie Mae Gallagher recommends Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. (Urban Fantasy)



Once Upon a TowerEileen Dreyer recommends Once Upon A Tower by Eloisa James. Eden's Sin(Historical Romance)


Barbara Bettis recommends Eden’s Sin by Jennifer Jakes.(Western Historical Romance)




Gnome on the RangeThe Lotus PalaceMichele Callahan recommends Gnome On The Range by Jennifer Zane. (Contemporary Romance)


Amanda Berry recommends The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin. (Historical Romance)


The winner of the Random House gift basket with Complete Me by J. Kenner from yesterday is Jennifer Yarbrough.  Please email sgrimshaw @randomhouse.com with your name and street address for your prize.  Congratulations!

Bottom Line:  Come back Friday to see the books the WW Ladies are recommending this week.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- August 20th, 2010

It’s getting harder and harder to pick books to read.  There’s just so many, I can’t choose.   So many authors I’ve read for years and tons of new ones I want to try.  It’s like going into a restaurant and there’s 10 pages to the menu.  Just give me five good dishes and I’m good to go.  Here’s what I ended up reading this week.


The Mists of Time by Susan Squires – Diana Dearborn is a romance writer with no practical life experience in the subject.  When a chance meeting at a museum finds Diana with a special book, she’s giving the opportunity to go back in time to Camelot to help with her research.  But it’s not the Camelot she expects.  Gawain is a mystery to her, but he seems to hold the key to the chaos that’s become her life.


There’s plenty of twists in this story that blends the history of Camelot and what really happened there with a lost soul who’s never felt complete.  Since I’ve seen the movie (and play) of Camelot a kazillion times (yes, I know all the words to the musical), it was a joy to read a different take on the subject. Totally mesmerizing and delightful with a crazed villain and mystery to solve.


Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt – Temperance Dews is a widow who runs a home for orphans with her brother and is in dire needs of funding.  Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is hunting the brutal killer of his mistress.  Caire offers Temperance an introduction to the high society that can help support her cause in exchange for helping him get information in an area she is familiar with.  The undertaking is dangerous for both in more ways than one.


This historical offers a look into the seedier side of London.  While the chapters each begin with a separate tale that has adorned Elizabeth’s other books, the main story was darker.  Intriguing and sensual, this first book in the Maiden Lane series makes me wonder what she has in store for the rest of the family.


Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake, vampire executioner, finds there’s new badness coming and the only way to combat it is to unite forces with other vampire factions.  Since she already has almost every animal to call, she now focuses on the lions.


Let me start by saying that I have read the Anita Blake series from the beginning.  I bought them and reread them…at least the first seven.   I think this is number 19.  Anita’s books started as mysteries and her job (raising the dead to get them to answer questions among other things) was fascinating.  In Bullet, I found it hard to find a page that didn’t have some kind of sex in it, the more disturbing part was that the sex was just for power and not much love going on.  I’m sure Laurell’s fans will find what they are looking for in Bullet, but if you’re new to her, try her early books which are amazing.


The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot – Melissa Fuller writes a gossip column for a New York newspaper, but is ready to move on to the meatier stories.  When her 80 year old neighbor goes into a coma, Mel is tapped to care for her pets until the neighbor’s nephew arrives to take over.  John Trent is asked to pay up an old debt by pretending to be his friend.  Misunderstandings and mayhem ensue.


Ok, I picked up this 2002 book from RWA that Meg signed for my niece, but I couldn’t resist.  Written all through e-mails, this incredibly charming story had me rushing through so I could share it with my niece and we could talk about it.  Very sweet, funny and adorable.  The kind of book that makes you say, “You just have to read this.”


That’s it for me.  It’s Your Turn Friday.  What have you been reading lately?

Bottom Line: Next up for me is Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer…Love the title!