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Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- August 29th, 2013

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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.

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firelightDarkfever

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)

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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.

Street Teams

Barbara Vey -- June 17th, 2013

Logo for Dianna Love Street Team

Years before I started with PW and lived in my world of books, I would always email the author (if they had contact information on their website) and thank them for writing their book.  My feeling was, if they could take the time to write a book that brought me some pleasure, the least I could do was thank them for their effort.  To me, a good book is like a gift.  Some wrote me back and I really treasured those emails and a couple of times they must have forwarded my emails to their publishers because I was asked to help spread the word if an author was coming to town, to preread a book and talk to my friends about it or put out bookmarks at my library or bookstores.  I felt honored to give back in some way.

Without knowing it, I was part of a street team although I didn’t know any of the other members.  Thanks to social media, Street Teams now have their own Facebook pages, they’ve garnered friendships, real life meet ups and increased awareness of the authors who work with the members.

When Eloisa James came to Milwaukee to participate in my Reader Luncheon, she took the opportunity to meet up with some of her street team.  According to Eloisa, “A street team is a group of readers who like your work (and you) enough that they involve themselves in support of your career and actual books.  These days, with the shrinking number of book stores, it’s hard to discover new authors. So a street team who promises to go out and talk about your books, sharing their enthusiasm, can be invaluable.  Street teams are generally paid back with promotional materials and a higher level of access to the author (who is, of course, deeply grateful for the help)!  They can be organized by a publisher, such as the Avon Addicts, or by an author.”

I asked Dianna Love why she thinks Street Teams are important.  “Of all the things that have changed in the publishing industry in recent years, one thing never will – the best way to get word out about a book is by readers sharing with other readers.  I know because I’ve always been a voraciou reader who got new authors from friends and shared the books I liked.  I’ve always believed in building my career one reader at a time and that is still true today, so my Dianna Love Street Team (on Facebook) is an expansion of that philosophy. There is NOTHING more important than readers.”

Tonya Kappes thinks Street Teams help authors, “I’m lucky that my team does want to spread the word about my novels. I think they are more apt to do that because they have gotten to know me personally and truly want to help me. My street team not only spreads the words of my novels, releases BUT they keep me going with all of their encouragement. I visit my street team several times a day to check in with them. ”

Tracey Devlyn, who shares a Street Team with authors Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle, Tracy March says that members get a lot out of joining up with authors.  “Members have direct access to the author. Many authors have taken to setting up an exclusive Facebook group page or website page. There, the author shares tidbits of her writing, personal life, deleted scenes, excerpts of an upcoming release, etc. Likewise, members share what they’re reading, what they did over the weekend, and what goofy thing their husband or kid said. Street teams are communities with a common love. Communities that quickly become fast friends.  For every mission completed, members receive points. At certain key point levels, members win awesome rewards from the author. The rewards are a way for the author to express her appreciation for the member’s hard work and passion on her behalf.”

Dianna Love adds “In addition to weekly interactions that I love and inviting author friends to come by for a chat, I’ll be holding monthly drawings for gifts (signed books by me and other author friends, gift cards, monogrammed back packs, Keeper Kases, get their name in a book, Tshirts, Ereaders…) JUST for the Street Team.  In fact, I’m having a Tshirt designed for my Street Team. I’ll offer drawings for them to be a character in a book, too. They’ll be the first ones to get any news and to be invited to special events.  I have plans for meeting with my Street Team members in person during the year as I travel.  Most important is that I want them to know they are appreciated all year long, not just when I have a book out.”

You can join the Street Teams here:

Eloisa James (This is a closed group, read directions on how to get approved)

Dianna Love  (Just started last week)

Tonya Kappes

Tracey Devlyn  (Dangerous Darlings with Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle, Tracy March)

Do you belong to a Street Team now?  How has your experience been?  Are you an author who has a Street Team, if so, how’s it going?  Feel free to add your names and links.

Bottom Line:  Sounds like a fun way to support your favorite authors and get the inside scoop at the same time.

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.

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Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn AnnBite Me Your Grace

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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

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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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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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The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanThe Other Woman

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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.

Moonlight and Magnolias 2011

Barbara Vey -- October 14th, 2011
Debbie Kaufman

Debbie Kaufman

Cub Reporter Debbie Kaufman’s debut novel, The Doctor’s Mission, a Love Inspired Historical will be released in November.

I recently had the pleasure of serving as the emcee for the twenty-ninth annual Moonlight & Magnolias conference put on by the Georgia Romance Writers. Heading to Friday morning’s breakfast, we were greeted by the sight of scads of fabulous raffle baskets and offers of critiques donated by authors and blog groups, with all proceeds going to literacy. Over $1700 was raised just through these items. There were other fun bonus opportunities like photography with professional makeup by One Six Studios and a scavenger hunt for first-time attendees.

Elosia James and Leigh Michaels

Elosia James and Leigh Michaels

After breakfast there was a pitch workshop where forty authors donated their time to help shape attendees’ pitches before editor and agent appointments. Over a dozen diverse workshops came next, leaving it hard to choose which ones to attend. In one, author Susan Carlisle admonished us all to have a website and get professional headshots. Kim Castillo, the “Romance Author’s Best Friend” told us the number one goal of social networking is to drive traffic to your website.
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Next up was a cocktail hour mixer featuring GRW’s own NY Times bestseller, Karen White in a humorous talk. Dinner was a repeat of last year’s “Dining in Decatur” where groups met with a host in the hotel lobby and proceeded to local restaurants for great food and making new friends.

Saturday’s highlight was the great keynote luncheon with NY Times bestselling author Eloisa

Booksigning

Booksigning

James. Eloisa entertained us with her “French skirt” analogies, moved us with the story of how her mother never read Eloisa’s work (labeling her books as “that sex stuff”), and inspired us to
identify what was standing between us and “being Nora.”

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The afternoon’s book signing was open to the public and long lines formed early for over thirty attending authors. The whole atmosphere was fun and upbeat with proceeds going to literacy.

Walt Mussell and his wife, Mo

Walt Mussell and his wife, Mo

The prestigious Maggie awards opened the evening.   Maggie Awards are to encourage, recognize, and reward the mastery of romance writing by published and unpublished authors of romantic fiction.  A special surprise was GRW member Walt Mussell  winning the unpublished Inspirational Romance award because he was one of the few male GRW members competing for his first Maggie Award.   After all the winners were announced, the night was capped off with dancing, a DJ, and a dessert bar.

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For those who had any steam left, Sunday morning dawned to a three-hour workshop presented by author Leigh Michaels called “Writing Between the Sexes.” In a humorous, informative session, Leigh helped us understand how to better write gender-appropriate dialogue. Her workshop was the perfect end to a conference that left us all inspired to go home and write more.

Bottom line: A good time was had by all!

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- December 17th, 2010

One good thing about winter is that I never want to leave the house.  A hot drink and a good book and I’m all set.  Obviously, I’ve been in a lot.  Check out what I’ve been reading lately and then comment on what books you’ve read.  I can always use some new suggestions.

In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu – Jenny Jameson is only a young girl when she comes across a boy merman, Perrin, hurt and on the beach.  Over the years, they meet in their dreams until a crisis brings them together in real life.  Now they must work together to solve a murder that could have grave consequences.

I love the idea of a psychic detective agency, but Dirk & Steele has many more layers.  Even though it’s the 10th book in the series, you really don’t have to read them in order to enjoy them.      The characters latch onto your heart and prove that love isn’t just sex.  Emotionally charged while being action packed.  Definitely something for everyone.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros – Abigail Donovan had her first book picked by Oprah, but now finds herself unable to finish a second one.  Forced onto Twitter by her helpful agent, Abbey “meets” Mark Baynard, a professor on sabbatical who’s willing to show her the Tweet ropes.  The problem is, she now finds herself watching for his Tweets more than concentrating on her book.

This was definitely a one sit read for me.  Written nearly entirely with Tweets (140 characters or less) made it a very fast read.  I was amazed by the wit and only wished I could be half as clever with my Tweets.  Engrossingly charming story that manages to pack a surprising emotional punch.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – When Linnet Berry Thrynne is jilted by a prince who everyone assumes got her pregnant, she finds she must marry and soon.  Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is a cranky doctor with a bum leg.  His father is determined to marry him off by using his “bride” criteria against him.  Linnet and Piers lock horns from their first meeting and the clash of the tongues begin.

The parallels to House M.D. are evident, but it’s moving him to the 1800s that’s the charm.  Irresistible, delightful and engaging, Eloisa James books always seem to leave me smiling.
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Angel At Dawn by Emma Holly – Grace Gladwell is a director’s assistant in 1956 Hollywood.  Christian Durand is the cowboy director Nim Wei is trying to talk into taking the title role of “I Was a Teenage Vampire.”  Unknown to Grace, Christian is really a vampire and Nim Wei is his queen.  Grace, in her innocence, doesn’t remember meeting Christian when she was inches away from death, but he definitely remembers her.

It was such fun to be back in 1956 Hollywood and feel like an insider in the movie making business.  Famous stars wander in and out of scenes in the background.  I think I may need to read the previous books to get me up to speed, but this book is sizzling hot with lots of sex that will warm you up on a cold winter night.  Might have to crack a window.

Frostfire by Lynn Viehl – Lilah Devereaux loves working with animal control, but when her special abilities come to the attention of the evil biotech company who wants her DNA, the chase is on.  Lilah finds herself handcuffed to Walker Kimbal, military man recently in Afgahanistan.   Escaping to a mysterious small town, they must out maneuver their enemy.

These novels of the Kyndred are highly addictive.  The kind of book where you turn off the phone and surround yourself with enough food and drink that you won’t have to move for several hours.  Electrifying series that has you cheering for the good guys.

Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb – After a killer workout in the police station gym, Peabody overhears officers talking about murder and it’s not a case they’re working on.  She hides while the “dirty” cops argue, but soon is on the case with partner Eve Dallas to ferret out the corruption that’s infiltrated their work place.

Having read all the Death books, I find myself right at home with Dallas’ gang.  Their camaraderie and honor to the job and each other make these books a joy to read.  Suspenseful and action packed, but always with a touch of heart.


Bottom Line: If the weather stays freezing, I’m looking forward to an entertaining winter…between the pages of a few good books.

RWA: Librarian/Bookseller Day

Barbara Vey -- July 29th, 2010
Christie Ridgeway,   , Eloisa James

Christie Ridgeway, Kristin Ramsdell, Eloisa James

Wednesday was a day to celebrate librarians.  The workshops were geared to them, the goody room loaded with books and swag and authors were waiting in the wings to court them.  I hit the workshop given by Christie Ridgeway, Eloisa James and Kristin Ramsdell on trending books.  Focus on Young Adult Romance featured Melissa de la Cruz, Ally Carter, Simone Elkeles, Susan Gibbermand, Amy Alessio – Popular Young Adult authors and a librarian talked about how to bring Young Adult readers into the library, and how to entice them into choosing a book.  Best advice — don’t be pushy.  Offer selections, but let the kids have the final say.  At Tips and Tricks for Effective Romance Collection Development, author Tessa Dare and Wendy Crutcher, librarians both, gave excellent tips for maintaining and weeding a library collection during the financial stress libraries are suffering now.  The best suggestion is to make sure everything is cataloged so that you know it is there and it can be found when needed, saving the high costs of new purchase or Inter-Libarary Loans.

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Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

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Sherrilyn Kenyon was the luncheon speaker and told of her days working in a library.  After lunching with the authors, the librarians and booksellers enjoyed the goody room where they gathered tons of books, bookmarks, candy and other offerings.   A meet and greet followed while the two groups mixed and talked to their love of books and gratitude for each other.  Everyone came out a winner.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and fan

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love at Literacy signing with fan

The Literacy signing is always a high point of the conference with over 500 authors signing their book and all proceeds to charity.  Fans started lining up 3 hours early and the line went on forever.  It was a sight to behold when the doors opened and the lovers of all things romance came pouring in.  Many of the authors sold out of their books.  I heard one woman tell Beverly Barton how she read Beverly’s books to her dying father when he couldn’t read himself anymore and how much that meant to her.  Stories like this are plentiful and it helps bring home how important authors and their stories are in people’s lives.  While the signing officially ended at 7:30 p.m., Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love were the last to leave at 9 p.m. when their line finally came to an end and all their books were signed.  Congratulations on a very successful event for all.

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

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After a quick dinner, (well, not so quick as the restaurants were all packed) I headed over to the Ellora’s Cave Dessert Party.  Wonderfully decadent desserts were served and I got the coolest bag that goes across your body and has two sides that were stuffed with books.  Definitely a keeper.

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Next up was the Goddess Blog Party.  This group of authors not only write a fun blog, they also put on a terrific event.   Here’s even more pictures from RWA.

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Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

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Bottom Line: Don’t come to these events expecting to leave with one or two books…more like one or two boxes of books.