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What the Author Recommends…

Barbara Vey -- September 12th, 2013

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Greg

I always get excited when an author comes to town.  Now that I know a few, when it’s someone I know well, I love to be able to introduce them to their most avid fan.  That’s why I headed over to the Mystery One Bookstore on Milwaukee’s east side to see Hank Phillippi Ryan with Heidi (one of the WW Ladies).  Hank is on a whirlwind book tour for The Wrong Girl and Heidi couldn’t wait to get her hands on a copy after reading Hank’s last book.  Just something very special about connecting that one reader with the one author who has made a lasting impression.  While we were at the store, Greg strolled in for a fantasy book, but after Heather’s glowing review of Hank’s book, Greg ended up buying the book.  Every author needs these kind of fans.

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As a special treat, the Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author and investigative TV reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is giving away a terrific gift.  Hank’s to-die-for prize package: two BOSTON STRONG T-shirts, a signed copy of the Mary Higgins Clark award-winning novel, THE OTHER WOMAN—and a signed copy of THE WRONG GIRL, all tucked into a special tote. Just leave the comment, “The Wrong Girl” for a chance to win.  I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

Now, on to the author recommendations of the week.authorsrecommendingbooks

 

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StolenSharon Sala recommends Stolen by Allison Brennan.  It is another great Second HandLucy Kinkaid novel and one to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Jade Lee recommends Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton.  A delightful m/m book that came alive for me. Two guys who felt real. I never thought I could get into m/m but this book  showed me how absolutely real love between two men can feel.

The Devils Heart
th_0671003364C.H. Admirand recommends Ransom by Julie Garwood (Historical Romance). It is one of my favorite books to re-read with a braw Scottish Laird and a strong Englishwoman. I confess, I have all of Ms. Garwood’s books :)

Anne Elizabeth recommends Cathy Maxwell’s The Devil’s Heart: The Chattan Curse.  Maxwell’s heroine is a strong woman with the ability to rise above life’s challenges while still celebrating the beauty of falling in love.

THE RUIN OF A ROGUEElla Quinn whole heartedly recommends Miranda Neville’s Ruin of a Phantom WolfRouge. The chemistry between Marcus and Ann, the witty dialogue, and the love scenes blew me away.

Kathleen Pickering would like to recommend Bonnie Vanak’s latest Nocturne, Phantom Wolf.  Bonnie has a knack for writing sexy, exciting romances wrapped around intrigue.  Her unique touch to paranormal mystique creates heroes and heroines you can’t forget.  I love reading Bonnie’ books and eagerly await each one’s release.

Bottom Line:  Today is Video Games Day.  I say replace it with You Can’t Play a Game Until You Read a Book Day!

Hot Off The Presses! New Releases!!

Barbara Vey -- September 10th, 2013

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Thank you to everyone who visited the blog last week. With the all the giveaways, we had such a great time. Here’s some of the new releases for this week.  I think they may just whet your appetite.  Remember, if you want to be included in this list, please email maggiemaepw @ gmail.com (no spaces) at least a week ahead of time with New Releases in the subject line.

 

BeyondHerBook Tues ad - HTDF- smallTuesdays are special on BHB!  New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love is giving away a monogrammed backpack, full-color T-shirt, personalize Post Its, loaded Keeper Kase® (www.KeeperKase.com) … and autographed copies of her new SLYE TEMP romantic suspense series – LAST CHANCE TO RUN, NOWHERE SAFE and HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR, her latest release!

To enter, just include “I want a HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR” with your comment. Winner announced Thursday!

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Grooming Mr. Right by Tonya Kappes  Stevenson-TheHinkyVelvetChair133x200_9-10-13
September 9, 2013
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The Hinky Velvet Chair – Hinky Chicago #2 by Jennifer Stevenson
September 10, 2013
Book View Cafe

 

The Wrong Girl cover artThe Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
September 10, 2013
Forge Books

 

 

 

 

Bottom Line: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ♦
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.

Thrillerfest: Ken Follett Thrillmaster

Barbara Vey -- July 11th, 2010
2010 Debut Authors

2010 Debut Authors

Saturday morning came early with the 2010 Debut author’s breakfast.  Their mentor this year was Andrew Gross.  The 19 excited authors sat on a raised dais and each had one minute to extol the virtues of their new book.  Some were fun and some were emotional, but only one sang.  Brad Parks decided to spend his one minute in the spotlight serenading guest speaker Brad Meltzer.  The result was a tribute from a fan to an idol all done to the tune of Maria from West Side Story.  It was so funny and delightful, that I talked Brad Parks into reenacting it for a Drive By Video™.

Barbara and Ken Follett

Barbara and Ken Follett

This year’s Thrillmaster was Ken Follett.  Personally, I was thrilled.  I’ve been reading Ken’s books for years and loved Eye of the Needle, Key to Rebecca and Lie Down With LionsPillars of the Earth was one of the few Oprah picks I actually agree with.  Starz television sent me the 16 hour mini series that will air later this month and I can’t wait to dive into it.  I did ask Ken if Oprah called him directly and he admitted that when he was asked to give all the phone numbers he could be reached at for the day, he thought something big was up.  And sure enough, Oprah called him to let him know that his book was chosen for her book club.  I wanted to know if he asked her if it was really Oprah he was talking to and he assured me it was.  How cool is that?  Then Ken asked me if we had met before.  I wish.

Anna DeStephano, Shane Gericke, Erica Spindler, Jennifer St. Giles, Rebecca York

Anna DeStephano, Shane Gericke, Erica Spindler, Jennifer St. Giles, Rebecca York

I sat in on the panel, “What’s Love Got to do With It?” and it seemed that moderator Andrew Gross wasn’t sure where to go with this, but Anna DeStephano started things off by declaring that “Romance isn’t sex.”  Touting the statistic that 75% of mass market books sold are romances, the panel agreed that most books have some kind of romance and romance can come in many forms.  While the authors seem to take different approaches in their books, they all said that the books need strong human emotion and caring between people for the story to work and adding romantic tensions is a very popular and successful way of accomplishing that.

Barbara Vey and Lisa Scottoline

Barbara Vey and Lisa Scottoline

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I finally caught up with Lisa Scottoline for a quick picture.  She remembered a write up that one of the WW Ladies did for her and was very grateful.  Just another reason why I love her.  She also told me that she read in my blog that I was looking for her and she was glad we finally got together.  Me too.  She charmed the crowd during her spotlight interview.

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I wish everyone still would wear their nametags to the Awards Banquet.  I realize that they are dressed to the nines, but I really need to see the name to go with the face.  When they’re all snazzy, they just look different.  But I just fall back on, “Umm, who are you again?”

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Michael and Daniel Palmer

Michael and Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer and Michael Palmer entertained the crowd with Daniel on the guitar and Michael on the accordian playing “The Writer’s Prison Blues.”  I wish I had the words to the song because it was all about the authors who were there.

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Now, here’s my favorite part of the banquet.  They give awards for the Worst Amazon Review.  These are hysterical and here’s the 2010 Top 5 WORST REVIEWS:

5) Karen Dionne
FREEZING POINT
“This is one of the dumbest books I have ever read. Dumb, dumb, dumb. If Dionne is the new Michael Crichton, then I am the Pope.”

4) Linwood Barclay
BAD MOVE
“I’ve never read a novel where I was actively HOPING the main character would get killed.”

3) B.J. Kibble
LEGION
“Reading KIBBLE’s latest thriller could be likened to watching paint dry through swollen eyes . . . it’s hero, a so called PI might as well have been a one-legged bike salesman with tourettes syndrome who couldn’t tear a piece of paper in two without major trauma. Thankfully, everyone dies.”

2) Sandra Brown
SMOKE SCREEN
“This was just a hodge podge of word diharrea.”

THE WINNER:
1) John Gilstrap
NATHAN’S RUN
“The glue boogers in the binding were more captivating than Gilstrap’s torpid prose.”

John’s winning prize was a beautiful box and inside was what was described as a “fossilized turd.”

If you’d like to see more reviews, check out Douglas Preston’s website.

Doug Lyle, Twist Phelan, Gayle Lynds

Doug Lyle, Twist Phelan, Gayle Lynds

And the Awards went to:

Best Short StoryA Stab in the Heart by Twist Phelan

Best First NovelRunning From the Devil by Jamie Freveletti

Best Paperback OriginalThe Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli

Best Hard Cover Novel - The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Ken Follett received his Thrillermaster award and told the audience that love scenes should have drama.  The same rules apply to sex scenes as fight scenes.  You have to care about the people, they need to yearn for one another, let the readers think about it for a couple hundred of pages and it should gon on for a long time in literature as it does in life.

Enjoy these additional pictures I took.

Kathleen Antrim's shoes

Kathleen Antrim's Shoes

Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear and F. Paul Wilson

Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear and F. Paul Wilson

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C.J. Lyons and Hank Phillippi Ryan

C.J. Lyons and Hank Phillippi Ryan

Robert Dugoni, Barbara Vey and Jeff Ayers

Robert Dugoni, Barbara Vey and Jeff Ayers

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Bottom Line:  I asked Brad Parks if the CD of his song would be available any time soon, but he’s still looking for an agent.