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New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- November 5th, 2013

You can tell we’re getting closer to Christmas by the bevy of new Christmas books this weeks.  I love it when authors weave the holiday season into their worlds.  I collect Christmas books and reread my favorites every year.  Looks like there are more to add to my collection.  Favorite title today:  Christmas Break Seattle Lumberjacks – Rookies

Don’t forget to read to the bottom for two amazing giveaways today from Harlequin and Random House Pengiun!

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Jagged by Kristen Ashley (Forever, E-Book)

All Fired Up by Kate Meader (Forever, E-Book)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott (Forever Yours, E-Novella)

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Entwined by Kristen Callihan (Forever Yours, E-Novella)

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski (Forever, E-Book)

Fabrick By Andrew Post (Medallion Press)

 

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All I Want For Christmas Is You by Molly O’Keefe  (Loveswept)

Room At The Inn by Ruthie Knox ( Loveswept)

Course of Action by Lindsay McKenna, Merline Lovelace Harlequin

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A Cadence Creek Christmas by Donna Alward  Harlequin

Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson Harlequin

The Christmas Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson, Sarah Mayberry Harlequin

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Adventures in Parenthood by Dawn Atkins Harlequin

The Keepers: Christmas in Salem by Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering, Beth Ciotta Harlequin

In For A Penny by Nancy Naigle & Kelsey Browning Crossroads Publishing

 

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Texas K-9 Unit Christmas by Shirlee McCoy and Terri Reed Harlequin

His Christmas Sweetheart by Cathy McDavid Harlequin

Amanda Weds A Good Man by Naomi King 

 

 

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Christmas Break Seattle Lumberjacks – Rookies by Jami Davenport

Simple Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace (Crimson Romance)

Is This Love? by Sue Moorcroft  (Choc Lit)

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Miracle Road by Emily March  Ballantine

One Perfect Christmas by Stefanie Sloane    Loveswept

Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy   Bantam

The following title were sent without covers, but still are new releases this week.

The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands  Harlequin

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Publishing)

Heist by Kiki Swinson; De’nesha Diamond (Dafina / Kensington Publishing)

Secret Santa by Fern MichaelsMarie BostwickLaura LevineCindy Myers (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

No Escape by Mary Burton (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

The House On Main Street: An Apple Valley Novel by Shirlee McCoy (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Arizona Temptress by Bobbi Smith (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Publishing)

Heist by Kiki Swinson; De’nesha Diamond (Dafina / Kensington Publishing)

Secret Santa by Fern MichaelsMarie BostwickLaura LevineCindy Myers (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

No Escape by Mary Burton (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

The House On Main Street: An Apple Valley Novel by Shirlee McCoy (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Arizona Temptress by Bobbi Smith (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Finally a Bride by Renee Ryan Harlequin

Learning to Waltz by Kerryn Reid 

San Gabriel’s Secret – An Adam Thomas Mystery by David Ciambrone

That Pearly Drop Murphy’s Laws of Time Travel Book 1 by Jianne Carlo

The Duchess’ Necklace by Mariah Lynn

The Trashy Gourmet by David Ciambrone  

Giveaways

From Harlequin:  

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Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins One Night With the Laird by Nicola Cornick What the Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter (US and UK only)

11-5-13MIRACLE ROAD coverFrom Random House Penguin:

Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of MIRACLE ROAD by Emily March!  15 copies to be given away.

Just comment to win.  What’s your favorite Christmas book or movie?  Winners posted tomorrow.

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Bottom Line:  Books make great stocking stuffers!

Hot Off the Presses! New Releases!!

Barbara Vey -- September 4th, 2013

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Thanks everyone for coming out yesterday to celebrate the first day of school.  Due to a problem listing the author’s email addresses, the list will be posted later today…stay tuned because a lot of you won books.  But first, 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.

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HarneyandSonsGiftPackNaigle_PecanPie_FINAL_FrontCoverAs a special bonus today, celebrating new releases, Nancy Naigle has offered a special giveaway for her upcoming Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies. GIVEAWAY includes — a pre-release copy of PECAN PIE AND DEADLY LIES autographed, and a Harney & Sons Gift Pack that includes a tin of Yellow & Blue Tea, a lavender blend soap, bath salts and orange blossom honey The Naked Bee lip balm.  To enter just comment with “I LOVE PECAN PIE” and you’re in!  Winner announced tomorrow.

 

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September 3, 2013
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Soul Kissed by Erin Kellison
September 3, 2013
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September 3, 2013
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Winter of Wishes by Charlotte Hubbard
September 3, 2013
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The Hinky Brass Bed
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September 3, 2013
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September 3, 2013
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Can’t Let Go by Jessica Lemmon
September 3, 2013
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September 3, 2013
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Delectable by Adrianne Lee
September  3, 2013
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September 3, 2013
Forever Yours E-Book

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To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before by Anne Barton
September 3, 2013
Forever Yours E-Book

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September 3, 2013
Forever Yours E-Book

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False Gods by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
September 2, 2013
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September 3, 2014

Forever Yours E-Book

 

 

 

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Bottom Line:  “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” ~ Anonymous

RomCon 2013

Barbara Vey -- June 26th, 2013

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This was my second year attending RomCon, a reader’s convention, held in Colorado Springs.  While I gushed about last year’s amazingly authentic Titanic Tea, this year the planning committee outdid themselves.  One of the few truly reader events, RomCon manages to have something for everyone.

A full meal plan was offered with guest speakers.  Heather Graham kicked off the event’s breakfast with her career stories (of which she has a million), but I really love when she talks about her time as a dinner theater performer.  She likened that part of her career to the movie Soapdish where Kevin Kline worked dinner theaters and the audience consisted of senior citizens.

 

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Intimate Chat with Bob Mayer

Intimate Chat with Bob Mayer

One of the special things offered is a chance for an intimate chat with authors.  Limited tickets are available, but you have the opportunity to be up close and personal with authors.  There were many I wanted to attend, but so many other things were happening that I tried to get to them all.

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First Kiss panel

First Kiss panel

First Kisses had authors reading scenes from their books and the audience guessing the book.  Mimosa Madness offered Mimosas and muffins along with a game.  You got a paper with squares that had clues about authors.  Readers wandered around the room asking authors to sign on their squares.  Once filled out, you were entered in a drawing for books and an e-reader for the grand prize.  I had a great time because some of the readers thought I was one of the authors, so I signed their papers under the squares that said, “Loves banana splits” and “Favorite movie is Casablanca.”

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Author Paty Jager sponsored lunch in the beautiful garden atrium.  While we ate, we were given papers that featured book covers and were set up like bingo cards.  Candy Smarties were supposed to be used as daubers, but people started eating them, so we just ended up circling the books called.  There were a ton of prizes for the regular bingo and the full card got the grand prize.

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Speed dating with authors

Speed dating with authors

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Readers lined up for the Speed Dating with an Author.  Each reader got 2 minutes to talk to an author and then would move on to the chair to their right and start over.  This was divided into two sessions because of the number of authors.  Readers told me it was one of their favorite parts because some were too shy to otherwise go up to an author and talk to them.  This was the perfect opportunity.

.High Noon at the Cowboy Corral was a western author mixer and the romantic suspense authors offered a Super Sleuth game based on Clue.  Readers had to guess which author Dun-it.  Romance fans attended the Swoonworthy cocktail party and walked away with great swag bags.

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Reader Carol Ricker brought a bag that she has signed by every author

Reader Carol Ricker brought a bag that she has signed by every author

The highlight Friday night was a performance by a comedy improv group.  If you’ve never seen one, put it on your bucket list.  My cheeks still hurt from laughing so much.  It’s all based on suggestions from the audience with activities like skiing, food like avocados, careers like actuaries and nurses.  That’s normal, but this audience had other things on their minds.  Activities like menages and other things you may do on your own.  The improv group got into the spirit and offered great entertainment, while trying to keep to their G-rated image.  Sometimes it even worked, but I hope they offer this next year.

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The evening ended with a Very Virginal Bachelorette Party.  Anyone who has ever been to a bachelorette party knows the kind of games played.  Let me just say that there was one messy one that involved a bowl of whipped cream, a cherry and handcuffs.  I just watched and enjoyed, but I did see Bob Mayer walking around looking kind of dazed.  I asked him if he planned on playing any of the games, but he said he’d pass.  He did say that if men did something like this, it would be looked at differently, but then admitted that men did this all the time by going to strip clubs.  Enough said.

Historical Dice Game

Historical Dice Game

Mad Hatter Tea Party

      Mad Hatter Tea Party

 

 

 

 

A Field Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse had readers working with authors in group to come up with the best way to survive an apocalypse.  It seemed to me that many people have been thinking about this a lot.  Historical Hijinks offered a view of authentic period games and behind the scene info that readers could participate in.  The Naughty Girls Pajama Party lured readers in with chocolate, coffee drinks and naughty games of fun.  Readers were also encouraged to come in their PJs.

Shannon Albright and Donnell Ann Bell at Mimosa Party

Shannon Albright and Donnell Ann Bell at Mimosa Party

Melissa Mayhue was the keynote speaker for lunch on Saturday.  I loved when she admitted that her writing goal was to see her book in a grocery store.  The Mad Hatter Tea Party did indeed feature lots of crazy hats.  I participated in the Slayers Incorporated game.  We were in groups of 10 and given cards that told us if we were a slayer, human, monster, doctor, etc.  Monsters killed someone, slayers could save someone and then everyone had to guess who the monsters were.  Sadly, I was killed more than once, but you can’t imagine how much fun this game was.  Different authors came by for each game with their own characters as the monsters and slayers.  There was even a chance to learn about BDSM 101 in a “light-hearted and fun atmosphere.”  I just stuck my head in for a peak, but there was lots of laughter and several objects I’m going to have to look up online.

Authors of Wild Rose Press

Authors of Wild Rose Press

Wild Rose Press sponsored Casino Night and Dinner.  Their authors walked the dining room helping readers answer questions about the authors that were passed out.  Lots of giveaways for turning in your sheet.  Casino night featured all the games you’d find at a casino with lessons for all.  There was a DJ and I saw the craps table had everyone dancing to the tunes.  Every table was full and play money used.  I got roped into a poker table and while I’ve seen it played on tv, this was the first time I played it live.  It was a riot because most of us didn’t have a clue as to the rules.  Thank goodness our dealer was so patient.

The evening ended with a Karaoke Challenge.  Everyone who had guts enough to go on stage and sing won something.

Sunday’s brunch was the final event with Sylvia Day as the keynote.  She asked the group how many were first timers and more than half raised their hands.  When she asked how many would return, it was 100%.  I think that kind of says it all about how well the event was received.

Bottom Line:  I already have my calendar marked for next year.

Florida Romance Writers

Barbara Vey -- January 14th, 2013

I guess when a group offers to pick you up at 7 a.m. for a 2 hour drive just to have you give a one hour workshop, one should be flattered.  I was extremely flattered.

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The Florida Romance Writers sent the wonderful Victoria Pinder to get me and she came with her grandmother’s car that was all pimped out with OnStar.  Since I’m staying in the boonies, it was dark when she arrived we had no problem finding our way to Ft. Lauderdale. (Well, except for finding a Starbucks.  Apparently, there isn’t one on every block between Ft. Myers and Ft. Lauderdale.)

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The meetings are held at the Sheraton at the airport because it is centrally located for many of the members.  I was surprised by an extraordinary deluxe breakfast to start the meeting (I’m joining this chapter).  They were talking the usual group stuff, but they also have a very special event coming up.  January 24-28, they are taking a writer’s cruise with keynote speaker Charlaine Harris.  They asked me to come along, but I still don’t have a passport (yes, I know I need one).  There’s still a few openings, so contact them if you are interested.  It sounds like a fabulous time.

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awards were given to best selling author , Linda Conrad on the left, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond.

Awards were given to best selling author Linda Conrad on the left, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond. (Picture taken by Marcia King-Gamble)

It was also award day with special awards going to best selling author Linda Conrad, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond.  Well deserved, ladies!

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One of their successful chapter members, Linda Cohen, gave a terrific workshop on basic social networking.  It eased the intimidated user into trying the many different venues out there.  Linda really made it easy to start by offering a handout that outlines exactly how to do everything.  I kept a copy for myself.  I expect to see all the Florida writers online and chatting it up by next week.

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Florida Romance Writers at the Irish Pub

Florida Romance Writers at the Irish Pub

I do my workshops a little different.  I kind of feel my way with the group to see how much they already know and go from there.  It’s more of a discussion.  We touched on social media, but the emphasis was on Building Reader Loyalty and keeping it.  Since all the authors are readers, many things made common sense when we talked about it.  This group was very interactive, inquisitive and cared deeply about the readers.

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After the meeting it was off to an Irish Pub to social and really get to know one another.  With the Guinness flowing, the talk was mostly about their upcoming cruise.  I don’t know if I could concentrate on work while sailing the ocean blue.  But this crowd is determined and were looking forward to the guest and speakers coming.

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It was a great way for me to spend a Saturday in Florida, in January.

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Bottom Line:   Please ask me back!

 

 

Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans

Barbara Vey -- December 17th, 2012

I’ve never gone to a writer’s conference in December, but if you want to attend one in an amazing city, head to New Orleans.  Heather Graham always did this conference over Labor Day weekend, but constant worry about hurricanes had her try a change in the date and I’d have to say it really paid off.

New Orleans in December is a sight to behold.  Gorgeously decked out in all the Christmas glory, the shops even have Christmas vampire and voodoo stuff.  I guess I never thought of the two items in the same sentence.  I’m glad I had a chance to experience it.

If you’ve never attended Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans event, you are in for a treat.  While it’s a smaller conference, the intimacy is what makes it so special. She hand picks her special guest and they all have something unique to offer.  There are the usual panels, but there are also interviews with the big name authors.  The questions and answers are are sometimes surprising, but always entertaining.

David Morrell, James Rollins, Cherry Adair, Jonathan Maberry

David Morrell, James Rollins, Eileen Dreyer, Jonathan Maberry

James Rollins is a New York Times bestselling author, but did you know he’s also a veterinarian?  He still volunteers his services and has found a special place in his heart and books for dogs used in the military.   Jonathan Maberry most notably writes horror, but has been writing a YA series about Zombies (the good kind).  Did you know he was a body guard earlier in his career?  Eileen Dreyer started out writing medical suspense books which would explain her nursing background.  David Morrell, best known for his Rambo series explained why he wanted to stretch his wings and try writing a western.  David feels that it helps the author to stay fresh when he/she tries new things.

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Cocktail party time with Paula Eykelhof, Connie Perry, Joan Schluhafer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our audience

Our audience

I was on a branding panel with Joan Schluhafer, Don Lucey from Harlequin and Tony and Tori Eldridge.  Joan is a publicist, Don is the head of publicity for Harlequin, Tori adapts books into tv and movie as a screenwriter and Tony is a movie producer who’s next film The Equalizer will feature Denzel Washington and start shooting in spring.  All very fascinating and I felt out of my league.  They had so many interesting things to say that I was up at the table furiously taking notes to I can pass them all on to you in future workshops and panels I do.  Don explained that Harlequin is serious working with authors to give them everything they need to be successful and Joan (who is the very organized one of the group had meticulous notes and made us all look good.  Me, I stumbled my way through, but was well received which always makes me feel good.

Heather Graham and Shara Waas

Heather Graham and Shara Waas

I met Shara Waas , 2012 winner of Heather’s contest, Giving Back to Your Community.  Shara wrote about working and volunteering with therapy dogs for twelve years and the satisfaction and joy she received from it.  Shara was in awe of the authors and the whole event.  She told me she was thrilled to win and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Time for the Vampire Ball

Time for the Vampire Ball

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Heather Graham doesn’t just sit back and let others do the workshops, she is the driving force behind the shows put on during the event.  This year’s theme was Vampires on the Titanic.  It was a clever take on the idea that Jack could have been saved if 1) Rose would have just moved over on that plank or 2) the vampires had only made him a vampire and they turned everyone on the ship into vampires, it could be a happy ending.  The show was also dotted with Christmas songs that strangely fit into a doomed ship filled with vampires.

Also attending the conference was Heidi, one of the WW Ladies.  She won the trip from Heather at my Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon last April. Here’s her take on the event:

Cherry Adair and Heidi

Cherry Adair and Heidi

Heather Graham and Heidi

Heather Graham and Heidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was really impressed by the variety of panels scheduled during the entire weekend It was really hard to pick one or two to attend. The kick off of the welcome party was amazing. I was overwhelmed by all of the writers, publishers, agents and editors. PLUS to be able to meet Heather Graham, James Rollins and Eileen Dreyer, I think I said WOW a million times. But it was so fun to see them and have a regular type of conversation even though I was gushing like a school girl. James has a special place in my heart now being a Chicago boy! :)

On Saturday, I had the pleasure to hear Jonathan Maberry during breakfast, and it is truly amazing to hear what a unique background he has had. His sense of humor I enjoyed most of all. It made me feel right at home. He asked me later in the day what kind of writer I am. I never looked at myself as a writer, but technically I am now, so that was a really cool revelation.

The panel of speakers later in the morning were so awesome because you really got to hear all of their journeys into writing. I loved that is isn’t all cookie cutter writer stories of their beginnings. Eileen, James and Jonathan had me laughing quite a bit, I had a hard time taking notes. I kept thinking they are like secret agent writers: “trauma nurse by day, romance writer by night.”

The special dinner on Saturday was the most unique experience of my life. I never imagined vampires on the Titanic, but I sure can now!! To know that Heather had her band there, and wrote the play that went on during dinner really showed how much she loves her life. I have such respect for that.

Watching Barbara from the sidelines, talking to everyone at the event, as well as bringing in strangers from the hotel to meet authors, with such a passion and love of reading, was really a hoot. Barbara is truly gifted in her element and it was really fun to witness it.

All in all, it was such an honor to be able to attend this event, thanks to Heather Graham. To be able to meet so many people who love what they do, makes me want to work harder in my life, because I love that I do. I have been blessed to come to New Orleans and it will be an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.

Oh, by the way, did I mention the food??? YUMOLICIOUS!!!

It’s obvious that Heidi enjoyed herself and together we explored some of New Orleans including the famous Cafe du Monde and it’s famous beignets.  I looked like the abominable snowman from the shower of powder sugar that loads down the pastry.  Of course, I’d do it again in a heart beat.

The conference ended with a book signing.

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Kelli Stanley at book signing

Kate Poole at book signing

Kate Poole at book signing

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Bottom Line: I’ve already been invited back for next year and I hope to see you there!

Weekly Giveaways

From Marilyn Baron:  FREE SWEET ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY WITH LOVE STORIES FOR EVERY SEASON PLUS TWO WEEKS OF FREE READS & PRIZES. Petit Fours and Hot Tamales bloggers have published a FREE anthology called SEASONS AND SEASHELLS just in time for the holidays.  You can read it here.  As a bonus, from December 17-Dec. 28, we will publish all or portions of each short story of our Group Novel on our blog. Author prizes awarded daily plus three great prizes to be announced on December 31. Visit our blog to find out more. Here’s what we’re giving away this year: A $5 Starbucks gift card; A PF&HT cookbook and the grand prize: A lovely pair of sterling silver seashell earrings from Nature’s Jewelry.

From Kristie Cook First, the first book in my series, Promise, is FREE (no end date as of right now) for all ebook formats:  Kindle:   Nook  Also on iBookstore, Kobo and Smashwords

Secondly, 13 other authors and I are doing a Holiday Hullabaloo giveaway with 155 prizes over 12 days, including a $200 gift card at the end. People can start at my website, where it’s going daily until 12/21 (started on 12/10), and the links to the other authors’ giveaways are at the bottom.
Third, I’m giving away a free ebook of any of my books here.
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From Katy Lee:  This week I am holding a Goodreads Giveaway of REAL VIRTUE! It’s just one click to enter, and you can find the link on my website. 
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From Pam, Affaire de Coeur Magazine: 3 contests! Spread the word. Links can all be found on our main page.
2. Kaylin McFarren’s — The Inspiration Behind the Story, Click here
3. Pambling Roads~~DC — have a story you want to share about a trip you have made or your visit to Washington, DC. You could win a “I Can’t Live Without Books” T-shirt purchased from the Library of Congress Gift Shop in Washington, DC. Click here.

Busy December

Barbara Vey -- November 26th, 2012

Usually this time of the year I kick back, throw up a wreath and settle in with a warm afghan, Bailey’s and coffee and some good books.  But this year, I’ve got places to go and people to see.

Friday I leave for the St. Louis area to visit my son and his family for our Christmas celebration.  Well, as luck would have it (lucky for me anyway) I’ll be at Rose’s Bookhouse event, Naughty and Nice II: 50 Shades of Naughty.  This second annual event is already sold out and features New York Times Bestselling authors, Sylvia Day, Beth Kery, Jaci Burton and Shayla Black among others.  I’m most excited about this event because my daughter-in-law will be going with me.  She’s never attended an author event, so I’m thrilled to introduce her to the wonders of all things books.

December 8th I’ll be in Richmond, Virginia giving my workshop, Building Reader Loyalty, to the Virginia Romance Writers.  This is an extra special event because it is also their Christmas party.  I’ve been to a number of these events and they always make me warm and fuzzy inside.  I’m looking forward to meeting all the writers and hearing their stories, plus I’m hoping to see a little of Virginia.

The weekend of December 14th I’ll be in New Orleans attending Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans conference.  I’ve been before (granted I was only there for one day because hurricane Gustuv made an appearence), but I’m looking forward to staying the whole time.  This is a must event for writers.  Heather does it for a great cause and it’s in an amazing location.  For some reason I just can’t get enough of New Orleans.  I always said it is like visiting a foreign country.  And I won’t be traveling alone.  Since Heather was the keynote speaker at my first Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, she gave away a trip to her conference to one lucky reader.  I’ll be traveling with the one of the most avid readers (besides myself) that I ever met, Heidi.  It’s her first event of this kind and it will be fun to see it through her eyes.

Needless to say, I’ll be blogging about all the traveling, so let me know if you’ll be at any of these functions or if you have any questions you’d like me to ask any of the authors attending.  I’ll also be bringing my video camera.  Do you have anyone special you’d like me to interview?

Bottom Line:  Today is Cyber Monday…a much calmer version of Black Friday.  Y’all be careful out there online.

 

More Christmas Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- November 14th, 2012

After seeing my first snowfall of this season, I know it’s time for more Christmas books.  Come December, I pile up all my Christmas books, sit by my tree, light an evergreen candle and drink Bailey’s Irish Cream in my coffee while diving into one book after the other.  It helps put me in the spirit of the season with my happily ever afters.  Please feel free to post any Christmas books we haven’t covered yet to let the readers know what else is out there.

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A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham

Read by Joan

Jon and Julie Radcliff, with their three children, Christie and Jordan (teenagers) and young six year old daughter, Ashley, have been at odds due to their hectic lives, and are even considering divorce. Wanting to give the children one last traditional Christmas together, they spend Christmas at Oak River Plantation outside Washington, DC, where their unusual hosts greet them wearing authentic period costumes. What we know and the Radcliff’s don’t is that on a Christmas Eve during the civil war there was a terrible tragedy that separated the owners and their family.

‘Tis the season for reading heart warming books, and this book (originally released in 1996) provides a story within a story. What I liked about this book is it reminds you that many of the things we fuss and fret over daily are not as important as the people we love. We should not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and not have time to appreciate what we have the the ones we love. I know I got sappy, but the civil war period intrigues me, and the book reminds me of how Christmas should be. I believed when I was little and I still believe in Christmas magic.

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Kym L

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Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Read by Kym

Lady Louisa is charming, with a dazzling intelligence that would frighten all but the most stouthearted suitor. Sir Joseph is a kind, generous war hero whose only confidants are his horse, Sonnet, and sow, Lady Ophelia. Both Louisa and Joseph have secrets, which they are convinced make them unsuitable for marriage. But it’s Christmas, and at Christmas, the most magic of all magical things can happen — true love.

In my opinion, this book could be titled “The Perfect Christmas Regency Romance.” It’s that good. Burrowes’s love story is tender, her characters endearing, and the resolution/ending satisfying. Truly, you couldn’t ask for more in a holiday romance. If you like Christmas regency romances, and only have time for one this year, make it Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight.

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Heidi

Heidi

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
Read by Heidi

Angie LeCroix arrives in Virgin River to escape her very controlling mother while she finds her own voice after a tragic car accident. Angie has healed and is looking for clarity while finding peace before the holidays. In walks Patrick Riordan to her uncle’s bar. Handsome, quiet, tough, yet something about him tells Angie that he is hurting inside. Patrick wants to avoid Angie… she is too young, too pretty, too special. Both of them want to avoid people during the holidays, but they are drawn to each other.

I loved Angie’s passion to find herself and what she was meant to do. Her car accident changed everything she planned or what her mother planned, and it was exciting to read about where she wanted to go. The love story between her and Patrick is so sweet and loving. It makes you feel cozy for the holidays.

Bottom Line:  I almost forgot, I can’t have my Baileys and coffee without the whipped cream, it’s also part of my holiday tradition.

Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon a Rousing Success!

Barbara Vey -- April 11th, 2012
Bags of swag ready for readers

Bags of swag ready for readers

All I can say is, if you missed the luncheon this year, you missed a lot.  But have no fear, there will be a second luncheon, April 27, 2013 with James Rollins as the keynote speaker.

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Special author cupcakes (thanks Dee Schrader & team)

Special author cupcakes (thanks Dee Schrader & team)

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Tuesday’s luncheon proved that the Milwaukee area can get pretty riled up when it comes to authors visiting.  About 250 readers started lining up at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:30 meet and greet at the Oak Creek Community Center including readers from Australia, Canada and many different states.  You could tell you were in Wisconsin when the food arrived with portions large enough to feed at least two (all delicious).  The crowning glory was the arrival of cupcakes for dessert, all flagged with the author’s book covers.

 

royal table with Victoria Alexander

royal table with Victoria Alexander

 

Each author had 7 avid readers at their tables and with all genres represented, everyone seemed to get what they wanted and more from their intimate encounters.  The authors attracted many new readers and the readers learned there were many more authors out there than they had been reading.  Conversations were lively as authors brought favors for their tables mates including crowns, book bags, books, note pads, booklights and candy.

 

A Packed Room

A Packed Room

There were a couple of tables devoted to young adult readers with 7 kids ages 12-17 hanging on every word of the authors.  Even editors came up and discussed books with the youngsters getting their take on what they enjoy reading.  Austin Maier, 14, was thrilled when YA author B.A. Binns offered to send her book to him.  “I can’t believe an author would want to send me her book.  I can’t wait to read it!”

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The adults weren’t doing too bad either.  As they entered the event they were treated to a tote bag that included eight books, note pads, pens, bookmarks, trading cards, post cards, excerpts, calendars, and many discount coupons for businesses.  A special thanks to the authors who supplied the totes, Kristen Painter, Victoria Alexander, Roxanne St. Claire and Louisa Edwards.

 

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

The crowd was all warmed up by the time keynote speaker Heather Graham made her way to the stage.  We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural speaker.  In her trademark style, Heather managed to entertain the group with stories of her beloved New Orleans, crazy men that sew their wives together after they are dead and mentions of her quirky home state of Florida.  Particularly entertaining was the electric chair story of the man who’s hair caught fire during his execution and having it called cruel and unusual punishment.  The next day paper’s headline was, “Electric Chair Deemed Unsafe.”  Heather also announced that her Writer’s for New Orleans Conference will be held December 14-16th.

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A lucky winner...Jenny St. Germaine

A lucky winner...Jenny St. Germaine

Anticipation was building for the amazing door prizes that the author’s brought.  Lucky readers walked away with baskets of books, gift certificates, scarves, treasure chests and of course, chocolate.  Next up were the drawings for the raffle baskets donated by authors, author blog groups, publishers, local business, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, Kindles, Nooks and a Kindle Fire.  In addition, an amazing acoustic guitar with all the accessories was donated by Blue Flame Music.  All proceeds go to local libraries.  People frantically checked their tickets and screams could be heard from the winners.  Congratulations to all!

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Jacqui Sue-Ping said it best, “And apparently there are times that putting horseshoes up one’s a$$ really does work! I won a door prize and two raffle raffles including an arc from Suzanne Brockmann a gift basket from Virginia Kantra, 20th anniversary edition of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and so much more. Complete icing on a lovely cake of a day :-)

 

The finishing touch was an incredible book signing.  Not only were the authors able to sell and sign their books but programs (donated by COS Productions) were given out to everyone with author bios that were signed by the authors and kept as collectables by the readers.  I was more than a little surprised when I was asked to sign a few.

Getting ready for booksigning

Getting ready for booksigning

 

My sisters and me with a poster dedicating the luncheon to my mom.  Sally Lisiecki, Chris Mattice, Lori Basterash, Barbara Vey, Dee Schrader

My sisters and me with a poster dedicating the luncheon to my mom. Sally Lisiecki, Chris Mattice, Lori Basterash, Barbara Vey, Dee Schrader

It was an incredible event and punctuated even more by the throngs of readers who lined up to tell me how much they enjoyed the event, had no idea what to expect, were pleasantly surprised and wanting to know how to sign up for next year.

 

I can never adequately express my gratitude to the many people who gave them time and talents to help make this event so successful.  The list would be endless.  So, let me just say that I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to working with you all again next year.  Get some rest.

 

Bottom Line:  I have no doubt it will be a sold out event.

60 is the New 30 (Happy Birthday to Me!)

Barbara Vey -- October 7th, 2011
COFW celebrated my birthday in Ohio Saturday night at Buca's

COFW celebrated my birthday in Ohio Saturday night at Buca's

Yes, today is my birthday and not just any birthday, but my 60th birthday!  60 may not be the new 30, but it’s at least the new 40.  The past 4 years have been filled with all kinds of adventures for me.  I met a lot of my favorite authors, made a ton of new friends, interviewed movie stars, traveled all over the United States and even flew an experimental airplane.  And I know things will only get better.

 

Finally I can tell you about an exciting new venture I’m undertaking.  SAVE THE DATE!  April 10, 2012 will be the first Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon.  It will be held in the Milwaukee area and feature 38 authors with 7 readers at each table.  There will be free door prizes, raffles (including an acoustic guitar with accessories, a color Nook and more) and a book signing.  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham will be the keynote speaker.  Proceeds from the event will benefit local libraries.

 

The website to buy tickets will be up on November 1st, so grab your friends and book clubs and plan on a girlfriend day out.  I have dreamed of hosting a Reader Appreciation Day for years, so it’s my present to myself.

 

In addition, I just received some great news that a story I wrote for Chicken Soup for the Caregivers Soul has been accepted and the book will be out in March.  So, not only will I be at the luncheon, I’ll be able to actually sign books there.  This, I’d have to say, is more than I ever dreamed possible.

 

Authors attending are:

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Jeanne Adams
Victoria Alexander
Deb Baker
Maya Banks
B.A. Binns
Laura Caldwell
Lori Devoti
Tracey Devlyn
Louisa Edwards
Anne Elizabeth
Debby Giusti
Heather Graham
Lori Handeland
Lynn Raye Harris
Leanna Renee Hieber
Elizabeth Hoyt
Laura Iding
Larissa Ione
Debbie Kaufman
Amy Knupp
Kimberly Lang
Andrea Laurence
Jade Lee
Marjorie Liu
Dianna Love
AshleyMarch
Mia Marlowe
Cathy Maxwell
Trish Milburn
Nancy Naigle
Clare O’Donahue
Jana Oliver
Erica O’Rourke
Kristen Painter
Allie Pleiter
Kira Sinclair
Roxanne St. Claire
Hope Tarr

(List subject to change)

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Now I’m off to breakfast with Andrew and to see the new Hugh Jackman movie Real Steel.  Tomorrow bowling with my sisters and lunch at the Harley Davidson Museum restaurant, Motor.

 

Bottom Line:  Best 60th Birthday ever!

 

 

 

 

Sunday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- May 22nd, 2011

Yesterday I spoke to the Georgia Romance Writers with Dianna Love about Reader Loyalty and had a blast!  I’ll be writing about it in tomorrows blog.  Right now I’m off to New York for the Book Expo America.  In the meantime, enjoy some terrific book videos.

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If you’d like your book video considered, please email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com .

Bottom Line: Every time I go to New York, I’m on the lookout for Robert DeNiro.  Here’s hoping this time’s the charm.

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