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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.

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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!

Historicals Have it All

Barbara Vey -- July 9th, 2013

I do love my historicals.  There’s just something magical about the Regency period that lets me close my eyes and see the crush of the balls, the magnificent dresses, the allure of the titled few who’s lives aren’t as idyllic as they pretend to be.  So, yes, lately I’ve been on an historical bender and loving itl

First up is What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee from her Bridal Favor Series.  Grant Benton, future Earl of Crowe, is a screw up.  He seems to be following in his father’s footsteps when a bet goes bad and he accidentally burns down a barn.  Trying to recoup his family finances he turns to trade (a no-no if you’re part of the aristocracy).  In the course of business, he comes across Lady Irene Knopp, who is a Regency type wedding planner.  His finances restored, Grant is ready to move on, but unforeseen things have happened in the years he’s been gone.  Lady Irene has her own secrets, but when danger calls, these two find themselves coming together to learn what really is important in life.

I have been hooked on this series from the beginning.  The women working to make the little bridal shop work under trying circumstances are brave and never give up all the while hiding their own secrets.  As a bonus, there is a novella about Grant’s brother, Winning a Bride.  I read them out of order, but enjoyed them just as much.  This series is high on secrets, redemption and the ultimate blazing love story.  Romantics rejoice!

 

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On a special note, while writing this series Jade Lee found herself living the bridal dream when her daughter, Sheri, announced her engagement.  Here’s a photo of Sheri in a more modern bridal shop trying on dresses.  Congratulations Sheri and Mom of the Bride, Jade!

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Next up was True Spies by Shana Galen.  Winn is a brilliant spy and has managed to keep this from his wife of 14 years, Elinor.  But Winn’s long absences have Elinor becoming lonely.  When she meets a handsome spy, Elinor has visions of adventure and excitement.  But things are never what they seem and having her husband find out wasn’t part of the plan.

This follow up to Lord and Lady Spy takes the same path.  The story runs along the lines of the movie True Lies, but set in Regency times, which makes it all the more fun.  I delighted in making the comparisons and trying to figure out how the next scenes would play out.  It’s imaginative, playful, adventurous and just plain fun, fun, fun!  Poor Shana, I’ll be hounding her to find out what is next because I know it’s a book I’ll read the day I get it.  Keep ‘em coming!

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Listening to books on my iPhone has become addictive, so I was thrilled to find one of my favorite historical series could be downloaded from the library.  If you haven’t read Amanda Quick’s Tobias March/Lavinia Lake series, you are missing a terrific story.  These characters have woven themselves into my heart and I don’t want to let them go.  I know it was a trilogy, but I long for more and listening to the stories added an extra dimension to those I already felt I knew.

The series starts with Slightly Shady where Lavinia meets Tobias in her antique shop while he’s chasing a murderer.  He’s says he’s a spy, but she’s always doubtful.  In future books, the two become reluctant partners as private inquiry agents where murder, mayhem and trying to find a romantic rendevous become everyday occurrences.  First book I’ve read where currants become a key part.  Enchanting, charming, with plenty of mystery thrown in, I know this series is on my reread list.

Bottom Line:  Moving on to some contemporary stuff where I’m sure there will still be love, romance and the occasional murder.

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From Susan Hanniford Crowley Nights of Passion Blog will be having their multi-author giveaways from July 7-14. Some of the authors are Melanie Meadors, Jeannie Moon, Tawny Weber, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Leia Shaw, Barbara Wallace, Toni Kelly, Rebecca Royce, Gerri Brousseau, Marian Lanouette, Kevin Symmons, and Misty Evans.  For details, visit Nights of Passion Blog.

Romance at Dragon Con

Barbara Vey -- September 5th, 2011

Ever wonder why romance writers would bother attending a convention like Dragon Con unless they were a fan and planned to dress as Princess Leia?  Well, many of the attendees of Dragon Con are a healthy group of readers who like a little lip action with their laser action.

 

 

Just look at the romances in Star Wars, Dr. Who (everyone eventually falls for the Doctor), Harry Potter, and Captain Kirk always seemed to find a little romance on every planet he visited.  I did a Drive By Video with authors Anna DeStefano, Jade Lee and Kalaya Price to find out why they have a booth at Dragon Con along with 11 other authors.

 

Other big names are also here and their booths are buzzing.  Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton and anything to do with True Blood.  Yes, romance is in the air at Dragon Con and not only in the booths.

 

Bottom Line:  Watching Captain Jack Sparrow lip lock with Snow White is a sight to behold.  I’m only sorry I wasn’t fast enough with my camera.

 

 

Readers ‘n ‘Ritas: Up Close and Personal with Authors

Barbara Vey -- November 14th, 2010
Fresh Fiction Crew: Daniel R, Becky Pena, Sandi Shilhanek, Gwen Reyes, Alicia Vinas, Sara Edmonds

Fresh Fiction Crew: Daniel R, Becky Pena, Sandi Shilhanek, Gwen Reyes, Alicia Vinas, Sara Edmonds

Saturday morning at Fresh Fiction’s Readers ‘n ‘Ritas started with a continental breakfast meet up that evolved into a paranormal panel.  With a slew of urban fantasy/paranormal writers, there was no general consenus on what should or shouldn’t be put into any book.  In these fantasy worlds there are no rules except the ones made by that particular author.  Anything and everything is fair game.  On being asked the difference between paranormal and urban fantasy, Jaye Wells explained that paranormal had a romance going on and a definite resolution to the story, while urban fantasy could either have romance or not and not necessarily have a happy ending.

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Tara Taylor Quinn, Dianna Love, Nikki Duncan, Laura Griffin

Tara Taylor Quinn, Dianna Love, Nikki Duncan, Laura Griffin

The suspense panel took a gory turn when talking about research.  Laura Griffin admitted that she attended a session where they cut the skin off the hand of a victim, then a person used his gloved hand to put on the skin so they could get a fingerprint to identify the victim.  Tara Taylor Quinn talked about researching the White Supremacy group and the fear she experienced with the more she found out.  Dianna Love met a CIA assassin who wrote his own book.  I think if I wrote a book, it would have to be about chocolate or something really fun and yummy to research.

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I stopped in a panel on e-books and a representative from Barnes and Noble was talking about their new e-book reader that will be in color and sell for $249.  There wasn’t one there to look at, so I can’t say if it was worth it or not.  I don’t know if it would make a difference to me with reading regular books, but they said that comic books and magazines looked really great on it.  I’ve never looked at a magazine on an e-reader and I wonder how they get those fragrance samples on there.

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Jade Lee and Louisa Edwards at the author signing

Jade Lee and Louisa Edwards at the author signing

At the luncheon, each author sat at a different table and offered a gift basket to one lucky reader.  I sat with Laura Griffin and picked her brain about her Deadly Promises anthology I recently read.  I was happy to hear that the characters I was concerned about will be getting their own book next.  Can’t wait.  Special guest, Sherrilyn Kenyon then did a Q&A and the room packed with her minions ate it up.

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There was a book signing, but unfortunately several authors’ didn’t have the books they (and their fans) were expecting show up.  Trying to make up for it to her readers, Sharon Ashwood didn’t have any, but offered free shipping to anyone who signed up for one of her books.  There’s always something that can go wrong at these events, but, as a reader, it’s really frustrating when the bookstore promises something but doesn’t come through.  Although many of the authors had no problems, my heart goes out to those who look forward to this opportunity to share their work with new readers.

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Wuthering Heights and the Queen of Hearts

Wuthering Heights and the Queen of Hearts

A masquerade party ended the night with the readers coming dressed as their favorite characters as they honored the authors they came to see.  As expected, there were a lot of vampires, slayers, winged creatures and fangs galore.  Prizes were given, dessert provided, but, alas, I never did find the Margarita fountain I expected at an event called Readers ‘n ‘Ritas.

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Bottom Line: Now I’m not sure if I should expect martinis at my next event, Tarantula’s ‘n ‘Tini’s.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- September 10th, 2010
Chris and Angie at Best Buy

Chris and Angie at Best Buy

Got lots done this week.  Made it home from DragonCon with just one tattoo, refinanced my house, got a new video camera with a microphone (more Drive By Videos) and broke down and bought an iPad.  Well, kind of.  I went to Best Buy and talked with the manager Chris about the video camera I needed since I already had a microphone.  I went with a Kodak and tried out the HD feature in the store with Angie (sweet).  Then I wanted to know if I could download the video right to an iPad on the road and the Apple guy was in the store.  He cannot be identified due to company policy (I think it might have something to do with an iPhone4 being left in a bar…but that’s just a guess).  Anyway, you can’t do the video, but you can download pictures and I’m trying to figure out how I can make that a need at the conferences I go to.  So I bought it all and now have had no sleep in 2 days because I’m adding every app possible, checking out iBook (amazing…yea, backlight) and watching video.  Thanks for the sleepless nights Chris, Angie and Apple guy.

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And even with all this I managed to get a few books in this week.

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Wicked Surrender by Jade Lee -Scher Martin is the owner of the Tavern Playhouse, but with no acting talent herself, runs everything and takes care of the troupe.  She longs for a family of her own, but when Brandon, Viscount Blackstone offers her to be his mistress, she’s tempted.  Along comes Brandon’s young cousin, Kit, who wants to marry Scher.  The decision isn’t as easy as it sounds.

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This deliciously dark book took me into the underbelly of the Regency period.  Just because one wants respectability that marriage offers doesn’t mean it’s there for the taking.  Scher is level headed for business, but her heart dreams the seemingly impossible dream.  Haunting tale of eternal hope and the quest for love with an ending you won’t see coming.

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L aw of Attraction by Allison Leotta – Anna Curtis is brand spanking new in her Federal Domestic Crimes prosecuting job.  Her family history makes her work even harder for her clients and she’s especially upset when abusers get away with it.  Nick Wagner, an old college friend, shows up as a defender and Anna is torn between liking the man, but hating his job.  When Anna is thrown into a murder case, she isn’t prepared for all that comes with it…including the hard driving head prosecutor, Jack Bailey.

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Allison Leotta brings her true life experience as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor to the page as her debut novel holds nothing back.  No sugar coating this one.  A dynamic, gritty, spell-binding story with a gripping mystery.  (As a side note, I met Allison at Thrillerfest and after talking to her just a few minutes, knew she had a bestseller here…enjoy!)

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Now it’s Your Turn Friday.  What have you been reading lately?  Any books you’d like to recommend?  Here’s your chance.

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Bottom Line: Time to try reading a book on the iPad…of course I’ll do it at Panera’s with my hazelnut coffee…perfect morning.  Oh, and maybe a cinnamon crunch bagel.