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Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- September 5th, 2013

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Welcome back to our new regular feature, Authors Recommending Books.  Want to know what authors read in their spare time?  Check it out here.  Want to know what your favorite author is reading?  Ask it in the comments section and I’ll try to get the answer for you.  Good books aren’t always just new books as you can see here.  Authors can send their recommendations to maggiemaepw @ gmail.com.

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The Best ManJeanne Adams recommends The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.  Kristin blood_trinityhas a knack for pulling the heartstrings even as she gets the reader involved with her quirky, funny and fabulous characters.  You get to know the town, the family and feel a part of every story she writes.

Tracey Devlyn highly recommends Blood Trinity by Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the entire Belador series! Evalle is bad ass and the sexual tension between Evalle and Storm keeps me turning the pages.

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Shirley Jump highly recommends Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra. I love everything she writes! She never fails to make me cry!

Tonya Kappes recommends It Takes a Witch:  A Wishcrafter Mystery by Heather Blake.  Heather  delivers a page turning mystery with many subplots that tie right into the main plot. Blake has built a magical world full of whimsical characters and creatures with a fun loving witch family in the Enchanted Village. Blake will have you wondering who did what and laughing all at the same time.

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Leaving HavenAllison Leotta recommends Kathleen McCleary’s Leaving Haven.  The first chapter starts with a woman leaving a much-wanted baby at the hospital, and the rest of the book goes back in time to reveal why she did it.  This is an emotionally charged and incredibly plotted story about friendship, love, betrayal, and consequences.

Adrienne Giordano recommends Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann. Flashpoint is part of the Troubleshooters series and was the first book I read by Suzanne. After reading it, I went back and read each book in the series and love her flawed characters.

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English GirlMarilyn Baron recommends The English Girl, by Daniel Silva sign-off-320(Suspense and Foreign Intrigue). I love Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon character—master assassin, art restorer and spy—and this novel may be the best yet in his series. Mystery, mistresses, mayhem and great writing. This book has it all.

Mary Buckham loves Patricia McLinn’s, Sign Off. The debut of a new mystery series the finely developed characters, whip-sharp dialogue and setting put this on my keeper shelf.

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Lady AwakenedBeauty and the Bounty HunterAngie Fox recommends Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin (who also writes as Lori Handeland). Sweet, sexy and funny – with a plot that knocks westerns on their ear. I never knew what was going to happen next and I loved every minute of it.

Jeannie Lin says “The last book that blew me away was A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant. A widow in a desperate situation enlists a young nobleman to provide her with an heir that she can pass off as her late husband’s. The emotion between the hero and heroine built page upon page and felt so achingly real that you believed and hurt for them through every moment.

The winner of yesterday’s wonderful gift basket from Nancy Naigle is Crystal Fulcher.  Congratulations!  Please contact Nancy at nancy @ nancynaigle.com to claim your prize.

Bottom Line:  “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 6th, 2010

Sabrina Jeffries, Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber

Spending time at Lady Jane’s Salon is always a special experience for me, but even more so on Monday night when I was allowed to emcee the second half of the readings.  The charming setting adds to the moment as authors pick their favorite passages to read aloud to the adoring crowd.  Presenting that evening were Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber and Sabrina Jeffries.   With proceeds going to charity, Lady Jane’s Salon is the “must do” event held on the first Monday of every month in New York City.

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Loretta

Loretta

Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams

Read by Loretta

CIA Agent Ana Burton, placed on probation for prior handling of a case resulting in five vicious murders, is given an ice-cold l0 year old case to re-work.  If you are into any of the following –algorithms, equations, search parameters, linked computers, decripting data or terminus city –  this book is for YOU!

Author Jeanne Adams crafted a complex, death around each corner story, mixing in a sizzling love affair amidst  international intrigue.  As I read through the twisted, upside down, inside-out tale, it amazed me to discover that she very ably ironed out the details while untangling the hidden characters and created a captivating and provocative book.

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joysann

joysann

Hot Southern Nights

by Dianne Castell

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Churchill McKenzie returns to Savannah after a sojourn in up north, and is happy to be working in the beautiful, historical public library. The only complication is that she crosses paths with the intriguing, sexy man she sent to prison on a robbery conviction years ago, but what if he really didn’t do it? Cal Davis just wants life to get back to something normal, work the races at the speedway, and avoid entanglements with gorgeous, sexy librarians, which can only lead to trouble.

Amusing and delightful, Hot Southern Nights has all the romance, heat and southern charm an HEA reader can want. I enjoyed the characters a lot, which made me really hopeful things would work out for them, and I laughed out loud at some of their situations. Dianne’s “Hot” books about contemporary southern romance have turned out to be pleasurable reads.

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Edie

So Enchanting by Connie Brockway

Read by Edie

Francesca Walcott doesn’t believe her psychic gift is enchanting.  Instead, it alienated her from her highborn family and was the cause of her early marriage to a fake medium who abandoned her after he was exposed by Lord Greyson Sheffield.  Six years after the death of her husband, Greyson finds her in a Scottish village, the companion of a young woman whose life is being threatened.  Mayhem, mix ups, and near-accidents ensue.  So does the attraction between Fanny and Greyson, and a romance between Fanny’s headstrong ward and Greyson’s fashionable nephew.

Brockway’s quirky characters are delightful.  Her pacing is perfection, as is her dialogue, and I never doubted the attraction between Greyson and Fanny.  This Victorian romance really is So Enchanting.

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Marsha

Dark Warrior Untamed by Alexis Morgan

Read by Marsha
Chief Talion Greyhill Danby and administrative assistant Piper Ryan thrown together in a shared office.  Piper is a rebel and Grey is a sophisticate with a sexy English accent.  Piper has a secret and Grey’s job as head of security for the Kyth Nation puts them on a collision course.  Piper and Grey become caught between the desire to get away from each other and the need to get closer as their attraction builds.  They must work together to defend the Grand Dame of the Kyths from attack.
Alexis Morgan’s spicy dialogue and romantic scenes kept me reading far into the night until I reached the delicious conclusion.
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Heidi

Heidi

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Read by Heidi
Lily Casey Smith is a woman ahead of her time. She broke horses at a young age, worked on a ranch in Arizona, learned how to drive a car and fly a plane, when most women were not expected to do much. She married later than most women and became a mother of two; including her daughter who is portrayed in The Glass Castle.
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I was fascinated by Jeannette’s portrayal of her grandmother in this novel. During times of droughts, floods, the Great Depression and ranching life; Lily shook off the challenges and moved forward. It seemed to me that no matter what came into Lily’s path, she had the ability to keep moving forward. I had to keep remembering that this woman is not of my age, but my grandmothers age. Maybe people who are whining today about what they don’t have and who to blame, should take a look at Lily and see that you can achieve anything you want if you just keep moving forward.
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Marjorie

Marjorie

Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie

Read by Marjorie
A fall from his horse was the accident that brought Nash Renfrew into the life of Maddy Woodford. A peasant girl trying to support her younger siblings, Maddy nursed the handsome stranger back to health, not knowing he was an English diplomat to Russia and a member of the landed gentry. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Nash was won over by Maddy’s charms and, when his memory returned, he determined to make her his wife.

I was held captive with a fast-paced story, interjecting twists of plot and other surprises along the way.  This is the fourth romance in Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series, following her much acclaimed romance, To Catch a Bride. The setting is Bath, England, 1819.

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Heidi

Heidi

Murder in the Latin Quarter by Cara Black

Read by Heidi
The ninth mystery of the Aimee Leduc series finds her trying to return to a normal life, when a Haitian woman enters the PI office claiming to be her half-sister and in trouble. Aimee is reluctant to believe her, but is drawn to help her especially after she disappears.
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I felt the twists and turns of this mystery as easily as I could see the Paris streets. I found it extremely creative how modern day the book takes us, especially after the death of Princess Diana in Paris.
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Bottom Line: I’m interviewing Stan Lee at New York Comic Con on Saturday…any questions you’d like me to ask?


RWA: Friday Frenzies

Barbara Vey -- August 1st, 2010
Here's one way to let everyone know you wirte for Blaze

Here's one way to let everyone know you wirte for Blaze

Friday is always the most crazed day at the Romance Writers of America conference.  There’s workshops, pitches, meetings with agents, editors, publishers and endless networking opportunities.  Add in the wonderful publisher book signings and flurry of parties to end the day and you’ve got a lot of people running around muttering, “Where am I supposed to be next?”  (Including myself!)

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Avon, Harlequin, Berkley and Pocket Books all offered up their authors to sign free books for the conference attendees.  The lines stretched down the hall and around the corner.  Personally, I think this is a brilliant way to build up readership, discover new authors and develop a rapport between readers and authors.   Happy readers left with boxes and bags of books, complaining about shipping them, but smiling all the way.

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Jayne Anne Krentz

Jayne Anne Krentz

Karen Rose’s workshop provided tips for Doing It With Dialogue, leaving your back story to conversation between characters, Use dialogue or a character’s inner dialogue to describe a character’s personality or mood, and that the best way to learn to write dialogue is to listen to how people talk to each other…a little eavesdropping in public places.

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Award luncheon speaker Jayne Ann Krentz talked about how you will have to reinvent yourself during the course of your career, and offered three rules for “surviving the writing biz”; 1. Identify your core story, and be prepared to adapt, 2. Know the Market, and 3. Understand the importance the fictional landscape is to readers.  Jennifer Cruiser was given the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award, but wasn’t able to attend.  This year’s Librarian of the Year is Jennifer Lohmann of the Southwest Regional Library in Durham, N.C. and Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year is Gail Link from Barnes and Noble in Delaware.

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Thea Devine, Betina Krahn, Laura Willig at the Berkley Party

Thea Devine, Betina Krahn, Laura Willig at the Berkley Party

After dragging all my signed books back to my room, it was time to change clothes for the blitz of Friday cocktail parties.  I started off with Berkley, who was nice enough to have their party in the hotel so I didn’t have to brave the heat.  Next up was the St. Martin’s event held at Disney’s Boardwalk.  I was toasted when I got there, but the music, appetizers and refreshments made it worth the trip.

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Third stop was Epcot.  I caught a boat taxi and once inside the park, made my way to the Living Seas for Avon’s party.  It was very atmospheric with the glass walls that offered an up close look “under the sea.”  There were even scuba divers to watch.  A bus shuttled us back to the hotel where we caught a cab to the Waldorf Astoria for the “must do” party of RWA sponsored by Harlequin.  With a picture theme in mind, there were large frames hanging all over where you could stand and have your picture taken.  There was also a digital photo place to take your picture and you could write

Marisa Corvisiero, Alexandra Hawkins, Louise Fury

Marisa Corvisiero, Alexandra Hawkins, Louise Fury

a message on it that would show up in the photo.  Scattered around the room were ice cream and sorbet stations.  The dance floor was packed and large screens flashed pictures of people at the party.   After sampling a chocolate mint ice cream pop and coconut sorbet, it was time for my coach to turn back into a pumpkin.

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Dancing the night away at the Harlequin Party

Dancing the night away at the Harlequin Party

Jennifer Lohmann (Librarian of the Year), Anna Campbell, Jeanne Adams at the Avon Party

Jennifer Lomann (Librarian of the Year), Anna Campbell, Jeanne Adams at the Avon Party

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Bottom Line: I was the one smiling at the end of the night because I wore flats instead of heels.