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Readers Pick Their Favorite Books

Barbara Vey -- January 2nd, 2014


The readers have spoken and named their favorite books of of 2013.  The rules were:

1.  Only one book could be nominated.

2.  It had to be published in 2013.

Seems simple, but readers love their books and many favorites listed were whole series and lists of books.  To keep things fair, only the first book listed was counted and if a series was nominated (instead of titles) it was disqualified.  So here’s the top vote getters.

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1.  Out of Turn by Tiffany Snow

2.  A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes

3.  Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

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4.  The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

And a 5 way tie for 5th place.

5.  A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala

5.  The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin









5.  Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

5.  A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh

5. Turn on a Dime by Tiffany Snow

There were plenty of other books nominated, so please go back and check them all out.  Congratulations to all and here’s to a a new year of exciting new books.

Bottom Line:  Today would have been my parents 63rd Wedding Anniversary.  Missing them and raising a glass.

Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- September 5th, 2013


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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

Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- August 29th, 2013


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.




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)



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.

New Releases This Week

Barbara Vey -- August 28th, 2013

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As promised, here are the new releases for this week.  This feature will be on Tuesdays starting next week.  All new releases can be sent to maggiemaepw @ gmail.com with New Release in the subject line.

This is the schedule I’m striving to maintain starting on Monday on so you’ll know what to expect every day.  WW Ladies will be Friday this week.

Monday and Friday:  Blogs about news, books, conferences, rants and Cub Reporters  (Don’t forget to let me know about giveaways or free books by emailing maggiemaepw @ gmail.com for inclusion on Monday’s blog.)

Tuesday:  New Releases

Wednesday:  WW Ladies Book Club

Thursday:  New Feature – Authors recommend books they’ve enjoyed (Authors send your recommendations to maggiemaepw @ gmail.com with Recommendations in the subject line.)

If you need any other info including contact info, where to send books, Reader’s Luncheon, Romance Webcasts and Podcasts, check out my website at barbaravey.com

Complete Me


As a special treat today, Random House has offered a special give away, gift basket giveaway for J Kenner’s COMPLETE ME – part of her NYT bestselling series featuring Damien Stark.  Just leave the comment, “Complete Me!” for a chance to win.  I’ll post the winner tomorrow with a contact email for Random House and they will directly send the gift basket to you!



Now here’s the books premiering this week:

The Lotus PalaceTHE LOTUS PALACEImmortally Ever After
by Jeannie Lin
Release Date: 8/27/13

by Angie Fox
Release Date: 8/27/13
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press



Notorious AthertonNOTORIOUS ATHERTONDangerous Curves Ahead
by Patricia Rice
Release Date: August 27 ebook Oct 8 print
Publisher: Indie

by Sugar Jamison
Pub Date: 8/27/2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


License to LoveLICENSE TO LOVE
by Gina Robinson
Pub Date: 8/27/2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

By Lauren Layne
Release Date: 8/26/13
Publisher: Random House







Layout 1Don’t forget to register for the Romance Webcast on September 17th.  It’s FREE and you can listen live or later on iTunes.  Featured panelists from Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Kensington will be on hand to discuss heroes, love of romance, ebooks and more.  You’ll also have a chance to submit your questions during the life webcast and follow along on Twitter with #romancereads.



Bottom Line:  You shouldn’t make excuses for NOT reading a book, you should make excuses TO read a book.


WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- August 23rd, 2013

In association with the WW Ladies, I’ll be doing something new, a list of books coming out that week.  Starting next week, this feature will be on Thursdays.  All emails with info can be sent to:  maggiemaepw@gmail.com with New Release in the subject line.  Here’s the list I got this week, but I’m sure it will start getting longer soon.

Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle-4

Release date: August 20, 2013

Say Yes To The Duke by Kieran Kramer -6

Release Date: August 27, 2013


The Perfect Ten by Dianna Love, et althe perfect 10

Release Date: August 19, 2013






The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Read by joysann

When the groom’s best man encourages a stop to her wedding at the altar, Faith Holland leaves her family’s vinyard home for a few years to pull her life together. When she returns, she finds Levi Cooper is the worst man ever to come across, but as he is now Police Chief, she seems to run into him everywhere. But now there is time to see past their history and find there might have always been a little something more.

I’m in love with Levi, but I can’t compete with Faith and I don’t want to. They deserve to find each other in this delightful romance. Filled with humor, passion, compassion, and heart-warming love, I laughed and I wept, and it wasn’t from the wine.




The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

Read by Joan

When a shipment of gold and jade is stolen from a security warehouse, traveling entertainers are suspect and thief catchers close in. While performing a beautiful sword dance, Wen Li Feng catches the eye of the most famous thief catcher Zheng Hao Han. She runs and Han sets out to bring her in, believing she was involved in the theft. He soon discovers he is in for a long and intriguing chase.

Based on a poem, Jeannie Lin has written a wonderful story that takes place in 848 AD China during the Tang Dynasty. Not knowing much about China, I found the characters and the settings drawing me in as did the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, only with a happily ever after ending. The Sword Dancer is exciting and enchanting right from the first page.




A Bride For all Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, BrideRevised_smRobin Lee Hatcher (Anthology)

Read by Michelle

Women traveling far distances to marry a men they have never met was refreshing and humorous.  The owner of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue rewrites the correspondence of the men and women to match exactly what the other needs.  Almost like “Dear Abby” of our time.  One story was Clay, who disliked children, was deceived by letters from Luvena , her sister’s four children, omitted from correspondence but fell in love with each one of them.  Turns out his father was never there for him and feared being a father.  The children and Luvena were just what Clay needed to be complete.

Reading about the year 1870 with Mail order brides is a feel good book. I found it refreshing and fascinating to read a clean book free of swearing and sex.




The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

Read by joysann

Archibald Clare is a mentath, a brilliant logistician, a rare talent that is almost magical. Emma Bannon is magical, a powerful Sorceress Prime dedicated to serving Britannia and the queen. Together they hunt for the insane researcher who is trying to create a WMD by raising a plague that will not only destroy enemies, but devastate Britain as well.

The Red Plague is the second book in The Bannon and Clare Affairs, and it is an intriguing venture into a steampunk world. With the first book, The Iron Wyrm Affair, the world and the relationships between the several different important characters become established, and though it stands alone, I couldn’t wait to get into this one. Exciting, mysterious and compelling, Lilith Saintcrow has me looking forward to more.




Tin Angel by Kat Martin and L.J. Martin (Read by Rebecca Cook)513Pr2zaLDL._SY346_

Listened to by Anne

Jessica Taggart leaves Boston for the Barbary Coast when her father leaves her a restaurant.  Problem is, when she arrives she finds a brothel in it’s place.  Jake Weston is the partner in this business and doesn’t need anyone meddling.  She’s looking for adventure, but headed for trouble and Jake is stuck trying to keep her safe.

This is an older book, but should not be missed and Rebbeca Cook does a fine job narrating.  The only book that Kat wrote with her husband, western writer L.J. Martin.  Set in the 1800s west, the brothel theme is glossed over by Jake being ultra protective of his “girls” and helping them get better lives if they want it.   Tin Angel is a delightful, charming romp  Maverick style.

Bottom Line:  Off to St. Louis to read with the grandkids since I’ve packed lots of books!

Authors Give Thanks

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2012
What are you thankful for?  Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

What are you thankful for? Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

While I’m a firm believer in giving thanks everyday (there’s way too much to be thankful for then can be mentioned in one day), I asked a few authors what they are thankful for.

Jeannie Lin:  Last Christmas my twins were 10 days old and fit inside a small gift bag. I’m thankful that today, 11 months later, they are happy and healthy with chubby little cheeks.


Marjorie M. Liu:  As always, I am thankful for my family and all my wonderful friends, new and old, and for the blessing of being alive in this beautiful world doing what I love and being with those I love.

Daniel Marks:  I’m thankful to have found such grim, gruesome, like-minded readers and supporters, who’ve made my debut year a fantastic experience!

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Military Thanksgiving

Dianna Love:  I’m thankful for every day I can wake up in a country where my family is safe – huge thanks to our military who won’t be home for the holidays. 
Tracey Devlyn:  I’m so thankful for my supportive and loving husband, Tim. He’s been my rock and friend for nearly two decades and is a huge source of inspiration when I’m crafting my heroes.
Nancy Naigle:  Thanksgiving always fosters a vivid recollection of the relationships that have come into my life. I’m so thankful for the friendships, experiences and partnerships that I’ve had this year and look forward to the continued opportunities to share the many blessings with others.


Lisa Kessler:  I’m thankful for my amazing writer friends who are always there to buoy my spirits. Parts of this year were bleak and painful, and yet, they always made me smile and I still finished two more books in spite of the drama.


Susan Carlisle:  I’m thankful for readers that make being an author the best job ever.
Today I’m thankful for the crazy set of circumstances that led me to this incredible second career and to all the amazing, talented people I’ve had the honor of meeting along the way.
And what are you thankful for today?  What especially comes to mind as you gather with family and friends?  Is this year different from others?
Bottom Line:  “Take a moment and think about all you have and not all you want.” ~ Lori Basterash

Jeannie Lin: New Mom of Twins

Barbara Vey -- May 14th, 2012
Daniel and Mae Linh

Daniel and Mae Linh (nice jab with the Cardinal's outfits)

While I’m visiting St. Louis, author Jeannie Lin caught a Tweet I posted about coffee at a local cafe.  She contacted me and we met up for a wonderful visit.  Last time I saw Jeannie, we were guests of the San Diego RWA and ended up taking a train together back to Los Angeles late last year.  It was great to catch up.

BV:  You’ve had a lot going on lately.  Care to comment on that?

JL:  5 months ago I wasn’t a mommy and now I am.

BV:  So, what did you have a boy or a girl?

JL:  Both.  One of each.

BV:  That is so sweet!  What did you name them?

JL:  Daniel Louis and Mae Linh

BV:  Any special meanings to their names?

JL:  Both are from my husband’s side of the family, but Mae Linh is a combination of Vietnamese and English.

BV:  Any chance that’s affected your writing schedule?

JL:  Hmmm…the twins are finally sleeping through the night, so I write between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

BV:  Was that ever part of your normal writing pattern?

JL:  I’ve always been an early morning person, but the babies still dictate the schedule.

BV:  I’ve heard that you are committed for several books in the near future.

JL:  I’m writing 2 books for Harlequin Historical and 2 stand alone books for HQN.  The most recent is My Fair Concubine (you can watch the video here).

BV:  So, what do you do in your spare time?

JL:  Spare time?  I also work a full time job, but luckily I can do it from my home.

BV:  Any chance you’ll be doing a reality show like Jon and Kate plus 8?

JL:  I think it would be more like Survivor.

Bottom Line:  I think Jeannie can Outlast, Outplay and Outwit anyone, so my money is on her.

Visiting the San Diego RWA

Barbara Vey -- September 19th, 2011

I thought I was being adventurous when I booked my flight to Los Angeles and was going to take a train to San Diego.  The website makes it look like the train station is right there, but after flying from Florida to Atlanta to Los Angeles, I had to take a 45 minute bus ride to the train station.  Not a pleasant experience when you have motion sickness.  Luckily, moments before I really embarrassed myself, I was at the train station for the 3 hours train ride to San Diego (beautiful view of the ocean from the train).  Then the next day I did it backwards to go home.  But it was worth it to visit with the San Diego RWA writers.


Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin

They brought me in for a one day workshop, but it really started Friday night with desserts at author Cori Owens-Mendez’s house.  From the peach cobbler to brownies to the creme brulee pie, they made me feel at home and one of the group.


At their Saturday meetings, they do a full day program so I got to share the stage with the amazing Jeannie Lin who talked about the importance of the first 5 pages of a book.   If you haven’t read Butterfly Swords yet, do yourself a favor and try it because Jeannie’s second book, The Dragon and the Pearl,  comes out Tuesday (but she gave me a copy at the meeting that I can’t wait to dive into).  BTW, in case you didn’t know, Jeannie is pregnant with twins!!  Congratulations Jeannie!


back row:   Bob Richard, Pam Moran and Suzanne Barris   Front row:   Melissa Cutler, Tami Vahalik, and Janet Tait

back row: Bob Richard, Pam Moran and Suzanne Barris Front row: Melissa Cutler, Tami Vahalik, and Janet Tait

This large chapter has so many active members that awards were being given out like candy.  They can earn a charm bracelet and charms for completing various tasks like sending in a manuscript, finaling in contest and signing a contract.  These members were recognized for hitting the halfway mark on the chapter’s Writing Challenge to complete a new novel in 6 months.  Of that group a few have already completed the book! They all received roses.  There was also a booksigning and with such a large group, a lot of good books to choose from.


Due to popular demand...first close up of Jeannie Lin's baby bump

Due to popular demand...first close up of Jeannie Lin's baby bump



After a healthy (and delicious) shrimp salad lunch, I was up.  While I like to think ahead about the subject I’ll be talking about, I pretty much just ad lib it.  I know it’s a gift, but I must have been an actor in a past life.  I’m such a strong believer in building reader loyalty, that I can pretty much just say how I feel as a reader.  I also have talked with a lot of readers who share their thoughts about books and authors with me.  One subject that always comes up is social media.  What to do, how to do it and is it necessary.  Sharing stories with the group and having them relate their experiences made for a lively discussion.  I think I left feeling more energized than they did.


The chapter announced that they will be sponsoring their first conference in 2013 and have invited me back.  Next time I’m flying in direct.


Bottom Line:  My favorite compliment of the day:  “I just loved your workshop.  I usually get tired after lunch, but I stayed awake for your whole talk.”


Monday Giveaways


From authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love:  To celebrate the release ALTERANT next week, they are giving away an exclusive Belador short story – FIRE BOUND.  All you have to do to download the story is click here.

From Belle Bridge Books:  Free on Kindle for 4 days starting Sept. 21:
THE MANICURIST, Phyllis Schieber
PRAISE JERUSALEM!, Augusta Trobaugh

From author Mia Marlow: Mia Marlowe is offering her novella A DUKE FOR ALL SEASONS as a free download at Smashwords. This story started as a serialized novella on her website in Jan 2010. It’s available FREE now at Smashwords.

Romance Trading Cards

Barbara Vey -- April 1st, 2011

People love collecting things, beanie babies, stamps, dolls and now author Jeannie Lin was telling me about the latest craze in the world of romance, Romance Trading Cards.  She was nice enough to explain to us exactly what that is and how to get in on it.

A lot of people have been asking about Romance Trading Cards (RTCs) lately and the explanation is simple: Authors create trading cards featuring their books and readers can have fun collecting them all.

RTCs started as a whimsical conversation on Twitter one evening between a handful of romance authors. Soon we started hashtagging #romancetradingcards on Twitter and asking “Who’s in?” By the end of the first several hours, the number had grown over a modest ten authors. I sensed something would tip if we just nudged it so I put it on my website and started listing names. From there, other
authors chimed in and it got to the point where authors and readers were asking each other, “Are you in on this #romancetradingcards craze?”

By the weekend, nearly a hundred authors had jumped in and my critique partners, Amanda Berry and Shawntelle Madison, created a website to collect all the information and showcase the cards Romance Trading Cards.

It was the collective excitement online that got the whole thing rolling. The beauty of the idea is it’s so simple and cheap to join. It allows authors to be creative and provide a way for readers to get something special and collectible that’s unique to each book—and it all hinges on the strong sense of community within the romance genre.

The excitement and creativity I’ve seen from authors and readers has been so uplifting. The beauty of it is we’re really seeing how fast the Internet and a community can mobilize and I’m just thrilled to see something positive really take root. It is my dream that RTCs will be more than a fad and that you’ll find
Romance Trading Cards wherever romance authors and readers meet.

The big unveiling will be in Los Angeles in a week as RTCers will converge at the RT Booklovers Convention with trading cards in hand. We even have a buttons and stickers so readers can find us:

Visit Romance Trading Cards for more information and to see samples of all the cards. Then let the fun begin!

And to start you off, Jeannie Lin is picking 3 commenters to each receive a pack of 8 cards.  The winners will be posted on Monday, so check back to see if you’re one of the lucky ones.

Bottom Line: I know I’ll be collecting them and try to make a whole set to give away on the blog.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- October 22nd, 2010

With all the traveling, it’s not easy to squeeze in time to read.  But now that I’m home for a while, things have changed.  I managed to polish off two exceptional books this week.


First up is The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.  Amid a Victorian England inhabited by people with nanotechnology, Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth vigilantly works solving murders.  When a body is found on the grounds of national hero Rhys Trahaearn, the Iron Duke, Mina finds herself fighting off the Duke’s advances as together they race against time to find, not only the murderer, but those who conspire to destroy her homeland.


This riveting steampunk novel had me gasping for my breath as Mina and the Duke traveled an incredible world searching for clues.  I knew I was in trouble when I got to the middle of the book and fought myself to read slower because I didn’t want the book to end.  I have to say, I picked up this book because of all the great buzz on Twitter.  It seemed everyone was talking about it and now I know why.  My first steampunk book and it totally won me over.  Deny yourselves no longer, this book should be on everyone’s bookshelf.


Next I read Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin.  Taking place during the Tang Dynasty, on her way to her wedding, Princess Ai Li learns the truth of her future husband’s treachery and escapes with her trusty butterfly swords for defense.  Ryam was considered a barbarian in this culture and is slowly making his way back to his own group after an attack left him unconscious when his path crosses Ai Li’s.  Thrown together by fate, they travel the long road to her family to warn them of her betrothal’s betrayal.


Jeannie Lin won the RWA Golden Heart award for this wonderful story and now I want to read all the Golden Heart finals to see what other gems I’m missing.  This beautiful, enduring story of honor above all else had me mesmerized.   Ai Li’s determination and Ryam’s awakening to his self worth make this book a treasure.  Engaging, refreshing take on impossible odds.  This one’s a keeper.


I really lucked out with two totally different, yet marvelous reads.  It’s exciting to think what the week ahead will bring me.


Now it’s your turn.  Tell us what books you’ve been reading lately.  Any new discoveries?  Genres you didn’t think you’d like, but were surprised to enjoy?


Bottom Line: I’m happy to know that I’m still open to new and different ideas…I’d hate to think I’ve gone stale.