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Barbara Vey -- February 18th, 2014
I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

 

I feel like signing, “The Party’s Over.”  This afternoon  I head back home where 7 inches of new fallen snow await me.  But I’m not complaining.  I got to hang out at the beach yesterday in 80 degree weather and met with several hundred authors while I’ve been down here.  Thanks for the memories Florida!  Now, here’s what I’ve got waiting for me at home.

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A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth (Carina Press)

No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur (Carina Press)

Demon by My Side by Victoria Davies (Carina Press)

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.A Proposal at the Wedding by Gina Wilkins (Harlequin)

Alone with You by Debbi Rawlins (Harlequin Blaze)

Lassoed by Fortune by Marie Ferrarella (Harlequin Special Edition)

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The Sheikh’s Last Seduction by Jennie Lucas (Harlequin Presents)

The Lawman’s Honor by Linda Goodnight (Harlequin Love Inspired)

Yours Forever by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

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The Prosecutor by Adrienne Giordano (Harlequin Intrigue)

Secrets at Court by Blythe Gifford (Harlequin Historical)

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market)

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The Blush Factor by Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)

Tumbledown by Cari Hunter (Bold Strokes Books)

Wingspan by Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)

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Lovely Little Liar by Gloria Gay  (Boroughs Publishing Group)

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Sweet Temptations Boxed Set by Cara Maris

The Fall of a Saint by Christine Merrill (Harlequin Historical)

The Temptation Of Laura by Rachel Brimble (eKensington)

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Bottom Line:  I guess I’ll just fall back on “Spring will be here soon.”

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- July 5th, 2013

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Hope you all enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July yesterday.  When my kids were little, we would get up early and decorate their bikes, then walk over to the the grade school.  There was a community wide parade that would come by and you’d join in.  We would all march to the local park where everyone would get one of those little cups of ice cream that you ate with a wooden spoon.  More often than not, their dad would have to go home and get the car to drive us home because the kids little legs couldn’t pedal their hotwheels back (it was a couple of miles).  I miss those days.  But the WW Ladies have been busy reading.

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joysann

joysann

Honeymoon to Die For by Dianna Love

Read by joysann

To prove he is innocent of an assassination, former military sniper Ryder Van Dyke must get an FBI agent into his family’s arms manufacturing business to find who is illegally dealing guns to terrorists. To do this undercover, he actually marries Special Agent Bianca Brady, the agent who built the case against him, and brings her home as his bride. As Ryder helps Bianca uncover dangerous secrets, she not only begins to trust him, but begins to believe in his innocence.

One does not drowse through any of Dianna’s thrilling new romantic suspense novel, for she opens it with high-octane action, and keeps the momentum up straight through. That, along with engaging characters, suspenseful plot, and sizzling romance, kept me reading straight through. While Honeymoon To Die For is third in the Slye Temp series, the story is not dependent on the other books and would make an exciting, romantic read on its own, but I think you’ll go back for the others.

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joysann

joysann

Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne BishopWritten In Red.indd

Read by joysann

Raised in virtual slavery for her value as a prophet, Meg Corbyn escapes seeking shelter and a job as the Lakeside Courtyard’s Human Liaison. Shapeshifter Simon Wolfgard is in charge of the Courtyard and its security, keeping humans away and unaware of the myriad lives within its walls. But Meg quickly comes under his protection too, thereby to the interest of The Others

I read this book 3 times in two weeks, cover to cover. And I’ll read it again soon. I’ve always been entranced by the rich and complex worlds Anne Bishop creates, but this outshines even her other books. The characters are wonderful and mysterious and just plain appealing, and I can’t get enough of them. It’s going to be a long wait for the next book in the Spring.

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Anne

Anne

It Had to Be You by Jill ShalvisIt-Had-To-Be-You-comp-200x322

Read by Anne

Ali Winter is a lovable good person.  She volunteers at the senior center, helps everyone out and dreams of her own flower shop.  Then her boyfriend dumps her and life gets out of control.  Blamed for a theft, she finds she’s in over her head.  Enter Luke Hanover, big city police detective.  He comes home for some R & R and finds Ali instead.  Seems like Luke will have to wait a while to get some rest.

Part of the Lucky Harbor series, this book can easily be read as a stand alone.  Adorable, fresh and fun, Lucky Harbor is filled with entertaining seniors set on helping Ali out.  I dare you not to want Ali as a BFF.  This is one town I’d love to vacation in.

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Joan

Joan

Prophecy Girl by Cecily WhiteProphecyGirl-WEB

Read by Joan

St. Michael’s Guardian Training Academy trains Guardians, a race of secret fighters descended from archangels. When the guardians graduate, their job is to protect humans from soul sucking demons created by Lucifer. Guardians are either Channelers or Watchers, and each Channeler is bonded to a Watcher for life, and rarely does one refuse a bondmate. Amelie Bennett is entering her senior year when something is targeting and killing Guardians. When former graduate Jackson Smith shows up to replace one of the recently killed instructors, Amelie feels that he is her bondmate. Jackson tries to stay away from Amelie, however, as he knows from an old prophecy she will cause his death.

I loved this book from the beginning. Cecily White has created a great story not only for YA but also adults. The story is set in romantic New Orleans so it is not hard to believe that it is part Fantasy, Paranormal, and of course, Romance. I hope to read more about the Angel Academy and the struggle with the soul sucking demons that inhabit the Crossworld.

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joysann

joysann

The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan GriffithThe Greyfriar

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Three hundred years ago millions of people were killed when vampires rose up from their hidden lives and occupied much of the northern hemisphere, turning humans into their cattle. Now mankind is prepared to begin the long war to destroy the vampires and recover the lost part of the world. When the heir of the Empire of Equatoria, Princess Adele, is kidnapped, the elusive legendary vampire fighter Greyfriar appears to rescue her.

First in the Vampire Empire trilogy, the audiobook is read by James Marsters, and, unsurprisingly, he rocks. I loved listening to the story, which is a thrilling paranormal steampunk adventure, and the narration and vocal performance make it quite exciting. All three books are out now, and I’m anxious to get to The Riftwalker and The Kingmakers as soon as I can.

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Bottom Line:   “You may be a redneck if . . . your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.” ~ Jeff Foxworthy

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- November 28th, 2012

Hi There! joysann here. Barbara’s off being a lady of leisure somewhere and has asked me to post the book blurbs this week. I find this is that awkward time of year when I can’t decide whether to read only holiday books or indulge in a variety of reading pleasures. Fortunately, this week’s blurbs provide several terrific choices. There goes any dents in my TBR pile… not that I’m complaining. Happy reading!

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Joan

 Iced Chiffon: A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown

Read by Joan

Savannah raised and recently divorced, Reagan Summerside is left with only Cherry House, a Victorian fix-it-upper, and a pile of mounting bills. Her ex and his good-looking attorney, Walker Boone, took everything else. In order to survive she has been selling off her furniture, and without trying, Reagan has started a consignment store that her aunt names the Prissy Fox. Without telling her ex, she and Aunt Kiki borrow his Lexus to move a water fountain she sold, and they find the ex’s girlfriend dead in the trunk. Determined to hang onto her home and not wanting to pay Walker Boone’s excessive attorney fees, Reagan knows she will have to find the killer before he does.

This is a new mystery series that I have been looking forward to reading, and I really did like Iced Chiffon. The fact that the author actually works at a consignment shop peaked my curiosity even more. I cannot wait for the next book to come out in 2013; I do wonder if Reagan will fall for Boone.

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Heidi

Heidi

Werewolf in Denver: Wild About You Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Read by Heidi

Stillman Lodge in Estes Park near Denver is a private hotel, the perfect place for a conference where werewolves can meet, be themselves and work together. Were blogger Kate Stillman agrees to debate political “bad boy” Duncan MacDowell about werewolf segregation. Kate and Duncan are delayed getting to the conference by a huge blizzard and are stuck in a remote cabin, where their attraction to each other is conflicts with their beliefs and loyalties to their organizations. But as the conference continues, they need to decide whose side is the best, while keeping their feelings aside for the good of all.

Even though this isn’t a holiday book, it certainly put me in some holiday spirit: with the blizzard, the fight of opposing sides, all wrapped up in a beautiful lodge. I thought this book would be super serious, but there were so many enjoyable funny sides to this book, that it really went full circle for me. I am looking forward to the next installment of the Wild About You Series: Werewolf in Alaska.

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Queen’s Ransom: A Sofie Metroplis Novel by Tori Carrington

Read by Kym Lucas

Sofie Metropolis is having a hard time finding the holiday spirit. First, one of her suitors has been deported and the other is playing “now you see me, now you don’t.” Next, she’s somehow managed to acquire yet another lost animal case. Oh, sure, finding Rudolph the reindeer should be easy enough, but when a Greek tycoon tasks the frappe’-gulping PI with finding his kidnapped daughter, Sofie discovers it will take more than iced coffee to get through Christmas alive.

Because I’m a big fan of — okay, sucker for — holiday tales, and also have met Lori and Tony Karayianni (the couple who together write as Tori Carrington), I welcomed the opportunity to read this, their sixth Metropolis novel. As usual, the pair made me long for an ice-cold frappe’ despite the chilly weather. In Queen’s Ransom, the Karyaiannis have gifted us with a holiday tale that’s light on the tinsel, but rich in fun. Now, where did I put that frappe’ recipe?

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joysann

joysann

Charming Freaks by Koko Brown

 

Read by joysann

This fun title holds two erotic novellas:

Charmed – Chloe enjoys the most amazingly realistic erotic dreams starring a handsome Tristan Smythe, only to discover she isn’t dreaming. She has married Tristan during a whirlwind Las Vegas vacation, and now finds herself wondering if his vampiric intimations indicate he’s crazy or she’s crazy, or if her choices were somehow magically influenced.

Nerds Are Freaks Too – Computer nerd Leo has kept his feelings for his best friend Roxanne under wraps for years, but when she hints that she’s looking for something a little less vanilla in her sex-life, Leo knows he can give her what she needs, and more. Now he just has to convince her.

Both of these erotic stories are titillating, but I have a fondness for those beta-male types that sneak up in nerd stories and end up so appealing. Those guys are never quite what you expect them to be. Koko has delivered some sexy fun fantasies.

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Heidi

Heidi

His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly

Read by Heidi

When her long-estranged grandfather asks her to leave her Quaker background and return to England, Phoebe Linville made the brave decision to leave America and return by ship, knowing that things will be different. When she arrives, she is met with an unusual request from her grandfather; to marry Major Lucas Stanton. Lucas is handsome and irresistible to Phoebe, and she isn’t sure the marriage is the best idea, but caught in a compromising position, they don’t have a choice. Their stubbornness could cause them not to find true love, especially during the holidays.

This historical brings all the traditional feelings of the holidays, along with family beliefs both from England and America. I found Phoebe delightful with her headstrong ways that had her standing up against her stubborn husband, as well as her seductiveness with him too. The entire book felt full of love, laughter, family, elegance, and happiness, all while dreaming of fancy clothes and sparkling jewelry. A perfect holiday treat to read.

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Joan

Rescue My Heart: an Animal Magnetism Novel by Jill Shalvis

Read by Joan

Adam Connelly was always in trouble growing up and, after a tragic accident, he enlists in the National Guard. He leaves behind a broken-hearted Holly Reid, who tries to move on, but makes some unfortunate choices until returning to run her father’s ranch in Sunshine, Idaho. Adam Connelly has also returned after his years of military service, specializing in search and rescue. Adam still suffers some PTSD from his time in the military, but with the help of therapy, his family and current work training and working with search and rescue dogs, he is doing better. When Holly’s father goes missing she reaches out to Adam to help her find him before a huge snow storm hits the mountains.

This is the third book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series. Though I have not read the previous two books, Animal Magnetism and Animal Attraction, I felt I did not need to have read them to enjoy this story. I enjoyed this book as it deals with what our soldiers can go through and how animals can be a comfort and great therapy for them or anyone.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Cowboy for Christmas: A Jubilee, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

Read by Heidi

Lissette Moncrief is facing more loss than she cares to think about. Her husband dies in Afghanistan and leaves all his benefits to his half-brother Rafferty Jones, a man she never knew about. Now, she learns her little boy Kyle is slowly going deaf, and she has no extra money for his health care. As she feels her world crumbling, she runs her car right into Rafferty’s pickup truck. Rafferty is in town to offer help, and she wants none of it, no matter how attractive Rafferty the cowboy is.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It put me in such a holiday mood, even with the seriousness of loss and love of a sick child. I admired Lissy’s character so much. She shows so much strength, love and drive to help her little boy. The secondary story line of Lissy’s mother-in-law Claudia not only creates conflict, but shows the strength in Lissy. This book has motivated me to read more from Jubilee.

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Bottom Line: Whatever I choose to read on these cold, dark evenings heading into winter, I’ll be snuggled down under a nice warm afghan and a couple of cats. Toasty.

 

Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get-Together

Barbara Vey -- June 8th, 2012

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Hi. joysann here again to tell you about the Annual Reader & Author Get-Together.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller started this little “Get-Together” near Cincinnati eight years ago to be just what it sounds like. They invited a few authors and put out word to a few fans through a loop, and somewhere between 50 and 100 people gathered at the Cincinnati Marriott North to enjoy an informal opportunity to meet and visit.

 

Now the hotel is overrun with 500 book enthusiasts for most of two days, and it’s become quite an event. Readers can meet favorite and find new authors, authors can work at building their readerships and meet with editors and agents, and everyone can simply enjoy a couple of days of fun in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Lori says she believes that a big part of the sense of community that develops is from the huge ballroom, open for the whole of the event, allowing participants to come and go as they please, providing plenty of seating, and allowing friends to gather and visit.

Author Island hosted a Country Western costume party with games and prizes

This year there were two book signings: Friday evening with Digital, POD, and other non-traditionally published authors, and those with donated print books to giveaway; Toni Blake, Jill Shalvis and Shiloh Walker. Saturday was the traditional book signing, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, open to the public, and taking up almost every foot of the hotel’s huge open atruim and into the restaurant and bar. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon signed at both events, with her excited die-hard fans waiting patiently for their turn to meet her.

At these events Lori Foster has been organizing an anthology book with donated novellas by herself and other authors, the proceeds of which go to a charity of her choice, this year benefiting the AAF – Animal Adoption Foundation – a no-kill animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio.

Four of the five Love Bites Authors; Brenda Jackson, Lori Foster, Jules Bennett, Virna DePaul

Love Bites includes stories by Lori, Brenda Jackson, Catherine Mann, Jules Bennett, and Virna DePaul. It’s a remarkable endeavor.

In fact, the whole event is remarkable in that it is an high-energy, inexpensive event which packs a lot of punch for the money. A $50 registration fee includes a pizza night, 2 delicious buffet meals, and a Saturday morning Continental breakfast. One wonders how that can possibly be, but talking with Lori and Duffy Brown, one learns that the whole operation, which runs like clock-work, is done with very dedicated, enthusiastic and inventive volunteers, and the support of sponsors, like Liquid Silver Publishing, Turquoise Morning Press, Secrets Craving Publishing, Samhain Publishing. All of it…registration, the welcoming committee, raffle coordinators, transportation, troops donations coordinator, and official photographer, all of the work is done by volunteers.

One of the biggest features of the event is the Raffle Drawings. Everyone loves winning prizes, and when the money for the raffle tickets goes entirely to a special charity, donations are generously made. There were 175 raffle baskets donated this year from authors, reviewers, agents, editors, publishers, enthusiastic readers, and even the Marriott Hotel. The funds raised were donated to The One Way Farm Children’s Home, a non-profit organization that cares for the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled youth, and children with disabilities. And the funds raised on this occasion? Nearly $11,000. Quite remarkable.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller, and their intrepid fleet of volunteers are already planning for next year’s event, finding ways to make it run even more smoothly and provide the best of reader entertainment. Watch for registration in January… this year it sold out in less than one week.

Bottom Line: Lori? Duffy? Save me a place for next year, please.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- February 23rd, 2011

The last time we featured a Love Inspired romance, the response was overwhelming.  It’s so wonderful to see a community come together like that to support each other.  Today we also welcome a new YA reader, Taylor.  The YA market is huge and I’m always thrilled when kids get excited about books.  Taylor took a bunch home with her, so look for her blurbs in the coming weeks.

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Heidi

Second Chance Family by Margaret Daley

Read by Heidi

Whitney Maxwell thinks of herself as damaged goods who is undeserving of love or a family. Her tough exterior keeps her safe from being hurt anymore. Dr. Shane McCoy has been hurt too. Caring for his autistic son alone, has put him in a routine type life that doesn’t have time for more. One accident can bring two lost souls together and strengthen a lost faith.

I was so impressed by the authors knowledge of autism and the skill to weave it into the story so well. It was such a heartwarming story, even with some tragedy mixed in. I actually felt compelled to pass this book onto a friend.

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Taylor

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Red Glove by Holly Black

Read by Taylor, 14

As Cassel’s past haunts him through high school, things get a whole lot worse. When two federal agents want to help him find his brother’s killer, he puts his life and identity at risk.

This book really got me hooked. It kept me guessing and wondering through the whole story. Anyone who loves sci-fi and/or mystery would love this book like I did.

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Loretta

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Read by Loretta

The ruthless Emperor, the cruel, savage and bloody games he enjoys are shocking and riveting!   Treacherous plots abound and yet a tender love story fights to stay alive despite plots to tear it apart.

Kate Quinn in her novel Mistress of Rome weaves her fascinating characters into the time of First Century Rome. I would rate Mistress of Rome to be one of the best historical novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

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Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis

Read by DeAnn

Lilah Young’s got it goin’ on!  As a college student in the home stretch, a business partner taking care of animals and a beloved member of her small hometown, her life is full.  The girl is loved. On the day she rear ends a stranger’s car, events begin to unfold and open her eyes to the kind of love she’s been missing. The kind that’s full of passion and makes you lose your senses. Well aware this relationship won’t last, she falls for him, even as she knows no one will be there to catch her when he leaves.

Jill Shalvis has hit the trifecta in my world.  She was able to whisk me away with a story that was sweet and poignant, hot and sexy, and laugh out loud funny. I went from sighing to gasping to cracking up from page one until the end!

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Bev

Love Letters from Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Read by Bev

The ladies of Ladybug Farm, Cici, Lindsay and Bridget are at it again.  This time they are to hold a wedding on the grounds of Ladybug Farm, little did they know what they were getting into.  The bride and her mother were a  handful.  They were very demanding.  The ladies of Ladybug farm try to hold it together.  To their rescue came their friend Paul.  He coordinates all the details and calms the bride and her family.  Then of course on the eve of the wedding we meet the groom.  He was not in very good shape.  Also the weather was not the best. What else could go wrong?  The whole wedding story is entwined with the stories of each character, Cici. Lindsay and Bridget.

This is the third in a series by Donna Ball.  I feel like I know these characters and look forward to each new chapter in the lives of the Ladies of Ladybug Farm.  This is one series I hope never ends.

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Stacey

Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes

Read by Stacey

Mina and Joey have been watching each other’s backs in the midst of gangland since he freed her from the clutches of a dangerous character.  But when she finds out that he might have been the one who killed her mother, she cannot rest until she learns the truth, not can she trust the man who for so long has been her haven.

With each book successive book I read of Erica Hayes’, I get drawn further into the dark, dangerous world that she’s created.  Her mix of first and third person creates this beautiful immediacy and allows the reader to understand the perspectives of all of the main characters, instead of just the narrator.  The moments I spent in Joey’s head make me sniffle, and I love Mina’s strength in the face of what she must face. They are amazing and I cannot wait to see where Erica Hayes takes me next.

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joysann

joysann

Love Beyond Reason by Sandra Brown

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At her sister’s request upon her deathbed, Kathryn Adams steals away with her newborn niece to raise the baby herself, and keep the child from her sister’s deceased husband’s domineering parents. Some months later Kathryn is found by Jason Manning, her sister’s brother-in-law. It happens that they both want to keep baby from Jason’s heartless parents, and they find a mutual attraction as they work together to find a way to provide the child a secure and loving home.

This recent audio release was actually first published in 1981 under the pseudonym Rachel Ryan, and is quite different from the Sandra Brown books with which I am more familiar. At first I thought it sweet, but then I found it really quite romantic. The interaction between the protagonists became entertainingly electric, and easily led the story to its happy conclusion.

Bottom Line: I’m gearing up for my 4th Annual Anniversary party next month.  Tons of great stuff already donated, so get your party shoes ready.