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Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- August 29th, 2013

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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.

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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)

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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.

Saturday Matinée

Barbara Vey -- November 12th, 2011

 

More trailers from the tube!

Last Chance Rescue Series by Christy Reece

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

The Viper by Monica McCarty

The McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks

 

If you have a book video you’d like considered, please send it to me at bvey@publishersweekly.com with Book Video in the subject line.

Charitable Authors

Barbara Vey -- September 12th, 2011

One of my favorite things about authors is how much of themselves they give back to the community.  No matter where the need is in the world, it seems you’ll find an author willing to give their time, energies and even their works for a good cause.

Being generous seems to be second nature to authors.  Many of you are familiar with Brenda Novak’s yearly auction for juvenile diabetes.  She has already raised over $1 million so far.  But there are a number of other authors who support many different charities.

Eleven authors have banded together to support breast cancer research with their writing. Authors4theCure, which includes award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as two breast cancer survivors, is donating proceeds from the sale of their paranormal anthology, Entangled, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  I recently talked to them about the making of an anthology for charity.

BV:  How did this anthology come about?

Edie Ramer: Misty Evans and I wanted to do a collaboration together, and in three or four emails we decided to do a paranormal anthology of short stories and have the proceeds go to breast cancer. Everything about this went that smoothly. Except the writing. (I’m speaking for myself there.) Misty and every writer involved was a joy to work with.

BV: How did you decide what authors would be involved?

Edie Ramer: Who wouldn’t want Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep and Nancy Haddock? All of the other authors, too. They’re friends whose writing we admire and books we buy. There were a lot of cyber squeals in emails between Misty and me as we received acceptances. It was great fun to read the stories as they came in. They’re all so good!

BV: Any special reason for a Halloween theme?

Misty Evans: We wanted the release of Entangled to correspond with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, so Halloween was the perfect element to tie the stories together. We have a nice diversity of suspense and romance mixed with ghosts, witches, demons, vampires, psychics and other fun paranormal characters. The stories will put you in the mood for a fabulous Halloween!

BV: Can people donate to your cause if they aren’t able to purchase the ebook?

Liz Kreger: Absolutely. All the proceeds are going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.   You can go directly to their website and make a personal donation. Make it memory of someone you’ve loved and lost … or for that matter, someone currently going through this horrid journey. Finding a cure for breast cancer is BCRF’s number one goal and a goal that’s near and dear to my heart. I’m a fifteen year survivor and am currently going through chemo yet again. Cancer is a tenacious bitch which can appear (and reappear) when
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Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project.  Today is the release date and it will available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online retailers.

Karen Marie Moning just finished up a contest on her site with all proceeds going to relief for Japan.  In July, Karen raised over $8,000 by offering tickets to her FeverCon and critiques to authors.

Author Paul Levine is devoting 100% of all royalties from TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for pediatric cancer treatment and research.  Paul says, “That was my first book (1990), which was out of print until I published it on Kindle and Nook last summer.  It hit number 1 on Kindle’s hardboiled list, and continues to sell well a year later.”
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These are just a few of the many causes that authors support.  Please feel free to offer your charity in the comments section along with the link to it.

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Bottom Line:  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank

 

Monday Giveaways

 

From Hope Tarr:  VANQUISHED, the first book in my Men of Roxbury House Victorian-set trilogy, as a free e-book across platforms!   Readers can download VANQUISHED for free for two weeks, starting this Monday, September 12th through Monday, September 26th. :


From Jana Oliver:
To celebrate the debut of SOUL THIEF, the second book in the Demon Trappers Series, Jana is giving away lots of goodies. Enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad 2, signed copies of both Demon Trapper books, a $50 bookstore gift card and swag. Contest ends Sept. 15.

From Romance University:  Romance University has a giveaway-packed, content-rich week!

Mon, 9/12 – Thriller writer PAM CALLOW shares what she has learned from her agent, Al Zuckerman of Writers House Literary Agency. Pam will give away a copy of her book INDEFENSIBLE to one lucky commenter!  #giveaway
Tues, 9/13 – Historical author HOPE TARR joins us to discuss strong heroines in a historical setting. Has their time finally arrived? Stop by to find out and to learn how you can get a free e-copy of VANQUISHED.   #giveaway
Fri, 9/16 – Author BETH KERY (aka Bethany Kane) discusses the submission process. She will be giving away copies of ADDICTED TO YOU by Bethany Kane and LIAM’S PERFECT WOMAN by Beth Kery. Join us!  #giveaway

From Samhain Publishing:  In September, Samhain Publishing has three great ebook giveaways representing fantasy romance, paranormal romance and red hot contemporary romance on Kindle at Amazon.com and Nook at BarnesandNoble.com.

The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day when it will return to regular price.

9/1/2011             9/30/2011           Alexandra’s Legacy         N.J. Walters

9/1/2011             9/14/2011           Once a Princess              Sherwood Smith

9/15/2011           9/28/2011           French Quarter              Lacey Alexander

 

 

Dragon Con Begins

Barbara Vey -- September 3rd, 2011
Brent Spiner and Karen Marie Moning

Brent Spiner and Karen Marie Moning

Yesterday was the opening day for the convention of all conventions for fandom …Dragon Con.  These avid convention goers take their roles seriously and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Costumes run the gamut from G to X.  Even the kids dress up to get into the act.  Karen Marie Moning sent me a picture of her and Brent Spiner from Star Trek: The Next Generation at the airport.

 

One of my first run ins was with an elf channeling Orlando Bloom from Lord of the Rings.  He was very popular as cameras flashed.  But it was the 8 foot tall Wookie who stole the show with a pack on his back that actually would make the Wookie sounds. Then there was the woman who wore next to nothing and it looked like just a snake curved around her body to cover the crucial areas.

 

I stopped in a Vampires Are the New Vampires panel with Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton.  The questioners were lined up to find out how Charlaine felt about what they did with her characters in the tv show (Fine) and if Laurell is in any way like Anita Blake (No, and having blond hair helps).   Jana Oliver was giving a reading of her book, but, of course, I was rushing off and didn’t get a chance to hear her, but I’m sure she did great.  I did have time to stop and wish her good luck.

 

Snake Lady?

Snake Lady?

 

My registration savior, Dave.

My registration savior, Dan Carroll

Charlaine Harris and Barbara Vey

Charlaine Harris and Barbara Vey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I saw a couple of police officers from Eureka and told them how sorry I was that their series was canceled, and they said so were they.  Then I asked another guy who was dressed like a police officer what show he was from and he admitted that he actually was an Atlanta sergeant on duty.  Well, I just had to take a picture.

Sargeant Schmidt (real cop)

Sergeant Schmidt (real cop)

Eureka cops (fake)

Eureka cops (fake)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The one drawback, if you can call it that, is the crowds.  This enthusiastic group is so big that en mass it moves at a snail’s pace.  In order to get from one area to another, allow yourself a lot of time.  The other part is that there is something going on in each of the five hotels, the Marriott, the Hyatt, the Hilton, the Westin and the Sheraton.  Lines form outside for some panels for hours in the hot Atlanta sun.  But it’s obvious that no one is complaining.  Many plan their whole vacations around this event and have for years.  I met one man who’s been coming for 15 years and has no plans to stop in the near future.

 

Bottom Line:  This fanfest is for everyone whose inner self has been screaming for the opportunity to be a stormtrooper.

 

 

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- February 16th, 2011

Last week I got to see Lily Tomlin with my sisters.  It was amazing to watch her work the audience.  She latched on to an older woman in the audience and when Lily asked her if she wanted to come on stage, the woman replied, “I didn’t bring my accordion.”  (Well, this is Milwaukee.)  She seemed even more incredible when I realized that she was 71 years old.  Seems like only yesterday she was on Laugh In and after one ringy dingy, she had us all enthralled.  Now, here’s the WW Ladies with their enthralling reads of the week.

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joysann

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Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Read by joysann

MacKayla Lane continues exploring the strange worlds created by the powerful, missing, insane Unseelie King to find what she needs to capture the evil book of magic that is instrumental in shoring up the walls of the Unseelie prison. More wary than ever of deception and betrayal, she teams up with sidh-seers, druids, Seelie fae, and Jericho Barrons’ mysterious friends, whatever they are, in a final effort to save the world.

The “Fever” series has thrilled and enthralled me from the first, and Shadowfever is a explosion of mystery, action, passion, lust, love and magic. As I read this last book in the series I experienced surprise and wonder, shock and horror, sorrow and grief, hope and joy, and, in the end, satisfaction; I couldn’t have hoped for more. And since I’ve gotten great pleasure from listening to the previous books on audio, I’ll be listening to Shadowfever for that enjoyment soon, because once is not enough.


DeAnn

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

Read by DeAnn

Everyone has their secrets.  Some are just bigger than others.  When Allison Glenn’s are exposed, lives are forever altered, even seemingly destroyed.  As she works towards rebuilding her lost relationships and starting all over, she realizes her past isn’t in the rearview mirror just yet.  The truth must be told.

Heather Gudenkauf has woven a masterful tale of the incredible power of love, loyaty and family.  I easily identified with the characters, as they tried to have hope for the future, while at the same time coming to peace with, and not forgetting the lessons of the past.

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Heidi

Heidi

Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay

Read by Heidi
Wanda Jane Coblentz has not used her name for a really long time. Most know her as Mary Smith. She just arrived in Last Chance, South Carolina with her last 5 bucks and hope for a fresh start. Clay Rhodes knows she is trouble, but can’t seem to stay away from her. Clay is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. They are both reluctant to take a chance on each other, especially when both of their pasts are catching up with them.
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What a great small town feel throughout this book. I could actually picture all the quirky characters that make up this entire town, and knows every single piece of gossip as soon as it happens. I got caught up in the entire story, as well as the romance of Clay and Jane, and was left wanting more.
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joysann

joysann

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Connie Brockway

Read by joysann

“Cupid Cats Shelter: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat.” In Katie MacAlister’s Unleashed, Jacintha Ferreira is called upon in her capacity as an officer in the WA Fish and Wildlife Dept to handle a very large, very unusual wildcat that somehow got into the cat shelter. In Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway, a special old shelter cat brings a widower and his young daughter together with the brilliant, eccentric and lonely scientist that works there. And a cat is instrumental in the reunion of jungle researcher Kate Archer and movie mega-star Jon Ramsey who parted ways in high school in A Cat’s Game by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

As we all know, a cuddly cat can warm our hearts and our laps, and they’re all just a little bit magical, though Cupid Cats are just a little bit more. The affection, the humor, and the romance in these sexy stories are typical of these favorite authors, and I was charmed by each of them again.

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Kym

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The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels

Read by Kym

The Earl of Hawthorne bought the lovely house that adjoins his property thinking it will be an ideal place to install his next mistress. To his surprise (and delight), that mistress, Lady Anne Keighley soon becomes his wife. Next up is Felicity Mercer, a friend of Anne’s in need of a hideaway. However, the Earl’s cousin, Lord Colford, makes the scene and sparks fly, resulting in another unexpected wedding. Finally, along comes Georgiana, the Earl’s ward, who is fleeing an arranged marriage. But fate catches up with her in the form of Lord Silsby, a handsome soldier she finds lurking in the garden.

Leigh Michaels wrote the book on romance — literally. Her book On Writing Romance is on the bookshelf of many budding authors, and The Mistress’ House proves she knows her stuff. Her likable characters and clever dialogue are fun, but what I liked best was the way she used the house to link the stories of three couples. It was like getting three books in one! Read it and enjoy!

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DeAnn

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Read by DeAnn

Charley Davidson is a busy girl. Bartender, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper all rolled into one small, albeit feisty package. She seems to have it all. An uncle and father who would do anything for her, great friends (most of them alive) and a man who makes her weak in the knees. So what if she’s not sure who, or what he is?
Darynda Jones has created a cast of characters and a unique story that kept me wanting more every chapter. The twists and turns in this suspenseful drama were amazing, yet it also had me laughing out loud at the banter between the characters. One of the most entertaining books I’ve read I quite some time and I can’t wait for the follow up!

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joysann

joysann

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Read by joysann

When Elise Drummond hears the rumor that her mother is living with a much younger man, she’s appalled enough, but when it turns out to be her own high school sweetheart, she flies home to Kentucky determined to put an end to the humiliating affair. Outraged that Sam McCade is taking advantage of a vulnerable woman, she never once considers there might be more to the story than the rumor mill provides. But as she spends time in their company, and feels her own attraction to Sam reignite, she discovers secrets that have them all in danger.

Once I opened the cover of Cat Shaffer’s book, I was hooked. I liked the characters, the suspenseful situation, and the concept of discovering one’s mother might be a “cougar” challenges the imagination. In the end, Kentucky Blues was touching, intriguing, tense, exciting, and satisfyingly romantic.

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Bottom Line: “If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.” ~ Lily Tomlin

Author’s Personal Conventions

Barbara Vey -- May 10th, 2010

Fan tatoo from K-Con 2006

Author’s having their own conventions is nothing new.  I’ve been invited to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s K-Con in New Orleans for the past couple of years and had a blast interacting with her fans and touring the areas that are featured in her books.  Although there are no plans for an official New Orleans K-Con this year, Sherrilyn is celebrating a mini K-Con on May 24th in Nashville as a free event for her fans.

FAN held aboard the Delta King

Brenda Novak and Christine Feehan tried their luck with FAN, Feehan and Novak, a fan convention aboard the Delta King.  I really wanted to attend, but there were no rooms available on the boat and the overflow hotel was a few blocks away.  I’m a chicken to walk the streets at night.  Brenda highlights the get together here.

Now Karen Marie Moning is trying her hand at having her own conference.  Here’s the information I received: The excitement is building for Karen Marie Moning’s FIRST FeverCon in Atlanta, GA! A three day fan event celebrating fans of Karen Marie Moning and featuring a Q&A with Karen, a writer’s workshop by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole, a concert by Neil Dover, special guest appearances by Actor Eric Etebari and Audie Award winner Phil Gigante and much much more. To celebrate, all who register before May 31st will be entered in a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. (You can get more details here.)  I’ll be at the Emerald City Writer’s Conference that October weekend, so I’m sorry that I won’t be able to make it.

Lori Foster is on her 6th Annual Reader-Writer Get-Together to be held in June.  I was fortunate enough to attend this very casual event that boasts a pizza party, book signing and raffle baskets galore.  Proceeds to the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.


Lora Leigh is holding her 4th Annual RAW (Reader Appreciation Weekend) in September.  Although I’ve never attended, I’ve heard it is a “not to be missed party.”  There will be a pajama party, costume party and book signing.  All monies raised will be going to Golden Girl Group Home and Bays Mountain Park Association.

Have you attended any of these author events?  What do you think of them?  Any author you wish would have one?

Just a reminder that the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction is in full swing all this month.  Along with all the great items to bid on, I have donated one blog day on Beyond Her Book.  The winning bid will get to post a blog all about themselves, right here.  Get the details here.

Monday Giveaways

From Samhain Publishing:

This month, we have two titles available for free on Nook and Kindle. The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.  You can get them at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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End Date Book Title Author
5/1/2010 5/14/2010 Forbidden: The Sacrifice Samantha Sommersby
5/15/2010 5/28/2010 Heat of Passion Elle Kennedy

From author Janet Halfmann: “Make a Splash with Books” will run from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Library at 1907 10th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI. The free event is a collaboration between the library, South Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

From author Brenda NovakOne lucky commenter to today’s blog will receive:

One VIP invitation to New York Times Bestselling Authors Brenda Novak and MaryJanice Davidson’s Cyber Launch Party on Thursday, August 5, 2010, 8 p.m. EASTERN TIME on Twitter. Everyone who registers here will receive a Party Pack including free raffle tickets in the snail mail, but VIP ticket holders will receive a DELUXE party pack that includes an autographed copy of WHITE HEAT, a Brenda Novak mini-tote, a special edition Murder Mystery game for 8 women commissioned by Brenda herself and a Love is the Key turquoise and copper bracelet Brenda had designed for members of her fan club.  (The winner will be posted in tomorrow’s blog)

Bottom Line: Maybe there’s a Barbara Vey Con in my future…yeah, probably not.