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Just a Quickie Update

Barbara Vey -- April 20th, 2011

Just wanted to let you know that I will be attending Comic Con in San Diego after all this year thanks to an invite from RWA member Lisa Kessler.  She’ll be my videographer. (I’ll see you there Cal!)  You never know who I’ll meet there.  I’ll also be doing a workshop for the San Diego RWA on September 17th, so sign up if you’ll be in the area.

In addition, I’ll be attending the Heart of Dixie Luncheon in Huntsville, AL on April 30th and I just can’t wait to be around all those southern accents.  It tickles me.

May 17th I’ll be in Detroit talking to the Greater Detroit RWA group.  Please don’t let it snow.

May 21st you’ll find me in Atlanta doing a workshop for the Georgia Romance Writers with author Dianna Love about Building Reader Loyalty (something I’ve been blogging about the past 2 days).

Then it’s off to New York for the BEA (BookExpo America) May 23-27th.  I get chills…they’re multiplying (great, now that song will be stuck in my head) when I think about all the wonderful things I’ll be seeing here.

I’m moderating a romance panel and also will be sitting on a panel for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at UW-Waukesha June 17th & 18th.

Back to New York for RWA June 28 – July 1 with a stop at Lady Jane’s Salon that Monday.  Don’t miss it if you’re in town.

DragonCon has asked me to be on a panel, so I’ll happily return to Atlanta September 2-5.  This is one wild and crazy party.

Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio September 30 – October 1st has invited me to participate on a panel.  My first time there so it’ll be special.

October 20th I’ll head back to Ohio for an author luncheon given by the Medina Library.  Yes, I’ll do anything for a library.

I think that’ll do it for the year, but I’ve already got 4 events already lined up for 2012.  WooHoo!!

But today I’m guest blogging at Seekerville and they’re giving away 24 books just for commenting.  It’s a great deal you just can’t pass up.

If you see me at any of these events, please stop me and say hello.  I’m an old fashioned woman and while online stuff is fun, I love the face to face meets.

Will you be attending any of these conferences?  Feel free to mention the conferences I’m sadly missing this year and link to their pages.  Remember, I’m always looking for Cub Reporters to cover the events I’m not able to attend.

It’s also been mentioned to me that there’s no contact info for me on this page, so you can email me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: I think it’s time I start looking for a social secretary.

Gearing Up for Conference Season

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

Finally, my favorite time of year is almost upon us.  No, not Christmas.  Since my kids are grown and gone, my favorite time is conference time for all things book related.  While my schedule isn’t as full as last year, I’ve got some great things coming up this year.

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In 2 weeks I’m headed to Los Angeles for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This puppy is huge with lots of authors and readers.  There’s panels (yes, I’ll be on one), book signings, an award ceremony and of course, parties.  Lots of parties including a vampire ball and faerie ball.  Dean Koontz will be there as a special guest and the fan favorite cover model competition.  And did I mention that it will be in Los Angeles?  I’m just hoping I have enough time to stop at Disneyland.  After all, I am a kid at heart.

At the end of April, I’ll be headed to Huntsville, AL for the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon.  I’ve never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great time.  Another new event to break in.

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I also get to go to BEA (Books Expo America) in New York.  I was only there for one day a couple of years ago and I had a blast.  It’s so exciting with tons of authors, publishers and any with anything to do with publishing.  I was like a kid in a candy store and I was only in the exhibit hall.  This year I’m hoping to go to some of the actual sessions.

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The other big conference in New York will be the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I’m honored to be on a panel there this year.  Their book signing is amazing.  It’s free and open to the public with all monies from books sold going to literacy.  It gives me chills to see fans lined up to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones.  Although this is a working conference for many of the writers, there always seems to be time to socialize and the publishers parties are to die for.  I’m expecting a lot since the event is on their home turf.  And I’ll also get to attend Lady Jane’s Salon where they have authors read from their own books in a very cozy atmosphere with an audience of enthusiastic romance fans.

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In between, I’ll be flying to Detroit to give a workshop to their GDRWA members.  I love the intimate gatherings and getting to know both the published and unpublished authors in the group.  There’s also the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books where I’ll be on both a panel and acting as a moderator for a panel of romance authors.

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I’ve been invited to do a workshop with author Dianna Love for the GRW in Atlanta.  Since I’ve gotten to attend a meeting of theirs in the past, I know the talent in this group.  Excited to visit with all of them again.  I’ll be in Ohio twice this year.  Once for their reader luncheon and once for their Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus where I’ll be doing a workshop.  More people to share the joys of Facebook and Twitter with.

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I do admit that I’m in withdrawal because I won’t be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con, but I will be at DragonCon in Atlanta and it’s unique fan based style.  Always an experience and such fun.

If I win the lottery, I’d love to attend Moonlight and Magnolias, RomCon, Novelists, Inc., Thrillerfest, Emerald City, WRW, New Jersey Romance Writers  Conference, Crimebake, WisRWA and many more.  But it’s always fun to dream about and hopefully some people will step up to be cub reporters for the events I cannot attend.  I know my readers love reading about the events they can’t always attend and I’m honored to represent them.  I try to report back what it’s like to be a reader living the dream.

Here’s where I’ll be this year:

RT - April 6-10 Los Angeles

Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon – April 30 – Huntsville

GDRW – May 17 – Detroit

GRW – May 21 – Atlanta

BEA - May 23-26 New York

SEWFB - June 17-18 Waukesha

Lady Jane’s Salon – June 27 – New York

RWA – June 28-July 1 – New York

DragonCon - September 2-5 – Atlanta

Central Ohio Fiction Writers – September 30-October 1 – Columbus

Ohio Readers Luncheon – October 20 – Medina

Bottom Line: I think there should be a magic card, just for me, that lets me travel to every single conference.

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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

Read by joysann

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?


Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Barbara Vey -- September 30th, 2010
Space Needle

Space Needle

I’m off to the Emerald City Writers Conference in Seattle.  Another place I can check off my bucket list.  I’m especially looking forward to seeing the Space Needle built in 1962 for the World’s Fair because it was such a big deal when I was a kid.  So futuristic.  I’ll be doing a panel and presenting the keynote on Sunday.  It’s really a thrill for me.  I saw the roster of authors attending and realized that I’d read many of them, so it will definitely be fan girl time for me.

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Then on Sunday night I leave for New York.  It’s one of those crappy red-eye flights that will stop in Detroit and then arrive in New York about 9:30 in the morning.  Can’t imagine how I’ll be looking at that time.  But, after a quick nap, I’ll be attending Lady Jane’s Salon where I’ve been invited to act as emcee.  The talented authors reading from their books will be Janet Mullany, Donna Hill, Leanna Renee Hieber and returning star Sabrina Jeffries.  It’s always an entertaining evening with proceeds going to charity.

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Woman Road Warrior

Woman Road Warrior

Tuesday I was invited to the 5th Annual Celebration of Woman Road Warrior Day in Chicago, but I couldn’t make it.  Last night I received an email letting me know that I won the award for the Literary Division.

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Barbara Vey Woman Road Warrior � Literary Division. Barbara is a popular blogger for Publishers Weekly based out of Milwaukee. She “Goes the Extra Mile” to book shows and conventions around the world finding and delivering to her readers guidance and appreciation for the fun, fine and fantastic in contemporary books. She has particularly encouraged young readers and has a faithful following among literati of all descriptions. Thank you Barbara.

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I’m so amazed I could burst and just sick that I wasn’t there when it was announced.  They’ll be sending me the award and I’ll be sure to take a picture of it.  It’s on my calendar for next year so I don’t miss it again.  Thanks so much to the Woman Road Warrior group for this great honor.

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Bottom Line: “I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.” ~ Jack Benny

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Where I’ll be Next:

Emerald City Writers Convention (Seattle) – October 1-3

Lady Jane’s Salon, New York (will MC) – October 4

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas (Dallas) – November 12-14

Contact:  bvey@publishersweekly.com

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Lady Jane’s Salon

Barbara Vey -- July 6th, 2010
Readers Cindy Holby, Dianna Love and Hope Tarr

Readers Cindy Holby, Dianna Love and Hope Tarr

Made it to New York yesterday and the city is sizzling.  I thought it was just because I arrived, but Mother Nature had a hand it in with scorching temperatures that will be hanging around all week.  It doesn’t really matter to me because I like it hot!

Speaking of which, I attended Lady Jane’s Salon last night at Madame X in Manhattan.  This is a must stop if you’re in New York on the first Monday of every month.  Lady Jane’s Salon is Manhattan’s first reading series devoted to romance fiction, founded by romance authors Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and blogger Ron Hogan.  Admission is $5.00 or one gently used romance novel and all proceeds to benefit organizations that support women in need.

Amina Syedullah, Samneang Sin and Judith Seremie

Amina Syedullah, Samneang Sin and Judith Seremie

The readers for July were Hope Tarr (The Tutor), Dianna Love (Silent Truth) and Cindy Holby (Breath of Heaven).  Each author brought their own touch to their readings that had the audience entranced.

Part of the charm of Lady Jane’s is the socialization that goes on before, during and after the readings.  A nice mix of authors, readers and industry professionals made for very entertaining conversations.  For me, it’s like visiting old friends and meeting new ones.  There’s wine, New York news, lots of books talk and with a Soap Opera Digest journalist there, the inside scoop on the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Kate Garrabrant and her mom, Paige

Kate Garrabrant and her mom, Paige

Hope Tarr also shared that WORDs of Love bookstore is holding A Night of Romance on Thursday, July 22nd. Hope joins moderator, Sarah MacLean and Lauren Willig, Sarah Wendell and editors from RT BOOK Reviews and Avon Books in a spirited discussion of the romance genre. Event includes a book signing.  And on August 19th she will also be reading from Every Breath You Take at the Happy Ending Lounge for the “In the Flesh” Reading Series.  Unfortunately, this place will be closing at the end of the year, so get there soon before it’s too late.

Katrina Snow, Elizabeth Kerri Mahor, Louise Fury and Sarah MacLean

Katrina Snow, Elizabeth Kerri Mahor, Louise Fury and Sarah MacLean

Exciting news for me is that I’ve been asked to be the MC at the October event.  I’m so stoked that I’m already thinking about buying a new outfit and know it’s time to step up my workouts.  I’ll be in town for Comic Con, so I’ve got another reason to come a few days earlier.  As soon as I find out who the readers will be, I’ll let you know.

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Bottom Line: This should give you all incentive to get that book written so you too can be a reader at Lady Jane’s Salon.

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My upcoming events:

Thrillerfest – July 7-10

San Diego Comic Con – July 22-25

Romance Writers of America – July 28-31

DragonCon – September 3-6

Eagle Library Author Event – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14

Contact:  barbaravey@gmail.com

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