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Librarians Police Library

Barbara Vey -- August 22nd, 2013

I caught this video online and thought it was adorable.  I especially love that the librarians are like I remember (well, without the badges), but that’s just part of the fun.  They take their jobs seriously, but it’s all so silly you can’t help but smile.

M&D 2013 Sabotage from Mike and Duane Show on Vimeo.

Here’s the video explanation:  While knock-off versions of the Beastie Boys’ sabotage video have been a popular venture for music fans for years, there’s a new one that’s kind of neat. Chicago-based comedy musicians Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman recruited a group of middle-aged librarians for their take on “Sabotage,” complete with criminals hell-bent on stealing books and (probably) incorrectly re-shelving the books themselves, those a**holes. It’s a simple enough premise, but the way that the totally grown-up lady librarians took to filming is just a joy to watch, and makes the clip that much more heart-warming. [via Laughing Squid]

Bottom Line:  Librarians do it with class…and badges.

The winners from yesterday’s blog to win boxed book sets are:  Cathy Perkins, Danielle Estes and Toni.  Please send me an email at barbaravey @ gmail.com and I’ll hook you up with the authors for your free books.  Congratulations!

American Library Association Conference

Barbara Vey -- July 2nd, 2013

Working the PW booth at ALA

Thousands of librarians descended on Chicago to get the latest on books, learn about new programs for their libraries and interact with others. I attended my first ALA conference this weekend, but definitely not my last.  In June I was at the Book Expo America in New York and both conferences are similar in their set up.  There’s author signings, publishers, speakers and giveaways.  The big difference is the audience.   But most surprising to me was that the majority were there for the technology.

I guess I always think of books as being the heart of the library, but I should have realized that libraries also have to keep up with the times.  Sometimes, I think, we get stuck in the nostalgia of our pasts.  How things were when we were kids and unless you work in that field on a daily basis, you don’t see the behind the scenes stuff that goes on and needs to be done.

YA author Mari Mancusi signing her new dragon series

As the attendees walked by with their badges, I noticed that many were technical specialists.  People who work on the actual running of the library.  Books, dvds, e-readers and computers to be checked out and checked back in.  Lots of libraries offer a do it yourself service for patrons.  Lots of vendors were offering new and state of the art services.



Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of librarians.  They stood in long lines for free books and to get books signed by the attending authors.  I saw them struggle to carry around bags and armfuls of books, posters, reference material and purchases.  Many swore to me that they promised themselves every year that they wouldn’t take so much home, but once they got a gander at the wealth of free offerings, it was difficult to refuse.  Others came prepared for the inevitable, with rollered bags and carts.

On one of the shuttle rides from the hotel to the convention center, I met Carol from Ohio.  She is a teacher/librarian at the embassy in Bangladesh.  Her school has 750 elementary students from all nationalities.  They all speak English in the classrooms.  While Carol is on summer break, she stopped by ALA to talk to the Overdrive company about the system they had installed a week before school ended.  Apparently, there are several issues that are unique to servicing an American school overseas.  There are rules applied here that don’t make any sense there.  She was pleased with the outcome of the meeting and happy she now has a US contact for any future problems.  Carol is not taking any books back with her because of “the security checkpoint nightmares,” but is taking a lot of new ideas back.

Karen and Joanne Rock signing their YA book

Ran into one of my favorite authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who confirmed she’ll be at my luncheon next year!









Other librarians I talked to were anxious to learn about new library programs to add and after hours library activities to offer to the community.  I noticed a lot more Young Adult and children librarians.  Most of the exhibits seems geared to that genre including one that featured special library furniture to use.  They all seemed excited about their young readers and couldn’t wait to take back new books, ideas and enthusiasm.


Signing at the Sisters in Crime booth

Ok, I just loved this sign at the RWA booth.







Of course, I had to stop at the Romance Writers of America booth to say hi and all their signings had long lines.  I had to laugh when I went by the Sisters in Crime booth and saw a man signing.

I only managed one party for the short weekend, but had a blast with the Sourcebooks group at a champagne bar.  A first for me, but a bit of the bubbly, tasty hors d’ovres and scrumptious desserts made the time fly.  Jade Lee was there and for those who know her, know that there was plenty of entertainment.

Bottom Line:  On the train ride home I was thinking that I now discovered a new conference I don’t plan on missing in the future.

Going to the ALA for the First Time: Need Advice

Barbara Vey -- June 14th, 2013


I just found out that I’ll be attending my first American Library Association Conference in Chicago on June 27-July 2.  You all know what a huge supporter of the libraries I am and always wanted to be a librarian when I grew up.  I didn’t make it, but I try to do the next best thing by helping out when I can by doing things for local libraries.

I know there will be guest speakers there that I’m interested to see like Alice Walker, Octavia Spencer, Giada De Laurentis and Temple Grandin.  But I get most excited when I actually talk to librarians.  They are the ones who are in the trenches and know what readers are asking for and they have the power of suggesting great reads.  I also want to find out all I can about the various book clubs they host.

So, my question for you today is, have you ever attended ALA?  What shouldn’t I miss?  What was your favorite part?  If you’ve never gone, what would you want to do/see at ALA?  What would you like to hear most about it?

Bottom Line:  I think librarians are superheros who have sent me on many an adventure in my life.

5th Anniversary Bash: Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Librarians

Barbara Vey -- March 7th, 2012
Hot springs in Iceland

Hot springs in Iceland


Day 3 of the Anniversary Bash takes us to Iceland.  Why you ask?  Well, why not?  We’ve never been and there’s some mighty cool stuff in Iceland.  It tops The National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine’s list of the world’s best destinations in 2012, and was voted as the Best in Travel 2012 by readers of the respected travel publication Lonely Planet.  There are even active volcanoes here.  Fire and ice.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

The ladies from Magical Musings are not coming to the party empty-handed. Michelle Diener from Australia is bringing Hugh Jackman and Tim Tams. Liz Kreger and Edie Ramer are supplying beer and cheese from Wisconsin – and there’s a rumor that Aaron Rodgers might put in an appearance. But keep an eye on Amy Atwell. Always thinking ahead, Amy is planning to pirate Hugh and Aaron away to one of the amazing hot springs Iceland is known for. Being from Florida, she’s bringing along the old standards: Jimmy Buffet, gator tail, oranges, key limes, frozen drinks like daiquiris and margaritas. She wanted to send cabana boys but heard Liz Kreger cornered the market. Instead, she’s sending her pool boy, Jorgé, and she’s seeing if Johnny Depp is available. Rumor has it he can be found near the Fountain of Youth. That’s just up the road…


If you spot Johnny, you can offer to share the ice cream sundaes with all the toppings that Marilyn Brant will be serving, along with yummy Nutella biscuits. Lori Brighton’s from Indiana but lives in Georgia now, so she’s serving roasted corn and peach pie. For the evening’s entertainment, Liz Kreger booked the band Nickleback and they’re ready to rock the party. As usual, Dale Mayer wants to outdo everyone (but can anyone outdo Hugh Jackman?). She loaded a small plane with ice wines and specialty Okanagan wines. In return, she wants one of the cabana boys Liz snagged at the 3rd Anniversary Bash. Dale’s also adding some smoked British Columbia salmon. She said Cameron Bright might show up for the younger set and Keanu Reeves promised he’d be available.


Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Cynthia Eden said they already started Mardi Gras madness in the south, so she’s bringing beads and moon pies. Karin Tabke is bringing Napa Valley wine and Gerry Butler. In his surf shorts… Though Maria Geraci lives in north Florida, she’s adding a nod to her Cuban heritage with  some hot salsa music from South Beach and some delicious ropa vieja from Versailles, Miami’s most famous Cuban restaurant located on Calle Ocho. And for the over forty crowd, she’s not forgetting that most delicious of all Cuban dishes, Andy Garcia! Last year, Misty Evans brought Sam and Dean Winchester, who were such a great hit that she’s bringing them again. Since she’s close to Chicago, she’s also bringing Chicago’s best deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s. Nothing is too good for Barbara’s bash!



Seekerville will have outdoor snow sports as well as inside-by-the-fireplace fun.  Romance at Random  wants to help keep everyone warm in the chilly country of Iceland.   Stephanie Barko brought her digital camera to photograph Icelanders, the fourth happiest folks in the world.  Stephanie believes they’re happier because of all the elves they claim to see there.



The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales bloggers are bringing white chocolate “iced” petit fours mini cakes, along with a platter of Hot Tamales and a fifth of vodka to keep everyone warm and celebrate Barbara’s 5th Anniversary Beyond Her Book Party on PW. We’ll party in the land of fire and ice on the Iceland hotspot, bathe in the hot springs and enjoy some spectacular volcanic activity while we gaze at the Northern Lights.  Just in case the lights, ice, and snow get too bright for you, ask any Petit Four blogger for some special sunglasses we brought to fend off the glare and keep you looking “cool.”

Cabana boy ready to massage

The Writing Playground  In honor of our cool new location in Iceland, the ladies of the Writing Playground have brought everything we need to keep toasty warm. First, Kira has a roaring blaze going in the rustic, stone fire pit. Danniele and Andrea have the stash of marshmallows and chocolate bars, so grab some and let’s get to making some s’mores! The breakfast of champions. Next, Kimberly and Miguel the bartender are working to mixing up some hot toddies and mulled cider. Last, but not least, the rest of the Playground cabana boys are ready and waiting to give every lovely lady a warming oil massage. See Marilyn to sign up – she’s the one with the clipboard. And yes, she accepts bribes.


Bottom Line:  After this week I think I’ll deserve a massage.

Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 12th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:

Seekerville: Kindle FIRE and from their authors:

Tina Radcliffe: two copies, print or Kindle, Oklahoma Reunion.

Sandra Leesmith: Price of Victory and children’s books by Sandra, writing as Sandy Wardman: God’s Spirit Within Me, God’s Spirit Calls Me,  Hector Wants to Play, Percival the Naughty Prairie Dog (1 of each)

Debby Giusti:  Nowhere to Hide, Scared to Death, Protecting Her Child, Christmas Peril, Countdown to Death

Myra Johnson: A Horseman’s Heart (1 print copy), One Impossible Christmas (print or e-book, winner’s choice)

Julie Lessman:  A Heart Revealed (1 copy) and a top Christian Booksellers Association book from my personal library, winner’s choice.

Mary Connealy:  In Too Deep (1 copy)

Ruth Logan Herne:  Waiting Out the Storm (2 copies), Made to Order Family (2 copies)

Glynna Kaye: Dreaming of Home (2 copies)

Janet Dean:  An Inconvenient Match (1 copy)

Audra Harders: Rocky Mountain Hero (1 e-book)

Missy Tippens:  A House Full of Hope

Pam Hillman: Stealing Jake (e-book)

Magical Musings     Kindle and a feature on Magical Musings

The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales  A NOOK Simple Touch TM and a $25.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate

Readers Entertainment – Nook Touch

The Romance Bandits have brought one of their famous Bandit Booty Chests full of goodies to give away!  Here’s what’s in the chest–and all will go to ONE winner!
Redeeming the Rogue – Donna MacMeans
Deadly Little Secrets & bag Starbucks dark roast – Jeanne Adams
Signed copy Do You Take This Cop – Beth Andrews
Romance Bandits mug – Anna Sugden
One Book in the Grave & Bibliophile goodies – Kate Carlisle
Romance Bandits tee-shirt – Joan Kayse
The Cowboy’s Secret Son – Trish Milburn
Captive of Sin – Anna Campbell
1 set Los Hombres trading cards and a signed copy, The Surrender of Lacy Morgan
- Suzanne Ferrell.
Free download Frail Blood – Jo Robertson
Romance Bandits journal – Caren Crane
3 small notepads and Godiva chocolate bar – Nancy Northcott
The Undercover Operatives Trilogy (Sex, Lies & Mistletoe; Sex, Lies & Midnight, Sex, Lies & Valentines) – Tawny Weber
Money, Honey -Susan Sey
Romance Bandits Mouse Pad–Cassondra Murray

Carol Morgan    Signed copy of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears (historical fiction)

Edie Ramer  an ecopy of Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology & Dragon Blues

Forever Yours  5 digital copies of EMBER (provided by publisher via netgalley)

Kerri Nelson    1 month Free Promotion & Book Boost Blog or 1 e-book copy of any featured book on the Book Boost Blog–winner’s choice

Melinda Evaul  2 copies of “Grow Old With Me” (may choose paperback or ebook format) Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie)   Handmade bookmarks

Peggy Blann Phifer   To See the Sun, debut romantic suspense, two (2) Gift Cards for the eBook version, winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N

Romance at Random  10 romance books for 10 different readers

The Writing Playground   A gift basket of goodies to keep you warm, including some passionate books by Kimberly Lang, Kira Sinclair and Andrea Laurence.  You’ll also get a fleece blanket, a glove and scarf set, a mug and hot chocolate mix to fill it, Red Hots candies and strawberry jalapeno jelly.

Ruth Axtell Moren 2 copies of Hometown Cinderella, Love Inspired Historical

Katy Lee An ebook of REAL VIRTUE (release date April 4th)

Killer Characters – A year of books (all traditional or cozy mysteries)  from our authors, to be delivered to the winner as they are issued, which spreads out the reward.  The participating authors are:

March: Sheila Connolly, Dorothy St. James
April: Joanna Campbell Slan
May: Erika Chase
June: Kari Lee Townsend
July: Janet Bolin
Aug: Peg Cochran
September: Casey Daniels, Jenna Bennett
Oct: Duffy Brown
Nov: Lucy Burdette
Dec: Gayle Trent
January (2013): Jennie Bentley
Feb (2013): Amanda Flower


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On Being a Writer, Librarian, Romance Writer

Barbara Vey -- February 13th, 2012

These clever photos have been floating around Facebook and I wanted to share them with those of you who may have missed them.  It always amazes me, the different perceptions people have of what others really do.  Here’s a couple to think about.






Bottom Line:  Still looking for the pictures that represent bloggers.

A Valentine for Librarians

Barbara Vey -- February 10th, 2012

I was the oldest of nine children, so we didn’t buy books except school books.  They were treasures to me.  The idea of actually owning a book of your very own seemed like something just rich people did.  For the rest of us there was the library.

I can still remember my first trip to the library. I felt like I was entering holy ground.  It appeared so huge to my young eyes.  Rows upon rows of every subject you could ever imagine.  And the quiet was so very quiet.  You could hear the turning of pages, the scrap of chair across the floor and the occasional shush from the librarian.  If there was any talking it was in extremely muted tones.

I turned in my application for my library card (it had to be signed by my parent) and was given the golden ticket to the world.  My adventures had just begun and my head hurt thinking about where to start.  I quickly mastered the card catalog system.  For me, it was like a scavenger hunt.  You wrote down the numbers that coincided with the book you wanted (which looked like a secret code to a kid) with a stubby little pencil on a tiny piece of paper and were off searching for the one book that would unlock the secrets of the universe, or at least show you how to make a volcano out of vinegar and baking soda.

Hours were spent dreaming of someday becoming a librarian and being able to touch every book there.  I wanted to be able to answer every question, recommend books to people, put joy into their lives as it had been given to me.

I never did make it to my dream of being a librarian (which I still consider one of the noblest occupations), but I now find myself recommending books to people, touching lots of books and talking to librarians who helped shape my life.

Bottom Line:  Thank you, librarians, for all your incredible hard work and dedication.


When Librarians Meet Authors

Barbara Vey -- October 1st, 2010
Hanging Peppers at Pike's Place Market

Hanging Peppers at Pike Place Market

I couldn’t have picked a more picture perfect day to land in Seattle.  Mary Buckham picked me up at the airport and we quickly dumped my luggage at the hotel so she could take me on a whirlwind tour of Seattle.
The lush greenery, the blue water (all over) and white capped mountains all looked postcard perfect.  Mount Rainer rising over it all was breathtaking.  The idea of floating bridges kind of scared me, but I tried not to show it.  I did pass up driving in the mountains because, yes, I am chicken.  So, we stayed in the city and spent hours tramping through Pike Place Market.

in the city and spent hours tramping through Pike’s Place Market.

I didn’t realize how huge that place was.  There are shops and stalls that cover 3 floors.  There’s lot’s of art, crafts, jewelry and flowers.  It seems like miles of beautiful flowers that were so reasonably priced that I wanted to buy just bunches and bunches of them.  And the food!  Everything you can imagine.  Lots of honey, jellies, jams, tons of fresh fruits and vegetables and then the fish market.  A great tourist attraction is when they start throwing the huge fish to each other.  People gather all around to snap pictures.  I wish I would have had more time to explore, but we had a library event to get to.

Authors at King County Library

Authors at King County Library

King County Library is the second largest library system in the country.  Library Public Programing Coordinator Debbie Schneider is the organizer extraordinaire of the event that she co-hosts with Mary Buckham.  This fourth annual event introduces librarians to authors.  Set up like speed dating, there are tables, labeled by genres, that are assigned authors.  Every 15 minutes the bell rings and librarians change tables and get to meet the writers to learn about them and what they’ve done and are working on.   This gives the librarians a chance to see what’s new out there and find some new and exciting choices of reads to buy and offer their customers.  It’s a definite win-win situation.


While I met some authors that I can’t wait to try, I was also thrilled to see some authors there who I already knew and enjoy

Librarians at King County Library

Librarians at King County Library

their work like Julia Quinn and Jane Porter.  The librarians walked away with loaded gift bags, books, stuffed animals, t-shirts and bookmarks.  But the definite highlight was the chance to interact with the authors that they can now go back and recommend to their patrons and to me, that’s the most precious gift an author can get.

Today is the start of the Emerald City Writers Conference and I can’t wait to get started.  The library event was the appetizer and now I’m ready for the main course.

Bottom Line: I did get to see the Space Needle and it was truly amazing.