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New Tuesday Releases!

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve!  If you’re going out, have fun and be safe!  I’m going to stay in where it’s toasty warm because it’s freezing out there.  I’m going to celebrate with some new books I just got.  Not sound exciting?  Well, you’re wrong.  I’ll probably be traveling farther than you, meeting more people and having some grand adventures.  I’ll save the partying for the conferences I’ll be attending in 2014.

Don’t forget to go to yesterday’s blog and vote on your favorite book of 2013.  Results will be in Thursday’s blog.  Now check out the books coming out this week.

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Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre (Harlequin MIRA)

Badlands by Jill Sorenson (Harlequin HQN)

A Gentleman ‘til Midnight by Alison DeLaine (Harlequin HQN)

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Turn Up the Heat by Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, Victoria Dahl (Harlequin HQN)

Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin HQN)

Alice Close Your Eyes by Averil Dean (Harlequin MIRA)

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Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson (Harlequin HQN)

Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (Harlequin MIRA)

The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White (Harlequin MIRA)

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Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter (Harlequin MIRA)

Snow Day by Shannon Stacey, Jennifer Greene, Barbara Dunlop (Harlequin Anthology)

Autumn Moon by C.I. Kemp

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Dragon Maid by Ann Gimpel

Ghosts in the Graveyard by Lyra Marlowe

The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman

Bottom Line:  “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

 

9th Annual Reader & Author Get Together

Barbara Vey -- June 11th, 2013
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Lori Foster with a quilt displaying her book covers

Lori Foster with a quilt displaying her book covers (photo by Kathy Andrico)

joysann here, reporting on RAGT 2013. When best-selling author Lori Foster announced that the Reader & Author Get-Together registration website would open on March 4th, no one imagined that 3 or 4 days later they’d be announcing there were literally only a few spots left available. That’s about 500 people. By the 14th of March, Lori announced that registration was filled, and the hotel had maxed out. This shows the popularity of this wonderful annual event. Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller have been hosting this casual, fun filled weekend these 9 years, and the $50 Reader Registration Fee is incomparable. A function staffed by volunteers, they’ve put on an irresistible event every time. Just north of Cincinnati, it easy for attendees to access from all directions.

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Kim Jacobs of Turquoise Morning Press

Kim Jacobs of Turquoise Morning Press

Things were done a little differently this year with programming geared more toward entertaining Readers and giving them the opportunity to meet with the people who write for them their favorite books. Different publishers and authors hosted gatherings, interviews and parties in various meeting rooms, providing treats, games and lots and lots of prizes. It was a winning situation for everyone. For the rest of it, there were buffet meals and music and dancing and many, many giveaways and prizes.

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Because in recent years so many attendees have arrived on Thursday night ahead of the event, the authors of this year’s anthology benefiting animal rescue hosted a “Meet and Greet” with fun and food for everyone. Animal Attraction is written by Lori Foster, Jules Bennett, Heidi Betts and Maisy Yates, with all the proceeds going to the Animal Adoption Foundation of Hamilton, OH, a charitable organization.

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Author Darynda Jones and joysann

Author Darynda Jones and joysann

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There were two book signings, one on Friday night for independent authors, and one on Saturday for those that are traditionally published. It was interesting to see that many authors showed up in both places, available to meet their readers.

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Aspiring author Natasha Mitchell

Aspiring author Natasha Mitchell

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I got to meet with so many wonderful people, both readers, and authors, and aspiring authors, several of whom I’ve had the privilege of meeting before. One young aspiring author I met is 13 year old Natasha Mitchell, who seemed very enthusiastic with everything going on. She’s working on a YA Sci-Fi Romance with interesting aspects. Go, Girl, and much success!

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Authors Nancy Naigle, Duffy Brown, and Tonya Kappes

Authors Nancy Naigle, Duffy Brown, and Tonya Kappes

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On Sunday morning I got to do a fun thing, and that was join authors Duffy Brown, Nancy Naigle and Tonya Kappes for Tea with Three, held at Duffy’s home. Quiche and pastries and coffee and, of course, tea were served in a lovely garden on a beautiful morning. It was a charming ending to a very busy weekend.

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Outside of all the wonderful people one meets at these RAGT weekends, the biggest entertainment is the huge charity raffle at which everyone keeps hoping “Pick Me! Pick Me!” About 250 raffle baskets were donated by authors, publishers, publicists, reviewers, the Marriott Hotel, and some enthusiastic readers. The baskets and bags were gorgeous, and attendees happily opened their hearts and their wallets to buy raffle tickets. ALL proceeds from the raffle go to One Way Farm Children’s Home. And the final count on raffle tickets sold: an amazing $13,000.

Another $1400 was raised just by simple donations from generous people to an effort to Support Our Troops.

Bottom Line: I’m thinking Romance Readers and Authors have big hearts

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.

Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get-Together

Barbara Vey -- June 9th, 2011
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Hi! Joysann here.

Linda Keller, Lori Foster, Dianne Castell

The 7th Annual Reader & Author Get Together from Lori Foster, Dianne Castell, and Linda Keller was held this past weekend in Cincinnati Ohio, and it was a huge success. The low-cost, casual-atmosphere event brings folks back year after year, but, because word of mouth excites new participants, this year was the biggest yet with about 400 attendees.

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Authors at the Reader/Author Get Together

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Nancy Naigle and me

Designed to give readers occasion to meet with authors in an informal setting, it also provides authors a chance to meet with editors, agents and publishers, and maybe find their golden opportunity. Not to mention the adulation of their avid fans. With a pizza party on Friday evening, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, there was plenty of time for socializing, meeting favorite authors, and finding new ones.

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One of the big entertainments of the event is the huge raffle for the gift baskets. This year there were 183 astounding baskets of books and treasures donated by authors, publishers, readers, and even the hotel. Several thousand dollars in raffle ticket sales were raised to benefit a couple of Lori’s favorite charities; One Way Farm (for abused or neglected children) and Animal Adoption Foundation.

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Reader Jennifer Allison

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Reader Jennifer Allison complained that she never, ever wins at the many raffles she’s participated in, but her luck changed here. She was thrilled with the wonderful prize she won, with its gazillion books.

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Each year Lori edits an anthology with stories by herself and other popular authors. This year the authors’ proceeds from the sale of The Promise of Love will go to benefit One Way Farm. These touching stories are written by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Sylvia Day, Jamie Denton, Kate Douglas and Kathy Love.

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This was my fourth trip to Cincinnati for this event, and it was the best year yet.  It just keeps getting better and better, and I’ve already got my calendar marked for next year. I see Lori, Dianne and Linda do, too – posted on the website: “Save the Date for the 2012 Reader & Author Get Together – Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3, 2012″

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Bottom Line: Today is Donald Duck Day and I know Barbara (Ms Disney) will be all over this.

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Sunday Matinée!

Barbara Vey -- May 15th, 2011


It’s been a while, but it’s time for the return of the Sunday Matinee. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the book videos. It’ll whet your appetite for some great reads.
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If you’d like your book video considered to be in Sunday Matinee, please contact me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: Today is National Chocolate Chip Day, so do your part and add those little suckers to your pancakes, ice cream, cereal and imagination!

Write From the Heart Conference – Central Ohio Fiction Writers

Barbara Vey -- October 12th, 2010
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Write From the Heart

Beyond Her Book Cub Reporter joysann, here, excited to tell about the terrific conference that the Central Ohio Fiction Writers, a Chapter of RWA, hosted the first weekend in October in Columbus, Ohio. This highly successful event brought writers from all over the surrounding states for an opportunity to meet with editors and agents, pick up sensational tips for writing successful novels, and get inspired by special guest, best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann. And raffle prizes were everywhere, proceeds of which were donated to the financially hard hit public libraries in central Ohio.

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Suzanne Brockmann and fan Felicia Browell

After Friday evening’s dinner, Suzanne Brockmann gave the first of the workshops, “The Whole Enchilada”. Intrepid BHB Blurber extraordinaire Kym , who also attended the conference, writes: When an author like Suzanne Brockmann offers “the whole enchilada,” you grab on with both hands and attempt to digest every bite. Wrapped in a shell of good humor and spiced with anecdotes from the author’s own experience, the meal proved to be a filling one. Despite nursing a painful foot injury, Ms. Brockmann graciously shared her tips for writing more efficiently, developing a believable romantic hero, and crafting a page turner. “There’s no right way or wrong way to work. There’s only your way.” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Saturday morning got off to a hope-filled start with a panel of the guest editors and agents answering questions before the whole day of pitches began, and there were a lot of aspiring authors hanging on their every word. Leis Pederson, Berkley; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Charles Griemsman, Silhouette; and Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency all had appointments throughout the day.

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I hate having to choose between so many interesting sounding workshops when one can’t attend them all. I’m interested in finding information on the authors I read, so I attended Susan Crandall’s “Internet Marketing Strategies That Work”. Susan and her personal internet guru, her son Reid, gave excellent tips on utilizing the popular networking and blogging sites and search engines to get name recognition and establish consistent interaction with readers.

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Virginia Kantra presented “Developing the Romance in YourRomance Novel”.  Blurber Kym, an aspiring author herself, reports: In one brief hour, author Virginia Kantra somehow managed to walk us through seven phases of romance. Beginning with physical attraction, and ending with “the payoff,” she shared an overview of each step along the way.

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Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton

“Breaking into the YA Market”, a subject I know nothing about, was entertainingly presented by authors Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton. Between being mothers of teens, and being young at heart themselves, they know whereof they speak, and gave good do’s and don’ts pointers for engaging today’s young readers.

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I sadly missed workshops presented by best-selling medical thriller author CJ Lyons, romantic suspense writer Karen Harper, and Silhouette editor Charles Griemsman, and I wish I could have figured out how to get to them all.

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COFW took a few minutes at the lunch to have popular romance author Lori Foster present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Keller of the West Chester (OH) Barnes and Noble for her many years of outstanding support of the Romance genre and its authors.

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So, thank you, COFW for the fun and interesting event, the chance to do my fan-girl act with the fabulous authors, and for the raffle basket stuffed with paranormal books – yes, I won!

Bottom Line: Due to technical difficulties, part 3 of the Stan Lee interview will not be available until tomorrow.

Lori Foster’s Event: Whipped Cream Saves the Day

Barbara Vey -- June 5th, 2010

Bartender Chris

The registration line for Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get-Together snaked through the hotel lobby.  Hating lines myself, I joined Samhain CEO and Publisher Christine Beashear and her go-to person, Marty, at the bar.  Bartender Chris was serving up a Marriott Malito (I’m sure it was called something else, but I never can remember by the time I get to the room).  It was made with Bailey’s, vodka, expresso and chocolate.  Because it was a little sharp for my delicate palate, Chris was kind enough to get out the heavy duty whipped cream and top my chocolate coffee confection off.  Now that’s the way to wait a line out.

When I finally made it into the ballroom, the pizza party was in full swing.  There was an author or two at every table, so readers could sit with their favorites or get to know new ones.  Authors were also designated with red heart necklaces.  I really wanted one, but alas, I had no proof that I’d ever been published.

Bride Beth Eakin O'Neill

The volunteers supplied their own party when they surprised fellow worker Beth Eakin O’Neill with an after wedding shower.  Beth shared her Hawaiian honeymoon adventure and then open the mound of gifts that included gift cards from Target, Home Depot and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  There was also a Muppet Movie and her husband’s favorite game, Pass the Pigs.  The ongoing joke was about the baby shower they wanted to have for her next year.

Brenda Jackson

I caught up with author Brenda Jackson who has 10 new books coming out this year including her 75th career book, Hidden Pleasures, in June.  She let me know that she didn’t want to miss this event because of her fans, but she would be back at work writing as soon as it’s over.

Over 100 raffle baskets lined the room filling both sides of the tables they were on.  The bigger gift baskets which includes a Nook, a Kobo and even an iPad.  I really bought the raffle tickets for the charity, One Way Farm for children, but yes, all my tickets went into the drawing for the iPad.  The drawing is today, so hopefully, I’ll be writing the blog tomorrow with a smile on my face.

Rhonda Stapleton

While I was scoping out the baskets, I met author Rhonda Stapleton who was showing off her amazing tattoo that covered her whole back.  She said it took 16 hours to complete.  It looked incredible, but all I can say is, “Ouch.”

I attending a Social Media presentation by Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions.  That woman is so techno savvy that I’m putting her on my speed dial.  She explained RSS feeds in terms we could understand and offered to help link a lot of the social sites into a doable platform.  She’ll be at RWA, so go to her workshop if you get the chance.

Next up was Author Bingo.  When the name of an attending author was called, you could mark it on your card for prizes.  Nothing for me.  The night ended with a dance party sponsored by Barb Hicks and Erin McCarthy.  I lasted as long as I could, but ended up in my room and curled up with my Kindle.  Perfect way to end the day.

Bottom Line: No Kindle, I will not forsake you when I win that iPad today.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 2nd, 2010

Looks like I’ll be able to make an unexpected trip to Lori Foster’s Read-Writer Get-Together after all.  I’m hitching a ride with two generous authors on Thursday and we’ll be off on an eight hour road trip.  This will be my second visit to Lori’s event that’s held in Cincinnati and boasts over 130 authors.  But now, enjoy what the WW Ladies have been reading.

Stacey


One Dance with a Duke
by Tessa Dare

Read by Stacey

Amelia D’Orsay must negotiate with the brooding Duke of Midnight to free her brother from debt.  But when they’re brought together by a tragedy that affects them both, they will learn that nothing is what it seems, love is stronger than pride.

Dark brooding hero and the heroine who sees through it.  A heroine who begins as a wallflower, but blossoms and learns her own lessons.  How can I not love One Dance with a Duke?  I also can’t wait to see how Tessa Dare sustains and solves the mystery that connects this trilogy.

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Michelle

Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison

Read by Michelle

Talia O’Brien is a much sought after woman whose research indicates the existence of “Shadowman.”  While Adam Thorne of the Segue Institute is searching for her, so are the Wraiths.

Talia’s talents for research aren’t the only ones she has.  Her ability to shroud herself in darkness and tap into the unearthly power of “Shadowman” himself.  A very fast paced novel that tested my sense of creativity and imagination.

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Heidi

Ice by Stephanie Rowe

Read by Heidi

Kaylie Fletcher hates Alaska. She would rather do anything else than get on a plane and go back to the place of terrible memories. But she needs to know if her thrill-seeking family is dead or alive. Cort McClaine gets pulled into Kaylie’s life, when people he cares about could be dead too. Cort doesn’t want to get mixed up with this woman who is obviously in over her head. But the heat between them might be the one thing to get them both killed.

The thrill ride that this book produces is a heart stopper.  I held my breath during each page wondering if the killer will strike again, then again when the heat rises between our two main characters. The story left me wanting more and hoping for a second book.

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Joysann

Joysann

The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien

Listened to by joysann

Shortly after informing his son Stephen that he will be disinherited in favor of a library for precious books, an eccentric millionaire historian is murdered, and Stephen is charged with patricide, a conviction that will mean a hanging. Despite the circumstatial evidence, the police detective isn’t convinced, and becomes reluctantly involved in investigating the old man’s involvement in a 15 year old atrocity in occupied France during WWII.

Simon Tolkien shows his talents go beyond writing by reading his intriguing and suspenseful courtroom drama himself. He did an excellent job of keeping me listening, and anxious to reach the conclusion. You recognize his last name because he’s the grandson of the Lord of the Rings author, J R R Tolkien, though his stories are far from fantasy and sword-and-sorcery.


Sheila

Return to Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

Read by Sheila

Out of loyalty, Beth Hayes agrees to housesit her family’s rambling old Sullivan Island beach home while her mother goes to Paris. At first, Beth, 23, an only child and new graduate of Boston College, feels stuck in the small town isolation of coastal South Carolina. Soon, however, she finds work as a journalist and restaurant hostess, and begins dating an investment developer named Max. It all goes well until she takes her first wrong steps into adulthood. Along the way, she has the company of a dear family friend named Cecily, the ghosts who inhabit the house, and her yorkie, Lola. She also has the support of her loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

I hope someone makes a movie of this book because its scenes are so rich that, as Beth learned the right and wrong ways to live and love, I could smell the ocean, taste the crab, and feel the heat and sand. The book is full of southern food, manners, and charm. A sequel to Frank’s popular Sullivan’s Island, it has just been released in paperback. If you’re not going to the beach this summer, this book will let you pretend you’re there.

Bottom Line: Time to stock up on the Dramamine…don’t tell my carpoolers that I’m prone to get car sick.

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.