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WW Ladies/Men Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 27th, 2013

I can’t believe that next Monday starts the week long Anniversary Bash.  Authors, this is your last chance to offer something up for the readers.  You can register and get details here.  Readers, mark it on your calendar.  The party goes from Monday through Saturday with tons of giveaways.

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joysann

joysann

Trapped by Kevin Hearne

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Atticus O’Sullivan, the last druid in the world, has spent the last 13 years training his apprentice for this time when she can be bound to the earth and become the first new druid in a thousand years. But conflicts from Atticus’ past adventures catch up with him, pitting him against gods and goddesses from several pantheons and some of the Tuatha de Danaan from his own country. But he can’t allow even the beginning of Ragnarok interfere with this important task.

Atticus is known as the Iron Druid, and Kevin Hearne’s series is fascinating excitement from book to book. The characters are fantastic and captivating, and story is written with charm and humor. I best enjoy the laugh-out-loud moments that are frequent and in just the right places, making it a series I want to suggest to every reader.

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Heidi

Heidi

True Love at Silver Creek Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel by Emma TrueLoveSilverCreekCane

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Adam DeSantis is back to Valentine Valley after his tour of duty, with the understanding how his grandmother’s health is getting worse and needs him. He is reluctant to go back to where he grew up, especially with his hard upbringing; but his grandmother sacrificed for him, so he must be there for her. Brooke Thalberg has been working hard for her family at Silver Creek Ranch, and there is always more to do. She seems to be wanting something different, something more, but isn’t sure what or how. When her father hires Adam to work at the ranch, Brooke becomes his boss, so the feelings that are making her insides stir, must be put away, no matter how hard it is.

You know how wonderful it is to put on comfortable clothes? You relax, and feel better inside and out. That is how I felt after reading this book. Great all over. And even with the side stories of the grandmothers fighting for the city, and Brooke helping out the local youth in town, it really made everything comfortable and cozy.

Joe

Joe

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi Georgedemonhuntinginadivebar-200x296

Read by Joe

Half-demon Rebekah “Beck” Damian owns a bar that caters to the paranormal residents of Hannah, AL. Beck’s firmly controlled life goes to hell in a hurry when a hot, arrogant Dalvahni demon hunter shows up, throwing Beck into infuriating lust and a load of unwanted trouble. Conall thinks Beck knows something about a weapon that can wound the near-invulnerable Dalvahni. Prickly Beck is bewilderingly attractive to the “unemotional creature of logic” that is the Dalvahni warrior, plus he’s supposed to kill demons, not fall for them. Added for fun and depth are a sweet shifter dog, a depressed vegetarian zombie, a screechy Wampus Kitty, and scores more.

For me this book fit into the moderately interesting category. The humor and snark in it kept me laughing, but there were parts of the romance elements that seemed rushed and odd to me. This may read differently for someone else. Not having read the first two, I don’t know if I would have gotten to book three if it took until now to introduce any weakness for the demon hunters other than human women. It’s part of the reason I never got fully behind Superman. Still, even with some of the leaps in romantic logic that come close to the physics examples given in a Die Hard movie, it was a solid read. A quick one too as there was always action going on.

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Joan

Joan

Untamed by Sara Humphreys

Read by Joan

Amoveos are shape shifters of various clans ruled by a high council, and have pre-designated mates, their one true love that they must find in life. Unlike most half breed Amoveos, Layla Nickelsen knows what she is and is determined to choose her own mate. However, when William Fleury of the Falcon clan shows up in her dreams and then at her farm she begins to find out more about herself and her future.

Untamed is the third book in the Amoveo Legend series. Not having read the first two books, I still was able to easily pick up the story line. It was a very exciting and romantic story with lots of conflict and tension in this paranormal world. I am anxious to read the next book, Undenied.

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Alice

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

Read by Alice

David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, saves Helena Fitzhugh, whom he’s secretly loved for years, from ruin when he offers her marriage after she is found in an ill-conceived rendezvous with married man. Helena reluctantly accepts, though she’s detested David since their childhood. Surviving an accident in which Helena loses her memory, David lives in fear of her recovery, thus ending the marriage he’s always desired.

I really enjoyed this historical with its twists and turns. It was romantic and charming, and made for an interesting read.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Enchanted Land By Jude DeverauxThe-Enchanted-Land

Read by Ashley

Morgan Wakefield father has died leaving her his ranch in New Mexico but the only way to inherit it is if she marries and lives with her husband there for a year. For shy, simple, plain Morgan this is a nightmare. But then she meets the handsome Seth Colter and proposes a marriage of convenience to him. Together they sent off on the Santa Fe trial where they will encounter dangers they never expected. Just when one challenge is over another occurs and the new lovers will have to fight for future together on their wild and enchanted ranch in New Mexico.

This might be Jude Deveraux best novel! Its an emotional rollercoaster, there are so many surprising twists and turns in the plot, I could not put it down! The Enchanted Land is truly an enchanted novel with adventure, thrills, and a steamy hot romance. It is honestly one the best western historical romance novels I have read this year!

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joysann

joysann

An Apple for the Creature, an anthology of stories edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner

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Here is another of those fantastic anthologies that bring together short stories by multiple excellent authors, many of whom are favorites of mine and some who are new to me. ALL of the stories are exciting and chilling. The premise here is learning, whether as student, teacher or innocent bystander in a wide variety of spooky situations.

These incredible authors are Ilona Andrews, Amber Benson, Rhys Bowen, Mike Carey, Charlaine Harris, Donald Harstad, Steve Hockensmith, Nancy Holder, Faith Hunter, Toni L. P. Kelner, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, Thomas Sniegoski. Some of the stories are related to a series the author may have going, and some go off in a wholly new direction for the author. Each of these stories were enthralling, and more than a few gave me goosebumps. They make for an excellent read.

Bottom Line:  Been snowing here for 2 days days…good thing it’s bright and sunny in my fantasy world of books.

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A Kind of Ferris Bueller Day Off

Barbara Vey -- February 15th, 2011
Andrew didn't exactly have a Ferris Bueller day off, but we still had fun

Andrew didn't exactly have a Ferris Bueller day off, but we still had fun

I know I lamented Valentine’s Day yesterday, but I have to say that I actually had a very nice day.  My son, Andrew, took the day off of work and met me at the mall.  We had a wonderful lunch, perused stores (stopping, of course, in the Apple Store so I could offer up my birthday list) and finding him a World Champion Green Bay Packer shirt.  I had to laugh at the long line of men that snaked through Godiva Chocolates.  Much shorter lines in the jewelry stores.

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We stopped in Barnes and Noble and I have to say that it was quite busy for a weekday.  Maybe they were buying Valentine’s gifts, but whatever the reason, I’m always thrilled to see a busy bookstore.  Since I was with Andrew, we looked at the comic book section and he showed me his newest Marvel app for the iPhone and he had downloaded Marjorie Liu’s comic book.  Since Marjorie also writes paranormal and urban fantasy, I got him to at least look at the paperback section. Hey, anything that gets anyone to read is fine with me.

So I hope you all enjoyed yesterday, no matter what you did and thanks to the Random Number Generator, the winner of yesterday’s Harlequin Kiss Giveaway is commenter number 23, Dee.  Congratulations Dee and please send your snail mail address to bvey@publishersweekly.com and I’ll forward it to Harlequin.  Thanks to everyone for your posts.

Bottom Line: I’ve planted the seed for my boys to get together and buy me an iPad for Mother’s Day.  Andrew said, “Good luck with that.”

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- December 17th, 2010

One good thing about winter is that I never want to leave the house.  A hot drink and a good book and I’m all set.  Obviously, I’ve been in a lot.  Check out what I’ve been reading lately and then comment on what books you’ve read.  I can always use some new suggestions.

In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu – Jenny Jameson is only a young girl when she comes across a boy merman, Perrin, hurt and on the beach.  Over the years, they meet in their dreams until a crisis brings them together in real life.  Now they must work together to solve a murder that could have grave consequences.

I love the idea of a psychic detective agency, but Dirk & Steele has many more layers.  Even though it’s the 10th book in the series, you really don’t have to read them in order to enjoy them.      The characters latch onto your heart and prove that love isn’t just sex.  Emotionally charged while being action packed.  Definitely something for everyone.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros – Abigail Donovan had her first book picked by Oprah, but now finds herself unable to finish a second one.  Forced onto Twitter by her helpful agent, Abbey “meets” Mark Baynard, a professor on sabbatical who’s willing to show her the Tweet ropes.  The problem is, she now finds herself watching for his Tweets more than concentrating on her book.

This was definitely a one sit read for me.  Written nearly entirely with Tweets (140 characters or less) made it a very fast read.  I was amazed by the wit and only wished I could be half as clever with my Tweets.  Engrossingly charming story that manages to pack a surprising emotional punch.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – When Linnet Berry Thrynne is jilted by a prince who everyone assumes got her pregnant, she finds she must marry and soon.  Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is a cranky doctor with a bum leg.  His father is determined to marry him off by using his “bride” criteria against him.  Linnet and Piers lock horns from their first meeting and the clash of the tongues begin.

The parallels to House M.D. are evident, but it’s moving him to the 1800s that’s the charm.  Irresistible, delightful and engaging, Eloisa James books always seem to leave me smiling.
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Angel At Dawn by Emma Holly – Grace Gladwell is a director’s assistant in 1956 Hollywood.  Christian Durand is the cowboy director Nim Wei is trying to talk into taking the title role of “I Was a Teenage Vampire.”  Unknown to Grace, Christian is really a vampire and Nim Wei is his queen.  Grace, in her innocence, doesn’t remember meeting Christian when she was inches away from death, but he definitely remembers her.

It was such fun to be back in 1956 Hollywood and feel like an insider in the movie making business.  Famous stars wander in and out of scenes in the background.  I think I may need to read the previous books to get me up to speed, but this book is sizzling hot with lots of sex that will warm you up on a cold winter night.  Might have to crack a window.

Frostfire by Lynn Viehl – Lilah Devereaux loves working with animal control, but when her special abilities come to the attention of the evil biotech company who wants her DNA, the chase is on.  Lilah finds herself handcuffed to Walker Kimbal, military man recently in Afgahanistan.   Escaping to a mysterious small town, they must out maneuver their enemy.

These novels of the Kyndred are highly addictive.  The kind of book where you turn off the phone and surround yourself with enough food and drink that you won’t have to move for several hours.  Electrifying series that has you cheering for the good guys.

Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb – After a killer workout in the police station gym, Peabody overhears officers talking about murder and it’s not a case they’re working on.  She hides while the “dirty” cops argue, but soon is on the case with partner Eve Dallas to ferret out the corruption that’s infiltrated their work place.

Having read all the Death books, I find myself right at home with Dallas’ gang.  Their camaraderie and honor to the job and each other make these books a joy to read.  Suspenseful and action packed, but always with a touch of heart.


Bottom Line: If the weather stays freezing, I’m looking forward to an entertaining winter…between the pages of a few good books.

Comic Con: Celebrity Sighting at Cafe Diem

Barbara Vey -- July 25th, 2010
Dr. Who and his screwdriver

Dr. Who and his screwdriver

I spent a couple of hours just walking around the convention center.  Actually, I was barely moving because of the crush of people.  It was more like shuffling your feet until you wanted to stop and look at something and could get over to it.  There were lines forming everywhere for free stuff, autographs, photo ops and to buy stuff.

At the BBC booth, they were sold out of the sonic screwdriver (or whatever it’s called) that Dr. Who uses.  I kept hearing, “We hope to get more in soon.”  Over at DC Comics, they had limited edition action figures made just for Comic Con, but you had to go to the second floor sales pavillion, get a ticket for a lottery drawing and then hope to get picked just to have a chance to buy the thing.  Warner Brothers was giving away free t-shirts, but again, you had find a guy in a red t-shirt and stand in his line for a ticket to come back to the booth and then they’d make the shirt for you.  I saw a sign for an autograph session with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz and then another one for Human Target stars.  The lines just kept wrapping around and around.  I found out I’m just not a line person, so I passed on all those things.

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan

I did go upstairs to the separate autograph hall that had more breathing room and saw Rick Riordan signing his Percy Jackson books.  He took a moment for a picture.  Charlaine Harris was also there and even though she was signing for the last person in her line (because she was doing a panel next), the security wouldn’t even let me go up for a picture.  I tried to explain that I knew her and just wanted to say hi, but it was like they were guarding the President.  Finally I got the attention of the bookseller and he passed along a message, but geez, that was frustrating.

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Marjorie Liu signing at the Marvel booth

Marjorie Liu signing at the Marvel booth

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The lines for panels were several hours long and once in the room people could stay all day for each different session if they wanted to.  That meant that those in line for later groups might not get in.  Not a perfect system.  While everyone was basically fun loving and in good moods, news traveled quickly when one person tried to take a seat saved for someone else and ended with one stabbing the other in his eye.  Glad I wasn’t there for that, but it’s really amazing that, for all the people there it was the only incident I heard of.

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Robert Carlyle and Barbara Vey

Robert Carlyle and me

Had dinner at my favorite place, Cafe Diem.   It’s normally called Mary Jane’s, but for Comic Con it’s converted into the restaurant from the SyFy channel’s Eureka.  I was keeping my eye’s pealed for someone from one of the shows to come in when I spotted Robert Carlyle from Stargate Universe (he was also in The Full Monty).  I almost tripped over my feet with my camera in hand and asked for a picture.  He was very gracious and with his lovely British accent said he just stopped in because he heard his name was on the menu.  Next I noticed David Blue who plays Eli Wallace on the show (one of my favorite characters) and he was adorable while he patiently smiled for pictures with his excited fans.  I saw I guy I thought I should have

David Blue and Barbara Vey

David Blue and me

known and when I asked him who he was he explained that he was the creator of the show.  I thanked him for it, but didn’t get a photo.  Maybe I should have, just to be nice, so I’m apologizing now in case he’s reading this.

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More pictures from Comic Con.

Dresses made from the Comic Con bags

Dresses made from the Comic Con bags

Mad Hatter and Captain Jack Sparrow

Mad Hatter and Captain Jack Sparrow

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Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer

Sean and Ian

Sean and Ian

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Bottom Line: One day to go…can my feet handle it?

On the Road Again

Barbara Vey -- June 4th, 2010

Yesterday morning I flew into Milwaukee after spending 3 days in St. Louis where I entertained the grandkids with Scrabble, swimming, Steak ‘n Shake (not the breakfast place I would pick) and movies.  We saw Shrek (3D, of course).  I thought it was cute and the kids were engrossed enough that it went in the winner column.  Then we saw Prince of Persia.  Now I just saw this last Friday and it was no great strain on my part to see it again.  The kids went nuts for it.  Think Indiana Jones meets Disney.  And I’ve got to tell you that Jake Gyllenhaal has reached that mystical place where you could watch him on the big screen without the sound.  Prince of Persia is a keeper.

Anyway, my plane landed at 7:10 a.m. and by 9 a.m. I was on the road again.  This time I was headed to Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get-Together in Cincinnati.  Authors Amy Knupp and Larissa Ione picked me up and we made it to the hotel by 6:30 p.m.  If you’ve never taken a road trip with other women, do it.  It’s always an adventure.

We spent the time talking about books, authors, publishers, family, past lives and all the while Darth Vader encouraged us with “The force is strong with you,” “You have become powerful,” and “Take the next turn left…stay in formation.”  Yes, Darth was our GPS guide.  The only thing I can say about that is thank goodness it wasn’t the 3 Stooges.

John Dillinger Museum

We stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and Amy assured us that blueberries are brain food, so I went for the blueberry pancakes.  Next door was the John Dillinger Museum.  We didn’t go in, but I did manage to snap a picture of the ad.  Thanks to my Twittering our progress, author Marjorie Liu wanted to know where in Indiana we were, but alas, not close enough to her hometown.

The adventure continued with an incident at a gas station, a rest stop vending machine and torrential rain (where did that come from all of a sudden?).  Unfortunately, I can’t give out the juicy details because what’s said/done on the the trip…stays on the trip.  You’ll just have to experience your own.  And just as an aside, let me say…Put down the cell phones people when you’re driving!  Stop texting!  It was like when we used to ride the Dodge ‘Em cars at the State Fair.

Mmm...Margarita!

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Anyway, we finally made it to the hotel and went to Wild Wings (or something) for dinner.  It was all way too spicy for me, but thank goodness there were Margaritas to cool me off.  (And please ask Amy or Larissa about the firemen if you see them).

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Tasha Hacaga and Emily Becher

Back at the hotel we caught up with aspiring writers Tasha Hacaga and Emily Becher who were brave enough to try the Yellow Golden Monkey Surprise (I think that’s what it was called).  It must have been good because they ordered more than one.  Angela James stopped by and I love taking with the executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin’s new digital-first press.  She knows about everything and handily defined steam punk to the confused group.

I finally gave in to exhaustion at about 9:30 p.m., but I consoled myself with the fact that the conference doesn’t really start until today, so I’d better be well rested because all this talking about books is hard work.

Bottom Line: After my crazy travel lately, I’m now looking at the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” with new eyes.