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Authors Give Thanks

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2012
What are you thankful for?  Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

What are you thankful for? Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

While I’m a firm believer in giving thanks everyday (there’s way too much to be thankful for then can be mentioned in one day), I asked a few authors what they are thankful for.

Jeannie Lin:  Last Christmas my twins were 10 days old and fit inside a small gift bag. I’m thankful that today, 11 months later, they are happy and healthy with chubby little cheeks.

 

Marjorie M. Liu:  As always, I am thankful for my family and all my wonderful friends, new and old, and for the blessing of being alive in this beautiful world doing what I love and being with those I love.

Daniel Marks:  I’m thankful to have found such grim, gruesome, like-minded readers and supporters, who’ve made my debut year a fantastic experience!

Military Thanksgiving

Military Thanksgiving

Dianna Love:  I’m thankful for every day I can wake up in a country where my family is safe – huge thanks to our military who won’t be home for the holidays. 
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Tracey Devlyn:  I’m so thankful for my supportive and loving husband, Tim. He’s been my rock and friend for nearly two decades and is a huge source of inspiration when I’m crafting my heroes.
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Nancy Naigle:  Thanksgiving always fosters a vivid recollection of the relationships that have come into my life. I’m so thankful for the friendships, experiences and partnerships that I’ve had this year and look forward to the continued opportunities to share the many blessings with others.

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Lisa Kessler:  I’m thankful for my amazing writer friends who are always there to buoy my spirits. Parts of this year were bleak and painful, and yet, they always made me smile and I still finished two more books in spite of the drama.

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Susan Carlisle:  I’m thankful for readers that make being an author the best job ever.
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Today I’m thankful for the crazy set of circumstances that led me to this incredible second career and to all the amazing, talented people I’ve had the honor of meeting along the way.
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And what are you thankful for today?  What especially comes to mind as you gather with family and friends?  Is this year different from others?
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Bottom Line:  “Take a moment and think about all you have and not all you want.” ~ Lori Basterash

San Diego Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 13th, 2012

It’s finally here.  I’m at the San Diego Comic Con.  Those friends of mine who know what it is are jealous.  Those friends who have no clue what Comic Con is think I’m just going to a big costume party with nerds.  Well, they’re both right.

 

Every year that I go, I understand it a little better and don’t waste so much time just wandering around.  There’s so much to see and do you really need some plan of action.  In the past, I’ve always just got up in the morning and hoped for the best.  This year I actually looked at the schedule ahead of time.

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Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

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Yesterday I hit all the publishers booths but found only one author signing.   Gail Carriger was in full costume (or maybe she always dresses like that) promoting her steampunk book, Soulless.  The book promises “Vampires, werewolves and parasols.”  Gail assured me it’s a parody, so I’m going to have to give it a try when I get home in a couple of weeks.

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Marjorie Liu and X-23

Marjorie Liu and X-23

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Marjorie Liu saw a young woman dressed as one of Marjorie’s Marvel comic book characters, X-23.  She said, “It’s kind of surreal to see your characters come to life.”  Marjorie also told me “Anthony Bourdain strode past me, and I got into an elevator with Tricia Helfer, Tahmoh Penikett, and Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica).”  I told her if I were there I would have asked if I could take a picture.  But, what else is new?

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Barbara Vey Zombie Attack

Barbara Vey Zombie Attack

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At the Max Brooks booth (World War Z), I had my picture taken as I survived a zombie attack.  I don’t know how scared I really look since I was really laughing through the whole thing.  They also had a Zombie App you could download for your phone.  This is the creative fun stuff I like at Comic Con.

 

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I haven’t spotted any celebrities yet, but as usual, there’s a lot of characters walking around and I’m easily distracted.  I’m off to take a bunch of pictures today of the creative people I see.  Tune in tomorrow to see my photo album.

 

Bottom Line:  I would never survive a zombie attack because I think I run slower than they shuffle along.

 

 

A Peek into Marjorie M. Liu’s Library

Barbara Vey -- January 9th, 2012
Spacious living room

Spacious living room

I was fortunate enough to spend some time last week with New York Times best selling author Marjorie M. Liu. Marjorie lives on 45 acres in Indiana and just built a new home that she designed herself. I did a Drive By Video of Marjorie in her spacious library (very jealous).

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Beautiful orchids adorn the kitchen counter

Beautiful orchids adorn the kitchen counter

 

The house is large, bright and airy. A perfect setting for a writer and Marjorie is the consummate writer. She currently has two books out, Into the Flames, book 11 in the Dirk and Steel series and The Mortal Bone, book 4 in the Maxine Kiss series. In addition, Marjorie has written many comic books including X-23 and Black Widow — and she’s the new writer for Astonishing X-Men.

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BV: Marjorie, how is it having two books out at the same time?

MML: It’s very surreal, especially as Within the Flames (Dirk & Steele) and The Mortal Bone (Hunter Kiss) are from two very different series.

BV: Is it even possible to favor one series over the other?

MML: Not really, no.

BV: You’ve also written stand alone books.

MML: I feel as though most of my Dirk & Steele novels are standalone, but as far as full-length books that are unattached to any series whatsoever? I haven’t written many. Short stories and novellas, on the other hand, are another matter entirely.

BV: But there is another side of you that every serious comic book person knows about you.

MML: Yes! I’ve been writing monthly comic books for Marvel over the last few years. I started out with NYX: No Way Home, then transitioned into Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, X-23…and now, Astonishing X-Men!

BV: It’s quite an honor to be one of the few women in the field of comic books. Does it add extra pressure to you?

MML: The only pressure I feel is to tell a good story.

BV: I also hear that you have a special book coming out this summer that is somewhat unusual.

MML: Ha! Yes, it’s called WhipStitch, and it’s about a young woman who discovers that her nice, very proper Great Aunt was a famous dominatrix during World War Two. Also, all of her nursing home friends are former dommes, as well! There’s a mystery, a light paranormal element, and some thrills and chills.

BV: It definitely sounds like something that I’d want to read. I like quirky, mysterious books. Thanks for letting me visit with you and the wonderful tour of your home.

MML: It was my pleasure, Barbara. I hope you visit again soon!

 

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Marjorie has graciously offered to give away signed copies of Within the Flame and The Mortal Bone to one lucky commenter.  Marjorie will pick the winner to be posted in Wednesday’s blog.

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Bottom Line: I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

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Monday Giveaways

From Jill Stone:  Get Lost in a Story has a lucky Friday the 13th giveaway! A copy of Linda Wisdom’s latest release: A Demon Does It Better.

 

From Susan Carlisle:  Giving away a basket of goodies and a copy of my book Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband? this week to celebrate its release. The winner will be picked from those who stop by and comment on my blog.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 29th, 2011

I hope everyone is enjoying Christmas week.  For me it’s an excuse to turn on the holiday lights, have some Baileys and coffee (with whipped cream, of course) and cozy up with a good book.  I know the WW Ladies have (although I’m not sure about the Baileys).  And this week we welcome two new readers.  Molly, an aspiring writer and Beth, a music store owner.  Both love to read and share their books with you.

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joysann

joysann

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Listened to by joysann

At the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell goes undercover with a movie company to discover if they might be selling arms and drugs on the black market. She sets sail to help film a silent movie about a film crew filming The Pirates of Penzance overtaken by pirates, only to be overtaken… by pirates? With a crew including a cast of thirteen blond beauties and thirteen pirates and a handful of imitation police constables, and confusion on the high seas, Russell wistfully wishes she was partnered with her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, so together they could save the day.

Mary Russell is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the series of her “memoirs” are always clever, fascinating and suspenseful. Pirate King is all that, plus a lot of fun. Putting on my earbuds and listening to Jenny Sterlin give her usual excellent performance makes it all the better, and a real pleasure.

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Molly

Molly

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Read by Molly

Natalie Stewart has just returned to New York after spending years at the Connecticut Asylum.  She desperately wants to find a way to fit in.  The problem is, since she was four years old, she hasn’t been able to speak and has no connections in New York’s society.  Given a job by her father at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in acquisitions, she comes face to face with the mysterious and devilishly handsome portrait of one Lord Denbury, that is scheduled to be auctioned off.  By a stroke of luck, the painting will be displayed in the museum for all to see.  But strange things begin to happen as the painting starts to change and call out to her, begging her to touch it.  Lord Denbury is trapped within the painting and yet she sees him walking by day among the streets of New York.  Dark forces are at work that could affect the world.  Only Natalie has the power to help set all to rights and rescue this handsome nobleman from his prison.  But what can one girl do when she has no voice to cry out against the demons that dwell in the dark?

I absolutely adored this book.  The pacing and constant action at every moment kept my pages turning.  I loved both Natalie’s and Lord Denbury’s personalities and I felt like I standing beside them every step of the way.  Hieber keeps the reader on her toes as the mystery deepens.  The vibrancy of Victorian New York that she creates is alive.  I highly recommend this book!
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Beth

Beth

Within the Flames by Marjorie M. Liu

Read by Beth

Lyssa is a shapeshifter hiding in the tunnels below New York.  The last of her kind, she is pursued by evil so great, no one has any defenses against it.  Eddie is sent by Dirk & Steele, a psychic detective agency that’s really so much more, to help her out.  After being alone so long, Lyssa is wary of getting help from anyone, let alone a handsome stranger with abilities of his own.  The race is on as they try to combat the dark forces that threaten human kind.

The Dirk & Steele series is one of my favorite, but I love that each book works well as a stand alone so I can pass them off to my friends.  This book packs a punch and Lyssa’s other self is very special, which makes Eddie’s ability a necessity.  Definitely not to be missed, Within the Flames is intriguing, alluring and heart-thumping.

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Molly

Molly

Twice Fallen by Emma Wildes

Read by Molly

Lady Lillian Bourne found herself the object of scandal four years ago due to a botched elopement.  Now, back in London, she is trying to keep scandal at bay and find a husband.  Unfortunately, scandal seems to follow her as she finds herself locked in a library with one of England’s former spies, Lord Damien Northfield.  They find themselves reacquainted when Damien is summoned to help with some mysterious murders among the elite London society, but Damien finds himself distracted by this beautiful woman who has caught his attention.

I was captivated by this book from the extremely witty dialogue to the wonderfully painted scenery.  I especially found Lillian’s spunk and willingness to march to the beat of her own drummer fantastic.  Emma Wildes tells a beautiful story of passion, mystery and romance set amidst the glittering ballrooms of Regency England.
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Beth

Beth

Nightwalker by Lisa Kessler (E-Book)

Read by Beth

Kate Bradley is a woman scorned.  Her ex is a cheat and she’s done with men.  Calisto Terana has different ideas.  He’s been searching for Kate for hundreds of years and now that he’s found her, he will do everything possible to win her love…again.

This debut novel by Lisa Kessler has everything going for it.  Long lost love given another chance, a man drawn to his soul-mate and a world destined to keep them apart.  Suspenseful and romantic.

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joysann

joysann

The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison

Read by joysann

Since Hollows Gazette reporter Devin Crossman lost all his hair when he got caught in the crossfire of magical charms during an official bounty-hunter chase, he’s been trying to do an investigative report on the witch agent, Rachel Morgan. Vindictively determined to prove she’s a danger to society, he digs into everything; her work history, her personal associations, whatever magical experience records he can find, and tries to get his suspicions printed and Rachel indicted/convicted of wrongdoing with black magic. The Hollows Insider is the record of all his research and his personal conclusions, plus confidential interoffice memos from Kalamack Industries, Inc., classified descriptions of supernatural species, spells, charm and cookie recipes, and more.

Those of us readers who have been enthralled by Rachel Morgan’s world already know of these things, but this delightful volume brings us details and descriptions that give it more clarity, and makes it a more interesting place to visit. It really is a must-read for fans. If you’re not a constant reader, there are spoilers here, but I find so much enjoyment in the series, I suggest it for all urban fantasy readers.

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Bottom Line:  Yikes!  Out of whipped cream I’ve still got some Baileys left…Santa, where are you?