Tag Archives: Meg Cabot

Cabot and Roberts’ Views on What’s Expected in Romance

Barbara Vey -- July 15th, 2011

Last week I wrote a blog about Family Planning and Romance based on the article by Susan Quilliam. The response was pretty much the way I felt that reading a romance book will not make you think the fiction you are reading is real life.  ABC News featured a video clip of Meg Cabot and Nora Roberts giving their views of this subject.

Now I want to know what fiction actor Doug Hutchison, 51, was reading when he married a 16 year old girl.  I think that the girl really needs to start reading some books (or at least talk to a responsible adult about what she is getting herself into). They were married in Las Vegas with her mother’s permission and they put out this statement,  “We’re aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial but we’re very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless.”  Maybe it’s a publicity stunt.  At least wait until she is 18.  Now I’m a big believer in Happily Ever After, but this is just creepy to me.

How do you feel about this?  Is it ok with you?  Is this romance?  Maybe Susan Quilliam will have something to say about this.

Bottom Line: Romance is not the root of all evil.

Drive By Videos From RWA

Barbara Vey -- July 6th, 2011

Here’s a few videos from RWA and there are a couple more to come.  I did Drive By Videos of Meg Cabot, Diana Gabaldon (had trouble pronouncing her name…duh!) at the Literacy Signing and Kate Pearce, who was supposed to be interviewed at RT but I had a problem with the video camera (really a problem with the camera operator).  Thanks for being so patient Kate!

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Bottom Line:  Just a heads up, tomorrow is Chocolate Day, so you have time to stock up and celebrate right.

Final Look at RWA

Barbara Vey -- July 5th, 2011
Booksigning

Booksigning

The day the publishers give away free books is always special.  Attendees start lining up early to get books signed by their favorite authors.  Many come prepared with cardboard boxes and even pulling suitcases in which to store all the goodies they’ll be taking home.  I’ll be posting videos all this week, so be sure to check back.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The Awards Luncheon honored Kaori Suzuki Fisher, Bookseller of the Year and Wendy Crutcher, Librarian of the Year.  Also recognized were RWA Service Award winners, Linda Howard, Stephanie Feagan, Amy Atwell and Nikki Enlow.  Sherrilyn Kenyon was the Keynote Speaker and spoke of her journey through publishing.  Most notable were places 12 books at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List in the past two years.

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Lisa Kleypas, Barbara Vey, Christina Dodd

Lisa Kleypas, Barbara Vey, Christina Dodd

Party night started early with Grand Central Publishing who held theirs at their offices.  Luckily, there was a large open room where you could eat, drink and mingle without being crushed.  A big plus was the seating area.  Not so lucky were those who attended the St. Martin’s Party.  I was excited to go into the historic Flatiron Building, but the office space there was not congruent with lots of party people.  My heart went out to the wait staff who had to try to serve food to a group smashed together like sardines.  The air conditioner couldn’t keep up and although the view and air was nice on the balcony, the tiny area that looked like it could accommodate five was overflowed with about ten.  It didn’t look safe.

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St. Martin Party

Leigh Evans, Kristen Painter and Amanda Brice

Signing in at the Harlequin Party

Signing in at the Harlequin Party

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Andrew and I tearing up the dance floor

Andrew and I tearing up the dance floor

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Final stop was the famous Harlequin Party.  This invitation only event was Black and White this year and held at the Waldorf Astoria.  By the end of every party, there is a mountain of shoes as the dancers kick off their stilettos to dance in bare feet.  To help out, Harlequin offered off black footie socks with their logo on them to all guests.  There were build your own ice cream and cupcake stations.  I left before the end, but Andrew loved the dancing and company, so he was there to the end.

Overheard at the Harlequin signing:  Deanna Raybourn hit the New York Times Bestseller list for the first time.  Congratulations Deanna!

Check out the video to see a little of the chaos that is the Harlequin Party.

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Sheila English, Matt Schwartz, me, Dan Blank, Nancy Berland

Sheila English, Matt Schwartz, me, Dan Blank, Nancy Berland

Friday came early after party night.  I participated in a panel, Transmedia, with Sheila Clover English (CEO of Circle of Seven Productions), Matt Schwartz (VP of Random House digital), Dan Blank (We Grow Media) and Nancy Berland (Nancy Berland Associates).  We talked about all things digital and where that may take us.  I talked about QR codes in a previous blog, but it looks like that will get a lot more use in the future.  Fascinating stuff.

I spent the afternoon doing video interviews.  Authors have interesting home lives.

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot

Soon it was time for the Rita Awards Ceremony.  Meg Cabot served as host and was delightful.  There were intermittent video segments that honored heroes, but the night belonged to romance.  First the Golden Heart Awards were given out.  Golden Hearts are given unpublished authors for the best manuscript in various categories.  Then the published authors get their turn with the Rita Awards and finally the lifetime achievement award is given and this year’s recipient was Sharon Sala.  Sharon talked about her Native American background and coming from a long line of storytellers.  She dreams her stories in colors and then shares them with us.  I, for one, am glad she does.

Enjoy seeing and hearing from some of the winners at the Rita’s in the video.

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Bottom Line: Next year Anaheim…yay, Disneyland!!

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!

The Reluctant Reader

Barbara Vey -- December 1st, 2010

When I was at the Romance Writers of America conference this year, I got to meet Meg Cabot.  I’ve long been a fan of her work, loved the Princess movies and always get a great laugh from her home made You Tube videos.

So I  asked her to sign a book for my niece, who just turned 17.  Being the aunt, I wanted something with little to no sex (she is related and I have her parents to contend with).  Meg suggested The Boy Next Door.  She said it’s an adult book, but no sex.  Now, I’d already read the book a few years ago and enjoyed it.  I remembered that the whole thing was done with e-mails.  I took it home and re-read it before I gave it away.  It was as good as I remembered.

I took it over to my niece’s house and asked my sister to give it to her.  Our conversation:

Me: Please give this book to your daughter.  I had it signed by the author, Meg Cabot, who did The Princess Diaries.

Sister: She won’t read it.

Me: It’s an adult book done in emails, I think she’ll enjoy it.

Sister: She doesn’t like to read.

Me: I think if she tries it, she might be surprised.  I’ve already read it twice.

Sister: But you like to read.  I don’t want you to be disappointed when she doesn’t read it.

Me: Just give it to her and maybe she’ll try it.

Sister: She won’t read it.

At this point, I just left the book and hoped for the best.  My sister obviously knows her daughter better than I do.  Yes, I was disappointed and it really does hurt me somewhere deep inside whenever I hear the words, “I don’t like to read.”  It’s just an alien concept for me and I just can’t wrap my head around it.  But I move on hoping to find the next convert to feed whatever it is inside me that feels the need to put a book in everyone’s hand.

Yesterday my niece sent me a message on Facebook (I know, phone calls, visits and letters are becoming obsolete).  But here’s what she had to say, “…and i loved that book you got for me. i finished it in about 4 days. i read it twice already :) Yes, music to my ears.

We all wonder what our purpose in life is and I think I found mine.  Weird as it may sound, I get a natural high from sharing my love of reading with others.  I’ll never give up.  Maybe it’s just a matter of finding the right book for the right person or of actually getting someone to open the book and actually read the first few pages to get them hooked.

Do you find enjoyment in getting others to read?  Does hearing that a book you gave brought happiness to someone?  Any special books that brought unsuspected surprises?


Bottom Line: I’m off to the bank with a box of books for the tellers.  They love them.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- August 20th, 2010

It’s getting harder and harder to pick books to read.  There’s just so many, I can’t choose.   So many authors I’ve read for years and tons of new ones I want to try.  It’s like going into a restaurant and there’s 10 pages to the menu.  Just give me five good dishes and I’m good to go.  Here’s what I ended up reading this week.

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The Mists of Time by Susan Squires – Diana Dearborn is a romance writer with no practical life experience in the subject.  When a chance meeting at a museum finds Diana with a special book, she’s giving the opportunity to go back in time to Camelot to help with her research.  But it’s not the Camelot she expects.  Gawain is a mystery to her, but he seems to hold the key to the chaos that’s become her life.

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There’s plenty of twists in this story that blends the history of Camelot and what really happened there with a lost soul who’s never felt complete.  Since I’ve seen the movie (and play) of Camelot a kazillion times (yes, I know all the words to the musical), it was a joy to read a different take on the subject. Totally mesmerizing and delightful with a crazed villain and mystery to solve.

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Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt – Temperance Dews is a widow who runs a home for orphans with her brother and is in dire needs of funding.  Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is hunting the brutal killer of his mistress.  Caire offers Temperance an introduction to the high society that can help support her cause in exchange for helping him get information in an area she is familiar with.  The undertaking is dangerous for both in more ways than one.

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This historical offers a look into the seedier side of London.  While the chapters each begin with a separate tale that has adorned Elizabeth’s other books, the main story was darker.  Intriguing and sensual, this first book in the Maiden Lane series makes me wonder what she has in store for the rest of the family.

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Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake, vampire executioner, finds there’s new badness coming and the only way to combat it is to unite forces with other vampire factions.  Since she already has almost every animal to call, she now focuses on the lions.

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Let me start by saying that I have read the Anita Blake series from the beginning.  I bought them and reread them…at least the first seven.   I think this is number 19.  Anita’s books started as mysteries and her job (raising the dead to get them to answer questions among other things) was fascinating.  In Bullet, I found it hard to find a page that didn’t have some kind of sex in it, the more disturbing part was that the sex was just for power and not much love going on.  I’m sure Laurell’s fans will find what they are looking for in Bullet, but if you’re new to her, try her early books which are amazing.

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The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot – Melissa Fuller writes a gossip column for a New York newspaper, but is ready to move on to the meatier stories.  When her 80 year old neighbor goes into a coma, Mel is tapped to care for her pets until the neighbor’s nephew arrives to take over.  John Trent is asked to pay up an old debt by pretending to be his friend.  Misunderstandings and mayhem ensue.

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Ok, I picked up this 2002 book from RWA that Meg signed for my niece, but I couldn’t resist.  Written all through e-mails, this incredibly charming story had me rushing through so I could share it with my niece and we could talk about it.  Very sweet, funny and adorable.  The kind of book that makes you say, “You just have to read this.”

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That’s it for me.  It’s Your Turn Friday.  What have you been reading lately?

Bottom Line: Next up for me is Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer…Love the title!

RWA: Librarian/Bookseller Day

Barbara Vey -- July 29th, 2010
Christie Ridgeway,   , Eloisa James

Christie Ridgeway, Kristin Ramsdell, Eloisa James

Wednesday was a day to celebrate librarians.  The workshops were geared to them, the goody room loaded with books and swag and authors were waiting in the wings to court them.  I hit the workshop given by Christie Ridgeway, Eloisa James and Kristin Ramsdell on trending books.  Focus on Young Adult Romance featured Melissa de la Cruz, Ally Carter, Simone Elkeles, Susan Gibbermand, Amy Alessio – Popular Young Adult authors and a librarian talked about how to bring Young Adult readers into the library, and how to entice them into choosing a book.  Best advice — don’t be pushy.  Offer selections, but let the kids have the final say.  At Tips and Tricks for Effective Romance Collection Development, author Tessa Dare and Wendy Crutcher, librarians both, gave excellent tips for maintaining and weeding a library collection during the financial stress libraries are suffering now.  The best suggestion is to make sure everything is cataloged so that you know it is there and it can be found when needed, saving the high costs of new purchase or Inter-Libarary Loans.

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Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Jeannie Lin and Kimberly Killion

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

Karen Rose and Jennifer Dillion of the Pennfield Middle School

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Sherrilyn Kenyon was the luncheon speaker and told of her days working in a library.  After lunching with the authors, the librarians and booksellers enjoyed the goody room where they gathered tons of books, bookmarks, candy and other offerings.   A meet and greet followed while the two groups mixed and talked to their love of books and gratitude for each other.  Everyone came out a winner.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and fan

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love at Literacy signing with fan

The Literacy signing is always a high point of the conference with over 500 authors signing their book and all proceeds to charity.  Fans started lining up 3 hours early and the line went on forever.  It was a sight to behold when the doors opened and the lovers of all things romance came pouring in.  Many of the authors sold out of their books.  I heard one woman tell Beverly Barton how she read Beverly’s books to her dying father when he couldn’t read himself anymore and how much that meant to her.  Stories like this are plentiful and it helps bring home how important authors and their stories are in people’s lives.  While the signing officially ended at 7:30 p.m., Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love were the last to leave at 9 p.m. when their line finally came to an end and all their books were signed.  Congratulations on a very successful event for all.

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

Kate Poole, Marcia James, Nell Brice, Raelene Gorlinsky, Eileen Ann Brennan

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After a quick dinner, (well, not so quick as the restaurants were all packed) I headed over to the Ellora’s Cave Dessert Party.  Wonderfully decadent desserts were served and I got the coolest bag that goes across your body and has two sides that were stuffed with books.  Definitely a keeper.

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Next up was the Goddess Blog Party.  This group of authors not only write a fun blog, they also put on a terrific event.   Here’s even more pictures from RWA.

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Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

Meg Cabot with YA fan, Nicola

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

From New Zealand, Sandra Hyatt, Tessa Radley, Abby Gaines

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Bottom Line: Don’t come to these events expecting to leave with one or two books…more like one or two boxes of books.