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WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- July 5th, 2012

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July and managed to stay cool.  It’s hotter than Hades here and “cooler near the lake” doesn’t seem to apply lately.  Here’s some books to enjoy while sitting by the pool or relaxing in an air conditioned coffee shop.

 

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joysann

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

Read by joysann

While The Adventures of Archimedes Fox are a highly popular fictional series in the post-Horde years, the real Archimedes Fox finds himself enthralled, not by technological enslavement, but by the swashbuckling charms of the airship captain known as Lady Corsair. They join forces to seek the lost treasures of Leonardo DaVinci’s inventions through devastated, zombie-infested Europe to dangerous Horde-occupied Morocco, all the while their hearts are challenging each to surrender to the other.

The second Novel of the Iron Seas continues exploring the exciting steam-punk world Meljean introduced in The Iron Duke. Creatively conceived, the pseudo-technically advanced world is entertaining to explore, as is the romance between the two colorful rogue protagonists. It was easy to like the strong, adventurous Yasmeen, and Archimedes is as charming a hero as one could want.

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Tammy

Dyad Love by Ann Hinnenkamp

Read by Tammy

Emma has fallen in love with Damien, a Dyad, a species of beings hidden among the human population. There are only 1,000 Dyads alive on Earth at any one time, and they are not only beautiful, but possess special powers. Because of these powers, there are humans who are hunting the Dyads. Emma is torn between her love for Damien and her desire to keep him and his race safe from the hunters.

This 3rd book in the Dyad Chronicles contains romance, mystery, and action. I couldn’t turn the page fast enough to see what course of action one of the character’s would choose next. My favorite line the author used to describe Damien was “sin on a stick.” It was enjoyable to visualize him. This was a fantastic book to read.

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Joan

Joan

Cat in a Sapphire Slipper by Carole Nelson Douglas

Read by Joan

Midnight Louie lives in Las Vegas with his purrfect roommate Miss Temple Barr, a public relations freelancer with a nose for trouble. Temple’s maternal aunt is marrying one of Vegas’ famous, if not mafia, Fontana brothers, and his brothers and friends are throwing a bachelor party, ending up at the Chicken Ranch, a brothel just outside Vegas. Included in the excursion are Temple’s current interest, ex-priest Matt Devine, and, somehow, Midnight Louie. Throw in a dead body and Midnight Louie’s investigation, and it’s a fun read.

Midnight Louie is one of my favorite Animal detectives, after all, being a black cat with a white chest he has a built-in tux. As the head cat of Midnight, Inc., Midnight Louie inserts himself and his friends into the thick of a murder again and again, with newer adventures in the series on the shelves, and a new one coming out soon. I liked how Ms Douglas included the Chicken Ranch as the scene of the bachelor party and was able to get Midnight Louie involved all the way from Vegas.

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Heidi

Heidi

Cherry on Top by Susan Donovan

Read by Heidi

Cherise Newberry and her BFF Candy left North Carolina for Tampa, in hopes of making it big. And they did. Now they have lost it all, and not sure what to do next. Cheri gets a call from her grandfather to come home and run the family newspaper. With her tail between her legs, and her secret not known, she returns out of obligation. What she didn’t realize was that JJ DeCourcy was going to be the “go-to” man of the newspaper. JJ may still be gorgeous, but he broke Cheri’s heart with her sister. Trying to keep her distance, she works on the biggest story her small town has ever seen, she can’t avoid being so close to JJ and coming to terms with her past.

I loved this story and the many layers to the characters. I probably related to Cheri and her friend Candy the best… especially when you make huge mistakes and have to return home. But I adored the mystery twist to this romantic story, including JJ’s never ending love. The whole story brought a satisfying sigh of happiness at the end of the book.

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joysann

The Witness by Nora Roberts

Listened to by joysann

Abigail Lowery is a mystery to the locals in the small Ozark community to which she recently moved, polite but unsociable, keeping to herself on her highly-secured rural property with her huge guard dog, and carrying a gun. Amiable, handsome Police Chief Brooks Gleason charms his way through the boundaries of her isolation, and finds an unusual, brilliant but lonely woman hiding big, frightening secrets. When it’s time for Abigail to confront the monsters of her past, Brooks is there to help her face the very real dangers of betrayal and a vicious criminal element.

Through her last few books, I’m finding that the already incredible Nora Roberts just keeps getting better and better. I was enthralled with The Witness, listening to its 16-some hours in less than a day and half. The story mixed brutal and chilling with romantic and charming in such a satisfying way that, with a fine reading by narrator Julia Whelan, I found listening a true pleasure.

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Bottom Line:  “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance”~ Jane Austen

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.

RWA: Workshops and Parties

Barbara Vey -- July 30th, 2010
Danniele, Marilyn, Kira, me, Kimberly, Alexandra

Danniele, Marilyn, Kira, me, Kimberly, Alexandra

One of the best parts of coming to RWA is meeting up with old friends.  With over 2,500 people here, that’s a lot of meeting up.  An annual get-together that I look forward to is seeing the women of the Writing Playground.  We met at my first RWA when none were published yet and have continued getting together every RWA since.  Now Kimberly Lang and Kira Sinclair are publishing veterans, Marilyn Puitt, Danniele Worsham and Alexandra Frost are polishing up their books for pitches.  The annual conference is a great way to watch people careers grow and blossom from year to year.

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Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts

Keynote speaker for the luncheon was Nora Roberts.  Joysann attended and reports that, exhorting authors to work hard, Nora says “it’s supposed to be hard”, and that “hard is what makes it special”, so “ride the hard”. But she also says to find friends because “no one should have to face the hard alone.”

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Anne Elizabeth at the spa

Anne Elizabeth at the spa

As for me, I admit I slipped off for a few minutes with Anne Elizabeth and Sheila English for a little spa treatment.  It was wonderful to relax, have my poor tootsies rubbed and inhale the soothing scents.  A quick lunch and I was rejuvenated for the afternoon.

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The workshops for the afternoon included:

Sex Appeal: Blurring the Boundaries Between Women’s and Men’s Fiction brought Suzanne Brockmann and thriller author Lee Childs together in discussion. Lee maintains that men are a hard sell as most men don’t read fiction at all, and the best way to get them to read romance is to not tell them it’s romance at all.

Helen Kay Daimon received the Mentor of the Year Award

Helen Kay Daimon received the Mentor of the Year Award

Writing in Multiple Genres was a panel discussion with Ann Aguirre, Cynthia Eden, Beth Kerry, Elisabeth Naughton, Juliana Stone, and Beth Williamson. The consensus seemed to be that despite the challenge of a multiplied workload, writing in multiple genres enhances the writing experience and is rewardin

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Heather Graham, Shirley Hailstock, Gail King-Gamble

Heather Graham, Shirley Hailstock, Gail King-Gamble

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I stopped in the Presidential Suite to help RWA celebrate 30 years.  It was a beautiful view with a grand piano and wine.

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Next I ran over to the Swan for the Trident Party.  I met agents Robert Gottlieb and Kim Whalen and Pocket editor Lauren.   I’m sorry that I could only stay a few minutes because I was off to a dinner, but I got to congratulate Cherry Adair for hitting the NY Times list this week, said a quick hi to Karen Tabke, Liz Kreger and Edie Ramer.

Carina Press Dinner

Carina Press Dinner

Carina Press invited bloggers and reviewers to a lovely dinner off the Disney property, so 15 of us boarded a van.  Yes, it did look a little like a clown car when we all poured out.  Angela James was quick to point out that our waiter resembled an alpha hero and when he mentioned that he also cooks, cleans and does laundry (because it won’t get done itself), there was a collective sigh around the table.  I was seated next to Lynn Spencer of All About Romance and Aztec Lady (she said I could call her Al).  A little wine, wonderful food and delightful conversation.  I learned so much and now have more new blogs to read.  The taxi ride back to the hotel was a nightmare.  Jayne Hoogenberk, Al and I needed to be back early to hit other events.  Unfortunately, our cab driver got lost.  It was a long, hot, bumpy ride in the back seat and I got a case of motion sickness.  When we finally got back to the hotel, I was feeling so lousy that I was walking like a drunken sailor with Jayne and Al holding me up.  More than one person commented that I probably had “too much to drink.”  I wish…instead I stumbled into my room and barely made it to the bathroom.  No more parties for me last night.

So, my apologies to Death by Chocolate, Pasic, Nancy Berland and the Harlequin Pajama Party.  I’m sure they were all a blast and when I get pictures from them, I’ll be sure to post them to the blog.

Bottom Line: If the ride there takes 15 minutes and the ride back, over an hour…your cabbie is probably lost.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 23rd, 2010

Thunderstorms are flying around here lately with lots of thunder, lightening and tornado sirens.  Just the right time to curl up with a good book to drown out the outside world by taking me away to somewhere warm and comfy.  Here’s what the WW Ladies have been cuddling up with.

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Heidi

Heidi

The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam: A Wise-Cracking Tale of Secrets, Peril and Murder! by

Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam

Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam

Marilee Brothers

Read by Heidi

Allegra Thome seems to attract trouble.  After teaching at school, she accidentally stumbles into a drug bust, but sexy DEA officer Sloan is not amused. When one of her students goes missing, before time runs out to search for missing Sara, more people connected to Sara and Allegra start to die. Allegra may need to put her own life at risk to get the answers and find Sara before it’s too late, no matter how distracting Sloan becomes.

I know a book will be great when the first line is: “Pantyhose are a tool of the devil.” Not only was I tickled with quirky lines like that throughout the book, but when mixed  with mystery, romance, and an awesome cast of characters this book rocked!

joysann

joysann

Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Raises Hell

Kitty Raises Hell

Listened to by joysann

While in Las Vegas in the last adventure, Kitty made some serious enemies, and now they’ve raised pyromaniac monster to kill her and hers in Denver. With Ben and a supernatural reality TV show crew, she races against the next evil event to learn what it is and how to defeat it before her whole werewolf pack is destroyed.

Kitty’s continuing story is exciting and addicting. With fascinating insights to Carrie Vaughn’s werewolf world, and edge-of-the-seat conflicts with extraordinary beings, one finishes this book ready to leap into the next – Kitty’s House of Horrors. The audio book read by Marguerite Gavin gives an extra special measure of entertainment to an already terrific series.

Denise

Denise

The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe

The Shy Bride

The Shy Bride

Read by Denise

Extremely shy Cassandra Baker has been an accomplished piano player all of her life, but since her parent’s deaths, she hasn’t left home.  A charity auction held once a year is the only opportunity she offers lessons.  A friend pays $100,000 for Neo Stamos, an egotistical Greek tycoon. to have the lessons.  At first Neo baulks at the idea of taking these lessons, until he sets eyes on Cassandra.  He wants her desperately, but knows that she is very different and a new tactic will be needed.

I found it intriguing how a shy, homebound woman could get to a Type “A” personality.  Neo  knew just how to gently get her to leave her home and not be afraid.  To have a man like that, that is so in tune to how she feels is worth a sack of gold anytime.  Maybe in my second life I will find a Greek tycoon!!

Melissa

Melissa

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Exclusively Yours

Exclusively Yours

Read by Melissa

Keri Daniels and Joe Kowalski were high school sweethearts.  Joe thought they’d be together forever, while Keri longed for more than the small town they grew up in.  When Keri goes home to snag an exclusive interview with best selling author Joe, he sees an opportunity…and makes Keri coming along on the family vacation a stipulation of the interview.  It doesn’t take long for them to realize there is still something between them other than distance in miles.

This was my first book from the new Carina Press ~ and I loved it!  Shannon Stacey wrote a straight contemporary that was fun, full of relationships and emotions I couldn’t stop until I was finished!

Michelle

Michelle

Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy

Accidentally Demonic

Accidentally Demonic

Read by Michelle

Casey Schwartz is a glorified babysitter of 21 year old twins from an affluent family and it’s her job to keep them away from the paparazzi.  One night Casey is out with the girls at a club, next thing she knows she has been arrested for assaulting an off duty police officer and has no recollection of the night’s events.  Casey calls her sister Wanda to bail her out and thus starts the paranormal journey of her life.  Casey learns that she has been accidentally doused with a demon’s blood and is now part human and part demon with many new and exciting yet disturbing abilities.   Life as she knows it changes when her fate becomes tied to Clay Gunnersson, the one responsible for her transformation.

Laugh out loud funny, with amusing characters dealing with the insanity of the paranormal.  If only, I could flick fireballs off my finger tips.

Melissa

Melissa

Savor The Moment by Nora Roberts

Read by Melissa

Laurel McBane has been in love with Delaney Brown her whole life.  But she’s always kept it to herself, not even her three closest friends (including Del’s own sister, Parker) know her secret!  Laurel takes matters into her own hands when she becomes completely irritated with Del and pops a big kiss on him.  Del has tried so hard to NOT think of Laurel in that way, but it’s impossible not to now…the dynamics of their relationship has changed, and how were they going to progress from here?

Savor The Moment spotlights what I consider Nora’s strongest asset, the relationships.  Not just between Del and Laurel, which was wonderful to see, but between the Quartet, the men they’ve fallen in love with and the friendships they’ve built.  Nora Roberts always makes me want to be  one of her characters!

Bottom Line: Okay, unplugging the computer now so I don’t get zapped…color me chicken.

My upcoming events:

Authors in Motion – June 27 (at the K-Mart in Racine, WI)

Lady Jane’s Salon – July 5th

Thrillerfest – July 7-10

San Diego Comic Con – July 22-25

Romance Writers of America – July 28-31

DragonCon – September 3-6

Alice Baker Library Author Event in Eagle Wisconsin – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14

Contact me at:  barbaravey@gmail.com

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