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Missouri Romance Writers

Barbara Vey -- November 25th, 2013


I was thrilled to spend this weekend with the MORWA writers group.  It really was a twofer since my son and his family live in the area.  I got to spend Friday with the grandkids (they were off of school) and Sunday celebrating my grandson’s 13th birthday with paintball and 14 of his friends.

Maggie Mae Gallagher

Maggie Mae Gallagher

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Gina Danna gets her cover immortalized for her first book

Friday evening I got to mix and mingle with the MORWA group at dinner.  We talked books which are my favorite topic.  One of the big questions I always get is if a certain genre is selling.  There certainly is no easy answer to this.  There will always be readers for a variety of genres, but what the big one is or will be is anyone’s guess.  The readers I talk to love a variety of books and most will read almost anything.  They love western, romantic suspense, paranormal, erotica, inspirational, YA, mysteries and historicals.  I might have missed mentioning some, but if you name them, I’m sure there are readers for them.  The tricky part is always getting the readers to find the authors.

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Julie Opdyke receives an award for winning a writing contest

The surprise of the evening was Jade Lee stopping by as she was in town for a book signing.  There’s no lack of conversation or fun when Jade is around.  One of the great parts of these mixers is the variety of writers who attend.  There was a brand new member along with New York Times bestselling authors, published and unpublished authors.  I love how you can talk about anything and everything and still the conversation seem to get back around books.


MORWA starts off it’s morning meeting with an optional event, Coffee Talk.  Maggie Mae Gallagher presented a program on what an author’s assistant is and what they can offer authors.  There was much interest in this subject as many writers find themselves strapped for time while trying to write books, raise families, work a full time job and still try to get the word out there on their books.  Many were grateful to know there are options out there to help them succeed.


MORWA Board: Back row: Ellen Parker, Claudia Shelton, Maggie Sherwood
Front: Pam Trader, Linda Gilman

My portion of the program was on Building Reader Loyalty.  I have an amazing slide show presentation that I was anxious to show them that was developed by my niece, Jenny.  Unfortunately, the projector couldn’t be connected, so I just winged it.  It still went well with the crowded room and we had a terrific discussion about readers, how to reach them and how to keep them.  I was very impressed with the questions and comments from the group.  We talked about Street Teams, connecting with readers, book covers and self publishing.  I loved connecting with this savvy group of enthusiastic writers.

Bottom Line:  Another group to cross off my list as I make my way across the country in my quest to visit every writer group.  January it will be Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.


From Marguarite Kaye:  18 of the Harlequin Historical authors get together each year to produce a holiday calendar. We have prizes every day, and a grand prize draw for a kindle fire or tablet.  It all kicks off November 27th.


RT Invades Kansas City

Barbara Vey -- May 2nd, 2013


I just arrived in Kansas City for the RT Booklover’s Convention’s 30th Anniversary.  The event started Monday with a preconvention of sightseeing and writer’s bookcamp.  It’s a huge Sheraton Hotel and has a walkway that lead to shopping, food and the overflow hotel.  I’m glad I’m not over there because I heard it’s about a half a mile walk and when you’re lugging books and goodies all day back to your room, it can be a little much.  But it doesn’t stop the hoards of readers and writers who attend this event.

There’s something happening all the time and I just managed to get to a few of them on Wednesday because when you come to something like this, you can barely walk two feet without seeing someone you know and you just have to stop and chat for a few minutes.  If you go to the restaurant, you never have to eat alone, there’s readers and writers galore who’d love to talk to you about books.

RT models. Picture taken by Morgan Doremus

RT models. Picture taken by Morgan Doremus

There was a cover model meet and greet that was a special ticket only event, but Morgan sent me this great shot of Men in Tights.  I’m not sure if they were channeling pirates or Robin Hood, but I could hear a lot of hooting and hollering coming from the room.




Authors from The Intergalactic Bar and Grill - picture by Morgan Doremus

Authors from The Intergalactic Bar and Grill – picture by Morgan Doremus



Authors get together and sponsor all different events.  The sci-fi group put on the Intergalactic Bar and Grill.  There were blow up alien dolls and goodie bags stuffed with books. They challenged readers with trivia questions, so one had to dig out of their memories the details of old movies and TV shows. .


Kensington Publishing offered a readers event where they were separated into groups with authors and told to come up with the perfect paranormal hero.  Sorry to say they didn’t send me the final result, but there were a lot of suggestions from the readers so I guess they think about this a lot.

Historical authors - picture by Morgan Doremus

Historical authors – picture by Morgan Doremus

The historical authors were all at Rosie’s  Gulch Saloon.  They were dressed in their saloon finery and readers were given cards with questions on them that they had to get answered by the authors who were stationed around the room.  Then winning tickets were picked for prizes.  But everyone manages to walk away with a goodie bag filled with books, t-shirt, playing cards and other swag.  When you come to these events, you really need to bring an extra suitcase.

The big party of the night was the Ellora’s Cave’s Disco.  Everyone dresses to the hilt and there is food, dancing and even more giveaways.  Ellora Cavemen were there, so there was plenty to look at.  Everyone left tired, but with smiles on their faces.EC Disco







Bottom Line:  I wish I could clone myself to go to more of the things I missed.

5th Anniversary Bash: Romance Blowout

Barbara Vey -- March 10th, 2012

I can’t believe we’re at the end of the week already.  This party has been incredible and today is no exception.  We’re in Venice for the Romance Blowout!  These incredible authors have gotten together to to give you readers a sendoff to remember.  There’s great prizes and lots of party stuff.  There’s food, entertainment and great atmosphere.


Which one is Sven?

Which one is Sven?

WARNING: Romance Bandits bloggers are INVADING Venice. That’s right – watch for major surprises throughout the day.  (Hint: think “instant win”) They’re walking in now with a giant silver punchbowl of the Goddess Sangria’s secret recipe (a potent, Champagne-laced potion and credited with at least three magical love affairs) and all of the Bandit lair’s swarthy male staff..including the famous Bandita Cabana Boys, the Gladiators, the  Hockey Hunks, and yes….they’re even bringing Sven, who will give his incredible massages to guests until his amazing hands are worn out.  Just remember, what happens at Barbara’s bash STAYS at Barbara’s bash, and the Banditas will hold you to that…after all, they do have their party reputations to consider.  They promise to NOT bring the Golden Rooster…well, not if they can catch him anyway.

Allie Boniface is carrying in beautiful bouquets of Venetian Roses and Anju Gattani is bringing in a designer sari from India’s leading fashion designer (for women), Anita Dongre who designed the wedding trousseau for Sheetal Dhanraj.  Desiree Holt was thinking flowers also with two dozen roses, a case of champagne and scented oils.


To go along with the champagne, Jennifer Haymore stumbled upon the Donovan sister’s secret stash of Antiguan rum, so she’s bringing over a couple cases!  It’s not a party without wine, so good thing Roxanne St. Claire is bringing over a few more bottles.



For food, the ladies of The Ballroom Blog — Katharine Ashe, Sabrina Darby, Tessa Dare, Gaelen Foley, Sarah MacLean and Miranda Neville — will bring their favorite party delights to share, spiked ratafia and lobster patties!  Barbara Monajem has lots of Eccles Cakes.  Casey Crow says, “I’m bringing an empty stomach so I can eat tons of pizza and pasta.”  Well, nobody’s brought any pizza or pasta yet, but the day is young.  Jill Shalvis is bringing gourmet chocolates to make sure our party ends on a sweet note.


Carla Swafford  I’ll bring balloons. For there’s nothing better than dozens upon dozens of floating bright colored balloons to make a party…well, feel like a party!





Sabrina Jeffries   No party is complete without proper entertainment. Sabrina Jeffries will bring her Regency dance moves to kick off the day of revelry.  While Lauren Hunter feels that bringing Josh Groban is definitely a good party move.  Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar feel Nic “The Lover” Lamoureux will thrill the romance readers.




Josh Groban

Ever logical Joan Swan says, “Dramamine, for those of us who get motion sick but who wouldn’t miss a serenade on a gondola by a sexy Venetian gondolier for a anything.”


Becky Barker wants to know, “So ladies, if you could choose a fantasy hero for your Saturday night date, would it be an all-American guy with blond hair and light eyes? Or a dark-haired, dark-eyed guy who’s just a bit dangerous? No cheating, you have to pick just one.”


Bottom Line:  Best 5th Anniversary Party ever!!

Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 12th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:

Grace Burrowes   A Nook

Becky Barker  Kindle E-Reader and a free copy of my latest release, STOWAWAY

From Liz Maverick, Carolyn Jewel, Patti O’Shea, and Jade Lee:  To celebrate the ebook re-release of the Crimson City paranormal romance series, Crimson authors Carolyn Jewel, Patti O’Shea, Jade Lee, and Liz Maverick are giving away one set of the “endangered species” versions (the print editions!) of their Crimson City series books, Crimson City, Through a Crimson Veil, Seduced by Crimson, Shards of Crimson, Crimson Rogue and Crimson & Steam.

From Heroes & Heartbreakers  Two St. Martin’s Press Prize Packs (All books unless otherwise noted  are paperback):Two (2) sets of: Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh, Vampire Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray Stroke of Midnight anthology by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L.A. Banks, and Lori Handeland

Heroes & Heartbreakers  – One “Hot” Prize Pack including Live Wire by Lora Leigh, Wings of Fire by Caris Roane, Vampires Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray, Legally Hot anthology by Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, and Red Garnier.

Heroes & Heartbreakers – Six copies of Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

Heroes & Heartbreakers – Four copies of the gorgeous photo-rich hardcover William and Catherine: Their Story by Andrew Morton.

Heroes & Heartbreakers – Two Women’s Fiction Prize Packs including hardcover editions of The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff and Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews.

Heroes & Heartbreakers -Four Lora Leigh Prize Packs including Forbidden Pleasure and Live Wire by Lora Leigh.

Heroes & Heartbreakers – Two “Spitfire Heroine” Prize Packs including a signed copy of the audiobook First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, and Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Eleven Dark Hunters Prize Packs including a Heroes & Heartbreakers T-shirt and volumes 1-4 of The Dark Hunters manga series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Romance at Random:

Ruthie Knox – RIDE WITH ME, Arc Giveaway -
Jessica Scott – BECAUSE OF YOU Arc giveaway -
Suzanne Brockmann – Born To Darkness – 3/20 on sale -
Monica McCarty – The Saint – 3/27 on sale -
Lara Adrian – Darker After Midnight -
Laura Moore – Trouble Me – March 27 -
Molly O’Keefe – Can’t Buy Me Love – 6/26 on sale but I’m giving away an arc – /
Mariah Stewart – Hometown Girl -
Emily March – Lover’s Leap -
Shawntelle Madison – Coveted -
HP Mallory – Witchful Thinking -
Christy Reece – Sweet Reward -
Stephanie Tyler – Night Moves -
Nicole Jordan – Princess Charming -
Shiloh Walker – If You Know Her


Allie Boniface  Winner’s choice of any of my ebooks

Anju Gattani  A copy of DUTY AND DESIRE and the following:  one matching bookmark, one wedding invitation (made in India) from golden, silk fabric, inviting the reader to the fictitious wedding of Sanjeet and Sheetal ‘The wedding of the decade’ (the opening of the story).

Barbara Monajem  Two historical e-novellas, The Wanton Governess and The Unrepentant Rake.

Carla Swafford  5 BOOKS of Circle of Desire  (One for each year you’ve been writing your blog! Congratulations, Barbara.)

Casey Crow  ebook copy of CAN’T FAKE THIS (INT, f/m contemporary erotic)

Catherine Mann  My March and April books– PROTECTOR, HONORABLE INTENTIONS

Desiree Holt  Signed copy of Finding Julia

Jennifer Haymore  5 copies of SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS (provided by publisher)

Jill Shalvis 5 ARCs of LUCKY IN LOVE (provided by publisher)

Judith Glynn Ereader or POD: “A Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman’s Heart”

Julia London  Revenge of Lord Eberlin for that romance day.

Lauren Hunter  1 copy of my time travel romance ebook  ‘The Coffee Shop’

Lexi George  1 copy of Demon Hunting in Dixie and 1 copy of So I Married A Demon Slayer

Penguin Publishing  3 romance books

Romance at Random  Roxanne St. Claire  same  5 ARCs of BAREFOOT IN THE SAND with wine coaster (provided by publisher)

Sabrina Jeffries  Hellions have more fun! Experience the fun first hand by winning the entire Hellions of Halstead Hall Regency romance series from Sabrina Jeffries—The Truth About Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed, How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, To Wed a Wild Lord and A Lady Never Surrenders.

Shanon Grey  digital upload for Kindle (.prc) and Nook (epub) of The Shoppe of Spells

Teresa Medeiros  2 autographed copy of THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS

Susan Elizabeth Phillips  New Mass Market Paperback of CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE

Murder She Writes 3 digital copies of GUNS AND ROSES: A MURDER SHE WRITES ANTHOLOGY

Sophia Knightly  WILD FOR YOU (Tropical Heat Series, Book 1) and SOLD ON YOU (Tropical Heat Series, Book 2)

Joan Swan  Print Copy of FEVER and $10 Amazon Gift Card

Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar  – one signed print copy of “Deadly Obsession” by Kristine Cayne (US-only – International will get an ebook) – one signed print copy of “Revenge” by Dana Delamar  (US-only – International will get an ebook)  – one $10 USD Amazon Gift Card. (US-only – International will get it electronically)

The Ballroom Blog (Katharine Ashe, Sabrina Darby, Tessa Dare, Gaelen Foley, Sarah MacLean and Miranda Neville ) A basket of fourteen books — two each from the six of us, plus books from our two soon-to-be-revealed new members. The winner will be the first to find out who these two authors are!

Dianna Love  signed copies of Phantom In the Night, Whispered Lies and Silent Truth
Catherine Mann  Renegade (signed)
Trinity Faegen The Mephisto Covenant (signed)
Thread of Fear (signed) by  Laura Griffin
Cover of Night by  Linda Howard
Kiss of Snow by  Nalini Singh (hardback)
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
Devil’s Bride by  Stephanie Laurens
The Summer Garden by Paulina Simons
Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
The Eagle and the Dove by Victoria Morrow
Midsummer Moon by  Laura Kinsale
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Mammoth book of Paranormal Romance 2 (anthology)
Lakeside Cottage by  Susan Wiggs
Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor
Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
Dead After Dark anthology by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, JR Ward and Susan Squires


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