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New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- October 29th, 2013

new releases

It just wouldn’t be Tuesday without finding out the terrific books released today.  Be sure to check to see if you were a winner in the Mills & Boon giveaway on last Friday’s blog.  You have to email me with your address.

Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Kensington Publishing.  In honor of Trick or Treating, just comment with your favorite candy (or other special treat) for a chance to win some terrific Kensington titles.





Just Like Other Daughters (Colleen Faulkner) ARC








Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner (Kensington Publishing)

Devilishly Wicked by Kathy Love (Brava / Kensington Publishing)

Pelican Point by Donna Kauffman (Kensington Publishing)

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Notable by Marni Bates (Kteen / Kensington Publishing)

Thoreau At Devil’s Perch by B.B. Oak (Kensington Publishing)

Blood Curse by Sharon Page (Aphrodisia / Kensington Publishing)


10-29-13Wyoming Bold10-29-13A Fool's Gold Christmas 10-29-13A Kiss Under the Mistletoe





A Kiss Under the Mistletoe by Jennifer Basye Sander (Harlequin)

Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer (Harlequin)

A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)


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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (Plume / November)

Storm Demon By Gregory Lamberson (Medallion Press)

Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins (Carina Press)

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Battle Scars by Sheryl Nantus (Carina Press)

Trancehack by Sonya Clark (Carina Press)

Undead Chaos by Joshua Roots (Carina Press)

10-29-13Holiday Kisses 10-29-13If You Were Mine10-29-13Take Me Home for Christmas





Holiday Kisses by Alison KentJaci BurtonHelenKay DimonShannon Stacey (Harlequin)

If You Were Mine by Bella Andre (Harlequin)

Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak (Harlequin)

10-29-13Sleigh Bells In the Snow10-29-13Upon a Winter's Night 10-29-13The Perfect Match






Upon A Winter’s Night by Karen Harper (Harlequin)

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (Harlequin)

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Harlequin)

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Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin)

One Night with the Laird by Nicola Cornick (Harlequin)

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs (Harlequin)

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The Young and the Submissive (Doms of Her Life 2) by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl   (Dream Words, LLC)

Rumors That Ruined A Lady by Marguerite Kaye www.margueritekaye.com (Mills&Boon)

His Third Wife by Grace Octavia  (Dafina / Kensington Publishing)











Barefoot by the Sea by Roxanne St. Claire (Forever, Mass Market)

Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton (Forever, Mass Market)

Once a Rake by Eileen Dreyer  (Forever, Mass Market)








Accidentally in Love With…A God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Forever, Mass Market)

Wild Man by Kristen Ashley (Forever, Mass Market)

Bottom Line:  I bought Trick or Treat candy yesterday and ate it already…need to go back to the store…rats!!

Yes, It’s Time for Christmas Books

Barbara Vey -- September 10th, 2012

It now officially feels like autumn around here.  Last night the temperatures dropped into the 50s and it smells like sweater weather.  Even though we had an unusually hot summer, I’m always sad to see it come to an end.  Oh, I like how pretty the trees look when the leaves change, but it’s such a short time until they’re bare and winter comes rolling in.  And I really dislike cold weather more and more as the years go by.


The cooler breezes aren’t the only thing coming into my house lately.  Christmas books have begun to arrive.  I love reading Christmas books, but I especially like to read them when the tree is trimmed, evergreen and cinnamon candles are burning and I’m sipping a hot chocolate with whipped cream.  It really puts me in the mood.


Next month the WW Ladies will let us know what they think of the Christmas books they’re reading.  Some of the books I’ve seen so far are A Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery, My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr, Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries, A Little Holiday Temptation by Janice Sims, Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown and A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs.






The Christmas books start coming out in October, much like when the stores start putting out their Christmas stock.  I’ve always loved to buy the little Christmas books to use as stocking stuffers, but even though I understand the reasoning in retail, I hate to see the seasons rushed.  How about you?


I’m sure I just touched the tip of the iceberg with the Christmas books I mentioned, so please, let everyone know what other Christmas books will be coming out this year by posting the titles and authors in comments.  I’ll put the list together and post it again when the WW Ladies write about their Christmas books.


Bottom Line:  Maybe I’ll crank up the air conditioning, light some candles and put the burning Yule log DVD on to put me in the Christmas mood while reading some of these books.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 30th, 2011

I’m getting ready to leave Monday for the RT Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles.  Trying to save money for the trip, I opted to not pay $100+ to get my hair colored (I decided gray is not in my color palate).  Instead, I asked my sister to dye it for me.  She did it the first time for me over 40 years ago and you think we would have learned our lesson, but no.  Now, apparently, orange is the color to work my wardrobe around.



Phantom Evil by Heather Graham

Read by Michelle

Regina Halloway, wife of Senator David Halloway throws herself off the balcony of their house on Dauphine in the French Quarter.  Senator Halloway belives their home is haunted and that due to her intense grief over the death of their son she couldn’t deal with her loss.  Jackson Crow is called in to lead a team of Paranormal Investigators, to answer the question whether or not the house is really haunted.  Angela Hawkins is being directed by two ghosts who were victims of the serial killer Madden C. Newton who went on a killing spree during the Civil War.  The ghosts are trying to communicate to Angela about the evil lurking in the real and spiritual realm.

Heather Graham does a great job with character building and setting her scenes.  Having been to New Orleans I was able to picture in my mind’s eye what the characters were seeing.  At times I sat with chills and goosebumps awaiting the next plot turn.  The images she paints came alive in my imagination.  A great read and highly recommended.



Guarding a Notorious Lady by Olivia Parker

Read by Kym
Rosalind doesn’t think she needs a guardian. Her brother, Gabriel, disagrees. After all, he’s leaving town for three months, and men are already betting that they’ll be able to win his sister’s hand during his absence. To Rosalind’s dismay, it turns out Gabriel has chosen Nicholas — the only man she’s ever loved — for the job. This sets the stage for Parker’s amusing romp of a Regency. Because though Rosalind will only settle for a man who loves her with all his heart, Nicholas is determined not to fall in love.
I always look forward to “Olivia’s” books, partly because I know her, but mainly because they’re always a fun read. Entertaining and amusing, with feisty heroines and dashing heroes, they provide an escape from everyday reality. “Guarding a Notorious Lady” fits perfectly into this category, and I hope others will take the opportunity to enjoy it.


Stone Kissed by Keri Stevens

E-book read by joysann

Delia Forrest’s business as a conservator is successful because she has a special talent for restoring stone sculptures to perfect condition. It’s also a secret one. When she has to sell her grand family home and all its treasures to Grant Wolverton, her art dealer father’s young competitor, she grieves at losing all her friends. Delia and Grant end up working together, however, when someone uses murder and destruction in an effort to secure both the ancient property and the man who now owns it.

I’m already waiting for Keri Steven’s next book, because the magic of this one charmed me with both her artful writing and the beguiling characters she created, and she must have more in store for us. Exciting, entrancing, and wonderfully romantic, Stone Kissed was one book I’ll be rereading soon. If you haven’t gotten to this delightful and inventive story yet, you really must.



Delicious by Susan Mallery

Listened to by Linda

The story focuses on the Buchanan family and the Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. Cal Buchanan agrees to return to the family business to manage The Waterfront and bring it back to it’s former “Delicious” status in Seattle. In order to accomplish this he has to hire the best chef in town which turns out to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson. From the beginning there are sparks between the two of them and lots of interference form Cal’s grandmother.

I was completely entertained by this book. The characters were interesting and the narrative believable. The plot is well developed and intriguing. I especially like any book centered around a cooking theme. Therese Plummer did an excellent job reading.



Alien Tango by Gini Koch

Read by Stacey

Meeting Martini’s parents, dealing with a Representative who has it in for the A-C’s, and debating whether or not she wants to attend her high school reunion isn’t a walk in the park for Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt.  Nope.  Especially when you combine it with deadly attacks against the members of Alpha team, stalkers and the reappearance of a high school boyfriend.  All she hopes is that she’ll get out of it all alive, with her relationship with Martini in tact.

This book is funny, fast paced and yet at the same time, raises interesting questions about dealing with prejudice, religion and refugees.  Kitty is an amazing narrator and her perspective on the situations she must deal with in this book…from assassination attempts to her high school reunion and her former classmates, as well as the reality of finally meeting Martini’s parents, gives readers insight into the events that have forged her personality.




Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong

Listened to by joysann

Though nightmares of black ops in the middle east plague her, retired Army sniper Mercy Gunderson decides to run for sheriff when it appears the current one isn’t doing his job investigating the murder of one of her former operatives. Since a major oil conglomerate had hired her friend to promote an unpopular push for a pipeline, it seems the search for his killer is also unpopular. Mercy’s investigation leads her into dangerous territory that threatens her both her political aspirations, and more gravely, her life.

Gritty, tough and competent, it’s as Mercy’s vulnerabilities and hesitant dreams are revealed that she becomes seriously admirable and sympathetic. I like her all the more for the complicated humanity of her character, and Lori Armstrong again proves herself as a talented writer with this second engrossing mystery in Mercy’s South Dakota. As an audiobook, Mercy Kills is compelling, and narrator Jennifer Van Dyck portrays the heroine as tough a woman as she is.

Bottom Line: Spending the day shopping for hats.

Monday News and Notes

Barbara Vey -- June 28th, 2010
Emlie Richards, Susan Mallery, Rachel Vincent, Gena Showalter, Carla Neggers

Emilie Richards, Susan Mallery, Rachel Vincent, Gena Showalter, Carla Neggers

Taking it nice and easy on a Sunday morning when I checked my calendar and realized that I was supposed to be at a K-Mart in Racine for Harlequin authors.  Thank goodness I had already showered, but without make-up and with a super bad rain hair day, I headed out an hour late.  I was lucky enough to catch up with them before they continued their bus tour to Brookfield for the afternoon.   The group consisted of Susan Mallery, Rachel Vincent, Emilie Richards, Gena Showalter and Carla Neggers.  The 3 day/8 stop bus tour through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin brought out old fans and new ones, but the authors were looking forward to their last stop in the afternoon before heading back to their own homes, tired, but ready to start writing again.

Aimee Carter

Aimee Carter



Aimee Carter was there to have her books autographed and it turns out that she has just signed with Harlequin Teen.  Amiee’s book, The Goddess Test, will be out in 2012 and although she looked about 12 (they all seem to look younger and younger to me), she’s actually a brilliant 24 year old.  So, congratulations Aimee!


Riverhead Trade Paperbacks, a division of Penguin Group (USA), announced a campaign to raise money for The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by the author of the internationally bestselling novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns to aid the people of Afghanistan.

Inspired by readers around the world who have embraced and shared Hosseini’s beloved novels, the Picture a Book Changing Lives campaign invites people to submit up to two still photos of themselves reading or holding a copy of either The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns. For each eligible photo uploaded to the Hosseini group page of the Penguin Group (USA) website, Riverhead will donate $2.00 (up to a maximum $25,000 donation) to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. Starting on June 15th and running through August 31st (11:59:59pm ET), people can visit the “Hosseini” group, and upload their pictures here.


Donna Hayes

Donna Hayes

Congrats go out to Donna Hayes.  The Harlequin Publisher and CEO is the recipient of this year’s “W Award” presented by the YWCA of the City of New York.  Donna is being recognized not only as a business woman at the top of her field, but also for supporting the YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate discrimination through the books she and Harlequin Enterprises publishes each month.  The Summer Soiree was held June 24th.  (I wish I would have been there because I’m sure that Donna wore something stunning.)


Monday Giveaways

From Brenda Novak: To celebrate the release of my new book, WHITE HEAT, Three Custom Color Specialists, a nice cosmetics line in NYC, has developed a new shade of lip gloss called by the same name. It’s really cool! I thought it might be fun to do a giveaway on your blog.  So, just leave a comment and Brenda will pick a winner to send the lip gloss to (winner announced tomorrow).

From The Adam Ezra Group: Our “Kill Like This” is the official song for the release of Infinty, the latest bestseller from Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Send in your most creative pics and videos based on the book for a chance to win an IPad loaded with a copy of Infinty, as well as the latest album from the Adam Ezra Group, a re-mixed version of “Kill Like This” and special, un-released AEG material!  (Get all the information here)

Bottom Line: Scary incident yesterday with my car brakes.  Felt like Fred Flintstone trying to stop the car, but made it home ok.  Whew!

My upcoming events:

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

Eagle Library Author Event – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14

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Barbara Vey -- May 26th, 2010
Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Unfortunately I won’t be attending BEA (Book Expo America) this year.  It is very depressing for me.  I just got back from Florida helping my brothers work on my mother’s home.  We painted and threw out stuff (so far over 500 sets of salt and pepper shakers that my aunt and uncle collected).

I’m just sick thinking about not seeing the Babs (Barbra Streisand).  This would be a dream come true.  When would I get that opportunity again?  And then, over 500 authors there and I’m not.  That is so wrong.  I feel like I’m in withdrawal.

Luckily, I have my books to get me through and here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.

JoysannBlack Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Listened to by joysann

Things have only gone from bad to worse for Rachel Morgan, since being shunned by the witch covens, which accuse her of using black magic and dealing with demons. Though they’re not wrong, that’s no excuse for them trying to kidnap her, imprison her for life, or even kill her. Surprisingly, it’s the unwelcome worst of her companions who are her best chances for keeping safe.

Kim Harrison just keeps the story moving in this 8th book in the Rachel Morgan series. It’s a great blend of suspense, humor, horror, romance and sorrow, and, as usual, I couldn’t put it down. Listening to Marguerite Gavin’s audio performance just made it much more exciting.

HeidiKnock Me for a Loop by Heidi BettsKnock Me for a Loop by Heidi Betts

Read by Heidi
Grace Fisher can’t forgive her ex-fiancée Zack Hoolihan. No matter how many times he denies that he didn’t cheat on her with the tramp she found in his hotel room, she knows he has to be guilty. With her heart broken, she is moving on. That is, until Zack gets hurt and needs help. Grace is protecting her broken heart but the rest of her doesn’t want to protection.
This was the perfect book to enjoy in a weekend while sitting outside enjoying the nice weather. Fun, witty and hard to put down, a great combination.
LorettaJetty Man by G.W. Reynolds IIIJetty Man by G W Reynolds
Read by Loretta

The author, G.W. Reynolds III wrote a trilogy, featuring the three stages of Jason’s young life -  He began with his childhood, then into the milestone of his 16th birthday and finally to his 21st year.  Some of the characters appear in each segment, others are left behind in a haze of anger, hate, cruelty, violence and death. Jason often withdraws into himself by silence and apathy; not sure if he had a bad dream, wondering if some of the ugly and mean treatment really happened.  His mother wonders if he is “not quite right”, but he is liked by everyone, especially the young girls in town and complimented for his work ethic by his bosses.

To me, this was delicious reading of a masterful and mesmerizing tale.  It was difficult to put the book down.  Everyone of the 478 pages had an unexpected twist or turn right up to the shocking ending.  Is a sequel to a trilogy called a “quartology”?  I sure hope G.W. Reynolds III writes one so I can read more about Jason and his amazing life.

DeniseAlmost Perfect by Susan MalleryAlmost Perfect by Susan Mallery
Read by Denise

When Liz Sutton was in high school, she was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks that fell in love with Ethan Hendrix who was from the other side of the tracks.  He said he was in love with her and he was her “first time”.  He betrayed her and everything that meant anything to them.  She left town and started a life of her own.  Now years later, she has had to return to take care of her two nieces.  Little does Ethan know that when she left 11 years ago, she was pregnant with their son.  She has become a successful writer and has done a good job of raising her son, but the small town still sees her as the “girl from the wrong side of the tracks.”

A very soul searching story of a woman who has to decide if family is more important than her pride.  I suffered with Liz through the gossip when she comes back to her hometown and finds a fight on her hands as Ethan and his family find out that he has a son.  Lesson to be learned, sometimes it is best to swallow your pride and find that true love can withstand a small town and all the gossip.

Bottom Line: Sheila Clover English saw Babs last night and promised to write up a tell-all blog for BHB.  Can’t wait!