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Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- September 5th, 2013

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Welcome back to our new regular feature, Authors Recommending Books.  Want to know what authors read in their spare time?  Check it out here.  Want to know what your favorite author is reading?  Ask it in the comments section and I’ll try to get the answer for you.  Good books aren’t always just new books as you can see here.  Authors can send their recommendations to maggiemaepw @ gmail.com.

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The Best ManJeanne Adams recommends The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.  Kristin blood_trinityhas a knack for pulling the heartstrings even as she gets the reader involved with her quirky, funny and fabulous characters.  You get to know the town, the family and feel a part of every story she writes.

Tracey Devlyn highly recommends Blood Trinity by Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the entire Belador series! Evalle is bad ass and the sexual tension between Evalle and Storm keeps me turning the pages.

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Shirley Jump highly recommends Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra. I love everything she writes! She never fails to make me cry!

Tonya Kappes recommends It Takes a Witch:  A Wishcrafter Mystery by Heather Blake.  Heather  delivers a page turning mystery with many subplots that tie right into the main plot. Blake has built a magical world full of whimsical characters and creatures with a fun loving witch family in the Enchanted Village. Blake will have you wondering who did what and laughing all at the same time.

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Leaving HavenAllison Leotta recommends Kathleen McCleary’s Leaving Haven.  The first chapter starts with a woman leaving a much-wanted baby at the hospital, and the rest of the book goes back in time to reveal why she did it.  This is an emotionally charged and incredibly plotted story about friendship, love, betrayal, and consequences.

Adrienne Giordano recommends Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann. Flashpoint is part of the Troubleshooters series and was the first book I read by Suzanne. After reading it, I went back and read each book in the series and love her flawed characters.

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English GirlMarilyn Baron recommends The English Girl, by Daniel Silva sign-off-320(Suspense and Foreign Intrigue). I love Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon character—master assassin, art restorer and spy—and this novel may be the best yet in his series. Mystery, mistresses, mayhem and great writing. This book has it all.

Mary Buckham loves Patricia McLinn’s, Sign Off. The debut of a new mystery series the finely developed characters, whip-sharp dialogue and setting put this on my keeper shelf.

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Lady AwakenedBeauty and the Bounty HunterAngie Fox recommends Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin (who also writes as Lori Handeland). Sweet, sexy and funny – with a plot that knocks westerns on their ear. I never knew what was going to happen next and I loved every minute of it.

Jeannie Lin says “The last book that blew me away was A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant. A widow in a desperate situation enlists a young nobleman to provide her with an heir that she can pass off as her late husband’s. The emotion between the hero and heroine built page upon page and felt so achingly real that you believed and hurt for them through every moment.

The winner of yesterday’s wonderful gift basket from Nancy Naigle is Crystal Fulcher.  Congratulations!  Please contact Nancy at nancy @ nancynaigle.com to claim your prize.

Bottom Line:  “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 23rd, 2012
One of Donald's winning moves

One of Donald's winning moves

Donald Driver won Dancing With the Stars last night.  I swear it was like Super Bowl Sunday in Wisconsin.  I actually screamed out loud at the tv (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  He did an amazing job and it always feels good when the one you’re cheering for wins.  Sorry if your person lost, but that’s reality tv for you.  And while I was watching television, the WW Ladies were busy reading.

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joysann

joysann

Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

Listened to by joysann

“Mac” Mackenzie and her cohorts, operatives unusually gifted with talents like telepathy and telekinesis, are dedicated to developing the special skills that make each member a force to be reckoned with. Ex-Navy Seal Shane Laughlin becomes part of the team using his own mundane but specialized skills in a dangerous effort to tear down a criminal organization creating an addictive, deadly designer drug. Though Shane experiences the effects of one of Mac’s more exotic talents, he is determined to convince her that he isn’t so susceptible that she can’t trust the something special developing between them.

Born to Darkness kept me enthralled for non-stop hours as I listened to narrators Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank pass the story back and forth, enhancing the thrilling action, the high drama and the strong characters Suzanne Brockmann has written. The new paranormal series introduces a new team of heroes to care about and a new scary world for them to dwell in. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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Joan

Joan

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

Read by Joan

Physician Elliot Drake and his friends are cave exploring in Arizona when suddenly they feel the earth shaking and electrical shocks, and then everything goes dark. They awake 50 years later to discover the world as they knew it is gone, and they themselves are changed in mysterious ways. They discover a small band of humans living in what is left of Las Vegas, and Elliot meets a woman to join him in facing an unknown and dangerous future.

The world that Joss Ware has created is intriguing and every page in the book pulls you further into the story. It is a thrilling mix of adventure, danger and romance. This is the beginning of a series, and I cannot wait to read the rest.

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joysann

joysann

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Read by joysann

In support of her father’s business merger, Louisa Honeycutt agreed to a loveless marriage, but bails out at the altar, heading for anywhere until things calm down. She spots Double Dare, Inc, offering adventures of a lifetime, and, spur-of-the-moment.  Louisa deceives owner/guide Sam Rawlins into spiriting her out of town for any kind of adventure. Sam’s intrigued by Lou’s feisty nature, and finds his “no clients” relationships rule is in danger of being broken.

The cover of Double Dare just looked too cute to pass up when I came across it, and as a fast, fun read, was just what I wanted. It’s an older book, the first I’ve read by Rhonda Nelson, and I’ll be looking to see if I find her other and more recent books as clever and entertaining. The story was charming, the dialogue quick and smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters’ sweet romance.

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Heidi

Heidi

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

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Olivia Bishop has always lived by the rules. Her ex-husband Victor found it boring and predictable. But now Olivia is starting over and doing things she never has before. Including Jamie Donovan, bad boy of the bar. Jamie might be more temptation than Olivia can handle, but she isn’t stopping or slowing down. Much to the chagrin of her ex.
The heat that develops between Olivia and Jamie practically burned up the pages of the book. WOW! The jealousy of Olivia’s ex, really made the book move quickly, because you were never sure where he would show up next. Olivia and Jamie both have future goals, and it was nice to see it play all the way to the end of the book.

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Kym L

Kym L

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Read by Kym 

When she receives an invitation to accompany her sister to Edenbrooke, Marianne jumps at the chance to escape Bath for the countryside. But adventure and love await her, if she’s only brave enough to risk her heart.

Drawn by the words “A Proper Romance” on the its (very attractive) cover, I picked this book up on a whim and was further intrigued to discover I didn’t recognize either the author or publisher (Shadow Mountain). Well! What a pleasant surprise! In Edenbrooke, Donaldson has crafted a romantic Regency without blatant sexual content. This book is one that I would recommend to any Regency fan including those, like my mother, who prefer a “cleaner” read. Give it a whirl.

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Heidi

Heidi

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen  

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A sequel to Whistling in the Dark: It’s now 1960 in Milwaukee, a heat-wave has hit, and Sally O’Malley has to keep an eye on her sister Troo and keep her safe during the summer. Because of their escape of a murderer, they are on watch for anything unusual. A series of events makes them wonder if history is repeating itself or has Sally assumed too much and only imagining the worst.Hooray!! Sally O’Malley is back, and she is just as wonderful as ever!! Her voice is so truthful for what she is dealing with while running through Milwaukee in the summer. Just when you think you know where the book is going, another twist comes along and quickens the pace. Sally brings courage, honesty and joy while working with the other characters of the story and it’s lovely how Lesley mixes the past with landmarks in the Milwaukee area. You don’t have to be from Milwaukee (I’m not!!) to enjoy this book!!
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Bottom Line:  I think Donald Driver should go on The Amazing Race next.

Giveaways

From GET LOST IN A STORY: GIVEAWAYS May 21 – 25  Mon: Ellie James; Tues: Cynthia Cook, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies (e); Wed: Brenda Hammond; Thurs: Pat McDermott, A Band of Roses (e); Fri: Bill Allen.  Just leave a comment.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 2nd, 2011

I don’t know about you, but whenever there is a three day weekend I get confused.  I’m always a day late and I thought yesterday was Tuesday, so that’s why the WW Ladies are on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday.  Anyway, the good news is that we have new readers with us today.  Please welcome Ashley and a family of readers, Paula (mom) and her daughters Sophie and Shelby.  I just love it when families read together and they all did a great job for their debut.  I’m looking forward to many more book blurbs from them.

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joysann

joysann

Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann

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When Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella returns from Afganistan with his injured teammate and ersatz brother-in-law Dan Gillman, they discover Danny’s minor brother is trapped in a brutal domestic situation involving their drunken step-father. Since Izzy is already married to Danny’s beautiful sister Eden, though estranged, he races to the rescue, with hopes of saving, not only his teenaged brother-in-law, but the marriage he longs to realize. Between a violent domestic situation and a murderous human trafficking ring, Izzy and Dan confront dangers that make ideal use of their particular skills.

Listening to Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters books is always an enthralling experience, start to finish, this one is no different. We enthusiasts have been rooting for the socially awkward Izzy for a long while, and this is his story. Breaking the Rules is full of action, suspense, drama, friendship, and romance, and is quite rewarding.

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Ashley

Ashley

Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner

Read by Ashley

Edwina Ladoux was a southern princess who lived on a big and rich plantation, before the Civil War. After the war, her family and her life as she knew it was torn apart. To escape the war-torn and poverty of the South, Edwina decides to become a mail-order bride and travel thousands of miles to marry a man she never met, in the Colorado territory. Her new husband Declan Brodie wants a strong, dependable and hard-working wife who can help run his ranch and take care of his four children, what Declan doesn’t expect is a southern princess who can’t cook or clean. Edwina soon realizes that marriage and mother-hood is not what she expected and she wonders if she is destined to live a love-less marriage or if it would be better to return to her former home in the South.

I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as the book had all the elements of a superb novel; love, lust, adventure, honor, duty and revenge.  This was truly a captivating read.  I had to read it in one sitting just to find out what happened at the end!
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Heidi

Heidi

Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney

Read by Heidi

Hannah Robinson thought her only challenge was to open her new store, Cupcakes on the Corner. But now her life has been turned upside down, as her boyfriend announces he is leaving her for another woman. Hannah has one week to pull herself together and take her next steps to become a success. Turning to her friends and family, she journeys for the next seven months to find success and happiness.

Even though Hannah is the main character of this story, I found the supporting characters like her best friend Adam, her parents and her clients to be just as charming. I was swept up in the charm of her store and the Irish town where Hannah lives. I have been craving cupcakes since reading this book. Dangerous and yummy.

Sophie

Sophie

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Read by Sophie

Beautiful, fiery Sienna is an x-Psy, as well as the long lost weapon of a cruel and dangerous Psy ruler. Strong, handsome Hawke is the changeling wolf who considers her one of his own people, who protects her like one of his own…and who cannot resist her. Together, they are a dangerous, powerful duo, and they are the two key fighters in the war against the Psy, but all the while they are struggling with the emotion they feel for each other. When one of them succumbs to these longings it further complicates things, and not everything is as it seems. Can Sienna and Hawke and the rest of the changelings of Snow Dancer, Dark River, Wind Haven and more overcome everything, protect each other, and win this war?

This intricate, intelligently written novel is humorous, heartwarming; tear jerking, and action-packed! Singh has mastered the art of jumping from one point of view to another, and uses her many fun, dynamic characters to explain everything in perfect detail. This novel was intriguing from page one.

Shelby

Shelby

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

Read by Shelby

A lovely artist, Tate, moves out of her apartment in SoHo to escape her ex-boyfriend Roger (jerk) and into a cheap apartment in Golgotham, a part of New York almost entirely occupied by magical creatures. After Tate is attacked in her backyard by a were-cougar, Hexe , a kymeran, and Tate’s new landlord, rescues Tate. Were-cougar Lukas, Hexe, and Tate begin living their lives as friends, and a romance between Hexe and Tate develops as Tate is preparing for an art show of her metal sculptures.

I was definitely intrigued by the characters and the setting and gradually sunk into this ancient fantasy world smack-dab in the middle of modern New York with magic and adventure, discrimination and and romance.

Paula

Paula

Identity: Lost by Pascal Marco

Read by Paula

When James Overstreet, an African-American boy living in 1975 inner-city Chicago, is witness to a horrifically violent crime, he is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to report it to a racially prejudiced police department. Innocently but personally connected to this crime, he chooses to do what’s “right”, and his life is turned upside-down. Fast-forward to the 21st century, where James has become a lawman of substance and integrity, despite all odds. How quickly can his past come back to haunt, even torture him, in spite of the extreme precautions that were taken?

Pascal Marco has debuted a fabulous crime thriller, with easily identifiable characters and exciting, familiar settings. The story has intricacy enough to keep me guessing, but is peppered with such familiar settings so that the story comes vividly alive! This is an engrossing suspense story at its best!

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joysann

joysann

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read by joysann

Diana Bishop is a descendant of venerable and famous witches, but she wants no part of her heritage. An historian of alchemy doing research at Oxford, she discovers a mysterious ancient text wrapped in magic, and from that moment on she becomes the object of scrutiny by other creatures of magic and darkness. The most sinister-seeming of these is Professor Matthew Clairmont, but it is with him that she faces the perils of her discoveries.

With its mixture of fantasy and fact, A Discovery of Witches required me to polish up my thinking cap. The details of historical accuracy are fascinating, and there is a depth to the fictional science that makes it almost believable. The captivating story, with its romance and magic, is spellbinding.

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Ashley

Ashley

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

Read by Ashley

Daughters of English Duke’s are expected to wed young, run a household, and be a dutiful proper wife to their rich husbands. Lady Cecily does not want this, she wants an excitng life and a marriage based off of love not duty and when the Earl of Augustine arrives it looks like she may have the life she wanted, expect the Earl of Augustine is American and part Iroqouis. Lady Cecily realizes that she is going to have to fight against the social norms of her society if she wants to live the life she loves.

An enchanting tale of love at first sight. I enjoyed reading about the tight and strict rules of English society and how this couple broke them in the name of love.

Bottom Line: I’ll be on the 6:15 a.m. flight to Alabama tomorrow for the Heart of Dixie Reader Luncheon and I just found out that I’ll be on the same plane as Kerrilyn Sparks when I transfer in Houston…awesome!to

Write From the Heart Conference – Central Ohio Fiction Writers

Barbara Vey -- October 12th, 2010
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joysann

Write From the Heart

Beyond Her Book Cub Reporter joysann, here, excited to tell about the terrific conference that the Central Ohio Fiction Writers, a Chapter of RWA, hosted the first weekend in October in Columbus, Ohio. This highly successful event brought writers from all over the surrounding states for an opportunity to meet with editors and agents, pick up sensational tips for writing successful novels, and get inspired by special guest, best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann. And raffle prizes were everywhere, proceeds of which were donated to the financially hard hit public libraries in central Ohio.

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Suzanne Brockmann and fan Felicia Browell

After Friday evening’s dinner, Suzanne Brockmann gave the first of the workshops, “The Whole Enchilada”. Intrepid BHB Blurber extraordinaire Kym , who also attended the conference, writes: When an author like Suzanne Brockmann offers “the whole enchilada,” you grab on with both hands and attempt to digest every bite. Wrapped in a shell of good humor and spiced with anecdotes from the author’s own experience, the meal proved to be a filling one. Despite nursing a painful foot injury, Ms. Brockmann graciously shared her tips for writing more efficiently, developing a believable romantic hero, and crafting a page turner. “There’s no right way or wrong way to work. There’s only your way.” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Saturday morning got off to a hope-filled start with a panel of the guest editors and agents answering questions before the whole day of pitches began, and there were a lot of aspiring authors hanging on their every word. Leis Pederson, Berkley; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Charles Griemsman, Silhouette; and Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency all had appointments throughout the day.

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I hate having to choose between so many interesting sounding workshops when one can’t attend them all. I’m interested in finding information on the authors I read, so I attended Susan Crandall’s “Internet Marketing Strategies That Work”. Susan and her personal internet guru, her son Reid, gave excellent tips on utilizing the popular networking and blogging sites and search engines to get name recognition and establish consistent interaction with readers.

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Virginia Kantra presented “Developing the Romance in YourRomance Novel”.  Blurber Kym, an aspiring author herself, reports: In one brief hour, author Virginia Kantra somehow managed to walk us through seven phases of romance. Beginning with physical attraction, and ending with “the payoff,” she shared an overview of each step along the way.

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Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton

“Breaking into the YA Market”, a subject I know nothing about, was entertainingly presented by authors Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton. Between being mothers of teens, and being young at heart themselves, they know whereof they speak, and gave good do’s and don’ts pointers for engaging today’s young readers.

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I sadly missed workshops presented by best-selling medical thriller author CJ Lyons, romantic suspense writer Karen Harper, and Silhouette editor Charles Griemsman, and I wish I could have figured out how to get to them all.

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COFW took a few minutes at the lunch to have popular romance author Lori Foster present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Keller of the West Chester (OH) Barnes and Noble for her many years of outstanding support of the Romance genre and its authors.

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So, thank you, COFW for the fun and interesting event, the chance to do my fan-girl act with the fabulous authors, and for the raffle basket stuffed with paranormal books – yes, I won!

Bottom Line: Due to technical difficulties, part 3 of the Stan Lee interview will not be available until tomorrow.