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Hot New Tuesday Releases

Barbara Vey -- March 11th, 2014

Not too many books being released today, but some very interesting ones.  And, if you missed yesterday’s blog, March 18th will be my last blog here at PW, but I will continue blogging about books, authors, conferences and posting the new releases on my website BarbaraVey.com.  You can go there now to find out 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Quinn for a chance to win a book by her.  Now, here’s today releases.

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Power Play by Danielle Steel    (RHPG – Delacorte)

An Heir of Uncertainty by Alyssa Everett (Carina Press)

Helmut Saves the World by Matt Sheehan (Carina Press)

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Slam Dance with the Devil by Nico Rosso (Carina Press)

AfterShock by Sylvia Day (Harlequin)

Bottom Line:  Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, so in his honor I will eat an apple…well, maybe a caramel apple rolled in nuts.

RomCon 2013

Barbara Vey -- June 26th, 2013

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This was my second year attending RomCon, a reader’s convention, held in Colorado Springs.  While I gushed about last year’s amazingly authentic Titanic Tea, this year the planning committee outdid themselves.  One of the few truly reader events, RomCon manages to have something for everyone.

A full meal plan was offered with guest speakers.  Heather Graham kicked off the event’s breakfast with her career stories (of which she has a million), but I really love when she talks about her time as a dinner theater performer.  She likened that part of her career to the movie Soapdish where Kevin Kline worked dinner theaters and the audience consisted of senior citizens.

 

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Intimate Chat with Bob Mayer

Intimate Chat with Bob Mayer

One of the special things offered is a chance for an intimate chat with authors.  Limited tickets are available, but you have the opportunity to be up close and personal with authors.  There were many I wanted to attend, but so many other things were happening that I tried to get to them all.

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First Kiss panel

First Kiss panel

First Kisses had authors reading scenes from their books and the audience guessing the book.  Mimosa Madness offered Mimosas and muffins along with a game.  You got a paper with squares that had clues about authors.  Readers wandered around the room asking authors to sign on their squares.  Once filled out, you were entered in a drawing for books and an e-reader for the grand prize.  I had a great time because some of the readers thought I was one of the authors, so I signed their papers under the squares that said, “Loves banana splits” and “Favorite movie is Casablanca.”

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Author Paty Jager sponsored lunch in the beautiful garden atrium.  While we ate, we were given papers that featured book covers and were set up like bingo cards.  Candy Smarties were supposed to be used as daubers, but people started eating them, so we just ended up circling the books called.  There were a ton of prizes for the regular bingo and the full card got the grand prize.

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Speed dating with authors

Speed dating with authors

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Readers lined up for the Speed Dating with an Author.  Each reader got 2 minutes to talk to an author and then would move on to the chair to their right and start over.  This was divided into two sessions because of the number of authors.  Readers told me it was one of their favorite parts because some were too shy to otherwise go up to an author and talk to them.  This was the perfect opportunity.

.High Noon at the Cowboy Corral was a western author mixer and the romantic suspense authors offered a Super Sleuth game based on Clue.  Readers had to guess which author Dun-it.  Romance fans attended the Swoonworthy cocktail party and walked away with great swag bags.

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Reader Carol Ricker brought a bag that she has signed by every author

Reader Carol Ricker brought a bag that she has signed by every author

The highlight Friday night was a performance by a comedy improv group.  If you’ve never seen one, put it on your bucket list.  My cheeks still hurt from laughing so much.  It’s all based on suggestions from the audience with activities like skiing, food like avocados, careers like actuaries and nurses.  That’s normal, but this audience had other things on their minds.  Activities like menages and other things you may do on your own.  The improv group got into the spirit and offered great entertainment, while trying to keep to their G-rated image.  Sometimes it even worked, but I hope they offer this next year.

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The evening ended with a Very Virginal Bachelorette Party.  Anyone who has ever been to a bachelorette party knows the kind of games played.  Let me just say that there was one messy one that involved a bowl of whipped cream, a cherry and handcuffs.  I just watched and enjoyed, but I did see Bob Mayer walking around looking kind of dazed.  I asked him if he planned on playing any of the games, but he said he’d pass.  He did say that if men did something like this, it would be looked at differently, but then admitted that men did this all the time by going to strip clubs.  Enough said.

Historical Dice Game

Historical Dice Game

Mad Hatter Tea Party

      Mad Hatter Tea Party

 

 

 

 

A Field Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse had readers working with authors in group to come up with the best way to survive an apocalypse.  It seemed to me that many people have been thinking about this a lot.  Historical Hijinks offered a view of authentic period games and behind the scene info that readers could participate in.  The Naughty Girls Pajama Party lured readers in with chocolate, coffee drinks and naughty games of fun.  Readers were also encouraged to come in their PJs.

Shannon Albright and Donnell Ann Bell at Mimosa Party

Shannon Albright and Donnell Ann Bell at Mimosa Party

Melissa Mayhue was the keynote speaker for lunch on Saturday.  I loved when she admitted that her writing goal was to see her book in a grocery store.  The Mad Hatter Tea Party did indeed feature lots of crazy hats.  I participated in the Slayers Incorporated game.  We were in groups of 10 and given cards that told us if we were a slayer, human, monster, doctor, etc.  Monsters killed someone, slayers could save someone and then everyone had to guess who the monsters were.  Sadly, I was killed more than once, but you can’t imagine how much fun this game was.  Different authors came by for each game with their own characters as the monsters and slayers.  There was even a chance to learn about BDSM 101 in a “light-hearted and fun atmosphere.”  I just stuck my head in for a peak, but there was lots of laughter and several objects I’m going to have to look up online.

Authors of Wild Rose Press

Authors of Wild Rose Press

Wild Rose Press sponsored Casino Night and Dinner.  Their authors walked the dining room helping readers answer questions about the authors that were passed out.  Lots of giveaways for turning in your sheet.  Casino night featured all the games you’d find at a casino with lessons for all.  There was a DJ and I saw the craps table had everyone dancing to the tunes.  Every table was full and play money used.  I got roped into a poker table and while I’ve seen it played on tv, this was the first time I played it live.  It was a riot because most of us didn’t have a clue as to the rules.  Thank goodness our dealer was so patient.

The evening ended with a Karaoke Challenge.  Everyone who had guts enough to go on stage and sing won something.

Sunday’s brunch was the final event with Sylvia Day as the keynote.  She asked the group how many were first timers and more than half raised their hands.  When she asked how many would return, it was 100%.  I think that kind of says it all about how well the event was received.

Bottom Line:  I already have my calendar marked for next year.

Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Launch Party

Barbara Vey -- May 30th, 2013
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View from the party of Central Park

 

I’m in New York for BEA (Book Expo America), but my first night in town I spent at a fabulous event put on by Harlequin and Cosmopolitan at the beautiful Hearst building.  The red carpet event was to launch the Cosmo Red Hot Reads.  Author Sylvia Day was the main attraction as her book covers were flashed on the walls.

 

 

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Joanna Coles

Joanna Coles

 

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I did get to meet Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitans editor in chief (and also from Project Runway).  She is stunning in person and I felt sluppy standing next to her (check out her boots in the picture because I had flip-flops on).  I told her that she doesn’t seem as mean as on Project Runway and she said, “Yes I am!”  But I don’t believe it.  She was absolutely delightful and very enthusiastic as she talked about the new Cosmo/Harlequin Mash Up.

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Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day will be penning a short story for the August issue of Cosmopolitan.  According to Joanna Coles, “Cosmo readers love fabulous fiction and if you picked up Fifty Shades of Grey then this is the book series for you … This is fiction for the modern girl negotiating modern love – with all its unpredictability and complications!”  Along with the stories in the magazine, Harlequin will be publishing the books under Cosmo Red-Hot Reads.  The  stories will be about 30,000 words in length.  Harlequin’s press release calls them “independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings and feature fast-paced plots, great dialogue and compelling romance.”

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Great Harlequin people to party with: Diane, me, Lorianna,  Vickie

Great Harlequin people to party with: Diane, me, Loriana, Vickie

 

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Now the bad news…I filmed the best interview with Sylvia Day and Joanna Coles, but when I downloaded it, the sound didn’t work.  I did try to read lips, but Joanna has that funny British accent (just kidding).  Then I was going to just try to voice over and I was afraid of being sued.  So, I’m sorry I can’t show it to you, but it was really good.  Trust me.

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Bottom Line:  Something tells me these books will be in “hot” demand.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 30th, 2013

The month of January ends tomorrow and so does my month long vacation in warm, sunny Florida.  I now know that I definitely want to be a snowbird.  Lucky for me, the southwestern Florida RWA has invited me next January, so I have something to look forward to.  Can you hear me whining over the internet?  I don’t want to go home to cold, dreary Wisconsin.  Good thing the WW Ladies have offered up some good reads while I huddle in my house the rest of the winter.

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

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After having gone missing as a teen twenty years before, Tara Martin turns up on her parent’s doorstep looking much the same as she did when she left. She can say where she’s been, but everyone thinks she’s crazy, what with her believing it’s only been 6 months since she went away to a very strange place. As her brother and her former boyfriend try to understand this lost girl they loved, Tara tries to find her real way home.

The poignant story told here totally captivated me. Well read for audio by John Lee, it would be nearly as fascinating had I read it on my own. Between joy and heartache and dreams lost and found, Some Kind of Fairy Tale is an enchanting story I highly recommend.

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Bride of the High Country: A Runaway Brides Novel by Kaki Warner

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Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums in New York and heads west to make a fresh start. She finally stops in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, where she finds a new purpose and great friends. But two men from Margaret’s past are on her trail. One is seeking revenge and the other is seeking the truth. Now Margaret has to choose between the town and friends that she has come to love or the man that might capture her heart.

Bride of High Country is an emotional rollercoaster! It’s a tale of revenge, redemption, and romance all swept up into one amazing love story. This is one romance I won’t soon forget! I love western historical romances and this series might just be my new favorite! A must read for historical readers looking for a different era, to fall in love with.

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Heidi

Blizzard Ball by Dennis Kelly

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Christmas Day in Minnesota is even more exciting with the drawing of Blizzard Ball and a $750 million dollar prize. During a convenience store robbery and death of it’s owner, the winning ticket is taken, and the hunt is on for the ticket. Agent Kirchner is assigned to the case with a tech-savvy partner; and they discover this isn’t a typical robbery and insider scheming is at the heart. They must work quickly before the tickets get into the wrong hands and ruin of lottery and the state’s finances.

I was so intrigued with the concept of the $750 million dollar prize of the Blizzard Ball lottery and since it was set in the Midwest. However, the biggest joy I had was figuring out who had that winning lottery ticket, since it seemed to keep bouncing from one dishonest person to another. And because  you never knew who was in on the take and who’s life was in jeopardy, this story kept me on my toes until the very end. Plus, since pink is my favorite color, it was especially cool to have all the lottery tickets that color, and whoever heard of pink lottery tickets, right?

 

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A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

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Lindsay Gibson knows she is somewhat different from other people, after all, she knows when someone is evil and has been trained to kill these beings, and when she meets Adrian Mitchell, her whole world is changed and begins to make sense. Not only is Adrian far older than his handsome 30+ years, he is also the leader of the group of angels known as the Seraphim, whose task is to carryout the punishment of the Fallen. Adrian is immediately drawn to Lindsey as she is the reincarnation of his one love, Shadoe, for whom he has been waiting to be reborn.

Sylvia Day has created a fascinating world in which there are Vampires, Lycans, Angels and other creatures. I enjoyed the story a lot and cannot wait to read the next two books in the Renegade Angels series. The story line is good and keeps me wondering who or what is causing the trouble brewing between these many different beings.

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Ashley

Ashley

Night Seeker: An Indigo Court Novel by Yasmine Galenorn

Read by Ashley

Ages ago, vampires turn to the dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than the anyone has ever seen before. Cicely Waters is an owl shifter and wind witch who rescued the Fae Prince Grieve, at a great personal cost. Now the vampires and the Summer Fae are no longer allies in Cicely’s fight against the Winner Fae.  Together Cicely and Grieve must enter the heart of the Myst Realm and fight a very powerful enemy.

Night Seeker is a unique magical world that had me completely engrossed. A very engaging thriller for any paranormal or fantasy reader! This book left me begging for more of this series!

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joysann

joysann

Aftershock by Jill Sorenson

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When San Diego is struck by a major earthquake, paramedic Lauren Boyer finds herself trapped in a junction of collapsed freeway overpasses with injured and dying people, a pregnant woman about to give birth, and the released convicts of a prison transport bus. Fortunately there is also strong, capable Iraq War veteran Garrett Wright who jumps right in to make the most of their situation. As the danger increases and things get really tough, their increasing attraction becomes both strength and weakness, and secrets are the most dangerous things of all.

This exciting story hit all the right buttons to make this a fine romance, to my way of thinking. The characters are likeable, the dangers, both natural and human, are scary enough, and the resolutions satisfying. I’ll be watching for Jill Sorenson’s next romantic thriller involving one of these characters.

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Bottom Line:  Tomorrow is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, so I’d like to leave you with one of my favorites from my son, the artist.

Rose’s Bookhouse: 50 Shades of Naughty

Barbara Vey -- December 3rd, 2012
T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

Saturday night, Rose’s Bookhouse hosted a sold out booksigning that featured erotica authors.  Billed as Naughty & Nice II: 50 Shades of Naughty, it was obvious that this genre is the Twilight for adults.

Since I’m visiting in St. Louis, my daughter-in-law attended with me and it was her first booksigning event.  We came a half an hour early so I could meet with some of the authors before the event started and were amazed by the enormous line formed out the door.  It stretched past the building and into the parking lot.  This group was ready to do some serious book buying and meet their favorite authors.

Beth Kery Signing

Beth Kery Signing

I was thrilled to catch up with two readers who attended my Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon in April.  I asked them how they heard about it since they live in St. Louis and I’m in Milwaukee.  They said an author linked to it on their website and they planned to come again next year because they had an amazing time.  It feels good to know people enjoyed it.

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Then I asked readers what it was about the genre that put this event on their “to do” list.

Betty, 63:  “It’s like the taboo subject that’s now in the open and seeing so many others who enjoy the same thing I do.”

Sue, 25:  “I came with my friends for a girl’s night out and waiting in line together is half the fun.”

Mary, 38:  “My mom and I came.  She’s actually the one who gave me the 50 Shades of Grey book and I was shocked to get it from her, but now we laugh about it.”

Renee, 36:  “I like to read all kinds of books and since this is right in my own backyard, I wanted the chance to meet some authors.”

Michelle, 42:  “My girlfriend came last year and so we decided to make a night of it.  She even saw some people from last year.”

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

While all the authors (Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Shiloh Walker, Beth Kery, Eliza Lloyd and Cassandra Gold) had sizable lines, Sylvia Day’s was by far the longest with the line forming all the way around the room.  This New York Times Bestselling author has her second book out in the Crossfire series, Reflected in You which debuted at #1 on the Times list and has her fans clamoring for the next one.

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Bottom Line:  There was food, drink, friendships and great reads.  What more could you ask for in a night out?

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Pictures from Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 14th, 2012

It is so fun to walk around the convention center.  You just never know who or what you’ll see.  Here’s a few pictures from my day at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Bottom Line:  Just another normal day at Comic Con.

Paranorman
Paranorman
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Military guy
Military guy
The Tick and Arthur
The Tick and Arthur
Authors Kelly Armstrong, Chantelle, Sylvia Day direct from a romance panel
Authors Kelly Armstrong, Shawntelle Madison, and Sylvia Day direct from a romance panel
Author Anne Elizabeth at her booth
Author Anne Elizabeth at her booth
patient from Coma

patient from Coma

Merida from Brave
Merida from Brave