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The Morning Blend

Barbara Vey -- February 21st, 2013
Dianna Love, Barbara Vey and Molly Fay of The Morning Blend.

Dianna Love, Barbara Vey and Molly Fay of The Morning Blend.

The other day I was a guest on The Morning Blend tv show with author Dianna Love.  She talked about her books and I talked about the Reader Appreciation Luncheon I host here in Milwaukee.  I did it last year too and had an amazing time.  The lights, the camera, the rush.  You can watch the interview here.

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I have no problem talking to anyone at anytime.  Going on television doesn’t make me nervous.  It energizes me, it excites me, it gets my heart pumping.  I’ve discovered I really like it and now I’m considering doing some video blogging.  I really need to talk to PW about letting me do my blog once a week as a video.

Of course, on the downside, I couldn’t do it like I write a blog, usually in my jammies in bed.  I’d probably have to get dressed (at least the parts the camera sees) and then I’d need make up because my face is so pale it really washes out on screen.

Now thinking about it, this may be the reason so many people want to write a book.  When it’s time to sit down at the computer, you can be in your most comfortable clothes and nobody really cares what you look like.  All that matters is writing a really good book.

So, any authors who would like to send me a picture of them writing, I’ll put it in the blog next week.  You can’t fancy yourself up for the picture.  It has to be au naturale (that doesn’t mean nude in this case).  Send them to bvey@publishersweekly.com .

Bottom Line:  “All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up,” ~ Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard

The Morning Blend

Barbara Vey -- February 17th, 2012

Back in October when I turned 60, I said this was the year I was going to try new things.  Well, Wednesday morning I was on The Morning Blend TV show in Milwaukee.  I was invited on to talk about the Reader Appreciation Luncheon I’m hosting here April 10th.


Primping at the Green Room mirror

Primping at the Green Room mirror


I got up at 5 am so I’d have enough time to get ready for the 9 am live show.  Since I don’t normally wear make-up, this took a very long time.  Author Dianna Love was kind enough to fly up from Atlanta to be my wingman.  We also picked up my good friend, Mary, to be our official photographer since this monumental event needed to be documented.


We arrived at the studio a half an hour earlier than we were supposed to because I hate being late and I wanted to enjoy every moment.  We were escorted to the “Green Room” to wait.  Now I’m sure you’ve all heard about the green room, but this one wasn’t green.  it had lots of chairs, coffee, water and a huge mirror with those big make-up lights.  Very comforting and cozy, but no bowls of just green M&Ms or donuts or alcohol.  I guess they didn’t get my list of demands.


Dianna Love, producer Kim Bucanan, Barbara Vey

Dianna Love, producer Kim Buchanan, Barbara Vey

Katie, the assistant producer came in and explained what would happen, but I’ve got to say that I only heard about every 3 words.  I was clutching my notes and trying to remember all the talking points I wanted to get in during my 5 minutes of fame.  We were to be the first interviewed on the show.


Off to the set which always looks so small in person.  In one corner was the news desk, then the weather station and the Morning Blend set.  In another section, a chef was setting up his presentation for making giant cinnamon rolls.  It smelled delicious in there.


Dianna Love, Barbara Vey, Molly Faye, Tiffany Ogle

Dianna Love, Barbara Vey, Molly Fay, Tiffany Ogle

We were miked and watched the hosts, Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle chat and make each other presentable for the camera.  The are both beautiful, so they didn’t have too much to do.  They had a funny opening segment about Valentine Day mishaps and Tiffany told a story about an embarrassing PDA involving her boyfriend and groping the wrong person in a crowd.  I’ve actually done that, so I could identify.


Now it was our time to shine.  I’ve got to say that 5 minutes pass in the blink of an eye and my meticulously written notes were forgotten once the camera were on.  But, all in all, it was a wonderful experience.  I wasn’t nervous, because as anyone who knows me, I can always find something to talk about, but this event is dear to my heart and I wanted everyone to get all the information.  Molly and Tiffany were so charming and asked all the right questions, Dianna talked about being a New York Times Best Selling author and I even got to plug my Chicken Soup book.


I gave them each a tote bag which will be given out during the luncheon filled with books (thanks to Kristen Painter, Roxanne St. Claire, Louisa Edwards and Victoria Alexander for supplying the bags).  I also invited Molly and Tiffany to come to the luncheon and meet all 38 amazing authors.  After the show, Kim the producer, invited some of the attending authors to come and be on the show.


This was an experience I would wish for all of you.  It’s like riding a roller coaster.  You wait in line forever, but the ride is worth it.  Your stomach flip flops, you laugh, you scream with the thrill of it all and after it’s over you want to get back on and do it again.


Due to copyrights, I can’t post it here, but you can watch the segment here.  Let me know what you think.  Should I do it again or just stick to writing the blog?  Would you do it?


Bottom Line:  The Morning Blend is now my favorite morning show.

Sherrill Bodine Talks Elizabeth Taylor

Barbara Vey -- January 16th, 2012
Sherrill, Tiffany and Molly

Sherrill, Tiffany and Molly

I caught up with author Sherrill Bodine while she was in town appearing on The Morning Blend, a local talk show featuring Molly Fay  and Tiffany Ogle.  Sherrill is here promoting her new book, All I Want is You.


BV:  What was your favorite part about being on television?

SB:  I love the energy.  Molly and Tiffany did their homework and knew all about me and my love for travel.

BV:  You recently had a book launch party in Chicago, that I sadly had to miss.

SB:  It was at the iconic Drake Hotel.  There was champagne, an orchestra and people danced.  It was co-sponsored by Michigan One Magazine.

BV:  I hear your latest book is about jewelry.  How did that come about?

SB:  A friend at Lulu’s at the Belle Kay (vintage store) introduced me to vintage costume and couture jewelry.  I’m now a student and avid collector, so the heroine is one too.  She finds old pieces and recreates them into new pieces to give them new life.

BV:  How would you describe All I Want is You?

SB:  It’s a contemporary romance with a dash of mystery and suspense.

BV:  What tagline would you give this book?

SB:  How far would you go to prove someone you love is innocent of a crime?

BV:  What’s up next for you?

SB:  A comic book called, Whispers From the Void.  I also am writing a memoir and a sexy, sassy contemporary with Chicago as the backdrop.

BV:  Thanks for stopping by and having hazelnut coffee with me.

SB:  Love talking to you…it’s been too long.



Sherrill Bodine is offering a signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter.  The winner will be posted Wednesday.


Bottom Line:  Liz and Dick…talk about a romantic couple.


Monday Giveaways


From Romance University: Monday, January 16 - New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros puts your opening scene to the test. If you can answer “yes!” to Teresa’s three questions, you might have the next best seller. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Teresa’s new release THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS. Comment on the blog.


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