Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend Schedule

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For anyone in the upper Midwest or anyone planning to travel to the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 26-18, 2019, I thought I’d use today’s post to share the schedule of events with you.

This promises to be a great weekend with LOTS of readers, LOTS of books, LOTS of authors, LOTS of prizes, LOTS of giveaways, and LOTS of fun.

Friday morning/afternoon (4/26):

10:00 a.m.-2:50 p.m.: Author/Reader BINGO (3 sessions)

Cost: FREE (there will be an opportunity to purchase boxed lunches)

Friday night:

6:30-9:00: Author Q&A (I hear this can get a little rowdy), followed by Author Meet & Greet

Cost: FREE

9:00: Romance Jeopardy!

Cost: FREE

Saturday morning/afternoon (4/27):

10:30 a.m.: Author/Reader luncheon (goody bags and door prizes!!)

The keynote speaker is actress and author Meg Tilly (squeeeee!)

Cost: $75.00 (click here) for tickets

3:30-4:30: Book signings

Cost: FREE

Saturday night:

5:30 p.m.: Pizza party

Cost: $15.00

7:00 p.m.: Author party (readers and authors join forces to win prizes for the readers)

Cost: FREE

Sunday morning (4/28):

8:30 a.m.: Author/Reader breakfast (maybe….more goody bags and more door prizes!)

The lawyer part of me feels compelled to say that this schedule is subject to change, but I doubt it.

If you want to read more about the event, I invite you to visit the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend website. Click here to be redirected.

I know there’s some room at my table for Saturday luncheon and Sunday breakfast, so please come! I’d love to meet you or see you there.

Until next week.

Amy

 

 

 

 

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Introducing Trudy’s Diary!

Here it is! My street team, newsletter subscribers, and social media followers saw this last week, so now it’s time for the cover to go on the blog!

Introducing, Trudy’s Diary, Book One in the Libraries of the World Mystery Series!

Here’s the blurb:

Daisy Carruthers moved to Washington, DC, from New York City following an emotionally draining murder investigation, little knowing she would soon be involved in two more. But when her boss and her best friend come under suspicion for killing two adulterous lovers, Daisy has no choice but to help when they ask. 

And when she comes across a diary and an old dime novel with suspiciously similar stories and unknown origins, she knows all the mysteries are somehow connected.

Can she figure out the identity of the killer–or killers–before it’s too late?

* * *

Trudy’s Diary is the first book in my new series featuring special collections from libraries all over the world. In this book, I’ve focused on the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, which seemed a fitting place to start. Book Two, which is in the works and currently does not have a working title, features the map collection at the main branch of the New York City Public Library. Book Three takes my readers over to England, but I’m not going to say any more about that just yet.

I’ll let you know when it’s ready for pre-order!

Until next time,

Amy

 

Winter photos

This week I thought I’d share some photos with you. We don’t get snow all that often in southern New Jersey, so when we do I like to take the dog outside and get lots of pictures. There are also a few from a recent visit to New York City.

First, the snow.

 

   

The woods near my house

No picture of snow is complete without Orly, who loves it!

Second, New York City.

 Central Park

 

Empire State Building, where I got engaged waaaay back in 1995

 

    

 And finally, because WordPress won’t show the caption for the last three photos, I give you Radio City Music Hall, Midtown Manhattan, and the tree at Rockefeller Center.

This week I’m a little overwhelmed with writing projects, but I hope to be able to share the cover of Trudy’s Diary with you soon. In the meantime, I’ve got to entirely restructure the novel, but I hope to be done with that in less than a week.

Until next time,

Amy

Something to think about – So how are those New Year #Resolutions going for you?

Some thoughts on those New Year’s resolutions from Sally Cronin, who has a great one! Me? I’ve got a few, and so far they’re going well! We’re only five days into 2019, though…

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I sat down at the tail end of December to have a look at areas of my life that could be improved by making some clear cut and effective resolutions.

Then I thought to myself, why?

The presumption is, that there are things wrong with the various elements of our lives that need to be fixed in order to satisfy either ourselves, or the perception of others, about who we are, what we look like, and how we behave.

Here is a list of the some of the usual resolutions that most of us make at New Year…. with a appalling failure rate (around 80%) about 4 to 6 weeks into this annual exercise.

These are not my resolutions (I erased all of mine) but I have taken the liberty of adding some of the reasons why these resolutions might not always be adhered to beyond…

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O, Christmas Tree

Porthos (L) and Athos. They look almost harmless in this photo.

This week I thought I’d try my hand at rewriting the lyrics to the centuries-old tune, “O, Christmas Tree.” Sing along if you’d like!

 

O Christmas tree,

O Christmas tree,

How my two cats

Adore you

 

O, Christmas tree,

O, Christmas tree,

How my two cats

Adore you

 

You’re hung with ornaments so bright

The cats both bat them through the night

O, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

How my two cats adore you

 

O Christmas tree,

O Christmas tree,

Your needles

They are lovely

 

O Christmas tree,

O Christmas tree,

Your needles

They are lovely

 

Though they are fake the cats still chew

And then they vomit close to you

O, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,

Your needles, they are lovely

 

O, Christmas tree,

O, Christmas tree,

The cats would love

To climb you

 

O, Christmas tree,

O, Christmas tree,

The cats would love

To climb you

 

But you are fake because of them

Your trunk is smooth, so less mayhem

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,

The cats would love to climb you.

 

Image courtesy of Myshun, pixabay

 

I almost forgot! Last week I had my first (but hopefully not my last) YouTube interview! It was a lot of fun. If you want to learn a little more about The Worst Noel and see what a life-sized Bobble Head looks like, please tune in. I had no idea I nodded so much when I listen and talk. Click here for the link. Many thanks to Michelle at Writing Fun for the interview!

I will not be posting next Tuesday (Christmas Day), so I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas if you celebrate and a happy holiday season if you don’t.

Until next time,

Amy

 

Great News!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to attend the 2019 Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend (BVW)! On April 26-28, I and 59 other authors will be on hand in Wisconsin to celebrate the love of reading and writing with lots of avid readers.

This will be my first trip to the BVW (and last, since 2019 will be the final year of the legendary event), so there will be a lot of people I have yet to meet, and I’m really excited!

If you’re in the Midwest or plan to be traveling through the area in late April, please stop in! There will be several free events that are open to the public, as well as several ticketed events during which readers can interact on a more personal level with lots of authors and other readers. The keynote speaker for the weekend is Meg Tilly, renowned author and actress (I still remember her fabulous performance in “Agnes of God”).

The events include Author/Reader BINGO, Author Q & A, Romance Jeopardy!, a Saturday luncheon with the authors, book signings, a Saturday night pizza party, a big Saturday night party, and a Sunday morning breakfast with the authors. I would love to meet you if you’re able to attend, and I know all the other authors would, too.

Please visit http://barbaravey.com/bvw19/ for more information, and you can visit this link to purchase tickets.  I still have openings at my table for Saturday luncheon and Sunday breakfast, so if you’d like to learn more about me and the books I write, please visit my website. I’ve already got some fun plans for the people who share my tables.

I look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!

Until next time,

Amy

 

Weather window

Today’s post is a reblog from Sue Vincent, who posts gorgeous photos of her corner of the world and accompanies them with vivid descriptions and beautiful sentiments. Enjoy!

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We woke, the dog and I, to a white and wintry world. A hard frost stuck the soles of my slippers to the path as I went out to retrieve the first ball of the day. I have attempted to explain, over the years, that, given both her species and her parentage… she is supposed to do the retrieving, but if the grass is cold, wet or muddy, she disagrees. She gets it half right…the setter half of her will ‘set’, freezing into the classic stance and indicating the ball’s position with every tense line of her body. It is the retrieving half she refuses to acknowledge, except for the Toller’s ‘song’ with which she is apt to communicate if I am not taking enough notice. Especially when a ball is in play.

So, in naught but dressing gown and slippers, I went out into the frozen morning to retrieve…

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