Last Tuesday Book Round-Up and Barbara Vey Recap

I just got home a few hours ago from the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend (BVW19) and I am exhausted and still over the moon! The trip took a little longer than we planned, so when we pulled into Harrisburg, PA, at 2:30 this morning, we stopped and slept at a Hampton Inn for six hours before getting back on the road.

What an incredible experience BVW19 was! From the moment we arrived on Thursday afternoon until Sunday morning at 11:00, I was busy with events every waking minute. My favorites were the Saturday luncheon and the Sunday breakfast because I got to meet with readers in a small group. What a treat it was to spend the weekend with so many people who are passionate about books. I’d like to thank Barbara Vey and her team for the endless amount of hard work they put it to make the event so memorable and fun, and I’d also like to thank the readers for showing up and being so supportive and eager to learn about new-to-them authors. And don’t even get me started on meeting Meg Tilly, the keynote speaker and an acclaimed writer/actress/screenwriter/producer. It took me two full days to get up the courage to talk to her, but it made my day when I finally did.

I’ll be posting photos from the event on my Facebook page, so be sure to check them out!

I find that April tends to be a very busy month. For that reason, I didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped. I finished three books, and I loved all of them. I know, I sound like a broken record, but I seem to have a knack for picking out great books.

Deadly Southern Charm, edited by Mary Burton and Mary Miley, is an anthology of short stories set in the South and featuring strong Southern women. If you read this book, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll love it. Full disclosure, I am friends with several of the authors, but I would love this book no matter what. Here’s my Amazon review:

“This was a spooky, fun, and thoroughly Southern collection of mysteries. Each one was so unique and so different from all the others that every time I should have closed the book and gone to bed, I would say to myself, “Just one more story.” So I lost a lot of sleep thanks to Deadly Southern Charm, and I’d do it again because it’s so much fun to read. Kudos to all the authors for such great writing.”

A Dangerous Mourning and Defend and Betray, books 2 and 3 in the William Monk mystery series by Anne Perry, were fabulous. A Dangerous Mourning had an ending that caught me off guard, but I realized after some thought that the ending was the only one possible. Defend and Betray deals with a pretty tough topic, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it once I figured out what was happening. But I did, and I ended up giving both books 5 stars. They’re completely different from each other, which is a hallmark of a great mystery writer.

I’m off to clean out my email and get some sleep!

Until next time,

Amy

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