Guest Blogger – Barbara Vey

I’d like to introduce Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly as today’s guest.  Since she’s out of town, I’m not 100% sure that she’ll be able to respond to comments, so you may have to make do with my responses.

Barbara has been a blogger with Publishers Weekly for the past nearly four years and in fact, will be celebrating her anniversary in just a few months. She tends to throw one helleva cyber-party, complete with authors dropping in, characters from popular books, cyber-munchies and booze.  Oh, and let’s not forget the cabana boys.  I promise to return them this year, Barb.  Really I will.

I don’t know Liz, I’ve seen you in action at these parties.

Ahem … I totally encourage you to drop in and enjoy the festivities.  You’ll have a blast.

Right now, I contacted Barbara to interview her about the Reader’s Luncheon she’ll be hosting in mid-April.  It’ll be held here in Wisconsin, just before the Romantic Times Conference which will be taking place in Chicago. Since its so close to the conference, Barbara was able to lure a number of authors to Wisconsin to participate in the luncheon.

First off … thanx ever so much for agreeing to the interview, Barb.  I’d really love to know how you came up with the idea of a Reader’s Luncheon in the first place.

Liz, I’m always happy to stop by Magical Musings, one heck of a blog.  As for the idea of a Reader’s Luncheon, for many years I’ve lamented the fact that authors just don’t seem to come to the Milwaukee area often.  I’m always trying to find ways to bring readers and writers together and this opportunity was just too good to pass up.  The readers in the area are thrilled and there will be several book clubs joining us.

The luncheon is a fabulous idea which I hope will turn into a yearly event.  I understand that all of the author slots have been filled.  Can you give a short list of some of the authors who will be appearing?

A few of the 38 authors are Marjorie M. Liu, Dianna Love, Maya Banks, Roxanne St. Claire,  Hope Tarr, Louisa Edwards, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Handeland and Lori Devoti to name a few. You can see the whole list on the website.

What can you tell us about your key note speaker?

New York Times Best Selling author Heather Graham will bring her wit and humor to the luncheon.  I can’t tell you how excited I am that she agreed to be the first ever keynote at the event.

For the price of $35.00, your reader/participant not only gets lunch, but will also be sitting at a table with an author.  For a small extra fee, the reader can chose her favorite author.  Where are the proceeds going to?

We will also be having a raffle and all the proceeds will be going to local libraries.  And yes, there will be quite a few librarians there. There will also be door prizes and totes loaded with books. The event will end with an author signing.

Thank you for joining us, Barbara.  You can find more information about Barbara’s luncheon at:

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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16 Responses to Guest Blogger – Barbara Vey

  1. Barbara, I love your parties! I definitely would love to speak to you about offering a giveaway in the historical party this year!

    As for the Reader Appreciation Lunch, you’re a genius! What a great idea.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Talking about the call to adventure in KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS

  2. Thank you Liz for introducing Barbara. I loved this interview and some of your great tongue-in-cheek comments. The best part of all of this is that the money will go to help libraries … from my first story book hour at five until now … my favorite home away from home. In high school, my first job was shelving clerk at a local library. More than any other professional, librarians are the writer and reader’s best friend. Thanks again 🙂
    florence fois`s last blog was …The Writer’s Life, The Debate Continues …

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Barbara, I’m looking forward to it! I just mentioned your luncheon in an email this morning. I’ll see you there. And at RT, I hope! I already made my reservations.

  4. Liz, thanks for bringing Barbara here to tell us about the Luncheon!
    Barbara, it sounds like it’ll be a wonderful event this spring — congratulations on all the work you did to organize it and bring readers and writers together :).
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Mr. Forever…and the Quest for the Perfect Scone Recipe!

  5. Misty Evans says:

    Nice to see you here on MM, Barbara! The luncheon sounds like a blast. I hope you all have a great time. Wish I could be there!

  6. Cynthia Eden says:

    The luncheon sounds wonderful! I know the event will be a great success.
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Adventures in Publishing with Fran Fisher (And Giveaway!)

  7. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Barb. Thanx ever so much for joining us here at MM. Always a huge pleasure having you. I am so looking forward to the luncheon. Love it that it’s in my neck of the woods and actually a very short drive for me. 😎

    Next year we’re gonna have to drag Cynthia Eden, Marilyn Brant, Misty Evans and any other MM girls that we can sucker … er … talk into attending. 😆

  8. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Barbara – welcome to M&M!

    I love the sound of the Reader Appreciation Lunch! What an awesome idea. I wished I lived closer or was a whole lot richer, I’d love to come. Heather Graham has long been a favorite author, I’m sure she’d be a delight to hear, too.

    Cabana boys? Really? I’m so missing out!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vampire in Denial – FREE for 3 days

  9. I’ve met Barbara a few times and she’s hilarious and so much fun! It’s nice to see her here.

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