Barbara Vey’s Third Annual Reader’s Luncheon

2012 056First off, I want to wish all the moms, stepmoms and fostermoms a very happy Mother’s Day. Yes, it was yesterday, but since I didn’t blog yesterday, I’m bringing it up now. I had as lovely day. Was rather pampered for the weekend at my brother and sister-in-law’s trailer which they have at a campground in Rio, Wisconsin. Then came home to a lovely handmade card by my darlin’ daughter and a gorgeous ceramic wind chime. Exactly what I wanted.

Deborah Macomber

Deborah Macomber

However, I wanted to talk about the reader’s luncheon that Barbara Vey hosted two weeks ago. Didn’t make last year’s luncheon due to the fact I had surgery, which really sucked. Anyway, the key note speaker was Deborah Macomber. She gave a fantastic speech. Very positive, upbeat and at times, hilarious. I was assigned to Shannon Butcher’s table and although I’ve never read any of her work, I’ll definitely make it a point of checking out her series.

When Barb was setting up this luncheon, she asked me which authors I personally would love to see attend. Being an Urban Fantasy fan, I immediately threw out names like Jeaniene Frost, Darynda Jones, Ilona Andrews (husband and wife team) and Patricia Briggs. Well, it just so happened that Barb was at a conference and ran into Darynda Jones and asked her to attend. To which she got a solid yes. Barb immediately called me and I think I squealed like a fan girl. No, I definitely squealed like a fan girl. I was so excited. Turns out, before Barb could assign me to Darynda’s table, the entire table got bought out by an uber-fan who goes by the handle of Zombie Joe. I was devastated. But I did get over it. I knew I’d be able to meet with Darynda at some point during the luncheon and I had the added perk of giving Zombie Joe some shit because if it weren’t for me, Darynda wouldn’t have been there. That was the fun part.

The luncheon was stellar, the authors were gracious and totally reader friendly, the meal was pretty good and the raffle baskets were outstanding … even though I didn’t win any of them. As a bonus, Shannon Butcher had made up individual little baskets for her reader guests which included a copy of her latest book, some swag, chocolate, and a gorgeous handmade necklace and earring set as well as a bracelet. The woman is multi-talented. The jewelry is totally the type that I’d wear.

I also have to mention that our own Edie Ramer was one of the authors attending the luncheon. Her first time … and I understand she did a fabulous job. :cool:

Barbara told me something after the luncheon, though. She mentioned that putting together this event was getting to be too much for her. Granted, she had over 500 readers in attendance, and something like 60 authors. That is a huge endeavor. However, after the positive feedback she got from both authors and readers, she just might be persuaded to go ahead and set up the fourth event. I certainly hope so. I also hope that she’ll get more help from family and friends. I tried to do what I could. I helped with the registration, which isn’t a hellava lot, but given my present handicap, it was all I really could offer. I’m hoping next year (if Barb goes ahead with it) that I’ll be able to offer more help.

Both authors and readers came in from all over the country on their own dime. It really was impressive. If you ever get the opportunity to attend this luncheon here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I highly recommend it. Or if you hear of someone doing a similar event in your neck of the woods, go for it. The opportunity to meet favorite authors and other rabid readers is invaluable. Barbara’s with this luncheon is to bring romance readers together and give them the opportunity to mingle with like minded readers and their favorite authors.

Are there other similar events going on in other parts of the country? If so, I’d love to hear about it and your opinions. I’d be happy to forward any positive feedback to Barbara Vey. I’m sure she’d love it hear it.

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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13 Responses to Barbara Vey’s Third Annual Reader’s Luncheon

  1. Liz, it sounds so amazing. I’d actually love to put something like this together in Western Australia. It would be so much fun. Maybe I’ll discus it with some other writer friends, as we’re meeting up next weekend.

    So sorry I live so far away, or I’d definitely have made it to your one!
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    • Liz Kreger says:

      Oh, that would be fantastic, Michelle. I’m sure if you start out small you can really roll a reader’s luncheon into quite an event. But be warned, it is a lot of work. Barb had to find a venue large enough, pin down authors with a definite yes to attending, finagle books from publishers and/or authors … it seems to go on and on. I’m sure Barb would be happy to give you pointers,

      On a side note … there was an author signing with the proceeds going to a local charity. In this case it was (I believe) Sojorna House (I’m sure I butchered the spelling of the organization. They help battered women and children … and in some cases, men.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Liz, it was great to see you there! I had a wonderful time, especially with the ladies at my table. They were a fun group. I hope Barbara does give it another go, and I’m invited. Next time I’ll know more of what to do – and I’ll remember the Wisconsin cheese for my giveaway basket! 🙂

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yeah, I almost forgot that you didn’t bring the cheese. 🙄 Still, I understand you stepped in pretty much at the last minute, so I’m sure it was a bit overwhelming.

      Glad you had a good time with it.

  3. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Barbara Vey’s event.

    There is also a Southern Magic luncheon in Birmingham every November. I believe Sylvia Day is going to be the speaker this year.
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    • Liz Kreger says:

      Very cool, Jenn. You gonna attend? I think Sylvia Day was at Barbara’s event … at least I think I caught a glimpse of her.

      Barb had a question and answer session the night before with any of the authors who came in early. It was more like a comedy routine. It was hysterical. The hall they used was a good size, but it was still standing room only.

  4. Amy R says:

    I really enjoyed Barbara Vey’s – my first reader/author big event. It was nice in that it was just about 3.5 hours away for me. I cannot even begin to imagine the work it takes to put that on. It was very organized and planned out. I am sorry I missed you there, Liz! I did get a chance to meet Edie though!

  5. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Liz! You make the luncheon sound like so much fun! Barbara does such wonderful things for both readers and authors. A treasure!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      She was a little afraid that when she left PW she’d lose a lot of her contacts, but it turns out she’s more popular than ever, with several publishers/organizations vying for her attention. She’ll be kept busy.

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    Dang, I forgot you were going to be there, Amy. I’m sorry I missed meeting you as well. There were so many people that it was difficult to catch up with half the authors I wanted to chat with.

    Glad you enjoyed it. I really do hope that Barb does this again next year.

  7. I’m so glad you had a great time, Liz. I’ve read a couple Shannon Butcher’s books and really enjoyed them. She’s married to one of my all time favorite author’s, Jim Butcher. 🙂 So, did you meet Darynda?
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    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yep, I did get a chance to meet Darynda … and offered my first (and only) born for an ARC to her sixth book. Needless to say she didn’t take me up on it, and my daughter wasn’t very amused when I told her. 😛 Just so happened that Barbara had received an advance copy from the publisher, so I’m generally staying up at all hours reading.

      I’m also looking forward to immersing myself in Shannon Butcher’s books.

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