Monday, October 10, 2011


"If I could forgive the temporary weight gain due to excess water retention
I could forgive the rest too... 
it's just a fact of life that no one cares to mention 
She wasn't good, but she had good intentions..."


OK, I'm a little late, but I think I can still pull this off. I have this FANTASTIC idea for an October feature.

Here it is.  Question: what do these authors have in common?

Karen L. Abrahamson
Cherry Adair
Susan Andersen
Vivian Arend
DaniJo Avia
Calinda B.
Kinley Baker
Diana Ballew
Anne Marie Becker
Jenna Bayley-Burke
Elizabeth Boyle
Meljean Brook
Susan Colleen Browne
Vanetta Chapman
Ann Charles
Rebecca J. Clark
Jennifer Conner
Karina Cooper
Lecia Cotton Cornwall
Kate Davies
Heather Davis
Sherri Dub
Karen Erickson
Eilis Flynn
Amanda Forester
P. G. Forte
Susan Fox
Yasmine Galenorn
Sarah Gilman
Gwen Hayes
Delle Jacobs
Paty Jager
Chris Karlsen
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherry King
Cindy Kirk
Rose Lerner
Laurie London
Susan Lyons
Jess Macallan
Margaret Mallory
Josie Malone
Bob Mayer
Christa McHugh
Kristina McMorris
Theresa Meyers
Danielle Monsch
Alexis Morgan
Brooke Moss
Debra Mullins
Elisabeth Naughton
Laura Navarre
Dawn Nelson
Erin Nicholas
Terry Odell
Bernadette Pajer
Darlene Panzera
Sheila Roberts
Val Roberts
Gina Robinson
Jacquie Rogers
Gerri Russell
Jeanne Savery
Inara Scott
Alice Sharpe
Stefanie Sloane
Shelli Stevens
Natasha Tate
Candis Terry
Olivia Waite
Christine Warren
Sarah Wendell
Linda Wisdom
Rebecca Zanetti


Answer: They are all attending the Emerald City RWA Conference Bookfair. And I am GOING. (Just to the bookfair; while I'd love to go to the conference itself just to hang around with these talented ladies, it kinda doesn't make sense for a non-author to go to all the workshops.)

Sooooooooo, wouldn't it be great to feature as many of these authors as I can in the month of October?  Watch for some profiles, link round-ups, and so forth over the next few weeks.

Off the cuff, a few comments on the ones I'm already familiar with:

Meljean Brook and Christine Warren - auto-buy. Any questions?

Lecia Cotton Cornwall - I picked up her debut earlier this year as part of my cover experiment, and really quite liked it. Looks like she has a new release, too.

Margaret Mallory - Ooo, yay! I really like her books, and I think I'm behind. Which means hopefully some new yummy medieval goodness to acquire at the fair.

Gerri Russell - I had a chance to get to know Gerri outside of the book world a year or two ago, and she is just the most lovely person. Her first series (3 or 4 books) is about Scottish Templars -- two great tastes that taste great together. Her books don't usually show up on endcaps, so you might need to go looking for them, but I recommend you give them a try.

Shelli Stevens - Man, she is just so cute. I picked up "Take Me" at this same bookfair a couple of years ago from her. She gives me this sideways look..."It's... smexy," she says, as she hands over the book. Hoo, is it ever! And... I'm going to stop right there on account of the PTA president might be reading this.

Elisabeth Naughton - Hmm, well, I did review Marked awhile back, and I also read "Stolen Fury" but didn't review it. They're entirely competent books, but something about them just didn't grab me. I have the second book in the Eternal Guardians series in my TBR, maybe I'll give the series another go.

Cherry Adair - I gather Ms. Adair is something of a celebrity among the local authors. She hosts an annual writers' challenge and is a popular speaker. Unfortunately, the one book of hers that I read, I really didn't like at all. Just not for me. It's been several years so I can't even tell you what I didn't like but it was a pretty strong reaction. Oh well.

Elizabeth Boyle - So the title, "Confessions of a Little Black Gown," really grabbed me and I really, REALLY wanted to like this one but I thought it was only so-so. I did a mini-review here. Don't know if I'll try again.

Debra Mullins - I really liked To Ruin The Duke! Why didn't I review it? I don't know, dammit. Maybe the next one. And wow, she has quite a backlist. Definitely will be diving into that one a bit more.

It's going to be a good blogging month, I can feel it.


Candis Terry said...

Just thought I'd stop in and say hi! Hope you'll come by at the ECWC book fair and say howdy! I'll be the one with the puppy on the cover of her book!

Bernadette Pajer said...

I'll be the one with the lightning cover and title A SPARK OF DEATH -- and yep, that's not a romance! I'm now an historical mystery writer, but years ago I wrote romance and met some great people through RWA. I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new ones at the ECWC. Is Professor Bradshaw an Alpha Hero? I'll let you be the judge of that! And this book does introduce a potential romantic interest . . . have fun at the book fair!


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