Queen Betsy #8
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Featuring: Betsy Taylor
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Romance Romantic | Romance Suspense
Betsy Taylor has problems that only a vampire
queen/suburban wife could possibly understand. Such as
taking the body of her werewolf friend Antoniaâ€”who died in
her serviceâ€”to Cape Cod, where sheâ€™s not sure if the
Wyndham werewolves will welcome her with fangs or
friendship. Meanwhile, her posse back in St. Paul is
sending frantic e-mails alerting Betsy to her half-
sisterâ€™s increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the
devilâ€™s daughter is coming into her ownâ€”and raising hell.
40 comments posted.
Re: Undead And Unwelcome
great blog Sandi. I have so many that I would want to meet and sign my book.. Nora for sure and Robyn, as I too am on her chat, and Lisa Kleypas...the list goes on and on.
(Kathleen O'Donnell 10:06am June 14, 2009)
I would love to meet Robin D.
Owens and Christine Feehan....
and Ummmmm, Oh, yeah, C.L.
Wilson. What would I ask
them??? How many revisions to
you go through for a book? do
you write at a computer or by
hand and transcribe? How do
you get a an idea flowing?
Okay, I am a writer too,
trying to get something decent
written to get
(Melissa Tackett 10:17am June 14, 2009)
Sandi! I just don't think I could make a list of authors I want to meet. I want to meet them all, take them home, bake them cookies and quiz them on what their next book will be!!
I've only been to one signing -- and was too shy to ask many questions -- therefore my plan of abduction -- and bribes!
Love the blog Sandi -- Happy Sunday!
(Billi Jones-dimatteo 10:41am June 14, 2009)
Sandi, I've never sought anyone's autograph. I did go to see Nora when she spoke at SMU a few years ago and really enjoyed her, but didn't bother to get a signed book. Since I don't like to write, I don't care how they do it; I'm just glad they can!
(Ilene Pedersen 11:03am June 14, 2009)
I've met a lot of authors at the RWA signings, etc, so not sure who is left I haven't met.
However, personally I'd like to meet Sandi. She knows why. :)
(Patti F 11:16am June 14, 2009)
I'd love to meet David Guterson. He's an author from my own state and several of his writings take place in the area where I live. When I read those books, I can see exactly where he's talking about!
(LuAnn Morgan 11:19am June 14, 2009)
That is so funny that you would want to meet Nora Roberts. I don't read any of hers but I actually did go to a signing of hers years ago in columbus. The only reason I went was because there are never any good author book signings in Ohio for some reason. I didn't stand in line with a book for her autograph though my friend did. She seemed very nice and patient with everyone. There are so many authors I would love to meet, can't list them all. A few are Maggie Osborne, Mary Balogh, Celeste Bradley, etc...
(Shauna George 11:25am June 14, 2009)
Now that I've been to a few book signings with the DFW Tea readers I might not so dumb struck that I couldn't ask an author a sensible question or two. I'd like to meet Lisa Kleypas, Robin Carr and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
(Jill Hayden 11:30am June 14, 2009)
Hi Sandi--another good question! I would like to meet Nora Roberts also and would probably be tongue-tied as well. Another author I would love to meet is Sheri Whitefeather. I have communicated with her by email and on her blog so I feel I wouldn't be as tongue-tied with her. Also, Catherine Mann, definitely.
(Mary Perry 11:46am June 14, 2009)
Would love to meet
Christine Feehan,Sherrilyn Kenyon, MJD, LKH, Marjorie Liu, Karen Chance, CT Adams and Cathy Clamp, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs....list could go on forever
(Breia Brickey 12:11pm June 14, 2009)
I would love to meet Linda Howard and Suz Brockmann. LH is my favorite author, however, I know that meeting her is very difficult. SB seems so nice, and like she would so much fun and easy to talk to.
I do have "virtual signing" books by both SB and JR Ward, so I appreciate authors that do that.
Shauna - It's so funny that you were lamenting that there are never any good book signings in Ohio. So many times I've read of book signings in Ohio by good authors and was jealous! And a lot of good authors live in Ohio, too. Name some? No, I can't think of any off hand. Many are authors I haven't read yet, but are very popular. I read RT magazine, and a lot of signings are mentioned in there.
(Janet Lewis 12:39pm June 14, 2009)
I too love to go to book signings.. I have met Nora Roberts many times. As well as Debbie Macomber.. I would like to meet Linda Lael Miller, James Patterson and Rybon Carr and a few others.
(Dona West 1:52pm June 14, 2009)
I love book signings, Sandi. Unfortunately, we don't get many where I live but I've been able to attend some conferences where I've met several of my favorite authors. I'm looking forward to RWA Nationals this summer and meeting some of my favorites for the first time such as Anna Campbell, Robyn Carr, Christine Wells and many more. One I hope to meet someday is Lisa Kleypas.
(Pj Ausdenmore 1:53pm June 14, 2009)
For me it would be Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark(her I would ask what does it feel like to write with your daughter Carol), Debbie Macomber, Janet Evanovich, Catherine Coulter, Jayne Ann Krentz, Sandra Brown, Robert B. Parker(I would ask if he is ever going to write a book that has all 3 of his detectives together to solve one mystery), Linda Howard, James Patterson, Luanne Rice. Sorry for the long list I just have so many I would like to meet. Where I live we don't get that lucky. I either have to ask my Father to help me get one, try to get it thru the mail like I do for Janet Evanovich and David Baldacci, or just get lucky and find one that is going to be someplace close to you like I got on June 25th when I'm going to meet Lisa Gardner. I have also by dumb luck met Elizabeth Berg one time. She was nice to everybody who came out to see her.
(Maggie Roso 2:20pm June 14, 2009)
I would love to go to a book signing but none of my authors seem to come anywhere near where I live in Canada. Which authors? let me see: Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz, Anya Bast, Cynthia Eden, Nora Roberts AKA J D Robb, and the list goes on. I would certainly drive a few hours if necessary to get the chance to meet one of them.
(Diane Sadler 2:34pm June 14, 2009)
my past work at the bookstore has marked every author I wanted to meet off my list (my first was Nora and I was too nervous to say anything to her, but she is so super cool). I too am always suprised when an author who is a bestseller (and I LOVE) doesn't get hundreds of people at a signing- I think it is the aura that this person who sits and writes these stories I devour would never have to actually go out and sign her stuff, so the actual book signings go unnoticed by most except the faithful who are always reading the websites. Thank god for the faithful fans (and FF of course for keeping us in the loop)!
(Sara Edmonds 2:34pm June 14, 2009)
After the twittering about Julie Garwood, I'd definitely have to put her on my list of authors I'd like to meet. Loooove her historicals.
(Summer Sharp 2:36pm June 14, 2009)
Hi Sandi, I would love to meet Debbie Macomber, Johanna Lindsey, Jayne Ann Krentz. There are so many that I could fill this page. It is true that in Ohio there are very few book signings so I doubt that I will have the chance.
(Rosemary Krejsa 4:13pm June 14, 2009)
Thank you to all who have responded! I really appreciate it.
(Sandi Shilhanek 5:51pm June 14, 2009)
I've met and had books signed by Nora Roberts, MaryJanice Davidson, Suzanne Brockmann, Rachel Vincent, Michelle Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Lisa Jackson, Kimberly Raye, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clements-Moore, Jaye Wells, Mark Henry, virtual signings/signed bookplates from J.R. Ward and Katie Macalister. All of them were very nice, some more personable than others. Nora Roberts had people to keep the line moving, so you couldn't spend much time with her (not that i'd know what to say anyway), but she was very gracious, and posed for a quick picture with me, that I treasure. Suzanne Brockmann and her husband, Ed Gafney, were extremely personable! There are quite a few authors that I hope to meet one day. Among them: Christine Feehan, Linda Howard, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Luckily, I live in Dallas, where there seems to be a good-sized author population, and fairly frequent visits by other authors. My friend in NJ often laments about the lack of author signings in her area. We are both looking forward to the RWA convention this year, where we will meet and attend the "Readers For Life" Literacy Signing.
(Wendy Bocock 6:51pm June 14, 2009)
Wendy, even though I forgot to email you I'm glad you found this part of the cyber world. Now that you have I hope
you come back soon!
(Sandi Shilhanek 7:15pm June 14, 2009)
Great blog Sandi, I was fortunate last year to meet a lot of my favorite authors...Robyn is a real sweetheart...I saw Nora, several times, but the line to see her was longer than the one we needed to wait on to get into the signing. I am going to try and get her autograph this summer. It is funny that this is your blog today, because I made my list of authors I would like to meet a couple of days ago...the list is too long to include in this post...I am sure that once I get to the signing, the list will just keep growing...but I have my must sees again...the plotmonkeys, Gena Showalter, Robyn Carr....oh J.R. Ward is definitely on the top of my list after the ones I listed...
Peace and love,
(Paula Robinson 7:34pm June 14, 2009)
I enjoy meeting authors that I have read. But,when we travel I try to find bookstore signings nearby and have found some new authors who I wouldn't have read otherwise.
(Karin Tillotson 8:05pm June 14, 2009)
There are too many to list!!! I would love for some authors to come to my hometown.
(Julie Harper 8:19pm June 14, 2009)
I saw MJD in Chicago last week and
was also surprised at the small
turnout. But in that case, it seemed to
be expected. And she was quite fun to
I really want to meet Richelle Mead.
(Stacey Stieglitz 8:49pm June 14, 2009)
I would go to meet many authors if they just came to my side of Tampa Bay! Anne Mather, Sabrina Jeffies, Vicotia Holt, Jane Austen (you said living or dead), Monica McCarty, Cindi Dees, Merline Lovelace, Joanne Rock, Deb Marlowe, Kasey Michaels; the list goes on and on. Reading has kept me sane these last six years and I don't intend to stop, ever. A few years ago, there was a woman here who was celebrating a milestone birthday, like 90 or 100 and when she was asked what she attributed her longevity to, she replied, "Reading romance novels." You are never too old for romance!
(Trudy Miner 10:07pm June 14, 2009)
I'd love to meet Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Sherryl Woods, Susan Wiggs and also Laurie Viera
I go to see Elizabeth Berg whenever she's in my city with a new book tour. She's wonderful!
(Mary Hundley 10:08pm June 14, 2009)
Like everyone else, there are plenty I'd love to meet. Even better if they do a Q&A with the signing. Nora had one a few years back about an hour from me, and my coworker and I left work early to go. They got a really good crowd for that. And she's funny! Got an autograph and picture with her - can't beat it! I found that better than when we went to see her at one her signings at her hubby store. They get a huge turn out for them (and I did travel - its about 3 hours or so from me). Did meet some nice people and got a few recommendations for authors while we were there (Janet E. being one). Did go to Trenton to see JE a couple years back, but it was done outside, in July, and after an hour or so in a line that moved about 5 yards, we called it a day (the same coworker went to this too). Was kinda bummed, but I'm hoping for another opportunity. She'll be in NJ next week when her new one comes out, but I can't make it. Maybe next year . . .
Oh, and I would have loved to have met Agatha Christie. Just love her books. I read her autobiography and have questions from that I'd like more in-depth answers on.
Great topic Sandi!
(Amanda Reeder-erdly 10:17pm June 14, 2009)
I've only met one author at a book signing. I got to meet Marliss Melton a few years back when she was in town for a charity booksigning. I would still love to meet,
Just to name a few.
(Debbie Beverley 10:37pm June 14, 2009)
My list is similar to a lot of the others here - Nora, Christine Feehan, Debbie Macomber, Lynn Kurland, Sabrina Jeffries, Victoria Holt, Catherine Coulter, Iris Johannson, and others too numerous to mention. Unfortunately, Madison doesn't seem to be on the acceptable list for too many nationally known authors, aside from those who have Madison connections. A pity, but that seems to be our fate.
(Lynn Rettig 10:42pm June 14, 2009)
Great topic, Sandi!
I've only met one author in person, and that is Donna Alward. She's a wonderful, cheerful, bubbly person, and my husband and I sat and had coffee with her for over an hour. That was when she still lived in Calgary. Now she's in Halifax, so it isn't going to happen again any time soon.
I'd love to meet Nora, too, as well as Terri Reed, Lynne Marshall, Missy Tippens, Linda Barrett, Robin Caroll, Suzanne Brockman, Susan Mallery. . . basically every author whose work I've read.
I met Serge LeClerc, author of "Untwisted", his autobiography. He spoke at a dinner I was at, and then the next day he had a book-signing in our local Christian Bookstore. What a friendly, dynamic person! It was a real shame that there were less than a dozen people at his signing -- at least while we were there. We sat and talked with him for over an hour. We were the first ones there, and we just visited with him until a couple more people came. If you want to read a true story that will make your hair stand on end, get his book. It's a Canadian publication, though.
(Donna Breitkreuz 12:09pm June 15, 2009)
The correct question is who wouldn't I like to meet. I have met Sherrilyn Kenyon she was great I met her at Foxwoods casino. I live in RI not too many authors come close to us. I read about 20 authors Susen Wiggs, Karen Harper,Carly Phillips,Catherine Anderson,Debbie Macomber, Janet Chapmen,Sandra Hill, Chrinstine Feehen,Robin Carr, and Catherine Coulter to name just a few.
I'm home bound due to Multiple Sclerosis so all I do is read and make quilts.
I hope everyone has a great day.
(Terri Heywood 8:19am June 15, 2009)
It's been interesting to see the lists, and to realize who is on so many lists, and who I've actually had the honor of meeting.
Some authors listed, such as Kenyon are people who write in sub-genres that I don't typically read, but after having met her, I had to buy her books just to show support of her because she was such a nice person!
Those of you who get to go to RWA and meet your favorite author enjoy! Think of me stuck in the Dallas heat wishing I was there instead!
(Sandi Shilhanek 8:27am June 15, 2009)
I'd have to say that I'd like to meet Kate Douglas since we had some really nice email conversations and she sounds super fun, of course so do Heidi Betts, Cathie Linz, Julie Leto and Carly Phillips!
Although, I think the authors that I would be the most star-struck to meet would be R.A. Salvatore (Drizz't Do'Urden Saga), Nora Robert/J.D. Robb, Jayne Ann Krentz and Julianne Moore!
(Carrie Hinkel-Gill 10:07am June 15, 2009)
Sandi, Great topic! I've met Robyn Carr who is a real sweetheart and very easy to talk to and Nicholas Sparks, another really nice person. I'd like to meet Sherryl Woods, Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Luanne Rice, and Kristan Hannah just to name a few.
(Terri Zinchiak 11:37am June 15, 2009)
The authors that come to mind are Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele, Karen Marie Moning, Fern Michaels, Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux.
(Robin McKay 12:32pm June 15, 2009)
I love MJD, Sandi! Just a couple weeks ago, I went to a Laurell K Hamilton book signing... SIX HUNDRED people showed. Needless to say, I did not get my book signed. LOL But, let's see... I flew from Vegas to Dallas to meet Dakota Cassidy which was totally worth it. But who I'd love to meet? R. A. Salvatore, Beth Kery, Terry Brooks, Lacey Savage... there are just a ton in all genres! :)
(Amy Inholt 2:21pm June 15, 2009)
Great blog and what if question!
I have a long list and have been blessed to meet a few already. At first you are like omg, but then I have Thankfully opened my mouth and asked questions. Candace Havens Sherrilyn Kenyon and Charlaine Harris were tops and very nice!
I would love to meet Adrian Phoniex, I have talked to her via internet but I think it would be a blast to meet her!
(Chris Jones 3:36am June 22, 2009)
Ya'll get everybody up there in Dallas, sure wish you would send some down to San Antonio!
(Chris Jones 3:37am June 22, 2009)
This summer i am reading authors I have not read or not read in a long time.. you I am sorry to say are in not read.. but you are on my new list.. I get lots of books as I have an online used bookstore. Always looking for new reads for me and my customrs.. I have met Nora Roberts several times she is very plesent to talk to.. I would love to meet Roybn Carr also I live books of series... Thanks for writting this blog.. I enjoy FF so much
(Dona West 12:43pm June 28, 2009)
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