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April 16, 2014

Unveiling My New Animated Video Adventure!

 

DRUM ROLL ...

Introducing Animated Video Adventure 
(and a chance to win both books!)

Romp Through 1893: The Invitation

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This BRAND NEW animated video adventure featuring Cullen & Della from It Happened at the Fair is NOW LIVE!

It was a YEAR in the making and to celebrate its launch, I'm GIVING AWAY not only a hardback of Fair Play, but also a hardback of It Happened at the Fair  to one lucky winner! 

To enter:

1. Go to RompThrough1893.com
2. When you get there, share a link to the social media of your choice.
3. Watch the video! :D (Four one-minute vignettes connected by choices you make.)
4. Then, go to my Facebook Page and:
  • Give me the link to the place you shared the video *AND*
  • Tell me how many wrong turns you took! (But don't give the answers away!)
5. Do this before midnight CST on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. 
 
The winner will be announced on my Facebook page.

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April 15, 2014

Juicy DeeTales: When the Dog Bites! When the Bee Stings!

 I love, love, love my job, but like all jobs, there are things that are especially wonderful, and a few that aren't so much. Today, I rather candidly (not sure I meant to be quite *that* candid!) tell you a few of my favorite things--and a few of my not so favorite things. 

Do you have any questions for me? If so, leave them in the comments section here, on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, or my YouTube channel. Then I'll pick one and answer it next week!

What are the favorite and least favorite parts of your job?

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April 15, 2014

Naughty or Nice?

 RT Book Reviews Magazine has billed me as the "Naughty Girl of Inspirational Fiction" in this month's Magazine Extra. Find out why as I tell about my first revision letter--which I affectionately refer to as the Swearing and S.E.X. letter. :)  http://bit.ly/1t5GCjK

 

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2014

Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Luncheon

Pre-Release Booksigning
Saturday, April 26 in Milwaukee  

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The Barbara Vey Readers' Appreciation Luncheon is all sold out, BUT the Friday Night Live is open to the public and the Saturday booksigning is open to the public. 

My publisher has done a special early-bird printing of Fair Play specifically for this signing. I'll only have 50 copies, then that will be it until the May 6th release date. So, if you're in the Milwaukee area on the weekend of April 25-26, be sure to stop by--I'd love to see you!

There will be 50+ authors signing books--including DEBBIE MACOMBER, SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, ELOISA JAMES, and many, many more!

 

Friday Night Live Q&A
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 pm

Booksigning
Saturday, April 26, 2014

3:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Milwaukee Airport

6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221 
 
Hope you can stop by!   

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April 08, 2014

DeeTales: Vintage Reticules, Watches, & Fans. Oh my!

 As part of my research I collect vintage clothing and accessories. In today's edition of *All the Juicy DeeTales* I revert back to one of my favorite learned skills from kindergarten: Show-and-Tell. Have a look at some actual accessories from back in the day: 

Do you have any questions for me? If so, leave them in the comments section here, on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, or my YouTube channel. Then I'll pick one and answer it next week!

Are you a collector? What do you collect?

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April 04, 2014

2 Minute Tips for Aspiring Writers: Show, Don't Tell

One of the main jobs of any writer is to evoke emotion from their readers. You want them to laugh, to cry. To gasp in suprise, to moan in frustration, to bite their nails. And at the very end, you want them to sigh over a story well told. 

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to *show* a story instead of *tell* a story. In this week's Two Minute Tips for Aspiring Writers, I give you examples of how to do this. 

Do you have a writing question? You can leave it here on my blog, or on my Facebook page, my Pinterest page, my YouTube channel or on Goodreads. Then two weeks from today, I'll choose one and answer it in my next edition of *Two Minute Tips for Aspiring Writers.* See you then!

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April 01, 2014

Juicy DeeTales: Sneak Peek at *Fair Play* and Last Day to Enter $1000 Contest

 In this week's edition of All the Juicy DeeTales, I tell you a little bit about Fair Play (coming May 6) and remind you that today (April 1, 2014) is the last day to enter the *2 Who Care* contest for the $1000 grant! 

Click here to nominate someone for the *2 Who Care* contest!

If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave it in the comments section here, on Facebook, on Pinterest, my YouTube channel, or on Goodreads and I'll pick one for next week's All the Juicy DeeTales!

 

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March 25, 2014

Juicy DeeTales: Do You Have A Phobia?

One of you wanted to know if I had any phobias, so for this week's edition of *All the Juicy DeeTales* I tell you about my close encounter with a killer squirrel. :)

 

Do you have a question you'd like to ask me? Just leave it in the comments section below, or on Facebook, Pinterest, or my YouTube channel and I'll pick one for next week's *All the Juicy DeeTales*!

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March 21, 2014

Two Minute Tips for Aspiring Authors

 It's time to launch my very first bi-weekly video blog:

2 Minute Tips for Aspiring Authors

So many of you have emailed me telling me you are writing a book and asking for writing advice. I've been giving that a lot of thought and I decided the most efficient, effective way to answer your questions was to video blog about it every other Friday. 

So, now's your chance! Ask me any question you'd like and I'll choose one to answer each time we meet. You can leave your questions here on my blog, or on my Facebook page, my Pinterest page, or my YouTube channel.

Sometimes, I might have a tip I want you to know about--something you might not know to ask about. I will do 2-minute videos about those as well.

Initially, I'm going to concentrate on the craft of writing as opposed to how to find a publisher. But maybe, eventually, we'll tackle that too. For now, let's start the very FIRST rule of writing.

WHAT IS THE VERY FIRST RULE OF WRITING?

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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March 18, 2014

All the Juicy DeeTales!

 Welcome to the launch of my new Tuesday video blog:

ALL THE JUICY DEE-TALES!

Did you have something you'd like to ask me if you ever met me? Well, now's your chance! Every Tuesday I'll be picking a question that has been left in the comments section here, on Facebook, Pinterest, or my YouTube channel. Then I'll give my answer on video each week.

This week, I'm answering:

What Does Your Family Think About You Being An Author? 

Family members will always keep you humble, right?

Do you have a question? Just leave it in the comments below and maybe next week I'll pick yours!

Also, for all those aspiring authors out there, come back on Friday for my new bi-weekly video blog:

TWO-MINUTE TIPS FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS

 Until then, have a great rest of the week!

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February 21, 2014

2 Who Care Contest

 You Know Who They Are In Your Community -- Tell Me About Them!

I had so much fun this year writing my upcoming May release, Fair Play. It's about a woman doctor named Billy Jack Tate (her father had wanted a boy) and a Texas Ranger who reluctantly winded up on her treatment table at the 1893 World’s Fair--and you can bet he wasn't keen about letting some woman treat him.

But treat him she did and eventually they soften towards each other, then open their hearts to an abandoned baby at the World's Fair and the needy children of Chicago’s West Side. While researching and writing Billy and Hunter's story, I couldn't help but think of all the couples in today’s world who devote countless hours to helping others in their communities. I wanted to learn about them and then do something to recognize them!

And this is where you come in: I’m launching a program called 2 Who Care to award one outstanding volunteer couple a $1,000 grant in recognition of their selfless efforts. And you, my wonderful readers, will not only pick the winner by popular vote on my Facebook page; you’ll also nominate the candidates by telling me about their volunteerism in your communities!  

The couple could be neighbors; they could go to your place of worship, or you might have met them through friends or during your children’s activities.   Or this couple could be you and someone else who shares your commitment to help those less fortunate.

So right now, take a few minutes to nominate a couple in your community. It’s easy to do—just go to the 2 Who Care app on my Facebook page and look for the 2 Who Care logo. Click on it and follow the directions. Wouldn't it be so fun to bring this award to a couple in your community? I can't wait!

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January 16, 2014

Want to Write a Book? Learn How!


Meet-Dee-2013I have received lots of requests for writing advice. So if you are toying with the idea of writing a novel, I'll be giving a writing workshop this Tuesday evening, Jan 21st, at the Bay Area Romance Writers of America meeting in Houston. You don't have to be a member to attend and I'd love to have you join us. (Very casual. No registration required.)

I'll be focusing on how to plot a book and will be using examples from the blockbuster movie Ironman. (The first Ironman, made in 2008.) It's not necessary to have watched the movie because I'll be showing clips, but I have told the attendees it might be helpful.

A bunch of us are getting together for a pre-meeting dinner at 9er's Grill and you are welcome to join us for that, too. We are all going dutch. (Please contact Donna Maloy if you plan to attend so she can alert the restaurant.)

If you can't make it this time, I will be doing other events this year, but none in the Houston area (that I know of). The best way to keep up is to:

- Join my Newsletter (and be the *first* to know!)
- "Like" me on Facebook and/or
- Click the "Meet Dee" tab up above (check periodically for updates)

 
 
I hope you had a great Christmas and new year. Three of our four kids made it back home, along with two of their spouses. So we really enjoyed having a full house. :)
 

Exact Times & Locations:


BARE NAKED STORIES: Shedding Amateurish Storylines
with Deeanne Gist
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kirkmont MUD Building
10102 Blackhawk Rd
Houston, TX  77089
www.hbrwa.com


Join Dee for a Pre-meeting Dinner at:
9er's Grill
6:00 pm
Houston @ Beltway 8
9865 Blackhawk Blvd.
Houston, TX  77075

Please let Donna Maloy know if you're coming to dinner!

 

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Hope to see you there!

 

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