Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Salon: A Week In Review and Upcoming Events

I am setting aside Maureen Corrigan's book, Leave Me Alone I'm Reading for the next couple of Sundays and will pick up where I left off later in the month. My reading has taken me in other directions recently.

This past week I posted a review of J Scott Savage's Water Keep, the first book in the Farworld YA fantasy series, along with a brief interview. It was my first ever author interview, and I admit I was nervous about it. There is still time to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book. The deadline is tonight at 11:59 p.m.

With the Bejing Olympics coming to a close, it seemed fitting to read and review a book partially set in China. Rabbit In the Moon, a suspense/thriller by Deborah and Joel Shlian is set around the time of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. I had a hard time putting this one down.

In other news, the countdown has begun! Truth be told, it started a few weeks ago, but now it's down to days, hours and minutes as opposed to months and weeks. Anjin and I will soon be flying off into the sunset for our belated 10th anniversary celebration.

When my friend and fellow blogger, Florinda, went on vacation this past summer, she opened her blog to a varied and wonderful selection of guests. Florinda did an excellent job of putting it all together--and made it look so easy!

I decided to follow in her footsteps and reached out to several authors and a publicist to see if they would be interested in dropping in for a visit. I was sitting on pins and needles as I waited to hear back from them. Much to my surprise (and utter glee), they all said yes. My husband heard about it for days and, I have to admit, I am still bubbling over with excitement.

I do hope you will stop in and say hello to these gracious souls who took time out of their busy schedules to drop by and visit. It promises to be a fun filled two weeks--and there will even be a couple of giveaways you won't want to miss.

What to expect:

Monday, September 1 - Hachette Book Group USA and I are kicking off the month of September with a huge giveaway. Be sure and drop by tomorrow for details!

Tuesday, September 2 - Reviews of Colleen Gleason's Rises the Night and The Bleeding Dusk

Wednesday, September 3 - Guest Appearance by Colleen Gleason, author of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

Thursday, September 4 - Guest Appearance by Clea Simon, author of the Theda Krakow mystery series.

Friday, September 5 - Guest Appearance by Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony

Saturday, September 6 - Review of Matrimony and a giveaway to boot!

Monday, September 8 - Guest Appearance by Karen E. Olson, author of the Annie Seymour, crime reporter, series

Tuesday, September 9 - Guest Appearance by Karen Harrington, author of Janeology

Wednesday, September 10 - Review of Janeology

Thursday, September 11
- Guest Appearance by Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen

Friday, September 12 - Guest Appearance by publicist Lisa Roe

There is a good chance my Google Reader will be bursting at the seams when I return in two weeks. That "Mark As Read" button will no doubt be very tempting. I hate to miss out on any great posts, but it probably won't be practical for me to play catch up after such a long absence. I apologize in advance.

Now to decide which books to pack . . . Happy Reading!

28 comments:

  1. Wow, this is exciting, Wendy! Thank you for lining up so many goodies for our enjoyment and I can't wait to read each one of them. So very nice of the authors to say yes to your invites! Now all of us can benefit from it. Thanks again!

    Do enjoy your upcoming anniversary vacation and I'm dying to know what books will end up following you. *GRIN*

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  2. Have a wonderful trip! I look forward to all of these special guest appearances!

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  3. Wow, that is quite a line-up!

    Have a fantastic vacation!

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  4. Have a wonderful vacation, Wendy! We'll miss you but what a lovely thought to leave us so many interesting subs. I look forward to their visits all week.

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  5. You get to enjoy your vacation and check in on your own blog for interesting posts! How great is that?

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  6. Oh congrats on the guests! How exciting! Have a good vacation.

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  7. Looks like you have quite a line-up to fill in, Wendy - I'll definitely be checking in, but of course I'll miss you!

    Hope you and Anjin have a wonderful trip to Hawaii!

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  8. What a cool idea to have authors and guests posting in your absense! I'll be looking forward to reading them, and I hope you and your husband have a really great time on your vacation!!

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  9. Have a wonderful trip! And I'll be back to visit even while you are gone ;0)

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  10. Congrats!!! Oh, and have lots of fun and be safe on your vacation. Looking forward to some of these guests.

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  11. Have fun on your vacation. I know we will have fun with your blog while you are gone!! What a great idea!!

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  12. Hi Wendy :)

    I also put aside a book, THE GHOST WRITER by John Harwood, somehow I am not in a mood, i will pick it back up when I feel like it, it is a good story.
    I am reading THE DEVIL OF NANKIN by Mo Hayder, a thriller which is based on true events which took place in Nankin, China in 1937.
    Has anyone read this book? if so can you get back to me and tell me your thoughts as the book is controversial

    http://thebooksihaveloved.blogspot.com/

    I hope you are having a nice sunday, Wendy

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  13. Wow, you've been busy setting these up. So nice of you to keep us entertained even while you're away.
    I hope you have a fabulous holiday! :)

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  14. Have a great trip - I look forward to hearing about your vacation reading when you return. :)

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  15. You have some great stuff planned :) Have a wonderful time, Wendy!

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  16. I'll pop in to visit your guests. Have a GREAT trip!

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  17. I'm looking forward to reading those posts, Wendy!

    Have a WONDERFUL vacation! We'll miss you. :)

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  18. Wow, that's a great line up of fill-ins Wendy! Very exciting! I'll be checking in regularly. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Happy belated anniversary!

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  19. Whoa, September's definitely a busy month for you and your blog! Keep it up! :D

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  20. Sounds like a great week ahead – and an awful lot of planning and arranging on your part. I’ll definitely be dropping in for a look. Have a wonderful (even if belated) anniversary trip!

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  21. Thank you all for stopping by and wishing me well on my vacation. I'll miss you all too!

    Sylvie - I read The Devil in Nanking a couple of year's ago and really liked it. It's my first and so far only Mo Hayder book, but I do want to read more by her.

    Joy - It was a lot of work--more than I anticipated, but not so much that I wouldn't do it again. It really has been fun and everyone has been so wonderful about it all. I'm still putting the final touches on before we leave. Now hopefully the Blogger Scheduler will work without a hitch. LOL

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  22. What a fun idea! And how wonderful that you'll be going on a fabulous trip!!

    I'm currently reading Matrimony so I look forward to Josh's guest post and what he has to say--and also some names I don't recognize and look forward to hearing more about.

    Hope you have a great trip, Wendy!

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  23. I'm in the middle of Maureen Corrigan's book and now I can see where your recent comments on it were heading.

    Have a good vacation! Nothing against your guest posters but I think I'll take your absence as a chance to catch up on some other blogs.

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  24. Trish - Thank you! I hope you are enjoying Matrimony and will enjoy Josh's guest post!

    Carrie K - Thanks! This is a much deserved vacation. :-) Are you enjoying Corrigan's book?

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  25. Well, you know I love reading your blog but now with all of these events coming up, it'll be so exciting to come and see the action :)

    You'll be missed bunches but no doubt you'll be having the time of your life. Wishing you both a wonderful trip!

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  26. Iliana - I probably should get to bed so I won't be kicking myself when it's time to get up early to catch the plane. I hope you enjoy the guests!

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