Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Seekerville Welcomes Barbara Vey Home From Oxford!

Debby Giusti here!
Whenever I think of mega birthday celebrations, I always think of Publishers Weekly Contributing Editor Barbara Vey’s cyber party held each March to mark the anniversary of her Beyond Her Book blog. Barbara’s a dear friend and a huge Seekerville supporter, and our own party wouldn’t be complete without a visit from this amazing woman whose name is a buzz word in the publishing industry.

Over the last six years, Barbara has become well known not only within the US, but her fame has spread internationally as well! She was invited to speak at Oxford and just returned from what had to be a trip of a lifetime. Barbara wanted to share the details of her travels with us today. Her success is proof that, with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true. Please join me in welcoming Barbara back to Seekerville!

Happy 6th Birthday Seekerville! We both were born the same year. Mine is in March, so I am a little older. I know there have been a lot of changes here at Seekerville with the blog and the authors. Much success with over 1 million views. Congratulations! And I’ve had my share of changes.

My Publishers Weekly blog, Beyond Her Book, has humble beginnings. I was a reader they literally plucked from the sea when I met the Deputy Editor on a cruise. Since I was such an avid reader, I was asked to write a blog featuring women’s fiction. I wasn’t sure what women’s fiction was, so I just wrote about books I read, authors I met and conferences I went to. The blog was even called Beyond The Book when I started, but we soon found out that was a copyrighted name.
Barbara makes every event a party!
My first anniversary I celebrated with a virtual party that was pretty much unheard of over 6 years ago. I had over 700 comments that day and was in shock. Over the years, the parties have gotten bigger and last year ended up with over 28,000 comments over 6 days.
Everyone loves Barbara, including NYT best-selling author
Tess Gerritsen!
Going to writers conferences was brand new for me too. I went to my first RT and
RWA conferences that year and discovered how different they were. I thought of RT like high school and RWA like college. Since then I have attended Sleuthfest, Thrillerfest, Comic Con, Horrorfest, Heather Graham’s New Orleans Conference, Crimebake, numerous local RWA conferences and even the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. And just this past week I’ve gone international. 
Barbara's lodging in Oxford!
I was asked to speak at Oxford, in England, to the writers there. I had to get my very first passport and was so excited when I received my first stamp in the book. The writers were wonderful and so interested in everything I had to say. They are way behind us in social media. Twitter and Facebook scare most of them and only 2 even had Facebook pages.
Barbara always WOWS her audience!
Then I headed to London to tour Mills and Boon. They actually celebrated “Barbara Vey Day” when I was there with signs welcoming me, roses, desserts and champagne. Now that’s the kind of welcome I really appreciate. I met all the editors and saw the processes a book has to go through. A few authors even showed up so I did some video interviews that you’ll be seeing this week on my blog.
Mills and Boon welcomes Barbara with champagne and roses!
Next up was a quick trip to Scotland. How could I be so close to my Highlanders and not stop by to say hi? Author Margarite Kaye took the ferry over to Edinburgh, and we took the double decker bus tour, heard the bagpipes and saw many kilts. One day just wasn’t long enough there.
Don't we all love guys in uniforms! Here Barbara poses
with the bobbies!
I even managed to catch up with a Facebook friend, reader Wendy. She took a 2 ½ hour bus ride to see me in Oxford and then came back a few days later with her sister, Marcia, who wanted to meet me. Readers are incredible the world over and it’s great to talk books with all of them.
Barbara with reader friends Marcia and Wendy.
Next year I’ll be speaking at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. I have to pinch myself. Otherwise, I’m not sure what the future holds, but if it involves books, I’m fine with it.

Congrats, Barbara! We're so proud of you and honored that you could join us in Seekerville today. I'm looking forward to your next Reader Appreciation Luncheon and want to ensure all the Villagers know about that special event.

In 2012, Barbara hosted her first Reader Appreciation Luncheon in Milwaukee, WI, which was a huge success. Last year attracted more readers, and Barbara expects close to 500 to attend the April 26, 2014 luncheon. Keynote speaker Debbie Macomber joins 50 other authors who will host tables and provide baskets and goodies and lots of books to all those who attend the festive event. Today, Seeker host Debby Giusti is giving away a luncheon ticket—a $45 prize--to one lucky winner. If you want to be included in the drawing, mention Barbara’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon in your comment. (The prize is for the luncheon registration. All other expenses, including travel and hotel accommodations, are the winner’s responsibility.) Proceeds from this event will benefit Sojourner Family Peace Center of Milwaukee, an organization that offers a safe environment for women and children affected by domestic violence. Many folks arrive on Friday for a special night with the authors. For more details about the event, click here.

Additional drawings today include a book giveaway from Barbara and a journal and 2014 planner/calendar from Debby, along with her latest release, THE SOLDIER’S SISTER.

Every comment enters you in this week's overall prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card and also in the BIG BIRTHDAY BASH GRAND PRIZE for the month--an iPAD MINI!!!! Good luck, everyone!

The breakfast bar is open. Today’s menu includes egg and sausage casserole, baked ham, fresh fruit, an assortment of breads and muffins, and grits! Enjoy! The coffee’s hot; so is the tea. Colas are available as well.

Grab some food, fill your cup and let's spend the day with Barbara Vey!


As Contributing Editor for Publishers Weekly, Barbara Vey brings readers and writers together with her popular Beyond Her Book blog. Recipient of the 2012 RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award and 2013 RT Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award. From her entertaining “Drive By Videos” to reader feedback on books with WW Ladies Book Club, Tuesday Releases and Author Recommends...BHB continues to grow into a must read daily adventure. An avid reader, Barbara consumed a book a day before taking on the glamorous life of a roving reporter. Traveling all over the world to conferences from Romance to Thrillers, Mysteries to Horror, Historicals to Comic Con, her love of Romance and the Happily Ever After keeps her grounded while she offers readers a place to step away from life’s daily trials to take a positive journey through the world of books.

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Melissa Jagears said...

We need these luncheons in more places!

The bookstore I just did a signing at held a Librarian day. She invited all the church librarians in the area to the bookstore which has a big basement room, catered them lunch and then she and her associates basically did verbal book reports on as many of the new books for the year that they all worked to read. They gave them a list so they could jot down besides the titles if they were interested in purchasing it. And then she gave them 25% off if they bought books within the week. And well, two authors just happened to be upstairs waiting to sign books.

Anyway, I think every book store should do that, it was so cool. I wanted to be a church librarian! :)

Marianne Barkman said...

I would LOVEto go to the luncheon, but even if I won the ticket, it will not work for me this time, so please leave my name out...but if there's a book to be won, I want a chance. I'm headed over to Beyond Her Book blog...how can I have missed it? Thanks for a great post

Terri said...

Wow Melissa! I'm a church librarian and would lOve attending such an event.

Barbara, I think it is amazing you have such a successful career doing something you truly love. I so wish your luncheon was being held in Oklahoma.

Heidi said...

Glad to learn about another wonderful person here on Seekerville! Please enter me in the drawing for the books/planner!
Thanks!

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...


Melissa, wow. What a super idea. I'll share that with folks nearby.

Please enter me into whatever. Who knows what will happen next year? :D

may at maythek9spy dot com

And thanks for the virtual yummies, Debby!

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Barbara, one more thing. It might blow their mind to say that even my DOG has a Facebook page! May the K9 Spy.

There is a HUGE following for dog lovers (and cats, and rabbits, and horses... you name it). We hang out with the dog community. Some have tens of thousands of followers. It's really amazing. :D

Jan Christiansen said...

Now, that's a gal who knows how to celebrate! Seekerville is always such a fun visit. Happy Birthday again!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Welcome back Barbara. Always a pleasure to have you with us.

Jackie said...

Hi Barbara,

Welcome to Seekerville's birthday bash!

It sounds like you had a great trip to Oxford. And Italy next, how exciting for you!

Please enter my name in the drawings except for the luncheon. I'd love to be able to come, but it's not possible. Thanks for the opportunity.

Have a great day!

Cindy W. said...

Wow! To be invited to speak at Oxford must have been so exciting. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip...and Italy next year!

As much as I would love to go to Barbara's luncheon I think it is out of the question for me next year, but I would love to be entered for the book giveaway from Barbara and especially the journal and 2014 planner & Debby's book.

Have a happy, happy day!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Barbara Vey said...

Melissa, the luncheon is amazing and if I were younger, I'd plan them in more cities. They are a lot of work, but totally worth it!

Barbara Vey said...

Marianne, I'm sorry you can't make the luncheon. It's an amazing event with over 50 incredible authors. I'll be posting my PW blog in the next hour, so stop by again and read about my Edinburgh adventure!

Barbara Vey said...

Terri, it would be terrific if you could make the luncheon. We even have famous OK author Sharon Sala coming.

Barbara Vey said...

Heidi, thanks for stopping by. This is one of my favorite blogging stops. Good luck in the drawing.

Barbara Vey said...

May, it's always great when readers and writers get together. Seekerville is a prime example.

Barbara Vey said...

Jan, I'm always up for a celebration and honored to be invited back to Seekerville.

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Sandra, nice to be back with some of my favorite authors.

Barbara Vey said...

Jackie, sorry you can't make the luncheon. Debby brings wonderful things for the readers at her table and the woman who won her door prize last year is still talking about it!

Barbara Vey said...

Cindy W., thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing today!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Ahhhh, now I get it! Thanks for sharing where it all started. Truly you excel at what you do and I have to assume it's because you absolutely love it -it shows!

Congratulations on going international with your conferences!
I'd love to go to your luncheon sometime when I can also get out and visit Lyndee Hendersen. I know she loved it.

Barbara Vey said...

Thanks Debra! I hope you can make it to a luncheon some day too.

Debby Giusti said...

Morning Seekerville!

Barbara, we're so honored you could be with us today! Looks like you got up early. Are you still working through your jet lag? Such a wonderful trip! Loved seeing the pics and hearing the details.

Grabbing a cup of coffee...

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for sharing about the librarian luncheon in your area of the world. What a great idea!!! Your bookseller is amazing. A real jewel. You're so lucky to know her and be able to sign in her store where, no doubt, readers and librarians get special treatment. A future RWA bookseller of the year, perhaps?

Debby Giusti said...

Marianne,

Barbara's Beyond Her Book blog is a great place for readers and writers. Lots of book reviews and behind the scenes looks at the publishing industry and national writing events. If it's happening in the book world, Barbara is there!

Even Oxford! How fantastic! Good for you, Barbara!

Debby Giusti said...

Terri, wouldn't it be wonderful if Barbara could host a number of luncheons in various parts of the country.

Knowing Barbara, she just might! Stay tuned...

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Heidi,
You're in the drawing. Did you get breakfast?

The coffee's so good this morning.

Debby Giusti said...

KC,

Let us know if the booksellers in your area host a similar event!

How's your recoup time going, KC? I know you've been hard at working getting book three ready for publication. Hope you and May have been able to relax a bit and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Did I mention doggie bones for May are behind the breakfast bar?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jan, thanks for the Seekerville birthday greetings. Be sure to celebrate Barbara's Beyond Her Book Birthday Bash in March. She'll be at year seven!

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Sandra!

Sally said...

I love the breakfast bar! That would fortify me for work. Thank you! lol. Thanks Barbara for a wonderful post and sharing the pictures! What an awesome journey. Would love to hear more and see more pictures! Don't enter me in the luncheon. Too far for me. But it sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks! I might have to add gravy to the buffet: how about sausage gravy and chocolate gravy?
tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jackie,
Doesn't Italy sound fantastic. Too bad Barbara can't arrange a tour group to travel with her...

Hmmmm, perhaps something to consider for the future, Barbara! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Cindy, you're in the drawings!

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Sally, I have more pictures on my blog and will put them up all week including videos. Thanks for stopping by.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Deb,
Isn't it amazing how God placed Barbara on that cruise and that she sat next to one of the head folks in PW!

I would love to have overheard their conversation...Barbara saying she loved books...the Deputy Editor listening and shaking her head.

Knowing Barbara, she probably told the PW editor she needed more romance in her publication!

Debby Giusti said...

HI Sally,

Barbara has lots of pictures and more highlights from her trip on her Beyond Her Book blog. Visit her there too, but be sure to come back to Seekerville for more birthday fun!

Thanks for the gravy!

Sally said...

Went to visit, but now I'm back. Wonderful pictures and they guy playing the bagpipes--wonderful! Thanks!

Debby Giusti said...

Sally,

I followed you to Barbara's blog.

Loved the photos and info. I felt like I was there.

Edinburgh Castle was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

Glynna Kaye said...

Welcome back to Seekerville, Barbara! I can't think of ANYWHERE I'd rather go than the UK! And don't you just love Oxford? I hope to go back for another visit someday. Sounds as if you were treated like royalty -- and I hope you got a chance to check out a few bookstores while you were over there. That was a REAL treat for me. :)

Naomi Rawlings said...

Totally jealous of the travelling Barbara. Maybe one day . . . :-)

Rose said...

Good Morning Barbara and Debby!

Barbara,

Your birthday celebration on Beyond Her Book is so much fun!

You do such great things for authors and we THANK you.

Barbara Vey said...

Glynna, I really was treated like royalty and I kind of liked it. I was disappointed in the bookstores. They didn't have a romance section. The books are mixed with the other books.

Dina said...

Hi Barbara, it was fun reading about your London/Scotland adventures, I too am waiting to use my passport there.

Barbara Vey said...

Naomi, I just got my passport at age 62. I'm just getting started!

Kim in Baltimore said...

Aloha! I remember watching the crowd of authors leave RT/Chicago for Barbara's inaugral luncheon in Milwaukee in 2012. I missed last year's luncheon - we visited hubby in Korea. Since then, we have moved to Maryland, making it very easy to attend. I'm already signed up and waiting for Southwest to open it flight reservations for April! Mahalo for sharing Barbara's recent adventures in England!

Barbara Vey said...

Rose, my pleasure, believe me. :)

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Dina, you'll love it in London/Scotland!

Barbara Vey said...

Kim, excited you'll be at the luncheon next year!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Barbara, I love your success story and the warmth and humor and honesty you bring to the publishing marketplace!

I agree with Melissa, these luncheons should be spread out regionally.... how fun would that be?

Hey, ROCHESTER AND BUFFALO/WESTERN NEW YORK WRITERS love Barbara Vey!!! I think upstate/WNY/Northern PA should be the next venue!

We want Barbara! We want Barbara! We want Barbara!!!!

I'm all over having food for today's shindig and we're making homemade rainy day cookies, so I'm contributing to the virtual table. Barbara, thank you so much for being here, for hanging with us for our birthday! Love it!!!

Pepper said...

Oh my goodness, Barbara, what a wonderful opportunity!!! And your story is fantastic!
Did you feel like the queen with all those signs up in your honor? Did you perfect the 'wave' to your adoring fans? :-)

So glad to see you at Seekerville today.

Jeanne T said...

Wow, Barbara, what an adventure you've been on! :) I've always wanted to visit England, but the closest I've gotten was the Manchester airport for an unexpected layover. Sigh.

I didn't realize you began blogging about Women's Fiction. That is what I've been writing. :) And there are international women's fiction conferences? WOW! Italy should be amazing. :) I hope you'll get to do some touring of the country.

It's fun to hear your excitement over books and the doors that have opened up to you because of your blog's humble beginnings. I'm so glad you were here to share today!

Barbara Vey said...

Ruth, we could totally rock a luncheon in that area! :)

Barbara Vey said...

Pepper, I did feel like a Queen. The people at Mills & Boon were just fantastic. Still working on the wave though.

Barbara Vey said...

Jeanne T., I'm looking forward to the chance to see a little of Italy. Just need to find some authors there to show me around.

Missy Tippens said...

Barbara, what an amazing trip!! I'm so envious! Thanks for sharing the fun photos! Debby, thanks for having Barbara back here with us.

Missy Tippens said...

Melissa, that sounds like a fantastic event! What a great idea.

Sherri Shackelford said...

I have yet to attend the reader appreciation luncheon, but it's definitely on my bucket list!

I heard Barbara speak in Seattle a few years ago and her story is truly inspiring!!

Barbara Vey said...

Missy, so nice to see you here today. I love visiting with Seekerville.

Barbara Vey said...

Sherri, I loved Emerald City and that was my very first keynote speech. I'll never forget it.

DebH said...

wow. it's so cool to see how God works to put just the right people in just the right places to maximize blessings for everyone. congrats on your first passport and stamps (yes, it's so exciting to see those - i was thirteen when i got my first stamp and still remember the thrill). i need to visit Beyond Her Book. i was aware of the blog before today -- don't know why i haven't gotten there. apologies.

thanks for sharing your trip and your story. Seekerville is such a blessing, yes?

Sherri Shackelford said...

Barbara, you knocked it out of the park at Emerald City. That speech still resonates with me!!

Aly said...

Hey Barbara, continue to have fun on your trip so I can live vicariously through you :D

Tina Radcliffe said...

Check your Twitter feed, Seekervillians. Seekerville just Tweeted on of Barabara's videos. Terrific stuff.

WELCOME BARBARA!!

Toasting you with a mocha latte (your fav) in your honor.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Glynna, sounds like you had a wonderful UK experience, just as Barbara did.

The family and I traveled there when we lived in Germany. We crossed on the ferry at Dover. Hubby drove on the left while I navigated. We survived!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Naomi,
Isn't it amazing how Barbara has fans all over the world. Of course, no wonder. She's a warm and caring person who loves everyone she meets.

Debby Giusti said...

HI Rose!

You're right about enjoying Barbara's birthday celebration--a 24/7 event for an entire week. Folks are always chatting and having fun online. All a reflection of her enthusiasm and hospitality!

Debby Giusti said...

Dina,

Are you taking a trip? We'd loved to hear your plans.

Happy travels!

Debby Giusti said...

Kim, I'll see you at Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon. YAY!!!

We love military heroes in Seekerville! Be sure to thank your hubby for his service to our country! Glad you could visit him in Korea. Such an adventure, I'm sure.

BTW, I was born at Fort Meade. Does hubby work in Baltimore?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Ruthy,
I'm hearing your cheers for Barbara all the way south in Georgia! Yes, a PA/NY luncheon would be fun. Count me in. :)

Thanks for the cookies.

Almost time for lunch...

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pepper,

Isn't it fun to hear how graciously Mills and Boon welcomed Barbara to the UK! Such a special day for a special lady.

Debby Giusti said...

Jeanne,

Isn't Barbara amazing! She's proof that doors do open when we work hard and never give up.

No one in Seekerville should ever give up! Keep moving forward. Keep learning. Keep writing. Dreams do come true.

Debby Giusti said...

HI Missy!

Weren't your kids in Ireland this past summer? Next time, mom needs to go too.

Terri said...

Sharon is a terrific lady!

Connie Queen said...

Barbara, I want to be you for a week. (May that the week you went to Oxford.)

I would love to do more traveling, but everything is so expensive I hardly ever make it out of Texas.

Enter me into everything except the luncheon. I'm saving money for the ACFW conference next year.

So glad to see you here today.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Sherri,

Think about attending Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon. You'd enjoy every minute!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi DebH...

Thanks for your praise of Seekerville. Our Villagers make the blog...and wonderful guests like Barbara! So glad she could be with us today. So glad you stopped by to say hello.

Debby Giusti said...

We all enjoy Barbara's travels, don't we, Aly! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Tina, you can do everything...even video Twitter feeds. You're amazing, just like Barbara!

A mocha latte sounds perfect on this damp, fall day!

Debby Giusti said...

Connie,

ACFW next year is HUGE!!! Keep saving those pennies. They add up!!!

Plus, Texas is so big! Driving across the state is like visiting three countries in Europe!

Pam Hillman said...

Welcome back to Seekerville, Barbara! Loved reading about your trip to Oxford. Wowzers! What FUN!

And Italy next year???

That just makes me smile. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Wowzers is right, Pam!!! UK today. Italy tomorrow.

And it all started because Barbara loves books and people who read books!

kaybee said...

CONNIE,
I am with you on saving for conferences. Only way I can do it.
But I have a feeling ACFW is worth it.
Kathy Bailey

kaybee said...

BARBARA,
LOVE Oxford. One of my favorite books of all time is Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night," where Lord Peter Wimsey helps Harriet solve a mystery at Oxford and she finally agrees to marry him. SO atmospheric.
Would love to meet you some time, either virtually or in person.
Kathy Bailey

Valri said...

Hello Barbara! The trip to England sounded wonderful! Congrats! I wish I could go to the luncheon but unfortunately I can't so don't enter me in that! I would love the book though! I've already read Debby's book so I don't need that one! I'm enjoying this birthday party and the breakfast sounds yummy!

Julie Lessman said...

WOW, BARBARA ... I'm ready to go back to bed after reading ALL the things you do and how busy you've been!! The trip to England and Scotland sounds TO DIE FOR, and a memory I am sure you will never forget!!

I am SO grateful to Debby for introducing you to us -- you have been such a blessing to the Seekers and SO many who love great fiction!!

Hugs,
Julie

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Kathy!!!

ACFW is a great conference and ST Louis is a lovely city. Hope lots of Villagers can attend next year.

I'm glad you can chat with Barbara here in Seekerville...to meet in person would be wonderful too!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Valri, it's always fun to see you in Seekerville. I think we first met at Barbara's Birthday Bash some years ago.

Thanks for reading my books.

HUGS!

Debby Giusti said...

Julie, you're so right. Knowing Barbara is a blessing! Plus, she's a whirlwind of energy. Amazing!

How do you do it, Barbara? :)

Marilyn Baxter said...

I met Barbara at her very first RWA conference. My fellow Playfriends from the Writing Playground couldn't believe it when she wanted to interview us. We were thrilled and also thrilled to get to know this fabulous lady. No one deserves success any more than she does.

While I'd love to go, don't enter me in the drawing as I can't make it to her luncheon. Maybe another year.

Debby Giusti said...

I have a hair appointment. I know, poor timing. I'll be away from my computer for a couple hours but wanted to invite everyone to the make-your-own-deli-sandwich lunch buffet. Chips and dips. Lots of colas. The coffee's still hot. Iced tea. Hot tea.

Birthday cake and ice cream for dessert!

Red Velvet, German Chocolate, Applesauce, Carrot, Angel food, pound cake, rum raisin, spice...and more!

Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!!

Julie Hilton Steele said...

I say we send Barbara on a tour of the United States now that she is back. Southern Hospitality and Midwestern Hominess, Northern wonders and Western mountain trails. We all have something to offer you, Barbara!

Thanks for all you do!

Please put me in for everything.

Peace, Julie

Jeanne T said...

MELISSA--What a great idea that store had for your book signing. :) Keeping that in mind. Such a great idea on so many levels.

Jeanne T said...

DEBBY~I meant to say earlier I would love to be entered in the drawings. I can't attend Barbara's luncheon, too far away, but I'd love to be entered into the other drawings.

Helping myself to a little coffee before I'm off and running to help at the kids' school. :)

Jamie Adams said...

Hello Barbara! It must be fun to travel. Although I get frazzled just taking a road trip to the next state.

As a reality show junky I enjoy reading your tweets on twitter. :)

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hi, Barbara! You're looking great! Glad you had an awesome trip! :-) I'll see you in Birmingham Nov. 2nd for the Reader's Luncheon!

Barbara Vey said...

Deb H., hope you enjoy reading Beyond Her Book as much as I enjoy writing it.

Barbara Vey said...

Aly, thanks. I wish I could have taken everyone with me.

Barbara Vey said...

Tina, thanks for the toast. I just was at Twitter and retweeted everyone. LOL

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Connie, I love having this second chance after retiring from my first job of 25 years. It's my love of books that makes it all possible.

CatMom said...

Welcome Barbara, and congratulations on all your hard work and success promoting books! And you're now a world traveler too--sounds wonderful.

Debby, thank you so much for having Barbara visit us today. In honor of her visit, I just "had" to bake yet another Georgia Peach Cobbler, with extra cinnamon and sugar on the crust--Enjoy!
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Pam, I loved my UK adventures, but believe me, I also have them in the US. My blog readers love coming along just to see what happens next.

Jan Drexler said...

Oh, Barbara!

Your job sounds like no job at all - jet setting around the world, meeting famous authors, parties....

A dream come true!

I'd love to be in for the drawing for the Readers Appreciation Luncheon. Debby has talked about it here on Seekerville, and it sounds like so much fun :)

Barbara Vey said...

Kaybee, I know what you mean. I started listening to a book last night and they mentioned that the character went to Christ Church and I was just there! It's where parts of Harry Potter was filmed. It's fun to see places we read about. And we are meeting now...virtually. Nice to meet you!

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Valri, sorry you can't make the luncheon. It's an amazing event. Good luck in the drawing.

Mary Yelesin said...

Barbara,
Thank you for all you do to bring readers and writers together.
I will make your blog required reading from now on. Please enter me in the drawings.

Barbara Vey said...

Julie, thanks for the kind words. I always feel so welcome at Seekerville.

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Marilyn, it's wonderful to see you here. I'm sorry you can't make it to the luncheon. I hope you can some day. I still remember the day we met. Good times!

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Julie, I'd love to tour the US. Next month I'll be in Birmingham for the Southern Magic Luncheon and a couple weeks later in St. Louis to do a workshop for the RWA authors there. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity.

Barbara Vey said...

Jamie, right now I'm so addicted to the Amazing Race. It's so exciting to see them travel all over the world. I like to think I'm in training for it. :)

Barbara Vey said...

Melanie, I'm looking forward to Birmingham. Be sure to stop me and say hi.

Barbara Vey said...

Hi CatMom, it's an honor to be asked back and I do love a good party.

Barbara Vey said...

Jan, my job is a dream come true. Good luck on winning the ticket to the luncheon. It's really a fabulous time.

Barbara Vey said...

Mary, thank you so much. I really appreciate all my readers. Hope you enjoy the blog.

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I love your pictures by the way!

Salyna xD said...

The place you stayed at in Oxford England is gorgeous! I wish we could see pictures of the inside!

Barbara Vey said...

Wow Salyna, that must have taken you forever. LOL, thanks for stopping by.

Piper Huguley said...

Good afternoon Seekerville,

Hi Barbara,

We met briefly at RWA this summer. I loved your comparison of RT and RWA conferences. I've yet to be to RT to see how it resembles high school, but it made me laugh.

Your luncheon is a wonderful way to bring writers and authors together, I'm still in school around that time, but that outreach is so important.

Thanks for bringing cake Debby for that afternoon boost! Spice for me please...

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Thanks Debby,

May is thrilled you remembered her! YUMMO!

I hope to be able to go to THE event. Unsure if I will but, maybe if I win the ticket, that would be a *hint* I should really do it! Love that people are still talking about your gift basket. That's just like you!!!

We're hanging in there. Hoped to have books in paw for the school visit and show this weekend, but looks like they'll arrive one day next week.

So. Excited. But. Tired... A fun tired, but still! ;)

Barbara, know you'll enjoy your next trip(s) too. Thanks ever so much again, for sharing your photos. Keep up the terrific work!

Barbara Vey said...

Piper, you'll have to let me know what you think of RT after you attend. :)

Barbara Vey said...

KC, glad you enjoyed the pics. I really have a ton of them and love to relook at them.

Sherida Stewart said...

Hello, Barbara! You so impressed me when you took the time to read my profile and make a personalized comment to me--one of the 28,000 commenters--during your fabulous BHB birthday bash. I'll have a cup of English tea in honor of your success and your fabulous trip. Congratulations and thank you!

Susan Codone said...

What a great post -- I really liked reading about your travels & especially how you were plucked from being a reader to become a blog writer -- and that you didn't know what women's fiction was. How great to love reading so much that you don't think about genres. Thanks for the post!

Janet Dean said...

Welcome back to Seekerville, Barbara! I've really enjoyed getting to know you the last few years as we've hooked up at conferences. I'm amazed how you were plucked from the sea to begin the blog Beyond Her Book and to see how that has blossomed and grown into an amazing success story! Talk about a dream job!

Congratulations on speaking at Cambridge! What a terrific opportunity to connect with authors and to see that part of the world. Love that HQ UK gave you such a warm welcome!

Wish I could attend your Reader Appreciation luncheon. Know I'd love every moment of it!

Thanks for your generous shout outs for Seekerville. You're the best!

Janet

Debby Giusti said...

I'm back!

Hope everyone's enjoying the deli sandwiches and birthday cake!!!

Marilyn, your wrote the following about Barbara: "No one deserves success more than she does."

I agree!

Your Writing Playground is a great blog! That was the first blog I ever posted on. You invited me to guest, and I wrote about the Christian market. Thank you!

Mary Connealy said...

Barbara, thank you so much for being on Seekerville. It's always such a treat to have you on.

I've had a morning I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. (Not that I really HAVE enemies, you know, but still.....bad morning)
So I'm slow and on today of all days.

I wish I was coming to this luncheon.

Tina, didn't we plan to do this? Try and go to this? What happened?

Debby Giusti said...

Yay, Julie! You're in the drawings...all of them!

A US tour for Barbara so we could all spend time with her...how fun!

BTW, she'll be at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon in Birmingham, AL, on NOV 2.

Debby Giusti said...

Jeanne, have fun at school! You're in the book drawings. :)

Mary Connealy said...

RT as in Kansas City last year. I would have LOVED To go but it was just right at a time that made it impossible.
But I will make it one of these days.
It's in....maybe New Orleans this year?

Much too far away. At least to go on a whim. But Milwaukee....Debby do you have a LOT of tickets left for your table? Are you selling them? How does that work?

Barbara Vey said...

Sherida, thanks for coming to my Anniversary Bash. Enjoy your tea!

Barbara Vey said...

Susan, I loved the word plucked and it really applies. I'm glad they saw something in me.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jamie,

Glad you follow Barbara on Twitter! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Melanie,

I'll see you in Birmingham too! Can't wait.

Debby Giusti said...

Patti Jo, thanks for spreading the Georgia hospitality with your Peach Cobbler.

Yummy!

Debby Giusti said...

Jan, you're in the drawing! Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon is wonderful!

Debby Giusti said...

Mary Y!

I loved your comment about Barbara's blog being required reading! So cute! So true! :)

You're in the drawings!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Piper...

I cut a large slice of spice cake for you. I'm sure you're hungry after teaching all day.

Enjoy!

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Janet, I always love running into you at conferences. I'm hoping I get asked back to ACFW next year.

Barbara Vey said...

Mary, glad you could stop by even with your crazy morning.

Debby Giusti said...

KC, too bad about the timing of the shipment of your books! I know your school visit will be wonderful, even without your new story to share.

Sharon Timmer said...

Sounds like fun travels - welcome back!

Debby Giusti said...

Sherida,

Barbara is always a gracious hostess and makes everyone feel at home...even when 28,000 folks leave a comment. :)

A cup of tea sounds perfect this afternoon. Birthday cake or scones?

Myra Johnson said...

Barbara, it's so nice to have you in Seekerville today! Wow, I have always wanted to visit England--loved seeing your pix!

And after hearing Debby talk about how fabulous your reader luncheons are, I hope I can attend one of those someday! Thanks so much for all the many ways you support romance fiction, especially inspirational. The Seekers are honored to call you our friend!

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Susan! So glad you could visit with Barbara today.

Tea?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Janet!

The ACFW Conference in Dallas was so special, especially because Barbara was there. Delightful memories!

Barbara Vey said...

Myra, I would love to see you at one of the luncheon.

Janet Dean said...

Barbara, I hope the same! St. Louis here we come!

The RWA conference is in San Antonio. I've never been there. Are you planning to go?

Janet

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Mary,

Sorry about your frustrating morning. Hope things are better now!

My table sold out a couple weeks ago, but open seating tickets are still available. Of course, I'm thrilled and so grateful to those who will be joining me that day.

Barbara's expecting 500 folks, and the tickets are going fast! I can't wait to see who wins today's drawing!!!

Friday night there's a Q&A with authors that's open to the public. A social time follows. Last year, it was a relaxing and fun evening when everyone mixed and mingled. The luncheon is the next day. This year, Barbara's asked some of the authors to read excerpts from their books to those waiting for the doors to open. Every year it gets bigger and better!

Janet Dean said...

Debby, any time Seekers gather is a great memory for me. Add special people like Barbara and Villagers and we've got a party!

Janet

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Sharon,
Thanks for visiting Seekerville today. Care for some birthday cake?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Myra,

You're right. We are honored to call Barbara friend, and she does do so much for the inspirational genre!

Thanks, Barbara!

Lyndee H said...

Hi Barbara,
Congrats on Oxford and all the exciting things going on for you! Last year was my first year at the luncheon and thanks to my dh, I have a ticket for this year, too!

**Debra Marvin** Come visit that weekend!

Debby Giusti said...

Lyndee! What a sweet hubby! So glad you'll be there this year. Last year was so special!

(Talk Deb M into visiting!)

Barbara Vey said...

Janet, I'll be at RWA and St. Louis is where my son lives, so I'd love to attend.

Tina Pinson said...

Barbara, how fun to go to Oxford and on to Scotland. My sister lives in England right now and I so want to go visit. Funny we lived in Germany and I did get to go to England but after four years there, we never made it to Scotland or Ireland.

Congrats on your birthday too, and thanks so much for coming to share at Seekerville. The luncheon sounds awesome, but I probably wouldn't able to attend so don't enter me.

Blessings

Barbara Vey said...

Lyndee, I'm thrilled you'll be coming. Be sure to stop me and say hi.

Barbara Vey said...

Tina, I hope you get to visit your sister and Scotland is about 4 1/2 hours away by train.

Heidi Endicott said...

Happy Birthday Seekerville! :)

Tina Pinson said...

Yeah,

I hope to go, Barbara.

my sister let me know that she's been and had a fun time looking at where our family came from. We're Scots Irish Indian.

I remember traveling in England, we watched them making a movie, rode the train and double decker buses and tried to get the guards to smile.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Tina,

My fam and I visited England when we lived in Germany, but like you, we didn't tour Scotland or Ireland. Our loss! Would love to return. Seeing Barbara's pictures made me want to grab a flight and head to the UK! If only. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Heidi,

Thanks for stopping by and for the birthday greetings. Hope all is well. Looking forward to seeing you in April! Wish we didn't have to wait that long. Come south...

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Heidi, glad you had time to stop by.

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Good to see you here, Barbara, right after your trip and to hear more about the work you're doing. Such a fantastic opportunity to be invited to speak to writers in the UK. I especially love Oxford as my husband's family lives there and I go there every other year. Will take a look at the pics at your blog. Among my friends and family there only a few have a FB account so I know what you're saying is true. They just seem to be timid about social media. Please don't include me in the drawing for the luncheon and I have Debby's novel yet to read. Thank you.

Jenny St.G. said...

Happy birthday Seekerville! The food is amazing! Barbara, your pictures and stories from England are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Debby, it was so nice to be able to sit with you at the first Reader Appreciation Luncheon! I look forward to the Luncheon (and Friday night get together) every year.

Barbara Vey said...

Pat, how lucky you are to go back to Oxford every year. I hope to make it back again some day.

Barbara Vey said...

Jenny St.G., thanks for stopping by and for all your help at the luncheons. Looking forward to next year.

Piper Huguley said...

Barbara,

I sure will! I won't be able to do RT next year, but maybe the year after that...looking forward to it!

Debby, your hair looks great! Thank you for that spice cake. And I love the cavalier way you say your table is sold out! Excellent!I hope every one enjoys the time they spend with Barbara and the other authors.

Piper

Annie Rains said...

Hi, Barbara!

I got the honor of hearing you speak at the women's fiction mini conference before RWA this year!!! So nice to hear your awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

Annie Rains said...

Hi, Barbara!

I got the honor of hearing you speak at the women's fiction mini conference before RWA this year!!! So nice to hear your awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Vey said...

Hi Annie, that mini conference was so much fun. Thanks for inviting me.

Danielle Leaf said...

I love going to the luncheon look forward to it every year happy birthday seekerville :)

Danielle Leaf said...

I love going to the luncheon look forward to it every year happy birthday seekerville :)

Barbara Vey said...

Danielle, thanks for stopping by and good luck with the drawing.

Boos Mum said...

Another great post. Your time at Oxford sounds like it was a lot of fun. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Barbara Vey said...

Boss Mum, Oxford was amazing. It was so much more than I ever expected.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pat,
How wonderful that you can visit family in Oxford. So glad you could stop by Seekerville today!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jenny,
Aren't you sweet to stop by today. Hope all is well with you. That first luncheon was so fun...the second was as well! Can't wait for Number Three! See you there!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Piper,
Actually, I'm so thrilled and so grateful!

Maybe RT will come to Atlanta...then we all could go!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Annie,
Thanks for being with us this evening. Glad you could hear Barbara speak at RWA! She always provides great info and lots of wisdom!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Danielle!

Thanks for visiting Seekerville and supporting Barbara. She has so many friends around the world. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Boos Mum...

Welcome to Seekerville! Glad you could stop by to chat with Barbara.

Care for cake and ice cream?

Debra E. Marvin said...

Lyndee and Barbara --- oh I'd love to!
Thanks to Debby who suggested me when Lyndee asked her about crit partners at the last luncheon!

(well we're buddies now and I need to get some chapters over to you soon, Lyndee!)

and I'm chanting along with Ruthy. Western NY Wants Barbara!

Barbara Vey said...

Debra, I heart NY!

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

I love your story, Barbara! Talk about doing what you love and seeing success! England and now Italy! You're one lucky lady!

Barbara Vey said...

Eva, I know how lucky I am and I'm grateful every single day.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Eva!

Isn't it wonderful that Barbara is reaping the fruits of her labor!

Debby Giusti said...

Deb M,

Maybe another year? Hope so!

Barbara Vey said...

Debby, thanks for having me on Seekerville today. It's always fun to come to your parties. I'll check in for a while yet in case anyone else shows up. Just let me know the lucky winner of the books I'm giving away.

Debby Giusti said...

Barbara, thanks for being with us in Seekerville today! We loved seeing all your pictures and hearing the fantastic details of your trip to the UK!

You made our birthday celebration even more special!!!

Hugs and love!

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Seekerville, for giving Barbara such a warm welcome today! Hopefully, she'll come back to visit again soon.

Remember her birthday celebration in March and her Reader Appreciation Luncheon in April. Learn the latest news about the publishing industry, books, authors and reader events by visiting her blog: Beyond Her Book!

Thanks again, Barbara, for joining us in Seekerville!

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