Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon and Book Giveaway

Hi everyone, Winnie Griggs here.

About a week and a half ago I attended the Barbara Vey Reader's Appreciation Luncheon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This was the 4th annual event and the second I was able to attend.  I love reader events and this is among the best ones out there.  There were 61 authors hosting over 400 readers and everyne I saw was having an absolutely fabulous time.  I thought today I'd share a few pictures with you.

Here is a picture of all the participating authors with Barbara Vey herself front and center. (Can you spot me?)

And here is a picture of me with the other two Love Inspired authors who were hosting tables - Debby Giusti and Katy Lee.

It's customary for the authors hosting tables to decorate them and provide fun little gifts for their table mates.  I used a spring theme and while it wasn't the showiest one there, I think it turned out rather nice.

And here is a picture of the fabulous readers who did me the honor of sitting at my table.  (Do you recognize the lady at the far left of the picture?)

So what about you, have you ever attended a reader event?  If so, what did you enjoy most about it?  If not, would you like to?


And to celebrate the release of my newest book, Second Chance Hero, I plan to give away a copy to one person who leaves a comment on this post today.


Winning the Widow's Heart 

To help his dying sister, Nate Cooper once broke the law—and he's regretted it ever since. Now the ex-con turned saddler hopes for a new beginning in Turnabout, Texas. Being declared a hero for saving a child’s life, however,  leaves Nate feeling like a fraud.

Single mom Verity Leggett leads a safe life, avoiding danger and excitement at all costs. But her daughter's rescuer Mr. Cooper seems like a perfectly responsible—and handsome—man she can rely on. When his secrets come to light, however, will Verity be able to get over his past and see Nate for the caring man he's become? 


  1. Hi Winnie, I'm so glad you and your readers had an awesome time! I was blessed to have attended last years event and to sit at your table. Thank you for being such a gracious host. Jenny

  2. Thanks for sharing your photos, Winnie. I've always wondered what the luncheon was like. Your table was very festive!

  3. Thanks Jennifer, I'm so happy and honored that you chose to sit at my table last year - it was fun meeting you in person and getting to know you a little better.

  4. Hi Christine - this was my second year to attend this particular reader event and I absolutely LOVE it - would recommend it to any reader or author.

  5. What fun! Debby said it was a great event. I'm glad to see photos!

    That's Lyn Cote on the far left I do believe! :)

  6. I have never attended one - but I would LOVE to! Would be on cloud nine :)

  7. I've never been to a reader's event, but from the pictures it looks super fun! I would love to meet any Love Inspired author someday! And your table is just lovely, I like the simple elegance :-) I couldn't come up with a better way to spend my day!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Second Chance Hero"

  8. I didn't know about these reader events, but they sound like a wonderful time! I hope I can attend one someday. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Missy! And you're right - Lyn decided to attend as a reader and sat at my table. It ws fun getting to visit with her

  10. Trixi, thanks so much for the sweet words about my table!

    Carrie, Andrea, Jennifer - thanks for stopping by. I hope you do get the opportunity to attend one of these events one day, they're lots of fun!

  11. Thanks for sharing the photos, Winnie. It always sounds like such a fun event. I love the way Barbara has focused so much attention on readers.

  12. Jennifer, sorry - of course I know you've been before. Here's hoping you can go again!!

    Hi Mary - you'r quite welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. What fun it must have been to attend the luncheon and interact with readers. Your table was lovely, Winnie.

  14. I have not attended one. I have quilter's convention & luncheons. I know you had a wonderful time.. It' wonderful to be surrounded by people with the same passion you have :)

  15. I have never attended an event, but sounds like fun!


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