Herrick Memorial Library Visit Feb 17th
Writers on the River Book Fair - November 12th, 2006
More Starving Artists
Toledo Library Panel
Fiction Writers Annual Conference
The Pierre, NYC
RW's Inaugurual Conference September 23-24th, 2006
2006 RWA Conference
W-TLK in Cincinnati
& Tony do LA...
Romantic Times 25th Anniversary Convention
Michigan Women's Festival 5/6/06
Festival of Books
Can't I Get Published?"
Soaking up the...rain?
Rollin' on the River
Okay, on three...
Schmoozing the local
Life is like a tuna casserole
Our kind of people
Express Tour BLOG
Memorial Library Visit
February 17th, 20007
When longtime friend and librarian Lynne Welch (RWA's
2004 Librarian of the Year) invited us for a visit to
her hometown, we immediately took her up on the offer
if only for a chance to catch up with her. We were the
lucky recipients of oh so much more. Our visit was thoroughly
pictured was our lunch with Janet and Lynne at Bread
and Brew across the street from the library, where we
enjoyed a fantastic meal in great environs. We very
highly recommend it.
A shot of the Herrick
Memorial Library. If you have a chance, stop
and take a tour, either on-line or in person.
At the library's front desk with director Janet
Hollingsworth and Lynne Welch.
Tony telling his gator story...
Cindy with her daughter Lauren, a budding author,
A Tony pita! That's Margaret to the left and longtime
reader Debbie to the right.
The gang's all here! From left to right: Lynne's
dh Gene, moi, Lynne, Janet, Tony, Janet's dh,
and Kym Lucas of the Buckeye Library in Medina.
The new Visitors Center of the Wellington Reservation
was warm and wonderful.
Our warm thanks to Lynne, Janet and everyone who came
Valley Romance Writers of America's
Annual Valentine's Tea
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
Holland Branch Library, Toledo, Ohio
was MVRWA's third annual
Valentine's Tea and we easily welcomed twice the guests
we did last year. Kudos to our intrepid prez Barb Horvath
and the rest of the MVRWA
gang including vp Tracy Ritts who got us some great press.
If it keeps up like this, we'll need a bigger venue next
year...and more baklava and cherry kisses!
Thanks to everyone who came out...
A shot of the table holding the Valentine's gift
bags chock full of all sorts of goodies.
Tony chatting with dear friend, chapter bud and
wonderfully talented Elizabeth
Vaughan, whose next book Warlord
in her TOR
Chronicles of the Warlands series
comes out in March!
Here's Barb H talking with former prez and current
secretaary Rita Shake (that's Garry browsing through
the book exchange title).
New member Connie Phillips' beautiful daughter
Kate who is also a writer.
The MVRWA gang, from left to right: Tony, Rita
Lynn (Koch), Barb Nagel, Connie and Kate Phillips,
Lesly Blanton, Jim Duncan and Tracy Ritts, Nicole
Vaughan, Barb Horvath and moi.
Longtime MVRWA member and friend Janet Rau didn't
make it in time for the group picture, but her
daughter and son Jenny and Dillon made sure she
got there safely.
I love the cupid and hearts around Tony's head.
signs a copy of Falcon's Heart,
her latest Harlequin Historial, for a visitor.
Prez Barb Horvath welcomes return visitor Sue
Cassida of Barnes & Noble to the festivities.
Mukhles Rahman saw Tony's pic and thought he could
use some help in evening out the group's man-woman
ratio. lol Yep, yep, yep, two peas, these guys.
Of course, Tracy's husband Jim is another of the
group's great guys.
A shot of Rita's chest. Check out all those buttons!
(You should have seen her face when I aimed the
camera at her breasts. ;>)
Happy Valentine's Day. Hope to see y'all again next year!
on the River Book Fair
Monroe County Library - Ellis Center
Sunday, November 12th, 2006
Library Head of Collection
Services Heidi McCraw is a gem, it's as simple
as that. And it's not just because she supports
us (which by itself, of course, more than proves
she's a woman with discerning taste). She supports
every local writer she can by including them in
this annual fair that attracts some 30+ authors
and their books, ranging from nonfiction regional
titles, national fiction novels (including romance),
to children's and self-help books. And the attendees!
If you're nearby and haven't gone to this fair
yet, mark it down on your calendar for next year.
Trust us, you won't regret it.
Thank you to Heidi and the gang, and to everyone
who came out.
So what do you think? A looker, huh? That's
our younger son Tim, who's considering starting
his own promotional company. We know he'll
be wildly successful in any career path
he chooses. But it would be great if he
could travel with us, don't you agree?
Our signing neighbors and fellow romance
Gaymer Martin and Jackie
Jordan, Kim, Tony and Tim.
Bernie and Katie.
Sharon and Sherri are what fairs like these
are all about by creating a warm environment
for neighbors to get to know one another.
It was great to see you again, Sharon! And
to meet you, Sherri. Same time next year?
a local artist today by supporting their art.
Harlequin Room Grand Opening
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Books manager Robert Holtz invited us to help
celebrate the Grand Opening of
the store's Harlequin Room, we
leapt at the op. Not only did it give us an excuse
to visit with our Kokomo friends, we got to catch
up with fellow authors we don't get a chance to
see that often. If you read the piece in Romantic
Times promoting the event, I have
just one thing to say: you have no idea! What
Robert and his staff have done in creating this
special area for us Harlequin romance readers
is beyond phenomenal. If you live within a few
hour radius of Kokomo, you must go!
Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you
to Robert and his family and staff for a wonderful
look forward to our next visit!
The Radisson - Worthington, OH
October 13-14, 2006
When former MVRWA
member and dear friend Aleta Dodson invited us down
to speak at this year's CoFW
conference, we jumped at the op, if only to see
her and to visit with fellow chapter members many
of whom we're familiar with only through newsletters,
and others we don't get a chance to see often. Little
did we know that many wonderful surprises were in
store for us. Have a peek...
thanks to the entire CoFW
Till next our paths cross, guys!
(Big, wet smooches, Aleta.)
Than Words - New York City
Harlequin Awards Luncheon
The Pierre Hotel - October 5th, 2006
had the honor of penning a story inspired by a special
woman who's made an important difference in others
lives, along with four other Harlequin authors in
THAN WORDS, Volume 3. Our novella features the
work of wonderful Kathy Silverton of Stitches
From The Heart and focuses on forgiveness. Forgiveness
of others' sins. Forgiveness of imagined trespasses.
Forgiveness of ourselves so we all ultimately might
find our own unique way to give back to our communities
and to those in need.
From The Heart is
a California-based charity that donates handmade
baby and toddler items to over 450 hospitals and
charities across the country. With the help of over
10,000 volunteers -- a number that continues to
grow each day -- founder Kathy Silverton has shipped
over a quarter of a million items to needy and premature
more info on how you can contribute to Stitches
From The Heart, click here.
On October 5th, Harlequin held a special awards
luncheon at The Pierre to honor each of the women
featured in the anthology. As fellow author Karen
Harper put it, "This was a once in a lifetime
event." And Kathy and her fellow honorees are
more than deserving of it.
from the sale of this book will be reinvested in
Harlequin's philanthropic MORE THAN WORDS program.
Do you have a magnificent someone you'd like to
nominate for next year's grants? Do it now. For
more info, click here.
Our room at The Pierre. In a word, wow!
The entire hotel was incredible.
The magnificent Kathy Silverton of Stitches
from the Heart, who deserved the five-star
Our table at Wednesday night's dinner in a
penthouse room at The Regency. From left to
founder Deb Fruend and her dh, Barry and Kathy
Silverton, Tony and me, and authors Susan
Wiggs and Karen
Braille Books for Children founder Debra
Bonde, her dh, Harlequin editor Marsha Zinberg,
and Katherine Orr.
Marsha, Katherine, and two of Gloria Gilbert
Stoga's friends and associates of Puppies
Founder of Cottage
Dreams Seana O'Neill, Harlequin publicist
Megan Lorius and author Cathy Mann.
A shot of the buffet table and the server
who kept us all in smiles.
Harlequin's Megan Lorius giving us the rundown
on the following day's events.
There are those with whom you immediately
click, and author Kasey
Michaels and her daughter Anna definitely
fell into that cat for us. We love you guys!
The awesome room at The Pierre where the awards
luncheon was held on Thursday.
Harlequin CEO Donna Hayes discovers what it's
like to be an author as she signs a copy of
Words for a reader.
Books on Broadway in Astoria is always an
auto-stop. Here I chat with Jerry Monaco,
a fellow writer.
No visit to NY would be complete without stopping
in to see our TDA
family. That's our editor Melissa Ann Singer
in the middle and Jozelle Dyer to the left,
and Alexis Saarela to the right. Periyali
is a fantastic Greek restaurant at
35 W. 20th.
An early dinner at Opa!
restaurant on 31st in Astoria.
NY's Time Square is ceaselessly entertaining,
as this dancing gentleman proves. Priceless!
visit these sites and donate today:
Order your copy of More Than Words, Vol 3 by clicking
or Spicy? Conference
was our first time to Canada's amazing capital city.
And we're so very glad we went. On the drive in,
we passed Dolmades, a Greek restaurant on Bronson,
delighted to discover that they delivered. Everything
was fresh and delicious, setting the tone for the
entire weekend. Because ORW members -- and the conference
as a whole -- were fresh and delicious. Our warm
thanks to conference co-chairs Teresa Wilde and
Christine Enta, to ORA pres Annette McCleave and
the entire board, and to our magnificent editor
Brenda Chin for making this a weekend to remember.
And to everyone we met and with whom we chatted,
here's to our paths crossing again very soon.
Brenda and Tony chat during Friday night's
Austin to the right kept us in smiles.
Our tablemates Brenda, conference co-chair
Christine Enta, Madeline, and conference co-chair
Tony sneaks a pic of Brenda while she's not
looking. Isn't she beautiful? That applies
inside as well as out.
Tony chatting with Debbie.
Page held a Penthouse Party to celebrate
the launch of her first book SIN.
That's here in the middle between Brenda and
Rock is to Tony's left.
Tony finds a male cohort in Reece Butler's
You can't make up characters like Keppel Disney.
You wouldn't believe me if I told you...
President Annette McCleave officially opens
the conference Saturday morning.
Brenda's mom enjoyed lunch with us all. Speaker
and current RWA
Wilson had us all in tears.
Gorgeous fellow TrailBlazer Joanne
Rock accepts wine from Annette, ORW's
wonderful gift to all speakers.
Dinner out with Brenda and fellow Harlequin
authors and friends. (Sorry about the poor
quality. Battery must have been running low.)
Another shot of the whole group. We had a
delightful time meeting and chatting and sharing
a glass of Shiraz with everyone.
Sullivan, and Molly
O'Keefe. (Also, check out Molly's drunk
writer talk blogspot. Hilarious!)
Brenda's mom, Sharon
Rock, Brenda and Tony and me.
Brenda had everyone scribbling furiously in
their notebooks Sunday morning.
Christine and Teresa and Annette hold the
A winner! (Darn, I wanted that basket.)
Romance Writers president, Annette McCleave.
A close-up of Christine Enta.
Author helper Lillian and her daughter, her
own personal slave.
Tony strikes a pose with author Ann
One last shot before the long drive home.
What a great group! Good luck, ladies.
Trinity Greek Festival 2006
We religiously attend this annual Toledo fest, but
this is the first that we've done so in any official
capacity. We set up shop outside the Culture Booth
to sign copies of our latest titles, including DIRTY
LAUNDRY, featuring our girl Sofie
Metropolis, PI, with a portion of the proceeds
going to the church. Need I say that we had an unqualified
blast? We enjoyed visiting with old friends and
new, the sound of Greek music and the saliva-inducing
scent of Greek food permeating the scene. And having
our son Tim there Saturday night was a special treat.
Our heartfelt gratitude to Joyce Anagnos and
Maria Papps (and Joyce's mom Dawn), for inviting
us and for making us feel like a part of the fam.
Thanks to everyone who came out!
Same time next year?
Four members of the Saturday Morning Club,
Tony, Chris Kamilaris, Tim and George Kamilaris,
along with Chris and George's wonderful mother,
and George's wife Lori and their two gorgeous
daughters. Click here
to visit the site for Chris and George's restaurant
Georgio's Cafe International.
(Not pictured is sister Athena. She won't
get off so easy next time!)
Our son Tim poses with Dad and George.
Greek-American George Sarantou is a Toledo
City Councilman running for County Commissioner
this November. He served as the fest's publicity
Gus! We catch up with longtime friend
Gus and his wife Cindy along with Father Aristotle
You have to snap pics of Tim when he's not
looking. Doesn't he look like a Greek god?
That's because he is!
We love these guys! To Tony's left is Culture
Booth co-chairs Joyce
Anagnos and Maria Papps. To the far right
is Carol and to the far left is Joyce's mom
Dawn, who also teaches Greek at the church.
Click here for more info.
Another Gus? Yep. Here Gus Tsapranis, Tony,
Tim and Pete Theodorou take in some of the
great Greek dancing.
Dear friend and author publicist Pat Rouse
drove up from Cinci to bring her nephew up
to visit with family and enjoyed a gyro dinner
with us Friday night.
Here Dawn and Tony explain the benefits of
learning Greek to Alexi.
Tim's cousin Sara and aunt Lynn came out Saturday
night. Look for more info soon on Sara and
her sister Laurie's new, hot catering company.
Opa! The Asteria dancers delight us all.
The Ellinopeda dancers take a break after
wowing the crowd. Aren't they adorable?
A shot of the Culture Booth inside the Community
A shot of the Greek Agora set up in the Community
Tim and Tony catch up with longtime pal Pete
Maria and her dh Andreas own Petros
Foods at 5086 Douglas Road. We get
all our Greek goodies from them. Visit them
on the web by clicking here!
The Olympians dance!
Okay, we're going to officially adopt Dawn.
Pat and I enjoying our gyros. (Note the coke
bottle and water bottle closer to us. Those
aren't our beer bottles. I promise. Hiccup.)
Cooking demonstration with Yanula Stathulis.
Karen and Jean came out to chat. Karen writes,
as well, so look for her on bookstore shelves
Portrait of a young Greek-American. Yiasou,
pictured but loved nonetheless are Aleca Kamilaris
and her and Chris's three sons, Costas Christides
and his beautiful wife and two daughters, Pete Theodorou's
wife Liz and their two gorgeous sons, Pat Rouse's
handsome nephew Nicholas and his wonderful Greek
relatives the Petas and Doukides, Father Christos,
and a whole host of others. Next time y'all won't
get off so lucky.
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Sophia's
father Tassos throughout the event. He's from
a town near Tripoli in the Peloponnese, which
in Greek speak makes him family. ;>
Frixos Stylianides helped out with the cooking.
Apropos since he not owns the Coney
Island Restaurant at 430 Superior,
he's the cook of the Saturday Morning Club's
meals at the same.
What are the chances of running into other
Karayiannis? Okay, so they don't spell it
the same, but we thoroughly enjoyed talking
about how small the world really is. And the
fact that we're all Greek in some way or another.
Writers of America's
Annual Conference in Atlanta, July 26th-July 30th, 2006.
Too many pictures to even contemplate uploading to this
page. Click here
to view the full photo album!
Wednesday, June 23, 2006
The "w" stands for
"with," and the TLK = Tony & Lori
Karayianni. Sorry, but I just couldn't resist borrowing
from the title of one of our favorite sitcoms, WKRP
in Cincinnati. While we've spent time on the outskirts
of the city, and have certainly driven through it
countless times, this is the first time we've had
the pleasure of staying downtown and getting a chance
to inhale the entire atmosphere. Nice...
At nine a.m. Wednesday, we were off and running
with the help of author escort Kathy Tirschek, who
picked us up, took us to a live TV appearance with
ICN6's Northern Kentucky Magazine, then a radio
interview with Mark Dewitt of WRRS-FM's Cover to
Cover, and to a series of stock signing at various
Cinci bookstores before finally arriving at Joseph-Beth
on Madison for our official talk and booksigning.
What a day! Capped off perfectly with a late dinner
with author publicist Pat Rouse and Sheila at the
Our warms thanks to Pat Rouse for arranging the
signing, Kathy and Vicki for getting us to the signing(s),
Barb at Jo-Beth's for her warmth and hospitality,
and to all the booksellers for the generosity. Here's
to our next visit!
Two of ICN-6 Insight Communications Northern
Kentucky Magazine's team. That's Sandy to
ICN6 Northern Kentucky Magazine host and producer.
(I lost my notes! I'll post update with names
as soon as I find 'em.)
Author escort Kathy Terschek took great care
of us during our time in C-town.
Mark Dewitt of WRRS-FM's
Cover to Cover.
Maria of Barnes & Noble West Chester.
That's Vicki to left, Tim of the Tri-County
Borders, and Kathy.
David McGrath of Watersone Barnes & Noble.
(Love his Irish brogue!)
Beth of the Montgomery Barnes & Noble.
Our signing at Joseph-Beth's on Madison.
Barb of Joseph-Beth's, Sheila and Pat Rouse.
One final pose with Kathy Tirschek.
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