As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess SHARON DONOVAN, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January 2011.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Beach Party with Bobbye

Hello and welcome to another wildly wicked Friday at the Author Roast and Toast. We can’t promise that you’ll win the lottery tonight. We can’t promise that Mr. Perfect will pop out of a magic genie bottle to fulfill your every fantasy. We can’t even promise that if you click your heels together three times, you’ll be back in Kansas. But what we can promise is side-splitting laughter from three zany hostesses, a sexy cabana boy who will wait on you hand and foot with a wink and a smile, and crazy group participation from our roastee of the day along with all participating visitors, both regulars and newbees, who dare to take a walk on the wild side with us.

Today’s celebration is at the beach, and we are tickled pink to welcome back one of our favorite roastees, Bobbye Terry, to roast her upcoming release Buried in Briny Bay

The first of four Briny Bay novellas, a fun, comedic murder mystery with two sassy, mouthy sisters from Briny Bay, North Carolina, a fictional town on Pamlico Sound, to be released for your pleasure March 14th.* Stop Press - Bobbye's Publisher couldn't hold back any longer! BURIED AT BRINY BAY is available NOW!

So come on down, grab your beach bag, favorite bikini and plenty of sun screen because the sun is hotter than Bobbye’s book!
Singing Cajun music as he grills, Oliver looks pretty hot himself in his powder blue Speedo swimming trunks. The insatiable smell of the roasted pig, burgers, hot dogs, cheese fries and clams, sizzling in butter and garlic in
 a stone hearth in the

sand, waft over the beach as the hostesses set things up for the weekend bash.

Potato chips, tortilla chips and dip, along with baskets of soft
     pretzels sit invitingly on umbrella tables, while trays of chilled pineapple, water melon, cantaloupe, honey dew and succulent strawberries and sweet grapes scream to be sampled on tables surrounding lounge chairs.

Chocolate chips and fudge brownies sit pretty,  a chocolate celebration cake with a sugar copy of Bobbye's cover, and a frozen ice cream cake stays cool, along with coolers of beer and soda.

“Girls,” Sharon adjusts her shocking pink bathing suit bottom with a grin. “Tell the truth, sisters, has the time come to part ways with my string bikini?”

Lyn chokes on the coke she’s slugging back. “Sharon, sweetie, those waves parted a long time ago. In other words, honey, that ship has sailed.”

“Yeah,” Mary chortles, laughing so hard her hooters shake loose and tumble into the ocean blue, leaving her canary yellow bikini top sagging.

In her haste to fetch them and trying to stifle her cackling, Lyn dashes after them in a race that would do a marathon runner proud, that is, until she stumbles over her barges of feet and falls
head first in the ocean just as a tide rolls in, sweeping her and her spanking new purple bikini away.

Sharon whistles, “Who knew those barges could come in so handy. Wow, look at Flipper go! Holy mackerel, she caught up to that whale, and, don’t look now Mary, but the gigantic porpoise just blew one of your hooters out of his blow hole and Lyn caught it! Who knew she was so athletic! OOPS, spoke too soon, she dropped it and that dolphin nabbed it. What should we do?”

“Whatcha think, sister,” Mary slaps Sharon on the fannie so hard she takes a nose dive head first into the ocean blue, Mary a splash behind her, her voice carrying in the salt scented air. “We’re gonna go fetch my hooters, all for one and one for all! Swim, sister, swim!”

An hour later, the hostesses three, resembling drowned sea hags, sit on lounge chairs, belting back icy cans of beer. Oliver, man of the hour, pumps his biceps with a grin. Just as things got ugly, he paddled out to sea in an outrigger canoe to rescue the damsels as well as tackle a stubborn dolphin for Mary’s hooter. The other rolled in on a wave.

In the distance, a harbor bell rings, echoing over the squawking of seagulls and birds as a boat drifts to shore. Waving and blowing kisses to the guests, BOBBYE sparkles and shines in the late morning sun. Looking drop dead gorgeous in a striking tangerine bikini, diamond earrings, necklace and ankle bracelet, designer shades and her gauzy white beach cover billowing in the breeze, she steps onto the sand, Oliver kisses her and hands her a cold one, jerking his head to the tipsy hostesses.

“Y’all know what they say ‘bout, ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”




Roxie Turner finds herself up to her neck in trouble when her lifelong nemesis, Georgia Collins, is discovered buried in the town’s landfill. To make matters worse, with her characteristic Southern sass, Roxie has been saying she’d kill Georgia for more than twenty years. In fact, she listed the ways to do the woman in, constantly reminding prominent citizens of her intent. It was all a joke, or so she thought. But the joke turns on her as, suddenly, other dead bodies begin to pile up, all murdered with a technique from Roxie’s list.

Enlisting the assistance of handsome hunk, Greg Norris, Roxie’s sister, Trixie Frye, comes to her aid, bent on uncovering the killer and the truth. Can they find out both before Roxie goes to the big house?

Trixie groaned as she flopped on her living room sofa. “I’d never have guessed our town’s detectives could be so downright unpleasant.”

“Make that shitty.” Roxie sat in a side chair and crossed her arms. “I can’t believe our own brother took us in. And you were just about as bad. Thanks for getting us dragged in for two hours.”

“Look.” Trixie waved her finger in the air. “I was dragged in with you. It’s no fun being related to a cold-blooded killer.”

“I am not a killer.” Roxie’s voice quivered on the last word.

“Sorry.” Trixie kicked off her shoes. “I told you the detectives surprised me with how good they are—at the end, they even had me convinced.”

Roxie sagged against the chair back. “Sure I’ve thought of ways to kill Georgia for nigh on twenty years, but I could have done a lot better than dumping her in the landfill. Even throwing her in the Pamlico Sound like I suggested once. That would have been better. There’ve been a lot of bodies they’ve never found out there. It’s just a matter of watching the tide and the moon phase. Then there’s that area, you know the one off the point with all the sharp jutting rocks and the deep drop-off…”

“Roxie, too much information. Remember, Georgia’s dead with a capital ‘D.’” Trixie rubbed the bridge of her nose. “Who else would the police think did it? You had cause, that’s for sure, and you’ve even told the mayor how you planned to kill her. Everyone thought you were joshing, but now that someone’s actually murdered her, well, thinking you did it is a natural conclusion.”

“So how do we convince them otherwise, Trix? I don’t look good in yellow or stripes.”

Bobbye Terry. BE MINE, VALENTINE, 1/28/2011, Turquoise Morning Press (TMP)
w/a Terry Campbell:CRAIGS' LEGACY, 2/11/2011 (BOB); Backlist on Kindle
w/a Daryn Cross, IT'S MAGIC, Crescent Moon Press 

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Where oh where was Mary's other hooter?

To win a copy of Terry's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment with your answer to the above question, and your e-mail address.
Contest ends tomorrow and everyone who comments is elligible.

The photo of The Inn on Pamlico Sound is courtesy of TripAdvisor


  1. Wow, ladies, looking good. The sisters from Briny Bay said they might stop by. Roxie has to fit a bride in her wedding dress first. You know how that goes. Trixie is trying to get Carol to take over the diner. Right now she's busy frying eggs. the food looks divine!!

  2. By the way, ladies, my editor surprised me with an early release. Buried in Briny Bay is available now at all locations!That's something to take a dip about.

  3. Hi Bobbye, and welcome to your special celebration roast. Congratulations on the release of BURIED IN BRINY BAY.

    Let Oliver wait on you hand and foot while we wait for your guests to arrive.

    Ooh, hope the sisters do make it - that would be fantastic!

  4. You ladies are hilarious! Loved this!
    Course now you all made me seriously hungry!

    Will Oliver serve me too? hee hee

    Bobbye, great to see you here. I'm not commenting for the contest though, just giving you my support!

  5. Thanks for coming by, Renee. Go get a piece--of food or whatever. :)

  6. Hi Renee

    Welcome to Bobbye's beach party.

    'Course Oliver will serve you - with a wink and a smile - if we can get him to take his eyes off Bobby of course! *Grin*

  7. Great party!

    Bobbye, you look hot in that bikini!

    Tracy March

  8. Hi Tracy, so glad you could join the party - yes, Bobbye looks great doesn't she - and doesn't 'Buried in Briny Bay sound fantastic!

  9. Glad you could join us, Tracy. The goodies are all lined out there on the table in the sand with Oliver guarding them. Someone needs to guard him. ;)Thanks on the compliment. You would not believe how much I had to lose in twenty-four hours to fit into this.

  10. What an awesome surprise, Bobbye, to have your book released early. I can't wait to read it.

    Great post, Ladies. Laughed out loud several times which got me several looks from the others in the office.

    Congrats, Bobbye!

  11. Kisses Bobbye, you pretty young thing you. Lookin' good, babe! Allow me to feed y'all some strawberries. Then perhaps I can steal another kiss.

  12. Um, thanks for the congratulations, Christina. Carry on right now, I have to eat...strawberries that is. Pucker up Oliver.

  13. Renee, my pretty pet, I'm your cabana boy at your service. What can I getcha to eat or drink, love

  14. Tracy, love, a beer or soda perhaps, a bite to nibble on?

  15. Lyn, my lovely, another hug to sooth y'all. I agree, that was a close call when I had to wrestle a dolphin for a hooter. Gotta admit to never going through that much trouble before. LOL

  16. Sweet lips it is then, Bobbye

  17. Christina, darlin', a soda or beer for y'all, sweet thing?
    Yes, Lyn love, not to worry your pretty head off about Sharon, going to check on the sweet thing now. Sigh, just between us, she's extremely high maintenance. Duty calls, or is it the boss lady bellowing for a tall glass of iced Chai tea with precisely four ice cubes and three mint leaves. sigh.

  18. You ladies are a hoot! Not commenting to enter the contest. Just stopping by for a giggle! Buried in Briny Bay is on my TBR list, Bobbye!

  19. Yes, thank you, Oliver, that icy tall glass of Chai tea hit the spot and now I'm all ready to party.
    Hugs and welcome back, Bobbye, sweetie. We're thrilled to have y'all back with us. BIB sounds like a must read, and three cheers to your editor for surprising you with an early release, awesome.
    Lyn, sweetie, hugs my sister. Where oh where is our dear Mary? How's that, you cannot be serious! Not again, can't she keep track of those things!

  20. Giggles is our goal, Margaret, welcome to Bobbye's beach party. Sharon waves to the guests and after stuffing a goodie or two into her mouth to maintain her girlish figure, prances through the sand, footloose and fancy free to mingle.

  21. Dearest Oliver, you are truly a treasure! OOh one h ug from you and I feel I cculd wrestle a sea monster myself!

    You know Sharon thinks the world of you really, even though she throws her weight around a bit, she doesn't mean it (Don't tell her I said that though!)

  22. Who's idea was it to loose my hooter again? I am wearing this over coat on a hot sunny day? Well it's Sharon's fault and being my soul sister I know she'll do her best to find my "Lost" hooter! Now I do think the pictures are the best I have ever seen. Just between you and I Sharon's platform butt finally shows. You can see the size of the "tiny" feet Lyn claims she has. Finally!
    Now, I never knew that they were removable, but...things happen.
    I need to read this book. Take me away Bobbye. I know when I read your book I'll get so into it I'll forget it's a story! And that's what a great book does!!
    Mary smiles and hugs her sister's gives Oliver a high five and grabs a signed copy of Buried in Briny Bay. Ahhhh, life is good. I'm gonna sit under that cabana and read. Oh look, there's Cuddles, Mary pets and hugs the sweet Unicorn. Look everyone Cuddles! Group hug!!! Yay!!!!

  23. *Waves* to Christina. Hi Christina, glad you're emjoying Bobbye's party, you should tell youroffice colleagues to join in too - there's plenty of food to go round!

    Hi Sharon, dear sister hostess, You are looking very svelt too, have you been working out? Yes, goodness knows when our Mary will be back, they way she loses them every week, you'd think she'd keep a spare pair wouldn't you!

  24. I heard that Lyn! Now that you are at the beach and barefoot. Ahem? When you look down what do you see?
    (Just to let you all know, she has huge feet and sees small feet when she looks down. The shrink says it's not dangerous except if she tries to wear small shoes. Then she could get bunions.) Oh Lyn, don't you know we love you big feet and all. Heck look at that platform Sharon has and we love her like crazy!

  25. Hello, everyone. I;ve been in the water for a nice refreshing dip. Oh my, it seems i lost my top. better go retrieve it.

  26. Is she gone? Hi, I'm Trixie. This is my sister Roxie.

    Roxie waves.

    Roxie has laryngitis. You have no idea what a blessing that is. Wow, lawsy, look at this layout. Better be careful ladies. Everyone from Briny Bay is liable to come. Better watch out for Priscilla. She can eat a whole table full when you aren't looking.

  27. Hi Margaret! Didn't see you when you first got here. Must have been retrieving my top. I hope you like the book. Ah, I see Trixie and Roxie are here. Those minxes sneaked in on me just like they take over my blog.

  28. Hi Trixie, hi Roxie, how lovely to have you here - Oliver will be here directly to load your plates.

    As for Priscilla - don't worry, The Roast has never been known to run out of food yet!

  29. Hugs Mary, you know I love you even though y'all sent me swimming into next week, nearly drowning me with that whopper of a slap on my sweet petite fannie. BTW, sweetie, your girls look better now that y''all let some of the hot air out.
    Lyn, honey, Sharon accidently on purpose heaves her with her hip, sending her head first into the sand. Her head and body sink so deep, nothing shows but her big feet. Sharon gives the high five to Bobbye, Trixie and Roxie. Thanks, girls, that'll teach 'er to mumble something about me pushing my weight around. Damn good move, she fits right in, what's one more corpse in the sand wink.

  30. Hi Mary sweet sister, you found it then !

    Aw Cuddles, come here you naughty little unicorn, now I know what happened to my last post- I wondered why it never appeared - you flew it off into the ether didn't you!

    You know Bobbye, and guests, what I was saying before in the post that got lost was that I fear my lvoely sister-hostesss are a wee bit jealous of my little feet - did you see those huge oversize flippers they made me wear earlier? *Sigh* They're great gals though, despite all and I do love 'em!

  31. OOOOF poof, sneeze.

    Lyn tries to surface, looking a bit like a beached whale, despite her petite form,.

    Perhaps I should amend that last post! *grin*

  32. Good, everyone's busy. They haven't spotted me behind this tree. Oh, wow. I like Sharon's pink bikini. (Focus!) I must focus. O.k. Now. (Nose twitch, blink, point).

    Ha,ha. I love my glamour spell. Makes everyone think I'm 15 lbs. skinnier. Hope Oliver likes my black & silver 2 piece bikini.

    Happy Friday: Sharon, Mary, and Lyn.

    Hi Bobbye,

    I do love murder mysteries. They're so much fun. Hope I can read your novel soon.

  33. Hey there Witchy Woman. Roxie just wrote me a note and she wants to know if you can help her get rid of Marlowe Malone. She's the woman that shows up in The Marriage Murders, our next book. Seeing as Georgia got dumped in the landfill, don't need your help with that one, unless you want to help Roxie get out of trouble early.

  34. HUGS, WW! You naughty girl, wearing something so sexy and slinky to catch Oliver's roving eye, which you know y'all will. Lookin' good, girlfriend!

  35. If I let Roxie get out of trouble early...where's the fun in that? (Evil cackle).
    But I might use my magickal powers to try to summon Greg.

  36. You are certainly a prolific author! And obviously you have a big following.


  37. Hi Witchie

    Welcome to Bobbye's party - wow I have to say you look fantastic in that black and silver bikini - have you and Bobbye and Sharon all been working out together?

  38. Thanks for dropping by Jacquie. My heroines, Trixe and Roxie, are here somewhere.

  39. WW, my eyeballs prit near popped out my head, come here an' give us a kiss, sweet thing. Y'all looking hotter in that slinky black and silver number than a pot of my Cajun jumbalaya!

  40. Well Lyn,

    That depends on your definition of working out. I've been working on my glam...I mean, you know, my regular spells, while Bobbye and Sharon have been working on their writing.

    As for having the body to pull of these bikinis, well, we're just...lucky I guess.

  41. Trixie and Roxi, my pleasure, love boats. I can't decide which of y'all is the hotter!
    Brought y'all some Rum Runners. Drink up, it's time to cut the cake. But first things first, give us a kiss, a double smackeroo. KISS KISS

  42. Gotta watch those two, Oliver. They're a lot more dangerous than they look. Esepcially Roxie. Dead bodies seem to hang around her.

    Witchy, thanks for the compliment. I could use one of those spells so I could eat what I wanted.

  43. a fun time and sounds like a wonderful book.


  44. Just a reminder folks, Buried in Briny Bay came out early and is available through all the normal places in ebook: All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, Coffee Time, Kindle, Nook. If it isn't there now, it will be at Apple, Sony, Koby. Right now through Saturday, it's half off at Smashwords with the coupon RAE50.

    It will eventually be in a print volume with the other three novellas, but that will be awhile.

  45. Welcome, Jacqueline and David, just in time for cake. In the mean time, what would y'all like to drink?
    Bobbyee, Trixie, Roxannnnnne, that ol' song is stuck in my head, drinks, my sweets?

  46. I need a martini, Oliver. Choose a flavor. The girls said they'll just have a glass of wine. Roxie says ehr throat is scratchy. Or at least tat what she wrote. Poor dear. I hate laryngitis. Hope she gets her voice back soon.

  47. Hi Jacqueline and David, welcome to Terry's party.

    It's great that your book came out early, Bobbye, and that half price offer at Smashwords is more than tempting.

    I do hope Roxies laryngitis clears up soon!

  48. Congrats on the release. The party is clever; thanks for the invite. www.dkchristi, author of Ghost Orchid and more...

  49. Hello everyone! What a nice sunset. Oliver I wonder if I might have a nice lemonade? I have spent the whole day searching for my lost hooter. Thank goodness I found it.
    I was walkin' a kilter!!Bobbye I hope you enjoyed your wonderful day at the beach. Now this evenings parties are just beginning! Party on friends!!
    Lyn, I'll save you!!!!!! Sharon didn't mean it! It was a big butt butt! Ya know!?!?

  50. Thank you Mary, I've been buried in that sand for far too long. No I know Sharon didn't mean to be cruel - she doesn't know the power of her own -er - how can I put this delicately - her um - well rounded hips - when she shoves like that!

    Glad you found your missing hooter, you look like your usual voluptuous self now.

    Hi DK Christi, so glad you could join the party. Doesn't Bobbye's book sound great!

  51. Here we go then, Mary love, a nice icy lemonade with frozen berries and a big ol' hug.

  52. Good Evening Ladies! Hi again Bobbye (just stopped by Caroline's :) so, now that the sun is low in the sky will Oliver be lighting the bonfire and banging --the bongos? ala Beach Blanket Bingo?
    Very happy to hear Buried in Briny Bay is available now, I really hate to wait :) Off to Smashwords ...

  53. Hi, Rachel! I'm warming my feet. :) When you get back with the book, I'll show you where the good parts are. Thanks for coming by.

  54. Rachel, love, just in time for breakfast on the beach as we watch the sun rise. Bacon and eggs and sausage sizzle in the pit, along with steaming pots of coffee and tea. Plenty of fresh fruit and warm buttery croissants to go round.
    Here we go then, Bobbye, Trixie and Roxie, y'all pretties get served first with a wink and a smile.

  55. As usual, Bobbye, you've been a delight. I think you have a winner with this intriguing murder series. Thanks for playing with us and for introducing us to Trixie and Roxie, the outrageous sisters. Best of luck and y'all come back now, hear!

  56. Yawn. Isn't the beach gorgeous at sunrise?

  57. Good morning everyone.

    Lyn stretches and rubs her eyes.
    "I am SO not a morning person! You're right though, the sunrise over th beach is glorious. Oh thank yoou Oliver, honey, toast and chai tea, just what the doctor ordered!

    It certainly has been wonderful having you as our special guest, Bobbye, you make it such fun. It's been great learning about your book and meeting Roxie and Trixie. Wishing you tons of sales.

    It looks like being another glorious day and there's plenty of food left apart from the sumptuous breakfast Oliver's cooking, so if any latecomers arrive there's plenty for all.

  58. Thanks, Lyn. I enjoyed it and so did the girls. :)

  59. Ok I almost spewed out my drink on this question~ROFLMAO~Where O where was Mary's other Hooter?
    gigantic porpoise just blew one of your hooters out of his blow hole and Lyn caught it! Who knew she was so athletic! OOPS, spoke too soon, she dropped it and that dolphin nabbed it.
    Been busy today so am getting here a bit late. Glad you still have food left as I am famished(spell??). As always you girls always entertain. Bobbye Terry your book sounds wonderful! Will be looking for that one.
    Sue B

  60. Hi Sue,

    Great to see you, so glad you came - and that we cold feed you up and make you laugh! And doesn't Bobbye's book sound amazing!


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