Unusual or Favorite Reading Spots

Don’t forget to comment at the end of this post to enter a contest to win a $25 gift certificate from Borders. We Romance Bandits are readers first. It’s impossible to be a writer without being a pretty intense reader, and I suspect many of our guests are avid readers too. I refuse to go anywhere without a book in my hand or my purse. Never. Doctor’s office? A book. Fast-food drive through? A book. To the market or the library? Yes, a book.Whenever I’m driving and get stuck at a red light, I can get about five or six
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Decoration Day

Read and comment on tomorrow’s post (May 31) to enter a DRAWING for a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE from Borders Books! Decoration Day — Jo Robertson Every age has honored its soldiers who die in service to their country. The United States is not unique in setting aside a national holiday to commemorate their dead. In American the original date was May 30, 1868, chosen because it was the only day which was not the anniversary of a battle. My dad was a military man and I grew up on rousing songs and stories of soldiering. He always told me that
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There’s always a writing connection

Today is my birthday, and I plan to play. Tomorrow, I’ll work like a dog on revisions. Today, it’s playtime! I plan to head out to the mall, see Pirates of the Caribbean 3, see what’s new at Barnes & Noble, browse through the stores, and eat some chocolate frozen yogurt with strawberries on top. But even with a play day, there’s always a writing connection. Movies often inspire characters or new story ideas; people watching at the mall always generates interesting character quirks; and cruising the bookshelves at B&N is always inspiring. You see what’s new, what’s popular. And
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BOOKS, BOOKS, EVERYWHERE BOOKS

By Suzanne WelshLike most writers, reading is an integral part of my life. Even though I write and work fulltime, I read at least two or more books a week. The other day my daughter asked me if I remembered the first book I ever fell in love with. I’ve forgotten the actual name of the book, but it was about Ping, the Chinese duck. It was the first book I bought through Scholastic books at school in the second grade. I read that book every day for months. The art in it was exceptional, but the words painted an
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Going For GOLD…Again!

posted by Aunty Cindy (with special thanx for the image to two time GH Winner, Laurie Kellog who is also a 2007 GH finalist!) In case you are new to this blog (Hurray! Welcome! Come back often and bring friends!) and didn’t know, the Romance Bandits came into being because of a contest. We were all finalists in the 2006 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest. Yes, because of this prestigious and wonderful contest, we all met, bonded and this fabulous blog was born! Notice I said 2006 GH contest, because the contest is held every year. This year
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Blushing at the Good Parts

By Kirsten Scott Because we’re all friends here, and Caren started it with her sexy pirate cover, I’ll let you in on a little secret—I skip love scenes. That’s right. I don’t read ‘em. I may scan a line or two of dialogue, but on the whole, I close my eyes and flip past those pages like a kid looking away when his parents kiss. Why do I engage in this odd behavior? I mean, aren’t these the “good parts”? Well for one, I get embarrassed, particularly if I’m on the bus or anywhere in public. Wouldn’t want to be
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Pirates, Book Covers and Free Stuff

by Caren Crane PublishingTrends.com recently had an article on book covers. Specifically, on whether it was possible to quantify what makes a cover special, different, impossible to pass up. Come on, if anyone knew that, all book covers would be terrific! I think we have all been witness to some unfortunate book covers. I have some ideas, though, on what makes a book cover great. Many covers, in my opinion, should look like the one on the right. Now, this particular pirate may not be your cup of tea, but he could kidnap me and take me to a private
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Eight is enough! says Anna C

Recently, my fellow Bandita Donna MacMeans tagged me for the eight random facts thing. So here we go! 1. I’m a classical music nut. Never ask me a question about classical music or I will bore you rigid with why Ravel should be an essential part of everyone’s life. I suspect even Ravel would get sick of the topic! 2. When they re-released Lawrence of Arabia which I’d never seen until then, I went to see it three times in one week. But then I’ve always had a huge crush on Peter O’Toole and, hey, it was like getting a
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Donna says …A Bit About Judging

I’m what they call a veteran contest judge. I’ve been judging romanace writing contests for …oh…about eight years now. I’ve co-ordinated writing contests, I was on RWA’s committee for judge training a few years back, and I’ve certainly entered my share of contests – including the Golden Heart. I mention all this because I’m judging some contests entries now, and that make me pause and think about how far we’ve come. I’m sure you all know – it’s not easy entering a writing contest. It’s hard to put your soul out there and wait for someone to tell you all
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I’ve been tagged …

… by our very own Donna. Apparently I need to tell you eight random facts about myself and then tag some unsuspecting victims … um, friends. So, here goes: 1. I used to volunteer for the American Red Cross when I lived in Virginia; helping out on the Blood Mobiles. Though I was trained in CPR and First Aid, I tended to minister tea and biscuits for those donating. 2. Another of my volunteering gigs was as a dj for hospital radio station – Radio Driffield. I used to host a Staurday morning show called The Lunchbox, that went out
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