In The Bandit Lair

posted by Aunty Cindy HURRAY! The Banditas are about to embark on their third month in the blogsphere! We are having such a fun time, and Aunty continues to be AMAZED at the things she sees and hears around the Bandit Lair. Just in the past week alone, I learned: the correct way to make peach cobbler (and this is how Aunty made it before she retired from cooking) versus the North Carolinian way how to properly affect the Stink Eye (sometimes known as the death ray glare or simply The Look) more facts than I ever knew existed about
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The writer’s workspace

Is that Will Turner, Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann striding out of the fog to make sure I haven’t committed a severe cast of character head hopping? Is Will swinging toward my computer keyboard to make sure I don’t take the plot of my latest story in the wrong direction? Not exactly. These two posters are among the latest additions to my office walls, part of the inspiration of the solitary writer. The three Pirates of the Caribbean movies were stories that captured my imagination and didn’t let go. Those are the types of stories I want to write.
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Life Gets In The Way

by Suzanne Welsh About two months ago a situation occurred in my other career that set in motion a series of events that changed my life this past month. My beta reader, (the person who reads my manuscripts strictly as a reader), took a new job with greater responsibility at a new hospital. She in turn offered me a position with this new staff. Taking a leap of faith in her and my own skills, I switched hospitals. This new position had me doing what I love, delivering babies, but it also meant a greater commitment of my time. Translation,
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What’s in a Brand?

There’s a buzzword in the industry that makes almost any author sit up and take notice: branding. Everyone’s talking about it; everyone wants to be effective at it. But…what is it, exactly? And how important is it that we learn to market in this way? An author brand is like any other kind of brand—Coke, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Andersen Doors. The most familiar brands evoke immediate recognition and association with particular products or even a level of quality in a certain product. Basically, branding translates into a sort of shorthand. I see a Nora book, I automatically know what kind of
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Author Brenda Novak Guest-Blogging on Wednesday

Stop by tomorrow to read guest blogger Brenda Novak’s post on author branding called, “What’s in a Brand?” Brenda writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense from her home in Sacramento, California. She’s the prolific writer of twenty-five books, the mother of five children, and a great friend and mentor to those who know her. Additionally, her annual online auction for Juvenile Diabetes Research has raised over $269,000 in the three years she’s been holding it. Amazing feat! Many of Brenda’s books have been designated a Romantic Times “Top Pick” and have gone on to place in contests such as the
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Communication

COMMUNICATIONThere’s this sixteen-month-old baby, Ezra Brown (nickname Easy B), whose facial features are a wealth of expression. High, wide forehead, expressive eyes, mouth that becomes the Grand Canyon upon a smile, every muscle in his face and form are methods of communication. He speaks — well, actually he jabbers — in some Klingon dialect no human can understand. So what I thought was this: Why can’t we adult humans communicate so well. Easy B communicates with his mother through sign language, “please,” the rounding circle on his tummy and “all done” the waving of two tiny hands above his head.
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My Town

One of the really cool features of the Romance Bandits is that we represent numerous countries, much less several US states. We have different backgrounds, different occupations, but a common passion – writing romance. I thought it might be nice to share a little bit of trivia about my home state, but I’m really curious about yours – so here’s the deal: tell me some trivia about your home town, state, country – whatever you wish to share – and I’ll pick a winner and send you a bandit mask. I live in Ohio which is considered part of the
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Beyond the book …

My name is Anna Sugden and I am a bookaholic. I love books. Reading them, buying them, collecting them. Hard back, paperback, old and new. Luckily, my husband is a bookaholic too – we have over 20 bookcases in our house and a TBR room! Apparently, though, we’re a dying breed. The biggest issue facing our industry, from publisher through to bookseller, is not which genre is hot and which is not. Rather, it is how to convince the younger generation to commit their time and money to reading and books. With so many more options available to them –
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Welcome To Summer!

by Caren Crane Today is the first day of summer. Hooray! Summer, for me, is a get out of jail free card. Not like it was in school, certainly, but it marks the end of many obligations. Most of them are things my kids do all through the school year, but some are my own. Now that summer’s here, we enjoy a brief respite from the must-dos. Which leaves me with more free time to write. Right? Well, sure, as long I don’t start playing Chuzzle or start on the to-be-read pile of books or hit my Netflix queue with
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You had me at hello

By Beth Burgoon In the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth Bennet: “I love you. Most ardently.” I must confess, I swoon *g* I’m a sucker for romance (no surprise as I’m both a romance writer and reader) but nothing gets to me more than a simple, honest declaration of a character’s true feelings. And those declarations are the ones that have stuck with me through the years. Some of my favorites: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” — Dirty Dancing. Yeah, it’s cheesy but it still makes me want to cheer when Johnny
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