Ducks and Other Fearful Distractions

by Jo Robertson I was looking at some pictures of my granddaughter Annie the other day. Her family took a trip to Apple Hill, a beautiful place in the fall, where there’s a small fishing pond and a picnic area for children to play. Ducks swim on the water and waddle around the shore. Initially the ducks fascinate Annie. She has no frame of reference to fear them. They look harmless enough. Pretty, too, with their white feathers and long “lellow” noses. Mommy whispers those noses are called beaks. Annie reaches for one. It quacks or makes whatever frightening sound
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Party Favors!

Firstly, a big fat smoochy thank you to everyone who came to my launch party on Tuesday. I had such a lot of fun and you guys made it a real celebration for me! Mwah! And now for the important bit… The winners of the consolation prizes of coverflats, the calendar and bits of stationery are: Robyn E with her wonderful idea of having a hero party with no heroines permitted! Bonnie for her fantastic Scottish extravaganza! The winner of the signed copy of UNTOUCHED is: Jennifer Y!!! OK, girls, email your snail mail details to anna AT annacampbell DOT
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Holiday Gift to You!

by Suzanne Welsh This year the Bandits are celebrating our first holiday season as a blog group. We talked in private how we could celebrate with you, our guests and readers. We decided to share some of our favorite traditions or foods with you. So starting today and ending with Boxing Day, December 26th, we’ll have some of those favorite recipes for you to try, some great memories and stories to share with you, as well as some fabulous guests. Every year after Thanksgiving I begin baking for the Christmas season. It’s a tradition with my family that Mom is
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REDECORATING THE CAVE

by Suzanne Welsh This has been a productive week at my house. Yesterday I had three workmen stripping 1970’s era wallpaper and old chair rails from the dining room walls. They patched the plaster and filled holes from picture nails. Then they painted the eggshell white walls a lovely pale yellow green. They also painted the foyer a lovely shade of pale yellow gold. Now you may be wondering what in the world this little bit of remodeling has to do with writing. Well, when we bought this house, we had a bedroom for each of the kids and one
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Nothing Can Touch This Party!

Welcome to my launch party! Whoo-hoo! I’m sure anyone who regularly visits the Banditas knows my second book UNTOUCHED comes out today! Yes, the Green Monster is poised like Godzilla to eat up shelf space in a bookshop near you. RRRRRAAAARRRRHHH! And maybe munch that pesky Golden Rooster that has abandoned me for colder climes in recent weeks. I’ll show that mangy cockerel what it’s like as a frozen chicken! Ha! Anyway, back to the important stuff. As your hostess, I welcome you into the lair which is decorated with green streamers and beautiful pink roses (significant in the story
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Thanksgiving Blog Prize

The guest commenter and winner of Nancy’s $15.00 Borders gift card is . . . (drumroll, please) Pearl! Congratulations, Pearl, and thanks for stopping by! If you’ll email me, nancy AT nancynorthcott DOT com, I’ll send your prize on its way.

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Snatched from the Jaws of Victory

by Anna Sugden Yes, I did mean it that way around! Those of us who watch sports have seen it happen all-too-often. That game-winning goal scored as time runs out. That bloop in the 10th inning that results in a run. That horse who comes from nowhere to win it by a nose. When it’s the play-offs, a championship or a title race, and the stakes and tension are high, the agony and ecstasy are extreme Suddenly, supporters and players split into two camps. Those who celebrate the glory of success and those who are plunged into the shock and
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Business Plan for the Contest Diva

With all this talk about contests lately (American Title—vote for Trish!) (The Golden Heart – deadline’s coming up!) (And hey, our own Susan Seyfarth won Best of the Best in Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest!), I think it’s time we brought up a very important topic. Okay, it’s a dry, boring, left-brain topic, but if you’re serious about entering and winning contests, you’re going to need a plan. A Business Plan. I speak from experience. I’d been entering chapter contests for years, intermittently and without any particular reason or goal in mind. I was lucky enough to stumble into finalling in
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Spotlight on Trish Milburn!

Today the spotlight is on Trish Milburn, fellow Bandita, American Title IV finalist, talented multi-genre author, and all-around great gal! This is the final weekend for voting in the second round of the American Title contest, so please click on the side button and visit the Romantic Times site to see if Trish can earn your vote! In the meantime, here’s a little more about Trish: KJ: Congrats on making it to the top eight in the ATIV contest. As the runner-up in the ATIII contest, I have some idea of how much effort goes into encouraging voting. It’s not
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And the Winners are…

Helen, Doglady and Laura J! You’ve each won a set of signed over-sized postcards of Denise Rossetti’s sizzling covers. Thank you for commenting! Please click on this link to Denise’s website and email her your postal address through the ‘contact’ link on the sidebar. Thanks as always to everyone who commented! And thanks to Denise for being a GREAT GUEST! We love to have people hang out with us in the lair. Please come back often.

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