Interview with Victoria Dahl

by Jo Robertson Hello, Banditas, Honorary Banditas, and Readers, today we’re very fortunate to have new historical writer VICTORIA DAHL with us. Victoria Dahl’s debut novel TO TEMPT A SCOTSMAN from Kensington caught my attention for two reasons: the hot, hot cover (check out the deep-red, sexy color – isn’t that a gorgeous cover?) and the wickedly handsome Scotsman, Collin Blackburn, the hero of her story. I love a spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to step outside the strictures of her society. Lady Alexandra Huntington is such a woman and she’s more than a match for Collin Blackburn, who hounds
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INSPIRATION

by Suzanne Welsh One of the things people ask writers the most is, “where do you come up with these ideas?” I heard someone say once, “Oh, I just go to the Big Book Of Ideas and flip through the pages until I find one I like.” Smart alec answer, so of course I loved it! But the truth is inspiration can come in many forms and in many ways. Here are some of mine. Richard Sharpe. I loved this mini series on BBC America two summers ago! OMG…Sean Bean in period clothing. I love his intensity, his honor that
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Food for Thought

by Susan Seyfarth I’ve got food on the brain. Couple reasons there. First, I gave up sweets for Lent. All sweets. Which means no chocolate. No ice cream. No doughnuts. (Somebody please revive Kirsten. I’m sure she’s passed out cold at the idea of a doughnut-free existence.) In case anybody’s wondering, life without refined white sugar is indeed a barren, empty place. Not recommended. But boy, it makes Easter really pop for me. Nobody’s chocolate bunny is safe. 🙂 Second, I’m brain storming a new book, & my heroine is a wedding cake baker. So, while I’m not eating any
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From Kirtles to Kicking Butt

by Nancy NorthcottThere’s a reason Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, and every super-heroine since Wonder Woman wore catsuits or some variation thereof. Kicking butt in a kirtle would be pretty much impossible. The clothes, of course, suited the image of The Ideal Woman in their eras. In the Middle Ages, for example, Woman was supposed to be demure, devout, and dominated. This condition persisted until the late 20th century. In some parts of the world (and some regions of the United States), it’s alive and thriving. This isn’t a political blog, though. I suspect most
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SURVIVOR—Who’s left on the American Title island?

by KJ Howe Reality television has infiltrated the literary world with the American Title competition—talented writers vie with each other to impress fans with excerpts from their novels and the author with the most votes conquers the literary island! Our very own Bandita, Trish Milburn, has made the top two with her paranormal romance, Out of Sight. Please visit http://www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle3.php to vote or click on the American Title on the sidebar. Trish has had an unbelievable year, selling a traditional romance to Harlequin American and a Young Adult novel to Razorbill (Penguin). You may ask, “Who is this masked Bandita
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I Love My Job

By Kate Over the past few weeks, I’ve been immersing myself in research for my new Bibliophile Mystery series. Last week, I spent two days at the annual Antiquarian Book Fair in Los Angeles, where booksellers from all over the world meet to buy, sell and trade their treasures. I attended two workshops on book collecting and restoration, then wandered through the hundreds of stalls and kiosks perusing exquisitely bound editions of William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman and Jane Austen. There were books on display that were so ancient, they looked like petrified forest mushrooms, as well as a collection
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Chasing Dreams

by Donna MacMeans I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do like the early shows of American Idol. Thanks to the snow and ice that canceled my aerobic class last night, I was able to see the first reduction of the show’s final twenty-four contestants. Did you watch it? I identify with this show. Not that I can sing. (Okay so the photo is a fish – but that’s the general reaction to my singing.) But for many years, I was an older version of those young hopefuls, chasing the dream of seeing my work in print. I’d
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Annoying Heroines

By Anna Sugden Greetings from Dubai. At least, that’s where I hope I’ll be when this blog posts. So, with a bit of luck, as you read this, I’ll be sunning myself on a beach. Or tucking into some lovely spicy food. As I write this post, the stack of books for my trip is all ready to go. [Christie – Every Night I’m Yours is on top of the pile!] I’m very excited as this is one of the few chances I get to read uninterrupted for long stretches of time. And I’m looking forward to some excellent reads.
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Monkey Wrenches and Stuff Like That

by guest blogger Colby Hodge Futuristic action romance author and PRISM award winner Colby Hodge joins us in the lair today with insights about where unexpected revisions can lead. Her new book, Twist, has generated quite a buzz. Best-selling author Susan Squires calls it “a whip-smart rollercoaster ride with a tortured hero and a kick-ass heroine.” RITA winner Linnea Sinclair describes it as a “[f]ast-paced, gripping, haunting and sexy . . . story of the redemptive power of love,” and USA today best-seller Alyssa Day says “Twist rockets its way through enough twists and turns to satisfy any fan of
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Dee’s Winner is . . .

Drumroll, please! The winner of Dee Davis’s book Chain Reaction is Maureen. Congratulations, Maureen! If you’ll email me, nancy AT nancynorthcott DOT com, with your contact information, I’ll pass that on to Dee.

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