Dare to Be Dazzling!

by Anna Campbell It’s my great pleasure to introduce new author Tessa Dare, the overall winner of Avon’s FanLit contest in 2006. I was a FanLit groupie which is how Tessa and I met. Her debut book, which sounds like a complete delight, is called GODDESS OF THE HUNT and it comes out from Ballantine in August 2009 as part of a back to back release of a trilogy. Tessa, congratulations on your amazing success. Could you tell us something about your writing journey to this point? Thank you, Anna! And thanks to all the Banditas for welcoming me to
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Wasting Time

by Jo RobertsonReaders, I apologize for re-publishing this post, but since I had to pull it early a few weeks ago, I decided to use it again. When I was a wife and mother, being a strong Type-A kind of woman, I used to become annoyed every time I saw my young husband resting or lazing around. Reading a newspaper, professional journal, or watching sports on TV. What a waste of time! My life was filled with deadlines. Morning dishes done before lunch rolled around. Diapers washed and dried before the stack of clean ones dwindled to nothing. Toys strewn
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Guilty Pleasures

by Susan Seyfarth So something really extraordinary happened to me yesterday. I got fan mail. Sort of. I’m what we call an AYU in this business: an As Yet Unpublished. This makes it tough to get fan mail. (It also makes it tough to get hate mail, so there’s the silver lining, I guess.) Anyway, one of the women who judged my manuscript Money, Honey for this year’s Golden Heart contest emailed to say she’d been pulling for it to final because she’d loved reading the partial so much. This just blew me away. First because, wow, what a nice
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Same But Different

by Suzanne WelshAs a mother I’ve said to my kids I love you the same, but different. (How many of us have said that?) Well it’s true. Take my girls for example. Both my daughters are singers, artists and readers. I take great pride in all this, but swear I had little do with their development other than pass on some genes. While they’re similar in their talents, a fact that still amazes their father and me, they are unique in their styles. Music: Both girls have been soloists in school and church groups since elementary school. Alison is the
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NANCY HADDOCK AND LA VIDA VAMPIRE

by Suzanne WelshMy friend and brand new paranormal author, Nancy Haddock, and I are sitting at the Crescent Beach Café in St. Augustine, Florida. It’s early evening and we’re watching the waves from the Atlantic slap against the beach while we sip our coladas. Mine is the standard piña colada with all the pineapple and coconut, Nancy prefers a Kahlua colada. I’m here to chat with Nancy about her first book, LA VIDA VAMPIRE. Nancy, it’s a thrill for me to be here with you to talk about LA VIDA VAMPIRE. And mega-congrats on the “4&1/2 star” review from Romantic
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Makers of Imaginary Realms

by Nancy Northcott “Get your head out of the clouds.” “Where were you–Mars?” “Act like you have some sense.” Have you ever heard the above applied to you or someone in your vicinity? Usually a dreamer? A reader or writer? Readers tend to be thinkers and, at times, dreamers. Writers tend to be both. Sometimes the people around us don’t get it, which can make for difficult moments. Yet the realms of our choice remain attractive havens. During the last month, three people died who shaped very different imaginary realms. All left lasting imprints in the worlds they shaped. Most
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Author Maureen Child is in The Lair!!

By Kate We all know that writing contests can change your life – and not just by getting your work seen by editors and agents. Lasting friendships often develop among contest participants, probably because of all that shared pain and suffering we experience. As 2006 Golden Heart finalists, we Banditas were fortunate to develop a special bond that led to the creation of this blog. And a few years ago, through another contest, I was lucky enough to meet a judge who introduced me to Maureen Child, and an amazing and beautiful friendship was born. I can honestly say that
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CJ Lyons offers promotional LIFELINES!

The doctor is in the house! KJ Howe welcomes talented writer and physician CJ Lyons back to the lair. Remember her incredibly helpful tips on pitching at conferences? This time, she offers sage advice about promotion and branding, lessons she learned while promoting her debut novel, LIFELINES (a must read!). Title: Practical Promoting in an Impractical World KJ asked me to talk about practical promoting and what I’ve learned as a debut author. Hmmm…this might be a very short post! For me, it’s boiled down to knowing myself and my target audience. Or even more importantly, knowing my brand. A
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Booty Ahoy!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who made Michelle Buonfiglio’s visit such an incredible party. Everyone in the lair had hangovers the next morning! As suits such a fabulous party, I have not one prize but TWO to give away. The first is courtesy of Michelle and it’s an Amazon gift card. The winner of that is our first-time blogger: Alli! The second prize is from me and it’s a copy of Sizzle, Seduce & Simmer, a collection of short stories and recipes from some of Australia’s best romance writers. The winner of that is: PJ! Congratulations, girls. Alli, could you
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The Great Peep Easter Hunt

posted by Donna MacMeans HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! Hope the Easter Bunny found your house and left lots of jelly beans and chocolate. But if he didn’t, have no fear. The Romance Bandits are here to help you celebrate the holiday! To this end we’ve collected a number of those marshmallow delicacies known as “peeps” and have hidden them in a virtual easter hunt. Before I tell you the rules, please note the Bandit News scroll to the right and the words “Click here to email us!” When you want to send us your answers, please email them via this link
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