Party in San Fran!

By Kirsten “I’m tired already!” Scott Day Two of the Conference and I’m already pooped! Too many parties, too little time, right my little chook? Er…chook? Chook? WHERE IS THAT DAMN ROOSTER NOW?! What? Jeanne has him? And Cassondra? At the same time? Well, you’ll have to see if you can find him, ladies. I think he’s somewhere in San Francisco. Let me know if you spot him, okay? While I’m off trying to find our beloved cock (a-doodle-do), here are some pictures of our Banditas and buddies from RWA nationals. Here’s Banditas Donna and Beth signing at the Readers
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Girly Girls and Kick-Ass Shoes

by Jo Robertson Reporting to you LIVE from the Twenty-eighth National Conference of Romance Writers of America in San Francisco. Word on the streets is that the women are beautiful and the men . . . well, largely the men are absent. This is pretty much Estrogen City this week, aka the City by the Bay. San Francisco. The city of little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars.The city that features Alcatraz and Lombard Street. Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. The city where you just might leave your heart. And you know what? In all those movies set
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Late Booty Call

Those of you who commented during Karen Kendall’s and Patricia Rice’s visits may be wondering who won the booty. The month has flown by, and I forgot to post either of them. Apologies to all concerned! Drum roll, please . . . The winner of Karen Kendall’s Take Me If You Can is Natalie Hatch. Natalie, please email Karen via her website: Karen AT KarenKendall DOT com. The winner of Patricia Rice’s Mystic Guardian is Buffie! Buffie, please mail Pat through her website, readers2 AT patriciarice DOT com. They’re both at RWA and may or may not have computer access,
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And They’re Off!

Okay, Bandita Buddies. This is it. The Big Ticket. Our Annual Event. The Banditas have left the Lair. For the next five days, if you’re looking for us, you’ll find us at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. We’ll be stalking agents & editors, hanging out with old friends at the bar, attending workshops, hanging out with new friends at the bar, stalking our favorite authors, hanging out with total strangers at the bar… You get the idea. 🙂 Hope we see some of you there! But if San Fran wasn’t in your budget this year,
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GONE FISHING…

by Suzanne WelshThe Bandits are going on vacation. Yep we’re taking time off from the blog this week. Wednesday is the official start to the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in San Francisco. Yippee!! As you know 19 of the 20 Romance Bandits will be in attendance at the conference. Yippee!! 6 of our published Bandits will be signing their books at the mega-author book signing Wednesday night. Yippee!! While this is exciting for us and whichever of our readers make the trek to San Francisco, it leaves a bit of a hole in the blog schedule. Some of
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I Heart Dennis Lehane

by Susan Seyfarth I’ll say it right up front: I don’t read to improve my mind. Reading does improve my mind, of course, but it’s just a fringe benefit. I read to be entertained. I read to be taken away. I read to get sucked in, carried along, then spat out, exhausted but satisfied. I read to see characters I love grow, change & earn their happy endings. I read because sometimes characters become so real to me that I keep thinking about them well after The End. I hear their voices in my head, the particular cadence of their
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Journey Proud

by Nancy These last few days, as the lair buzzes with travel preparations and conference plans, I’ve started to feel kind of journey proud, as my mom would have put it. That was the phrase she used for excitement over a trip. As y’all know, the Romance Bandits are preparing to descend on San Francisco (an apt phrase in this case since so many of us are flying in), and I’m getting excited about seeing everyone and meeting so many of our online buddies. Oh, yeah–other RWA buddies will be there, too. The RWA conference is always a fun time
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The Shy Writer’s Conference Guide

By KateYou’ve heard their advice. Step out of your comfort zone! Mingle! Make a new friend at lunch every day! Smile! Look approachable! Everybody has an area of expertise! Give a workshop!Are they kidding? Have you ever noticed that the people who offer advice to us shy types are often jolly, talkative, outgoing extroverts who have absolutely no clue what HELL we introverts go through at times like this? I mean, seriously! Mingle? Smile? Don’t they get it? If I smile at someone, that person might actually talk to me! Then what’ll I do? Answer them? Talk? I don’t think
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Tour Guide Michelle Gagnon!

by KJ Howe Getting ready for National next week? Do you know the sights of San Francisco? We’re lucky to have talented author Michelle Gagnon here today, a resident of SF, to give us a tour of the city. Enjoy! I wasn’t born in San Francisco, but have made it my home for the past decade so here are a few suggestions regarding what to see while you’re in town. Getting out and about: What makes San Francisco so unique is its proximity to breathtaking natural settings. If you get a chance, slot in an excursion to Muir Woods, the
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Judging the Great American Pastime

by Donna MacMeans Can you feel the anticipation? Next week the Romance Writers of America’s annual convention will end with the announcement of the Grand Poobah of romance writing contests – The Golden Heart and RITA awards ceremony. Now we banditas have representatives in both divisions – Anna Campbell – a double RITA finalist – and Susan Seyforth and KJ Howe, along with Bandita Buddy Louisa Cornell, in the Golden Heart division. So let me offer a toast to their success. We’ll be cheering loudly in the audience in our spandex and spangles. As you tell from the sidebar, we
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