LABOR DAY?

by Suzanne Welsh Tomorrow is labor day in the United States. Started in New York City back in the 1880’s it was a day set aside to remember the contributions made by the city’s workers. As the daughter of a Union plumber and pipe fitter, I’ve always known the importance of the day. But for me, it’s always had another meaning. As some of you may know, my dreaded night job is that of a Labor and Delivery nurse…(okay, by now you know where I’m going with this). My very first year out of nursing school I worked on Labor
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Things That Go Bump in the Night

by Jo Robertson Do you remember the lines from the old Scottish prayer, “From ghoulies and ghosties/And long-legged beasties/And things that go bump in the night/Good Lord, deliver us!” When I was a little girl, I had all sorts of fears. We lived on the banks of the James River that sloped down from our property into a thick brush of sand and thickets and . . . well, for all I knew, a dead body or two. At least those were the stories my brother spun for me. And I believed him. Our house had an enclosed wraparound porch
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HUGE RB Welcome to Roxanne St Claire!

Jeanne: A huge Romance Bandits welcome to fabulous Rita-award wining Suspense author Roxanne St. Claire. I’ve been a huge fan since I read French Twist, Tropical Getaway and Like a Hurricane in quick succession four years ago. Since then, Rocki has written 22 award winning books so far in four areas – romantic suspense, category, chick-lit, and novellas in anthologies. But one of the most fun things, I think are her the series she’s created. Rocki, I’m dying to know about how you write these complex, interwoven series. First You Run was an April 2008 release, Then You Hide is
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ALONE TIME

by Suzanne Welsh My husband is out of town this week, so I’ve got the house all to myself. While I miss his company immensely, I love being alone. Mind you, I didn’t say I like being lonely. In fact, I rarely feel lonely. Between the internet which allows me to chat with all the Banditas; my AOL chats with my sister, mother and at least two of my kids; and the phone which rings constantly with people worried about the state of my estate, my FHA loan rate and my need for exotic vacations in places no one has
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You, in five words or less

by Susan Seyfarth So I’ve got marketing on the brain. Websites, specifically. Every published author has one, right? A whole bunch of unpublished writers have them too. You never know when that dream agent or editor might like your latest submission enough to google you. And you never know when The Call is going to come, either. The Boy Scouts don’t say “Be Prepared” for nothing. So in an effort to be ready for success when it comes a-knockin’, I decided to research websites. And I discovered something that struck terror into this author’s heart. Tag lines. Oh yes, the
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With The Faire Folk

by NancyToday we welcome Gillian Summers and her alter-egos, Berta Platas and Michelle Roper, to the lair. Gillian writes the popular Keelie Heartwood paranormal YA series. The first book, The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter, came out in 2006 and was quickly optioned for film, and the second, Into the Wildewood, came out this June. Welcome, Gillian! Keelie’s adventures take place in an unusual setting but one many banditas and our buddies love. Could you tell us a little about it? (Michelle) Keelie’s adventures take place in a Renaissance Faire, where the atmosphere lends itself to magical fun. I’ve been attending the
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Bandita Booty!

by Anna Sugden Thank you to everyone who dropped by and had fun with Virginia Kantra, Regina and Dylan. The random number generator has picked a winner, who will receive a copy of Virginia’s fabulous book Sea Fever. Don’t forget to check out Virginia’s website http://www.virginiakantra.com/ and her MySpace page www.myspace.com/virginiakantra , where you will find a fun video about the selkie legend. And the lucky winner is … Dina! Congratulations, Dina. If you send your snail mail address to me at anna at annasugden dot com, I will pass on your details to Virginia.

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To Spa or Not to Spa

By Kate For my birthday, my boss gave me a $150 gift certificate for a massage at a luxurious day spa in my area. My problem is, I received this thoughtful gift on my birthday over a year ago. That’s right, I haven’t used it yet. What’s wrong with me? I have friends who would absolutely love to spend the day lounging around and pampering themselves at the spa. Me? I’d rather walk on hot coals. Don’t get me wrong. A few times a year, I do the mani-pedi thing because I admit I like my toenails to look pretty.
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Hiatus in Hawaii!

by KJ Howe Aloha! I’m saying hello from the annual Maui Writer’s Retreat and Conference held this year for the first time in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the master’s in the field. Teachers include David Morrell, Steve Berry, James Rollins, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ann Hood, John Lescroart, and Sam Horn. No matter what you write you will fit in, as everything from narrative non-fiction and memoirs to thrillers and literary fiction is covered. The aspiring authors are split into small groups for intensive workshops. But, there is always time to sneak off to Waikiki beach! Before
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Songs for Submissions

by Donna MacMeansDo you remember the TV show Ally McBeal? I used to love that show. Ally was an attorney that worked with an ecletric Boston law firm. You might recall one of the threads dealt with personal theme songs. Ally had several. The Peter MacNicol character (Cage) channeled songs & dance routines to boost his self confidence. In San Francisco I attended a motivational workshop which suggested everyone should have their own personal theme song to sing to themselves when a motivational push is needed. Facing a scary job interview? Sing to yourself first (grin). Of course it has
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