Coming in October

by Nancy Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re already moving into October. We have a wonderful month coming up in the Lair! In addition to our usual bandita blogs, we have fabulous guests coming. We kick off with a bang and a squee! as our very own Aunty Cindy, known to the reading public as Loucinda McGary, launches her debut romantic suspense novel, The Wild Sight, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly. We hope you’ll all join the party on October 1. Kensington author Delilah Marvelle, whose debut novel, Mistress of Pleasure, was just released, joins Kirsten Scott
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Websites and blogs and social networks, oh my!

by Tawny Do you spend a lot of time on the net? I do. Probably too much, to be honest. Unless I’m in the writing cave, the first thing I do in the morning –after getting my tea- is check my email. I get my news from the net, socialize on the net and critique via email. I’m pretty well addicted. A few years ago, my husband gave me an Axim (handheld computer) for a gift and I was thrilled!! Anywhere that had wireless, I could get the net and check email. Ahhhhh… But then we realized that even traveling
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Chaos-self induced or otherwise

By Suzanne Welsh Sometimes, life just gets in our way. Sometimes, we get in the way of life. Things have been a little crazy around me lately. Part of it I have no control over, some of it I’ve done to myself.Nine months ago it was winter. People were cold. They snuggled up. Guess what? That leads to more babies born in the months of July-October. (Statistical fact based on three decades of L&D nursing by me!) So I always know I’m going to be working harder and more hours at the night job. Busy!! And on top of that,
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Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Susan Seyfarth I’m obsessed with insulation. I know. Weird, right? I’ve been living in this house for almost ten years now, & while the heating bills in the deepest, darkest heart of winter can be a little steep, they’re not impossible. January always stings but no worse than the year before. We budget for it & we’re fine. But my husband had a boys night out last weekend & when he arrived home at nearly 3 a.m., I was still sitting in front of the computer googling geothermal heat pumps & pellet stoves. And then I laid awake for
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Roads Not Taken

by Nancy This is not actually about Robert Frost, though his poem, with its image of roads diverging “in a snowy wood” has always spoken to me. Life is full of choices. Roads diverge all the time, and each road taken leads into events and possibilities that exclude other events and possibilities. My very first career choice, so far as I can remember, was nursing. I was in first grade or so, and this choice endured until I found out about the blood thing. I’m not squeamish about dealing with blood, exactly. I’m just not keen on it. And I
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I Made It Myself!

By Kate I’m probably the least “crafty” person I know. I can’t paint. I can’t knit. I can’t scrapbook. (I’m not even sure what that means!) I tried to throw pots once but all I did was…well, threw pots. Like, across the room. Wet clay went everywhere. What a mess. I used to sew but I don’t do that anymore. I can’t even bake a pie. So when I sat down and tried to come up with a hook for a new mystery series, I knew it couldn’t be anything to do with crafts. I was a craft-free zone. Or
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Hooked on Soaps…and the Men Who Star in Them?

Then today is your lucky day. KJ Howe welcomes suspense author Alison Gaylin to the lair. Alison is one of those lucky women who knows all about those dreamy daytime men… My new book, HEARTLESS, focuses on a soap opera magazine writer who has a secret affair with a hunky soap actor and travels to an idyllic town in Central Mexico with him, only to find that the town – and the actor – could be much more dangerous than they seem. Now, I’ll tell you right up front – it’s based on experience. No, I’ve never had a passionate
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2008 RAW with Lora Leigh

by Donna MacMeans Huntington, West Virginia may be known as the home to Marshall’s Thundering Herd, but the thundering herd this last weekend were the romance readers and writers that descended upon the Pullman Plaza hotel for 2008 Readers Appreciation Weekend, otherwise known as RAW. Lora Leigh hosted this annual event of twenty five authors and one hundred and seventy five readers. The event kicked off with a slumber party Friday night. We’re talking sexy jammies, comfortable sweats, lots of pizza, and a DJ who kept the dancefloor rocking.After breakfast on Saturday, the participants had a private booksigning. I stood
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The Scents of Home

by Anna Sugden Yes, The Big Move Phase 1 is over. We are safely settled back in England. The cats are enjoying their new-found freedom; the ability to wander without fear of wild beasts and wild neighbours. We are enjoying having our own home again, with our own garden (free of wild beasts and wild neighbours!) I was somewhat startled by the presence of a rather suspicious tile in our kitchen – how did that blasted bird get over here and plant his surveillance gear?! Phase 2 starts today with the arrival of all our wordly goods from NJ. Can’t
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Hot off the Presses…..

Maestro….The Envelope Please…. In yet another completely scientific random-number-generated (yeah, right!) selection by someone’s child, the winner of the books by Lisa Gardner ARE: Let’s have yet one more drum roll, shall we? Drrrrrrrrrrrummmmmmm. Very nice. Step Up to the Podium ANNA SUGDEN and CASSONDRA MURRAY!!!! I’ll let the two of you decide who would like the signed copy of HIDE and who would like the signed copy of SAY GOODBYE. :> Give me an email ladies, and I’ll tell you how to get in touch with Lisa to claim your book!

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