No Place Like Halloweeeeeeeeen….

By Jeanne Adams The holiday season begins at my house on October first. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and always has been. Given that, I get to start in September these days, which is when I put up the Halloween decorations. Every room gets something, even the half-bath. For one month, I’m worse than those little old ladies you see with 4000 Santas out all year long. From September 30th on, I get to read Halloween books to my kids without any remorse (I do it all year long, by the way, I just get to do it guilt-free
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Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

by Jo Robertson I recently took a train trip (see Amtrak Zephyr, left) to Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, home of Notre Dame. The ride took fifty-two hours and went through some interesting and beautiful country in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana. My husband was thrilled because we traveled through a small town called Helper, Utah, named after the small trains that “helped” the larger ones make it up the mountain. Helper Junior High, which Boyd attended decades ago, still sits on the hill with the same name blazoned across the front. To the right is the
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Sold!

by Susan Sey So I’ve been sitting on this news for so long it almost doesn’t feel like news anymore, but since my agent is currently in possession of a contract with my name on it (and since I am currently in possession of my first ever revision letter) I’m going to go ahead & spill it: I sold. Seriously. I sold a book. TWO books, one of which isn’t even written yet. I can’t tell you what kind of cold pit of terror that little fact opens up inside me. But there it is. I sold my Golden Heart
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WINNER!!

by Suzanne WelshThe winner of TOUCHED BY LOVE by our guest blogger Tracy Garrett is LOUISA CORNELL!! Congrats Louisa! Email me at swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com with your snail mail addy and I’ll see that Tracy mails you your copy!

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Classics remade

by Suzanne Welsh I’m currently reading a book in the Scoundrel Of St. James series by Lorraine Heath. (Who will be joining us in December as a guest in the lair again.) The series is an interesting concept where the street kids of the book Oliver Twist have grown up and shows us what their lives might be like now. Cool idea for a series of books. Cool for me because I loved Dickens when I was in middle and high school. Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and of course The Christmas Carol. I’m secretly hoping to see Dickens
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Tracy Garret: Spurs, Boots and Good Men

by Suzanne Welsh Tracy Garrett loves a good man, especially one wearing boots and spurs. In fact, she loves those strong heroes so much, she writes about them in her historical western romances. So naturally while sitting on her balcony overlooking the autumn changes around The Lake of the Ozarks, our conversation turns to her newest book, TOUCHED BY LOVE. Tracy, TOUCHED BY LOVE is your second Historical Western romance. Can you tell us a little bit about it?I’ll let the back cover blurb do the talking: A TEXAS PROMISE? Jaret Walker is a loner, a gun for hire with
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Finding the Inner Goddess

by Nancy Believe it or not, I got the idea for this blog in New York City. We recently spent a long weekend there, and one of the places we visited was the remodeled hall of Greek statuary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’ve ever been to the Metropolitan, you know spending a few days there would be easy, if not for having to eat, sleep, and leave at closing time. As a child, I loved the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, about two children who take up residence–temporarily–in the museum. So I’m
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In the Cave

We writers talk a lot about going into the CAVE. That’s where you disappear to do little else but work like a maniac until the book is finished. You don’t socialize, you don’t have fun, you don’t blog, you don’t answer email, you don’t do laundry or clean your house or shop or talk to anyone. It’s like you’re hibernating. Because you ARE. You’re in THE CAVE. That’s where I am, right now. But it’s my day to blog and for just a minute, I’m thinking about other places I’d rather be. KJ talked about her adventures traveling in the
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Kingdom of Jordan: An Undiscovered Jewel

By KJ Howe I just returned from a trip to Jordan in the Middle East. It felt like walking into another world, one that echoes deep historical and biblical significance as well as a fascinating modern culture. The trip kicked off in the capital Amman one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world. Built on seven hills, you can visit the ancient Citadel, including the al-Qasr, “the palace,” which dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period. Corinthian columns mark the site of the Byzantine basilica which is thought to date from the sixth or seventh century AD. After
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Bandit Booty Galore!

CONGRATULATIONS to Helen, who wins a signed ARC of DENISE ROSSETTI’S fabulous upcoming release, THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW!! Email Denise via her website with your snail mail details and collect your prize! Christine Wells also has some tardy prizes to announce: From her Happy Cake blog, ArkieRN wins chocolate for her sad scarf story. Woohoo! From The Thinking Woman’s Spy, Limecello wins a signed copy of THE DANGEROUS DUKE and RebekaH and Dina win the Dangerous stationery! Please contact Christine via the contact page on her website to claim your prize!

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