Jodi Thomas Talks Texas, Then and Now.

by Suzanne One day I was pushing a cart full of groceries through the store, ignoring my three children argue about which items they could add to the cart, feeling very mommish and worn out. As per my usual habit, I cruised through the book/magazine section looking for something new to read. There was this Western Historical Romance by an author I’d never heard of before, Jodi Thomas. Thinking, “why not?” I threw the book into my cart. That began my love affair with Jodi’s books. (I’ve read them all!) So imagine my thrill at meeting her at an RWA
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All About Barbie, But What About G.I. Joe?

by Jo Robertson I wanted to write a post celebrating Barbie’s fiftieth anniversary on March 9. But then I thought about the “dolls” that boys play with when they’re younger. We don’t call them “dolls,” but that’s certainly what they are. So, Barbie and G.I. Joe. A few years ago Dr. Big and I visited Scotland on a golfing vacation. He wanted to play the original courses of the birthplace of golf – St. Andrew, Carnoustie, and Turnberry. I wanted to tour the castles. Among our group were two young couples, the men insanely wealthy and quite worldly, the women
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BANDIT BOOTY!!

The winner of the autographed copy of Jaye Wells Urban Fantasy RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is WENDY!! Yahoo for you, Wendy!! Please send your snail-mail addy to Suzanne @ swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com. (Be sure there are 2 ww’s in that addy.) And I’ll be sure that prize is sent ASAP!! Congratulations, Wendy!!

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Bandita Booty!!

Round and round the random number generator spins and where it stops … we have a winner!!! Anthea Lawson!!Congratulations!!! Not only are you a Rita finalist for your First Book, but you’re the random winner of the $15 Amazon Gift Certificate for commenting on Rita/GH Call Day!! Maybe you should consider playing the lottery. 🙂 Please send your snail mail address to me at katecarlisle99@yahoo.com and I’ll send you the Gift Certificate this week. Congratulations again! P.S. I wanted to give a tip of the hat to Shelf Awareness.com for the book game we played. Thanks again to everyone who
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The Squishy In Between

by Susan Sey So I was working on an outline for my latest masterpiece, & I surprised myself. This almost never happens. I am, in a word, predictable. I’ve had the same five CDs on shuffle in my car well over a year. I eat the same thing for breakfast every day. Lunch, too. (Different from breakfast, but the same every day. Just in case you were worried I’ve been eating the same meal twice a day, every day. Even I know that’s not good for you.) On Friday nights I make pizza & after church on Sundays we have
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FACES IN A CROWD

by Suzanne Have you ever people watched? Just sat on one of the benches at the mall and watched the crowd? It’s fascinating. You never know what you’ll see. There’s always the harried mother of at least three small children, trying to get her shopping done without losing a child or her mind. Sometimes they take the time to sit and regroup. Maybe a bottle or a drink, or a wipe of a runny nose. Maybe time to soothe tears or give a hug. There’s often the fashionably dressed woman in heels, bustlingthrough the crowd, her heels tapping out a
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URBAN FANTASY WITH DEBUT AUTHOR, JAYE WELLS

By Suzanne Welsh As many of you know I’m the resident vampire of the Lair. Not so much because I drink blood, but because I work at night, which means I also prowl the Lair at all hours in the dark. So it seems rather appropriate that I invite my friend Jaye Wells to the Lair after hours to discuss her Urban Fantasy series. Suz (offering Jaye a glass of Merlot):Welcome to the Lair, Jaye. Have a seat here near the fireplace. Please excuse the sleeping cabana boys and poor Sven the masseuse over there. They’ve had a hard day
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To Take a Thief

by Nancy Northcott Today, we welcome Karen Kendall to the Lair. Some of you may remember Karen from last year, when we discussed the video for her first romantic suspense novel, Take Me If You Can. On April 6th her new book, Take Me Two Times, will be released. It’s the sequel to Take Me If You Can, and several characters from that prior book will reappear. Karen joins us today to discuss the joys and pitfalls of sequels and series.The joy part is easy: as the author, you get to revisit favorite characters that you’ve already developed. Though Take
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It’s That Time Again…

By KateRITA and Golden Heart calls are going out today! Somebody’s going to get THE CALL!!! If it’s you, we want to know! Leave us a comment and we’ll celebrate with you!! But meanwhile, the Banditas are on edge. Even if we don’t have an entry in the contests this year, we’re nervous for our friends. How can we pay attention to anything but the telephone? Will it ever ring? We can all relate, right? After all, we Banditas met when we all finaled in the Golden Heart in 2006. I’ll bet we all remember that day, right? Good things
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KIDNAP AND RANSOM

by KJ Howe KIDNAP AND RANSOM What images do those two words conjure up in your mind? Bandits (not Banditas!) toting Uzis, large suitcases of money, a woman being dragged out of a car? I’ve been doing research on this topic and the results have been fascinating—and somewhat unexpected. Did you know that: Hundreds of businessmen a year are kidnapped with ransoms reaching $30 million dollars a year. When it comes to the vulnerable super-rich and famous people, so much secrecy surrounds the business that experts can’t get an estimate in the money paid out—the only info available is that
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