Road Trip!

by Susan Sey I had an epiphany the other day. I didn’t find an image of the Virgin Mary in my morning oatmeal or anything. It was pretty pedestrian as far as epiphanies go. My sudden blast of insight was more related to the ten-hour road trip I was preparing for. When I was a kid, we regularly drove up to our family cottage in Northern Michigan for the weekend. It was a four hour trip, one way. Sometimes my dad would drive back to the city for the work week, leaving my mom & sisters & I alone at
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Summer Snacks

by Jo Robertson The other day I heard the ice cream man jangling his bell as his truck turned the corner near my house. No one ran after him as they did when I was a child — lots of little kiddies racing down the street, pennies clutched in their hands. But the sound of that bell had an almost Pavlovian effect on me. Suddenly I wanted a treat – preferable the banana popsicles of my youth. Where did all the banana popsicles go, anyway? Can you still find them in your area?Summer snacks are the best kind. When the
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Sherry Thomas visits the Lair!

by Christine Wells It’s my pleasure to welcome back to the lair a historical romance writer who has received many accolades since her highly anticipated debut PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS wowed readers in 2008. Sherry is a double RITA finalist this year with PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, which is a strong contender for both best debut and best historical romance. You can read more about Sherry on her website. Sherry’s third novel, NOT QUITE A HUSBAND is out now. Go and buy it. You’ll be glad you did! Here is the blurb: Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise,
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Another May Winner!!!

I’m excited to finally announce the random winner of an autographed copy of the first book in Susan Mallery’s fabulous new Lone Star Sisters series, Under Her Skin. The winner is … Cheri2628!!! Congratulations, Cheryl!! Please send your snail mail address to me at katecarlisle99@yahoo.com and I’ll forward the info to Susan. Susan had a great time visiting the Banditas! Thanks to everyone who came by say hi!

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Sara Bennett’s winner!

Thanks, everyone, for a fun day talking historical romance in the lair yesterday and for giving Sara Bennett such a rousing welcome. The winner of the signed copy of your choice of any historical romance from Sara’s backlist (including her new book LED ASTRAY BY A RAKE) is: ANITA JOY! Anita, please contact Sara on sara@sara-bennett.com and she’ll organize your prize for you. Congratulations!

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Burning Questions About Weird Stuff

Since today is my regular day to blog and I’m a little busy playing grandma to my new grandson, my very good friend, Nancy Haddock has kindly agreed to host the blog today. Please welcome Nancy, and check out her new book, The Last Vampire Standing… Hellloooo, Banditas! It’s a kick to be back with you, and mucho mondo thanks to Suz for inviting me! I’ve done a good many blogs lately, a number of them on the serious side. Today, we’re having fun! After all, it’s still the launch month of my book Last Vampire Standing, so let’s keep
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And The Winner is . . .

Once again, we have booty to give away! The winner of Stephanie Bond’s 4 Bodies and a Funeral is (cue fanfare) Donna S! Congratulations, Donna! Please email me via romancebandits@gmail.com with your contact information, and I’ll pass it along to Stephanie. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

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Led Astray by Sara Bennett!

by Anna Campbell It is with great pleasure I bring back another familiar face to the lair, Aussie historical romance star Sara Bennett. Sara’s going to tell us about her latest series and also about what else has been happening in her world. For more information about Sara and her books, check out her website: http://www.sara-bennett.com/index.html Sara, welcome back to the lair. Your June release, LED ASTRAY BY A RAKE, kicks off a new five-book series called THE HUSBAND HUNTERS CLUB, set in the Victorian era. Can you tell us about this story? Nice to be back, Anna. LED ASTRAY
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When Characters Do Things That Make You Crazy

Today we welcome award-winning author Stephanie Bond to the lair. Stephanie left a corporate computer programming job to write fiction full-time. To date, she’s sold almost 50 romance and mystery novels. Stephanie currently writes the BODY MOVERS humorous mystery series. Today she’ll share some reader reactions to her characters. The characters in my first published romantic comedy were Ellie and Mark Sutherland. Over twelve years later, I still get emails from readers asking, “So what are Ellie and Mark up to these days? Any children?” Those emails make me smile, because it’s flattering when readers feel as if the characters
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Who’s In Your Foxhole?

By Kate I want this guy in my foxhole, the one in the pink boxers. U.S. Army Specialist Zachary Boyd leapt from his sleeping quarters and grabbed his helmet, vest and rifle — but not his pants — and took his station behind sandbags. Click here for the rest of the story. Zachary Boyd’s story makes me think about the people in my own life who watch my back, who support me, who would jump out of bed, grab the important stuff and come to my aid no matter what the personal risk or cost. These are the people who
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