Prepare to be…Seduced By Shadows

Interview by Kirsten Scott Hey Banditas and Bandita Buddies — I am thrilled to welcome a fantastic debut author who is certain to be on the NY Times list before you can blink an eye. Her name is Jessa Slade, and she’s a local chapter mate of mine from the Rose City Romance Writers! So…onto the interview! KIRSTEN: Hey Jessa, welcome to the Romance Bandits! I am thrilled to introduce you to all the BBs (Bandita Buddies) and my fellow Banditas — and keep your eyes out for Sven the masseuse — he can really ease that writer’s cramp. Oh,
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The Enemy

by Susan Sey When I was in high school, I was an avid athlete. Not gifted, sadly–no sports scholarships for me, much to my father’s chagrin–but I was an enthusiastic joiner nonetheless. I loved being part of a team. Loved the routine of practice, the high of competition & the comfort of sharing a loss (or, on rarer occasions, celebrating a win) with comrades. When I graduated from high school & moved on to college, there wasn’t really an avenue for me to continue playing sports. I went to a Big Ten school and didn’t have the talent (or the
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Bandit Booty!

We have some SINFUL booty to give away tonight! Copies of Kathryn Caskie’s To Sin with a Stranger go to Julia Smith, Lynz Pickles and Linda Henderson, who should email Kim Castillo via kimscastilloATmsnDOTcom. Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who stopped by!

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WENDY LYN WATSON DELIVERS A COOL MYSTERY TO THE LAIR

Interview with Suzanne Suz: Welcome to the Bandit, Lair, Wendy. Pull up a barstool and we’ll have one of the cabana boys fetch us a margarita. So congratulations on the debut of I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, the first in your cozy mystery series. Please tell everyone what the book is about. Wendy: Cocktails! Fantastic! Had I known we were having snacks, I would have brought along some of Tally’s avocado gelato. Maybe next time … I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM is about Tally Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode. With a struggling business, a crumbling historic
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Writer Most Wicked…Kathryn Caskie is in the Lair

posted by Christine WellsThe Most Wicked of Sins (Avon, Sept. 29) is the title of the second book in my sexy and wickedly fun Seven Deadly Sins series (and it goes on sale on Tuesday, September 29th–and the crowd roars…). It’s about envy, which really is a wicked sin. I mean, come on. You could conceivably have a little fun committing the other six sin-but not envy. No way. Is Envy the most wicked of sins? Let me tell you a little more about each of the Seven Deadly Sins, and then you tell me which is the most wicked
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Summer’s End

It’s that time of year again in the northern hemisphere. Summer’s over. Kids are going back to school, there’s a faint hint of coolness in the night air, and the fireflies are gone. If only the mosquitos would go with them. After Labor Day, people tend to stop wandering, focus on business, and call an end to playtime. This is the time of year when we used to have to write school essays called some variation of “What I Did on my Summer Vacation.” Remember those? Mine used to be about swimming, since we did a lot of that in
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If Books Could Kill – Sneak Preview!

I’m thrilled to reveal–to my close personal friends in the Lair only!–my new cover for book two of the Bibliophile Mystery series, IF BOOKS COULD KILL! Isn’t it fun? There’s a cat, of course. And there are books and various bookbinder’s tools and instruments of destruction. There’s a book fair going on outside the window. And there’s blood on the bookbinder’s hammer. And yeah, that’s a really BIG cat. Uhh … don’t look now, but I think it got bigger when I wasn’t looking. Hmm. Anyway, here’s the back cover blurb ……….. A haunted city, a forbidden masterpiece, and a
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The Misty Mystery of History

by KJ Howe Vienna, Austria. That’s where I’m writing from today as I travel through Austria, Hungary, Germany, and Czech. During a walking tour of Prague, the guide, a philosophical man, pondered whether we could all benefit from studying the past. “If more people studied history, perhaps they could come to a greater understanding of what went wrong in the past and live differently as a result.” Maybe this is true. Let’s take a look at two examples: Vienna was the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that was also known as the Holy Roman Empire, a conglomeration of many different
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Saints and Sinners

by Donna MacMeans I have a dilemma. I’m leaving Friday for Lora Leigh’s reader event in Huntington WV known as RAW (Readers Appreciation Weekend). The event has a theme of Sinners and Saints complete with a costume dance on Saturday night. I have no costume. Part of the problem (beyond the obvious procrastination) is that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be — a sinner or a saint… wings or a devil’s horns…what would you choose? Now I have to admit a certain affinity toward a sinner costume. It’s a well accepted assumption that bad girls have more fun,
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What’s Your Favourite?

by Anna Sugden Social occasions can bring up the strangest topics for small talk. There are the usual sports, music, cars, traffic and weather conversations, but also things like ‘Which mythical creature is most likely to exist?’. And, of course, gossip *g*. At a wedding recently, I noticed the overwhelming theme for most conversations was food: choices, preferences, likes and dislikes, allergies. Everywhere I went, I overheard conversations about food. Luckily, waitresses were circulating with yummy appetisers, or I’d have passed out from hunger before the reception dinner! Not only were there lots of conversations, but some of them were
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