Tradition! Tradition!

by Jo Robertson Yesterday we attended a triple baptism. Two of our grandchildren and one of their cousins was being baptized and combined their ceremonies. The entire affair got me thinking about traditions and the things we do as families, communities, or friends to bind us together – the ties that bind, so to speak. This, of course, was a religious ceremony, but our traditions don’t have to revolve around religion. Many traditions are tied to family. I’ve always considered my family my Higher Power. Around sixty people attended the baptism, all but a few of them family members, and
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Holiday Sharing

by Susan Sey So I hosted Thanksgiving this year, although I don’t know if “hosted” is the right word. We didn’t have anybody over but ourselves. My family gathered in Michigan where my parents live, my husband’s family gathered in California where his brother and his family are based. But we stayed home. All by ourselves. I’ll have been married ten years this coming summer, and it’s taken us the full ten to get the hang of this sharing the holidays business. It’s no easy thing. You want to respect each other’s family traditions while making the space to create
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MAKE ME LAUGH

by suzanne No, I’m not asking for your best Internet forward joke…although I have a great one best told in a bar with an Irish accent. What I want, what I’m craving is a funny book to read. A light-hearted fare or one where there are brilliant moments of comic relief. The first Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) book I ever read was NOBODY‘S BABY, BUT MINE. Now, this wasn’t a slap-stick funny book. But when she removes all the marshmallows from the cereal box to make it more healthy for him and he says, “I’ve married a cereal killer!”, I
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Wild Heart Booty

by Nancy Today’s guest, Lori Brighton, is giving away three copies of her fabulous debut, Wild Heart! The winners are: MargayGannonLouisa Cornell Congratulations! Please email contact information to Lori via the link on her website. Thanks to everyone who stopped in today.

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A Peek at a Wild Heart

Today Kensington debut author Lori Brighton makes her first visit to the Lair. Lori’s first book, a Victorian paranormal called Wild Heart, is out now. Welcome, Lori! We love Call stories in the Lair. Would you like to share yours? I’d been writing for over 6 years with lots and lots of rejections. As a last resort, I entered Wild Heart in a few writing contests. In one contest the final judge was Hilary Sares, formally at Kensington. She ended up not only giving me first place, but also requesting the full. Almost four months went by and I hadn’t
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Bandit Booty and Trivia Answers

A big thank-you to everyone who stopped in and kept me company today. Y’all are the best! First the trivia answers: As Pissenlit noted, the Silver Surfer’s real name is Norrin Radd. His beloved was Shalla Bal. Agricola aquam portat = The farmer carries water. (Agricola = farmer; aquam = object form of water , and I can’t remember the name for that form; portat = he carries). And now, for the booty–I also found a Courtney Milan/Tessa Dare sampler I picked up somewhere and had never unboxed. So the winners are: A sampler of SFF novels goes to Pissenlit,
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Laeti Congregamur

by Nancy No, that’s not gibberish in the title. It’s how the first line of the hymn “We Gather Together,” my Thanksgiving favorite, translates into Latin. My high school Latin teacher provided translations of that hymn along with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I no longer remember the rest of it, but there’s a full Latin translation of the lyrics here. This is all a lead-in, of course, to the fact that it’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a time when many Americans “gather together” with family and friends to commemorate the things and
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Over the River and Through the Wood …

To Grandmother’s house we go,The horse knows the way To carry the sleigh, Through the white and drifted snow. Oh! Everyone’s singing along, right? Right! We all know this song! But seriously, who in the world goes to their grandmother’s house in a horse-drawn sleigh? When my brothers and I were young and first heard the “Over the River” song, we wondered why the words didn’t mention the part where we drove through that long, dark tunnel under the airport. So we made up our own lyrics. Hop on the freeway And drive through the tunnel To grandmother’s house we
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Open Season on Authors?

Ahoy, there! Please welcome talented thriller author Michelle Gagnon back to the lair. She’s here today to express her feelings about the topic of literary piracy. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts, Michelle! We’re happy to have you as a guest again. I received a Google alert last week for a website called, “Plunder.com.” I clicked on it, and lo and behold, it led to a file sharing site. And there were all three of my books, in their entirety, available for free download. Including THE GATEKEEPER, which was just released two weeks ago. Obviously this is not
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Welcome Susan Gee Heino to the lair!

I have to admit that I’ve been waiting to host my good friend, Susan Gee Heino, and her new Regency historical debut for well over a year. She sent me a more traditional author photo to use for the blog but I prefer this one (he-he). Susan has a quick wit that is so evident in MISTRESS BY MISTAKE which has a release date of December 1st from Berkley Sensation. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present – or, more appropriately, reward yourself for surviving yet another family Thanksgiving celebration. Whatever the justification, discover this new author! Thanks for inviting
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