Secret Formula?

by Susan Sey I hit a writing milestone just before Christmas. I turned in Book 2 on my first contract. Now you’d think Book 1 would be the milestone, wouldn’t you? The first one, the big kahuna. The one that merited The Call we writers love to talk about for years and years to come. But I’ll tell you the truth–it’s Book 2 that I’m really proud of. And why am I prouder of Book 2 than Book 1? Because I wrote Book 1 (Money, Honey, coming July 6 from Berkley Sensation–have I mentioned that?) under absolutely no pressure. Nobody
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Double Bandit Booty-Jo Davis & VLT

posted by SuzToday, I hope to warm up your winter nights by giving away double the bandit booty by announcing winners from guest appearances by Jo Davis and Vicki Lewis Thompson! The winner of a signed copy of I SPY A WICKED SIN by Jo Davis is LAURIE! The same Laurie who won the Golden Rooster that day! Congratulations, Laurie! AND The winner of a signed copy of BLONDE WITH A WAND is MARNEE!! Congratulations Marnee!! Please send your snail mail address to swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com(yes there are 2 W’s in that addy.) And I will see that
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The Passing of Icons

by Jo Robertson My husband says everything comes in three’s. Three natural disasters in a row, three appliances breaking down within months of one another, three celebrity deaths. This week two very different but memorable writers passed away. According to reports, American crime writer Robert B. Parker died at the age of 77 at his desk, writing, of course — the literary equivalent of a cowboy dying with his boots on. The incredibly prolific writer, noted especially for the Spenser (no first name) series (“s,” not “c,” like Edmund Spenser), also penned the Sunny Randall series, as well as my
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Vicki Lewis Thompson Brings Some Magical Fun To The Lair!

interview with Suzanne I am both excited and pleased to have NYT bestselling author, Vicki Lewis Thompson in the Bandit Lair today! Welcome, Vicki, pull up a lounge chair and we’ll have one of our cabana boys pour you a drink. Suz: When you spoke at DARA (Dallas Area Romance Authors) holiday meeting a few Decembers ago, you told the story of how exposure on National TV helped your career. Some of our readers may not have heard that story. Would you care to share it with them? Vicki: I’ll tell that story at the drop of a hat, LOL!
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My Kingdom For A Blog Topic

by Suzanne Yes, I’m desperate, much like Richard III in Shakespeare’s play of the same title. Misquoted from almost the day it was posted, often in ridicule, the actual quote is “A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse,” says a dismounted hunchbacked villain-king Richard III in the midst of battle with the future King Henry VII. So here is this man trying valiantly to get back into the fray at any cost, even if it is his kingdom, which in reality it did cost him. I use this quote often at work, much to the puzzlement of my
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"I Spy" A New Series by Jo Davis!

interview with Suz We’re welcoming my very good friend, Jo Davis, back to the Lair today, not to talk about firefighters, but SPIES! I’ve been looking forward to the debut of this book and bringing Jo here to give us the details. Be prepared dear readers, you’ll need a fan and the air conditioning to help you get through reading this erotic suspense series! Suz:With your latest foray into the world of Erotic Suspense you’ve delivered a new series for our readers to devour. Care to give us a look into the world of sexy spies? Jo: The idea for
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The Resolutions Game

posted by Nancy This being January, lots of us have made resolutions. This being late January, some of us will have fallen off the wagon. Kathleen O’Reilly’s January Blaze, Midnight Resolutions, is particularly timely, so Kathleen and I are chatting today about resolutions. Welcome, Kathleen! I confess that I no longer make resolutions because the word is so intimidating. I make plans. Which are sort of like hopes with some oomph behind them. And which are not going all that well. I haven’t been back to the gym, haven’t appreciably altered my eating habits, but I have made significant progress
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An Open Letter to Amy Adams

By Kate I’m taking this opportunity to write an open letter to actress Amy Adams. Besides being adorable, she strikes me as classy and discerning, so I have no doubt that she lurks here every day, just waiting for someone to say her name. So here goes … Ames, (See, I call her Ames because I know we’ll be best friends as soon as we meet, and I want to start off with the right, casual tone. She hates it when anyone else calls her Ames, but from me, she finds it endearing.) Ames, My name is Kate Carlisle. I
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Winner from Misa Ramirez’ Visit!

posted by Jo Robertson And we have another winner in the Lair. Congratulations to hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna. Misa’s husband picked your name randomly to win either a copy of Livin’ the Vida Lola or Hasta la Vista, Lola. W H O O T ! ! Please email me at jo (dot) lewisrobertson (at) yahoo (dot) com. jo.lewisrobertson@yahoo.com, sending me your book preference and your snail mail addy. Way to go, Dianna!

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The Kindness of Strangers

by KJ Howe With all the challenges of our day to day life, we often lose sight of the bigger picture. Sometimes it takes an exceptional event to bring us out of our torpor, making us realize what is going on in the world. For example, the earthquake in Haiti has united countless nations. Funding, assistance, and an outpouring of compassion is being sent to the devastated island. No matter where I go, signs are posted asking people to contribute whatever they can to support the relief work, schoolchildren are running fundraisers, celebrities are giving generous donations, and others are
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