Deep Fried and Delicious

by Jo Robertson Okay, here’s the thing. I just lost ten pounds on Weight Watchers, and I’m feeling a tad smug and a bit self-righteous. Almost wanna do the Nanna, Nanna Dance. So I’ve been thinking of healthy foods even as I crave all kinds of sweets and fried goodies. Last weekend the city of Stockton, California, held its annual Asparagus Festival. Since I live in the luscious San Joaquin Valley with its rich agricultural bounties, we have a lot of festivals: the Strawberry Festival (a favorite of mine), the Garlic Festival (I kid you not), and the Asparagus Festival
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Margo Maguire Makes Mayhem!

by Anna Campbell It’s my great pleasure to welcome back to the lair a wonderful fellow Avon historical writer Margo Maguire.Margo’s going to be talking about her great new release THE ROGUE PRINCE. Romantic Times called THE ROGUE PRINCE “a love story that reaches the heart with its inherent tenderness and pure romance.” Margo has just revamped her website so check it out for news and excerpts and contests! Sign up for her newsletter and you go in the drawing to win a signed copy of THE ROGUE PRINCE! Welcome back to the Bandita lair, Margo. Your latest Avon release
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The End

by SuzanneHere in the Lair, we often talk about the beginning of books and movies. How they grab us and suck us in, keep us turning pages or on the edges of our seats, wanting to know what’s going to happen next. The Bourne Identity was one of these books for me. I couldn’t read it fast enough. It also sucked me into Robert Ludlum’s world of espionage and suspense. After reading the Bourne Identity, I raided my local bookstore and read his whole back list and following books, each one more page-turning than the last. (I also discovered for
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Your Baby Makes Me Cry

by Susan Sey A baby was baptized this Sunday at church & I wept like a proud grandma. I am, however, not this child’s grandma. I am not her mom, her auntie, or even her cousin. Her mother is a Facebook friend. An acquaintance, really. I’ve only seen the kid once or twice–just enough to know that she got a double scoop of cute and that she’s wicked fast on her tiny little feet. But that’s not why I cried. I cried because I’m a sucker for ceremony. I cried because I think it’s gorgeous and touching and extravagantly optimistic
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Sometimes There’s Magic

by Nancy Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote, “Some enchanted evening, you will meet a stranger . . . across a crowded room.” I think that song’s popularity endures because it speaks to people–to the magic of that instant of connection that didn’t exist before, to the “what if” that is the hope of finding true love, sometimes where we least expect it. There are many kinds of magic in stories. There’s the magic of an idea that springs forth, fully formed, in one of those fabulous, brain-buzzing, “aha” moments. It can be one that gives birth to a book or film
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Love Books? Kiss a Librarian!

By Kate I was a born reader. Weren’t we all? I think my love of reading was honed by the fact that my family moved every few years. We always moved in June, after school was out, so for the first three months in a new house in a new town, I had no friends. But that was okay, because the first thing I would do in a new neighborhood was scope out the closest library. I would ride my bike there almost every day, check out three to five books and read them that day. The next day, I
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Two Faces to Fiction

by KJ Howe Let’s call this post a mission in research. Everyone who drops by is an avid reader, so it is the perfect place to ask these two questions. I’ve recently been working on a profile about David Morrell (NYT Bestseller and creator of Rambo). David has had an illustrious career spanning 40 years, an incredible feat given the innate challenges of the publishing industry. Unlike many authors today, David has never really created a series character. Instead, he writes stand-alone novels that encompass several different genres, from thrillers to horror to speculative fiction. Most publishers insist that authors
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Coming out of the Closet

by Donna MacMeans A good friend recently took me on a tour of her renovated house. When the kids moved out, she changed things the way she’d always dreamed they could be. She expanded the kitchen, changed the light fixtures and paint, and turned one entire bedroom into her very own clothes closet, complete with a handbag wardrobe. My practical self thought this rather extreme…but then another part of me thought this a splendid idea. You see – this is always an awkward time of year…cold in the mornings, warming up to shorts temps by afternoon. Attempting to dress for
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Desert Island Dilemma

by Anna Sugden I apologise in advance for the brevity of this post. I’ve been laid low for nearly a fortnight with the cold from you-know-where. The darn thing shows no sign of abating (note to self – buy shares in Kleenex, cough medicine and decongestants!) and has seriously fuzzed my brain. I know a number of you are suffering from seasonal allergies, so I’m sure you’ll understand! Thus, in lieu of a witty, imaginative and beatifully crafted post (hey, we all love a bit of romantic fiction!) I’ve had to resort to simple, short and sweet … okay, so
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Reunion With Danger

posted by Nancy Dee Davis, whose romantic comedies have entertained us, returns to the Lair with her new foray into romantic suspense, the A-Tac team in Dark Deceptions. Dee’s many contest wins and placements include winning the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards and being nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt Medallion and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. I’ve always loved her romantic suspense and am delighted to see her publishing in that sub-genre again. Welcome, Dee! Your last visit, we chatted about Set-Up in Soho. I gather that the A-Tac team will be
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