Okay, so this one time?

by Susan Sey Today is Memorial Day. Summer is now officially open for business. Up here in the north land, Memorial Day is when the swimming pools open up. It’s when public parks turn on the drinking fountains & put out the portapotties. It’s when we throw caution to the wind and finally plant the darn tomatoes, late season blizzards be damned. It’s also the day our nation sets aside to pay tribute to the men and women who’ve died while serving in our armed forces. This is not a surprise to me. Nor should it be at the end
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A Special Library Visit

posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy The DH and I just returned from a little jaunt to Utah and Colorado for our anniversary, and a fun time was had by all, especially when I discovered both The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice in the Pikes Peak Library District collection!We had visited Arches National Park and then Canyonlands both in Utah before we decided to drive up Pikes Peak in Colorado. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the ranger station, we were told that the summit was closed due to 90 mph winds! ACK! We definitely didn’t want to
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On This Day in History

On this day 40 years ago, in a small town in Kentucky, I was born. No matter how many times I do the math, I can’t believe I’m 40. I don’t feel 40. Curious about what else might have happened on all the May 29th dates in history, I did a little research and here’s what I found: In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, who renamed it Istanbul. In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne after 11 years of commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. It happened to be Charles’ 30th birthday. (Interesting, since I just started watching
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Reckless Launch Winners!

Oh, my aching head! Thanks so much to everyone for a wonderful launch day on the Bandits yesterday! I had real trouble picking three winners, but after much ado, they are:Chelley (who deserves a book after dealing with the chook!) Danielle Ferries S7anna Congratulations, girls! Please email me on anna@annacampbell.info with your snail mail details and I’ll sort out your books for you!

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Wasting time…it’s a matter of perception

 posted by Suzanne After yesterday’s blowout in the Lair with Anna’s launch party, I think most of us need a day of recovery. So today’s blog is a salute to ways to waste time. Some of these ways will be very laid back and lazy, others might surprise you. 1. Reading.Yep, my most favorite way to waste time is to read. From the time I brought home my first library book to this very afternoon, I find nothing more enjoyable than wiling away the day or evening or night with my nose in a book. This drove my father crazy.
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A Reckless Launch!

by Anna Campbell Scene: The Bandit War Cabinet Room which is even further underground than the Writers Deadline Cave which featured in all its fiendish glory in Christine’s launch at the beginning of the month.We interrupt this bulletin to bring you an important message! PLAGIARISM GURU: This is looking suspiciously like Christine’s launch! SHEEPISH AUTHOR (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ROOSTERISH BANDITA): Um… PG: Is that all you’ve got to say for yourself? SA: Well, not really! I’ve got a whole launch post ahead of me. It would be a bit sad if I stopped now, wouldn’t it? PG: Don’t
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It’s HER Fault!

a group effort posted by Nancy Rain lashed the Lair’s windows (mullioned casements in the historical wing, sliding sashes in the contemporary area and the kitchen). Wind howled around the stone walls. In the kitchen, Sven sat with Paolo, the new cabana boy, to help him with his first night shift. “I’d say it’s a dark and stormy night,” Sven muttered, “but they have a rule against that particular line.” “I don’t get it,” Paolo said. “If none of them live here, why do we have a night shift? Why do they care what we say?” Sven sighed. “Because–” “They’re
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New Friends, New Adventures, and New Mysteries To Die For

By Kate Earlier this month, I attended the annual Malice Domestic Conference in Arlington, Virginia. This is a very fun fan conference dedicated to the traditional mystery genre, and it’s famous as the home of the prestigious Agatha Award. The Malice conference is also famous for an event known as Malice-Go-Round, which has been described as speed dating for authors. Take one large conference room, mix in 40 authors, add 160 readers sitting at 20 tables, and start the clock. Authors move from one table to the next, where they have exactly two minutes to pitch their latest books and
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Bandit Booty!

Thank you all so much for helping me celebrate the release of DO YOU TAKE THIS COP? The winner of a copy of DYTTC is… Kirsten!! Congratulations! Please send me your snail mail info at: beth@bethandrews.net and I’ll get your book out to you right away 🙂

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Finding the Magic!

by KJ Howe Please welcome Gabi Stevens who is going to share a little magic with us today! Sometimes life gets in the way of, well, life. You have a day job, dentist appointment, a headache, shopping to do, or dinner to make. Something. Anything that keeps you from doing what you want. Let’s face it; life isn’t all about lollipops and unicorns. We have responsibilities and things we have to do, not necessarily things we want to do. So how do we find the magic when life is getting in the way of life? Attitude. One of my favorite
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