Summertime and the Living Is . . .

by Jo Robertson We’ve just reached the triple digits in northern California and I feel like the Wicked Witch of the West screeching, “I’m melting, I’m melting.” Summer’s definitely here to stay in our little corner of the world. In spite of the heat, mosquitoes, and escalating air conditioner bills, summer recalls those wonderful memories of childhood in my home state of Virginia. Barefoot explorations. My mother never cared if we ran wild and barefoot all summer long. My standard clothing issue was shorts and halter top and NO SHOES. Our property sloped down the hillside to the banks of
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Kissing Frogs

by Susan Sey It’s 1994. I’m twenty-one years old, student teaching 9th grade English. In the four months I’ve been on the job, Tonya Harding has put out a hit on Nancy Kerrigan’s knee & Kurt Cobain’s committed suicide. It’s a pretty accurate barometer of how my pursuit of a teaching certificate is going, actually. But since my dad has recently informed me I can’t be a camp counselor forever, I feel compelled to augment my imminent English degree with an actual skill set. Hence the teaching certificate. My cooperating teacher is napping behind a barricade of books on his
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The Birth of A Story…

by Suzanne In case you’re one of the few people on the planet that I haven’t told, and trust me, I’m pretty sure I’ve shouted it from the mountain tops, I sold my first book this month! Now, this wasn’t my first book. Nope, it was actually my ninth. I’ve been writing seriously for about 15 years. Over that time I’ve tried my hand at many romantic sub genres. At first it was American Historical…the market fell out from under me. Then contemporary, then contemporary small town, (not much market at the time for those). Then romantic suspense…oh, wait the
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Writing on the wild side or… Where do you come up with this stuff?

by Tawny I’m so jazzed to welcome one of our favorite authors, Pamela Palmer, back to the Lair. Today’s she’s hanging out with us and talking about that ever-exciting topic that keeps all writer’s going hmmm… Imaginations. I know, you can’t wait to hear what she has to say (okay, read what she has to say) so without further ado… Here’s Pam!!! All fiction writers have imaginations, big imaginations, or we’d never come up with the stories we do. We’re the ones walking around with the voices in our heads. But these big imaginations can take different forms. I think
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The Crack of Doom

by Nancy I’ve heard that phrase, “the crack of doom,” all my life. Learning from context, I figured it meant the end of the universe but didn’t give it much thought. It recently popped into my head again, probably because I’ve been reading post-apocalyptic novels, and I decided to find the derivation and specific meaning of the phrase. Since I didn’t feel like going to the library, where a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary resides, I went on a quest via the internet. This was a tactical error. Many, many, many people apparently think the phrase originated with Tolkien’s
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Top 10 Reasons Why Every Millionaire Needs a Wife

We always hear about the millionaire playboy, but seriously. Trotting the globe alone. Sounds kind of sad and pathetic, doesn’t it? How much fun could a man have, bedding different women every night? No man wants to do that! Snort! After a while, arm candy would make a millionaire sick. Or at least, it would a millionaire of character, like Adam Duke, the hero of my latest book, The Millionaire Meets His Match. Adam has no intention of ever settling down, but that’s because he doesn’t realize how much a wife – the right wife – would add to his
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THE INHERITANCE

by KJ Howe I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading THE INHERITANCE by Simon Tolkien–yes, that’s really Tolkien, the grandson of JRR Tolkien of LORD OF THE RINGS fame. The story features Stephen Cade, a young man on trial for murdering his famed Oxford historian father. If you enjoy a good Agatha Christie mystery combined with a John Grisham courtroom drama, this book is for you. Lots of great twists and turns, startling revelations, and heart-stopping moments. And the writing is rich, textured, like an oil painting on the page. What struck me most about the novel and its author
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The Irish Warrior BOOTY!

Hmmm, does that post title sound a wee bit naughty? Oh well, you all know what I meant! We have a WINNER for Kris Kennedy’s newest release, The Irish Warrior! Congrats to: Louisa Cornell!!! You’ve won a copy of Kris’ fabulous new book! She will be in touch with you soon. Thanx to everyone for turning out for Kris’ visit!

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The Gift of Love and Gia Dawn

Sponsored by Donna MacMeans Every year for the past three years, New York Times bestselling author, Lori Foster, has taken the lead to compile an anthology of stories with a central theme. The author proceeds from the sales of the anthology benefit a charity. This year’s book benefits a charity close to my heart, the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati www.clcgc.org. They work to educate and empower those individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other motor challenges. It’s special to me as my youngest sister attended the learning center. I can remember neighbors coming to our house to
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To Boo or Not to Boo …

by Anna Sugden A couple of things happened recently – both during sporting events – which caused me to ask this question. In both cases, the team had performed poorly and their own fans were booing them off the field. I’ve seen it happen before and each time it does, it makes me cross. When I was young, I was told that you never booed. It was considered rude and poor sportsmanship. Even at the pantomime, you never booed the baddie – you hissed (don’t ask me how that got started!). I don’t remember much booing as a child, though
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