The BIG Awards Ceremony!

posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy Tonight’s the night! Saturday night of RWA’s National Conference is the BIG awards ceremony! This is the ceremony where romance writers honor their own with the Rita and Golden Heart awards, our industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, Emmys, or Grammys. As you know, the Banditas were all finalists in the 2006 Golden Heart contest. That is where we “found” each other, and so this award has a very special place in all our hearts! In case you didn’t know, the Golden Heart contest recognizes outstanding unpublished romance manuscripts in ten different categories. Up
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Campouts and Sleepovers

by Jo Robertson My daughter emailed me the other weekend with this note: Hey, do you wanna know what my kids are doing? Sleeping on the trampoline!! I remember how FUN that was as a kid. At OTHER people’s houses of course, since we never had one. It was so exciting! Their cousins are spending the night, for a total of five children, but kids these days have NO idea how to have a sleepover. Corinna, eleven, said, “Hey Mom. Did you charge the DVD player so we could watch movies?” I said, “Hell no!” Actually I didn’t say Hell
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Meanwhile, Back at the Lair…

posted by Aunty Cindy, Jo-Mama, and Posh ‘Twas the week of RWA National conference and the Lair felt eerily empty with that preternatural quiet that could mean nefarious plots were afoot… Or NOT. A lone figure descended a back staircase, headed for the kitchen, a full tray in his hands and a look of consternation on his handsome face. “Sorry, Lars,” Paolo said, as he slid the tray of food onto the counter behind a beefy, Scandinavian hunk who was washing pots and pans, “Aunty Cindy turned thumbs down. She said your Swedish surprise is more of a shock, and
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The Great Website Tour

by Suzanne As many of you know I recently sold my book The Surrender Of Lacy Morgan to Ellora’s Cave. While waiting for the release date, I’m busy doing things like working on the next book and trying to form a web presence so people will have a place to find out about the book. (My yelling it from the mountain tops aside!) So I’ve hired a young IT web designer to develop a webpage for me. She’s smart and has a background in both art and design, so I’m looking forward to collaborating with her on this. One of
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Things I Sneak

by Susan Sey Like many of you, I’m in Orlando this week at the RWA convention. Which means, of course, that I’m really at Disney. Without my kids. Or, heck, without my husband. The last time we were here, my husband spent the days attending a conference while I schlepped a 10 month old and a 4 yo around the parks with my parents. It was wonderful, honestly. My youngest actually learned to walk here. She took her first steps across the hotel room to my dad. You can’t buy moments like that, people. It was a great trip. However,
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Greenwich – Ahoy!

by Anna Sugden Most of you know about the Romance Writers of America and the Romance Writers of Australia, but did you know there is a romance writers organisation in England too? It’s called the Romance Novelists Association. This year, is the 50th anniversary of the RNA and their annual conference was held in the gorgeous surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College. This is the same Greenwich as in G.M.T. (Greenwich Mean Time) and you can see the clock at the nearby Greenwich Observatory. It’s also home to the National Maritime Museum – a must for all you historical
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How Cool Can I Get?

By Kate Who’s going to Orlando for the RWA conference next week? I am! I’ve heard it’s humid. And hot. Like, “I’M MELTING!” hot. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. Are you? For most of July, the rest of the country has been sweltering while here in Southern California it’s been in the low 70’s all month. So, as you can imagine, the thought of me spending all next week in sultry Florida (see? I’m being nice and not calling it oppressively stifling!) is … daunting. I’m scared. I admit it. Look at me! This hair doesn’t handle frizz
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Bandit Booty!

Thank you to all for commenting while I was on my cruise! The internet connection on the ship was terrible so I couldn’t get on that day and interact with you! The winner of The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance is…. LOIS!! Lois, please send me an email with your address and I’ll get that in the mail as quickly as I can — christie @ christiekelley . com

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Thriller: 100 Must Reads

by KJ Howe Looking for an intellectual and entertaining read this summer? Why not try Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, a collection of essays written by current bestselling thriller authors on the best reads of the thriller genre, spanning over 35 decades! The collection includes classics like James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. You’ll also find favorites by Frederick Forsyth, Peter Benchley, Clive Cussler, Robin Cook, and Ken Follett, to name a few. There are some fascinating and unusual essays, like Lee Child writing about the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, dating
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Tracy Wolff shifting into the Lair

hosted by Donna MacMeans I have a real treat for you today! Tracy Wolff, writing as Tessa Adams, is joining us for the day. Tracy writes something for everyone, from Silhouette Superromance, to yummy single title paranormals to young adult novels. (whew!) Today, we’re featuring Dark Embers, her Dragon-shifting paranormal from NAL. Check out the fabulous cover and back cover blurb: King Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-bred dragon shapeshifters in existence—and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people—and their ancient magic. He has one more duty: to provide
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