Posted by Jeanne Adams Aug 31 2010, 4:38 am in CIA, Jeanne Adams, Jo Beverley, Romantic Times
By Jeanne Adams
So, maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit but….
DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS is headed for a store near you SEPTEMBER 7th!!
And now that I have your attention by putting in something from TWILIGHT (A September calendar page, so it DOES apply!), I’ll tell you about DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS…..
I love this book. It was fun to write and even more fun to surprise people (my editor included!) with the twists and turns. The book is about cold cases and art fraud, friendship and danger. How’s that for vague? Ha!
It was interesting to research the book, discover how people smuggle paintings and how often, something happens and fabulous art ends up in a yard sale bin, or a library, or hanging on the wall of a little old lady in Poughkeepsie, who has no idea the painting is “real.”
(That’s one of my favorite paintings by John Singer Sargent over there on the left, by the way. No, quit looking at Robert Pattinson, the painting is over THERE….nevermind.)
Based on some very cool stories about just that sort of thing – lost art – and some other bits here and there, I created a cold case of art fraud for Ana Burton, brilliant, in-the-doghouse CIA agent who screwed up enough to get stuck on cold case duty. Rumor has it her data was wrong, and some of her team got killed. she’s not only stuck, she thinks she DID screw up, and if she did, she’ll never be the same.
Then there’s her opposite number, Gates Bromley. I researched security for high-profile individuals. Who has a body guard and why would you want one? What do they do? How does it work?
So Gates is in charge of security for billionaire art collector, Dav Gianikopolis. After reading about several high-net-worth security mavins, I created Gates. He’s at points Dav’s partner in business as well, so he’s not your average beefy thug, although he’s pretty darn delicious, I must say!
At first, he and Ana clash, but within hours of meeting with her about the nine-years-cold-case of art fraud, Gates is shot at, and so is Ana.
Someone wants that cold case to stay buried in the stacks, and they’ll stoop to murder to insure it.
(cue suspensful music….)
And that’s the story of DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS!
Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Sort of. There’s a lot more, and a lot of very, very twisty bits. The one overwhelming statement everyone’s made is….”WHOA, I didn’t see THAT coming!”
Heh-heh-heh. That’s just the way I like it.
Just before the book comes out, the publishing house sends it out for reviews. (This will make you crazy if you let it and it nearly gave me a case of the hives on this one.)
With great thankfulness, I received my third 4.5 star review and a TOP PICK from Romantic Times magazine.
To say that it made my day is a gross understatement. I squealed, I bounced up and down in my office chair. I emailed EVERYONE, then I called everyone: my hubby, the Banditas, my family, people I barely know.
Seriously, I was stoked.
So, between the LAUNCH and a good review, THAT calls for a CELEBRATION! SVEN!!! Bring a round of drinks.
Demetrius! Paolo! Hockey Hunks! Bring on the party hats and streamers! Implore the Goddess Sangria to bless our gathering ’cause
We are havin’ a LAUNCH PARTY!!!!!
Let’s get out the paint, the wall sized canvas and Paint the TOWN!!!! Grab a drink and a brush and a color and let’s GO!!!
(BTW, That’s another Sargent over there on the left…)
And if you want to be briefly serious, tell me:
Who your favorite artist is…
What’s your favorite research topic…(besides men, and sex…)
What your favorite color is….
And if you’ve ever kept a secret so well that no one EVER knew….
Posted by Jo Robertson Aug 30 2010, 4:01 am in Curmudgeon Rant, Jo Beverley, Jo Robertson
by Jo Robertson Normally, I’m a happy, cheerful person. I rarely wake up grumpy (unless I’m sick) and I’m generally given to optimistic greetings and lots of pleasant chatter. Sadly, I live with two men who stumble from bed with a hangover kind of cloud hovering around their heads. Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy. And neither one drinks! I’ve learned not to speak to them until it’s nearly noon. Neither drinks coffee so I don’t even have that luxury to magically transform them into something approaching normal. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a half-empty sort of gal. A realist, a skeptic,
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 30 2010, 3:38 am in Jo Beverley, prize winner, Suzanne Ferrell, Wendy Watson
by suzanne The winner of a signed copy of the cozy mystery, SCOOPED TO KILL by Wendy Watson, is fichen1! Congrats Fedora!!! Send me your snail-mail info in an e-mail @ swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com (yes there are 2 w’s in that addy) and I’ll see that Wendy gets that book to you ASAP, before the ice cream melts, hehehe
Posted by Susan Sey Aug 29 2010, 4:07 am in birthday cake, Jo Beverley, Susan Sey
by Susan Sey Okay, this is going to be a short one because a) I’m totally jetlagged and b) it’s my birthday. I’m completely jet lagged because my husband & I just returned less than 12 hours ago from a 10th anniversary trip to Hawaii (which was INCREDIBLE–I recommend Kauai without reservation), but what I really want to talk about is the birthday thing. And, yeah, I really do want to talk about it. I know some women like to stop having birthdays once they hit thirty or so but I’m 38, in case anybody’s curious. Looking 40 riiiiiiight in
Posted by Nancy Northcott Aug 29 2010, 3:55 am in Bandit Booty, Barbara Monajem, Jo Beverley, Nancy's blog
posted by NancyI have two prizes to award tonight! The winner of Barbara Monajem’s prize, a signed copy of Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil, is Daz! The winner of three books I picked up at RWA (Annie Solomon’s One Deadly Sin (signed), Jayne Anne Krentz’s Running Hot, and Karin Harlow’s Enemy Lover,) for commenting on my “The Year of Lasts” is Cories! Winners, please email contact info to romancebandits AT gmail DOT com with “for Nancy” in the subject line. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 28 2010, 4:07 am in book Pimps, Inara Scott, Jo Beverley, Jo Davis, Julie Garwood, Susan Sey, Suzanne Ferrell
by Suzanne Okay, a little known secret…well maybe a widely known fact among the Bandits and my friends…I AM A BOOK PIMP. Yep. Can’t seem to help it. If I read a great book, I want EVERYONE I’ve ever seen holding a book, picking up my new “find” and reading it. Here’s sort of how the conversation goes: Me, “I just read the most incredible book.”My mark, “Really? What?”Me, leaning closer with just a hint of a smile, “Money, Honey by Susan Sey. OMG, couldn’t put it down!”Interested victim, “Really? I’d love one of those kind of books. What’s it
Posted by Nancy Northcott Aug 27 2010, 4:31 am in Barbara Monajem, Bayou Gavotte, fashion, Jo Beverley
posted by NancyToday Barbara Monajem joins us to celebrate the release of her second book, Tastes of Love and Evil. One of the cool things about writing books is making your characters do things you can’t. In my first paranormal romance, Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil, the heroine is a landscaper. The only things I can grow successfully are grass (by not mowing it) and wisteria (which is actually a demon in disguise and needs no help at all). It was fun writing about someone who could not only garden, but conquer. For my new release, Tastes
Posted by Kate Carlisle Aug 27 2010, 3:50 am in Bandit Booty, Jo Beverley, Kate Carlisle, prize winners, The Lies That Bind
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented so nicely about my new book cover! The random winner of an ARC of THE LIES THAT BIND is … Mason Canyon!!!Congratulations, Mason! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address and I’ll ship the ARC out to you ASAP! P.S. And speaking of book covers, a friend Photoshopped *me* into my book cover, so I’m using it for my new Facebook profile picture. Isn’t it a riot? I love it! Cheers!
Posted by Jo Robertson Aug 27 2010, 3:35 am in Brenda Novak, Jo Beverley, Jo Robertson, prize winner
Sorry we’ve been late announcing the winner of Brenda Novak’s autographed copy of WHITE HEAT and her specially created lip gloss, also called White Heat. The winner is . . . DRUMROLL, please! Leni!!! Congratulations, Leni. Please send your snail mail addy to me at jo (dot) lewisrobertson (at) yahoo (dot) com. That’s email@example.com And I’ll forward the info to Brenda’s assistant who’ll get your prizes to you. Congrats again!
Posted by Nancy Northcott Aug 26 2010, 4:31 am in Dragon*Con, family trips, Jo Beverley, rites of passage
by Nancy In just a week, we’ll load up the car, drive to Atlanta, and enthusiastically dive into the myriad aspects of DragonCon as a family unit. A year from next week, we’ll load up the car, drive somewhere we don’t yet know, and take the boy to college, dividing our family unit as he steps into adulthood. In between, there’ll be a lot of “last” events for the three of us. This is the first in a series of blogs about the transitions on the horizon. I’ve been going to DragonCon regularly for quite a few years. I always