TRUE GRIT

by Suzanne Since I write western historical romances, both erotic, (THE SURRENDER OF LACY MORGAN) and just plain sexy, (REFUGE), I loved getting to go see True Grit a while back. When my son and I walked out of the theater after watching this remake of the old classic, we talked about what we like about the movie. One of the things he said to me was, “Mom, the person who had the most grit in that movie, wasn’t Rooster Cogburn. It was Mattie.” And he was right. Mattie Ross had true grit.When her father was murdered hundreds of miles
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A Journey into Darkness

by Jo Robertson Did I get your attention with that dramatic title? And the equally dramatic pictures above and below — a three-way bypass heart and Jomama in the hospital sans makeup? Good. Because today’s post isn’t light or romantic, and is only a bit funny. December 22, 1999. This is me holding one of my four grandbabies born that year. Each one had problems that required extra hospitalization, and my mother had died in July, so I’d experienced stress I wasn’t even consciously aware of. Here’s how it went down: I was at the dentist, tilted back in the
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The Guys from Oz

by Nancy Those of us who are, as the saying goes, “of a certain age” probably remember music’s British Invasion of the 1960s–the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits (fronted by that cutie, Peter Noone)–with hordes of screaming girls outside hotels. Now we’re in the midst of a quieter invasion, this time of Australian actors, who inspired today’s topic of guys from Oz. There are also prominent actresses from Australia, like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and several up-and-comers, but I’m in the mood to discuss guys today, so that’s the territory we’re covering. We’re all familiar with that Lair favorite
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Linda O. Johnston is in the Lair!!

Posted by Kate I’m pleased to welcome my friend Linda O. Johnston to the Lair today! She writes the popular Pet-Sitter mystery series and is debuting her new Pet Rescue series this month with BEAGLEMANIA. Welcome, Linda! Red Is For Hearts I’m very impressed with and supportive of the Romance Bandits’ theme this month. What writer wouldn’t be? Go Red for Women is the very appropriate slogan of The American Heart Association. And writers, especially those who write romance or mystery, always have hearts in mind. Why? With romances, it’s obvious. They’re all about finding the right person and overcoming
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MORE Booty!

Sorry to be a bit tardy with naming my winner from the 18th but– DRUM ROLL PLEASE! Congrats to JANGA!! You are the winner of the lip gloss and the Go Red pin! Please send your snail mail address to Aunty at our Romance Bandits email:romancebandits AT gmail DOT com

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Pamela DuMond

by KJ Howe Please welcome Pamela DuMond from LA, who is here today to share her adventures during the writing of Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (what a great title!). Thanks to KJ Howe for inviting me to guest blog on The Romance Bandits. I am a writer, a chiropractor, and a cranio-sacral therapist. Since my debut novel, Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys, was published by Krill Press November, 2010, I am also officially an author. In 1992, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago to marry the man of my dreams. I pictured sunny skies and marital bliss. I
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Rockin’ the Red Booty!

by Anna Sugden Thanks for all the fun and helping me rock the red! The cats have been busy – they got a red treat for choosing the winner – and have selected … HelenCongrats, Helen – you get an AHA Go Red For Women pin and a bag of treat-size chocolates in a red wrapper! Please send me your snail mail details through anna@annasugden.com and I’ll get those in the post to you asap!

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Strange and Weird Taxes

by Donna MacMeans If there’s a truth that runs consistently through history, it’s this – if the government taxes it, the populace will find a way around it. As many of you know I’m a CPA which means I’m usually tied up in doing tax returns this time of year – and I hate it. I’d much rather be writing or reading a good romance (“it’s research, honey”), or just about anything else. So to make this time of year, otherwise known as tax season, a little more fun, I thought I’d share some goofy and weird taxes and tax
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Top 5 – Rocking the Red!

by Anna Sugden Yes, I’ve borrowed that phrase from my beloved hockey. Come Playoffs time, all those teams who play in red try to rally their fans to ‘turn the arena/stadium red’ or create a ‘red wave’. In honour of our support of a wonderful cause this month, and the fact that red happens to be my favourite colour *g*, I decided to devote this blog to favourite red things. Here are my Top 5 Reds (not necessarily in this order): 1. My sports teams – amazingly, all of my teams (apart from the Yankees) are ‘reds’ – Manchester United
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Red Carpet Time!

by Susan Sey Well, friends, it’s almost time. Time for the biggest event of the celebrity gossip hound’s year. It’s time for the Oscars, baby. Now I’m not going to lie to you people. I love celebrity gossip like kids love candy. We geek out for the Oscars like royal watchers geek out over Prince William & Kate. We’ll celebrate the opening monologue with a make-it-yourself sundae bar set up in front of the TV. But never fear. We’ll eat dinner during the red carpet coverage. Probably popcorn. What? It’s a whole grain. Now I like a Hugh Jackman song-and-dance
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