Colleen Gleason Launches New Vampire Series

I’m happy to be hosting Colleen Gleason today to celebrate the release of The Vampire Voss, the first in her new vampire series. Not only have Colleen and I been friends since we both finaled in the Golden Heart in 2003, but I’m a big fan of her work as well. For those of us who are fans of your Gardella Vampire Chronicles, tell us how your new vampire series, the Regency Draculia, differs. Both series are set during Regency-era England, with the Gardellas around 1819-1820 and the new series during the Napoleonic War—specifically in 1804. The biggest differences are
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Misa Ramirez Visits the Lair!

posted by Jo Robertson Today we’re fortunate to have writer Misa Ramirez, aka Melissa Bourbon, return to the Lair. Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of
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Bandita Booty!

By Anna Sugden Sorry it’s taken so long to get the winner posted for Julie James’ visit. Blame the nasty sinus infection that’s laid me low *grrr*. Anyway, without further ado, the random number generator has done its thing and selected … Donna S!! Congratulations, Donna. Please send your snail mail details to me at anna@annasugden.com and I’ll ensure Julie gets A Lot Like Love out to you asap.

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Rita Finalists Booty

Thanks to all our wonderful friends who are Rita finalists this year! We appreciate you taking time to stop by and celebrate with us. And another YAY to our Golden Heart finalists VA and Nancy!!!We had a lovely prize package of several books from our Rita finalists, so Aunty fired up ye olde Random Number Generator and… CONGRATS TO: JANE! Please send your snail mail addy to our Romance Bandits email so we can pass it along and you can receive your booty/books. Thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate.

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A Random List

by Susan Sey I’m feeling quick & sassy today so I’m going to do a list blog. Yay! I’ll admit I was inspired by Suz’s awesome post yesterday about secondary characters. It got me thinking about things that’ll set a book apart for me, really make it stand out in my mind. Therefore, without further ado, I give you Susan’s List of Things I Like in Novels but Rarely See Anymore. Enjoy! 1) Villains who aren’t. Aren’t what, you ask? Aren’t actually villains. Aren’t evil. I love it when the bad guy is just really smart, really rich, really well
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Secondary Characters: The seasoning in the soup

by suzanne No secret here, but I love to tinker in the kitchen. I especially like to try my hands at soups. Why? Because my husband LOVES soup. That man will eat soup everyday until the pot is empty. Here’s one of the things I’ve learned about soup. You have to layer in the flavors. You start with your butter/olive oil heating in your pot. To this you add your Mirepoix–a mixture of diced carrots, onions, celery. After sauteing this until the onions are translucent, you usually add your meat. Then your wine and finally your stock. You must season
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A Special Celebration

posted by Aunty Cindy and a few Special Friends A few nights ago in the Lair… Rubbing sleep from his eyes, Paolo grumbled aloud as he descended a back staircase. “I hate pulling late night duty. The Banditas always seem to want snacks when it’s my turn.” He traversed the short hallway into the side entrance of the kitchen and stood in slack-jawed surprise at Sven working feverishly over a tray of goodies. The unmistakable smell of Joanie’s chocolate chip cookies filled the air. Before Paolo could recover himself to speak, the big Swede tossed an oven mitt at him.
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The Language Of Your Story

posted by Nancy Eilis Flynn majored in linguistical anthropology, studying the study of languages before she went to work on Wall Street, which has a language all its own. She spends her days aware that there’s a reality beyond what we can see, and tells stories about it. Published in romantic fantasy, comic books, and nonfiction, she lives in Seattle with her husband. Today she’s going to talk to us about language and story. Welcome, Eilis! Thanks, Nancy! Language is basic to our existence. Language forms us and makes us who we are, from a species to a culture all
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Guest Author: Susan Mallery, ALREADY HOME

Hosted by KateHey, banditas, I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend, Susan Mallery, to the Lair! Susan’s next book, ALREADY HOME, is coming out in a few days and I can’t wait for you all to read it! It’s a step away from the romance she usually writes. ALREADY HOME is a fabulous, emotional story about a woman with two mothers. Take it away, Susan! Does anyone else get ticked at advice columnists when they advise people to see a therapist? I mean, okay. I understand that therapy is healthy and is sometimes necessary, but I feel like that answer
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Freelance Editor, Caroline Tolley

by KJ Howe Please welcome freelance editor Caroline Tolley to the Lair. We’re lucky to get a sneak peek inside the fascinating world of publication from a former Executive Editor of Pocket Books. And one very lucky visitor is going to win a 10-page critique, so please comment! Do editors edit? Has the ever-changing world of publishing reached the physical page of a manuscript? That seems to be the hot topic these days, though in my nearly 20 years of being involved with the world of popular fiction for women, I may have heard this once or twice before. But
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