A (Surprise!) Release Party for Christina Brooke

by Christina Brooke (aka Christine Wells) Break out the cabana boys and get your dancing shoes on because it’s time for a very special SURPRISE Release Party in the lair! By the time you read this, I will be at RWA in New York, squeeing and hugging the Banditas and Bandita Buddies who are there, and missing the ones who aren’t like crazy. Oh, and hopefully signing copies of my new book, HEIRESS IN LOVE! Yes, it’s a long time since I had a new book out and finally I can tell you the reason–I’m so thrilled to be writing
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Authors in Real Life

by Susan Sey Greetings from New York City, where the Romance Writers of America is kicking off its national conference today! If you’re here, wheeee! If you’re at home, booooo. We miss you. This is the time of year when we all frantically try to match up the faces we see in the halls to the author photos we see on the internet & in the back of books. It’s no easy task. We lose weight, we gain weight. We cut our hair, we color our hair. We put on make up, we take make up off. And my personal
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Can You Keep An Eye On These Guys?

by Suzanne As you know the annual Romance Writer’s of America National Conference is taking place this week in New York City. I’m really excited to be going this year. It’s only my second trip to New York. I get to see many of the Romance Bandits, some of our Bandit Buddies who hang out with us here, my critique partner Sandy Blair who no long lives near me, and this year I get to meet my editor, Jillian Bell, of Ellora’s Cave Publishing. How cool is this? This will be my second year there as a published author and
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The OTHER Men in My Life

posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy Yes, we all have them. In addition to friends, family, and significant others, we all have other important relationships in our lives. I’m talking about relationships with certain professionals… AHEM! Like your doctor, your plumber, or your mechanic! If you are very lucky, you find excellent people in these important professions and develop long-term relationships with these individuals. I feel fortunate to have developed three such long-term relationships. One of them has been going on even longer than my relationship with the DH! Oh, and all three of them happen to be men.
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Keepng Us in Suspense

by Nancy Has anyone besides me noticed how few novels are appearing under the Romantic Suspense (RS) heading? The field seems to have become particularly tough for new authors. The last new RS series I saw launch was from an author already established in paranormal romance. Yet Covert Affairs and Burn Notice, action/adventure suspense series with strong romantic elements, are thriving on USA Network. I’ve also noticed more suspense-y elements turning up in romances that say “contemporary” on the spine. Suspense has long been a staple in historical romance. Those of you who’ve been here before know we banditas love
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From Deadline Hell to Conference Madness

by Kate Carlisle I did it! I met my deadline for ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, the next Bibliophile Mystery. Pretty good, considering that I’ve been working in the midst of a total kitchen remodel and my family visiting. When I reached the final sentence of the final scene, I paused, took a deep breath to savor the moment, and then slowly typed: T. H. E. E. N. D. Moment savored, moment gone… and instant panic set in. The Romance Writers of America conference is mere days away, and I have done nothing – nothing! – to prepare. I have
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THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE

by KJ Howe Now, didn’t that title grab you? Andrea Kane is our guest today, and her latest book THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE is a phenomenal read. To complete the book, Andrea did extensive research with the FBI. I thought this would make a fabulous post, so please welcome Andrea to the Lair. Over the past several years, I’ve had the amazingly good fortune of working closely with the FBI.I’ve consulted with the Bureau’s Crimes Against Children Unit, the Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force, the Crisis Negotiation Unit, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (a la “Criminal Minds”), members of various
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Man Makeover

By Donna MacMeans I’m getty antsy. After a long, long wait, Redeeming the Rogue is set for release August 2nd. Please forgive me if I put the cover up again, but I thought I’d talk about one of the themes in the book: Man Makeover!!!! You know you want to do it (grin). Perhaps you took advantage of Father’s Day earlier in the week to tactfully suggest that a little wardrobe sprucing is is order? Or politely suggested that your guy needs a more timely hairstyle via some gift certificates? In REDEEMING THE ROGUE, Arianne Chambers is assigned the task
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Quick Five – Top Travel/Packing Tips

by Anna SugdenThe summer holidays are upon us, or very nearly! For the romance writers among us, it’s conference season. There’s going to be a lot of travel happening over the next few months, starting for many RWA members this weekend as we descend on NY. By the way, hope those of you in the NY area will pop along to the Literacy signing on Tuesday June 28th – it’s open to the public and you’ll get a chance to catch up with the Banditas and many of our guests, as well as over 500 favourite romance authors. It’s all
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Jane Graves returns to the Lair!

interview with Suzanne Jane Graves is the author of eighteen contemporary romance novels. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award, the industry’s highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Booksellers’ Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others. And I’m honored to call her my friend. Suz: Welcome back to the Bandit Lair, Jane. Pull up a barstool and have a glass of wine while we catch up. It’s been a while since you visited us here. What have you been up to? Jane: Thanks for the wine, Suz.
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