A Budding Writer in the Lair!

Sometimes a Hundred-thirty-five Dollar Movie Is Just an Adventure. It isn’t often I get to chat up an aspiring author, and rarer still when that person is my daughter Kennan. My middle daughter, KK, has always been the one to see the upside of any situation, so when her husband took a teaching position at a private college in New Jersey, we wondered how she’d spin it! For those of us who live in Suburbia, urban life can be a culture shock. Limited parking. Crowds of people twenty-four seven. Kids walk to school in snow and rain, because well, there’s
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I’m Dreaming…

…of a White Christmas! Yes, it’s that time of year again.  I have broken out my well-worn, much-beloved DVD of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  I can hear you rolling your eyes.  Stop that.  I love this movie!  Because, seriously, what’s not to love?  We have Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye lip-synching in drag.  (And waving giant blue-feathered fans!   Eat your heart out, Britney Spears!)  We have Rosemary Clooney being sharp & funny.  We have a dance number involving Vera Ellen, Danny Kaye & a zip line.  (Kid you not.)  We have snappy patter (Rosemary & Bing), astonishing dancing (Danny &
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Sex, Lies and Valentines

Sex, Lies and Midnight

Sex, Lies and Mistletoe

Debut Author, Julie Benson talks Cowboys

Ok, Banditas and Bandit buddies, I am thrilled today to introduce to a debut Harlequin American author, and my very good friend, Julie Benson! Julie is the person who gave me my first copy of Scene & Structure, a very good book on building a fictional story, and also to fear the word “Why” in a critique of my books. Julie’s very first book, BIG CITY COWBOY, debuts for Harlequin American on November 29th on Amazon (and as always you can click on the book cover to go to Amazon to order your copy!) Please help me welcome Julie to
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First Turkey Bandita Booty

  Thanks to everyone for sharing Thanksgiving stories.  As a result of the vote for recipes, I’ve added both Donna’s Bourbon Pecan Pie and Donna’s New Orleans Corn (the sweet corn souffle) to the member’s cave recipe section.  In that way, we can all be winners 🙂 . MsHellion is the winner for the signed copy of REDEEMING THE ROGUE.  I’m also including a copy of Melanie Jackson’s young adult DEATH IN A TURKEY TOWN.  I figure the cover alone is apropos.  My daughter was going to donate it to the local library, but I liberated it for this post 
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Launching with a Boom

We love our boom in the Lair, and this is going to be a great day for it.  Our guests today are Robin Perini and Melinda Leigh, debut romantic suspense authors with Amazon’s new Montlake publishing arm.  Robin’s In Her Sights got 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews.  Melinda’s She Can Run earned 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews and a favorable review from Publishers Weekly. Welcome, y’all! Tell us a bit about what draws you to writing. ML (pictured at left): For me, the process of creation is addictive. I love the challenge of plotting and the
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Donna’s New Orleans Corn

We made a double recipe of this for Thanksgiving 2011 and there weren’t any leftovers.  I think my son and his cousin devored the entire dish.  Can’t blame them.  It’s that good. This is important – butter the sides of the dish to prevent sticking. Ingrediants for the souffle : 6 Tablespoons Butter 2 Tablespoons Sugar 2 Tablespoons Flour 1/2 cup half & half 4 well-beaten eggs 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 2 cups drained corn   Topping: 2 Tablespoons melted butter 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon   For the souffle – heat the butter and add
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Donna’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

I have to make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s a pie that gets better with age, but it never lasts long as it is gobbled up immediately. Ingrediants: 1 pie crust (store-bought works fine) Filling: 1 cup brown sugar 5 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 1/4 vanilla extract 1 1/3 cups light karo syrup 1/4 cup bourbon (i’ve been known to add a tad more) 5 oz melted butter (that’s one stick plus 3 tablespoons) Topping: 2 cups pecan halves   Directions – Mix all the filling ingrediants together.  Pour into the pie crust.  Place the
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