Unexpected Treasures

by Jo Robertson   Happy (almost) New Year’s Eve, everyone!  I recently read a blog which called 2011 something like “a hairy bastard.” I’m rather happy to put 2011 behind me, not because it’s been a horrible year for me and mine (After all, I did publish three books, a really big thrill!), but I look forward to a new year and all the discoveries that it implies. The other day my son and his family were reading when three-year-old Emma turned the pages of the bible one thin, fragile page at a time.  This is the bible that my
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Belated 12 Days Booty

Oh wow, the holidays really took their toll this year, didn’t they.  I think it took me from mid-Dec until today to get over the sugar high brought on by the wonderful Yummy Holiday blog!  Thank you so much to everyone who shared treats and recipes.  It was a lot of fun.  And thanks to the handy dandy random number generator, StacieD is the winner of the 12 Days Booty, which includes an autographed copy of SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE.  Stacie, if you’ll email me with your shipping info, we’ll get your prize right out.  

Getting Old

There is a reason this blog posted in the middle of the day rather than the middle of the night (USA Eastern time, anyway): I am getting old. Not like senile, losing track of who I am old – although I can see it coming – but run-of-the-mill, life is getting away from me old. I intentionally took today off work, since it’s the last workday of the year and I had one more day to burn. Plus, I had traded days with Jo and was supposed to blog – perfect! Except…then I got sidetracked. Totally sidelined by things like:
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I Left My Heart in San Francisco

So I’m in California for the holidays!   I’m a Midwestern girl to the bone, so this is big.  I’m all about the White Christmas (the movie, as you know, as well as the actual holiday) but we have family out west so every few years we opt for the California Christmas.   This year we were going to spend a day skiing but there was no snow even in the mountains so we decided to take a road trip to San Francisco.  Now RWA held their national conference there a few years ago, but I didn’t get a chance
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Winner for Donnell Bell’s Prize

Donnell Ann Bell, who visited with us on Dec 27, writing about Emotion in Your Writing, has chosen Pat Cochran as the winner of her debut book THE PAST CAME HUNTING and the CD of Vicki Carr’s music. Pat, please contact me at jo.lewisrobertson@yahoo.com with your snail mail addy. Congratulations!

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Tales from the Tree Prize Booty

The winner from the Tales of the Tree blog is:   EC Spurlock! EC – Please send your contact information to www.DonnaMacMeans.com and I’ll get your booty out right away. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories of special ornaments and memories of Christmas trees past.  I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and will have a wonderful 2012. I hope you have a safe New Year’s celebration.  I will be out dancing :-). See you in 2012!  

Pieces of life

This evening I watched a movie I’ve loved for some time. It’s called, “How To Make An American Quilt”. The first time I watched it, I loved seeing the different parts of the quilt and what each patch meant to the quilter making them. Each time since, I’ve discovered deeper meanings to each character in the movie. The quilt is being made for the heroine as a wedding gift. The theme of the quilt is where love lives. The group of women making the quilt must each make an applique square depicting where love is for them. The theme should
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Missing an Ingredient in Your Novel — Check the Emotion

hosted by Jo Robertson Donnell Ann Bell is hands down one of the nicest people I know.  I met her at the 2007 Death by Chocolate Awards Party and she was so gracious to me, she’ll always have a place in my heart.  Join me in welcoming Donnell to the Lair! Hello Romance Bandits! I live in Colorado, and it gets c-o-l-d in this state, and on blustery winter days, nothing warms you up like a batch of chili.  By itself, chili’s kind of blah.  But add corn bread to the mix and you have a scrumptious dinner. As long as
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Christie’s Booty Winner

Sorry for the late announcement of my winner from the 17th but work, writing and Christmas got in  the way. The winner of a copy of One Night Scandal and the other assorted goodies is:   alisha woods   Alisha, please send me your address and I’ll get the book out to you. Send it to christie @ christiekelley . com.   Congratulations!

Happy Boxing Day!

by Anna Sugden A few years ago, I put up a post about what Boxing Day is and included a recipe for my famous (well, in my family *g*) Boxing Day Soup. I’ve been asked by a number people if I could repost the blog, so here is an updated version! Boxing Day? What is it? In the UK and other Commonwealth countries, the day after Christmas (also known as St Stephen’s Day) is a national holiday, called Boxing Day. There are a number of explanations as to how it got its name – but the most popular/well-known is that
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