National Readers Choice and Golden Quill Awards

MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION by Anna Campbell is a finalist in the 2012 Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Readers Choice Award. MIDNIGHT has also just finaled in the 2012 Phoenix Desert Rose RWA Golden Quill Awards.  

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The Spirit Is Indeed Willing — A LIVELY LAUNCH

The entire biblical quote from Matthew 26:41 (King James Version): “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” I’m not particularly religious, but I borrowed the phrase “weak flesh” from these biblical words for the title of my newly released historical thriller WEAK FLESH.  Note that the book is a ROMANTIC historical thriller in which I try to balance the mystery-thriller thread with the romantic thread, but like all romances, WEAK FLESH the promise of a happy ever after for the main characters. I found the concept of the spirit
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Reading Romance

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away (okay, it was the late nineties), I was a dewy young thing, freshly shed of an annoying boyfriend.   This is an interesting time, isn’t it?  The days just after a deeply desired break up?  When nobody’s heart is particularly broken, and you’re both better off without the bad habit you’ve become to each other?  It’s strangely optimistic.  And you’re wise.  You’ve learned so much.  You’re thinking, “No more musicians, & I mean it!”  Or “I’ll never move for a guy again.”  Or “My mother was so right,” not that you’d
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Spring-Cleaning…Suz’s style

I have been in a spring cleaning sort of mood lately. Ugh! I know, can you believe it? It started innocently enough. Stacked on my desk and my filing cabinet were all these…books! Now, before you panic and believe I’d throw those out like yesterday’s trash, fear not. I’ve steadily been reading my way through the pile. Big deal, you say. We’re all readers, aren’t we? We all have these unwieldy stacks of books, that no matter how hard we read, the pile just keeps growing, like the blob, slowly taking over a space, a room or even a house.
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Grace Burrowes and her Dashing Windhams

Susan and I both love Grace Burrowes’ Regency romances and are delighted to have her in the Lair today.  Grace’s debut, The Heir, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the top five romances of 2010.  Since then, Grace has hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.  Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Romance of the Year and been nominated for a 2012 RITA award. Welcome, Grace!  You debuted in a big way–an entire trilogy published in one year!  Tell us a bit about that experience.  Never was a debut author
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Puzzling It Out

In Orson Scott Card’s book on writing fantasy and science fiction, he says something to the effect that inspiration is more likely to come to the writer hunched over the keyboard than the one playing video games in the basement.  I think that’s true more often than not, as the writer glued to the keyboard is more likely to be immersed in the story than the one playing a video game, especially a game that requires strategy, a quest or battle game.  I do find, however, that my subconscious works on story problems when I’m not at the keyboard. I
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Mystery Author Turns to Fatalism… and the World Is a Happier Place

I spent $79 yesterday on ink for my printer. $79! Plus tax! Granted, I got two XL cartridges, but still. And XL or no, I still seem to run out of ink with shocking frequency. The woman at the register rang up the ink, and her eyes widened. “You could buy a new printer for that!” she said. “Not when I’ve got this kind of money invested in this one,” I assured her, even though my printer has never worked the way it should. I bought it with stars in my eyes. It’s an HP all-in-one – printer, copier, scanner
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Bandita Booty from the RT convention

The winner of The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery & Christina Skye (compliments of the 2012 RT Convention) is Jodelle! Jodelle, if you can send me your contact information at  I’ll get that in the mail ASAP. Thanks for joining us on the blog!

Prize Winner from Kate Walker’s Visit!

Sorry this is late, but life got a little crazy in there. So, without further ado, let me get straight to the winner’s name … Congratulations to Mozette! Please end me your snail mail details to and I will forward to Kate.

Relationships, 101?

By KJ Howe  (Jeanne had to post it for me!) Relationship books are all the rage. Everyone wants the 411 on love before they have to call 911 for a do-not-resuscitate relationship that has flatlined. Everyone from Dr. Ruth to Dr. Laura Berman are putting pen to paper in an effort to help those lost in love. These relationship guides fly off the shelves like hotcakes in a world where no one bats an eye at a 50% divorce rate. Romantic relationships are fascinating. First, I’m often puzzled wondering why two people are attracted to each other when they seem
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