Alison Stone and Summer Fun

Please help me welcome Alison Stone to the lair. I first met Alison when I attended my first Romance Writers of America chapter meeting in Buffalo, NY and I’m thrilled to have her with us today! Squeezing Every Last Bit of Fun Out of Summer I love summer. I live in Western New York where summer can arrive as late as June and slip away come late September. But for the months in between, we have the most glorious weather. In order to squeeze as much fun out of the warm months as we can, we: 1. Take an adventure.
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Back From Scotland

Hi All!  Did you miss me?  You probably didn’t know I was gone 🙂 , but I left July 18th for a week in Scotland.  The good news is that I took lots of photographs.  The bad news is that when I tried to transfer them from the camera to the computer, the program automatically deleted the images from my camera (I didn’t click anything to do that) AND transferred the photos into a non-existent program.  Sigh.     Technology is great when it works…not so good when it doesn’t.  So I’m working to recover some photos into this computer
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All Good Things…

You know how that one goes, right?  All good things must….come to an end.  What goes up must come down. RWA 2012 Anaheim has come to an end.   I’m flying home as you read this–exhausted, worn out & happy.  I’m probably snoring on the guy beside me or reading one of the new-to-me authors I picked up at the conference.  It’s possible I’m happily scribbling away on a fresh inspiration I took away from a workshop, or texting my new besties.  Because it’s not a conference unless I’ve found myself a new bestie. Not that she’d ever replace my
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The Night The Lights Went Out…

Power! Electricity!! Storms!!! Recently I’ve had the pleasure or not of having no power for at least 24 hours…TWICE! What a reality check that was. Amazing how I’ve come to depend on electricity for so much in my daily routine. First and foremost… AIR CONDITIONING!! Which given that I live in Texas, is very, very, very important to my ability to sleep! Given I sleep during the day for work at night…this is a necessity, not a frivolous item. My dh, the smart alec, said “Didn’t you use to sleep at night with no air conditioning? Just open windows?” Duh,
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Get Ready to Laugh: Lindsey Brookes on Hick Lit

Yeah, you read that title right — hick lit. Lindsey Brookes’ new book, Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore, debuted earlier this month, and if you’re looking for a hilarious read then you’re in luck. I’m happy to host my faboo friend Lindsey today. Give her a big ol’ Bandit Lair howdy! Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore — now that’s a title that has to have a story behind it. Do tell. Lindsey: Jimmie Joe comes from a long line of ‘hound dogs’.  His granddaddy, his daddy, and now Jimmie Joe.  It’s ‘g-netic’.  Or so he thinks.  But one sexy, sassy female named
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Bandita Booty

DORA, you’ve won a signed copy of PERIL IN PAPERBACK! Please email your mailing address to me at kate AT katecarlisle DOT com to claim your prize.

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Other People’s Lives

I’ve never been much for celebrity gossip.  I used to read People if there was a profile of someone who interested me (I had a major serious crush on Mark Hamill but at least was old enough to know it for what it was).  I haven’t done that in years, though, likely because I don’t feel as though I have time for it.  For a year or so, I regularly watched Dr. Phil, but that grew old.  I’m mostly too busy trying to make sense of my own life to worry about those of strangers,  famous or not. Last year,
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What’s on Your Ultimate Dream House Wish List?

I had so much fun writing my next Bibliophile Mystery, PERIL IN PAPERBACK, which will be out on August 7. In it, Brooklyn is visiting the remote Tahoe mountain mansion of her neighbor’s eccentric Aunt Grace, a self-made billionaire with a vivid imagination. A billionaire. A millionaire a thousand times over. (Did I do that math right?) It’s hard to wrap my mind around that number, a billion. But basically, having more than a billion dollars in your bank account means that you have money to indulge every whim – and to do it in style. And Aunt Grace is
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Labour of Love

As writers we are always told to kill our darlings, which means if there’s a passage of prose that we particularly love, we must strike it from the story–it’s likely to be there as an indulgence rather than to serve the story. When I wrote A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER, I wrote a scene that probably ranks among the most sentimentally romantic I’ve ever written.  This scene combined my love of china with my love of epic once-in-a-lifetime romance. At her request, the Duke of Ashburn has taken Cecily to see his china collection. In the Regency era, most noble houses contain
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Left Behind in the Lair

“It’s too quiet around here.”  Demetrius snagged a beer from the Lair refrigerator. Sven looked up from piping cheese straws onto a cookie sheet.  “That’s because several banditas are in Anaheim for RWA  and many of the rest wish they were.” “I didn’t realize conference time had arrived.”   Demetrius eyed the cheese straws with new interest.  “Those for us to munch on, then?  Are they sharp cheddar?” “No and yes.   I’m taking advantage of the quiet to prep snacks for when the conference-goers return.  They’ll come back inspired, hole up in their caves, and want munchies.”  Sven popped
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