The older I get (lets not talk about that) and the crazier life gets (holy cow, lets definitely not talk about that) the more I appreciate how lucky I am to have a fabulous circle of friends. The Romance Bandits is the perfect example of how special friends can be. Most people who read the blog know our history, we all came together as Golden Heart finalists, so that and a love for writing were pretty much our common bonds. Within the group there were already tight friendships. Beth and Anna and I have been tight friends since 2004, for instance. These are my girls. The ones I turn to to celebrate my writing joys, to commiserate the woes. But also the ones I worry about my kids with, freak out over life changes and insane parents and chat hairstyles with. We talk food and crafts and how to lose those last darned ten pounds. We exercise together, we cry together, we write together. All of the Romance Bandits have these bonds that intersect and tie us together, that make us stronger. John Donne said “No Man is an Island…” I’m so on board with that, and truly grateful for awesome friends. Hang on -gotta pause and sniffle for a second.
Okay.. got it together again
One of the fabulous things, IMO, about having friends who do what you do (in this case, write fab romances) is that you can do so much together. Like right now, a handful of the Romance Bandits, along with Liz Bemis who designed this fab-o site and a number of the Bandits sites, are doing a fun group promotion. The prizes are awesome (e-reader, charm bracelet, tons of books, crystal-topped wand, banner design, oh so much) Have you checked it out? If you’re on Facebook, all you have to do is Like all of our pages (as if you didn’t already *beg*) and fill out the form. Easy peasy, right? Since we’re doing the friend thing for this contest, The fabulous Donna MacMeans shared this about doing promotions with friends:
I love promoting in a group which is just one reason I love Romance Bandits. Seriously, I feel odd promoting myself. Somewhere in the back of my brain I have this feeling that this is something good girls don’t do. But I have no problem whatsoever with promoting my fellow banditas. It helps that they are all such excellent writers (grin).
So tell me – Do you have a special group of friends who have your back? A fun group you play with? Or a BFF who you have a deep, wonderful bond with?
Congratulations to KESTREL! You’re the winner of a signed copy of WILD TEXAS ROSE by Jodi Thomas!! Send me your snail mail information to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see that Jodi gets that book to you ASAP!
When I was a kid, I loved September – going back to school and buying new supplies. There was something magical about brand-new unsharpened pencils, three-ring binders and filler paper. There were no electric pencil sharpeners and I enjoyed sharpening them by hand, watching the fresh shavings drop to the floor. And crayons – why does a freshly opened box of crayons have such a terrific scent? Later, as a teacher, I enjoyed putting up new bulletin boards with funky lettering and making my classroom appealing with classic Beatles posters in spite of age-old linoleum (or often worn carpeting) and peeling walls. Read More…
The first year I lived in Minnesota, I discovered a truly wonderful thing. The State Fair. I know I’ve posted about my abiding love of all things deep-fried & on-a-stick many times before, so I won’t bore you with the laundry list of everything I ate this year. Though I really ought to give a quick shout-out to the fried green beans with garlic dip that came with a side-dish of bag piper. (Seriously.) And the chocolate cannoli that rocked our world. And the sweet-corn-and-bacon pizza that was so good I swear I heard angels singing. But I’m Read More…
I stumbled upon Jodi Thomas in the grocery one day. Okay, not the actual person, Jodi Thomas, but one of her historical western romances. With three school age children in tow, my reading material was often bought on runs to pick up toilet paper and milk. So I took BENEATH THE TEXAS SKY home and read it that night. I’ve been in love with Jodi’s writing and characters ever since. I recently went home to visit my mother and what book was she just finishing? Jodi’s latest WILD TEXAS ROSE, which she’d bought at the grocery! A number Read More…
So, I’m a little behind this summer, but I haven’t forgotten that I promised some bags of swag and a few books from the RWA conference this year. So here are the winners from the blog, The Night The Lights Went Out! #1 MELODY MAY!! #2 DEB!! CONGRATULATIONS, MELODY AND DEB!!! Ladies, please send me your snailmail addy to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll get your bag of goodies to you ASAP! (Also, tell me what subgenre of books you like to read.)
The winner of a copy of Mia Downing’s Spy Games: Trained for Seduction is Nona Raines! Congratulations. Please contact me via the Mailroom pull-down menu above with your mailing address and e-mail address.
Disclaimer: Our guests run the gamut from personal friends, to interesting authors who've asked to appear, to authors whose books we love. We have not always read our guests' books before hosting them here. Some of them provide us with free books though most do not. We do receive a commission from Amazon for every book purchased through links on our site. For purposes of making purchasing decisions, visitors should assume the bandit sponsoring the guest has a personal connection of some kind to her guest and may have received a free copy of the guest's book.