Villainous Bandita Booty

Thanks to everyone who joined in with C.J. Chase and her discussion about villains.  The winner of a copy of her newest release, THE RELUCTANT EARL,  is  Connie Fischer Yay!!!   Connie – if you can slip by my website, Dmacmeans.com, and send me your mailing info.  I would appreciate it. Thanks much!

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These Haunted Hearts: A Regency Ghost Romance

On one fateful wedding day at Marston Hall in 1818, four linked destinies hover in the balance. Josiah Aston, Earl of Stansfield, wakes to discover he’s seventy years dead and he alone can free his beloved wife Isabella’s tormented soul. But first he must convince her to trust him against all the evidence… Lady Isabella Verney, beautiful and tempestuous, married the man of her dreams, only to die violently on her wedding day. Every clue points to Josiah as the murderer… Is true love strong enough to defeat ancient malevolence forever? Miles Hartley, Viscount Kendall, is society’s ideal catch, but
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The Forgotten Meal

Yes, I’m talking about breakfast. We’ve all heard the nutritionist experts tell us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. My grandpa Sherm lived to be 99 years old and he had oatmeal every morning. Some times he also had eggs and sausage gravy over biscuits, but without fail that man ate oatmeal every morning. Me? I’m not so much a fan. I do agree breakfast is important. I feel this the most when I’m at a conference. Since I have worked nights for over 25 years, I find it difficult to be awake in the mornings.
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Inherited from the Past

Last year I watched this incredible PBS special on the North American Dust Bowl and the subsequent tragedies that ensued from that disaster.  If any of you saw it, you know it was quite informative.  I thought I knew a lot about that time period, being a one-time history major and hearing my parents talk about first-hand accounts of their hardships and the Depression of 1929.   But I was fascinated – and horrified – by the tiny details that brought about that entire period of history.  Being a Californian and having read Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath, I knew about
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Steamed!

Mix the Victorian era, steam-based technology, and writerly imagination, and what do you have?  Steampunk!  I’ve been reading a lot of it lately.  I love discovering a new kind of book to read.  It opens up so many possibilities. I first heard of steampunk at Dragon*Con a few years ago.  People were wearing incredibly creative costumes inspired by this subgenre, and it was featured in a couple of publishing house panels. At that point, I hadn’t actually seen any steampunk, so I had to ask this beautifully costumed crew what inspired their outfits.   Not long after that, I found
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The Joy of Hitting “Send”

Deadlines are like mountains. When they’re far away, they look tiny. “No problem,” you think. “I can climb that.” Then you travel a little further down the story road, not paying much attention to Deadline Mountain. It’s there, but it’s part of the scenery. You’re focused on where you are now, caught up in the story in your head. The deadline is something you talk about casually. “Yeah, I’ve got a deadline coming up, but I’m right on track.” However, at some point, before you know what’s happening, you’re in the shadow of the mountain and you can’t ignore it
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Wishing for A Seal’s Surrender

It’s Par-Tay time!!!  I’m so so excited that A SEAL’s Surrender is hitting the shelves.  So in the fine Lair tradition, we’re having a major blowout.   Today’s treats include margaritas (of course) and a cupcake tower.  Cupcakes of every flavor are being passed around by our hunky cabana boys.  Why did we choose cupcakes to celebrate this particular launch, you ask (okay, so maybe you didn’t ask.  But hey, I am happy to fill you in you anyway 😉 ) A SEAL’s Surrender opens with my heroine, Eden, blowing out her birthday candle on a delicious cupcake.  And as
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C. J. Chase and Inspirational Villains

I’m happy to welcome C.J. Chase back into the lair.  C.J. and I first met over the internet when we discovered we both had books with the title “Redeeming the Rogue” coming out the very same day.  Since then we’ve discovered more similarities including Golden Heart credentials.  C.J. writes Inspirational Historicals for Harlequin while I write historicals that are inspirational in a different way (wink, wink).  Her latest, THE RELUCTANT EARL, is out this month.  RT magazine says “This complex tale reveals the difficulties facing those with handicapped loved ones in this time period, and also provides an interesting look
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Shana Galen’s Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who turned yesterday’s blog into such fun and special thanks to Shana Galen who was such a great guest. I’m delighted to announce that the winner of Shana’s WHEN YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY is: LANDRA GRAF! Congratulations, Landra. Can you please email Shana on shana @ shanagalen.com  (no spaces) with your contact details and she’ll get your book out to you! Happy reading!

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Quick Five – Beds and Sleep

I know many Banditas and BBs love their beds. Whether it’s to cozy up with a good book or to sneak an extra nap, we love to find ways to creep back to bed beyond our usual sleeping time. So today I thought it would be fun to do a Quick Five on Beds and Sleeping. I love being in our bed! I think some of it is that I love our bed *g*. I always wanted a sleigh bed with carvings on it. We couldn’t afford an antique bed, but did find a gorgeous one in the Macy’s sale
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