THUMP! THUMP! Things that go BUMP! Let’s Hear it for Halloweeeeeen!!

 Scared yet?  Bwahahahahah!!! Happy Hallowwwwweeeeeeen!  Longtime Bandit Buddies know that this is my favorite holiday.  Last weekend – the 26th – I hosted my annual Ad(d)ams Family Halloween Party.  It was raucous as usual.  Here’s the view which greeted my guests….the theme this year was Things That Go Bump in the Night.  Grins.  We figured the Skellys trying to get in the house would probably do a little bumping, as they attempted the windows at night.  Bwahahahah!! It was exciting as always to welcome the crowd, but the real fun is today and tonight.  Halloween is that day of the year when
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I Love the Mountains, I Love the Rolling Hills

Anyone remember that old song, performed as a round? I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills, I love the flowers, I love the daffodils Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom I realized when I was thinking of that camp song that I’ve lived near or around mountains forever.  Now, I’m not a scenery/setting kind of person.  When I travel to other places, I enjoy soaking in the historical and architectural elements of the area more than the wonders of nature. But I think subconsciously I’ve been enjoying mountainous areas all my life.  Although I lived in West Berlin when I
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Hero’s Booty!

The winner of Amy Andrews’ HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO is BECKE TURNER!! Congratulations, Becke! Please email Christina at christinaATchristina-brookeDOTcom to claim your prize.

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I said yes to what now?

So I just volunteered to start a Daisy Scout troop for my 1st grader. I can’t really explain how it happened, either.   One minute I was emailing around, trying to find the right troop for my eager-beaver six year old.   The next minute, I had received my own troop number & a list of interested kids.   Now I can’t legitimately object to this turn of events.  My 10 year old has been scouting for 5 years now, & all I’ve had to do was provide occasional snacks & go on a spectacularly rainy camp out.   But scouting
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Let’s do something interesting…

As many of you know I have a slew of grandkids. They are all out of the potted-plant stage. You know, that stage where you can set them down and they pretty much stay where you put them? And at the moment the youngest has finally gotten out of the I-just-learned-to-walk-and-therefore-can’t-stop-moving-or-I’ll-forget-how-to stage. I think that one’s self-explanatory and occurs from the time they learn to walk and for the next 18 months or so. So now we’re into the keep-me-busy-and-teach-stage–Preschool to middle school. Yep, it’s a long one! This was hammered home to me the other day when the horde arrived
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Lazy Sunday

It’s Sunday & I’m feeling lazy.  Here is what I want to do today:  1)  Sleep in. 2)  Read the entire Sunday newspaper. 3)  Have waffles for lunch in my pajamas. 4)  Nap. 5)  Do the crossword puzzle. 6)  Nap. 7)  Read.  (I’m dying to get going on DR. SLEEP, Stephen King’s sequel to THE SHINING.) 8)  Have cereal for dinner, still in my pajamas. 9)  Watch TV, preferably something trashy & mindless.  SAY YES TO THE DRESS comes to mind.  I love that show. 10)  Go to bed early, in the same pajamas I’ve been wearing all day. My
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Pre-Halloween Quick Five – Zombie Fun!

Anna: (peers out from deep in the writing cave, blinking at the light) It’s me again? Already? What happened to September? What do you mean it’s almost Halloween? *unearthly shriek!* Paolo: (rushes up) Don’t panic, Vrai Anna! I have supplies to help you through this. Paolo holds up a tray laden with green-tinged mojitoa, a pumpkin-shaped bowl filled with a variety of coloured tortilla chips and mini-pumkin bowl brimming with sour-cream dip. Anna: (drains one mojito, snatches tray and starts to retreat into the cave). Thanks, Paolo. See you on the 31st! Paolo: Uhh … hold on. You have to
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Quick Five: Favorite First Lines

I’ve been staring at a blank screen a lot lately. It happens whenever I’m trying to start a new book. That first line is key, and it’s disconcerting to calculate how much time it takes me to get it right. One thing I like to do during this phase of the book is study other authors and their first lines. Some of them make me laugh. Others hit me right in the heart. If nothing else, reading the first lines of other authors’ books stirs up my creative juices, and that can’t hurt. Here are five of my favorites in
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Belated Booty from Cassondra–Joanne Rock

So y’all know what’s happening, I’ve been suffering from some technological difficulties (True, this is not new for me)  and Duchesse Jeanne had to help me get this prize posted.  I’ve tried three times and failed, but it looks like this one will work.  Thank you Jeanne! Amazing author and my guest in September, Joanne Rock, offered two commenters a choice of either My Double Life  or her fist YA release as JK Rock–Camp Boyfriend. The winners are– Deb   and   ChelseaB!!!   Y’all email me at Cassondrawrites@gmail.com, give me your snail mail infor and let me know which
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The Book is In!

Hi all, sorry for the lateness of the blog but I’m coming straight off the back of a deadline for THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE and my entire family including yours truly have been down for the count with the flu. So if this bears a resemblance to the ravings of a lunatic, I hope you’ll forgive me. But I couldn’t help giving you a list of all the things I will do now that I am off deadline (at least until revisions arrive). 1. Spend quality time with family (sadly at the moment this involves emptying buckets and administering medicine)
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