That Infamous Deserted Island

Let’s play a game, shall we. I’m going to pretend everyone shouted “Yes!” just now, and didn’t groan.   You’re stranded on a deserted island for a month.  We’ll call it a vacation, since there are no chores, no phones, no electronics, no responsibilities.  It sounds kinda cool, huh?   The basics are provided (water, fruit, veggies and your protein of choice, shelter, sunscreen and all the sarongs you want to wear) You only get to bring five things, one from each of the following categories: A form of caffeine (remember, chocolate is caffeine) A single author’s books (but you
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Oh, the Places You’d Go!

I got a card from Southwest Airlines the other day offering me a two-person free round-trip ride to any place in the continental United States. Interestingly enough, I’d just gotten back from New York, so I wasn’t eager to fly again, but I did start thinking – nods to Dr. Suess – of the places I’d like to go if I had free airfare.  Only I certainly wouldn’t limit myself to the States, too many wonderful places abroad I haven’t visited yet. In no particular order, my top five places to visit would be 1.   Paris – I’m a child
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Not quite what I intended….

Top Five Things That Happen When You Get Your Hair Cut Shorter Than You Intended: 1)  The very short hairs around your ears now stick straight out around the arms of your glasses. 2)  Your youngest child cries because you look like a boy. 3)  Your husband says kind things about how it wasn’t what he thought you were getting but “it actually looks pretty good on you.” 4)  You can’t stop feeling the back of your poor, shorn head. 5)  You resolve to wear your contacts to your next haircut so you can keep an eye on the proceedings.
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A Visit with the Fabulous SOPHIA NASH!

Bandits and buddies, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming back my dear friend, SOPHIA NASH! Sophia’s been a guest on the blog several times, but it’s been a while. Sophia, for those new to the Bandits who might not know you, tell us a little about your journey to writing award-winning Regency-set historicals. Sophia: A bit of a sad story really. My father was dying of cancer and when I suggested that he write a book as it was a dream of his, he replied, “No. Life is short and YOU want to write a book. So, write it
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Alison Stuart Reflects on Old Friends

I’m delighted to welcome back to the lair my friend, Aussie historical romance writer Alison Stuart. Alison’s here to tell us about her latest release, the Regency mystery-romance LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR. Here’s the blurb:  Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage? From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no
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Mardi Gras Booty

Thanks for joining me on Friday to chat about the fabulous New Orleans.  Next year we all meet in Dallas for Caren’s birthday – right? Meanwhile the winner of Julie Ann Walker’s Hell for Leather and some Mardi Gras beads is….   HELEN!!! Woohoo!  I probably have you snail address somewhere Helen, but it would make my life much easier if you could send it to me via www.DonnaMacMeans.com.  Thanks Much And thanks to you all!  

The 2014 Summer Reading List

Did you participate in a summer reading program as a kid?  I did.  Our local library passed out green, lined cards.  We wrote down the books we read and turned full cards in for new ones.  Whoever read the most books got a certificate.  I never did, believe it or not.  There were people who read even more, and faster, than I did. As summer approaches, I always remember those reading cards and think of what I’ll read in my spare time when the hot weather forces me in doors.  I can tell that time is coming.  This Memorial Day
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Keeping the Romance Alive

If you read the Bibliophile Mysteries, you know that Brooklyn has a boyfriend. She didn’t always. In book 1, HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER, the man in question suspected her of murder, which put something of a damper on any sparkage they might have been feeling. But once Derek Stone got to know Brooklyn, he knew she could never commit murder. For one thing, she faints at the sight of blood. For another, he quickly discovers that she’s a seeker of justice as ferocious as he is, though he does it in a professional capacity while she’s an amateur sleuth. The moment
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My Love Affair With Time Travel

My name is Caren and I’m a time-travel addict. I heard the murmurs of, “Hi, Caren!” coming from you guys, so don’t be shy if you’re an addict, too. I’ve been reflecting on my love affair with time travel romances lately for a couple of reasons. Really good reasons. Even hunky reasons! In case you’ve been living under a large and marketing-impervious rock, you’ve probably heard that Diana Gabaldon’s fabulous Outlander is finally coming to the screen! Of course, it’s the small screen and it’s only on the Starz network, but still. It’s coming to our homes! I fell in
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