Hot and Heavenly July!

For us in the northern hemisphere July and August represent the dog days of summer where it’s often high temperatures and high humidity, depending on where you live.  If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool, it’s heavenly to cool off by taking a quick dive in the pool, getting in some aerobic exercise, or splashing around with the kiddies or grands.  Don’t forget the sunscreen! This month we have a “cool” lineup of guests for your summertime “refreshment,” so sit back, grab your favorite beverage from one of the cabana boys and see what we have in store
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Sandy Blair guest booty winner!!

WE HAVE A WINNER!! The winner of the autographed copy of THE THIEF by Sandy Blair is………….. ALYN!! CONGRATULATIONS, Alyn! Please contact me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see Sandy get you your prize ASAP!

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Is It Hot Enough Yet?

We call August the “dog days” where I’m from, probably because when a dog’s hot she just lies around and pants heavily, tongue lolling from her mouth.  Dogs do this as part of their cooling system, especially if they have thicker coats.  They’re unable to sweat like humans do, and this is part of the way they cool their bodies down. I couldn’t resist this You Tube capturing the dog panting.  I just want to throw a bucket of water on her, don’t you? www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA9frXxJnqU   So I got to thinking what I do when I’m overheated, which seems to
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Little Cabin in the Woods

One of my dearest friends in the world has a little cabin in the woods.  We’ve spent many happy days there with her & her family, enjoying the lake, the woods, & the company.  Last winter, though a number of fluky circumstances & some plain old bad luck, the heat went out, the pipes burst & the cabin flooded. It wasn’t a total loss, but it required a complete gutting.  The kind of gutting that begs the age-old question: Repair, or rebuild? Now I don’t have a cabin & I probably never will, but I’m totally enchanted by this question.
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Night Shift…no more.

Who’s stayed up late at night reading a book? Come on, raise your hands. You know as avid readers we’ve all done it. Some of us on a more regular basis than others, I bet! 🙂 So, now you’ve been up most, if not all night. You’re exhausted. You’ve got what we call “book hangover”. Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times in a week. Often in a row. Feel tired? Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times a week, 50 out of 52 weeks in a year. Exhuasted? Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times a week, 50 weeks a year for
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My Great, Bad and Ugly Vacation–Sandy Blair

My dearest friend and critique partner, Sandy Blair, is back in the Lair with us today to share with us her latest vacation adventure, a cruise around the Mediterranean! (CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO SEE THEM BIGGER!) She also has a new release coming up of THE THIEF, previously titled A Thief In A Kilt. It’s also her birthday!! We don’t discuss age in the Lair, as you all know, but let’s just say she’s old enough to vote! 🙂 Happy Birthday, Sandy!! Welcome back and take it away! Thanks, Suzy! Hello Banditas and Bandit Buddies. I love visiting here in
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RAGT Booty

Thanks everyoone from celebrating Lori Foster’s RAGT with me.  You may recall we have TWO winners – The collection of Janice Maynard books go to DEB. The two Kay Stockham Christmas books (time to celebrate a bit early 🙂 ) go to JODI Congratualations ladies! Now, if you could, can you go to my website, www.DonnaMacMeans.com and send me your mailing address so I can get these books out to you, pronto! Thanks again all our bandita buddies.  We cherish your participation on a daily basis.   😀

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Mother & Son Week

Whether or not we’re parents, we were all kids at one time or another.  All of us stretched our wings and pulled away from the nest in ever-widening circles.  The boy has been doing that the past few years.  We like his friends, are proud of his choices, and yet…occasionally, the dh and I miss the way it used to be. I got a taste of days gone by last week.  The boy and I went to Washington, DC, so he could apply for a visa to study abroad.  This was the trip with the infamous car trouble, which Jeanne
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Kate Carlisle on Book Tour

Note: At 7:00 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific today (Wednesday, June 25), I’m being interviewed for Shelf Pleasure, a radio show by book lovers, for book lovers. To listen live, go to LATalkRadio.com and click “Listen Live!” in the left-hand column. Archived shows are available to play anytime on the LA Talk Radio show page or for download on iTunes under the podcast section or through Stitcher.   I’m writing this from the road. It’s Saturday, June 21. I did a signing yesterday at Clues Unlimited in Tucson, today at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Phoenix, and now we’re getting ready
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Supper’s Ready!

Tonight I made a meal from my childhood.  When I was a little girl, the evening meal wasn’t dinner. It was supper. When time came to eat that meal, there was just no telling where I’d be.  I might be working somewhere with my dad outside, or I might be playing by myself in the barn loft, or down across the field at the pond, or I might be way at the back of our small farm, in the woods on the hill.  But even at the edges of the farm, if I was paying attention, I could barely hear
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