On Being Fifteen

As Mr. Rogers would say, here are the people in my neighborhood: As many of you know, I reared seven children, five of whom in one year were teenagers, aged 19, 18, 17, 15, and 14; one a pre-teen, 12 1/2 ,and one in elementary school, 9.  Yes!  Crazy, and that was hectic enough, but now all those teenagers are producing teens of their own. This is the year of the fifteen-year-old in Robertson-land.  Mason is 19 and a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, Preston at 17 is a sophomore in high school and Sydney, 13, is in middle school.
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It’s Good For You

Happy Monday, Bandita Buddies! So it was a very busy weekend Chez Sey. Our girls had dance competitions both days, so Saturday & Sunday morning were both up-by-5:30, hair-and-makeup, who’s-got-the-dance-bags, where-the-heck-is-your-costume kind of deals.  Come Sunday afternoon, all I wanted was to lie on the floor, read the Sunday paper & eat popcorn. I mowed the lawn instead. I didn’t want to mow the lawn, mind you.  In fact, I felt very sorry for myself about it.  But I knew the week ahead didn’t have any lawn mowing time built in, & the situation in the front yard was getting embarrassing. So I
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Julie Benson returns with a Cowboy In The Making.

Hey everyone! Today in the Lair we’re welcoming back author Julie Benson. As you know Julie writes contemporary western romances for Harlequin American. Today she’s going to tell us about her newest book, COWBOY IN THE MAKING. Suz: Glad to have you back in the Lair, Julie! COWBOY IN THE MAKING is your fifth book set in the Colorado town of Estes Park. What made you choose that area of the American West to set your stories in? Julie: I went to a wedding in Estes Park, Colorado and few years ago and fell in love with the area. While
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A Coke and a Smile….

Do you remember that slogan?  Coca-Cola drags it out now and again in an ad campaign here and there, just to remind us that they have it.  Of course, they have so many clever ad slogans at Coke that they’re beating pretty much everyone at the soft-drink-selling game. They happen to be my favorite – in Diet Coke form – so I’m a bit partial.  And yes, I CAN tell the difference between Coke, Pepsi and a store-bought-cola brand. Now I have friends who sweat by Pepsi.  Won’t drink a Coke unless forced.  I feel that way about my Coke
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Winner – Daryl Wood Gerber’s Cookbook Nook Mysteries

Congratulations to Kathleen J. Kaminski, winner of the first two Cookbook Nook Mysteries from Daryl Wood Gerber! Kathleen, please send your mailing address to me at kate@katecarlisle.com. I’ll forward it to Daryl so she can get your prize in the mail!

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The Last of His Kind

I’ve always been fascinated by the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman who came to what were then colonies in rebellion in 1777.  He was just 20 years old and had defied his king’s wishes in coming. Lafayette was not the only European nobleman to take an interest in the American rebellion. So many had come to offer their help that the Continental Congress initially turned down Lafayette’s offer, having wearied of ambitious foreigners looking for glory.  The young marquis persisted, though, and was eventually made a major general.  He became one of George Washington’s closest confidantes. He was not
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Daryl Wood Gerber, Author of Stirring the Plot (plus giveaway)

I am so happy to welcome my friend Daryl Wood Gerber back to the Lair! Daryl, who also writes as Avery Aames, is the author of the deliciously dastardly Cookbook Nook Mysteries. STIRRING THE PLOT, Book 3 in the series, is coming out next week, and Daryl’s here to answer a few fun questions about it… and she’s giving Books 1 and 2 to one lucky commenter today! Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party
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Home Sweet Hotel

The day I turned sixteen, I got my driver’s license in the morning. That afternoon I loaded my suitcase and my guitar into my mom’s car and I drove almost all the way across the state to play music at an event up near the Ohio River. I drove home after the event, and that drive is the subject of another blog post–one about big strapping angels pulling a little girl’s car out of a ditch in the middle of the night (someday maybe I’ll tell that story)-—but bottom line?…I should have stayed in a hotel that night, because I
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The New Fall Season is Here!

The Autumn equinox occurred in the United States last night at 10:29 pm.  Did you absorb the moment?  Dance naked and howl at the moon?  Well…neither did I 🙂 .  But I did settle in last night after a very trying tension filled day to soak in the autumnal equinox of televised America.  That’s right, I’m talking the new fall television series lineup. Monday I’m a huge Big Bang Theory fan (Monday, 8:00 pm on CBS), but I passed on the new series last night to watch Gotham (8:00 pm on FOX).  I’ve been waiting for this one.  It promises
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Book Launch Booty!

 Thanks to everyone for swinging by to celebrate my (sort of) double book launch! I’m happy to announce the winners are two of my favorite Bandita Buddies:   AMY CONLEY and LOUISA CORNELL!!  Amy and Louisa, please drop me a line to carencrane AT gmail DOT com and let me know whether you want a copy of BABY STEPS or TIARA WARS  and what ebook format you prefer.  Congratulations and thanks again for being such awesome wonder-Buddies!

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