Bandita Booty

LOUISA CORNELL – Come on down! You’re the winner of the November 23rd blog.  You have your choice of the LAIRD by Grace Burrowes or one of my ebooks.  Let me know your preference by going to www.DonnaMacMeans.com. Thanks everyone for stopping by!  

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Holiday Recipe Share

I always think of my mother, Betty Lewis, at this time of the year because she was such a traditional, old-fashioned cook, and I like using the recipes she handed down to me over the years. One Christmas gift I cherish came from my sister-in-law who copied and framed one of my mom’s recipes in her own handwriting.  It’s a lovely idea and a special gift. The holiday season is creeping up on us all too fast.  I’m not one of those who shops a little all year long, so at the last minute I have tons of crafts and
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Winner for Jo’s “Letting Go” Blog

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!          Congratulations to              Sally Schmidt for sharing her “unbucket list” idea on my “Letting Go” blog! Contact me at jo.lewisrobertson@yahoo.com and I’ll gift you with “The Perfect Gift,” an e-book novella.

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Nan Dixon’s Southern Comforts!

Welcome to the talented & amazing Nan Dixon!  Nan’s been a friend of mine for years–she’s the outgoing president of my local RWA chapter, & has been the driving force behind any number of critique groups over the years.  I am thrilled to announced that her debut novel SOUTHERN COMFORTS is being released in mere days–DAYS!–and I’ve invited her here today to celebrate & tell us a bit about her story!  Welcome, Nan! Thanks for inviting me into the lair, Susan! I’m thrilled that my debut novel, SOUTHERN COMFORTS, releases in two days!  Even though it’s coming out in December,
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Giving Thanks

Yesterday was the official holiday of Thanksgiving in the US. Many people celebrate it with food, family and football, mine included. But the idea of giving thanks daily is one that perhaps we should all embrace. When my son, Eric was a kid, oh, about 6 or 7 years old, he loved to hold the door for people while we waited for a table at a local restaurant. One day we had an interesting conversation. Eric: Mom, there are two kinds of people in the world. Me: Oh? What do you mean? Eric: There’s the kind that when you hold
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Guilty Pleasures

To all our American friends who celebrate it, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I must apologise that this post is not in the spirit of thankfulness. I come from Australia, where we’re not grateful for anything 🙂 No, that’s not true, but I do think it’s a lovely tradition to take a day to think about what you’re grateful for. And the huge yummy feast doesn’t hurt, either! So, for those of us who are not gathering with loved ones over turkey and stuffing, today I’m talking once more about guilty pleasures. Much as I try to live up to my highly sophisticated sobriquet
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Not Just For Kids (Part 1)

All across the US, people are mobilizing.  Some are going to visit family or friends, others are going off on a holiday, and others are preparing for the onslaught of guests.  For some reason, thinking of this reminded me of when various cousins came to visit, or we went to visit them, when I was growing up. Some years back, when I was well into adulthood, I received a wonderful picture book about such visits as a gift.  Thinking of all the people traveling this week reminded me of it, so I checked to see whether it was still in
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October Booty!

I have two prizes to announce today. The first is a copy of Jon Land’s Strong Darkness, and it goes to…   Flchen1 The second is winner’s choice of a signed copy of Sentinel or a signed copy of Warrior.  The winner is… Amy Conley Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who stopped by.  Please send your snail mail contact info to Nancy (at) Nancy Northcott (dot) com.  With no spaces or parens, of course.  Amy, I need to know which book you’d rather have.

Bouchercon Mystery Conference

Earlier this month, I attended Bouchercon – Murder at the Beach, a conference for mystery writers and readers to mingle and plot murder. Of the fictional variety, of course. As far as I know. The conference was especially exciting because the night before it started, I found out that my latest book, A HIGH-END FINISH, had debuted on the New York Times mass market paperback bestsellers list at #9! And my good friend Jenn McKinlay’s book debuted at #8, so we were bestselling besties all weekend. Jenn suggested we get tattoos to commemorate the occasion. As you can see, Edgar
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Letting Go

My daughter called me the other day to inform me she’d finally gotten to the ugly job of cleaning her kitchen cabinets.  That’s one of those tasks you swipe at when you’re doing dishes or cooking, promising yourself you’ll tackle the deep cleaning later. Of course, like most of us, you wait until the job becomes THE NASTY CHORE. While I listened to her complain about the cleaning job, how long it took, and how much elbow grease she invested into it, I took a quick look at my own kitchen cabinets. For maybe a second or two I thought about
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