All Hallows, Samhain, and the Joys of Trick or Treat!

Hey everyone!  Its my favorite time of the year again!  WOOHOOO!!!  Love me some HALLOWEEN!  Now, most of you know this about me and have been enduring my Halloween posts for the last 8 years.  Ha!  This year will be no exception.  Everything orange and black for me, ladies!  Its just delicious, you know! Did you know they made Halloween Crispie M&Ms this year?  OMGOSH!  Fabulous. Just one more thing to make me love Fall. My sons and I will carve the last of the pumpkins tomorrow, yay!  The house has been decorated for a few weeks now, which has
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The de Wolfe Pack Invades!!

WELCOME!!  Come one, come all to the Wolfe’s Lair, home of the legendary de Wolfe family.  Men who’ll make your heart beat a little faster, women with grit and determination despite their circumstances, and heat and action galore! This is the world of the de Wolfe men and women, created by Kathryn LeVeque, and expanded upon by fifteen different authors who’ve had a blast playing in Kathryn’s rich, imaginative world. When our frequent Bandit guest Barbara Devlin told me about this intriguing de Wolfe Pack Kindle Worlds project, I was thrilled for her to be going back to writing in the
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How Alternate Do You Like Your History?

My guest today is Gail Z. Martin, author of several fabulous fantasy series and many wonderful short stories.  Her next book will be Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books) as well as the epic fantasy novel Shadow and Flame (March, 2016 Orbit Books) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Shadowed Path, an anthology of Jonmarc Vahanian short stories set in the world of The Summoner, debuts from Solaris books in June, 2016. She also writes a steampunk series, the Jake Desmet Adventures, with
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All’s Well that ends in a prize!

Hi all – Thanks for chatting with me about the endings of books.  The two winners of my Christmas short are: EC Spurlock  and Laurie G Be sure to send me your contact info so I can send the book straight away. 🙂  I hope you like the ending of Scotland Christmas Reunion!    

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Jon Land’s Winner

Thanks to everyone who stopped by when Jon Land chatted with us.  Jon is giving away an autographed copy of his latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong Rain Falling.  And the winner is… Sally Schmidt Congratulations, Sally!  Please send snail mail contact info to Jon: jon land author AT gmail DOT com (no spaces).  Thanks again to everyone who  swung by the Lair that day.

All’s Well that Ends Well

Let’s face it. Every part of a book is important. The beginning is important to hook the reader and draw her into the story. The middle is important to flesh out the characters, and ramp up the conflict. The back end is important for the emotional roller coaster of the climax and the all-important happily-ever-after. The best promotion is a good book.  It’s said that the ending of a book will sell the next. I believe this. I’ve read books and short stories when the ending just…well…ends. And I feel cheated somehow. I want either that perfect sigh that all
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Strong Light of Day with Jon Land

My guest today is a familiar face in the Lair, USA Today Bestselling Author Jon Land.  Today marks the release of Strong Light of Day, the latest installment in his series about Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong.  The book is an RT Top Pick. Welcome, Jon! For readers who may be new to this series, please tell us about Caitlin Strong. She’s a Fifth Generation Texas Ranger with a heroic, gunfighter mentality right out of the Old West. Think female Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s iconic character. Caitlin’s tough as nails and for her life is all about balancing that nature and tradition with
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Homecoming, Pumpkin Flavoring, Football Mums, and Fall!

Hey y’all!  It’s FALL!!!  WOOT!!  The temperatures may not be getting any cooler in DC (other than on the  rainy days), but it’s definitely Fall.  First of all, the kids are back in school. That deserves a reverent pause and a chorus of Hallelujahs.  Grins.  Isn’t that a great Fall road shot? (courtesy of Quanticolive.com) Second, its FOOTBALL SEASON!!  WOOHOOO!!!  Now, as you know, I love sports, especially baseball and football.  While my Atlanta Braves have NOT had a good season, my darling husband’s Chicago Cubs are really doing pretty well, especially for the Cubbies.  Grins.  So my household is
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Coming in October

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s October already and the year is almost over!  It seems like the summer just started, but we’re rolling up on Jeanne’s favorite holiday, Halloween. We have a great month lined up in the Lair.  Here’s what’s coming! Bandita Jeanne will do her usual post on October 8 and will be hosting the annual Halloween Party in the Lair on the 31st. On October 13, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land returns with Strong Light of Day, the seventh and latest Caitlin Strong/Cort Wesley Masters thriller!  In this RT Top Pick, Caitlin faces down a man whose engineered
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