In the Eye of the Holiday Storm

If you’ve been anywhere near a television lately, you know the holiday chaos has started in the US with Black Friday sales.  Crowded shopping centers and stressed-out people and distracted drivers will be everywhere this weekend and will persist, in varying degrees, right up through December 24. If you’ve experienced any of this, you may want to take a look at this photo of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and mentally put yourself in it.  Unless, of course, you enjoy the crowds and the hectic pace, in which case, more power to you! My first taste of the holiday chaos came,
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I’m Thankful for…

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  We’ll be surrounded by family, including a spanking new two month old grandson, to stuff our faces with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie.  Yum!  I don’t know why, but we always make enough food to feed a small army.  My daughter says she does that on purpose so she doesn’t have to cook for another week, however, the leftovers never last THAT long.  We send a lot of the food home with our guests so they can have a meal or two. At least, that was the plan in early November.  I was in Orlando in the
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LAUNCH PARTY in the Lair! It’s love Under the Kissing Bough….

Hey everyone!!  Happy (early) Thanksgiving!  You need something to take the pressure off and help you get through Thanksgiving with your family. Really.  You do. Grins. How about 15 FABULOUS, fun, happy tales of love under the Mistletoe?  Mischief, reunions, magick, and happily ever afters abound in these fifteen gems from authors in all genres. Need a historical taste of love under the kissing bough? That would be regency from Barbara Devlin’s Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me;  medieval from Kathryn le Veque’s Upon a Midnight Dream, Catherine Kean’s One Knight’s Kiss, Anna Markland’s Unkissable Knight, and Elizabeth Rose’s Destiny’s Kiss and Meara Platt‘s If You
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Let’s Have Fun (with Caroline Warfield)

Can we talk? I suspect readers hate facing promotion as much as authors hate doing it. Yet some promotion is unavoidable if authors hope to find readers in the sea of books and authors competing for readers’ attention. Readers get buried in “Best book ever,” “Free This Week,” “Great Review,” and dare I mention, “Buy my book!” Authors get it from two directions. As if the social media noise weren’t enough, we also face people who bombard us with advice, tools, classes, and services. It is no fun. No—wait! Fun? That’s an interesting concept. I am no marketing guru, but
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Jon Land & Caitlin Strong Return

My guest today is a familiar face in the Lair, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land.  We’re celebrating the release of his latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong Cold Dead, which I bought, devoured, and loved the week it came out.  Several of the books in this series have been RT Top Picks.  In 2013, after the release of Strong Vengeance, Romantic Times said, “Caitlin Strong is the best female thriller protagonist in the entire genre right now.”–RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)  Jon’s going to talk to us about Caitlin’s life and the experience of writing the series. Welcome, Jon! Who is Caitlin Strong? She’s a Fifth
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Rachel Brimble Talks About Ideas and Inspiration!

I’m delighted to welcome back Lair favourite, fellow Brit and my lovely Supers sister, Rachel Brimble! Rachel is here in the Lair today to celebrate the launch of the sixth book in her wonderful Templeton Cove series — Saved by the Firefighter — which is out this week. Great to have you here, Rachel. Pull up a comfy seat, grab your favourite tipple and Lair hunk and let’s get to it! Talking about inspiration (as if the Lair hunks — that pesky Golden Rooster definitely not included — aren’t enough inspiration!), in case some of our friskier BBs thought I meant something
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Belated November Coming Attractions

Hi, everyone–We’re a little late with this, obviously.  Lots of scrambling going on.  But we have great guests this month as well as bandits blogging.  Even me.  Honestly and truly.  Two months in a row, woo-hoo!  Here’s the lineup: November 4: Lair favourite, Rachel Brimble, returns to party with us and celebrate the launch of the sixth book in her Templeton Cove series, from Harlequin SuperRomance. Join Rachel and Bandita Anna Sugden to talk about Saved by the Firefighter and inspiration. On November 8, Bandita Jeanne will be doing her usual blog post… November 14, Jon Land joins Nancy to
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