A Holiday Anthology For Everyone!

I’m excited to host some old Romance Bandits friends here in the Lair. Some of you may recall a previous visit from the gorgeous Regan Black. Well, Regan is back with a great anthology she’s put together with three other fabulous writers! Joining Regan is my long-time friend Kimberly Hope, plus new friends V.R. Marks and Jay Keelan.

Guys, we adore anthologies here in the Lair and we also adore holiday stories. So a collection of holiday novellas is sure to delight Banditas and Buddies alike. What can you tell us about this promising collection?

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Thanks, Caren, for having us here today.  Our holiday anthology, A Season for Romance, started as a bright idea over the phone one day when we were steadfastly avoiding work and a thousand miles separated us all. “Oooh. We should write a holiday anthology of short stories. We have plenty of time!” Things went downhill from there, kind of like this:

 

Kimberly Hope: I’m writing a Christmas story.

 

Jay Keelan: I’m writing a Christmas story, too.

 

Regan Black: {blushing} My story’s YA.

 

VR Marks: Mine’s a Thanksgiving story. Don’t give me any grief. You know we men are all about the food.

 

Kimberly: I’m writing a contemporary reunion story.

 

Jay: I’m writing a contemporary reunion story, too.

 

Regan: Mine’s a contemporary story. With a paranormal angle.

 

VR: No reunion. Sorry. But it is contemporary.

 

Are you sensing a pattern here? This is what happens when you throw four independent authors into one mix. Contemporary. Paranormal. Suspense. Multiple holidays. Yeah, our cover artist loves us. But there’s something in A Season for Romance for everyone.

 

All of the stories are set in small town North or South Carolina. Except Snow Covered Resolutions by Regan Black. That’s set in the Midwest.

 

So as release time closed in, we searched for any common ground beyond ‘contemporary’ and started shooting random interview questions back and forth via email. Here are the highlights:

 

Which Disney character would you be?

Kimberly: Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (unless someone knows where to find the Hunstman from Once Upon a Time… then I’ll be whoever he wants me to be).  :-)

 

Jay: Rapunzel, because I have a frying pan and I’m not afraid to use it.

 

Regan:  Mulan because she can kick butt like my daring, adventurous heroines.

 

VR: The Genie from Aladdin. (short answer wins!)

 

What kind of pets “help” you write?

 

Kimberly: My Doberman keeps me at the keyboard, sometimes she even lets me type.

 

Jay: Like Kimberly, my dog keeps my toes warm after she steals my slippers.

 

Regan: Our two greyhounds usually let me write while they’re napping.

 

VR: Two cats. {crickets chirp in the silence} But they’re manly, Maine Coon cats.

 

“Common ground” might be a pipe dream in this anthology. Clearly, we’re all a little whacked. But the one thing that ties all our short stories together is that they’re all about discovering what matters most about heart and home.

 

So, it’s the holiday season. While you’re playing ’12 Days of Christmas’ on your iPod, we’re playing Sesame Street’s ‘Which One of These Things Is Not Like the Others?’ As illustrated here:

 

Kimberly: In my first sassy contemporary romance, The Heiress and Her Fake Fiancé, Jessica’s Grandma Violet is the town matchmaker. In my Meddling with Mistletoe in the anthology, we see Violet’s first matchmaking attempt, involving Jessica’s parents and a wine cellar.

 Jay: In Finding the Focus, when Ethan Myers, an award-winning photographer who is short on inspiration, leaves his studio for the road, he never predicted he’d run into the one woman he had never forgotten.

 

VR: We meet Sheriff Cochran in my romantic suspense novel, The Thief, but we don’t learn exactly how he feels about Ruth Williams, the owner of the local diner, until her annual Thanksgiving feast in The Sheriff’s Proposal in the anthology.

Regan: In Snow-Covered Resolutions, it’s New Year’s Eve and all the Pixie Chicks from my previous YA novels have someone special to kiss at midnight – except Austin. In this season of resolutions will she stick to hers, or will the snow-covered magic of Hobbitville sweep her up in a whole new adventure?

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In addition to the short stories, Kimberly Hope and VR Marks have both added the first chapters of the first books in these series to the anthology. And in the spirit of the season, we’re giving away one copy of the anthology and one of each full-length novel: A Season for Romance, Kimberly Hope’s The Heiress and Her Fake Fiancé, and VR Marks’s The Thief.

To enter, all you have to do is post a comment telling us which Disney character you’d be and why! Okay, Banditas and Buddies, which one will it be? I’m off to do some animated movie watching…I mean, research…

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Be sure to come back to the Lair on December 13 when we kick off the annual 12 BANDITA DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Prizes and recipes every day!! Roosters. Books. Starbucks goodies. Books. Dragons. Books. Cookies. Books. Godiva. You know you want the cookies, for sure, so come home to the Lair for the Holidays! Who knows, you might win something, and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun!! (Did we mention there might be books?)

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105 thoughts on “A Holiday Anthology For Everyone!

  1. 1
    Barb says:

    is he coming back downunder lol

    • 1.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Barb, congrats on recapturing he GR for the Southern Hemisphere! Jane may have spoiled him a bit yesterday. That and the cool weather. Hope you both have fun in the heat!

    • 1.2
      Cassondra says:

      Barb, I think the rooster likes it Down Under. I think he crosses his wingfeathers and hopes he gets to go where there’s timtams.

  2. 2
    Barb says:

    What a good blog… welcome ladies…. I love holiday stories

    I would like to be Peter Pan as he never ages lol

    • 2.1
      Regan Black says:

      You know, Barb, that’s a very good point. And I wouldn’t mind the flying bit either during this holiday shopping traffic. ;)

    • 2.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Barb, don’t you love a holiday anthology? I would love to be Peter Pan if I could pick the age I would remain. Say, 36? ;)

    • 2.3
      Kimberly Hope says:

      As long as I don’t have to relive middle/high school, Peter Pan would be cool. And I’m with Regan, flying this time of year would be excellent, as I could skip the madness of the airports in a few weeks!

  3. 3
    Mary Preston says:

    I don’t know that I would want to be a Disney character. It seems like they have to go through a great many trials & tribulations to reach their HEA.

    Road blocks like wicked witches & queens with their ill intent & evil spells, not to forget a plethora of troglodyte side kicks.

    I did buy my daughter a copy of TANGLED for Christmas – secret. It’s our new favourite.

    • 3.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Mary, you know we can’t have an HEA without trials & tribs! :) They do seem to put those Disney characters through the wringer, though. Even the secondary ones!

      I don’t have anything like small kids anymore, but my youngest (18) and I adored Tangled. Such a fun story!

    • 3.2
      V.R. Marks says:

      Hi, Mary. Obviously Tangled is a favorite of Jay’s (and her frying pan) and the hero in that one sure has a tough time – made me feel sorry for him even though I knew it was animation. ;)

  4. 4
    Helen says:

    Hi All

    This books sounds good I so love holiday stories as well. I would probably be Cinderella I love this story of rags to riches with a Prince Charming

    Have fun
    Helen

    • 4.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Helen, I know you are as stocked-up on holiday reads as I am, but this one is a great addition, I promise! :)

      I think being Cinderella would be lots of fun after he finds her. But if I had been poor Cinderella, slaving away for her stepmother and sisters, I’m afraid someone would have been poisoned or found mice in their beds and birds in their hair!

      • 4.1.1
        Regan Black says:

        With you on the after part of the Cinderella story, Caren. Of course my family and friends know a wicked stepmother wouldn’t rely on me to keep anything clean for long. ;)

      • 4.1.2
        Kimberly Hope says:

        I would never have survived the “before” Cinderella. My wicked step-mother would have kicked me out long ago. Disclaimer: I have a step-mother and she’s fantastic. So if she stops by, I’m referring only to the wicked SM in the movie, not my real one.

        But I love rags to riches stories too. Hoping to write one this year… if the characters will cooperate. Mine tend to be headstrong. Don’t know where they get it from!

  5. 5
    Mozette says:

    Well… I must say Cinderella as well… as I live in poverty, do my best to get by and dream about my Prince Charming to show up and slip on that magic slipper so he and sweep me away to his beautiful, magical castle so we can live happily ever after! :D

    And yeah… I know, it’s all a fairytale, but it’s a good one! :P

  6. 6
    Caren Crane says:

    Mozette in the house! Star of our December newsletter, everyone! (If you don’t get the newsletter, you missed it. Sign up today!)

    Mozette, please see my above comment on how poorly I would react to being poor Cinderella. I’m afraid I would have taken all the food in the house, bundled it in a sleeping roll, and headed out on the open road. More like Snow White in the TV show Once Upon a Time. I am always poorly behaved, so I wouldn’t last a day as Cinderella!

    Still, a Prince Charming would be a lovely thing to have. ;)

    • 6.1
      V.R. Marks says:

      Hmm, Caren. I think I’ve heard my wife mutter the same thing from time to time… ;)

    • 6.2
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Mozette, Apparently I’m not up on Charming’s GPS system yet, but I’d love to be.

      Does anyone else have “I’m holding Out for a Hero” playing in their mental soundtrack right now?

    • 6.3
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Caren, I LOL about the whole Prince chrming thing. I sometimes think of him more like the poor duffle-headed prince in Enchanted, or the somewhat hapless fellow in Mirror-Mirror. Which, by the way, was very funny. :>

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    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I would be Tinkerbell, gotta love some magic at Christmas…or any other time too.

    Once upon a time anthologies was how I found new to me authors, now I have the Banditas to do that for me…… :-) but I still like anthologies.

    • 7.1
      Regan Black says:

      Tink rocks!
      I used to do the same thing with anthologies, Dianna! It was always interesting who publishers put together and I discovered some of my favorite authors that way. (still do)
      Now that I’m on the writing end, I have to say I love the blogs because of the direct connection with readers.

    • 7.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Dianna, my fanorite thing about Tinkerbell is her feistiness. She is no simpering fairy godmother type, for sure! She is jealous of Wendy and everyone knows about it. It was always a little sad to be that despite her fairy dust and magic, she couldn’t arrange things to make herself happy. Awww!

      I love anthologies for finding new authors, too. I recently bought a HUGE e-book collection of short stories by crime and thriller writers. It was a super-bargain price (like $1.99) and contained work from tons of authors I have never read. Total win-win for me, especially if I find great new writers!

  8. 8
    Deb Marlowe says:

    Congratulations all, on the anthology! I love them, but my mom is seriously addicted. She puts me to shame!

    I want to be a kick-butt Disney character, so I’m going with Mulan, like Regan!

    • 8.1
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Deb, I can totally see you as Mulan.

      I must say, I love the newer Disney women, who talk back and fight for what they want. They’re strong role models for our kids.

      Of course, if Snow White wants to stop by and do some house cleaning here, she’s more than welcome!

    • 8.2
      Regan Black says:

      Hi Deb! Think of the trouble – I mean FUN – we could have a dual Mulans!

    • 8.3
      Caren Crane says:

      Deb, I’m with you on anthologies. I didnt realize your mom loved them so. It’s a great way to find new authors to follow, though!

      I like you and Regan as dual Mulans. Much ass would be kicked! This whole post is seriously making me want to have a Disney day. And I have NO children at home, either! :)

      • 8.3.1
        Jeanne Adams says:

        Dual Mulans…now there’s a visual! Of course Mulan’s prince is one of the smarter, fiestier guys in Disney themed work. I like him best among the princes.

        That said I love Aladdin and Flynn Rider from Tangled are outstanding characters. :>

  9. 9
    Connie Fischer says:

    I think I would be The Fairy Godmother because I find myself always trying to do what I can to help my family and friends get something they want. I love to see people happy!

    • 9.1
      Regan Black says:

      What a lovely thought, Connie! :)

    • 9.2
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Connie, that is so sweet. Makes me feel bad for saying I wanted to be Malifisant. But that whole dragon thing is REALLY cool.

      But I bet you’d be an awesome fairy godmother.

    • 9.3
      Caren Crane says:

      Connie, I hadn’t thought of that, but that is a great one! I’d especially love her powers around the holidays, when I could gift those I love with their hearts’ desires. What a happy prospect!

  10. 10

    Is this really a question??? Belle of course! Think of the library she gets with him!

    • 10.1
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Christie,

      Belle was actually my first thought before I remembered the dragon. But if I’m reading, I’m not writing.

    • 10.2
      V.R. Marks says:

      Sounds like if the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, around here the way to a woman’s heart is the book.
      Works for me. ;)

      • 10.2.1
        Cassondra says:

        V.R, you would be correct about that. Although cooking for us doesn’t hurt. That’s Sven’s job security. Plus he keeps things running around here.

    • 10.3
      Caren Crane says:

      Christie, Belle was my choice, too! First, she had all those magical dishes and things, which later turned back into servants – who wouldn’t love that? Then there was the amazing library – a sure-fire ringer for an avid reader like Belle (or me). Then, I loved Belle because she wasn’t tempted, even for a moment, by Gaston and all his macho manliness. She also wasn’t intimidated by the Beast and she was loyal and loving to her father. Belle is the total package!

  11. 11

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  12. 12
    V.R. Marks says:

    The cats have suddenly gone on a tear this morning. I blame the irresistible lure of the Christmas tree.
    But now I’m trying to think which supporting and exceptionally ornery Disney characters they might be…

    • 12.1
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Duh. They’re the Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp!

      All this talk of Disney has me ready to pull out Tangled while I wrap presents.

      • 12.1.1
        V.R. Marks says:

        I think that only works for elegant, snooty cats. Mine are more like remote controlled Tonka trucks with fur.
        Maybe the raccoon twins from Peter Pan, since Barb and Dianna mentioned that movie.

    • 12.2
      Caren Crane says:

      I thought of the Siamese cats, too. Then again, maybe they are more like Meeko (the racoon) and Flit (the hummingbird) from Pocahontas. Meeko got into everything and Flit got into his share of trouble, as well. Or maybe, instead of Flit, Percy the bulldog! He was none too bright, that one, and got his nose bent out of shape constantly. Now I want to watch Pocahontas!

  13. 13
    Kimberly Hope says:

    VR just reminded me that I promised to share my Hot Buttered Rum recipe today. Here it is:

    2 oz rum (I used spiced rum, but white works too)
    3 tsp brown sugar
    1/2 tsp allspice
    1/2 tsp ground cloves
    1 Tbl butter
    water

    Microwave a mug of water, leaving enough room for the rum. I have to heat it longer than usual because it cools when you add the rum.

    Add the brown sugar and still until dissolved.

    Add the spices and rum.

    Add the butter and still until melted.
    Enjoy!

    Be warned: the addition of the sugar to the rum packs a punch.

    • 13.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Yummy! I wonder if it would be as good with Splenda brown sugar? I imagine it would be! Then again, don’t like rum. But still, it sounds so spicy and tempting!

  14. 14
    Louisa says:

    LOVE Christmas anthologies ! They keep me from going postal at work! (I work at Walmart. During the holidays. Any questions?)

    I’d like to be the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella. I’d love to be able to make people’s dreams come true. I’d definitely whip up a handsome, dashing, RICH prince for you, Mozette !!

    • 14.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Louisa, you are a saint to endure the bakery at WalMart during the holidays. A saint!! If holiday anthologies help, all the better. They are such a delightful escape from whatever stresses the holidays create. Which is sad, because holidays should not be stressful, but we sort of create a lot of expectations about how things should be, you know?

      You would be a most delightful Fairy Godmother. Like Connie, I can totally see you making others’ wishes come true. I wish I could do the same for both of you and for darling Mozette! :)

    • 14.2
      Regan Black says:

      Louisa, you deserve a medal! And all the happy holiday anthologies you can read.
      And I can’t think of a woman who’d turn down a little fairy godmother magic when it’s time for holiday parties.
      Just imagine the looks of envy when you arrived in a sparkling pumpkin coach.

      • 14.2.1
        Louisa says:

        Thanks, Regan! And I have to admit the pumpkin coach is one of the main reasons I want to be a Fairy Godmother!! :)

        And a helpful hint for all of you Walmart Bakery Customers. That cute little gingerbread house kit? Toss the icing they provide to stick it together. You will have a stroke and / or heart attack before you get that puppy together with the icing they provide! We used our regular cake icing and LOTS of it. Get a can of really thick icing – use what you need to stick the little house together and eat the rest. Trust me. You’ll need it!

    • 14.3
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Louisa, you deserve all the books you can read. Having worked retail over the holidays, I try to have patience, but oy!

      I love the number of Fairy Godmothers we have here today.

    • 14.4
      Cassondra says:

      Louisa, I can totally see you as the fairy godmother. Totally. You’ve already got enough animals to turn into the team of horses and staff for the carriage.

      Come be my fair godmother will you? I’ve always wanted that pumpkin carriage.

  15. 15
    catslady says:

    Well Cinderella is an obvious pick and Belle’s library is pretty tempting but I’m going to go with something diferent – Simba lol.

    • 15.1
      V.R. Marks says:

      An excellent choice! Now the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” song is playing in my head. :)

    • 15.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Well, Catslady, he is a cat, after all. :) Then again, you could be Marie, the sophisticated Parisian cat mother, in The Aristocats. I always adored The Aristocats because of the music! It’s a great tribute to jazz. Everybody wants to be a cat, because the cat’s the only cat, who knows where it’s at…

      • 15.2.1
        Kimberly Hope says:

        Agh. You two have come up with two of the movies I haven’t seen. I just finished up the wrapping for the gifts I have, and watched Tangled while I was wrapping. Snarky Daughter and I would both like frying pans for Christmas.

        But that’s because we already have 3 cats running around the place. I’m pretty sure one of them is part lion.

  16. 16
    EC Spurlock says:

    I love a good Christmas anthology – I read them year-round to give myself an infusion of that special holiday happiness when I’m feeling down. Not having much of a Christmas this year (DH is still recovering from his stroke and I’m still recovering from the hospital bills) so if I can sneak off and do a little holiday reading by myself for an hour or two it will do me good.

    I’m surprised at the variety of answers; I thought for sure everybody would say Belle! I thought of her first but then I realized I would probably be Wendy because I’m everybody’s mother, taking care of everybody both at home and at work. Plus, I love telling/reading stories to kids! Captain Hook (either one) would have his hands full with me, though – in more ways than one! ;-)

    • 16.1
      Kimberly Hope says:

      Very nice, EC. Wishing speedy recovery to your DH and your bank account.

      I’m playing Wendy around here today. Seems I passed my cold onto the kids. They’re both passed out on couches now, but earlier I was handing out Zicam and Sudafed to two grumpy teens.

    • 16.2
      Caren Crane says:

      EC, I hope all your holiday reads provide you with the respite you need! Hopefully your darling husband will stay on the road to recovery and, eventually, the bills will get to a manageable size. We are having a small Christmas ourselves this year, since the DH and I made sending ourselves on a 20th-anniversary trip a bigger priority than buying things for our grown children who don’t actually “need” anything! (selfish mom and dad!)

      I love that you chose Wendy. I always thought Wendy got the short end of the stick, being stuck with all those ill-behaved boys. :) I have two daughters and one son (the oldest of the grandkids). I’m one of 4 sisters, with one brother, who is the youngest. I also have 3 nieces and one nephew (the youngest of the grandkids). So boys are merely bookends in our family, I’m afraid, and not a raging pack of testosterone like in many families. But my friends with no daughters think their boys are the cat’s meow, so it takes all kinds! Wendy seemed happy enough with her passle of boys, for sure!

  17. 17

    Welcome to the Lair, y’all. Your anthology sounds great. Holiday themes are so much fun!

    As for which Disney character, that’s a toughie. I’m so far behind on my Disney viewing, but I guess I’d go with Mulan, who demonstrated serious kick-butt capabilities.

  18. 18
    Cassondra says:

    Hello to our old friends, and a big lair welcome to the new guests! I love holiday anthologies. This looks like a really interesting mix.

    Which Disney character? Sheesh. I think that movie Brave is not Disney, is it? I’d be that little redheaded spitfire. Does that count?

    Snow white, Belle, and the rest of them are just so sweet I wanna smack them all. I might be the wicked queen though. That chick is ballsy and has figured out that it doesn’t always pay to be the nice girl. Not that I’ve incorporated that into my life, but a girl can dream about being able to smite somebody when they really deserve it, right?

    • 18.1
      Regan Black says:

      It’s wonderful to be here, Cassondra!
      The ability to smite is greatly underrated, in my opinion. ;)

      As for the anthology, “interesting mix” about covers it. We hope the readers agree and have as much fun reading it as we did pulling it together.

    • 18.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Cassondra, I think you would make an excellent evil queen. I think they’ve done a great job with this character in Once Upon a Time. I also love that they called her “Regina” (which means “queen” since she had no name in Snow White). It’s a hoot!

      I think Kimberly choosing to be Maleficent is a similar pick and for similar reasons. Sleeping Beauty is a sentimental favorite of mine, but Aurora was a totally useless heroine!

      And hey, Pixar is owned by Disney now, so Merida is totally available! I think you’d make an awesome Merida, too. I certainly wouldn’t let my father marry me off without a say, no matter who he was. Pfffft on that! I’m sure I could learn to do some damage with a slingshot and a bow and arrow. :)

      • 18.2.1
        Cassondra says:

        Why thank you Posh *sniffle*. That means a lot, coming from you. I figured everyone would want to throw me out of the lair for wanting to be the wicked queen.

        • 18.2.1.1
          Kimberly Hope says:

          Cassondra,

          There will be no tossing out of evil queens. So sayeth Maleficent. Without the evil queens, there would be no story. It would just start with Happily Ever After, like in Enchanted, and what fun would that be?

          • 18.2.1.1.1
            Cassondra says:

            KImberly said:

            Without the evil queens, there would be no story

            Amen, Amen, AMEN!

            We needs us some ballsy, scarred, outcast characters with the motivation to do dastardly things to right the wrongs of their girlhoods. We needs it, we do!

            OKay, no more channeling Gollum.

            But the point is still there. Without the interesting villains, there’s no story. A toast to you, Maleficent.

        • 18.2.1.2
          Jeanne Adams says:

          Never, Evil Twin! We can be twin Maleficents or hey, I can be the dragon. SNORK!!! (LOVE the dragon!)

        • 18.2.1.3
          Caren Crane says:

          We wouldn’t let you out that easy, Cassondra. You’ll be begging to get out the Lair and we’ll be clinging to your ankles, begging you to stay! ;)

          • 18.2.1.3.1
            Cassondra says:

            Awwww. *sniffle*

            I’m not much of an evil queen, am I, if I cry over such things.

            Maybe I’m a softie evil queen.

            A softie evil queen who can turn into a dragon and poofs in with green flame. Yeah. I like that.

      • 18.2.2
        Cassondra says:

        Well, I don’t like Maleficent’s focus on ugliness–I mean she really should get over it, yaknow?

        But the whole “shifts into a dragon” and poofing in with green flame stuff..yeah I could get down with that. Oh and she has a raven as a familiar. Heck, I’ve already got that covered, as long as Steve will let me borrow Thor for my queenly duties.

        Hmmmm…

  19. 19

    Laughed at your descriptions about how all this came together – fantastic that it did. Congratulations on the release. It sounds like such a great selection. I’d like to say that I’m one of the gorgeous princesses but sadly I think I’m that big, lazy bear Baloo from the Jungle Book! Oh, well, at least I have the bear necessities! Happy Christmas, everyone.

    And hey, doesn’t the Christmas bash here sound fab? You should see some of the prizes we’re getting together!

    • 19.1
      V.R. Marks says:

      Thanks, Anna!
      I’m glad Kimberly kept us on track and made it a reality when it started to slip off the rails.
      If I recall correctly, Baloo had some pretty serious dance moves. ;)
      The Christmas bash will definitely be a hit! The Banditas really know how to do things up right.

    • 19.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Anna, I love that you chose Baloo! He was my very favorite Disney character as a kid. I like his laid-back approach to things and relaxed attitude. I seriously thought Bagheera had a stick up his butt and took the whole Shere Khan thing way too seriously. Then again, I would have been partying with Baloo and the orangutans and probably have been eaten by Shere Khan (or Kaa) in no time flat. :)

      The anthology is fabulous, btw, and I highly recommend it!

      The prize package for our 12 Bandita Days of Christmas is getting fairly massive, so some lucky Bandita Buddy is going to be ho-ho-hoing it up come Christmas Day!

    • 19.3
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, how fun! I adore Balloo. I probably would have been Bagheera, worrywort that he is. Grins.

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    Cassondra says:

    Forgot to say, all y’alls furry writing cave helpers are cute. And V.R., we have five cats. I have decided they are probably my muse, come to torment me by being available only when THEY wish to be around, in typical catlike fashion.

    • 20.1
      V.R. Marks says:

      My two offer plenty of distraction – I mean pleasant company – as I’m writing. I’m not sure I could handle the dedicated support of three more. ;)
      And your muse/cat description is right on target! I’ll remember that one.

      • 20.1.1
        Cassondra says:

        Five cats is WAY too many. We didn’t plan it that way, and I wake up with cat hair in mouth, nose, eyes, every morning. The bar for the clean house has not just been lowered, it’s been obliterated.

        • 20.1.1.1
          Kimberly Hope says:

          Three cats and one Doberman is way too many “helpers.” I gave up the good fight over Thanksgiving, and let Cassie the Doberman up on the couch.

          We recently lost her companion, and Dobies are clingy on the best of days. At least now she’s stopped pushing the laptop off my lap because she’s happy to have her nose next to my thigh. And the cats are now sleeping around her, as well as me, while I work.

          But one of our cats is a great editor. She just sits there and stares at me if I start making moves to leave the writing area.

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            Caren Crane says:

            Kimberly, are you hiring your cat out so all of us will spend more butt-in-chair time? Some days I could use her around!

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            Jeanne Adams says:

            Kimberly, so sorry for your loss of a pup. We recently lost one too, and she was one of MY editors – always blocking the doorway to keep me in the chair! – and yes, Cassondra, sometimes you just have to lower that bar.

            Grins.

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            Cassondra says:

            Oh, Kimberly, I’m so sorry you lost your Dobie.

            That’s such a hard loss.

            I have German Shepherd Dogs, and I swear, they are humans with fur. Losing them is losing family. I mourn your loss.

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      Caren Crane says:

      Cassondra, you are brilliant. Cats are, indeed, just like a writing muse. Hard to find, impossible to track down and in serious need of a GPS implant. ;)

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    Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Caren! Hey Kimberly, VR, and Jay and Regan, WELCOME TO THE LAIR!! So excited for you about the anthology. As so many have said, I run across new authors via anthologies, so may you have many new fans coming to you soon! Grins.

    I love this fun topic about the Disney characters. Like my evil twin Cassondra (You’d be astounded by the similarities!) I’d probably be Merida or Maleficent or now that Pixar is a Disney deal, I would be Gru from Despicable Me. I dearly love to blow things up, so…oh, and I’d dearly LOVE to have some minions due to that obliterated cleaning bar Cassondra was mentioning. I also like to ride “hell bent for leather” like Merida, so there you go. Grins. (And I’m Scottish too!)

    There are so many great characters, aren’t there? I’m kinda like Hagrid (not in stature or weight, thankfully) but in the delight in, love of, and sheer bullheadedness about truly dangerous amazing creatures. I’d have a Hungarian Horntail in a NY Minute. Grins. Three headed dog? Sure!!!

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      Regan Black says:

      Hi Jeanne! We’ve had a great day in the LAIR!
      I’m thinking you and Jay must share that Hagrid gene. She’s always got some tale of wildlife that makes me cringe or cry “eek”. ;)

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      Caren Crane says:

      Jeanne, I can totally see you as Merida, ride hell bent for leather! At first, I really wasn’t seeing the similarity between you and Hagrid, but once you mentioned the soft spot for dangerous beasties, it made perfect sense. After all, who else would we send to talk Ermingarde out of barbecuing the Christmas trees? :)

      As to you and your evil twin, Cassondra, THAT I can see with complete clarity! Right down to shattering the “clean” bar for the sake of your furry loved ones. Y’all are both big old softies when it comes to the animals!

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      Kimberly Hope says:

      Jeanne, my Harry Potter is rusty, but if the Hungarian Horntail is a dragon, I’m all in. And I could use Fluffy about now.

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    Caren Crane says:

    Thanks for stopping by and playing today, everyone. I hope you’ll keep checking in with us to see updates on the Spectacular Prize Bundle we’re giving away on Dec. 25 and to check out all the goodies starting Dec. 13 for our 12 Bandita Days of Christmas!

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    Fedora says:

    Ooh, cool anthology–thanks for the intro, Caren! As for Disney character–Belle! Gotta love what a booklover that girl is ;)

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      Cassondra says:

      I can see all our Buddies are softies for the sweetiepie heroines.

      None of y’all like the evil queens. *sad face*

      Oh well. I promise not to turn any of our Buddies into toads. ;0)

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    Cathy P says:

    Great interview, and your anthology sounds great! If I were a Disney character, I would like to be either Snow White or Cinderella. They were both beautiful and had an HEA.

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      Cassondra says:

      Okay, I concede the point. They did both get really hunky guys.

      Still…don’t you think the sweet factor is at smackin’ level with those two?

      I’d be smotherin’ the evil stepmother with a pillow. I am clearly not cut out to be a Disney heroine.

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    Diane Sallans says:

    I love Anthologies – especially at Christmas!

    I love Disney characters – my new favorite is Raphunzel from Tangled.
    But if I had to pick just one character to be it would be Peter Pan because he can fly.