It’s Good For A Laugh

I was invited to dinner this evening at the home of two close friends.  As we ate, one friend told us about his recent visit with his grandmother, and how they were watching comedy DVDs. As I listened to his stories, I was struck by how he (late twenties) and his grandmother (mid seventies) were both laughing so hard they were literally crying.    And they were laughing at the same thing.  The funny stuff that had them (his words )about peeing in their pants was the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.   These apparently ran on tv from 1974-1984.  I don’t
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Launch Party Time!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday! I’ve got a little extra reason to celebrate today because I’ve got a new book out, the second novella collection in the Starfish Shores series that I’m writing with pals MJ Fredrick and Tanya Michaels. You may remember we released the first collection, Swept Away for Christmas, back in November. Now we’re back with a spring break collection called Cloudy with a Chance of Love. We got the idea while we were at the beach last summer brainstorming this series. We had some days that were rainy, and we thought it would
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Add This to Your Easter Basket FINDING BETH Winner

And that is….   SHANNON! Grab the chocolate bunny and a jelly bean or two and send your information to Lisa Tapp at email hidden; JavaScript is required *Remember, for downloads or gift card we need an accurate email Joanie…hopping down the bunny trail..

Meet the Parents

So I’ve been thinking about meeting the parents lately.  I recently released a novella–TOUCH OF TROUBLE–in which a man meets his beloved’s family for the first time.  There are a few wrinkles, of course.  (Aren’t there always?) They’re not actually dating, for one thing.  She doesn’t even want to date him, for another.  And her family is utterly bonkers, for a third. But that aside?  It’s a tough situation no matter what.  Because meeting the parents is a big deal.  It’s the day you acknowledge that maybe you aren’t just sharing a few laughs with this guy.  It’s the day you
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WINNER for Elke Feuer’s FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ

We have TWO winners for copies of Elke Feuer’s first book, FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ, AMY CONLEY and CATHY P!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Amy and Cathy, please send your email addy to me at email hidden; JavaScript is required  and I’ll see they get to Elke so you can get your books!

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Debut Author Lisa Tapp on Finding Beth

Joan:  Welcome Lisa! Pull up a seat, grab an appetizer from the buffet and select your cabana boy. Lisa: Hey Joan! Let’s see, Chair? Check. (Standard desk issue.) Appetizer? Check (ice cream – I believe you should start with the best first so you know you have room!) Cabana Boy? Darn! I knew I was missing something. Joan LOL, Lisa! No worries. We provide all our guests with a cabana boy or gladiator of their choice. They are eager to serve ….just like those Schmoos from Little Abner who lived JUST to feed people. (Paelo! I saw that! Don’t you
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Elke Feuer visits the Lair!

We Banditas love to introduce you readers and Bandit Buddies to new authors here in the Bandit Lair. Sometimes it’s old friends who have made the jump over the line from unpublished to published authorhood. Other time it’s new friends we’ve met at a conference or books signing. In fact, that’s how I met today’s guest, Elke Feuer. We were seated next to each other at the National RWA multi-author literacy book signing. We chatted between readers stopping to “discover” us newbie authors and after we got home, we’ve been chatting on FaceBook ever since. So please welcome my friend,
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Cross Springs In Bloom WINNER!

Thanks to everyone for coming by to check out my launch party for my novella CROSS SPRINGS IN BLOOM. Don’t forget to go to Red Door Reads and enter the Who’s Ben Skrewd? contest. Such fun! The winner of an ebook copy of CROSS SPRINGS IN BLOOM is… MARCY SHULER!!! Marcy, contact me at carencrane AT gmail DOT com and let me know what ebook format you prefer. Thanks for playing, everyone!

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“Who’s Ben Skrewd?”

A provocative question, wouldn’t you agree? Well, last summer a number of us Red Door Reads authors decided that we all knew “who’s Ben Skrewd,” though the encounter is different for each person. Which gave us the idea of creating a character named Ben Skrewd who could appear in a group of novellas linked by Ben and our iconic Red Door. Launching the novellas on Tax Day (April 15th in the U.S.) was an irony we couldn’t resist! Most of us were able to squeeze Ben into a novella in an ongoing series. My novella, Cross Springs In Bloom, takes
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How did that happen!?

Over the weekend, I had three interactions with 20-somethings that made me realize that, well, I’m not 20-something anymore. And honestly, it kind of freaks me out. It doesn’t feel like it’s been nearly 14 years since I was in my 20s. I remember sort of freaking out when I turned 30, and it seems like it was at most five years ago. Yeah, not so much. On Friday, I helped a gal in my local RWA chapter and her boyfriend move a TV stand since I have a truck and they don’t. We talked about several things during the
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