Feats of Strength and Bandita Booty

AND the answer is…. Which so many of you correctly guessed… I can rip a phone book in half. Yes.  It’s true.  I learned while I worked for Proctor and Gamble at their Winton Hill campus in Cincinnati back in the 70s.  I was young, single, slim with long blonde hair.  P&G was on a movement to put women in traditionally male positions, so they put me on the shipping/receiving dock in the Administrative building.  Not much freight moves in and out of an Administrative building – just magazines for the library (which I confisicated sometimes before adding to the
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Rust City Book Con

Last weekend I had a great time at the Rust City Book Con in Troy, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The con was put together by the very enthusiastic and energetic blogger, Jackie of Literary Escapism. While this was the first year for the event, I’m sure it will grow.  However, as first year events go, this was a very intimate and enjoyable conference.  I met a number of new writers that I’ve put on my “must read” list.  But let me take you through it. I shared a room and a ride with Lita Lawson, a new
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The Summer of Green and Gold

As our regular visitors already know, I’ve been a serious Anglophile since I saw When Knighthood Was in Flower, which was about the romance of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, on The Wonderful World of Disney.  I was in the second grade at the time.  Thereafter, I was fascinated with knights and castles.  Fell in love with the Arthurian legends. Was interested in all things British–yet saw no problem with enthusiasm over the American Revolution as well. My parents were probably hoping this would ease up eventually.  At the same time, I’m pretty sure they thought English history was a more wholesome interest for
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It’s the Little Things….

You know, it’s August.  In the US, it’s freakin’ HOT, humid and, unless you’re in the pool, fairly miserable.  As you ALL know, I’m a winter girl, not a summer one.  I don’t love the hot weather, never have. I remember growing up in the Carolinas, with no air conditioning.  Wearing as little as possible, and having a very hard time sleeping because it was so hot and still.  Even in the mountains, you get those days and nights that are just impossibly hot, sticky and still. We had a week of those here last week.  I spent a lot
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The Lair in August

Hi, everybody, and welcome to August in the Lair!  The weather in my part of the world is sweltering this month, so I’m glad to kick back, let Sven pamper me, and see what everybody’s up to.  Here’s the list for this month: Bandita Jeanne will blog on her usual day of August 8th.  Expect some “forthcoming books” news and maybe even a cover reveal!  Even if it’s not on the 8th, keep a weather eye out for notices of other blogs this month which will feature a cover reveal…big stuff coming soon! Bandita Nancy is going to blog about
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Booty!! Prizes for Two Days

I hope you don’t mind me combining the prize announcement for two blogs days in one post.  I’m lazy.  I admit it. 🙂 The winners to a digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT from the release day are: HELEN and HEATHERCM and for the San Diego post with the press question – A digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT for pure determination and effort goes to: COLLEEN C. AMY CONLEY and LANEY4 The best way for me to get the prizes to you is for you to send me your email.  If you could send it to DMacWeb@wowway.com, I can
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Back from San Diago

Hi Everyone! Time for another Travelogue 🙂 .  I’m back from the RWA convention in San Diago and have to say, I had a blast!  We stayed at the beautiful Mariott Marquis which is right on the harbor.  I found this statue by the harbor.  I think the same statue is placed wherever there’s a naval base. 🙂 The temperature stayed in the low 70s with bright sun and few clouds.  Couldn’t ask for better weather. Perfect for kites.  Here’s two we saw flying side by side in a beautiful clear blue sky. My husband and I arrived three days
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In A Heartbeat Release Day!!!!

Today’s the day!  I’m releasing a newly acquired “old” release, IN A HEARTBEAT. A few months ago, I shared some of the challenges in updating this story from its 1990s origins, but I thought I’d tell you how this book actually came about. When I first started writing, I wrote a book I called The Flame of the Dragon. Don’t bother looking for it.  The manuscript is still gathering dust bunnies under my bed – but who knows?  One day I’ll drag that one out. It was a romantic suspense – woman in jeopardy book that once finished, finaled in
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FIreworks and new releases, it must be July!

Hi all – Just wanted to make a few announcements – July 1st, Trish is starting the day with a bang!  She’s hosting a Facebook launch party to celebrate A RANCHER TO LOVE and to let everyone know that Harlequin is changing the name of her line of from Harlequin American Romance to Harlequin Western Romance.  Be sure to check it out.  She’s got a line-up of authors giving some great giveaways.  A wonderful way to celebrate July!   https://www.facebook.com/events/1016375275111149/ Here’s another super July event.  More than 50 authors will be participating in a July 4th historical romance sweepstakes.  I’ll be one
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The Magical Worlds of Gail Z. Martin

Hi, Everybody! Bandita Jeanne and I are cohosting today’s guest, author Gail Z. Martin. Gail writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk, both novels and action-packed short stories. Her work has appeared in over 30 US/UK anthologies. She and Jeanne are both in a new urban fantasy box set, Modern Magic, and Gail has a new short story collection, The Shadowed Path, starring one of my favorite ever characters, smuggler and swordsman Jonmarc Vahanian (see the yummy cover below!). Today, Gail’s going to talk to us about magic in epic fantasy and urban fantasy. Welcome, Gail! So what makes magic work in different fantasy
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