Are you a book nerd? Or a book ninja?

You’ve seen them.  The quizzes that tell you which Disney Princess you are, or which 60’s Sterotype you are.  I see quizzes like this on Facebook constantly and generally do not take them.  I say it’s a matter of time but I wonder if I fear I won’t get the answer I wish.  Apparently, that is the concern of many people taking those quizzes, so I am here to say… FEAR NOT! There is no science behind the quizzes.  They are just fun.  And the final answer you receive is likely to be a feel good, complimentary answer no matter
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October Fun-Coming Attractions

The Frost is on the pumpkins and a nip is in the air. So October is a great month for more Lair Fun!     OCTOBER 3rd  Anna C.  hosts witty Aussie romance writer Sandra Antonelli  who will be talking about her wonderful contemporary romance DRIVING IN NEUTRAL.                 OCTOBER 4th, the Lair heats up as Suzanne Ferrell launches her newest book, CLOSE TO THE FIRE, book 3 in the Westen series. Come see what’s happening in the small town of Westen.                 OCTOBER 6th  Nancy welcomes USA
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On Being Fifteen

As Mr. Rogers would say, here are the people in my neighborhood: As many of you know, I reared seven children, five of whom in one year were teenagers, aged 19, 18, 17, 15, and 14; one a pre-teen, 12 1/2 ,and one in elementary school, 9.  Yes!  Crazy, and that was hectic enough, but now all those teenagers are producing teens of their own. This is the year of the fifteen-year-old in Robertson-land.  Mason is 19 and a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, Preston at 17 is a sophomore in high school and Sydney, 13, is in middle school.
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It’s Good For You

Happy Monday, Bandita Buddies! So it was a very busy weekend Chez Sey. Our girls had dance competitions both days, so Saturday & Sunday morning were both up-by-5:30, hair-and-makeup, who’s-got-the-dance-bags, where-the-heck-is-your-costume kind of deals.  Come Sunday afternoon, all I wanted was to lie on the floor, read the Sunday paper & eat popcorn. I mowed the lawn instead. I didn’t want to mow the lawn, mind you.  In fact, I felt very sorry for myself about it.  But I knew the week ahead didn’t have any lawn mowing time built in, & the situation in the front yard was getting embarrassing. So I
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Julie Benson returns with a Cowboy In The Making.

Hey everyone! Today in the Lair we’re welcoming back author Julie Benson. As you know Julie writes contemporary western romances for Harlequin American. Today she’s going to tell us about her newest book, COWBOY IN THE MAKING. Suz: Glad to have you back in the Lair, Julie! COWBOY IN THE MAKING is your fifth book set in the Colorado town of Estes Park. What made you choose that area of the American West to set your stories in? Julie: I went to a wedding in Estes Park, Colorado and few years ago and fell in love with the area. While
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A Coke and a Smile….

Do you remember that slogan?  Coca-Cola drags it out now and again in an ad campaign here and there, just to remind us that they have it.  Of course, they have so many clever ad slogans at Coke that they’re beating pretty much everyone at the soft-drink-selling game. They happen to be my favorite – in Diet Coke form – so I’m a bit partial.  And yes, I CAN tell the difference between Coke, Pepsi and a store-bought-cola brand. Now I have friends who sweat by Pepsi.  Won’t drink a Coke unless forced.  I feel that way about my Coke
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Winner – Daryl Wood Gerber’s Cookbook Nook Mysteries

Congratulations to Kathleen J. Kaminski, winner of the first two Cookbook Nook Mysteries from Daryl Wood Gerber! Kathleen, please send your mailing address to me at email hidden; JavaScript is required. I’ll forward it to Daryl so she can get your prize in the mail!

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The Last of His Kind

I’ve always been fascinated by the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman who came to what were then colonies in rebellion in 1777.  He was just 20 years old and had defied his king’s wishes in coming. Lafayette was not the only European nobleman to take an interest in the American rebellion. So many had come to offer their help that the Continental Congress initially turned down Lafayette’s offer, having wearied of ambitious foreigners looking for glory.  The young marquis persisted, though, and was eventually made a major general.  He became one of George Washington’s closest confidantes. He was not
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Daryl Wood Gerber, Author of Stirring the Plot (plus giveaway)

I am so happy to welcome my friend Daryl Wood Gerber back to the Lair! Daryl, who also writes as Avery Aames, is the author of the deliciously dastardly Cookbook Nook Mysteries. STIRRING THE PLOT, Book 3 in the series, is coming out next week, and Daryl’s here to answer a few fun questions about it… and she’s giving Books 1 and 2 to one lucky commenter today! Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party
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Home Sweet Hotel

The day I turned sixteen, I got my driver’s license in the morning. That afternoon I loaded my suitcase and my guitar into my mom’s car and I drove almost all the way across the state to play music at an event up near the Ohio River. I drove home after the event, and that drive is the subject of another blog post–one about big strapping angels pulling a little girl’s car out of a ditch in the middle of the night (someday maybe I’ll tell that story)-—but bottom line?…I should have stayed in a hotel that night, because I
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