Happy Boxing Day 2016!

Well, it’s official.  The calendar has turned to a new page, and Christmas 2016 is over.  I feel as though I hardly had time to anticipate it before it was here, and now it’s gone. Some of you celebrate the holiday, and some of you don’t.  If you do, I hope yours was merry, and if you don’t, I hope you had a relaxing day. I hope those of you who celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa are having a happy one. Our tree is a Fraser fir, with the same ornaments we use every year.  It looks much like very other
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Christmas Love

I love Christmas.  It’s truly my favorite holiday of the year. Here’s my top five reasons for why Christmas rules. FAMILY – (Prepare for some bragging).  You might recall my very first grandson was born in September.  Scientists say that a baby can recognize facial patterns about three months and smile and chortle at its parents so as to increase bonding with the people responsible for the child’s safety.  It works on grandparents, too. 🙂  Love his toothless smiles. (That’s my son and his girlfriend, BTW) I’m the middle child in a large family.  My favorite memories were of the
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The Magic Christmas Guy

This was a fun story to write.  I’m a sucker for holiday decorations, and I enjoyed creating a situation where the decorations played a central role. There used to be a young man in our neighborhood who decorated his small house and yard to the max every Christmas.  He had “Merry Christmas” spelled out in lights on his fence, outlined his entire house (including the windows) in lights, and had inflatables in his yard and on his roof.  We loved his Christmas kitsch so much that we drove by several times each year to admire it. Never having met him, we
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Introducing Nichole Christoff

My guest today, Nichole Christoff, is making her Lair debut.  I discovered Nichole when I saw a reference to her debut novel, The Kill List, on an RWA loop.  It sounded like my kind of book, so I grabbed it, devoured it, and started jonesing for more.  Nichole’s protagonist, Jamie Sinclair, combines the ability to kick serious butt with a very vulnerable heart.  Jamie’s fourth adventure, The Kill Sign, is out tomorrow, so Nichole is celebrating with us. Welcome, Nichole! Who is Jamie Sinclair? Jamie Sinclair is a private-investigator-turned-security-specialist with a long list of high risk, high profile clients who
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Coming in December

Wow, it’s hard to believe the year is already coming to an end!  It’s a quiet month in the Lair, mostly with me hanging out unless someone else decides to pop in.  This is what’s on tap in the Lair for December: On December 5, Nichole Christoff discusses her Jamie Sinclair thrillers with Nancy.  They’ll chat about The Kill Sign, the latest release in the series, and anything else that comes to mind. Come join in.     On December 15, Nancy launches “The Magic Christmas Guy,” a Light Mage Wars holiday short story. It features Wayfarer Deputy Sheriff Mike McLean, the hunky
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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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