What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

I clearly remember an evening in June 2006 when I pitched two manuscripts to two different agents at Lori Foster’s Readers and Authors Get Together. I wore my “power suit.” You know, the outfit that makes you feel professional and put together. For me, that was a black column dress (which I doubt I can still fit into) with a longish black jacket. It must have worked as both editors later bought my manuscripts. You’ve heard about the first manuscript to sell. The Education of Mrs. Brimley went on to win the Golden Heart the following month. But I’m not
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May Coming Attractions….

Welcome to MAY!!  It’s supposed to be Spring in the USA, but I just saw Bandita Susan posting about how cold it is where she lives. And a Bandita Buddy posted from Colorado, showing snow on the ground.  OMGosh!! Mother Nature is NOT happily bringing spring. It was 56 degrees at Bandita Jeanne’s son’s baseball game today. Not.  Even. Close. To. Warm. However, we’ve got warmth in the Lair, as usual. Bandita Jeanne will be on on the 8th, for her usual post.  She’ll also be hosting two guests this month… One is a fabulous author and media consultant Amy
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Road Trip to Houston, TX

Hi All – Hope you don’t mind me posting a day early.  Tomorrow (Saturday), I’ll be at the Ohioana Library Book Signing and won’t have time (and possibly internet) to reply to comments so I thought today might be better.  A little about the Ohioana Library.  Ohio is the only state in the United States that has a non-lending library dedicated to archiving the work of Ohio authors and artists.  While I’m not originally from Ohio, Ohioana decided that living here for the last fifty years or so qualifies me as an Ohio author.  I have to admit it’s pretty
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The RITAs are coming! The RITAs are coming!

Can you feel the anticipation? This Friday, March 25th, Romance Writers of America will announce the finalists for the various RITA and Golden Heart categories.  Every author on this blog knows how it feels to be a Golden Heart finalist (Ahhh…those were the days!) as it was through the Golden Heart contest that we all met.  However, the RITAs, the peer-judged contest for published Romance, is a step above as the entire book is judged and the competition is fierce. So that’s what I’d like to talk about today.  The RITA  contest and the quest for the golden statue on
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March Madness…The OTHER Kind…

Hey gals!  It’s MARCH!!  Wow, how did that happen?  I’m braced for the Basketball Fever that March brings, here at my house, and I thought I’d talk about that today.  However… Bandita Anna C challenged me to something on Facebook.  To list 7 movies over 7 days.  Favorites.  Fun movies.  Things you liked.  I accepted the challenge. Which leads me to another thing to triangulate into this post.  March makes me crazy.  I know, I know, you all KNOW I’m fairly nuts.  I’m a writer, so ergo, crazy to a degree.  But March makes me even nuttier than the nuttiest
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Life’s a Beach

LOL – Hi everyone! I’m back from our trip down South.  I think my husband thought we’d return to Ohio sunburnt and smelling faintly of chlorine.  Not so.  Due to the crazy weather patterns, the temperatures in Florida weren’t much improved over the temperatures in Ohio.  IT WAS COLD!! But we still had a good time.  Thought I’d share a bit about our travels. A large storm was predicted for Kentucky and Tennessee on the day of our planned departure.  So we left a day early as our route took us through those states.  Consequently, my packing was pretty haphazard
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Valentine’s Day Bash

Hi, everybody!  Come in and have a seat.  Sven and the guys have outdone themselves with the decorations, the red and pink crepe paper streamers, the hearts and red roses on the tables, and all the gorgeous candles.  And who knew Paolo could make white origami roses out of crepe paper? Or that Lars’s course on flower arranging would turn out so well?  He made that gorgeous spray of red roses on the mantelpiece. As you can see, we have petit fours and truffles, not to mention that Southern classic, Red Velvet Cake.  Yumm! And we have music programmed, so
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Winner! Anna Sugden’s Launch Party

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and joined in the fun with Nancy and me on my book launch day! We had a blast – hope you did too. Without further ado, the cats have eaten their treats and chosen a winner for the signed copy of A Perfect Compromise … Congratulations to Kate Sparks! Please email me via my website or the mailroom here with your snail mail details and I will get your prize off to you.

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Anna Sugden Launches A Perfect Compromise

Today is a big day in the Lair, Anna Sugden’s launch party for the next NJ Ice Cats romance, A Perfect Compromise!  I’m delighted to help her kick it off.  So grab some canapés from the table, give Sven your drink order, and get comfy while we chat about the Ice Cats and their newest couple. Thanks, Nancy! Sven – mine’s an apple mojito. I can’t believe book 4 is already here. It’s seems like yesterday when we partied to celebrate the launch of the first Ice Cats book – A Perfect Distraction – and now here we are celebrating
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Coming in February!

This is Valentine’s month, so we’re celebrating! This is what we have planned: On February 4th, Nancy and Anna Sugden get together to talk about the latest release in Anna’s award-winning New Jersey Ice Cats series. February 14 will be our Valentine’s Day Bash with assorted banditas On February 26, Nancy Northcott blogs about guilty pleasures.  Join her and share yours!     What’s your favorite thing about February?

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