The Stuff of Life

I want to be Bandita Tawny. Yes, I do. I mean seriously, have you seen photos of Tawny’s office—the space where she writes? It’s an awesome, cute, table-style desk with hardly anything on it.   Except a dog basket. Yep, one corner of her desk has a basket for her teensy weensy little dog, Daisy Mae. A dog that wears cute sweaters and has an adorable bow in her hair. That’s cuz Tawny is uber-organized. Yesterday I poured my coffee and went to my office, just a few steps away from the coffee maker Dear. Lord. Obviously, it was time for
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Calendar Booty

Thanks for sharing your reasons for loving to read romance with me!  The three winners of the Affaire De Couer calendars are: Ellie Shannon Catslady If you could visit my website at www.DonnaMacMeans.com and send me your contact information, I’ll send these right out to you.  Thanks much!

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An Arthurian Affair

For many of my interests, I can pinpoint starting dates. I can tell you when and how they drew me in–in some cases, I even remember who else was there at the time. But with stories that center on magic, I have no clue. Sure, I loved fairy tales and was entranced by Disney fairy tales on film, like Snow White, Cinderella and especially–I mean, did you see the prince fight that dragon?–Sleeping Beauty, but I don’t associate any big moment of discovery with such things. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t find magical tales intriguing. Of course the
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A Perfect Catch Prize Winner!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and joined in the fun talking about new experiences in 2015. The winner of a signed copy of A Perfect Catch is JCP! Congratulations! Please send your snail mail details to me via my website (anna at annasugden dot com) or the contact form here.

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Winner: This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

The winner chosen at random to receive an advanced review copy of THIS OLD HOMICIDE is… Ruth Lyons Mazur!!!!! Congratulations, Ruth! Please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com. I’ll include some extra goodies, as well. This Old Homicide 2nd Fixer-Upper Mystery Available January 27, 2015 Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story…. Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome
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This Old Homicide Launch Party plus Giveaway

Welcome to the elegant Hennessey House bed and breakfast in Lighthouse Cove, California! Jane Hennessey, owner of this establishment, was kind enough to welcome us, even though she hasn’t yet opened her doors to the public. (She may regret her hospitality… she probably didn’t realize that we’d have a very naughty rooster in our party!) We’re celebrating Tuesday’s release of THIS OLD HOMICIDE, the second book of my Fixer-Upper Mystery series! Whoop, whoop! The Hennessey House is nearing the end of its incredible restoration by Lighthouse Cove’s own Shannon Hammer, who specializes in Victorian construction. From THIS OLD HOMICIDE: It
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Laura Simcox Presents the First Daughters

My dear friend and fellow Heart of Carolina Romance Writer, Laura Simcox, joins us today to talk about daughters. Not just any daughters, but First Daughters. As in, the daughters of the President of the United States. Laura, welcome to the Lair! Hi, Banditas and Buddies! I’m thrilled to be visiting with you today! Laura, tell us about your new series. I am intrigued about these First Daughters. Well, the First Daughters are the subject of my fun, contemporary romance series. Their dilemma can be summed up by my tagline, “Their dad might run the country, but he can’t run
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Why I Love Romance

Last October, I attended a workshop where Susan Mallory challenged the participants to make a list of 50 reasons they write romance.  When times are tough, or if the author is having difficulty facing the blank page, they could pull out the list and remind themselves why they wanted to do this.  As someone who uses “what if” lists to advance a story’s plot, I know that as the list fills up it becomes harder and harder to come up with new reasons to love writing romance.  That’s when the “good stuff” happens. So I made my list.  I haven’t
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New Year, New Experiences

A belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2015 is treating you well and that you have lots of wonderful things to look forward to this year. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. With the benefit of my advancing years, I’ve learned that I rarely keep them — for a variety of reasons, not just laziness — and they become something to beat myself up about around September. Not very healthy! What I’ve learned to do instead is to take some time to think about what I want to do that’s new over the coming twelve months. Some
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Melanie Scott Winners!

Congratulations to HELEN and KIMH!!! You’re winners from Melanie Scott’s blog day. Please contact me on christina AT christina-brooke DOT com to arrange to collect your prize.

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