Devil in Denim–Melanie Scott is in the Lair!

It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome back someone whose alter ego, M.J. Scott, is no stranger to the lair. In fact, we have *both* personas visiting us today (how’s that for split personalities?) Melanie has just launched a new series revolving around the owners of a baseball team.  Here’s the blurb of DEVIL IN DENIM to whet your appetite: LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to
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Love on a Stick

I’m the luckiest girl in the world, & for a lot of reasons. I have family–a husband who loves me (still!) & kids who make us proud (when they’re not making us crazy). I have my health–though at 42 (today!) I’m starting to squint at the fine print.  And make an unseemly amount of noise when I get up in the morning.  Nothing gastro-intestinal (thank GOD) but a lot of snap, crackle, POP in the ol’ joints.  It’s sort of musical, I guess.  It has a beat. You could dance to it, maybe.  Once you stretch out. But the biggest blessing?
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Men With Bows

I love men with bows. No, not pink bows on their heads or bow ties on their necks, although Ducky from NCIS is rather dapper in his. What I mean is, men with long bows and arrows. It’s something about the precision of using a bow to hit a target and especially a moving target. Then it’s the forearm strength. Imagine how defined the muscles in those arms are after all that practice. Yummo! ***Psstt*** here’s a secret. I think men’s forearms are very, very sexy. I think my lover for archers started back with Robin Hood, the one with
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Jo Davis and Sugarland Blue

Hey everyone, pull up a chair and a drink because Lair favorite, Jo Davis is back with more sexy cops from her Sugarland Blue Series!! Please help me welcome Jo and hear about her newest book, IN HIS SIGHTS. Suz: So Jo, you’re taking your readers back to the police force of Sugarland, Tennessee, with IN HIS SIGHTS. Can you tell our readers a little bit about it? Jo: First of all, thank you so much for having me back! I see all has been wonderful in the Bandits’ lair while I’ve been writing. I’d be glad to tell you
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The Last Gasp of Summer

Yesterday was one of those summer days we just hate around here, hot and muggy.  Oppressive.  Today, though, was nice.  The air felt light.  There was even a breeze, and the temperatures were down about 10 degrees from yesterday.  It was almost like, well, fall. Now Dragon Con is upon us, ending on Labor Day.  While summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, Labor Day feels like it draws the curtain over summer and its freedom.  Maybe that’s because school used to start right after Labor Day, not in August like it does now.  For whatever reason, Dragon Con itself has become
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Are We All Fixer-Uppers? (Plus Contest)

With my new series set to start in November, I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “fixer-upper.” (My new series is the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. Book 1, A HIGH-END FINISH, will be out on November 4.) We’re all fixer-uppers, aren’t we? I certainly am. A work in progress. Never “done.” How boring would that be, to think of yourself as done? Nothing left to learn, no improvements left to make. Yep, I’m a fixer-upper all right, and I take great joy in the process of fine-tuning myself. Overall, I’m quite content. I’m a loyal friend, a caring daughter, a loving
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The Perfect Kiss Payoff

These days, there is a lot of explicit sex on offer. You can watch guarded versions on network TV or incredibly explicit versions on cable TV. It is available in movies and even in books. It makes me shake my head in wonder at the sort of romance novels I started out reading. The payoff in those? A single, perfect kiss. I cut my romance baby teeth on dozens of Barbara Cartland’s Regency romances. These slender volumes invariably featured beautiful, but impoverished, heroines with heart-shaped faces. The heroes were tall, dark, very rich noblemen who somehow managed to see past
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Historical Readers – Go Forth and Multiply!

He-he-he.  Nice title for a blog, no? Romance Writers of America offers a contest every year for published authors  called the RITA (not to be confused with that glass of frozen yuminess called “the Maragrita” ).  While in the past, the contest rules limited the number of finalists to eight or ten – forget which, in 2014 the contest rules said any manuscript that reached a very, very high number of points would be a finalist.  This year in San Antonio there were seventeen finalists – seventeen really excellent historical romances! And yet… The news from the marketplace says historical
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Secret Ingredients, Signature Dishes and Special Treats Quick Five!

Since everyone had fun doing the Reading Fun Quick Five, I thought I’d do another Quick Five today. This time, focusing on food! There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of dishes using ground beef, or mince meat as we call it over here. (Yes, that’s been one of my Friday Facebook posts on Two Nations Divided!), but every country has their stock recipes which are filling and easy to cook. Dishes we learn from our parents, as students or from the first cook book. We all have our own variations on these dishes – that secret ingredient that makes our dish
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Sandra Owens’s Winner!

Thanks to everyone who swung by to welcome Sandra Owens on her first visit to the lair. She said she had a wonderful time here. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the signed copy of CRAZY FOR HER, the first book in the K2 Special Services Series. It’s…drumroll… DEANNA! Deanna, please email Sandra on sandra @ sandra-owens.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you! Congratulations and happy reading!

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