There’s No Place Like Home

There truly is no place like home.  And you know what makes you really appreciate home?  A vacation! And yes, while home is where the heart is, it cannot be denied that vacation is where the restaurant food, hotel beds and far-away friends are. And I just spent a week in the company of my beloved writer friends.  We laughed, we ate, we brainstormed & plotted, we dressed up, we dressed down & we hung out.  And it was so good for my soul. More happened than I can possibly recap for you, but here are a handful of snapshots
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The Best Laid Plans

No, I’m not talking about Robert Burns or John Steinbeck today. In fact, today I’m not going to do much talking at all. See, this is my usual day to blog. But you all know that. And being it’s the day after I got back from RWA National Conference, my well laid plan was to give you lots of images of the past week. HOWEVER. That’s not happening either. See, I just spent the past 6 hours (this is Sunday night as I write this) at the hospital with my daughter Lyndsey and her hubby, while we tried to keep
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There’s Got To Be a Morning After…

And if you think this blog post is about hangovers, you are CORRECT! You win a large, very cold glass of water and two regular aspirin, followed by a breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits, hashbrowns and bacon (my favorite hangover cure). Actually, I prefer country ham, but you can’t always get that at your local greasy spoon. Oh, and you really need a side of grits to soak up the alcohol in your stomach, if you can get them. So, why the focus on hangovers today? Well, lest we forget, SOME Banditas (and Buddies) spent last night at RWA’s RITA
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Notes From a Virtual Tourist

It’s really quiet in the Lair.  Dismally quiet.  Roughly half of the banditas are in San Antonio at RWA.  They occasionally report in about how much fun they’re having. *sigh* Sven, Demetrius, and Zach are rotating their guys for days off and doing basic repairs around the Lair.  Sven is polishing the silver.  I didn’t realize we had quite so much of it–platters, candlesticks, serving utensils, vases, even a soup tureen! And the Golden Rooster is griping because no one is paying attention to him in between his visits to our various buddies who’ve  graciously put up with, er, hosted
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Winner of THE BOOK STOPS HERE

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate the launch of my new website design at www.katecarlisle.com. The winner of an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE was Deb! Which Deb? The one who said this: Deb, please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com no later than July 30 to claim your prize.

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Launch Party and Giveaway… KateCarlisle.com

Here in the Lair, launch parties are usually for book releases, but today we’re celebrating the launch of my fabulous new website design! And to add to the party atmosphere, I’m giving away an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE. Whoop! Whoop! An author’s website is a Very Big Deal. www.KateCarlisle.com is my home on the web. It must accurately represent me and my books. Every word, every image, every color sends a message to readers, whether they realize it or not. And so my goal is to make sure that the message is true, that the expectation my
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I Met Her…Online

Last week I drove to another town to meet a friend I’d never seen in person. I made this friend online. Now let me explain that there’s a little deeper connection than it would seem at first. April has been on the fringes of my world for a long while through our mutual friend, Dianna Love. She’s a fan of Dianna’s books, and I “met” her through correspondence on Dianna’s behalf a few years ago. And that brings up a whole question of its own, doesn’t it? Have you truly “met” someone, if you’ve only met them online? I still
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Conference Craziness!

It’s here!  Conference season! Today (Wednesday) is the start of the huge RWA Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Many of the Banditas are there, promoting their books at tonight’s Open-to-the-Public Literacy Signing!  They’ll be meeting up with old friends, new fans, and getting a start on learning what’s new in the writing biz.  Yay, Banditas!!  (That’s me and Nancy from last year’s Rita night….aren’t we snazzy?) Virtually every field has a conference.  Most have one or two, depending on their size or location.  Miners have conferences, dentists and dental hygienists have conferences (Right Terry Brisbin?), doctors, morticians, romance writers, rodeo
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The Joy of Making

From the time we’re small, we start trying to shape the world around us.  Our efforts then are usually simple, a stack of blocks or a pile of sand.  From there, some of us graduated to using a sheet and a couple of chairs to make a “fort.”  Or piling up branches outdoors to do the same. The dh had a toy bulldozer he used to make paths in the sandbox, and the boy had an elaborate set of sand molds that went to the beach with us.  I remember being so excited, at age 5, to discover that the hose would
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Winner for “The Avenger” Booty!

Congratulations to ALYN   for winning the audible download of “The Avenger,” accompanied by the ebook of the same title. Please send your email addy to email hidden; JavaScript is required and I’ll toss your prizes into the stratosphere.  Thanks for playing with us at The Romance Bandits!

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