Allie Burton returns to the Lair!

  If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve met my friend, Allie Burton. Allie is the author of young adult paranormal romances, including the Lost Daughters Of Atlantis series. Today Allie is here to tell us about writing an underwater series. Please help me welcome my friend, Allie Burton back to the Bandit Lair! Reasons Why I Write In An Underwater World 1. I’ve always been fascinated with ocean life. When I was younger I wanted to be a marine biologist. Of course, getting seasick ruled out that career. Still, I loved the ocean and lived in
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LAUNCH!!! Bound by Moonlight

Woohoo!!! Release the confetti!  Break out the alcohol!  Strike up the band!  Bound by Moonlight is finally available on kindle!  This is the story of a heroine who turns invisible in moonlight.  Can’t help it.  It just happens.  Wait a minute, you say.  That plot sounds familiar – a lot like The Trouble with Moonlight.  And you’re right.  It does because it’s the exact same story :-).  I’d received my rights back on the original version of this story and so am re-releasing it with a different title and a different cover.  Why would I want to do that?  The
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A Thief by Any Other Name …

As some of you may know, the past week has been extremely stressful because my email account was compromised. Except it wasn’t, really. It was spoofed. For those of you who don’t know what that means, some [insert favourite swear word] hacker breached AOL and copied the address books of thousands of their customers. Then, they sent out spam emails to everyone contained in those address books – repeatedly. [insert second favourite swear word]. The thing about spoofing is that I could change my password to something hard to guess, scan my computer for any nasties and it still wouldn’t
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It’s Good For A Laugh

I was invited to dinner this evening at the home of two close friends.  As we ate, one friend told us about his recent visit with his grandmother, and how they were watching comedy DVDs. As I listened to his stories, I was struck by how he (late twenties) and his grandmother (mid seventies) were both laughing so hard they were literally crying.    And they were laughing at the same thing.  The funny stuff that had them (his words )about peeing in their pants was the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.   These apparently ran on tv from 1974-1984.  I don’t
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Launch Party Time!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday! I’ve got a little extra reason to celebrate today because I’ve got a new book out, the second novella collection in the Starfish Shores series that I’m writing with pals MJ Fredrick and Tanya Michaels. You may remember we released the first collection, Swept Away for Christmas, back in November. Now we’re back with a spring break collection called Cloudy with a Chance of Love. We got the idea while we were at the beach last summer brainstorming this series. We had some days that were rainy, and we thought it would
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Add This to Your Easter Basket FINDING BETH Winner

And that is….   SHANNON! Grab the chocolate bunny and a jelly bean or two and send your information to Lisa Tapp at email hidden; JavaScript is required *Remember, for downloads or gift card we need an accurate email Joanie…hopping down the bunny trail..

Meet the Parents

So I’ve been thinking about meeting the parents lately.  I recently released a novella–TOUCH OF TROUBLE–in which a man meets his beloved’s family for the first time.  There are a few wrinkles, of course.  (Aren’t there always?) They’re not actually dating, for one thing.  She doesn’t even want to date him, for another.  And her family is utterly bonkers, for a third. But that aside?  It’s a tough situation no matter what.  Because meeting the parents is a big deal.  It’s the day you acknowledge that maybe you aren’t just sharing a few laughs with this guy.  It’s the day you
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WINNER for Elke Feuer’s FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ

We have TWO winners for copies of Elke Feuer’s first book, FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ, AMY CONLEY and CATHY P!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Amy and Cathy, please send your email addy to me at email hidden; JavaScript is required  and I’ll see they get to Elke so you can get your books!

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Debut Author Lisa Tapp on Finding Beth

Joan:  Welcome Lisa! Pull up a seat, grab an appetizer from the buffet and select your cabana boy. Lisa: Hey Joan! Let’s see, Chair? Check. (Standard desk issue.) Appetizer? Check (ice cream – I believe you should start with the best first so you know you have room!) Cabana Boy? Darn! I knew I was missing something. Joan LOL, Lisa! No worries. We provide all our guests with a cabana boy or gladiator of their choice. They are eager to serve ….just like those Schmoos from Little Abner who lived JUST to feed people. (Paelo! I saw that! Don’t you
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Elke Feuer visits the Lair!

We Banditas love to introduce you readers and Bandit Buddies to new authors here in the Bandit Lair. Sometimes it’s old friends who have made the jump over the line from unpublished to published authorhood. Other time it’s new friends we’ve met at a conference or books signing. In fact, that’s how I met today’s guest, Elke Feuer. We were seated next to each other at the National RWA multi-author literacy book signing. We chatted between readers stopping to “discover” us newbie authors and after we got home, we’ve been chatting on FaceBook ever since. So please welcome my friend,
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