Road Trip to Missouri!

Last month we talked about family reunions and this month I’m reporting back on mine . At the end of June, my husband and I packed up the car and left Ohio in the midst of a rainstorm to end to sunny Missouri.  The sun is important as we haven’t seen much of it since we returned to Ohio (sigh).  It’s been way too rainy here. Our first stop, the iconic St. Louis arch.  I didn’t realize you could go to the top of the arch, but you can!  (They are remaking and landscaping the park beneath the arch –
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Writing the Mystery Series with a dash of Romance

Join me in welcoming my friend, Nancy Herriman, for a return visit to the lair.  You may recall Nancy from her inspirational historicals but she’s changed gears and now writes historical mysteries.  Her latest is absolutely brilliant, but I’ll let her tell you. I have to admit that I’ve always loved mystery series that feature a heroine and a dashing hero to share sleuthing duties. To me, the burgeoning romance always provides extra opportunities for tension. Given how many mystery series seem to have a romance element in them, I can’t be alone in my affection for the trope. So,
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We Have a Winner!

The winner of Robin Gianna’s book, HER GREEK DOCTOR’S PROPOSAL, and a tote bag is…..   Colleen C.  !!!!   Congratulations!  If you can visit Robin’s website at www.RobinGianna.com and send her your contact information, she’ll have that in the mail pronto! Thanks everyone for celebrating with us.

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July Coming Attractions

I love July.  It’s hot, sticky with good outdoor eating and firework displays lighting the skies from every little burg and village.  We’ll have some fireworks in the blog as well.  July is the month for the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City.  I’m guessing we’ll be seeing some feedback on that.  Plus we have some guests to the lair.  So check on us often.     On July 14th, Nancy Herriman will be with us discussing the challenges of developing a love story over a number of books in an historical mystery series.   I’ll be
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Ah…Greece! And Robin Gianna

Hi guys.  I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend, Robin Gianna, back to the lair.  I normally try to put the authors photo right at the top of the blog, but I messed up.  However, as Robin is a frequent guest, and her photo is in the photo at the bottom of the blog about Delphi, I hope you’ll forgive me.  Besides, isn’t that a gorgeous cover!  Love that it incorporates blue as you can see from Robin’s photos – it’s appropriate.   With that, here’s Robin…) Hello, All! Thanks for having me back at the Romance Bandits! My husband likes
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Fun With Fandom

The last weekend in May, Jeanne and I did something new to both of us.  We were guests at a science fiction convention, ConCarolinas.  We were both on several panel discussions, and the Duchesse presented her fabulous workshop on body disposal.  On top of all that, we participated in a reading and did some work on a joint project for next year. It was a fun weekend! Today, we’re sharing some of our experiences. Jeanne, this was your first science fiction convention (or con), wasn’t it?  How was it different from the romance conventions you’ve been to? Yes, and I loved
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Family Reunions

Do you do family reunions in your family?  Perhaps your family all live close by.  Every weekend is a family reunion  .  I envy you that. I’m one of five kids.  I remember family vacations in Maryland as being a time when my mom would pack up the car and we’d drive to some state park and set up camp.  That was the extent of our vacation.  The parks might be a state or two away, but otherwise the scenery was the same.  (For those not familiar, the yellow picture is the State of Maryland.) Once all of us kids
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June Coming Attractions

Can you believe June is here?  This year is flying by!!!  Maybe some of these new releases can accompany you to the beach this summer.  Can’t think of better company. On June 8th, Bandita Jeanne will be doing a COVER REVEAL for her next book, DEAD RECKONING!  Woot! Donna will be blogging on June 15th as she’ll be traveling on her regular day. Not to worry as Jeanne will be talking on June 23 about CON CAROLINAs, a fabulous sci-fi Fantasy Con in North Carolina.  Banditas Jeanne and Nancy were both speaker-guests and had a great time at the Con!
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Cover Reveal

Hey everyone! Thought I’d pop in and share some news with y’all. But first, I have to ask you a question. Do you know what happens when authors get together? Quite often the conversation turns to books and stories. Sometimes that leads to the “what if?” game. You’ve heard us address that in the Lair a few times over the years. What if…hero meets heroine, but she’s the one woman in the world he can’t have? What if…vampires met wolf shifters and they had to join forces to defeat evil succubi? What if…bad boy turned millionaire returns to his hometown
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Two for One Offer — Brenda Novak’s Curated Boxed Sets

  Hi, Readers, I’m very excited to tell you about an EXCLUSIVE 2 for 1 OFFER!! As you know, to help raise money for diabetes research, I’ve joined with Brenda Novak and twelve other authors who have contributed brand-new novels and novellas to create a boxed set titled SWEET DREAMS. This boxed set is available only until June 30, 2015, after which it will be gone forever as a collective work. We’re hoping to reach our goal of $300,000. Purchase SWEET DREAMS (which has a beautifully-written foreword from best-selling author Lee Child!) before the end of May and receive your choice of SWEET TALK
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