December Doings in the Lair

Welcome to the last Coming Attractions post of 2013!  It’s hard to believe the year is already coming to an end.  We’re going to usher it out in style, though, with a great array of guests and our own holiday celebrations.  Because December includes so many holidays, I’ll be noting some of them in today’s post. So let’s look at what’s coming up!

Just FYI, the website Holiday Insights says today, December 1, is Eat a Red Apple Day.  They’re not sure why.  But there it is.

Rachel_Cover_2Tomorrow, Dec 2nd, Harlequin Super Romance author and fellow Brit, Rachel Brimble, joins Anna Sugden in the Lair, to talk about her latest book, A Man Like Him. After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it…. as long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control.

jess_1_croppedOn Tuesday, 3rd December, things will get hot in the lair when Anna Campbell talks to historical romance author Jess Michaels about her steamy new release Pleasuring the Lady.

Hanukkah is already underway as you read this, and it ends at midnight December 5.  Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincided this year, as you may have noticed.  That won’t happen again for something like 78,000 years!



On December 6, which is also St. Nicholas Day, Kay Thomas returns to the Lair to chat with Suz about Hard Target, the first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy military men…and the women who rescue their hearts.

ColetteOn Dec. 7th Joanie welcomes  YA author Colette Ballard who’ll fill us in on her debut title, Running on Empty.

Second-Chance_Seduction_-_final_coverSecond-Chance_Seduction_-_final_coversecond-chance-seduction-150We have a party on December 9!  Join Kate as she launches Second-Chance Seduction, the first book in her new Scottish Brothers trilogy for Desire.


grosvenor xmasOn Tuesday, 10th December, Anna Campbell hosts her sparkling Regency cohorts in the free anthology, A Grosvenor Square Christmas. Make sure you visit to say hello to Vanessa Kelly , Kate Noble and Shana Galen.

 December 12 is Poinsettia Day, named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.  According to the Holiday Insights website, he brought these festive blossoms back from Mexico and grew them at his plantation in South Carolina.

Friday the 13th will be lucky this year because it kicks off our blowout annual holiday celebration, the Annual 12 Days of Bandita Christmas!!! Prizes galore, recipes for the holidays from Bandits, Guests and from Sven’s Secret Holiday Cookbook, Ermingarde Carols, and possibly, a partridge in a pear tree!  (Actually, we may have to plant several more pear trees as Ermingarde is fond of pears and none to delicate about how she picks them…) Suffice to say it will be the usual outrageous fun for the Holidays!

Naughty Christmas Nights -WeberTawny’s Naughty Christmas Nights will be heating up the holidays this month, taking the question of Naughty or Nice to a very sexy lingerie battle.  Join us for the launch party on December 14!

December 21, of course, marks the winter solstice and is the shortest day of the year. But we’ll have the lights on here in the Lair as our 12 Days celebration rocks on.

On December 25, of course, those of us who celebrate Christmas will be having our big day.  Sven’s already planning a big feast for all the Lair’s residents and our buddies, so stop by if you’re online!

The 26th marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, which is celebrated until January 1.  It’s also Boxing Day, especially in the United Kingdom and the countries of the former British Commonwealth.

acertainlatitude200x300Donna welcomes Janet Mullaney on December 27.  They’ll chat about Janet’s new release, A Certain Latitude. Maggie Robinson describes this book as “A torrid, twisting tale of a trio bound together by love, lust and tropical latitudes. Scorching!

The 27th is also National Fruitcake Day.  I don’t imagine those logs of compressed, candied fruit give many people thoughts of celebrating, but there are other kinds of fruitcake.  The dh has a family recipe, which I’ve shared before, that’s more like spice cake with candied fruit in it.  It’s yummy, especially with brandy-laced egg nog.

Ring in the New Year with the Romance Bandits on December 31!  A New Year’s Eve Celebration wouldn’t be complete without a look back over the wonderful fun we had in 2013, a toast to the joys of 2014, and a few Cabana Boys dressed in skimpy little costumes. Tawny rocks the celebration into gear as we party our way into the New Year.  Come join us!

 CTC_high_resAnna Campbell is celebrating the Christmas tradition of giving in her latest website contest (international). THREE people will win their choice from her books. Just email Anna on anna @ (no spaces) and tell her which book you’d like. If you need help choosing, check out her books page on her website: For more information, check out her contest page:

So that’s our December.  What do you look forward to most this month?  Holiday decorating?  Buying and wrapping the last gift?  Eating something fabulous at a gathering?  Celebrating with wassail, egg nog, or holiday punch?  Seeing friends or relatives?  Is there something you least like about the month?  The shopping frenzy, the crowds?

Whatever you enjoy or would like to change about December, tell us, and we’ll all compare notes!




  • Jane says:

    Happy December. It’s my birthday month so I’m looking forward to stuffing myself with cake and of course I’m excited about the holidays and seeing my relatives. The city is very pretty during the holiday season, but the crowds can get even crazier than usual.

  • Kaelee says:

    Great line up for December. I ordered Tawny’s book today. I will have to watch for Kate’s book this month as a Scottish brothers trilogy sounds yummy.

    I will make sure to eat a red apple today,

    • Thanks, Kaelee. We’re looking at a fun month, I think, and I’m also looking forward to Tawny’s and Kate’s books as well as eying several of our guests’ offerings.

  • Helen says:


    What a great month ahead and it is Christmas time YAY we have decorated our tree today well actually Corey and Caitlyn did very lopsided and not much up the top LOL but I love it I just about finished the shopping today only a couple of things left to get now I need to wrap it all 🙁 and my most favourite thing at this time of year being with family eating way too much food and seeing the looks on my grandchildren’s faces Christmas morning you gotta love it 🙂

    I am also looking forward to many great books to read

    Have Fun

    • Helen, I saw those cute pictures you posted. What fun, decorating with little ones. I know you’re going to have a wonderful month.

      With, yes, many books to read! *g*

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Great month in the lair! My tree is up (I put it up early since I’ve been out of town for Thanksgiving) and I’ll start on my Christmas cards tomorrow. I’m looking forward to a lot of baking and candy making, both by myself and with the young ones in my family. There’s a stack of holiday romances just waiting for a cozy afternoon with hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a twinkly tree. And then there’s college football. I’ll be in the stands, screaming like a crazy person at the ACC Championship game on Saturday. A Florida State win would be an awesome Christmas gift! 🙂

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Great month in the Lair – another fab line-up!

    I look forward to seeing friends and family over this month, as Christmas is our big holiday. Especially a special friend who is coming to visit! Love all the decorating and the lights. Don’t enjoy all the Christmas card writing because I always leave it too late and it’s a rush!

    Oh and I love Advent calendars! 🙂

    • pjpuppymom says:

      Anna, make sure that special friend delivers the hug I’ve tucked into her luggage. I know you’ll have a wonderful visit!

    • We’re also looking forward to seeing friends and family, Anna, and your post reminds me I need to get an Advent calendar. Ours is getting old, and the little doors don’t fully close anymore.

  • Shannon says:

    December is going to fly by, which is always a shame since there’s so many moments to treasure.

    It will be good to get Mom settled in her new home. We got down her nutcracker collections and her nativity sets she has hand painted to take with her. It’ll be sad to leave her for my home.

    I’m looking forward to various parties to see friends I haven’t seen in a month. And there’ll be time to read. And great releases.

    • Shannon, it does seem that the special moments in the holiday season flash by. I spent them behind the camera when the boy was small, and I’m glad to have more ability to savor directly instead of through a lens.

      And yes, lots of terrific reading in store here, too!

  • catslady says:

    I love getting together with friends and family and next week I have a tree trimming party. I hate the shopping. I especially hate trying to come up with what to get people – I really want to get something they want and hate to go the way of GC’s so I put a lot of stress on myself.

    • Catslady, I hate the shopping, too. I try to go when the stores open or shortly before they close, and it seems to be better then. I know what you mean about gift cards. They seem so impersonal. We’ve resorted to them a time or two, though.

      A tree trimming party sounds fun! We had friends who used to come every year and decorate with us, but they moved far away, alas.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    Looks like there will be great great books coming up this month.

    I’m taking a deep breath in preparation for getting the shopping and wrapping done. I’m behind this year so I need to get caught up!

    • Connie, I know what you mean about taking a breath before diving in. Once you’re into the whirlwind, it hardly seems to pause.

      At least reading provides a nice break.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Loved the phrase “Elite Ops series, featuring sexy military men…and the women who rescue their hearts.” Not sure if it was Kay’s or yours, but it had a special ring to it.

    To me, holidays are about family. The grands are wild, but fun to watch. I like the lights and the music.

    I also like the start of a new year. It’s like a giant “do over” each year-a second chance to improve. Except we have lots of chances with each passing year!

    We take our anniversary trip in January so we always look forward to that. This year we’re doing a “warm” vacation in the Caribbean.

    • It’s Kay’s phrase, Becke, but I agree that it’s great. Holidays are more about people than about gifts for me, too. We’ll have the boy for almost a month and are so looking forward to that.

      January in the Caribbean sounds fabulous!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Wow, love the lineup for December, Nancy! Lots of interesting guests and mucking abouts in the Lair.

    And I’m going to go eat that red apple right now!

  • Gwen H says:

    I love decorating the house and wrapping gifts. One Christmas I gave my sister $50.00 (in the 70’s that was a lot of money) and I gave it to her all in change. 100 small jewelry boxes individually wrapped, inside of a large coat box. It took her forever to open it.

    • Gwen, what a clever way to present a gift!

      I enjoy decorating, too. We’ve scaled back for the last several years, but we have some lovely tabletop decorations I miss seeing. Maybe we’ll pull them out this year.

  • Wow, stuff galore happening for December. And the Bandita Christmas Bash is always huge fun. Make sure you guys swing by for that! Always nice to have something extra under the tree!

    I’m looking forward to a few days off between Christmas and New Year. 2013 has been a really busy year and doing nothing but read and swim and loll about watching bad TV sounds just like heaven to me right now!

  • Late-breaking news: Congrats to Joan for hitting #1 on the Kindle Store’s Historical Romances/Ancient World list with The Patrician. She’s now at #2. Way to go, Joan!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    I look forward to when all the packages of gifts are boxed and shipped and it’s just the immediate family gifts to wrap, stress free.

    And yeah for me, I ate a red apple today even before knowing I should. LOL

  • Mary Preston says:

    Another amazing month ahead.