Happy Boxing Day!!!

Yes, it’s time for the annual Boxing Day celebration, hosted by the Lair’s one and only Brit!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, or whatever festival you celebrate, but aren’t too full to join in the fun.

Especially, as we’re hosting an extra-special party in the Lair today.

The hockey hunks have taken over the grand ballroom and turned it into their own party rink. (Don’t worry, Ermingarde has been locked in her tower for the duration.) The bar is stocked with your favourite drinks – with lots of ice, naturally. Sven, Paolo and the gang have prepared delicious nibbles (no, not that kind of nibbles, though if you catch them after a few mojitos, you never know!) And, for those who’d rather lounge in comfort than skate with the hunks, the fires are lit and fur-covered sofas abound.

No, it’s not all just for Boxing Day – though you know we love to give special treats to our fabulous BBs. And, no, it’s not just any old excuse to party … as if ;)

We’re celebrating something very special.

Another Bandita has SOLD!!!

Me!!!

After nearly 10 years of writing seriously, 8 full books, 4 partial books, 3 Golden Heart finals and numerous rejections, (I know there’s a partridge in a pear tree somewhere) I’ve sold my first book to Harlequin Superromance!!! What’s more, it is the book you’ve heard so much about – the one about the hockey hunks! Will give more details as they come available, but in the meantime, mark your diaries for September 2013!

So grab your favourite beverage, nibble and hockey hunk and let’s party!!

In true Boxing Day spirit, I thought we could play a fun game. It’s called ‘Guess the Bandita’. You’ll see below a number of pics of baby Banditas and either a book cover or something else you would associate with that Bandita. All you have to do is tell us which beautiful baby goes with which cover/pic.

A Super-sweetheart in any Town; those cakes are no competition!


This all-American beauty is already a Heartbreaker!


All the boys will have wanted to Kiss this Girl!


This little Duchess is pleased as punch about her memorable dress.


There’s nothing Dark or Deadly about this Charming young lady … or is there?


This ice princess wants to know if Jimmy Choo does skates?


Is this Down-Under doll a Courtesan in the making? Is that dog’s tartan coat a clue?


Already a sultry beauty, this little lady grew up to become a hot Blaze babe!


Has this cutie spotted a gorgeous gladiator or a monkey cat?

 

Can you match them to these images?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a special prize, I will give one lucky person who comments today a Cath Kidston-designed Diamond Jubilee Mug and a Limited Edition London Olympics pin!

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78 thoughts on “Happy Boxing Day!!!

  1. 1
    catslady says:

    I think I got him!!! A nice Christmas present for my cats – they had such fun chasing him last time lol.

    • 1.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Catslady, what a nice Boxing Day treat for the kitties! Make sure they don’t chew too many of his tail feathers, though. He is quite vain! :)

    • 1.2
      Anna Sugden says:

      Commiserations, catslady. I’m sure your cats will keep the pesky bird under control – mine did!

  2. 2
    catslady says:

    A big congratulations on your book, Anna!!!

    Here goes:
    1. Beth Andrews
    2. Trish Milburn
    3. Susan Sey
    4. Christina Brooke
    5. Jeanne Adams
    5. Anna Sugden
    6. Anna Campbell
    7. Tawny Weber
    8. Joan Kayse

    Cuties all!

  3. 3
    Jane says:

    Happy Boxing Day, Anna. I guess you’re missing hockey as much as I am. Love the pics. You guys were so cute. Here are my guesses.
    1. Beth
    2. Trish
    3. Susan
    4. Christina
    5. Jeanne
    6. Anna Campbell
    7. Anna Sudgen
    8. Tawny
    9. Joan

    • 3.1
      Jane says:

      Oops. I switched six and seven. Six is Anna Sudgen and seven is Anna Campbell.

    • 3.2
      Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Jane *waving* – my only hope is that Santa brought both the NHL and the NHLPA some common sense and that we’ll have hockey for the new year. It’s been miserable without it!

      I’ve told hockey hunk Henrik to bring you some treats to keep you cheery this festive season!

  4. 4
    catslady says:

    Okay it’s late – I have two 5′s but you know what I meant lol.

  5. 5
    AmyConley says:

    After a day like today, we have to THINK? Ok, well I THINK I’ve got them:
    1.Beth Andrews
    2.Trish Milburn
    3.Susan Sey
    4.Christina Brooke
    5.Jeanne Adams
    6.Anna Sigdon
    7.Anna Campbell
    8.Tawny Weber
    9.Joan Kayse

    (And I didn’t even cheat to see what anyone else wrote!)

  6. 6
    Pissenlit says:

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on the sale! *marking calendar* Oh, and Happy Boxing Day too!

    Awwwww, adorable kiddie pics! Okay, let me give this a shot…
    In order…
    Cover of In This Town
    Cover Hill Country Hearts
    Cover of Kiss the Girl
    Cover of A Duchess to Remember
    Cover of Deadly Charms
    Picture of hockey hunk (yay, hockey!)
    Cover of The Winter Wife
    Cover of Nice & Naughty
    Cover of The Patrician

    Okalie, now off to wrangle the hockey hunks for a game of shinny in the grand ballroom!

  7. 7
    Fedora says:

    Woot, Anna!!!! YAY!!!

    So happy to be celebrating your sale! And definitely looking forward to next September!!

    I think catslady’s nailed the lovely Banditas!

    Congrats to you all, and wishing you all many more sales in the year to come!

  8. 8
    Kaelee says:

    Congratulations Anna. I will be watching for it in September. Hockey hunks are worth waiting for.

    I. Beth Andrews In this Town
    2. Trish Milburn Hill Country Hearts
    3. Susn Sey Kiss the Girl
    4. Cristina Brooke ~A Duchess to Remember
    5. Jeannie Adams Deadly charms
    6. Anna Sugden ~ Hockey Hunks coming in September 2013
    7. Anna Campbell The Winter Wife
    8. Tawny Weber Nice & Naughty.
    9. Joan Kayse The Patrician.

    I enjoyed looking at the pictures. all nine of you are so cute!

    Happy Boxing Day! It’s still Christmas here for about 35 minutes. I need to go to bed as I’m going to a Boxing Day family party for 25 people. Good thing today was quiet.

  9. 9
    Mary Preston says:

    Happy Boxing Day!!

    Congratulations Anna.

    Guests imminent!!

    Cute bubs.

    Must dash.

    Alcohol ahoy!!

  10. 10
    Mariska says:

    Congrats !!

    my guess :

    I. Beth Andrews —- In this Town
    2. Trish Milburn —– Hill Country Hearts
    3. Susan Sey —— Kiss the Girl
    4. Cristina Brooke —– A Duchess to Remember
    5. Jeannie Adams —- Deadly charms
    6. Anna Sugden —- Hockey Hunks pic :D
    7. Anna Campbell —– The Winter Wife
    8. Tawny Weber —– Nice & Naughty.
    9. Joan Kayse —– The Patrician.

  11. 11
    Helen says:

    Anna

    Whoo Hoo I am so so happy for you and us because we can read your book huge congrats Looking forward to September

    I so love Quizes LOl

    1.Beth Andrews In This Town
    2. Trish Milburn Hill Country Hearts
    3. Susan Sey Kiss The Girl
    4 Christina Brooke A Duchess to Remember
    5. Jeanne Adams Dark and Deadly
    6. Anna Sudgen Hockey Hunks YAY
    7. Anna Campbell The Winter Wife
    8.Tawny Weber Nice & Naughty
    9.Joan Kayse The Patrician

    I had to work today :( but I got through it LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 11.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      Aww thanks, Helen! I’m thrilled you’ll get to read the hockey hunks, but a little nervous too!

      Glad you had some festive fun before you had to work!

  12. 12
    Lianne says:

    Congrats Anna!

    my guess is
    1 Beth Andrews
    2 Trish Milburn
    3 Susan Sey
    4 Christina Brooke
    5 Jeanne Adams
    6 Anna Sugden
    7 Anna Campbell
    8 Tawny Weber
    9 Joan Kayse

  13. 13
    Heathercm2001 says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear more about these hockey hunks, especially since there hasn’t been much hockey lately. I’ll have to wait until after work to check out the cute baby pictures and beautiful covers. I’ll make my guesses then! See you all a little bit later!

    • 13.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Heather. Hope you have a good day at work.

      I had such fun writing the hockey hunks – especially doing the research. I just hope the season starts soon!

  14. 14
    Barb says:

    Hi Anna

    Congratulations on your book … will look forward to reading it

    1.Beth Andrews
    2.Trish Milburn
    3.Susan Sey
    4.Christina Brooke
    5.Jeanne Adams
    6.Anna Sigdon
    7.Anna Campbell
    8.Tawny Weber
    9.Joan Kayse

  15. 15

    Uh -oh. I’m guessing my baby pic was just so cute, it put the others to shame :-)

    Super-congratulations Anna! This sale is long overdue. I’m so glad Harlequin finally recognized your potential – though, I must admit – it makes me nervous to see the hockey hunks skating around with you hoisted on their shoulders.

    Happy Boxing Day!

    • 15.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      That’s weird, Donna – I saved your pic and info first of all! I had real problems with the blog posting the pics, though – I lost Trish a couple of times and it overwrote Beth twice too. *sigh* This is what comes of not checking it through. I’ll put you in the prize post!

      Thanks so much, Donna! You always had faith in me and the hockey hunks! Trust me – they’re fine on their skates. It’s when they’re walking on solid ground that I get nervous ;)

      • 15.1.1

        Anna – No worries. My baby pic is no prize LOL. In fact, I’m sure the computer would have dealt with it easier if I hadn’t scanned a photo carved in a dinosaur bone.

        Just loved seeing that announcement of a SALE!!

  16. 16
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I will be at work today, closing the office for two days and me being off the week before that will be making for a lot of backed up work. It’s okay though, it was entirely worth it.

    My answers below
    A Super-sweetheart in any Town; those cakes are no competition!
    Beth Andrews-In this Town

    This all-American beauty is already a Heartbreaker!
    Trish Milburn-Hill Country Hearts

    All the boys will have wanted to Kiss this Girl!
    Susan Sey-Kiss the Girl

    This little Duchess is pleased as punch about her memorable dress.
    A Duchess to Remember-Christina Brooke

    There’s nothing Dark or Deadly about this Charming young lady … or is there?
    Deadly Charms-Jeanne Adams

    This ice princess wants to know if Jimmy Choo does skates?
    Anna Sugden

    Is this Down-Under doll a Courtesan in the making? Is that dog’s tartan coat a clue?
    The Winter Wife-Anna Campbell

    Already a sultry beauty, this little lady grew up to become a hot Blaze babe!
    Tawny Weber-Nice and Naughty

    Has this cutie spotted a gorgeous gladiator or a monkey cat?
    Joan Kayse-The Patrician

  17. 17
    Janga says:

    Grand news, Anna! Super congratulations!

    You can tell from the baby pics that you were all destined to win hearts and influence readers.

    My guesses:

    Beth Andrews–In this Town
    2. Trish Milburn–Hill Country Hearts
    3. Susan Sey–Kiss the Girl
    4. Cristina Brooke–A Duchess to Remember
    5. Jeannie Adams–Deadly Charms
    6. Anna Sugden–Superromance featuring hockey hunks arriving in September 2013
    7. Anna Campbell–The Winter Wife
    8. Tawny Weber–Nice & Naughty.
    9. Joan Kayse–The Patrician.

  18. 18
    Minna says:

    1.Beth Andrews
    2.Trish Milburn
    3.Susan Sey
    4.Christina Brooke
    5.Jeanne Adams
    6.Anna Sigdon
    7.Anna Campbell
    8.Tawny Weber
    9.Joan Kayse

  19. 19
    May says:

    Oooh… a tough one…. Here’s my best guess:

    1. Beth Andrews
    2. Trish
    3. Susan Sey
    4. Christina Brooke
    5. Jeanne
    6. Anna Sudgen
    7. Anna Campbell
    8. Tawny
    9. Joan kayse

  20. 20
    Caren Crane says:

    I’m not going to guess, because I know all those gorgeous faces! :D Sorry my baby pic didn’t make it in time. My oldest sister – Keeper Of the Family Pictures – was too busy to scan one for me. :( Believe me, y’all would have known my head. It looked like a squashed melon from way back!

    • 20.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      I’m sure you were just as gorgeous then as you are now, Caren! Trust me, I deliberately kept the uber-fat pics of me hidden from the scanner!

  21. 21
    gamistress66 says:

    congrats! way to go! and Hurray for you! :D that is wonderful news & a celebration is definately a good idea :) love the baby pics (everyone looks sooo cute) but I must admit that my brain isn’t quite awake yet (stayed up too late reading since didn’t have to get up early today to go to work) so think I’ll just curl up on that couch with a nibble & beverage & enjoy the scenery while I finish up the 2nd half of that book I was reading :)

  22. 22
    Anne says:

    1.Beth Andrews
    2. Trish Milburn
    3. Susan Sey
    4. Christina Brooke
    5.Jeanne Adams
    6. Anna Sudgen
    7. Anna Campbell
    8.Tawny Weber
    9. Joan Kayse

  23. 23
    Melody May says:

    Oh my goodness, I had use my brain, what’s the world coming to ;)
    Here’s my go:
    1. Beth
    2. Trish
    3. Susan
    4. Christina
    5. Jeanne
    6. Anna S.
    7. Anna C.
    8. Tawny
    9. Joan

  24. 24
    Pat Cochran says:

    Belated Christmas greetings and Happy
    Boxing Day to all!

    My guesses are as follows:

    1. Beth Andrews
    2. Trish Milburn
    3. Susan Sey
    4. Jeanne Adams
    5. Christina Brookes
    6. Anna Sugden
    7. Anna Campbell
    8. Tawny Weaver
    9. Joan Kayse

    This was fun , good clues!

    Congratulations, Anna Sugden, on
    your sale! Looking forward to reading
    your debut book!

    Pat C.

  25. 25
    Deb says:

    Happy Boxing Day, Anna! :)

    1.Either Beth or Trish, so chose Beth (super clue helped)
    2.Either Trish or Beth, so chose Trish
    3.Susan
    4. Christina Brooke
    5. Jeanne (almost put her at 4 with the Duchess clue.
    6. Anna S.
    7. Anna C.
    8. Tawny
    9. Joan

  26. 26
    Beth Andrews says:

    Whoo hoo!! Congrats again on your sale, Anna! I know I’ve already told you this but it bears repeating that I’m so glad we’re going to be Super Sisters *g*

    Love the quiz and the baby pictures!

    Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday :-)

  27. 27

    Anna, yay on the sale! I can’t wait to read this book between covers.

    Happy Boxing Day. :-)

  28. 28

    Anna, I’m so thrilled for you. I just smile ear to ear whenever I see the news again. Cannot wait to read your hockey hunks because you know I like the real thing. :)

    Cute baby pictures!

  29. 29

    Anna, so excited for you! Just about to put the news up on the Romance Writers of Australia page – you made so many friends when you visited for our conference in Melbourne. People will be thrilled for you!

    I’m laughing at the photos – interesting how many personality traits were already in place even at that age!

    Good luck with the game, everyone. What a fun way to celebrate Boxing Day!

    • 29.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks so much, Anna. I had such a fabulous time at RWAus last year and am hoping that this sale means I get to come back over there in the not-too-distant future!

      Oh yes, the personalities definitely shine through!

  30. 30
    Anna Sugden says:

    Hi all! Happy Boxing Day!

    Sorry I’m late, but those of you who’ve been with the Banditas for a few years know that Boxing Day is a football day for the Sugdens! Just got back from Manchester – for those interested, we won! Yay!

  31. 31
    Molly R. Moody says:

    I’m not entering the contest but wanted to tell you how I’m celebrating Boxing Day.
    I’m listening to lots of bagpipe music on YouTube right now I’m listening to the video of the Trooping of the Color by the Scots Guards at the Queen’s 59th birthday parade. It’s amazing.

  32. 32

    #4 just screams Aussie childhood,
    playing in the backyard with the Hills Hoist in the background. I have similar photos :)

  33. 33
    Nancy Muggridge says:

    Congrats Anna! I hope your new book, Hocky Hunks hits a “goalie” on Boxing Day with a big “KO” at the book stores.

    Here goes my answers:

    1.Beth Andrews In This Town
    2. Trish Milburn Hill Country Hearts
    3. Susan Sey Kiss The Girl
    4 Christina Brooke A Duchess to Remember
    5. Jeanne Adams Dark and Deadly
    6. Anna Sudgen Hockey Hunks
    7. Anna Campbell The Winter Wife
    8.Tawny Weber Nice & Naughty
    9.Joan Kayse The Patrician

  34. 34
    Tawny Weber says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    *Tushie wiggling, on top of the table with arms waving in the air, happy dance*

    I have been waiting so long to give this victory scream of delight!!!

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY and WhOOOHOOOooooooo Baby!!!!

    Anna sold! Anna Sold! ANNA SOLD!!!!!!!

    Whew… I must be getting old, cuz now I’m short of breath from that dance and scream combo. So I’ll just cozy up over here on the cushy divan and let Sven and the boys bring me chocolate covered strawberries and champagne so I can keep celebrating this awesome and well-deserved news :-)

    So so so happy, Anna.

    • 34.1
      Anna Sugden says:

      Aww thanks, love! I couldn’t have done it without you! The boys will make sure you have the best treats for the celebration! Can’t wait to celebrate with you in person.