Hot August Nights!

CA 6Anyone a Neil Diamond fan? There was a stage in my teenage life when I thought he was the bee’s knees and I wished my name was Caroline!

Wow, August is jumping in the lair! I hardly know where to look there’s so much good stuff happening. Here’s a list of the guests who will be lighting up the lair and of special events for your entertainment! Rosie will be cracklin’ all right!

On August 5, Nancy welcomes Jesse Hayworth to talk about the latest Mustang Ridge romance, HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGEjh.  Jesse will tell us about the challenges and the fun of writing a reunion of exes.

CA 5On Thursday, 14th August, we have one of Tawny Weber’s infamous launch parties in the lair! Yahoo! In anticipation of her September release, A SEAL’s Fantasy, Tawny’s Sexy SEALs are getting their own boxed set!  On August 12th, the first four books in her Sexy SEAL series will be hitting digital shelves everywhere.   You can check them out at   

kim lawContemporary romance author Kim Law will be in the Lair Aug. 18 to celebrate the release of her latest title, SPRINKLES ON TOP.

crazyforher_cover_lgOn Wednesday, 20th August, I’m hosting Sandra Owens who will be talking about her first K2 Special Services book from Montlake, CRAZY FOR HER. You know how we love Navy SEALS in the lair!

Phew! I told you we had a lot going on in the lair this August!

CA 2On Thursday, 21st August, lair favorite Lorraine Heath returns to talk about her latest, ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE. A gambling house overseer seeks to bring an aristocratic lady to heel by convincing her that she is his servant when he rescues her from the Thames and discovers she has no memory of him or the numerous times she publicly snubbed him. Sounds delicious!

CA 1On Wednesday, 27th August, author Jo Davis stops by to chat with Suz about her newest Sugarland Blue book, IN HIS SIGHTS. When a dangerous criminal targets those whom Sugarland detective Chris Ford holds dear, nothing will stop him from hunting down his man.…

CA 4On Saturday, 30th August, Christina Brooke hosts the lovely Melanie Scott, whose New York Saints series is about to take the romance world by storm. Mel will be chatting about her first book in the series, THE DEVIL IN DENIM! Love that cover!

Duke very low resBecause I have a new release at the end of August, I’m doing a big international giveaway on my website. There are FIVE chances to win a signed copy of WHAT A DUKE DARES (Sons of Sin 3). Just read the excerpt on my site and tell me the name of the Scottish captain of Cam’s yacht the Windhover (here’s the link to the excerpt). Then email me on anna @ (no spaces) with your answer. Contest closes 31st August 2014.

Are you old enough to remember the 70s? Do you have a favorite artist from back then? Were you another Neil Diamond fan? If you don’t remember the 70s,what’s your earliest musical memory?


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  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    Happy August. Neil Diamond was a little before my time. Our older cousins had cable and would watch MTV all the time and I remember seeing videos from U2 and The Police. I was too young to appreciate their music then.

    • Jane, you should get the rooster to sing you his favorite Neil Diamond songs. It’s an…unforgettable experience!

      I remember when MTV started – we were all quite mesmerized by it!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Anna

    What another fantastic month in the Lair and so many fantastic books oh I so need some more time to read LOL so as I can keep up and I am really looking forward to Cam’s story 🙂

    Oh the 70’s my era and yes I loved Neil Diamond but of course you all know who my favourite was and still is Rod Stewart oh be still my beating heart LOL

    Have Fun

    • We are sailing, we are sailing…

      Helen, I must say I knew you had a soft spot for the Scottish accented boy with the husky voice.

      So glad you’re looking forward to Cam’s story!

    • Cassondra says:

      Helen I have a Rod Stewart Station on my Pandora. All dedicated to just him and his ilk.


  • Amy Conley says:

    Hi there, Anna. Wow what a busy month Aug is going to be around here.

    Ad far as Neil goes, love his music, always have always will. Most of his music hold great memories for me. We sang many of his songs in choir from 7-12th grade choir class. We used many of his songs for contest for music/choir.

    As for music, I LOVE all sorts of music. For me music is a like a diary of my life. I can tell you the first time I heatd many, read most, I heard many songs and where I es and what I was doing. 🙂

    • Amy, I’m the same with music – it’s like a snapshot of my life when I hear a certain song. I remember, for example, being on holiday at Byron Bay with a tape of 52nd Street by Billy Joel when I was in my very early 20s. The Neil Diamond stuff takes me back to school. Great tunes!

      • Amy Conley says:

        My hubby thinkd I’m weird because I temember where and when I first heard a song. Just like you said,”music is like a photograph of my life”. Good, bad, and everything inbetween.

  • What a great line-up! Thanks so much for giving us the run-down, Foanna 🙂

  • Mozette says:

    Wellll, I was born in the 1970’s… so my earliest memory for me – big musical memory – was when Cloudland Dancehall was demolished by The Dean Brothers here in Brisbane. It had such a profound affect on my parents – as they both cried when we saw it on the news – that at aged 8, I remember the news article so well; and have had a fascination for it since.

    My Mum has always said that my generation will never meet anywhere like Cloudland ever again… and she’s right.

    But I do like Neil Diamond, I actually have ‘Beautiful Noise’ on vinyl and play it sometimes. But then, I also have ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ by Peaches & Herb on vinyl, iPod and cd as well. I play it up loud and proud in my car! 😀

    • Mozette, I remember the Cloudland thing too. Such a tragedy. I still look at the top of that hill and see something missing. We used to do uni exams there – the sprung floor added a faintly surreal element to writing an essay!

      • Mozette says:

        I wrote the dancehall into a story of mine called ‘Victor’ – it was about the life of my piano and I decided to get it to go to Cloudland… I had to do some research into what it looked like inside! Thank goodness for all those historical photos! 🙂

        Unfortunately, it’s no more and there is another place of the same name in Fortitude Valley which is a nightclub… but it’s just not the same. 🙁

  • Fo, I do remember the 70s, and I’m a huge Neil Diamond fan. Song Sung Blue, Holly Holy, Sweet Caroline, coming to America, and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers are among my favorite songs of his.

    When the men’s basketball team of my alma mater, Davidon College climbed through the NCAA payoffs a few years ago, I was thrilled to learn they had adopted Sweet Caroline as an unofficial fight song. Because Davidson’s success was such a Cinderella story, the school got a lot of attention. One of the network morning shows did a broadcast from the student union that featured the assembled students singing Sweet Caroline.

    Before the team went off to the Elite 8 round (where they lost to Kansas, alas, in the final game), the school held a big pep rally in the gym. They’d contacted Neil Diamond and sent him a Davidson shirt. The big surprise at the rally was that he sent the school a video of himself and his band performing Sweet Caroline while he wore the shirt. Is that not so very cool?

    • Wow, Nancy, that story about Neil Diamond IS majorly cool! From everything I can gather, he is actually a genuinely nice guy. And I love his way with a tune and a lyric. My angsty teenage self played a vinyl record featuring I Am, I Said until it was a mere whisper of its former self.

  • catslady says:

    I think I remember the 70’s music the most. I worked all those years and had a minimum of and hour each way commute and since my husband did the driving, I would listen to the radio and read (lucky me that I can in a car). I liked a variety of music but Simon and Garfunkle were a favorite but there were tons of singers and groups that I remember and I did like Neil.

    • Catslady, I loved Simon and Garfunkel too (but they didn’t do an album called Hot August Nights so they didn’t feature in my blog this month, snerk!). I think Bridge of Troubled Water is such a beautiful song and even all the replays and corny versions can’t spoil that for me. I also love Sounds of Silence.

  • Wonderful job of teasing us, Ms. Anna! And wow, so many gorgeous book covers. I’m excited to see some of our Lair favorites return for a visit and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on all those Navy SEALs. Hmm. 🙂

    Confession time: I love Neil Diamond! I still listen to Hot August Nights (in my car. Alone. Heh.) and Sweet Caroline was always my favorite. Sigh. Am I dating myself? No, no! My mother listened to him while I was in the womb. Yeah, that’s it!!

    • Kate, you’re speaking to the converted here. We must have a road trip and play Mr. Diamond all the way! Suley-Suley-Suleymon! Actually I never owned Hot August Nights although I owned a whole stack of his albums. I think my fave was a real bargain basement disc that came from the early 70s which had things like I’m a Believer and Shiloh on it. That was just fab!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka were two of my favorites. Remember Laughter in the Rain, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, America, Holly Holy? Boy could those two guys sing!

    • Debbie, I’m so with you about Neil Sedaka. Although his tunes get in your head and stay as ear worms – Oh, Carol! Stupid Cupid! As you said, major talents, both Neils! I kneel to the Neils!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Here’s a question for you, Anna. Do you remember the first time you saw the BEATLES? Live in concert or on tv?
    I was 4 when they were on the Ed Sullivan show here in the USA. I remember almost everything about that night. Goosebump city.

    • Amy, I have to say I think it might have been the cartoon Beatles that I saw first. Or perhaps footage of their Australian tour just before they made it big in America in 1964. Ringo had the flu and didn’t come on that. There’s just been all sorts of commemoration activities to mark the 50th anniversary of that tour. A friend of mine actually met them (her dad ran a radio station). It’s quite a cute story – they were all sharing one room in the Sydney Sheraton and Paul was cooking lamb chops and peas. I bet that was one of the last time they experienced such humble circumstances!

  • LOVE Neil Diamond’s music. And yes, I do remember the 70’s as I was in high school and college during that decade of big hair, big makeup and big change.

    I look at pictures of myself then and say “What was I thinking? No one should ever wear that much blue eye shadow!”

    I also loved the Eagles and I love them still. Aerosmith. I was not a big fan of MTV. I don’t know why. It simply never appealed to me.

    The 70’s were big for me in another way. I read my first non classic (Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer) historical romance – The Wolf and the Dove. I WAS HOOKED!

    Great lineup in the Lair for August!! And I must say I was SO HAPPY to see all of the Banditas I saw in San Antonio !! And if I missed one of you I am so sorry.

    A VERY SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to VraiAnna – Goddess of Hockey Romance – for her amazing generosity and all knowingness of my love of all things Cadbury, especially Cadbury Fruit and Nut ! Yes, my brothers were mortally jealous and no, I did not share with them. 🙂

    • Louisa, have you fallen into the grip of that notorious Cadbury pusher, Vrai Anna? Your life is hers now, you know! And I think it’s perfectly fine not to share with your brothers. It’s CADBURY!!!! I still grit my teeth and growl to remember when I sent you all that Cadbury chocolate and someone in the post office stole it but had the hide to send the empty package on to you so you knew what you’d missed. I hope all their teeth fell out!

      So glad you’re another Neil Diamond fan. Hey, wanna come on a road trip with Super Kate and me? Although I suspect you’d keep a tune with the singalong better than we would!

      • Trust me, La Divina, I have uttered many a voodoo curse in the direction of those cheeky Cadbury thieves. Their teeth falling out is the LEAST of what I have wished on them! I am a willing slave to anyone who provides me with Cadbury, as well you know! LOL

        I would go anywhere with you and Super Kate ! So long as we have the other Banditas ready and willing to bail us out of jail we’ll be fine. 🙂

  • Becke says:

    Of course I was a ND fan. We saw him about 10 years ago in Charleston and the concert was awesome. We stood the whole time. Yeah his voice is going, but no one cared! Heavens there are too many to list. Buckinghams, 3 Dog Night, Sly….

    • Becke, I think he has the most amazing backlist of songs! He could play for hours. Lucky you seeing him live. I never have. Must put that on my bucket list.

  • Deb says:

    I was a young girl in the early 70s and watched The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family every Friday night. I remember liking David Cassidy and Peter on the Brady Bunch. Loved The Osmond Brothers. When I was 10, my sister and cousin went to our first concert and held up a sign that said, “We love you, Donny!” He saw it and said, “I love you back!” Oooh, fluttering hearts and girlish giggles.
    I appreciated music like Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, and John Denver much later in my 20s.

    • Deb, what a lovely story about Donny Osmond. He always comes across as a very nice guy, doesn’t he? I missed out on the Osmond/Jackson 5 craze at that stage but I always thought Karen Carpenter had the most beautiful voice. She still gives me goosebumps when she sings something like Close to You or Rainy Days and Mondays. So sad we lost her so soon.

  • My mum was a huge Neil Diamond fan, Anna so I grew up with him. Great songs. Though my earliest musical memory is probably ABBA, also another parental fave!

    • Mel, it will shock you, but I was never into Abba. And then of course, I had to suffer the huge revival in the 90s! I wish Neil Diamond had had a similar revival. I would have enjoyed that, LOL! So looking forward to your visit. And congratulations on Devil in Denim. Looks delish!

  • Kaelee says:

    Great line up for August. Hopefully I’ll get in here a bit more often.

    Yes I remember the 70’s, I loved a lot of singers from that era. However my first musical memories go back to the fifties.

    The highlight of 1970 for my husband and I was attending a Minnesota Twins baseball game in the afternoon, then seeing TOM JONES in concert that night. My husband had grabbed a lady’s leg trying to catch a foul ball and then someone threw a pair of panties at his head in the evening. He threw them farther towards the stage.

    • Wow, Kaelee! That’s an amazing story about Tom Jones. I wasn’t ever sure whether the flying underwear stories were urban myths. Clearly not! He’s still got a great voice, hasn’t he? And I loved those songs he did in the 80s and 90s – he always looked like he was having a fantastic time shaking his groove thang.

  • Thanks so much to everyone who swung by to say hello and check out the coming attractions. Sorry I disappeared – I had visitors over the weekend and the internet sort of faded into the background! See you in the lair for lots of hot August nights!