Kate Carlisle’s Farewell Giveaway

Keep reading to see how you can win all of the books pictured in this post!

Millionaire Meets His MatchI refuse to say goodbye, my friends, so this is farewell. So long. Hasta la vista, baby. See you later. Soon, I hope! To make sure we don’t lose touch, please connect with me at the links below:

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Sweet Surprise, Baby SurrenderThis month in the Lair has reminded me of the last year of high school. Remember that bittersweet combination of excitement and melancholy and trepidation? Every event was a milestone. The last dance, the last pep rally, the last math test. (Not every “last” was a sad one!)

What fun we’ve had together! The Romance Bandits have become the sisters of my heart, and the Bandita Buddies a raucous group of far-flung cousins. It really has felt like family in our corner as we’ve grown as writers. We commiserate with each other and celebrate happy news together. Accompanied by several sexy and sweet cabana boys and a very naughty rooster.

An Innocent in Paradise(And hey, speaking of good news, I have something fun to share! My book AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE was translated into Japanese, which is super cool on its own. But even cooler… Japanese readers voted it one of the Top Ten romances for the second half of 2014! Hoorah!)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your friendship over the past seven plus years. (Has it really been that many?!?! It feels like only yesterday…)

In the spirit of celebration and love, I’m giving away not one… not two… not three… but four books to one lucky reader! Including AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE! To enter, just comment below. Share a memory from your last year of high school!

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  • Kaelee says:

    I’m going to miss you. I love your books both the Desires and the mysteries. Hopefully you will visit in the lair often.

  • flchen1 says:

    No good byes, Kate–just “see you again soon” 😉

    Glad you’ll be everywhere else too!

    As for a memory from my last year of high school, it was an angsty time for me :/ I had a boyfriend for a brief time, and fought far too much with my parents over that short relationship. Very thankful to be past that stage in life 😉 And indeed, time does fly!! In a few short years, my eldest will be a high school senior–eeek!

    • Oh, the agony of the high school relationship!!! We couldn’t see then that our parents were looking out for us. All we knew is that they wanted to keep us apart from the boy or our dreams, the man we were destined to grow old with. Snork. It happens, I suppose… but certainly not to me!

      • flchen1 says:

        Bwahaha! SO thankful I’m not still with that guy–I wish him well, but my parents definitely did know better than I did 😉

  • Jane says:

    Hello Kate,
    Already following you on FB. The last year of high school was fun, but definitely a little sad because we knew we were leaving our good friends. I just remember the many ceremonies we had for senior achievements and meeting with the guidance counselor for advice and making sure all your transcripts and Regents Exams scores were being sent to the colleges.

    • Wasn’t that an exciting time, with a world of possibilities open before us? Intimidating, too, trying to decide on a path to take when we were kicked out of the nest.

      Thanks for following me on Facebook! 🙂

  • Laney4 says:

    High school. Forty years ago. Big reunion coming up in a couple of months. Yowsers.

    Memory? Grade 12 field trip to New York City. 2 coach buses. Ours went down an on-ramp to a major highway before driver realized he was on the wrong one, so he actually drove backwards back up the on-ramp to get off the highway. Got to hotel in NYC. Girls told they couldn’t leave unless accompanied by boys. Doctor’s son became known (and disciplined) as “The $24 man”. He had taken a $2 taxi both ways to get a $20 hooker.
    Several of the other students drank cherry brandy in the back of the bus. Me? I played chess with the teachers in the front rows instead. Had the best time ever.

    I’m not on FB so will miss you guys tremendously. Looking forward to sporadic blogs instead….

    • The $24 man!!!!!!! OMG, if I was his mom, I would’ve killed him! LOL That sex drive in a teenage male is a powerful thing. It’ll be interesting to see him at your reunion again. Wonder how he turned out.

  • Shannon says:

    I’ve discovered my password for Facebook. So this is farewell.

    High School and senior year seem so far away. I think the leave taking I remember is the end of grad school. Being in the same seminars for a couple of years and inmates in the same library built bonds.

    • “I’ve discovered my password for Facebook. So this is farewell.”

      I’m afraid I don’t know what you mean, Shannon. 🙂 Do you mean you discarded your password for Facebook? Or you just discovered it, so you’re going to come like my page? 😉

      I do think that the bonds we build in college can be powerful. Particularly in the latter years, as we begin to specialize, because we’re with a group of people with shared interests.

      • Shannon says:

        Farewell, as in I can say Farewell to the blog, with a lighter heart. And I can come like your page as well. BTW, I recommended you to my Mom, and she’s become a fan.

  • donnas says:

    Never a good bye but a until we meet again.

    HS seems so far away. But I do remember cleaning out my locker for the last time. I was glad to leave but wow there was a lot in there.

    • LOL!!!! Oh, mine, too. And cleaning it out was not nearly as fun as decorating it throughout the year. Our one little 12-inch spot where we could make ourselves at home.

  • Helen says:

    Never goodbye Kate we will keep in touch through facebook and the occasions here in the lair I have truly loved your stories although I am a little behind in Brooklyn’s and I have the Fixer ups waiting for me on the kindle 🙂
    I have had such fun times here in the lair and met so many wonderful people that I call friends thank you all 🙂

    High school was such a long time ago for me and I went to an all girls high school but one memory is of us girls hugging and crying while To Sir With Love was playing on the radio the last day of school Hugs

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Oh yes, those last-day hugs… I remember those, too. We felt our world was ending, and we weren’t wrong. It was the end of one world and the beginning of another.

  • Cathy P says:

    Until we meet again, Kate!

    High school was a long, long, ling time ago for me. The main thing I remember is being a baton twirler my senior year. It was a culmination of a dream come true.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    • Oh, that is so sweet! I can just picture you as a little girl, looking up to the baton twirlers, and then the pride you must’ve felt when you grew up to be one yourself. Love!

  • Mozette says:

    I didn’t finish high school… so I’m taking this from year 11.

    I remember year 8 kids used to try and push me around – me! A senior! So, I’d get them back and practically search them for cigarettes (yeah they were so tough, they’d smoke… they really did).
    I’d find the cigarettes, bum one off them then dob them in. They’d get suspended, I’d get thanked by the teacher and they’d be snotty to me, but not try pushing me around again.

    I did this to a year 8 who was new and thought he’d try and put me in my place. Anyway, he shoved me, his pack of smokes fell out of his pocket, I picked them up, bummed one and handed them back. Not a minute later, the Principal walked by and I dobbed in the kid saying he even ‘gave me a smoke! You know I don’t smoke on school property, Sir.’
    Well, Mr Roph walked up and dragged that kid off to the office and copped him with a suspension, thanking me in the process. The kid said I took the smoke off him… at which point I had to admit to that part, but I said I’d never smoke on school property – which got me off the hook.

    Then, I laughed at the kid.

    You might see this as a bad memory to recall, but it’s a good one (well, one of the better ones). You see guys and gals, I’m only 5ft tall, and was at a school where everyone was taller than me by 5 inches. So, I had to be a bit of a bitch to everyone who shoved me around… and doing that to year 8 kids who ignored the fact I wore a uniform with a red tie and it had ‘Senior’ written across my pocket was just part of my life and part of the game of being at high school.

    I could have grossed you out with a memory where I made another girl throw up? No? Okay. 😀

    • Wow, sounds like you had a really tough time in high school. “Dob them in” was a new phrase for me, very colorful. Love it!

      Thank you for withholding the throw-up story. 😉

      • Mozette says:

        Um… I went to Rochedale State High. Here in Brisbane, that school was one of the lowest ranking schools, filled with rough kids, kids who had criminal records and kids who were disabled and kids who were known trouble-makers.

        Me? I was a kid who ‘soft’… the high school I went to was a sink or swim high school. If I didn’t learn to stand up for myself and be a real bitch – due to my height and how people thought I was a door mat – well, I would never have survived it. 😀

  • ki pha says:

    Oh this is definitely not a goodbye. And I absolutely agree that these farewells do feel like the last days of high school. It was bitter sweet and scary but full of new adventures and experience.

    My memories of the last couple of days are still quiet depressing and fresh. I remember feeling unsure and lost as I walked down the halls that I never really paid attention to. I remember seeing my classmates and thinking where they’re going to be in the next 10 years. Seeing my friends was the saddest part because at those last days I knew I didn’t know them at all and know that I won’t be seeing them ever again. Sure Facebook is going to be a huge part of our social lives but truly we still won’t know eachother. I remember being afraid of where I’ll be in 10 years compared to my classmates and if I’ll be the one to fail when so many has told me I’ll be the one to succeed among them.

    Depressing I know! :/

    But to you Kate, you’re hitting a mile stone and have a great path on your side. We all may be going our own way but we’re all connected to one place and will always be a Bandit. Congrats on the Japanese issue and may more international releases come your way!

    • Thank you so much, Ki! It really is astonishing to think that readers half a world away are enjoying stories that came out of my head. What a beautiful world we live in!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I am not good with goodbyes. So, see you later..

    I have to look back 40 years to my last year of High School. I do remember not feeling quite ready to jump into the unknown. I survived.

  • Amy Conley says:

    OMG! Do you have any idea how long ago that was? 1978. But I have 2 happy memories: my twin boys came home the weekend before school started and they began sleeping all night the week after I graduated! Yes I did graduate.

  • Kate, you’re so right about the au revoir being bitter sweet. Thank you for all the great times, my dear Bandita and here’s to many more. I know we’ll always keep in touch. Wow on the Japanese accolades, congratulations!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Hugs, Kate. I’m with you on this being a sad farewell – or as I like to think of it au revoir!

    OMG on the Japanese translation – one of my dreams is to have a Japanese translation and the ultimate would be a manga of one of my books!

    • I would sooo love to have my books done in Manga! Wouldn’t that be fun? I’d treasure it forever. I’d really love to see one of my mysteries done in Manga. I bet they’d do an amazing job.

  • Laurie G says:

    Best wishes to everyone leaving the Bandits blog site.

    Senior year – I couldn’t wait for it to be over. My sister is 2 years older. She loved college, so I looked forward to college life and it’s freedom.

    As March Madness starts soon I will tell my story. My parents decided to let me go to Madison for the state basketball tournament. I could stay with my sister. However, our school’s policy was you couldn’t go unless your school’s team was in the tournament or if you went with your parents. My parents let me go anyways. Of course I got caught when half way to Madison, the school’s principal, vice principal and basketball coach pulled up behind the car I was driving in. I had hitched a ride with a few of the HS basketball players. When I returned I was called to the principal’s office. I was given detentions for the two days of school I missed. It was worth it!

  • Maureen says:

    Good luck to you and I will be visiting when you have a post up. I remember the excitement of senior year because you knew there were all kinds of interesting changes coming.

  • Quantum says:

    I don’t comment very often but have enjoyed this blog.
    Afraid it has to be goodbye from me, though I will keep an eye out for the books.

    I don’t have time for facebook, twitter and all the rest … some of us have work to do! LOL

    I wish you well and may your God go with you.

  • sandyg265 says:

    It’s been a long time since high school but I remember lining up and walking out onto the football field for graduation.

  • Debbie says:

    I follow you on FB so I will still be seeing you, but sorry that you are leaving here. Congrats on your book being translated to Japanese, that would be so cool, I might have to see if I can get my hands on one. My daughter took it in college although I don’t know how much she retained.
    High school, I try not to remember, I was the Charlie Brown of school (although high school was better than grade school), all I remember my senior year was doing paper after paper and running to the library every night. I think I did more papers that year than the other 11 years, LOL.
    Good luck on your continuing endeavors!

    • Running to the library sounds fun, but the “paper” part sure doesn’t! How much better would it’ve been if you had been running to the library to read for pleasure?! 😀

  • Linda May says:

    My last year of high school was memorable, thinking about all the friends I made & of what the future would hold for me.

    • There’s something about that senior year that maybe opens you up to being friends with kids from different groups. At least, that’s how it was at our school. I loved that!

  • Elaina says:

    Best wishes and great happiness Kate. Your books are a delight. High school was endured and I was glad to complete it and go on to university.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    We’ll miss you around the lair, Kate, but I’ll look for you elsewhere and definitely look for your books! Wishing you more foreign translations; would love to see the covers!

    My HS graduation was going to be the first ever to be held outdoors in the football stadium instead of the auditorium, because our class was the biggest to date. Unfortunately it poured for two straight days beforehand! The principal said that unless it stopped raining by noon the day before, we would be graduating in the auditorium whether we fit or not. Luckily, it stopped raining EXACTLY at noon! The ground was a little soft still, but it turned out to be a beautiful day and our white gowns stayed white!

    • LOL!!!! What a fun memory! That reminds me of the Oscars this past week. Benedict Cumberbatch said the red carpet was “a bit squishy,” said in his lovely British accent with good cheer.

  • Jen Scott says:

    Hi Kate,
    I am following you on FB, and I am a member of your website. 🙂

    I remember being excited when I was getting ready to graduate from high school. I was ready to go to college and expand my horizons.

  • Colleen C. says:

    Well my last year of high school was different from most… I ended up going to an early college program. So I headed of to the local college everyday instead of going to high school… my friends and I went our own ways… I was focused on school… they did their thing, I did mine… I will say though I was sad to miss out on some of the stuff I could have done at the high school… such as the dances, spirit week, etc… no one ever shared the info and dates with me.
    I did go to my graduation, but I felt like an outsider… The positive… I made new friends and had a wonderful time during that step in my life.

  • Cassondra says:

    Kate, congratulations on the Japanese translation.

    That is SO cool! And Japanese readers are loving it, which is even COOLER!

    That’s awesome!

    My senior year of high school was the only one I actually enjoyed. I’d figured out sort of who I was by then, so I had a little confidence, and was already taking college classes, so had a place in the world that was a little “bigger” than the microcosm of angst that is high school, if that makes any sense. One of my favorite memories is of the last week of senior year, when grades had been turned in, so really there was nothing you could do that would keep you from graduating. I got in a huge water gun fight with the vo-ag teacher. I was armed with a dishwashing liquid bottle, which is almost as good as the new mega-blaster water guns, and I soaked the entire front of his shirt.
    He was stunned, since it was really the only time I’d stepped out of the good girl role my entire four years. I still relive that sometimes and think, “yeah. I’m bad.” *grin*

  • jcp says:

    It seems like another lifetime for me.

  • anne says:

    Good luck on your future and your books are creative and special. I prefer to forget about high school as it was very long ago and not an easy experience.

  • ellie says:

    Congratulations on your celebration and your unique books. High school was so long ago that I don’t ponder those times at all. Too much happening now in life.

  • pearl says:

    A new beginning, a new life and new hope and dreams. Wishing you all of that and more. Enjoy life and keep writing so that we can read and be captivated.

  • Deb Meredith says:

    Katie, I hate to see you leave but will be following you and enjoying your wonderful books!

    I remember graduation and those last hugs and all the promise you will write/calls from people. Some of who I see a lot, some not at all. It was an exciting but sad time all rolled into one.

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Will keep following you on FB.

    The last year of high school seemed liked such a blur, we were just so anxious to get out in the world. All the anticipation. And of course that’s when I knew I would marry my HS sweetie so that was big focus too.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    My favorite memories of my senior year include all my friends in the choir. Many of us had been together for 4 years and we were very tight. We went to competitions together, put on musicals, etc. I’m still in contact with many of them these many years later… Yep, high school was awesome!

  • Kate, congrats on your Japanese translation! How cool!

    We’ll miss your posts around here, but I’ll see you around the Web. My senior year in high school has blurred into the other years. I don’t have any really distinct memories of it, except that marching into the auditorium for gradation felt strange because I’d played in the band for graduation the last two years. Hearing the music instead of playing it seemed weird.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Oh noes! Another last blog post day!

    On my last day of high school, I went to the mall with my best friend during our lunch and spare periods. We bought a couple of bottles of bubbles and blew bubbles for the entire 20 minute walk back to school. When I walked into my final high school class, I told the teacher, “Sir, I’m going to blow bubbles in your class.” and went and sat down in my seat. He had a bemused smile on his face and said, “…okay…”. I blew bubbles in the class till the bell rang. 😀