Reinventing Ourselves–Again~~A Love Letter to Our Readers

Do y’all have certain memories that stick with you?

I don’t mean the big moments. If it’s the loss of beloved person, or a special miracle, like the moment you bring your baby home for the first time, it’s obvious that those memories would remain in your mind for many years.

kentucky summer welcometohoneybend graphic 30 percentI’m talking about the little things—the moments that aren’t huge.

Or maybe they are huge—but you don’t know at the time that they’re going to change your life forever.

If you’re like me, most of the moments of your life sort of disappear, buried beneath the busy.

But some remain.

I have a glowing, sharp, indelible memory of sitting at my desktop computer, staring at words that would change my life forever.

It was about this time of year in 2007. Snow was on the ground outside. A handful of writers, all with stars in our eyes, had formed an email loop. One of us typed, “why don’t we do a blog together?” and something happened in the ether around me. I barely knew what a blog was, but I remember sitting there, feeling the power—the potential—of that.

Some others were feeling it too.

A few keystrokes later, we owned the Romance Bandits name, and withinreinventing ourselves calendar pages turning weeks, we’d stumbled our way into the blog-o-sphere.

That was almost eight years ago.

Can you believe it?

I have the same kind of memory of the first time I wrote a blog.

That blog is gone now—the first two or three months didn’t make it to the new website, and that’s probably a very good thing, because we were all feeling our way—but I remember thinking, “I have no freaking idea how to do this.”

Writing a story is one thing. Writing a news article is another. Writing a blog? Most of us were clueless, but we threw ourselves fearlessly at the unknown anyway.

And by doing so, we became more than our individual selves. We reinvented ourselves and created something that was a reflection of all of us.

Within a few months, a lot of you had found us.

I still don’t know how that happened, and later, I’m going to ask you about that. But still…some of those moments I will never forget.

~The first time Helen posted a comment.

~The first time one of our blogs got 100 comments. Then 200.

~The day Louisa Cornell posted the first comment of the day and said, “What do I get, a golden rooster?”

Yeah, we were never the same after that.reinventing ourselves rooster bash 08

I remember, so well, the day in summer, 2008, that I  stepped up to the edge of the sidewalk outside the San Francisco airport, waiting for a shuttle.

I heard a voice from my right that said, “You’re Cassondra.”

I turned. I found a gorgeous brunette smiling at me. I must have looked befuddled, because she said. “I’m Deb Marlowe. I know you from the Romance Bandits.”

We hugged, and I felt like I was meeting an old friend.

Of course I knew her name, and had read her books. But having somebody recognize me on the street because of the blog? I will never forget that moment.reinventing ourselves cake 2008

Later that week we hosted our first ever Bandit Bash in the downtown San Francisco Marriott, and the entire conference was buzzing about the rowdy Romance Bandits.  That’s the cake we served, over there on the right.  It says, “Have you spent the night with the Golden Rooster?”

Yeah. The hotel chef had a good time with that one.

I will never forget the moment I sat down in front of a particular big-name literary agent to pitch my romantic suspense series. We shook hands, she gave me the once-over, then her eyes caught on a sparkly pin attached to my conference badge.

reinventing ourselves bandita pin“You’re one of the Bandits,” she said, and I nodded.

“I like that,” she said. “You take care of each other.”

She was right.

When I found this group of women, I found a group of sisters, of a kind I’d never had before.

It wasn’t many months later that someone said, “We need to do a big party at Christmas just to change things up.” And we did.

A few years later, I remember when the first rumblings started about the Lair.
“We don’t have enough room, and we don’t own our content unless we get reinventing ourselves Jeanne with roostera real website.”

And then we said, “But do you think our Buddies will come with us?”

We were all amazed and touched when you did. We reinvented ourselves, and you made the move with us. By doing so, you made it worth the trouble of packing all our things and moving to our new digs here at

When that happened, and you hung with us, I think we all realized that we’d done more than just build a blog.

The Lair is a community. It’s as much about you as it is about us.

If I don’t see some of you for a while, I start to worry. For a good many of you, I know when you have job changes, when you move houses, and when you go on long-awaited vacations.

A lot of you I’ve met in person. That happened because I met you first right here on our blog.

For me, that’s not just a virtual community. That’s real.

This month, we’re reinventing ourselves again. And just like the times before, we hope you’ll come along with us for the ride as we throw ourselves into the unknown one more time.

Being on the internReinventing ourselves TGN Party invasion 2008et—and writing in the technology age—means we have to constantly keep moving, shifting and changing, to keep up with it.  I’m not gonna lie to you and say I think change is easy. It’s not. And this change is a little scarier for us than some of the others have been. But it’s also really exciting.

First, we’re moving to a much stronger presence on our Facebook page. There will be new posts there every day. Sometimes there’ll be a bunch of new posts.

If you like our facebook page, and if you interact with us by posting a comment or liking one of our facebook posts now and then, you’ll see our posts on your facebook feed.

We’re also going to put a widget thingy on our homepage that shows those posts, along with our posts on twitter.

But the bottom line is that we Bandits are all novel writers. In this brave new world of publishing, we need to write more books, and write them faster.

For some of us, it comes down to this. We can write books, or we can write blogs.

And we think if you, our buddies, had to choose, you’d choose the books. We hope so anyway.

Don’t worry. We’re not going away.

The Lair will still be here.

Some of us will still be blogging on our regular days.

But some of us won’t. That’s going to create some holes in our blogging calendar.

We know. If we’re not generating new blog contenReinventing ourselves RSS feed widgett every day, you don’t have a reason to come by.  We get that.

But we will still be posting about our new releases, we’ll still have guest blogs some days, and we still want to interact with you.

So there’s this thingy we’ve set up.

If you go to the comments page, you’ll see a thing on the sidebar that says “RSS Feed”—it looks like that, right over there on the right.

If you sign up for that, when we blog, that blog will come to your email inbox. That way you can come to the Lair and play with us.  I’ve been doing this for two weeks.  I don’t get anything except the blog sent to my email.  No spam. We promise. And when we blog, we’ll be around to talk to you, same as always.

During February, the Lair is going to go through some reconstruction. Some stuff will get moved around. That RSS feed thingy will be on the front page, along with a widget that shows our facebook posts and our twitreinventing ourselves grailter posts.

Basically, some of us are following in the footsteps of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. We’re swearing our allegiance to a cause, and we’re stepping outside the comfort of the Lair—like evangelists of a sort—to bring romance, and our books—to the larger world.

This month, while all these changes are in process, we’re going to have one giant party.

There will be prizes, and many hugs that involve wishes to “go forth and conquer!” all around.

The  Bandits will be giving away special goodies on the daily blogs this month.

The first week in March, when we hit social media like Thor’s hammer with a mask and a rose attached, we’ll have a HUGE party, with all of the Lair favorites coming around to say hello and do giveaways, and there will be prizes every day.

We want you, our Buddies, to go forth with us.

More than anything, we want you to understand what you mean to us.

We call you our Buddies, but really, you are our home. You are our family. You are the reason we’ve blogged every day for eight years.

Our hearts are on the line here. As we take a chunk of the Lair on the road, and reinvent ourselves one more time…

Will you go with us?

We hope so.

But for today…

This is the Lair after all, and all the staff–Sven, the gladiators, cabana boys, Hockey Hunks, the goddess Sangria–hey, even Ermingarde the dragon  is here– So….Let’s PARTY!

I’m giving away a grab bag of two books, and a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Bandita Kate Carlisle is giving away a copy of A High-End Finish (first in her new Fixer-Upper series) and some swag.

Bandita Jeanne is giving away a Starbucks mug and a Starbucks coffee card.

And Lair Favorite Dianna Love is giving away one of her Slye Temp ebook box sets!

To start the party off, let’s celebrate the first eight years in the Lair!

How did you find the Romance Bandits?

Do you remember the blog that made you leave a comment for the first time?

What’s your favorite memory of the Bandit Lair so far?

During our construction, you can help us by liking our Romance Bandit facebook page, following us on the Romance Bandits Twitter feed. The links are at the bottom of the page.

And if there’s a Bandit you haven’t liked or followed, do it!

But MOST IMPORTANT—sign up for the RSS feed.

If you don’t get our monthly newsletter, sign up for that. It will be in your inbox first day of every month without fail.

Now let’s party!

Posted in , , , , , , , , , ,



  • Amy Conley says:

    Is he coming for a visit?

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Amy, he is yours for the day.
      I’m not sure whether to congratulate you or give you my sympathies.
      He’s really wanting to go to the warm sunny climate in Australia.
      Just sayin that he may be a handful.

      • Amy Conley says:

        I swear, the next time he goes to warm, sunnyAustralia, I’m hiding in his suitcase!

        • Helen says:


          We would love to have you here for a visit although the weather is a bit weird at the moment cool in the morning and nights hot during the day although I love it like this it is so not our Feb weather LOL

          Have Fun

          • Jo Robertson says:

            The weather is really odd here in northern California too, Helen. We keep setting all-time records, warmest day ever in the area. It’s very chilly in the AM and warms up during the day to the 70’s. And this is supposed to be our Winter! Where is the rain?

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh yeah… he’s all yours 😀

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    I’m a whipped puppy, so I’m going to bed here soon.

    I’ll be up tomorrow to party with y’all.

    Keep Sven busy at the bar while I get some sleep!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Gulp! I’m so not good with change. That being said, this is the ONLY blog I follow, so now I guess I’ll be following you to facebook, just as my fb time has gotten shorter, lol.

    How did I find you in the first place? Anna Campbell had just come out with a new book and was giving away said book on different blogs. I stalked her. She sent me here, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    I have two memories which will forever keep the Bandits in my heart as well as in my memory. The first time I won a contest was from Donna McMeans and along with the book I also got a peacock feather and one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen. Both are on my bedroom wall where I see them daily.

    The second memory was from this year. Even though I hadn’t said anything here, I’d posted my mother’s obit on my fb page. And then my mil’s, my auntie who was like a mother to me, and lastly, a very close internet friend, who we all called Mama, even though she was younger than me. But just posting the obits, one or more of the Bandits saw it, and one by one everyone was giving me condolences, telling me they hoped 2015 was a better year, or something small like that. It meant a lot at the time, it means a lot today, and it is something I will never forget.

    • Thank you very much for sticking with us, Amy, we do appreciate it. I’m so glad you have lovely memories of our community I hope we’ll all go on being a community for a long time to come.

    • Amy – You make me smile! How cool that my feather and card made your day – and now your post has made mine. 🙂 So glad you’ve joined our family. We’re not saying goodbye, just that we’ll be coming to you from different digs 🙂

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hugs Amy – we’re not very good at change either! We angsted a lot about this! But never fear – you’re not getting rid of us!

      I’m glad the Lair has been a haven for you through some tough times – trust me, it’s been the same for us Banditas too. Being able to come here and interact with you all has been so wonderful.

    • Cassondra says:

      Amy, you have no idea what it means that you come and hang with us. There isn’t one person alive who doesn’t have down times, or at least I don’t think there is, and your words tell us that the Lair is the kind of place we always wanted it to be.
      Having a place where you’re welcome, a place that makes you smile–every person needs that, too. Honestly, I know more stories of romance getting people through tough times than any other genre. I think it’s no wonder that warm-hearted people are drawn to it.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, Amy, thanks so much for sharing those lovely moments. I want one of Donna’s peacock feathers, too!

      Change is hard for us too. We had a difficult time coming to this new “reinvention” of ourselves. I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook, lol, but I promise to be more active there.

      I’m so grateful for generous people like you who follow us.

    • Amy,

      One of my best Bandita memories was meeting you at the Lori Foster event year before last! Thanks for hanging with us and letting us be part of your life, too!

    • Amy, so glad you found us. It really has become a family – which is just lovely.

    • Amy, thanks so much for hanging with us. We appreciate all your enthusiasm.

      Aren’t Donna’s peacock feathers gorgeous?

    • Caren Crane says:

      Oh, Amy. I’m so glad you found us. And I am NOT surprised you were lured in to the Lair by Anna Campbell. She DOES that! 😀

      You had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year last year. This year just has to be better! I think we all wanted to scoop you up and take you away somewhere for some R&R. Poor baby!

      I do feel a little bit bad about adding to your FB time. I try not to waste time there. Honestly, I just don’t have enough time for things I need to do, much less keep up with Facebook! Still, that’s where people hang out now, so I will be there whether I like it or not. I look forward to seeing you there!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Cassondra,
    I first discovered the blog because I was a fan of Samantha Hunter’s Harlequin Blazes and she was a guest here and I followed a link. It was probably the first time I commented. Nobody throws a party like the Banditas, so I’m definitely psyched about the big bash.

  • Helen says:

    Firstly may I say I love you Guys and will follow anywhere you go I have just signed to follow the blog and I already follow the Bandits on facebook and all of you individually on facebook and I plan to stick around for a long time Hugs and best wishes to you all this will be change but a fun change 🙂

    I found The Bandits thru Anna Campbell who I had met on the Avon Authors forum many years ago before CTC came out and came here right at the start and although I have missed a few blogs while away on holidays or through sickness there have not been many I have missed and I have loved everyone one of them. I have discovered so many new authors and you have grown my TBR pile 🙂

    I don’t remember the first blog I posted on and as for memories they all make me smile

    Have Fun

    • Helen, you’ve been such a staunch and brilliant supporter and friend to us here at the Bandits. We love you! Thank you for all the good times we’ve had.

    • Helen!

      It wouldn’t be a blog without your posts! Love you bunches and so glad you came to join us on the blog and now Facebook. Here’s looking at you kid! 🙂

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww Helen – we love you too! You’ve been such a wonderful friend and supporter to us all. One day, I hope we get the chance to meet up!

      PS Please tell Barb we miss her!

    • Cassondra says:

      Helen, I didn’t know you found us through Anna C! I don’t remember which blog day it was, but I remember reading that you’d never posted before. I thought that was the most wonderful thing, that you would come out of lurk mode to interact with us.

      Now I can’t imagine not having your avatar pop up here in the Lair.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’ve never told you, Helen, but you are one of the Buddies that I’d truly love to meet in person. I love hearing about your work and your grands and the delightful parts of your life. You are such an upbeat and positive person that you inspire me to be a better person too. Thanks!

    • Aw Helen. <3 <3 <3 love you!!!!

      You have been such a special and wonderful friend. I laughed so hard the day my Mom called and said..."Oh, Helen just sent me TimTams!!"

      BTW, I'm supposed to tell you she was worried about you when I told her the blog was ending.

      I reassured her that you were following the Bandits on FB and we would keep chatting!

      • Helen says:

        My biggest wish is that one day I will get to meet you all in person fingers crossed and there is no way I will not be keeping up with everything that is going on with you through facebook and your web pages and of course whenever there is a blog up 🙂

        You have all become fast friends and I love it

        Have Fun

        • Cassondra says:

          Helen, when we finally get to meet in person, I’m going to hug you for three minutes straight, first thing.

          I can’t wait.

          • Jeanne Adams says:

            Heehee. Yep. My Evil Twin has the right of it. I’ll be next in line for that 3+ minute hug. (And then I’m gonna hug all those ADORABLE grandbabies too. OMGosh, that youngest? Going to school today? Cuter than cute!)

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Helen, you are the best!!!! I swear, without your amazing support, I don’t know how we’d have done it all 🙂 Your happy posts each day make it so much more fun!

    • Helen, you’ve been an amazing supporter of the blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for checking it out in the first place.

    • Helen, thank you for signing up for the feed. We appreciate your enduring support and your enthusiasm. I’ll miss the regular interaction of daily blogs, but as Cassondra said, something has to give.

      I’m glad we made you smile. 🙂

    • Caren Crane says:

      Helen, you are such a cornerstone of the Lair! I am eternally grateful that Anna C. brought you to us and so very, very happy you kept coming back! You are such a wonderful woman and such an advocate for us all. I look forward to each FB update from you – in both my identities. 😀

      • Helen says:

        You will have me in tears soon love you all and when by some amazing feat we can all get together there will be the biggest party and group hug there ever was

        I do so look forward to all of your books being released I have them all but I know I am behind in some of them but with retirement I plan on catching up 🙂 🙂

        Have fun

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I found the site through Suzanne Ferrell. I don’t remember what first prompted a comment but I love the variety in the posts. Anna’s Quick Five is always fun. Especially liked the James Bond one. Always enjoy the guests too. Found some new authors along the way. Will definitely keep following!

  • Mary Preston says:

    Eight years is phenomenal.

    I am a great one for following links. One day I found myself here & never left.

  • ki pha says:

    Oh so many changes in this new year. But wow, it has been eight years! I can’t even tell you when I started reading and following you Banditas or on what post was my first comment but I have enjoyed every one of them. Although I don’t comment as often as I read them, winning the Golden Rooster for the first time was a the cherry on top. I have to be honest though that I didn’t know what that was when I won for the first time so it was hilarious when I brought him home.

    But I do remember it was Anna Campbell that got me into the lair, so it must have been one of her posts…..And I do super love and enjoy the “second sentences” posts for upcoming new releases you ladies been doing. Those are just utterly ridiculous and hilarious at what we readers come up with as second lines/scenes. But I love it because we get to be apart of the story telling for a short but fabulous moment.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh,those posts are so much fun! We love to see what you all come up with–it’s so much better than anything we could do! Thanks for coming out to play with us!

    • Hi Ki Pha!

      I love those posts as well. LOL about the Golden Rooster. We warn our guest authors, but we never thought to warn our new readers as well. 🙂

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Ki Pha! Glad you enjoy those second sentence games – we love them too! As for the pesky bird, I’m sure he’ll find a way to continue to be involved in things. He hates not being the centre of attention!

    • Cassondra says:

      Reading what y’all come up with, in any game we’ve ever played, is the best fun and always makes me laugh out loud. I read through every comment on those days.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I have to confess, Ki Pha, that when I first won the golden rooster I got all tingly inside. It seemed everyone was capturing him, but I never managed to time it right.

      Then I got him and, boy oh boy, was it exciting. Silly, but in a good way :))

    • Hey, Ki Pha!

      I have to admit I was the “clueless” Bandita for a while about the GR…I must’ve been working nights, and poof all of a sudden, someone had brought a rooster into the Lair, and then he and I had to have a “come to Jesus” meeting about crowing just as I was going to bed… 🙂

    • Ki, a visit from the rooster is not to be forgotten! Thanks for being such a great part of the blog.

    • Ki, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the posts and the interaction here. We’re glad you found us.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Ki, thank you for coming and reading all of our rambling AND for playing all our silly games. We have had LOTS of those!

      I love the “what line comes next” game, too. You guys are amazingly creative. Thank you for playing that one, too. I look forward to seeing you more on FB!

  • Minna says:

    I can’t remember the first blog I commented or how I found the Romance Bandits! But I probably found this through some other blog.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Isn’t that always the way? I’ve found some of my favorite sites just falling down the rabbit hole of link-clicking. So glad you found us, no matter how!

    • Hi Minna!

      I’m just so thrilled that you found us 🙂 Isn’t it amazing the far reach of the internet! I have a confession. I meet some other authors every three weeks at a coffee shop – the owner is from Finland. I think of you everytime I go there. Hope you join us on Facebook!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Minna! I’m sure you were our first visitor from somewhere other than the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. I always think of you when I think of Finland!

    • Cassondra says:

      Minna, you may be the first person I ever “met” from Finland. I always enjoy your stories of how things are there when we post about culture. You can read all you want, but you never know for sure until you ask someone who’s from that place.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I don’t remember the first blog I posted either, Minna, but I do remember that it was pretty awful, and I was glad that it didn’t go “public.”

      Thanks for hanging with us for so long.

    • Minna,

      You’ve been with us for a very, very long time. I think I’ve learned more about Finland from you than I have anywhere else! Thanks for hanging with us!

    • Thanks for swinging by so often, Minna.

    • Minna, isn’t it funny where circuitous paths can lead you? I’m glad you found us.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Minna, thank you for being with us and representing Finland so well! One of my good friends at work and in my book club there is from Finland. It’s obviously chocked full of great people! Thank you for sharing all your musical obsessions with us over the years. I have found some great bands! 😀

  • sandyg265 says:

    I probably found this site through a link on another blog. I can’t remember which one.

  • Mozette says:

    How did you find the Romance Bandits?

    Okay, this is going sound bad… really bad… but I was really horrible – dreadful – at writing romance scenes into my books. I tried watching rom coms and reading about it and then tried to write it – and all came out sounding like a B-grade movie…

    …um… eewww!

    So, I Googled: how do you write a romance scene?

    And ‘The Romance Bandits’ showed up… I thought it was a joke to start with, until I clicked on it and your gorgeous site loaded onto my screen.

    My life hasn’t been the same since. 😀

    Do you remember the blog that made you leave a comment for the first time?

    No… but it said something about a Golden Rooster and it was hilariously funny. I had an anecdote to share and we all began to be friends. 😀

    What’s your favorite memory of the Bandit Lair so far?

    Talking about funny things that happen on holidays … you know the stuff… what happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas kinda thing… 😛

    yeah, that… 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, believe me, Mozette, my life wouldn’t be the same without the Bandit Lair. Invoking the Vegas Rule (i.e. What Happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas) has been my saving grace more times than I care to admit. And (surprise!) many of us have come here not being able to write a sex scene quite as well as we might like. 🙂 That’s part of what makes this little corner of the internet so special. We’re all about helping each other out, learning & growing & enjoying the journey. We’re so glad you’ve joined us!

      • Jo Robertson says:

        Sometimes you just need to share, vent, or whinge (as Anna C. would say) in a safe environment.

        I like how our readers are respectful of us and each other.

    • LOL Mozette –

      That’s funny that we popped up on that “How to write” google. I remember when you won one of my books with a feather and card and you posted the packet on your blog. That was so sweet! So much fun sharing stories over the years.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      LOL Mozette – that’s the perfect story for how you found us! I love it! It’s been such fun chatting with you – long may it continue!

    • Cassondra says:

      OMGOSH, that’s GREAT! I had no idea our name came up for “How to write a romance.” A little misleading, probably, but it worked. You’re here! And we are so glad.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Mozette, don’t you just love that serendipity thing, when you find something by accident that perfectly fits what you were looking for, sometimes even if you didn’t know you were looking for it specifically.

    • Okay, Mozette, this begs the question:

      Did we help you learn to write a sex scene? 🙂

      It’s been grand fun getting to know you and I’m grinning over the fact that we come up on google on “how to write romance”. How cool is that?

      • Joan Kayse says:

        He turned and looked at the female tangled in the sheets…

        Um, helped me 😀

      • Mozette says:

        Oh! Yes…. I have learned to write a hot to trot sex scene without it turning into porn! 😀

        This is what I’m grateful for when I started winning books from you guys… I’d flip to the all-important sex scene in them and find out where I was going wrong.

        I had lived with guys who had porn collections on dvd… and they had me brainwashed into thinking that was how your wrote a sex scene… um… no…. it’s taken me a few years, but I’ve gotten it right. 😀

        Thank you girls… and that cheeky rooster… 😛

    • Mozette, thanks for all the support.

    • Mozette, what happens in the Lair _definitely_ stays here! The Golden Rooster has played quite a role around here. It’ll be interesting to see how that evolves going forward.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Mozette, that was a really fun way to find us, huh? 😀 I know you’ve figured out all manner of things about writing all sorts of scenes since then. I’m glad we’ve gotten to see you blossom into such a mature writer!

      As for the “in the Lair” sekrit stuff, I swear this blog must be my confessional. I have told y’all stuff I wouldn’t tell ANYONE. Ever! But it’s been such a supportive, safe place to share all the idiocy I’ve created for the past 8 years. You guys never judge! Much love to you. See you on FB!

  • Susan Sey says:

    This is a beautiful post, Cassondra! You summed it up better than I ever could. Change is hard–and we fight it harder–but I bow to La Nora’s wisdom when she says, “Write the damn book.” And our blogging schedule was just getting between me & the next book. But I look forward to keeping up with everybody via occasional (very occasional) posts here, and chatting on FB. It’s been an amazing ride! Thanks to everybody who’s taken it with us!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    WOOT!! PARTY IN THE LAIR!!! (You knew I’d be all about the party, right?)

    I’m excited and thrilled and scared about our next steps. Not gonna lie. I LOVE you guys and dolls so much and as Cassondra says, you’re FAMILY. Doing this has so enriched my life. SO.

    And so many have written me to say, “When’s your next book?” Arrrrgh! I love to write and love to connect.

    Drat that need for balance! Grins.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    As someone who runs a blog, I know just how much time it takes. That makes it all the more impressive that you all have been doing this – in addition to writing books, guesting at other locations, keeping up a social media presence and, for some of you, raising families and working day jobs – for the past eight years. Frankly, I don’t know how you’ve managed it! While I will miss the daily interaction here, I follow all of you on social media plus you know I’ll be bugging you to visit us at TRD (Anna Sugden is there today) so don’t think you’re getting rid of me that easily. 😉

    Now, on to Cassondra’s questions:

    How did you find the Romance Bandits? – I really don’t remember but since I’ve been here almost from the beginning I’m guessing it was most likely a recommendation at the old Eloisa James message board, possibly from Anna Campbell.

    Do you remember the blog that made you leave a comment for the first time? – Nope. You do realize I’m old, right? lol! Most days, I have trouble remembering what I had for dinner last night. Okay, except for last night because I made the most delicious roast beef with gravy and paired it with fresh zucchini stir fried in olive oil. Oops. Sorry. Food tangent there. 😉

    What’s your favorite memory of the Bandit Lair so far? – So many wonderful memories! Cassondra, sometimes your posts make me laugh while other times they make me cry but they never, ever fail to touch my heart.

    All-time favorite, special memory is meeting almost all of the Bandits in person and the wonderful friendships with both Banditas and Buddies that have developed over the years. You really are the most amazing group of talented, supportive and genuine women. I’m very grateful that I found my way here all those years ago.

    Huge hugs to you all! ♥

    • We’re so glad you found us as well, PJ (Can I just say turtle candies 🙂 Meeting you was one of the many great things about being part of Romance Bandits. Will you be in NYC this summer for National?

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Big hugs, PJ! I can’t remember how you came into our lives, but you’re an immensely special part of it! I can’t wait to see you this summer!

      And thanks so much for hosting me today! <3

    • Cassondra says:

      PJ, my blog was going on too long today. One of the things I wanted to talk about in it, was the sisterhood among bloggers–The Dishers, The Ruby Sisters, the zany hijinks at the Revenge. —Do you remember Romance Novel TV and how we all used to invade?
      Good times.
      I remember the first time I met you in person. I thought, “That smile is even more beautiful in real life.”

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Sniff….love you PJ (Meow, meow, rowrrr) um, so do the baby cats

    • Jo Robertson says:

      PJ!! A special thanks to you for your amazing support over the years. You have been such an anchor for us, and I know you’ll know how much that means to writers.

      Uh, hum, I’m growing old along with you, I guess, because I DON’T remember what I had for dinner last night!

    • Awww, PJ, meeting you has been one of my high-lights of the blog…and having breakfast with you at Nationals is one of my big PERKS every year. BTW, save me a day!! 😉

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh man, PJ, thank you! You’re so awesome and have always been amazingly supportive and wonderful to us. Not only on the blog and with our books, but in the form of chocolate 😀

      You’re the best!!

    • PJ, just the sight of your smiling face in a gravatar makes me smile. Thank you so much for all the lovely support! You’ve been such a friend to the Bandits. By the way, that roast beef sounds scrumptious!

    • Aw, PJ, thank you! We appreciate all your support. I’m trying to be better about being on FB (i.e., get there every day–maybe even twice a day), so I’ll see you and many others there.

      Who knows? Not having the blog may spur me to be more conscientious.

    • Caren Crane says:

      PJ, you almost made me cry! Plus, you were talking about food again. I swear, your posts (both here and on FB) make me hungrier than anyone else’s in the world!

      Thank you for being such a good friend. I feel so lucky to get to see you at conferences – in person! You are always so sweet and giving. I may have PJ withdrawal. Or maybe I’ll just be all over FB like white on rice. 😀

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, PJ, the Lair has been SUCH a fun place with you in it! Grins. Its been a delight to get to know you (and your chocolate turtles!), and all the Dishies through you. So happy you came here on whatever whim and stayed.


  • catslady says:

    Happy to follow you guys (all except twitter though) but everywhere else! I can’t remember what got me hear but I’m so glad I found you guys. You are my favorite blog and one of the few I keep coming back to. I use to go to tons of them but now only a few. My favorite part is that I feel we somewhat know each other and everyone is friendly and you guys listen and respond. Who can ask for more! I am sure you will continue to be a success and I look forward to many more moments!

    • Cassondra says:

      Catslady, that’s exactly how we feel–as though we know you, even if we haven’t met in person. We’ve spent a lot of angst and shared a lot of worried looks over whether our Buddies would ride out another change with us.
      Thank you so much for hanging with our little community. And as to Twitter–it gives me ADD. *grin* So I don’t blame you at all. But I’m gonna brave it and learn how to reach out. Throwing myself at technology—that’s my theme this year.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Catslady, it’s such a pleasure for us to interact with our readers. Sometimes coming up with a blog is harder than other times — you know, thinking of something new and refreshing. But I like how most of the posts connect to real-life people and their successes and failures. We learn from each other.

    • Catslady,

      We’ve loved getting to know you, too. Even my cat allergy hasn’t gotten in the way. 🙂 One of the things we prided ourselves on from the beginning was making sure we responded to everyone who took the time to comment. And look what happened…we became friends!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I think that feeling of family and support is one of the things I’m going to miss most! You summed it up perfectly 🙂

    • Catslady, you’ve been a fantastic Bandita Buddy. Thank you so much.

    • Catslady, thank you! We’re glad you found us. The interaction is important to us, too, and it was also getting hard to keep up at the levels we like.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Catslady, you are like family to us! Seriously, we love you guys so much. And you are right. We have gotten to know each other and shared a LOT over the years. We share with y’all. Y’all share with us. I really hope we can keep up our spark and banter on FB. The Lair is the highlight of every day I can get over here. Btw, still having a day job is the worst! LOL

    • Catslady –

      It’s been fun getting to know you and your daughter as well 🙂 Hope you have the RSS feed because I’m hoping to hear more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods (which is so close to mine 🙂 )

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Catslady, thank you SO much for being such a fun part of the Lair. You’re a gem and we’re glad you’ve been with us.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Wow, Cassondra! What a lovely post. Thanks so much for representing all of us Banditas and expressing what our blog and loyal Bandits mean to us.

    My favorite memory is Jeanne’s Halloween posts. She gets such a kick out of that “holiday,” and I always enjoy her shenanigans and tricks. Or treats!

  • jcp says:

    I found the site through an author’ web site

  • anne says:

    A delightful post which I enjoyed greatly. So many wonderful memories which I appreciate very much. Your posts are always inspiring and special.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I don’t know how she does it, Anne, but Cassondra writes the most moving posts, so we’re thankful she represented us today.

    • Anne, it really was a lovely post, wasn’t it?

    • Cassondra says:

      Aw, thank you Anne. It’s been an interesting discovery for me that I like certain kinds of blogs and tend to always go that direction. I’ll talk more about that in my own blogs this month. This was kind of a scary blog to write though, because it was on behalf of all of us. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Anne, thanks. I thought Cassondra did a great job explaining the changes.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Anne, we have had some really good times, haven’t we? Posts to make you laugh, cry, party or want to bake cookies. I swear, our blog has made me insanely hungry at times. We seem to talk about food and men A LOT. Both wonderful topics, by the way. I hope you will keep up with us going forward. Things are changing, but not very fast. We’re kind of slow like that. 😀

  • ellie says:

    What a great celebration. What a site which gives me enjoyment and such ideas. Your talent, writing, creativity and love are what I visit for.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Ok, whoa….so touched by all our Buddies sharing how they feel about us. I thank Cassondra from the bottom of my heart for so eloquently expressing how we Banditas feel.

    I didn’t even know any of these ladies in 2006, only knew their names in the list of GH finalists. I was so stoked at being a finalist, kind of moving in a fog of “wow” that I didn’t know what to do. Thank goodness for the separate loops finalists put together.

    I can’t recall who proposed starting the blog (I’m with PJ…I am old too :0) but remembered thinking it would be a good thing as a unpublished author. Little did I know that not only would I become such close friends with Banditas but all of YOU!

    Seriously, I would fly coach to meet Helen!…take a lot of aspirin to avoid blood clots for flying that long. Catslady…I think we’d have lots of fur…er, things to talk about. Fedora, Jane, PJ…SO many who like everyone has said…feels like a family.

    I can tell you when I made the decision to Indie pub my Romans I could not have found better cheerleaders. And as I prepare to publish my paranormal alternate Irish romance, I know I can count on you!

    So, we’re not blogging everyday but the RB are an entity (BOOM! I am an entity) Yeah, yeah Sangria…let it go. Entities don’t just go away. We just come at you now from different angles, ninja style 😀

    As to memories. I remember when the Golden Rooster channeled himself through Susan (freaky) but I laughed all day long! And the GR family reunion. Ah, Putt-Putt you are the cutest chick.

    I remember all the great guests we’ve hosted, finding out about new authors (Virginia Kantra…Jessica Anderson to name a few)

    Ok, so off to continue the celebration by cleaning my bathroom 😀 Yes, we are on the wild side

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Joan, it’s true. We have had so many varied and talented guests. I loved the firemen who dropped by a la shirtless, if I remember right. Or was I just fantasizing? I always get a giggle out of Susan’s wry wit, and whenever the Buddies are game to write puns or limericks or whatever, it’s a hoot!

    • Cassondra says:

      OMGOSH, Joanie…I hadn’t thought of Put Put in forever.

      Amazing memories, every one of them.

      And off we go to make MORE!

    • Joanie, I love Susan’s GR voice. And the bit you just did with The Goddess Sangria.

      I got curious and looked up the blog in the old messages. I believe it was KJ who first suggested it.

    • Helen says:

      Hugs Joanie and thank you for being such a friend I have loved your books and looking forward to many more 🙂

      Have Fun

  • Wow, such a wonderful post and touching comments. I’m so very thankful for all the friendships I’ve made through this blog — Banditas, Bandia Buddies, guests, everyone. You all are made of awesome. It’s fun to interact online and even more fun when I’m fortunate enough to get to hang out with any of you in person.

  • pearl says:

    Finding your site was like a treasure which provides me with books, entertainment, and most of all your individual personalities and extraordinary insights.

    • Cassondra says:

      Thank you so much, Pearl! It was a small miracle that all these different personalities could blend in the way we have. Isn’t it interesting how each writer’s personality and voice comes through in the blogs? One of the fun things, for me, has been clicking in the blog each day, having no idea what it would be about. Always we come back to books, but we sure go some different directions, don’t we?

    • Pearl, what a lovely message. Actually that’s something I’ve always enjoyed about the Bandits – the fact that we’re all so different. Makes for a stimulating mix.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Pearl, you are such a love! Thank you for coming here and sharing your thoughts, feelings and reactions with us. You have been a real treasure to us. I hope you will sign up for the RSS feed and come see us on our FB page starting next month. A page with no Pearl would be a sad, sorry page!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      You are indeed a “pearl of great price”! Thanks for your lovely compliments.

  • Colleen C. says:

    Hello Ladies! I have to admit that I just recently came over to this blog. Have seen Tawny Weber talk about it for awhile, but never came over until recently. Looking forward to visiting more often! 😀

  • Elaina says:

    When I first discovered The Banditas I was captivated with your wit, books, and unique posts which are so lively, emotional and expressive. Wishing you continued love and success.

  • Tawny Weber says:

    Wow, you are all so awesome!!!

    The support you’ve given us over the years, the fun you’ve offered and the smiles you’ve brought have made a big difference to all of us. Thank you SO much!!!

    My heart is torn over this change. I know its for the best, but its still hard. It helps to know we’ll still see all of you on Facebook, etc.

    Big hugs!!

    • Cassondra says:

      Tawny, I hate change for this reason. On the other hand, things get stale when we don’t, so shaking it up is the right thing to do.

      I’m not sure why we humans tend to get so settled and comfy and change-resistant. I’m the worst for that.

    • Tawny, you said that beautifully!

    • Caren Crane says:

      You said it, Tawny. Although I seriously need more mental space in my head and more time to actually, you know, write, I LOVE IT HERE! I am terribly torn about the changes, too. *sniff* But I’m being brave!

  • Deb says:

    I haven’t been in the Lair much the last month. But, I want ALL of you to know, authors and readers alike, that I really count you as friends. I have shared things here with you all because it felt like a safe haven, a gathering of friends to support. You have provided love, laughter, deep thinking, and friendship. I’ve even learned to “Snork” like the Duchesse. 😉 I have come to know many of you through social media and enjoy your posts here and on FB. I treasure Helen…of course, she’s a Lair Treasure anyway!! I don’t like change…but I will go with you on the ride.

    I have no idea how long I’ve been a Bandita Buddy. I don’t remember my first comment. I think I came here through Anna Campbell and Helen. I’m not even sure where we met up…I think at The Romance Dish? I just remember making a comment about being Danish and Anna commented on her Danish roots as well.

    This blog is making me a little nervous, Cassondra, but, change can be good. Big HUGS and LOVE to all of you!!!!

    • Cassondra says:

      It’s making us nervous too, Deb! ((((((hugs)))))) No matter what, our goal is to connect with you all, and hopefully a bunch more people too.

      You hold on tight, and we will do the same. ;0)

    • Deb, you’ve been the most wonderful supporter. Thank you so much. I’ve really enjoyed all your comments and the interaction. As you say, it’s turned very much into one of those lovely havens, hasn’t it?

      Actually I think you and I met on the old JQ/EJ noticeboards way back when I was launching one of my early books – Untouched? Julia and Eloisa very generously used to turn a section of the bulletin board over to another author for a month and I remember having an absolute ball there. Yes, definitely remember the Danish chats!

      • Deb says:

        Oh, my gosh, Anna, I think we did meet on the old JQ Board. Your books are so good with romantic love, but moments of anguish that many lovers truly go through.
        I still say you need to try your hand at comedy. You make me laugh!

        • Thanks so much, Deb. There’s a bit more humour in the recent stuff. I’d go so far as to say HER CHRISTMAS EARL is a comedy! Not much angst in that one!

          • Cassondra says:

            OOoooooooh, I dunno about THAT. There’s plenty of angst in there.

            But it’s still one of the best damn novellas I’ve ever read.

            Just sayin.

          • Caren Crane says:

            Chiming in with a ME, TOO! I loved Her Christmas Earl! I also loved that you managed your favorite “locked room” scenario in the midst of a larger story. Brilliant and so well done!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      It was a dark and stormy night when we met, Deb…


      Seriously, from moment one I felt as if I’d known you forever! You are SO supportive of my writing and count you among my friends here and on FB…Iowa is not THAT far from KY and while that darn phobia keeps me from driving across bridges, I just might show up on your doorstep…I have driving friends you know 😉

      • Deb says:

        Joanie, I’d love to meet you in person! You are so funny, and we have much in common. It’s a good thing I’ve learned to Snork because you and Anna C. make me do that frequently. 🙂 LOVE your stories and can’t wait for the new ones.

    • Deb, thanks so much! The change is making us kind of nervous, too, but it’s also a little exciting.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Deb, you know we love you and you also know that we HATE CHANGE! We really do. If we weren’t at such critical mass, we honestly would never change anything. Never. Ever. (I feel like Taylor Swift all of a sudden!)

      Thank you for being so wonderful and sharing so much of your life with us. I really feel like we have all weathered some serious storms together here in the Lair. I think of us like soldiers in the trenches together, covering each other and being on guard while someone else needs to vent. The Lair is definitely a safe haven!

      You are always so wise and generous, Deb. I really will miss my regular posts. Heck, I may have to do some posts just to have someone to talk to now that my kids are all grown! 😀

      You guys have also helped me with lots of things. Like developing some totally new obsessions I would never have found on my own. So…thanks? I mean, THANKS!

    • Hi Deb!

      Yes change can be good – says she who is in the process of having all her wallpaper removed to be replaced with paint. My house is in serious disarray and I walk around saying in a zombie voice…change is good, change is good. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you on Facebook!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay, Deb! Snorking rules. Grins.

      Thank you so much for being here and having fun with us! I’m glad you’ll be hangin’ on too. It’s always a lively ride when you’re around. Grins.


  • Kim says:

    Thanks for all your hard work on this blog and best wishes on the new platform. I haven’t joined FB, so even if I don’t comment, I can still read your posts.

    • Cassondra says:

      Kim, you’re not alone. We know some of the Buddies aren’t on facebook. Hopefully with the feeds and the email signup, we’ll be bringing the Lair to you, and of course, when you see us pop into your inbox, we hope you’ll come out to play, same as always. :0)

    • Kim, definitely stay in touch. Thanks so much for being a Bandita Buddy.

    • Kim, we’re glad you found us! We know not everyone is on FB, and that’s one reason for the RSS feed. I hope you’ll try it out.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Kim, my husband refuses to join Facebook, so I understand why you might avoid it. Still, if someone lures you into setting up an account, be sure to look all of us up. We would miss your comments!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I think we need to set up a FB tutorial, Kim. Wouldn’t that be a great idea? I could sure use it.

      I’m on FB but I never know how I got there or where I’m going LOL.

    • Kim –

      I’m more comfortable on the blog so I’ll be dropping in from time to time with a blog. Please leave me a comment so I won’t feel alone 🙂 .

  • Laney4 says:

    Congrats on the eight years! A lot of marriages don’t last this long!

    I found the Banditas back in Feb/2010 because of Kate Carlisle’s blog, where she talked about her IF BOOKS COULD KILL mystery.

    My favourite memories are the Lair banters with Sven (drool)….

    • Cassondra says:

      Laney, that’s a great reminder. I remember when Sven came to us. Christina Brooke found him and brought him to the Lair, and we would have been so lost without him all these years!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Laney4, it’s been too long since I got to chat with you! I’m so glad Kate dragged you into the Lair and that the lure of Sven kept you with us. 😀 Here’s to seeing Sven on Facebook. I feel certain he must have an account…

    • Laney, there have been some beaut banters in the lair, haven’t there? Thanks so much for being such a great Bandita Buddy. I remember your poems very fondly.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      LOL on us lasting longer than a marriage, Laney. Of course, we’ll still be around quite a bit, just not daily blogging, and I think many of us will probably blog on our personal websites occasionally.

      We passed the seven-year itch! Yahooooo!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Aw, Cassondra, you made me tear up and sniffle a little bit! I love the Lair so much, it’s really sad to think about not being here as often. But I do hope everybody comes on over to the Facebook Page. It’s not perfect, but it’s accessible, anyway. *sigh*

    My favorite memory was the GR’s family reunion. I have never laughed so much in my life! I hope we can capture all of our magic and energy on Facebook. We’ll have to try really hard! 😛

  • Shannon says:

    I came to this blog from another blog. Christina Brooke was promoting her London’s Last True Scoundrel. I don’t remember if I went to Banditas then or when I won a copy of that book with a bookmark. According to Amazon, that book was published in July 2013, which made my calculations that I had been coming here for a year and a half correct. It has been a delight, but I had to wonder how you wrote a different blog time and again. And then took the time to respond to posts.

    I will miss this blog a lot. It was one of the things that kept me sane and connected when I was in Spokane taking care of my mom. Every time I left the house, despite her promises to stay in her chair, she’d get up and fall. So there were days until we could get things into place that you and another blog were my contact with the human race. My poor brother was working 10-12 hour days to make up for all the work time he had missed taking care of Mom before I came so it was a week or two before he could once again help. It did get better, and she’s doing well.

    I will try to follow to FB, but I’m not comfortable with that.

    Plus, I am taking on a new obligation which is going to take up time. So maybe it’s good that I can free up a few moments in a day by less time on the web.

    To finish the story about Christina. I had to buy the first books in the series, read all of them, and then fall upon Scoundrel. It wasn’t long before I was gobbling up other Banditas’ back lists. Because of y’all, I have ventured into contemporaries. (Someone else is to blame for the steam punk.)

    Thanks for a wonderful 1.5 years of daily spice.

    • Shannon, I’m so sorry to hear of the tough time you and your family have been having in recent years. I remember when I lost my mum, my internet places were a wonderful way to get a bit of a break from the relentless sadness. So glad we’ve been able to help you in a similar way. Hope to see you around. I’ll still be doing a lot of guest blogging and I imagine that’s true about the other Banditas too. And yay that you’re such a fan of Christina’s books – I think they’re just brilliant.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Oh, Shannon. I’m so glad we’ve been some comfort and entertainment and connection for you when you needed it. I can’t believe it’s only been 1-1/2 years since you became a Buddy!

      One of my favorite things was meeting you in person last summer at the booksigning in Hagerstown. I was so happy to meet you and talk to you in person! Now I have your happy face to connect to your name whenever I see a post.

      I’ll admit I kind of suck at Facebook. Seriously. I am far too distractable and forget I logged on to actually do something. An hour later, when I’m late and logging off, I realize I didn’t do what I logged on to do. Gah!! Facebook is an as-yet-undiagnosed form of madness, I’m certain.

      I hope we will hear from you a lot more this month and in the months to come!

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Snork…undiagnosed form of madnes…snork. Oh, so true, Caren!!

        Shannon, we’ll still be here too, in the Lair, so do sign up for the RSS and come say hi! FB is a time suck but, like Caren, I’m gonna give it a go…

    • Shannon, I’m sorry things have been rough. It’s nice to know the blog helped you. We’ve enjoyed having you here.

      And some of us will still be blogging. here. There just won’t be a new blog daily.


    • Cassondra says:

      I’m dealing with my mom’s aging right now. I admire you for your strength and the way you put your life on hold to help someone you loved. That’s so hard.

      I totally get that you’re not in to facebook. But I really hope e you will sign up for the blog feed. IT’s safe, and you won’t get an email unless we post a new blog here in the Lair. We all want you to come out and play with us–if and when you can.
      Family and life are the most important things. We get it if you can’t, but we’ll be watching for you here in the Lair.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Shannon, I’m so glad the Lair was a place for you to retreat when your mom was ill. And glad she’s better!

    • Shannon –

      Loved meeting you last year! It’s so wonderful to put a face to a name. I’ll still be around the blog. I’m on Facebook but I’m more comfortable here on the blog – just not as frequently. Please drop in to say hi!

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Shannon, I forgot to say what a treat it was to meet you in Hagerstown! Yay!! Thank you so much for coming out to meet us and hang out. Names and faces and laughter. All good things, as Martha Stweart would say!

        • Shannon says:

          It was a delightful August day. I hated to brag that I got to meet 3 banditas all at once. It was a pleasure and a privilege!

  • Maureen says:

    It’s hard to believe that you have been around for eight years. Time goes by so quickly. I will definitely sign up for the feed. I don’t remember exactly when I started reading your blog but it has been a long time. It is definitely a pleasure to visit with you each day. Good luck with the new changes!

    • Maureen, thanks so much for being such a lovely regular visitor! I’ve really enjoyed having you part of the Bandita Buddy family.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Maureen, these years have honestly just flown by. We all shake our heads in wonder that we “met” (only virtually at first) 9 years ago! It has been a long, exciting ride and you have been right here with us. If not from the very beginning, then from not long afterward. Be sure to say hello and comment on the Facebook page. And the RSS feed will keep you posted when something new is up here. We will definitely keep in touch!

    • Maureen, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed hanging with us. Thanks for the good wishes and for trying out the feed.

    • Cassondra says:

      Maureen, thank you! I really hope you’ll come out to visit with us when we do blog, and meet us on facebook the other days.

      There is no end to the memories once I open that box.

      Okay..getting a little sniffle going on.

      Better go blow my nose. Must be something in my eye causing it.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      It’s been a very long time, Maureen. Thanks so much for your support over the years. Here’s to “seeing” you on FB!

    • Maureen –

      Loved seeing your posts – it’s like hearing from an old friend. Hope you stay with us as we make this shift.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Huzzah for eight years! But doh, I don’t have Facebook. 🙂 Ah well, I’m glad you guys aren’t entirely ditching the Lair. I wouldn’t want to have to consider signing up for Facebook. 😀

    I used to follow a lot of book reviewing blogs. The thing is, if I don’t get a get grasp on myself, I end up following links to other links to other links, etc. So somewhere along the way, from one or more of those book blogs, I eventually came across a blog or blog post listing some book giveaway posts on other blogs and I think one of the Romance Bandits posts were on that list and I followed it to you guys and was all, Oooh! Romance books! And fun times! And so when I ran out of time and stopped frequenting all those book review blogs, I stayed here. And then when I ran out of time to reply to posts every day, I still stopped by to read the posts every day. 🙂

    I don’t know that I have a favourite Bandit Lair memory. They’re all great!

    • Awww, Pissenlit, I got kinda teary reading your comment. It’s so lovely that you’ve felt such a warm welcome here. It’s definitely what we wanted to create when we started the blog. Don’t be a stranger!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Pissenlit, you found us our very favorite way – by following the rabbit down the hole! 😀 You have been here since early days, I know. And how in the world are you not on Facebook??

      I hope you’ll sign up for the RSS feed so you’ll know when we have new posts up and things. Plus, you can always amuse yourself by checking out our massive archive of posts. Fun for every day of the year…for many years!

    • Pissenlit, I’m so glad you found us! Sometimes trails of links lead fun places, don’t they?

      I totally understand about FB. I find it a bit overwhelming at times. But we’ll still have the feed here, with new material several times a month and the occasional guest.

    • Cassondra says:

      Awww, Pissenlit, you were one of our first Buddies!

      I don’t blame you. I don’t particularly like facebook either. As I told some of the Bandits, I’d be the first to mutiny from facebook, if I had a better boat. But until there’s a better boat, I’m there.

      BUT…you don’t have to be there to hang with us. Sign up for our blog feed. And if you stop by the lair, even on days with no new blog, you’ll see what’s happening on facebook and twitter without actually going there. (hey, that’s a fair deal–see the feed without the drama. Hey..I’d go for that.)

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Pissenlit, thanks for your years of loyalty! I get the FB thingy. I’m there, but I need so much monitoring! If I can do it, so can you!

    • Pissenlit –

      So glad you found us! I’ll still be around the lair only not as frequently. Hope you still stop by and leave a comment (otherwise I’ll feel so alone..sniff…sniff) 🙂

  • gamistress66 says:

    it’s as if the blog is growing up (just like the kids tend to do) — both a sad & exciting time to come 😉 of course I’ll still be keeping an eye on you all, wouldn’t want to miss any of the mischief and fun 😉 can’t recall what brought me here (though it may have had to do with Miss Campbell & her always good influence) ahem, but I’ve enjoyed many a laugh and new book thanks to you ladies and the rest of the bandita buddies 🙂 while I’m still resisting twitter, I’ll continue to follow on fb. just hope someone is taking responsibility for the Rooster or who knows what condition the lair will be in on a regular basis 😉 oh, here is Sven w/ a yummy drink & snack to hold me over till dinner 🙂 so here’s hugs & kisses & cheers galore to all the Banditas & the next phase of their invasion, er, take over, er, what ever, of the world! 😉

    • Gamistress, glad to see you recognise my always positive influence, LOL! We’ve so enjoyed having you as one of the Bandita Buddies. I think you describing it as watching a kid grow up and move to the next stage is very wise. Thank you so much for all your wonderful support!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Mischief? Us??? Why, I have no idea where you would get such a wild notion, Gamistress. Okay, I can’t even type that with a straight face.

      THANK YOU for followed the Pied Piper…er, Anna Campbell to the Lair.And for coming back time and again and playing with us and being such fun! It is sort of a happy/sad/awkward time. Much like my adolescence! Yes, growing up is hard, but we know we have to keep evolving. Even though WE HATE CHANGE! (Sorry, Deb. I tried to hold it inside.)

      Looking forward to seeing you here, there and everywhere. And don’t worry about the GR. Someone will pop out of her cave and check on him from time to time. And the cabana boys, gladiators and Sven all promised us they would keep eyes on him. Do I trust that will happen? Not really…time will tell.

    • Cassondra says:

      gamistress, don’t worry about the rooster. I have..well…I have a good relationship with Ermingarde, the dragon. She and I have plans to keep the rooster in bounds.

      But…you are well advised to keep an eye out. He is a wily one. Even with a dragon on guard, I cannot make guarantees about his behavior.
      No, I cannot.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      LOL, Gamistress, we Banditas do tend to take over when we invade! And with Anna and her puns you know we’re in good mischief, uh, er company!

    • Hugs and Kisses back at ‘cha. Loved getting to know you and hope you still stop by. We’re not totally abandoning the lair, we’ll just be all over the place in the future 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Bwahahahah! Gamistress it’s been out pleasure to have you here, enjoying Sven and the cabana boys….wait…that sounds so wrong…


      Thanks for being here and laughing with us! Looking forward to much more of that mischief you mentioned…

  • AAACK !! Say it ain’t so!! Okay. I just need to breathe a minute or two.

    I’m fine now.

    So long as there are places this community can get together and chat I will be fine with whatever is best for our Banditas. Of COURSE we want more books. And, Lord knows, now more than ever I understand the value of a writer’s time on a daily basis. So I will be signing up for the feed. Checking out the Facebook page AND the Twitter feed and stalking, I mean following all of you on your Facebook pages and at any RWA conference I attend. You can run, but you cannot hide! And just remember, the GR and I are like X. He’s better than any bloodhound! Has anyone broken the news to him? I am NOT volunteering! I’ve seen him with his feathers in an uproar. It is NOT pretty!

    I met Anna Campbell by way of the Avon FanLit event, right before her first book came out. We struck up a conversation online and she mentioned the Romance Bandits. I stopped by and NEVER left. (Cue the evil laughter!) I’m like that Regency relative who comes to the house party and NEVER leaves! 🙂

    There have been many, many magic moments for me in the Lair. My Donna McMeans peacock feather is sitting on my desk in my Future Bestselling Author mug with a lovely ivory fan and the pen Nicola Cornick sent me from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath.

    I remember the first Bandita Bash I attended in San Francisco. It was a hoot and REALLY loud!

    I love meeting fellow Buddies at conferences and talking to them at various online venues.

    I’ve been introduced to some amazing authors here in the Lair. I’ve attended some fantastic parties. I’ve made some amazing friends. Helen is famous in the Walmart where I work. Anytime I mention her name, the phrase “The lady who sent the red velvet tim tams.” is uttered with the utmost reverence.

    And Helen will forever be in my heart for being the first person to pre order Christmas Revels and the first person to post reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. MWAH to you, Helen. I would never have met such a wonderful friend without the Romance Bandits.

    But THE most memorable moment in the Lair, for me, is the day of my debut celebration. I will never, ever forget that day as long as I live. The Banditas and Buddies made my debut spectacular beyond any of my expectations. Cassondra hosted the most incredible party anyone has ever seen. There are no words and there is nothing I can ever do to repay all of the things that party and the support of the Romance Bandits means to me.

    It is my firm hope this community will continue in whatever form we can create, because the friendship of each and every Romance Bandit and each and every buddy has meant and will continue to mean the absolute world to me.

    Long live the Romance Bandits ! Long live the Lair !!

    • Caren Crane says:

      OMG, Louisa, you made me cry! Yes, it was you, not the wine. Really. *sniff*

      I remember meeting you in San Francisco at the Bash. You looked a little shell-shocked! Wonder why? LOL My most vivid memory from that night is Donna putting her boobs in the cake when she was trying to cut it. I have pictures! LOL

      Thank you for the Golden Rooster. Without you, he wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t have the years of stories and adventures (not to mention the family reunion) to relive.

      You have been such a dear friend to us all. I feel like someday I may have to fill up the gas tank and take a long drive to Alabama. You think I wouldn’t, but it will happen one of these days. Actually, we need to arrange some sort of vacation. I’ll rent a house in Destin and we can go bake on the beach. I’ll bet we could get Cassondra and Trish to join us. Maybe a few others, too! 😀

      • Cassondra says:

        I. Am. So. There.

        Seriously. I am there.

        I will cook for y’all, if the condo has a decent stove.

      • Aww, Caren! I didn’t mean to make you cry. I just wanted you all to know what a HUGE part you have all played in my writing career. You’ve all always been in my corner – inspiring me, encouraging me, and helping me hang in there. I wouldn’t be where I am without y’all.

        I have no doubt I was shell-shocked as you all were and are my heroes and larger than life. And I remember what happened to the cake! LOL

        And I am so glad the GR remains such a big part of our community. A pain in the patoot part, but a part nonetheless.

        Hey, a beach trip sounds fantastic! I can’t think of anyone I’d rather visit with than the Romance Bandits!

      • Quick flight over from Texas. I’m in!

    • Cassondra says:

      Okay Louisa, this is the closest I’ve come to crying since I wrote the blog.

      There are no words to say what you mean to us. Without you and your amazing creativity, we wouldn’t have that bloody effing rooster! (okay that doesn’t sound like a compliment, does it? Sorry. I mean it as one, I swear)

      Some of my fondest memories are of the Romance Novel TV invasions, and your vignettes in response to ours, based on those pictures they used to provide. Do you remember that?

      You are part of us, in so many ways. I know this change is scary. It is for us, as well as everyone attached to us. But we are NOT going away. All things must evolve, and sh*t that’s hard. But it’s time for us to grow and break out of the cocoon we’ve built, no matter how cozy it feels.

      I was so, so excited that I got to host your debut. It’s one of the highlights of the past 8 years for me. I’m waiting for the next release from Louisa. Wherever we are, whatever our forum at that time, you will be a welcome guest, and a beloved friend.

      NONE of that will change. Ever.

      • LOL ! Yes, I had no idea what I was doing when I loosed the GR on the Banditas and Buddies. But I think we have him under control. Sort of. Maybe. Oh hell, can’t we just SAY we have him under control??

        And I DO remember those vignettes. Especially the one I did as a take off on the film Sunset Blvd. Do you remember that one? Well there are a lot of contest judges who do because that crazy vignette became THE PRICE OF A GENTLEMAN, a book that may be loosed on the world soon. So I owe the Romance Bandits for that one – 12 contest finals / 9 1st place finishes.

        I will never, ever forget a moment of my debut party here in the Lair and I owe that to you, Cassondra and to all of the Banditas and Buddies. And I would be an IDIOT not to BEG for a Bandita debut for my next book. I am NOT an idiot! 🙂 MWAH!

        • Jeanne Adams says:

          Oh! Oh! I LOVED that story! PLEASE Say it will be a book! PLEASE!!! I’ll host you any time, or Cassondra will, or anyone, really. Grins.

          As to the rooster, yes, we will pretend and say that we have him *cough* under firm *cough* control.


          • Ah, Duchesse! We can’t have you miss the ball! 🙂

            San Francisco was my very first RWA National Conference and my first Golden Heart Final so it is little wonder I was shell-shocked. And then meeting all of you was simply amazing! And yes, I do recall myself ladling out some of that stellar punch! It was quite a party!

            The Price of a Gentleman (aka the Manwhore Book aka The Sunset Blvd Book) is a completed manuscript at this point. I am trying to decide which of my completed books to bring out and when. POG is definitely a Romance Bandits cooperative effort as the vignette was the start of the idea for it and La Divina Anna Campbell came up with the title once I started working on the manuscript.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      I am ferclemped ?? sp.

      I am speechless and touched beyond measure. You’ve done me a solid too Louisa when you came and acted the fangirl at the Indie signing in Atlanta. Made this little author feel special.

      Words, can’t express…we’ve tried today, and they just can’t express what all of you all mean to us.

      I’ve got to go to bed now, to attend my own personal version of Walmart the next two days. But I’ll carry this with me until I can get back…Thank you

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Louisa, you are soooo kind to us. Thanks for everything over the years. I remember your opera stories and your book debut! You are a wonderful buddy!

    • Louisa –

      Huge hugs to you. You know you use your words well when you can make so many of the bandits cry 🙂 . Promise me you’ll seek us out at National or any other conference. Can’t think of anyone I’d rather share a drink with at the bar. So, so glad you’ve been with us all these years – and will be joining us on Facebook as well! 🙂

    • Louisa, you’re the loveliest thing! Thank you! I ALWAYS love your comments – they make me laugh and cry and think. No wonder you’re such a great writer!

      • Aww, thank you, La Divina. And thank you for leading me to the Romance Bandits and for inviting me to that first bash in San Francisco. Your friendship means the world to me and the Romance Bandits and Buddies have brightened my life every day.

        And La Divina Campbell calling MOI a great writer! I’m framing that after I recover from my swoon !! MWAH!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ah, my fellow Duchess, don’t you know my eyes and nose get red when I cry? I can’t go to the ball with a red nose! Sigh.

      Louisa, you are a gem. Thank you so much for SO MUCH FUN in amongst all the words and pictures and laughter. :> You are outstanding.

      As to San Francisco, I have to agree w/ whoever said you looked a bit shell shocked – I remember that – then you laughed and shook it off and jumped right into the festivities. Didn’t you even take a turn serving that amazing punch Cassondra dreamed up? Grins.

      And Caren, I too have cake pictures…bwahahahah!!!

      And punch pictures….and pictures of my equally shell-shocked roomie…bwahahahah!

    • Ah, sweet Louisa.

      You’ve been with us for the entire ride and what a hell of a ride it’s been, huh? The first time I met you, you were dressed for the BeauMonde (sp?) party at Nationals…I believe in San Francisco.

      I’m so glad we got to throw you a debut launch party in the Lair!! And I LOVED your book. Can’t wait for the next one…hint, hint!!

      • It has definitely been one helluva ride! And I firmly believe the best is yet to come!

        Yes, I was dressed in “Regency drag” the night of that party!

        I’m SO glad you enjoyed A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas. I am working on a sequel to that one, but I might put one of my other completed books out there while I’m working on A Perfectly Scandalous Bride.

        Having my debut party in the Lair was an absolute dream come true!

  • Katreader says:

    I discovered the Romance Bandits through Kate Carlisle, as I’m a huge fan of her Bibliophile series. I completely understand not being able to find the time to keep up with this blog-I don’t know how you find the time to write books, let alone keep up with all the different aspects of social media and real life! I know I can’t keep up with just reading everything I want! Best of luck to everyone, and I’ll see you all around!

    • Cassondra says:

      Katreader, thank you!

      That’s exactly it. At some point you have to choose where you place your priorities. Our readers will always be first place.

      But we can’t keep doing a blog every day if we write more books.

      It means a lot that you get that. We really hope you will sign up for the feed, and keep hanging with us through the transition. It means a lot that you stopped by to post today.

    • Katreader, thanks so much for swinging by! Isn’t our Kate the bee’s knees? We love her to death!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Thanks Katreader! And thanks to Kate for luring you here! Grins.

      As Cassondra said, it’s the books and the readers….and YOU. So thanks!

  • Jen Scott says:

    I am new here, and I found Romance Bandits by a link from Kate Carlisle. Congratulations on celebrating eight years! That is awesome. I am so happy to be a part of the party. 🙂

    Chocolate Covered Katie (food blog) is the first blog I ever made a comment. I love her recipes.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Helen says:

    The tears are coming now but happy tears I know I will still “see” you all through social media and of course I am catching up with Anna and Christina in a months time at ARRC2015 in Canberra that should be a hoot.

    Love you al big bunches Bandits and Buddies we will always be family. 🙂 <3

    Have Fun

  • Glenda says:

    I discovered Romance Bandits thru a blog post on The Romance Dish when Anna Campbell was retiring from being a regular poster there. It was very recently and I honestly don’t remember if I’ve commented before this. I do like the idea of a RSS feed so I can get posts in my email. Thanks Ladies for everything!

  • flchen1 says:

    Wow–it’s been 8 years?! It’s been a great time, and I’m so happy to have connected with so many of you authors and readers here! I honestly can’t remember how I first came across the Romance Bandits… it may have been via Tawny, who I think at the time also was part of the Love Is an Exploding Cigar blog? (I think I’m remembering that name right…) I believe the first post I commented on was one by Donna, about the scents that imprint on us and take us back…

    I’m not sure I have one favorite Lair memory–I do love all the friends and books I’ve come to love over the years that have been the result of this wonderful community here in the Lair!

    • Fedora, the Golden Rooster is devastated that he might have to work a bit harder to get to see his girlfriend (you!). You and the bird had a very close relationship! 🙂 Thanks so much for being such a great Bandita Buddy. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you – and I hope you won’t be a stranger!

    • Cassondra says:

      Fedora, you’ve been with us from the very beginning, or very near! One of our stalwarts. A few days without you in the Lair and I start to worry.

      I hope you’ll sign up for our feed. We aren’t going far. Just might be skipping some days, so we want to be certain we can connect with you!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Fedora it’s been SUCH fun having you in the Lair to hang out and laugh with us! Thank you!!!

    • Fedora!!!!

      Girls, where would I be without my midnight Bejeweled Blitz buddy? 😀

      It has been a pleasure to get to know you in the Lair, and now through FB. I know we’ll be in touch all the time. 🙂

  • Hello Banditas and Buddies!! I usually read your blog on my blog reader, so I will continue reading it there. Great to know that the Banditas are writing more and more books!

    BTW Cassondra: That first Bandita party in SF? You were my roomie. And the party was in our room. Surprise to me. 🙂

    • Keira, wasn’t that party fun? I remember how CROWDED that room was. And also that was the first time I’d tasted American wedding cake. Aussies go for horrible fruitcake. I much prefer your version!

      • Hehehe, remember how aghast you were that I insisted we have wedding cake, Anna? I assured you it was nothing…NOTHING like Aussie wedding cake!! 😀

      • Fo, I had such fun meeting you in person during that party. One of my best memories. And I agree, the room was packed tight. We had two rooms and the hallway…and way more people that we could count.

    • Cassondra says:

      Keira, I know! I have pictures of you in that incredibly beautiful gold outfit. It was the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen! You in that outfit with the jewel on your forehead. You were stunning!

    • Keira!!! So glad you’ve popped in! I’ve missed seeing your smiling avatar and your lovely, fun comments!!

      • Suz, I have missed stopping by here and having a conversation in the comments with you all. My days are such these days that the only time I can stop by is like right now in the night. So I’ve been reading, every single post, on my reader.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, I remember that too, Cassondra! In fact, Keira, I think I have a pic of it somewhere.

      And the sheer size and volume of that party was amazing. Grins.

      And Anna, that cake was AMAZING!! Nom, nom, nom!!!

      I just remember being comfortable at a RWA conference for the first time evah. It was 67 degrees in SF…ahhhhhh! (Instead of 107 in Dallas…) Grins.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Late to the party as usual 😀 It’s been a long rough day today but I couldn’t let it go by without sending virtual hugs! I think I first stumbled into the lair following one of my fellow Georgia Romance Writers members, as I always try to support them. That was such a fun visit that I kept coming back. While I have of necessity had to quit following many of my writing blogs due to lack of time, I have stayed with you Banditas because of the wonderful, warm, welcoming community. Even if there’s nothing special going on there was always a fun discussion of just the ordinary things of life. You’re like a bunch of friends who come over every morning to sit around my table and talk about anything and everything.

    Thank you all for the fun and laughter, the occasional prize package and lovely notes, the support and camaraderie and encouragement, and of course the fabulous books! Rest assured I’ll follow you Bandits anywhere!

    • Elizabeth, what a beautiful description! Thank you. We had this very special energy between us when we were in the email loop and tried to take that warmth and support public in the blog. So wonderful to hear that you think we succeeded. Thank you so much for being a great Bandita Buddy!

    • Cassondra says:

      Thank you so much for that description. That is EXACTLY what we’ve always hoped to be–a warm, welcoming place, and friends to just sit around and chat with.
      Okay, yeah..with the occasional raucous party to break the mundane pattern. *grin*
      Your words are wonderful, and we appreciate them, and you, so much. Please DO go with us as we make this move. The more the merrier!

    • EC…we’re like a virtual coffee klatch, huh? I’ll bring my aunt Carol’s pecan sweet rolls sometime. OMG!

      We’re so glad so many of you found your morning home with us. One of the first decisions we made as a group was “no drama”, “no negative posts”, “No ugly snark”. We wanted readers to have fun and want to come back.

      I think it worked, how about you?

  • Cathy P says:

    I’m also late to the party. Darn it! I don’t really remember how I found the Lair. It could have been an Anna Campbell or Tawny Weber post. Anyway, I am glad I found you all.

    You have given wonderful parties, and I feel like we are all friends. God Bless in your new venture! I will be following you.

    • Cathy, thanks so much for swinging over – now and in the past. We always love to see you. Thanks for the good wishes.

    • Cassondra says:

      Cathy P, however you found us, we’re glad you’re here! We do throw some unforgettable parties, don’t we?

      There’s a reason we got extra reinforcement in the chandelier attachments. It was bound to happen…the chandelier swinging. ;0)

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Well, of course I will follow you to FB and will be happy whenever you blog anything here. I already use the feed to send me email and have set notifications for FB so I don’t plan to miss a thing.
    I think I just happened on this site and am so glad I did. I got an e-book on sale by an author and read her series and somehow discovered she was a blogger on a site – and another blogger on that site also blogged on another site, and . . . one site and author led to another and another and one day I ended up here. And started reading romance again. And realized how much I had missed it.
    I think the first blog I may have commented on was about scruffy men and whether they were the sexiest or not, but so many of the posts – funny, serious, or just simply about life – hit home and I feel like part of the family reading and contributing to all the comments.
    I find it hard to keep up with the sites I follow and post some comments, let alone write a book! Yes yes yes, we want you to keep writing and we will enjoy your posts even more. Good luck!

    • Cassondra says:

      Sally Schmidt said:

      …one day I ended up here. And started reading romance again. And realized how much I had missed it.

      That right there…that’s EXACTLY the best thing I’ve read ever. That we reminded you of the joy of reading the books with the Happy Endings. I put that in caps because it’s that important to me.
      We are so thrilled that you found us by following all those links and authors, and doubly thrilled that you’ll hang with us through our moves!

    • Sally, so glad you came back to romance – and found us! Under the influence of a university degree, I stopped reading romance in my 20s. Felt like I was coming home when I came back to it!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    I think I found my way here through one of the Beyond Her Book blog anniversary parties many years ago. I will follow you guys anywhere, so count me in for the reinvention! I’m sure everything will turn out amazing! 🙂

    • Cassondra says:

      Heather, we really hope this new direction turns out as awesome as it looks. Scary times ahead, but fun ones!

      I think you’re exactly right. Didn’t you visit the lair the first time after we met at the Barbara Vey luncheon? Dianna made me give out bookmarks, and I was sitting by you, wasn’t I? Okay my memory is not that great, but that sticks in my mind. Your pretty face and cute curls and that smile of yours. I was so impressed because I knew you were the person who made that awesome tile of Feenix for Dianna’s art contest!

      • Heathercm2001 says:

        The luncheon, and you, had me checking the blog regularly. Before then, I had visited a couple times, but I don’t think I ever commented. I can trace just about all of my “book life” back to that art contest and luncheon. I never would have guessed they would have had such an impact on my life. 🙂

        Thank you so so so much!

    • Heather, it’s been so interesting seeing how people found us. Thanks for swinging over – and thanks for saying you’re with us to the end! 🙂

  • Laney4 says:

    After all those nice comments above, I thought I should write up a little something for you:

    I’m not on Facebook
    But that doesn’t matter.
    I’ll still come here
    For some friendly banter.

    We all love books
    And certainly agree
    That we love coming here –
    To any degree!

    I’ll see you when I see you, ladies. Please know each of you AND your efforts are truly appreciated. As Spock says, “Live long and prosper.” (I can’t believe I came up with that one. Not very original, LOL.)

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      OMG! I love the poem! Laney, that’s AWESOME!

      And yes, *makes vulcan sign with hand* Live long and prosper!