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Celebrating 2012

I think if another person asks about my resolutions for the new year, I may very well scream.

When asked, I say I’m making a resolution to lose weight (generally as I’m popping another calorie ridden morsel into my mouth), to be more disciplined in my writing (but then family matters intercede), and to clean out my office (if you saw my office, you’d know what a tremendous task that is). 

The thing is – new year’s resolutions focus on the things you feel you don’t do well with a mind to improve.  I recall reading someone saying the key to success is to identify those things you don’t do well – and  then quit doing them!   🙂  Focus instead on the things you do well and work to do those things even better.

With that advice in mind, I looked back on 2012 with an eye to what I accomplished.  Here’s what I found;

1) Released a new book, The Casanova Code, to excellent reviews.  That’s always worthy of celebration.

2) Entered Redeeming the Rogue in a number of published author contests and finaled, placed or won nine of them.  That sort of validation always feels good.

3) Dusting off the Victorian riding hat, I participated in nine book signings and two reader events.  Love meeting romance readers – they’re the best.

4) Taught workshops in six different venues including the prestigious Thurber House.

5) Went to Scotland to gather research for my next book.  (yes – drinking that scotch was for research – i swear!)

6) Did my first skype interview with a book club (and isn’t that technology amazing!  Thank you to Anna Sugden for showing me the ropes).  I also sent out a ton of first chapter books to book clubs everywhere.

So I didn’t lose weight, but I am able to close the door on 2012 knowing that the year didn’t exactly go to waste.  

I did a quick tally of 2012 releases in the lair and discovered that as a group we released 26 books and a number of novellas and short stories.  Wow!  That’s a lot of good reading!  Here’s a rounddown:


We love first sales in the lair as they represent a culmination of years of hard work.  In many ways, they represent dreams come true and this year, we had three of them.

Anna Sugden announced the sale of her hockey hunk stories to Harlequin on December 18th.  I’m still offering up toasts for this one.  Way to celebrate the holidays, Anna!

Nancy Northcott sold her first two books and first novella last year.  Her debut book, Renegade, released in 2012 and earned a starred review from Library Journal and a 4-star “hot” rating from RT.  That first review is always a nail-biter, but she did great!

Joan Kayse broke into the indie publishing scene with her first book, The Patrician.  Let’s hope the next in the series isn’t far behind.

OTHER RELEASES (which you can find in the Bandita library)

Trish Milburn achieved a record number of releases in one year in the lair – eight books!  WOW!

Close on her heels, Tawny Weber released four books and a novella.  She also has a January and a February 2013 release so look for more launch parties in the lair.  

Suzanne Ferrell had a banner year.  Her Ellora’s Cave release, Cantrell’s Bride, released in August.  She jumped right into self publishing with three releases, Kidnapped, Hunted and Close To Home. Watch for her January 2013 release, Bella’s Touch, and Close To The Edge sometime in Feb/March.  

Jo Robinson published two historicals and a young adult book (writing as Jo Lewis), along with three novellas. One of those historical novels has been nominated for a Romantic Times critic’s choice award.  While we’ll have to wait until May for the announcement of the winners, just being nominated is a serious achievement.

Kate Carlisle released two more novels in her bibliophile series (I love those books!) and Beth Andrews gave us two new Superromances (I love those as well!)

Anna Campbell made the jump from her old publisher to the new, Grand Central, with a new series, Sons of Sin.  Her 2012 release, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, generated some great reviews.  Her first audiobook was released through Tantor Audio, and her 2011 release, Midnight’s Wild Passion, has been finaling and winning in many published author contests.  Anna also was voted favorite Australian romance writer at the Australian Romance Reader Awards. No surprise there, she’s one of our favorite Australian romance authors.   😛 She ended the year by releasing her first indie publishing venture, the novella, The Winter Wife.

Wow – All that productivity sort of puts me to shame…but I’m not alone  🙂 .  Several other banditas had one release this year –

Christina Brooke released Mad About the Earl.

Susan Sey published Kiss the Girl.

Christie Kelley. – Bewitching the Duke


Several banditas had other accomplishments beyond publishing to celebrate.  Both Trish and Caren celebrated their 20th wedding anniversaries on the exact same day – isn’t that amazing?  Caren and her dh, however, celebrated their anniversary during the Pirate’s Week Festival on Grand Cayman Island.  They had a celebratory dinner at Tukka, an Australian restaurant. The GR approved of the setting as chooks run around wild all over the island! 

Nancy and her dh celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Savannah, GA.  I love that she snapped this photo.  Can you see the name of the ship?  How apropos is that!  In November, they went to the Okefenokee swamp so she could do more research for the Protectors series.  Good thing as we need more books in that series.

Christie Kelley moved into a new house in 2013, and Christina Brooke moved into her new “old’ house (renovated).

And finally, Joan Kayse welcomed her long awaited “Great” GODdaughter into her heart.

2012 was a busy year but 2013 holds excellent promise for even more books and more accomplishments by the banditas.

So how about you?  Share your 2012 accomplishments, your special trips, your milestones and we can celebrate the passing of the old year together.  I have a bookmark from the Edinburgh Castle from my research trip to send to someone leaving a comment. You can use it for one of the above fabulos releases  🙂

Let’s chat!







Our Second Year Together

by Suzanne Welsh
Wow, we’ve been together for another whole year! This time last year, we’d had 4 books reach the book shelves. Now, we have sales by more than half of our Banditas with 14 books on the shelves and 5 more coming out by April of next year…and more to follow!

At the RWA National Conference in San Francisco this past July, for the first time ever, 19 of the Banditas made it to the conference at once. Believe me, the Banditas took the place by storm and created our own kind of special commotion. And even the Golden Rooster was out and about in SF!

Speaking of the GR, it was just after the first of the year that the wily bird made his first appearance in the Lair. He’s been back and forth between the hemispheres and continents so much he should have enough frequent flyer miles for a trip to the space station. When he took over the blog one day we discovered he is a fowl spy who is bent on not only infiltrating the lair, but revealing many of the Banditas’ secrets as well. I wonder what other antics he’ll be up for in the coming year?

We’ve had many guest bloggers this year. NYT Bestselling authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Eloisa James and Lorraine Heath all drew lots of attention. We’ve had editors from Source Books and NAL. Michelle Buonfiglio from visited, too. We were invaded by firemen, knights, dukes and ladies…we even got a masseuse named Swen!!

And the Bandits raided RomanceNovelTV for an entire fortnight, (er, two weeks for those not into British historical time periods). What great fun that was! Rumor has it another raid may be in the planning for next year. Stay tuned for details.

Another thing the Bandits have become involved with is raffle baskets. These are packed full of Bandit booty, including signed copies of the Bandit books. The proceeds from these have gone to various charities or readers/commentors. Here are some of the places you might have seen them: Dreamin In Dallas conference, Buns & Roses Tea for adult literacy, Brenda Novak’s auction for Diabetes research, the Heart of Dixie Readers Luncheon, Washington Romance Writers, RWA National Conference for literacy, RT, Lori Foster’s reader event, Lora Leigh’s RAW, COFW’s conference, the Jo Leigh Fundraiser, and of course, our Christmas one just given away by Kate!

Here are some individual achievements by the Banditas this past year:

Dark and Dangerous, June 2008 and second book DARK AND DEADLY, June 2009 with two more books sold to Kensington in 2008. Dark and Dangerous, A Romantic Times TOP PICK (4.5 Stars!), Just nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award! Acquired an agent. And a new member of the family…Diver, the Irish Water Spaniel!

Beth: Sold 2 books to Harlequin Superromance Not Without Her Family came out in June. NWHF finaled in the Golden Leaf contest. Acquired an agent.

Anna C:Best New Author of 2007 in the All About Romance Annual Reader Poll.

Claiming the Courtesan:* Finalist, Mainstream Category, 2008 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award * Finalist, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2008 Romance Writers of America RITA Awards * Best Debut of 2007, Michelle Buonfiglio’s Lifetime TV Romance: B(u)y the Book * Book of the Year 2007, Michelle Buonfiglio’s Lifetime TV Romance: B(u)y the Book * Best First Single Title Romance of 2007 (Debut Author) in the Single Readers Choice poll * Winner of Best First Historical Romance in the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards 2007 * Best Long Historical Romance, Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America 2008 Booksellers’ Best Awards.

Untouched: * Romantic Times Top Pick and winner of January 2008 K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) Award * Finalist, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2008 Romance Writers of America RITA Awards * Realms Shooting Star Award for a book “that changed our universe” from Realms on our Bookshelves

Tempt the Devil: * Romantic Times Top Pick and winner of January 2009 K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) Award

First two short stories published this year. Lady Kate’s Scoundrel was in the Australian Women’s Weekly in April and The Return which was in the Woman’s Day in November.

Kate: HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER: A Bibliophile Mystery, NAL, February 2009…just received a 4 1/2 star review from RT, and she recently sold to Silhouette Desire. Be watching for her books to come!

Caren: Won Indiana’s Golden Opportunity and the Golden Pen and finaled in the Heart Of the Rockies.

KJ: 2008 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Unpublished Division:Romantic Mystery/Suspense The Matador – First Place

Joan: Her Romans continued taking honors with The Patrician’s Fortune winning The Suzannah and placing 3rd in The Maggies! Whoot, Joanie!!!

Christie: Every Night I’m Yours 2/08, debut release. Won NJ Golden Leaf in the Historical Category. Contracted for 3 more books with Kensington. Finished her whole house remodel and of course, acquired a Siberian Cat!

Jo: Had another granddaughter and that makes the count 15 grandbabies for our JoMama!! When she isn’t busy getting her baby fix, Jo is currently submitting her Romantic Suspense and Historical Suspense books and anticipating a sale.

Donna: THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY won the More than Magic contest, earned a certificate of merit from the Holt medallion contest, and was a finalist in the Golden Quill contest all for Best First Book. It tied for second place in the Barclay Gold and finaled in the Maggies for Best Historical. It was a finalist in the 2008 RT award for Best First Historical and was featured by Gina Bernal in her RNTV video.

THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT came out in 2008 to a 4.5 TOP PICK review in Romantic Times Bookreviews. Just recently it was nominated for 2009 Romantic Times award for Historical Love and Laughter (Winners to be announced in April).

Cindy: Debut release “The Wild Sight” came out in Oct. and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. THE WILD SIGHT is nominated for a “Cupid and Psyche Award” (CAPA) by The Romance Studio. Sold two more romantic suspenses to Sourcebooks, one is her 2006 Golden Heart final. Tentative release dates are Fall, 2009 and Spring, 2010.

Trish: first book (A Firefighter in the Family, Harlequin American) came out in September. Sold two more to H.A. in November. Yippee, Trish!

Cassondra: While working on some secret plans in the Lair, she also changed jobs in her non-writing career and adopted a new family member, Thor…a four-year-old, African Pied Crow, whom y’all met earlier this month on the blog!

Nancy: Won the Maggie and finaled in the Daphne and the Orange Rose. Had a feature article in the UNC-Charlotte magazine, Exchange.

Kirsten: Spent 2008 hard at work editing her YA book (scheduled for publication in winter 2009) and is currently starting on the second book in the two-book series. She’s also got several works in progress in adult romance and is dreaming of sales in 2009!

Susan: Won the Golden Heart for for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance with “Money, Honey“. Sold two books, including Money, Honey to Berkeley. Release dates yet to be announced.

Anna S: Had manuscripts place second in the Fab Five and Touch of Magic contests. Alas, she also moved home to England. (Missed greatly in the states by the Bandits!)

Tawny: Our spiciest pubbed author so far, has sold 9 books now, this time last year it was 6. Her 3rd Blaze, Risque Business garnered 4 1/2 stars from RT. Her first Blaze, Double Dare took 3rd place in the Laurel Wreath contest. Look for more sexy fun from her this year!!

Christine: Her second book THE DANGEROUS DUKE hit the shelves to widespread acclaim (it’s Anna here pretending to be Christine so I’m allowed to say that!). She handed in her next book WICKED LITTLE GAME and was contracted to write three more historical romances for Berkley Sensation! Huzzah! Christine made it to her first RWA conference, met all her Bandita sisters, flirted with the GR and generally had a ball!

Suz: As for me? I became a grandmother!! Managed to survive being President of Dallas Area Romance Authors, (DARA) and my first Erotica finaled in the Unpublished Beacon contest.

It’s been quite a year!

In fact, this year we not only talked about a special treat from Australia, Tim Tam’s and had them at the Bandit bash, BUT the Pepperridge Farms company has sent us some Tim Tam’s as a thank you for all the talk about them by us and our Bandit Buddies. In celebration of our fantastic year, the Bandits would like to give them to one of our commenters today!!

So, in honor of such a momentous give away, write us a limerick as to what the Bandits and their blog mean to you. Include Tim Tams somewhere in the poem!