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Sandra Owens’s Winner!

BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to welcome Sandra Owens on her first visit to the lair. She said she had a wonderful time here. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the signed copy of CRAZY FOR HER, the first book in the K2 Special Services Series. It’s…drumroll…

DEANNA!

Deanna, please email Sandra on sandra @ sandra-owens.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you! Congratulations and happy reading!

Crazy for Sandra Owens

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I’m delighted today to welcome new Montlake author Sandra Owens to the lair. Sandra’s new release is CRAZY FOR HER, the first in the K2 Special Services series:

When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

Sandra 2You can find out more about Sandra on her website: http://www.sandra-owens.com/

You can also connect with Sandra on social media (I sure do!):

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SandraOwensAuthor

Twitter: @SandyOwens1

Sandra, welcome to the Bandita lair! Can you please tell us about your latest release CRAZY FOR HER?

I’m thrilled to be a guest on Romance Bandits! I’m excited about CRAZY FOR HER, a 2013 Golden Heart finalist. The official release date is September 1st. I say “official” as Montlake Romance, my new publisher, chose CRAZY FOR HER as one of four books for the August Kindle First, meaning the ebook version was released early, and it’s on sale until September 1st. The print and audio will be available 1st September.

CRAZY FOR HER is a contemporary romantic suspense, the first in a five book series of the men of K2 special services, all ex-SEALs. In CRAZY FOR HER, my hero, Logan, is secretly in love with the heroine, who was married to his best friend. He has another secret, one that shocks my heroine, Dani, when she learns of it.

Sandra 4What were the inspirations behind this book?

The seed for the story was planted when I watched a documentary about a SEAL team during their time in Afghanistan. I thought, these guys are tough, and honorable, and dedicated to their calling. They are true heroes. Then I started wondering what life for them was like then they left the military. It would have to be a hard adjustment as they are men used to living on the edge. Logan Kincaid took shape in my mind, a man with dark secrets who was a true hero for his country, but doesn’t believe he deserved happiness. A lot of “what ifs” followed, and it went from there.

CRAZY FOR HER is the first in the K2 Special Services series. Can you give us a peek at what’s coming next?

Next is SOMEONE LIKE HER, scheduled for an early 2015 release date. My hero, Jake, another ex-SEAL and known to his friends as Romeo, falls for the sister of his boss, Logan Kincaid. The last thing the boss wants is for his sister, Maria, to fall for a man the team nicknamed Romeo. Jake tries to stay away from her, he really does. I have to laugh here because we all know how well that’s going to work for him, right?

sandra 5What else is coming up for you?

The last three books of the series are next. The third one is back from my critique partners, and after this last revision, it will go to my agent. Saint, my hero in book three, doesn’t cuss or drink, and is very discriminating in his few affairs. He was interesting, yet strangely, the hardest to write. I’ve always written alpha males, and Saint was my first gamma, a type of hero between a beta and an alpha. I found it funny thatI had to work at not allowing him to have a potty mouth like his teammates.

I’m about five chapters into book four. The heroine in that one is a stunt plane pilot, so I’m having great fun with that. (And yes, I have flown upside down in a stunt plane, so know how thrilling it is.) Book five has a rough outline, and my hero will be a dog lover, the heroine will have cats. I do expect the fur to fly for those two!

After I finish this series, I have the next one in mind. I sent a series synopsis for it to my agent who emailed me back and said, “YOU HAVE TO WRITE THIS!!!” So, I guess I will.

Your first two books (THE LETTER and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS) were historicals. What differences did you find in writing the two genres? Are there more historicals on the way?

Oh, goodness, the contemporaries are so much easier to write! I’m not spending hours researching clothing, or checking to see if certain words were in use, or hundreds of other things one needs to research when writing historicals. Having said that, my favorite genre to read is historical, which is why I started out writing them. But I also love the freedom of writing contemporaries. Will I write more historicals? Probably. Hopefully. I recently finished a historical novella that will be a part of an anthology my Embracing Romance co-authors are planning. It was so much fun to write.

Sandra 3Can you tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not writing?

Writing is a full-time job for me, and the majority of my days are spent doing just that. I’m also a voracious reader of historical (especially Regencies) and contemporary romances, so if I’m not writing, I’m usually reading. My husband and I have an RV, and we like to take long trips and explore this beautiful country of ours. The great thing about that is, I can easily write on the road. My laptop goes everywhere with me. My favorite place to write is an RV park not far from home where we go for long weekends. I get myself set up by the creek, and I never want to leave!         

Sounds idyllic! Thanks for the great interview, Sandra. We wish you all the best with your new series. Do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita buddies to get the conversation rolling?

I love to read almost anything – romances (especially historical and contemporary), horror…it would actually be a shorter list to tell you what genres I don’t like to read. My question is one I know authors are always interested in hearing the answer. As a reader, what genres do you prefer? Are you devoted to just one, or do you cross genre lines?

BanditBootySandra has very generously offered one commenter today a signed copy of CRAZY FOR HER (international) so get commenting, people! Good luck!

Free Sampler, TRULY, MADLY REGENCY

Truly madlyEverybody loves free stuff! So make sure you download this free ebook sampler from Grand Central Forever, TRULY MADLY REGENCY. It includes excerpts from historical romances from a whole host of authors, including Anna Campbell whose A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is featured. If you click on the cover, it will take you straight to Amazon.

I’m in the Mood for Love…and Nora!


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We’re all readers here so I’m sure I’m not going to be alone when I confess to being slightly obsessed with a particular author. It happens to all of us!

I seem to have developed an insatiable appetite for books by Nora Roberts. Rarely a week goes by when I’m not reading one and usually more books by the master (I can’t call her the mistress!).

Obviously like most of us, I’ve read Nora’s books for many years. I think my introduction to her work was the Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy. Isolde Martyn brought JEWELS OF THE SUN back from the 2000 RWA conference in Washington D.C. where she was the first Australian to win a RITA® Award for her wonderful historical THE MAIDEN AND THE UNICORN.

nora 5I think my favorite of those early reads was the Chesapeake Bay Quartet – amazing emotional punch in those stories and great romances. Stupidly I lent those to a friend and they never came back. Grrr.

I tried the J.D. Robb books – perhaps it was the mood I was in at the time, but while I enjoyed NAKED IN DEATH, I didn’t have a burning desire to read more in the series.

No, it seems I’m a classic Nora in her original incarnation girl.

Luckily she’s got a huge backlist! I’m in awe of her productivity and I have no idea how she manages to keep the quality up the way she does. Her books are never less than a good read and more often than not, they’re a fantastic read. Perhaps she has an army of little elves wearing Turn the Page Bookstore T-shirts in her basement!

nora 3I really feel that there’s nobody better for a certain style of emotional contemporary romance.The characters are real – you can imagine most of them living next door, even the witchy ones. The dilemmas they face are intriguing. The love scenes are lyrical and sexy. And she does setting brilliantly. You really feel that you’ve been to the wild Monterey Coast with the Donovans or County Mayo with the Cousins O’Dwyer or a rocky island off the Maine coast with the three wyrd sisters.

The more I read, the more I appreciate her work. In the last six months, I’ve read the Three Sisters Trilogy, the Donovan Legacy Quartet, the first two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer set, BLUE DAHLIA (and I’ve ordered the next two in that set!), WHISKEY BEACH, NORTHERN LIGHTS and THE WITNESS.

Nora 7Two particular faves are NORTHERN LIGHTS and THE WITNESS. Both feature really interesting central characters, burnt-out city detective Nate Burke who takes a posting as police chief in Lunacy, Alaska (NL) and Abigail Lowery, on the run from the Russian Mafia after she witnessed a murder as a teenager (TW).

Both are stand-alones and have a strong mystery/suspense plot. Both are longer than her series books that I’ve read. But my goodness, they’re fabulous stories. I couldn’t put down either when I started them. And given they’re both over 500 pages, that was a lot of hermit time! I wrote a detailed review of NORTHERN LIGHTS for our friends at the Romance Dish back in January: http://www.theromancedish.com/2014/01/mighty-lights.html

nora 8It suddenly struck me last week why I had such a reader crush on Nora at the moment – aside from the obvious quality of the books she writes. And what a lightbulb moment that was!

One of the things I loved about JEWELS OF THE SUN is that it’s about a woman who takes a chance and reaps the benefits. Frances Jude Murray leaves her dead-end job in America to live in her grandmother’s cottage in Ireland and to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. This single act of courage leads to a fulfilling new career and a lifelong love.

This theme of the main character seeking a new life and finding love and renewed purpose in his or her altered circumstances is central to so many of Nora’s books.

nora 6Right now I’m in the process of packing up the home my parents lived in for their last years. I’ve lived here for ten years since my mother passed away in 2006. It’s a lovely house but it’s never really been suitable for a groovy singleton (ahem!) and I’ve finally got up the oomph to tackle moving. So the next year or so is going to have a lot of changes for me too. Some large, some small. But all a little daunting in the still watches of the night!

Nora’s message of courage finding its own rewards and a new start offering a whole fresh look on life is just what I need at the moment.  Clearly I need it, given the number of her books I’m ordering from the Book Depository!

nora 4So are you glomming any particular author at the moment? Is it an old favorite or someone who’s a fairly new discovery? Is there a reason this particular author is striking a chord for you? And what books of Nora’s do you recommend I turn to after I finish the In the Garden trilogy?

 

 

 

“OH, Yeah, baby!” an Ode to One-Liners

SM“I do not think that means what you think it means!” (Princess Bride)

“Stop rhyming and I mean it!” “Anybody want a peanut?” (Viceni to the Giant – Princess Bride)

“Say hello to my little friend!” (Scarface)

“My Captain! My Captain!” (Dead Poets Society)

“I’m not angry, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years!” (Steel Magnolias…I’m not sure I’ve got the quote exactly right on this one…)

“I’m pretty sure the answer to that one is going to be “I Am Groot”” (Guardians of the Galaxy)

“Take off the shiny suit and what are you, huh?” “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” (Capt. America & Iron Man – The Avengers)

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Gone With the Wind)

“Buehler?  Buehler?” (Ferris Buehlers Day Off)

Ah! The snappy, witty come back.  The throw-away, one liner that ends up being the quote of the month/year/decade.  I love it!!

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend and I have to say that I immediately wanted to queue up and see it again.  It’s fun, it’s funny and OMGosh, the witty repartee!!  It was fabulous!!  And, OH!, the one-liners!!  There are so many, I’m going to have to see it again just to catch them all.JAWS_Movie_poster

One of the things I adore most in a book or a movie is wit.  Seriously, don’t you love it?  The snappy comebacks, the clever banter.  Great writing that translates on the page as brilliant back-and-forth between characters on the screen?  Fabulous!  I know I’ve mentioned before that we still snicker and snork over so many lines from The Princess Bride that it’s almost cultish.  (I’m not saying I want to build a summer home here…)  Same with a friend of mine and the unscripted line from Jaws, “I think we’re going to need a bigger boat!”  And with a college friend, it’s Monty Python.  (“Fechez la Vache!)

Sometimes they become a part of the lexicon.  A generation’s language, a shorthand of global proportions, comes from movies that become iconic and nearly universal.  “Life is like a box of chocolates.”   “Run! Forrest, Run!” (Forrest Gump);  “Yo, Adrian!” (Rocky)’  “Stella!” (On the Waterfront); “Heeeeeres Johnny!” (The Shining/Johnny Carson show)

And some are just between you and the person with whom you saw the movie like my sister and I, when things get heavy duty and more expansive than expected:  “Muah-dib, we have worm-sign the likes of which even God has never seen!” (Dune – terrible version of the book, but oh! Patrick Stewart!)

Guardians of the Galaxy is, I can tell, going to be one of those movies.  The quotable ones.  The one-liner-becomes-lexicon ones.  Yep, it’s that good.

It’s also really, really fun.  There are elements of the serious hero movies like Superman and the Avengers, Iron Man and Capt. America – hey there’s even the usual cameo by Stan Lee – but the flat out, don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously humor of it is just impossible not to love.   The moment you expect to be poignant is cracked by a joke.  The moment you expect to be a joke, suddenly becomes poignant.

6119c9ff591fc215015594162ed92301.w980.h290._CR0,0,980,290_Now don’t get me wrong, there are PLENTY who are already panning the movie.  “Too slow!”  “Too flippant!” “Too cerebral!” (Seriously?  This movie couldn’t be cerebral if you spanked it with a spinal column!!)  But, for me, it’s so incredibly well done, and so carefully “timed” in terms of action vs. repartee, pathos vs. blatant laughs, and seriously clever humor (“Metaphor!”) that as I said, I want to see it again.  Grins.

What about you, Bandits and Buddies?  Answer a few or answer them all….

Do you love a good wit in your movies?  That humorous banter that just calls out to be used in everyday conversation?  (“Amok! Amok! Amok!” – Hocus Pocus)

Or do you like that more subtle insult wit like Cap and Tony Stark?  (“I’ll draw your blood for that sir!” “Tis I am the leech, yet you would draw my blood? I think not!” – Colonial Gov to Capt. Blood – Capt. Blood)

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet?  (No spoilers!)  Or are you going to see it?

Do you like your humor mixed with other things – humorous action movies like Marvel – or straight up, as in Austin Powers, or Robin Hood Men in Tights?

Do you like the witty in those fab English Historicals?  Having recently read Donna’s Whisky Laird, and Christina Brooke’s Wickedest Lord Alive, I’m REALLY enjoying the wit of the English.  My pal Barbara Devlin is also a past-master at the witty repartee in her heroes and heroines.  I have laughed so much at some of the things Lady Rebecca managed to say without being “caught” at it in her My Lady the Spy!  Ha!  And our own Anna C’s books are packed with wit and sly innuendo.  I must confess that I have sometimes not even captblood1caught the best of them on the first read, they’re so clever.  Go, Anna!  Ha!

(While I focused on the historical here, each of the Bandits has that wit – sharp and pointy!  I love it! – in and of themselves and in their various characters.  I ADORE blogging with them for that, much less reading their books.  Ha!)

What’s the wittiest book you’ve enjoyed?  What book can you think of that has that great back and forth repartee in the dialogue?

What’s your favorite movie for great innuendo and wit in the dialogue?  (Thomas Crown Affaire!!  The whole movie is a study in repartee between the Renee Russo character and the Thomas Crowne character!)

What’s your favorite movie and book for one-liners? (Movie – Princess Bride; Book – Elizabeth Peters’ Crocodile on the Sandbank where Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson verbally spar whilst running for their lives!) )

So….what about YOU???

Hot August Nights!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Very British Winner!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to wish my British edition of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS well on its travels. And wow, I want to have afternoon tea with all of you! I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the personalized edition of Rake:

JESSICA SMITH!

Congratulations, Jessica. Please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info with your snail mail details and I’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

A Very British New Release!

rake UKWell, shiver me timbers!

Except that well bred young British gels don’t say such things.

Unless they’re celebrating a new release in the United Kingdom. My second Sons of Sin book, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, is out from Mills and Boon there this month.

I thought I’d celebrate in a truly British way with a wonderful afternoon tea! Not to mention giving a Bandita buddy the chance to win one of these lovely green monsters.

There’s a lovely new blurb too:

‘I’ll soften her up with a bit of flirtation, a few weeks of masculine attention, then leave her with a smile and the jewel in my pocket.’

Me and cookiesTired of rumours of his mother’s sin, of being the Harmsworth bastard, indolent rake Sir Richard Harmsworth decides to hunt down the jewel that will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But the quest isn’t as easy as he expects…

The Harmsworth Jewel’s custodian is scholarly virgin Genevieve Barrett and the treasure is coveted by others as well as Sir Richard. Genevieve won’t part with the jewel easily – his only option is to seduce it from her.

Frustratingly, deceiving the innocent beauty is much tougher on his conscience than he ever imagined…

sliceIf you’re in the U.K., you can buy this gorgeous emerald beauty at all good booksellers, including:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rakes-Midnight-Mills-Special-Releases-ebook/dp/B00JXN2TOA/ref=pd_sim_kinc_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0P8V7W62BQ643QQPC43R

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Rakes-Midnight-Kiss-Anna-Campbell/9780263246537

lizzie's chinaW.H. Smith: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/a-rakes-midnight-kiss-mills-and-boon-special-releases-new-edition/product/9780263246537

 Waterstone’s: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/anna+campbell/a+rake27s+midnight+kiss/10428805/

You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/rakeskiss.html

mum's chinaI hope you’ve noticed that I’ve baked and got out the good china for your visit! Only the best for my Banditas and Bandita Buddies. The white and gold set was my mother’s Royal Doulton. It’s a pattern called Richelieu and I love it to death (despite its complete lack of suitability for a dishwasher!). The blue and gold set was a present to me from my godfather who used to work for Doulton back in the early 1960s. Isn’t it spectacular? My mother was crazy about good English china and she passed the obsession on to me. These two sets are both very cherished possessions!

BanditBootySo let’s launch this green baby with a lovely English afternoon tea. What are your preferred afternoon tea treats? Share your fave sweet morsels and you’ll be in the draw to receive the U.K. edition of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS (hmm, that sounds like a sweet morsel too!), international!  

Stefanie London’s Winner!

1BanditBootyThank you so much for the lovely warm welcome you gave debut Aussie author Stefanie London yesterday. We wish her all the best with her first book ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET.

The winner of the signed copy of OTBTB is:

LOUISA CORNELL!

Congratulations, Louisa. Please email Stef on stefanie @ stefanie-london.com(no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

 

Sarah Morgan’s Winner!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by last week when I hosted Sarah Morgan who was here to talk about her wonderful new release SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. I read it while I was away in Melbourne and it’s brilliant so rush to your nearest bookseller!

I’m now delighted to announce the winner of the signed print copy of SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER:

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Sandy, congratulations! Please email Sarah on sarah @ sarahmorgan.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

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