Posted by Anna Campbell Mar 4 2014, 10:30 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Blythe Gifford, Harlequin Romance, medieval romance, Royal Weddings Series, Secrets at Court, The Witch Finder, Unusual romance
Thanks to everyone who swung by to make Blythe Gifford so welcome yesterday. We had a ball in the lair!
I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the prize. It’s:
Teresa, would you please email Blythe on blythe @ blythegifford.com (no spaces) and let her know whether you’d like a copy of THE WITCH FINDER or SECRETS AT COURT, and also what your mailing address is?
Congratulations and happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Mar 3 2014, 12:03 am in Anna Campbell, anya seton, Blythe Gifford, Harlequin Historicals, historical romance, interviews, medieval romance, royal weddings, Secrets at Court, The Witch Finder, Unusual Historicals, Whispers at Court
I’m delighted today to welcome the wonderful historical romance author Blythe Gifford who is here to tell us about her new release, SECRETS AT COURT, the first of the Royal Weddings series.
RT Book Reviews really liked this story, saying, “Royals plus secrets plus impending exposure always equals drama of the highest order.”
Here’s the blurb:
THE THRONE OF ENGLAND IS AT STAKE!
Anne of Stamford has long been the keeper of her mistress’s secrets, but when Lady Joan marries the king’s son, court life becomes ever more perilous. Sir Nicholas Lovayne has arrived to uncover the truth about Lady Joan’s past, and Anne must do something—anything—to throw him off….
Longing to escape the intrigues at court, Nicholas hasn’t counted on the way Anne distracts him—her refusal to accept pity for her clubfoot touches something deep inside him. Will he be able to follow his duty when every fiber of his being tells him to protect Anne?
A hint of scandal this way comes!
You can find out more about Blythe and her books at her website: http://blythegifford.com/
Blythe, welcome to the Bandita lair! I’m so excited about SECRETS AT COURT, your new book. What were the inspirations behind this book?
Delighted to be here! When Prince William and Kate Middleton married, the Harlequin Historical line released a series of short stories that looked back at British royal weddings of the past. I was invited to participate, but had too many deadlines on my plate at the time. I loved the idea, though, and I envisioned a full-length book using the premise. Most of my books are set amidst the backdrop of real history and the medieval court of Edward III is familiar territory for me. Thus, I wrote a book centered on a very unusual royal wedding!
How fascinating. Can you tell us about this story?
SECRETS AT COURT, out now, is set around the wedding of the oldest son of Edward III, also an Edward. History knows him as the Black Prince. (As an aside, he was the first Prince of Wales.) His chosen bride, Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, had a bit of a scandalous past and they, in essence, “eloped” and married without the church’s consent.
My hero, Nicholas, is charged with untangling the mess they made and getting the Pope’s dispensation for their marriage. My heroine, Anne, who has been with Joan all her life, is the keeper of her lady’s secrets. Secrets that, if Nicholas discovers them, could destroy the throne of England!
SECRETS AT COURT launches a new series for you, Royal Weddings. Can you give us a sneak peak of what’s to come in the series?
Right now, it is a series of two. Both of Edward III’s oldest children married for love, unheard of at that time. The second book, WHISPERS AT COURT, will center on the marriage of Edward’s daughter Isabella. After remaining unwed until the ripe old age of 31, she fell in love with a French nobleman who was held hostage at the English court. Release date is to be determined, but I hope it will be yet this year. (I’m madly wrestling with revisions.)
Can’t wait for that. Did SECRETS AT COURT present any special challenges?
Several. First, was understanding Joan of Kent’s checkered marital past. At one point, she was actually married to two men at once. (Yes, this is documented!) It was a rather risqué background for a royal bride. But sorting out the timeline and the legal aspects of her entanglements didn’t give me as much trouble as something more mundane: the floor plan of Windsor Castle. The castle was undergoing massive renovations during these years and trying to figure out what wings and rooms were finished was a real challenge. I finally found a solid source, available only in print, with color coded floor plans and filled my iPhone with pictures.
The use of real historical events is a trademark of yours, isn’t it?
History inspires me. One of the first books on my keeper shelf was KATHERINE by Anya Seton. It is the story of the lifelong mistress of John of Gaunt, another of King Edward’s children. They finally married, late in life, and her children were legitimized and sat on the throne of England. I love the idea that love can change history!
Oh, I adored KATHERINE. Speaking of great books, I read and loved your indie novel, THE WITCH FINDER. Can you tell us about that story?
THE WITCH FINDER is set on the Scottish Borders during the middle of the seventeenth century and one of the worst witch hunts in history. I was inspired by Sandra Brown’s famous comment: “If your heroine is an arsonist, your hero better be a firefighter.” In this case, my hero is a witch finder, a man expert in determining whether a suspect was really a witch or falsely accused. And my heroine, of course, is an accused witch.
Such high stakes in that story. I couldn’t put it down. How did you come to self-publish?
I actually wrote the book for Harlequin, but they were afraid it was too dark for their audience. Your enthusiasm for the story was a real boost, and I am so grateful! It encouraged me to go ahead and release it myself. And the reviews, I’m delighted to say, have echoed your enthusiasm.
I’m not at all surprised. As this is your first visit to the lair, we’d love to hear about your writing journey.
I started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, I sold my Golden Heart finalist manuscript to the Harlequin Historical line! (But the behind the scenes story is that I started writing my first historical novel at age ten. In pencil.) I’ve now had nine books with them, one more coming soon, plus one self-published, I’m astonished to say!
One of the things I love about your books is that you set your stories in, for historical romance, unusual periods. If you were to persuade a diehard Regency reader to try a book set outside the first quarter of the 19th century, what would you say to them?
I think we read historical romance for two things: to be swept away to a different time and place and for the guarantee that all will end well. For readers who think an unfamiliar time period might be off-putting, I would assure you the happily ever after survives intact. So why not try being whisked away to a new time and place?
So here’s a thought starter: Do you read historical romance outside the Regency period? What time periods have you tried? (Or would you like to try?) And if you have read something “unusual,” how did you feel about that experience? Conversely, if you adore only the Regency, what is it about the period that draws you?
Blythe has very generously offered one lucky commenter today a print book of their choice, either SECRETS AT COURT or THE WITCH FINDER (international). Good luck!
Posted by Anna Sugden Mar 2 2014, 12:15 pm in Anna Campbell, Anna Sugden, contest
We’re cheering in the Lair for the two Anna’s, both of whom are finalists in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Anna Campbell is a finalist in the Historical category with A Rake’s Midnight Kiss and Anna Sugden is a finalist in the Contemporary Series category with A Perfect Distraction!
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 21 2014, 11:00 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, historical romance, Jewels of the Ton, Regency romance, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend, series, Shana Galen
Wow, what a huge day we had in the lair yesterday when Shana Galen visited to talk about her March release SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND!
Thanks to Shana and to everyone who swung by to say hello. There were two great prizes up for grabs and I’m delighted now to announce the winners:
LAURIE G won the U.S./Canada prize which is a complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books plus a beautiful rose quartz necklace.
MARY PRESTON won the international prize which is a complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books.
Congratulations, girls. Please email Shana on shana @ shanagalen.com (no spaces) with your address and she’ll arrange your prizes for you. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 20 2014, 12:01 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, historical romance, Jewels of the Ton, Regency romance, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend, Shana Galen, SourceBooks Casablanca, When You Give a Duke a Diamond, When You Give a Rake a Ruby
I’m delighted to bring back to the lair sparkling Jewel of the Romance World, Shana Galen!
Shana’s here to give us a sneak peek (well, not that sneak, frankly!) at her latest sparkling romantic adventure SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND which is out from Sourcebooks Casablanca on 4th March. This is the last instalment in her glittering, bestselling Jewels of the Ton series. SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND is already creating a lot of buzz, including a Top Pick review from RT Book reviews.
Here’s the blurb:
Careful, gentlemen—there is more to this courtesan than meets the eye…
What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan? Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, is a spy working for the Crown to uncover a traitor. Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father, but something about Lily intrigues him. When he discovers there is more to her flirtation than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor. Even if that traitor is his own father…
You can find out more about Shana and her books on her website: www.shanagalen.com
So without further ado, here’s Shana:
MY FAVORITE EXCERPT
As an author, I never know what life experiences will make it into my books. You’d think very few, considering I write books set in the early 1800s, and I live in 2014. But though I don’t put cell phones or cars in my books, human interaction hasn’t changed much in 200 years.
When Princess Galen was a baby—she used to be Baby Galen, but now that she’s four, she informed me she would like to be called Princess Galen—she did not like to sleep. In fact, I don’t think she liked being a baby because she didn’t like to do any of the typical things babies do—you know, sleep or eat or sit in her car seat. You’d never know she was the Fussiest Baby in the World now because she’s super happy and smiling all the time. But when she was a baby and it was naptime or bedtime, I really wanted to pull my hair out. It was just torture to get her to go to sleep, and it was torture if she stayed up too because either way she was screaming her head off.
Those of you who are moms or aunts or babysitters know that when you are stuck with a crying kid day in and day out, you’ll try just about anything. One thing that worked for me was telling her a story. I’d use this singsong voice, and she probably liked the voice more than the story, but the story was for me. It was all about this little girl who had a closet full of magic dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. Each dress had a magical property. It was a great story because I could embellish if I was feeling creative, but I also knew it so well, I could say it in my sleep—and probably did!
Gradually, bedtime became easier, and I could do normal things, like read a book or rub her back to get her settled down. But then one night when she was three, she had a nightmare and was having trouble going back to sleep. I started telling her the story again, and believe it or not, she remembered it. Now she still requests it sometimes, and it’s a special bond we have from those rough early days.
About the time of Princess Galen’s nightmare, I had started working on SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND. I wanted readers to know where the heroine, Lily, had come from. She’s a courtesan and a spy, but she didn’t start out that way. She started out as a little girl with a family and a mother who told her bedtime stories. The book is about how Lily became who she was, and, of course, how she falls in love with the Earl of Darlington and defeats the villain Lucifer. But today I wanted to share one of my favorite scenes in the book, the scene with Lily as a little girl. See if you can catch anything from real life in it.
“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lily.”
Lily snuggled under her covers and listened to her mother’s singsong voice. She heard the rain pattering outside on the roof and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves as a hackney passed her family’s modest home in London. On the floor below her, the low rumble of her father’s voice reverberated as he spoke to the man who’d arrived shortly after supper. Her father entertained more and more unexpected visitors of late. When she pressed her ear to the door to listen, she heard names like Napoleon and Fishguard and La Légion Noire whispered in furtive voices. Until Mamma told her to come away.
Sometimes she was scared, even though she didn’t know what she was scared of. But here, in her cozy room with the low-sloped ceiling, lying in her soft bed with her baby doll and her mamma beside her, she felt safe. Lily yawned. “What about the little girl, Mamma?”
“She was in possession of several very special dresses. There was a green dress that glittered with emeralds, and when she wore the green dress, she could fly.”
Lily closed her eyes, imagining flying.
“There was a purple dress with a velvet bodice and ruffles on the skirt, and when she wore the purple dress, she was a princess. There was a pink dress covered with spangles, and when she wore the pink dress, she could dance like a ballerina. There was a red dress that radiated with rubies, and when she wore the red dress, she was so strong.”
“As strong as Papa?”
“Yes. That strong. Now, close your eyes and listen.”
But Lily knew her favorite dress was coming, and it was so hard not to bounce with excitement.
“There was a white dress that dazzled with diamonds, and when she wore the white dress, she could swim like a fish. And there was a blue dress, and that was her favorite because it sparkled with sapphires. When she wore the blue dress, she was invisible.”
“And no one could see her.”
“That’s right, Lily Bea.”
Her name was Lillian Beatrice Dawson, and sometimes her mother called her Lily Bea. Mamma had pet names for all of her children—names like Robert Bear for her big brother and Lottie for Charlotte, who was only a year older than Lily—but Lily liked her special name best.
Mamma tucked the coverlet in snugly, and Lily yawned again. “Lily,” her mother asked, “why do you like the blue dress best? Is it because blue is your favorite color?”
“No.” Green was her favorite color, but it was all right that Mamma didn’t remember that. She had a lot to remember. “It’s because I want to be inbisible.”
“Like Papa. He says his job is to be in-vis-i-ble.”
“Hmm.” Her mother huffed, and Lily opened her eyes to see Mamma’s expression. Sometimes Lily said things that made her mother unhappy. Usually they were statements related to Papa. Mamma smoothed Lily’s hair off her brow, and Lily closed her eyes again.
“And lastly there was a black dress,” Mamma said, “as long and black as midnight, and when she wore the black dress, she could sleep for hours and hours. So let’s put on our black dress, and go to sleep.”
“Good night, Mamma.”
“Good night. Sweet dreams.”
Lily closed her eyes and dreamed of jewels and ball gowns.
What was your favorite story as a child or your favorite to read to your child?
I have 2 (TWO!) prizes to give away! The first is only for readers in US/Canada–win the complete set of the Jewels of the Ton books, WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY, and SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND, plus a fabulous rose quartz necklace. The other giveaway is open to everyone not in the US/Canada, and it’s another complete set of the books in the series.
Shana, what a lovely generous set of prizes. People will be clamoring at the gates of the lair to win this one.
Good luck, everyone! Get commenting!
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 10 2014, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, films, Inspiration, Julia, Movie Classics, movies, Out of Africa, Romancing the Stone, The Life of Emile Zola, The Shining, Writers in Movies, writing life
I was thinking the other day how often writers feature in movies and how much that celluloid image had affected my view of what a writer did when I was growing up wanting to be (you guessed it) a writer.
Luckily for everyone who knew me, I only saw THE SHINING very late when it was part of a special cinema release to mark the Wartner Brothers 75th anniversary. Such a scary movie. I think even at my most frustrated, I’m nowhere near as terrifying as Jack in that film!
Although I’ve certainly felt his fear of the blank page. Never to the point of wanting to chop up the neighbors, thank goodness!
There are a couple of things writers in movies always do which I NEVER do.
The first is drink like fishes as they’re writing. I’m sure there are writers who do/have. William Faulkner definitely enjoyed a tipple, as did Hemingway. Whether they drank as they wrote or after they’d done their immortal prose for the day, I’m not sure. Perhaps a Bandita or Bandita buddy knows.
I have tried drinking while I write. While I’m writing, it’s wonderful – I’m convinced that I’m writing a masterpiece. And every extra glass adds to the glow. Sadly when I read the pages over when I’m sober, masterpiece isn’t the first word that springs to mind. I definitely enjoy a glass of wine or two, but not while I’m in the process of trying to wrestle a story into submission.
Another thing that writers in movies do is throw away a lot of perfectly usable paper. You know the scene. Tormented young man (they’re usually men!) sits down at a typewriter or with his quill pen and writes three words. Stares at them with a tortured expression. Sighs as if the world is out to get him. Then he rips out the sheet, screws up the paper and throws it on the ground. Even if there was a bin in the room, he misses it! The great artist is frustrated that he can’t get it right first time. But he persists!
Scene cuts away to the next morning/week/year, and the writer’s garret looks like it’s been hit by a paper snowstorm, but on the desk there is a chapter/novel/series finished. All those trees clearly didn’t die in vain. Throwing out the bad stuff meant that the good stuff lived to become a bestseller (they almost invariably do in these movies).
I’d like to say that I don’t do this because I’m too environmentally conscious. However I have a nasty feeling that it’s just because I’m too stingy to waste paper. A bit of crossing out and you’re ready to go again. A first draft is going to involve a lot of crossing out anyway.
Of course, now that we all write on computer, these dramatic if wasteful scenes are rather old hat. A movie where the author swears and hits the delete button several times lacks emotional punch, sadly.
Something else that always amuses me when writers turn up in movies or TV shows is that usually they’re fairly glamorous creatures. I’m thinking of the women in particular here. I remember a NEW TRICKS (a BBC crime series) where the investigating team go to interview a writer about a murder and she looks all dressed up and ready to accept an Oscar.
I’m sure there are writers who dress up when they write, just as I’m sure there’s a Tooth Fairy. But most of us look VERY shabby when we write.
I mean, come on, one of the advantages of this gig is that we get to wear our pajamas to work. And when I’m not in my pajamas, I’m in shorts and t-shirt or the winter equivalent. If you don’t believe how shabby I look when I’m on deadline, just ask my poor postman who is forced to face the horror that is me on a writing binge at the door on a regular basis.
Some of my favorite movies feature writers. I have a theory that so many movies feature writers because they’re written by writers. The whole ‘write what you know’ mantra at work.
What’s interesting is that movies about writing rarely give much film time to what is the largest part of a writer’s life. Sitting alone, scribbling or staring into space – or doing housework to avoid sitting alone, scribbling.
And sadly that’s not very cinematic. Or exciting. Or visually compelling.
Most of us don’t have the time to romance Robert Redford or murder people (probably a good thing) or save our sisters from Colombian drug smugglers.
Speaking of Colombian drug smugglers, my favorite movie about a writer actually does get a lot of it write. Uh, right. At least for a hardworking romance writer! Although a dashing adventurer is yet to bowl up my street on a yacht to sweep me to a life of adventure and love. Although having said that, my friend Helene Young lives with her wonderful, dashing husband on a yacht and has a very exciting life as a commercial pilot so perhaps the end of this film isn’t complete fantasy after all!
Of course I’m talking about ROMANCING THE STONE.
Please tell me you love this movie too!
I love how mousy Joan Wilder discovers her inner wild woman and defeats the bad guys and demonstrates the courage to seize her chance at love. I love how we get hints at the start that mousy Joan Wilder has a wonderful inner life and that really she’s very far from mousy in her soul. The seeds of the strong, dynamic woman she becomes are always there inside her, but expressed through her imaginary characters rather than her actual life.
The first time I saw this film in 1984 when it came out, I was many years from being published although I’d written a full manuscript and a stack of bits and pieces. Enough so that the opening scene where Joan is crying her eyes out and blowing her nose on post-it notes rang a loud bell. And I still love the bit where she opens a can of salmon and gives it to the cat as her only real way of celebrating writing the end on a manuscript. Sigh!
I think another favorite of mine is BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, although George Peppard in that is more an ex-writer than a writer. Too much of that drinking while he wrote (and while he wasn’t writing!), I think!
So do you like movies about writers? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever seen anything that struck you as just plain silly in a movie about a writer?
Have you seen any of the movies I’ve used as examples today? They’re all pretty good if you haven’t!
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 3 2014, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, historical romance, interviews, Lost in a Royal Kiss, Regency romance, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, The Renegade Royals, V.K. Sykes, vanessa kelly
Vanessa Kelly is a fabulous author who needs no introduction! She’s practically an honorary Bandita!
Today, she’s visiting us to tell us about her wonderful new hsitorical romance SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, book 1 in the Renegade Royals series.
Hmm, that title had me at hello.
SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD is garnering some wonderful buzz, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly which says, “Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises, and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.”
Here’s the blurb:
Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…
Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch…
You can find out more about Vanessa and her books on her website: http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/
Vanessa, welcome back to the lair. Congratulations on your new release for Kensington, SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD. Can you tell us about this story?
Hi, Anna! Thanks so much for hosting me in the lair – it’s great to be back! SECRETS features a dark, brooding, and sexy Aden St. George, a British spy who also happens to be the illegitimate son of the Prince Regent. Aden has just returned from a difficult mission in France, where he lost a man and holds himself responsible. All he wants to do is hole up in a room with a good bottle of port and drown his sorrows for a week or two. Instead, he’s called in to rescue the beautiful and vivacious Lady Vivien Shaw from a gang of kidnappers and bring her back to London before her disappearance is discovered and her reputation ruined.
Sounds great! What were the inspirations behind this book?
I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, and I’ve always liked reading a good kidnap/rescue scenario. I especially enjoyed Lori Foster’s Edge of Honor series, with its good guy heroes and smart, courageous women. Plus, what an interesting challenge for a writer: how to develop a credible, lasting relationship between the hero and heroine in the context of so many heightened emotions and dangers.
Can you tell us about the series, The Renegade Royals?
The Renegade Royals are the illegitimate sons of the royal princes of England. They’re all rebels, to some extent, with one or two genuine bad boys in the mix. Given their innate sense of rebellion, none are eager to settle down into a life of domestic bliss. Meeting the right woman, of course, will change all that, although there might not be as much settling down as they expect!
We don’t have long to wait for the next Renegade Royal, CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM, which is out in April. Can you tell us about this story?
My confession is that I love this book! Griffin Steele is the real bad boy of the group—he owns several lucrative gaming houses and a brothel, all of which he is in the process of selling at the start of the story. Griffin has always wanted to get out of the sin business and travel to the Far East, and he’s finally got his chance. But a mysterious baby is left on his doorstep one day, along with an anonymous note pleading with him to keep the infant safe. Naturally, Griffin knows little about taking care of babies so he needs help. Enter Justine Brightmore, a competent, prim, and uber-disciplined daughter of a spy. She and Griffin couldn’t be more dissimilar, and sparks are definitely going to fly. Think Mary Poppins meets Captain Jack Sparrow—with sex!
Love the high concept! What else has Vanessa Kelly been up to?
I’m working on the next novella and books three and four in The Renegade Royals.
I think most people are fascinated by writing partnerships. You and your husband write contemporary romance together as V.K. Sykes. How do you work together? And can you tell us what’s coming up for V.K. Sykes?
Yes, Randy and I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under our V.K. Sykes pen name. The writing started off more as a hobby for Randy, but it’s worked out very well—for both of us! We’ve figured out a good system for working without killing each other. We brainstorm the book idea, plot, and characters together, then hubby writes the first draft. I do the revisions and write all the sex scenes, since Randy pretty much hates doing the mushy stuff. Right now, we’re working on another one of our USA Today bestselling sports romances, and we’re also writing a new small town contemporary romance series for Grand Central Publishing. It’s called LOBSTER BAY and it will be released in 2015.
Wow, you’re a busy woman! Do you have question for the Bandits and Bandita buddies to get conversation going?
Have you ever met someone under less than ideal circumstances, but a wonderful romance or friendship still managed to develop? One person who comments will win an ARC of CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM (international).
Wow, Vanessa, great prize! Go for it, Bandita Buddies and good luck!
Posted by Kate Carlisle Feb 1 2014, 12:05 am in Anna Campbell, coming attractions, February Coming Attractions, Kate Carlisle, Suzanne Ferrell
Ahh, February, the month of love! And romance! And chocolate! And champagne, of course! And reading wonderful books by fabulous authors! But that’s what every month of the year is all about, right? Oh, yes.
Call me sentimental, but for me, February is also the month during which I look back, shake my head, and admit that all of those January resolutions I made were ridiculous! Seriously, give up chocolate? What was I thinking??
Here in the Lair, we resolve to bring you a wonderful line-up of delightful authors each and every month. And February is no exception. You won’t want to miss one single minute of the fun.
We kick things off on Monday, 3rd February, when Anna Campbell hosts lair favorite Vanessa Kelly who is here to talk about SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, Book 1 in her Renegade Royals series.
How do you capture a cowboy’s heart? Tracy Garrett stops in on Tuesday, February 4th to talk with Suz about her newest western romance in the anthology, HEARTS AND SPURS, a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine’s Day!
And on Wednesday, February 5th, Jesse Hayworth returns to the lair as Nancy’s guest. Jesse will dish on e-dating and chat with us about her new release, WINTER AT MUSTANG RIDGE.
Joanie hosts debut author Nicki Salcedo on Monday, February 17th. Do stop by to find out all about her latest, ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS.
On Thursday, 20th February, Anna Campbell hosts another lair favorite, Shana Galen. They’ll talk about SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND, the conclusion of her very popular Jewels of the Ton series.
The effervescent Deb Marlowe will visit the Lair on Monday, February 24th, to talk to Caren about THE LEADING LADY, Book 2 of her fabulous Half Moon House series. Come see who the infamous former courtesan Hestia Wright has taken under her protection this go-around.
And you won’t want to miss the fun and excitement on February 28th when Bandita Suz launches the newest suspense-filled story in her fantastic Edgars Family series, VANISHED!
Anna Campbell had such fun with her backlist contest last time that she’s doing it all again for her January/February contest. THREE people (international) will win their choice from her books (except for DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES). Just email Anna on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) and tell her which book you’d like. If you need help choosing, check out her books page on her website: http://annacampbell.info/books.html For more information, check out her contest page: http://annacampbell.info/contest.html
So, let’s talk February love and romance! What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone—or someone’s done for you?
Do you have a favorite romantic meal?
And have any of your resolutions survived into February? Please share!
Posted by Anna Campbell Jan 17 2014, 10:27 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Harlequin Kiss, Kandy Shepherd, The Summer They Never Forgot
Thanks so much to everyone for giving Kandy Shepherd such a lovely welcome when she visited yesterday to talk about THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. Kandy very generously offered three copies of her book as prizes to those who commented and I’m delighted now to announce the winners:
Congratulations, girls. You’ll love this one. Can you please contact Kandy on Kandy @ Kandyshepherd.com (no spaces) with details of your snail mail addresses and she’ll get your prizes out to you. Happy reading!