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 Caren Crane Feb 28 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandita Booty, Caren Crane, Deb Marlowe, Half Moon House, Pissenlit, prize winner
Sorry, you don’t actually win half of a moon (Deb’s or anyone else’s), but the proud recipient of a copy of THE LOVE LIST, Book One of Deb’s fabulous Half Moon House series is….
To claim your prize, please contact Deb at Deb@DebMarlowe.com. Congratulations!!
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 Donna MacMeans Feb 12 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandita Booty, Changed By His Son's Smile, Robin Gianna
Hi all -
Suz mentioned that I failed to announce the winner of Robin Gianna’s blog back on January 3rd. Sorry about that. The person Robin chose was Heathercm2001. As I knew Heather’s address from a previous prize I’d sent out – I just gave Robin the information so she could mail it out. Still, I should have posted a booty notice here.
Heathercm – I assume you’ve received Robin’s book and tote bag. If you haven’t, let me know. I’m planning to see Robin next week and I can thrash her soundly if she didn’t follow through
Thanks everyone for participating in that blog. It was fun learning about everyone’s ethnical roots.
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 Donna MacMeans Jan 19 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandita Booty, calendars, Donna Means, peacocks, Prize
Thanks everybody for sharing your love of calendars with me. Got some ideas about using mine more efficiently. Loved that so many have difficulty throwing away those gorgeous photographs as well. Those pretty calendars definitely bring out my hoarder instincts
The winner of the peacock calendar is…….
Trina Morgan !!!!!
Trina, I need you to contact me at www.DonnaMacMeans.com so I can get your mailing info. Hope you enjoy 16 months of Peacocks !
Thanks everyone -
Have a great New Year!
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!