Posted by Caren Crane Dec 21 2014, 12:20 am in 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, Caren Crane, Christmas parties, Christmas traditions, Christmas trees, Drive-through nativity, Gloom, holiday decorations
I have seriously committed to the Christmas Spirit this weekend. After waiting until practically the last minute to do any decorating at all, this weekend we have put up the Christmas tree (with an insane amount of lights), put lights, decorations, candy canes and everything else you can think of inside the house. LED Christmas tree in the den? Check. Miniature tree with tiny ornaments for the kitchen? Check. Shiny silver garland in the kitchen? Check.
I even put some lights up outside around the kitchen door because we decided – spontaneously, at the last minute – to have friends over for a holiday party. Last night! I had to whip the family into action and drive them like a drill instructor to get everything done. But we did and it was awesome. The house looked great, the hastily thrown-together food was fantastic, the company was especially wonderful and there was so much laughter my daughter has seriously sore abs tonight.
In addition to socializing and eating and drinking, we did two very fun things to entertain ourselves:
1. Holiday Gloom – If you’ve never played the game Gloom, I highly recommend it. It’s especially fun for writers and people who love to tell stories. Here is a link to a video of Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame) playing Gloom with friends. The goal is to make your opponents’ characters happy and your own miserable and be the first to kill off all your characters. How fun is that? The thing that made our game last night so fun, though, was that we made a rule that all scenarios in the game had to be Christmas-themed. It’s amazing how many ways there are to suffer and die at the holidays!
2. Drive-By Nativity Scene – Okay, we jokingly called it a drive-by nativity, but it was really a drive-through nativity scene. A local church has been doing this for 28 years and they do a great job. They have scenes from the Christmas story set up and the narration for each scene plays on a loop. You have to roll down your windows to hear it, though, and it was 38 degrees. Some of the actors looked fairly miserable, having stood out in the cold and dark for 2 hours. It was, in parts, unintentionally hilarious – say, when the 60-something year-old Mary was told by the Angel Gabriel (a lovely teenaged girl of about 15 with long, gorgeous blonde hair) that she was to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Believe me, if that little lady was impregnated by anyone, it would be a Christmas miracle! There was also a sheep with a little 11 day-old baby sheep that was beyond adorable. So much to love at the drive-by nativity scene!
We had so much fun we decided we should make this get-together a new tradition, complete with Holiday Gloom and the Drive-By Nativity. I will try not to volunteer to teach Sunday school the morning after this party next year. As it is, I will be in my Sunday school class leading the lesson this morning. I need more sleep to support all this insane Christmas festivity!
Do you have any non-traditional “traditions” at your house? Any friends or parties you particularly anticipate as you await Christmas? What is your favorite Christmas ritual as you anticipate the holiday?
Since it’s the 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, I will give an e-book copy of my latest novel, TIARA WARS, to a commenter today. Thanks for playing with us!
Posted by Caren Crane Dec 7 2014, 12:27 am in Caren Crane, Christmas decorations, Christmas food, Christmas music, Christmas shopping, Christmas specials, German food, holiday distractions, online shopping
I am easily distracted. Too easily distracted, I’m afraid, especially when I am not too excited about whatever I’m supposed to be doing. Like writing a difficult scene or figuring out how to get my characters out of the mess they have created (it’s always them, not me). At this time of year, I find myself more distractable than at other times. Here are a few of my most egregious holiday distractions:
1. Shopping Online - I do lots of shopping online. Almost everything I buy for Christmas gifts comes to my house in a cardboard box or Tyvek envelope. Shopping online takes time, though. Lots of time. It’s easier to glance around and dismiss an entire store in a matter of seconds, but when you have to scroll through page after page of merchandise, it takes a lot longer. Plus, comparison shopping once you find the perfect item can take another good while. The time I save not driving around town is more than wasted searching for the perfect something online.
2. Christmas Decorations – Whether it’s mine (or my lack thereof) or someone’s picture of their ornamental extravaganza on Facebook (I’m looking at you, Debra Webb!), decorations are a huge distraction. I managed to get a couple of wreaths on doors and a Christmas flag hung outside this weekend. But seeing people post pictures of their gorgeous trees is a huge distraction. I need to stop looking at everyone else’s and get my own done. Until I can wrest my husband away from his German (!) language and Python (!) programming classes to get the boxes from the attic, though, I think the distraction will continue. Look, Christmas lights!
3. Holiday Music – I don’t have to keep the radio on in my kitchen or the music streaming on my computer. Really, I don’t. But I do at this time of year. I have listened to about 16 hours of Casey Kasem’s old Top 10 and Top 20 Christmas song countdowns this weekend. My favorite station, which normally plays lots of old school favorites, apparently does nothing but Christmas hit countdowns on the weekend. Sadly, I can listen to and sing Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” and John Lennon’s “So This Is Christmas” and Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” an infinite number of times without tiring of them. I also love to hear all the tidbits Casey relates about the background of the songs. There is something wrong with me!
4. Holiday Food – I have no idea how many hours I have already spent this holiday season on food. Cooking, baking, shopping, looking at recipes, looking at catalogs, looking at websites. I have perused catalogs full of nuts, candy, cakes and cookies. My husband and I had to go to the NC Farmer’s Market this weekend to find the German bakery stall and buy Christmas Stollen that the owner makes from her grandmother’s recipe. We also ended up with spritz butter cookies and a Swabian Merello Cherry Cake, but the Stollen was the main attraction. I did find out, though, that Walker’s shortbread now has a USA website, so I can order Ginger Royals online! Yes, I did that. Also several bags of shortbread in holiday shapes. I am a sucker for all the holiday treats. I spent almost an hour at Aldi checking out all the German (and other) goodies they had for the holidays. Baum Kuchen! Christkindl Mulled Cherry Wine! Cranberry goat cheese! Three flavors of Stollen (though I didn’t buy theirs, since we had the one from Annelore’s bakery already)! Chocolate-covered gingerbread! Pfeffernuss! I will gain at least 10 pounds just looking at the food, even if I only eat salad until the new year. As if!
So what are your favorite distractions at this time of year? Christmas lights? Cyber sales? Handel’s Messiah? The Transiberian Orchestra? I’ll confess, I have stayed away from the animated TV specials so far, because I can’t say no to any of them. Tell me what you are obsessing about and make me feel better!
Posted by Caren Crane Nov 16 2014, 12:22 am in Caren Crane, Caribbean cruise, cruise people, cruise ship, cruising, vacation
As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Port Canaveral, Florida, just a hop and a skip down from the enormous cruise ship terminal housed here. In celebration of our wedding anniversary, which Trish posted about so brilliantly yesterday, my husband and I decided to go on a cruise. Our second cruise and the first one all by ourselves.
Once upon a time, we did not believe we were “cruise people.” I know “cruise people” and I was sure I did not share their interests. Plus, I get seasick. Really seasick. And not just seasick, but all kinds of motion sick. I don’t like rides that spin (though I like roller coasters) and I really need to ride in the front of the car. Or better yet, do the driving myself! SO, having never been on a cruise, I decided out of hand that nothing involving me being on a ship at sea for days on end could possibly be a good idea, much less FUN.
Then a dear friend decided she was getting married while on a cruise and she invited me and my husband to come along and be part of the fun. Yes, FUN. I loaded up on less-drowsy Dramamine and signed us up. We ended up having a great time! Even though we ran into some rough seas in the Gulf of Mexico, but I managed without the Dramamine. We enjoyed the excursions we took in port, the activities on the ship, the lazy days at sea, the almost-constant supply of food and drink on demand, and having a porter fold towels into animal shapes for us each evening. Everything about the trip was a delight!
Fast forward 8 years. The DH and I were talking about vacations earlier this year and he got a bit fixated on taking a cruise. I get e-mails from a travel agency that specializes in great cruise deals and one day, the stars aligned. We had the chance to take a 7-night cruise from the port we wanted (Port Canaveral) for the itinerary we wanted (the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands), all at a super bargain price. Not only that, but we got a much nicer cabin than we had on our first trip that has a window and everything. We are so excited!
So here we are, waiting impatiently for tomorrow to set sail. I never would have dreamed that we would turn into “cruise people,” but we totally have!
How about you? Are you a “cruise person” or would you like to give it a try? If you could cruise into any port, where would you go? (I would love to cruise the Mediterranean someday!) And if you are not a “cruise person,” what would convince you to try a cruise? Maybe a Romance Bandits cruise?
Posted by Caren Crane Nov 2 2014, 12:22 am in anticipating holidays, Caren Crane, Christmas, craft store, Halloween, Holidays, Thanksgiving
…and not in a good way. A friend of mine was hosting a Halloween party this year. Awesome! Her party, however, fell the day after Halloween, on November 1. This was actually perfect, since it was a Saturday night and we “fell back” an hour last night/this morning as we left off Daylight Savings Time. A fun party plus an extra hour of sleep? Woo hoo!
This was a costume party, mind you. A costume optional party, but my husband and I thought it would be fun to go in costume for once. We are not “costume people.” Still, we were making an effort. Yesterday (the day of the party), I went to a craft store to look for a couple of things I needed to complete my costume (I was a pot brownie, he was Tim the Enchanter). While there, I noticed there was a lot of Anticipating the Holidays going on. Not only was all the Halloween stuff at least 75% off, but the Thanksgiving stuff was at least 50% off. Thanksgiving isn’t for another 25 days, people! For the mathy among us, that is 3 weeks and 4 days away. Practically a month! Yet they are so desperate to commit fully and completely to Christmas that Thanksgiving has already been pushed into one side of a single aisle and priced to move.
I don’t care to anticipate the holidays quite that much. Heck, I have Veteran’s Day to celebrate and a 7-night cruise to enjoy before we even get to Thanksgiving! After that is my mother’s birthday, a sister’s birthday, a brother-in-law’s birthday, my sister-in-law’s birthday and my father’s birthday (he would have been 78 this year) before we get to Christmas. I don’t need to jump straight from Halloween to Christmas, craft store people. Thanks anyway!
How about you? Do you like to jump ahead and get an extra-early start on the holidays or are you content to let one pass before anticipating the next? (Confession, I have bought a couple of Christmas presents already.) I would love to know who is carefully crafting for Christmas and who still has turkey on her mind!
Posted by Caren Crane Oct 18 2014, 12:14 am in Caren Crane, ebooks, electronic publishing, ereaders, new tricks, old dogs, paperless office, technological advances, technology at home
The old adage would have us believe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Friends, I must disagree. I am an old dog at this point in my life and I am having to learn new tricks daily! Things are changing rapidly in all parts of my life. When I think how different things are today than they were just 10 years ago, it is mind-boggling.
At work, we haven’t quite achieved the “paperless” office we were promised in the ’90s, but we are getting there. Things we used to file on paper, we scan and archive. Records we used to print and file, we store electronically. Processes we used to accomplish with printed invoices, paper checks and handwritten debit/credit tickets, we now do with a bit of data entry and the running of a script.
In the writing world, the publication and consumption of e-books has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 6 years. In 2008, I never dreamed I would have the knowledge and wherewithal to publish my books electronically. In 2013, I began to do just that. I’m not sure I would have believed I could do that even in 2011! Things change fast, though, and we have to change or get left behind.
Even at home, we have more technology than I think our family requires. PCs, laptops, tablet computers, digital music players, streaming video and even smart phones. We are far too connected to everyone on the planet, in my opinion, and yet, I can more or less use all these devices as intended. Sometimes I have to call on my husband for in-house tech support, but we have all become very dependent on our digital devices. Even my coffee maker is programmable, for Pete’s sake!
So yes, I am definitely an old dog. But in order to keep up with our rapidly-changing world, I’ve been required to learn new tricks. Lots of new tricks. Some that I never even wanted to learn! I can still learn them, though. I think we may have to retire that adage soon, at least in regards to people, since we are all going to be learning lots of new tricks forever.
How about you? Have you learned any new tricks lately? Have you surprised yourself by learning something you never thought you would or could? And just for fun, do you know any old dogs who really can’t learn new tricks? I’d love to hear!
Posted by Caren Crane Oct 5 2014, 12:16 am in Caren Crane, fish, Low Country Shrimp Boil, National Seafood Month, NC Seafood Festival, Old Bay, oysters, shellfish, shrimp
I didn’t realize this until I got an e-mail from Pei Wei the other day, but October is National Seafood Month here in the United States. We all know the old adage about not eating shellfish (particularly oysters) in months without an “R,” which makes those of us who live in warmer climes (of the Northern Hemisphere) avoid local seafood in the summer months. I didn’t realize they had dedicated a whole “R” month to the consumption of seafood, though!
Apparently, they have and this is it. So, while we revel in the cooling temperatures, turning leaves and ripened apples autumn brings, those of us in the U.S. can also revel in lots of local celebrations of seafood. I will be heading to Morehead City, North Carolina, today with two of my besties (both named Susan), to indulge myself at the 28th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival (http://ncseafoodfestival.org/). We went together years ago and had a great day of it. Lots of foods to try, lots of vendors with lovely arts and crafts on sale, lots of entertainment and LOTS of people. I’m sure this year will be no different.
I am looking forward to all parts of this trip. Getting up early and meeting my friends, taking a 2-1/2-hour road trip to the coast, eating tons of seafood, looking for souvenirs and, most of all, spending quality time with friends I see far too seldom. Except for the mad battle for parking spaces, it should all make for a wonderful day. Just for fun, here is my favorite shrimp boil recipe, courtesy of the folks at Old Bay® (http://oldbay.com/Recipes/Shrimp/Main-Course/The-Original-OLD-BAY-Shrimp-Boil-Shrimp-Fest.aspx). Don’t skimp on the Old Bay, y’all. It really makes every part of this 100 times more delicious!
The Original Old Bay Shrimp Boil Shrimp Fest
4 quarts water (16 cups)
1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)
1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning
2 tablespoons salt
8 medium red potatoes, quartered
2 large onions, cut into wedges
2 pounds lean smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
8 ears fresh corn, shucked and halved crosswise
4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)
Bring water, beer, OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes. Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or, mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning, if desired.
Be sure to have plenty of napkins (or maybe just a roll of paper towels) handy, as well as bowls for the shrimp shells, corn cobs, lemon rinds and whatever else isn’t eaten.
Tell me about your seafood favorites! I do not care for oysters, but do love shrimp, crab and fish in all forms. Have you ever been to a seafood festival? If so, what month of the year was it? I’m wondering if these happen in autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, as well!
Posted by Caren Crane Sep 22 2014, 11:30 pm in Baby Steps, Bandita Booty, book launch, Caren Crane, Cross Springs series, prizes, Tiara Wars
Thanks to everyone for swinging by to celebrate my (sort of) double book launch! I’m happy to announce the winners are two of my favorite Bandita Buddies:
AMY CONLEY and LOUISA CORNELL!! Amy and Louisa, please drop me a line to carencrane AT gmail DOT com and let me know whether you want a copy of BABY STEPS or TIARA WARS and what ebook format you prefer.
Congratulations and thanks again for being such awesome wonder-Buddies!
Posted by Caren Crane Sep 21 2014, 12:27 am in Baby Steps, Caren Crane, chidlessness, Cross Springs, Cross Springs In Bloom, Cross Springs series, foster kids, foster parents, grief, handling grief, Kick Start, marital betrayal, Tiara Wars, widowhood
I hope no one got their hopes up at that title. Really. I am the worst party hostess in the history of partying AND also terribly lazy. So, this won’t be like one of Tawny’s lovely book launch parties, where there are 12 kinds of appetizers and Pablo is circulating with both white and red wine. BUT, it is a serious celebration of the launch of my two newest books, TIARA WARS and (albeit belatedly) BABY STEPS.
Settle in and help yourself to whatever you can find. I told Sven to set out bowls of Fritos and French onion dip and to have platters of cookies and a sundae bar. Oh, and alcohol. I have no idea what he has done with those orders, which likely sent him straight to the medicine cabinet for anti-anxiety meds. Anyway, let’s talk about the books.
BABY STEPS is the second novel in my Cross Springs series. In it, our hardworking, career-oriented heroine, Connie Burns, has decided to have a baby. And she’s about to turn 39. And she has lupus. Everyone, including her husband, thinks this is a terrible idea. But Connie is a force of nature, as anyone who read KICK START or CROSS SPRINGS IN BLOOM knows. She will not be denied. Happily, her husband Tim knows her inside and out and understands exactly how to…er…sway Connie to his way of thinking. (I hate to use the word manipulate – so many negative connotations!) Connie agrees to proceed with the plans to foster a child, which they had set aside when she was diagnosed with lupus. Once the foster-parent wheels are set in motion, Connie’s world is turned completely upside down. And you get to read about the fallout! It’s great stuff, I promise. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll laugh some more!
If you completely missed the publication of this book in late June, that’s because I basically did NOTHING to promote it. I didn’t even have a launch party here! So I decided to let Connie horn in on Katie’s launch party for TIARA WARS. Fortunately, the two are BFFs now, so Katie won’t mind.
Katie Warren is the heroine of my third Cross Springs novel, TIARA WARS. Those who read KICK START may be surprised at Katie’s transformation from interfering busybody in the first novel to sympathetic, soul-searching heroine in the third. It’s been a long, tough journey for Katie. It’s tough to feel much sympathy for someone who was basically born with a silver spoon in her mouth and who has been showered with attention, awards and admiration her entire life, but poor Katie has been through some stuff when TIARA WARS opens.
A year previously, Katie learned her husband Larry had had an extra-marital affair. Before she could even get the truth from him about the affair, he had a massive coronary and died. To say she is conflicted is mild, indeed. But Connie, Cross Springs and good old circumstances force Katie to shake off her stupor of grief and disbelief and work toward getting some closure on her marriage and Larry’s untimely death. It also leaves her no choice but to decide who she was, who she is and who she wants to be. Poor Katie!
In both these books, I put the heroines through some serious soul-searching and emotional turbulence. But I also packed in the crazy people of Cross Springs, some really funny scenes, and the sort of “this could really happen” stuff that is too rarely seen in fiction. Connie and Katie’s stories are not unique. We all know women who have had a midlife crisis, changed their minds about strongly-held choices, dealt with grief and handled the gobsmacking wallop of marital betrayal. Connie and Katie are you and me, our sisters, our moms, our friends and co-workers. What makes them special is how their pain speaks to ours. And what makes it fun to read is that their traumas, like ours, are only one facet of their very full lives.
So have Pablo pour you another drink, grab some Fritos and cookies, and let’s have a lovely chat here at the (VERY CASUAL) party in the Lair today!
To break the conversational ice (while Sven whips up more French onion dip and has a small nervous breakdown), tell me about someone you know who is like Connie (career-focused, goal-oriented, loyal and a super-fun aunt!) or Katie (a natural leader, the queen bee and a serious people-pleaser). Has anything changed this person’s mind or attitude? Have you changed yours when life got crazy? I’ll share some of my own stories today, as well. I’ll also give away an e-book copy (format of your choice) of BABY STEPS and also one of TIARA WARS (one each) to two lucky commenters!
Posted by Caren Crane Sep 3 2014, 12:12 am in Black Jack Randall, Caren Crane, Castle Leoch, Claire Beauchamp, Craigh Na Dun, Cranesmuir, Diana Gabaldon, Jamie Fraser, Outlander, Starz, STARZ Outlander, Time Travel Romance
Everyone here knows two things about me:
1. I am cheap, cheap, cheap.
2. I am slow, slow, slow.
Add these together and it seems pretty unlikely that I would have been watching the new TV series Outlander on the Starz network, since that is a paid network on cable TV and the show is NEW. I don’t have cable TV. I certainly don’t have Starz. I do, however, have friends with Starz!!
Yes, I have been watching Outlander. Way back in the olden days (that’s 1991, kids), I was a member of the Doubleday Book Of the Month club. The way it worked, they picked a book as their “book of the month” and if you didn’t tell them you didn’t want it, it showed up in the mail. Usually, it was such a pain in the tail to return it, you ended up keeping it. And reading it. And, sometimes, loving it. That’s what happened to me in 1991. I forgot to return my card one month and in the mail came Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. I was reading romance again at this point, which was why I joined the BOTM club in the first place. But I didn’t read time travel romance. Never had, never wanted to. I read the flap on Outlander…and put it aside. For months.
Then one day, I ran out of things to read. It must have been a slow weekend day when my son was outside playing and I was finished doing housework. I picked up Outlander and began to read. And read. And read. I devoured it. I also waited impatiently for the publication of Gabaldon’s next installment, Dragonfly In Amber, which came out in 1992. Even though it was a rather dark book, what joy! Then I got married. And had a baby. And waited VERY impatiently until Voyager came out in 1994, while I was pregnant with yet another baby. Then, dearest friends, I waited until 1997 for Drums Of Autumn. And so on and so forth.
All this time, I collected friends who were also huge fans of the Outlander series. We would try, from time to time, to imagine who they would cast as Jamie and Claire. Claire was fairly easy. But Jamie? Forget about it. Where would they find a 6-foot 4-inch red-headed Scottish actor to play Jamie? Um…in Scotland, apparently. Because Starz found the perfect Jamie. Okay, he’s not quite tall enough, in my opinion, but as my youngest says, “He’s beautiful!” Yes, with an exclamation point. Matter of fact, she wanted me to blog about Outlander and I told her I thought I might have done that before. She came up with a tagline: Jamie is so beautiful, you have to post about him twice. True. So there you have it, from the mouths of babes. Oh, yeah, and that chick who plays Claire is great, too.
Honestly, they are doing a fabulous job with the story so far. Not everything from the book is there and a few rather salient things (like meeting Roger as a child) are missing. Some things are sort of mashed together and some rewritten a bit. But all in all, it’s really a wonderful production. And here is a still of Diana Gabaldon in a cameo in Episode 4. I love that she is working so closely with the production crew!
I’ll admit, I am currently re-reading Outlander. And I will, no doubt, re-read all the books in the series. Diana Gabaldon is a masterful writer. She created a world full of people I cared about and wanted to visit with time and again. That hasn’t changed. What has is that I now have a great picture of what Craigh Na Dun and Cranesmuir and Castle Leoch look like. And Black Jack Randall, too. (grrrr) I will keep popping over to my friend’s house to watch Outlander, even though I am dead cheap and generally slow. I won’t be slow on this one, y’all. I will be watching it unfold week by impatient week!
Have you indulged in Outlander in book or TV show form? If you’ve done both, which do you prefer? If you haven’t ever been exposed, what has stopped you? I recommend everyone give the show a try, at least, when it’s available to you. And what is better than men in kilts?!?
Posted by Anna Sugden Sep 1 2014, 12:05 am in Anna Campbell, Anna Sugden, Annie West, Barbara Lohr, Caren Crane, Caroline Warfield, Christie Kellie, coming attractions, Donna MacMeans, Julie Benson, Nancy Northcott, Pam Mantovani, Patience Griffin, September Coming Attractions, Suzanne Ferrell, Tiara Wars, Trish Milburn
I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t believe it’s September already. Before you know it, shops will be stocking up for Christmas! At least those of you in North America have Halloween and Thanksgiving to keep those retailers occupied. Here in England, we’ve seen tinsel and twinkling lights as early as the beginning of October. *shakes head*
Anyway, the weather may be cooling in the northern hemisphere, as summer fades into fall, but here in the Lair, the fun is heating up – rather like the weather for our friends Down Under! As usual, we have a month packed with great Bandita books and lots of fabulous guests. I can hear my TBR mountain groaning already!
Tawny Weber’s latest Sexy SEAL hits the shelves this month with A SEAL’s Fantasy. The title really says it all.
Also, don’t forget Caren Crane’s Tiara Wars (launch party coming on September 21!) and Anna Campbell’s What a Duke Dares.
We kick off the month in style tomorrow, with the return of a Lair favourite, as the lovely Annie West stops by to talk about her latest book, Damaso Claims his Heir. Damaso garnered a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews and it’s a doozy of a read so check it out.
Donna will be interviewing Caroline Warfield about her debut historical novel, Dangeorous Works, on Sept 4.
On September 5th, debut author Patience Griffin makes her first visit to the Bandit Lair with her book To Scotland With Love, the first in her Quilts & Kilts series.
More fun on Sept 7th, when Nancy and Trish report on this year’s Dragon*Con adventures.
*Launch party alert* On 10th September, the fabulous Anna Campbell is holding one of the lair’s infamous launch parties to send her What a Duke Dares, book 3 in her Sons of Sin series, into the world with a bang. Swing by for a glass of ducal champagne and giveaways!
On Sept 12th, Barbara Lohr joins Donna to talk about her new release, Her Favorite Honeymoon. Barbara will be comparing a warmly familiar setting such as a small town series to a pulse-speeding read in faraway places or times, and asking which you prefer.
A familiar and beloved face returns to the Lair on Sept 16th, as Christie Kelley joins Nancy to talk about her latest releases, Vexing the Viscount.
On Sept 17 Trish hosts Pam Mantovani to discuss The Cowboy on her Doorstep, her debut novel.
More cowboys on September 18th, when Julie Benson returns to chat with Suz about her latest Harlequin American book, A Cowboy In The Making!
Don’t forget to check out this month’s Bandita contests!
Anna Campbell’s RT Book Reviews Top Pick, What a Duke Dares, is out in the UK at the end of October so she’s celebrating this momentous occasion by having a cup of tea and giving two entrants in her current website contest a chance to win a signed print edition of the beautiful Mills and Boon edition of the book. To enter just email her on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with the names of the other full-length novels in the Sons of Sin series. There are two of them and you might find the answer here. The contest closes 31st October, 2014, and entry is open internationally.
Tawny’s giving away a free digital compilation of Hot Kisses to anyone joining her newsletter this month. To join and get your copy, just click here.
Do you have anything special that you’re looking forward to this September?
By the way, don’t forget you can buy most of these books quickly and easily by clicking on the covers!