Posted by Susan Sey Oct 1 2013, 12:01 am in Amy Andrews, Anna Campbell, Annie West, Caren Crane, Christie Kelley, coming attractions, contests, Debra Webb, gerry russell, reading, Regan Black, sarah jane stone, tamara hogan, Trish Milburn
I love fall. There’s so much to look forward to–chunky sweaters, soft scarves, fresh-picked apples. Then there’s the first frost, first pumpkin pie, first crockpot chili… Some among us might say football season (I’m looking at you, Suz & Jeanne) but some of us married Nebraskans without full disclosure about much of every weekend would be sacrificed to televised Husker coverage. (It’s extensive. I should’ve been warned.)
But here in the Lair, there’s something for everybody! And October is looking awesome. Check out what’s in store for you!
Love a good historical? Check out Christie Kelly’s new release ENTICING THE EARL!
More into the witty contemporary? Caren Crane’s KICK START is now available as a trade paperback!
Looking for something a little darker? How about Trish Milburn’s OUT OF THE NIGHT?
Click on the covers for more details!
On Wednesday, October 2nd, Anna Campbell hosts lair favorite Annie West (www.annie-west.com), who’ll tell us about her latest passionate tale, AN ENTICING DEBT TO PAY. Annie’s always great fun and we look forward to hearing about what’s going on in her life! Plus she’s giving away two copies of her new book!
On Thursday, October 3rd, our own Caren Crane will host Regan Black and Debra Webb as they discuss the Magic of Mentors. Regan and Debra will share what makes their professional friendship so beneficial – and so productive. They’ll be giving away an autographed BULLETPROOF totebag & a $10 Amazon gift card, so swing on by!
On Friday, October 4th, Sara Jane Stone will be celebrating her debut release, COMMAND PERFORMANCE, with us! Tawny says that this is one hot, hot debut, so you might want to wear oven mitts. One lucky commenter will receive her own e-copy of COMMAND PERFORMANCE!
On Monday, October 7th, Susan Sey invites Tamara Hogan to talk about all the things authors should never say on Twitter (but maybe want to.) Come hear all about it, & maybe win a copy of Tamara’s latest release TEMPT ME!
On Friday, October 11, Christine Brooks bring us another lair favorite–the fabulous Amy Andrews with her brand new release from Momentum, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO.
On Monday, October 21, Nancy welcomes Gerri Russell back to the Lair. Gerri will talk to us about her new release, A LAIRD FOR CHRISTMAS, and dating customs in the 1700s.
Anna Campbell is holding a Halloween contest to celebrate a month-long price cut on her very romantic ghost story, THESE HAUNTED HEARTS, which is now only 99 cents. She’s giving away two copies of the novella (international). All you need to do is email her on email@example.com and tell her the name of her 2012 Christmas novella featuring Alicia and Sebastian. You might just find the answer on Anna’s book page: http://annacampbell.info/books.html For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page: http://annacampbell.info/contest.html
And that’s just what I can round up in advance! Stuff is always cropping up last minute, so make sure to stay tuned!
Turning over that calendar page always brings surprises–some welcome, some not so much. Any surprises on your agenda this week?
Posted by Christie Kelley Jul 17 2013, 12:04 am in Christie Kelley, Joya Fields
Today, while I’m on my way to Atlanta and RWA, I hope you enjoy a nice chat with a friend of mine, Joya Fields. I’ll try to pop in when I get to the hotel.
I’m very excited to be at Romance Bandits today to chat about running red lights and other crazy things I’ve done in the name of researching books. Now, before you get worried, let me assure you that I do everything legally.
Because I write romantic suspense, law enforcement plays a pretty big part in my stories, and I have to be sure to get my facts correct. I ran the red lights while a passenger in a police car during a police ride-along.
The fun part about ride-alongs was getting to know the cops. In my most recent excursion, I rode with a handsome Sherriff’s Deputy from North Carolina and he told me the story about how he and his wife met. In jail. Well, she worked there, and he delivered prisoners there. See? Police are romantic, too.
Sometimes research can be done using search engines and books, but sometimes, I need to put myself out there and immerse myself in the situation I’m writing about to really understand it. One of the coolest things I’ve noticed during my ride-alongs is the comradery between the officers. A lot of them have best friends on the force. In my most recent release, Reunited in Danger, I tried to include that unique buddy relationship by pairing Homicide Detective Logan North with a seasoned detective, Anthony Quinn. Quinn is like a big brother to Logan. He teases him, makes Logan laugh when he’s down, and pushes him to admit he’s been in love with heroine Keely Allen ever since he was a teen.
I definitely go on ride-alongs, tour police stations, and attend the Writers’ Police Academy to learn more about law enforcement, but I’d like to think the little things I notice about police interactions bring a sense of emotion and personality to my books, too.
How about you? What kinds of things have you done in the name of research…or what kind of things would you like to find out more about?
Posted by Christie Kelley Feb 17 2013, 12:45 am in Christie Kelley, Fast Five
This will be a short one today. I’m neck deep in work for the day job, revisions for the job I wish was the day job, working on the third book in the trilogy—again for the wished day job, and the never ending work around the house. All said, that’s a lot of work for one person.
So I thought it might be fun to do a totally random fast five.
- What was the last book you read?
- What’s your favorite dessert?
- Are you a cat person or a dog person?
- What’s your favorite way to relieve stress? (desperately needing ideas here)
- Do you have an e-reader?
Here are my answers:
- On the Verge of I Do by Heidi Betts (really enjoyed that one)
- Red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Worth every calorie.
- Definitely a cat person.
- A bath, which I can’t take because I currently don’t have a bathtub. Plumber came by to fix my broken tub faucet and that led to taking out the tile and replacing the old tub while he was at it. <sigh>
- I have a Kindle and I love it!
Thanks for participating and having some Sunday fun with me. I’m going to give away a e-copy of Bewitching the Duke to one lucky commenter.
Posted by Christie Kelley Dec 17 2012, 11:50 pm in 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, Christie Kelley, prize winner
Congrats to Melody May for winning an e-copy of Bewitching the Duke. Melody, if you don’t have an e-reader, just let me know know and I’ll send you one of my books from my Spinster Club series. Please email me at christie at christiekelley . com with your address and the type of e–reader you have.
Posted by Christie Kelley Dec 17 2012, 1:01 am in 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, Christie Kelley, cookie recipe, cookies, Kringlas, prizes
While Trish admitted to having a Christmas decoration addiction, which I share, I have to admit to another Christmas related addiction. My name is Christie and I’m addicted to making Christmas cookies. I have no excuse. My kids only asked me to make three kinds of cookies, but I couldn’t stop at that.
So far, I have made chocolate chip cookies, mint M&M cookies, brownies with Andes Mints on top, two batches of pumpkin bars (the first batch didn’t make the Christmas cut and went to my son’s friends), and eggnog cookies. I still have the ginger snaps and the sugar cookies to get done this week. Now, if I didn’t work a full time job, plus have another writing contract to finish and have a 15-year-old part time, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But it is!
Of course, I will give a bunch of these away as presents to people I work with and my critique partners. But there is no reason I can’t just give them a card and a small present. It is what most people do.
I must pause for a minute to take another batch of eggnog cookies out of the oven.
Okay, I’m back now…did you miss me? The next batch is in the oven and I already put the powdered sugar on the finished batch. See what I mean? Even as I write this blog, I’m still making cookies. Even as I cleaned my house yesterday, I was baking cookies. This is out of hand!
But in case you share my addiction, here’s my eggnog cookie recipe:
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
¾ cup unsalted butter (not shortening or margarine)
1 cup eggnog
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until softened. Add sugar and egg, beat until fluffy. Alternate the dd dry ingredients and eggnog. Chill 4 hours. Roll teaspoons of dough into pencil-like strips about 8 inches long and ½ inch thick. On an ungreased cookie sheet, form pretzel shape. This is how they’re supposed to be done. Personally, I roll them into balls and put them on the cookies sheet. The pretzel thing is a lot of work.
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and nutmeg.
They are delicious.
So now, ‘fess up. How many other Christmas cookies addicts do we have here? I’m sure I’m not the only one. Any ideas on how to stop myself. Do I want to stop myself?
In the spirit of Christmas and giving, I’m giving away an e-copy of Bewitching the Duke to one lucky commenter.
Check back tomorrow night to see if you’ve won! The fabulous Caren Crane will be here tomorrow so stop by and see what’s on her mind! In fact, come back every day between now & Christmas for your chance to win prizes, books and gifties leading up to a HUGE GRAND PRIZE of books and goodies on Christmas Day!!
Posted by Christie Kelley Dec 5 2012, 12:53 am in 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, Bewtiching the Duke, Christie Kelley, ebooks
It’s that time again, party time! Okay, when it isn’t a party day in the lair? But today, I’m celebrating my release of Bewitching the Duke. It officially releases tomorrow so I’m one day early but I think we can still open bar.
So here is the back cover blurb:
ONLY HER DESIRE…
After losing his wife in childbirth, Colin Barrett, Duke of Northrop, does not trust healers. So when he discovers Selina White cleansing his home, he is livid. As duke, Colin is accustomed to his charges taking orders from him. But the fiery Selina has the audacity to defy him when he asks her to leave his lands. More infuriating, he cannot stop thinking about the seductive sway of her hips when she walks.
CAN HEAL HIS HEART…
The sick tenants of Northrop Park depend on Selina, and she’s not about to let a man tell her she must leave her village—even if he is a duke. And while Selina does not fear Colin’s temper, she is afraid of the secrets she keeps from him and of the desire he sets off in her every time he is near.
Bewitching the Duke is the first book in my new wise woman series. A few people have asked me what a wise woman is so I thought I’d explain. This is why I watch the History channel…so much inspiration! A wise woman really goes back farther into the Middle Ages. She was the healer and midwife for the surrounding land. But during the witchcraft investigations, many of these women were labeled as witches and burned. Interestingly enough, this is also the time men starting to take up the practice of medicine.
I wondered what would happen if the landowner actually protected his wise women during those witch-hunts so their decendents were still doing most of this same work in a later century. So I took that idea into the countryside of Regency England.
So sit back and tell me what the cabana boys can bring you to drink. Sven is here giving out massages and boy do I need one.
Once you get your drink, tell me what you think draws so many women in the medical field now. I know there are a couple of nurses here who can shed some light on that. I’m curious because I never had that urge but two of my sisters did.
Bewitching the Duke is available only ebook format.
Be sure to come back to the Lair on December 13 when we kick off the annual 12 BANDITA DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Prizes and recipes every day!! Roosters. Starbucks goodies. Books. Dragons. Books. Cookies. Godiva. Books!! (By Banditas and friends like Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, JD Tyler, Deb Marlowe, Addison Fox and many more!) You know you want the cookies, for sure, so come home to the Lair for the Holidays! Who knows, you might win something, and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun!!
Posted by Christie Kelley Aug 17 2011, 5:06 am in Christie Kelley, ebooks, kindle
by Christie Kelley
That is the question on my mind today. I recently read two books on the Kindle app that is on my Droid phone. I do like the portability of always having a book (or ten) in my purse to read. But I don’t love the size of the tiny screen.
So now, I’m thinking about whether to invest in a Kindle. The price has come down on the units and the popularity of ebooks is only growing.
I know some people are saying the Nook is better because it’s color but honestly, I’m an Amazon woman. (Okay, in my short mind I’m a tall Amazon woman…in real life not so tall.) I buy the majority of my books at Amazon because I love the convenience and the quick delivery. I once placed an order at noon and the books were at my house the next afternoon. And that was with the 5-8 day free shipping they offer.
Plus there’s now a way to get authors to personalize your ebook. If you haven’t tried it yet, go to www.kindlegraph.com. Several of the Bandits have their books out there and you can request an autograph.
So why all the interest in a Kindle?
This is the good news part of the blog…I recently agreed to write three more books for Kensington. However, they want them only in ebook. Apparently, I sell quite well in ebook format. That’s what really got me thinking it might be time to invest in a Kindle.
I will post more information the books in an upcoming blog…I promise!
Now my questions to you all…do you read ebooks? Do you have a reader? If so, which one did you buy (or receive as a gift)?
Posted by Christie Kelley Jul 17 2011, 5:15 am in Christie Kelley, summer reading
by Christie Kelley
One of my favorite things about summer is sitting outside (when it’s not 90+ degrees) and reading. The fresh air, sunshine, a breeze and a book…nothing like it!
A couple of friends recently told me their choice in books changes quite a bit in the summer. One friend loves romantic suspense, except in the summer when she switches to cozy mysteries. Another friend said she reads mostly historical romance, except in the summer when she loves to read contemporary romance.
I never noticed this trend in my own reading. In fact, as I sat down to write this blog, I realized that my choices are all over the romance genre map.
I just finished a wonderful Harlequin Nocturne, Poisoned Kisses, written by a friend of mine, Stephanie Draven. I read it one Sunday when it was too hot to even think about going outside.
Next up for me, is Do You Take This Cop by our own Beth Andrews. I can’t wait to start this book. I’ve loved all of Beth’s books so far.
After that, I’ll be reading an ARC of Season of Temptation by Theresa Romain. She’ll be joining us in October to chat about her debut book.
So what’s everyone reading or what’s next in your TBR pile? Do you find yourself choosing books that are lighter in the summer?
I’m in a giving mood today so I’ll give away a signed copy of my June release, One Night Scandal so one commenter today.
Posted by Christie Kelley Jun 17 2011, 5:15 am in Christie Kelley, summer vacation, tgif
by Christie Kelley
For the ten years I was a stay at home mom, part-time Realtor and full time writer. Friday was just another day to me. As a Realtor, I spent many weekends showing houses or sitting at open houses, so waiting for the weekend didn’t have much meaning to me.
Five weeks ago, I started a new full time job and got out of real estate. The job is the basic Monday-Friday, 8-5. Now the weekends have meaning again.
So…Thank God it’s Friday!
Now the weekend means no work, except the laundry and house cleaning. I’m actually trying to do those things on weeknights so I don’t have to think about them on the weekend. I want my weekends for catching up on writing and doing things with my kids.
This weekend I’m hoping to go kayaking with my 14 yr old and then start planning what we need to take to Disneyworld. We leave next Friday night for a week. Even though it’s only been a few weeks, I need a vacation! The job is kind of crazy right now and trying to learn everything I need to know is making my brain hurt.
So TGIF everyone!
What are your plans for the week? What about summer vacation plans?
As much as I’d love to reply to you all during the day, the new job as a pretty tight firewall so I can’t get to the blog. But go ahead and talk amongst yourselves.
Posted by Christie Kelley Jun 4 2011, 4:43 am in Christie Kelley, One Night Scandal
by Christie Kelley
It hasn’t been the best of years so far. Lots of upheaval in my personal life but now that June’s here, I’ve decided the rest of the year is going to be fantastic. Why June? Because we’re halfway through the year and…ONE NIGHT SCANDAL is officially out!
And we in the lair always celebrate a book release with a party! Sit back, grab a drink from one of the cabana boys and ask Sven for a massage. I think I’ll have a Mojito and a massage.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
A Night with a Marquess
Born on the wrong side of the blanket, matchmaker Sophie Reynard understands the consequences of unbridled desire all too well. Despite the many highborn friends she has matched, falling in love with an aristocrat without a pedigree of her own would be an act of futility. But that doesn’t stop her from succumbing to one evening of anonymous passion…
A Lifetime of Desire
Nicholas Tenbury, Marquess of Ancroft, knows nothing of Sophie’s lineage. He knows only that the enchanting beauty captured his heart in one night and then fled, leaving no trace of her identity. But when he seeks answers from London’s finest matchmaker, he finds none other than the woman herself—stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the attraction they share! Now the enamored Marquess has no choice but to sway Sophie with seduction…
ONE NIGHT SCANDAL is the fifth and final book in my Spinster Club series. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series but it’s time to move on to something new. I don’t have any news on that front yet, but hopefully soon. My agent sent out my new proposal so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll hear something before long.
Sophie is a medium, or psychic, as we would call her today. I love the fact that for the past four books she’s been matching her friends with her abilities. But she can’t see her own future. So when the man of her dreams enters her life, she has no idea that he’s the one for her.
Have you ever been to a psychic? If so, what did you think about the things he/she said? If not, would you consider it? How’s your 2011 been so far?
I’m giving away a signed copy of ONE NIGHT SCANDAL to 2 lucky posters today. Just leave a comment for a chance to win.