Posted by Cassondra Murray Oct 17 2014, 11:30 pm in Bandit Booty, Bandita Booty, Cassondra Murray, Cassondra's blogs, Last Hero Standing Box Set, October prize winners, prizes, Tracey Devlyn
Tracey Devlyn was our guest on October 9th, and she’s offering EITHER a signed print copy of one of her Nexus historical romantic spy thrillers, or an e-copy of NIGHT STORM, Book 1 of her Bones and Gemstones historical romantic mystery series.
And the winner is….Catslady!
And the BONUS Prize from me–the LAST HERO STANDING ebook box set to benefit author Pamela Clare (which also includes one of Tracey’s novels) goes to….
Catslady and Quantum, please contact me at Cassondrawrites AT gmail DOT com to give me the email address associated with your e-reader. (FYI, I’ll try to gift this as a preorder, but if I can’t. I’ll gift it as soon as the book goes live in November.)
Congrats to our winners!
Posted by Kate Carlisle Sep 25 2014, 12:05 am in cheese shop mystery, cookbook nook mystery, daryl wood gerber, guest blogger, Kate Carlisle, mystery, prizes
I am so happy to welcome my friend Daryl Wood Gerber back to the Lair! Daryl, who also writes as Avery Aames, is the author of the deliciously dastardly Cookbook Nook Mysteries. STIRRING THE PLOT, Book 3 in the series, is coming out next week, and Daryl’s here to answer a few fun questions about it… and she’s giving Books 1 and 2 to one lucky commenter today!
Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster…
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.
When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth…
And now, without further ado, here’s Daryl with a quickie Q and A. Please make her feel welcome!
STIRRING THE PLOT is the third book of your Cookbook Nook mystery series. Love the idea of a store that specializes in cookbooks! What is your favorite cookbook, the one you turn to time after time?
Gourmet, Volume 1. I purchased it as a teen and really cut my teeth on it. It has everything. Biscuits, pies, cookies, boeuf bourgignon (a delicious stew made with red wine), the perfect way to cook a rib roast (sear first), and so much more. I love it so much that the spine is worn; the pages, cooking-stained. It doesn’t have pictures, which nowadays, I really like when I buy a cookbook—I appreciate knowing what the author thinks a recipe should look like because it helps me with plating and such—but the Gourmet, Volume 1 is irreplaceable. Why did I purchase the book? Well, I had a subscription to Gourmet Magazine (sob… it’s no longer published). All the issues contained fabulous pictures. I made something every month from the magazine. If those recipes were that good, the book had to be better, right?
Which of the characters in STIRRING THE PLOT is most different from you and why?
Tigger, the rescue cat. Okay, that’s not true. Tigger and I are a lot alike. We bounce, we pounce. We attack life.
I would have to say Jenna’s aunt, Vera, is probably the most different from me. She wears caftans and turbans and lots of jewelry. I’m a simple dresser, especially when I’m writing. My preferred outfit: yoga pants and a tee shirt, my hair in a ponytail. Vera tells fortunes. I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic in that regard. A line on your hand or a Tarot card can divine the future? C’mon. Vera believes that stroking an amulet she wears will ease woes, and surrounding herself with crystals will purify or cleanse a situation from evil. Again, honestly? And yet, I love that some people do believe these things. Faith, hope, and optimism are so necessary in today’s world. Vera is a good businesswoman; she makes sound investments. I’d like to be more like her in that respect. Vera bears the disappointments of her life well; she keeps her sadness to herself. I’m not at all like that. I am a heart-on-my-sleeve kind of person. Way too emotional. I have to work on that aspect of myself constantly. Vera and I are alike when it comes to helping people and wanting the best for them. I do so, to my detriment. My husband says I’m “mother to the world.” That’s not a bad thing, right?
STIRRING THE PLOT has a Halloween theme (but without supernatural elements). Can you share an interesting Halloween memory with us?
My mother kept a wonderful collection of Halloween costume pictures when I was growing up. I’m so glad she did. I adored Halloween. I was a harem girl (in my nylon pajamas), an Indian (a burlap bag), a wealthy heiress (I will never forget the mink stole I bought at the costume store using $4 of my hard-earned allowance), and a doctor (I had a dream the other night about my sister and me doing a skit; I was about ten and I was in that Halloween doctor’s jacket – weird, right?). When my son was growing up, he had the same love for Halloween. I made many of his costumes: Mickey Mouse, generic super heroes, dinosaurs. I got ousted as the costumer when he wanted to be a Teenaged Ninja Turtle. I just couldn’t figure out how to make the mask! Of course, he didn’t wear that mask on Halloween, but I didn’t rub that little tidbit in. As for being scared… I can’t remember ever being scared on Halloween. I think I was always aware of the difference between fiction and reality. Now… when I’m writing… not so much. The worlds blend. Uh-oh.
Are you able to share any future plans for Jenna?
Jenna will be back in another story, FUDGING THE BOOKS, which will come out in the fall of 2015. It occurs during the first week in February. Chocolate is always a great focus for the month of love, so expect plenty of yummy goodies. Yes, Rhett Jackson is still in Jenna’s life. You’ll learn more about their blossoming relationship as the series unfolds.
Will you share any other upcoming books?
I write as Avery Aames, too. The next Cheese Shop Mystery, AS GOUDA AS DEAD, comes out in February 2015. What’s that story? When a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on her fiancè’s farm, Charlotte Bessette is more determined than ever to contain the killer. For those who don’t know, Charlotte owns Fromagerie Bessette, or as the locals call it, The Cheese Shop. She has been amateur sleuthing for five books. AS GOUDA AS DEAD is the sixth in the Agatha Award-winning series.
For a chance to win the first two Cookbook Nook Mysteries – FINAL SENTENCE and INHERIT THE WORD – share a favorite Halloween memory! If you can’t think of any Halloween memories, share a memory of a time that you played dress-up for any reason.
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 Suzanne Ferrell Aug 30 2014, 11:45 pm in Becke, books, Giveaway, Jo Davis, Lorraine Heath, Maureen, prizes, Sally, Suzanne Ferrell
We’ve got lots of Bandit Booty to give away from the old Lair “Treasure Chest” today!
The winners of a signed copy of WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED, the first book in Lorraine Heath’s new series, and a surprise book of Lorraine’s choice are: BECKE and SALLY SCHMIDT!! CONGRATULATIONS, ladies!
The winner of a signed print copy of Jo Davis’ new Sugarland Blue series book IN HIS SIGHTS is MAUREEN!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Please email me your snail mail addresses at suzanne AT suzanneferrell.com and I’ll see both authors get you your prizes ASAP!
Posted by Jo Robertson Aug 8 2014, 11:58 pm in Jo Robertson, prizes, Rom Coms
I’m always looking for a good romantic comedy when theaters come out with their new releases. To tell you the truth, it’s been a dry spell since the heyday youth of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan . I keep trying, but I don’t think I’ve really enjoyed one rom com since the 90’s.
I might be a throwback to the black and white comedies like It Happened One Night, but I don’t mean that kind of screwball comedy or the raucous gut-busting comedy of Bridesmaids, which of course are great. I mean the funny, but sweet, romance-with-an-obstacle kind of comedy found in Sleepless in Seattle, for example.
Where have all the rom coms gone?
I searched Google and wow! Other people’s ideas of what makes a fantastic romantic comedy are widely different from mine, so I thought I’d throw my list out there and let you share yours.
1. While You Were Sleeping – I’d never much liked Sandra Bullock until I saw this movie, but its acting and storyline are so non-sacchriny that I’d put it at the top of my list. The misfit girl, waiting forever for her dream and dream man and bam! There he is in the most unexpected place.
2. When Harry Met Sally – just for the banter alone (not to mention the famous cafe scene delivered by Meg Ryan) along with the comedic chops of Billy Crystal in his younger days, this one has to be on my short-list.
3. Pretty Woman – the concept of the man with everything who doesn’t have the one thing that matters is always intriguing. A working girl turned girlfriend is about as cliched as they come, but somehow Julia Roberts — with all that hair! and Richard Gere with that cool aloofness — work for me.
What about you? Favorite three romance comedies and why. Don’t forget the why! It’s the most important part. Today I’m giving away both a free audible download of The Watcher and an ebook of the same title.
Posted by Kate Carlisle Jul 25 2014, 10:50 pm in Bandit Booty, Bandita Booty, Kate Carlisle, prize winner, prizes
Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate the launch of my new website design at www.katecarlisle.com. The winner of an autographed copy of THE BOOK STOPS HERE was Deb! Which Deb? The one who said this:
Deb, please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com no later than July 30 to claim your prize.
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 21 2014, 11:39 pm in Brenda, Giveaways, HeatherCM, Helen, Kay Thomas, prizes, Suzanne Ferrell
We have 3…yes that’s THREE lucky winners today of downloads from Kay Thomas’ ELITE OPS SERIES!!
CONGRATULATIONS…HELEN, HEATHERCM and BRENDA RUMSEY!!!
You get your choice of HARD TARGET now or PERSONAL TARGET when it releases on July 29th!!
Please send me your snail mail addy to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see your information gets forwarded to Kay ASAP!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jun 30 2014, 11:40 pm in Alyn, prizes, Sandy Blair, Suzanne Ferrell, The Thief
WE HAVE A WINNER!!
The winner of the autographed copy of THE THIEF by Sandy Blair is…………..
Please contact me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see Sandy get you your prize ASAP!
Posted by Tawny Weber Jun 14 2014, 3:14 am in Paige Tyler, prizes
Whooohoo and thank you to everyone who visited when Paige was a guest in the lair. Becke, you are the lucky winner!!!
You can check out all of Paige’s backlist on her website, then email and let me know which book you’d like, along with your shipping info, and we’ll get that to you!