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!
Posted by Joan Kayse Jan 5 2014, 11:27 pm in prizes, romance bandits
The winner of a download of one of my books in The Patrician Series goes to…
Posted by Kate Carlisle Dec 9 2013, 12:05 am in harlequin desire, Kate Carlisle, Launch Party, prizes, Romance
Brace yourselves, ladies! With the release of SECOND-CHANCE SEDUCTION, I’ve launched a new series with Harlequin Desire featuring the McLaren brothers of the highlands of Northern California. To honor their heritage, we’re throwing a Scottish-themed launch party today. The Lair is decked out in tartan, the tables are overloaded with legs o’ lamb (plus haggis for the Bravehearts in the bunch), and the cabana boys are dressed in kilts!
Our young, kilted laddies are willing to play a few Scottish games with ye, if ye’ve a mind to… wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
The MacLaren brothers are taking California by storm with their brewing empire, and pity the women who get in their way. Aye, these men have talented tongues, an’ make no mistake. Raise a pint for a traditional toast. (Never mind if you don’t drink. This is fictional beer.)
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
So let it be!
And now, a bit about SECOND-CHANCE SEDUCTION…
Connor MacLaren never forgave Maggie Jameson for leaving him. Ten years later, his former sweetheart’s back in their California town, desperate for the Scottish businessman’s help. And he knows just how to get her out of his system once and for all…
Agreeing to temporarily pose as Connor’s girlfriend is déjà vu. After only a few minutes alone with the rugged Highlander, Maggie’s breathless with desire. Of course, this was Connor’s intention…until his plan backfires, leaving them both wanting much more.
Now, lassies, let’s give ourselves not-so-authentic Scots nicknames. Here’s how it works… Take your first name and give it an “-ie” ending. Then add “Mac” to your most notable physical feature, the street where you grew up, or a word related to your job. Today, I shall be Katie MacDeadline!
Post your Scots nickname in the comments below, and I’ll select one of ye at random to receive an autographed copy of SECOND-CHANCE SEDUCTION.
Posted by Caren Crane Oct 3 2013, 12:17 am in Bulletproof, Caren Crane, Debra Webb, gift card, Impulse, Justice Incarnate, Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance, mentors, obsession, Paranormal Romantic Suspense, prizes, Regan Black, Romantic suspense, series, Shadows of Justice Collection, tote bag, Unknown Identities
I’m thrilled to be hosting a couple of dear friends in the Lair today. Both should be well known to you by now, since both have guested with us before! Regan Black and I met eons ago, back when we still had young children and life was hectic and somewhat crazed. Regan and Debra met a couple of years later and gradually the circle closed until we were all chums. I admire both of them so very much and seriously love their books. Today they’re talking about something that happens often in writing circles but is rarely discussed with readers: mentoring. Debra and Regan both write suspense (though Regan’s tends toward the paranormal) and Debra sort of took Regan under her very experienced wing. Showed her how to do what she already did even better. Now Regan is here to talk about this mentor relationship and what it does for both of them. Deb will probably be popping in to answer comments, as well. Settle in, pull up a chair, grab a cold beverage and a warm canape and listen in.
Thanks so much, Caren, for having us back in the lair today! Deb and I always have such fun here.
Mentors are people we look up to, people we admire for their various skills and expertise. They are the people we’d like to resemble when we grow up. Debra Webb, one of the top names in romantic suspense, has been that person for me for the majority of my career. She’s driven, prolific, and quick with a plot twist if you find yourself in need of one.
We first met at a Smoky Mountain Romance Writer’s conference ages ago (but miraculously, neither of us has aged a day since). Her advice from those sessions carried me in good stead (and still does). Though our publishing paths differed, Deb has always been a tremendous source of support and encouragement in my career.
Deb gave me my first cover quote for Justice Incarnate. She taught me how to write a synopsis (a feat my critique partners greatly appreciated). She helped me sort out the editorial language of revision letters. In 2011, she introduced me to the editor of the Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance, who purchased an original Shadows of Justice novella for that anthology.
But let’s fast-forward to August of 2012.
With Deb’s stunning success early in 2012 self-publishing Obsession and Impulse, the first two books in her acclaimed Faces of Evil series, Grand Central picked up the series. Just as her books were about to be re-launched in ebook and paperback, Deb called to check on me.
Seriously. Yeah, she’s good like that.
My year wasn’t going nearly as well as Deb’s. In fact, I was sure my career was going down in flames. I had the obituary written (it was some of my best work), but Deb refused to believe it. More importantly she refused to let me believe it.
That phone call last year was a tremendous change-up. I took pages of notes while she efficiently dissected my career circumstances, listened to my goals and ideas, assessed my strengths and productivity, and laid out a plan to move me forward.
Deb always has a plan.
BULLETPROOF, the first book in a new paranormal romantic suspense series, is the big next step in that plan. Deb brought these characters from vague concepts to three-dimensional with in-depth brainstorming and “Oh! What if…” phone sessions. She kept me motivated with hard release dates, promotional schedules, and killer advice for the cover art concepts.
A soldier is nothing without his honor.
To avoid a dishonorable end to his decorated military career, John Noble made a deal with the devil. He gave up his name, endured harrowing training, and accepted every mission thrown at him for one purpose: redemption.
An ambitious reporter, Amelia Bennett, is about to break the story of her career, if she lives long enough to tell it. Caving to her boss’s demand, she hires a bodyguard and soon it is obvious John Noble is the only obstacle standing between her and certain death.
Just when John believes he has found someone he can trust and love, who loves him unconditionally for who and what he has become, his orders are amended: Amelia Bennett is to be terminated.
Introducing Unknown Identities: an alternative for elite soldiers and spies facing criminal charges… if they can survive the program. Don’t miss Double Vision, the next installment of this sizzling, action packed series.
Available October 17, BULLETPROOF has enough of a paranormal edge to keep my muse happy, but still this venture often feels like a giant step into a new genre for me. When I start to freak out, Deb pipes up with the familiar ‘don’t worry’ refrain. (Sing it with me!)
It’s a blessing to relax in her utter confidence. And she should know whether or not I need to freak out. Not only is she one of the best in the business when it comes to romantic suspense, she was the editor-in-chief for BULLETPROOF.
Deb’s philosophy of mentoring is rooted in the theory that authors need to work together for mutual success. While our writing styles are different, we can still brainstorm, evaluate, and share experiences (or nightmares) from marketing to formatting to tangled plots in order to help each other stay productive.
Some days that involves listening to the natural highs and lows of working in the weird, non-linear publishing industry. Other days it means a swift kick in the creative pants to get ourselves back to the keyboard and into the next wonderful tale that wants to be told.
To celebrate this new book and the Unknown Identities series, Deb and I would like to give one lucky winner a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N along with a signed BULLETPROOF tote bag. To enter, just leave a comment about your experience being mentored or being a mentor.
Good luck everyone!
Live the adventure,
Okay, y’all know what to do. Tell us about your adventures in either being mentored or being a mentor!