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12 Days of Christmas Master Prize Post

Blake BrosThanks to all that participated in the Romance Bandits 12 Days of Christmas…

On the 1st Day of Christmas SUSAN SEY gave away a Kindle copy of the Blake Brothers Boxed Set TROUBLE and a bag of Crapola Granola to SHANNON!  Email Susan at to claim your prize!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas SUZANNE FERRELL gave away an ebook copy of Close To Christmas and an ornament to JANE and COLLEEN C! Email Suzanne  at to claim your prize!!Forget Me Not

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, CAREN CRANE gave away a copy of the anthology FORGET ME NOT to BRENDA RUMSEY! Email Caren at to claim your prize!

On the FOURTH day – AKA the FUDGE FIGHT between Cassondra and Jeanne – the winner is KATE SPARKS!  (Please message Jeanne on FB within 30 days to claim your prize!)

On the FIFTH day – AKA – GRAVY WARS – the winner is Louisa Cornell – I have your email, so I’ll email YOU!!  Congrats, ladies!!

red_question_mark_circle_clip_artOn the 6th Day of Christmas TRISH MILBURN gave away a surprise pack, and it goes to…MARY PRESTON! Congrats!

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On the 7th Day of Christmas JO ROBERTSON awarded every commenter a free e-book of WITHOUT MALICE.  I think everyone responded and got her claimed her copy.  Thanks for participating!KOBO JO ROBERTSON MALICE

Cover2a-APerfectStormOn the 9th Day of Christmas, ANNA SUGDEN gave away a New Jersey Ice Cats ornament and a set of signed, limited edition, NJ Ice Cats short stories to … KI and to PISSENLIT! To apologise for not making it to the blog (due to bad weather, bad traffic and a bad migraine) she will also give away a free signed, limited edition copy of A Perfect Storm to any of the BBs who commented on her day. All winners, please email your snail mail details to Anna via her website or the Lair mailroom.

Moors Tear 1600x2400On the 10th Day of Christmas DONNA MACMEANS gave away a Mardi Gras mask ornament, a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR, and a digital copy of SCOTLAND CHRISTMAS REUNION to….  BARB HEINTZ!   Barb, please email your contact information to to claim your prize!ScotlandChristmasReunion B&N

On the 12th Day of Christmas, NANCY NORTHCOTT gave a dragon ornament to…GAMISTRESS66! Please email Nancy via her website, nancy northcott dot com (no spaces) by January 8 to claim your prize.

The GRAND PRIZE Winner is SANDYG265.  Sandy, everyone will mail separately, but if you’ll email contact info to Nancy per the listing for the 12th day, she’ll get it to everyone.

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who joined in our celebration!

Hope you all had fun.  I know we did. Jeanne and Cassondra will announce their winners a little later, but they will be announced 🙂

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!


Monster Mega Bandita Prize giveaway!

th_BanditBootySorry I’m so late posting the prizes won over the past couple of blogs.  As many of you know my Thanksgiving was not the best – I’m still trying to put the house back to rights – compounded by a book launch and I’m behind on life in general 🙂

However, that said – we have prizes to distribute!

From my Dominoes blog on November 23rd, SandyG265 wins a digital copy of CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.  Sandy, I need to know what email who want meCharmingtheProfessorfinal to use to send the gift from Amazon.

ComeToMe-500x7501From Oberon Wonch’s debut author blog on December 2nd, the winner of a digital copy of COME TO ME is Kate Sparks.  Kate, if you could go to Oberon’s website at and send her your contact information, I’m certain she’ll get that right out.

And Finally, from my CHARMING THE PROFESSOR launch on December 3rd, we have the following winners:

MaskColleen C– wins the Mardi Gras mask, a little voodoo keychain trinket, and a digital copy of CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.

Dianna – wins a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR.Moors Tear 1600x2400

Janie McGaugh wins a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR.

Just as a reminder, THE MOOR’S TEAR is the prequel, of sorts, to CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.

Ladies, if the three of you can contact me at and send me your contact info, I’ll get everything out immediately.

Thanks much for everyone’s participation and patience.  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holiday.  Don’t forget our Twelve Days of Christmas celebration that begins on December 13th.  We’ve love to have you join us!




All’s Well that Ends Well

Let’s face it. Every part of a book is important. The beginning is important to hook the reader and draw her into the story. The middle is important to flesh out the characters, and ramp up the conflict. The back end is important for the emotional roller coaster of the climax and the all-important happily-ever-after. The best promotion is a good book.  It’s said that the ending of a book will sell the next.

I believe this. I’ve read books and short stories when the ending just…well…ends. And I feel cheated somehow. I want either that perfect sigh that all is right with the universe – especially with this couple that obviously loves each other – or I want a twist or a little punch that intrigues me and makes me rush to download the next book. You know what I mean.

Moors Tear 1600x2400The second book in the Hunger Games series, Halt and Catch Fire, was like that.  I was fortunate that my daughter had already bought Mockingjay.  Have to say I didn’t like Mockingjay as well as the other two books, but I still had to read it based on the previous book’s ending.

Earlier this month I released The Moor’s Tear. Several of you have read it (thank you.) What you may not realize is that I never really intended to write that story. My agent had an opportunity for me to sell a short story but I only had a weekend to write it. At the time I wasCharming the Professor final working on the beginning of Charming the Professor, and thought I could write a story that would tie into my time travel. With the help of fellow banditas Jeanne, Cassondra and Nancy, we plotted a story that I love. However, when I turned it in, my agent said that she forgot to mention that it couldn’t tie into an existing book. Now Charming the Professor wasn’t an existing book at the time, but the ending made it clear that something happened to the charm teacher. I rewrote the ending but I felt it was rather flat. The story didn’t sell and I got to put my original ending back on it. Meant to be, I think. 🙂

Scotland Christmas ReunionOn November 2nd, I’m releasing my Christmas story, Scotland Christmas Reunion. I had some unique challenges to this story. For example, did you know that Christmas was not celebrated in Scotland until the 1950s? This made it difficult to write a Scotland Christmas story. 🙂   It all worked out though. The heroine is the Laird’s mother from The Whisky Laird’s Bed. Remember her? But I Untitled-3had difficulty making the ending pop. I’ve rewritten the ending several times.  You’ll have to let me know if you like it. (and let me know what you think of the excerpt of To Bait a Rake – the next Rake Patrol book included with the short story).

So I’m curious. What endings of books do you remember the most? Were there any that made you rush out to read the next book? Let’s talk about endings today. I’ll give two people leaving a comment a copy of Scotland Christmas Reunion.

Don’t forget I’m giving a book away every month to someone who signs up for my newsletter.  You can sign up here.

As I’ve totally forgotten how to imbed the links in the book covers:  I’ve listed them here for anyone interested:

The Moor’s Tear

Scotland Christmas Reunion

The Whisky Laird’s Bed

Charming the Professor – coming December 2015 (still working on putting it up 🙂  )

Booty Prize from Charming the Professor

1BanditBootyCan I just say that I love you guys!  Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting on my awesome cover.  I don’t think a better set of readers exist anywhere in the world!  So I’m giving away 10 prizes.  Granted the prize is a short story that I’ll be emailing to you – but you’ll be the first to read it, so that’s something 🙂  The Moor’s Tear is a prequel to Charming the Professor so I’m hoping you’ll be curious enough to want to read the novel.  Let me know.Charming the Professor final

The winners are:

Fichen,   Ki,   Heathercm,   Sally Schmidt,   Trina,   Rae Latte,   Helen,   Jean LaGue,   Catslady,   Deb Meredith

Send me an email at with your contact info and I’ll send you the short.

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Donna MacMeans