The Banditas’ 100 Books Celebration!
Posted by Trish Milburn Aug 15 2012, 12:03 am
Once upon a time (2006), there was a group of fabulously talented ladies who finaled in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest and traveled to a land far away (Atlanta, Georgia) for the awards ceremony and, for some, to meet for the first time in person. From among that group of finalists, a smaller group got the wild and crazy idea to start a group blog. And the Romance Bandits were born in all their wacky, fun-loving glory.
Since the Golden Heart is a contest for unpublished manuscripts, none of us had sold a book when we entered in the fall of 2005. So when I realized that this month marks the release of our 100th (and 101st) books, I of course thought that was cause for a world-famous Bandita Lair Party! And what’s a Lair party without giveaways? More deets on that at the end of this post.
By the time the Golden Heart ceremony came around in July of 2006, we’d already started traveling down the road to many Bandita book sales. Anna Campbell got the call first in April 2006, a month after Golden Heart finalists were announced, followed a month later by Tawny Weber. A year after we were finalists together, Bandita books started hitting store shelves. The first year of Bandita book releases saw four titles making it into the hands of readers. These launch titles were:
Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell (March 2007)
Double Dare by Tawny Weber (May 2007)
Scandal’s Daughter by Christine Wells (Sept 2007)
The Education of Mrs. Brimley by Donna MacMeans (Oct 2007)
In 2008, the amount of releases more than doubled with nine, including first releases by four more Banditas (Jeanne Adams, Beth Andrews, Christie Kelley and yours truly). This year will see an amazing 30 book releases by Banditas. How awesome is that?!
So who gets the honor of 100th Bandita book release? It’s actually a shared honor between Beth Andrews for her Harlequin Superromance, On Her Side, and Kate Carlisle for her latest Bibliophile Mystery, Peril in Paperback. Both books were released Aug. 7.
So what do my fellow Banditas think about hitting the 100 books mark?
“When we first met in 2006 as GH finalists, we were all chasing a dream of selling a book – just one book to validate all those years of studying craft and refining storylines. Now one hundred books later, it’s easy to see that those years of studying have paid off with repeated sales. I think maybe just as impressive as the quantity of books that we’ve produced as a group, are the awards and honors we’ve received recognizing the quality of those books: we have a New York Times bestseller in our midst, a RITA winner and several RITA finalists, RT critic’s choice winners and finalists, and many, many regional published author awards – all in six years. I can’t wait to see what the next six years will bring for all of us.” — Donna MacMeans
“Wow! 100 books? As always, I’m amazed and humbled to be a part of such a talented group of authors and, even more than that, I’m blessed to have them as friends. Can’t wait to celebrate the next 100 books with you all!” – Beth Andrews
“Wow, 100 books for the Romance Bandits. We’ve had such a wonderful journey of friendship and creativity since we all met in the bar as Golden Heart finalists in 2006. Yeah, it had to be in a bar, didn’t it? Where else would the rambunctious denizens of the Bandita Lair make contact? Congratulations to all the Banditas, not just those who have had books published. And special congratulations to Our Beth and Super Kate whose books helped us hit that magic century. Every Bandita has worked so hard to create this wonderful, lively, funny, smart, interesting blog which has become a real community. Here’s to the next 100 books! Unleash the cabana boys! Let the party begin” – Anna Campbell
Now for the prizes! Because this is such a special day and we want to spread the fun around, we’re not giving away one big prize to a solitary winner. We’re going to be giving away books and other goodies throughout the day. So for your chance to win, comment often about your favorite memories of your time hanging out in the Bandita Lair, Bandita books, whatever Bandita goodness comes to mind. Here’s what you’ll be vying for:
Dark and Deadly by Jeanne Adams
A Duchess to Remember by Christina Brooke
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance by Anna Campbell
Every Night I’m Yours by Christie Kelley
The Casanova Code by Donna MacMeans
The Cowboy’s Secret Son by Trish Milburn
Frail Blood by Jo Robertson
Money Honey, Money Shot and Kiss the Girl by Susan Sey
A London Olympics souvenir from Anna Sugden
Breaking the Rules by Tawny Weber
Let the party begin!