The last Bandita…


“Build it…and they will come”, this quote from one of my favorite movies, A Field of Dreams, always makes me think of the Romance Bandits.

May, 2007 … a group of very nervous new authors stepped onto the web. We’d banded together to try and make our mark on the world. We were going to start a blog.

What if no one read us? What if they did? What if no one wanted to hear what we had to say? What if they did? Would it be a waste of time? Or would it be that safe place to launch our careers?

We had a few rules:

1. Be positive. We’d see blogs where people were snarky to the point of rudeness. We wanted the Lair to be a fun, positive place for readers to come and chat with us.

2. Answer each person’s comment on your day to blog. We figured if you took the time to respond, we should do the same.

3. Be real. We could talk about books, men, food, men, tuck nuts, men, embarassing moments, men…uhm…you get the idea, but we had to be open, honest…ourselves.

Then the coolest thing happened…

YOU guys!

Who knew that opening ourselves, our writing journeys, our lives to readers such as you would garner us such wonderful friends! I feel like I know so many of you like we’ve been friends for such a long time. You’ve supported us through those tenuous first days, through our first book releases, debuts for each and everyone of us…and become people we talk to daily…even if you’re half way around the world! We’ve bonded through stories about truck nuts, the Golden Rooster’s secret revealing blog, various parties, food wars, holidays, language barriers (okay, just the oddities in the English–British/American/Australian variations of it). Some of us have shared having new grandbabies together. Some of us have shared the heartbreak of losing a loved one. You’ve been the first people we share exciting new covers and wonderful news with. Changes in our lives as we’ve gone through the journey to publication.

Laughter. Tears. Hearts.goodbye

And now, it’s like the last episode of one of my favorite shows. M*A*S*H. Everyone has left the camp. BJ has driven Hawkeye to the helicopter pad on his motorcycle. Hawkeye climbs on board and BJ speeds off down the hill. And there is this:

But it really isn’t goodbye. In fact, I’ll be back next month to do a release party for Turner’s Vision. Others will pop in to let you know when they have new books out.

Some of you already follow me on FB and Twitter, but in case you don’t, but want to catch up with me, the Jazzman and Rusty Puppy, here’s some links:






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  • Kaelee says:

    Good bye. Good Luck! I have loved my time with all of you. I will keep watching the blog.

    Thanks to all the Bandits for lots of laugh and lots of thought provoking posts.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Suz,
    It was nice to know that our comments always received responses. See you on FB.

  • flchen1 says:

    Ah, Suz!!! This posted and then didn’t and then posted again 🙂 The Lair is such a wondrous place with so many lovely friends and books! Thank you for being one of them! 🙂

    • Aw, Fedora…

      It’s friends like you that makes the Lair so much fun for us. I love that you’ve followed me on FB even before I was published. You help feed my Bejeweled Blitz addiction! 🙂

      And I agree, the Lair is a magical place. I can even envision it and all the nooks an crannies. Sigh. It’s like moving from a family home.

  • Deb says:

    Thank you to all, authors readers, and guests who made the Lair such fun, and will continue to do so. Best wishes and big hugs to all.

    • Ah, Deb.

      Thank you for popping in and chatting with us almost every day! I’m not sure how I’ll get my day started without drinking my Diet Coke and reading the daily blog.

  • Helen says:

    Never say goodbye we will all be in touch I have made so many great friends here read so many great stories and I know there is more to come 🙂

    Thank you all so much for all the fun and laughter HUGS

    Have Fun

    • Helen,

      I have to tell you a conversation I had with my Mom. (BTW, she still talks about how sweet you were to send her Tim Tams!!)

      I gave her a heads up back in January that the Bandits were closing down the daily blog schedule. The first words out of her mouth…

      “Oh, no. What about Helen?”


      Then she said…”You tell her I was thinking about her.”

      And that’s what the Lair, all our Bandits and Bandit Buddies are like for me…family!

  • Mozette says:

    Oh! I love that episode of M*A*S*H… such a tearjerker… almost as bad as the one where Radar goes home (man did I just bawl in that one – especially seeing he left his teddy bear behind for Hawkeye because he’d ‘need it more than I will’ … damn that was so sad!).

    Sooo, what happens now?

    Are you guys still going to keep this site running? Or are you closing up shop completely?

    Just wondering… I’m following you on FB and a few other sites of yours, however, I’d like to know where this great site will be going on the next great romantic adventure.

    • I know, Mozette! That was one of the most heart-wrenching episodes. Then there was the kiss between Hawkeye and Hotlips…and then the Goodbye scenes.

      The site will continue to be open. Some of us, like Donna will continue to have regular posts and guests…just not everyday.

      Check out Cassondra’s pot on Feb 2nd for all the details of how we’re going forward.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Suzanne, I know I’ll drop by all the time, just in case. I’ll also be following on fb and when it works, Twitter.
    Ya’ll have been great, almost like sisters I nnever knew I had.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Well….the MASH analogy gripped my heart….but I had to wonder….which of us was Hawkeye who went crazy? :0

    But as you say, this isn’t truly goodbye. We’ll see everyone on the sequel Trapper Joan MD… 😀

    Love you Suz and love you all BB’s!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Suz, you’ve been what I think of as one of the tent-pole banditas. We’ve all helped, we’ve all done what we could when we could. We’ve all shouldered some of the load. But you’ve always but ALWAYS been there, shouldering more than your fair share. If our blog turned into something special, I firmly believe it’s at least partly due to you. Wherever you go next, whatever endeavor you turn all that energy toward? It’ll be a massive success, & I can’t wait to see it. I’ll also be standing right there, ready to ride your coattails, so keep us posted, won’t you? 🙂

    • Awww, Susan, now you have me being all teary here and it’s finally cold enough in Texas for them to freeze! Love you, too, sweetie.

      That’s the thing about the Bandits, one for all, all for one…and high tides float all boats. You’re always welcome to hang onto my coat tails and I’ll enjoy laughing with you all the way up the long mountain trails!! 😀

  • gamistress66 says:

    🙁 that ending always makes me sad in a bittersweet kinda way 🙁 guess that’s the sign of something good — when you hate to see it end even though you know all things have to move along, grow, change or they just go bad. so rather than being bummed about things ending, will remember that they are in fact just changing, moving along & starting a new phase and so instead be bittersweet but happy for all the banditas. Best of luck to all of you going forward 🙂 till we “meet” again 🙂

    • Oh Ga…

      I once knew a doctor who every time the hospital would enact a new policy or program, he’d roll his eyes and say, “Change is progress.”

      He and I both believed the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

      But, the fact is, life does change, and quite often so do we. But the core of who we are, the true essence of us, (in this case the Banditas and our Buddies), that will always be the same and we’ll still laugh with each other and share those things we love.

      Boy do I sound philosophical today! 😀

  • Suz –

    Love that final image from MASH. We’ve had a great run, but it ain”t over yet 🙂 . We’ll keep rolling. We have too great a tribe to let it dissolve yet.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    It’s been a great time, ladies. Thank you all for the fun, laughter-filled and thought-provoking posts, and of course all the great books! Wishing you all joy and success in all your future endeavors. I’ll be lurking around and will pop in to say hi at your various sites! Be seeing you…

  • {{{Waving madly!!}}}} Hi, Suz! Another wonderful post, and now I’m teary-eyed all over again, too. But I refuse to say good-bye…

    I always loved M*A*S*H and I’m perfectly happy to use it as a metaphor for the Banditas. After all, we were all in the trenches for so many years, fighting our way through this crazy business. Right? Okay, maybe there weren’t any bullet fragments to dig out….or great gushing wounds to staunch….or blood-spattered surgical gowns….or….okay, maybe it’s not the world’s greatest metaphor, LOL. But I do like the idea of seeing you all in syndication! Yeah!

    xoxo, y’all 🙂

    • {{{Waving}}} at you sweet Kate!

      I remember the first time we met in person. We were sitting at the Bandita Party in San Francisco and quite frankly, your wicked sense of humor took me by surprise and I knew from that moment on…we were destined to be good friends!!!

      And yes, syndication would be great for us…look what it did for Star Trek! 😀

  • catslady says:

    🙁 sad but 🙂 happy for all of you!!

  • Shannon says:

    Thanks for the reminders of good TV and good blogs. Best wishes.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Wonderful trip down memory lane, Suzanne, how we came to be, what we wanted to accomplish, and how we gathered all of our new friends. Well done!

  • Carol Cork says:

    Thank you for all the fun and laughter ladies and all the best. 🙂

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Oh, Suz, I laughed and cried and cried over that MASH episode, even though I saw it long after its first airing and well out of order, the way they play things on reruns. :> SO poignant. Sigh.

    Its not going to be the same with us all scatteirng about, but its still the best gathering place ever, so when we DO come to hang out and party, it will be righteous. Grins.

    As Jo said, what a lovely trip down memory lane!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Awwwwwwww, C’MON!! As if this isn’t sad enough, you just had to mention Field of Dreams AND M*A*S*H(lovelovelove!!) too? Stop making me feels!! hahaha!

    Those were good rules. 🙂

  • Suz, thanks for the peek at the past! I have fond memories of watching M*A*S*H!

  • Caren Crane says:

    This makes me so sad! We did build it and all these awesome Bandita Buddies showed up. We had parties and celebrations and hug-fests. We have shared good times and sad times. It has been so amazing for 8 freaking years!

    Now I am sad. 🙁 But also happy, because we will have the blog (sometimes) and FB and Twitter. Hoorah!