Bits of This & That

To Trope or Not to Trope

Posted Jul 10 2017

My guest today is author Alexandra Christian, whose bio appears at the end of this post. We’re celebrating the launch of her new book, Naked. It has fantasy, science fiction, shifters, and very, very hot romance.  You can check it out here. As you may’ve guessed from the post’s title, she’s going to talk to us […]

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TBR Challenge Review: Lord of Scoundrels

Posted Jan 18 2017 in ,

How do you reach the heart of a man who distrusts and even fears love? That’s not an uncommon question in romances, but it’s handled superbly in Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. This is one of those books I’ve meant to read for a long time. While this month’s theme is short fiction, I didn’t […]

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The Magic Christmas Guy

Posted Dec 15 2016 in , , , ,

This was a fun story to write.  I’m a sucker for holiday decorations, and I enjoyed creating a situation where the decorations played a central role. There used to be a young man in our neighborhood who decorated his small house and yard to the max every Christmas.  He had “Merry Christmas” spelled out in lights […]

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Introducing Nichole Christoff

Posted Dec 5 2016 in , , , , ,

My guest today, Nichole Christoff, is making her Lair debut.  I discovered Nichole when I saw a reference to her debut novel, The Kill List, on an RWA loop.  It sounded like my kind of book, so I grabbed it, devoured it, and started jonesing for more.  Nichole’s protagonist, Jamie Sinclair, combines the ability to […]

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In the Eye of the Holiday Storm

Posted Nov 26 2016

If you’ve been anywhere near a television lately, you know the holiday chaos has started in the US with Black Friday sales.  Crowded shopping centers and stressed-out people and distracted drivers will be everywhere this weekend and will persist, in varying degrees, right up through December 24. If you’ve experienced any of this, you may […]

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The Square Peg Problem: A #HoldOntoTheLight Blog Post

Posted Oct 26 2016

I’m pleased to be part of the Hold Onto The Light blog tour this year along with bandita Jeanne and yesterday’s guest, Gail Z. Martin, and many other authors. #HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, horror, and YA authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness […]

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The Summer of Green and Gold

Posted Aug 12 2016

As our regular visitors already know, I’ve been a serious Anglophile since I saw When Knighthood Was in Flower, which was about the romance of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, on The Wonderful World of Disney.  I was in the second grade at the time.  Thereafter, I was fascinated with knights and castles.  Fell in love with the […]

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On the 12th Day of Christmas, Pax Vobiscum

Posted Dec 25 2015

Peace be with you, whether or not you celebrate on this particular day. I sort of feel as though everyone can use a bit of serenity now and again.  As I write this, on Christmas Eve, our neighborhood is peaceful, fewer traffic sounds than usual, no construction noises, and no boisterous people. By the time you […]

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Thanksgiving Ramblings 2015

Posted Nov 26 2015 in , ,

This post was originally published on the Romance Bandits blog, a writer lair inhabited by various unusual beings. Well, delicious aromas are wafting from the Lair kitchen.  The cabana boys have the table set, and the gladiators and hockey hunks are hauling the Christmas decorations down from the attic.  Meanwhile, the banditas have scattered to […]

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Moonlight & Mages

Posted Oct 25 2015 in , , , ,

People have been fascinated by the moon since ancient times, when its phases helped mark the passage of time.  We’ve seen faces in it, speculated that other people lived on it, and raced to land on it. It controls our tides and plays a role in some magical systems. So when I was building the world for […]

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