Monday, June 2, 2008

Approved for all Audiences...Preview of Coming Attractions...

by Jeanne Adams

It's JUNE!! We have SUCH a month for you!

On June 4 our own Bandita, Donna MacMeans is throwing HER launch party for her newest fantastic read, The Trouble with Moonlight. It's bound to be another rowdy day in the Lair! Shield sliding, anyone? If you loved Mrs. Brimley, you'll adore Donna's next offering as well.

In addition to our other wonderful Banditas nd their scintillating posts, we have a number of really interesting, amazingly prolific guests.


Jane Graves is here on June 3, to talk about her latest book, Tall Tales and Wedding Veils. Jane writes both series and single titles, so bring your questions about writing in multiple areas!

Debut Avon Regency Historical Author Olivia Parker is with us on June 5. Her first book The Bride Hunt Ball received a 4 Star Review from Romantic Times! She will be giving away a signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter.

On June 9, be sure to come visit with beloved NY Times Bestselling author Loretta Chase. Library Journal has called her the "Long-awaited successor to
Georgette Heyer." What else needs to be said?

Award winning author Susan Crandall will be with us on June 12, sharing her unique wit and wisdom.

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Historical author Lorraine Heath is visiting on June 17.

And hot, hot, hot erotic, historical and romantic suspense author Karin Tabke is with us on June 19. Karen writes for three - count them, THREE - different publishers and is going to talk to us about her latest release, Master Of Surrender, the first book in her Blood Sword Legacy series.

Another debut author, Anna Louise Lucia will be in the Lair on June 22nd to celebrate the launch of her book Run Among Thorns; out this month from Medallion Press. Romantic Times gave her 4-1/2 stars!

Last, but certainly not least, check out author Karen Kendall and web guru Liz Bemis of Bemis Promotions on June 26th. These two fine women both create the book trailers which are becoming more and more popular on websites today. They'll discuss the creation of the trailer for Take Me If You Can and answer questions about book trailers.

It's going to be a FAB-U-LOUS month! So check back every day for amazing stories, rowdy parties, and the usual level of Romance Bandit fun!

So, what's your favorite among these awesome authors? Who are you looking forward to "meeting" the most? And if you could be a fan-girl-or-guy and meet an author, living or dead, who would it be?

72 comments:

doglady said...

So not fair to ask me to choose!!! All of these authors, the ones I know and the ones I don't know sound fantastic and I can see adding another bookcase to the TBR section of the library. I would have to say that Loretta Chase edges everyone else out by a fraction of a scone.

And if I had to pick a writer with whom to visit alive or dead it would be a tie between Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. What can I say? I'm greedy and refuse to pick just one!

flchen1 said...

Woo!! What a month!! I agree with Pam--a very difficult decision, and I'll agree that Lorette Chase is my choice by a teensy bit, too. (And congrats on the GR!)

As for one writer, living or dead? Eeek... I don't think I could choose just one!

Christine Wells said...

Duchesse, what a fabe preview! Wow, I'm so excited! I didn't know we were having all these wonderful guests. And I'm SO looking forward to partying with Donna for the release of Moonlight! What a great month!

Tawny said...

Wooot- its gonna be a rockin' month in the lair!!!

YAY and congrats to Pam for snagging the GR ;-)

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Doglady. Yay, it's going to be another exciting month. It's hard to choose, but I'm going with Loretta Chase. I'm also excited Karin's books. Her covers are hot. If I could meet any author, it would be a toss up between Shakespeare and Agatha Christie.

Gillian Layne said...

Congrats on that bird, Pam! :)

I'm going with Donna, and hope very much to meet her someday at conference! (Not this year, sadly, but someday :) ) I think her stories are wildly creative and romantic, which is a perfect mix for me.

If I could snag a visit with anyone, I'd want to meet Elizabeth Peters. Her books are amazing.

This looks like a fun month!

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, what a great month coming up! And Pam babe, congratulations on the rooster!

I've got to say I'm terrifically excited about Loretta Chase visiting. She's one of my favorite writers in the world and her books have a permanent place on my keeper shelves. If I could meet any writer, I think it would be Dorothy Dunnett. Or Jane Austen.

Margay said...

I'm actually looking forward to all of them. What can I say? I'm a diplomat. Seriously, I love to get everyone's take on things and this looks a truly wonderful line up of people. Plus, this month my little has a birthday so yeah for June!

I would seriously love to meet Jane Austen, for one, because, come on, she is the master of the romantic art form and I think she had a lot more to tell, just not enough time to do it in. But another writer I would love to meet is Louisa May Alcott, not just because of the wonderful Little Women, but because of a remote attachment. Not only did I grow up in a town nearby her hometown of Concord (which makes me kind of territorial of her), but my stepfather's family grew up right next to her! But whereas the Alcotts were Transcendentalists, my stepfather's family was Irish catholic - I hear the families didn't rub well together, but I always thought there could be an interesting story there...

Helen said...

Congrats Pam have fun with him

What a month ahead again this is going to be fantastic. I am waiting for the arrival of three of these authors books as we talk Donna's Olivia's and Loretta's can't wait to read them I have read and loved most of Lorraine's books still a few I haven't got yet.
I don't think I can choose a favourite amongst them but for who I would love to meet I have met Anna Campbell and seeing as how Christine lives in Australia I am hoping to meet her one day in the near future I would love to personally meet all the Bandits that would be awesome.
Lorraine Heath is one of my favourite authors so I would love to meet her and Kathleen Woodiwiss is another I would have loved to have met.

Have Fun
Helen

Caren Crane said...

Doglady, congrats on the Golden Rooster!

Yes, June should be MOST exciting for us. If I allowed myself to be a (more) obnoxious fan girl than I already am, Loretta is IT for historicals and my own adored Harlan Coben for mystery/suspense. *sigh* I'm having a Coben binge right now...

Of course, I ADORE Elizabeth Peters, too. And Lavyrle Spencer - heart breaker! Okay, there are way too many to choose from. No fair!

Maureen said...

What an amazing line-up! I'm looking forward to all your great guests.

PJ said...

Wow, what a terrific line-up! I love Loretta Chase's books, absolutely adored Donna's first (am anxiously awaiting her second) and just discovered Jane Graves. I reviewed "Tall Tales and Wedding Veils" for RNTV. Loved it! Thanks for bringing so many wonderful authors to the Lair!

PJ said...

Congrats on nabbing the GR, doglady!

Carol said...

Hi Congrats Pam/aka Doglady and the dog clan you have there... I bet Frodo is at your elbow when you invite that GR over!

Wow... a great month planned for us all to enjoy!

I'm really looking forward to your guest Loretta Chase.
But everyone who comes into the Lair is always interesting and offers some wonderful insight about books and writing and the creation of great stories!

I would like to meet Mary Balogh!
I love the Slightly series and especially Slightly Dangerous.

Also being an Australian, one day hope to meet the Australian Banditas at a book signing.

Cheers to all! Carol

Buffie said...

I knew there was a reason I love June, and now it's not just because my youngest was born in June. You ladies are really putting on a great show this month!!!

I can't wait to hear more from Loretta Chase. Last week I finished reading Lord of Scoundrels for the first time and man oh man can that women create!! Dain and Jess were fabulous.

I too can wait for Donna's book.

There are way too many authors out there that I want to meet. No way I could pick just one. But a Bandita party sounds like a good start!

PJ said...

Buffie, I think we should start lobbying now for a Bandita party next summer in DC! :)

Beth said...

Wow! What an awesome line-up! June is going to be a great month! Can't wait to 'meet' all of our fabulous guest bloggers :-)

Thanks for the preview, Jeanne *g*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Doglady! You got the Golden ROoster! Yeah! And hey, it's kind of a trick question, isn't it? They're all good, or sound good if I don't know them, so I hate to say also. :> (so I won't! ha!)

I have to confess, I'd like to sit down and have a Squuuuueeeeee fan girl moment with Dickens and Countess Orczy who wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel. Eclectic, but what a conversation!

Fedora, good to see you this fine morning! I know what you mean about chosing. Someone asked this question about if you could have a dinner party and invite five...No one would eat, we'd all just talk, so what's the point of dinner? ha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

"Morning" Christine! Yes, I think another Launch in the Lair is going to be fu-u-u-n! :> I can't wait for Moonlight either. It's SO good...I read a wee excerpt...

Hi Tawny! Hope you're feeling fine this fine June day.

Both of you ducked the question! So who would you have a sqeeee fan girl moment over?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Jane, you picke two of my favorites as well. I rotate who I'd like to talk to/eat with/ squeeeee over. But you picked some good ones!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Gillian! Aren't Donna's books fab? I can't WAIT for Moonlight! And it would be a blast to talk to Elizabeth Peters. She lives here in my area, near DC, but she doesn't do any publicity or appearances around here that I've heard about. *pout*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna, I am going to have to go to the library and get Dorothy Dunnett. I'm pretty sure I've read some of hers, but now I'm wondering. If they so fab that you keep mentioning them, I'm going to have to read them. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ooooh, Margay! What a cool story about your family and the Alcotts! And either lady would be wonderful to chat up, wouldn't they?

Like you, I'd find it hard to pick a fav for this month though. From the book covers and the towering reputations, I'm looking forward to meeting all of our guests!

Wendy said...

I've read Tall Tales & Wedding Veils and it's a great story!! :)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Good morning Helen! (well, it is, here in DC!) You picked some good ones! I'm looking forward to meeting Christine myself, this year at the National RWA conference. :> Yeah! How great that you've already got books on the way from several of our guests. Fantastic!

And Caren, I know, it IS an unfair question, really. For a bunch of crazy readers to have to pick one fave squeee author? Horrors, no! :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

ghtHi Wendy! Great to see you. You've already read Tall Tales? Oh, I'm jealous. This is one on my TBR pile. :> I was intrigued by the title and picked it up in the bookstore. Sucked in! Then I found out she was to be our guest, which is even MORE cool!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Good Morning Maureen!

Hi PJ! Isn't it great? We are really blessed with some marvelous guests here in the Lair. So interesting too!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Carol! Mary Blalogh is very nice. I met her at a signing, I think.

Isn't it cool to get so many different perspectives on writing, on books, on what everyone's reading, and so forth? I really enjoy hearing from writers as writers, but as readers too. What are THEY reading? After all, all us writers are fan-girls of someone, too! Ha!

So Carol, who would you want to meet?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Buffie! Great to see your fabulous icon pop up this morning...not that I don't love you too, but ooooh, that is eye-candy! Grins.

PJ, all I have to say is PARTYON!!! Heehee. DC is going to be a more accessible spot than SF for most, isn't it?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Beth! I looked for your fab-o debut at the Barnes and Noble but they weren't out yet. *pout*

Beth!! OMGosh, I forgot to put YOUR launch party on the calendar!! What day in June are you flinging open the doors to the party house?

Your cover is so cool too. I know I'm biased, but I think it looks better than most of the line covers usually do. Not Without her Family is bound to go gangbusters, if you ask me, just on that cover alone.

doglady said...

Yes, Frodo is thrilled to have his feathered victim, I mean friend, over for another visit! Hey, come on, no pulling tail feathers!

Mary Balogh would be another author I would love to read. Slightly Dangerous is just one of those wonderful books.

And hey, Anna C is number one of my list of authors to meet, but I thought we were talking about fantasies. I FULLY intend to meet Anna C at Nationals if I have to stalk her to do so! And the other Banditas are one the list too. I am not too bad to meet, right Trish? Right? Trish? Trish?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Well...doglady, stalking may not be necessary since we'll be cheering for you on Awards night! We'll be hard to miss, rowdy lot that we are.

Or, you can find some of us, including Anna C at the Literacy Signing. We're planning some fun for that event as well. Bwah-ha-ha!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Good morning! Wedding events are done at my house, last of the guests leave tonight. Shew!!

I'm so excited about all our guests, as well as Donna and Beth's book releases!! Donna and I sat and chatted about MOONLIGHT last fall over lunch. I've been waiting a very long time.

Jane Graves and Lorraine Heath are not just two of my favorite authors, but very good friends, so I hope y'all love their books as much as I did. In fact, I think there is a bit of a twist to Lorraine's newest book, which....oh wait, we'll tell you about on her blog day, hehehe!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Oh yeah, as some of you know I've had that fan-girl moment with Julie Garwood and will never live it down...er...ever forget it! Thanks to the RWA conferences I've met SEP and JAK, too!

As for authors who've passed on, I think I'd like to have tea with Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was not afraid to take on the topic of slavery and write a book the sparked so much controversy. I think she would have some interesting viewpoints on things.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz you're such a tease! And hey, CONGRATS on getting the kids wedded and off to their honeymoon. Have you survived mother-of-the-groom-ing?

Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

That's a good one, Suz. Stowe had a unique perspective on things and I think she was a brilliant woman. Impassioned, at the very least. :>

Jennifer Y. said...

This is going to be a great month.

And it's not fair to ask me to choose! *stomps foot* I am looking forward to them all. Many new-to-me authors and some familiar favorite ones, it seems.

As for being a fan-girl and meeting an author, I think I might have to go with Julie Garwood (I am still envious of Suzanne)...she is how I discovered romances and I'd like to thank her...but more than likely I'd just stare. Until her the only romances I had read were the classics and fairy tales.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Jennifer! Great to see you today. Yep, Julie Garwood's right up there at the top for a lot of folks.

And no, you don't have to choose...

Grins.

terrio said...

What a line up! Congrats on the bird, Pam. Lots of us Bandita-ettes will be cheering for you too!

I've talked to Ms. Chase through blogs and she was so sweet. I've only read one of her books, but that was enough to know the woman is incredibly talented.

All these guests sound great. This place is fun AND informative. That's why it's so cool.

I'd have a hard time choosing one author as well. LaVyrle Spencer would be way up there as well as Garwood. But I'm hoping to meet Judith McNaught someday and tell her her books got me through HS alive. I'm not sure where I'd be if I hadn't been able to escape into her worlds.

The list for San Fran is so long. I'm hoping to meet SEP but I just know I won't be able to talk to her. I'll just stare and look like a fool. LOL!

It wouldn't be a fangirl moment really but I'd love to sit and chat with Twain. I just think that would be fun.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Terrio! Great to see you today!

Oh, wouldn't it be a blast to talk with Twain? He was so witty. Evidently he was that way in person too, he liked to "hold forth" and entertain, or so I've read.

So many authors got me through high school, I'd have to spend a liftime thanking them. Yikes. Its so hard to be a nerdy teen.

Jennifer Y. said...

So many authors got me through high school, I'd have to spend a liftime thanking them. Yikes. Its so hard to be a nerdy teen.

Tell me about it! You just described my high school experience. LOL

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WTG, Doglady!

And congrats Suz on getting the boy married off!

I found "Moonlight" at my local Borders yesterday, so guess what I was reading last night?!?!? (very big grin) It's FAB! And hey, the heroine is named Lusinda, gotta LURVE that. :-)

Beth, I'm super excited about your launch too! Borders didn't have NWHF yesterday, but then none of the new category books were up yet. :-( Didn't find D&D either.

I'm thrilled to "meet" Karin here in the Lair! Even though she didn't know me from Adam (except for Tawny's recommendation), she agreed to read TWS and gave me a wonderful quote.

As for the author, I've already "met" 2 of my fan girl favorites at book signings -- Diana Gabaldon and Terry Brooks -- and actually managed not to faint or do something stupid. But no question that I'd love to have a chat and a pint with JRR Tolkien. I'll even bring along Doglady's Frodo!

AC

Pat Cochran said...

It's most difficult trying to make a choice! All these outstanding authors plus all those wonderful writers we meet daily on this site!I think I could sooner fly than select just one author!

As to a visit with an author, again
it couldn't just be one. Among my
choices: the Bronte Sisters, Jane
Austen, Heyer, Christie, Emil Zola,
Shakespeare, Twain, somebody stop
me, please!!!!

Pat Cochran

Anna Campbell said...

Carol, Christine and I will be around at the Brisbane Writers Festival in one form or another (um, werewolves? LOL!). Romance Writers of Australia has a tent and I'll be working there at the very least. Watch this space - we generally put news like forthcoming appearances on the sidebar of the Banditas home page. So it would be lovely to meet you too!

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, try and read them in order. She constructs that series so tightly - it's a lesson in how to tell a massive story and keep the tension tight. I'd recommend the Lymond books over the Niccolo ones, personally. Although there's a fabulous stand-alone historical about Macbeth.

Anna Campbell said...

Awwww, Pam, aren't you nice? I'm really looking forward to meeting you too.

anne said...

Your selection of authors is awesome. Great month. I would loved to have met many authors, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Hardy and Theodore Dreiser.

limecello said...

I love June, for various reasons. It's the beginning of summer. It's the end of classes (for every year excluding this one)- it's my birthday month, and an extremely popular wedding month. What's not to love? :) So I'm glad all these exciting things are happening.
As to my favorite... I can't choose - but I do love historicals... :X actually I think all of them are "new to me" authors.

ellie said...

Looking forward to this great lineup. All of them are lovely.
If I could meet a specific author it would be Daphne Du Maurier for sure.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Wow, I go away for a bit and come back to fun!

AC, I LOVE your idea of talking to Tolkein. :> That would be fabulous.

Pat, I love your list.

Anna, wish I could come to Brisbane. :>

Anne, Thomas Hardy?? Urg. Glad YOU like him. Ha!

Limecello, Happy Birthday! (a little in advance.)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

oooh, Ellie! Good one, Dame Daphne would be so cool to talk to.

pearl said...

Great month. Many wonderful authors whom I would like to meet but I will try to narrow the list to Charles Dickens as my prime choice and May Doria Russell. Meeting any author would be memorable and special.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Pearl!

I agree, meeting authors is just plain cool. :> I love doing it. Dickens would be a total blast. I don't know May Doris Russel, but I'm off to Amazon her so I can see what she writes...

diane said...

Great choice and all are interesting and lovely. I would love to meet so many authors but I will limit it to Jacqueline Winspear and Santa Montefiore. Thanks for this great blog today.

jo robertson said...

Wow, Jeanne, what a great line-up for June. Every guest sounds fabulous, but I'm particularly interested in the Bemis-production trailer of Karen Kendall's book.

Pam, congrats on the Golden Rooster's stay with you.

Hmm, I'm sure I'm following everyone else, but I couldn't pass up a chance to visit with Austen. My second choice would be one of the Bronte sisters, either Charlotte or Emily.

Anna Lucia said...

Ooooooh, Carol, isn't Slightly Dangerous fabulous? Love Mary Balogh's books...

I'd like to meet Mary Stewart and C J Cherryh, and I'm thrilled to be coming here later this month to meet all of you!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Diane! Oooh, more new authors to go look up...off to Amazon again...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Anna Lucia! We're all looking forward to "meeting" you more thorougly later this month. Thanks for agreeing to come blog with us. Its a fun and rowdy crowd over here in the Lair.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Jo! I'm really looking forward to the info on the trailers too. And oh, to interview a Bronte! Wouldn't that be a blast?

Caren Crane said...

Margay, I just got to read your stepfather's cool connection to the Alcotts. There was a sort of junior biography of Louisa May Alcott that was always my favorite of the whole series! I mean, she had competition from Betsy Ross and Annie Oakley, but I was all about Louisa. *g*

Caren Crane said...

PJ, you've already read Jane's book? Lucky!!

Caren Crane said...

Carol, I've had the good fortune to meet Mary Balogh and she is as lovely and gracious as you would expect. A delight! I hope you get to meet her someday.

Caren Crane said...

Hey, Jeanne, maybe Gillian and I can come up there and we can stalk Elizabeth Peters as a team! I'm sure that wouldn't cause her to call the police or anything. Oh, no...

Trish Milburn said...

Looks like another awesome month. I'm looking forward to all of our fabulous guests, not to mention the Banditas' witty posts.

Anna Sugden said...

Another great month in the Bandit's Lair! How exciting! I can't wait!

I'm lucky enough to have met some of my favourite writers, like Nora and Suz Brockmann and SEP. One of the joys of writers' conferences is the ability to be a total fan girl!

Writers I wish I could have met - Elizabeth Elgin (love her war-time sagas), Laura Ingalls Wilder (what a fascinating woman she must have been) and LM Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables is one of my all-time favourites). Oh and Nevil Shute.

Anna Sugden said...

*waving madly* Hi Anna - great to see you here!

It's going to be interesting having three Anna's in the Lair this month!

Caren Crane said...

Oh, no Anna S., we'll have to start giving you Annas serial codes or something. Of course, you can never have too many Annas! *g*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Caren you and Gillian, just come on up. We'll plan our stalking strategy...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, Anna S. Great idea! LM Montgomery. Another Anne Fan. Grins.

(Off to look up Nevil Shute)

Jennifer Y. said...

OOOOH...you are now naming faves that I didn't think of...

-Louisa May Alcott...LOVE her books.
-Laura Ingalls Wilder...again a childhood fave...and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane too.
-LM Montgomery...another fave.

And I have to be honest, I mentioned just staring at Julie Garwood, well, I'd probably do that with any author...including all of you.

Beth said...

Thanks for looking for Not Without Her Family, AC, and for reminding me of my launch, Jeanne! This month is flying by (even though it's only June 2 *g*) I plan on hitting a few stores tomorrow in the hopes of getting a picture of Dark and Dangerous, The Trouble With Moonlight and NWHR on the shelves together :-)

My launch party won't be until the 20th but I'm sure I'll still be flying high with all the first release excitement *g*

Oh, and I'd love to meet Nora Roberts, Suz Brockmann and SEP. I'm usually pretty close to Anna's hip at conferences but I missed it when she met all those wonderful authors (pout)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Beth! Wow, June just keeps ROCKIN'! Another launch party on the 20th. Mark your calendars everyone! Ha!

Let's remind Joanie to have Demetrius bring more shields. That ride down Bandita Hill is breathtaking. Grins.