Sunday, March 1, 2009

March -- Coming Attractions & Contests

Before we proceed to our coming attractions round-up, the Romance Bandits are THRILLED to make a very special announcement.

The Romance Bandits are sponsoring an RWA National Scholarship to cover the cost of the conference early registration fee (value = $425, the RWA member price) for one winner to attend the 2009 conference in Washington, D.C. The scholarship is for the registration fee only. The fee will be paid to RWA directly.

To apply, please provide the following information: your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, if youʼre published or unpublished, if you have ever attended an RWA National Conference before, and a short explanation (no more than 150 words) about why you want/need the scholarship. Applications will be accepted until April 15. The winner will be contacted by the end of April.Please e-mail all the required information in the body of your e-mail to Joan Kayse at JoanieT13ATgmailDOTcom.

Now, on to what's up this month!

Tomorrow (March 2) our very own Christie Kelley will celebrate the launch of EVERY TIME WE KISS, which Romantic Times gave a 4 star review, saying Christie's "well on her way to capturing readers' hearts". Come and join in the fun with Romans, cabana boys, Sven the Swedish Masseur and plenty of those colourful drinks with umbrellas in them!

March 3 - Multi-talented, multi-genre author and wannabe witch, Jennifer Lyon, will be here to talk about BLOOD MAGIC, the first in her new dark paranormal series about witches and the extremely hot and hunky Wing-Slayer Hunters who love them.

RITA winning author Linnea Sinclair will join us to talk about her February release, another exciting sci-fi romance, HOPE'S FOLLY on March 4. Romantic Times awarded Hope's Folly a 4.5 TOP PICK calling it "a roller-coaster ride in the extreme."

On March 5, creator of the fabulous Gardella series, Colleen Gleason will be here to chat about her new release AS SHADOWS FADE.

RITA-winning historical romance author Sophia Nash is great fun and her visit to the lair on 6th March promises to turn into a party. She'll be talking about her new release LOVE WITH THE PERFECT SCOUNDREL and giving away a signed copy to one lucky commenter!

Debut Avon author Miranda Neville joins us on 10th March to talk about her new historical romance NEVER RESIST TEMPTATION. Originally from England and now a U.S. resident, Miranda has led a really fascinating life which will keep our visitors to the lair intrigued.

On March 16, best selling author and 2008 RITA finalist, Kay Stockham, will be here to talk about her new Harlequin Superromance, HER BEST FRIEND'S BROTHER, another in the Tulanes of Tennessee series. Romantic Times gave her latest a 4.5 TOP PICK calling this "a heartwarming and delightful tale of love."

We're excited to welcome Joanna D'Angelo to Romance Bandits on March 21. Joanna is a writer/filmmaker who co-produced and directed WHO'S AFRAID OF HAPPY ENDINGS? - a witty and revealing documentary about romance writers and the world of romance fiction.

On March 27, Jaye Wells takes us into her world of Urban Fantasy with the series debut book: RED-HEADED STEPCHILD.

And to round off the month in spectacular style, NYT bestseller and RWA Hall of Fame member JODI THOMAS is here on March 31. Woohoo, give us a cowboy any day, Jodi!


Anna Campbell's I Heart Historical Romance contest is giving away four signed historical romances by Amanda McCabe, Anna Campbell, Nicola Cornick and Donna MacMeans. Just email Anna on and tell her what your favorite historical romance is and why. The contest closes on 30th April. For more details, please visit her contest page.


The Romance Bandits facebook group has more than 400 members and we're still building. Join us! Invite all your friends! Sven will roll out the welcome massage table to greet you at the door.


Jane said...

Looking forward to another great month.

Joan said...

Jane! Congrats on the rooster!

Is this your first time? Um, with the rooster? know what I mean?

Christine, the month looks fabulous! I've already checked my DDJ schedule in hopes of being off these days!

Helen said...

Comgrats Jane he may still be a bit hyped on on all the Tim Tams and cadbury chocolate he has eaten.

Christine thank you so much for letting us know what fun it is going to be in March, I love this time of the years things should be starting to cool down a bit as autumn arrives YAY great book reading time.

Some wonderful guests are coming to the lair actually I have just put my order into Rendezvous bookstore and a few of these authors books are on the list Sophia Nash, Miranda Neville and of course Christie's book can't wait till it arrives and I can read it.

What a wonderful opportunity for someone to be sponsored to go to the RWA conference you Guys are awesome.

I am looking forward to March

Have Fun

Natalie Hatch said...

Looking forward to this month.

limecello said...

Woohoo! Looks like March will be a great month :D

And congrats on the GR, Jane!

Christine Wells said...

Hi everyone! Sorry I was absent when the post went up. Was enjoying a spa while the kids played in the pool. Ahh, bliss!

Jane, congrats! Nat and Limecello, thanks for dropping in! Joanie, it is an action-packed month! Hope I can keep up with it all:)

Helen, I can't wait for Christie's book, either. I just love that title!

I'm the opposite of you with the seasons. This is the time when it gets cooler and I start trying to pack as much sun lovin' fun into each day because soon I'll be shiverin' me timbers!

I really hope some of our Bandita buddies step up and apply for the scholarship. We really want to see it go to a good home!

Anna Campbell said...

Jane, congratulations on the rooster!

What a fantabulous month we've got coming up, including Christie's launch. Whoo-hoo! Thanks for putting up the post, Christine, and letting the world know of the glory that will be lair in March.

Oh, and good luck to everyone who applies for the scholarship!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WTG, Jane!
Have fun with the GR, though I know he will never replace Eric B. in your heart! :-)

WOW March is gonna be ROARIN' GREAT FUN! Rita winners, NYT Bestsellers, and Chrisite's launch!!! It just doesn't get much better than this.

And PLEASE everyone spread the word about our scholarship. As Christine says, we wanna see it go to "a good home."


jo robertson said...

Whoooo hoooo, Christine! Another great lineup of guests!

And isn't spring just around the corner??!!

Virginia said...

Congrats Jane for nabbing that rooster today! Have a good time with him today!

Sounds like we have a great month ahead. Looks like we have some fantastic guest visiting. Looking forward to the month.

Louisa Cornell said...

Congrats on the nabbing the GR, Jane! Keep an eye on him AND on the chocolate too!

What a great month March is going to be! So many great guests!

And how generous of the Banditas to sponsor a scholarship for the conference! I am not surprised in the least as you are all so sweet and giving on a daily basis.

I was lucky enough to win an RWA sponsored scholarship last year and it made SUCH a difference in my life. I never would have been able to attend without it and the conference was a real turning point in my life.

It is SNOWING here in Alabama! Yes! SNOWING! My dogs love it! It is very pretty, but I know what is coming next. SLUSH! Oh well! I'll enjoy it while it is flurrying down and my dogs are chasing the snowflakes!

Christie Kelley said...

I just wanted to let everyone know I'm giving away 3 prizes tomorrow so make sure you stop by!

Anna Campbell said...

Yes, please do tell people about our scholarship. We'd love to be overwhelmed with applications!

Buffie said...

After a day full of snow in Atlanta and snowball fights with my boys, I figured I needed to come to the Lair and visit with some wonderful ladies!!!

You know, I have always thought March was a very special month (and not just because it's my birthday month), but you ladies are really planning some wonderful things this month. I can't wait for them all.

I have to say that I am currently reading the anthology GIVE ME A COWBOY and totally loved Jodi's novella SILENT PARTNER. YUM! You ladies really need to pick up this book!

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