Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Coming Attractions

Welcome to April!

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the Lair is JUMPING!

April 2 - Lots of great things happening this month, but perhaps most exciting of all…is the release of The Seduction of a Duke by our own fabulous Donna MacMeans! Check back in to the Lair tomorrow to party all day long with Donna on the release of her latest witty and delightful historical romance.

April 3 - Following closely on Donna’s heels will be a treat for all you writers and anyone interested in web design and marketing. Four-time Golden Heart finalist and professional web designer Liz Bemis teams with Golden Heart winner and public relations and marketing professional Jenn Stark to talk about determining and establishing your personal "brand" and how it affects your website design and promotional efforts. You can learn more about this dynamic marketing team at:, or come “meet” them in the Lair.

On April 8 - Our Anna Campbell will be hosting Harlequin Presents Extra author -- and friend of the Lair -- Annie West. Annie will be talking about her latest release, The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride. Nothing like a sexy Sheik to raise your blood pressure (in all the right ways, of course!).

Before you've even recovered from Annie's visit, award winning author Kristan Higgins returns to the lair to talk writing and her new HQN title Too Good To Be True.

April 14, Tawny Weber will be holding a party in the lair to celebrate the release of her latest Blaze, Coming On Strong! Stop by for chocolate, hunks and hilarity, all wrapped up in fun, sexy book-talk!!

April 15, We'll follow Tawny's release party by having another the next day for Trish Milburn, whose alter-ego, Tricia Mills, debuts with the YA novel Heartbreak River, which has already gotten great reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Yay!

April 16 - The guests continue when we host Kay Thomas. She’ll give us lots of juicy secrets about her April release from Harlequin Intrigue, Bulletproof Texas. Hopefully, she’ll tell us how sexy a spelunker can really be, and exactly what goes on in a dark cave when the head-lamps go out. ;-)

Look out next for guest author Lisa Shearin, author of the Raine Benares series. She’ll be here to talk about The Trouble with Demons, her April release, an exciting paranormal romance and love triangle with a dark mage and a white knight. Whew! Sounds exciting!

April 20 - Beth Andrews will celebrate the launch of A Not-So-Perfect Past, her latest SuperRomance release! Join the fun and bring your tootie horns, its gonna be a party!!!

April 22 - Get ready for fun and laughs as New York Times best-selling author Charlotte Hughes joins us in the Lair! We'll be helping her celebrate the release of the second book in her hilarious series about psychologist, Kate Holly - Nut Case! And if that's not enough to tempt you, there is Kate's sexy fire-fighter ex-husband to drool over!

April 21 - Debut author Lisa Cooke visits the Lair. She’ll be telling us all about her historical romance, Texas Hold Him, which features a sexy cardsharp from New Orleans. I can hear that Cajun accent coming out already!

April 28 - And we have a very special returning guest – or should I say, a whole bunch of returning guests. We're planning a virtual field trip for all of our Banditas and Bandita Buddies to the fire station to "chat" with Jo Davis and her firefighters about Zack's story...Under Fire. I’m sure you all remember Jo’s boys from her last visit – and if you missed it, you’ve got a real treat in store!

April 30 - Finally, we have NY Times best-selling author Brenda Novak visiting with us to launch her annual online Juvenile Diabetes Auction which begins May 1. There'll be prizes and giveaways that day, as well as a grand prize, so be sure to stop by!

Its a month filled with lots of prizes and fun – hope you’ll join us!


Anna Campbell said...

Hey, is it me again? where is everyone?

limecello said...

Yay April - and to you, Anna, for getting the GR.

Anna Campbell said...

Kristen, haven't we got a great lineup for April? I'm so excited about all the launches! Because not only does Donna's book hit the stands - whoohooooo! - but so does Tawny's latest and Trish's YA Heartbreak River and Beth's A Not So Perfect Past. It's going to be a really amazing month in the lair with all those new books from the Bandits reaching thousands of eager readers.

Anna Campbell said...

Man, Limecello, JUST BEAT YOU!!!

jo robertson said...

Sounds like another great lineup for April! Yay!

flchen1 said...

Woohoo! Lots to look forward to, no foolin' ;)

Congrats on the GR, Anna! What a squeaker!

Elyssa Papa said...

Congrats, Anna on the GR!!!

The line-up is fabulous!

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Anna.

Can't wait for all the fun. I do remeber Jo Davis' boys from Station Five.

PinkPeony said...

Hi Kirsten!

Jeezopeet, Anna...the GR must have enough miles on Qantas for an automatic upgrade to first class!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey, y'all! Doesn't April look like a grand month? And Jane...yes, Jo's firefighters are making another appearance. And I think y'all will like it even more this time around!

Tawny said...

Woooot on all the partying in the Lair for April!!! Its gonna be wild fun, hmm?

Anna, congrats on your visiting rooster :-) I hope the two of you have a wonderful day!

Christine Wells said...

Anna got the bird! Congrats!

Kirsten thanks for the round up. As usual, it's all fun and games here in the lair!

And what a great lineup of Bandita new releases! Donna, Tawny, Beth and Trish. Can't wait to read all these wonderful books.

Helen said...

Well done Anna enjoy your day with him

What a fantastic month ahead, I love April the weather is cooling down here in Oz it is my birthday on 2nd and wedding anniversary there are so many great books being released and you have invited some great guests.

Thanks Everyone I am looking forward to this month

Have Fun

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Jen, this is one rooster who can FLY!!!!

Anna Sugden said...

Excellent line-up for April - can't wait to get my hands on all those Bandita releases!

And wow on Charlotte Hughes visiting us too!

Yay that Jo's firefighters are joining us again. As always we're delighted to see returning guests - the fabulous Brenda Novak, Kay Thomans and Kristan Higgins. And what fun to welcome new authors to the fun.

Off to place my Amazon order!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Wow, April is going to be hopping!

Congrats on the GR Anna.

PJ said...

Wow! What an awesome line-up! Y'all just keep getting better and better!

Have fun with the GR, Anna!

Helen, Happy Birthday! (just a wee bit early)

Donna, I'm looking forward to The Seduction of a Duke. It sounds terrific! Will Emma and Nicholas make any appearances in the book?

I met Charlotte Hughes at a book signing a few weeks ago and she's so sweet and funny. Looking forward to having her here!

Kristan Higgins' Too Good to Be True is one of my top books of 2009 so far. Can't wait to chat with her! :)

Beth, my prize book arrived in the mail yesterday. Thanks again! I'll be getting cozy with Dillon this weekend. :)

Tawny, what's not to love about chocolate, hunks and hilarity? Unless it's your terrific writing too!

Annie West is such a sweetie. I always look forward to her blogs...and books!

Jo Davis' Trial by Fire was one of my top books of 2008. I. can. not. wait for Under Fire!!!!

Thanks, Banditas for another fabulous month to look forward to
in the lair!

Anna Sugden said...

Uh PJ - just want to remind you - Dillon is MINE!! *g*.

Louisa Cornell said...

Ooh! Smackdown in the Lair over Dillon!

No wonder the GR flew all the way to La Campbell's house. He's a lover, not a fighter in spite of p226's training. Kudos, Anna C!

I knew Donna's book was coming out soon. YAY!! Can't wait!

Another great month of partying in the Lair. Can't be beat!

Trish's YA is definitely going on my list - one for me and one for my niece.

And Annie West's book too. One for me and one for my Mom, Annie's biggest fan.

Jo's firefighters! Are the smoke alarms in working order???

Speaking of HAWT Tawny's books need to be handled with fireproof gloves.

Another book from Beth? How did I miss that! YAY

I am trying to save up for Nationals, ladies! You're going to break me!

Way too much temptation for a romance addict like me!

Kirsten said...

Hey ladies, we've got so much fun ahead we couldn't fit it into the original blog -- we keep coming up with new fantastic events. And who would have thought we could have so many Bandita releases in one month? Weeee!!

Kirsten said...

Anna, you'll have to be gentle with our rooster. He's got a horrible case of jet lag!

Kirsten said...

limecello, you were just a few minutes off! Nuts! :-)

Kirsten said...

Hi Fedora -- make sure you're back everyday in April. You never know what we'll come up with next!

Kirsten said...

Hi Elyssa -- it is a pretty amazing line-up. I'm just as much of a fan girl as anyone, so I can't wait for all these fantastic new authors.

Blaze said...
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Kirsten said...

Hi Jane! As if anyone could FORGET the boys from Station Five. Me-OW!

Kirsten said...

Good morning PinkPeony! I wonder if we can get a visit from the GR on a free ticket -- he's got to be building up some credits, right? ;-)

Trish Milburn said...

Looks like another fun-filled month here in the Lair. Not that I'm surprised. :)

Louisa, thanks so much for your impending order of two of my books. :)

Kirsten said...

Bless you, Suz, for bring the boys back. That's all I can say. Bless you.

Lisa Shearin said...

I'm really looking forward to guest blogging on April 26 (a Sunday, I believe). That'll be two days before the release of The Trouble with Demons. I'll be offering prizes, and I'll also post a sizzling snippet from the book. Thank you for inviting me, Nancy!

Tawny said...

Anna said: Uh PJ - just want to remind you - Dillon is MINE!! *g*.


Kirsten said...

Hey Tawny -- way to sneak your launch party in there! We know how you Blaze girls roll. It's going to be a crazy day when that book comes out! Congratulations!

Kirsten said...

Christine, congratulations again on the RITA nomination! And I don't know how my TBR pile will ever recover with all these fantastic new books to add to it. But Banditas ALWAYS get read first. It's part of the code, right?

Kirsten said...

HELEN! Your birthday AND anniversary!? I say we just deliver the GR to you now for...anything you want! Congratulation and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Kirsten said...

Hey Anna, you always manage to snag the most fantastic guests! Thanks for bringing Charlotte to us. We can't be more excited.

Gannon Carr said...

Looks like another fantastic month in the Lair!

Congrats on the GR, Anna!

Kirsten said...

Hi Dianna! I know you'll be here all month -- you heard about the boys from Station Five, right? ;-) Maybe we can have one of them take over for the GR for a little while. Yuuuuum!

Kirsten said...

PJ, you are the best read person I've ever known! What a marvel you are -- and we are so lucky to have you hanging around the Lair. Hope you're a big winner this month!

Kirsten said...

Hey Louisa, congratulations on your GH nomination! You are such a rock star! Of course you WILL be at Nationals. There's just no way you'll miss it. We'll send the GR if necessary to fly you there. :-)

Kirsten said...

Trish, you are a writing FIEND. I can't wait for the release of Heartbreak River! That is going to be an amazing book.

Kirsten said...

Hey Lisa, your books sound fantastic -- we are thrilled you'll be joining us. And I am especially fond of the love triangles with a bad boy and a good boy. The Trouble with Demons sounds fabulous!

Kirsten said...

Hi Gannon -- great to "see" you! It's going to be a busy month here. I better start reserving time on my calendar for all these new books. Hope you're having a lovely spring -- and don't let anyone get you on an April Fools Day prank!

Lisa Shearin said...

Thank you, Kirsten! If anyone wants a sneak peek, the first few chapters of my books are on my website at

Kate Carlisle said...

You drove me right out of the cave with that line-up! I had to pop out and say WOW!

All those fabulous guests! And FOUR Bandita books this month?? WOW again! So let's see, that means at least four wild Bandita parties. We'll need to clean up the Lair, hire more cabana boys, stock up on extra cocktail fixings, tighten up the chandelier ... hmm, okay, we're good to go. Let the festivities begin!!!

Yay, Anna! You snagged the Golden Beastie!! Happy April, everyone!!

Cassondra said...

what a busy month coming up! I've never seen so many releases in one month here in the lair.

Well, Anna...what is it, exactly, you OFFERED the GR to get him to move to your place, and out of limecello's warm embrace? Enquiring minds want to know.

Helen, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I know it's not until tomorrow but I'm afraid I might miss you then. And is your Anniversary the same day? Or just another day in April?

Christie Kelley said...

What a great lineup for April! I'm really looking forward to all the release parties.

Nancy said...

Kirsten, when you put it all together, we have a great April lineup, don't we? Terrific guests and bandita launches. Way cool!

BTW, Anna, congrats on grabbing the rooster.

Nancy said...

Lisa, I'm so glad you're going to be joining us. I've been to the site and read the excerpt, and this book looks like it's just as much fun as the other two. I can't wait to hold it in my hot little hands.

Nancy said...

Helen, happy birthday and anniversary! How neat that those two coincide. I hope you have a great day tomorrow.

Is it already tomorrow in Oz?

Donna MacMeans said...

What a fabulous line-up! Spring is so re-energizing and especially here on the Bandits blog.

Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow - I've already restocked the prize shelf!

Susan Sey said...

What an amazing line up we have for April! What lucky banditas!

Thanks for the run down, Kirsten! I can't wait to get started!

Treethyme said...

What a month! Liz and Jenn are both in my local RWA chapter, as is Donna, and Trish is coming to speak to our chapter in April, too -- the OVRWA force runs strong in Bandita-land!

I've read a couple of the featured books, and have others on pre-order. I'm so excited about Kristan Higgins visit, and so many other authors I like, too!

Virginia said...

Congrats Anna on nabbing that rooster on April fools day! I was finishing up a book last night and couldn't put it down.

Oh wow, it sounds like we have a hugh month a head with a lot of wonderful guest. Looking forward to it.

Pat Cochran said...

What a schedule for this month! I
can hardly wait for all the parties!
And Annie West visiting on Honey's
and my anniversary! Party on, all
you Banditas and Buddies! (Are we
sure the chandelier will hold up
for the whole month?)

Pat Cochran

Helen said...

Thank you all for the Birthday and Anniversary wishes it is 6-30 am Thurs here in Oz and I have to go to work today but I have 3 days off then and we are having a family picnic on Sunday if it stops raining.

I have Tawny's book here to read I was really lucky and won that and I have won Beth's book as well I have ordered Donna's and am waiting for that one to arrive so I have lots of excellent reading I can't wait to get into them.

Have Fun

Beth said...

Wow, what a fabulous line-up! Another stellar month in the Lair!!
I can't wait for all the new releases and guest bloggers and regular bloggers and...well...everyone and everything *g*

Thanks for giving us a great coming attractions, Kirsten :-)

Happy Birthday, Helen! My wedding anniversary is this month as well :-)

Congrats on nabbing the GR, Anna!

Beth said...

I hope you enjoy the book, PJ!

LOL, Anna! Of course is yours. Just don't tell Tawny or else she may not let me keep Reece - her sexy cowboy in Going Down Hard ;-)

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Kirsten said...
Hi Dianna! I know you'll be here all month -- you heard about the boys from Station Five, right? ;-) Maybe we can have one of them take over for the GR for a little while. Yuuuuum!

Oh yes! Double Yuumm even. I would stay up late to catch one of those gentlemen.

Kirsten said...

Treethyme, I am jealous that you'll get to see Liz, Jen, Donna AND Trish! Yeesh! I never get to see any of them! Waaah!

But I do I hope you enjoy our guests and get lots of time to read this month. :-)

Kirsten said...

Virginia, we all understand not being able to put down a book -- but what book, pray tell, was it? :-) I want a new one I can't put down!

Kirsten said...

Pat, you raise an excellent point -- we will have to make sure to get the chandelier inspector out here PRONTO!

Sven! Where are you when we need you!

Kirsten said...

Oh, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Pat! :-) April is such a fantastic month for parties, here in the Lair and everywhere. :-)

Kirsten said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by today! A big wave to Beth, Christie, Donna, Susan, Nancy, Cassondra, and Kate, my Bandita Sisters who stopped by after I had to leave for work. *pout* MWAH! Love you guys!

I think Donna's launch party will be starting soon...I better take a shower and put on my skimpy gold dress. You never know what tomorrow may hold! :-)