Thursday, December 31, 2009

Coming Attractions--2010 enters with fireworks!

by KJ Howe

Happy 2010 everyone!!! To kick off this auspicious year, let’s indulge in fireworks, streamers, horns, champagne, and a chock-full schedule of phenomenal authors. Get your day-timers ready as you don’t want to miss any of our exciting guests:

On January 4, Elizabeth Naughton will be visiting the lair. She will be talking with Trish (and everyone in Bandita-land) about the third in her Stolen series, Stolen Seduction.




On Tuesday, 5th January, brilliant debut author Courtney Milan www.courtneymilan.com is Anna Campbell's guest. She'll be talking about her wonderful romance PROOF BY SEDUCTION!





On January 6, Lair regular Barbara Monajem steps up to the plate for a chat that'll include her Harlequin Undone, Notorious Eliza.

On Thursday, 7th January, Anna Campbell hosts fantastic historical writer Beverley Kendall www.beverleykendall.com who will be discussing her debut book SINFUL SURRENDER.






On Jan. 8, Trish is hosting Helen Scott Taylor, whose second novel, The Phoenix Charm, comes out in January. It's a story filled with fairies, water nymphs, and other magical creatures.

On Jan. 9, Trish is hosting MJ Fredrick, whose latest romantic adventure, Breaking Daylight, will be out from Samhain on Jan. 5. It's a story of a sexy Special Forces hero and a beautiful woman whose been held prisoner by a drug lord, and their life-and-death trek through a South American jungle.





On January 12, RITA winner Catherine Mann joins us with Renegade, the third novel in her action-packed Dark Ops series from Berkley Sensation.

On January 13, Kensington Author Carrie Lofty visits The Lair to discuss her new historical release Scoundrel's Kiss.






On January 19, Misa Ramirez will be guesting with JoMama. She'll be talking about her second book in her Lola Cruz series, Hasta la Vista, Lola!










On January 21, author and writing teacher Mary Buckham joins us to discuss creativity.

On January 26, Blaze author Kathleen O'Reilly joins us with RT Top Pick and great New Year's story Midnight Resolutions.




On January 29, bestselling author NYT Bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson will be hosted by Suz!!!


There we have it…although I’m sure there’ll be a few other surprises thrown in to spice up our intro to 2010. Happy New Years from all the Banditas!!! I have the pleasure of giving away the first prize of 2010, a $10 (to celebrate the year!) gift certificate from Barnes and Noble. All you have to do is tell us what New Years resolution you won’t make because you know you won’t keep it. The most entertaining answer wins!



Now, we also want to celebrate big moments for the Banditas—one of our lovely of our Australian contingent, Anna Campbell, has just received the gorgeous Australian edition of CAPTIVE OF SIN. It's a lovely trade paperback that isn’t available overseas so she thought she'd share the joy. TWO people can choose which of Anna's four books they’d like to receive in the bigger version so the prize is a signed copy of either CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, UNTOUCHED, TEMPT THE DEVIL or CAPTIVE OF SIN. All you have to do is email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with the title of her June 2010 release. You might find the answer in January’s Latest News. http://www.annacampbell.info/latest.html For more information, please visit Anna's contest page: http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html

64 comments:

chelleyreads said...

happy new year!!

chelleyreads said...

a new years resolution i won't make is: "lose ten pounds" or "lose weight." i've been making this resolution for as long as i can remember and every time the opposite always happens. so before 2009 hit last, last year i figured my resolution would be "gain 10 lbs" and it became a whole 'nother problem (complete with me running laps all this summer). this year, no resolutions period--they never work out.

5 hours till midnight on my side of the world...

Renee said...

What a line up!!!! Fabulous way to start off the year. The resolution I won't make is to lose weight, I'm afraid if I do I won't keep it. If I don't make it maybe I'll be able to at least work on a healthy lifestyle.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Renee said...

eeek! Chelley, your second post wasn't there when I wrote mine. Great minds think alike.

chelleyreads said...

renee: Yup :D

Louisa Cornell said...

Happy New Year Banditas and Buddies! Looks like another great start in the Lair!!

Gillian Layne said...

Happy 2010!

I resolve I won't ignore dust bunnies or laundry in order to read a growing pile of books...yeah, right! :)

kim h said...

exercising is off an dmore sleep lol
hapy new year all
kh

kim h said...

exercising is off an dmore sleep lol
hapy new year all
kh

Pat Cochran said...

Happy New Year to all the Banditas
and all the Bandita Buddies! Here's
to a happier and more prosperous
year! God Bless America!!!

Pat Cochran

Virginia said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!! A new year and a new beginning! Its going to be another great year in the lair!!!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Okay, HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all! From Texas!!

and as for the resolution I won't make....

Okay, Kim...I won't make the resolution NOT to lust after Gerard Butler!! (Got my own copy of The Ugly Truth for Christmas!!)

Jane said...

Happy New Year. Hard to say what resolutions I won't be keeping, but I know I can't layoff shopping for things I don't need like another pair of tight jeans or shoes that make my feet hurt.

Helen said...

Congrats chelleyreads have fun with him

What another awesome line up for January can't wait.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous year and also filled with lots of book publications.

A new years resolution that I will never make is to loose weight no way I am going to try and get a bit healthier but loose weight not on your life LOL.

Have Fun
Helen

Maureen said...

Happy 2010!

Some resolutions I will not make:

Giving up sweets
Stop buying books
Stop taking pictures of my children when they are running from me and screaming at me to stop
Stop wearing my amazingly warm robe that the whole family agrees is the ugliest thing ever

Kim Howe said...

Congratulations chelleyreads!!!! How was New Years with the GR???

Kim Howe said...

Chelleyreads...I hear you on weight loss goals blowing up. Chocolate cake is way too good to give up anyways. Wishing you a very happy 2010.

Kim Howe said...

Renee, happy you like the line-up!

And don't worry about echoing Chelleyreads goals. I have a feeling that there might be others out there with the same thought!!!

Kim Howe said...

Louisa, Happy New Years to you. Hope it's a banner year.

Kim Howe said...

Gillian, you make me ROFL. Reading great novels is waaaaay more important than that thingamagig called housework!

Deb Marlowe said...

Happy New Year Banditas!

Gorgeous covers, Anna!

Kim Howe said...

Kim H, great name by the way. LOL Exercise and sleep--two of the most talked about things in the world! Did you know that lack of sleep prevents weight loss? I like the thought of sleeping off weight!

Kim Howe said...

Virginia, wishing you and your family a wonderful 2010! Thanks for supporting us!

Kim Howe said...

Suz, just think of the energy you'll save making that non-resolution. Besides, he's worth every lusting moment!!!! Enjoy THE UGLY TRUTH!

Kim Howe said...

Jane, LOL on the jeans and shoes. Why do we make these impulse purchases--the excitement of the moment??? You're not alone!!!

Kim Howe said...

Helen, healthy is good! Maybe we'll sprinkle a little fairy dust in the lair today to help make everyone's dreams come true??

Kim Howe said...

Maureen, it sounds to me like you have your priorities straight! LOL I need to hear more about this robe...color, fabric. I'll bet it's super-comfortable and that's why you wear it.

Deb said...

Happy New Year to all!
I know I have good intentions to make more quilt blocks for a quilt I started 1 1/2 years ago, but that's probably a resolution that will go to the wayside. (My mom wants me to quilt and I started for her, but all that precise cutting...grrr.)

Virginia C said...

Happy New Year One & All : )

I will not make the resolution to eat less chocolate and other temptingly wicked treats. I did that last year and 2009 was the worst year of my life!!! Not only was it the worst year, I suffered through with a pitifully small consumption of chocolate! I plan to amp up my chocolate intake for 2010, and that way I know at least part of the year will be happy : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Frank said...

Happy 2010, Banditas and BBs!!! (which I just read is supposed to be pronounced "twenty ten," as opposed to "two thousand ten"--who knew??)

--Fedora (still using DH's account)

Keira Soleore said...

Wishing the Banditas, Bandita Buddies, and all the guests to The Lair a very happy new year and happy new decade!

I've thoroughly enjoyed my 2.5 years here and am looking forward to many, many more.

A couple suggestions for the Banditas: Would you please do a monthly roundup of upcoming Bandita book releases? Somehow that information is not getting enough eyeball time from readers. Also, your blog sidebar seems to cut off the dates on the second column of books.

Susan Sey said...

Happy New Year, Bandita buddies! January is shaping up to be another banner month in the lair, from the looks of today's blog! Thanks, Kim!

As for resolutuions, I'm going with a new one this year. (I will never learn to talk less and continuing to promise I will gets self-hating after a few years, you know?)

Anyway, this year I'm going to try very hard not to talk myself out of an initial kind impulse. I'm always doing that--thinking, "Oh, I should call that person," or write, or drop by or send a gift or who knows what. Then I remember that I don't know that person very well, & it'll likely be awkward. Before I know it, I'm just thinking warm thoughts instead of reaching out.

This year, I will reach out. I will make new connections.

I will probably talk just as much as I always do. :-) Sorry.

Gannon Carr said...

Happy New Year, everyone! This month is looking like a great way to start the new year. Always a good time in the Lair!

The resolution I will never keep is to lower my book budget and beat down my TBR mountain. Yeah, right, like that's going to happen! LOL

Kim Howe said...

Deb, I hear you on all that precise cutting. I'm no craftswoman!

Kim Howe said...

Virginia C, I hope you are enjoying a fabulous piece of chocolate right this moment to kick in the New Years!!!

Kim Howe said...

Frank, thanks for sharing the info about the pronunciation of 2010...I wonder who makes that decision???

Kim Howe said...

Kiera, thanks so much for making those suggestions. We're always open to creating a better environment, especially when it involves talking about Bandita books!!!

Kim Howe said...

Susan, what a lovely idea to follow through on good deeds. Even if you don't know the person well, I'm sure your gesture will touch his/her heart. Kindness from an acquaintance can really make someone's day. As for talking too much, no such thing when it comes to someone as cute and intelligent as you. Chat to your heart's content!

Kim Howe said...

Gannon, hilarious non-resolution. I think you're among friends here. I hate to think of how high my TBR pile is right now...

jo robertson said...

Whooopt! Great lineup, KJ, for our first month of the new decade!

Uh, weight loss, not resoluting because I won't follow through!

Deb said...

Thought of another one...
Scrapbooking. HA! I'm already 9 years behind, what's another year? Poor Shary, pictures galore and empty scrapbooks!

Nancy said...

Chelleyreads, congrats on taking home the rooster!

I don't make resolutions anymore. I make plans. They seem somehow less intimidating and more flexible. Main one: Get back to the gym!

Nancy said...

Happy New Year, one and all! I'm old enough to remember when 2010 seemed really far away, and now here it is.

We have a banner month here in the Lair, and we're also heading over to the Romance Dish to be their guests for a week. This'll be a fun start to the new year.

Nancy said...

Renee, Trish has been encouraging us all to pay more attention to health. she has a Healthy Writer blog (as you may know). It's http://healthywriter.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Suz, speaking of Gerard Butler, he has a movie coming out this year with Jennifer Anniston. Based on the trailer, we aren't sure how good the movie really will be, but, well, he's in it.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Another fantastic lineup. Great way to kick off a new year and a new decade.

~Drew said...

Happy New Year!

I resolve to try and get through my TBR pile, I have two BOXES of books, and still I keep buying!

Lose weight, meh. Like that's going to happen, LOL! I will try to exercise more, as long it is an exercise where I can read a book, time to get the cobwebs off the exercise bike!

~Drew said...

Oh and I meant to say, great line up for January, look forward to it!

p226 said...

Uh... Does Chelley have the GR? Has anyone seen him?

Last I saw, he was barreling up a gas pipeline on an ATV with some blond and a Mountain Dew bottle full of some clear liquid that I don't think was Mountain Dew.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Chelley! Have you had the rooster before? Watch out for him, he's a cunning little avian!

Well, it's the 2nd January here in Oz but happy new year to those still celebrating the 1st.

What a great list of guests we've got coming up in January. Can't wait! I'm really exciting to be hosting two fantastic debut historical authors - I can't get over the fantastic, fresh new voices coming into the genre at the moment.

Thanks, KJ, for putting up the notice. Wow! An exciting 31 days coming up!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Keira, thanks for the suggestions. Great idea, especially the new releases!

Deb M, thanks for saying that about the Aussie cover. It's gorgeous, isn't it?

P226, actually I had a rooster sighting. He popped by and stole all my Tim Tams and then took off laughing his feathered head off. He's usually more subdued after you've had charge of him. Clearly, you need to revisit your rooster training manual! ;-)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna, I think it was the Blue Moon. It has a strange effect on Roosters. Chellyreads, watch out for that bird!

Kim, great lineup! I'm excited about twenty-ten (and like you, I'm wondering who gets to decide THAT?)

I think its going to be a FAB year in the Lair, just FAB!!!


As to resolutions, I'm with Nancy, I set goals and make plans. Screw the resolutions. Snork.

Susan, I will never talk less. I know this. I could resolve to not talk MORE, but that would probably be futile too. Snork.

What won't I resolve? I won't resolve to stop buying trees or plants - I always find a place for them, somehow. I won't resolve to stop letting the dogs sleep on the bed. Grins. I won't resolve anythign about weight or exercise. Everytime I do, I feel like a rebelious two-year old and sabotage myself. "See? I don't HAVE to exercise. Stupid resolution!" (Now doesn't that sound like 2 y/o thinking? Like the resolution itself has some power?)

So, anti-resolutions out on the deck, I'll just peruse the plant catalogs, while petting the dogs who are sitting on the bed with me and resolvedly NOT exercising.

Snork.

Dorthy said...

Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!!

WOW! What a line up!

A resolution I know I won't keep?. . .

I Dorthy resolve to not make the resolution of going Ice fishing this year.

That's right the resolution that I'm NOT going to make is to go ice fishing this year.

Might not seem like a big one, but my hubby has been trying to get me to go ice fishing for the past 2 years. I went once. And it wasn't that good of an experience, haven't been back on the ice since.


Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! And has many many books to read.

Kirsten said...

Happy New Year to everyone in the Lair! I love all these non-resolutions.

This year, I realized the futility of resolving not to eat so many sweets over the holidays and resolved instead to eat more dark green veggies. This actually worked pretty well. So I'm trying to apply that to my New Year's Resolutions -- resolve to do things I already want to do. ;-)

Along those lines, I resolve to do more yoga and relax more (okay, this is actually pretty difficult for me). LOL.

I definitely do not resolve to lose weight, but if that were to happen magically...well, I'd be okay with that.

Oh, here's a serious one -- I resolve to start closing the bathroom door. My kids are 7 and 9. I don't need to keep an eye on them anymore while I'm going pee. **VBG**

Kirsten said...

Was that TMI?

Is this what Susan meant when she resolved not to talk so much?

Okay, I resolve to do a little self-censorship while I'm posting messages in a public forum.

LOL.

Cassondra said...

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm excited about the coming year, and spending it here in the lair with y'all, with good reads, good drinks, and good Gladiators and cabana boys! And Sven. Mustn't forget Sven.....

And the rooster.

Cassondra said...

Kirsten said:

Was that TMI?


Nah. We all do it. Pee, I mean. And I think it is time to start closing that door. This is one of the reasons God did not make me a parent. I would have had to get a babysitter every time I went to the bathroom because I cannot leave that door open. Can. Not. Even when I'm alone in the house.

Okay that probably IS TMI....

gigi said...

Happy NEW YEAR!!

The New Years resolution I won't make is to stop eating chocolate and sweets in 2010.
I resolve not to organize my home any more.

Lady_Graeye said...

Hello Kim! Happy New Year!
I always say I going to exercise, lose weight and get healthy. I always mean it but something happens and or shall we say, "it doesn't happen." My older sister is an exercise guru who is constantly on a diet even though she doesn't need to be. I've never wanted to be like her but I don't like being out of shape. I believe when I'm really ready to do it I will but for right now...I like being me...

Virginia said...

I won't make the resolution to loose weight, because when I do I don't loose a pound. I am going to try to exercise more!

Kim Howe said...

Hey, I'm back again!!! My internet was down for a bit because of the snow...I live in the country and have satellite internet and the weather often affects it. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today. Big New Year hugs to everyone!!!

Kim Howe said...

Everyone had great non-resolutions...gave me lots to think about and laugh over! The winner of today's prize is Dorthy. As a Canadian, I'm often invited out ice fishing and the thought of sitting in the freezing cold, cutting a hole in the ice, and waiting for some poor little fishy to take the bait is just sooo unappealing (no offense to those who are fans). So, please touch base with your email so that I can send you a gift card from Barnes and Noble. You can tell your husband that you'd love to go fishing if you didn't have this marvelous paperback you had to read! LOL Happy New Year!

Dorthy said...

Kim, I completly understand about the satalite internet. Thats what I have. :-)

I can't believe I won.
was I supposed to e-mail you, or leave my e-mail here?

Well, I'll do both to cover all my bases.
I e-mailed you from your website.
and my e-mail is

dorthyn @ email . com

well here's to a wonderful book filled year with no ice fishing. LOL

chelleyreads said...

hi everyone!! i did get the GR, huh? (whispers--quietly LOLing: i didn't think this post counted)

didn't realize i had him. he must have been that pesky one that kept popping fireworks outside my window past midnight...

hope you all had a great new year!! :)