Thursday, April 1, 2010

APRIL's Bandit Agenda is NO JOKE!

by April blog mommy: Suz

It's April 1st.

The special day for all those people who are practical jokers to stand up and do their thing. Over the years I've been the recipient of a lot of those kinds of jokes from enthusiastic, but definitely demented coworkers.


I am not a big fan of practical jokes. Actually, I loathe them!! So, luckily for y'all, you can believe me when I tell you you're in for a great month of good-natured fun, laughter and debut books with the Banditas in the Bandit Lair! Trust me! Really, trust me!

Friday, April 2: Up first, Kay Thomas returns to the Lair in an interview with Suz about the third book in her Bulletproof series: BULLETPROOF BODYGUARD, which is also a Harlequin Intrigue Bodyguard of the Month release.

Monday, April 5: IT'S PARTY TIME in the Lair as Bandita, Christy Kelley celebrates the release of her newest book, SOMETHING SCANDALOUS. Be sure to join the Banditas, Sven, the gladiators, cabana boys and hockey hunks as we show how to have a good time!!

Wednesday, April 7: Lair favorite Barbara Monajem chats with Bandita, Nancy about her debut paranormal, Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil.

Thursday, April 8: RITA nominee Jessica Andersen returns to the Lair with Demonkeepers, the newest installment in her dynamite Nightkeepers series. We'll chat about the transformation of its hero, Lucius, from a quiet scholar working in the background to a man of action on the front lines.

On Saturday, April 10: Anna Campbell is giving away an ARC of her June release MY RECKLESS SURRENDER. Come and play some reckless games and hey, you might win a book!

Monday, April 12: women's fiction author Kim Wright makes her first appearance in the lair with her debut women's fiction novel Love in Mid Air. A chance encounter on an airplane leads her heroine, Elyse, to question her marriage and her life. Kim will chat with Nancy about that.

On Friday, April 16: one of our favorites in the lair, Annie West is back! She’s talking about her new release FORGOTTEN MISTRESS, SECRET LOVE-CHILD and giving away some books! Come and join in the fun!

Monday, April 19: Laura Anne Gilman returns to the world of the Cosa Nostradamus with Hard Magic from Luna. She'll visit us on April 19 to talk about this latest book set in the world of her Retrievers series.

Wednesday, April 21: One of my favorite authors, romantic suspense author, Dee Davis returns with Dark Deception, the action-packed first book in her new series.

On Thursday, April 29: historical author Margo Maguire www.margomaguire is back to talk about her new release THE ROGUE PRINCE. Giveaways!


Anna Campbell's latest contest offers one lucky reader the chance to win an ARC of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, her June 2010 release. All you have to do is email Anna on and answer a simple question. In the excerpt on the Books Page ( )for MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, Diana the heroine quotes an old proverb to the hero Lord Ashcroft. What is that proverb? Here's a hint -- it's for the birds! Good luck! The contest closes April 30, 2010.

Nancy Northcott's website has a new look, complete with excerpts and updated graphics. Stop by, take a look, and enter the contest she's holding to celebrate. Details on the site.


limecello said...

Hee! No Fools Here! ;)

limecello said...

Yay - April does look like a great month, and totally not kissing up here, but I'm most excited for Christie and Anna's new books! I've been reading Christie's series, and have (I think) all of Anna's books too :D


Helen said...

Congrats lime I am sure he is over my grandchildren for a while they do keep him busy LOL


What an awesome month coming up YAY April is such a busy month in our household there are 6 birthdays this month mine first tomorrow and my wedding anniversary as well but I will be stopping by I wouldn't miss any of the guests whoo hoo. I am soo looking forward to the release of Christie and Anna's books can't wait to read them and Margo McGuire is a favourite of mine love her books and of course Annie who dosen't love her books and heros.

Thanks Guys
Happy Easter to you all

Have Fun

Virginia said...

Looks like we have a great month ahead!

Jane said...

Hard to believe it's already April. I'm not a practical joke lover either. It's definitely going to be fun at the lair this month.

Congrats on the GR, Lime.

Buffie said...

Wow, another fabulous month in the Lair!

Helen - I'm a BIG fan of Margo Maguire too. I just love her writing. And THE ROGUE PRINCE sounds devine!

Christie Kelley said...

Sounds like another fantastic month in the lair!

Helen, I promise the copy of Something Scandalous you won will be on its way soon. I've never had my author copies take so long to get here.

Nancy said...

Limecello, congrats on the rooster!

Suz, great job pulling things together. We're going to have a fun month. But then, thanks to our buddies, we usually do. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Banditas! (waves) Looking forward to hanging out with you next Thursday!!

Deb said...

What a fun April in store for us all!

Kim said...

Hi everyone, I'm really looking forward to being with you April 12 and discussing my new book, Love in Mid Air, with your own Nancy Westcott. Nancy and I met in a writing group and have been following each other's careers with interest ever since. See you soon!

Kim Wright

jo robertson said...

Great lineup for April, Suz! And maybe we'll even get some sunshine here in northern Cal along with it!

Anna Sugden said...

Yay what a fab month ahead - so excited by two Bandita releases and by a visit from another of my favourite people - Jessica Andersen! Not to mention Annie's return and Barbara's book and more Kay Thomas and Dee Davis!

I'm groaning at the thought of more fabulous books from new-to-me authors. More to add to my TBR mountain!

I hate practical jokes. I'm so gullible I always fall for them. I do enjoy spotting the April Fools news stories though.

I got a nice April Fool's surprise - a bouquet of my favourite flowers from hubby!

limecello said...

Heh - Christie - feel free to send one my way too :X *angelface*

Barbara Monajem said...

I'm totally thrilled to be blogging with the Banditas again this month, and to be part of such a great lineup of blogs. So many wonderful books, so little reading time... Sigh.

Kate Carlisle said...

Happy April Fool's Day, everyone!!

What a fantastic lineup, Suz, and so many beautiful covers. I'm very excited about those wild Bandita launch parties! I'd better catch up on my sleep while I can. ;-)

I agree with your assessment of practical jokes. The only ones I've ever participated in went horribly wrong! I avoid them at all costs.

Enjoy the April Fool Bird, Lime!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WOO HOOO!!!! April is going to be another GREAT MONTH here in the Lair! What a fantastic line up of guests, but OH NO there goes my TBR mountain, growing again! :-)

Kate's right, with TWO launch parties in the Lair this month, everyone needs to rest up. We have some MAJOR PAR-TAY-ING ahead!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...


I figured by the time you read this it will be your birthday and I wanted to be one of the first to wish you MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS!!!

P.S. and what a WONDERFUL early bday present... a new GrandBaby!

Anonymous said...

Hey Anna! (waves) I'm with you on the high gullibility factor, so April Fools tends to make me twitchy.

So far today, only Dear Author and the Bitches have gotten me. Then again, they're the only ones who've tried ...

Yay on the flowers! That's a nice spring surprise :)

Nancy said...

Helen, happy birthday and anniversary! A big day. I hope you have a great one.

Nancy said...

Barbara, I'm reading your book now and enjoying it a lot! I'll have my report ready for GRW on the 19th!

Nancy said...

Kim, I'm picking up your book tonight, so I'll be ready for your visit!

Nancy said...

Jessica, you know how much I've looked forward to seeing this book between covers. Can't wait to pick it up!

Nancy said...

Oh, and Jessica, congrats on RITA nomination #4!

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, April is full of great stuff! Thanks for doing the forthcoming attractions post, Suz. I can see the lair is gonna be rockin'! Oh, no, I just frightened the cabana boys, they're trying to hide behind the rocks!

Anna Campbell said...

Lime, TWO chances to win an ARC this month. Good luck!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey everyone! Sorry to post then disappear, but Thursdays is my day to babysit my grandbabies, all three of them!! Geesh, what an effort!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Congrats Lime on nabbing the bird again! I've been enjoying Christie and Anna's books, too. And just finished reading Kate's second bibliophlie murder book...Funny thing, and not it's not an April fool's joke, but while I was reading IF BOOKS COULD KILL, a friend at work was reading the same book and we were laughing at the same spots!!

Helen said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes and anniversary I am really looking forward to spending the day with the family.

Christie I am patient but I really want to read your new book soo looking forward to it.

Have Fun

Suzanne Welsh said...

Happy Birthday and anniversary, Helen! Sounds like you'll have a very busy month!...So, is July the start of cold weather down under? Is that why there are so many April babies? September and October are busy for us up here.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey Virginia and Jane!

Yep, looks like we're going to have lots of fun and some new books to buy this coming month! I'm very excited to have my friend Kay Thomas visiting with us tomorrow.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey Buffie!

Like you and Helen, I'm a big fan of Margo Maguire's, too. Read her first book on the way to San Francisco two years ago. Loved it and made the flight seem super easy!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

April looks like another winner, and Nancy, your web site is beautiful, I will be sure to enter your contest!

Kay Thomas said...

Hey Y'all

Wow...April has arrived! I can't wait to be here tomorrow. I'm going to bed early so I can be ready for all the fun.

See you soon!

Lady_Graeye said...

I been fooled but I'm no fool! :-)