Saturday, May 8, 2010

In Celebration...

It was May 4, 2007 when our lovely Caren Crane aka Posh T. posted our very first "live" blog that included a picture of the dashing masked bandit Zorro, and invited everyone to come and hang out with us in the Bandit Lair. We'd been tossing around ideas and trying to figure out what to do in this crazy world of cyberspace for a couple of months before, and decided to take the plunge and see what happened.

We were all astounded and grateful at the enthusiastic response. Since then, we've endeavored to share bits and pieces of our writing and our lives with our blog readers. We've brought in many different kinds of guests, played games, celebrated successes, and sympathized with challenges and hardships.

But throughout these past three years, the thing that has made this effort worthwhile and successful beyond our wildest dreams has been you -- OUR READERS! Day after day, year after year, you have continued to amaze and amuse us. And you've give us the two most important gifts of all: YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION!

So in celebration of our third year of blogging, Aunty asked some of our long-time, frequent commenters what being a Bandita Buddy meant to them.

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Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom aka MizMacgyver

Woot! It only seems like yesterday that I wandered in from the cold outreaches of the "net" and found myself cozied up in the Lair. It was like a homecoming to me. I visit the lair every morning before work and every evening when I come home. I don't always comment because, well, I just don't always have something to say...LOL

I have always loved to read but until meeting the Banditas I didn't realize the trials and tribulations authors have to go through to get a book in my hot little hand. I admire all of the Banditas, the published and yet to be published, the latter for their perseverance in attaining their goals. I don't know what I would do without the Banditas to check in with every day. What topic is going on the blog, who has another book coming out, who won what, what is happening in each Bandita's corner of the world. The "Lair" is an exciting place to be.

One of the biggest thrills of my life to date was getting to meet some of the Banditas (and the GR) in person. I hyperventilated for a week, then the great day came and I was a basket case, I dressed three times, I messed with my freshly curled hair until, sadly, it wasn't curled anymore! I put on make-up! Believe me, that is an occurence that doesn't happen every day. When I walked in the restaurant and was asked if I was with the Golden Rooster, wow, no words can describe that feeling.

"Yes, as a matter of fact I am with the Golden Rooster."

Following the hostess back to the table I wanted to rush ahead, and then there they were, 4 Banditas in all their glory, another homecoming. Hugs all around and getting seated and me grinning like the Cheshire Cat the whole time. I had fan girl written all over me and didn't care one bit.

The Banditas are "good people" as my grandmother would have said. They are warm, compassionate people that happen to have an amazing talent. They don't sit and just write words, they put a little of themselves and their personalities into every story and in each "blog". They reach out and make every person that visits feel as if they are sitting in their own kitchen having a cuppa and chatting about whatever subject feels good that day. Where else can you go to get that feeling?

I visit every day because the Banditas need to know they are my heroines, their talents are appreciated, and the world is better because they care. When a person posts on the blog, that post is responded to, always. The Banditas acknowledge each and every person that posts, they want you to know you were noticed, no slipping in the back door and slipping out again. A personalized blog, who would of thunk it?

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Helen in Oz

What being a Bandita Buddy means to me?

It means friendship fun and laughter. I have visited pretty much everyday and there is usually a very good reason why I don't get there on a daily basis.

I was fir
st introduced to the Bandits by The Incomparable FoAnna Anna Campbell whom I had "met" on another forum just before CTC was released. I will always be grateful for the friends I have made since visiting The Bandits. I have won many fantastic books and my massive TBR Pile has grown to mountainous proportions! Thanks to all of the wonderful Guest authors I have met along the way and the recomendations from The Bandits and Bandita Buddies.

And of course there's The Golden Rooster who has become such a wonderful pet to look after here and there and eat me out of Tim Tams LOL.

To each and every one of The Bandits and Bandita Buddies who have listened to me talk about my wonderful grandchildren and family, thank you for 3 wonderful years and here's to many many more.

I have just about all of your books that have been published and look forward to the day that I will have books from everyone of you. It will happen, you are all wonderful writers! I love visiting and hearing about all the interesting things that you and the guest bloggers all talk about.

I have been lucky enough to meet FoAnna in person a few times now and I look forward to meeting every one of you one day. You never know your luck in a big City and I buy lottery tickets every week so there is a chance! LOL.


There will also be another Australian Romance Readers Convention here in Sydney in 2011 and maybe some of you will be able to make it down under.

Huge congrats to you all on your 3rd anniversary!

Way to go, Ladies!

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Jane in NYC

Congrats on the third anniversary of the Romance Bandits blog. I wish I were more articulate and could write something poetic. It's a fun place to hang out and chat about books, movies and celebrities. I think the lyrics to the Cheers theme helps describe what being a Bandita Buddy is like.

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.


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TerriO

When Aunty Cindy offered me the chance to take part in this blog, I instantly said yes. I was so fortunate to find this lovely group more than two years ago. I was new to writing and in the midst of a chaotic life. But I knew that every morning I could come here, read something funny or uplifting (usually both!) and my day would start with a smile.

The Lair is always ready for a celebration or to lift us when we’re down. But most of all, this group inspires me to keep going, to keep reaching for that dream of publication. I’ve worked in several different industries, but never found a community as generous as that of Romance writers. I am honored to be a Bandita Buddy and look forward to sharing many more years of fun and dreaming with the Romance Bandits.

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Patty PJ Ausdenmore

Wow! Three years already? It hardly seems possible. Cindy asked what being a Bandita Buddy means to me. At the beginning, I would have told you it meant starting, and usually ending, each day with a smile, discovering new authors and chatting with Bandits and fellow readers. Those facts are still true but over the years it's grown to mean much more.

Being a BB means gaining treasured friends; women who encourage, support and celebrate my achievements as well as each others. Yes, the daily smiles are still there along with chuckles and, sometimes, full-out belly laughs and I'm still being introduced to the fantastic authors who continue to feed my enormous to-be-read stash of books, not to mention all those books contributed by the talent that resides in the Lair.

But, most importantly, for me, being a BB means having a circle of women (and a few men), from across the world, who come together daily, in a warm and welcoming environment, to share a slice of life with friends.

Here's to the talented, gracious, wonderful women of the Lair! Congratulations on your third anniversary. Cento anni di salute e felicità! Wishing you 100 years of health and happiness!
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Thanks to Dianna, Helen, Jane, TerriO, and PJ for all your kind sentiments!

The Banditas and the Lair truly would not exist without the continued support of ALL our readers! Please share a favorite memory from the past three years. Or tell us what being a Bandita Buddy means to you!

We have a truly ginormous list of prizes to give away today!

An autographed copy of My Reckless Surrender (when released)
An autographed copy of Something Scandalous
A Romance Bandits journal
An autographed copy of The Seduction of a Duke
A Dark and Delicious gift package --autographed copies of Dark and Dangerous and Dark and Deadly and some dark chocolate.
An autographed copy of Heartbreak River
A Romance Bandits magnet and post-it notes
An autographed copy of The Treasures of Venice
An autographed copy of Blazing Bedtime Stories
Golden Rooster pin and ear rings
An autographed copy of Sweetest Little Sin
An autographed copy of Do You Take This Cop?

All you have to do to be eligible to win a prize is leave a comment!

And HUGE THANX from all us Banditas for making our three years THE GREATEST!

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Deb said...

Oh, my gosh...Do I get the Golden Rooster?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

YES, Deb! YOU DO!!!

Congrats on capturing the wiley chook! Now have some bubbly to help us celebrate our FIRST 3 YEARS!

AC

twin2for2 said...

Very new to this blog, but so enjoyed reading some of the older posts. I love to read. I love the posts. I am a readaholic. You wouldn't believe the number of books I own or plan to get. Keep up the good works. I'll be reading.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Deb, A ROOSTER!!! Congratulations on getting him on our third birthday! Yay, you!

Oh, man, I teared up when I read those posts. You girls honestly don't know that you give us MUCH more back than we give you. I love the fact that this is such a positive community of really smart women. I'm PROUD to be a Bandita. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dianna, Jane, Helen, Terrio and PJ! And thank you to my Bandita sisters who have really become an essential part of my life since we met way back in 2006! You gals are the greatest!

Long may the Banditas reign!

And hey, did you check out those prizes? Wow! Good luck, everyone!

Anna Campbell said...

Twin, you're very welcome here! Have a cabana boy! There's plenty to go around, snort!

Deb said...

I have absolutely had a ball checking into the Lair every day. I am so glad I took Anna C. up on her invite to come visit. All of the authors. posters, and regular commenters make this a super fun place to hang out and I thank all the Banditas for letting me a Bandita Buddy.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Twin2for2!

Actually we WOULD believe the number of books, because most of us own that many too! ;-)

Glad you found us and THANX for helping us celebrate our anniversary!

AC

limecello said...

Oh wow- happy birthday to the Banditas blog - and congrats on the GR, Deb!!!
I'll go sleep, and then come back and comment and party ;)

Deb said...

Geesh, so excited to have the GR, I can't seem to type well.

That should be... "Thank you for letting me be a Bandita Buddy."

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Fo,

I know what you mean about those lovely comments about us and our blog! Aunty went through an entire box of tissues putting this post together!

DITTO on being so lucky to find all my wonderful Bandita sisters that fateful day back in 2006!

LONG MAY WE REIGN!!! And with such WONDERFUL BBs, we will!

AC

mariska said...

Take it away DEB :)

i saw Anna's post about this on FB, then i just open my bookmarks then go here.

Wieee....Happy 3 Years Anniversary !! I'm so happy and proud to be among you guys *cough* i mean as the reader :P

One of the must Visit blog everyday for me, you guys has been Helped me a lot for finding some great authors out there..and I've been making some new friends from here too !!

And i hope i can win one or maybe two of those Fantastic prizes...*fingers crossed*

mariska said...

err...by the way, should i called it as Birthday or Anniversary, or Blogoversary ? :)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Deb,
Just keep the GR away from the chocolate and the liquor cabinet and you should be fine! ;-)

We are EQUALLY PROUD to have you as a BB! Honestly, we so look forward to all our regulars, and to making NEW friends too!

Speaking of liquor... WAKE UP, Cabana Boys! Bring out a little bubbly TONIGHT to get the celebration started!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey now Lime!
It's not like YOU to sleep when there's a party to be started! Have some bubbly before you go!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Blogoversary?!?!

I LOIKE IT, Mariska! (as Le Duchesse would say, and I'm sure she will as soon as she wakes up a bit later in the morning) ;-)

It has been OUR PLEASURE to introduce you to some great new authors! And we intend to keep that up for many years to come!

AC

Nancy said...

Deb, you do get the GR! Congratulations. I hope you have a lot for him to do. He has been rather snarky of late, so much that Demetrius threatened to take the sharp edge of his sword to him the other day.

Nancy said...

Wow--I'm wiping my eyes at the wonderful things Dianna and Helen and Jane and Terrio and PJ had to say. Thank you all so much! I've been lucky enough to meet several of you in person, and it's always a pleasure.

What our buddies may not realize is just how much you give back to us. We all enjoy writing, but it means more when someone reads it, whether or not a given person comments on a particular day.

Thanks to all of you, those who answered Cindy's questions and those who stop by and comment and those who just lurk, for a great three years!

Back later, seeing as how it's already morning here and even we night people have to sleep sometime.

Great job putting all this together, AC! I love the Zorro picture especially.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Nancy!

You're about at a late hour.

Yes, things got a little wild the other day at Christine's launch party. Demetrius, the other gladiators, the hockey hunks, and several of the cabana boys were quite rowdy. I do hope they have better discipline with the party today.

AC
who does have her crop nearby just in case... ;-)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Yes, Nancy, best to get some shut eye before the MAJOR RUMPUS begins!

Aunty has purchased multiple industrial-sized tissue boxes to be available through out the Lair, as I'm sure there will be much sniffling and even honking when the other Banditas read the lovely tributes.

AC

LauraR said...

I'm more a lurker than a poster, but congrats on the longevity! I hope to enjoy you all for a long time to come. Cheers!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Laura,
As Nancy said, we appreciate you whether you comment or lurk! Thanx for coming out of lurkdom to wish us well. :-)

Honestly, we can NOT thank everyone enough. We would NOT be here without all our wonderful readers!

AC

Anna Campbell said...

Much sniffing and BONKING, AC???!!! Oh, sorry, read it again. Pardon me!

Laura, thanks for emerging from the dark reaches of the lair to say hello!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

AHEM!
Fo, I make no claims to know what goes on in the darkest reaches of the Lair! Nor do I WANT to know! MUAHAHAHA! We all have our little secrets...

AC

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Wow Deb, congrats on the Rooster!

The Romance Bandits was the very first Romance blog I ever visited last fall, and wow do you guys make someone feel welcome.
And a warm, cozy place to have fun, someplace I can unleash my twisted sense of humour! And enjoy discussing everything romance. And maybe, an occasional massage from one of the boys.

You are all an inspiration to someone like me, to keep writing, and dreaming, thanks so much for all the fun! Proud to be a Bandita Buddy? You bet I am!

*pops open a bottle of Christal*

flchen1 said...

Goodness! Has it been three years already???!!! Happy anniversary, Banditas and buddies! It's been a blessed time, and you've all said it so eloquently--I've enjoyed the smiles, laughs, "ah-ha!" moments, "oh yes! That's right!" moments, a zillion titles added to the TBR, and the sheer joy of being in the company of like-minded book lovers. Banditas, congratulations on all your professional successes, and thank you for making time to share those and yourselves with us! Thanks all of you who make the Lair a stellar place to be! And yes, GR, I guess that means you, too! ;) Have fun, Deb!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Drew!

We're proud to be YOUR FIRST! ;-)

(Aunty shoves her empty glass under flowing bottle of Christal)

We LOVE having you and that twisted sense of humor here in the Lair. As you notice, you fit right in immediately! :-)

I'm glad we've given you inspiration, but honestly, I think we all do a great job of inspiring each other!

Okay, Sven, time to limber up those magic fingers!

AC

Tawny said...

I'm going to echo Anna, as I type through tears. I'm so touched and feel so blessed after reading your amazingly wonderful words, ladies!

Thank you to all of the BB. You all are so vital to the warmth and comfort of the lair.

and to my Bandita sisters... you're amazing. Absolutely amazing, every one of you :-)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Fedora,
It has been such a pleasure to have you here with us in the Lair these past 3 years! Yes, in spite of a certain 'incident' I recall that involved the GR hijacking your van... ACK!!! No harm, but VERY FOWL! (oh no! Aunty is punning! Fo has rubbed off on me.)

Thank you for all your lovely sentiments, now have some BUBBLY before we both get all sloppily sentimental!

AC

Tawny said...

Fo said: Much sniffing and BONKING, AC???!!! Oh, sorry, read it again. Pardon me!

bwaahaaahaaahaaaaa...

Well, you know a bonk is always nice after a bout of tears. Its the tears after the bonks one should worry about.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

GEEZ Tawny-Depp! YOU TOO?!?! (sniffle sniffle)

Are you wearing water-proof mascara? Oh silly me, of course you are! Only one of your many AMAZING talents. :-)

You're right, the Lair simply would not be the wonderful place we've come to know and love without all our FANTASTIC BBs!

Cabana boys! More BUBBLY and more tissues!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

AHEM!!!

All this talk of tears and bonking is going to lead to TROUBLE! Mark my words, Fo and Tawny-Depp! You two naughty Banditas have started it and Aunty fears where it will all wind up (but of course I will be there to find out)! :-P

AC

Tawny said...

AC said: Are you wearing water-proof mascara? Oh silly me, of course you are! Only one of your many AMAZING talents. :-)

Of course I am...one must look sexily rumpled as one sniffles through a red nose and blotchy face :-)

But methinks I see the perfect answer to my sentimental leaking... Margarita Fountain!!! I'll take two, I need to prepare for this party!

Marie said...

I've just found this blog through facebook (where else), but looking through the authors I realize I've read most of you. And throughly enjoyed the reading!

Tawny said...

Deb, congratulations on snagging The Glorious Golden One for the day :-) I hope he's on his best behavior, considering it's a party and all :-D

I wouldn't count on it, though.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Ah yes, there's nothing like a good margarita fountain to refresh oneself after tears or bonking...

SNORK!

Helen said...

Whoo Hoo Deb have fun with him

Ladies what can I say you Guys are the best as I said before I love visitng The Bandits you really hold a special place in my life it just wouldn't be the same without The Bandits and Bandita Buddies on a daily basis You Guys Rock.

Dianna
My wish is to one day get to The States and meet everyone in person Bandits and Buddies what a great time we would have together.

Jane
I love the lyrics to the Cheers theme and so true about The Lair

TerriO
How true about the inspiration and the cheerfulness here at The Lair it always brightens my day

PJ
Time does fly when you are having fun and it is always fun in the Lair

Lets all have a toast with some bubbly to lots more years together lots more wonderful books for us to read.

Have Fun
Helen

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Welcome to the party, Marie!!!

We're always happy to see new faces in the comments! Pull up a Cabana boy, there are plenty to go around, and lots of space at the margarita fountain. ;-)

AC

flchen1 said...

LOL!!! AC and Tawny and Anna and you all, y'all are doing your finest work again--cracking me up in the wee hours of the night! Must not snort so loudly I wake the kids...

And the sniffles and waterproof mascara? Ladies, you wear them well :D

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HERE HERE, Helen!

I'm raising my glass high! A SALUTE to all the Banditas and BBs! Long live the Lair!!!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Okay, one more quiet toast so we don't wake Fedora's kidlets, or Nancy, whose dozed off near the armory door...

Long live the Lair...

HIC!
AC

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny, no bonky boo hoos in the lair! No, sirree! Actually I think I forgot to mention how much you guys crack me up. My poor keyboard is permanently marinated in tea (not margaritas - that's just a foul rumor, hic!) from reading something completely outrageous here! LOVE IT!

Anna Campbell said...

Aunty Cindy, one of the other things I love about the lair - oh, man, I'm going to be here all night listing the things I love in the lair! - is that a girl can get away with a bit of PUN-ishment without facing the death sentence!

Helen, we'd love you to meet us all one day! I'm lucky - I've met you a few times. Mind you, the other girls are much naughtier than I am so perhaps you should brace yourself.

Marie, welcome! Thanks for wandering over from FB. As you can gather, it's a special occasion in the lair. Oh, no I've starting sniffing and bonking again!

Anna Campbell said...

Fedora, AKA the rooster's squeeze, thank you for being such a regular here. We love to see you!

Drew, twisted senses of humor thrive here, as I'm sure you've noticed. Just look at that wicked Tawny!

Hey, Lime, our quick off the mark friend! How great to see you! Here, have a margarita. Have TWO!

Hey, Mariska, great to see you too! Let's partay!

flchen1 said...

*snort!*

Cease and desist, darlings! Step away from the margaritas, the puns, the gorgeous swedish masseurs...

LOL!! What? Has the world gone mad? Just me!

Party on, everyone! Massages and fruity drinks, bubbly, chocolate, and all the fun puns (phun puns?) one can stomach!!

s7anna said...

Happy Anniversary! I always have fun lurking and reading your posts...looking forward to seeing what the future will bring.

hugs,
Anna

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Happy blogiversary, dear Banditas!!!!! I love hanging out here. I may not always comment, but my day always gets brighter once I've visited the lair.

The Romance Bandits, you'll always be special to me because you so generously sponsored my trip to the 2009 Nationals. It meant the world and I had the BEST time meeting you in Washington, DC.

Mwah, mwah, mwah to all of you!

~ Vanessa

Maree Anderson said...

Three years -- brilliant! Congratulations Bandits, and may there be many more years to come.

(((HUGS)))

Christine Wells said...

Oh, no, I had tears in my eyes reading that post. Thank you all for such lovely sentiments and to AC for putting it all together. The warmth and friendship in this community is something we all treasure. We don't take it lightly and we never take it for granted. BBs, we appreciate and adore you!

And to the Banditas, WOOT! 3 years, can you believe it??? In a way it seems like I've known you all forever, and in another way, it seems like only yesterday...

Congrats on the rooster, Deb!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Congrats, Bandits, Rooster, and Cabana Boys! This is the most fun I've had since moving to Hawaii (where romance fans are scarce!)

I suggest we celebrate with the Cabana boys serving champagne and Tim Tams ... I got hooked on them at RWA/DC - Rosemary Potter gave me a box! (She's the famous Aussie bookseller). I didn't see them on US shelves until I moved to Hawaii .. and then I found your blog! Life is too good in Paradise!

Christine Wells said...

Actually, one of my fondest memories was the first post the Golden Rooster did. That was HILARIOUS!

Natalie Hatch said...

I haven't commented for a while, so I'll come out of deep lurk and say howdy. Love the blog, enjoy reading everyone's posts about their newest releases. Hope the blog continues on to bigger and better things, oh and more cabana boys for all.

flchen1 said...

I have to say that I've greatly enjoyed so many posts, but the GR's family is a HOOT! (There's got to be an appropriate chicken pun in there somewhere, but my brain is in "hibernate" mode and refuses to cooperate...)

Jane said...

Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the lovely post, Aunty Cindy. Parties at the lair are always fun and filled with hot cabana boys. Thanks for considering me a Bandita Buddy.

Congrats on the GR, Deb.

Anita Joy said...

Happy Birthday Banditas *blowing party horn*. It's thanks to you gals I've rediscovered historicals - just what I need, even more books to procrastinate with, lol. I lurk lots and comment little, but it's always fun to visit the lair

Donna MacMeans said...

WOW! It's four o'clock in the morning and already there's fifty some posts! And I thought I'd sneak in early - I should have known. (grin)

Thank you Dianna, Helen, Jane, Terrio, and PJ for your kind words - and thanks to AC for thinking to ask. We love you guys. You're like family and Jane - the Cheers song fits perfectly. I think we should adopt it as the lair's theme song.

Hey Deb - Congrats on the GR, though it looks like he's having some difficulty walking in a straight line. Hope you didn't have big plans for him today.

Twin - Welcome! Put up a cabana boy and stay awhile.

Hey Lime - Good to see you again! Look - the GR has perked up and wants to hop into your arms again.

Mariska and Kim - one of these days I hope to travel to Hawaii and meet you two in person. It just does my heart good to know that we have fans even in paradise.

LauraR - Yes - I think our longevity is amazing. But no less so than my fellow banditas. They are a true blessing.

Hey Drew! Pour some of the bubbly over here! We LOVE your sense of humor and thank you for sharing it with us.

Marie - be sure to come back - we've only just begun.

Hey Fichen1- It is a sacred time when the kids are asleep and you get some peace and quiet. We'll try to keep the volume down till the sun comes up.

s7anna & Maree & Woohoo Natalie - good to see you guys again.

Vanessa - I'm thinking we'll be celebrating your publishing contract soon. Glad you've come to help us celebrate three years.

Gee - I wish I could be around more today but I'm doing an all-day booksigning followed by a visit to the Governor's mansion. Cool - huh? I thought of taking the GR with me, but I'm not sure he'll be dignifed enough to slip past the gate guard.
I think I better leave him in the lair as no one has much use for a tipsy cock.

Party on! Hope to check back later.

Laurie said...

I've been visiting the lair for almost 2 years. I don't remember how I arrived ... Whew!too much celebrating with cyber drinks? It might have been from one of your books or a spot one of you did on another blog that I visited.
I love the camaraderie here. The sense of fun, lot's of humor and laughter! It's interesting to find out how you got started, your struggles with deadlines, we learn about you and your families, your homes. It makes you real to me!
I always love info on your books too!
Congrats on your 3 years together! I'll be back.

Joanne Lockyer said...

Congratulations to the banditas on your third birthday! Wow, what three years has brought! Many exciting adventures for you all! I wonder how you would have felt three years ago, if you knew where life had carried you today?! But isn't it wonderful that although every writer's story might have its own twists and turns, that such a supportive group have been there as part of the journey!

I love stopping by (though at times more days blur by between visits than I would like). I'm fortunate enough to live within 100 km radius of two of the banditas... Though sometimes we still seem to catch up more often on the other side of the world! (grins, and waves to Anna and Christine!).

I love seeing you guys waving you Bandita badges or goodies around at RWA Nationals Literary signing each year, and this year I vow I'll actually get to your party (it always clashes with the Beau Monde! he he). Keep up the wonderful work! And the many wonderful books!

Big hugs, Joanne x

Deb Marlowe said...

Many congratulations, Banditas! You have created a lovely community in cyberspace and it's a joy to stop by here and see what you guys are up to every day!

I remember doglady/Pam/Louisa's first suggestion of the GR--and what a ride he's had since then!

Happy 3 years==and may you have many more!

Tawny said...

I think I better leave him in the lair as no one has much use for a tipsy cock.

Good point, Donna. We only want upright cocks in the Lair.

*g* Sorry, too many margaritas and I couldn't resist.

I'll set my glass down now and try to behave.

Helen said...

I have just read thru all of the posts and WOW I have been through a few tissues you guys always make me laugh just as well I haven't got mascara on LOL I have had my 5 grandkids here today two of my daughters are moving house and I am so tired.
I really need to get some sleep I really am past 3-00am feeds and chasing 1 year olds around LOL Fun day.

Keep the party going I will be back in the morning full of energy.

I think I have to agree with Christine about the blog that the Golden Rooster did with all of his family and friends and of course who can forget the Easter one with the guesses that I needed so much help with (thanks Donna)
so many great blogs and guests.

Have Fun
Helen

Gillian Layne said...

That's a pretty special rooster this morning, Deb. Look how polished and shiny he is!

Congratulations, Bandits! You've done a bang-up job these last three years, and never fail to deliver. I love coming to visit, and want to say thank you for all the friendship, encouraging words, and insight over these years. (Years! Goodness, time does fly)

So I'm raising a mimosa in celebration (it's 5:30 am here, folks!) to be followed by Starbucks chaser. Write on, Ladies! (((hugs)))

Gillian Layne said...

Seriously, ladies, to read through the all the bonking comments--and then see Donna is off to rule an all day book-signing and then visit the Governor's mansion, for heaven's sake! Bless that Bandita visitors, because the comments are as much fun to read as the posts.

Y'all know how to start a morning! ;)

Marisa O'Neill said...

Ah Banditas - Congratulations on 3 wonderful years!! An amazing site with wonderful authors. This is one of the best places to come and talk to our favorite authors in between reading your books. Your posts have made me think, laugh, cry, shout out loud and jump for joy; they've also inspired me and comforted me. You have all shared pieces of yourselves and welcomed all who come with open arms. You've created a community where people can come and share their ideas, meet up with friends and feel secure and relaxed enough to be themselves. No words are enough to thank you for that. I'm looking forward to more years of visiting the Liar and reading your books.

Sending you all big hugs,
Marisa

PJ said...

Good Morning All! Happy Anniversary, Banditas!

Wow, look at this place. It's a crush! Ooh, lots of lovely cabana boys. And a margarita machine? Yes! (pumps fist in the air) Who cares if it's only 7am where I live. It has to be 5:00 somewhere, right?

Deb, congrats on nabbing the GR! Is this your first time with him?

Twin2for2, welcome to the lair! So happy you found us!

Aunt Cindy, thanks so much for asking me to be part of the Romance Bandits Third Anniversary Celebration! It was a pleasure and an honor!

FoAnna said; I love the fact that this is such a positive community of really smart women.

That's because it was created by positive, really smart women who have set the tone for this blog from day one and continue to do so. BANDITAS ROCK!





Off to snatch that margarita then I'll be back for more fun!

Addison said...

Wishing the Banditas a very happy anniversary!!! You guys are truly amazing and what you've built with this site is just awesome.

Thank you for being such a vibrant part of the romance community!!

Hugs,
Addison

PJ said...

Mariska said; err...by the way, should i called it as Birthday or Anniversary, or Blogoversary ? :)

Blogoversary! I love it! :)

Linda Henderson said...

Congratulations on your three year anniversary. I don't even remember the first time I came here, but I felt at home from the very first. I've been busy helping with grandkids lately so I haven't commented as much as I used to, but I'm usually lurking in the background. I enjoy the camaraderie here and love those cabana boys. Have a wonderful weekend and Mothers Day.

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Good morning all! It is going to be glorious day here in the lair. Me and BF are going to be installing an air conditioner so I am going to pass on the margarita for the moment but I will be back. Someone save me a seat and a couple of drinks.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Just popping on before I head to bed to say welcome to the Lair for our birthday bash!! Wow! 3 whole years!...Can you believe it?

And thanks for all the nice comments from our BB's!! We love y'all and all our readers and guests, too!

Raising a glass...Here's to at least 3 more wonderful years!!

Susan Sey said...

Oh, wow. Just...wow. Those tributes to the Lair made me well up a little because that's exactly how I feel about this place.

It's been such a warm & wonderful (and okay a little wacky but in the best possible way) place. A place of retreat when the publishing world is cruel, a place to celebrate when it's not, and just a great way to wake up each morning.

Big wet kisses & tight squeezy hugs to you all!

Kirsten said...

Already 3 years, I don't remember when I first found this blog. Can't be more then a year ago but I do know I put it in my list of favorites right away. I can't always visit every day but I come as often as I can. Because I'll know there will be something fun and interesting to read. Great pictures to see. And loads to learn about new book or authors. It's nice and comforting sitting at my desk with a cup of coffee and the bandita's/readers close by. What I also love is that if I share something with you all, there will always be a response. A few personal words that make me smile and really make me feel part of it. Thanks so much ladies and congrats on the 3 years. That there may be many more!

Andrea Becraft said...

Happy 3 year anniversary! It seems from the comments you ladies are having such a fun time!

Heres to 30 more!

Laney4 said...

You have quite the treasures
Of loot to give out.
So, reading these books
Is what it’s about?

Well … reading and gabbing
And raising glasses in cheer.
Perhaps that better describes
What we do year after year.

And to know that three years
Have gone by in a flash
Is certainly a great reason
To celebrate with this bash!

I looked over your prizes
And they sure are generous.
It's like “12 Days of Giveaways”
With Ellen DeGeneres!

Between Anna’s and Christie’s
And Donna’s noted books,
I’ve read all their blurbs
And I’m certainly hooked!

Now with “Dark and Dangerous”
And chocolate as well,
I must decline this prize
Or my weight goes to … you know where.

I own Loucinda’s book
And am eager to share
With my sister from far away
When she visits this year.

“Blazing Bedtime Stories”
Looks a “good read”.
With Kelly and the gang,
It must be, indeed!

Christine’s is the book,
“Sweetest Little Sin”.
I could read her books
Whether or not I win.

Beth’s is a book
On my “must buy” list.
Nick’s quite the hunk.…
Well, you get the gist!

A journal, a magnet,
And Post-It Notes are named.
I know I love using them,
So they could be claimed!

ALL of the prizes
Are fantastic for sure.
Thanks for three years,
Though they’ve gone by in a blur.

You guys are the best
And most generous, it’s true.
Happy Blogoversary,
Happy Blogoversary to you!!!

Gannon Carr said...

Happy 3rd Anniversary!! I can't believe you ladies have been rocking the Lair that long. This is one of my favorite places to "hang out"--I'm guaranteed a laugh, occasional tears, but always the warmth, friendship and sisterhood that is the romance community.

Thank you for allowing me to be a Bandita Buddy. It's a joy and an honor! Hugs and kisses all around! xxoo


Now, where are those cabana boys....I need a libation to toast you fantastic ladies! Cheers!


Congrats, Deb, on nabbing the GR!!!

PJ said...

Laney, that's wonderful!

TerriOsburn said...

Wow, I'm even up early for a Saturday and still mega comments behind. LOL! Thank you again to Aunty Cindy for giving me the chance to be part of this. Though new blogs seem to sprout almost daily, I've yet to find one as amazing as this group.

To think of so much success and triumph in just three years! Some friends and I not long ago threw around the idea that you're success is directly related to the people with whom you surround yourself.

I'd say this blog absolutely proves that theory. When you put this much awesome into one Lair, records are bound to be broken. :)

Gannon Carr said...

I love it, Laney!

Buffie said...

Wow, 3 years! I can't believe it! Time sure does fly by when you are having fun. And I ALWAYS have fun at the lair!!! I'm thrilled for the success you all have gained and am looking forward to many, many more books from all of you! Thanks for being such warm, generous women who never fail to put a smile on my face and in my heart!! Smooches to you all!

Buffie said...

Laney -- that's fabulous!

Virginia C said...

Las banditas...muy bonita! Felicitas!

Gillian Layne said...

Laney-Wow. :)

Maureen said...

Congratulations on three fun and fabuous years!

Vanessa Kelly said...

Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! You gals have rocked your slice of the internet, and you deserve to party large!

gamistress66 said...

Happy Birthday!

I've only recently started to visit the liar but everyone is so nice and welcoming it feels visiting with a bunch of friends. I enjoy the discussions, sharing thoughts and getting to know a little about authors and their work as well as the other friends. There always seems to be tons of fun and laughte going on here. :D

So I raise my glass and propose a toast to all the Banditas & buddies -- may the lair throw it's daily party whether it be small, extravigant or somewhere in between for many years to come. Wishing continued success to all of you. Cheers!

Vellum Voyages said...

Happy Anniversary Banditas!!! What an awesome blog! I love reading your posts and the upcoming titles!

Keep up the great work!

Becke Davis said...

Happy Anniversary to some of my very favorite people in the whole world!!!!

Joan said...

Meow...meow..

Sniff, sniff...it's ok Cricket. Mommy's just touched by all the BB's.

They like us! They really like us!

Seriously, like Tawny (and about 18 other Banditas) I teared up reading your comments.

Dianna...You say you felt like a star? Honey, nothing like you made us feel. You were so excited and you made me feel very special, very humble.

PJ. You are a wonderful spirit who has addicted me to turtles. Yes...I am in a 12 step program now :-)

Helen. Your love for your family gives a special glow to the Lair.

Terrio. It was so wonderful meeting you in DC...finally. Your posts make the Lair that much more fun. Also..you give good cat advice :-)

Jane. We love your visits and while I have not had the pleasure of meeting you yet...as I recall you live in NYC? Let's go shoe shopping when I come up there :-)

Welcome to all the BB's and the new visitors too. You DO make this place special. And to the Banditas....


I HEART you!!!

Lois said...

Have a super dooper birthday -- and here's to three more years of posts, parties and roosters! :)

Lois

Lois said...

Duh, forgot to add books -- can't have the blog without the books, so thanks for all the books, most especially! :)

Lois

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

What incredibly lovely comments on the blog and here in the comments section. You all are awesome!

I feel very, very fortunate that I got to be a Bandita. It's such a fun group, supportive, full of knowledge. We too get all squee-ful when we get to see each other in person.

carrie said...

woohooo! congrats on your anniversary! it's always a great read!

carrie

Caren Crane said...

Deb, what a lucky grab for you!! Enjpy the GR on this very special day. I'm sure he will NOT behave well, however, so be on guard! *g*

Aunty Cindy, thank you for putting together this lovely post from some of our best Bandita Buddies. Please know, all of you BBs are special to us!!

I think one of my favorite days in the Lair was June 30, 2009, when the GR went back home, down to the bayou St. Poulet. What fun we had meeting Maman, Cousin Delta, sister Junebug (and her chicks), Cousin Delilah, Great Granny Henster and all the rest. No wonder he travels the world; he clearly needs an escape!

I have trouble believing it has been three years, on the one hand, and that I ever didn't know all of you on the other. Thank you for three great years, BBs!

traveler said...

What an inspiring, entertaining and lovely place to visit. I enjoy this blog and the books, authors and the topics discussed. Thanks for this wonderful, interesting and lively hideout. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

Silvia said...

Hello Banditas,
Your romance blog is (one of) my favorite(s). I love ALL the posts and heartfelt stories, the countless laughs! Here I feel I can express myself and share freely. Whatever you wanna say it’s all good. So let me say Congrats!!! Up to 5 or much more. It’s such a warm and welcoming place that I love to visit every day. Congratulations to you all and thanks for all the fun!
-Silvia

jo robertson said...

Oh my gosh, you wonderful Bandita Buddies! You've got this grizzled old granny bawling with your sweet comments!

Thanks so much for the amazing three years of cyber interaction. Who would've thought the cold world of the internet could be so warm and fuzzy?

We love you!

jo robertson said...

Hey, it's only 8:00 in the morning here in sunny California, but I want some of that bubbly too, AC!

Congrats, Deb!

Hi, Twin2for2, thanks for visiting the Lair! As addictions go, being a readaholic is the best LOL!

Caren Crane said...

I am SO enjoying everyone's comments. You are all so amazing, my beloved Banditas sisters and BBs alike!

But Laney4, you get the Spontaneous Poetry award! I was floored by that!

I am dashing off to hear an amazing workshop by my friends (and BBs) Claudia Dain, Sabrina Jeffries and Deb Marlowe. I will be sitting in the audience with our OTHER dear (hermit-like) friend, Liz Carlyle. In both cyber space and in real life, I have the BEST FRIENDS EVAH!!

You guys keep the party going and definitely save a margarita for me!

jo robertson said...

Mariska! Blogoversary, I love it!

Cindy, thanks so much for putting this blog together today.

One of the great things about the Lair is it's like a family. When one of us falls, someone steps in and hauls us to our feet.

jo robertson said...

Hi, Marie! We so glad you found us. As you can see, we're a crazy bunch -- well, at least AC is, what with the punning and boinking, uh bonking, and all.

Naughty girls! You've got me doing it!

Caren Crane said...

Jo, you are so right! If all our Bandita Buddies knew how many "emergency posts" have been posted here, they would be surprised. Maybe. Or maybe they would find it completely unsurprising that there is sometimes barely-controlled chaos Behind The Curtain.

No, really. See that curtain at the end of the Great Hall? You don't wanna go behind there! We've all seen the Lair the Day After, right? It gets worse than that sometimes when the deadlines are looming, the kids are sick, the DDJs interfere or the Fabulous Vacation Destination has no internet access. Quelle horreur! *g*

Thanks to all the Banditas who have come to my rescue and all the BBs who pretended not to notice the near-panic!

jo robertson said...

Dianna, PJ, Helen, Jane, TerriO, and PJ, a big shout out to you ladies for so eloquently expressing your feelings about the Lair.

We love our regular readers and the Lair is an equal opportunity lurking place!

limecello said...

lol AC - *giggles* what've you heard about me and partying?!?! Heh. Anna - thanks for the drinks :D

This was such a lovely post!!! I re-read it again after some much needed sleep, and think that Dianna, Helen, Jane, Terri, and PJ wrote wonderful things we can all agree on, and much better than I could've said it.
I've mentioned before and I'll say it again - I used to visit scads of blogs (like 200 daily) - and I mean visit, not a google reader or anything. These days, it's maybe one or two a day - and I always have to hit up the bandita lair.

Donna - I'm so glad I got to meet you and the GR :D [sorry I was a brat about the pictures. It's just how I am :X]

jo robertson said...

Laney4!!! I'm ROTFLOL at your poem, so clever.

Thanks for the tribute!

Anna Sugden said...

*sniff* What a lovely post - thanks AC and thanks to our wonderful BB's who contributed.

Thanks too to all our BB's - what a fab group you are. You really do help make this blog the fun place it is.

As for my Bandita sisters - I'm so proud to be one of you - love you all.

Now enough shmaltz - it's time to par-tay. The hockey hunks have mixed up a batch of mojitos and are serving them up in the Lair's jacuzzi. Zach and the rest of the team are ready to work their magic ;)

Keira Soleore said...

I haven't been here that much this past year, which has been a shame. Life intervened, and I could visit only sporadically. But I couldn't miss out on such a fabulous anniversary.

I was here when Posh T posted that first blog. And I was every day for the first two years.

I got to know everyone here, but most especially have been blessed to know Fo, Christine, Posh, and Inara.

I hope to continue to see the Banditas blogging for many, many years to come. Happy Third Anniversary!!

catslady said...

Happy 3rd Anniversary. This is one of the few blogs that I know you can usually get a comment back so I say the best thing is the give and take from you authors and other readers. Great site!

flchen1 said...

Caren, that was one of my favorite days in the Lair, too--the GR's family sure gives us some insight into the psyche of that special bird ;)

And you know, to have such amazing friends, you must be one yourself! Clearly you are! :D Have fun at the workshop!

Okie said...

I don't drop by as often as I'd like but y'all always make me smile and laugh when I do. Thank you for sharing fabulous blogs and fabulous friendships :D

Happy Anniversary, Ladies!

Christie Kelley said...

Wow, I feel I'm late to the party at almost 12:30 and over 100 posts today! Holy cow! I have to admit, I'm not a crier but I did have tears in my eyes as I read these posts.

I still can't believe it's been 3 years since we first posted and I've known you fabulous ladies 4 years now. I never had any idea that finaling in the Golden Heart contest would suddenly give me 19 more friends. You ladies are the best!

runner10 said...

Congrats on three years!! I've only been following about three months, but have enjoyed each and every day. I like the banter back and forth between the banditas.
You make me smile!!

PJ said...

The GR Family Reunion blog was hysterical! Y'all have had so many memorable blogs over the past three years. One that came immediately to mind was Cassondra's "Truck Nuts" blog (Jan. 8, 2009). I'll probably be 80 years old and still chuckling over that one!

PJ said...

Sometimes all it takes it the blog title to have me rolling with laughter. Take Jo's "Flying Balls and Stiff Shafts" from April 30, 2008. What an image that one conjured up! lol!

Christie Kelley said...

As I was outside watering my plants, I realized I forgot to mention my Bandita Buddies in my post. Where would we be without them?? I have met so many wonderful people on this blog and had so much fun!

Thank you to all our Bandita Buddies for coming here every day (or when you can) and having some laughs with us.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

twin2for2, I have a scary big book collection. I have more than 1,000 books, most of which have not yet been read. Yes, I have the book buying disease. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Kim, I find it odd that romance fans are scarce in Hawaii. I mean, the place exudes romance. Hmm, odd indeed.

Man, I just realized how many of these messages were posted in the wee hours of the morning when I was snoozing.

Julie Kenner said...

Happy birthday to the Banditas!!!!!! How incredibly awesome! Y'all totally rock!

Minna said...

I've had so much fun reading this blog! Even now, despite the fact that my stupid computer decided that I really don't need to have any light on my screen and I'm trying to see what's on it with the help of some day light!

Aikakone - Keltainen Yellow (May)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYjMTeUKWXI

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Laney4, what a fantastic poem!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

(Aunty blinks in dismay at sunlight streaming in through the windows)

UGH!!! Is it morning already?!?! Oh. My. GOSH!!! This place is hopping INDEED!!!

BIG THANX to everyone for coming out to the PAR-TAY!!! Once again proving what fabulous friends we have here in the Lair. And do we know how to have fun or WHAT?!?!

Laney, your poem is GREAT! Oh no, I must find more tissues AGAIN!

CABANA BOYS!

AC

Virginia said...

Hey Deb congrats on getting the rooster!

Congrats on three years! I love this blog its my favorite! Its the best! It seems we have all became friends here you ladies are the best, no doubt about it! I look forward to checking the post here and you have such wonderful guest! I remember the first time I got the rooster, I thought it was awesome! Also you ladies no how to party so bring on the bubbly!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Oh Dear! So many posts, Aunty will NEVER catch up...

s7Anna and Marnee, thank you sooo much for your good wishes! And thank you for coming out of semi-lurkdom to post them.

Vanessa, Darlin', it was truly OUR pleasure to award you that scholarship. Oh and thanx to Donna's brilliant bookkeeping (No, we will NEVER call it fuzzy math) and Joanie's hard work with coordinating...

Unfortunately our luck at the track -- er, um, the casino -- oh, ah, the Bingo parlor-- NEVER MIND! We HOPE to scare up the funds for a scholarship maybe NEXT year. ;-)

As for YOU, Vanessa, as someone else said, we are looking forward to celebrating your FIRST SALE very soon.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Kim,
What the heck time was it in Hawaii when you posted?!?!

Yes, TimTams are such a favorite here in the Lair that we actually had the company contact US with some packages to give away! Remember that, everyone?!?!

And Natalie, we have MISSED you lately! Thanx for popping back in to celebrate our Blogoversary! I'm afraid Kim has lured several of the Cabana boys to her part of the world to work as movie extras! True, the glamour can not really compete with the Lair, but variety is the spice o life. ;-)

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Dearest Jane, OF COURSE you are a BB! You have been with us for so long. We wouldn't know what to do without you!

Anita Joy, thanx for coming out of lurkdom to celebrate with us today!

Ditto Andrea and Maureen! GREAT to see your comments today!

CABANA BOYS! Bring on the mimosas!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HUGS to our Darling Keira!!!

We have missed your smiling face lately and will never forget you showing up here on our VERY FIRST DAY! Not to mention all your patience and help on the First Ever Bandit Bash in San Francisco!

And SUPER HUGS to Deb Marlowe who was also here that fateful first day! We've loved having you hang with us and were SO EXCITED when you made your first sale!!! Now look at what a SUPER STAR you are. ;-)

AC

Nancy said...

Twin2for2, you have lots of readaholic company around here! The groaning, leaning, creaking TBR piles are a running topic. We're glad you found us.

Nancy said...

Deb, we didn't "let" you be a bandita buddy. You made yourself one by showing up, and we're glad you did!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Lois! We knew you meant to include the books. It's always about the books. ;-)

HUGS, Carrie! BIG THANX for the good wishes!

And HUGE THANX to you too, Addison. So glad you appreciate our little 'community' but we would not be here without YOU!

AC

Nancy said...

Hi, Limecello, glad you made it by before you turned in. :-)

Nancy said...

Mariksa, we're happy that you're here, too. "Blogoversary," huh? I like it!

Nancy said...

TerriOsburn, you won a prize the other day--check the booty post just before the May 6 blog! *g*

Nancy said...

LauraR, lurking is just fine around here. I lurk in certain sites on teh Web, too. We're glad you found us!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HURRAY! The DISHy gals are here! So glad to see you Gannon, Buffie, Andrea and PJ!

Thank you ladies sooo much for letting us "INVADE" your wonderful blog earlier this year!

PJ, you mentioned some GREAT previous posts! The GR family reunion was one of the most fun ones to do (and THANX to Joanie for the idea!) and Jo's Stiff Balls and Flying Shafts and Cassondra's Truck Nuts remain two of my all time faves!

And who can ever forget Kirsten's hilariously bawdy "My Day without Underwear"?!?!

I always love when one of us (including yours truly...AHEM) twists an ordinary post around to tie it to writing. I LURVED Suz's post about "Turn Signals" for that very reason!

Anyone else care to share some of their favorite posts?

AC

Barbara Monajem said...

Oh, wow, what a celebration! Congratulations!

I was sitting at my kitchen table scowling at the computer and trying to write something coherent when Nancy nudged me to come join the party. The thing is, I actually *had* dropped in earlier, but thought, "I'm way too grumpy and discouraged for a party." How dumb was that? The RBs are the cure for grumpiness. They're the antidote for discouragement.

I didn't hear about the Romance Bandits until they were well underway, but this is my favorite blog of all. It absolutely shines with love and fun and humor, and although I don't stop by every day, I should, because the Banditas and Bandita Buddies always make me feel great. (Not so sure about that dang rooster, though.) Also, I've really loved being a guest on this blog - it's a challenge and a privilege for which I'm truly grateful.

Wheeeee.... Thank you, Nancy and everyone else who's here today. I needed you!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Laurie,
Thank you for being such a staunch support of the Lair! Whatever brought you here, we're SO GLAD you found us!

And Joanne, we HOPE you make it to the Bandit Bash this year! I'll never forget our first Bash in San Francisco. There I sat with a glass of Cassondra's fabulous wine punch in one hand and my crop in the other, when in walks my editor accompanied by the CEO of my publishing house! GULP! Good thing they both have an EXCELLENT sense of humor!

AC

Nancy said...

PJ, not long ago, I got to sit next to Cassondra while she enlightened someone about truck nuts. The conversation was almost as hilarious as the post!

Nancy said...

Cindy, yes, it's morning already (afternoon, here). The armory was a peaceful place to nap until the GR ducked past Deb long enough to try breaking in for a sword to challenge Demetrius (I think the GR had a little too much party punch, y'know--gladiator versus loopy bird, not much of a contest).

Demetrius took that net thing gladiators use, flung it over the bird, and, despite flying feathers, calmed him down without hurting him. Really, the man has an amazing store of patience--probably why he was so good in the arena.

Sven is still trying to dodge everyone with his hand-vac to get all the feathers up. But the GR appears to be behaving.

Nancy said...

Tawny wrote: Good point, Donna. We only want upright cocks in the Lair.

TD! I am shocked, simply shocked that you would make such a comment. *g*

Nancy said...

Karyn, we're so glad you found us! And as you've probably noticed, a "twisted sense of humor" fits in just fine around here. :-)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Gillian, it's sooo lovely to have you back with us after a (too long) absence and WTG BB on your Golden Heart final!!! WOO HOO!!

Marisa! BIG HUGS to you and Maria! We LOVED "invading" your Romance Novel TV blog not once but TWICE! You gals were GREAT hostesses and supporters!

Linda H, we've missed your comments too, but THANX for coming out of lurkdom today! Happy Mom's Day to you too!

And PJ and Dianna, what can I say except THANK YOU THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN for all your wonderful enthusiastic support over the years!

AC
reaches for STILL MORE tissues

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

The romance community is wonderful and you Banditas are the very best! Congratulations on your three years.

Laney, your poem said it all!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Oh Lordy, Nancy!
Is THAT what the squawking in the armory was about?!?! Just be sure Sven keeps those feathers away from any tar... we wouldn't want another incident! ;-)

Ah yes, dear Demetrius is ever so patient... I dunno if that improved his prowess in the arena, but other areas... AHEM! (Aunty glances furtively over her shoulder for signs of the goddess Sangria)

Clearly the late night bonking is lingered on.

AC

PJ said...

PJ. You are a wonderful spirit who has addicted me to turtles. Yes...I am in a 12 step program now :-)

So, Joanie. Does this mean you don't want me to bring any turtles to Orlando? Cuz, you know, supportive friend that I am, I wouldn't want to be responsible for feeding your addiction or anything. ;-)

Jane said...

I hope the bar is still open. I do hope I'll get to meet the Bandita Buddies soon.

Joan, I'm always up for shoe and purse shopping.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Kirsten, we are soo glad you found us too! We do view the Lair as a place for friends to gather and talk and have fun. And our BBs MAKE IT THAT WAY!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Vanessa K. YES!! We do know how to Party Large! And we're looking forward to your visit on 'the other side of the blog' in a few weeks!

Muchas gracias, Virginia C.

And Vellum V. glad you enjoy our books and THANX for the good wishes!

Gamistress, we're ALWAYS THRILLED to have new BBs join us! HERE HERE! I second your toast and PAR-TAY!!!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Helen, Dianna, and TerriO,
What can I say to you three that I have not said before? Well, one more time then, I and the other Banditas can NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH for your wonderful friendship! We appreciate you spending your time with us and hope you continue on with us here in the Lair 4 EVAH!!!

AC

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

DEB!!! You got the GR on the celebratory day. Be wary that he doesn't leave you somethign to remember him by....snork.

AC, you rock. Totally. And Oh, my, there's Demetrius and Paolo with MORE champagne. YES! I need it, I've been working in the yard.

OMGosh, I just wept over the lovely sentiments expressed in the post. Ladies, thank you so much. This has been, by far, the most rewarding writing experience of my writing life to date. I just wouldn't ever want to do without my Bandita sisters.

Now, raise your glasses - I know, I know, just do it again for me since I'm late to the party - and give a rousing, chandelier rattling WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO! for three years of fabulous FUNNNNN!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Tawny said: Well, you know a bonk is always nice after a bout of tears. Its the tears after the bonks one should worry about.

Taaawwwwny! You rascal, you! SNORK!!!

Nancy said...

Catslady, glad you like the give and take. It's one of my favorite things about our blog, too, the interaction. It works because so many of our visitors share their thoughts, either regularly or every now and then.

Nancy said...

Jane, the bar is definitely open. Just tell Sven what you want!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Becke!! HUGS!!! We're so happy to have your smiling face grace us here in the Lair!

That goes for YOU TOO, Traveler! You've been a great supporter for a long time now and you know you are welcome to hide out here anytime your heart desires!

AC

Nancy said...

Hey, Fedora--Thanks so much for stopping by. We're glad you enjoy the blog. We love having you. :-)

Nancy said...

AC, you better watch out for TGS. You know how she is about those gladiators!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Silvia,
YES! Please feel free to express yourself! Some of us feel a bit MORE free in our expression after a dosage of the Cabana boys special drinky-winkies so feel free in that respect too! ;-)

Catslady, it is always a pleasure to have you drop by! You've been one of our wonderful BBs for such a long time and we truly appreciate having you here!

Ditto for YOU, Okie! So glad you found us! It's okay if you can't make it by every day, but we appreciate the time you do spend with us!

AC

Nancy said...

Since we're all here, just thought I'd mention something a few banditas commented about a while back, incomplete books. I was reading along in an new urban fantasy, liking it a lot, and decided to skip to the end (I know, I know, I'm ducking champagne flutes, but sometimes I do that), only to find that the book ended in the middle of a sentence during what appeared to be a crisis. Am taking it back to exchange today, but I intend to whiff through the replacement copy and be sure it's complete before leaving the store.

Several banditas mentioned having recently picked up incomplete books, but we figured it was a fluke. So check what you buy before you ditch the receipts!

And now back to our blowout party. *g*

Nancy said...

Uh, that's "A new urban fantasy," not "AN new." Urk!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Donna said: I think I better leave him in the lair as no one has much use for a tipsy cock.

SNORKKKKK! Snorkrkrkrkrk!!

Oh, lordy. THIS would be why I got one of those plastic condom thingies for my keyboard. I was spewing coffee, margaritas, wine, water and lots and lots of tea on montitor, keyboard, etc. when reading the blog. Jeeps, you'd think I'd LEARN not to drink and read THIS blog.

*eye roll*

Glad I'd put down the coffee before I read this little gem from Donna though. I may be quoting that throughout the day, just to amuse myself. SNORK!!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Welcome back, Lime!!!

Yes, we have MUCH blackmail material on you and the GR, we didn't really NEED that photo from RT. MUAHAHAHA!

JK! What would we do without you popping in all hours of the night, and running amuck with the chook?!?!

Thanx again for all your support and good wishes!

AC

Gerri Russell said...

Congratulations to all the Banditas on a fabulous three years! Looking forward to many more years of fun!

Andrea said...

Just popping in to congratulate the lovely Romance Bandits and Bandita Buddies on three wonderful years!! You ladies ROCK!!

Congrats on nabbing the GR, Deb!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Tawny said: I'll set my glass down now and try to behave.

Oh, please DON'T.

Grins. When you try to behave, thing just...happen.

Snork.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Runner,
Glad you found us and we've given you a few smiles. Stick around, we guarantee some full out BELLY LAFFS in the near future! ;-)

Julie K?!?! How GREAT to see you! We've so enjoyed your guest spots here with us! Thanx so much for your good wishes!

Minna HUGS on your computer woes! You've been one of our most wonderful BBs for our first 3 YEARS! We love having you visit us all the way from Finland!

AC

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Laney4! *sniffles* That was totally awesome.

*HONK!* Now I have to resort to one of Aunty C's industrial sized tissue boxes. *HONK*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

TerriO said: I'd say this blog absolutely proves that theory. When you put this much awesome into one Lair, records are bound to be broken. :)

I love this. "When you put this much awesome in one Lair..."

Ohhhhh, yeah. And you ladies and gents (can't leave out P226 and our other rare birds), are the reason for the awesome! WOOT!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

BIG HUGS Virginia!
Another long time BB and a GR Favorite! We love having you visit us daily. YOU help make the Lair so special!

Hey, YOU TOO Barbara M! No being GRUMPY! That is Aunty's domain! Oh, all right, if you insiste, we can be grumpy and snarl together. Cabana boys!!! Some CHEER over in Barbara's direction IMMEDIATELY!

AC

Berta said...

Happy anniversary banditas! Thought I'd parachute in and join in the fun - but then, you guys are always fun.

Selfishly wishing you many more years (so that I may enjoy your posts and comments),

Berta

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Jo said: Naughty girls! You've got me doing it!

Wasn't us. Your the one with all the kids.

SNORK!!!!

Sorry, it was there. Couldn't resist. Seriously.

It's the champagne.

SNORK!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Marilyn,
Thanx so much for calling us "the best!" (sniffle... HONK!) MORE TISSUES, Cabana boys!

And Jane, RWA will hold its 2011 conference in NYC so be prepared to find ALL US BANDITAS right there on your doorstep!

Sorry all, I must run out for a little while. My son is taking me to lunch for Mother's Day a day early to miss the crowds. KEEP the party going and the margaritas FLOWIN whilst I'm gone.

TTYL,
AC

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Caren said: there is sometimes barely-controlled chaos Behind The Curtain.

Haha! So true, Caren. It's that duck thing - calm and serene on top of the water, paddling like crazy underneath. Grins.

Then again, since you've saved all our bacon on the tech front a time or five, you've got nuthin' to worry about!

Suzanne Welsh said...

AC...I certainly remember the Tim Tam giveaway!!! I had those sitting in my office for a week and was sorely afraid they'd get eaten by a child...(yeah right)...before I could get the blog posted, winners chosen, and the cookies out in the mail!!

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, Laney. You are now officially our Poet LAIR-eate!!!!! That's brilliant! Thank you!

Hey, guys, what a party we've got going here. And here's to many more.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this blog such a great place to hang out! You guys are the best!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna S said: Now enough shmaltz - it's time to par-tay. The hockey hunks have mixed up a batch of mojitos and are serving them up in the Lair's jacuzzi. Zach and the rest of the team are ready to work their magic ;)

Oh. My. Goodness. That is one FAB mojito. No wonder Zach was asking if any of us had a LOT of mint. I raided the garden for him - hey, no hardship to lose the mint or spend time with Zach!

Grins.

*sips* Ahhhhh. Yep. Superb.

Nancy said...

Donna, you were getting UP at 4 a.m.? Gak! The mind boggles!

I'd been asleep for only a couple of hours at that point.

jo robertson said...

PJ said, "Sometimes all it takes is the blog title to have me rolling with laughter. Take Jo's "Flying Balls and Stiff Shafts"

I have to point out -- in the interest of full disclosure -- that neither Cassondra ("Truck Nuts") nor I actually possess the aforementioned nuts, balls, or shafts.

I'm just sayin'.

For which we are eternally grateful (vbg)!

Nancy said...

Natalie, nice to see you again! Thanks for popping and letting us know you're still with us. :-)

Nancy said...

Tawny, I've been reading your comments. Whatever you're drinking, I want one.

Sven! Hey!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

PJ said: So, Joanie. Does this mean you don't want me to bring any turtles to Orlando? Cuz, you know, supportive friend that I am, I wouldn't want to be responsible for feeding your addiction or anything. ;-)

*said with sober expression* PJ, do bring them. If she's having any problem resisting, you can store them in my room. Seriously. I'll take gooooood care of them....

*muffled snorking*

Seriously.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: Uh, that's "A new urban fantasy," not "AN new." Urk!

Maybe we should get together and write a Gnu Urban Fantasy.

You know, country gnu goes to the city....

Snork. See what champagne does to me?

Tawny said...

Jo said: I have to point out -- in the interest of full disclosure -- that neither Cassondra ("Truck Nuts") nor I actually possess the aforementioned nuts, balls, or shafts.

I'm just sayin'.

For which we are eternally grateful (vbg)!


heehee, I'll bet your hubbies are even more grateful!!

Okay, sleeping off the margaritas wasn't a good idea. Now I'm ready to get wild all over again.

Sven!!! When you're through pouring Nancy that pitcher all to herself (that wild woman) I'll take one or three!!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Jo said: I have to point out -- in the interest of full disclosure -- that neither Cassondra ("Truck Nuts") nor I actually possess the aforementioned nuts, balls, or shafts.


*SPEW!* Oh, my Lord. This blog should come with a warning. Choking Hazard!!! Spew-inducing-laughter-provoking-material enclosed!

Tawny said...

PJ said: So, Joanie. Does this mean you don't want me to bring any turtles to Orlando? Cuz, you know, supportive friend that I am, I wouldn't want to be responsible for feeding your addiction or anything. ;-)

Oh pleeeeaaaaase PJ!!! I missed the turtle frenzy the first time and have been pouting and drooling ever since. Purty please with sugar (and caramel) on top - and even a bout on Sven's massage table as a bribe, if you'll bring them to Orlando!

PinkPeony said...

Happy Anniversary Banditas!

...where do I begin?..to tell the story of how...Well, let's just say thanks to all of you, I've added to my TBR pile, discovered new authors, read fabulous books, finally tasted (and ate the whole package) Tim Tams (my hips thank you too), and met incredibly generous people. Thank you for your warm welcomes, sharing snippets of your life as a writer, your cabana boys, and being so generous with your advice for new writers and oh, the margaritas! (is there really such thing as a margarita fountain? I need to get out more.) Wishing you all the best and a Happy Mother's Day too!

Tawny said...

Brava!!! *clapping* Whooohooooo Laney - way to rock the poetry :-D

Suzanne Welsh said...

Puts on a pout...

All this drinking and ONE of us has to work again tonight...No alcohol allowed. GRRRR

Okay, One of my favorite Bandits to read on here is Cassondra. I mean, seriously, who even KNEW there was such a thing as Truck Nuts, let alone get so inspired by them to write a soliloquee in their honor?

Then there's Susan and her alter ego the GR. When he took over the day and revealed to our BB's his identity as a spy we knew we were in major trouble with that wiley bird!! Not to mention all the times Susan makes me laugh!!

I also love the fact that we can bring our friends here and share them with y'all. For me it's Sandy Blair, Lorraine Heath, Jane Graves, Jo Davis, Tracy Garrett, Kay Thomas and Addison Fox. All of whom are fans of the Bandits as well!!

We've had Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Jodi Thomas, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Eloisa James, and other NYT Bestsellers on board.

We've had editors, agents, and booksellers. We've showcased historicals, contemporaries, romantic suspense, paranormals, urban fantasies, steampunk, straight mysteries, cozy mysteries, action/adventure, inspirational, erotica (now doesn't saying those two words together bring about ideas for a whole new sub genre?) and historical fiction.

Makes us wonder what we have left to explore in our little world, doesn't it?

Anna Campbell said...

Snort, what ARE you girls talking about? I do declare I'm quite confused, snork!

Hey, speaking of Cassondra, do you remember that fabulous post she did about the alpha hero rooster? Made you laugh and made you cry - an exquisite piece of writing.

PJ, I'm just saying one things about those turtles - you betta, girlfriend! Or else we'll hand you over to the rooster's care in the secret torture chamber in the bowels of the lair. Ugh! I dread to think what are in the bowels of the lair!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz said: inspirational, erotica (now doesn't saying those two words together bring about ideas for a whole new sub genre?)

It's a great gnu idea, Suz!! Grins.

Debra Key Newhouse said...

Awww - Happy Anniversary to some of my favorite people. Not just the Banditas, but the wonderful readers/commentors too. Love, love, love this blog. It's one of the few that I make a POINT of reading, even though I don't always comment. Just having a silly grin on my face is enough for me. *lifting mimosa glass* To many, many more years of the Banditas! I love you ladies!

p226 said...

Bahahahah, what an open ended question. Banditas should have learned by now not to ask P226 open ended questions.

What does being a BB mean to me?

Wellllllll, probably typical stuff that's already been covered by others. But, I can sum it up with my initial impressions from waybackwhen.

"I... am amongst lunatics."

Followed shortly by:

"I think I like it."

So, I guess to me, being a Bandita Buddy means I have my own special seat in the asylum recreation area. I'm probably the one drooling in the corner and muttering about fitting a rooster into Level IIa body armor.

Virginia said...

The only time I ever had a Tim Tam was the one's I won from here, still can not find them in my area! I will have to say they are great!

Anna Campbell said...

Snort at inspirational erotica. I'm really biting my lip on some awful jokes here but I'm restraining myself.

P226, I ain't no lunatic. I'm NAPOLEON!!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz, you reminded me to mention some of my favorite blog posts over the years....

Any Launcy party of any book at any time. Grins.
Tim Tam limericks (Suz, you rock!)
The pun posts
Cassondra's ode to a fallen rooster.
Anna S's blog on Snatched from the Jaws of Victory
Susan's Five Random Things she's afraid of and her post on Distractions and her post on things she hates. Snork.
Suz's pix of Rocky the wonderdog and her post on her office reno
Kirstens day without undewear has to rank right up there in the top five.
Jo's post on shepherds returning to their flocks

And of course, the great turkey/ham, pie/cake debate.

Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

P226 said:
"I... am amongst lunatics."
Followed shortly by:
"I think I like it."
So, I guess to me, being a Bandita Buddy means I have my own special seat in the asylum recreation area


Mwah-ha-ha-ha! Alllll part of our cunning plan....grins.

So glad you're here. We'll send a cabana gal over with a drool bib for you. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Any Launcy party of any book at any time. Grins.

*eye roll* More champagne over here, please! Hopefully it'll improve my spehlelling.

LAUNCH party. I love the LAUNCH parties...

p226 said...

Jeanne, why has it been three years, and this is the first mention I've heard of cabana gals?

WHY?

:(

Joan said...

PJ said: So, Joanie. Does this mean you don't want me to bring any turtles to Orlando? Cuz, you know, supportive friend that I am, I wouldn't want to be responsible for feeding your addiction or anything.

Of course not!!! It's a slow process I'm sure I'll only be up to the 1st step by July!!!!

Ya'll are absolutely blowing me away with all your thoughts and SO good to see the lurkers de-clocking

Can't type too much right now...sliced my finger open getting Cricket's new perch done....but will "peck" in later.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

P226 said: Jeanne, why has it been three years, and this is the first mention I've heard of cabana gals? WHY?

Snork. Because they're scarce as hen's teeth around here. We have to bribe 'em to come in here for special occasions because, hey, the guy BB's aren't all that jazzed about a party with cabana BOYS. At least the guys who visit the Lair aren't...okay, not going there.

Anyway, even the brave ones usually only make it through one LAUNCH party or celebration, then refuse to come back. Sigh. Its the bucket boots and chandelier swinging, I think. For one of them though, she took one look at the dragon and...well...the clean up wasn't pretty.

p226 said...

Send them to me. I will keep them safe from the other asylum inmates. :)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

P226 said: Send them to me. I will keep them safe from the other asylum inmates. :)

Fox. Henhouse.
Wolf. Sheep.
P226. Cabana Gals


Nope. Not a good equasion.

SNORK!!!

PJ said...

Oh pleeeeaaaaase PJ!!! I missed the turtle frenzy the first time and have been pouting and drooling ever since. Purty please with sugar (and caramel) on top - and even a bout on Sven's massage table as a bribe, if you'll bring them to Orlando!


SQUEEEEEE! You're coming to Orlando? I finally get to meet you in person? I'll be there with turtles on! Well, not on. You know. In hand, so to speak.

Nancy said...

Jeanne wrote: Maybe we should get together and write a Gnu Urban Fantasy.

You know, country gnu goes to the city....

You mean, a shifter romantic urban fantasy? *g*

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