Saturday, May 2, 2009

Second Anniversary Blow Out

posted by Aunty Cindy and Le Duchesse Jeanne Adams

It's time to celebrate AGAIN? Wait, wait...TWO years??? How can it possibly be TWO YEARS!?!?! Why, wasn't it just yesterday that we Romance Bandits were getting our Golden Heart Finalist notices?

Whaddya mean we don't get first pick of editor agents this year? How can it have been THREE years since that happened?

Oh. My. Gosh.

Does this happen to you Aunty Cindy? You suddenly realize it's been waaaaay longer than you thought since you a.) got married; b.) had a child; c.) entered a contest; d.) wrote The End; e.) bought the house....

Oh yes, my Darling Duchesse, this happens to me waaay more than I like to admit. But then, everyone knows Aunty is older than dirt and used to spend her school recess going down to Plymouth Rock to watch the Pilgrims land...

*Muffled snickering from La Duchesse* Ah, now, AC. Surely not! Now if you told me you'd been the one to slip past the hideous signage and fences to scrawl graffiti on it a mild afterschool prank, I might believe it...

Harrrummph. My dear Duchesse, Aunty Cindy may make fun of her age. YOU, however, may NOT. And graffiti? Aunty is ever so much more refined than that! HA!

*pretending meekness, but still snickering* Yes'm!

As to time passing, we don't like to talk or think about Aunty's first marriage, except that it did produce the Lovely Child, who is hardly a child, being older than a couple of Banditas and BBs.

AHEM! But the DH and I will be celebrating 20 years together at the end of this month!

Wow! Congrats, Aunty! Just passed the 10 year milestone with my darling hubby, so I'm preening. The first hubby (gone, lo these many years ago, thank the good LORD!), was dismissed without issue, so I never have to see him again if I so choose. (I choose, I choose!) Grins.

ME TOO (on the choose NOT to see DH 1)!

Speaking of seeing things and people, I have entered a couple of contests for published authors and should be hearing some results this month! Keep your fingers crossed for me everyone.

And as for writing The End, I know we are both struggling to get to THAT with our current WIPS. Right, Duchesse? UGH! These writing caves in the vast bottom layers of the Lair are dreary, but SO WORTH IT when we can finally emerge.

Too right, Auntie. Although, the stalagmites and stalagtites can be...inspiring!

Duchesse! Behave!

*blushes* Okay, okay. However, I will point out...snicker, point out, get it?...

*Aunty Cindy sighes, shakes her head* Yes? Your...point?

Oh, yeah. Point. Okay. We DO need to remodel the caves. We'll have to bring it to the attention of our fellow Banditas at the next full convocation in DC. It's high time the writing caves got central heat and air. I keep getting cold down there. And they need better access to the kitchens and massage rooms. Seriously, it's a looonnnnngggg hike up those stone steps right now.

Aunty believes Le Duchesse has missed the entire POINT (ahem!) of being in the writing caves. It is not about comfort! It is about torturing our characters! Starving for our art! (Duchesse snorks loudly) Okay, maybe not starving but SUFFERING, and most of all getting those stories finished on deadline.

*The Duchesse looks off, into the distance* You know AC, thinking about the cave reminds me of how we all met. Like I said, that "It seems like just yesterday" has a couple years of age on it now! THREE, in fact. Wow.

*AC snaps her fingers* Snap out of it, girl!

Sorry! Must be "early onset" or something. Ha! I get this with my kids too. My oldest son is now taller than my shoulder. He's eight, which seems impossible since...well, you know... I just had him yesterday...or was it two years ago?, had to be...nearly NINE years ago.

Of course, there's the reverse deal going there too. I feel like I can't remember a time when I WASN'T buying a.) baseball cleats; b.) married to my Fabulous Husband, ; c.) living in get the picture.

Not only that, but look how far we've come with our writing careers!!

SO true!

We BOTH have our second releases due out soon! Your Dark & Deadly will hit the shelves next month! And my The Treasures of Venice (which was actually my 06 GH finalist) will be out on Sept. 1st! So much has happened in such a short time for us and a lot of the Banditas. You and I were still struggline AYUs (As Yet Unpublished) when we formed the Romance Bandits!

Again, SO true, my dear AC. I'm thrilled about Dark and Deadly. The cover Gods were once again good to me. Then again, they were for you too, on BOTH your books!

BTW, let me tell you Banditas, you are in for SUCH a treat with The Treasures of Venice. OMGosh. You thought the Wild Sight was good? *rubs hands together* You ain't seen - harhar - NUTHIN' yet!!! Treasures is A-mazing.

(Aunty blushes daintily)

Ya' know, I also have to say, that as I'm thinking it all just happened yesterday, I simultaneously feel like I've known my fellow Bandits and Bandita Buddies for WAY longer than the two years this blog's been going. I feel like I've known some of ya'll my whole life!

And yet...I haven't. How weird.


Well, we're weirdly wonderful women, so....that follows, right? Heehee. I don't know about you, AC, but it keeps me grateful, because I know that all the Romance Bandits are right there with me and Aunty Cindy in being totally, delightfully, brilliantly happy that all these wonderful folks - RB's and BB's alike! - have chosen to hang out here in the Lair for the last two years.

From the tallest tower to the deepest recesses of the Lair's wine cellar, we are celebrating the delirious joy of two years of Rooster Antics, Cabana Boy drink service, Sven's massages, Helen's happy grandchildren, Baby Bandits and Banditas for several of our members, Books Sold, Books Signed, Books Out on the shelf. Then there's Awards like...uh...that little thing...what was it AC?

You mean the New York Times? And that little thing called the Rita awards?

Yeah! KATE!!! Kate hit the New York Times list this Spring, for those of you who were in the cave and missed it. :> And we had FoAnna (Anna Campbell) as our DOUBLE Rita nominee last year and our lovely Madame Christine Wells as our Rita nominee THIS year! (Trust me, when Christine's name's read, its going to sound like DC got hit with the Thunder from Down Under in that ballroom! Wahooooooo!)

We've got awards, sales, wins, misses, laughs, tears, tractors, exploding gas cans, music, desserts, holidays, and even a bobcat or two to celebrate, so let's get to it!

Why don't we wrap all this yapping up with the question of the day? After all, Aunty needs a beverage after all this cave time. Let's get to the celebration!

Sounds good to me! What's the question?

What's your take on Romance Covers these days?

Photographic covers? Love 'em?
Cartoon covers? Love em or not?
Heads or no heads? (Minds out of the gutter, ladies. I'm referring to the penchant for art departments to use the lovely male torso - sans head - as the cover shot)

And....DRUM ROLL PLEASE! (Darling Demetrius has reluctantly agreed to be our drummer today)

If you were in charge (and we KNOW you are!) of fitting titles to covers, what would you do?
Here are some pictures that are worthy of romance novel covers.

Let's play...TITLE THAT BOOK!

Why is she sitting on the tractor tire? And where did he find those sunflowers?

She's barefoot in the rain. WHY?

Here's one for our historical readers. Or maybe that is fantasy, since that looks like a castle over on the far shore.

Oh my! Is it hot in here or what?!?!

All righty everyone, put on your creative thinking caps! Post your title suggestions for one or more of these "covers" and see if you can win a prize or two!


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Unknown said...

woooooooohoooooo party time. COngrats on 2 years.

limecello said...

Wow - congratulations on two years! Should it be Happy birthday, or Happy anniversary? :P

Also - congratulation, sarabelle on getting the GR! What a perfect post to get him :D

As for me :P I've been missing because I've got finals. My last one today, in fact. (Yes, a Saturday. Blech.)

Unknown said...

Title 1: The Virgin and the Farmer.

Title 2: The Scarlet Umbrella

Title 3: Fornicating Faries (this covers looks very magical)

Title 4: Blazes of Gloria.

Unknown said...

I am so excited to have the GR on my arm for this party. I going to go have his feathers fluffed for the special occasion.

Jane said...
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Jane said...

Happy Second Anniversary, Banditas. Hard to believe another year has gone by. Looking forward to all your upcoming releases.

Congrats on your 20th anniversary with your DH, Aunty Cindy.

I love scenic covers, but don't really care for cartoon covers. I can appreciate those torso covers, but it would be nice to see a head on them every now and then. The last cover could be titled "My Favorite Ergonomic Body Pillow."

Congrats on the GR, Sarabelle.

Louisa Cornell said...


This simply has to be the MOST happening place on the Net!! There is no such thing as a dull party i the Lair!

Congrats on nabbing the GR, Sarabelle! Watch him! He is a real party animal!!

I like artistic looking covers and I really do prefer my cover models with heads. Something disconcerting about all those headless people in tight clutches. Looks like something a serial killer would have on his wall.

Title 1 : Forever Comes Home

I see it as a story of a guy who comes home from the war to his high school sweetheart. The flowers are something special between them.

Title 2 : Chasing Glory

Her name is Glory. She is something of a free spirit and this staid, serious guy can't help but chase after her. She is fascinating to him and he can't figure out why because she is so unconventional she does things like stroll barefoot in the rain.

Title 3 : The Fairy Keeper

Our hero is a fairy. Our heroine is human. He ventures into the land of humans and she discovers the way to "keep" him with her always. He resents his captivity, but eventually finds himself falling in love with her. She falls in love with him and sets him free so he can make his own choice.

Title 4 : Dante's Inferno

His name is Dante and he is one hot lover. You could make it a Regency and have him be the Earl of Whitby. His mother was Italian, hence his name, and she had a WILD reputation. She died in an accident and her son has taken up her wild ways. And to tame him and win his heart, our heroine must enter Dante's Inferno and lead him to Heaven.

Okay, I am off to bed so that I can wake up in the morning and begin to enjoy my FOUR DAYS OFF !!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

PAR-TAY Hardy!!!

Technically our 2nd year in the blogosphere doesn't start until May 4th, but what the heck! We can party til then!

Congrats on the GR Sarabelle! His feathers do look lovely and fluffy, and I see he is decked out in the Vampire Cape he wore at RT!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

GOOD GOOD LUCK on that last final, Limecello!!!

Now when do you take the bar exam?!?!

We're all keeping our fingers xxed that you'll pass with flying colors, and don't forget to get a lovely massage from Sven when you finish off that exam.


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...


Fornicating Fairies?!?!? OMGOSH! That is too funny!!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Jane,
Thanx for the congrats, but the DH and I still have 3 weeks to go, and our Ever Lovin' Eric will be out in the newest Star Trek movie by then... (Aunty sighs heavily) Who cares if he's the evil alien villain?!?!

And "My Favorite Ergonomic Body Pillow" is quite a title. I don't think I'd have ever come up with THAT one!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WOW Louisa!
You gave not only titles but pitch blurbs. I'm mega-impressed!

"Chasing Glory" sounds GREAT for the barefoot girl with the umbrella. And making "Dante's Inferno" a Regency is positively inspired! Hey, now you need to WRITE THAT BOOK! Get busy woman, you have 4 whole days off. :-P


Fedora said...

Hooray for two years!!! I can't believe it's only been two years! I can't believe it's already been two years!! What an awesome place, this Lair!

1. Till the Cows Come Home
She's tired of doing all the chores and farmwork and being unappreciated as a woman; he comes to his senses and realizes that she's not just the girl next door--he's going to love her until the cows come home... (He filched the flowers on the way over from his yard.)

2. Dancing in the Rain
Left her painful shoes behind, dancing towards a bright future...

3. In the Mists of the Loch Ness
Something to do with dragon shifters by the Loch Ness...

4. Dancing With the Stars, Blaze Version
Got dancing on the brain here! Dancing stars, and they're on fire!

Anyway, congrats on the GR, Sarabelle! Just in time for the party!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Fedora!
The Lair wouldn't be the same without YOU! ;-)

More blurbs WITH the awesome titles! Good thing we have lots of prizes to give away.

LURVE "Dancing with the Stars Blaze Style!" Joanie and Tawny are gonna LOL over this one!

Honest to GOSH, you guys are so good with these titles that I should get you to come up with titles for my current WIP!


Unknown said...

Congrats sarabelle on grabbing that rooster! Have fun with him today!

Happy Birthday to the Banditas, I can't believe its been two years!

Congrats Aunta Cindy on your 20 year aniversary with your dear hubby!

Here goes my titles but I am not very good at this stuff.

1. Love in the Country
2. April Rain(the girls name is April)
3. Beyond the Highland Mist
4. When Your Hot, Your Hot!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Virginia,
I think your titles are GREAT! LURVE "When You're Hot, You're Hot!" Maybe our Tawny Depp will use that on one of her future Blaze books!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Since we have a HUMONGOUS list of prizes... or maybe that a GINORMOUS list... We decided not to list them all on the post, but here are a few things you can win:

a copy of Tempt The Devil
a copy of A Not So Perfect Past
a copy of Rita Nominee The Dangerous Duke
a copy of The Wild Sight
a copy of Dark and Deadly when it comes out in June.
a copy of The Seduction of a Duke
(all these are autographed, of course!)
a romance bandit bear
a romance bandit journal
a romance bandit mouse pad
a copy of Coming On Strong
a copy of Every Time We Kiss

Keep those titles coming!

Stacey Kayne said...

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY, Banditas!!!!

Two fab years and you're still the funnest lair on the web!

TinaFerraro said...

Am I the only one who sees a scary face in the sunflowers in the hot guy's hand? ATTACK OF THE MUTANT FARMER'S

In any case, Happy anniversary ladies, and looking forward to seeing/meeting many of you at National!

Stacey Kayne said...

Cheers to Sarbelle for nabbing the GR!

Aunty Cindy, congratulations on your 20th anniversary!! My hubby and I hit the big 20 this year too :)

I love that magical make-out mountain cover---gorgeous!

Pissenlit said...

Photographic covers?
Cartoon covers?
Heads or no heads?
I'm going to be indecisive and say it depends on the photograph, the cartoon and the head. :D

Congrats on the two years, you guys! Cute pic of the GR with cape and mask!

Jane - I can't stop laughing at "My Favorite Ergonomic Body Pillow."! That's all I can think of when looking at that picture now. :D

Okay, if I don't come up with title suggestions, I can't win a prize, right? I never thought I'd say this but, I gotta stop winning stuff!

Helen said...

Congrats sarabelle he may be a bit hyped up he did get into the Tim Tams while we were reading.

Huge Congratulations Ladies Romance Bandits is the best place on the net I say, it has been 2 fun filled years with so much laughter and doesn't time go fast when you are having fun.

I really feel as if I know you all personally and that we have been friends forever and one day I am going to meet you all one way or the other.

I am just about to go out for dinner at my Son & DIL place so I will be back when I get home and will be thinking about titles this is going to be good.

Thanks again everyone

Have Fun

Anna Louise Lucia said...

Ah, I'm useless at titles...

And as for covers, you know what? I barely notice them anymore. I buy on recommendation, or authors I know and love, and not the worst or best of covers is likely to sway me. It's all about the blurb, baby - and maybe the first few lines...

Congrats on 2 years, Banditas!

Tawny said...

Fornicating Fairies? OMGOMGOMG ROFL I love it!!!

LOL - on that note, I big WHOHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO on our awesome 2 years together -and a toast to many yet to come!!!

Champagne all around...

Tawny said...

Body Pillows?

When you're hot?

Ohhhh these be some wild titles.

*off to find the scary face in the flowers*

PinkPeony said...

Congrats Sarabelle on the GR and congrats Bandita's on your second anniversary. :)

That pic of the GR in the purple get up reminds me of Barnabus Collins from Dark Shadows for some reason. I'm hopeless with titles and I can only think of "evil" titles right now. Need a caffeine fix.

Minna said...

2. Homeward Bound
4. Self Control

Helen said...

I am back after a great dinner with the family now to these covers

1.The Farmhand and the Sunflower Girl
2. Running For Love
3.Mystic Surrender
This cover looks very mystical to me set in the Highlands of Soctland
4.Hot Nights In Hades. This one looks very hot

As for covers I am not to keen on the cartoon types I love scenic covers and either with a head or no head I don't mind the only thing that bugs me is if the hero or heroine in the story has dark hair and the picture on the front is someone with blond.

Congrats on the wedding anniversaries Jeanne and Aunty Cindy and I am looking forward to both of your new releases.

You are all such wonderful writers I have all of your books and am really looking forwad to reading the as yet unpublished authors as well I know it won't be long and I will be able to read them.

Have Fun

Laurie G said...


Will you...Marry Me
Bride On the Run
Take Me Away
Feel the Heat

kim h said...

flowers for my sweet (1
sunflowers for my honey

4) hot to the touch
feel me up
turning up the heat

congrats ladies

Kim Castillo said...

Happy Anniversary, Banditas! Cheers to many many more successful milestones! You know, I adore you all!

Minna said...

1. Flowers for Sunny
3. Land of Dreams

Aikakone - Keltainen

Laura Branigan - Self Control

Walt Mussell said...

Happy 2nd birthday! I'm probably the worst to try this, but my suggestions are

1) Fresh Off the Farm
2) She Always Traveled Alone
3) A Mountain to Climb
4) No clue on this one.

Marisa O'Neill said...

Congratulations Banditas on 2 amazing years of gracing the world with your words! Here's to many, many more years.

michellewillingham said...

OOoh, fun. How about for number 1:


Heh. :) Happy Anniversary!

Buffie said...

WOW, 2 years already!!! I can't believe it! Congrats to all you wonderful ladies.

Here's my takes on the pictures.

1. Loving Liberty
2. Runaway Rebel
3. The Wizard's Wicked Spell
4. Burning Desire

Gillian Layne said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

I haven't had a problem with any covers I've seen lately. Frankly, I'm way too attracted to most of them, and so my TBR pile is now huge! But some of my favorites are Kate's Homicide in Hardcover, which I also think would make a fun puzzle, and Trish's Heartbreak River, which is really stunning on a bookshelf (Trish, they were all facing out in B&N.) I love the happy faces, and babies!, on Harlequin American's, and I've bought way too many books just for a hot cover model's eyes (thank you, Anna). And cowboys...anyway, I'd have a bit more money now if there were more bad covers out there! ;)

1)Prairie Serenade
4)Sweetest Taste of Sin

Have a great day, ladies!

Unknown said...


Cover 1: I also love Till the Cows Come Home.

Cover 3: The Spell of the WIcked Warrior

Cover 4: Tempted by the Flame

Unknown said...

This is so much fun. I have more.

1. Flowers for Belle.

2. Maggie Poppins (Mary Poppin's daughter)

3. Mystic Romance

4. Bandita's Burning Touch
(Bedtime stories from the GR)

Unknown said...

as far as covers go I most favor Torso's. I actually prefer not to see faces on the covers. I like to visualize my own from the authors discriptions.

Joan said...

{clang, rattle,}

Oops! Sorry, Demetrius had his hands full of shields. He and Lucien and {squints eyes at name badge}the new guy Marcus are offering shield sledding rides to celebrate out anniversary!

It's been 2 fabulous years with my Banditas though it seems as if I've known them forever. The kind of friends who put up with you rain or shine or grumpy mood :-)

And then our BB's! Man, ya'll rock and the Lair would not be the same without you! {Demetrius...stop eyeing Helen}

I love all your titles esp. the Ergonomic Pillow one LOL.

{sips on mimosa} OK the only one that I can come up with for the last one is "The Tango Master's Limber Housekeeper"

Not so good? Cabana boy! Bring me another tray and I'll work on it!

Thanks for celebrating with us!

Dina said...

Way to go!!

Happy birthday for 2 yrs!!!

I am glad I could share it with you all. ;-)

Diane Gaston said...

My gosh, I have enough trouble with my own titles!
And if you want to see good covers, check out mine!

the latest are headless.

But most of all...

Deb Marlowe said...

Happy Anniversary, Banditas! Congrats to AC, too!

The Lair rocks! We BBs figure we'll still be here in 20 years, too, calling Sven for drinks and dropping things so Demetrius and the Roman boys will bend over and pick them up! :-)

Hmm, titles...How about
Tractor Sex is Best!

Or in Harlequin style: Runaway Bride, Blistered Feet

Since I can't beat the body pillow, (LOL! The best!) I'm not even gonna try for that one!

Maureen said...

Congratulations on two fabulous years!

Picture 1: Love in Bloom

Picture 2: Running for Joy

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Woooohoooooo Sarabelle! Congrats on the Rooster! :> It's great to have you stop in. I know AC's been holding down the fort until it got to be a decent hour on the East Coast.

Sarabelle, LOVE those titles. And oh, MY doesn't the GR look like he's the cock'o'the walk with you on his arm.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Limecello! Hi Jane!

Jane, body pillow? Snork. Good one. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Mornin' Louisa! Wow! GREAT titles and vignettes. Love it!

Enjoy those four days off and stop back in for a beverage of your choice - or four. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

OOOh, Lime, I forgot that it was Bar Time...well, not BAR time, you know, but for taking the bar.

We're rooting for you!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Aunty, I'll see you one Bana and raise you an Urban...Karl Urban, that is, who plays McCoy in the new Star Trek. I SO want to see it on opening, but we'll have to wait till the next weekend.

Nikki said...


A few ideas on the covers...

1. Home Grown Love

2. The Get-Away
or possibly "Hey, come bac with my car!" :-)

3. Mystic Embrace

4. Five Alarm Passon,
The Fireman Affair,
or WOWZA! :)


Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Fedora! Thanks for stopping into the party!

I love shifting dragons. :> Great titles.


Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Virginia! Great titles.

Wow, I'm with AC, ya'll need to title my WIP which is currently "Romantic Suspense #3"
*shakes head* Boring, I know.

Stacey!!! Thanks for dropping by. *Blush* How nice of you to enjoy our humble (or not) little blog. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Tina...Mutants?? Snork. Love it.

Stacey, you too? 20 Years? Wow, I feel like such a slacker at only a decade married to the fab DH.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Pissenlit said: I'm going to be indecisive and say it depends on the photograph, the cartoon and the head. :D

SNORK!!! SO true. :>

As to winning, its the Lair, so we all win, right? Oh, was that too blatently cheerful, AC? Grins. We promise not to pull your name from the hat if you don't want us too.

(Crowd cheers) Wow, I guess you HAVE been winning things, Pissenlit!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey, Helen! We made a special drink just for YOU. We couldn't have had all this fun with you YOU!

*snaps fingers* It's after five in Oz, give Helen her special drink, gentlemen! Oh, and Sven? A light massage for Helen. (Don't mess up her hair now, she's off to dinner!)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Anna Lucia! :> I'm so with you on the recommendations. BTW, that's the trend - recommendatsions rather than reviews or titles.

I'm with you on not lovin' to do titles.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

OOOOH, PinkPeony, tell us the Evil Titles. I LOVE EvilTitles! And isn't the GR dashing in his cape and mask?

Donna caught him in that get up at RT. *shakes head* He's such a rogue.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Laurie, Kim and Kim H!

Oh! Nice to be adored. :>

Great titles Kim and Laurie!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi WaltM! Great titles. I particularly like No Clue On This One. :> (I know, I know. Just kidding.)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Marisa, thanks for popping in! Here, have a canape. I know, it's early for canapes, but hey, the party never stops in the Lair, you know? :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Michelle! Great to see you here! Its always so fun to have my WRW Pals pop in. Here, grab a seat, and a glass.

As to that Tractor? Ooooh, it's sexy all right...Snork.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Buffie, you're hired. You can do my titles. Grins. :>

So glad you've been with us for these two years. What would a day be without your GORGEOUS icons?

*wipes drool off chin* Lush, I tell, ya. Lush.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Gillian! You're another fabulous Bandit Buddy who's been with us for almost all of the two years. We're so pleased your a Lair regular, you know. :>

Oh, GREAT idea on Kate's cover being a great puzzle. You're right, it would. I love her cover. And Trish's - YUM. I bought my copy and it's awaiting my meeting my deadline. *pout*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Sarah! Goooood titles! Lurve 'em.

Oh, and Gillian, I adore Sweetest Taste of Sin

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, Man, Joanie, you hang out with the in the lair. Where did Lucien and Demetrius find HIM?

*waves flirtatiously at Marcus* I loike the New Guy. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

hey Dina! Where would be be without Dina's animated butterfly? Grins. Thanks for the good wishes Dina!

Diane! Yeah, you popped by! I'm so glad to see you. (Another WRW pal. I tell ya, being WRW rocks!)

Oh, and your covers are drooooool-worthy, Diane! Espcially the new one. *fans self*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Deb Marlowe said: The Lair rocks! We BBs figure we'll still be here in 20 years, too, calling Sven for drinks and dropping things so Demetrius and the Roman boys will bend over and pick them up! :-)

Heeeheeeheeeee! So true, Deb. And I'm with you on the body pillow. I can't see it any other way.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Mornin' Maureen! Woohoo! Maureen's in da house! :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Nikki! Great to see you here today! Thanks for the good wishes. *Marcus! Bring Nikki whatever she wan...uh, sorry*

Nikki, I SAW that gleam in your eye when I started to say whatever you want. I think a drink will have to do, or you'll be luring the cabana boys into mischief. Yeah, that's the word for it...mischief. :>

Oh, man, ya'll are GOOD with these titles!

Nancy said...

Happy Anniversary, Bandits! Y'all rock!!

Nancy Haddock

jo robertson said...

Holy crap!! Two years, can't believe it's been that long, seems like only yesterday . . .

Happy birthday to us!!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, AC and Jeanne.

Congrats on the rooster, sarabelle.

Beth Andrews said...

Whooeee!! Happy Anniversary to us! :-)

All of our fabulous guests and awesome Bandit Buddies make hanging out in the lair so much fun! Thank you all *g*

Love the title ideas!

Barbara Vey said...

Happy Birthday Bandits! We're the same age..who knew??

Love real people covers, especially paranormal and historical.

1: A Sunflower for your Thoughts
2: Mary Poppins as a Child
3: The Hawk Who Hated Blonds
4: How to Remove a Necklace with Your Teeth

Great party!

Gillian Layne said...

Nikki said "Hey, come back with my car!"

ROTFLMAO!!!! Seriously, that and Fornicating Faries...too, too good!

Louisa Cornell said...

This place is a riot, as usual! Started rockin last night and still going strong. And I agree with Gillian. We'll all be here in 20 years trapping cabana boys with our walkers and goosing gladiators with our canes!!

Janga said...

Congratulations, Banditas, on your second anniversary. May you celebrate many more years, and may they all be filled with award-winning bestsellers and ever-increasing numbers of loyal readers.

I can't title #1 because the first thing I thought of when I saw the cover was the Kenny Chesney song, and Michelle W. beat me to that title.

#2--Always Chasing Rainbows

#3--The Mists of Honalee

#4--Wake Me When It's Over (Sorry! I know that's a bad one, but I couldn't resist.)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Morning Everyone!
(Aunty wipes bleary eyes and accepts a mimosa from the new gladiator, Marcus)

Ah yes, I see the PAR-TAY is in fine form! Time to bring out the industrial sized margarita blenders!

Jeanne, I generally suck at titles too. My WIP is currently called The New Irish Tale. :-P I REALLY need the BBs to help me out...

LURVING some of these title suggestions

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WHAT were you drinking? Evil faces in the sunflowers?!?! Aunty MUST go look!

And SUPER CONGRATS on your Rita Nomination! As one of our very first and favorite guests here in the Lair, you better believe we'll be hootin & hollerin when your name is called at the awards ceremony in DC!

p226 said...

Titles for those pictures...

1. Love in the Cowpies.

2. I haz a umbrella but I dunno how to use it.

3. Ohmigodapteradactyl!

4. Dress Straps are Yummy and 100 Other Textile Delicacies.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

OOO! Helen, Mystic Surrender is a GOOD ONE!

And Nikki, "Hey Come Back with My Car?" ROFLOL!!!

These titles are GREAT! Thank goodness we have lots of prizes. I'd have a terrible time narrowing it down to one or two.


catslady said...

I don't care for photographic covers or the cartoon/cutsey covers. I do like partial head shots so as to imagine my own characters and seeing a nice chest is always appreciated :)

Into the Mist

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

ROFLOL!!!! P226 your titles are truly in a category all to themselves! Why does that surprise NO ONE?!?!

Having your refreshing male perspective in the Lair has been a great treat! The place wouldn't be the same without you or any of out BB!

Also, special shout out to Walt! My buddy from GIAMx3 who braves the estrogen encased Lair from time-to-time. Appreciate your support!


Keira Soleore said...

Hooray dear Banditas! Huge, HuGe, OMGHUGE congratulations on your second anniversary.

Two years together and y'all are still talking to each other and talking positively about each other. This looks like a HEA forever more to me.

And well, *koff*, since I'm also still here from that very first day, I must also be toes over ears in love with all of you.

Sarabelle, lucky you to have the GR himself be your escort for the party.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Catslady!

I LOIKE (as Duchesse says) "Into the Mist!" ANd a very big YES! to those lovely bare torsos!

I am glad mine has a head this time, even if the face is in shadows. Though I agree with Sarabelle and whomever said make the cover models at least vaguely resemble the characters. I usually do have my own visual of the characters (okay, okay THE HERO!) and he usually doesn't look much like the cover.


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Keira Soleore said...

Let's try those titles again, shall we?

Bloomin' Love

Heaven Raining Down

Misty Love Among Flaxen Locks

Taller, Hotter, Svelter

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Hey everyone! Happy Birthday to US!!!

Seriously, can y'all believe it's been 2 whole years??!!?? Okay, 1046 posts suggests that yes it has been 2 years, that or we're a bunch of crazy posters with nothing much to do.

Sigh, since I'm on steroids this weekend and am not mixing them alcohol...I'll go into the Lair's kitchen and make Chicken Quesedillas! (Chicken, sauted onions and red bell peppers, lots of cheese) Anyone want one?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Greetings Barbara V!
Thanx so much for popping by! We all had a GREAT TIME at your birthday/anniversary bash a few weeks ago. And yes, we ARE the same age... YOUNG YOUNG YOUG! ;-)

"How to Remove a Necklace with Your Teeth" (SNORK!!) GOOD ONE!

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Keira Soleore said...

Trust me, when Christine's name's read, its going to sound like DC got hit with the Thunder from Down Under in that ballroom!

"Thunder from down under..." Well, ahem. Gosh, I hope it's more like "Thunder from Up Above."

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Ah yes, Lovely Keira and her bonnets!

How can we ever thank you enough for hanging out with us here in the Lair and adding a touch of genteel class to the place when we desperately need it?!?!

"Misty Love Among Flaxed Locks" and "Taller, Hotter, Svelter" are very classy titles indeed! LOL! Hey wait, isn't that last one all about SVEN?!?!


Suzanne Ferrell said...

from the post: Oh, yeah. Point. Okay. We DO need to remodel the caves. We'll have to bring it to the attention of our fellow Banditas at the next full convocation in DC. It's high time the writing caves got central heat and air. I keep getting cold down there. And they need better access to the kitchens and massage rooms. Seriously, it's a looonnnnngggg hike up those stone steps right now.Jeanne, the whole point of the cave it to make it miserable so you WANT to finish the book and get the heck OUT of it!!! Geesh!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Janga!
Another of our adorable BB regulars! Thanx a bunch for the good wishes for best sellers and legions of readers. We're working and hoping ever day!

"Wake Me Up When It's Over" describes Aunty every day between the hours of 2 and 9 am! HA!


Keira Soleore said...

More titles...

1. Surprise Sunflowers for Secret Baby

2. Singing in the Rain

3. Mystic and his Misty Mystique

4. Hot

Joan said...

Thunder from Down Under I don't know. You ever see the TORSOS on those Thunder From Down Under Boys.....

Ohhhhhhhh, you mean actual THUNDER.

How disappointing.

I like a good torso. Speaking of which Hugh Jackman's looks pretty darn good in Wolverine....

{Eyes Marcus as he dodges the Duchesses' hand}Hmmmm...very reminiscent of Hugh. "Oh, Marcus....another Anniversary margharita please"

Keira Soleore said...

AC asked, "Taller, Hotter, Svelter [is a] very classy title[s] indeed! LOL! Hey wait, isn't that last one all about SVEN?!?!"

The title describe Sven's girlfried, because it's always been his super-sekret fantasy to be with someone who's taller, skinnier, and hawt-er than hisself.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Yes Suz, I'm afraid Le Duchesse totally MISSED the point of the writing caves. You do NOT wanna stay down there (though Aunty has been there waay too much lately)! You wanna get that WIP written and come back up to join the fun!

Have some hot tea, m'dear and we'll get Lars to give you a nice neck massage!


Keira Soleore said...

Joan, I hope it's thunderous applause, thunderous roars, thunderous anything, other than thunder from you-know down under.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Deb Marlowe,
Thank you for your good wishes and for the next 18 years! We ALL definitely plan to be around. ;-)

And we LURVE having YOU on both sides of the blog, guest and commenter!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Okay, we are already up to 100 posts today. YOU ALL ROCK!!!! Thank you THANK YOU for making this anniversary bash so wonderful!

Your titles are so GREAT I just gotta announce some winners NOW with more to come later...

Sarabelle, "Fornicating Fairies" is so totally SNORK worthy, you MUST have a prize!

Jane, "My Favorite Ergonomic Body Pillow" is too perfect, and therefore A WINNER!

And P226 "Love in the Cow Pies" is truly inspired! Tell the Missus she's got a Bandita book to chose!

So Ladies, and Gentleman, please chose one of the Bandita books mentioned in my earlier post. Or if you prefer one of the Bandita goodies that's fine too. You can email us at our gmail account, or just post your choice right here on the blog.

Check ya all a bit later. Aunty has some errands to run...


Joan said...

Keira said: Joan, I hope it's thunderous applause, thunderous roars, thunderous anything, other than thunder from you-know down under.'re on a "roll" today Ms. Keira!

As one of the charter BB's you're a real treasure to have in The Lair....

Now back away from Marcus's tray...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Barbara! Thanks for popping by! Did you get one of those sandwiches the gladiators made? Oh, my they are GOOD!

Great titles!

Nancy said...

Sarabelle, congrats on taking the rooster home. I hope his ego is starting settle after his recent publicity, but regardless, don't let him give you any trouble!

Nancy said...

Limecello, congratulations on finishing up your finals! I hope everything went well. Thanks for the good wishes.

Nancy said...

AC and Jeanne--

We have a wine cellar? Really?

I need to pay more attention.

Great anniversary post, y'all. Seeing everything listed like that is really cool.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Louisa said: We'll all be here in 20 years trapping cabana boys with our walkers and goosing gladiators with our canes!!

OH! THE VISUAL!!! My eyes...

Nancy said...

AnnaLucia, a catchy title is more likely to get me to read the blurb than the cover art is. When covers acquire a sameness, like the headless torsos, I do stop noticing them after a while. I always notice the title, though.

Thanks for the congrats. :-)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

P226 said:
3. Ohmigodapteradactyl!

SNORK!!!...wipes eyes...snork, snork, snork...Oh. My. Good. Lord.

I nearly died inhaling iced tea.

That is Hy-ster-i-cal.

Dina said...

1) The Country Affairs

2) Seeking Rainbows

3) Whispering Mountains

4) Passion Peaks

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Congratulazione, Banditas! It's almost unfair that such beautiful, talented women -- and one proud, prime specimen of golden poultry pulchritude -- should be gathered in only one cyberspot. But at least you're generous and share the love w/the rest of us. Grazie mille for two splendid years online; looking forward to many more filled with entertainment on the page and (computer) screen from you all. :)

Nancy said...

JT, did you know Marcus is one of my favorite Roman names? I also happen to like it applied to Regency heroes. So the new guy is off to a promising start as far as I'm concerned.

He better not leave his gear lying out in the foyer, though. I tripped on somebody's trident yesterday.

BTW, what's his weapon of choice?

Nancy said...

Thanks to everybody for stopping by and wishing us well. I'm impressed with all the titles and so very glad I personally do not have to choose!

Those of you who came up with titles and blurbs should go write those books. They sound great.

Nancy said...

Duchesse and AC, are we talking Star Trek? My guys are taking me for Mothers Day.

I have to say I prefer Eomer Karl to McCoy Karl, though that's subject to change when I see the movie.

Nancy said...

p226, I thought about you the other day. I was reading an urban fantasy in which the heroine's friend strapped on a pair of Sig Sauer p226s before going outside. Instead of weaponry, I pictured your posting photo.

You own the phrase "p226" now. :-)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Keira said: Two years together and y'all are still talking to each other and talking positively about each other. This looks like a HEA forever more to me. And well, *koff*, since I'm also still here from that very first day, I must also be toes over ears in love with all of you.

*And then, a Miracle Occurred*

Grins. Isn't it great Keira? And you've been here since the first. Oh, and survived having part of the very first Bash in your room in SF. You're a trooper, for sure!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Keira said: Taller, Hotter, Svelter

SNORK!!! Would this be a Sven cover?

Nancy said...

Keira wrote: "Thunder from down under..." Well, ahem. Gosh, I hope it's more like "Thunder from Up Above."Good point. Regardless, the room will rock!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

*Me! Me!* I'll take a quesadilla, Suz. I love them!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooooh, Barbara Vey AND Michelle Buonfiglio! We are ratin' it today, ladies! And the M's from RNTV too! WOW-O!

Thanks for stopping by Michelle! It's always so wonderful to read your blogs. You have such a way of bringing out, shall we say? your guests! Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy, I only recently discovered the wine cellar. I knew the caban boys got it from SOMEWHERE, but...

Anyway, I think Cassondra has had the keys hidden away. She's so strict! Or is it Susan? Maybe SHE's had the key? :> Anyway, whoever has the key, they know they need to keep SOME in reserve, right ladies?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

*scuffs toe, looks abashed.* Sorry about the trident, Nancy. I was trying to work out this scene, you know? So I checked the trident out of the gladitor's closet to try and figure out this scene...anyway. I got the scene right and rushed off to get it down while it was fresh in my mind.

Must've left the trident in the foyer. Sorry!

Marcus! Oh, Marcus! *bats eyes at the new gladiator* When you've finished taking Deb down the hill for a sheild sledding, would you mind fetching that trident in the foyer - Nancy, did you put it in the corner? - anyway, put it up for me, will you?

*smirk* Not GET it up, put it up, as in put it AWAY.

*shakes head* It's all innuendo around here, isn't it?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy, you're right. P226 OWNS the moniker now. :>

Joan said...

one proud, prime specimen of golden poultry pulchritude I probably shouldn't admit this, being a writer and all but I had to look up pulchritude....

Huh. And I do the Reader's Digest Word Power every month!

Thanks for all your support Michelle!

Nancy said...

JT, no harm done on the trident. I didn't break or sprain anything. Glad you got your scene worked out.

Yes, we do lean toward innuendo, but it keeps the brain alert!

Joan said...

BTW, what's his weapon of choice? The net. Minimum effort, catches the prize, keeps her confined until he can get his Trident up....

Er, weapon.....

Um, shaft...

Demetrius, bring that pitcher of Sangria over here.

Jane said...

Thank you.

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Jeanne, my eyes won't be hurting 20 years from now at the sight of us chasing down cabana long as they're young and hunky if they were OLD cabana boys... then I'll have to rethink that!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Joanie said: keeps her confined until he can get his Trident up....ER.......Joanie!!!

Diet Coke spewing....

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Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Um, not that JT isn't the one with a great trident, but I can't let her take the blame. It was I - le Duchesse - that left the devilish thing out.

Saw one used on the History Channel's thing about the most dangerous weapons, or some such. Nasty business, those tridents.

The net, now, JT, that's Quite the thing, isn't it?

Joan said...

The net, now, JT, that's Quite the thing, isn't it? Indeed it is Duchesse, indeed it is....

Anna Campbell said...


I really think fate was shining when it pointed me in the direction of the bar in the lair! And I've since made such wonderful friends of Sven and the cabana boys and Demetrius, not to mention our wonderful Bandita buddies and guests. It's been a great two years. Here's to many more.

Sarabell, congrats on the chook! It is indeed an auspicious day to snaffle him.

Lime, good luck for your last exam!!!

Now to read all the posts. You gals have sure been busy while I've been snoring!

Donna MacMeans said...

Donna rubs her eyes emerging from the writing cave. Great Scot! I was afraid I'd missed the party!

Happy anniversary my fellow banditas and BBs. What a fantastic two years it's been (and what another fantastic year it's shaping up to be!) There's nothing but good news ahead.

Pass me over a drink before I slink back into the cave. Congrats Sarabelle on the GR.

Anna Campbell said...

Loving the titles! And AC and Jeanne, what a great list of prizes. Oh, and in my excitement to get my birthday wishes in, I forgot to say I killed myself laughing at the blog. Especially the cave formations. You naughty, naughty girls! ;-)

Oh, man, I've just hit a rut of tractor titles! Love 'em. Tractor Sex is Best????!!!

P226, some days I think we should just tie you up in the corner and keep you as our lair jester. Are you interested? Nice secure work. Long hours, though. And health and safety have reported us as a dangerously noisy work environment. A pteradactyl???!!!! Snork!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, congratulations to our interim prize winners! Keep the titles coming, girls! I want more tractor lurve!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

More Tractor!!!

Kinda like, "More Cow Bell!"

Or for those of you who read the d-blog going around

"More Nose!!!"


Nikki said...

Thanks for the celebratory drink and welcome, Madame Duchesse:)

I'll settle for eyeballing the cabana boys over a margarita the size of my long as it has one those cute lil umbrella decorations.

Unless of course Marcus wants to wear a cute lil decoration...


Helen said...

What a great party to wake up to and I am loving the titles.

Demitrius you eye me anyway you want and thank you Sven for the wonderful massage it was just what I needed.

Have Fun

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

I don't know about Marcus, Nikki, but that Demetrius is always good for a fun ride down the hill - shield sledding, people, sheild sledding! - and a wink and a nudge. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Helen knows, don't you Helen?

Pssst, Banditas! I think Demetrius has a thing for Helen!

*pout* And here I thought it was me, all along. :>

Roxanne St. Claire said...

Happy Anniversary, Banditas! Let the celebration begin! You guys are definitely one the THE best blogs around!


Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey! Rocki's in the Lair! Pull up a Cabana boy...I mean chair, yes, a chair and have a drink with us. Anything you'd like.

*Yoouooo, cabana boy!*

There now. :> NOW we can party!

Helen said...

Demitrius yes another drink would be lovely you really know how to treat a "Lady"

Have Fun

Unknown said...

Wow thank you so much for picking me to win a prize. Fornicating Fairies was my favorite title too. said...

Happy Anniversary, Banditas! :-)

I won't attempt titles--I stink at them almost as much as blurbs. :-) But am loving the ones others have suggested.

Here's to another 2 years, then another, and another . . .

Helen said...

Some titles

1. Tractor vs Sunflowers I Have Something You Want
2. I need Warming Up
3. Castles In The Mist
4. Burning For You

Have Fun

Joan said...

Demetrius is always good for a fun ride Indeed he is Duchesse, indeed he is...

wink, wink, nudge

Joan said...

Here's to another, then another, and another . . .The call to the that is...speaking of which, another sangria Lucien if you please (Lucien's been pouting with all the attention to Dem and Marc...he's so cute when he pouts

Mon Wood said...

Congrats on your anniversary!!!

Okay, here we go:

1. Farmed Vigin, Ploughing Bachelor

2. Shoeless, Soggy and Shameless

3. The Deepest Darkness Desires of Desiree Desdemona

4. Resuscitate My Bosom, Beloved

That was fun!

:-) Mon

Joan said...

P226, some days I think we should just tie you up in the corner and keep you as our lair jester.Just a minute...I'll get the net...

Anna Campbell said...

Mon, you crack me up! I especially like your Harlequin Presents!

p226 said...

Oh no, I'm going to be netted.

My only request ladies, is that before you net me, ensure that the tranquilizer dart is full of good stuff. Hear me? GOOD STUFF.

I wanna be drooling and conversing with my hallucinations by the time the gladiators get to me. K?

p226 said...

Nancy said: You own the phrase "p226" now. :-)...

I suspect Sig Sauer may disagree. And by disagree, I mean with lawyers and such.

Louisa Cornell said...

This place is a riot. Count me in for the netting of p226. I'll even load the dart!

Okay, they just called the horses to post and are singing "My Old Kentucky Home." I am SO excited. I have been hopped up all day for the Bandita Bash and now I am ready for the Derby to start. I'll be back as soon as they cross the finish line. General Quarters, ladies. To WIN !!

p226 said...

And P226 "Love in the Cow Pies" is truly inspired! Tell the Missus she's got a Bandita book to chose!...

Wait, what? How's that work? What are her choices? She's sitting over my shoulder pretty much salivating over new books. Did you guys hit her with the tranquilizer dart?

p226 said...

Oh, and at the mention of a new book, Mrs. P226 sat over my shoulder and read most of the blog comments. For the record, her response was:

"I have no objections to the net."


Unknown said...

I have come up with more. :)

1. To Tempt Mrs. John Deere.

2. April Showers bring more Cabana Boys.

3. (drawing a blank here)

4. Lucifer's Lusty Lair

Louisa Cornell said...

Mrs. P226 sounds like our kind of gal. We'll let her handle the net AND the dart!!

For the record, the 50 to 1 shot Mine That Bird won the Derby. Amazing! Won it going away. Nobody ever heard of this horse before and he is little compared to some of the others. Gotta love the underdog.

Can the cabana boys make me a virgin mint julep please?

Helen said...

I agree p226 you need to stay and so glad Mrs p226 agrees

Have Fun

Joan said...

"I have no objections to the net." LOL, you go Beth!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Monique! Heeheeehee! That was a snork-worthy set of titles!

Joan said...

You had to know a long shot would win...the track is mud soup!!!

I did want General Quarters just cause he is the only horse owned by a 75 year old trainer...

virgin mint julepHoney. You NEED the bourbon to get the mint slop down your throat!

I'm just sayin'

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Uh-uh, NOT messing w/ Mrs. P226...Darlin' you pick whatever book you want, we'll get it for you.

The good stuff indeed, P226. YOu know we never stint on the meds around here. We've got two nurses on staff. There's ALWAYS good stuff.


Louisa Cornell said...

Wish I had some money on him, Joan! Too true that the mud changes everything and I so wanted General Quarters to win for much the same reason you did.

LOL on the mint slop. I just know there's a cabana boy here who can make it palatable. The mint julep, I mean!

Fedora said...

LOL! It's always a party in the Lair! Congrats on the explosion of creativity in here! Woohoo!

Christine Wells said...

Great post, AC and Duchesse!

WOOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Yay, us! We've had so much fun on this blog. In a way the two years have gone quickly, and in another, it seems like we've been together forever.

Thanks to all the Bandit Buddies for staying with us. This blog would be nothing without you all!

Sarabelle, great going on nabbing the rooster. Looks like he's all dressed up for the day.

Gerri Russell said...

Congratulations to all on this very special two year celebration!!

pjpuppymom said...

Happy Anniversary, Banditas! You're my first stop every morning and my nightcap before crawling into bed at night. Thanks for all the fun, goodies, interesting guests, wild parties, belly laughs, sexy cabana boys, fabulous books and more. Here's to another year of the same!

Hugs to you all!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Aunty is baaaccckk!!!

Why thank you Lucien! A non-virgin mint julep would be lovely.

OMG on the titles that have been tossed out in my absence!

Moninque--"Shoeless, Soggy, and Shameless"?!?! TOO GOOD!

And Sarabelle --"Tempting Mrs. John Deere"?!?! I nearly snorted mint julep out my nose! Hmmm, maybe that would help my sinuses, which have been giving me heck lately...

Dina, I LOIKE "Whispering Mountains" but "Passion Peaks"?!?!?! OMG!!! Beverage spewage alert!


pjpuppymom said...

I'm going to have to work on some titles. The only one that comes to mind right now is for Picture #4...

Going Down on Flame.

Sherry Thomas said...

Congratulations, Banditas!

#3 Lord of the Flings :-)

#4 The Reluctant Virgin

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Rocki, thanx sooo much for droppig by! And thanx a bunch for the compliments on our blog. (Aunty blushes daintily once more) We have such a good time here everyday, and are SO HAPPY to have so many great guests and regulars to share the fun!

Please pass the chicken quesadillias! YUM! But I gotta watch out for the hot peppers...

Kris K, thanx for dropping by with the well wishes for 6+ more years! See you on the other side of the blog in a couple of days, girlfriend!


pjpuppymom said...

OMG...there are so many terrific titles! I'm LMAO over the Fornicating Fairies. Positively inspired!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HUGS right back atcha, PJ!
We LURVE having you and your choccie turtles in the Lair!

Hi Gerri! Always nice to see you on either side of the blog. Thanx for the congrats!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

"Lord of the Flings"?!?!?! ROFLOL!!!!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Mme D-W, you're soooo right! Without all our wonderful BBs and great guests, the blog wouldn't exist. Can't THANK YOU all enough!

But Sarabelle, Aunty is NOT touching "Lucifer's Lusty Lair" with a ten foot pole! Nor a six foot Swede neither! :-P


Authorness said...

Happy Second Anniversary, Banditas!

pjpuppymom said...

Picture #1:

Memoirs of a 4-H Floozy.

Joanna D'Angelo said...

Congratulations on your second year! Wow! the Terrible Twos are upon you! What more trouble can the banditas get into? **g** Looking forward to many more witty posts, great contests and stellar writing from the Romance Bandits!

I also wanted to say once again - how much fun I had being a guest blogger here at Romance Bandits. What a lively and fun group! Keep up the great work on behalf of romance writers/readers/lovers everywhere!

Happy Anniversary ;D

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Joanna asked:"What more trouble can the banditas get into?"MUAHAHAHAHA!

*AHEM* Please do not ask! All Aunty will say on the subject is that DC may never be the same after July.

Louisa Cornell said...

Memoirs of a 4-H Floozy ?? SNORT PJ !! Now I need to clean the tea off my monitor.

Lord of the Flings ??? Oh that is just BAD !!! LOL !! I love it!

I just thought about it and why not

1. HE thinks my tractor's sexy ! Why does it have to be HIS tractor?

Of course my truly evil side says we should call it SOWING HIS WILD OATS and make it the story of him coming home from a one night stand with some hometown hoochie and bringing her some guilt flowers. She then hitches up the tractor and chases him all over the field and plows him into that field. Eventually all of her girlfriends find out and all of their cheatin' boyfriends / husbands suffer a similar fate.

Louisa Cornell said...

Hmm. On number two we could call it

Revenge of the Ugly Stepsisters - Cinderella gets thrown out of the house in the rain minus her shoes and has to chase down the prince to try on the slipper.

Number Three - I'm still cracking up over the OmyGoditsapteradactyl!

And then there's Fornicating Fairies. Nothing will top that!

Number Four -

Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah
(call the fire brigade!)

PJ, did you really man Going Down ON Flame ???

pjpuppymom said...

PJ, did you really man Going Down ON Flame ???LOL! Yep, I really did and I blame it entirely on the really hot book I'm currently reading. (grin)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Okay, things have gotten TOTALLY out of hand here in the Lair...

...and Aunty LURVES when that happens!

Sarabelle has chosen a copy of "The Dangerous Duke" for her prize.

Jane has "Dark and Deadly" when it is released next month.

Still no word on Mrs. P226's choice.

Now for a couple more WINNERS!

Nikki, I'm STILL ROFL over "Hey, Come Back with My Car!" so pick your prize. :-)

And Monique, ALL of yours are hysterical but I'll award the prize for "Shoeless, Soggy, and Shameless." Let us know what you'd like to claim!


Unknown said...

1. The Farmer's Daughter and the Farmhand

2. The Rainy Wedding

3. Lord Falcon and the Flower Princess

4. Fire's Passion

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Vanessa, thanx for popping by and for your good wishes!

Louisa, we all LURVE your evil side! Plowing no good cheatin spouses/mates into the oat field sounds like a GREAT book idea!

And Pink Peony, is it YOU who had evil titles in mind? We're still waiting to hear em!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Amy!
"Lord Falcon and the Flower Princess" sounds like a GREAT BOOK!

Thanx for dropping by!


Kammie said...

Congratulations on 2 years!!!

1. The Deflowering of Tammy Jones
2. I Can't Dance by Ava Astaire
3. I see this one and all I think of is an old man. So I'm going to say The Old Man and the Bluebird.
4. Sleeping on Samantha

Kammie said...

Oh, and to answer the question about the covers. I like the historical covers with the women (usually headless) in beautiful gowns or the bare chested hot hunk covers.

Nancy said...

In response to my comment on his "owning" his moniker, p226 wrote: I suspect Sig Sauer may disagree. And by disagree, I mean with lawyers and such.Lawyers tend to be quarrelsome; it's in the job description. So much better not to involve them. We'll just keep "own" in quotes.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

"Sleeping On Samantha"?!?! TOO FUNNY, Kammie!

And I agree about the beautiful gowns on women on historical covers. Both Christine and Donna have those on their latest releases and them are GREAT!


Nancy said...

I just realized I never answered the cover questions. I'm not a fan of clinch covers but have become so used to them that I barely notice.

I prefer painted covers to photographs, but as long as the cover is engaging, it doesn't make a lot of difference.

Cartoon covers are okay on romantic comedies. I expect humor to go with a cartoon.

And I prefer that torsos have faces above them. Preferably attached.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I'm afraid you would know too well about the quarrelsome nature of lawyers. :-P

Our three "legally inclined" Banditas are not the least bit quarrelsome, unless of course, someone threatens the gladiators, cabana boys, or the chocolate. ;-)


EilisFlynn said...

Amazing where the time gets filed, eh? Happy anniversary, RB!

Ruth C. said...


DH and I will celebrate 43 years in July - if I let him live until then - just kidding - I guess I'll keep him around for another 43.

Not very good at this so here goes:

#1 - Love In Left Field

#2 - Shoeless Street Struttin'

#3 - Mountain High Love

#4 - Flaming Hot Desire

Miranda Neville said...

Late to the celebration but congratulations to the Banditas for two years of nonstop merriment. You are an amazingly talented and extremely entertaining bunch of women. (I assume you are women but perhaps you are in fact avians. There has to be a reason for the rooster thing).

Pat Cochran said...

"Happy Birthday, Banditas, Happy
Birthday To You!!!"

1. Shy Surprises
2. Under Cover
3. Haze On The Horizon
4. Fiery Interlude

Thanks, Banditas, for letting us
take part in the excitement that
is the Lair!

Pat Cochran

Joan said...

I assume you are women but perhaps you are in fact avians. OMG, Miranda maybe we are! I just took a Facebook quiz that said my animal spirit was a Bald Eagle!!!

AND a baby robin hopped around following me today!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx for the good wishes and for being both a fabulous guest and BB!

Ruth C.
CONGRATS on the 43 years, quite an accomplishment! Sounds like he's a keeper. :-)


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