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Check out BTS eMag’s Sept/Oct. edition!

In this issue, cover author New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Dianne Duvall shares with us about her Immortal Guardian’s paranormal romance series. Join us as we chat with Dianne about her work, then take a sneak peek at Night Unbound, the latest in her popular series.

Many more wonderful authors including A.L. Jackson, Quinn Loftis, Mary Manners and more.

Don’t miss these entertaining columns:

Our New Column Debut
Bestseller’s Secret

Chic Trends in Romance

The Hot Hunks of History

The Heat Diva

Ali B. and the Forty Spaceships

The Scrying Eye

Forever Young

BTS Goes Hollywood


You can check out BTS eMag by clicking on the link on the right side of my page. Enjoy their eMag! There truly is something for everyone!!

NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE by Bobbie C Bandy – showcase at Janna Shay’s

NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE by Bobbie C Bandy – showcase at Janna Shay’s.

SMP:  Welcome, Bobbie! Tell us all about you! What would you most like your readers to know?

BOBBIE:  I’ve been married to a former Marine for 17 years and I have an 11 year old son. They both keep me on my toes.

SMP:  Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand and ideas flitting through your mind, or did your interest develop later?

BOBBIE:  I’ve always written something. Back in middle school and high school, it was poems. I’ve won several poetry contest and I’ve even had a poem published. My interest in writing novels developed about 4 years ago.

SMP:  When did you become serious about seeing your name in print and begin writing your first romance novel?

BOBBIE:  I began my first novel about 4 years ago and tried for over a year to get it published. I think I made every…

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Release date

I finally got the release date for “No Smoke Without a Fire”. It’s October 10th. It seems almost surreal to me that one of my novels will soon be available to purchase. I’m nervous and excited.

I’m going to be donating 10% of all sales from NSWAF (from release until Dec. 31st) to the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation. This is another reason to purchase my book-besides the fact that it’s awesome of course. 😉

On Oct 10th, I will be hosting a Release Party on Facebook. I will also be giving away a free e-copy of my novel, a wonderful candle called ‘Love Spell’ from BayTown Candles, and a $10 Amazon gift card. In order to win, you have to earn entries into my drawing. To do that, you ‘like’ my Facebook page, ‘follow’ me on Twitter, ‘follow’ my blog, and post on my Facebook author’s page or at the Release Party held on Oct. 10th. I will be playing a game or two, and for every post you make, you gain another entry to win one of the above prizes. 🙂

I hope to see you all on my Facebook page come the 10th (or sooner!). Thanks to everyone for their support!


Glade Expressions and My Bzz

As I’ve stated in a previous blog, I am a BzzAgent. That means I get to try products for free and then come back and tell you what I think of them. The latest product I tried for free was Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser and Refill spray.

I tried the lavender scented oil diffuser and it made my whole house smell wonderful! It was also a nice addition to the decorum of my home. You can’t go wrong with the oil diffuser. They have a long-lasting scent, and it’s powerful enough to add fragrance to your living area while not being overpowering.

The spray I tried was Fuji Apple and Cardamom Spice. It smelled good and made my home smell nice, but it doesn’t have the staying power that the oil diffuser does. You have to use it more often, but it is cheaper and smells good, too. It’s really up to you which to try. They’re both worth it.

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The BZZ about Family Night with Kroger

I am a BzzAgent as well as an author. From time to time, I’ll post a blog about the products I’m supposed to bzz. The lastest product I’m bzzing is the Family Night with Kroger products. This was a free pizza, frozen fruit bars, chips, and the new Kroger’s flavored water.

The products were all very good! The pizza wasn’t greasy and tasted as good as a DiGorno. The chips were pretty good, the frozen fruit bars (we got the pomegranate ones) were excellent, and the flavored water was alright. It left an after-taste–everything with artificial sweetener does.

Alright, I’ve bzzed my products. I hope you consider trying them!

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Is there a wrong way to write?

I’ve been a member of many online groups and forums and sooner or later there is always an argument that pops up about what is the right way to write. I usually find this amusing since everyone is different, therefore it stands to reason everyone is going to write differently. Unfortunately, there are a few that will constantly tell you that you absolutely MUST write a certain way or you’re doing it wrong.

You Must #1–You must write every day, preferrably with a minimum of 1000 words. I’ve always found this one to be a royal hoot!! I love to write, but some days I absolutely cannot make myself sit down and pound out 1 word, much less 1000. On the other hand, there are days when I can sit here and blast away at a WIP until I have 8000-10,000 words for the day. Speaking only for myself (because honestly, who else can I speak for), if I try to write 1000 a day, even on days when I don’t want to write, I’ll end up tossing 95% of them during edits. So to me, it’s a two-way waste of time.

You Must #2–You must hire someone to edit your work. Really? I didn’t. I had two incredible friends (and one just happens to be a former editor for a magazine) and they helped me tremendously with my editing. I’m not saying it’s not a good idea to hire someone. But if you’re like me, you simply don’t have the funds.

You Must #3–You must have a webpage/blog/facebook page/twitter acct/etc. Alright, I’m not about to say these are wrong, but I don’t believe joining EVERYTHING on the net is a necessity either. I, for one, hate to blog. I never know what to say. And ask anyone who knows me–that’s a first! All of these things help to promote your novels, but I’m learning quickly they can eat up a huge chunk of your valuable time, too. Everything in moderation I say…except reading. Read like there’s no tomorrow!

You Must #4–You must publish with a commercial (traditional) publisher; otherwise, you’re not really an author. (Runs and ducks as things get thrown at me.) I’ll admit it, I used to think like this. But not anymore. Some of the best books I’ve read in the past year have been by self-published authors. Unfortunately, some of the worst books I’ve ever read have also been by self-published authors. It’s all about perfecting your work before you present it to the world. I know I’ll never pick up another book from some of the ‘worst self-published authors’ list again. I don’t care if the book tops Harry Potter or Twilight. I’ve had a bad experience with this author and it totally turned me off. Please check your work if you self-publish…and then check it again…and again!

You Must #5–You must depend on support from family and friends to succeed! (hahahaha…LOLOLOL!!) Yeah, sure, you do that! I know lots of authors that have such strong support from their friends and family I’m envious. I feel like asking them to adopt me! I learned hard and fast that not everyone will support you; and some will do everything they can to discourage you. I still remember a Facebook post I made about dedicating my first published novel and who I should dedicate it to. The first choice was to my family and friends that did support me. The other said, and I quote, “This book is dedicated to my husband who kept telling me I was wasting my time. Thank you, sweetheart. Nothing motivates me more than proving you wrong.” So you see, sometimes the people you expect the most support from, are the ones who support you least. And don’t forget the jealousy issue. This has recently raised its ugly head with a couple of my friends. It hurts, but you deal with it and move on. You also find out who your true friends are!

The whole point of this blog is to say that there really isn’t a wrong way to write. What works for one person may not work for you. So if you try something and it’s not working, try something else :) . Just because it works for one writer doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong if it doesn’t work for you.

Happy Writing!!!