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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In the Beginning...there was Squawk Radio



I remember clearly the day I discovered Squawk Radio. Christina Dodd had sent an announcement to her mailing list and, as I read it, I thought to myself, "How interesting! She's started a blog with five other authors! What's a blog?" Curiosity won the day and I clicked on the link that would introduce me to the wonders of blogging and the phenomenon that was Squawk Radio.

What captured my attention that first visit was the unique dynamic among the six Squawkers. These weren't just authors who had decided to write about various topics in a public venue. These were six women who were generous enough to open a window into their lives and their close friendship and grant all of us a front row seat. The atmosphere they created within their blog encouraged a unique relationship not only between the Squawkers and their readers but also among the readers who were regular visitors. Many close friendships that began and were nourished during the days of Squawk Radio remain strong to this day. They quickly became my favorite internet destination, the first site I visited each morning and my last stop each night. I confess, there were many visits in between too!

With Lisa's beauty tips, Teresa's "Odes to Russell and Donny", Christina's step-by-step house construction (including the hunky landscape crew), Liz's eclectic taste in music, Connie's hysterically funny typos, Eloisa's wonderfully dry wit, Kitty's "hot to trot" antics and an array of talented guests, there was never a dull moment at Squawk Radio. It was, and is, the pinnacle of blogging perfection.

How fortunate we all were to have gone along for the ride.

Though the doors to Squawk Radio closed more than two years ago, the Squawkers have not disappeared from the internet landscape. They can still be found at Facebook, Twitter, their respective websites and bulletin boards as well as guesting at various blogs...when they aren't tucked away in their writer's caves, creating literary magic...or stalking Russell Crowe.

Here's what they've been up to lately:

Lisa Kleypas


Lisa's latest:


Teresa Medeiros

Teresa's latest:


Christina Dodd

Christina's latest:


Connie's latest:


Eloisa James


Eloisa's latest:

Please join us in welcoming the Squawkers to The Romance Dish!

The Squawkers have generously provided books for today's blog giveaway - a lot of books! Thank you, Squawkers! Random winners will be chosen throughout the day.

Were you a Squawk Radio regular? How did you discover Squawk Radio? What are some of your favorite memories of the blog? Do you have any questions for the Squawkers? They will be stopping by throughout the day so ask away.

What qualities bring you back to a blog day after day?

176 comments:

  1. Yay! I get to leave the first comment. I was a frequent visitor at Squawk. It was usually my first and last stop of the day. And oh, how I mourned when the Squawkers closed the doors. Yes, I actually cried. :(

    But since then, I have "seen" these fabulous ladies online, and some in person, so it's not like they have gone away entirely.

    Thanks, Squawkers, for introducing me to the wonders of blogging about romance. Muwaah! xxxx

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  2. YAYYY!!! Welcome back to blogland, Squawkers! We've missed you:)

    Thanks to all the dishy dames for hosting the reunion. I think what really made Squawk stand out was the camaraderie and the wit and fun of the site really has never been equalled. Any chance of a reprise?

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  3. I can't believe I never discovered Squawk Radio. I wish I could have known about the blog before it closed. I enjoy visiting a blog day after day for the fun and I like seeing the familiar names of those who hang out there, too.

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  4. Welcome to TRD, Squawkers!

    Two years back, I had only just started reading romance (in German!) and I needed some time to change to English ones and then to check out my favs on the Internet and so become acquainted with the wonderful (cyber-) romance world.

    So, naturally, I have never visited the Squawkers - and that's a shame from what I've read about them. Argh, I could cry just now because of missed chances.

    I, too, like to get to know people, learn what their preferences in romance are and through that get new ideas about which books are worth reading. I especially like that there are people out there who now just as much or even more about romance than I do because I don't have anyone in my "real" environment who reads romance, much less English ones.

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  5. Gannon, I cried too when I heard the news. It felt like I was losing my best friend. Of course, the Squawkers had a very valid reason for closing up shop. They needed more time to write and we've been the recipients of some fabulous books from them in the past two years.

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  6. Christine, it was that interplay among the Squawkers more than anything that kept the blog fresh and fun for me.

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  7. Jane and LisaK, you can't comment anymore but you can still "experience" Squawk Radio by reading their blog archives. They also still post new blogs to the site to update readers on their new releases and other things going on in their lives. Go to:

    http://squawkradio.com.

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  8. Squawk Radio was one of the first blogs I ever visited. And like PJ, it was probably the first time I heard the word blog. But I have to say that I am very thankful for all the Squawk books I have read since the doors closed. Nothing like cuddling up with a fantastic read!

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  9. Christine, the interaction between the Squawkers was definitely a key part of their success. I was guaranteed a laugh!

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  10. Jane and Lisa, you should definitely check out the Squawk Radio archives.

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  11. This is one of my favorite Squawk Radio memories. You'll never view waterskiing - or cellulite - quite the same way again!

    http://tinyurl.com/ydpvtoh

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  12. Yay! Squawk Day!

    I visited Squawk Radio everyday, though I didn't always comment. What I loved about SR is that when I did comment, I was treated like family. I miss SR, too, but am glad for all the wonderful books that have been published since. :)

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  13. Hello Squawkers ^^

    I remember when you first started your site with Karen Hawkins. I adored coming there to learn all about new books, all of your topics, and more. I remember laughing so hard at things. So glad to hear you back in blogland. ^^

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  14. PJ, Connie's waterskiing blog is one of my favorites, too! I remember laughing so hard I cried. Priceless!

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  15. What great fun to be here! I'm so grateful to P.J., Gannon, Andrea and Buffie for giving us the chance to have this mini-reunion :)

    We started out Squawk Radio with the idea of "THE VIEW on the internet" but I think we ended up having a LOT more fun than the ladies on THE VIEW. One of the most rewarding benefits was the "community" we created and it's even more rewarding to know that the friendships that started on SQUAWK are still enduring and hatching (sorry, I couldn't resist!) wonderful projects like THE ROMANCE DISH :)

    And nope, we definitely haven't gone away. You can still follow us on Twitter (my addy is http://www.twitter.com/teresamedeiros) and Friend us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TeresaMedeirosFanPage)

    Looking forward to squawking with you guys today in between writing...well...you know...paragraphs! :)

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  16. Morning Teresa! Thanks for popping in! Care to share what you're working on these days? Do you have a book coming out in 2010? We'd love to hear about it!

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  17. *waving* Hi, Teresa! We're so happy to have y'all here today! I'm with PJ -- any hints on what's coming up next for you?

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  18. Hi PJ and everybody! I've already turned in my first historical for Pocket. THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID will be out next September. I'm currently working on GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART, a contemp women's fiction about a couple who meet and fall in love on Twitter.

    As soon as I finish that (next month), I'm diving right into my next historical. It's been nice to "cleanse the palate" with this unique project and I think it's only going to make me MORE excited about the next historical :)

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  19. Hi, Teresa! We are thrilled to have all of you with us today. Now we just have to wait for Christina to wake up so the two of you can commence the friendly banter. :)

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  20. And yes, I should add that SQUAWK RADIO still lives! We don't post regularly but all of the old blogs are still there, PLUS we frequently update them and repost AND occasionally post new blogs.

    Whenever we post something new, we always announce it on Twitter and Facebook.

    You can't keep a good chicken down! ;)

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  21. Hi, everyone! Hi, Dishes! Hi, Terri! (And thanks for the sweet card, btw. *G*) I think I'm finally awake enough to be reasonably coherent. Thanks to everyone for welcoming us back so warmly. It's going to be a fun day!

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  22. Teresa, I love the sound of both of your books! Yay! More Teresa Medeiros books for us to read. :)

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  23. Good morning, Liz! I'm about to have my second cup of coffee. I need the extra boost of caffeine to wake up all the way. :)

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  24. HI everyone!

    It's fun to be thinking of a Squawk reunion. I used to love poking fun in public at the other Squawkers (must admit to still doing it, just now in private). And we had the nicest audience!

    I'm very happy to say that I just finished revisions on my next historical, A Kiss at Midnight. It's a skewed Cinderella: very fun. And the cover is gorgeous! If you're signed up for my mailing list (and live in the US), you'll get a holiday card with a peek at my new cover.

    hugs, Eloisa

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  25. Hi dear friends! Hi Teresa Liz and Mary!

    What a wonderful blog The Romance Dish is--I adore the tray loaded with all those tiny books :)

    When we started Squawk, I had no idea what a blog was. It turned out to be such a great experience. There are still times when something happens and I think, "well, there's a bloggable moment . . ."

    Well, off to get the kids up and take them to school. And if Xtina doesn't appear soon, I'll drive over and wake her up! Or . . . maybe not . . .

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  26. Good morning Liz and Eloisa! I had the feeling you'd be the next ones "up" this morning :)

    This give us plenty of time to talk about Xtina, Connie and Lisa before they arrive ;)

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  27. And I have to add that the best contemporary I've read in ages was Liz's NECK AND NECK. I laughed out loud several times!

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  28. Terri, love the sound of the new books!

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  29. Morning, Liz! Great to have you here at The Romance Dish! I've been browsing the archives at Squawk Radio over the past couple weeks and it's brought back so many lovely memories of your Saturday morning music blogs. Any current recommendations?

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  30. Bonjour, Eloisa! I'm counting the days until the release of A Kiss at Midnight. I adore Cinderella stories.

    Any reports from Alessandro's visit to the school yet? I'm afraid I'd have to take that teacher out!

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  31. Morning, Lisa! I don't think I'd be too anxious to wake Christina at this time of the morning either. Maybe you should slide a cup of coffee and pastries in ahead of you. ;-)

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  32. I have Neck and Neck on my tbr and can't wait until I have time to sit down and enjoy it.

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  33. Oooh, music. Always a favorite topic, PJ, and always a recommendation. :o) Lately, I'm loving Regina Spektor and Goldfinger. To name but two. Smooches, Terri, for the kind words about N&N. I'm going to miss writing about Louisville now that the Derby series has concluded. *I'M* looking forward to seeing what YOU do with (to?) the 21st century. I lurved the time travels you did back in the day. Hi, Lisa! Hi, Eloisa!

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  34. I have to run to Staples but I'll be back in about an hour. Play on! :)

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  35. Good morning Squawkers! So glad to see everyone here. I've certainly missed the blog and the friendships you all shared with each other and were generous enough to share with us.

    No matter how I felt or the mood I was in, I could always come to SR and come away with a smile.

    Loving all the new books!

    Hugs
    Deb (formerly bookstoredeb)

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  36. Squawk Radio? Never heard of it...

    Squawk Radio and its lovely hostesses opened the door to so much for me. I won't get too mushy here but I've met some of the best women and men I'll ever know of the romance community.

    Eloisa, Christina, Connie, Liz, Terri and Lisa brought such joy to my life as a reader. They inspired me to become a writer. I no longer say I'm aspiring I say that I am a work in progress like my books.

    Lovely digs you have here, ladies. Quite reminiscent. I'll try to pop by later but work calls to me like a siren to the rocky shores.

    LYG!!!
    San

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  37. Yay! I'm so excited about this reunion!

    I read PJ's post saying "Me too, me too, me too. . ." My path to SR was the same as hers--via Christina's announcement. Squawk Radio wasn't the first romance site where I was a regular, but it was the first one where I found a real community. Many I count dear friends today, I first met there. I think you Squawkers might be surprised to see how often references to SR pop up in online conversations. Those years not only entertained, delighted,and moved us; they also served to set the standard of what a romance community could be.

    Of course, I've hailed each of your books since Squawk with joy, so although I still get nostalgic when I think of SR, I'm grateful for the books you are giving us. And I'm still greedy for more.

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  38. Eloisa, I adore Cinderella stories--sounds like A Kiss at Midnight will fit the bill perfectly.

    Keep us posted on the teacher debacle. I had to go round with a teacher my younger son had in the 3rd grade. She was horrid and had business being a teacher!

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  39. Good morning, Lisa! We are so happy you popped in. And if I were you, I'd let Christina wake up on her own. :)

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  40. Deb, thanks for joining our Squawker Reunion. It's wonderful to see so many old friends.

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  41. Morning, Santa! We're glad you stopped by before work--why does work have to get in the way of fun? No worries, we'll be gabbing all day, so we'll be looking for you later.

    LYG!

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  42. Lisa, are you hoping that Christina be awake at this hour (snort)? Thanks for the good wishes re the teacher debacle, everyone! Alessandro is at the school right now, laying down the law, hopefully. For those who aren't twittering/facebooking, my 4th grader has an iffy math teacher. But Alessandro marched off with that look on his face that Arnold Schweizenegger gets in the Hamlet parody when it says "he's taking out the trash," ie, taking down Claudius. OK, I totally mispelled his name... Eloisa

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  43. Welcome Squawkers!!!

    I am actually embarrased to say that I don't have any of the Squawk Ladies new releases. *sigh* No worries, I have added them to my list, and should have them before the year end!

    I remember discovering Squawk Radio a couple of months before they closed up shop. I'm glad to hear that they aren't completely out of commission though!

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  44. I found Squawk Radio just shortly before it went off the air...but enjoyed it nonetheless for the time I could! It also set me up with some new authors, which is always fun ;) I love that the authors are still putting themselves out there on twitter, fb and their own blogs, they are fun to follow and so responsive, which I think is fabulous.

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  45. How did I discover Squawk Radio ? I Swear, I was just looking for a good book to read. So I went on to Teresa Medeiros' web site and... and the last thing I remember was clicking on this chicken thingie. Everything is a blur after that...
    Squawk Radio was the first blog I had ever visited. It was a magical place. Enchanting. The Squawkers were (are still) warm and friendly and very welcoming. I went to SR to find books , but I stayed because I felt comfortable. Which is really saying something because on paper the Squawkers are Very Intimidating.
    Okay. I'll admit it ... Lisa Kleypas scares the Hell out of me. She is way to intuitive for this lil' Cancer Girl.

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  46. I was a MAJOR SR reader. I still miss you guys!!!! I still go through withdrawals. *LOL*

    I think one of my favorite moments was Teresa's blog about what makes a romance hero--and he runs back into the burning building for the basket of kittens. And he's got the tumble of hair on his brow...and he doesn't talk much and certainly doesn't say anything that would save anyone any grief for 300 pages. Oh, and he might also be a danger to you.

    I remember Lisa's recommendation for NARS "Orgasm" blush--and I still want to buy it (it's pricey to me and I don't wear makeup near enough to justify it) and give it a whirl. I will probably buy it someday soon.

    No one can forget the pictures of the construction crew. Hello. Xtina was always cracking me up. And I loved the barbs flung between her and Connie. Hilarious!!

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  47. I discovered Squawk Radio via a link on Lisa Kleypas' website. Unfortunately, I joined the party late (too late) as SR had already shut down, but I spent a whole weekend going through the archives and read all the posts. I loved the comraderie, friendship, and sense of community on SR. And as a girl who appreciates snark, I found plenty of that on SR too. :) The Sqawkers and Quills "hijacking" each others blogs was hilarious and absolutely classic.

    But the great thing is, that is how I discovered Eloisa's book, as well as all the other Squawkers. I shudder to think about the idea of missing out on Eloisa's wonderful Desperate Duchesses books, and Villiers! And the Sqawkers have even inspired me to maybe start writing a romance novel of my own one day. We shall see....

    I do have a question for Lisa-when will the first book in your new contemporary series be released? Can't wait to read it! :)

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  48. Hey Teresa!!! So happy you are here!!!

    OOooh, THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID. I love that title and all it implies :-)

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  49. Hey Elizabeth!! It is so great having you with us today.

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  50. Bon Jour, Eloisa!! I hope little miss Anna is having a good day today :-) I really enjoy reading your FB statements about her day.

    Looking forward to A KISS AT MIDNIGHT. Sounds fabulous!

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  51. Hey Lisa!! Isn't that dish full of books just fabulous!! We thinks so. Have fun waking Xtina up!!

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  52. I found Squawk Radio after it dissolved. It's amazing how many different venues an author now has to reach their readers.

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  53. Well Buffie, there are scenes in THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID where he's not wearing much of anything at all of course ;)

    And you guys are making ME terribly nostalgic too! It took a while for me to stop seeing everything in life as a potential blog. Now I just see them as potential "tweets", which are much shorter ;)

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  54. And I think if you're going to wake up Xtina before she's ready, you should take a whip and a chair, not coffee and pastries.

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  55. GADS, you all get up early!
    Helllloooooo SQUAWKERS!

    The best part about Squawk was that we were all "friending" each other long before Twitter.
    I miss it. My productivity doesn't (buzz-kill productivity.)

    I finished three projects this year. THE GOLDEN SEASON, a regency romance, will be out in the end of January 2010. It may be my personal fave of the books I've written in the last six years...

    Then, in spring of 2010 I'm part of the CUPID CATS anthology (shut up, Terri). My story is a contemporary with a kiss of paranormal.

    ANd finally, ELoisa, Julia Quinn and I REALLY DID turn in our stories for THE LIST-- a regency novella with connected stories (ala ONCE UPON A PILLOW by Christina and I).

    ANd then I'm redesigning my website (www.conniebbrockway.com) am on Twitter (www.twitter.com/conniebrockway) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/connie brockway)and working on both historical romances and a contemporary women's fiction all at the same time.


    The Squawks and I still trade daily jabs (only out of public view they tend to draw blood--except for me. I remain unremittingly nice, even in private)


    So, thank you, Romantic Dish for what looks like it's going to be a fab reunion!

    PLUS--ditto what Terri said. We still use the old www.squawkradio.com site to post upcoming news and repost old blogs and occasionally post new ones. SO visit there, too!

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  56. GADS, you all get up early!
    Helllloooooo SQUAWKERS!

    The best part about Squawk was that we were all "friending" each other long before Twitter.
    I miss it. My productivity doesn't (buzz-kill productivity.)

    I finished three projects this year. THE GOLDEN SEASON, a regency romance, will be out in the end of January 2010. It may be my personal fave of the books I've written in the last six years...

    Then, in spring of 2010 I'm part of the CUPID CATS anthology (shut up, Terri). My story is a contemporary with a kiss of paranormal.

    ANd finally, ELoisa, Julia Quinn and I REALLY DID turn in our stories for THE LIST-- a regency novella with connected stories (ala ONCE UPON A PILLOW by Christina and I).

    ANd then I'm redesigning my website (www.conniebbrockway.com) am on Twitter (www.twitter.com/conniebrockway) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/connie brockway)and working on both historical romances and a contemporary women's fiction all at the same time.


    The Squawks and I still trade daily jabs (only out of public view they tend to draw blood--except for me. I remain unremittingly nice, even in private)


    So, thank you, Romantic Dish for what looks like it's going to be a fab reunion!

    PLUS--ditto what Terri said. We still use the old www.squawkradio.com site to post upcoming news and repost old blogs and occasionally post new ones. SO visit there, too!

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  57. I was also a constant visitor to Squawk (as MaryKate, before I came out of the closet ;o)).

    I still owe Christina big time for introducing me to Dark Lover by JR Ward and to Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan.

    In fact, do any of the Squawkers have any recommendations for us on what romance they've read recently that has blown them away? They've always been wonderful about giving great recommendations!

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  58. Teresa, you *know* those are the kinds of scenes I enjoy (wink wink)

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  59. Bar har har! Connie unremittingly NICE???!!! (Teresa stuffs fist in mouth to keep from making obvious comment about Connie posting her comment twice.)

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  60. Hey Connie!!! Yep, we are early risers here at The Romance Dish. So much to do, so little time. LOL!

    WOW, you have been one busy, busy lady! All of your new stuff sounds fabulous!

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  61. Wonderful news about THE LIST! And I'm so glad to hear you're working on another contemporary, Connie--something I never thought I'd say when you first announced you were taking a break from historicals. Some of us were sharing our love for SKINNY DIPPING on the Revenge just last week.

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  62. I know it sounds hopelessly corny, Kati but 3 of the best historicals I read this year were A DUKE OF HER OWN by Eloisa, TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT by Lisa and SO ENCHANTING by Connie (the nice one). It's either a sign that I have really talented friends or that I need to find more time to read writers I don't know.

    Oh, and I also highly recommend Elizabeth Hoyt! Loved her TO BEGUILE A BEAST and I think she has a new one out now.

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  63. Man! It's great to be back! LOVE the soind of all your latest projects, friends!

    Where's LaDodd, anyway? She drew me into the paranormal with her books - damn her eyes-and wrote my Gabe's story just for me. That's right - just for me.

    Eloisa-I hope Alessandro calls out that teacher who, frankly, does not deserve the moniker!

    And I'm so pleased Connie keeps her own council-just like she always did!

    Buzzing off again. A deli diva's work is never done. I've got 45 year old balsamic to sell!

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  64. I came late to the Squawk Radio party...but am part of the bold new twitter generation!

    And I am going to camp on TM's doorstep for my autographed copy of GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART, so, Mrs. Medeiros, please be so kind as to set out hot cocoa and cookies.

    (Captcha is "hargion." I don't know what that is, but I'm giggling anyway.)

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  65. What fun to see the Squawkers back together again! I was a huge lurker at Squawk Radio - back then, I was pretty new to Romancelandia and usually too shy to post a comment. But I had more spit-takes and laugh-out-loud moments from reading that blog! Like Gannon, I actually cried when you closed your doors.

    Thanks for writing such wonderful books, ladies, and for providing so much inspiration in your work and personal lives!

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  66. Man, Connie, I want to take a nap after all that. (But then, I want to take a nap after just about anything.) You guys put me to shame. I'm back at Silhouette Desire and will have a new one out there next year. Will also be in an anthology next month called DOUBLE THE HEAT with Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin and Christie Ridgway. As for big books, there's one in the works that's a bit of a shift from my usual stuff.

    As for reading recommendations, speaking of Christie Ridgway, I've been loving her knitting series. Also read the new Barbara Freethy, SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, recently and loved it.

    Thanks a million, everyone, for all the nice words about Squawk Radio. It truly was a labor of love, and it's incredibly gratifying to know that our old friendship launched so many new ones.

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  67. Connie! THE NICE ONE?

    I don't think so!

    signed, the nicest of the not-so-nice,
    Eloisa *g*

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  68. I did visit Squawk Radio, usually daily to see what they had to say. The nice thing for me about that blog was that I read books by all the authors so it was interesting to see what they were up to and what new books they would have coming out.

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  69. I'm saving La Dodd's latest paranormals STORM OF VISIONS and STORM OF SHADOWS for when I finish GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART. When I'm writing contemp, I have trouble reading contemp and vice versa but I can't wait!

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  70. Hi Keri! If any of you guys ARE on Twitter already, follow @KeriStevens . She's a hoot and her sense of humor (and her finely honed sense of the absurd) definitely agrees with mine :)

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  71. Hi everyone again ^^
    I just got back from court (i had to witness sentencing for school) and i finally can type in my questions i wanted to ask.

    To Teresa,
    I've always been a fan of your books and i wanted to know what inspired you to write romances based on fairy tales? I'm asking this because your fairy tale series were the first books of yours that i read and i absoutly adore them. ^^

    To Lisa: Are you going to do anymore books with the Bow Street series? I know you finished up the series awhile back, but i loved them. Perhaps because of my major, but they're my favorite of yours

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  73. Thanks Jedisakora! I think you have to write what you're passionate about and the primal myths that are the root of most fairy tales make me very passionate indeed. I did one Cinderella book (CHARMING THE PRINCE) and two Beauty and the Beast books (THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST and YOURS UNTIL DAWN) and one loosely based on Sleeping Beauty (A KISS TO REMEMBER.) I think those themes are timeless for a reason--because they speak to us on such a primal level.

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  74. I'm off to work at Starbucks for awhile! Feel free to say mean things about me behind my back while I'm gone (that means YOU, Connie!)

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  75. Teresa Medeiros said: Well Buffie, there are scenes in THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID where he's not wearing much of anything at all of course ;)

    Yeah, so if I didn't already want to read it, THAT would! ;-) Looking forward to Goodnight Tweetheart, too! What a neat concept!

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  76. Connie said: ANd finally, ELoisa, Julia Quinn and I REALLY DID turn in our stories for THE LIST-- a regency novella with connected stories (ala ONCE UPON A PILLOW by Christina and I).

    Oooooo! I've been looking forward to this one for a long time! Can't wait! :)

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  77. Wow! I go away for a while and everybody shows up. Welcome to the Squawker party, everyone!

    Still no sign of Christina, eh? Maybe we need to round up a landscape crew to wake her up! :)

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  78. Thanks for the music recs, Liz. I'll be checking those out!

    Deb said: No matter how I felt or the mood I was in, I could always come to SR and come away with a smile.

    So true!

    Santa, you are most definitely a lovely work in progress. I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to seeing a book with your name on the cover.

    Oh, and on behalf of all us who had been waiting forever and who loved Danger in a Red Dress: Thank you!

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  79. Janga, I'm with you on the greedy bit. That's the trade-off. I miss starting each day with Squawk Radio but I *love* getting more new books from six of my favorite authors!

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  80. Julie, I think that's a major reason why so many of us stayed. They created a cyber neighborhood where everyone felt comfortable and everyone felt welcome.

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  81. IT'S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!

    Congratulations to Kati and Deb's Book Nook!

    Kati, you're the lucky winner of a signed set of Teresa's vampire books, After Midnight and The Vampire Who Loved Me!

    Deb, you've won a signed copy of Connie Brockway's So Enchanting!

    Please send your full name and snail mail address to:

    theromancedish@gmail.com

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  82. Well, I guess I missed Squawk Radio!!! I was just reading about it on Twitter following the Squawkers. I didn't realize it was shut down. I did a bad thing and ASSUMED it was a radio chat forum thingy. I guess I'll have to do the archives and see what I missed. I enjoy following the Squawkers on Twitter and through their newsletters. I'm sure it's a good thing that they have more time to write though. Thanks, Sue

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  83. Yes PJ, they made Everyone feel welcome. Even a quirky, non-writer such as myself. And yes, there is a "story" as to why a self proclaimed non-writer would push herself to post everyday on a blog. First of all it was challenging. Second it was a blast. And third ... I was desperate to come up with ideas for letters to my DS.

    Squawk Radio was more than entertainment to me. It was like an English 101 course. It was the place I learned to be competent and confident in my communication skills.

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  84. PJ and Gannon, dears, I just got a call from Christina, and she's asking if you can please check your emails (technical difficulties) . . . but everyone, she's reading the comments and is very eager to join in when possible!

    luveurope, I don't know when my next contemporary will be published . . . the only thing I'm sure of is that my next historical "Married By Morning" will be out next June.

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  85. Wow! Thanks so much! Can't wait to read Connie's new book!

    Deb

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  86. I was going to post this tonight. When all the fun and games were over. But since I'm on the subject ....

    PJ, I know that you saw the following post on my FaceBook profile page. What you didn't know, but probably suspected, was that I was referring to the generous woman of SR.
    From my FB page:

    "I cannot say “Mission accomplished”. But I can say “I gave it my best shot”.

    My thanks to all of you who have allowed me to hang out on your web site or blog. I won’t go so far as to say that I learned to be a real Writer. But I did learn to write with competence. And I did learn to write with confidence. Which is why I am sure that “my best shot” is better … Far Better than it would have EVER been had I not stumbled into the online world of Romance Lit. Thank you.

    Thank you, for your hospitality, your patience and your wisdom ... and of course The Books!"

    Julie

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  87. Woohoo!! Congratulations, Kati and Deb!!

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  88. Thanks for letting me know, Lisa! :) I can't wait to read Married by Morning and Love in the Afternoon. I loved the love/hate battle-of-the-sexes dynamic we've gotten between Cat and Leo in the past few books, and it sounds like it's going to be a fun and exciting read! You've definitely intrigued me with all the hints about Cat's past and how that'll affect her story.

    And oh, congrats to Kati and Deb!

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  89. Lisa Kleypas said: . . . the only thing I'm sure of is that my next historical "Married By Morning" will be out next June.

    I am SO looking forward to Leo and Catherine's book!! I love it when sparks fly. Thank you, Lisa!

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  90. And Eloisa, I also wanted to say I've had a blast reading all about your Parisian adventures on Twitter. It sounds like y'all are having the adventure of a lifetime. :) I'm sorry your daughter is having trouble with her math teacher, but I'm sure your husband will set things straight in a hurry!

    Liz, I have to also thank you for expanding my musical horizons, and one of my favorite SR blogs was of you standing in line for a Wii.

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  91. I missed Squawk Radio but have read about it on current blogs. I know that I missed a wonderful cyber home. One of the main reasons I so enjoy the blogs is finding authors new to me and broadening my reading. Before "discovering" the blogs I read strictly historicals and only a few authors. I haven't set down and figured out how many different authors I read now but I can tell you it keeps me busy trying to stay current on my tbr!

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  92. Can I also inquire after Kitty to see how she's doing and what she's up to these days? lol.

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  93. From Christina Dodd a/k/a "The Cranky One" (who is having technical difficulties at the moment):

    I do NOT understand why everyone acts like I'm cranky when I get up in the morning when in fact I'm the scion of sweetness and light in this group. Now let me get a cup of tea and I'll be back.

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  94. luveurope1, thank you for asking about Kitty. I was almost afraid to. One never knows what she might be up to! lol!

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  95. TIME FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS!

    Congratulations to Keri Stevens, Santa and Ms. Hellion!

    Keri, you've won a copy of Double The Heat, the new trade-sized anthology from Elizabeth Bevarly, Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin and Christie Ridgway that will be published Dec. 1st.

    Santa, you've won a signed copy of Connie's So Enchanting!

    Ms. Hellion, you've won a copy of Christina's Scent of Darkness!

    Please send your full name and snail mail address, with the title of the book you've won in the subject line, to:

    theromancedish@gmail.com.

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  96. To Lisa -

    *waving* Hi! How are you? I hope the writing is going well!

    When last we talked, it was the day of Smooth Talking Stranger's release. You were at RNTV, and I had asked whether you thought you might write Joe Travis's story. At the time, you didn't think that you would. But I know that many readers, not just me, are hoping you've changed your mind.

    Now I know you're writing the new series (which, can I just say, YIPPEE!), but do you think there's any chance, any chance at all, that you might ever write Joe's story? You can't leave him as the lone unmarried Travis! That would just be mean! ;o)

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  97. Just tossing my 2 cents in with Kati to say I would love to read Joe's story!

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  98. I was a regular visitor to squawk as well and yes it was one of the first blogs I ever visited and so much fun.
    Where would we all be today without the fantastic blogs around this one being one of the best.
    Thank you to the Squakers for some wonderful adventures while reading your books

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  99. luveurope, I am always happy to share my music experiences. And also my retail experiences. :o)

    Here's hoping Xtina puts her usual shot of Bourbon into her tea before she posts...

    Congrats to all the winners! Now I have to go pick up my kid from school.

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  100. From Christina:

    I wish I could be here in person instead of watching from the wings, but Blogger apparently no longer likes grumpy people.

    I had six books out in 2009, three new releases and three re-releases, so it was a very busy year. This month I have the re-release of CASTLES IN THE AIR, and I hope you’ve seen the video.

    http://christinadodd.com/video_cia.html

    I wrote it myself and yes, that’s me talking about the infamous cover. Then in March 2010, my first historical in four years, IN BED WITH THE DUKE, hits the shelves. I’m very excited—it’s Michael’s story from MY FAIR TEMPTRESS and the eighth in my Governess Brides series. Here’s the cover and excerpt:

    http://christinadodd.com/excerpt.php?excerptid=49

    I’m currently working on book 3 and 4 of the Chosen Ones series. After that, I write another historical to be released in 2011. I like to keep busy.

    I’m watching all the comments—thank you to everyone and especially The Romance Dish for hosting us again. And to Teresa, Connie, Liz, Eloisa and Lisa … ftttppp! Connie says she’s the nice one. That may be true, but considering her competition, that’s not saying much.

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  101. I'm so excited about DOUBLE THE HEAT! I read all four authors every chance I get, so this is a win-win-win-win book for me!

    Seriously, this made my day. Thank you!

    (I'm going go brag on twitter now).

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  102. Hi Kat!!!! (Lisa waving back) And hi PJ dear!

    Actually, I haven't started the Friday Harbor series yet--I'm writing the last Hathaway novel, "Love In The Afternoon," which is Beatrix's story. After that, I'll move on to the contemps.

    I am still amazed that so many lovely readers have mentioned Joe Travis! His appearance was so brief in SMS that I never expected anyone to be interested in him. Maybe I'll do his story after the Friday Harbor series, but that will take a couple of years (ducking and running away)

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  103. I meant "Kati," but I accidentally left off an i.

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  104. I just updated my TBB book calendar, and these are the Squawker books I have dates for.

    December 2009 Double the Heat anthology Elizabeth Bevarly
    February 2010 The Golden Season Connie Brockway
    March 2010 In Bed with the Duke (Governess Bride #8) Christina Dodd
    June 2010 Married by Morning (Hathaways #4) Lisa Kleypas
    July 2010 Chains of Ice (The Chosen Ones #3) Christina Dodd
    August 2010 Chains of Fire (The Chosen Ones #4) Christina Dodd
    August 2010 A Kiss at Midnight Eloisa James
    August 2010 The Devil Wears Plaid Teresa Medeiros

    Am I missing anything?

    And, Teresa, I can't wait to read Goodnight, Tweetheart. Among my all-time favorite scenes in romance are two from Breath of Magic: Ariane in the bathroom and the shopping trip. I'm sitting here laughing just thinking about them.

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  105. Yay, the Squawkers are in da house!!! Hello, hello, Everyone. Looks like there's much excitement here. It's not even noon on the west coast, and there're 104 comments.

    Every time I meet one of the Squawkers, I lament the closing of SR. I proudly wear my SR button to every conferenc. SR was my first blog and my first introduction to Romancelandia Online.

    I loved the teasing amongst them and how they allowed us to tease them back. The ladies with their warm generosity opened up the world of friendships a whole lot wider for me.

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  106. Janga - I love the list you just made, I'm stealing it and writing it down in my planning notebook :)

    This has been fun reading today as I get the comments on my blackberry...way more fun than the work stuff :)

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  107. I'm away from my computer for a little while and the comments have doubled! Looks like the Squawk reunion is in full swing.

    I do hope that Christina's technical snafu will be cleared up soon. I know you can read this, Christina, so I'll just say that I can attest to your sweetness, having met you in person. :)

    Congrats to our first round of winners! Don't y'all just love prizes?!

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  108. Hi, Keira! It wouldn't be a Squawk reunion without you! :)

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  109. Like a lot of others Squawk Radio was a daily ritual for me. I found out about it from Eloisa's website so I was in on it from the beginning. I lurked a lot and commented more often towards the end. It was a great community and I miss it.

    I do, however, really really appreciate all the awesome books we've received from our Squawk Radio group since then.

    The thing I loved about it was that we were all allowed a sneak peek into the lives of the authors we've come to love. It was like being a fly on the wall at a really cool pajama party. And if we wanted to join in we were more than welcomed and even made to feel like part of the in crowd.

    Thanks ladies and welcome back!!

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  110. Irisheyes said: It was like being a fly on the wall at a really cool pajama party. And if we wanted to join in we were more than welcomed and even made to feel like part of the in crowd.

    What a perfect description! :)

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  111. IrishEyes, I agree with PJ. That is the perfect description of Squawk Radio. :)

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  112. Back from lunch with my aunts and roamed through all the posts:

    First, to all of you... WAHT TYPOS?
    in no particular order:

    Eloisa has been trying to convince herself she's the nice one for years. I thought it was time to tell her the truth...

    Xtina's "technical difficulties" is an interesting metaphor for "not out of bed yet."

    If Liz is a slacker than I am catatonic.

    For years, Lisa's insistence on being a good mother has interfered with her book scheduling. Whatcha gonna do?

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  113. Teresa, I thought you were joking about about GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART on Twitter. I'm very pleased to hear that you're actually writing it.

    CoNNie, you know I'm dying waiting for SEASON, right? Updated your FBook page with the dates of your new releases. Need a link to excerpts & photos.

    Liz, what's the latest in your iPod? You greatly added to my CD collection through your posts.

    Xtina, sorry you're having trouble posting. Am glad to see how much attention CASTLE is getting.

    LisaK, it's good to read your comments here. Haven't seen much of you lately. Good to hear that you're getting reading to start on your Friday Harbor series.

    Eloisa, your American Dispatches from Paris have been excellent. Traveling there and living there are so very, very different. So many things that you would gloss over as a visitor, come back to bite you in the arse when you have to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. Thank you to you for keeping your board alive despite everything else going on in your life. It's allowed me to keep up with the friendships made at SR.

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  114. Welcome, Squawkers!!!! I've missed you, too! The Squawk blog is one of the first blogs I followed consistently. I still remember when Lisa Kleypas blogged about her new idea---the Hathaway siblings, and how she needed a name for the youngest sibling. All of you---Lisa, Connie, Eloisa, Liz, Terri, and X-tina---have each been a huge part of me becoming a writer by inspiring me and now I have an agent. Eloisa made me believe I could do writing through her BB, and Lisa, I've read and reread your books a thousand times and each one has helped me. I thank you for the community you developed, the memories you shared, and the friendships that were developed.

    I want Squawk to come back. Desperately.

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  115. I never really visited Squawk Radio, but I heard nothing but great things about this blog. I've read books by a few of the Squawkers and they are some of my favorites! :)

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  116. Connie, those are the comments we know and love...and miss!

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  117. And Lisa, I actually just squeed out loud when you said you were writing Bea's story. I've loved Bea ever since you talked about her on Squawk, and I've wanted her book from that very moment. You had me at: loves animals and also has a problem at stealing things, but she feels really guilty afterwards. I think every time you've been on the B&N board, the one Eloisa is a part of, I've incessentaly bugged you about Bea (sorry about that).

    And Connie, I've been looking forward to The Golden Season ever since you told the EJ/JQ BB that you were writing it (this was when you were on there for So Enchanting).

    Really, I can't wait to read all the new Squawkers books.

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  118. Ely, I remember Lisa's character naming contest. :)

    Trisha, meeting the Squawkers and reading their books is always a pleasure.

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  119. Liz, I forgot to say how I miss your music recs. It's because of you that I have Panic! At The Disco on my iPod. :)

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  120. Gannon, I think the other character I've bugged Lisa to write is Carrington, Liberty's young sister. I love Carrington's character. There's a story in that girl, I think.

    So much fun times were on Squawk! I loved when you all showed us your offices. I loved Terri's!!!

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  121. You know, it just occurred to me what a wonderful opportunity this is to straighten out a bit of the Christina mythos while she can't do--- I mean while she's tragically absent.

    So,

    #1 Christina says she's like 5'4". Pfffbbbt. She's 6'.
    #2 She ghost-wrote a JUST RELEASED political biography. Guess.
    #3 She loves coconut. Crazy loves.
    #4 She once worked as jello-wrestler "Watch-It-Wiggle Dodd" in a Fargo nightclub.
    #5 She loathes Hollywood musicals. Especially SOUND OF MUSIC.

    Just thought I'd put hat out there...

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  122. Ely, maybe if we all keep asking Lisa, she'll write Carrington's story. Oh, Lisa, dear, are you listening? :)

    Oh,yes, the pictures of the offices! Another great Squawk moment.

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  123. Yes, I'm all for a story for Joe and I'd love to read Carrington's story too! :) I love the Travis', so any excuse to visit with them again and see what they're up to is all right with me. ;)

    And Eloisa, count me in on those who'd love a story for Villiers' son Tobias!!!

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  124. OMG, you all have been very busy this afternoon while I was waiting on the doctor's office with a sick little one.

    It is so great to have everyone here . . . Reunited and it feels so good! LOL! Had to through that song in there. :)

    Congrats to all the winners so far!!!!

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  125. Thanks for letting me know I can still check out the archives. I second Elizabeth's recommendation of Barbara Freethy. She is one of my favorite authors. I'm going through withdrawal waiting for her next book in the Angel's Bay series.

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  126. I did know about Squawk Radio - but sadly only really discovered it right around the end. :X
    What makes me go back to a blog daily? Hm - I guess great content - lots of new and exciting things, and variety. Not that I'm difficult to please or anything ;)
    Hello Squawkers! Nice to see you all!

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  127. Thank you, Janga, for the kind words about BREATH OF MAGIC. I had SO much fun writing the contemporary scenes in that book and I'm having a blast writing the contemp scenes in GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART.

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  128. And if you want to know the truth about Xtina, I think Connie has her locked in a closet somewhere. Pay no attention to that muffled screaming you hear.

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  129. And I haven't answered your question yet--what makes me go back to a blog daily? A positive world view and the feeling that its authors are smiling at me instead of snarling at me :)

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  130. Hi Elyssa!!! You are so sweet--thank you dear! I'll tell you, this experience of writing Bea's book is interesting . . . more emotional and a little darker than I expected. Very fun to write, but challenging.

    Gannon . . . LOL, yes, I'll put Carrington down as a possible book someday . . . I've always wondered who her father is!

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  131. Terri, I was wondering what that noise was. Thanks for solving the mystery of Christina's true whereabouts. :)

    BTW, where's Kitty? Nursing a cocktail, having her way with our golden waiter? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

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  132. last I heard of Kitty she was in the slammer for disobeying multiple restraining orders re: Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman and PeeWee Herman. Didn't ask about that last. Didn't want to know.

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  133. PeeWee Herman?! Kitty's taste in men is slipping. Perhaps, the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be best in this case.

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  134. Connie's been rolling in the alfalfa again.

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  135. Here ya go, Keira. The last three songs I downloaded from iTunes: The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger,” White Rabbits’ “Percussion Gun,” Kaiser Chiefs’ “I Predict a Riot” (which, actually, coulda been the Squawk theme had I but known). And the last full CD was Diana Krall’s “The Look of Love,” which I HUGELY recommend for us romantic types. I’m happy I’ve been able to expand everyone’s musical horizons.

    Such nice words from everyone! :::sniff sniff:: I’m getting so nostalgic… Well, except for Kitty. Who is less likely to be nursing a drink than a hangover.

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  136. AAAIIIIEEE!!! Christina has escaped from the closet! Run, Connie, run! While there's still time!

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  137. It's working now? NOW?! I've been leaping up and down with steam coming out of my ears like Yosemite Sam all day, and just when it's winding down, I can get in?

    This was an evil plot by ... hm ...(eyes narrowed at the other Squawkers)

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  138. I think Kitty's recouperating in Cancun. I hope she's in the shade. Anymore sun on that craggly face and she's gonna self-compust.

    I am so psyched about all the faboo projects you guys are working on! Anybody else crossing genre lines?

    I gotta thank Janga for listing all the releases. I swear my mind's a seive!

    And thank you, PJ, for your continued enthusiasm for me and my writing! I met PJ and Gannon for the first time in DC this year. I think that leaves just Ms. Hellion, Elyssa (who only lives an hour away)and Laura Troutman.

    Oh, and I met my CP and dearest friend J Perry Stone via Squawk Radio. She's a bit under the weather this week.

    Like all of you here it was the first blog for me and one I checked in the morning and at the end of the day. Very often I was the last to post anything - a habit I continue to this day. But I do miss it and, yes, I'm not ashamed to say I cried when it left the blogshere. I am soo happy that it was resurrected via Twitter and am enjoying the posts that have been left there.

    Ciao for now. Off to put on the momma hat....

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  139. WE HAVE MORE WINNERS!

    The randomizer has chosen four more winners. Congratulations to Irisheyes, Maureen, Janga and hrdwrkdmom a/k/a Dianna!

    Maureen, you have won a copy of Some Enchanted Evenng by Christina Dodd.

    Janga, you have won a set of Liz's Derby trilogy.

    Hrdwrkdmom a/k/a Dianna, you have won Some Like it Wicked and Some Like it Wild by Teresa Medeiros.

    Irisheyes, you have won a copy of So Enchanting by Connie Brockway.

    Congratulations, ladies! Please send your full name and snail mail address, putting the title of the book you won in the subject line, to theromancedish@gmail.com.

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  140. Teresa said: "what makes me go back to a blog daily? A positive world view and the feeling that its authors are smiling at me instead of snarling at me :)"

    Yes. If I want to be with people who constantly complain, I'll watch the news. One of the reasons we really hated to shut down SR was because everyone there was So Nice. Good, funny, upbeat people who looked on the bright side, had good manners (a quality greatly missed on-line) and loved what we loved -- romance novels. Man, I miss waking up and checking the blog first thing to see what's going on. I'm very happy that TheRomanceDish is up and running.

    Oh, and I really miss being the visiting authors dictator. I got to boss around some incredibly important writers!

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  141. Woohoo, Christina's in the house!! You're not late. It's the shank of the evening and with the Squakwers around I think we'll keep the party going for some time.

    Now, where are those buff, half-dressed waiters. Christina needs a drink!

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  142. I've been scanning the comments trying frantically to catch up, chasing the train as it leaves the station, and I want to invite everyone to join my mailing list.

    http://christinadodd.com/lists/?p=subscribe

    If you're on Twitter, you know I spontaneously combusted about this person who slammed me in an Amazon review because DANGEROUS LADIES was a reprint of two of my rom suspenses.

    Well, honey, read the backcopy. Or just *listen* to me. I told everyone who follows me on Twitter and Facebook that it was a reprint. I told my mailing list in *January* DANGEROUS LADIES was a reprint, and also told the my readers about the other two reprints. I try to make sure that my peeps don't spend their precious earnings on a reprint they already have. So, er...

    Well, I meant this to be a pleasant invitation to join my mailing list, but I may have confirmed the cranky part of my personality.

    Please do join. I'll keep you up-to-date with releases and re-releases, I'll let you know when I do an interview or put up new content on my website, and you get to go into my Salon which has games, videos and special excerpts. Not to mention you get witty letters from moi. http://christinadodd.com/lists/?p=subscribe

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  143. See...I told you Xtina wasn't the nice one either. (Teresa fluffs her blonde hair. That's right, Xtina--I said BLONDE!!!)

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  144. Thanks, Dishes. I do love winning books, and Squawker books are the very best books.

    Christina, as much as I love your paranormals and Fortune books, I am dancing with delight that you are giving us a new historical. I'm going to reread the other seven Governess Bride books in February in preparation and anticipation of #8.

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  145. Guys, I'm off to church to stuff goody boxes for our college students who are studying for finals. (And yes, everyone here realizes their goodies are in jeopardy with me stuffing the boxes--especially if there is chocolate involved.)

    It's been WONDERFUL being here today and hanging with all of our Squawkers and Squawkees and the amazing ladies of THE ROMANCE DISH.

    I did want to say that I'm debuting a VERY special "Christmas Comes Early" contest tomorrow--giving away all 19 of my books--so if you haven't signed up for my newsletter, just go to http://www.teresamedeiros.com and hit the button in the upper right corner to find out the details.

    Thanks again for the hospitality! Smoochies to all!!! :)

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  146. Also you can follow me on Twitter

    http://twitter.com/christinadodd

    and on Facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDoddFans?v=wall&viewas=502334541&ref=ts

    I don't blather on the way Teresa does :) but I do enjoy myself wayyyy too much.

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  147. Thanks for being here today, Terri! It was like old times.

    Hugs,
    Gannon

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  148. Christina, you know I love to stalk, um, I mean follow you on FB and Twitter! :)

    And the woman with the Amazon review probably never to bother to read the backcopy! Pfft on her!

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  149. oh, thank you, you guys for a marvleous day. And now you finally know the truth: There IS no nice Squawker. (For that matter, there is no blonde Squawker, either.)

    Off to make lentil soup!

    Blessings on you all!

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  150. Thanks, Connie! And just so you know, we think you're all nice!!

    Hugs,
    Gannon

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  151. Homework is finished and I finally have the computer back. Hey! Where did everyone go? peeks behind the couches

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  152. Hmmm...I know. I'll give away more prizes. Maybe that will bring them out.

    Congratulations to:

    Dorthy, JWZ1978 and LuvEurope1!

    Dorthy, you've won Liz's "Male" trilogy.

    JWZ1978, you've won Connie's So Enchanting.

    LuvEurope1, you've won Christina's Storm of Visions.

    Please send your full name and snail mail address, putting the title of the book you won in the subject line, to:

    theromancedish@gmail.com

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  153. Heh, heh. You know how to bring them back, PJ.

    Okay, it's time for me to fix dinner. We're going with a vege plate. Which sounds very holy and lower-cal-than-thou, but actually we had BBQed ribs for lunch. Yes, it's true -- we have a great BBQ place in the Pacific NW.

    So farewell all (altho I'll be back soon) and thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

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  154. Enjoy your dinner, Christina. We had delicious ham and bean soup. Perfect for a cold, rainy night!

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  155. I visited Squawk Radio occasionally and always had a great time. Love all the lady bloggers and follow most of them on Twitter and their newsletters.
    The qualities that keep me coming back to a blog are: funny and interesting stories - about writing, things that have happened in the bloggers day, etc., fun guest bloggers, and of course giveaways, those are always fun.

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  156. YAY, Christina finally made it to the party!!

    Congrats again to all the winners -- lots of winners!!!

    It has been such a fun day visiting with all the Squawkers again. Ladies, it has been a pleasure having you all here at The Romance Dish. I hope you will come back and visit with us!

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  157. Our dinner came from Costco. The sad part is, I think it was the best dinner I ever fixed. Sigh.

    Okay, if everyone else is throwing out their Facebook and Twitter info, here's mine: Twitter is way too manic and weird for me, and I've never figured out how/am way too lazy to do it. (Hey, I buy my family dinners at Costco. You do the math.) But I'm on Facebook at

    http://www.facebook.com/elizabethbevarly

    So come visit me there. Friend me! I need all the friends I can get!

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  158. Thanks for having us, Dishes! It's been tons of fun "seeing" the old gang!

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  159. Whoo! Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy those fabulous prizes :D

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  160. Mmmm, BBQ! Christina, I've always been a huge fan of BBQ--lucky for me we live in NC and have great BBQ.


    Liz, I thought you Costco dinner sounded good. :) I made beef stew tonight, which was a good pick for the cold and rainy weather we are having. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Liz. It was a fun time!

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  161. Terri, Liz, Connie, Lisa, Eloisa, and Christina, thank you so much for visiting with us at The Romance Dish today and for letting us know what you've been working on and have coming up! We have so much Squawker-goodness to look forward to! Hugs and kisses to you all!! :)

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  162. We still have a few prizes to give away. We'll post all the winners in a separate announcement tomorrow.

    Thank you Christina, Liz, Terri, Eloisa, Lisa and Connie for visiting with us today and reminding all of us why Squawk Radio was *the* place to be!

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  163. Wow! I go to Girl Scouts and everyone shows up!

    HI EVERYONE!!!
    Congrats to all the winners!

    Oh, reading through...I'm one of the winners!!!! Yea me!

    I actually should have read the blog post better, because I didn't realize there was a give away...Oops! But then again its written in BOLD, so I wonder how I missed that...LOL

    Connie I just friended you on FB.
    :-)


    Ok, now to catch up on the rest of the posts....LOL

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  164. You ladies sure kept us entertained today!! We HAD to keep coming back to check for giveaways!! Verrry tricky!! LOL!! I have to imagine Squawk Radio was a lot like today's blog. I can see why you had a good following. It seems like Twitter is the newer, faster answer to blogging. Happy writing to you all!! Thanks, Sue

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  165. MORE PRIZES!

    Congratulations to Elyssa Papa, Jane and SueHussein!

    Elyssa, you won a signed set of the Essex Sisters quartet from Eloisa James!

    Jane, you won signed copies of After Midnight and The Vampire Who Loved Me from Teresa Medeiros!

    SueHussein, you won signed copies of the "Male" trilogy from Elizabeth Bevarly!

    Please send us your full name and snail mail address, with the title of the book/set you won in the subject line, to:

    theromancedish@gmail.com

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  167. Yea!! I'm so excited! Thanks so much!!! I can't wait for So Enchanting and am already making plans to curl up on the couch with the fireplace, my pup, and the book!

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  168. Reading the entire comment thread from top to bottom has been so entertaining!! Thank you Romance Dish for this fab opportunity for venting our long-suppressed squees over the Squawkers.

    Thanks much for the recs, Liz!

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  169. It's been quite a day. Special thanks to Christina, Lisa, Eloisa, Liz, Connie and Terri! Reliving Squawk Radio, if only for a day, reminds us of why it was THE romance blog!

    Y'all are the best! Hugs and kisses all around. We hope you'll drop in occasionally to say hello.

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  170. OMG, seriously?! Woohoo! I'm finally going to have a copy of PforP signed. :-)

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  171. I know I missed the whole 2nd half of the day because of being in Paris (woe is me *g*)... so good-bye everyone! So lovely to have around again and see familiar names all in one place.

    hugs, Eloisa

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  172. I just found you and am finding out who has new book coming out, about the book and author, general info regarding life, love and books. LOL ..There is so much info in this comments I am amazed and the quality and quanity of the responses..Will be checking this every morning, during day and before bed.. Thanks to all of you.

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  173. Glad you found us, Brenda! We'll look forward to seeing you around the Dish. :)

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