Monday, November 2, 2009

LET'S DISH!



WOO HOO!  It's finally here!  The platters are loaded with delicious goodies, blenders filled with margaritas are whirring and the gorgeous waiters are awaiting your pleasure.  The Romance Dish is ready to open for business so let's cut the ribbon and get this party started!  (Andrea whispers in PJ's ear)  What?  But they all know us!  (more whispers)  Oh.  Yes, that's true.  We did tell people to bring their friends.  I guess it would be a good idea to tell them a little bit about us and how we came to form The Romance Dish.  Okay, listen up, everybody!  I'm going to tell you a story.






Once upon a time there were four women who loved to read romance.  They were frequent visitors to places like Squawk Radio, the Eloisa James/Julia Quinn Bulletin Board, the Avon Authors Forum and RomanceNovelTV - places where they would talk about the books they had read and what they liked (or didn't like) about them.  They had opinions.  Lots of opinions!  One day, Maria and Marisa, the mavens of RNTV, asked them to formalize their comments by writing book reviews for their site.  The women had never thought about writing actual reviews but it sounded like fun and, goodness knows, they sure did enjoy talking about romance.  Over the next two years they reviewed 147 books, discovered terrific authors whose books now grace their keeper shelves and made great friends.  But, alas, all good things must eventually end and a little over one month ago, the women received the news that RNTV would be closing.  They were disappointed and sad but they weren't finished.  There were so many books waiting to be published, waiting to be reviewed.  They still had more to say!  As luck would have it, the four women were scheduled to attend the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference a few days later.  


They spent the weekend at M&M brainstorming, (Okay, there was a little partying but it was mostly brainstorming.  Honestly!), received encouragement and guidance from many wonderful people at the conference and, by the time they left that Sunday, were well on their way to building the cyber-home we're celebrating today.  


(Gannon whispers in PJ's ear)  But I'm afraid I'll forget someone!  (more whispers)  Yes, you're right.  We should thank the people who have helped us but there are so many and, besides, people are getting restless.  They're thirsty and hungry.  They want to party!  I don't know if Sean and the other waiters can hold them back!  (frantic whispers and lots of hand gestures)  Okay!  I know it's important!  I just don't want a riot at our first party.  Not when we've worked so hard to decorate the place.  I'll make this short and sweet.  Then can we start the party?  (Gannon, Andrea and Buffie happily smile and nod in agreement)  Honestly, how did I get elected to emcee this gig anyway?  Mumble...grumble.  Oh.  That's right.  I volunteered. (PJ steps up to the microphone again.)





Since undertaking this new project, we have been blessed with an enormous amount of encouragement, enthusiasm and much-appreciated guidance from across the romance writing and reading world.  We appreciate each and every one of you!  Special thanks go to talented authors Anna Campbell  and Trish Milburn who will be joining us here at The Romance Dish with monthly blogs.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the 10th and 24th of every month.  Special thanks go to Kimberly Killion for designing our beautiful banner, avatars, rating stars and much more.  Beverley Kendall at The Season has been so generous in promoting our site and will be posting second-hand reviews from The Romance Dish.  Special thanks to Barb at Happily Forever After for graciously guiding a fellow blogger she had never met (me) through the steps to create our slide show and re-writing the code to make it fit into our side bar.  And last, but never least, many thanks to The Romance Bandits for their support and guidance and to Banditas Trish, Joanie, Nancy and Caren for convincing us in Atlanta that we can do this thing!

Okay, ladies!  Let's cut the ribbon and get this party started.  It's time to dish!     




We're looking forward to a terrific line-up of books, blogs and authors at The Romance Dish this month.  What are you looking forward to in November?  Leave a comment and you may win one of the many prizes we'll be giving away throughout the day.  Every comment is another chance to win!

416 comments:

  1. Hey, does this mean I get the golden waiter? I'd much rather have a golden waiter than a golden rooster! Unless the rooster is basted and barbecued - but they won't let me do that in the lair! Whaaaah!

    Hey, girls I'm SOOOOO excited about this. I've been champing at the bit for the day to come when it was all official and the Romance Dish was at last out of the oven and offering a delicious feast to all your readers!

    PJ, Gannon, Buffie and Andrea, you're all looking most gorgeous! Not a bit like you spent the whole month slaving in the kitchen in preparation for our celebrations.

    Huge congratulations on taking this step. I think this site is going to become one of the must-see sites for romance fiction. And I can't tell you how delighted I am that I'm going to play a part! Thank you so much for inviting me!

    Now, where's my margarita? Let's get this party started!

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  2. Wow I'm so excited that you all are finally up and running. Congrats!!!

    I'm looking forward to the monthly blogs by Anna Campbell and Trish Milburn!!

    I cant wait to see all the things you have planned for us!!

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  3. This looks to be a happening place and I know it will be part of my daily reads on the net.

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  4. The site looks wonderful! Congratulations, ladies. I look forward to reading lots of interesting posts!

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  5. Hi Ladies

    this is going to be a fantastic site and I will be sure to visit everyday.
    I have gotten to know you wonderful Ladies over the years and love your reviews you are always fun to be with huge congrats on the new site.

    I am of course looking forward to some great reading this month and the weather is warming up here in Australia just great for lazy days with the air con on and a great book not to mention Tim Tams of course.

    Congrats Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  6. Congratulations to all of you on your grand opening!

    I'm looking most forward to some new releases this month, too, and the time off I have later in the month that will be spent reading, reading, reading.

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  7. Good Morning and welcome to the Romance Dish! The Golden Waiter, Anna? Ooh, I do like the sound of that. *vbg*

    It's early hours yet here on the east coast of the US so I'm afraid the BBQ isn't quite ready, Anna. Of course, the bartenders are already hard at work (such industrious fellows) so one of our waiters will be more than happy to serve you.

    We're thrilled to have you on our team. I'm not going to give away secrets but our readers should know that you have some very special surprises in store for them! :)

    Please make yourself comfy. I see other guests I need to greet.

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  8. Hi Alicia! Welcome to our new digs. We're delighted you could make it.

    I think you're going to enjoy Trish and Anna's monthly contributions to our little establishment. We also have some other wonderful authors visiting us in November. Check out the Slide Show in our blog side bar for details.

    Thanks for coming to our party. We hope you'll be a regular!

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  9. Hi Dianna! So glad to see you here! Did you follow Anna's trail? I hear she's been leaving feathers everywhere so people would be able to find us. I shudder to think what the poor golden rooster must look like by now!

    Please make yourself comfy and do let one of our waiters know what you would like to eat and drink.

    We'll be giving away prizes throughout the day so check back often to see if you've won!

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  10. Waaahoooooooo!!!

    Party at The Dish!! Oh yea, oh yea, party as The Dish, oh yea. **doing my best dance moves**

    Anna, I don't know about a golden waiter, but we seem to have a wonderful selection of waiters to choose from. You know, it is a tough job looking for hottie waiters but I told Andrea, PJ, and Gannon that I would suffer through it for the cause. *VBG* I am so glad you are joining us every month and can't wait to read your first review!

    Alicia - thanks so much for stopping by today. We are very excited about this month too. Hope to see you around here a lot!

    Thanks so much Dianna! I'm glad we can be a part of your reads everyday.

    Marcia - It does look good, doesn't it?! LOL! And so do some of the waiters - :)

    Helen - I am SOOO happy you are here today. We all think you are something special too!

    Kammie - thanks! New releases, huh? Well be sure to stop back by on Wednesday when Andrea has your New Releases blog up. You don't want to miss that!

    ENJOY THE PARTY, LADIES!

    ** off to round up some more hunky waiters **

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  11. Thank you, Maria! We're looking forward to your author visit on December 16th. The crowd is still a little light so now is a good time to look around and get familiar with the place.

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  12. Helen! Welcome to our new home. Isn't it lovely? We've had some help with the decorating so we can't take all the credit but we're so proud of it. Feel free to take a look around and get familiar with the place.

    I'm so happy that one of our first guests is one of my favorite Aussies. :) I hope you've brought some of that warm sunshine with you. We can use it here in my cold and rainy neighborhood.

    Make yourself at home and please let one of our gorgeous waiters know if you need anything.

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  13. Hi Kammie! So glad you could make it to our big debut party. There are some fabulous new books this month, aren't there? Which ones are you most excited about? Oh, and lucky you, getting time off to curl up with those hunky heroes and the heroines who knock them off their feet. Enjoy!

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  14. Good morning and welcome to everyone! I can't believe our big day is finally here. *jumping up to do a happy dance*

    Anna, dear, we may just have to give that golden waiter idea some thought. I like it! *vbg* Having you with us here at The Dish is going to make it even better than we could have imagined.

    Many thanks and hugs and kisses!

    I'll just cruise the room to make sure the waiters are taking care of everyone and that they keep your margarita glass filled. It may be the wee hours of the morning here, but as the song says, "it's 5 o'clock somewhere." LOL

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  15. Hi, Alicia! We are so happy you came to join the party. Do you have enough to eat and drink? Are our gorgeous waiters anticipating your every need? Just give a wave, and they'll come running. :)

    Trish and Anna's are definitely going to be a "must see" every month. And we have so many fabulous authors visiting and other fun times ahead. Stay tuned....

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  16. Dianna, it's lovely to see you here. Thanks for making us one of your daily stops.

    Make sure you have plenty of goodies--and check out our gorgeous eye candy--while you're here.

    Cheers!

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  17. It may be the wee hours of the morning here, but as the song says, "it's 5 o'clock somewhere." LOL

    If I had to be awake at 5:00 this morning you better believe I was going to treat myself to one of those delicious margaritas. Besides, I don't remember the song specifying 5 o'clock PM, do you, Gannon? *vbg*

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  18. Maria, how nice to see you! With all of this food, drink and chatting, it's a bit like Bunco, don't you think? Except, we never had sexy waiters at our Bunco nights.

    Hmmm, may have to give that some thought. :-D

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  19. Helen, one of favorite ladies from Oz! It wouldn't be a party without you here.

    We've had loads of help getting The Dish ready to roll. We couldn't have gotten here so quickly without them.

    Enjoy the day! *whispers. Did I hear you mention Tim Tams? Do you have any with you? We have to be quiet, you know Tim Tams are so fabulous, they could start a riot if we don't have enough.* LOL

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  20. Gannon, sexy waiters are a plus anywhere;)

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  21. Kammie, welcome to the party!

    Andrea, has a plethora of new releases she'll be sharing with us soon. You will have plenty of new books to add to your reading stack!

    Put your feet up and let our attentive waiters--we love 'em!--take care of you!

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  22. PJ, now that you mention it, I don't recall the song specifying 5 p.m. either!

    Oh, waiter! My margarita glass is looking a little empty. *vbg*

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  23. COngratulations Ladies !!!!
    I think I'm gonna love this new place ;-)
    What books are on my reading list for november ?
    - Captive of Sin (offered by the lovely Anna Campbell... that one really is at the top of this month's list).
    - Elisabeth Hoyt's To desire a Devil
    - Lisa Dale's It Happened one Night
    - Susan Mallery's Hot on her Heels
    - Gemma Halliday's Scandal Sheet
    - Lori Wilde's The Sweetheart's Knitting Club
    - Lorraine Heath's Midnight Pleasures with a scoundrel

    I have also some earlier releases on my TBR pile : Lady of Persuasion, A sSummer of Two Wishes, The Wedding Officer, Make her Pay...

    woosh, it's going to be a busy month... the best !

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  24. Woo hoo! I'm so glad y'all are in business and on every day now! You know how much we love all of you over at Romance Bandits. We have been buzzing about the new blog literally since its inception! *g*

    I know this site is going to take off in a big, mad way. How could an enterprise undertaken by four such lovely, luminous, brilliant and incredibly fun women not?

    We won't be strangers and I hope you'll still pop over to see us!

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  25. Hi :)
    Congratulations on your debut!
    I'm looking forward to all the great releases this month, and for two movies (2012 and New Moon) and the return of Legend Of The Seeker.
    :)
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

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  26. Hi ladies! I'm so glad you are finally up and running! I'm looking forward to everything in November, the blogs, the reviews and all the wonderful comments you will receive.

    Congratulations again!

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  27. Whoot!
    Hey, don't point that thing at me...
    POP!
    ok...pour me some champagne! :)

    Congratulations on your grand opening. I know you will be a great success. The place looks great, and it looks like you've got a great line-up to keep you rockin' throughout November!

    And who is this Sean fellow? And an even better question, where is he? I wanna see him. :)

    Good luck with the launch. I'm going to go tweet about it now...

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  28. Hi Emmanuelle! Thanks for the congrats. Wow, that's an impressive reading list for November. Lots of terrific books there!

    Be sure to pop in this Thursday when Anna will be here talking about Captive of Sin!

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  29. Hi Caren! (waving)

    Of course, we won't be strangers at the lair. In fact, I just came from there. We're all looking forward to being your guests on Nov. 21st!

    Thank you for that lovely compliment. The chocolate is in the mail. *vbg*

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  30. Thanks, RK! We hope you'll visit us often.

    I always look forward to the holiday movie releases. 2012 looks like it's going to be terrific!

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  31. Darn it if I didn't post in the wrong place. It's me again here for some fun. ;)

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  32. Thanks, Christie! I hope we'll see your smiling face in here often!

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  33. Thanks, Kimberly! We're pretty proud of the place. The banner you designed for us is gorgeous!

    See that tall, muscular young man at the bar? The one with the black hair and twinkling sapphire eyes? That's our Sean. Just wait until you hear his delicious Irish accent. :::sigh:::

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  34. Hi Bev! Glad you found your way to the party. Please come in and get comfortable. We really appreciate all the advance buzz you've given us at The Season.

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  35. *comes dancing in* Wow! The place is already PACKED!

    *heads over to the DJ* Since this is OUR party, the DJ will play my song of choice in a very timely manner! ;)

    Off to welcome guests....

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  36. Emmanuelle, thanks for the congrats. We hope you'll love it here as much as we already do!

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  37. Caren, come on in and join the fun! With another Bandita in the house, things are gonna get wild and crazy!

    You can be sure I'll be dropping by the Lair to say hello. :)

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  38. Well, I show up first thing in the morning, and Anna has already snagged the best-looking waiter in the place. Typical!

    Congratulations, ladies! I'm so happy to see you in your new home on the web. The place looks great, and the margaritas taste wonderful. Wishing you many, many years of fun as you read and dish your way through romancelandia.

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  39. Anna!! The golden waiter?! I love it!! We can't thank you enough for all your support and enthusiasm. We couldn't have done it without you. (((hugs)))

    Welcome Alicia! Please make yourself at home and come back often.

    Thanks, Dianna! We look forward to seeing you daily.

    Thanks, Maria! We're looking forward to your visit!

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  40. RK, thanks for joining us! We are looking forward to a great year with many wonderful books and movies.

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  41. Hi, Christie! We hope you'll be a frequent visitor here. We love "dishing" with you Banditas!

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  42. Hi, Kimberly! Doesn't everything look great? Especially the fabulous banner you designed for us!

    Now, when you say Sean, are you speaking of Sir Sean Connery, of the sexy Scottish brogue or PJ's young Irishman? Personally, I'll take either one...or both. :)

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  43. Hi, Bev! Glad you're here for our big bash. Many thanks for the shout-out you've given us over at The Season!!

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  44. Thanks, Helen! I wish some of your warm weather would make it's way to me. Did I mention how much I do not like the cold? LOL So glad you'll be joining us every day!

    Welcome, Kammie! Thanks! And I hear you--reading, reading, reading!

    Hi, Emmanuelle! Your list looks a lot like mine! Glad to have you here.

    Caren!!! Thanks so much for joining us today and thanks for your support. It means so much to us!

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  45. The site is gorgeous. Best of luck to you on your new journey.
    November is NaNoWriMor month for me.
    Again, congratulations on the new site.

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  46. Hi, Vanessa! Have no fear, we have plenty of hunky waiters to go around!

    Enjoy your margarita. Pick your favorite gorgeous waiter, and he will see that you are well taken care of. :)

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  47. Emmanuelle -- wow, you have a great list there! If you are like me, my list is always long and there is never enough time :0

    Caren -- right back at ya girl!!

    RK -- thanks for stopping by. I keep seeing the trailers for 2012. Looks like an action packed movie!

    Christie -- thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a drink and some yummies too!

    Kimberly, here's another glass of bubbly for you. As far as Sean, I believe he's the head waiter. But if he is busy with someone else, there are plenty of other gorgeous waiters to take care of you. You know me *wink wink*

    Bev -- glad you made it to the party!

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  48. Andrea, I already talked to the DJ. Your MJ songs will be playing frequently!!

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  49. Thanks and welcome, RKCharron! My sister and I are looking forward to New Moon, too!

    Hey, Christie! Thanks for stopping by! We're looking forward to your visit next year!!

    Kimberly!! (((hugs))) Thanks for everything--we couldn't have done it without you! *pushes hunky waiter towards Kimberly* THIS is Sean. *vbg*

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  50. Vanessa, don't worry about Anna taking the best waiter in the bunch. As head of the of the Hottie Team, I have made sure there are plenty of steamy waiters ready (and willing!) to take care of your needs. What's your choice -- blonde, brunette, red? Green eyes? Blue eyes? Dark brown eyes? You name, we got it!!

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  51. Beverley, there is no wrong place to post. Post everywhere! So glad you could join us today!

    Thanks and welcome, Vanessa! *pushes a hunky waiter towards Vanessa* Oh, we have more than just one good-looking waiter. Meet Jake.... *vbg*

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  52. Hello and welcome, Adelle! Thanks for joining us today. And good luck with NaNo!!

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  53. Andrea, I already talked to the DJ. Your MJ songs will be playing frequently!!

    *dancing* Thanks, Buffie! You're the best!

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  54. Hi Adelle! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to grab some food and drink before heading back into the NaNo cave. Good luck with your writing this month!

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  55. Now Vanessa, you should know that with Buffie in charge of the wait staff there will always be enough hunky waiters to go around! :)

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  56. Wow! Loving the party and think I want my very own Golden waiter. You all have done a wonderful job here and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us all in the future.
    Just be sure to include the hunky men! ;-)
    This will be one of my daily stops. Can't wait to hear what Anna has to reveal about her newest.
    Oops--have to go. Need another drink and to go dance!

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  58. Buffie, I try to read them al !! And I usually succeed. My TBR pile is not too big. I read about 10 books a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less... something is telling me I'll read more than 10 book in november. Btw I read Bed of Roses yeasterday afternoon/night and it was MAGICAL !!

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  59. Woo-hoo! A party! I brought the the noise-makers (that would be Xtina and Terri) COngratulations on the site, ladies!

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  60. Hey Cyndi! I do believe there are plenty of golden waiters wondering around. And of course their are quite a few of them on the dance floor right now. Enjoy!

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  61. Wow, Emmanuelle, that's wonderful that you can get through 10 books a month!! I'm a slow reader so I'm doing good to read half that many.

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  62. Thanks, Cyndi! Welcome to the party! We're so glad you'll be joining us daily. We have lots of good things lined up!

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  63. Thanks for stopping by Constance! Be sure to grap a drink and some yummies from the trays the waiters are passing around. Oh, and don't forget to hit the dance floor. If you want a special song played, I believe Andrea can get the dj to play it.

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  64. Welcome, Constance! Since you're dragging...um...escorting lovely noisemakers, Terri and Xtina I'm going to guess that you're our very own Ms. Brockway in formal attire? :)

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  65. PJ, Gannon and Andrea, Thanks for the warm welcome !!
    Romance readers community is the best !! Just saying... ;-)

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  66. *raising champagne flute* Here's to many happy years ahead of reading rich romances! Congratulations on your new site.I'll be sure to stop by.Love your avatars!

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  67. Thanks, Maggie! Congratulations to you on your upcoming 2010 debut, Mistress by Mistake! I think this calls for champagne. Sean, dear, would you do the honors?

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  68. Oops! I meant *more* champagne!

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  69. Hi, Adelle. Glad you could stop by and join our big party! We hope you'll drop in and "dish" with is often.

    Good luck with NaNo!

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  70. Cyndi, for you there are always plenty of hunky men to fulfill your every desire!

    What can I say? We take care of our friends. :)

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  71. DING! DING! DING!

    Time for our first giveaway. And the winner is...

    HELEN!

    Congratulations, Helen! You've won a signed copy of How to Seduce a Duke and How to Engage an Earl by Kathryn Caskie plus some goodies from the RWA National and Moonlight & Magnolias conferences. Please email your snail mail address to theromancedish@gmail.com.

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  72. Woo-hoo, Constance! Please bring as many noise-makers as you want!!

    Thanks and welcome, Maggie! We're so glad you could join us today. And HUGE congrats to you on your upcoming debut!! Can't wait to read it!

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  73. Constance, aka Connie, perhaps, thanks for joining the party and bring the noisemakers! We know that Xtina and Terri are good at that. ;)

    Grab a drink...and a hot waiter. But not necessarily in that order. *g*

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  74. Thanks Maggie!! Looking forward to your debut next year.

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  75. Congrats, ladies! :) Looking awesome this morning. *thumbs up*

    I'm looking forward to everything, I've missed your reviews and rec's.

    When are you serving dessert? *G*

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  76. lol a golden waiter, Anna? Very interesting.

    As for what I'm looking forward to in November? This site is one - very exciting. Thanksgiving... the election being OVER... books. :D You name it.

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  77. Hi, Maggie! *raising champagne flute in your direction* A toast to your upcoming debut and our new blog!

    Cheers!!

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  78. CONGRATS to Helen!!! The very first winner here at The Romance Dish!

    (whispers) if my boss comes looking for me, someone tell him I'm not here.

    *off to dance some more*

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  79. Thanks and welcome, Isabel!! Dessert is served 24/7 around here! ;)

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  80. Thanks, Isabel. How lovely of you to say that. We have plenty of reviews and recs coming up this month so stay tuned!

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  81. Hi, girls!!

    Congrats on the blog and I'm so excited to read your future posts, following you now! :)

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  82. Welcome to the site, limecello! I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving, too. I love me some deep fried turkey!

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  83. Thanks, Wendy! I don't know if you could tell, but we're excited, too!!!! LOL Glad you could join us!

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  84. *pushes hot waiter holding a tray of chocolately goodness towards Isabel* Here you go, my dear! Enjoy! *vbg*

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  85. Hi, Limecello! Would you like a drink? Oh, and have a warm cinnamon roll. They're so delish!

    We've been lucky on the election noise this year. The only local races are for city council and none of the candidates (small town) have enough money to run TV ads. Yay for us! Take heart. It will all be over soon!

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  86. Thanks, Wendy! We appreciate the follow!

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  87. Isabel, thanks for the lovely compliments! We will have many review and rec's coming soon. :)

    You should know with us around, there are ALWAYS desserts. Help yourself!

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  88. Hi, lime! Our party is really hopping now, isn't it?

    November is a fun filled month around here: author visits, reviews, book rec's, prizes, etc. There is something for everyone!!

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  89. Hi, Wendy! Thanks for coming to our bash!

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  90. *Gasps* Chocolate! You girls are the best!

    *Takes tray (and waiter) and dances away*

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  91. Gannon~ I'll be cheering you on during NaNoWriMo.
    You can do it!

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  92. What a great site! You have a lot to offer, and I'll look forward to reading the reviews and keeping up with the latest in the romance world! Wonderful design too!

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  93. Woohoo!!!! The Dishers are in da house!

    Yay!!!

    The site is GORGEOUS and I look forward to lots of fun and friendship and great book recommendations!

    Golden waiter,eh? That begs the question...is he golden all OVER? VBEG

    Nice spread you have here ladies, but (looks over platters, plates,bowls, gravy boats)um WHERE ARE THE TURTLES??!!!

    And Sean, me boyo....I'll take a Bailey's if you please and....I may need to abscound with him a bit as my current WIP is set in Ireland....for research purposes only...promise ;-0

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  94. Mornin' Ladies
    WOW, Congrats on your new site. This looks to be quite fun. Glad I can join in from the start.

    My TBR pile for the next 2 months is huge--Nalini Singh, Linda Howard,JD Robb, Stephanie Tyler. Then into Dec-
    Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz, Stephanie Tyler and Christine Feehan rounds it out.
    Of course, that doesn't include any new books I find from your reviews. =)

    The site and decorations are beautiful!! Enjoy your hard work. Time to have fun.

    Catherine C

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  95. Helloooooooo, Sean!!!
    Yes, yes, he is perfect for the job!

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  96. Btw, isn't it too soon for all this Champagne. I know it's a big celebration day but still ;-)

    I am celebrating with peanut butter cookies (fresh from my oven) and cold milk... yummy !

    Maybe I'll have some Champagne later !! ;-)
    xoxo

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  97. Psst! Joanie! Don't tell anybody but I hid the stash of turtles until you got here. Sean has been personally guarding them for you. :)

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  98. Congrats on your new digs ladies. Looking forward to some great reviews, but PLEASE don't make me add to my TBR pile too much...*banging head on desk* What I am I saying, I KNOW that's exactly what you're going to do!! LOL

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  99. Hi Catherine! We're delighted to have you join us.

    That's a terrific list of authors in your tbr. You have some of my favorites in there. We hope we'll be able to add to your stash with our November reviews and author visits. :)

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  100. Well, Buffie, I have to say that Jake is lovely! But perhaps a sample platter would be in order- what do you think?

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  101. LOL, Isabel! Have no fear--there is plenty of chocolate (and waiters) to go around!

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  102. Thanks, Kit! We look forward to you dishing with us!

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  103. Isabel - thanks for stopping by. Dessert?? Haven't you SEEN the waiters - LOL! You know there are tons of goodies to eat -- PJ has been baking up a storm.

    Limecello -- I love Thanksgiving too. My mother-in-law is a wonderful cooks and always wants to do everything. I just sit back and eat :)

    Kit -- thanks for stopping by! We look forward to you visiting often :)

    Wendy - yep, we are pretty excited!

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  104. Joanie is is da house!! Thanks for joining us today! Golden all over? I'll never tell. *vbeg*

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  105. Joanie's in the house!!!!!!!!!

    Don't worry girlfriend, PJ has been making turtles for a month now. There's plenty to go around.

    As far as whether or not the waiter is golden all over . . . dearie, you will just have to what until he starts his dance *VBG*

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  106. Good monring, Catherine, and thank you! I can't believe that we're at over 100 comments and it's only just past 10!! Hope you'll visit us often. :)

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  107. Btw, isn't it too soon for all this Champagne. I know it's a big celebration day but still ;-)

    I'm with you, Emmanuelle. I'm enjoying my coffee with peppermint mocha creamer (my fave) along with some brown sugar cinnamon pop-tarts fresh from the toaster. Yum!

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  108. Sean has been personally guarding them for you. :)

    Oooooo...I'm gonna LIKE it here!

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  109. Catherine, thanks for stopping by. I too am looking for to Nalini's latest. I can't get enough of her Psy series.

    Emmanuelle, I absolutely LOVE peanut butter cookies!! I the only one here who doesn't eat chocolate, so peanut butter is my vice :)

    Kimberly, I am so glad Sean is doing a great job!

    Monica, thanks for stopping by. And yes we just have to add to that list of yours!! There are too many great books out there not too.

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  110. Thanks, Monica! *rubs hands together* If your TBR pile gets bigger, then our plan will be a success! Mwahahaha! Looking forward to your visit in January!

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  111. As far as whether or not the waiter is golden all over . . . dearie, you will just have to what until he starts his dance *VBG*

    Loincloths? Please say his dance includes loincloths...

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  112. Thanks for the offer, ladies, but DH objects when I grab the hot young servers. I don;t know why my Blogger name is Constance but I have to admit, I kinda like toney vibe. SO henceforth call me CONSTANCE Brockway.

    Once again, CONGRATS!

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  113. Raising a cyber toast to The Romance Dish on its debut. Congrats, ladies! :)

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  114. In honor of Vanessa (and everyone else at the party), the second shift of hot waiters are making their way into the party. Ladies, be sure to make the new guys feel welcome. This is the international shift, so there are plenty of sexy accents to go around -- Scottish, Aussie, Italian, Brazilian, Greek, Irish.

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  115. Thanks, Lynn! Hope you'll visit as often as you can!

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  116. Bonnie, thanks for stopping by the party. Hope you have some time to stay and visit for a while.

    Constance Brockway - LOL! Just don't tell the dh you are grabbing the waiters! :)

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  117. Thanks, Bonnie! We're so happy you could stop by!

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  118. Joanie, I can't tell you or else it may just ruin the surprise! But you will NOT be disappointed :)

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  119. Hi, Lynn! Thanks for stopping by. We appreciate the good wishes from a fellow reviewer.

    Your post put us over 100 COMMENTS which means you're a winner! You've won a signed copy of Brenda Novak's STOP Me and an assortment of custom made chocolates (made by me). Please send your snail mail address to theromancebandits@gmail.com.

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  120. DING! DING! DING!

    We have our second winner! Congratulations to...

    LYNN SPENCER!

    Lynn, your comment put us over the 100 COMMENT mark! You've won a signed copy of Stop Me by Brenda Novak and an assortment of custom made chocolates.

    Please send your snail mail address to theromancedish@gmail.com

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  121. So excited to have another great location to find great reviews and fun reads. Should make November (and the rest of the months to come) fun! Now I just need to balance my reading with work and all the upcoming holiday projects! Congratulations on the launch!

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  122. Hi JWZ1978! Welcome to our new cyber-home. Hope you'll be a frequent visitor!

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  123. Congrats all, on the launch of the new site! Everything is sparkly and shiny, and it looks like you had a pretty fun time putting everything together! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

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  124. WHOOOHOOOOO! It's the DISH!!!!

    LOVE, love, love the site, ladies and...

    Oooh, waiters. Yes, thank you I'll have a margarita. Virgin? No, I'm not..oh, you mean alcohol free. No, alcohol is fine. It's five o'clock in Australia, I'm sure. Grins.

    I'm so glad you've come together to do this. We'll miss the M's but hey, you four are going to make them, and us, and the reading world PROUD!!! WOOT!

    I know your are just going to rock this thing, and having a couple of rougish Romance Bandits (yes, that would be you two, Anna and Trish!) around will just add spice to The Dish. Grins.

    So...Happy, happy and all that...gotta go follow this waiter. He said something about a...

    Nevermind. *winks* See you!

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  125. Hey JWZ! Hope you stop by often!

    Hi Bella! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back with us frequently -- we have lots of fun stuff going on!

    Duchesse, so glad you finally made it. Have fun with the waiters *wink wink*

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  126. Congrats ladies! The site looks great and I'm looking forward frequent visits.

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  127. Buffie said: Duchesse, so glad you finally made it. Have fun with the waiters *wink wink*

    Oh, never fear....I will! I'm a fun kinda girl.

    Snork.

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  128. Woohoo, Helen! Congrats on being our first winner!

    Isabel, thanks for the encouragement on NaNoWriMo. I'm silencing my inner critic/editor and just "vomiting" out the first draft. Like they say, you can always fix what's written, but you can't fix a blank page. :)

    Kit, welcome to our party! We're so glad to have you with us.

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  129. Yay, Joanie! You know there are always turtles for you. You should have Sean feed them to you. *vbg*

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  130. Oh, Joanie, feel free to check out the Golden Waiter to see if he's golden all over. We already have! LOL

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  131. Emmanuelle, we'll save you some champagne for later.

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  132. Catherine, welcome to the party!

    I can completely relate to the out-of-control TBR pile. And I just keep adding to it. :) So many books, so little time, right?

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  133. Monica, you know it's part of our evil plan to add more books to your TBR stash. Mwahahaha!

    Have something to drink and some chocolate, and you'll forget all about it. Oh, I think I spy a waiter over there who bears a striking resemblance to James Purefoy--he's even dressed a la Mark Anthony in ROME. I do believe he's headed your way, ready to fulfill your every desire. ;)

    Whoa! Is it hot in here or is it just me? :-D

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  134. Lynn, thanks for stopping by and congrats on being our second winner!

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  135. Connie, hereafter known as Constance (it does have a certain ring to it), we won't tell your DH about the young hotties. What happens at The Dish, stays at The Dish. *g*

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  136. Hi, Bonnie and welcome! We hope you'll visit often.

    JWZ1978, thanks for the compliments! We are excited to share our love of romance with plenty of reviews, author visits and surprises. We look forward to seeing you here often.

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  137. Hi, Bella! We are very excited about our new digs, and we did have quite a bit of fun creating it. Hope you'll join us on a regular basis. There's plenty more fun around the corner.

    Like those waiters headed this way! Mmmm Mmmm! *g*

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  138. Hello and welcome, JWZ1978! So glad you could join us today. Don't be a stranger!

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  139. Thanks, Bella! We have lots in store, so be sure to stick around!

    Thanks, Jeanne! We are beyond thrilled with everything! And WAY beyond thrilled to welcome so many great people to the site!

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  140. Jeanne's here to Dish!!!! *clinking margarita glasses together* Partay!!

    You are one of our favorite Banditas--there are soooo many of you wonderful ladies--and having you here makes our celebration even better.

    More hot waiters headed our way, Jeanne! I love our party!! *vbg*

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  141. Thank you all for the welcome :) I have to admit, I never miss a party where there is champagne, or books, or well, ok, a party period! Can't wait to add to my massive TBR pile and hope I can keep hiding its size from my husband...

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  142. Thanks, Jane! We look forward to your frequent visits!

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  143. Jane, great to have you here! Grab some refreshments and make yourself at home.

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  144. JWZ1978: Can't wait to add to my massive TBR pile and hope I can keep hiding its size from my husband...

    Oh, can I relate to that! Mine is quickly turning into a TBR mountain! LOL

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  145. Andrea -

    I've noticed one benefit of the Kindle is that I can grow the book pile at a slower rate, and the e-reader pile at a massive rate and no one knows how my list is growing :)

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  146. Congrats on your first offical day ladies!! I am so happy to be a part of you new site and can't wait to see what you have instore for us!

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  147. Oh, JWZ, I like the way you think! My tbr stash has it's own room. I really need to get an e-reader.

    Love the pooch in your avatar! Be sure to stop by on the 9th when I blog about my best fur friends.

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  148. Thanks, Meg! We're so happy you've found your way to our new home. Hope you're a frequent visitor!

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  149. I find that by spreading my books throughout the house (I think, literally, every room has a pile at this point, not counting the bookshelves) that it makes the piles look smaller...the e-reader is just another devious way to support my book addiction

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  150. DING! DING! DING!

    It's time for another giveaway! This time the prize is a signed copy of The Warrior by Sharon Sala and the winner is...

    BONNIE FERGUSON!

    Congratulations, Bonnie! Please send your snail mail address to theromancedish@gmail.com.

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  151. Congrats on the grand opening Ladies! Looks lke a fun place to be. I'll be sure to stop by everyday.

    I'm most looking forward to Anna's own Captive of Sin, Suzanne Enoch's The Care And Taming Of a Rogue, and Stephanie Laurens' The Untamed Bride.

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  152. Ok its official this is the place to be today. You guys are awesome.

    Congrats to all the winners!!

    I think I might just have to go ahead and have me a margarita from one of those yummy waiters!!

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  153. I just sent my email. Thanks sooo much!!! (Doing a happy dance)

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  154. Looks like this is going to be a fun place to visit. Congratulations on being up and running and ready to party.

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  155. Hey Barabra E I like your avatar!!

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  156. Welcome to four of my fave ladies on the internet! I like to think that you four have gone out in the world carrying the fun and positive spirit of Squawk Radio with you. I wish you the very best with this fabulous new endeavor! I know you'll be bringing your readers a lot of wonderful books and good cheer in the months (and years!) to come :)

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  157. Congrats Bonnie and Helen! And ladies of the Dish, I love your avatars! They are so sexy and fun!

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  158. I just sent my email. Thanks sooo much!!! (Doing a happy dance)

    Got it, Bonnie! Thanks!

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  159. Quite a party you have going here! Congrats on your official opening, Andrea, Buffie, Gannon, and PJ (in alphabetical order-lol). I know The Romance Dish will be one of the most fun, interesting sites in the romance community. I look forward to all the great reviews, fabulous guests, and rolicking good times.

    I'll pass on the alcohol, but may I just sit and look longingly at one of the dark-haired, blue-eyed waiters? I need inspiration for my Nano hero.

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  160. Hello-o-o-o, ladies! I am so excited about this new site. I am one who has been mourning the closing of a few blogs lately, so it is wonderful to see the birth of a new one! :-)

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  161. Now see what happens when I finally buckle down to write the opening scene of my next wip? I'm LATE FOR THE PARTY!!

    Everything is so bright and sparkly and fun! I'm hugely impressed with your grand adventure and wish you all fantabulous success!!

    Oh, and if your gorgeous waiters need any help passing out those margaritas, my Spec Ops guys are standing by, ready to be called in for duty.

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  162. Hi, Janga! LOL @ the alphabetical order. We do that a lot too. ;-)
    How about a nice sweet tea and some fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies? Sean, or any of our helpful waiters, will be happy to bring you some and provide all the hero inspiration you need!

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  163. *Waving to Barbara E!* Thanks for coming by. We hope you'll be a frequent visitor.

    Cheryl C, great to see you here! Please come back often!

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  164. Terri, thank you so much for your kind words. Very appropriate, I think, considering that the four of us first "met" at Squawk Radio. :)

    We're very excited about our official Squawk Radio Day on November 18th!

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  165. This is a great party! It's really getting crowded. I hope we don't run out of food, drinks, or sexy waiters! ;-)

    I am happy to see so many familiar "faces." Isn't it funny how we all hang out in the BEST places?

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  166. Hi JoAnn! Special Ops? Ooooo, we adore Special Ops guys here at the Dish and yours are very dishy indeed!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your very lovely words.

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  167. Not to worry, Cheryl! I'm turning out lots of goodies in my kitchen and Buffie has lots of hotties...um..I mean...waiters. Yes, that's right. Waiters. Lots of waiters to keep everybody happy.

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  168. DING! DING! DING!

    It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood, the party here at the Dish is going strong and we're thrilled to pieces that so many of you have stopped by. I think I'll celebrate by giving away two prizes!

    The winner of a signed copy of Tempted By His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren is...

    KAMMIE!


    The winner of a copy of the newly released A Courtesan's Scandal, generously donated by Julia London, is...

    MEG!

    Congratulations to Kammie and Meg! Please send your snail mail address to theromancedish@gmail.com.

    More giveaways to come. In the meantime, party on!

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  169. I am looking forward to reading Nalini's, Blaze of Memory, Stephanie Lauren's, The Untamed Bride, and JD Robb's, Kindred in Death.


    caity_mack(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  170. Huge congratulations on your lovely debut, ladies. You know I love your guts.

    Here's to making this the biggest thing since ....

    dishes?

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  171. 70 more posts since I was there last, wow !!! That's officialy my biggest online celebration so far ;-)
    Congrats to all the winners !!
    *\o/*
    hmmmm now I feel like a bit of champagne !

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  172. Thank you all so much you have made my day I know I am going to have a great day now.
    Even though it is going to be busy at work here in Australia today we have the big horse race The Melbourne Cup always a busy day.

    The Romance Dish is rocking I wake up to all of these comments fantastic. What a party
    Way to go Girls

    Thank you so much
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  173. So you hatched the plot at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, huh? ( I LOVE that name, don't you?) I am an Atlanta girl, and I keep telling myself that one of these years I am going to drop by and meet some people.

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  174. Andrea, I've never had a pop-tart in my life !! It sounds so good, what a shame we don't have them in France !!
    Hope you enjoyed it ! (I sure enjoyed my peanut butter cookies ;-)

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  175. Hi everybody!

    So nice to see all these fabulous people in one place... I'm looking forward to this site!

    hugs,
    Eloisa

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  176. What an amazing party to wake up to!!
    It's totally rockin' *g*

    Congratz PJ, Buffie, Gannon and Andrea =D

    mmmm... champagne for breakfast... that's a deal!

    70 more posts since I was there last, wow !!!
    I get what you mean Emmanuelle, I just opened my eyes and it's nearly 200 posts!

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  177. Hi J! Thanks so much for stopping by. It wouldn't be a party without you! Now get out there on the dance floor. The guys have been waiting for you to teach them some new moves! :)

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  178. One champagne coming right up, Emmanuelle!

    Helen, I hope your day at work isn't too crazy. Congrats on winning one of our giveaways!

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  179. So you hatched the plot at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, huh?

    We did, Cheryl! It's a great place for hatching new ideas. You should plan on coming for the M&M book signing next year. It's open to the public and always filled with talented, friendly writers and excited, friendly readers.

    Be sure to let us know if you decide to come next year. We'd love to meet you in person!

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  180. **fixes dress, pats hair in place, and applies some touch-up makeup**

    I'm baaaaaaaaack!!!

    Sorry for my absence. I had to do some *ahem* training with the new shift of waiters. The "cover model" crew needed a few reminders here and there.

    Now, what did I miss . . .

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  181. Congrats to Bonnie for winning!!

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  182. Thank you so much, Eloisa! You always brighten up the place when you visit. We're very excited about our Squawk Radio Day on Nov. 18th. I hope you'll be able to pop in frequently and share some tidbits about life in Paris.

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  183. Meg, thanks so much for stopping by to celebrate with us!

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  184. Calila, thanks for stopping by the party. I'm looking forward to those three books, too!

    Alicia, don't just limit yourself to one -- waiters, that is *wink wink*

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  185. Yay, Bonnie! Congrats on your prize! I just love parties, don't you?

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  186. Only nine more posts until we hit 200! Who's going to be the lucky Post 200 Winner?

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  187. Oh Teresa, thank you so much for the kind words. You are a darling! Now be sure to enjoy the goodies we have for you!

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  188. Bella, thanks for the compliment on our Dish avatars. They are the genious of author Kimberly Killion.

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  189. Calila1988, thanks for dropping in and sharing our fun day. We're glad that you'll be a regular visitor at TRD!

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  190. Oops, too busy keeping the waiters in line to spell correctly!! That should have read "genius".

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  191. Alicia and BarbaraE, love your avatars. Clearly, you both have excellent taste!

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  192. Buffie, I don't think I've ever met anyone quite as dedicated to her job as you! *vbg*

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  193. Janga, thanks for stopping by. No need to just look! Don't you need some hands on research *VBG*

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  194. A lot of IP at this party, Wow !!! I'm impressed ;-)

    That's the great thing about the romance world, you get to celebrate with your fav authors !!

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