3 Prizes on Day 3 for Plaid to the Bone!

Red Pencil ThursdayIf you’re here for Red Pencil Thursday, my online critique group, you’re out of luck. It’s pre-empted for my 20Days/20Books Celebration for the release of Plaid to the Bone! It’s my 20th published work, so I’m pretty pumped about it. RPT will return on September 19th.

Cait GrantYesterday, I gave you a teasing hook about my heroine, Cait Grant. Yes, she’s about to become Lady Bonniebroch, but she’s no meek lass. Her father and Adam Cameron have been at loggerheads for some time. This arranged marriage was supposed to make peace between the clans, but to please her father, she entered into a blood oath to kill Adam Cameron after she’s been his wife for about a month. After meeting him, she worries that the delay will make her job harder. But then, Adam surprises her in bath:

Plaid to the Bone

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Plaid to the Bone excerpt: Adam ran his gaze over her so slowly she could almost feel the heat of it licking at her exposed skin. “In truth, I thought ye’d be dressed by now, but this suits me just as well.”

“It doesna suit me.” Cait crossed her arms over her chest, realizing the layer of bubbles was getting thinner by the moment.

He grinned at her. “If ye feel yerself misused, ye have my leave to rise from that tub and try to convince me to go away. After all, when a man goes into a betrothal on naught but faith, he deserves a chance to see if he erred in making the bargain.”

Cait glared at him. She’d been wrong to worry. When the time came, she’d have no trouble sending this man to his reward. No trouble at all.


Plaid to the Bone is available for:Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

I hope you’ll order your copy now!

Deb Marlowe

I first met Deb Marlowe at a RWA National Literacy Autograph Party. Not surprisingly, we were seated next to each other! She confides that she loves history, England and men in boots. No wonder she writes Regency romances. Bless her heart, to help me celebrate my 20th published work, she’s offered to give a copy of her newest release, The Love List, to a lucky commenter.  Thanks, Deb!

The Love ListThe Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city’s lightskirts, was once a London tradition. Now, as all of Europe celebrates the end of the long wars, the scheming Lord Marstoke has revived it–and transformed it into a weapon.

A List no respectable lady wishes to be on . . . 

Miss Brynne Wilmott doesn’t belong on the soon-to-be-published List of London’s prostitues, but she escaped the monstrous Marstoke once, with the inadvertent aide of Nathan Russell, the Duke of Aldmere, and now the marquess has revived the List as an act of revenge–and to destroy her future and those who helped her.

The Request a certain Duke has no wish to hear . . . 

The Duke of Aldmere doesn’t believe in meddling. Fate has proved that interfering in personal matters only leads to bigger trouble. He has no wish to involve himself in Brynne Wilmott’s affairs, despite her spirited beauty and damned tempting mouth. But she’s discovered that his brother is mixed up in this List business as well. Reluctantly, they agree to work together to prevent the disastrous publication.

Their quest leads them through some of London’s most dangerous haunts and it quickly becomes clear that Marstoke’s plans are more twisted and treasonous than anyone has suspected. Yet the danger and intrigue are as nothing compared to the effect than Nathan and Brynne have on each other . . .

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 VK Sykes

PatriotsYesterday, Vanessa Kelly was my honored guest. She’s back today…sort of. But this time, she’s here as VK Sykes, the nom de plume used by Vanessa and her husband Randy for their USA Bestselling sports trilogy, The Philadephia Patriots.

One lucky commenter will win these 3 full-length romances about three sexy sports heroes and the women who challenge them at the game of love. You’ll love Fastball, Hardball, & Bigger than Beckham! Thanks so much, VK!

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A Duke for All Seasons

A Duke for All Seasons

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And now for another one of my backlist titles as we count down to #20. A Duke for All Seasons started on my blog. I was between contracts so I started writing a chapter a month and posting it for my readers to comment on and suggest directions for the plot. However, before I was able to finish it, my agent sold a three book proposal to Kensington and another three book deal to Sourcebooks! Suddenly, I was too busy fulfilling my contracts to finish Sebastian and Arabella’s romance.

But I never forgot them (or the readers who became invested in their love story.) When I was able, I wrote the end of A Duke for All Seasons and it became my first Rock*it Read title. Click here to read an excerpt!

The Prize

Today, we’re offering 3 free reads! Three randomly chosen commenters will receive Deb Marlowe’s The Love List, VK Sykes’ The Philadephia Patriots, or my A Duke for All Seasons. Be sure to leave a comment or question because that’s how you’ll enter the drawing. Each comment also enters you in the Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite. All winners will be announced on September 16th.


Here’s a question to get us started: My website is filled with excerpts. I regularly post sample chapters of my works in progress. What do you think? Do you often read excerpts before you decide to buy a book?

51 thoughts on “3 Prizes on Day 3 for Plaid to the Bone!

  1. rhonda says:

    Excerpts are nice and usually grab me way more than the blurb on does.

  2. Janie McGaugh says:

    I always read excerpts, unless it’s an author and series that I’ve been following for awhile.

  3. Danny says:

    I read first the blurb and than I take a look at the excerpt

  4. Theresa Fischer says:

    I read the synopsis of a book, but not excerpts.

  5. This is probably weird, but I prefer not to read book jacket/back of the book descriptions because sometimes they contain a spoiler I don’t want to know about until it happens: “Mary and Joe have the perfect relationship until he is KILLED is a freak accident involving a cow. Mary is faced with reevaluating her life…..” See what I mean. I’d much rather read a brief excerpt that gives me and idea about the writers style, especially if she is a new author to me.

  6. Carol L says:

    Oh, I really loved that excerpt. I can’t wait to read Plaid To The Bone. Thanks so much for the post. You’ve featured three good reads here. Keeping fingers crossed.
    Carol L

  7. Becky says:

    I love reading excerpts. I also like reading anthologies to discover new authors. I really like how you have other authors featured here.

  8. Alexisa N. says:

    I love the way you are doing this contest and how you’re also promoting other authors too. the one thing I can’t stand about covers on books is when the cover model doesn’t look a thing like the guy described in the book.

  9. I think I will echo Azucena. I have my auto-buy authors and an excerpt is nice as it wets my appetite for the book. For a new author an excerpt lets me see the writing style and decide if I want to give the book a try.

  10. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    It usually depends on how interested I am in a book from a new-to-me author. If I’m sold with the book summary and a few reviews, then I don’t need it. Now, if it’s from a an author I’m already familiar with and I’m reading all her backlist, then yes, I want to make sure I’m on the right path. NOW if it’s an auto-buy author and I’m anxiously waiting for her new stuff, I WILL DEVOUR EVERY LITTLE THING SHE POSTS.

  11. Linda Thum says:

    It depends how familiar I am with the author’s work. Some authors are auto buys I rush out & get their releases as soon as they are available. Otherwise yes, I do like to read an excerpt to decide if I like the story/writing style.

  12. Marcy Shuler says:

    I always love reading excerpts. I’m not a big fan when an author posts the first 2-3 chapters though. That makes me feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth when I do get the book and already know so much of the story. Recently an author included 14 chapters of the next book in the series in her e-book. I was shocked…but very glad this book was already out. If I’d had to wait I’d have been very upset. LOL

  13. Quilt Lady says:

    I do read excerpts and reviews before buying a book but not all the time. Sometimes I just go by the blurp on the back of the book. Your book sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it.

  14. Glittergirl says:

    It depends is the best answer I can give you about excerpts. And I can’t give you a reason why…Sometimes I’m on the fence with a new author, I’m curious about a new to me author’s voice and writing tone. Sometimes I’m just dying to get my hands on the book so I’ll take a sip to keep me tided by, lol.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign me up for your giveaway!!! It’s just awesome and I don’t have your book this time, lol. You pick the best and most interesting authors! Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. bn100 says:

    sometimes read excerpts, as long as they’re not PDF excerpts or chapters long excerpts

  16. catslady says:

    I enjoy short excerpts which gives me a feel and I can decide whether to get the book but I try to stay away from reading say a chapter because I get too hooked and want it immediately and that is upsetting lol.

  17. Jessica V. says:

    Darn. I think my comment didnt post.
    I always read the blurbs especially on new authors because book covers would have scared me away on a few books that i absolutely fell in love with. The excerpts definitely help!

  18. Rhonda Kirby says:

    WOW! The little tidbits I am reading from the excerpts of Plaid to the Bone keeps getting better and better. I am traveling right now and won’t be able to update my Kindle until I get home tonight. But IG has definitely captured my attention and I foresee a long night of reading tonight!!!! Excerpts do help me makeup my mInd if I am on the fence regarding a book.

    Deb Marlowe will be new read for me. I am glad I checked in today as her books look really interesting. It is a great treat to find a new author to add to my list.
    Rhonda Kirby

  19. Hi Mia,

    Congratulations on writing twenty wonderful books.

    I always read the excerpt on a book. Covers can be vague or similar to others in a genre. I like to know what’s inside.

    Don’t pick my name for the books. I recently won Maggie Robinson’s give-a-way.

  20. Mary Anne Landers says:

    Thank you for your post and giveaway, Mia. I don’t read excerpts. I choose my leisure reading based on the main theme of a work of fiction. To find out what that is, I read the synopsis on the back cover of a paperback, the front flap of a hardback, or the listing for the book at Amazon and other websites.

    I have a big problem with the fact that excerpts are out of context. We have only a sketchy idea of what went on before. A situation or event that seems ludicrous out of context might make perfect sense in context. Or vice versa.

    What’s more, it’s impossible for a reader, or at least this reader, to feel for the characters if we haven’t been properly introduced. With no buildup, how can I identify with the heroine? Or fall in love with the hero?

    Some activities are much better with foreplay. And one of them is reading romance fiction.

  21. eenayray says:

    I love to read excerpts! You get a feel for the characters, an introduction to the plot, and a sample of the author’s writing style all in one quick taste. I love the excerpts that give a glimpse into the interaction between the H/h through dialogue, too.

  22. CrystalGB says:

    I do read excerpts. It makes me want to read a book more.

  23. Armenia says:

    Hi Mia. Congratulations on your release. Book covers get my attention, at first. Yes, I do admit a bit of flesh showing gets my romance-reader brain to hone in on the genre I love so much. What sells the books to me, though, are the excerpts.

    Learning from past experience, I have to read a few passages to know I’ll enjoy a book and the style of writing.

  24. Hi Mia! Thanks so much for hosting me, both as Vanessa Kelly and VK Sykes – and congratulations on the release of your 20th book. It’s a huge accomplishment!

    1. Mia says:

      Thank you for your generosity, Vanessa! I know my readers will love My Favorite Countess & The Philadelphia Patriots trilogy.

  25. Jakki L. says:

    I love excerpts! I tend to read as many as I can. They help me decide how quickly I *must* purchase and read the book! Sometimes the excerpts are so good and leave me wanting more that I have to purchase the book immediately! :)

  26. may says:

    I definitely do! I like to know what I am buying! I also read the back summary as well.

  27. Now you’ve got me in a Regency mood. So many great books!

  28. Laurie W G says:

    I like excerpts not just online but also found in the backs of paperbacks. Loveswept started this along time ago. Avon too. I’ve discovered several new authors via this route. Sometimes favorite authors have tried different genres for example: contemp to suspense or contemp to paranormal or historical to contemp. This doesn’t always work for me. An excerpt will expose me to a little bit before I make a decision.

    Reviews I don’t always agree with. So I’d rather try a sample.

    If I’m at a bookstore I buy based on the back cover’s synopsis.

    I think you should continue to put up the excerpts. You’ve got nothing to lose and it showcases your writing to new buyers at no extra cost.

  29. Sheryl N says:

    I read them if the author is new to me and I am trying to get a feel if it is a book that I would want to buy. I usually have some authors that I will buy no matter what, but I read the blubs for the books to decide if it is something that will interest me.

  30. Ashlyn Chase says:

    Isn’t it great how you meet the most wonderful people by simply having the same or a close last name alphabetically at a book signing? I’ve had lovely conversations with Alison Chase and Loretta Chase as a result.

    1. Deb Marlowe says:

      Hi Ashlyn!

      I have to say, it is always so nice to know I will have someone lovely to chat with during those big book signings! :-)

      1. Mia says:

        Except we got separated by an aisle last time. We should protest!

    2. Mary Anne Landers says:

      Ashlyn: Yes, I know what it’s like to have a name similar to that of someone famous.

  31. Vicky CK says:

    Generally, I don’t read excerpts or sample chapters. I read book blurbs and lots of reviews. But I’m one of those that hates not knowing how a story ends, so samples and excerpts are a problem for me. Thus, I love that the internet has given us easy access to ‘free’ short stories if I want a feel for an author’s writing style.

    (Yes, the sample issue is big enough problem for me that one time I started what I though was an epilog after a book, but turned out to be another story-of an out-of-print book. Next day I was calling all the second-hand bookstores in the area to find that book, lol.)

    For me, a detailed review is more important than an excerpt or sample. Even a bad review, since I will put my opinion against what anyone else says (we humans do love to argue).

  32. Maureen says:

    Excerpts give me an idea of the characters and the story. There have been times when I have read an excerpt and bought the book because I wanted to know what happened next.

  33. Mary Preston says:

    Excerpts are helpful for giving me a feel of an author’s style of writing.

    1. Mia says:

      This is the reason authors agonize over the opening chapter. We know it’s our one chance to win your trust in our storytelling.

  34. Ada says:

    I enjoy read excerpts but they don’t always define whether I buy a book or not. If I like the author, I’ll buy their book anyways!

    1. Mia says:

      Do you mean like the author as a person or like their previous work? There was a time when authors were pretty unreachable unless you met them at a booksigning. Now we can follow our favorites online.

      1. Ada says:

        I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting any of my favorite authors in person, but I have chatted with a few online. I meant to say their previous work as I am quite loyal to my favorite authors.

  35. Aly P says:

    I don’t. I look at the cover first, then I read the blurb and lastly I see what my friends on goodreads thought about it. I read the experts when I am waiting for a new book from my favorite and/or auto-buy authors, it’s a great way to torture myself :))

    1. Mia says:

      You know, I have some friends whose opinion on books influences me too.

  36. Anita H. says:

    With authors new to me, I definitely want to read an excerpt to see if I would be interested in buying their book. Sometimes just reading the summary doesn’t do the book justice. I want to see if I like the writing style before I commit to spending my money on a book. With authors I’m familiar with, I do like to read the teasers so I know what I can look forward to when their books are released!! :)

    1. Mia says:

      Reading the excerpt is the only way to learn if you like the author’s style. Otherwise, like Adam Cameron and his arranged marriage, you’ll be making a leap of faith!

  37. Sarah Meral says:

    It depends. If I know the authors (and their work) already, I don´t read the excerpts, because I want to read the book without knowing anything about it :)

    If it is an author I don´t know yet, I do read the excerpts :)

    1. Mia says:

      Then I should keep posting my excerpts. Do you like to start with Chapter 1 or does it matter if the excerpt is from later in the book?

      1. Sarah Meral says:

        I prefer beginnings, this way I get an impression without getting spoilers :)

    2. Ashlyn Chase says:

      That’s my answer too.

  38. Elizabeth says:

    In general, I usually don’t read excerpts. The summaries are usually good enough for me to make my decision on a book (or sometimes just the cover, lol). If I’m reading an author’s blog and they post it in their blog I’ll read them though. As a book buying addict, it doesn’t take much to get get me to buy a book. :P

    1. Mia says:

      Love it that you’re so suggestible, Elizabeth.;-) But this means the cover and blurb are really important. Did you know the author frequently has no say in the cover art and does NOT usually write the summary on the back? Those are a province of the marketing department.

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