20Days/20Books~Day 4!

Plaid to the Bone

When the good folk at Kensington heard about my Plaid to the Bone celebration, they wanted to get in on the party. Since it’s my 20th published work, my publisher is kicking in 25 FREE downloads to the prize kitty.

That means each day, along with a giveaway from my guest, and one of my backlist books counting down to #20, some random commenter is also going to be chosen to receive a Plaid to the Bone!

And don’t forget the Grand Prize–a Kindle Paperwhite! (Winners will be announced on September 16th!)




There’s just something about a castle, isn’t there? When my DH and I visited Scotland last May, we got to tour several. Many were ruins, but I could half-close my eyes and see them as they were in their splendor–the bustling home of hundreds of souls and the bulwark of protection for the surrounding area.  Plaid to the Bone takes place in wild, remote Bonniebroch Castle, which I imagine looks something like Kilchurn Castle pictured here.

Book your armchair trip to Bonniebroch!
Plaid to the Bone is available for:Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

Shana Galen

Shana GalenShe’s the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Lord and Lady Spy Series, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy. She’s showing a bit of leg here at the Rosy Gulch Gals event at last year’s RT Convention! A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! She’s happily married to the Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find her along with me on the JauntyQuills and CasablancaAuthors blogs.

Shana’s also generous hearted enough to offer a copy of her newest–True Spies–to help me celebrate my 20th book publishing milestone!


Warning! This agent’s secret identity—and his heart—have been compromised!

truespiesapproved-300Winslow, an elite spy in Regency England, has managed to keep his identity secret from everyone—including his beloved wife Elinor. But his success with these covert affairs has taken a toll on their marriage, leaving Elinor to entertain the idea of a secret liaison with a rakish spy. She believes she will finally have the danger and excitement her marriage has never afforded her—until things get too dangerous, and she ends up being kidnapped. In this world of intrigue, Elinor discovers that no one is who they seem to be—not even her own husband.

To Purchase True Spies:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Chapters/Indigo | iBookstore | Sourcebooks

Doesn’t that sound yummy?

My Lady Below Stairs

My Lady Below Stairs

Click to order!

And now we come to the “walk down memory lane” portion of this blog. My Lady Below Stairs was originally published as part of a Christmas anthology by Dorchester with NYTimes bestseller Jennifer Ashley, Alissa Johnson and me (writing under a different penname.) But if you follow publishing at all, you know that Dorchester is no more. After much wrangling, my agent recovered the rights to all my books with them and now My Lady Below Stairs is once again available to readers. I’m pretty proud of this little story about a scullery maid who masquerades as her mistress and the head groom who teaches her love doesn’t have to pretend. Booklist called it “worthy of Shakespeare! ”

Who am I to argue? ;-)

The Prize

Today you could win Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Shana Galen’s True Spies or My Lady Below Stairs from me. And don’t forget your comment each day also enters you in the Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here’s the question: Lots of authors send out newsletters. Do you subscribe to any? What do you like to see in them? Have you signed up for mine and have some pointers to help me make them more useful to you?

Or you can leave a question for Shana or me! TTYS!

78 thoughts on “20Days/20Books~Day 4!

  1. Megan L says:

    I get most of my info from goodreads but after reading a lot of the comments above I realize that I need to subscribe to more newsletters by my favorite authors. I like finding out about books that are coming out and if they are apart of a series what is it and what number they are (I’m anal about reading series in order). I also love finding out about contests and celebrations before they happen, which is not usually the case for me. I feel so lucky that I stumbled across this from my weekly goodreads update. Thank you for all of your wonderful books that keeps me reading till the wee hours of the night.

  2. Anita H. says:

    I like keeping up-to-date with what my favorite authors are up to (like their works in progress,sneak peeks,and getting a look into their regular life) I also like when there’s subscribers only contests for books or gift cards!

  3. Ada says:

    Yes, I subscribe to many newsletters. I like to stay in the know with my favorite authors and be reminded of when books are released and enter contests/giveaways too!

  4. Tin says:

    I subscribe to authors’ newsletters because it’s an excellent way to get updated on an author’s new project/book.

  5. Danny says:

    I love newsletters, because they are a good way to keep an eye on upcoming releases etc. You can easily miss postings on facebook

  6. Rhonda Kirby says:

    I like news letters and subscribe to yours and several others. They keep you aware of upcoming new releases. Both you and Shana Galen are among my favorites. Both of you offer great reads that are always great for rereads!!!

  7. Jakki L. says:

    Another day of fabulous giveaways! :)
    Yes, I do subscribe to newsletters. I like seeing behind the scenes & sneak peek features as well as excerpts in them! So much fun! I also like learning about what the author is working on next.

  8. Pye O'Malley says:

    I do sign up for author newsletters– I’m subscribed to several, including yours. It is the fastest way to get info from the authors I follow, which I then pass on to MY followers via my blog. :-)

  9. Carin W says:

    I have signed up for several. I like to see what is coming out by my favorite authors, the occasional sneak peak and a new work and contest I love contests ;O) Carin oh and yes I have signed up for yours

  10. Quilt Lady says:

    I subsceibe to a lot of authors newsletters. I like to see what is coming out new, love the contest and authors info. This is how I keep up with what books are coming out and when.

  11. wanda says:

    I subscribe to alot of authors newsletters including yours . I am a book addict and I like to see whats coming up and when they will be released as well as teasers and of course chances to win them.Hope you have an awesome weekend

  12. wanda says:

    I subscribe to alot of authors newsletters I am a book addict and I like to see whats comping up and when they will be released as well as teasers and of course chances to win them.Hope you have an awesome weekend


  13. Marcy Shuler says:

    I subscribe to a lot of author newsletters (yours and Shana’s included) because I don’t want to miss out on new book releases.

    1. Shana Galen says:

      I have a newsletter going out Tuesday, Marcy!

  14. Barbara Elness says:

    I subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, including yours. I like to see news about upcoming releases, tidbits of what’s going on in the author’s life, talk about what they’re working on now, and even recipes, it’s all fun.

  15. Theresa Fischer says:

    I do subscribe to author newsletters. I like to see news about what the author has planned for future books. I do subscribe to yours.

  16. Kelly Mann says:

    I do subscribe to several author newsletters. I like to see the upcoming releases and the booklists.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks, Kelly!

  17. Susan Gorman says:

    I subscribe to several newsletters. I enjoy reading excerpts from future books and news and contest information.
    Shana question Will we see more of Lord and Lady Smythe in the next few Spy novels?

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Absolutely, Sue. They’re in both TRUE SPIES and LOVE AND LET SPY.

  18. Ruth Atkinson says:

    What a great contest and wonderful prizes.

  19. Shana, will Lord and Lady Spy, aka Adrian and Sophia going to play a part in “True Spies” or the rest of the series? How about Agent “Blue?” BTW I loved his story!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Hi Flora, yes! Both Blue and Adrian feature prominently in TRUE SPIES. Sophia is in it too. All of these characters are also in the final book!

  20. bn100 says:

    sign-up for some newsletters; like to see news about upcoming books and contests; don’t like to see info about contests that already passed, but the author never mentioned and recaps of every blog for the week/month

    1. Mia says:

      So everything must be timely. Got it.

  21. Alexisa N. says:

    I count on the newsletters, to keep me updated. They’re great for keeping up with my favorite authors. Yes getting an update when there is new input in to your blog would be great!

    1. Mia says:

      I’ve asked my webmistress to work on that, so be watching for a sign up soon.

  22. Becky says:

    I love the newsletters. It helps me keep tabs on all my favorite authors when I don’t have time to search their pages!

    1. Mia says:

      It would be silly of us to expect you to visit our websites all the time, but I do update mine a lot, so I hope I’ll see you here again!

  23. catslady says:

    I definitely sign up for newsletters. It keeps me in touch with what is going on, what is coming up and tons of other interesting facts and a contest here and there is always nice.

    1. Mia says:

      My worry is that I’ll make the NL too long. Everyone’s time is valuable and I respect that.

  24. Glittergirl says:

    Yes I subscribe to yours AND every author I follow. I get LOTS of newsletters…they are awesome! What I’m looking for in author’s newsletters is:
    1. What is their next release
    2. When will it be out
    3. Is it part of their current series, the start of the next or is it a stand alone. If it’s the start of a new series WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS NEW SERIES?. I can’t tell you how many authors are so excited about their coming release but don’t answer those questions! I use Goodreads to keep track and answer those questions when I don’t get it from the author.
    4. What are they working on now – What’s in the pipeline.

    I keep a list by date of the new releases I want to get. When I get info about a release date I put it on my list. Here’s an example:
    10/1 Marlowe– Plaid Tidings #1 Sp O Hilds. If it’s a digital release it’s printed in aqua instead of black. I hope this helps you. Thanks for the giveaways.

    1. Mia says:

      All common sense things you’d think we authors would know but probably don’t! Thanks, Glittergirl!

  25. Janie McGaugh says:

    I do subscribe to some, including yours, and I like to see what’s coming out and what’s in the works ( both with excerpts). And I love giveaways!

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks for letting me know what works for you, Janie!

  26. Amy Hart says:

    I am subscribed to newsletters including Mia’s. I like seeing new book releases and excerpts. Along with giveaways and reviews.

    1. Mia says:

      I do try to include reviews, mostly because it’s easier for me to tell what someone else thinks about my books than what I think. ;-)

  27. Jessica V. says:

    Yes. I’m subscribed to a few newsletters. Normally they give information on upcoming books and giveaways. I do subscribe to yours!
    Do you ladies have a prefered social network where you connect with your readers?

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for subscribing, Jessica. I do tweet pretty often and am on Facebook daily. YOu can find me at @Mia_Marlowe> and MiaMarloweAuthorPage

  28. Lisa Hutson says:

    I do subscribe to a number of newsletters. Mostly authors I enjoy, there are a few that I like the author better than her books and there are a couple more new ones that I have not yet read. But I am getting there. What do I like to see? Fun. Real life. How they started writing. The flub ups in their life. What they are reading. Of course, everyone likes giveaways. But really, they are easy to find. But a newsletter stays on my inbox if they are friendly, fun, interactive, sincere, normal (just like me! ha), sharing.

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Great suggestions, Lisa.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Speaking of flubs, my friend Jesse Hayworth tweets her typos, which are hysterical!

  29. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Yes, I do subscribe to author’s newsletters. Sometimes, in a small print, they reveal their monthly giveaway winner of one of their books. Yes, I receive both your news, they are great and well organized. I have read and loved Shana’s True Spies! Honestly, Mia, I would love to win your book Plaid to the Bone, I am addicted to Scottish romance, in exchange I will write a review! Thank you for giving a reader also!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Nicole! :-)

  30. Barb Bettis says:

    What a great day. Two favorite authors in one stop. I do sign up for some newsletters(like yours). I like contest news, and alerts for upcoming releases. Ironically, contest news isn’t always applicable for me, because I usually have my favorite authors’ books as soon as they’re released. For instance, I’ve read all of yours, Mia, except for PLAID…(I haven’t had time to download it) and I’ve read all of Shana’s, except the upcoming one.

    Castles–I agree with closing one’s eyes and imagining. I got to see a few when I visited Scotland way-too-long-ago and I can’t wait for the day I can visit England and visit castles there.

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Thank you, Barbara!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m always up for a trip to England. Fortunately, the DH has had business that has taken him there over the years so I’ve been blessed to go several times.

  31. may says:

    Yes, I do. I do it for my favorite authors. It keeps me up-to-date on their new release!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      There are a few I’ve signed up for too!

  32. Sheryl N says:

    I’m signed up for newsletters on all my favorite authors. I love seeing when new books are coming out and some of them even post a chapter of a new book coming out or a quick short story. The giveaways are great too.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I sometimes post chapters of things I’m noodling on through a link on my blog. Perhaps I should include the link in a newsletter too.

  33. Carol L says:

    I’m signed up for a lot of newsletters. I can find out what new books are coming, what the Author is working on and events they may be attending. And the personal touch is great because you get to know a little bit about the Author who writes those amazing books. :)
    Carol L

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m always afraid readers will be bored to tears by the ordinariness of my life! The real angst and drama takes place between the pages of my books.

  34. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    I subscribe to newsletters for the reminders. I’m not always up to date on book releases, so that’s very helpful.

    My favorite newsletter is from Nalini Singh because every once in a while she sends short stories that aren’t in her books. It’s nice to catch up with my favorite characters and see what they are up to.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good idea to include short stories in a newsletter. That’s value added! I’ll give that some thought.

  35. Laurie W G says:

    I receive a lot of author newsletters. One of my favorites is Lori Handeland’s newsletter because she includes interesting facts about full moons and other research facts she’s uncovered for her books. She also includes a recipe either from herself or more recently from a fan. She includes family life tidbits and a monthly contest.

    I did signup for your newsletter.

    I like to see info surrounding the book: background info how it came to be, research facts from that time period, excerpts, connections to other books you’ve written, pictures from your life or research traveling. I’m so jealous that you went to Scotland! Quotes, Funny incidents in your everyday life. Book info, book signings…

    Love your blog contest!


    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Laurie. Guess I could include a recipe for making haggis, but truthfully, it would be less trouble just go back to Scotland!

  36. Yes, I LOVE castles, and that’s a beautiful one. Wish I could take a trip around Scotland to visit some.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      We had the most wonderful time. I’ll never forget it.

  37. Maria says:

    Scottish historicals are in the air and, with authors like you, they are wonderful to this newish romance reader. Yes, I subscribe to authors’ newsletters for the latest news & exclusive excerpts and giveaways. I especially like Maya Rodale’s interesting links to articles as well as books she recommends. And, yes, I subscribe to your newsletter (as well as Shana’s). Thanks for the giveaway chances!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Maria! I have one coming Tuesday :-)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I am in a bit of a Scottish frame of mind now, what with Plaid to the Bone just out and Plaid Tidings coming soon. Plus I’m working on another Scottish Christmas story for Oct. 2014! So I guess you could say I’m in a Highlander mood.

  38. Aly P says:

    I subscribe to some. I think my favorite is from Nalini Singh, she has deleted scenes or new ones of characters from either of her series in every newsletter.

    Cinderella like! My favorite :D

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My Lady Below Stairs is bit Cinderella-ish, but my heroine doesn’t really want to impersonate her mistress–or accept the proposal that is expected to come her way!

  39. Mary Preston says:

    I love author newsletters. I plan my book shopping around them. I love how the news comes to me & I don’t have to go hunting for it. Just add a cup of tea & I’m all set.

    1. Mia says:

      Well, it’s clear I need to get busy and put together a newsletter today. I didn’t send one out before Plaid to the Bone came out. My bad. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day…

  40. Elizabeth says:

    I sign up for newsletters. I should have mentioned yesterday that’s probably the main place I read excerpts of upcoming books. But yes I try to sign up for them all if I can. It’s nice to get a reminder of upcoming events (ie; signings), new release, sale, abd just general author updates. I don’t always get time to go check websites, but I always check my email.

    1. Mia says:

      My webmistress is actually working on a way to make it easy for readers to sign up for an email notice when I have new posts on my blog. Is that something you’d like?

      1. Carol L says:

        I’d love to be emailed about new posts on the blog. Keeps me in touch with all that’s happening during the month.
        Carol L

      2. Elizabeth says:

        Yes I do think that would a good idea. It also would be a good for the people who check their emails on their phone. I know with me I don’t really bookmark much on my phone, but it would be nice to be able to just click a link from an alert email to the latest blog post.

  41. Sarah Meral says:

    Yes, I subscribe to some newsletters (yours, too), but I admit, I not always have time to read the newsletters completely :) But at least I look over the headlines to learn about the news.
    I like it when there are news in it, that aren´t on fb or twitter (yet), so I really have something “new” in it :)

    1. Mia says:

      Good to know. Something unique just for NL subscribers. Gothcha.

  42. Mary Anne Landers says:

    Yippee, I’m the first to comment! Yes, I subscribe to the newsletters of several authors. My two faves are yours and that of Kathleen O’Brien, who writes Harlequin Superromances.

    Why? It’s not the book news. That I get from an author’s Facebook posts.

    It’s the notices about the author’s interactive blogs, on a wide range of topics. Some posts are directly relevant to current releases; some aren’t. But I enjoy reading them, adding comments, and getting into discussions.

    I can learn interesting stuff and think about that which I already knew in a different light. And best of all, I can form connections with other readers and writers. Not much opportunity for me to do that offline.

    And often there are giveaways. Who doesn’t like prizes!

    1. Mary Anne Landers says:

      Oops, I’m not the first to comment after all. Armenia beat me to it!

    2. Mia says:

      So I’m hearing that you enjoy the personal touch. I always worry that I’m boring people when I share the small doings of my life.

  43. Armenia says:

    My Lady Below Stairs sounds like my kind of story. I can’t resist Cinderella-like romances.

    As to newsletters, I subscribe to several from authors. That way I get up-to-date info of upcoming releases, WIPs, and subscriber contests. Its all so fun to be part of the frenzy of new books in the genre.

    1. Mia says:

      It is a frenzy that first week of release, isn’t it? That’s due to the way bestsellers are determined. It’s not the actual number of books sold. It’s the velocity at which they fly off the shelves on those all important first two weeks after release.

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