Plaid to the Bone--My 20th Book!

When I started writing, hitting this publishing milestone was a distant dream. Though I’d been an avid reader all my life, I knew nothing about how to write a novel and spent months trying to reinvent the wheel. Then I realized it wasn’t enough to have an idea for a story. I needed to master the craft of writing.

I joined my local RWA chapter, went to the meetings and started educating myself. (See my Recommended Reading at the bottom of my Workshops page.) I started winning writing contests and then my 2nd full manuscript sold. (My 1st manuscript richly deserves the obscurity it enjoys with the dust bunnies under my bed!)

One of the things I had to learn was how to write a “first kiss” scene that was unique to each story. In Plaid to the Bone, Adam Cameron and Cait Grant were pledged to wed without having even met each other. Here’s a bit from their first private conversation:

Plaid to the Bone“Lass, I want to put your mind at ease. Ye have no reason to fear me, and I’ll see that ye never do.”

She met his gaze then, her eyes enormous. “Maybe ye should fear me.”

Adam laughed again, a little surprised by the number of times she’d managed to make him do that in the space of their short acquaintance. “Maybe I should, but I dinna think I will.”

He cupped the back her head and bent to kiss her lips.

At first, he meant to only brush her mouth with his, but her lips were so soft, he lingered. She stiffened, but didn’t object. Then he felt her melt. Her lips parted and he dived into the warm wetness of her mouth.

What a shame Cait is oath-bound to send her new husband to an early grave!
If you can’t wait, Plaid to the Bone is at: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

 Norah Wilson

When I let my writing friends know I was planning this 20Days/20Books reader appreciation event on my blog, one of the first to offer to help me was Norah Wilson. A national bestseller, she’s a Rock*It Reads author, like me. (Rock*It Reads is a group of traditionally published authors who are committed to bring the same professional standards to their self-publishing work.) Norah writes romantic suspense and sexy vampire romances, as well as the popular Dix Dodd mystery series as N.L. Wilson (Janet Evanovitch fans take note!)

Norah is kind enough to offer a random commenter one of her Rock*It Reads ebooks, Guarding Suzannah (which I have read and loved!) Thanks, Norah!

Guarding SarahThere’s no love lost between criminal defense lawyer Suzannah Phelps and the Fredericton City Police Department. Now she’s being stalked, but she won’t turn to the police, fearing a) they’re behind it; or b) that she’ll lose face and it’ll cost her in court. But when Det. John Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her no matter who is harassing her, and despite the flak he takes from colleagues.

They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and now he’s burning to see if they’ll do the same in the bedroom.

You might win a copy, but why trust to chance? Buy it here: Amazon


Plaid to the Bone is my 20th book. Maidensong was my first. It was originally published by Dorchester in 2006 and when that house went under, my agent retrieved the rights for me. Maidensong is out again now as a Rock*It Read .


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Maidensong—a love story. Forbidden in some realms, skalds who are brave enough to compose one risk death, for love is the most powerful force on earth. And often, the most treacherous.

When Rika sings the Norse legends, every other voice falls silent. She lives for the joy of her art, until the terrible day when she’s taken captive and made a slave to Bjorn the Black. She vows to hate him forever, but love doesn’t always recognize the enemy.

Maidensong is Book 1 in the Songs of the North series. It’s followed by Erinsong and coming this November, the series concludes with Dragonsong!

The Prize

Today your comment enters you to win Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Guarding Suzannah from Norah Wilson or Maidensong from me. You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize–a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here’s the question: Cover art is so important to readers & authors alike. Please click over to Norah’s book page and my Book Page to check out our covers. Then come back here and share your two favorites! Enjoy!


48 thoughts on “Plaid to the Bone–My 20th Book!

  1. Christine A. says:

    I love Touch of a Lady- the blue of her dress and her back showing is so sexy. Every Breath She Takes is so intriguing. I love the show of some skin. Great covers ladies!

  2. Theresa Fischer says:

    I think book covers are very important, that’s the first thing that draws me to a book. My mother in law would always buy romance books with ships on them. I like Norah’s The Merzetti Effect and your How To Vex A Viscount covers!

  3. Aly P says:

    From you: Silk Dreams, looks very mysterious
    From Norah: Every Breath She Takes

  4. Marcy Shuler says:


    On Norah’s book I like the couple and the color.

    On your book I love the teal kilt…and the sword over the naked back is just yummy. :D

    I read PLAID TO THE BONE today and enjoyed it a lot! I was quite surprised by the paranormal aspects of the story though. Now I’m looking forward to PLAID TIDINGS.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Guess I need to talk about some of the paranormal elements in one of these blog posts. Thanks so much for your kind words, Marcy!

  5. Armenia says:

    Book covers are very important to me when I see such beautiful, lush photos of the hero and heroine. I hope the inanimate object book covers will soon fade.

    I agree with others on with your Touch series, especially Touch of A Rogue and Touch of A Thief.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      When Maidensong was first published by Dorchester, it had a necklace with a Viking ship in amber on it.

  6. Danny says:


    with your covers it is a tie between Lord of fire and ice & How to please a pirate. My favorite of Norah’s covers is Nightfall

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Don’t you think the guy on Lord of Fire and Ice looks like a really buff Derek Hough?

  7. Glittergirl says:

    I am so pleased you’re finding success as a writer ^_^
    At quick glance Nora Robert’s Protecting Paige caught my eye.
    For you it’s tough but it’s a tie between Plaid to the Bone (love the back, sword and plaid, sigh) and How to Please a Pirate – well because he’s awesome and a pirate. The colors catch the eye too with contrasts.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thank you, Glittergirl, but much of the credit for my “writing success” really belongs to my readers. I appreciate you all so very much.

  8. Janie McGaugh says:

    For Norah, I like The Merzetti Effect best. For your books, I think I’ll go with How to Distract a Duchess.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The Merzetti Effect is pretty cool! It’s part of Norah’s newest joint anthology The Perfect Ten.

  9. Kimberley Coover says:

    I loved Plaid Tiding…very eyecatching!
    Of Norah’s I thought Nightfall the best!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love Plaid Tidings too!

  10. Thank you, Mia. Among your covers, my fave is “My Lady Below Stairs”. Next is “How to Vex a Viscount”. Both are fine examples of what I think romance cover art should be. If a book is about two people is love, that’s what should be on the cover.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Clinches are the enduring staple of romance covers!

  11. bn100 says:

    Every Breath She Takes
    improper gentlemen

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Improper Gentlemen is a fine example of a male chest!

  12. Quilt Lady says:

    For Norah I like Nightfall and your yours I love How to Distract a Duchess. I think with me its the colors that catches my eye.

  13. Sandy Xiong says:

    For Norah Wilson I love the cover for Every Breath She Takes because the colors are not over powering and it all blends well together. For you, I love Plaid to the Bone and The Royal Rakes series covers!

  14. catslady says:

    Oh, picking one of your covers is just impossible – you have so many great ones!!! Just because you picked one I will say Touch of a Lady but truly I love them all. I am going to pick Every Breadth She Takes for Norah Wilson – I like the clinch!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Norah’s cover does have a sweet embrace on it.

  15. Rhonda Kirby says:

    I like the cover of Nightfall. I also like the cover of Plaid to the Bone. But then I am partial to a man in a kilt.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      One of the most unusual things we saw in Scotland was a shop that advertised “Used Kilts” for sale!

  16. may says:

    I love Touch of a thief for yours because of the pretty dress. I like Guarding Suzannah for Norah’s. :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I like the pearl necklace too!

  17. rhonda says:

    I would love to win! Thanks for the reader appreciation event!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Rhonda.
      Good luck!

  18. Sheryl N says:

    I find that I am drawn to a book by its cover too. I liked Every Breath She Takes by Norah and I love all your highlander book covers. There is just something about a man in a plaid holding a sword.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Can’t argue. A kilt works every time it’s tried!

  19. Laurie WG says:

    My favorite book covers:


    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Norah’s cover is very evocative.

  20. Linda Thum says:

    My 2 favs are Touch of a Lady & How to Vex a Viscount. I’m all about color!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I like that hot fuschia and peacock blue!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I really like Touch of a Lady. That deep blue really catches my eye and draws me in. For eye candy, How to Please a Pirate. ;)

    I really like the Nightfall cover for Norah’s. Once again, a deep blue cover.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Yeah, my Pirate has that effect on a lot of people. ;-)

  22. Anita H. says:

    Hi Mia, I absolutely love your cover for How to Distract a Duchess! The colors are just so vibrant and I love her gorgeous dress. I like Norah’s Guarding Suzanna the most, the way she’s looking at the reader seems to be drawing us into her story.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Colors are important to me too, Anita. I may have only white walls in my condo, but I cover them with boisterous art prints!

  23. Ada says:

    I too judge books by their covers, since covers are the first thing that draws me to a book. I have a hard time picking up new authors if I can’t get behind their covers. I’m also totally not a fan of covers that changes style mid-series!!!

    I love the covers for Plaid to the Bone, and Plaid Tidings. They are both very eye-catching! ;) Norah’s Saving Grace also caught my eye, as there’s just something tender about their embrace.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sometimes a change can’t be helped, if for instance an author switches publishers mid-series and is allowed to continue it with the new house. Chances are they’ll want to put their own stamp on the newest book.

  24. Mary Preston says:

    Covers are VERY important. I do judge.

    For Norah Wilson I love the covers for THE MERZETTI EFFECT & NIGHTFALL and for your books I love TOUCH OF A THIEF & TOUCH OF A LADY. The colors and images just speak to me, as it were.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I like Nightfall too!

  25. Sarah Meral says:

    My two favorite covers are PLAID TO THE BONE and FAMILY JEWELS

    With Plaid to the Bone, the cover reflects the title well: on one side the kilt represents the plaid and the bare back, let´s me imagine the bone.

    And with Family Jewels, I like the ring hanging from the writing and the frog.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Sarah! The art department at Kensington always hits it out of the park.

    2. leena says:

      hi i’ve read some reviews and i must say that i am really thrilled to discover more

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