Labor Day Fun!

Repertory CompanyThey say if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel about writing romance. Not that crafting a novel isn’t labor intensive, but I love making things up for a living.

Gore Vidal said, “Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.” Spending the day with my imaginary friends, discovering their secrets and sharing them with you is pure joy. It’s made my path to my 20th published work an exciting adventure! Thanks for coming along with me on the journey that culminates in this 20Days/20Books Celebration.

Plaid to the BoneAnother group of people works very hard in the publishing realm. They are reviewers. Whether it’s the pros at RTBOOKReviews or Pubishers Weekly, or the reading customers who share their experience with a book on Amazon, B& or Goodreads, I appreciate them all. Positive or negative, they help other readers find books, so I bless their names.

Here’s what reviewers had to say about Plaid to the Bone:

“Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale.”–RTBOOKReviews

“Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale.” –Publishers Weekly

Want to see if you agree?
Plaid to the Bone is at: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

 Theresa Romain

My writing buddy Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. This September, she’ll begin a new historical romance trilogy with IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE. In October, her third holiday historical romance—SEASON FOR SCANDAL—will be released.

Find Theresa at her website, on Facebook , and Twitter

SEASON FOR SURRENDER (Zebra, October 2012) back cover blurb:


Season for SurrenderAlexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…


Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

Print: amazon • barnes & noble • book depository • books-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • kensington • posman books • powell’s • walmart • watermark

Ebook: google • ibook • kensington • kindle • kobo • nook

IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE (Casablanca, September 2013) back cover blurb:


It Takes TwoHenry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…


Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…

Print: amazonbarnes & noble • book depositorybooks-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • posman books • powell’s • sourcebookswalmart • watermark

Ebook: ibookkindle kobo • nook

SEASON FOR SCANDAL (Zebra, October 2013) back cover blurb:


Season for ScandalJane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.


Print: amazon • barnes & noble • book depository • books-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • kensington • posman bookspowell’swalmart • watermark

Ebook: ibook • kensington • kindle • nook

Theresa is graciously offering a copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER, which was a Smart Bitches’ Sizzling Book Club Pick in November 2012, in print or ebook (Kindle or Nook), winner’s choice. Open Internationally!

Touch of a Rogue

Touch of a RogueThe second book in my Touch of Seduction series, Touch of a Rogue‘s reviews were a surprise to me. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and also named it one of their Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012!

Booklist raved: “The second in Marlowe’s wonderfully original Victorian-set historical series is fueled by incendiary love scenes and an abundance of high-stakes, paranormal-laced danger.”

And then RTBOOKReviews gave it a tepid 3 Stars…

Heavy sigh. (I don’t hold a grudge. Besides, they just gave Plaid Tidings, my Oct 1st release, a glowing review with 4 1/2 STARS!)

Of course, I love the good reviews best, but all reviews help get the word out about a book. And ultimately, the only reviews that really matter come from readers.

The Prize

Today you could win a download of Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing,  Theresa’s Season for Surrender or my Touch of a Rogue, in either print or ebook. Your comment also enters you in the Grand Prize Drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here are some questions to get the discussion started: Do you post reader reviews on Amazon, B& or Goodreads? Do you have a book blog where you share reviews? Do you follow certain review sites? Or do you have a personal review system to help guide your future book purchases?

50 thoughts on “Labor Day Fun!

  1. Theresa Fischer says:

    I sometimes read reviews on Amazon. I don’t have a blog, but do follow some blog sites. I try not to let reviews influence me too much when I buy a book, I like to form my own opinion.

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    I don’t review, no. I love to read other people’s blogs, though. It definitely helps to decide if a book is for me or not :-)

  3. Danny says:

    Although I am a reviewer myself I don’t read too many reviews, but listen more to friends’ recommendations who I know who have a similar taste in books

  4. Sandy Xiong says:

    I sometime post reviews on Goodreads and B&N but it’s only if I can find the time now. I haven’t really post any recent reviews in months because I’ve been busy…and because I’m just a beginner. I don’t have a blog for my reviews because I know I won’t be able to handle it but I do follow review blogs.

  5. catslady says:

    I have done the occasional reviews on amazon but I know I could do more. I go to all kinds of blogs and review sites to get ideas and opinions.

  6. Alexisa N says:

    Thank you for your questions, Mia. My answer to all of them is no. Although I will read someone else’s review, I don’t rely on reviews to help me choose my reading for the same reason I don’t write them. I only use them to get a better idea of what the book is about. Since reviews are just someone’s opinion, mine is the only that counts as to weather I’ll read a particular book or not.

  7. Janie McGaugh says:

    I have not yet gotten to the point of posting reviews. I do check out reviews on Amazon and on various blogs, and I do record my own rating of each book I read to, as you say, help guide my future purchases.

  8. Robin D says:

    I post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and read the overall reviews left by others when deciding to get a book.

  9. bn100 says:

    Don’t have a blog or really review/rate books

  10. Marcy Shuler says:

    I don’t have my own blog. I rate the books I read on goodreads. Occasionally I’ll also post a review there and also on B&N and Amazon. I don’t feel I’m a writer so generally I just think my reviews sound silly…and it’s so easy to get behind as I tend to read quickly.

  11. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    I don’t write any reviews because I don’t think I bring much to the table except “I liked/disliked the book because…” I don’t have real eloquent, informative or smart reviews to point. But I do use others reviews on Goodreads to help me determine if I would enjoy a book or not. I find it easier to find good books by reading many reviews of the pros and cons than just getting a book on a whim. I do however give ratings to all the books I read and mostly write why or why not I’m liking a book on my reading updates/statuses.

  12. CrystalGB says:

    I usually don’t post reviews. I will mention to other readers if I enjoy a book. :)

  13. Shannon says:

    First off, I would just like to say I enjoyed the read! Secondly, I’ve loved the few books that I’ve read and thirdly, I definitely read the reviews before I purchase something! They don’t always sway me away from a book, because I have a different mind-set from other people so I don’t always care what they think, but I like to see how many positive reviews someone might get or see if there is any really good feedback about the author/writing style. I don’t blog, but I will review books after I’ve read them because I understand that author’s need the feedback.
    Thanks for the opportunity, and I look forward to reading this book, and your next book, and so on…. ! :)

  14. Armenia says:

    I will usually review books on Amazon, as well as research that site for reader reviews on other books I’m considering purchasing. I also follow reader blogs to catch up on the reviews of the latest releases, and have been a reviewer for reader blog in the past but found it kept me from reading the books *I* wanted to read.

  15. Happy Labor Day, everyone! Mia, thanks very much for inviting me to join your celebration of 20 books.

    These thoughts on reviews are really interesting to me; thanks to you all for posting your comments! I’ll pretty much pick up any book that a friend recommends, but I do read online reviews too when I want to learn about new-to-me authors. If everyone seems to be raving about a certain book, I usually wind up getting it, and I’ve found new authors to love that way.

  16. Quilt Lady says:

    I have done a few reviews on Amazon but not ofter because I am not good at it. I do watch reviews on Amazon and on book blogs. I follow a lot of blogs to keep up with books.

  17. Aly P says:

    I post reviews on goodreads…. I can’t say I have a system though :D

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for posting your reviews, Aly.

  18. Glittergirl says:

    I post my review of the book I just finished on Goodreads. It’s my way of keeping track of what I’ve read and with a series, what the last book was about before I start the next 6 months to a year later. I don’t have a blog but I visit the following for reviews and giveaways: RR @ Novel Thoughts, Under The Covers, Cocktails & Books, Smexy Books, Fiction Vixen, Romancing the Book, Happily Everafter Reads and Seawitch Review from the Bookshelf.

    When I’m considering a book from an unfamiliar author I check it out at Goodreads to find out if it’s part of a series, how long it is, summary of the story (to see if it appeals to me) and I scan the reviews to see what people like or disliked about the book. Then I filter those with what I like and decide if I’ll buy it or not.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It sounds like online recommendations are beginning to surpass word of mouth, doesn’t it?

      1. Glittergirl says:

        I don’t have anyone to talk books with. Unless I bump into someone in the romance book isle at the store. I take recommendations from bloggers I trust and authors I like.

  19. Linda Thum says:

    I try to if I really enjoy a book, on Goodreads mainly.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m on Goodreads, but I keep forgetting to add the books I’ve been reading.

  20. Michelle Harlan says:

    In general, when I find an author I love, I read all of their work. When I’m buying a book from a “new to me” author, I read as many reviews of their work as I can. There are several book blogs that I follow & a few whose reviews I trust completely.
    I try to review books that I’ve enjoyed. I post reviews to Goodreads & Amazon. Not much of a B&N user anymore, but I try to remember to post there, too.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      When I find an author whose work I love, I spend some time on their website too. It’s nice to get a feel for who they are.

  21. may says:

    I post reviews on Good reads and Amazon when there are books that I am really excited about. :)

    I do buy books if I already love the writer or there are lots of good reviews on blogs…

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Like you, I have to be very excited about a book to post a review.

  22. Laurie WG says:

    I have posted reviews on Amazon and Goodreads… unfortunately it’s easy to fall behind. I do not like reviews that tell you the whole story summary. I want to know what they liked about the characters and the author’s writing.

    I do not have a blog but follow: Romance Reviews Today, The Romance Dish, Fresh Fiction, numerous author blogs and group blogs.

    I do read reviews but I do not always agree with them.

    I do try new authors based on positive reviews. Theresa Romain, Sherry Thomas, Toni Blake and Rocki St Clair are a few authors I started reading based on a review.

    Pamela Clare I received a free book, “SURRENDER”, for a review and fell in love with her writing.

    My book buying is based primarily on the back blurb. If I don’t like the story line I will not buy the book even if it is an author I like.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      That’s exactly why authors offer free books from time to time. They hope a new reader will find them. ;-)

  23. Elizabeth says:

    When I do read reviews I read the ones on goodreads. They have more diversity than what amazon and bookstore sites have to offer. I like reading reviews after I read the book though. I don’t know, I generally don’t like reading them before because I might read a review that might sway me not to read the book. Sometimes when I’m reading a book and I just can’t get into it I’ll read reviews to see how other people felt about it and decide if it’s worth to keep reading.

    I don’t write reviews though. I’m not really good at it, but I do like discussing the book with other readers.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sometimes, reviewers give away major plot points and that sort of sours things. I appreciate it when they say “SPOILER ALERT!”

  24. Sheryl N says:

    I do post book reviews on Amazon, but I usually only rate books at Goodreads. I don’t really do blogs. I like an author and I read their book. I don’t go in and read too many reviews on books because I want to make my own decision on what I like to read.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I always say it’s a good thing we all don’t like the same thing. Otherwise you’d all be after my DH! LOL!

  25. Bonnie R says:

    I do post reviews for Amazon and for a blog site. Once I become a little more savvy, I’d like to set up my own blog. I look for reviews for authors who are new to me. That helps me decide whether to take the plunge and buy.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The only thing better than finding a “new to me” author is finding one who’s prolific. I recently discovered Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries. I have hours and hours of reading pleasure ahead of me.

  26. Anita H. says:

    I don’t have a blog so I like to post book reviews on Amazon. I do hope my comments are helpful to others who are on the fence about whether or not to purchase a book. I like to follow The Romance Dish among other review sites/blogs. I find that other reviews do sway my purchases, if I’m finding alot of negative reviews, then I’m less likely to purchase a book.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      All reviews are helpful, Anita. Thanks!

      1. Smeykell says:

        Since there is so many fields of spieailtces that I have a choice of, I still really can’t choose one. So I am going base on my personal experiences. My original goal back in high school and maybe even before that, was to work in a Neonatal ICU! I had a brother that passed before he had his first birthday from heart complications, and that year I spent a lot of time at hospitals with my parents. My goal the first couple of years was to work with babies just like him. That was until I had my own children, I would of still loved to have worked in that career field but the heart ache I would most likely endure when one of those babies did not make it home. I could not have handled!On to more positive experiences, I have worked with the elderly and Geriatrics interests me very much. Being surrounded with people that have lived a fulfilled life is so much more rewarding. Even though at times it is the ending stages of their lives, and it is sad when someone does pass. It’s less of a heartache to know that most of the time they are ready to move on. They are still very dependent on you and when you are able to help them with their needs that’s the most rewarding of all, plus you form a special relationship with the patients and their families.

  27. Mary Preston says:

    I do try to remember to post reviews because I know how helpful they are to writers. I find book blogs, and there are hundreds and hundreds, can be very useful. They post reviews that are very honest I find. Mostly I purchase books via WOM. Get the word out & spread it around.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for posting reviews, Mary.

      At the risk of sounding silly, what is WOM?

  28. Ada says:

    I post reviews on Goodreads since I don’t have my own blog. I do follow a few book review sites like Harlequin Junkies and Ramblings From This Chick. I just base my book purchases on authors I know and in the case of unfamiliar authors, I based them on positive reviews from the reviewers I listed.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m on Goodreads too if you’d care to “friend” me there. MiaMarloweOnGoodreads

  29. Thank you for your questions, Mia. My answer to all of them is no. I don’t rely on reviews to help me choose my reading for the same reason I don’t write them. They’re just someone’s opinion.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      True. A review is very subjective. So is reading. We all bring our own unique set of preconceptions to every book we pick up.

  30. Sarah Meral says:

    I don´t have a blog myself, but did a few guest reviews of some books on blogs from my friends.
    I read mostly English books, but since English isn´t my first language, it´s not always easy for me to review something with the right words and all. So I don´t really leave reviews on the book seller sides, but do regularly write emails to the authors to let them know how I liked the book :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Guest reviews are a good way to start.

      I admire people who are bilingual enough to read in a 2nd language. Kudos!

      1. Sarah Meral says:

        Thanks :)

  31. Amy Hart says:

    Do you post reader reviews on Amazon, B& or Goodreads? Do you have a book blog where you share reviews? Do you follow certain review sites? Or do you have a personal review system to help guide your future book purchases? Yes, Amazon. No blog. I follow blogs. No set system.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Amy. I’d be honored if you post a review of one of my books on Amazon some time.

      1. Amy Hart says:

        I picked your How To series for a free 99 cent ebook. As soon as I read the first one I will post a review.

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