Why I Write Romance

My DHToday is my DH’s birthday! (Contrary to my sister-in-law’s assertion, DH stands for Dear Husband, not D**n Husband.) He’s my college sweetheart (we graduated from rival high schools) and the love of my life. He’s an amazing man with a fantastic baritone voice, a brilliant mind (he’s my personal computer guru!) and has enough physical courage to earn his private pilot’s license. We’ve raised two wonderful, loving daughters and traveled the world together. He’s makes my dreams come true.

Plaid to the BoneWithout him, I wouldn’t have hit this 20 book milestone. Not only do I borrow freely from him to give to my heroes, he’s been tremendously supportive. When I first started writing, I was working as a banker 40 hours a week. My DH cleaned the house and did laundry so I could write all day on weekends. He’s gone to RT with me and puts up with my “bookhead” days when I only check in to this century for brief periods of time. Bless his heart, he knows me and loves me anyway.

Adam Cameron, my hero in Plaid to the Bone doesn’t know Cait Grant, but he pledged to learn to love her. And Adam is the sort of  man who doesn’t change once he makes a vow.

My DH is taken, but how would you like to meet Adam?
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 Katharine Ashe

My guest today is the delightful Katharine Ashe. In 2012, Amazon chose Katharine’s How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US.

Katharine has graciously offered to help me celebrate my readers by  giving away a copy of  How to Marry a Highlander!

How to Marry a HighlanderWith seven troublesome half-sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local vicar, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.

How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet—one month—Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

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Touch of a Lady

Touch of a LadyTime for another title from my backlist. In the Touch of Seduction series, some of the characters have the “gift of touch,” which means they are able to glean information or have visions when they touch specific objects. This remarkable trait came down to Viola, Jacob and Griffin  through their many times great grandmother, Delphinia Preston. Touch of a Lady is the story of how this grey-eyed beauty stood Viscount Edmonstone’s carefully laid plans to wed a duke’s daughter on its head.

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The Prize

Today is a day for novellas–my Plaid to the Bone (prequel to the Spirit of the Highlands series), Katharine Ashe’s How to Marry a Highlander (a spin off from The Falcon Club series) and my Touch of a Lady (prequel to the Touch of Seduction series). Your comment also enters you in the drawing for the Grand Prize–a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here’s a question to start the discussion: Do you enjoy novellas or do you prefer full length novels?


60 thoughts on “Why I Write Romance

  1. Christine A. says:

    I enjoy both because sometimes I want a short and sweet story and sometimes I have time to settle myself into a story.

  2. ELF says:

    Very belated happy birthday to your DH (devoted hubby, lol). I prefer novels because novellas just don’t last long enough for me but I have read quite a few well-written novellas (which I hope will eventually become novels, lol).

  3. Janie McGaugh says:

    I prefer full-length novels, but I do enjoy the occasional novella.

  4. Andrea Goodell says:

    That depends on the story and the writer.I like my erotica shorter (100-150 pgs) and my romance around 250-300 pages.
    But overall I tend to read novel’s. Nothing too long. Anything in the 350-400 or longer I won’t pick up.

  5. Elaine Carlini-Davis says:

    I generally prefer full length novels which allow for more character and plot development and often give secondary characters who interact with the main ones. Most novellas are very specific in those terms, but I do read them if they fill in a gap between novels or give background for them.

  6. Trudy Miner says:

    I like both but novels give more time to develop both the characters and story. However, a good writer can do a complete job in a novella and short story.

    Happy Birthday to your DH! You are so fortunate to have such a man in your life!

  7. Marcy Shuler says:

    I like both novellas and novels. I just adore a big juicy novel, but I also feel there’s a place for novellas. I especially like them as prequels to novels (as in PLAID TO THE BONE) and when they tell the stories of memorable secondary characters that won’t be getting their own novel.

    1. Marcy Shuler says:

      And how could I forget to wish your Dh a very happy birthday!

  8. Barbara Elness says:

    I prefer full-length novels, but novellas are great for when you don’t have a lot of time and want to read something shorter. Anthologies are great for that too.

  9. Thank you, Mia and Katharine. I prefer novellas to novels. One reason is because I have little time to read. Another is because I prefer my plots brisk.

    I wish the romance market would make novellas and short novels more viable. I’ve read plenty of novels that had too little plot, but can’t recall a piece of fiction that had too much. Not for me, anyhow.

    Have a nice weekend, everyone!

  10. It takes me a while to get into a story, so once I’m there I want to stay for a while. Full-length novels for me, please!

  11. bn100 says:

    prefer full length novels

  12. BETH SHEEHE says:

    I enjoy both, although I prefer full lenght novels, I do enjoy a well written novella.

  13. Quilt Lady says:

    Happy Birthday to your DH!!!

    I usually enjoy novels the most but do read some novellas when I don’t have time to read a lot. Nice little short story is great when you don’t have a lot of time.

  14. Mary Jo Toth says:

    I have to admit that I enjoy both. Sometimes you need a novella to break up the novels that you read. Novellas are usually more focused on a specific character/situation and can deliver a lot of punch when done well. I really just like to read a great story so any length works!

  15. catslady says:

    If I had to pick one I would definitely say full length novels although I have read some novellas. My only problem with them is that I just seem to be really getting into the story and it’s over too soon – I always want more (sometimes from full length novels too lol). If it’s a new author though it would be a good way to get a feel for the writing.

  16. Diane Sallans says:

    Being born on September 6th I know he must be a wonderful guy – today in my birthday too (LOL)! Hope you all have a glorious celebration!

    please exclude me from the eNovella drawing – no eReader yet!

  17. Donna McCabe says:

    I actually enjoy both! I’ve read novellas that fit into a series and some that are stand-alones.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Hi Mia, this is a beautiful testimony to your husband, thank you for sharing it with us.
    As for your question, I love them both depending on my mood and time reserved for reading. Something, when I just need a break, I choose a novella. But other times, I feel like spending a day or two just relaxing and reading I prefer the complete novel. I would love very much to read your book “Plaid to the Bone” and Katharine’s book. Thank you for this giveaway!

  19. Armenia says:

    Happy Birthday to your DH. He sounds like the best hero, one who supports his heroine in love and duty(help raise family and share in chores) LOL, every mom should teach their sons to do dishes, laundry and cooking. They grow up to be great nurturers, as well.

    As for novellas, I love them when they are prequels rich in description and character build-up, leading into the new series. I don’t mind if they are short as long as they do the job of including quite an impact to this romance readers heart.

  20. Glittergirl says:

    Generally speaking I’m not a fan of novellas but they have their purpose. Generally I find them too short and the story progresses too fast. Or, they are too simple of a story line because there just isn’t enough pages to elaborate on the story.

    BUT, with a novella that progresses a series or adds color to characters I love them. The prequel novellas like this one that set up the series and give the reader a taste are good too. It takes a talented author to craft a satisfying novella. The longer ones tend to make me happier.

    1. Glittergirl says:

      P.S. It’s my son’s birthday today too. Happy Birthday Mr. M (or whatever, lol). My son is 19 and having a very full day, work, golf with dad, dinner out with the family. I can see him turning out much like your DH. They share many of the same character traits. Do you suppose it’s because they were born on the same day?

  21. Aly P says:

    I read them both, but it gets a lot for me to love a novella. Most of them are too rushed…

  22. earlene gillespie says:

    I prefer the novels. I like a more detailed story line. You get to know the characters better and greater details about the settings. Novella’s are ok when you just want a quick read.

  23. Marguerite Guinn says:

    I prefer to read books. Novellas are fun especially when they give you peeks into the lives of secondary characters in books you love, but I just like reading a full length book.

  24. Jennifer L says:

    I like novellas. Sometimes it’s nice to read a short story in between full-length novels.

  25. Sarah Meral says:

    I do like novellas and short stories. Sometimes it is nice to have something short to reading, especially when I don´t have much time :)

  26. VanillaOrchids says:

    I do enjoy novellas. There are just times when I want a shorter read. I’ll admit though, I often tend to think the endings are rushed.
    Congratulations on your 20th book and happy birthday to your DH.
    Also, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  27. Jessica V. says:

    I love regular length novels. It’s easier to invest in the characters that way. However, I love novellas IF they are about the secondary characters of the regular length novels. Really, i just wanna fall in love with characters. :)

  28. Carolyn R says:

    I like both novellas & full length novels. It really doesn’t matter me as long they are well written.. I like for the books I read to have a good story line and a great ending. I also love all the historical details authors research and put in there historical romance novels.

    Thanks for the contest!!

    Mia Marlowe I think your a wonderful author!!
    The first book I read was Sins of the Highlander and I was hooked..LOL I love your The How To Series!!

  29. Zairah Divino says:

    Hhm. That’s a nice question. Novellas are great, because it gives me the “other side” of the story. It helps me understand a character more if his/her story isn’t elaborated on the novel. However, I like reading full-length novels more. It gives me the whole ‘world’ of the book. It tugs at my heart more than novellas do. :)

  30. Becky says:

    I agree with Glenda – I do love novellas that feature secondary couples! I’m a sucker for series books where the secondary characters are featured in the next books and so on.

  31. Linda Thum says:

    I usually prefer a well written full length novel because I like to get to know the characters well & work their way to the HEA.

  32. Vicky CK says:

    I like both (slight preference for novel)

    I prefer novels due to better story/character development (even when well written- only so much can be well told in less space/time) and the fact that I read fast, so longer story means more time spent with them (IF will written).

    I prefer shorter stories (novella) when I have less time (dr visits, busy vacations, visiting guess, etc), or under stress so don’t need the distraction of a full book.

    In all honesty, if the story is well written, I don’t mind the length, lol.

  33. CrystalGB says:

    I prefer full length books but novellas are great when you only have a little time to read and want to get your romance fix. :)

  34. Theresa Fischer says:

    I like full length novels best. With novellas you just start getting into the story then it’s over with.

  35. rachael constant says:

    I love novellas! I do love full length books but sometimes I get impatient and want to get to the end. novellas are great for prequels or bridging between two novels (giving you better understanding of characters or just letting you know what happens next).
    thanks for the competition xxx

  36. may says:

    I love novels more… just because there’s more to read and more to enjoy! :) However, I love novella if they are well-written too… Just that novels are just more satisfying….

  37. Shirene says:

    I’m a novel lover first but a novella is nice as long as it is an extension of a novel. Otherwise I would prefer to have a short story over a novella any day of the week.

  38. Juanita Decuir says:

    I enjoy both, sometimes, I get disappointed if it’s a fantastic novella and I so want to read more of the story, with that said, I prefer a series.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Happy birthday to your husband! :)

    I like both novels and novellas, but if I had to choose it would be novels.

    But novellas are great too. Sometimes I just want a nice, straightforward read that I can do in one sitting.

  40. Amy Hart says:

    I prefer full length novels. There is more depth and detail not to mention novellas end too soon! Sometimes novels just aren’t long enough either.

  41. Laurie W G says:

    Novellas are a nice way to get introduced to a new author or a new series. I like anthologies. They’re a quick read when you’re on the go or only have a short period of time to read.

    I agree that they lack some of the detail but they still offer a worthwhile reading experience.

    I really do like both novellas and novels.

  42. Danny says:

    I really enjoy full-length novels because the characters and story have more time to develop.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Romance is character driven fiction. The author’s job is harder with the shorter format because we have to create characters readers can instantly relate to.

      1. Danny says:

        Yeah that is why I don’t think that I will ever be able to write a novella. I love world building and character development too much.

  43. Kelly Mann says:

    I enjoy them both. It really doesn’t matter to me as long as the story is good.

  44. Sheryl N says:

    I love full length novels the best, but sometimes a novella is perfect for tying up loose ends with some minor characters. So, I guess I am trying to say that it doesn’t matter to me.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sometimes a secondary character cries out for his/her own story, but there isn’t enough there for a full blown novel. A shorter length story is more satisfying than one that has been artificially padded to meet a higher word count.

  45. Mary C. says:

    I like both, but depending on the circumstances I may like one more than the other. If I’ve been reading w lot of novels, then I want to squeeze in a few novellas as a resting period, and vice versa for a change of pace. I do read more novels than novellas, though, not only because there are more available, but because it allows for a story to be fully developed – in the case of romance, a believable love between the hero and heroine.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You sound like me. I just squeezed in a Sherry Thomas novella between a couple of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries.

  46. Mary Preston says:

    I don’t mind novellas, but I will always reach for a full length story first. In fact the longer the book the better I always think.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I do tend to salivate over books that can double as doorstops!

  47. Ada says:

    I like reading novels more than novellas because I find novellas are too short for me to fully enjoy. And when it comes to my favorite authors less is NOT more! It’s like only getting a small sliver of dessert when all you want is the full slice :)

    By the way, Mia, your DH sounds like a gem of a guy, how lucky you are! And a happy birthday to him!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He is and I am! Thanks, Ada.

  48. Anita H. says:

    I enjoy reading full-length novels more because the characters are usually more fleshed-out and you get to learn more about them. In novellas, it’s hard to get too attached to characters because you only know them briefly.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Unless the characters have been secondary characters in other books. In that case, you sort of know them a bit from the beginning…

  49. Glenda says:

    Hmm, novels vs novellas. That’s a hard one because they both aree great as long as they are well written. Sometimes im in the mood for a quick read other time I want nothing more than to sink into a long detailed saga. :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      “Well-written.” A must for any story.

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