Beauty & the Wolf

I just love new twists on old fairy tales, don’t you? When I met Marina Myles at RT and heard about her reimagined versions of the Brothers Grimm’s stories, I knew I wanted to host her here. Beauty and the Wolf is her debut title with eKensington, the “digital only” arm of one of my publishers. So without further ado, I’ll turn my blog over to Marina…

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A Union of Curses

Beauty & the WolfIsabella Farrington’s marriage is hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble…

But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace, she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own…

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About the author:

Marina MylesAlthough Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.

Dreaming of becoming a published author, she went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University—where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds of fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.

Email: marinaauthor@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.marinamyles.com

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Mia here again. Thanks for sharing Beauty and the Wolf with us, Marina. Your hero sounds deliciously dark and brooding!

One Night with a Rake

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Beauty & the WolfThere’s still plenty of tension in the world of publishing over print vs digital. This year has been the tipping point. 50% of the romance titles sold are sold as ebooks. I predict it will only increase. There are a number of authors, like me, who are trying to maintain a foot in both worlds, publishing in both print and digital formats.

But I’m interested in what readers think. Are you firmly in one camp or the other? Or is the only qualification a good story and the delivery method is secondary?

Leave a comment for Marina & me for a chance to win my newest print release (which is also available as an ebook!), One Night with a Rake, or Marina’s Beauty & the Wolf.

29 thoughts on “Beauty & the Wolf

  1. Glittergirl says:

    I prefer print books far and above digital for many, many reasons.

    That being said, I have way too many authors that I won’t give up and it’s all about price right now. I feel pushed into the digital book realm to keep up with my series (digital only novellas in series) but if the ebook is less expensive than I can get it in print – I’ll get it in digital. I won’t pay full price as I have a limited book budget. Your books have gone primarily digital as I belong to Discover A New Love and I can get them at a substantial discount there. I search for sales and discounts to gather my new releases. If I can get digital for less than the 25% off then that’s the way I’ll go. I just bought Dee Davis’ and Alexandra Ivy’s newest releases that way because I could get them for less than $4.75 I can get at B&N with a coupon.

    In a perfect world Borders would still be in business with their 40% off coupons still available. I support “my” author’s new releases as my budget will allow but it’s getting really hard to buy them all these days. For backlist releases I keep the used bookstores in business too but I’m afraid they will soon be having hard times because print books are getting harder and harder to find in the stores. The shelf space is getting shorter and it’s getting harder to find “my” new releases on the shelf. Shipping costs make it more economical to go digital or wait and find it used a year from now.

    I hope this helps your thoughts and decisions. I love your books and hope to keep reading them.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m so glad you found Discover a New Love, Glittergirl! It’s a great way to get the books you want at a discount.

      I try to keep my readers’ budgets in mind, which is why I price all my self-published digital books at $2.99 or less (except Lord of Devil Isle, because I’m sharing royalties with Connie Mason on that one). I have no say on the pricing of my traditionally published books, but I know both my publishers are sensitive to readers’ needs in this regard. It’s one reason I’m thrilled to have been moved to the Zebra line with Kensington. My Plaid Tidings will be released in mass market format instead of the more spendy trade paper.

  2. bn100 says:

    Prefer print books

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’re not alone, but ebooks seem to be here to stay.

  3. Linda says:

    I love Beauty & the Beast stories!
    I don’t mind both but have been buying mainly ebooks for convenience and availability. It’s so much easier to be able to download ebooks compared to waiting for a print book – I’m an international reader & local bookshops are dismal.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Ebooks are faster, that’s for certain. When I finish a book I’ve enjoyed, it’s so easy to click a few times and download the next one from the same author.

  4. Kathy Jund says:

    Print only….just check my library!!! Hugs! kj :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I knew a lady in Missouri who rented a climate controlled storage facility for her books because her collection had outgrown her shelves at home!

  5. I thoroughly enjoy your books, Mia. And Marina’s book sounds great. I too love Beauty and the Beast. I read about half and half ebooks to print. I won’t give up the print book, but I love the ease of travel with an e-reader.

    1. Marina Myles says:

      Hi Helen. Thanks for dropping by and commenting! It was great fun writing a new version of Beauty and the Beast because it’s one of my favorite fairy tales, too! As far as the books I read, I’m like you. I read half print books and half ebooks on my iPad.

  6. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I prefer print books! I like the touch and smell of the book, also I can check the cover from time to time. A good book and a big mug of coffee, what a great pair. I am a book lover, and sometimes I have to buy it as ebook because it is cheaper and keep them for travel. I am definitely a person who still prefers a print book. Thank you for giving away your books as paperback and digital version.
    nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Nicole, I’m trying very hard to keep a foot in both worlds. My publishers, Sourcebooks & Kensington, offer my work in print and digital. As far as my self-published books, if I were to offer the Rock*it Reads books in print, they would be $14.00 a piece as “print on demand” titles. In this economy, that’s too much.

  7. Marcy Shuler says:

    While I love a book in hand, I find I’m buying/reading more e-books simply because of storage limitations.

    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      As a condo dweller, I hear you. My storage space in the basement of our building is full of boxes of books!

  8. Ora says:

    Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales. I love reading books with the retelling of it with the author’s own twist. I already have One Night With a Rake, so I would love to win Beauty and the Wolf.
    I find myself reading more ebooks than printed books now. I will still read printed versions, usually books that I have been waffling on when I can get them cheaper at a used book store than buying the ebook. It also makes it easier to hide how much money I spend on books from my husband. I know that sounds bad, however he is not much of a reader and doesn’t see the point in spending as much money as I do on books throughout the year.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’ll bet your husband has hobbies he spends on.

      Hope you love One Night with a Rake!

  9. Sandy Kenny says:

    I am a print type of person. I would probably get into ebooks more if I had an e-reader, but it just isn’t in my budget to get one at this time. I do have a couple of books on my laptop, but I have to admit that I can’t stare at the screen too long because my eyes start to really hurt.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Welcome to my world, Sandy. I stare at my laptop for most of the day. ;-)

      But I do understand. I haven’t ever used an ereader app on my laptop.

  10. Jen B. says:

    I used to be all paper and wouldn’t consider ebooks. Now I am reading about 1/2 and 1/2. There are only a few authors that are still only paper reads for me. I still love the feel of reading a paper book. jepebATverizonDOTnet

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I always thought I’d be a print book purist until I downloaded the Kindle app to my phone. I’ve been corrupted by convenience. And the pressures of space in our condo.

      However, if I had a big soaking tub in my little condo, you can bet I’d be taking print books in with me. Granted, I’d hate to lose a favorite read, but it would be worse to accidentally drop an ereader into the bubbles.

  11. April Knight says:

    I do own a number of ebooks, but I prefer a book I can hold in my hand. I love the smell of a new book and I love turning the pages. I go to every book signing near me. I love to meet the authors and get books signed.One of my favorite parts of reading is browsing the shelves in stores and finding new authors to read.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      When we were on the ship, it was very convenient to have my Kindle. It sure took less space in the suitcase than 80 some books would have!

  12. Julie oliver says:

    I love both. I like Ebooks for travel.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Well for some reason, my response to you, Julie got put under April! So, let me answer April here. I too enjoy the tactile pleasure of a print book. And I’ll be signing in Salem, NH on June 22nd from 3-5PM at the B&N on Broadway!

  13. Rhonda says:

    Both books sound wonderful!

    1. Rhonda says:

      As long as the story is good, the style doesn’t matter to me

    2. Marina Myles says:

      Thanks, Rhonda! If you happen to pick up Beauty and the Wolf, I really hope you enjoy it. And I can’t wait to read One Night with a Rake, myself!!

    3. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Rhonda. I’m sure Marina’s is magical! ;-)

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