Once upon a plaidWhen I took a writing class in college, my prof said to me, “Your writing is lovely, dear. The problem is theme. You don’t seem to have one.”

Well, Dr. Barclay would be proud of my upcoming release, Once Upon a Plaid. It was founded on a theme.

I decided to tackle the issue of childlessness after my sister served as a gestational surrogate for a couple who could not conceive. (If you follow me on Facebook, you rode the roller coaster with us through the final difficult days of her high risk pregnancy and difficult birth.) Infertility is a difficult enough issue in the twenty-first century, when we have access to in vitro fertilization technology and a host of other options. It was devastating in the sixteenth century, when there was no help for childless couples at all. But no matter the time period, the emotional pain is the same and my heart goes out to all who grapple with infertility.

I’m sure some readers will wonder why William and Katherine didn’t simply adopt a child. Unfortunately, there was no such thing then. Fostering was common, and noble houses would accept wards, but there was no law governing legal adoption in the United Kingdom (including Scotland) until 1926. Bloodlines were paramount to the laws of inheritance, so even if adoption were legal, adopted children still wouldn’t be able to inherit.

Hope you’ll look for Once Upon a Plaid when it comes out next week on October 7th! You can read the first 3 chapters here or pre-order it today, if you like.

Emmaand Lucas

Oh! Back to the “rest of the story….”

After a challenging surrogate pregnancy that ended in a difficult delivery, my sister gave birth to healthy twins, a boy and a girl. And then she put these precious gifts into the arms of a grateful couple.

The twins’ parents have been terrific about sending pictures and keeping in touch with my sister. This darling photo is from their first Christmas.

Is my sister heroine material or what?

Plaid to the BoneI just discovered that Kensington is running a limited time special on my Spirit of the Highland series! Right now, you can get my Scottish novella, Plaid to the Bone FREE!

Available at these fine etailers:

Kindle | Kindle UK | Kindle CA | Kindle AU

Nook | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay

“Plaid to the Bone and the Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe is the perfect read-a little humor, a little romance, a little sex and a little mystery all rolled into a tale of the Scottish Highlands.” ~ The Reading Cafe (October 2013)

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Plaid TidingsAnd Plaid Tidings, the novel that was named a Rita Award finalist, is being offered at only $2.99–a whopping 63% off the print price.

Also available in the following formats:

Kindle | Kindle UK | Kindle CA | Kindle AU

Nook | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay

 

“Marlowe has penned a wonderful tale, rich in romance and wit. Replete with memorable characters and a touch of Scottish legend, this well-written romance is both poignant and highly entertaining. Not to be missed by fans of Scottish Regency.”

~ Kathe Robin/RTBOOKReviews, 4 1/2 STARS! (October 2013)

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I don’t know how long these offers will last, so please hurry! I’m so excited to bring these two stories to you at such a great value. If you like these books, you’ll love my upcoming Once upon a Plaid (October 2014). This Christmas story truly is the “book of my heart.”  You can pre-order it now, or if you’d like to be notified when it’s available, please sign up for my newsletter! Happy Reading!

RWA2014Every year the romance world gathers for the RWA Convention and this year it’s in San Antonio, Texas! I’m totally pumped about heading that way tomorrow. The DH is coming with me so we’re making it a road trip. He’s planning to spend his time hanging around the pool while I keep a whirl-wind schedule of signings, networking and workshops. Here’s a peek into some of what I’ll be up to:

Wednesday July 23rd

5:30-7:30pm Literacy for Life Signing
Rivercenter Marriott

I’ll be joining 500 other authors, who along with our publishers, are offering all the proceeds from the sale of our books to support literacy charities. Over the years, RWA has raised more than a million dollars for this intensely worthy cause. This event is open to the public, so if you’re in the San Antonio area, I’d love to see you there!

Thursday, July 24th

9:45-11:15 Kensington/Sourcebooks Signing
Grand Ballroom, Rivercenter Marriott

Here’s where I need a clone. I’m scheduled to be in two places at once. I’ll start at the Kensington signing with my RITA nominated Plaid Tidings, then half way through the time, I’ll switch to the Sourcebooks event and my final book in the Royal Rakes series, Between a Rake and a Hard Place. If you’re attending the convention, I hope to see you both places!

3:15-4:15pm Sourcebooks Spotlight

Sourcebooks is home to some of romance’s hottests authors. Join me for a look at why it’s such a great publisher to partner with!

6-8pm Kensington Party

This is my chance to hobnob with the publishing pros and my fellow Kensington authors. One year, I spent most of the evening with one of my favorite authors, Mary Jo Putney! Imagine my fan-girl joy at being able to rub elbows with Victoria Alexander and Hannah Howell!

Friday, July 25th

3:00-5:00pm RITA/GOLDEN HEART Finalists Reception

I’m thrilled that my Plaid Tidings has been nominated for this prestigious award. It’ll be lovely to join my fellow nominees for this event.

4:30-5:30pm Kensington Spotlight

I’m going to have to hoof it pretty fast to make both of these events since they are in two different hotels! But I’ll be sure to put in an appearance because Kensington is a terrific publishing house and I’m proud to be part of their Zebra line.

6:00pm-? Sourcebooks Dinner

This is always a highlight of the week. Sourcebooks always treats us to a gastronomic celebration. Plus it’s a chance to visit with the likes of Grace Burrowes and the always irrepressible Jade Lee!

Saturday, July 26th

Plaid Tidings12:30-2:00pm Rehearsal for the Awards Ceremony 

Yeah, this is a big enough deal that we have to practice for it. I’ve been instructed to prepare an acceptance speech (even though I think encountering a snow storm in San Antonio is more likely than my winning!)

7:30pm  RITA Awards Ceremony

I’ll be honest. Every year I’ve attended RWA (and I’ve only missed one since 2002!) I’ve wondered how it must feel to be nominated for this honor. Now I know it’s equal parts humbling and exciting. Whether I win or not, it’s thrilling to be named with all the other finalists!

I’ll be posting some pics from the conference on my FB page this week, so pop over to my “Official Page” from time to time. And if you’re going to be in San Antonio, I really want to meet you!