Double Your Pleasure!

I have a treat for you today. Two of my writer buddies are here with us–New York Times Bestseller Bobbi Smith, whom I’ve been blessed to know since 2006, and a new friend of mine, Holly Bush, so the giveaway goodie-bag is bulging. In keeping with the double theme today, I thought I’d share two reader reviews of Plaid to the Bone that have been posted on Amazon:

Plaid to the Bone“A charming tale mixed with elements of magic, Plaid to the Bone has all the trademarks of Mia Marlowe’s humorous and entertaining writing. The secondary characters are delightful as well, especially the wise fool Callum Farquhar, who plays a surprising role, and contributed to a comedic ending. A fun and light read! I highly recommend it to all fans of Scottish romance.” –Mary C.

“I really enjoy this author’s writing style. This book was over too soon! I didn’t realize it was a novella and just when I thought the plot was thickening, the author wrapped it up! Great characters and descriptive scenes. I’ll plan to read the next book in the series when it comes out.”–jgdom

And fortunately, you don’t have long to wait, JG. Plaid Tidings comes out October 1st!

Want to review Plaid to the Bone for yourself?
Find Plaid to the Bone at: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

Bobbi Smith

RelentlessI don’t have enough room here to tell you how special Bobbi is to me. She’s been my mentor, my friend and my RT roomie since 2008! She’s the queen of western romance and was honored as one of the Grand Dames of Romance at RT’s 25th anniversary last year. Bobbie has a huge heart and is a great teacher. She and I will be giving an all day writing seminar at the University of Missouri next June.

Relentless: On the trail of a ruthless gang of outlaws, a Texas Ranger and a female bounty hunter clash as each tries to best the other and deny the attraction drawing them inexorably closer.

Learn more about Bobbie at her website and on Facebook!

Holly Bush

Like Bobbi, Holly Bush writes westerns set in the mid-1800’s. She loves to spend time near the ocean and is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior. (Well, you cougar, you!)

Cross the OceanCross the Ocean~1871 . . . The very proud Duke of Wexford was about to have his orderly world blown apart.  At the age of nineteen Blake Sanders had wed a beautiful, dutiful wife and she had borne him three children. But now as mid-life approached, the Duchess had the unheard of temerity to leave him! Too mortified by her behavior to mix in ton company, Blake sought companionship with his best friend and neighbor, Anthony Burroughs and his wife Elizabeth.  But Blake had forgotten the Burroughs were entertaining a houseguest, Elizabeth’s distant cousin, a spinsterish ‘Amazon from America’.

He never expected to become fascinated enough to follow this opinionated woman into the wilds of the American West.
Available on Amazon

Learn more about Holly at, @hollybushbooks & Facebook.

Touch of a Scoundrel

Touch of a ScoundrelThis backlist title of mine is Book 3 in the Touch of Seduction series, but all those novels stand on their own. The romance world abounds with heroes who are bad boys, so when my friend Marcy suggested I make my heroine the scoundrel, I couldn’t resist.

An American miss, Emmaline Farnsworth is a confidence artist. She and her foster father have traveled throughout Europe hawking fake reliquaries and counterfeit antiquities. Now they intend to bilk Theodore Nash, an English gentleman, of his fortune.

Emmaline just didn’t count on falling in love with Teddy’s older brother, the Earl of Devonwood.
Read an excerpt!

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The Prize

My giveaway cup runneth over! Today you can win a download of Plaid to the Bone from Kensington publishing, a print copy of Relentless from Bobbi, an ebook of Cross the Ocean from Holly and a print edition of Touch of a Scoundrel from me! You’ll also be entered in my Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!

You can leave a comment or question for me, or either of my guests or answer my question: Since both my guests write westerns, let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Do you have a favorite western TV show you remember from your childhood or a favorite movie set in the old west? I loved Far & Away with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise  (one of the few roles I liked him in!)

74 thoughts on “Double Your Pleasure!

  1. Christine A. says:

    I have enjoyed The Little House on the Prairie and Lonesome Dove.

  2. BETH SHEEHE says:

    Lonesome Dove and Bonanza and The Big Valley

  3. ELF says:

    I loved so many western shows growing up including The Big Valley, Bonanza, Rifleman and I loved Gene Autry and Audie Murphy movies!

  4. Timitra says:

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is one of my fave westerns!

  5. CrystalGB says:

    Gunsmoke is my favorite western tv show.
    McLintock is my favorite western movie.

  6. Laurie W G says:



  7. Anne Rosa says:

    Rawhide with Clint Eastwood!

  8. Marcy Shuler says:

    I always loved Little House on the Prairie (both the show and the books!) and F-Troop. :D

  9. Hello Mia, Bobbi & Holly!

    I’m familiar & love Mia’s books, but never read Bobbi or Holly :(

    As for the question, I grew up in a small Serbian village with only one movie theater and my dad loved Spaghetti Westerns so he took us to see them every Sunday afternoon. That’s where I first saw Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’…But nothing could compare to ‘The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters’ with Charles Bronson and Kurt Russel [which I promptly fell in love and never fell out of]. He was adorable!



    1. Bobbi Smith says:

      Have you seen the movie ‘Miracle’ with Kurt in it? It’s wonderful. Not a western, but definitely inspiring.

    2. Mia says:

      Thanks for those kind words about my books, Melanie!

  10. catslady says:

    If I had to pick one I would say Bonanza! Back in the day there were only 3 or 4 channels and my dad had control so watched lots of cowyboy shows and learned to love them!

  11. laurie weil says:

    Jeez, Rin tin tin, Big Valley, Wild West with James Conrad, Sugarfoot, Maverick, Broken Arrow, Davey Crockett, Death Valley Days with the great borax commercials, F Troop, the High Chaparral, Rifleman, Sky King, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. How the West was won. The list goes on and I have just dated myself.

  12. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I would say Maverick but my favorite new cowboy series is Copper! Holly’s book “Cross the Ocean” seems like a very interesting novel to read! All three books have to be a must to read and add to my TBR list!

  13. Armenia says:

    I loved Far and Away, and Tom Cruise did that Irish accent very well. And growing up I remember running home in time to watch Chuck Conners in Rifleman. *Oh man, really dating myself*

  14. Michelle Harlan says:

    I fell in love with Gus’ character in the Lonesome Dove mini-series. I love the series so much, I watch it at least once a year.

  15. Barbara Elness says:

    I loved Rawhide and Wagon Train back in the day, and Briscoe County Jr and Wild, Wild West a little later. For movies, I always loved Silverado, as well as Open Range.

    1. Mia says:

      Forgot all about Wagon Train. My, there were a lot of westerns for a while, weren’t there?

  16. One of my fondest memories as a child was watching Maverick with my Grandmother. I think she had a secret crush on James Garner:) Just for the record, we were watching reruns, I was not around for the original airing of the show.

    1. Mia says:

      James Garner was very crush-worthy. Your grandma had good taste!

      1. Bobbi Smith says:

        Isn’t it sad that the hunks of the olden days had to get old??? That is so wrong, but it happens to all of us I think. :)

  17. Danny says:

    For me it was Little house and a series called Smoking colts. I am not sure if it is the right English title.

    1. Mia says:

      I don’t remember Smoking Colts, but Little House was a must watch at our house.

      1. Danny says:

        Mia, I googled and the original title is Gunsmoke.

  18. Glittergirl says:

    Awesome topic Mia! As a lonely kid I spent a lot of time in front of the TV after school and on Saturdays after cartoons. My local station used to play old movies then much to my delight. I’m sure I’ve seen all the old westerns, my favorites, I just don’t know their names… The titles that come to mind that are Westerns are: Bonanza (my son is named Adam) The Wild, Wild West(I adored James, which is my DH’s name), The Lone Ranger (oh be still my childhood heart), and Little House on the Prairie (Michael Landon made it to swoon status at that point). My first heroes were cowboys not superheroes.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The thing I loved about the Wild, Wild West was all the gadgets Artemis Gordon always dreamed up.

      1. Glittergirl says:

        It’s one of the first Steampunk genre that I am aware of. I fell in love with it then and again with Meljean Brook’s The Iron Seas Series!

  19. bn100 says:

    Far and away was pretty good

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I liked the whole race for the homestead at the end. Very exciting.

  20. Bobbi Smith says:

    Hi Mia! Hi Holly! Hi everybody! I just got done taking care of the Sunday morning breakfast crowd and now I can blog with you! :)

    Westerns – oh yeah! I still remember how Adam Cartwright was my first ‘crush’. I was in seventh grade and daydreamed about him all the time in math class. :) I guess that’s why I never thought about becoming a CPA. It was more fun to make up stories about handsome cowboys.

    For sure, Bonanza was my favorite. There were other great ones, too – Laramie, Lancer, Sugarfoot, Bronco Lane, Cheyenne, The Virginian, The Rifleman, etc. I enjoyed them all. Flicka and Fury were wonderful when I was really little. I so wanted a horse, but that doesn’t happen when you’re living in a flat in the city.

    The other day I was checking out at my WalMart store and suddenly I heard the Bonanza theme. I was looking around and realized that the automated rocking horse in the kids game room played the theme when someone was riding it. I was smiling when I left.

    Re movies, I have to agree with you about Big Country. That’s my favorite western movie, too. I love the fish out of water heroes. Gregory Peck was awesome. How can you not have a fantastic movie when Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons and Carol Baker are all together? Not to mention Burl Ives and Chuck Conners, too. I tracked down a copy of the book by Donald Hamilton a few years back and, amazingly, it’s one of those really skinny western books from so long ago. They got an almost three hour movie out of that little book. Wow. That’s some fantastic screen play writing.

    best, bobbi smith

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hi Bobbi! Thanks so much for taking time to visit with us.

      I remember Paladin and Have Gun Will Travel from when I was a kid. I loved the remake of Maverick with James Garner, Mel Gibson & Jody Foster–so clever and entertaining with lots of great cameo appearances by old western stars.

      I’m so looking forward to our day-long seminar at the U of MO next June. It’ll be great to spend the day with you and a classroomful of aspiring writers! Talk to you soon.

      1. Bobbi Smith says:

        I can’t wait until next June, too! What fun. I’m teaching two classes there this fall. It’s so neat to be with aspiring writers who love what they’re doing.

  21. Janie McGaugh says:

    Maverick and The Lone Ranger were my favorite western TV shows when I was growing up. My favorite western movie was (and still is) McClintock.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I seem to remember there were several Maverick brothers, Brett & Bart and 3rd I can’t recall.

  22. Glenda says:

    A favorite western tv show has to be Little House on the Prairie! I wore out multiple copies of all the books and had to love the show.

    Thanks for having all the guests in your celebration blog. Today I discovered 2 new authors I can’t wait to read!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Well, you’re in for hours of reading pleasure with Bobbi Smith. She’s written over 40 novels & 6 novellas–over 5 million books in print! Check out her booklist at BobbiSmithBooks.

  23. Quilt Lady says:

    I always love Bobbi’s books. I was raised on westerns. My father use to read them all the time. Bonanza was always a favorite. Rawhide, Lone Ranger, Lonesome Dove, we watched them all. I am still a big fan of the western romances. Bobbi even wrote a few series with Constance O’Banyon which was one of my favorite authors in her day. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    1. Bobbi Smith says:

      I’m so honored that you like my books. Thank you. I’m thrilled that your dad liked them, too. The Secret Fire series and The Half Moon Ranch series with Constance O’Banyon, Elaine Barbieri and Evelyn Rogers were so much fun.

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        Hey Bobbi! I’m so glad you could drop by!

  24. Theresa Fischer says:

    I didn’t watch any westerns, too busy doing other things I guess.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      That’s ok. We can’t all like the same things. ;-)

  25. Linda Thum says:

    Does Little House on the Prairie count as a western? I loved watching it on tv as a kid!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Anything set west of the Mississippi in the late 1800s counts as a western to me.

  26. Amy Hart says:

    First of I love Western romances! I love the movie Blazin’ Saddles, lol. But right now I am crushing on the TV series Hell on Wheels on AMC that takes place when the railroads are moving and building West. There are several other movies I love, but for some reason have slipped my mind! Oh, Old Yeller!!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Somebody get me a hanky. I hate it when the dog dies…

  27. may says:

    Not normally a big western fan but I really enjoy Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy. Not crazy about the ending though…

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      In the 70’s, it seemed like no movie was allowed a happy ending.

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I actually have never really watched any movies or tv show set out west. The only movie I can name is Far and Away, which I love too. Now my father loves western stuff. He could probably name of whole list of of things. I know he likes Deadwood and Longmire. And he has a ton of western movies.

    I do like western historicals, both cowboy and native american ones.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’ll love Bobbi and Holly’s books then!

  29. Sheryl N says:

    I have never been a huge fan of westerns on tv, but I do remember watching reruns of Bonanza with my dad when I was little. I think the only western type movie that I have watched since then is Tombstone and I loved it!!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Loved Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday in Tombstone. He’s my huckleberry! ;-)

  30. Ora says:

    I grew up watching westerns with my dad. When I was young, I love watching anything with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. One series I just couldn’t get enough of was Bonanza.
    Now as far as favorite western movies it’s a toss up between Ungorgiven and Young Guns. For a tv show I LOVE Hell on Wheels. It has such a wonderful cast. My favorites are Anson Mount and Common.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Unforgiven was a dark western, but the story had really good bones.

  31. Shirene says:

    I’m old school I guess because I adore Bonanza. Something about the music and the setting reminds me of watching the re-runs on lazy Saturdays. Another favorite has to be Little House on the Prairie. We watch the actors grow with the story. Wonderful old west story telling at its best.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I always thought the actress who played Laura looked like one of my younger sisters, so I really hated it when Nelly was mean to her.

  32. Holly Bush says:

    Good morning all! Thanks Mia, for having me, and it is an honor to be on the same page with Bobbi Smith!

    Western movies and TV, hmmmm, cut my teeth on Bonanza (Little Joe!) and Rawhide (when I fell in love with Clint Eastwood) and Big Valley then on to Butch Cassidy and Clint’s spaghetti westerns. Big Country and High Noon were favorite Saturday morning movies when I was a kid. Then I had to wait till Lonesome Dove came along and recently Open Range became a new favorite.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My pleasure, Holly! I know what you mean–Bobbi is an amazing writer with a huge following.

  33. Sarah Meral says:

    Holly and Bobbi, what do you like most about writing western romances?

    1. Holly Bush says:

      I have a real fascination with U.S. history, especially the 1800’s. Because of the unique nature of our gov’t and history, survival and success had quite a lot to do with tenacity, brains and hard work and, of course, good luck.

      Knowing that, it is easy to imagine the types of strong personalities that prevailed. What a great cast of characters to draw from!

      1. Sarah Meral says:

        Thank you :)

    2. Bobbi Smith says:

      I love doing the research. I’m a history freak. It’s awesome going to different places and getting inspired. I also love making up ‘Prince Charmings’ who save the day, although I have to admit once I started doing the ‘Women Ahead of Their Times’ series, it was fun having the heroines outsmart the heroes a lot or at least keep up with them. :) The Superstition Mountains in AZ and the Wind River Range in WY are really inspiring.

  34. Thank you, Mia, Holly, and Bobbi. I’ve been a movie buff from way back, and the list of westerns I’d recommend is pretty long. A few titles off the top of my head: “Stagecoach”,
    “Calamity Jane”, “Northwest Mounted Police”, “Fort Apache”, “Vengeance Valley”, “The Big Country”, “Rio Bravo”, “El Dorado”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “High Noon”, “How the West Was Won”.

    You can tell by this list that I prefer westerns in the classic rather than the revisionist mode. As the old saying goes, messages are for Western Union.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Afraid none of those ring a bell except High Noon.

      I remember The Sons of Katie Elder as a favorite.

  35. Anita H. says:

    I’ve watched “Walker, Texas Ranger” with Chuck Norris, and I remember the kid’s movie “Fievel Goes West”. I’ve also watched re-runs of “Little House on the Prairie”. That’s about all the westerns shows/movies that I can remember watching, since I don’t watch alot of them.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I loved the Little House books. My girls and I read them aloud together.

  36. Ada says:

    I don’t watch many westerns but I do remember watching Jane Seymour in Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. And for some strange reason, I keep hearing the theme song from Rawhide when I think of westerns! :)

  37. Mary Preston says:

    I have watched a lot of Westerns in my time. One of my favorites is the John Wayne movie THE SEARCHERS. I never get sick of that one. On television I absolutely loved the mini-series of LONESOME DOVE. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones are superb. Indeed the whole cast is.

    1. Mia says:

      I enjoyed the Lonesome Dove book more than the mini-series. ;-)

  38. Aly P says:

    I’m not from the USA and we don’t have that many westerns and stuff on TV so I can’t think if I’ve watched any :D

    1. Mia says:

      One of the funniest I’ve seen was the Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Noon–a sort of east meets west theme.

      1. Aly P says:

        Oh… I think I saw “Wild, wild, west” with Will Smith :D I don’t think I can consider it as a western though :D

  39. Sandy Xiong says:

    To be honest, I haven’t seen any movies set in the old west or western tv shows. With me being a first generation born in America and my parents not speaking English, I never watch any of them.

    1. Mia says:

      I don’t think there are any westerns on TV now. And if Hollywood doesn’t do better than their latest sorry Lone Ranger, there may not be any more movies either.

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