MagicDay 12 of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation Celebration takes a decidedly otherworldly turn. If you’ve read my Touch of Seduction series, you know I’ve dabbled with giving my characters psychic abilities. In the Spirit of the Highlands series,  of which Plaid to the Bone is the prequel, you’re likely to encounter some dark magic along with your historical romance.

Here’s what Farquhar had to say about his first impression of Morgan MacRath. He’s the chief advisor to Cait’s father and is intent on seeing that she lives up to the unholy bargain she struck before she wed Adam Cameron.

Plaid to the Bone“When a man plays at magic, it leaves a mark. Perhaps not one clearly visible to most observers, but certainly discernible enough so that another practitioner can recognize his fellow dabblers. So far the household that bides in Bonniebroch seems to be clean. All except that Morgan MacRath who arrived with Mistress Grant. Invisible tendrils as long as his arms trail behind him and a spider’s web of spells encircles his head.”

–from the journal of Callum Farquhar,
explorer, imbiber, and touched by just enough magic to make a body wonder what I’m up to.

Like a little magic with your love stories?
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Ashlyn Chase

I’m thrilled to introduce Ashlyn Chase, a light-hearted paranormal author, my critique partner and my friend! She’s been known to describe herself as “an Almond Joy bar–a little flaky, a little nutty, but basically sweet!” I count myself fortunate to know her and one lucky commenter is going to win her Flirting Under a Full Moon!

Flirting Under a Full MoonBrandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

Order from your favorite bookstore:
Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Books A Million  Indie Bound  Indigo

Shifter-fans, you’ll want to check out her newest release, How to Date a Dragon!

 Lord of Fire and Ice

Lord of Fire and IceWhen Connie Mason suggested we do a Viking romance for one of our collaborations, I was very happy. Since I’d already written Maidensong, Erinsong & Silk Dreams, the Norse culture was in my wheelhouse. I knew that world, but I wanted to give Lord of Fire and Ice a bit of a twist.  So I made our hero Brandr a fire mage. He has an affinity for flames–the ability to control it as well as call fire from thin air.

Of course, he’s hot in other ways too! (Doesn’t the cover model look like a super buff Derek Hough?) And yes, that is a slave collar on his throat. Too many Viking tales have made the heroine the hero’s thrall. We stood that trope on its head. Check out the excerpt to see how Brandr became the unwilling and disobedient property of Katla the Black!

The Prize

When you leave a comment today, you’ll be entered in the random drawings for a Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, a Flirting under the Full Moon from Ashlyn, and Lord of Fire and Ice from me. You’ll also earn a chance at my Grand Prize: a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here are some questions to get us started: How do you feel about cross-genre stories? Historical romances with paranormal elements?  Time travel romance? Light paranormals instead of dark?

Touch of a RogueThe Romance ReviewWell, this is a lovely surprise! Touch of a Rogue, Book 2 in the Touch of Seduction series, has been nominated for Best Book of 2012 in the erotic historical category at The Romance Reviews.

I’ll have to confess that I’m not sure how I feel about being listed in an erotic category. My love scenes involve one man/one woman without anything I’d call kink. When I hear ‘erotic,’ I think multiple partners, a tangle of anonymous limbs and sex for the act’s sake without any hint of relationship outside the boudoir. Erotic smacks of titillation instead of storytelling to me. And most especially, it signals disregard for deepening the readers’ understanding of the characters or advancing the story.

Since those are two requirements for any scene in my books, I work especially hard to make sure the explicit aspects of my stories follow suit. I do write hot love scenes–I believe one lovely reviewer called them “incandescent!”–but do I write erotica?

Only my readers know for sure.

The Romance ReviewLord of Fire and IceThe second lovely surprise is that Lord of Fire and Ice, the Viking tale I wrote with New York Times Bestseller Connie Mason, also got a nod from The Romance Reviews! It’s been nominated for the Historical category.

Now I don’t expect it will win. The rest of the books are Regencies by romance luminaries like Elizabeth Hoyt, Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Sarah MacLean and Courtney Milan. But Lord of Fire and Ice’s inclusion here might be signaling a willingness in the romance reading public to try something outside the normal fare. I hope so.

With the recent debut of Vikings on the History Channel, readers can get a fascinating peek into 8th century Norse culture. Be warned that I’ve seen a couple of things on the series that were at odds with my research. For example, while the Vikings kept slaves and even had some who were designated as bedslaves, the Norse raiders’ horror of homosexuality would have kept them from offering their slave a chance to join in a three way with the master and his wife. That so wouldn’t have happened.

And I don’t believe there’s any archeaological evidence to support the jarl killing a little boy and burying him with a hoard of gold to guard it for use in the after-life. When the jarl died he might have had servants burned with him in his soul boat, but to my knowledge, no Viking hoards have been discovered with a skeleton buried alongside the wealth.

Erinsong

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So now it’s your turn. Please weigh in on whether or not you found Touch of a Rogue erotic. What is your definition of erotica?

And if you’ve been watching Vikings, do you have any questions about those rough-edged raiders?

(Oh! Looks like the 99 cent sale on Erinsong, my Irish/Viking romance is still holding for Kindle and Nook! The idea for this story came to me when the DH and I visited Ireland a few years ago and I discovered that Dublin started as a Viking over-winter settlement. They may have started as raiders, but eventually, they came to stay.)

As always, I look forward to hearing from YOU.

 

Lord of Fire and Ice

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Update: First, thanks to all of you who tweeted & FB’d about Lord of Fire and Ice. I really appreciate your support. Here are the 5 winners: Barbara E., Rachel H., Betty H, Theresa, and Stephanie C. They’ll be hearing from me soon about their mailing info. If you didn’t win, I hope you’ll continue to join me on the blog tour for another chance!

It’s finally here! My 2nd novel with New York Times bestseller Connie Mason is in stores now. I love this story of vengeance, redemption and love all-encompassing and hope you will too. But I need your help in getting the word out about this book.

I’ve posted the first chapter on my website to give you a taste of Brandr and Katla’s story.  And I’d love to offer you a chance to win the book. Here’s how you enter:

1. Copy and paste this tweet on your twitter account:

I want @Mia_Marlowe ‘s #LordOfFireAndIce ! amzn.to/MRoKBZ Learn more http://www.miamarlowe.com/2012/07/lord-of-fire-and-ice/

That’s it. Each retweet is another entry. You may enter as often as you like. There will be 5 winners and their names will be announced right here next Tuesday July 10th.

2. You can also enter by sharing the info on FB. Here’s the text to copy and paste:

I want Mia Marlowe’s LORD OF FIRE AND ICE!  “Compelling!”~RTBookReviews http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0083JC61G/httpwwwmiamar-20

Then send me the URL in an email through my Contact page.

Be sure to check back to see if you’ve won. And drop by each of my blog tour stops along the way. Today I’m at SOS Aloha! See you there!