Welcome to Day 18 of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation to celebrate my 20th published work, Plaid to the Bone! I have my readers to thank for helping me reach this goal. Without you, I’d never have made this seven year journey to reach this milestone.
Now, wait a minute, I can hear some of you saying. According to this website, the first Mia Marlowe book wasn’t published till May 2010. True. But I had two other pen names prior to that–Diana Groe, under which I wrote my Viking romances starting with Maidensong (May 2006, Dorchester) and Emily Bryan, the nom de plume for my early Regency/Georgian/Victorian historicals. When Dorchester sadly went under and my agent negotiated for the rights to those books to return to me, I thought it would be less confusing to rebrand those stories under the Mia Marlowe name.
So all my literary children have come home, so to speak. When you tally them up, Plaid to the Bone makes number 20!
I hadn’t really given the practice of multiple pen names much thought before I was published. Then I started looking around at how many of my favorite authors had written under more than one–Victoria Holt, Elizabeth Hoyt, Katie MacAlister, Jayne Ann Krentz and …
And she’s hysterical to be around. Most writers I’ve met suffer from shyness (me included). We’re used to spending our days with imaginary people, so real ones are sometimes intimidating.
Not to Jade. You never have to wonder what she’s thinking. She’ll tell you!
I first got hooked on her Tigress series. Thanks to Jade, I have lived the life of a 19th century Chinese woman. Fascinating. Here’s the ebook she’s offered to give to a lucky commenter today:
Jade Lee’s hot Bridal Favors series is set in a daring, high-energy Regency world where deep longings, secret scandals, and the competition for social stature are all set against the glittering weddings of the season.
Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle finally has the funds he always pretended to have and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.
And as Kathy Lyons, she’s giving away One Night in the Spa!
Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.
Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?
One Night with a Rake
This seems to be a day of One Nighters! In our countdown of my backlist books, we’ve reached Book 2 in the Royal Rakes series. (Book 3–Between a Rake and a Hard Place comes out next January!)
Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton‘s polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself—and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.
We have 4 goodies up for grabs today–a download of Plaid to the Bone from Kensington, ebooks of What the Bride Wore & One Night in the Spa from Jade, and a print version of One Night with a Rake from me! Remember your comment also enters you in the drawing for the Grand Prize: a Kindle Paperwhite!
Here’s my question: I’ve been toying with the idea of writing some contemporary/romantic suspense stories. Do you think I should use a different pen name for those novels or, like Lisa Kleypas, keep them all under one?