Plaid to the BoneWelcome 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!

A hero by any other name is still just as hot!
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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 …

Jade Lee!

FBJadeLeeShe writes smoking hot historicals as Jade and even steamier contemporaries as Kathy Lyons. Confused yet? Don’t be. She’s still the same great author, no matter what sub-genre she turns her hand to.

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:

What the Bride Wore one of Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten!

What the Bride WoreJade 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!

One Night in the SpaWhat starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

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

One Night with a RakeThis 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.

Read an excerpt here.

The Prize

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?

Tomorrow I’ll be joining my critique partner, Ashlyn Chase, at the Barnes & Noble in Salem, New Hampshire. We’ll be signing our most recent releases–Ash’s Flirting Under a Full Moon and my One Night with a Rake. I suspect copious amounts of chocolate will also be involved!

B&N Signing

Hope to see you there!

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…

Buy links:
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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.