Best Book 2012A few weeks ago I shared that Touch of a Rogue was nominated for Best Book of 2012 at The Romance Reviews. I’m thrilled to share that it has won its category. As you’ll recall, I’m still not sure this story fits the ‘erotic’ moniker TRR gave it, but evidently the readers have spoken and Touch of a Rogue took the prize!

Here’s a snippet from TRR’s review:

Touch_of_a_Rogue“TOUCH OF A ROGUE is a fabulous second installment in Mia Marlowe’s Touch of Seduction series. This novel has a delightful cast of characters that will make you smile and plenty of drama to encourage you to continue turning the pages. Characters from the first book are included here, but reading this book first will not cause any confusion. This can easily be read as a stand-alone and it will certainly make you eager to go back for more. Readers looking for the next spicy, yet dramatic historical romance should turn to Ms Marlowe’s TOUCH OF A ROGUE. This novel captures a love story that is addictive and absolutely fantastic.”

So thank you TRR and thanks to everyone who voted for Touch of a Rogue! I’m truly honored.

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.


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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.


While I was in Chicago for the Romantic Times Convention in April, Joyce Lamb, the lovely blogger from USA Today’s Happy Ever After asked me if I’d do a video for her. Now, I usually say I have a face for radio, but Joyce made the process virtually painless. She set up the camera, asked me questions and let me talk about something I love with all my heart–my books!

I share about the Royal Rakes series that New York Times bestseller Connie Mason and I are working on right now, my Touch of Seduction series (the final installment of which is coming July 31st!) and the new Rock*It Reads venture I share with some really talented writers.  Enjoy!