Flustered, Frazzled, but not yet Freaked

JapanThat pretty much describes my state of mind at the moment. It always seems like things pile up in publishing and hit you all at once. It wouldn’t normally be so bad, but right now I’m trying to prepare for a trip to Tokyo with my DH.

Yep, you heard right. We’re off to the Land of the Rising Sun on Friday! So exciting! Of course, I’ll be snapping pictures and promise to give you a running commentary on what I find there, as I did when we went to Amsterdam in 2010. But I’m a small town girl at heart and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little trepidacious about visiting a city of 12 million souls!

So aside from packing and planning, what’s up that has me more frenetic than usual?

Touch of a Rogue

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First of all, I’m preparing for Touch of a Rogue‘s release day on Feb. 28th! I’ve got something really special planned for you on that Tuesday. Staring at 7 AM EST, there’ll be a new blog post here every hour and giveaways and prizes to go with it!

You’ll be treated to my writing buddies–Shana Galen, Vicky Dreiling, Vanessa Kelly, Monica Burns, Cheryl Holt, Kris Kennedy, Zoe Archer, Katharine Ashe, Heather Snow, Grace Burrowes, and Alexandra Hawkins. They’ll all be here to help me celebrate the release of Touch of a Rogue, the second book in the Touch of Seduction series.

I had great fun catching up with what they’re working on now. Bet you’ll enjoy it too (and you just may win one of the hourly prizes!) , so be sure to mark your calendar and plan to pop by here each hour for a new post on Feb. 28th! Please tell your reading friends, too!

Touch of a Scoundrel

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I just received the copy edits back for Touch of a Scoundrel (July 31, 2012) and wouldn’t you know it? My editor would like the manuscript back by March 6th. Good thing I have a couple 20 hour flights in my near future! ;-)

Have you ever seen anything quite as gorgeous as this cover? I’ve loved all my Touch of Seduction covers, but they definitely saved the best for last!

I’ve been fortunate to receive cover quotes from authors I admire for all the Touch of Seduction stories–Victoria Alexander for Touch of a Thief, Jennifer Ashley for Touch of a Rogue, and for Touch of Seduction, the incomparable Mary Jo Putney gave me a terrific nod. I’m a lucky girl and I know it!

Erinsong

Coming Soon!

I’m also working through the manuscript for ErinSong. This is the second Songs of the North story and I hope to be able to offer it to you as an ebook sometime in late March.

This book first came out in 2006 and needless to say, my writing style has evolved since then. I’m tightening up my prose and enjoying my reunion with my Irish princess, Brenna and her Northman, Jorand.

This book received a Desert Isle Keeper Designation from All About Romance, a notoriously tough review site, so I’m pretty proud of it.

Waking up with a RakeLast month, we turned in the manuscript for Waking Up with a Rake, the first in my collaborative series with New York Times bestselling author Connie Mason called The Royal Rakes.  Now we’re deep into Romanced by a Rake, and whether I’m here or half-way to Tokyo, there are page count goals to be met.

I predict I will not be watching the movie on my 20 hour flight.

8 thoughts on “Flustered, Frazzled, but not yet Freaked

  1. Marcy W says:

    Wow, the cover-design fairy definitely loves you — do you leave cookie crumbs out for them? The purple on Scoundrel is just yummy, and the one for Erinsong is so dynamic, it begs to be read.
    As for the Japan trip, Mia, you couldn’t be an “ugly American” if you tried — but the State Department website might have some helpful tips for you. — Just good common sense and courtesy, and a smile, will take you a long way anywhere, so you’re good to go! Have a safe, fun, relaxing, exciting, and memorable trip. :-)

    1. Mia says:

      What can I say? My books lead charmed lives.

      I did manage to get my hands on a Japanese etiquette book, so hopefully I won’t disgrace myself. I’ll check out the State Dept website too. If I wasn’t so frazzled, I’d have thought of that. Thanks, Marcy.

  2. Cate S says:

    Did anyone brief you on cultural and custom differences??
    My sister & bil loved his USAF service time in Japan..
    Enjoy!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      No. I haven’t been briefed. Yikes. Hope I don’t become the “ugly American” while I’m over there. Where would I find that sort of info online?

  3. Jennifer L says:

    Enjoy Japan. I went there in 2008, and had the time of my life. The country and the people are amazing.

    I’m excited to see that your Songs of the North novels are available as e-books. Thanks!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      We probably won’t see much of the countryside. My DH’s business will keep him in Tokyo, but I’ll bet there’s plenty to do and see there!

  4. Barbara Britton says:

    Wow! What a schedule. Have a blast in Japan.
    I like the Scoundrel cover too, but then I’m a sucker for purple.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Barbara. I think the Scoundrel cover is really eye-catching.

      I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Japan. I was so impressed with the way they handled the horrific tsunami, with calm dignity and no looting. That really speaks to extraordinary national character.

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