Just a Kiss...

Things are still crazy with our move. Our renovation is finished, mostly. There are a few more tweaks, but we’re in. However, all our stuff is still somewhere between Boston and the Midwest and won’t arrive for a few more days. Then I’ll be hip deep in boxes for the forseeable future, but at least things are returning to normal here at my cyber home!

My guest author today is the talented Ally Broadfield! Since she and I are both dog lovers, we had an instant connection. Here’s a fun trailer about her book featuring her furry friends!


And now I’d like to invite you to listen in on a little cyber-chat Ally and I had recently.

Mia: As writers, we read a little differently than most. I tend to dissect books, studying how the other author handles writerly issues. But there are a few authors who make me forget I’m a writer too and I am swept into their fictive dreams. I treasure them. Have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it? ;)

Ally: Yes! It was the fabulous Sherry Thomas. I’ve met her twice. The first time she gave a wonderful presentation to my local RWA chapter and was so gracious and friendly. The second was during a signing at my local bookstore. I’m afraid I fan-girled all over her, but I happened to catch her during a lull in the event so we had chance to talk.

Mia: Oh! Sherry is one of the aforementioned treasured ones! Her use of language is exquisite and you’re right. She’s very gracious. 

I’m sure like all writers, you’ve been a lifelong reader. What were your favorite books growing up?

Ally: The first book I remember loving was Where the Wild Things Are. I tore through the Encyclopedia Brown series in first grade, and I loved anything by Madeliene L’Engle. Her young adult book, A Ring of Endless Light, is still one of my favorite books.

Mia: Wow, we must have been separated at birth. L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time rocked my third grade world! What book/book series would you love to see be made into a movie?

Ally: C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery series, which is skillfully plotted and full of period detail.

Mia: I need to look into that. I love period mysteries. I tend to write to movie sound tracks–something without lyrics since someone else’s words can get in the way of my own. Do you have a playlist of songs you listen to when writing?

Ally: I can’t listen to music while writing because it distracts me, but I do have a song for each book. For Just a Kiss it is Ne-Yo’s Closer. The lyrics ran through my mind every time my hero and heroine were on the page together.

Mia: When it’s time to write, I need my laptop, thesaurus, headphones for the sound track, Mack the WonderDog snugged to my hip and my writing chair. What 5 things do you have to have with you when you are writing?

Ally: I have five dogs, but I’ll count them as one unit. After our morning walk, they all settle down to nap while I write.

A cat (usually attempting to balance on my lap).

A cup of tea (hot during the winter months and iced during the rest of year).

My laptop.

The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Mia: 5 dogs! Wow! Your dogly needs are all met, aren’t they? And now for our lightning round–

– Favorite Food? Cheese popcorn

– Favorite Vacation Spot? Platte Lake, Michigan

– Favorite TV Show? Psych. I watch it with my kids and we’re all devastated that the series is over.

– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Does Thor count?

– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate

– Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Chocolate chip cookie dough

Just a Kiss

Just a KissCharlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.

Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

Buy links:   Amazon B&N iBooksKobo 


Ally BroadfieldAll about Ally

Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband.  She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia.


The Prize

A Duke for All SeasonsAlly SwagAlly is offering a swag bag to a random commenter–lip balm, a note pad, and a dog themed magnet and gum. Sounds fun, right?

And who doesn’t love a free read?

I always like to offer one of my backlist books to a commenter. This time, I’ll be giving away a digital copy of A Duke for All Seasons in winner’s choice of either Kindle or Nook formats. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment or question for Ally or me. If you don’t have a question about our books, maybe you’re a pet lover like we are. Tell us about your furry, finned or feathered friend.

We look forward to hearing from YOU! 


21 thoughts on “Just a Kiss…

  1. Glenda says:

    Hi Ladies. Our dog and 3 cats are a major part of our family and are all spoiled rotten. I just don’t get people who don’t love animals…

    Good luck with the move and settling in, Mia.

    Have fun at RR, Ally.

    1. I completely agree, Glenda. I’m always suspicious of people who don’t have any pets. Thanks for coming by!

  2. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love the sound of the book, Ally. And it’s nice to find someone else who loves cheese popcorn. LOL

    1. Mia says:

      Forget cheese popcorn. Cheese “anything” is high on my list!

    2. Thanks, Marcy! I could live on cheese popcorn with maybe a bit of chocolate thrown in for variety. :)

  3. demetra iliopoulos says:

    Im going to get both on Kindle any plans to have them in book form

    1. Thanks for coming by, Demetra. My book will not be in print at this time since it’s a novella. I do have an item in the Brenda Novak auction here: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3374677

  4. demetra iliopoulos says:

    I was wondering Mia when your next book is out . Since I luv your books . And im also getting Sllys books. Also here is my second question. Is there anything at Brenda Novak aution from any of you

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks for asking about my next release, Demetra. My next print book is Once upon a Plaid, due out in early October. But before that, my very first New Adult/Romantic Suspense will be out in digital form this summer. It’s called The Warning Sign. I’m super excited about this fast-paced story set in Boston!

  5. patty says:

    We are owned by 6 cats and a dog. All females. 5 cats are half Siamese. Mrowl, yrowl, etc1

    1. Mia says:

      We had a Siamese when I was a kid. They have such a distinctive voice.

    2. You are the opposite of us with 5 dogs and 1cat. The cat is in charge.

  6. Ella Quinn says:

    What a great interview!! I tweeted and shared.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks for the tweets & shares, Ella!

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Ella, and for the promo. Can’t wait to meet you at RT!

  7. Wanda Cochran says:

    Yes, Thor totally counts!!! I have your book and plan to start it the end of this week! Yay! I remember when you finished it and your excitment. So happy for you!

    1. Mia says:

      So glad you dropped by Wanda. Thor always counts with me too!

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Wanda. I hope you enjoy Just a Kiss.

  8. I have a chihuahua that I absolutely love. She always wants to be by my side and I think she really understands me when I talk to her.

    1. Mia says:

      I can go you one better. Mack the WonderDog can spell! We can no longer spell W-A-L-K or O-U-T. And once when yellow Caution cones were up to warn of a wet floor in the foyer of our Boston condo building, Mack actually tiptoed around them as if he could read the CAUTION emblazoned on the side!

      Dogs are silly and wonderful in equal measure, aren’t they?

    2. Robin-

      One of my dogs is a chihuahua cross, and she spends most of her time snuggled up next to me. I definitely think dogs have a much larger vocabulary than most people think. Thanks for stopping by!

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