Ladies Unlaced with Maggie Robinson

Please welcome my friend, Maggie Robinson. She’s here to share some of her exciting new stories and why she’s moving into a new time period. (Spoiler alert: Downton Abbey lovers rejoice! A new Edwardian voice is here.) And be sure to leave a comment or question because there’s a double giveaway in store.

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MaggieRobinsonMia, thanks so much for having me back! We once shared a book table and feather boas together at a publisher’s event, and I want to tell you I’ve finally stopped sneezing. My usual writing uniform is a ratty nightgown, far from any sort of glamor, boas or tiaras.

In a week, I’ll be off to Atlanta for the RWA conference, and I’ll have to wear real clothes. Shoes, too. And I have two new books to talk about and sign this July! On July 2, my first mass market paperback In the Arms of the Heiress was released. It’s an Edwardian-set romance, the beginning of the Ladies Unlaced series. I’ve shot ahead almost a century to write about a different time period, and I find I am loving putting my characters in cars instead of carriages. On July 30, the final London List book, Lady Anne’s Lover, will come out, and I’ll wave good-bye to the Regency for a while.

Both books, oddly enough, feature naughty heiresses and troubled ex-soldiers. I swear I didn’t plan it that way, not that I plan anything anyway, LOL. I’ve written several military heroes, trying to avoid the duke-trap that is so tempting to romance writers. As a reader I’m as fond of the Cinderella story as anyone, but I prefer to write about less exalted beings who still manage to rescue each other. And I have never written a ballroom scene—in fact, the closest I’ve come is in In the Heart of the Highlander, my October release where the hero (a baron) teaches a grocer’s daughter how to waltz on a freshly-moved lawn at dusk. Achoo again!

As a reader, are you looking for the glitter or the grit of the past? Or perhaps a combination thereof? I have an early author copy of Lady Anne’s Lover for one commenter, where you will encounter dead mice and an intrepid earl’s daughter who conquers housekeeping and the hero’s heart. Be the first on your block to read it!

Summer 2013 TourBack cover blurb: Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont has appeared in the scandalous pages of the London List often enough. The reading public is so bored with her nonsense, she couldn’t make news now unless she took a vow of chastity. But behind her naughty hijinks is a terrible fear. It’s time the List helped her. With a quick scan through its job postings and a few whacks at her ridiculous name, she’s off to keep house for a bachelor veteran as plain Anne Mont.

Major Gareth Ripton-Jones is dangerously young and handsome on the face of it, but after losing his love and his arm in short order, he is also too deep in his cups to notice that his suspiciously young housekeeper is suspiciously terrible at keeping house. Until, that is, her sharp tongue and her burnt coffee penetrate even his misery—and the charm underneath surprises them both. Trust the worst cook in Wales to propose a most unexpected solution to his troubles…

The first chapter is up at http://www.maggierobinson.net/books/lady-annes-lover/

RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars and says “Robinson casts a gothic aura over her story of an heiress fleeing in disguise to a dark house whose master hides many secrets. She cleverly lightens the mood with lively repartee and steamy sensuality, yet maintains the tension of the mystery to the very end.”

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Mia here again. Don’t both these books sound scrumptious? And how could you pass up the chance to score an ARC of Lady Anne’s Lover?  I’ll sweeten the pot by offering an ebook of my Stroke of Genius as well.  Here’s our discussion question:

How open are you to reading historical romances outside the typical Regency era? Does the Edwardian time period call to you? (And what on earth is Lady Mary going to do without Matthew in Season 4 of Downton Abbey?)

33 thoughts on “Ladies Unlaced with Maggie Robinson

  1. Nicole Laverdure says:

    You ask: Does the Edwardian time period call to you? well, I just read Maggie’s book In the Arms of the Heiress which was set in that period and loved it. Women were just starting to be more independent! Thank you for offering these two books that that I expect to be excellent reads for the summer. nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks for that endorsement, Nicole. Once Maggie’s book is available, I hope you’ll go on Amazon & B&N.com and leave a review of In the Arms of the Heiress. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of reviews (both good and bad) in helping other readers discover new authors. It’s a tangible way to boost writers whose work means something to you. ;-)

  2. Alexisa N says:

    Congratulations Barbara. Its great to be one of the first to read a new book. especially when its before the release date

  3. Alexisa N says:

    Congratulations Barbara. Its great to be one of the first to read a new book especially when its before the release date

    1. Mia says:

      I hope you’ll come back another time, Alexisa. I have giveaways often and you might be a winner!

  4. Barb Bettis says:

    I’m so sorry to be late over, Maggie. Your books sound delightful, and I can’t understand why I haven’t read one yet. You can bet I plan to rectify that right away. Good luck and I hope you and Mia have a fabulous time in Atlanta.

    1. Mia says:

      We will, Barb!

  5. gamistress66 says:

    I’m a long time lover of historical romance :) & enjoy most any period prior to the 1900’s (I like the fantasy of a less industrial world, I prefer to think of it as romantic even though I know in reality it wasn’t so much) :)

    1. Alexisa N says:

      gamistress66 I can agree with you there. My favorite setting is the Highlands of Scotland. Fairytale views and all.

  6. Miss Jane says:

    I just do not KNOW! I used to think I wouldn’t like Regencies, but how can any self-respecting Colin-Firth-as-Darcy-lover say that with a straight face? I still tend to shy away from anything earlier, but eh. I can live if the action is dreamy.

    I just love strong emotion and connections between the characters. Later eras allow for more socially acceptable sex, but that never seems to stop those randy Regency characters, does it?

    I cannot WAIT for Lady Anne’s Lover. Wasn’t able to get an ARC, but let me tell you: we will be hopping on that one right quick at To the Pain! Ain’t no hero like a wounded war hero ;)
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    to-the-pain.com
    Because sometimes heroes need rescuing, too

  7. So glad you guys are open to experimentation! I love historicals set in all centuries, though I just haven’t been able to get into American westerns–probably because I just saw too many movies as a kid with lots of brown rocks and rolling tumbleweed.

    Modern cowboys are okay, tho–we were in Vegas last year for the rodeo championship and I saw a whole lot of cowboy hats and big…belt buckles. ;)

  8. Alexisa N says:

    The vote is unanimous! We’ll all read historical works from any period. It just needs well developed characters and be well written so it grabs and hold our interest.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Well, that makes me happy, Alexisa. Especially since I have a novel set in 11th century Constantinople coming out at the end of July! Yeah, I know. The setting is a stretch, but hopefully my epileptic heroine and disgraced viking hero will pique someone’s interest.

  9. Brenna Ash says:

    I think I’m one of the few people that hasn’t seen Downton Abbey. I do need to check it out. I haven’t read any Edwardian era historicals and am definitely willing to step up to the plate on that one. I love historicals, with Scottish medievals being my favorite.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The DH and I spend 12 glorious days last month sailing around the UK with several stops in Scotland. I’m with you. It’s hard to beat a hero in a kilt!

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m definitely not stuck on Regency. Although I enjoy the heck out of it, I’m open to other eras, especially Edwardian and Victorian, but really as long as it’s historical, that’s all I need. :D

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sounds like me, Barb. No other romance sub-genre gives me that “take me away” experience.

  11. Toni Sue says:

    I love historicals. Period. Your books sound positively divine. Best of luck for many sales!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      All Maggie’s books are a delight, no matter when she sets her stories.

  12. Cara Bristol says:

    I read Regency, but I’ve also read Medieval, Civil War, and Old West historicals as well.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Have you read Colleen Thompson’s Civil war books? Normally, she writes romantic suspense, but she self-publishes her Civil War stories as Gwen Atlee.

  13. Wow, Maggie, your cover blurb for “Lady Anne’s Lover” is terrific.

    I will read any historical setting. My mother got me hooked on Downton Abbey, so I’m ready to ride in cars too.

    I’m giggling at the sight of you and Mia in boas.

    All the best to you.

    1. It was not a pretty picture, LOL. The boas were green, shed, and I got itchy all over. It didn’t help that it was a million degrees, either. Feathers are now forbidden in Robinson world.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Boas are fun, but they make me sneeze!

  14. Sharlene Wegner says:

    I have no problem reading historical romance from other era’s! I haven’t watched Downton Abby, but I may take the episodes out from the library at some point. I am looking forward to reading these books!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You should give Downton Abbey a try. I caught about 15 minutes of one episode and realized I needed to know who those people were.

  15. Hi, Mia and Linda and Alexisa! Good Monday afternoon. :)My husband just finished watching the third season of Downton Abbey and is more upset than Mary will be, LOL. I confess I loved the first season, but have not seen all the other episodes. But I am really enjoying the turn of the century setting! Hope readers will too.

    1. Alexisa N says:

      Maggie, I saw the first season also and really liked it. I’m getting Netflix next week so I hope its on there so I can catch up.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I think my shriek of “Oh, no!” at the end of the 3rd season could be heard clear to the Mississippi.

  16. Alexisa neely says:

    The era doesn’t bother me at all. I’m in the boat with Linda it only has to be well written to capture my interest.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Glad to hear it, Alexisa! Dear Author posted a provocative piece about how the historical genre is dead because it’s turned into “all Regency all the time.” If readers are willing to venture into other eras, that sort of debunks the whole “historicals are dead” myth.

  17. Linda says:

    I don’t mind at all on the era (probably wouldn’t know the difference. I’m admittedly not the most savvy wrt history) as long as it’s well written with characters that I can connect with.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Linda. I agree. Give me sharply drawn characters I can relate to and I don’t care when the story is set.

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