Maggie Robinson Tells All

Improper Gentlemen

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Today is release day for Improper Gentlemen, my new anthology with Maggie Robinson and Diane Whiteside. This is a fun, sexy trio of stories with bad boy heroes. It’s the perfect beach read.

My co-author Maggie Robinson has dropped by for a chat. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and listen in! Oh, and be sure to join in the conversation in the comments section and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for a copy of Improper Gentlemen.

Mia: Ok, Maggie. You promised to reveal deep dark secrets if I interviewed you. What do your readers not know about you that will scandalize them?

Maggie: Hm. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to learn I write in my pajamas late into the morning, sometimes without brushing my teeth until noon. But speaking of not getting dressed, once my husband accidentally booked us into a gay-friendly, clothing-optional resort in Key West. Either the website was misleading, or he wasn’t wearing his glasses when he made the reservations. He never left the room once we checked in, the coward. I, on the other hand, took my copy of Good Housekeeping magazine out to the pool and saw A LOT of naked men who had no interest in me whatsoever. For the record, I kept my bathing suit on and my eyes open.

Mia: LOL! Bet he checks the fine print before he books another trip! Reminds me of the time my DH and I were in Germany. We were the only ones in the steam room with bathing suits on and the only ones who were embarrassed.

We can’t let the day go by without talking a bit about Improper Gentlemen. What will we love about your hero in the anthology?

Maggie: Sir Simon Keith is a totally self-made man, going from being an illiterate pickpocket on the streets of Edinburgh to a mechanical genius to a knight for his service to the crown. He’s got busy hands, and he knows just how to use them on the heroine. ;-)

Mia: Sounds delicious!. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? And who would you take with you (no family members allowed for this fantasy trip!)?

Maggie: If I couldn’t go with my well-traveled family (my son once made up a family crest with a mini-van, crossed toothbrushes and a suitcase), I’d probably go somewhere alone to read and recharge. I know I should pick someplace exotic, but I’m not an especially adventurous woman. (except for the nude pool experience) You won’t see me riding elephants in India or climbing the pyramids or riding Vespas in Rome. Cities aren’t all that attractive to me anymore—I live down a dirt road in the middle of the woods that leads to a lake. So, the sea would make for a nice change but wouldn’t be too startling. A beach cottage would be nice, with climbing pink roses, an old-fashioned garden and a sloping green lawn to the water and maybe a shaggy dog for company and barking-at-strangers ability. Probably coastal England, near enough to the village so I could bring that dog to the pub where I’d order Welsh rarebit and cider every night, and take the train into London to visit museums and shop and see matinees. A month of such bliss would be great.

Mia: Sounds great. Sign me up! So tell us what’s next for you?

Maggie: I have another Courtesan Court book coming out for September—Mistress by Marriage. The hero Baron Edward Christie is extremely proper. His wife Caroline is…not. It’s an opposites-attract-and-want-to-kill-each-other-when-they’re-not-in-bed story which was enormous fun to write. Like “To Match a Thief,” it takes place on Jane Street, my fictional enclave of London’s most exclusive mistresses.

Mia: Ooo! I want more. How about a short excerpt?

Maggie: Lucy and Simon were once childhood lovers. Much has changed, although things aren’t quite what they appear to be. This excerpt is from the scene where they see each other for the first time in thirteen years.

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Mistress by Marriage

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He was a new man—it was a new age with a new king, a time filled with the promise of industry, machinery, investment, invention. He had a different name, a different appearance. No one would connect the knighted, rich Sir Simon Keith with the impoverished boy he used to be.

Lucy had changed too. Oh, physically she still looked the same, all pale and slender, with her mermaid hair and bee-stung lips. Like a princess from a fairy tale book or a medieval madonna. She used to be putty in his hands, a fact that had once thrilled his youthful pride. It seemed she had grown a backbone.

And she was a whore.

A badly dressed whore, in an old rumpled robe and ugly woolen stockings, with a smudge of soot on her nose. Percy Ferguson had truly fallen on bad times if this is how his mistress comported herself.

Simon imagined her in a copper bathtub, her hair unbound and floating on the surface of the water, her pink nipples hard peaks. He’d scrub the soot off and clean everywhere else personally and not mind a bit if she splashed him again.

Three months. Simon supposed he owed her that. It wasn’t so long. But long enough for him to get her where he wanted her again.

And to get her out of his system.

He couldn’t go on carrying a torch for a Jane Street courtesan.

“All right,” he said. He wouldn’t try to get her into his bed, but she’d said nothing about  anywhere else. It would be just like old times. He grinned.

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For more, visit MaggieRobinson.net. Thanks so much for having me on our release day. It’s great to share a spine with you!

Mia: Likewise, Maggie. Come back anytime.

Now it’s your turn to hop into the conversation. Ask Maggie a question or answer some of the ones I asked her to be entered in the drawing for an Improper Gentlemen. If you don’t want to take a chance, please visit your local bookseller or favorite etailer to claim your copy. Remember, buying within the first two weeks of an author’s release is the best way to show publishers you’d like to see more from that author.

CALLING ALL BLOG TOURISTAS! Mia has started her own IMPROPER BLOG TOUR to celebrate the release of Improper Gentlemen. You can find her at Romcon later today. Check out her itinerary and plan to join her each day for fun, insider info, and a giveaway!

48 thoughts on “Maggie Robinson Tells All

  1. LOL I laughed out loud at your Key West vacay. That was most certainly an eye opener I’m sure.

    And I would love to have a vacation in England just as you’ve described it. It sounds heavenly!

    It also appears that Simon is going to get an eye opening of his own if he thinks it’s going to be just like old times. I hope Lucy gives him a run for his money :)

    Will there be more books in the Courtesan Court series, or any spinoffs?

  2. Angela says:

    I’m not sure I’d have been as adventurous as you at the resort hehe.

    For me right now, any place that is in the 70 degree range and no humidity. We’re sweltering here in the midwest. The pub experience sounds inviting.

    Congrats on the anthology!

  3. Kaetrin says:

    Sounds like fun at the clothing optional resort! :D I think my own hubby would stay in the room too – although I book the holidays in the family so it would be all MY fault!

    Best for the new release!

    1. I’m sure you read carefully, Kaetrin. The first clue should have been the hotel logo with two guys on one side of a surfboard & two gals on the other. :)

  4. Congrats on your release.

    If I could travel it would be to Scotland and Ireland. I have always wanted to go there.
    I really enjoyed readying Mistress by Marriage. I have read it at least two times. Most likely will end up rereading again. I loved the story.

    Thanks for the contest. B-)

    1. Hey, Melissa! (She got a sneak peek at Marriage and I’m sooo glad she liked it!)

      I’ve been to Scotland a couple of times, and its rugged beauty is indescribable. People talk about the bad winters, but I live in Maine so that wouldn’t bother me. :) Ireland is beautiful too. I’d love to go back.

  5. Hi, Maggie and Mia! Hurrah for Release Day, especially because I so enjoyed your two stories in Improper Gentlemen!

    Now I just have to pray key West offers me as much fun on my next trip…

    1. Right back at you, Diane! There’s still the topless deck at the La Ti Da. :)

    2. Mia says:

      Hey Diane! Loved “Talbot’s Ace” in IMPROPER GENTLEMEN!

  6. Maggie,
    Your getaway to an English cottage just a train jaunt away from London had me dreaming for sure. And your story sounds great. One more on my Must Read list. Good luck with the new release.

    1. Barbara, it seemed pretty real to me too. I want to go!!!

  7. Quilt Lady says:

    Happy Release Day!

    This book sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to read it. I love your little tale about the gay friendly place you went to. You sould have made your husband go to the pool with you.

    1. Thank you Quilt Lady! I simply could not get him outside with me at all. :)

  8. Maria, we were in England and Wales this April, and ate way too extravangantly. :)

  9. Maria D. says:

    Very fun post! Congratulations to You both on the release of An Improper Gentleman -I can’t wait to read Improper Gentlemen – it sounds like a really great anthology! Lol..I bet Maggie’s husband does check the fine print now before reserving vacation spots!…That’s totally like something I would do..If I could travel anywhere in the world – the English Countryside would definitely be a stop along with the French Countryside – I think it would be great fun to relax in both of those places and I would love to taste the different foods in the regions. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Jennifer, I love Key West. Our son and his family used to live there, and we visited fairly often. The place we stayed at (Atlantic Shores) is now condos, I think. They had nude tea dances in the afternoon, but we neither danced or drank tea while we were there, LOL.

  11. Oh, I hope I win otherwise I’m going to have 2 (!!!) books to buy! Both of these sound great:) As for the trip…..I saw a pic of a secluded beach in Key West – white sand, hammock between two palm trees and that gorgeous water. (No nude men tho’) That’s the place I’d go and I’d take my friend Kim K. who would no doubt suggest drinks at the bar of that clothing optional resort. LOL

  12. Nina Pierce says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read ladies, congratulations on the release. I love your misadventure at the gay resort. That sounds hysterical. Mr. Nina and I always seem to have adventures when we travel, but I can’t say I can top that one. I can’t imagine why your hubby wouldn’t come out of his room. LOL!

    1. Men are funny, aren’t they? My husband’s the most liberal of men, but he just couldn’t deal with the nudity. I don’t let him read my books, either, cause he’d really be shocked. ;)

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        For what it’s worth, my DH would be right there with yours, holed up watching the TV on Key West! Now, if it were naked women…well, that would just be unavoidable, wouldn’t it?

  13. Dani Harper says:

    Congrats to Mia, Maggie and Diane on your bad boy release! And thanks for a revealing interview – I’ll be chuckling to myself all day now!

    1. Dani, so glad you enjoyed my “dark secret.”

  14. Julie, I used to live in NYC, and I could not be further away now. The city is always fun to visit, but I love hearing the loons at night and watching the ducklings dive with their mama.

  15. Julie says:

    I’ve lived in a city for most of my life, so I think it’d be a nice change of pace to move closer to an area with more natural settings. :) Thanks for the great interview, I must look into Jane Street!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m always looking for someplace with a different way of life, a different world view from what I’m accustomed to. I’m fascinated by how people think about themselves and their place in the world.

      Which is part of why I read. Maggie, for example, has created a whole world on Jane Street, peopled with interesting folks. How lovely to visit there and still be able to sleep in my own bed!

  16. Laura T says:

    The book sounds delicious and I can’t wait to read it!

    I’ve had it on my Wish List all this time, but I will hold off on ordering to see if I might win a copy instead. (Because receiving a book from a favorite author just gives it a more special meaning…!)

    1. Laura, good luck! (and that goes for everybody who has commented, LOL)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Don’t let the chance of winning stop you from buying. ;-) If you, or anyone else, has already bought IMPROPER GENTLEMEN, I’m sure we could arrange for something fun from our backlists instead.

  17. catslady, hope you read it & enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by to get improper. ;)

  18. catslady says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book and all the stories sound like wonderful reads and what a great way to find new authors!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Anthologies are great for that. YOu buy it for one author and often discover a couple more you love!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Anthologies are frequently how I find new authors to love. I buy it for one and are delighted by the others.

  19. Deb, once we went to Prince Edward island with another family. We had four kids and brought one of my oldest daughter’s friends, and they had three. We had two teenage babysitters with us. When we pulled into restaurants with 14 people, we got some funny looks, LOL. We stayed in a big old farmhouse, where the owner watered the cows every day at 4 & you couldn’t flush the toilet or get tap water for quite some time.

    We traveled a lot with the kids when they were growing up, and all of them have been bitten by the travel bug. I love to go off somewhere a couple of times a year, although summer at the lake is so nice we’re staying home. :)

  20. ClaudiaGC says:

    Congrats to both of you on your new book! Maggie, thanks for sharing the story about your holiday. Very funny!
    Mia, I had to laugh about your steam room embarassment. In Germany, we’re not always naked in a steam room but, well, most of the time. :)

    1. Claudia, I remember going to a discount store in NY, where there were no dressing rooms, just a wide open space with a bunch of mostly-naked women. Not really my cup of tea, LOL. The older I’ve gotten, the more modest I’ve become—no one really needs to see my naked truth.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I probably would have been ok except once the naked couple got settled, they didn’t stay that way. Every few minutes, they got up and moved closer to us. Guess we were in the prime steaming spot. I had to escape or I’d have dissolved with giggles.

  21. Deb says:

    Maggie, congrats, again, on your new release!
    I think a cottage by the sea or a lake would be a lovely place to relax. I’m not much of a traveler and prefer to stay home. But, I would like to return to Denmark to see my grandfather’s homeland again. It’s a beautiful country and reminds me a lot of Iowa, where I live.
    What adventures did you and your family have when traveling? When I was a girl, my dad and uncle decided to take some Danish relatives to Colorado and Wyoming. Two station wagons with walkie-talkies, 4 kids, 1 baby, and 9 adults….quite a crowd, but lots of laughter and fun.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I grew up in Iowa, Deb. First in Des Moines, then we moved to a tiny little town called Manly. Yes, I can say it. I was a Manly girl. LOL!

      1. Deb says:

        A Manly girl with friends…(Re)Joice and Fertile… ;) A friend’s from there and I give her a bad time about it.

        I live in Victor now, but grew up near Cedar Rapids in Marion, then Springville. (UNI alum, too.)

  22. Leanna, you’re adventurous where it counts! Hope you find lots of good books to expand the reading horizons. :)

    Mia, thanks again for having me here today!

  23. Leanna Morris says:

    If I could travel anywhere in the world? I’m not real adventurous (except in my book selections!) so I’d probably go to the Caribbean…and take one of my good girlfriends with me. I know we’d have a blast!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Oh, yes, Leanna! St. Thomas is one of the most beautiful islands down there. I never tire of it. Do you have a fav?

  24. Sheila Mulholland says:

    This looks great. Travel anywhere in the world??? Tahiti with a hot guy, don’t have one and can’t think of any in particular- well maybe Gerry Butler. Lay on the beach, get drinks and massages.

    1. Yum! Gerard Butler! One of the few movie guys who does anything for me. :) Hope you get to Tahiti with or w/o him. Sheila!

    2. Mia says:

      I like the way you think!

  25. Amy Conley says:

    I LOVE this premise. Too many times it is the man who has the “bad” reputation, so this sounds totally new and fresh. Not saying I haven’t read about women being prostitues before, I have, but usually it was “before” the beginning of the real story.(If that makes sense.) I would LOVE the chance to win this book since I’ve been banned by my DH from buying any books for a while.(it’s a long story.) Needless to say, he has been taking measurments to add new bookcases for me as it is!

    1. Amy, I had to self-impose a book buying ban on myself a couple of years ago and it nearly killed me. I know just how you feel!

      Not everything is as it seems with my Lucy. I hope you get a chance to find out what I mean. ;)

    2. Mia says:

      Agreed, Amy. I like the turn about of having the heroine be the naughty one.

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