Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romances for Spring!

Touch of a Rogue

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I’m thrilled to share that Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Romances for Spring (Jan-June 2012). My head was spinning when I checked out the other authors named. The list is filled with writers whose work I’ve admired for years (most notably Mary Jo Putney who graciously gave me a cover quote for Touch of a Scoundrel, coming later this summer!) as well as one debut author.

My two publishers are well-represented on the list. Kensington claimed four spots and Sourcebooks was awarded two. There’s a generous mix of contemporary and historical, paranormal and suspense. Be sure to mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss a single one!

PW’s Top 10: Romance

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster. HQN, Apr.

Before She Dies by Mary Burton. Kensington/Zebra, Feb.

A Secret in Her Kiss by Anna Randol. Avon, Feb.

No Longer a Gentleman by Mary Jo Putney. Kensington/Zebra, May.

Touch of a Rogue by Mia Marlowe. Kensington/Brava, Mar.

Firelight by Kristen Callihan. Grand Central/Forever, Feb.

Enraptured by Elisabeth Naughton. Sourcebooks Casablanca, Apr.

Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann. Ballantine, Mar.

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace. Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb.

Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman. Kensington/Brava, Feb

If you subscribe to Publishers Weekly, you can see what lovely things they had to say about our books here.

When I’m deep into writing a book, I’m a terrible judge of my own work. By the time I turn it in, I’m usually convinced it’s pure crap. No one was more surprised than me when my editor, the lovely and talented Alicia Condon, told me Touch of a Rogue was the best thing I’d ever written. Bet she feels vindicated!

Lest you think I suffer alone from chronic low self-esteem, let me share that I’ve never met a writer who felt otherwise about her own work. Self-doubt seems to be a communicable disease in the writing community.  Second guessing myself is second nature. But maybe we need that nagging internal editor to drive us to always strive to put our finest work on the page, to be dissatisfied with merely good enough.

So now that I’ve basked in the sunlight of approbation for a bit, it’s time to slink back to my writing chair and immerse myself in my current WIP again.

Which, as you may have guessed, I’m convinced is crap. ;-)

10 thoughts on “Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romances for Spring!

  1. Pam says:

    Congratulations! That’s such great news.

    I honestly think that a lot of people feel the way you do about their creative endeavors, whether it be writing or something else. I certainly have experienced that in various things I’ve done over the years.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Pam. I think you’re right.

      When I was singing professionally, I got a chance to take part in a master class with Blanche Thebom, a celebrated mezzo-soprano whose career spanned the globe. She was brutal, but thorough. One of the things she said about singing at that level stuck with me. “If it was easy, anyone could do it.”

      With each manuscript, I try to step up my game. That naturally means I’m working harder at it. ;-)

  2. Marcy W says:

    First, congratulations … feather in cap fersure!
    Second, I agree with Ashlyn and ask her to double that wet-noodle spanking!!
    Third, the idea of judging your own work by how hard it was to write is just “not computing” to me. If readers like/buy both the easier- and harder-to-write, how can you tell?? I think what happens is that the harder ones are mostly because you’re fighting with your characters, and that’s more tiring. ?? As one of my favorite mottos goes: comparisons are odious. Just keep writing, Mia, that’s all we truly care about! :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Marcy. I will.

      I don’t know why some characters seem determined to keep secrets from me longer than others. Like real life children, they are all different from their inception! Guess that’s what makes the process interesting.

  3. Barbara Britton says:

    Congratulations, Mia! I loved “Touch of a Thief” and can hardly wait to read “Touch of a Rogue”.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Barbara. I’m glad you loved my Thief. I think I tend to judge my work by how difficult it was to write. If readers like the ones that come harder for me, well, that’s sort of a “ding-ding” moment, isn’t it?

  4. Ashlyn Chase says:

    OMG, Mia!

    After all the times I tell you how wrong you are and I love what’s coming out of your head and through your fingers…

    You’re getting a wet noodle spanking from now on. LOL

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      And I deserve it. Sigh.

  5. Karri Lyn Halley says:

    Congratulations and I’m sure what you’re writing is great, but if it helps to get it written, keep thinking it’s bad!

    1. Mia says:

      LOL! Thanks, Karri. I don’t think I can help but follow your advice!

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