Reader Rally!

Welcome! If you landed here, you’re in the right place. I’m part of Romance at Random’s Reader Rally Blog Hop!

Usually authors offer excerpts from their books, but I’m going to be a little different. (My regular visitors will shrug and say, “So what else is new?”) I’m sharing snippets instead, just the beginning of a few chapters. Here goes:

Sins of the Highlander

Sins of the Highlander

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Chapter One ~ The peat fire had burned out and the ash gone gray, but Rob MacLaren didn’t feel the least bit cold. Not while his hot-blooded woman writhed under him.

Chapter Two ~ Rob advanced steadily, steeling himself to ignore the way her brows drew together in fear. “A man doesna name a horse he might have to eat come winter,” he said, his voice silky with menace. “And he doesna befriend one he’s taken hostage.”

Chapter Three ~ Elspeth Stewart blinked at him, like a small brown squirrel caught in the gaze of an adder.

Chapter Four ~ When Mad Rob decided to leave a place, he didn’t let anything slow him down. In the black cave, Elspeth couldn’t see her own hand when she held it before her face, but the Maclaren seemed to know exactly where he was going.

Chapter Five ~ “Wine!” Lord Drummond bellowed as he entered the solar.

Old Normina shuffled forward with a horn and a wineskin of the best vintage to be found in the laird’s cellars. She’d anticipated he’d demand more than mead this night after chasing all over creation for his lost bride.

Chapter Six ~ Lachlan Drummond and Elspeth’s father reined their horses to a halt at the top of the rise. The sun eased over the southeastern hills but it promised no additional warmth. The day was breaking cold and bitter as a spinster’s bed.

Midway through Chapter Six ~ Elspeth screamed. The last thing she saw before Rob and the wolf disappeared into the brush was his long claymore flying into the air, end over end.


Hope you enjoyed this “box of chocolates” sampler from SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER. The rules of the blog hop ask you to leave a comment in order to be entered win one of my two prizes. I’m offering SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER  to one winner and TOUCH OF A THIEF to another. After commenting here, be sure to pop over to my website contest. The prize here on my website is a NEW KINDLE!

Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Grand Prize at Romance at Random too!

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today and will pop back by often! ;-)

56 thoughts on “Reader Rally!

  1. anme says:

    That was a great collection of quotes, I’ve added your book to my wishlist!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  2. Michelle Harlan says:

    Loved the sampler! Thanks for the chance to win! :)


  3. Tina Rucci says:

    Nothing like a man in a kilt! love the snippets.

  4. Christy says:

    Sounds great! I would love to read this book. christina_92 at

  5. Jolene A says:

    Wow, loved the samplers!!! Thanks for the chance to win


  6. Kimberly F says:

    There is NOTHING better than a Highlander! Oh man! SooooHot! *I feel a hot flash coming on*. I love all the little snippets from the chapters…..just enough….

    Thank you for a great giveaway!

    blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

  7. Ooh! This Mad Rob sounds like one intriguing character. I love my men in kilts! It’s been forever since I read a historical set in Scotland. Thank you so much for this opportunity:)

    Best wishes for 2012!:)


    sarah DOT setar AT gmail DOT com

  8. Lora Patten says:

    Oooh Highlanders are my favorite heroes :-D (my father was born in Cruden Bay Scotland and other than a few of his siblings, most of his family still lives in the UK). I have a weak spot for Scots, shortbread and scones ;-) Thank you for participating in the reader rally!

  9. Martha Lawson says:

    Loved them, I don’t like reading excerpts much..

  10. Tanja H says:

    Loved the snippets. Now I have to read this book to figure out how things move from one snippet to another.

  11. Pam says:

    Great snippets. :) I love Highlander stories.
    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


  12. Tin Ong says:

    Enjoyed reading the sampler.

    (Enjoying the bloghop as well.)

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  13. Loved Sins of the Highlander! ;o) I know I have told you that before…just wanted to put my two cents in again. ;o)

  14. Amber says:

    Loved the samplers! Thanks so much! I now have more books for my wishlist!

  15. Chelsea B. says:

    This sounds like a really great book. Thank you for sharing all those teasers :-)

  16. anna says:

    Am awfully fond of highlanders :) Enjoyed the snippets.

  17. Patti P says:

    I don’t need teasers for your books because I always have to have them…but they sure are fun!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    musicalfrog at

  18. Savannah Miller says:

    Thanks for the sampler :)!! And for the chance to win!

  19. CrystalGB says:

    Sins of the Highlander sounds wonderful. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  20. Nat says:

    What a nice (and evil) way to give us a preview! Now I’ll HAVE to read it!

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway =)


  21. JOYE says:

    At least those samples weren’t fattening! They were sooo good.

  22. Diane Sallans says:

    That was a unique way to present those teasing excerpts! Since I’ve enjoyed other of your & Connie’s stories I’m sure I’ll love this one too. Curious to see if I notice anything to indicate it was written b two authors.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  23. misskallie2000 says:

    Great giveaway. I have not read either of these books but would love to. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  24. Carol L says:

    What a delightful chocolate sampler. Sure stirred my appetite. :) I just recently finished Touch of A Thief and I LOVED it. I always connect so emotionally with your characters Mia. This is why they are still vivid in my mind much later on. I’m definitely looking forward to meeting Mad Rob. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Carol L says:

      Just had to come back and say I Loved Sins of A Highlander. I’m really looking forward to the next read from you and Connie. What great writing chemistry you have together.
      Carol L.

  25. Aretha zhen says:

    Waving to you Mia! Woww cool a sampler. It really2 whets my appetite. Always love books about scotlandia:). I love the male model in your book cover, he really looks gorgeous. Wish you all the best for your works Mia . Cheers Aretha zhen ,

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He is rather yummy, isn’t he? But in addition to a great body, Rob has a great heart. ;-)

  26. Sophia Rose says:

    The sampler was a nice wet my appetite kind of read. Thanks and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My pleasure, Sophia. I enjoy giving back to my readers.

  27. Enjoyed the sampler. Thanks for the give away would love the book and Kindle would make me ever greatful.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good luck in both drawings, Janet!

  28. gamistress66 says:

    interesting tid-bits there — now I want to see just how they fit into the story ;/ you’re such a tease ;)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      “Tease” is my middle name! ;-)

  29. Barb Bettis says:

    Loved the sampler, Mia. It’s even better than than one from Godiva LOL.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      And fewer calories too!

  30. Quilt Lady says:

    I do love a man in a Kilt must read this one.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It is hard to beat a Highlander.

  31. desiree says:

    i am all most done
    wow ilove the hop and then i am getting i to it and will e hoping to read more

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      There were a lot of hop stops, weren’t there?

  32. books4me says:

    I love the idea of quick chapter synopsises (hmmmm…what is the correct spelling?!); gives a much better idea of the book!

    thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Books4me–I think the word you’re looking for is synopses–plural of synopsis, but these are only a few sentences lifted from the book. You’ll have to seriously connect the dots to follow the story from them. It’s meant as a sample of the characters and writing style in sweet little bites.

  33. Jessica Higgins says:

    Love the sampler! always nice to have something a little different once in a while ;)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My thoughts exactly, Jessica.

  34. Diane Diamond says:

    Hi Mia,

    I loved the samplers and think that it’s very original. Rather than reading a whole excerpt, we get to have little peeks at a few chapters. Highlander books are great favorites of mine.

    Thank you for this opportunity. I’d love to win “Sins of the Highlander”.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Glad you enjoyed the samplers, Diane!

  35. Ebony M. says:

    Teasers always make you want to read the book . lol :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      So you’re saying “less is more,” huh?

  36. Sheila Mulholland says:

    Love those men in kilts and their hot accents.

  37. Mia Marlowe says:

    Me too, Beebs. What’s not to love about a man in a kilt?

  38. Beebs says:

    Loved the little teasers and I’m very fond of Highlanders.

  39. bn100 says:

    I enjoyed reading the samplers, which is a great idea. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’re welcome, BN. Good luck in the drawing!
      Glad you enjoyed the sampler.

  40. Lisa Hutson says:

    Love the little twist. The sampler. A little different. And fun tease. I never read an excerpt of a book that I actually intend to read. I hate when I come to that part. It messes up the flooowww…..:-) If you ask me, you can never go wrong with a highlander story. :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I wonder if lots of readers feel that way about excerpts, as if they’re spoilers. How do you decide whether or not to give a new-to-you author a try without a little taste?

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