Repertory CompanyThey say if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel about writing romance. Not that crafting a novel isn’t labor intensive, but I love making things up for a living.

Gore Vidal said, “Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.” Spending the day with my imaginary friends, discovering their secrets and sharing them with you is pure joy. It’s made my path to my 20th published work an exciting adventure! Thanks for coming along with me on the journey that culminates in this 20Days/20Books Celebration.

Plaid to the BoneAnother group of people works very hard in the publishing realm. They are reviewers. Whether it’s the pros at RTBOOKReviews or Pubishers Weekly, or the reading customers who share their experience with a book on Amazon, B&N.com or Goodreads, I appreciate them all. Positive or negative, they help other readers find books, so I bless their names.

Here’s what reviewers had to say about Plaid to the Bone:

“Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale.”–RTBOOKReviews

“Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale.” –Publishers Weekly

Want to see if you agree?
Plaid to the Bone is at: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

 Theresa Romain

My writing buddy Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. This September, she’ll begin a new historical romance trilogy with IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE. In October, her third holiday historical romance—SEASON FOR SCANDAL—will be released.

Find Theresa at her website, on Facebook , and Twitter

SEASON FOR SURRENDER (Zebra, October 2012) back cover blurb:

HONOR AMONG ROGUES

Season for SurrenderAlexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

Print: amazon • barnes & noble • book depository • books-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • kensington • posman books • powell’s • walmart • watermark

Ebook: google • ibook • kensington • kindle • kobo • nook

IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE (Casablanca, September 2013) back cover blurb:

WOOING THE WRONG WOMAN…

It Takes TwoHenry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…

IS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE…

Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…

Print: amazonbarnes & noble • book depositorybooks-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • posman books • powell’s • sourcebookswalmart • watermark

Ebook: ibookkindle kobo • nook

SEASON FOR SCANDAL (Zebra, October 2013) back cover blurb:

UNLADYLIKE RISK

Season for ScandalJane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.

 

Print: amazon • barnes & noble • book depository • books-a-million • chapters indigo • indiebound • kensington • posman bookspowell’swalmart • watermark

Ebook: ibook • kensington • kindle • nook

Theresa is graciously offering a copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER, which was a Smart Bitches’ Sizzling Book Club Pick in November 2012, in print or ebook (Kindle or Nook), winner’s choice. Open Internationally!

Touch of a Rogue

Touch of a RogueThe second book in my Touch of Seduction series, Touch of a Rogue‘s reviews were a surprise to me. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and also named it one of their Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012!

Booklist raved: “The second in Marlowe’s wonderfully original Victorian-set historical series is fueled by incendiary love scenes and an abundance of high-stakes, paranormal-laced danger.”

And then RTBOOKReviews gave it a tepid 3 Stars…

Heavy sigh. (I don’t hold a grudge. Besides, they just gave Plaid Tidings, my Oct 1st release, a glowing review with 4 1/2 STARS!)

Of course, I love the good reviews best, but all reviews help get the word out about a book. And ultimately, the only reviews that really matter come from readers.

The Prize

Today you could win a download of Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing,  Theresa’s Season for Surrender or my Touch of a Rogue, in either print or ebook. Your comment also enters you in the Grand Prize Drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here are some questions to get the discussion started: Do you post reader reviews on Amazon, B&N.com or Goodreads? Do you have a book blog where you share reviews? Do you follow certain review sites? Or do you have a personal review system to help guide your future book purchases?

Best Book 2012A few weeks ago I shared that Touch of a Rogue was nominated for Best Book of 2012 at The Romance Reviews. I’m thrilled to share that it has won its category. As you’ll recall, I’m still not sure this story fits the ‘erotic’ moniker TRR gave it, but evidently the readers have spoken and Touch of a Rogue took the prize!

Here’s a snippet from TRR’s review:

Touch_of_a_Rogue“TOUCH OF A ROGUE is a fabulous second installment in Mia Marlowe’s Touch of Seduction series. This novel has a delightful cast of characters that will make you smile and plenty of drama to encourage you to continue turning the pages. Characters from the first book are included here, but reading this book first will not cause any confusion. This can easily be read as a stand-alone and it will certainly make you eager to go back for more. Readers looking for the next spicy, yet dramatic historical romance should turn to Ms Marlowe’s TOUCH OF A ROGUE. This novel captures a love story that is addictive and absolutely fantastic.”

So thank you TRR and thanks to everyone who voted for Touch of a Rogue! I’m truly honored.

Touch of a RogueThe Romance ReviewWell, this is a lovely surprise! Touch of a Rogue, Book 2 in the Touch of Seduction series, has been nominated for Best Book of 2012 in the erotic historical category at The Romance Reviews.

I’ll have to confess that I’m not sure how I feel about being listed in an erotic category. My love scenes involve one man/one woman without anything I’d call kink. When I hear ‘erotic,’ I think multiple partners, a tangle of anonymous limbs and sex for the act’s sake without any hint of relationship outside the boudoir. Erotic smacks of titillation instead of storytelling to me. And most especially, it signals disregard for deepening the readers’ understanding of the characters or advancing the story.

Since those are two requirements for any scene in my books, I work especially hard to make sure the explicit aspects of my stories follow suit. I do write hot love scenes–I believe one lovely reviewer called them “incandescent!”–but do I write erotica?

Only my readers know for sure.

The Romance ReviewLord of Fire and IceThe second lovely surprise is that Lord of Fire and Ice, the Viking tale I wrote with New York Times Bestseller Connie Mason, also got a nod from The Romance Reviews! It’s been nominated for the Historical category.

Now I don’t expect it will win. The rest of the books are Regencies by romance luminaries like Elizabeth Hoyt, Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Sarah MacLean and Courtney Milan. But Lord of Fire and Ice’s inclusion here might be signaling a willingness in the romance reading public to try something outside the normal fare. I hope so.

With the recent debut of Vikings on the History Channel, readers can get a fascinating peek into 8th century Norse culture. Be warned that I’ve seen a couple of things on the series that were at odds with my research. For example, while the Vikings kept slaves and even had some who were designated as bedslaves, the Norse raiders’ horror of homosexuality would have kept them from offering their slave a chance to join in a three way with the master and his wife. That so wouldn’t have happened.

And I don’t believe there’s any archeaological evidence to support the jarl killing a little boy and burying him with a hoard of gold to guard it for use in the after-life. When the jarl died he might have had servants burned with him in his soul boat, but to my knowledge, no Viking hoards have been discovered with a skeleton buried alongside the wealth.

Erinsong

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So now it’s your turn. Please weigh in on whether or not you found Touch of a Rogue erotic. What is your definition of erotica?

And if you’ve been watching Vikings, do you have any questions about those rough-edged raiders?

(Oh! Looks like the 99 cent sale on Erinsong, my Irish/Viking romance is still holding for Kindle and Nook! The idea for this story came to me when the DH and I visited Ireland a few years ago and I discovered that Dublin started as a Viking over-winter settlement. They may have started as raiders, but eventually, they came to stay.)

As always, I look forward to hearing from YOU.