The Story Behind the Story

George IV by Sir David WilkieI love to find an unusual historical gem and use it as a jumping off place for my books. In 1821, “Prinny” ascended to the British throne and became King George IV. He was terribly unpopular with his subjects, many of whom were upset with the way he treated his wife. (They separated shortly after the birth of Princess Charlotte and George restricted her access to their daughter.)  His Prime Minister didn’t want him traipsing down to the Congress of Verona since Parliament wanted to maintain control over those negotiations. So, when Sir Walter Scott suggested a Royal Progression to Scotland, the king was encouraged to accept.

But Scotland wasn’t necessarily a safe choice. In 1820, Radicals who were inspired by the American and French revolutions led a week of strikes and unrest. Three leaders were hanged and twenty others transported to a penal colony. The movement went underground but was still simmering with unrest.

Plaid TidingsWhen I uncovered this little historical tidbit, I reasoned that before the king could safely go to Scotland, an advance team would need to ferret out any remaining Radicals. Which is how my hero in Plaid Tidings, Lord Alexander Mallory finds himself en route to Edinburgh. He wins a barony in a hand of cards (in Scotland ranks below that of a viscount could be bought and sold!) but doesn’t realize a betrothal comes with it. Alex doesn’t need that sort of distraction while he’s hunting Radicals.

Unfortunately, Lucinda MacOwen‘s brother is mixed up with the Radical cause and has been in hiding since the movement was put down. She hopes her well-connected, 1/2 English husband will be able to arrange a pardon for Dougal. She’ll need to learn to trust Alex enough to tell him about her renegade brother but the fact that he’s not too keen about their pending marriage doesn’t bode well.

4 ½ stars! “Marlowe has penned a wonderful tale, rich in romance and wit. Replete with memorable characters and a touch of Scottish legend, this well-written romance is both poignant and highly entertaining. Not to be missed by fans of Scottish Regency.” ~ Kathe Robin, RTBOOKReviews

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 The Prize

Between A Rake And a Hard PlaceFor those who like to get a jump on things, I’m offering an ARC copy of my January 2o14 release Between a Rake and a Hard Place! It’s book #3 in my Royal Rakes series. To win, just leave a comment. You can ask a question about Plaid Tidings or we can talk about why guys in kilts are so hot!

Tell me the name of a man you’d most like to see in a kilt. He can be a celebrity or someone in your life. (Actually the DH has great legs. He’d look fantastic in one!)

Who’s your choice to wear the plaid?

40 thoughts on “The Story Behind the Story

  1. Glenda says:

    Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor and Russell Crowe top my list! Of course, having seen Gerard in 300 and Russell in Gladiator I can easily picture them in kilts. :-)

  2. Ada says:

    Could be just me but after seeing him as Thor, I would totally love to see Chris Hemsworth in a kilt!

    1. Alexisa N. says:

      Oh yes that’s a good one.

  3. Anita H. says:

    I definitely think I’d like to see Ryan Reynolds in a kilt. He’d be a sexy Scot, methinks! :)

  4. Kirsten says:

    I think that Alexander Skarsgard will look fab in a kilt! He’s really tall and must have some great legs…

  5. Glittergirl says:

    NATHAN FILLION ;-) He has a wonderful tush, sigh

    Other than that, I’ve seen my DH is a “kilt”, my daughter’s plaid skirt — he has awesome legs! On a lark and to push his friends buttons our daughter had 2 plaid kilt skirts. He work one and offered one to his friend on a golfing excursion. His friend emphatically declined and my DH eventually changed clothes before they left the house. You never know what my DH will do next when he’s in a playful mood, lol.

  6. Diane Patricia Diamond says:

    I’d love to see Henry Cavill in a kilt. *swoon*. He looked amazing in the costumes that he wore in The Tudors. I imagine that he would look just as yummy in a kilt. ;-)

  7. Alexisa N. says:

    Ohhh and Shemar Moore.

  8. Alexisa N. says:

    I don’t have to see how Orlando Bloom looks in a kilt.

  9. Linda Thum says:

    Richard Armitage in a kilt!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Yum! As long as he talks. I adore his voice!

  10. Vicki Lake says:

    My darling husband, Adam :D I don’t think I will get my wish any time soon though, he refuses :(

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I think I’ll have to take my DH back to Scotland and press the issue. The best I was able to do was get him to stand behind a cutout of a guy in a kilt. It’s a funny pic. I’ll share it sometime.

  11. BETH SHEEHE says:

    I would love to see Julian McMahon and Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii Five-O

  12. BETH SHEEHE says:

    Highlanders are hot because they are tall, dark and handsome and protect their loved ones. And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up to all that brawn

  13. Jakki L. says:

    Great post, Mia. I like how you use history to lay the groundwork for your novels. :) Looking forward to reading this one.

    I’d love to see any hot guy in a kilt, so long as his legs match the rest of his body. ;)
    jakki36 at yahoo dot com

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      History really sparks my imagination. So does a kilt!

  14. Marcy Shuler says:

    My hubby is 6’10” tall, has fabulous legs (which he hates) and has Scottish roots. I’d love to see him in a kilt, especially on a windy day. LOL

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hear, hear! Sounds like he’d make a very tall Highlander!

  15. catslady says:

    Nathan Fillion – I can picture him in one now lol.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I can picture him in a certain Firefly episode wearing nothing but what guys wear UNDER their kilts! LOL

  16. Quilt Lady says:

    Jeffery Dean Morgan in a kilt! Love his eyes.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Another new face to me. Thank you!

  17. bn100 says:

    How about Bradley Cooper in a kilt?

  18. Trudy Miner says:

    I’m a huge fan of Celtic Thunder and I’ve seen those Irishmen and yes, one Scot in kilts! I’ll take any one of them any day. George Donaldson, the Scot, looks great in a kilt! Oh yes, take a look at

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’ll check them out!

  19. Janice Hougland says:

    I’d like to see Russell Crowe in a kilt. He made a great gladiator…and I think he has the physique to be a great Highlander! Thanks for your Scots stories, Mia. Love ’em! Looking forward to your newest next year—not too far into the future now!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Russell would be very manly in a kilt.

      Yes, Plaid Tidings comes out October 1st so not much longer now!

  20. LauraR says:

    I’d like to see Sam Heughan in a kilt. He’s to play Jamie Fraser in Outlander on Starz.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I had to look him up and Oh, my! He is FINE!

  21. Conny Conway says:

    Colin Ferrel, yeas, maybe I’m a cougar, but this young actor has something….and or Jason momma, hot, hot, hot. In fact the later wears similar to a kilt a costume as Conan

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love Colin Farrell’s dark Irish good looks. Pity we see him in so few things. A kilt would be good.

  22. Sheryl N says:

    Gerard Butler in a kilt…or Ewan McGregor. I have seen a picture of Sean Connery in a kilt and he still looks amazing.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Gerard sports a mean kilt and I believe I may have a pic of Ewan in one somewhere on my hard drive.

  23. Aly P says:

    Can I have David Gandy in a kilt please? ;;)

    PS: Can we have a DH photo in a kilt? We should admire as well :D :P

    1. Mia says:

      Haven’t been able to get him into one yet, but I’m working on it!

      1. Aly P says:

        *sigh* Maybe you can say it’s for research? :D He should want to help :))

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