What's Up Wednesday

A hot new cover! Usually authors have no say in how their publisher decides to market their work through the cover art, so we’re either elated or dismayed by what we ultimately see. However, I’ve been remarkably blessed in this department and my latest cover is no exception. With trembling pleasure, I give you–LORD OF FIRE AND ICE!

This is the second of my two collaborative novels with NY Times bestseller Connie Mason. The first, SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, will be out in January. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait till next summer for LORD but I couldn’t resist teasing you with the cover now.

Not only did the talented folks at Sourcebooks capture our hero Brandr the Far-Traveled, even down to his slave collar, the beautiful fjord and dragonship in the background tells you this is not a Regency romp. Since Connie’s fans are used to following her to lots of different time periods and settings, we were free to do a  viking story set in medieval Scandinavia. And since I’ve been dabbling with adding paranormal elements to my historicals, I’ll give you three guesses what Brandr’s unique gift might be.

17 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Ranurgis says:

    I really enjoy Viking stories as well. Maybe that’s because I’m the owner of a Valkyrie name (not this blog name). Since I’m not wearing my glasses, it took me a moment to find the fjord. Maybe I’m also easily taken with Vikings because my grandfather had a very good Norwegian friend whom he’d visit whenever he was in Europe. Uh, come to think of it, maybe that’s where my mother got my name.

    And you’re getting back to the roots of your first books, are you, Mia?

    1. Mia says:

      For Lord of Fire and Ice, yes, I felt like I was returning home in some ways. I’m still fascinated by Nordic culture.

  2. Sandy says:

    Fantastic cover, Mia.

  3. Maurine H says:

    Wow, love the cover, Mia. I hope it faces out when they stock the bookstores with it. Just beautiful.

  4. Great cover, Mia. Who says a blond hero can’t be sexy?? Love the first one, too. You’ve been blessed by the cover fairy all along and these are no different. I can’t wait to read the books. Wish it weren’t quite so long.

  5. Gorgeous cover, and I love Viking stories, too. And paranormal elements are like icing. :)

    1. Mia says:

      We had such fun putting this story together, Barbara. It’s hard to wait till next summer, but I have several releases to come before then.

  6. A new Viking story! With Connie! Blond hero! Playing with fire! Extra points for the dragon ship, too. :checks calendar: Nope, it’s not Christmas or my birthday, but this will be something to look forward to in summer.

    1. Mia says:

      Anna, I’m so happy to be able to return to the world of the vikings. If you’ve read any of my Diana Groe books, you know they’re my first love. In fact, MAIDENSONG, ERINSONG and SILK DREAMS are going to be reissued next year too, though probably with new titles and covers.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks, Stacey. I’m still pinching myself.

  7. librarypat says:

    They certainly hit all the right story points in this cover. Glad to see they are paying attention. It is so much better than a clutch cover. It gives a nice little preview of the story and setting. I am looking forward to both books.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks, Pat. I’m delighted with it.

  8. Aurian says:

    Lovely cover as you look longer at it! My first though upon seeing that flaming hand was Jean Johnson – the Flame.
    Lord of Fire and Ice, doesn’t that say enough?

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I wasn’t familiar with Ms. Johnson’s cover till you mentioned it. Yes I see the similarities, but my hero has ice, dragonships and a fjord going for him too. ;-)

  9. Barbara Britton says:

    Love the cover, Mia. And he’s a blond! His hand isn’t burning up, I’d say Brandr has power over elements like fire.
    I’m Scandinavian so I think the setting rocks.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Barbara. My DH is Norwegian, so I love vikings too!

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