Mia Marlowe

The Curse of Lord Stanstead

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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Tommy WhiskersDon’t get me wrong. I AM a cat lover. My favorite was a 25 pound long hair named Tommy Whiskers. He was a true music lover and used to writhe in pleasure on the top of the piano whenever I practiced.  He slept with his head on my pillow each night.

But he also left long white and black hairs all over my house.

Even if I pulled the Hoover out every day, I couldn’t vacuum often enough to keep up with it. Finally one day, I’d had enough and decided to take the cure directly to the source. Tommy didn’t think much of the process. He squalled his displeasure as I trapped him between my knees and ran the vacuum hose (very gently) all over him.

He was saved by the bell.

My DH was on the phone. He’d had a miserable morning. The deadline for the project he was working on had been moved up a couple of months so everyone on his team would be burning the midnight oil for a while. One of his team members had come into his office to accuse another of sexual harassment so he had to coordinate with HR to start that investigation. And most sad of all, one of his people came in to his office unable to concentrate. The man’s son had attempted suicide over the weekend and he had no idea how to deal with it.

“It’s been crazy here today. I just called because I needed to talk to someone sane,” my DH said. “What are you doing?”

I told him.

He laughed so hard and so long his assistant came into his office to make sure he was all right. My DH was better than all right. He said a good laugh was just what he needed to shake off the stress of a rough day. 

Too bad vacuuming Tommy Whiskers didn’t also fix my cat hair problem.

But he did teach us the value of a belly laugh.

How about you? When was the last time something funny happened at your house? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a random drawing. One lucky commenter will win THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD!

The Curse of Lord StansteadWherever Cassandra Darkin goes, fire is sure to follow. It’s not until she’s swept into the arms of a handsome, infuriating stranger that she learns she’s responsible for the fires. As it turns out, Cassandra is a fire mage…and with her gift comes a blazing desire for sins of the flesh.

With his preternatural ability to influence the thoughts of others, Garrett Sterling is sent to gather Cassandra for the Order of the M.U.SE. He’s entirely unprepared for his immediate attraction to the comely little firestarter. But it’s an attraction that he must quell, even as his body craves her touch and her fiery, sensual hunger.

For Garrett’s gift has a dark side…and the moment he begins to care too much for Cassandra, he knows he will doom her to an inescapable fate.

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Mia Marlowe

The Curse of Lord Stanstead

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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malewaxingSo I was in the salon the other day and one of our little town’s top physicians was in the next chair. (We may live in a small town, but we’re trendy enough to have uni-sex beauty shops. ) Anyway, after his haircut was done, his stylist decided he needed a wax between his brows. When she ripped off the cloth strip, he yelped like a scalded dog.

The whole place went dead silent.

Then he launched into a loud scientific monologue about how male hair is coarser than female hair and therefore, waxing is much more painful for men than women.

Ok, I heard that snort.

That was my reaction, too. In fact, after he left, the entire salon erupted in laughter. One after another, the ladies offered up other things that undoubtedly would be more painful for men than women–tweezing, wearing high heels, getting a Brazilian and the Queen-Mother of them all–childbirth! I’m afraid we had a lot of fun at his expense.

But the truth is, we all have different pain thresholds, whether it’s for physical pain, mental anguish or hurts of the heart. Some people are tougher about letting their hurt show but we all feel it to varying degrees.

The Curse of Lord StansteadIn the opening of The Curse of Lord Stanstead, my heroine is suffering in silence. She foolishly gave herself to a man who wasn’t worthy of her. Now that he’s thrown her over, every time she lets herself feel her pain, unexplained fires dog her footsteps. 

That’s how Cassandra deals with her hurt, though she doesn’t realize she’s doing it. She needs help from Garret Sterling, Lord Stanstead to learn how to control the unusual gift she possesses. 

Even if she doesn’t want his help…

The Curse of Lord Stanstead is Book 1 in my new Order of the M.U.S.E. series. My publisher is running a fantastic sale to help you get started on these stories–just $1.99 for a limited time!

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Here’s a question to start our conversation today.

What’s the funniest thing you ever heard/saw in a beauty salon?

 

 

Mia Marlowe

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Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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I love to travel. Ask anyone.

But I hate to pack. I used to leave it till the last minute, toss all the freshly cleaned laundry into a suitcase or two and tell myself if I’ve forgotten something, I can just rough it for a while. Or hit a Walmart.

DianawithHerkemerThat was before I was diagnosed with a chronic lung condition and put on supplemental O2 by day and a bi-pap machine by night. Now when I travel, with all the tubes and batteries, filters and hoses, it’s like trying to pack the equipment for the Manhattan Project in my carry-on.

Not that I’m letting NSIP stop me. Of all the fibrotic lung diseases, it’s the one with the best prognosis. And if the airline knows I’m bringing my portable oxygen concentrator, I get booted to the head of the TSA line. Hey! There’s a strawberry in every situation. ;-)

CruisePRcoupleBut it does mean I have to plan my packing a bit more carefully than I used to. Fortunately, my DH is coming to RWA Nationals with me, so he can help haul all my extra stuff. He’s really sort of my secret weapon. Here’s a pic of us from our cruise last January. We’re in the El Yunque Rainforest on Puerto Rico. My DH is wearing my portable oxygen concentrator in his backpack. Of course, this arrangement means we have to stay within 7 feet of each other. We get tangled up sometimes, which means we have to do a little do-si-do to get straightened out. But it’s all good. Besides, it makes my day to stay close to this wonderful guy.

Anyway, I’m excited to be heading to New York this week, even if I’ll be packing fewer shoes and more breathing equipment this year. Packing may be more of a challenge, but I’m determined to keep traveling. I’ll be at both the Kensington and Sourcebooks signings. If you’re going to RWA Nationals, I hope to see you there.

Do you like to travel? What was the best trip you ever took? Do you or does someone you love have a health issue that changes how you get around?  How do you deal with life’s little speedbumps?

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Mia’s newest release THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD comes out next week!

THE-CURSE-OF-LORD-STANSTEAD[9] (3)Wherever Cassandra Darkin goes, fire is sure to follow. It’s not until she’s swept into the arms of a handsome, infuriating stranger that she learns she’s responsible for the fires. As it turns out, Cassandra is a fire mage…and with her gift comes a blazing desire for sins of the flesh.

With his preternatural ability to influence the thoughts of others, Garrett Sterling is sent to gather Cassandra for the Order of the M.U.SE. He’s entirely unprepared for his immediate attraction to the comely little firestarter. But it’s an attraction that he must quell, even as his body craves her touch and her fiery, sensual hunger.

For Garrett’s gift has a dark side…and the moment he begins to care too much for Cassandra, he knows he will doom her to an inescapable fate.

Pre-order yours today!

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OH! My publisher let me know the price has dropped to just $1.99 as part of their Summer Reading Sale. This is a terrific opportunity to get in on the first book in this new series The Order of the M.U.S.E. I love this story. It’s firmly set in the Regency with all the wonderful manners and fashions we love, but with a touch of psychic intrigue. I hope you’ll love it too! 

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Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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My dad turned 80 on the Fourth of July.

Dad and CharlieLast week, my DH and I loaded up my mom and dad and drove them across country to my sister’s house in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate this milestone with that branch of the family.

Dad was my first hero. He made me feel safe and loved as a child. When I was older, he was the terror of all my would-be boyfriends. This was actually a good thing because it kept the wimps away from the door. He taught me about faith and about commitment. This Christmas, he and my mom will celebrate 62 years of marriage.

He’s still hero material.

Dad has been a pillar in my life, a solid support no matter what. I’m happy to report that his health is excellent and his eyesight is still 20/20. His mother lived to be 94, so I’m counting on him being in my life for a long time to come. I’m blessed and I know it.

I hope there’s someone in your life who’s been there for you over the long haul. Maybe it’s your dad. Maybe an uncle or grandfather. A teacher, a mentor or friend.

Who’s been your pillar? Have you celebrated the birthday of someone special lately?

 

Mia Marlowe

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Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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Should be romantic, huh? Well, not always. In my newest release, Never Resist a Rake, my heroine Rebecca. has been tasked with convincing John Fitzhugh Barrett to return to his family’s county home. Since he’s estranged from his family, he’ll only agree if she’ll give him a kiss. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she takes the bull by the horns.

Or in this case, by the ears!

Excerpt from Never Resist a Rake:

Click to order!Rebecca leaned forward, grabbed him by both ears, and kissed him right on the mouth.

John Fitzhugh Barrett wasn’t going to make a fool of her. No, sir. From all accounts, the new Lord Hartley ran with a fast crowd. He’d no doubt kissed dozens of women.

Fancy women. Loose women. Women whose kisses would turn a man’s knees to water.

Rebecca would show him. A virtuous girl was just as good as a bad girl. Better. She’d kiss him all right. She’d kiss the man into next week.

She pressed her mouth against his with such force, their eye teeth knocked together. No matter. He wasn’t going to think her a missish little thing. She was putting some passion into it.

As much as she knew about passion, at any rate.

He covered her hands with his, encouraging her to loosen her grip on his ears. She uncurled her fingers and slid her hands down to his cheeks.

He groaned into her mouth.

I’m getting good at this.

When he groaned again, there was pain in the sound. Her fingertips were pressing too hard on the skin around his blackened eye.

Botheration! There were so many things to think about all at once. She eased up.

This time his groan was different—pleased and needy all at once. A little feral.

The thrill of danger danced on her spine. Imagining kissing a man was safe. Holy, almost. Kissing a man for real was wicked beyond imagining.

Her imagined kisses were always chaste too. This one was decidedly not. John cupped the back of her head as he teased her lips. She gave up, and he invaded her.

Rebecca never suspected a kiss could be so…so…involving. She had to stop right now. She pulled back and, to her surprise, he let her go.

A wicked part of her was disappointed.

Then her instinct for self-preservation won out. In all her mother’s warnings, a kiss was how “it” started. Whatever “it” was. Somehow, without knowing the particulars, she was expected not to engage in the ruinous activity.

“Rebecca, I—”

“Miss Kearsey.” Her voice was as fluttery as her insides. “Please, my lord. I am Miss Kearsey to you. No more, no less.”

“Oh, you’re more, Rebecca. Much more.”

“I’ll send Mr. Porter to attend you.” Without waiting for a reply, she fled the room.

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My own first kiss was a major disappointment–hurried, furtive and definitely with the wrong guy. How about you? Was your first kiss like Rebecca’s in Never Resist a Rake–a little awkward, but a revelation in a number of ways? Or was it as perfect as the kiss in The Princess Bride? 

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