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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SydneyI often read outside the romance genre. Lately, I’ve been enjoying a 1950′s set mystery series by James Runcie featuring an English vicar as the amateur sleuth. Ok, I’ll admit it. I was roped in by PBS’s Grantchester series.

As enjoyable as the TV shows are, as usual, the books are better. Actually, the TV show plays fast and loose with the characters in ways that stretch credibility. The books take us deeper into the vicar and his friends. With the leisure of the printed word, Runcie takes us inside Sydney’s thoughts, examines his small triumphs and failures and makes us privy to his struggles when his core values are challenged.

EnglandSydney lives on only 550 pounds a year, so even in 1950, it’s not enough to own a motor car. Instead, he rides a bike. One of his favorite rides takes him 4 or 5 miles out of town to enjoy what he calls “a healing view.” It’s a lovely vista of rolling green hills that says quietly to his soul, “This is England.” It never fails to sooth him.

I knew exactly what he meant. I love the view of the pasture and woods outside my back door. It rests me and reminds me that nothing is so urgent that I can’t take a moment to just breathe. I’ve found a number of places I find nourishing in that way.

2010-08-14 11.30.05Some views feed my imagination. This “keyhole” doorway to the Atlantic shore near Hammond Castle is one of my favorites. The castle is located near Gloucester, MA and was built by a scientist, John Hayes Hammond, Jr, who held over 400 patents–second only to Thomas Edison. It makes me think I might discover anything once I step through the portal.

Do you have a favorite “healing” view? Is there a place you take mental trips to when you need a 10 minute vaca?

 

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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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We all have this list. Maybe we haven’t committed them to paper, but hard experience has taught us NOT to repeat certain behaviors. Here are a few of mine:

badtanwww-uamodels-net1. Sunbathe – I used to feel it wasn’t summer until I was brown as the proverbial berry.  Unfortunately, I fell asleep by the side of the pool one day. I was lying on my stomach in full sun for a couple of hours. By the time I woke, blisters were forming behind my knees.

I was walking like the bride of Frankenstein for days. From then on, sunscreen was my best friend!

 

Out my backdoor2. Move – When I was a kid, we moved 5 times. I attended 3 different grade schools and 2 different high schools. Once I married the DH, my nomadic tendencies only intensified. We have lived in 9 states, 4 different time zones. I used to describe my moves as extended vacations, ones I just happened to drag all my stuff along on.

Last May, we moved to the Ozarks to be close to my parents and our daughters. I’m done with packing tape forever!

MarcyandMe3. Go to a “Learn to Paint in an Hour” event – I went with my friend for an evening out at one of those places that claim you’ll walk out with a finished canvas. Since I’ve always enjoyed drawing and I’ll color with any kid who’ll loan me a crayon, I figured I’d have a good time.

Unfortunately, the instructor didn’t assume I knew nothing about painting. She gave us NO instruction on the technique needed to achieve the look she got with a few deft strokes. My finished product now graces the wall of my garage.

But the strawberry in the situation was spending an evening with my friend.

BadSelfie4. Take a selfie – When I got my hair cut drastically shorter, I thought I’d share the new look with the world. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the angle right when I just held the phone out, so I decided to try to take a pic in the bathroom mirror.

Bad move. Not only did I clip off the top of my head, which sort of negates the reason for taking the pic in the first place, I managed to capture a whole slew of bras drying on the bathroom door behind me.

Guess the selfie craze is something in which I’ll have to politely decline to participate.

OK, I’ve told you some of my nevermores. Now, it’s YOUR turn! What will you NEVER do again?

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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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Dragonsong200But this week only one person will win one. HoldenJ will receive a digital copy of DRAGONSONG because she left a comment on my Things My Dad Says post. She’ll be hearing from me soon! DRAGONSONG is the last in my  Songs of the North series and answered the burning question–Was Leif Erickson really the first person to discover Iceland? If that makes you shiver, it’s also a love story between an Irish queen and a hot Viking warrior.

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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’m gonna go see a man about a dog.”

Imagine my excitement when I first heard my dad utter these words. A puppy was coming to my house! I started thinking of names for it. But then my dad didn’t even leave the house. He simply disappeared into the “biffy” for a bit and when he emerged no more was said about adding a dog to the family.

Dad and my Charlie. Guess he eventually had to see me about a dog!

Dad and my Charlie. Guess he eventually had to see me about a dog!

That was when I realized my dad spoke in colorful euphemisms all the time. And I’d better puzzle out his lexicon or I’d spend the rest of my childhood looking for a puppy that was never coming. 

Here are a few of his favorite expressions:

“It’s colder than a well-digger’s knee.” (Particularly appropriate for my friends in New England this year!)

“The streets are slick as snot on a brass doorknob.” (Ok, I can hear you saying, “Ew!” from here.)

“If brains were eggs, he wouldn’t need a very big skillet.” (Ouch.)

“Crooked-er than a dog’s hind leg.” (His favorite description of used car salesmen and politicians.)

“A freckle past a hair.” (His answer to “What time is it?” when he wasn’t wearing a watch.) 

Dad has always been a good source of advice on myriad topics:

On fashion: “If everyone else went around with their butts hanging out, I suppose you’d want to too.” (Obviously, he did not foresee thong bathing suits!)

On marriage: “Be careful when you say ‘I do’ because you surely will.” (He walks the walk too. He and my mom celebrated 60 years of marriage last Christmas!)

On relationships: “If he doesn’t treat you right, put a spider in his coffee.” (He credits this pearl of wisdom to his great-great grandmother.)

On self-acceptance: “I wear size 10 shoes, but 11′s feel so good, I buy 12′s.” (In a world where we are bombarded by images designed to make us feel inferior, it’s comforting to remember it’s better to be accepting of ourselves. After all, if all goes well, we’re going to have us for a long time.)

Dragonsong200Hope you enjoyed the stuff my dad says. Do you have any unique family sayings you’d like to share?  When you do, you’ll be entered in the drawing for my Viking romance, Dragonsong.

This story is a little different. It starts with a freshly widowed Irish queen who’s set adrift in a small coracle because her brother-in-law couldn’t chance that the child she carried would be a boy. When she’s rescued by a dragonship captained by a Viking warrior, she wonders if the coracle might be safer.

Good luck in the drawing!

 

 

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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PMclinn_BoxsetCongrats to GIRLFROMWVA, the winner from my Feb. 21st post. She won a copy of my “How To” series in her choice of Kindle or Nook format! She’ll be hearing from me soon.

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