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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The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club coverI’m so excited to share the contest to celebrate the release of my first contemporary, THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB, written under my new pen name Lexi Eddings.

You could win:

  • A $250 pre-paid Visa card!
  • Another $25o donated to Fisher House Foundation in YOUR honor! Fisher House provides temporary housing for military families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment. Since my hero, Jake Tyler is a wounded warrior, I thought it fitting to give to this terrific organization.
  • All entrants will receive a FREE copy of my enovella, Coldwater Blues, as a special “thank you.”

I hope you’ll love The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club and enter this contest Kensington Publishing and I have cooked up at the  Kensington website!

Contest ends September 27th!

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And speaking of cooked up, the DH and I have just returned from a trip to the South Pacific with a bunch of terrific tropical recipes. Thought I’d share one for you to use to spice up your cook-outs this summer!

Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa
15 large shrimp (can substitute scallops if you wish)
1 Tbs. chopped mint leaves
1 tsp. chopped rosemary leaves
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
Teriyaki or barbecue sauce (optional)
Pineapple salsa (recipe follows)

Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Place shrimp on paper towels to blot dry. Thread 2 skewers through 5 shrimp. Repeat 2 more times. Sprinkle mint and rosemary over the shrimps. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the skewered shrimps. Grind black pepper over the skewers, then drizzle more olive oil over the top and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Season with salt. Oil a hot grill and place the skewers over high heat for 2 minutes on each side. At this point, you can brush on teriyaki or BBQ sauce if desired. Serve immediately over pineapple salsa.

Pineapple Salsa
1 pineapple, peeled & sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 red onions, peeled & sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
3 green jalapenos
2 red jalapenos
extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. chopped mint leaves
1 Tbs. chopped Italian parsley leaves
1 lime, juiced
salt and freshly ground pepper

Oil your grill. Place pineapple slices onto hot grill for 4 minutes each side. Gently toss the onion slices and jalapenose in olive oil. Place onto the hot grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from grill. Peel skin off of jalapenos. Cube the pineapple, removing inner core. Cube the onion and mince the jalapenos. Come all of them with the chopped herbs in a large bowl. Add lime juice and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don your grass skirt, flower lei, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite menu for a BBQ?

 

 

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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Thirty days ago, the DH and I boarded the “beautiful, elegant Westerdam.” (That’s what the captain calls the ship just before he reassures us that “the stabilizers are working!”) I had a long list of bucket items I hoped to cross off and I managed quite a few. For example:

  1. I’m now a “shellback.” That means I’ve crossed the equator.
  2. I’ve seen the Southern Cross, a constellation not visible from home.
  3. I sang karioke for the first time. (FYI, not my favorite. Felt like I was taking my bath in public!)
  4. I saw places of such extraordinary beauty, I kept having to pinch myself. The culture, the music and dancing of Polynesia is fascinating!
  5. Most of all, I got to spend 30 uninterrupted days with my DH, the love of my life and dearest friend.

Of course, there was a downside or two:

  • After we left Hawaii, the weather turned against us. A cyclone was boiling over Fiji and we missed two ports of call completely.
  • I picked up a persistent cough I still haven’t been able to shake. I’ve been ever so careful with hand washing and such, but when you’re aboard a floating petri dish and have a suppressed immune system like I do, I guess it’s to be expected.
  • And lastly, the wifi on this ship is like the worst dial-up ever. I’ve been trying to get this to post for about 4 hours now… I’m trying to add a picture, but may not be able to.

But if you expect perfection, you’ll always be disappointed. We’ve had an epic time, but the main thing I learned is that Dorothy was right. However exciting it is to visit new places and have adventures, there really is no place like home. And I’m not talking just about my house. I mean my family, my church, my pets, all the “belonging-ness” I enjoy every day with those I know and care about and those who care about me.

I can’t click my heels together three times and zip back there. After we disembark today, we have a 3 day drive ahead of us, but I have a feeling that as soon as my feet touch the USA, I’ll feel like I’m home.

 

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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As you may know, my Dear Husband of almost 40 years and I are on the trip of a lifetime in the South Pacific. Complete details at The Coldwater Gazette (the blog for my new contemporary pen name—Lexi Eddings.) We love bobbing around on a cruise ship and have been taking short jaunts for years. At 30 days, this is our longest voyage to date, and we’ve learned that sometimes the constant rocking motion can lead to strange dreams.

MacknCharlieCase in point: My DH had a vivid dream about our dogs, Mack and Charlie. He was feeding them when he noticed that Susie, our dear little poodle mix whom we tearfully laid to rest in 2009, was there with them, alive again and just as playful and happy as the boys.

But that wasn’t the strange part of the dream.

The odd thing was that the scene with the dogs was interrupted by an intra-cranial commercial of sorts. My DH dreamed an ad for an exotic destination with a beautiful young couple walking hand-in-hand on a sun-kissed beach.

The Voice over was saying: “Explore your world. Rejuvenate your relationship. Spice up your love life.”

Einstein2Then the vision quickly cut to an image of a grumpy-looking old man.

The Voice went on: “And book the room next to yours so you can bring along dear old dad!”  

That jolted the DH awake PDQ. He decided he’d been watching way too much TV if even his dreams were interrupted for a commercial message. We had a good laugh about it over the sumptuous breakfast that was delivered to our cabin the next morning.

So, do you have a weird dream you’d like to share?  Was it sparked by travel? Ever dream with a commercial interruption? Funny, terrifying, or exciting–what’s the strangest night phantom you’ve ever experienced?

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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It’s Day 2 of our 30 day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific and we’re still sort of decompressing after our whirlwind road trip. (Long story short, at the last minute, we decided to drive from the Midwest to San Diego instead of flying just in case there was a pilot strike.)

So what is there to do on a cruise ship?

Whatever strikes your fancy. There are cruise director-led games, art auctions, cooking classes, music, dancing, movies out the wazoo, a couple of pools, a library in case you forgot your ereader, and a new live stage show every evening. Or…

Stone loungesYou can do nothing at all.

We tend to major in non-activity. Our favorite place to do nothing is on the heated stone lounges in the spa. Until I tried it, I had no idea I could fall asleep on stone. With the ship rocking under me, the steady soft trickle of water into the basins and the warmth seeping into my body, how can I do anything but let the peace of the place take me away?

And it occurs to me that I need to find a way to reach this level of relaxation when I’m back home too. Any suggestions? What do you like to do to unplug?

 

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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Let me start by saying I’m a lukewarm sports fan. At the start of any game I watch, I choose who I root for based on where the teams are from. Then I pull for whichever place I’d prefer to visit. I’ve just never become attached to any one pro team in any sport.

Probably because I’ve lived in 9 different states–all but a couple of which had pro football, basketball and baseball clubs. How could I remain a Viking, Celtics, Chiefs, Bronco, Jazz, SeaHawk, Rockies, NC Panther, and Red Sox fan all at the same time?

But I have to admit that I tend to invest a bit in March Madness. This year has been specially exciting because my alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa, made it to the dance. The DH and I stayed up to watch the Panthers squeak by Texas with the Hail Mary 3 pointer of the season!

What can I say? Gotta love those Iowa farm boys!

Now as I write this they have to face third seed Texas A & M tonight (Sunday) so the Lone Star state has more than a chance to exact a little revenge. Our corn-fed victory may be short lived, but it was sweet nonetheless.

Anyway, I’m wondering how many romance fans are also sports fans. Do you follow a favorite team? A favorite player? (Or maybe you’re like my buddy VK Sykes and prefer to combine sports and romance?)

Why not share who you like to root for? Or make a prediction about who’ll win March Madness?

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Mia’s going on a little adventure soon. She and her DH of almost 40 years are celebrating their anniversary with 30 days on a cruise ship! She’ll be posting while she’s a float. If you’d like to armchair travel with her, just pop over to The Coldwater Gazette–the blog for her contemporary alter-ego Lexi Eddings. Just sign up in the “Follow by Email” form under her pic in the right hand column.

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