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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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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Sometimes, I fret about our country. I worry that politics has degenerated to nothing more than “opposition research” and personal destruction. But a quick look at history proves this is NOTHING NEW!

GroverClevelandIn 1884, a few days after Grover Cleveland secured the Democratic nomination, this bombshell dropped. Cleveland had a nine year old illegitimate child he’d reportedly supported financially and paid the mother to keep hidden.  Before this scandal broke, Cleveland had a spotless public reputation, hence the little “Grover the Good” tag hanging from his coattails.

This might have derailed his candidacy, but for the way he responded. When he was offered an envelop reportedly containing dirt on his opponent, he paid for it and then burned it without opening it.

Was he perfect? No. Was that a classy response? YES! No wonder the country sent him to the White House. Twice.

Lincoln's shoesEveryone loves Abraham Lincoln. At least they do now.

In 1864, there were plenty of people who didn’t want to see this Republican win a second term. As you can see in this cartoon, several people are taking measurements, trying to figure out who might fill Abe’s shoes.

The funny thing about this image is that all the little guys with rulers are not other candidates. They are anti-Lincoln newspaper editors! Even in the 19th century, the media wanted to not only report the news, they wanted to shape it.

There really is nothing new under the sun.

So if you’re as tired of this political season as I already am, I hope this historical jaunt has put things into perspective. This too shall pass. For the first time in a long time, I really don’t know who I’ll vote for when my state has its primary.

First LadiesI don’t want to know who you plan to vote for. That’s between you and the voting booth. But I am kind of interested in what you think the next president’s spouse should take on as a project. Barbara Bush promoted literacy. Michelle Obama has championed exercise and nutrition for children.

If YOU were able to shine a national spotlight on an issue and could make a positive change, what would it be?

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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Congrats to Eileen A-W! She wins a copy of THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD, Book One in The Order of the MUSE series. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I love to hear from YOU!

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