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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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LindaToday is my sister Linda’s birthday. I have 3 of them and this is my second sister. She’s six years my junior so there was just enough difference in our ages as we grew up to make me feel very protective of her. When she was afraid during thunderstorms, she used to come crawl into bed with me while the boomers rolled over the house. Linda is also famous for being the Jiminy Cricket of our little band. I wish I had a nickle for every time she fisted her hands at her waist and warned, “I’m telling Mom on you girls.”

That’s the wonderful thing about sisters. They know where the bodies are buried. If anyone is likely to be the keepers of our secrets it’s our sisters. That’s why I like to give my heroines a sister or two.

Pinot The GatheringMy Touch of a Thief was inspired by a Pinot painting called the Gathering. As soon as I saw this group of women, I knew I’d found my heroine Viola. I love the way she’s looking defiantly out from the canvas. I decided immediately that the older seated lady was her mother, the one to the right was her slightly deranged sister, the little red haired girl her fatherless niece. and the woman slipping out the door was the only servant they could afford. My heroine is their sole support–through lifting the ton’s jewelry and fencing the pieces for as much as she dares.

And her sister never threatened to tell their mom.

In my RITA nominated Plaid Tidings, the heroine Lucinda has 3 sisters. One of the MacOwen sisters is going to have to wed the Laird of Bonniebroch and since the oldest sister Maggie ran off with her lover, Lucinda is is next in line to be wed. We first meet the MacOwen sisters on the quay waiting for Lord Bonniebroch’s ship to arrive. The only problem is they have no idea what he looks like.

Plaid Tidings“Which one do you suppose is him?” Lucinda didn’t need to explain who she meant by him. Her intended was foremost in all their minds since her pending marriage affected the entire family.

“‘Tis no’ likely he’s a handsome braw lad, worse luck for ye, Lu. The best ye may hope is that he’s still got his hair.” Aileen crossed her eyes and stuck out her tongue. “And maybe his teeth.”

“I dinna think that matters.” Though Mary was the youngest MacOwen sister, she was also the most frightfully practical. “Even if he has a hump like Old Man MacClintock, Lucy will still have to marry him.”

Sisters are so supportive, aren’t they?

Actually, mine are. Especially Linda. She used to take my girls for a week each summer so my DH and I could have a week of couple time. And whenever she and I are together, we click like magnets and form a tight little circle of two. She’s more than my sister. She’s my dear friend.

And because of that, I won’t tell how old she is today. See. Sisters are supportive!

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Do you have a sister? How about a friend who’s as close as one? Have you read a book lately with  a sister in it that made the story more fun?

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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Writing is an ocean of things to learn and I often feel as if I’m only dabbling my toes in the shallow end. But every now and then something affirming happens that lets me know I’m on the right track. This week the RITA nominations were announced.

What’s a RITA I hear you asking. It’s the romance world’s answer to the OSCAR. The award is a little golden statue and is named for Rita Clay Estrada, Romance Writers of America’s first president. The ceremony is the culmination of the annual National conference, complete with witty announcers and nominees in full evening dress. All that’s missing is the red carpet. 

I’ve been in Missouri this month overseeing renovations on the house we intend to move to in May. My DH called me on Wednesday and said someone from Texas had called me about some contest and asked me to call them back. Honestly, I’d forgotten that the RITA announcements were due at the end of March, but it flooded back into me at that moment. My fingers shook as I dialed the number and when Julie Kenner told me Plaid Tidings had been nominated in the Historical category, it was hard to breathe. No joke. I wasn’t this excited when I got “The Call” about my first book selling.

The reason is because my little Scottish Christmas story is enjoying some truly rare air. The Historical category is filled with some of my personal favorite authors. To have my work placed alongside theirs is such a thrill. Here’s the list of nominees. Bet you’ll see lots of YOUR favorites too. 

Any Duchess Will Do
by Tessa Dare
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward

The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

The Chieftain’s Curse
by Frances Housden
Harlequin, MIRA
Kate Cuthbert, editor

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan
Self-published
Robin Harders and Keira Soleore, editors

Darius
by Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
by T J Bennett
Entangled Publishing, Edge
Liz Pelletier and Shannon Godwin, editors 

Duke of Midnight
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Lady and the Laird
by Nicola Cornick
Harlequin, HQN
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lyssa Keusch, editor 

The Luckiest Lady in London
by Sherry Thomas
Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Never Desire a Duke
by Lily Dalton
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Michele Bidelspach, editor

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor 

Plaid TidingsPlaid Tidings
by Mia Marlowe
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Alicia Condon, editor 

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
by Anna Campbell
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Rogue’s Proposal
by Jennifer Haymore
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Selina McLemore, editor 

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
by Anna Randol
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

Sonata for a Scoundrel
by Anthea Lawson
Self-published

See why I’m so excited to be included? Now, with a field like this I don’t expect to win. I’m basking in the glow of having been nominated. It’s such an honor. And just looking at those names and titles gives me a serious fangirl moment.

But I do expect to get a terrific dress out of the deal!

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you. Now it’s your turn. Have you ever had a moment when you got some much needed encouragement, a shot in the arm, a timely “atta girl?” Share and you’ll be entered to win a print version of my PLAID TIDINGS!

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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Lisa_Medley_BW2_Facebook_CropMy friend Lisa Medley writes reapers. The grim kind. Her urban fantasy romance, Reap & Repent is available now in a Harlequin E Box Set with three other Harlequin debut authors. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.

Lisa and I had a cyber-chat the other day. Here’s your chance to listen in:

Mia: If you could be anything but a writer what would you want to be?

Lisa: Nope, writer is what I want to be. I’ve been a grocery bagger, a graphic designer, a retail sales clerk, a waitress, a teacher and a donor recruiter for a blood center (aka vampire). Writer is the last job I want. Let’s do this!

Mia:  What book/book series would you love to see be made into a movie?

Lisa: Absolutely JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. We need to see those brothers in the flesh. Lots and lots of vampire flesh.

Mia: What movie from a book was so bad you wish they hadn’t made it?

Lisa: Eragon.  Christopher Paolini’s book was so much better than the movie and that lame fake dragon.

Mia: What is the hardest thing about being an author?

Lisa: The hardest thing other than the actually writing is the WAITING. I wrote the first words on Reap & Repent three years ago and contracted it last January 31. It took a year and two months to finally got to publication after I contracted.  There’s waiting for contracts, editing, covers, publication, reviews, sales numbers…so much waiting. To be an author, you have to live the long game. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Mia: What is the best thing about being an author?

Lisa: Creating something completely from my own mind that absolutely no one can do in the exact same way. I did this! This is MINE. I can’t run marathons or win adventure races or build a Mars rover…but I can do THIS and other people will then read it. That’s pretty awesome.

Mia: What’s your favorite quote?

Lisa: “Lady, before you got here we were riding the gravy train on biscuit wheels.” –Ghost Rider

Mia: Tell us something about yourself you consider to be unique?

Lisa: I keep bees. I’ve kept bees for ten years now. We get around 2 gallons of honey a year from them. The most important thing I’ve learned about bees is if I just leave them alone, they’ll do all the work. I like that.

Mia: If you had to describe yourself in 3 to 5 words what would they be?

Lisa: Organized. Impatient. Friendly.

Mia: Which do you prefer? Twitter or Facebook? Are you an active poster or active reader?

Lisa: Facebook but Twitter is growing on me. I’m very active on both. Basically you’ll get the stream of consciousness from my slightly filtered mind. Sorry about that.  Find me on Twitter @lisamedley and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/11kWvkt

Mia: Anything you would like to say to the readers reading this post?

If you’d like to learn the Rules of Reaping and the backstory to The Reaper Series, I’m posting all month on Lisa-Medley.com . Come visit and leave a comment so I’ll know you stopped by!

Reap_&_Repent_(647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

Want to read more?

BUY LINKS: Reap & Repent is available now in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Box Set with the works of three other amazing new Harlequin authors! Reap & Repent will be available for single-title release June 2, 2014.

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Thanks for dropping by the JQs, Lisa.

How To SeriesAnd thank YOU for spending a little time with us. If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to win my “How To” series, leave Lisa or me a comment or question. Here’s one to start the conversation:

Lisa’s reapers are certainly one of a kind. What makes YOU unique?

Be sure to check back on Sunday for the name of the winner!

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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They say it’s always about the shoes. I beg to differ. Sometimes, it’s about the boots. Clothes may make the man, but the right footwear really tells the tale. Don’t you love the confidence that emanates from this fellow in his shiny Hessians?

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I know Louis XIV was the Sun King and all, but honestly, don’t his booties scream that he’s over compensating for something?

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This great photo is from the Scarlet Pimpernel. I freely confess that fell in love with Percy when I first read this story. He plays the fool, but acts the hero. Gotta love him. Gotta love those boots too.

 

 

 

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What would a pirate be without his “effects?”

And is there a cowboy alive who’d be caught dead in wingtips?

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A pair of hiking boots (or maybe it’s the muscular calves) can brighten any girl’s day.

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 What do you think? Which boot is your favorite? Share and you’ll be entered in the drawing fpr a digital copy of my STROKE OF GENIUS! Here’s our heroine Grace Makepeace’s description of Crispin Hawke at their first meeting:

Stroke of GeniusCrispin Hawke was a total eclipse. Dangerous. The backs of Grace’s eyes burned just looking at him.

If his person exuded a feral masculinity, his dress suggested utter civility. Grace would have guessed Mr. Hawke a duke at the least if she’d seen him on the street. His coat was cut in the first stare of fashion, draping over his lean hips in a Brummell-esque inverted “U.” His brocade waistcoat was a rich midnight blue.

His outfit was completed by Hessians glossed to a spit shine. Crispin Hawke might have stepped directly from a fashion plate. But Grace noticed he leaned more heavily on his walking stick than one would on a mere accessory. Lines gathered at the corners of his gray eyes, though she’d bet her best brooch he hadn’t seen thirty winters.

Those pale eyes widened in what looked like recognition when they flicked over her, but the expression was gone so quickly Grace decided she’d imagined it. Besides, if they’d met before she’d have remembered. No one would forget Crispin Hawke. His image was already burned in her mind alongside other wonders of the world.

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 Don’t forget to pick your favorite boot!

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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How To SeriesThanks to everyone who left a comment on my latest post. Congratulations to MaureenE! She wins a digital copy of my “How To” series–3 full length historical romances in one romp of a boxed set!–in her choice of Kindle or Nook format!

“Full of such sly fun that the pages really flew by. All I have to do now is find the author’s backlist.” ~  on “How to Please a Pirate” ~ All About Romance

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