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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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slipnslideSummer is a time of endless days, of chasing fireflies and toasting marshmallows over camp fires. I have so many fond memories from when my kids were small, but one summer memory stands out–the day our friends down the block got a slip-n-slide. We’d just gotten the girls dressed up for something–I forget what it was now–and had to leave in about ten minutes. But Daughter #2 wanted to go down the block to watch her friends with their new toy until we had to leave.

I gave her permission along with strict instruction not to get her clothes wet and she hurried off. I busied around getting ready to go to wherever it was we were supposed to be. When we were all set I called my friend to ask her to send Daughter #2 home.

“Um…she’s on her way,” my friend said.

“Oh, good.”

“Well…you might want to get outside to meet her.”

“Why? Did she get her clothes wet?” I asked.  It was the last thing I told her not to do.

“No, her clothes aren’t wet. She’s not wearing any.”

Sure enough, Daughter #2 was hightailing it home, bare as an egg, with her dry clothes held extended before her so as not to become damp should they chance to touch her thoroughly wet little body.

I couldn’t scold her. She had obeyed me to to the letter. We were however late to wherever it was we were supposed to be (which for a railroader’s daughter like me is always a trial but I really can’t remember where we were off to, so it can’t have been that important.)  However, the sight of a naked little girl running home is etched indelibly into my brain.

Once UPon a PlaidWhat’s your favorite summer memory? Share it with us and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win an ARC of my upcoming Once Upon a Plaid.  

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream.
But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.
But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…

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Mia Marlowe

Once UPon a Plaid

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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Once UPon a PlaidThanks to everyone who left a comment on my What’s New Monday post. The DH has done his algorithm/math thing and come up with a winner for us. Congrats to Anita H! She’ll receive an ARC of my upcoming Christmas novel, Once Upon a Plaid (Kensington, October 2014).

This story was inspired by my sister who served as a gestational surrogate for a childless couple. We’re so fortunate to have access to IVF and new technologies to help deal with infertility, but what would a couple in 16th century Scotland do? An empty cradle was no light matter when a laird needs an heir. And the hollow heartache of empty arms is the same in any century. Somehow, William needs to convince Katherine that their circle of two is enough.

Once Upon a Plaid is available for pre-order now. Hope you’ll love it.

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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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Do you remember the old Ed Sullivan plate spinners? Yes, yes, I’m showing my age, but in my defense I was hardly out of diapers when I saw these unique performers. They’d get a whole string of plates balanced on thin poles and set them spinning. Then they ran back and forth jiggling the stems to keep the plates from wobbling off.

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And this was considered riveting entertainment. What can I say? We were a simple people. However, I think of them pretty often, because they’re the perfect metaphor for everyone’s busy life.

For example, just in my writing life, here are a few plates I have spinning:

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Just finished the final, Final, FINAL copy edit for Once Upon a Plaid, my October 2014 release. A writer’s work isn’t done the first time we type “The End.” After we turn the manuscript in, our editor may want revisions, which means another pass through the story. Then the copy editor takes a swipe. We can either accept or reject their suggestions, but we need to be prepared to defend our choices. Then the final, formatted galley arrives. On this last pass, we can only correct typos–no rewriting allowed.

That was ok for this story. I love how it turned out. The inspiration for this one came from my sister, who served as a gestational surrogate for a childless couple last year. She went through a difficult pregnancy and then a harrowing birth to bring a beautiful set of twins into the world. We were all so relieved, and so thankful we live now when in vitro procedures and surrogates can make a childless couple’s dream come true. But it made me wonder how a couple in 16th century Scotland would deal with bareness during a time when a man needed an heir like he needed his right hand.

My current WIP is the second book in a new series called Order of the M.U.S.E. The Order of the M.U.S.E series—a trio of sexy historical romances with a psychic twist set in Regency England. It’s sort of  “Leverage” meets Jane Austen in King George III’s Court.

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Welcome to the Order of the M.U.S.E.

His Grace, the Duke of Camden, has recruited (some say ‘coerced’) gifted individuals from all strata of society to join his Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires. Their purpose
is to protect the Crown from arcane weapons of a psychic bent. The duke fears that one such malicious object may have slipped by them and is responsible for King George III’s periodic descents into lunacy. There may be no help for His Majesty, but Camden intends to see that a similar fate doesn’t overcome “Prinny,” the Prince of Wales.

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The_Warning_Sign_(final)_@_300-72_dpi_low_resAnd lastly, I’m putting the finishing touches on a New Adult/Romantic Suspense story I’ve been noodling with for some time. It’s called The Warning Sign.

It’s about a deaf girl who unintentionally speechreads a hitman on his cellphone accepting a job. Since she’s the only one who can convince the police that the seemingly accidental death of an MIT professor was no accident, she is suddenly in the hitman’s crosshairs.

And unfortunately, the only cop she knows who might believe her is her cheating ex.

This is my first contemporary-set story and amazingly enough, I did as much research for it as I do for my historicals! The Warning Sign will be out later this summer.

So those are the plates I have spinning in my life now. How about you? What things are clamoring for your attention?

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I’ve scored an ARC of Once Upon a Plaid! If you’d like an early peek at this book of my heart, just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

Mia Marlowe

Missouri

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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Today I’m enroute to our new house in Missouri. Actually, it’s our old place, but the house has been totally renovated this spring so it should feel like new. After seven years in New England, I’ll miss Boston and the wonderful people I got to know there, but I have to confess this move feels like going home. 

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But however much I’m looking forward to being back in the Midwest, Missouri does have its quirks. For instance, they didn’t seem to bother with dreaming up new names for many of their towns. Instead, they borrowed freely from all around the world.

Ever want to go to Amsterdam? Turns out, it’s located just south of Kansas City.

Forget about the US travel ban to Cuba. You can find it in Missouri on the iconic Route 66!

Fancy a visit to the Highlands? Glasgow, Missouri is about half way between St. Louis & Kansas City.

How about Paris, Rome, Lebanon, Normandy, Troy, or Vienna? You can find them all in Missouri.

Of course, I shouldn’t complain about the borrowed town names. When Missourians get creative with place names, well, the results are . . . dubious at best. I mean, how would you like to have “Knob Lick” as part of your address?

So what about your part of the world. Are there any funny or unusual place names you’d like to share?  

 

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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Plaid TidingsFirst of all, I apologize for the tardiness of this announcement. As a railroader’s daughter, I abhor being late for anything. At our house, punctuality is next to godliness. But when you’re in the middle of preparing for a cross-country move, all bets are off!

This winner is from my post on March 29th, (hanging my head in shame!) But I’m happy to announce that Elizabeth Schroedle wins a print copy of my RITA award nominated PLAID TIDINGS! Thank you to everyone who left a comment. 

Happy reading, Elizabeth!

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