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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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Is there anything more odious than someone else’s vacation pictures? Probably not. But at the risk of ticking you all off, I just have to share a few from our recent trip to the southern Caribbean.

We traveled with Holland America, a line I lovingly refer to as “the old fart ships.” Since the average age of a Holland passenger is about 83, it makes the DH and I feel young! But seriously, we like Holland because the pace of shipboard life is calmer than other lines. We’re not wild party people. The DH and I are voted least likely to fall off a balcony. We’re easily entertained. A towel monkey can amuse us for oh, well, as long as it takes to snap a picture of it.

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But we did have some excitement on our trip. Just before we reached Antigua, the ship’s emergency horn woke us up. (For more about that, please see my blog.)

Since nothing is ever wasted on a writer, I always try to learn something about the places I visit. Some islands, like Antigua, are coral islands, which means they were formed by the accumulation of coral reefs and flotsam that became attached to it. St. Lucia (pictured below) is obviously volcanic in origin with these two steep sided pitons.

 

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We like to take pictures of things that strike us as odd. Like this bush growing in the middle of salt water just outside the harbor of Aruba. How on earth is it surviving? If you look up “tenacious” in the dictionary, this picture should be seen there.

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Then there are the things that make us go “Hmm….” like this store in Aruba where you can buy your very own gilded squirrel. Since my dad considers squirrels his personal nemesis (they reportedly nip off small branches and toss them into his yard for pure cussedness!), if I bought a gold one (even at a remarkable 30% off!), I’d probably be disowned!

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And now, lest you think we didn’t do anything normal on this trip, I’ll close with a lovely shot of an Antiguan beach. Just looking at it lowers my blood pressure and puts me in “an island state of mind.” I’ll take mental trips here almost daily.

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Thanks for putting up with my vaca pics. Send me yours on FB and I’ll post them there! Do you have a special place that calls to you?

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A Rake by Any Other NameOnce Upon a PlaidWant to take an armchair trip? Love Regency England or Scotland shrouded in the mists of time? Travel to Mia’s Somerfield Park or Glengarry Castle.

Ask for A Rake by Any Other Name or Once Upon a Plaid at your local bookseller’s or find them for your ereader at all etailers.  

 

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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 was a music major in college so it’s no surprise that music is an important part of my life. I especially love Christmas music and I’d love to share some of my favorites with you. Now since I’m a classically trained soprano, you’re probably expecting me to post vids of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus or Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors. But my taste in music is pretty broad.

Here’s a wonderful rendition of The Little Drummer Boy by Take 6, a fabulous acapella group. I was washing dishes the first time I heard this on the radio. I had to call the station to find out the name of the group so I could run out and buy He is Christmas, the album the song is on. Turn up the volume on your computer and enjoy!

 

Last Christmas, Daughter #1 introduced me to Sarah Maclachlan’s The First Noel/Mary, Mary. It quickly became my new favorite. There’s such a wonderful mix of styles and rhythms, parts of it make me want to dance!

And lastly, here’s my Christmas song discovery for this year. It’s a bluegrass version of Jingle Bells. My music profs would be writhing on the floor if they knew. I can hardly believe it myself. I usually loath blue grass, but I flat out LOVE this:

 

How can you not smile at that?

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Or if you celebrate Hanukkah, do you have special music that helps you get into the spirit of the holiday?

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Once+upon+a+plaidIf you’d like a Christmas romance to get into the holiday mood, please pop over to my website for some recommended reads by some of my favorite authors–Shana Galen, Grace Burrowes, Vanessa Kelly, and more!

 

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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 we head into the Christmas shopping season, I know some of you are wondering why I’m such a pickle about the whole process. Heaven knows, my mother wonders why the shopping gene skipped over me entirely. She blames herself, but I try to tell her it’s not her fault. Maybe this will help explain matters.

One year for Christmas, when my kids were little, Cabbage Patch Kids were the “must have” item. Sure enough, #1 Daughter wanted one. Unfortunately, the things were in such demand, I couldn’t find one anywhere. By the time I got to wherever they were advertised for sale, they were sold out.

 

People were absolutely silly over these dolls. There were reports of near riots when stores ran out of them. Shoppers who had managed to snag one were accosted by other desperate parents before they would make it out to their cars with the much-sought-after toy. Scalpers were turning them for small fortunes.

And my daughter REALLY wanted one.

Finally at the last store I tried and failed to acquire one because they’d sold out so quickly, I asked the manager if they were giving rain checks. In a hushed tone, he said they were and told me to leave my name and contact information.

I never expected to hear from him again, but about a week later I got a call.

“The item you requested is in,” he said.

“You mean the Cabbage Patch–”

“Shh! Don’t say the name. How soon can you get here?”

5 minutes to find my purse, 5 minutes to drop my kids at my friend’s house, 5 minutes to lift my jaw from the floor and recover from the shock that the store manager had actually called…”Give me 20 minutes.”

“Make it 10.”

He went on to warn me not to tell anyone what I was going to the mall to pick up. When I arrived at the store I was supposed to ask for “Gwen”–with all the cloak and dagger nonsense, I suspect that was an alias–and I was NOT to say I was there for a Cabbage Patch Doll. I was there to collect an “item.” Failure to abide by the rules would lose me my chance to nab the most wanted toy on the planet and might just get me mugged. 

Feeling as if I should have worn a wig and dark glasses, I followed the instructions to the letter. “Gwen” had one question for me. 

“With hair or without?”

I requested hair and she disappeared into the back room for a moment. She returned with a bag that had been stapled shut. I was instructed to pay for it sight unseen.

“Don’t open that until you get to your car,” she warned.

Heck, the way she made me feel a target had been painted on my back, I was tempted not to open it for two days! But curiosity won out…

ClintonBobbieIt was a boy! His name was Clinton Bobbie and come Christmas morning, #1 Daughter was a proud adoptive mother.

And I was an exhausted anti-shopper in the making. So much angst and drama over a toy! I vowed then and there not to ever get sucked into the marketing mayhem of a mega-toy ever again.

At least not until the next Christmas when #1 Daughter wanted a Transformer!

How about you? Do you have any tales from Christmas shopping past to share? What do the kids in your life want this year?

PS. Now #1 Daughter is easy to shop for. Money always fits!

Once UPon a PlaidLooking for stocking stuffers for the romance readers on your list? Check out my Recommended Christmas Reads!

You’ll find stories from some of your favorite authors–Vanessa Kelly, Shana Galen, Grace Burrowes, Monica Burns, Paige Tyler, Terry Spear, Theresa Romain, Miranda Neville and more! Something for every reader on your list…

And maybe something for YOU too!

 

 

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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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downtonWell, who doesn’t? I stumbled across it one night while flipping channels and after five minutes, I knew I had to discover who all these people were and what they were doing. I went out and bought Season One the next day and I’ve been hooked every since.

Why do I love it? Don’t get me started! There’s the house in all its glory. And the whole upstairs/downstairs thing, each realm with its odd notions of what’s appropriate and what’s not. Then there are the characters. And so many of them! It’s a whole world. 

So I decided to try my hand at creating that sort of experience for my readers. The result is the Somerfield Park series. Book One, A RAKE BY ANY OTHER NAME, is out today! I really love this story and hope you will too!

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Love doesn’t always come in an orderly fashion…at least not if Sophie Goodnight has anything to say about it!

When his father Lord Somerset tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.

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So what do you love about Downton? Who’s your favorite character? Do you think they’ll kill anyone off next season?

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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