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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’m gonna go see a man about a dog.”

Imagine my excitement when I first heard my dad utter these words. A puppy was coming to my house! I started thinking of names for it. But then my dad didn’t even leave the house. He simply disappeared into the “biffy” for a bit and when he emerged no more was said about adding a dog to the family.

Dad and my Charlie. Guess he eventually had to see me about a dog!

Dad and my Charlie. Guess he eventually had to see me about a dog!

That was when I realized my dad spoke in colorful euphemisms all the time. And I’d better puzzle out his lexicon or I’d spend the rest of my childhood looking for a puppy that was never coming. 

Here are a few of his favorite expressions:

“It’s colder than a well-digger’s knee.” (Particularly appropriate for my friends in New England this year!)

“The streets are slick as snot on a brass doorknob.” (Ok, I can hear you saying, “Ew!” from here.)

“If brains were eggs, he wouldn’t need a very big skillet.” (Ouch.)

“Crooked-er than a dog’s hind leg.” (His favorite description of used car salesmen and politicians.)

“A freckle past a hair.” (His answer to “What time is it?” when he wasn’t wearing a watch.) 

Dad has always been a good source of advice on myriad topics:

On fashion: “If everyone else went around with their butts hanging out, I suppose you’d want to too.” (Obviously, he did not foresee thong bathing suits!)

On marriage: “Be careful when you say ‘I do’ because you surely will.” (He walks the walk too. He and my mom celebrated 60 years of marriage last Christmas!)

On relationships: “If he doesn’t treat you right, put a spider in his coffee.” (He credits this pearl of wisdom to his great-great grandmother.)

On self-acceptance: “I wear size 10 shoes, but 11′s feel so good, I buy 12′s.” (In a world where we are bombarded by images designed to make us feel inferior, it’s comforting to remember it’s better to be accepting of ourselves. After all, if all goes well, we’re going to have us for a long time.)

Dragonsong200Hope you enjoyed the stuff my dad says. Do you have any unique family sayings you’d like to share?  When you do, you’ll be entered in the drawing for my Viking romance, Dragonsong.

This story is a little different. It starts with a freshly widowed Irish queen who’s set adrift in a small coracle because her brother-in-law couldn’t chance that the child she carried would be a boy. When she’s rescued by a dragonship captained by a Viking warrior, she wonders if the coracle might be safer.

Good luck in the drawing!

 

 

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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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PMclinn_BoxsetCongrats to GIRLFROMWVA, the winner from my Feb. 21st post. She won a copy of my “How To” series in her choice of Kindle or Nook format! She’ll be hearing from me soon.

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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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File this under “Funniest Home Video Not Taken!”

Back when cellphones were just for talking on and the DH and I were too poor to pay attention, let alone buy a video camera, we still managed to scrape together enough money for our girls to take ballet lessons. During the final weeks leading up to the recital, I had a premonition of disaster to come because Daughter #2 had a running argument with her teacher over where she should stand on the stage. The clever instructor had taped numbers on the floor and assigned a dancer to each.

Daughter #2However, Daughter #2 couldn’t understand why she had to stand on #3 when she was clearly 4 (years old, that is)!

The logic was unassailable. If only we’d listened to her…

On the night of the recital, she fixed the problem. Instead of taking her place on the despised #3, she took center stage, about five feet in front of the rest of the dancers, as if she were the prima ballerina and the others the lowly “also ran’s.”

My heart sank to my toes. The music began and she proceeded to dance. Her choreography bore no resemblance to the steps being executed by the rest of the group, further bolstering the sense that she was the featured performer. Ok, I thought. Perhaps we’ll escape without total embarrassment.

Then she had a  wardrobe malfunction.

Her elasticized tutu must have become uncomfortable because she grabbed it at her hips and hiked it up under her armpits. Satisfied that she had fixed the situation, she resumed dancing to the beat only she could hear.

The audience realized by this time that the performance had been commandeered by a pint-sized prima donna. They began to laugh. Daughter #2 did not find it funny. She fisted her hands at her waist and cast them a glare that should have reduced them all to a quivering pile of goo.

There’s never a sink hole when you need one.  I would have willingly allowed myself to be swallowed up.

I was not able to collect her after the recital and slink away unnoticed. I lost count of how many times people pointed and said, “Oh, look! It’s the little tutu girl.”

Mortified doesn’t begin to cover it.

But that was then. Now we laugh about it and wish with all our hearts that we’d have captured the whole escapade on tape.

It so would have made us $100,000.00!

How To SeriesHow about you? Has something happened in your life that you wish you’d caught on tape?

Share and you’ll be entered to win a digital copy of my “How to” series, 3 full length novels in one rollicking book bundle. Be sure to drop by next Thursday, Feb. 26th when I’ll announce the winner!

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And if you were entertained by my tutu girl story, I’d love it if you’d try one of my books. Here are links to some major etailers: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, Books-a-Million, Powells, Book Depository.

It means the world to me when someone decides to spend some time with my stories. Truly.

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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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Mia Marlowe’s Touch of a Rogue and Touch of a Scoundrel will soon be available in Indonesia! PT Elexmedia Komputindo has acquired the rights to her popular Touch of Seduction series.

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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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