Mia Marlowe
Mia Marlowe

Discussion:
13 comments

Categories:
Jaunty Post, Mia Marlowe

Tags:
,

The whole media circus surrounding Britt McHenry’s meltdown at a tow lot last week has got me thinking. It’s easy to condemn her over the top insults. They were inexcusable, no matter what the provocation.

Then I thought, “That could have been me behind that counter.” Thankfully, I’m blessed with good teeth, but this baby girl could definitely stand to lose some weight.

But have I ever stood in Britt McHenry’s shoes and destroyed someone with my words? Not that I can remember, but in our own minds we always wear a white hat. This confession may make you hate me, but I’ve probably hurt people by trying to be witty sometimes. In that case, the joke’s on me in the end.

It’s not right. I wish it wasn’t true, but sadly, we do tend to judge people based on their appearance, their education, their jobs. That seems to be the way of the world, whether people say what’s on their minds or not. Britt McHenry just doesn’t have a filter for her thoughts. The whole encounter was a cliche–a pretty, entitled young thing trashing someone who’s powerless, poor and in an unpopular position. 

Do any of us ever get out of middle school?

When I was a kid, I had a little book of verse called The Cheerful Cherub by Rebecca McCann. There was a rhyme for almost every situation and I’m constantly amazing by how many of them I can still recite by heart. I learned from this little collection of poems that people are like books. We can’t judge them by the cover. Here’s a verse I ponder when I’m tempted to dismiss others:

FACES

We’d find each face was beautiful,

However plain it seems,

If, looking past the dull outside,

We saw the wistful dreams.

Oh, how I wish we all had that kind of vision.

Have you ever been the victim of a “mean girl?” I have. When I was in 7th grade, a pair of them decided to make their lives complete by bringing me to tears everyday. Have you ever been the “mean girl?” I hope I haven’t. If I did, it wasn’t intentional. Either way, how did you handle it? Are you ok now, or does that hurt still ache a bit?

 


Mia Marlowe
Mia Marlowe

Discussion:
31 comments

Categories:
Mia Marlowe

Tags:
, , ,

No, I’m not talking about my waistline.

1StorycoasterI’m talking about the midpoint of a story. It’s a delicate time. As I round the corner on page 220 of my current WIP, I’m looking for the tipping point. From now on, my hero and heroine have committed to follow a path. Everything that happens from here on in is because of the action they take now. They aren’t sure where the ride will take them, but there’s no jumping off the coaster till the end.

When I get in my “book head,” it’s easy to get a little lost. Unfortunately, I’m not a plotter. I discover the story along with my character. As they try to figure out what they want and how to get it, I’m busy devising ways to thwart them.

Insert maniacal laughter here!

100_1854Now is when I enter my “Monet” phase. I call it that because it’s hard to make sense of a Monet canvas unless you put a little distance between you and it and view the work from across the room.

Likewise, I’m so close to the characters at this point, it’s hard to make sense of the story structure. The bones are hidden by emotions and motivations, but they still need to be there.

Shagging middleI’ve heard some editors call this part of the story “the shagging middle” because it sometimes devolves into pages and pages of love scenes. Since I always want the lovemaking in my books to mean something, I’d never consider using them as “filler.”

Besides, the book I’m writing now is much sweeter than my other work, so that’s not an option.  So the commitment to join forces to overcome their obstacles for my hero and heroine has to be more emotional than physical.

But either way, this is a crucial time in the life of my story and I type with hope mingled with fear. I always wonder how it’s all going to work out in the end (see my lament above about not being a plotter!) However, on the plus side, if I’m surprised by the turn of events it stands to reason my readers will be tooA Rake by Any Other Name!

How about you? Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a project and wonder where it’s heading? Share it with us and you’ll be entered to win a copy of my latest release A Rake By Any Other Name!

A Rake by Any Other Name is the first Mia Marlowe historical romance I have ever read, but it certainly won’t be the last. This one’s a keeper!

reviewertoppick2Marlowe writes with a unique voice and I particularly loved that she featured the point of view of many of the characters beyond the hero and heroine. It allowed me to embrace the story, the characters, and the setting more fully. Quite frankly, I fell in love, not only with Richard and Sophie, but the whole staff and world of Somerfield Park and Barrett House. I understand this is the first of a series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest.” ~NightOwlRomance

I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, April 12th!

Book 2 of the Somerfield Park Series, Never Resist a Rake is available for Pre-order now!

Amazon | B & N | BookDepository | Powells | IndieBound


Mia Marlowe
Mia Marlowe

Discussion:
9 comments

Categories:
Mia Marlowe

Tags:
, ,

SydneyI often read outside the romance genre. Lately, I’ve been enjoying a 1950′s set mystery series by James Runcie featuring an English vicar as the amateur sleuth. Ok, I’ll admit it. I was roped in by PBS’s Grantchester series.

As enjoyable as the TV shows are, as usual, the books are better. Actually, the TV show plays fast and loose with the characters in ways that stretch credibility. The books take us deeper into the vicar and his friends. With the leisure of the printed word, Runcie takes us inside Sydney’s thoughts, examines his small triumphs and failures and makes us privy to his struggles when his core values are challenged.

EnglandSydney lives on only 550 pounds a year, so even in 1950, it’s not enough to own a motor car. Instead, he rides a bike. One of his favorite rides takes him 4 or 5 miles out of town to enjoy what he calls “a healing view.” It’s a lovely vista of rolling green hills that says quietly to his soul, “This is England.” It never fails to sooth him.

I knew exactly what he meant. I love the view of the pasture and woods outside my back door. It rests me and reminds me that nothing is so urgent that I can’t take a moment to just breathe. I’ve found a number of places I find nourishing in that way.

2010-08-14 11.30.05Some views feed my imagination. This “keyhole” doorway to the Atlantic shore near Hammond Castle is one of my favorites. The castle is located near Gloucester, MA and was built by a scientist, John Hayes Hammond, Jr, who held over 400 patents–second only to Thomas Edison. It makes me think I might discover anything once I step through the portal.

Do you have a favorite “healing” view? Is there a place you take mental trips to when you need a 10 minute vaca?

 


Mia Marlowe
Mia Marlowe

Discussion:
22 comments

Categories:
Mia Marlowe

Tags:
, , ,

We all have this list. Maybe we haven’t committed them to paper, but hard experience has taught us NOT to repeat certain behaviors. Here are a few of mine:

badtanwww-uamodels-net1. Sunbathe – I used to feel it wasn’t summer until I was brown as the proverbial berry.  Unfortunately, I fell asleep by the side of the pool one day. I was lying on my stomach in full sun for a couple of hours. By the time I woke, blisters were forming behind my knees.

I was walking like the bride of Frankenstein for days. From then on, sunscreen was my best friend!

 

Out my backdoor2. Move – When I was a kid, we moved 5 times. I attended 3 different grade schools and 2 different high schools. Once I married the DH, my nomadic tendencies only intensified. We have lived in 9 states, 4 different time zones. I used to describe my moves as extended vacations, ones I just happened to drag all my stuff along on.

Last May, we moved to the Ozarks to be close to my parents and our daughters. I’m done with packing tape forever!

MarcyandMe3. Go to a “Learn to Paint in an Hour” event – I went with my friend for an evening out at one of those places that claim you’ll walk out with a finished canvas. Since I’ve always enjoyed drawing and I’ll color with any kid who’ll loan me a crayon, I figured I’d have a good time.

Unfortunately, the instructor didn’t assume I knew nothing about painting. She gave us NO instruction on the technique needed to achieve the look she got with a few deft strokes. My finished product now graces the wall of my garage.

But the strawberry in the situation was spending an evening with my friend.

BadSelfie4. Take a selfie – When I got my hair cut drastically shorter, I thought I’d share the new look with the world. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the angle right when I just held the phone out, so I decided to try to take a pic in the bathroom mirror.

Bad move. Not only did I clip off the top of my head, which sort of negates the reason for taking the pic in the first place, I managed to capture a whole slew of bras drying on the bathroom door behind me.

Guess the selfie craze is something in which I’ll have to politely decline to participate.

OK, I’ve told you some of my nevermores. Now, it’s YOUR turn! What will you NEVER do again?


Mia Marlowe
Mia Marlowe

Discussion:
Leave a Comment

Categories:
Mia Marlowe, Winners

Tags:
, ,

Dragonsong200But this week only one person will win one. HoldenJ will receive a digital copy of DRAGONSONG because she left a comment on my Things My Dad Says post. She’ll be hearing from me soon! DRAGONSONG is the last in my  Songs of the North series and answered the burning question–Was Leif Erickson really the first person to discover Iceland? If that makes you shiver, it’s also a love story between an Irish queen and a hot Viking warrior.


Keep in contact through the following social networks or via RSS feed:

  • Follow on Facebook
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Subscribe