Thursday, August 18, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Mia Marlowe

I am so excited to present this amazing guest post by an author I've heard so much about. You can find her first book Touched By A Theif in print and in ebook, along with her latest release in the anthology Improper Gentleman.You should also be on the look out for her upcoming collborative novel with Connie Mason called Sins of the Highlander. Below, discover a little more about this author and her latest release which looks absolutely enticing! Please welcome to the blog,:

Mia Marlowe

About the Author:
Award winning author Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for Kensington Publishing and Sourcebooks. Her debut title received acclaim from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia's Touch of a Thief has "adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!" UK's BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe "the queen of saucy historical romance."

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she's worn a real corset, and had to sing high C's in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia's stories, they don't die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

Find Mia Online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

About the Book:

featuring Mia's novella, A Knack for Trouble
Unsuitable. Forbidden. Oh-so-seductive. These gentlemen are hardly respectable. But they are the very, very best at being bad…
Lord Aidan Stonemere didn’t go from prison to a title by playing by society’s rules. If he wants something, he takes it.
Rosalinde Burke didn’t object to being taken. Once. To keep her from marrying a proper viscount, Aidan will do whatever it takes to remind her how deliciously good being improper feels…
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Guest Post:
First let me say thank you for having me here at Not Another Romance Blog! I'm tickled to offer a signed copy of IMPROPER GENTLEMEN, featuring my novella A Knack for Trouble, to a randomly drawn commenter!

Here are the facts, just the facts, about this little murder mystery romance:
Setting: 1827 Bermuda & 1830 England

Subgenre: Historical

Hero: Aidan Danaher, Lord Stonemere and former convict

Heroine: Rosalinde Burke

One sentence summary: Aidan is determined to win the love of the woman he ruined, no matter what rules he has to break to do it.

Scene I like most and would never cut: There are several, mostly dealing with the creative ways my hero makes his way into the heroine’s chambers. He’s quite . . . athletic.

Thing my heroine would never be caught dead doing/saying: Actually, Rosalinde’s something of a risk-taker, though she doesn’t mean to be. She hopes not to be caught with Aidan in her bedchamber, but she can’t help opening her window to the night…and whatever else might come in.

One quirky thing about your hero: Aidan has “the Knack.” It’s the Celtic gift of being able to plant an idea in someone else’s mind. The catch is it only works once and then the subject is immune to suggestion, so Aidan has to be judicious about using it.

My heroine’s occupation, or rather her preoccupation, since gentlewomen didn't seek employment during her time: Like most young ladies of her time, Rosalinde’s goal is marriage. Most specifically, she has to marry a titled, respectable gentleman or her wealthy great-aunt won’t help her father pay off his monumental gambling debts. Unfortunately, though Aidan is Lord Stonemere, his past as a convicted felon means he’s anything but respectable.

My hero’s occupation, or rather his obsession since gentlemen did not wish to be considered "in trade" during his time: Aidan inherited property and tenants to manage, but he’s chiefly engaged in trying to learn who really killed the woman he was imprisoned for murdering. When he’s not trying to seduce Rosalinde again, that is.

What I think readers will like best about this book: I think readers will love having 3 stories from 3 authors with 3 wickedly good heroes to fall for! My co-authors, Diane Whiteside and Maggie Robinson, are both brilliant writers!

What's next: Next January, my first collaborative novel with New York Times Bestseller Connie Mason will be released from Sourcebooks! It’s called SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER and we had a ball bringing this tale to life. It’s the story of Mad Rob MacLaren who thought stealing his enemy’s bride from the altar was the perfect revenge for his wife’s death. He never expected to learn that his heart hadn’t died with her.

But before SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER hits the bookstores, two of my enovellas will be released this fall--My Lady Below Stairs and A Duke for all Seasons. I plan to offer the Duke free to my newsletter subscribers for a limited time, so please pop over and sign up to receive notice about it!

About Mia Marlowe:

Favorite movie of all time: Whew! It depends on if you want my thinking movie, my romantic movie or my silly movie. In that case it would be THE MISSION with Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro. It’s a heartbreaking look at colonial South America. My favorite romantic movie is THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo. What middle aged joy! And my all time go-to silly movie is GALAXY QUEST with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. Hysterical!

Favorite kind of story to get lost in: A story that immerses me in another world and invites me to try on the heroine’s life for a while.

First book I remember reading: Oh, my! It must have been something by Dr. Seuss. I remember really getting into reading dog and horse stories like Lassie Come Home and Black Beauty, but I couldn’t say what the first one was.

Favorite fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast. Is there a more enduring myth than the ability of a woman to fix what's wrong with a man?

Quick way to unwind and relax: I take a cup of coffee out to my balcony with a book. We have a view of the Mystic River for which I’m insanely grateful. There’s something about looking at water that lowers my blood pressure almost immediately.

Tea or Coffee: Both. I like tea iced and my coffee the way I like my heroes--hot and strong!

Dog person or cat person: Actually I've had--hold on!--dogs, cats, horses, assorted goldfish, and a gerbil I thought would never die. Right now I'm a condo-dweller so my menagerie is down to two small dogs.

Question for the drawing: Take one of the topics under About Mia and answer it about YOU. I love to connect with readers so I'd also love to see you on Facebook, Twitter and of course, my own active blog!

Mia Marlowe said...

I also wanted to invite everybody to my website so they can sign up for my newsletter. I'll be offering a FREE enovella to my subscribers in the next few weeks. Be the first to know when you can download A DUKE FOR ALL SEASONS!

Mia is generously offering to giveaway a copy of 'Improper Gentleman' featuring her novella 'A Knack For Trouble' to (1) one lucky commenter! All you have to do to be eligible to win is comment on this post answering the "Question for the drawing"! Mia will pick the winner and they'll be announced shortly after the drawing.

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