Friday, July 19, 2013

Guest interview with marvelous Mia Marlowe!

Mia and I will be chatting about her June release One Night with a Rake. I have had the pleasure of reading lots (perhaps a dozen) of her books and this is one of my favorites.

Ashlyn: What is your favorite scene from One Night with a Rake? Why?

Mia: The waltz scene. My heroine Georgette is something of a klutz and prior to an important ball at which she expects to receive a proposal from His Highness the Duke of Cambridge, her dance master has been putting her through her paces so rigorously, she’s convinced she can do nothing right. My hero Nate shows her how to waltz and restores her confidence in herself. The scene ends with Nate pressing her against the wall and kissing her thoroughly.

Ashlyn: I remember that one! Yes, I loved it too. So…How has the way you read romance novels changed since you became a writer?

Mia: I’m constantly “going to school” on the work of other authors. I study how they handle POV shifts, pacing, plot points, etc. That’s why when I find an author who really sucks me into her story, who makes me forget I’m a writer too, I treasure her. She is writing for me.

Ashlyn: I know what you mean. What has been your most embarrassing or memorable moment since becoming a published author?

Mia: That would have to be a moment at the RT Convention back in 2007. I’d been waiting for the UP elevator for what seemed like ages. Finally, I decided I’d get in the next elevator, no matter whether it was going up or down. The door opened and revealed that it was filled with Ellora’s Cave Men. I crowded in and announced, “I’m going down with you guys.” The door whirred closed and silence reigned for about ten heartbeats. Then I said, “That did not come out right.” Being gentlemen at heart, the guys all laughed and agreed that it sounded just fine to them.

Now I tend to wait for the right elevator, however long it takes. 

Ashlyn: LOL. Many of us Naughty Author Chicks know the cavemen well. You couldn’t have done it with a better group of guys—wait. That didn’t come out right either! Moving on…What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

Mia: For Silk Dreams (coming August 2013) which is set in a harem, I took belly dancing lessons with one of my sisters. It was excellent exercise and really got me into the mind set of my epileptic heroine who’d been sold into slavery because her family believed she was “witched.” If you’d like to be notified when it comes out, I hope you’ll pop over to my website and sign up for my newsletter.

I just got back from a 12 day cruise around the British Isles, which was partly to celebrate my being cancer free for 4 years and our wedding anniversary, and partly for me to do some hand’s on research for upcoming titles. I’m pleased to confirm that I’ve accepted contracts for more novels for both Sourcebooks and Kensington.    

Ashlyn: YAY!!! I’m so happy to hear that. One more question…Do you have a book of the heart you haven’t yet written that you’re dying to write? Can you tell us about it, and why you’re drawn to the idea so much?

Mia: I love historical romance, but sometimes, I like to play with cross-genres. I have an idea for a paranormal Regency that’s sort of a “Leverage” type group meets Jane Austen in King George III’s Court. The series is called The Order of the Muse. His Grace, the Duke of Camden, has recruited (some say ‘coerced’) gifted individuals from all strata of society to join his Metaphysical Union of Sensual 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. If you’d like a taste of the story, I’ve posted the first 6 chapters on my website!

Publishers Weekly’s review of One Night with a Rake

“Mason and Marlowe’s fast-paced second Royal Rakes romance (after Waking Up with a Rake) features a progressive heiress and a jaded nobleman. In Regency England, the Duke of Cambridge want to marry quickly, hoping to father the next heir to the throne. His enemies blackmail Lord Nathaniel Colton into agreeing to deflower Cambridge’s potential bride, Lady Georgette—the daughter of the Marquis of Yorkingham and sister of Nate’s deceased fiancée. Georgette often travels to the seediest parts of London to help prostitutes leave their sordid lifestyles, so Nate offers to be her protector; proximity results in romantic trysts that lead her down the path of ruin and him closer to realizing that he has true feelings for her. Mystery simmers alongside the romance as Nate and Georgette seek a killer while contemplating a future together. Passionate interludes and scintillating twists and turns will entice historical fans.”


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Mia here again. Let’s get the discussion going. I shared my most embarrassing moment. How about you? Is there an episode in your past you’d like to re-script a bit? I’m in Atlanta for the RWA convention right now, but I’ll be checking in to respond!   


Laurie Evans said...

I have One Night with a Rake, can't wait to read it soon!

And, I LOVE the sound of The Order of the Muse series!!!

Naima Simone said...

“I’m going down with you guys.”

LOL!! That is hilarious! What a classic story! *wiping tears away*

Mia, I've just added One Night with a Rake to my TBR pile. I love historicals, and the scene you described reminded me of "Dirty Dancing" so much I almost swooned while reading it. Hee-hee! Gotta read it!

Thank you so much for stopping by NAC!! We're so glad to have you here!

Naima Simone said...

Shoot! I responded too quickly! Okay, one moment I'd like to re-script isn't conference or writing related. The top one that comes to my mind is still crawl-under-a-rock embarrassing though. Or should it be crawl-under-a-pew?

At church one Sunday, a lady in front of me started shouting, and since the ushers were preoccupied, I picked up a fan and went to work. That day I'd worn a strapless dress with a jacket over it. Well I'm fanning and fanning, and the next thing I know the strapless dress became a high-waisted skirt! Thank GOD I'd worn a strapless bra underneath, but still! My girls had decided to join in praise and worship, too! LOL!! Yeah, no more strapless dresses for me at church! I jerked the dress up and prayed no one saw it. I was in the right place, I guess...y'know for prayer 'n all... Snicker.

Michelle Bowman said...

I love historical romance. I can't wait to read this one. Something else to add to my TBR list !

Mia Marlowe said...

Laurie, I'm so glad you already have One Night with a Rake and hope you love it.

Mia Marlowe said...

Thanks, Naima. I'm always happy to find some other naughty author chicks!

Mia Marlowe said...

Yikes, Naima! That's an embarrassing church story. Mine involves a swallow that accidentally got into the church and was swooping through the sanctuary. Unfortunately on one of the passes, it "blessed" me on the head.

Mia Marlowe said...

Monica, my TBR pile looks like the Tower of Babel. I blame Naima for putting me in a 'church reference' frame of mind! ;-)

Ashlyn Chase said...

LOL. Tour of Babel, indeed!

My most embarrassing moment was being taken to task by my favorite author in a very public, yet subtle way...right in front of everyone at the NEC conference, and yet no one would have realized it--but me.

She spoke of how she had her own fan-girl moment and kept touching her idolized author. Um...yeah. I was fawning all over her the night before. Oops. Live and learn.