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Monday, June 24, 2013
Welcome to our virtual tour stop of Connie Mason's and Mia Marlowe's One Night with a Rake Blog Tour brought to you by Sourcebooks.
MM: I’m married to my college sweetheart. We have two daughters who make us proud and two little dogs who keep us going back to obedience school. I always say if I was a reality show, I’d be canceled for lack of drama. All the angst and catastrophe and scary excitement in my life takes place between the pages of my books.
2. What does a typical writing day look for you?
MM: I rise early and noodle a bit on Twitter & Facebook. If I have a blog post to do, that’s when I knock it out. After I chauffeur the DH to work, I hit the writing chair to work on my current novel, which is a Scottish Christmas story. I know it seems odd to have my head in 16th century Scotland with characters celebrating Yule while the flowers are just now starting to bloom here in New England. But my imaginary world has to be just as real to me as what’s going on in real life. This book will come out in October 2014. (Watch my Coming Next page for more info! http://miamarlowe.com/next.php) I break from time to time to take the dogs out for “squirrel patrol” in the park around our building. When I pick the DH from work, I’m done for the day too. I try not to write on weekends. If I don’t have a life, I won’t have anything to write about.
3. Tell us a little bit about One Night with a Rake and why readers should check it out?
MM: The premise of One Night with a Rake is that Lord Nathaniel has been blackmailed into ruining Lady Georgette so that she won’t be eligible to marry the Duke of Cambridge. Ordinarily, I’d detest someone who’d set out to destroy someone else. What saves Nate is that he’s so very conflicted about what he’s supposed to do. Plus, he discovers that Georgette is no longer the mousy little girl he remembers. She’s become a fire-breathing crusader, determined to help the women trapped in a life of prostitution in Covent Garden. She’s shocked to learn she’s as susceptible to a man’s charm as any light-skirt in London.
4. What was the easiest/hardest scene to write in One Night with a Rake?
MM: Nathaniel lost his fiancée to scarlet fever several years before the story begins. The scene where he visits her grave to explain what he has to do in order to protect his family was gut-wrenching. Here are his parting words to his first love:
“I won’t be back for a while, dearest. Maybe never. I doubt you’d want me here in any case,” he told Anne. “You see, I have to seduce your sister.”
5. What are some qualities of Nathaniel Colton that would make any woman sworn over him?
(Although, Lady Georgette made it quite difficult for him)
MM: I was going through my young Nathan Fillion phase while I was writing One Night with a Rake. It was his roguish face I saw, his voice I heard speaking Nate’s dialogue. Even though he’s a bad boy, there’s a vulnerability about him that’s very appealing.
6. Who would you choose to play the characters in One Night with a Rake if it was made into a movie/tv show?
MM: Well, looks like I already answered this for Nathaniel! He’d have to be Nathan Fillion. I’d love to see Kate Winslet as Georgette. She’s pretty enough, but doesn’t seem to know she is.
7. What inspired you to write the Royal Rakes Trilogy?
MM: These three stories are based on the very real “Hymen Race Terrific.” Yes, that’s what the London tabloids of the day called it. In 1817, Princess Charlotte died along with her stillborn son. She was the only legitimate grandchild of King George III and “Prinny” wasn’t likely to sire another. He and his wife were estranged and she was past bearing besides. The 3 unmarried sons of the king realized they had a chance to wed, bed & breed in order to put their progeny on the throne. So the Dukes of Sussex, Cambridge & Kent went a-courting.
That’s the actual history. In my fictional world, a Member of Parliament is trying to thwart the dukes by sending rakes to ruin the young ladies in contention for the honor of becoming royal.
8. Fun Question: If you could meet one famous person (dead/alive), who would it be and what would you say to them?
MM: This isn’t a famous person, but I’d like to speak to my Great-grandmother Mina. She died when I was about 12, so I do remember her, but now I’d like to pick her brain for stories of her parents, her childhood and the courtship with my rough-and-tumble great-grandfather. I’m sure there’s a novel or two in their tempestuous 60+ years together.
9. What is up next for Mia Marlowe?
MM: Tons! I have 4 more releases scheduled for 2013. Here’s the run down:
July 30—Silk Dreams, a novel set in 10th century Byzantium. RTBOOKReviews calls it “a lavish love story that's as entertaining as it is epic.”
August 27th—Plaid to the Bone, an enovella that’s the prequel to my Spirit of the Highlands series. The incomparable Hannah Howell gave me a cover quote for it and called it “a wonderful tale!”
October 1st—Plaid Tidings, Christmas in the Highlands with the added fun of a mysterious castle, a few ghosts and a curse.
November 5th—Dragonsong, the long awaited final book in the Songs of the North trilogy. If you loved the History Channel’s VIKINGS, you’ll want to read Maidensong, Erinsong and Dragonsong for more of those indomitable barbarians!
Then in January 2014, the third book in the Royal Rakes will be out—Between a Rake and a Hard Place! Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll never miss a moment! http://miamarlowe.com/contact.php
10. Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers?
MM: Just that a writer’s life is pretty solitary. My online friends are very important to me. I’d love to connect with YOU through my blog, Twitter or Facebook!
Hope to see you in cyber-space!
Question for discussion: What do you wish authors realized about their readers? Is there something you’d like us to bear in mind while we’re crafting our stories?
One Night with a Rake
(The Royal Rakes #2)
by: Connie Mason & Mia Marlowe
Publishing Date: 6/4/13
Genre: Historical Romance
For King and Country, Three Notorious Rakes Will Put All Their Seductive Skills to Work.
After All, The Fate of England's Monarchy is in Their Hands.
Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton's polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. He's careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate's considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself--and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.
Praise for One Night with a Rake:
“Passionate interludes and scintillating twists and turns will entice historical fans.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mason and Marlowe pen another seductive winner... Lots of interesting characters, plenty of action and passionate, wicked adventures!” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston. Together, they are working on the next book in the Royal Rakes series, Between a Rake and a Hard Place, which will be in stores in January 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.conniemason.com/, http://miamarlowe.com/.
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