Q: Mia writes books with New York Times bestselling author Connie Mason. How did this collaboration come about?
A: First, Mia wants you to know she’s thrilled about this project. Connie is a romance legend who delights readers around the world. Since Mia loves a little swashbuckling and mystery in her stories, Connie’s brand of adventurous romance fits well with hers. The credit for
linking them up goes to their agent, Natasha Kern, and their editor, Leah Hultenschmidt, who saw the creative potential in their pairing. Because Connie frequently places her romances outside the usual setting, their first story together, Sins of the Highlander, takes place during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Then in July of 2012, the Mason & Marlowe team brought you the quintessential alpha–a Viking hero–in Lord of Fire and Ice.
Right now, Mia and Connie are working on The Royal Rakes series, a trio of Regency set romances. Waking Up with a Rake is due to be released in January 2013. Check the Coming Next page for more info about this exciting series!
Q: Mia’s Touch of Seduction series features characters with a paranormal gift. They can receive information, or even visions, from inanimate objects. Where did this idea come from? Does Mia know someone who can do this?
A: No, she’s never met anyone with the gift of psychometry. To be honest, she’s not even sure it exists. But when Mia dreamed up Lady Viola Preston, the sticky-fingered heroine in Touch of a Thief, she wanted something beyond a guilty conscience to make thievery hard for her. So Mia decided to make her sensitive to gemstones. Viola doesn’t know why she can hear
them speak to her, but all her life she’s been plagued by their screechy voices. Because precious things are frequently surrounded by murder and mayhem, the visions she receives from them are often disturbing. And to make matters worse, a prolonged vision leaves Viola with a sick headache.
One of Mia’s pet peeves about magical elements in stories is that they frequently come with no price tag. Not in her fictional world. The scales have to balance. If Viola is set on using her special abilities, she must pay for the privilege.
Are a member of a book club? Reading is even more fun when it’s shared among friends. Check out the discussion guide for Touch of a Thief.
Q: What is Rock*It Reads? How does it benefit readers?
A: Mia is excited to share that she’s joined an authors’ collective to create an eBook brand called Rock*It Reads.
Rock*It Reads is made up of New York-published authors who are also self-publishing romances. They’ve made a committment to put out only high-quality self-published works. The RiR logo is meant to be a ‘seal of quality,’ because they care as much about writing great stories as you do about reading them.
Mia’s Rock*It Reads partners in crime are: Vanessa Kelly, Pamela Clare, Elisabeth Naughton, Monica Burns, Kris Kennedy, Margo Maguire, Lila DiPasqua, Sharon Page, Joan Swan, Erin Kellison, Bonnie Vanak, Norah Wilson and Jennifer Lyon.
Check them out at Rock*It Reads!
They’ve got gorgeous covers and some of the best indie-published romances out there. Some of the books are reissues of previously traditionally published stories. Some are original, never-before-seen romances ready to heat up your ereader, like Mia’s Touch of a Lady!
The Rock*It Reads gang is also doing a twice-a-month column with Barnes & Noble, spotlighting indie-published romances. Fun, right? Make plans to join us every other Monday at B&N.com.
So, come on by and prepare to fill up your ereader!