Guest Author & Giveaway: Mia Marlowe featuring Touch of a Thief

Tuesday, April 26

Any respectable Prince should have some serious bling to woo his bride with don't you think?  Will did more than OK by Kate with her engagement ring in my opinion...especially since it was his mother's ring.  Some people say that the ring he gave her has negative vibes associated with since his mother had such an unhappy marriage, therefore should have given her a different one, but I think it's so romantic that he gave Kate a piece of jewelry that was a symbol of the mother that he so dearly loved and lost at such an impressionable age.  That kind of love has to have good vibes too.

Mia Marlowe's heroine, Lady Viola,  in Touch of a Thief would be able to tell us all the secrets the ring held since she has the gift of being able to touch an item and tell you the past....of course Kate might not get the ring back since Lady Viola also happens to be a jewel thief :)  Mia is my guest today to share a little bit about her new Brava Historical Romance with us, as well as gifting us with a special excerpt.  Read and Enjoy!

psst...and don't forget to select your favorite blingy bridal bouquet in the poll at the end of the post.


Thanks for inviting me to Seductive Musings today!

I started reading historical romance because I adored the whole “take-me-away” quality of the stories. Not only did I get a chance to fall in love with a smoking hot hero, I got to try on the heroine’s life in another time and place. Other subgenres didn’t deliver the same escapist opportunities till I started reading a few paranormals. Instead of visiting a world gone by, I discovered a world within a world. There was enough familiarity to make me comfortable and enough mind-bending differences to make me wish it could be true.

And it made me start thinking about combining the two subgenres in my own writing. However, at the risk of alienating die-hard paranormal fans, I couldn’t get jazzed about writing a vampire or were-something hero. Because of that, there was no reason to try. Lack of author passion screams pretty loudly. But I was excited about the idea of giving one or more of my characters a psychic gift.

I settled on psychometry, the ability to receive information through touching an object.  My heroine Viola in Touch of a Thief has visions when she touches a gem stone. She hears their crystalline voices in her head, though the language they speak is far from human. Jewels show her glimpses of their owners’ pasts, allowing her to relive their deepest secrets.

You might think this would be a good ability to have, but for Lady Viola, it’s a double-edged sword. You see, she’s a jewel thief, so it’s a bit of an occupational hazard. It’s rather inconvenient to have a vision when one is trying to empty a safe and escape without being caught red-handed. Plus she’s plagued with sick headaches after a visitation from her gift. If she wants to use her magic, she has to pay for the privilege.

For a sample of Viola’s unique abilities, check out her first meeting with my hero, Lt. Greydon Quinn. I know many writers focus on the hero and believe me when I tell you, it’s all about the alpha for me. But I also try to write strong heroines and then create heroes worthy of them. Trust me. Even with a psychic edge, Viola has more than met her match in Quinn.

If you’d like to know more, I hope you’ll visit me at Right now, I’m pleased to offer Seductive Musing readers an exclusive excerpt from Touch of a Thief in which Viola and Quinn have broken into the Ambassador to France’s office in search of the Blood of the Tiger, a rare red diamond:

A presence unrelated to any of the men in the vision, or the ruby one of them carried, crowded Viola‘s mind. It was a dark, creeping malevolence, accompanied by a single low tone, so deep it made her chest vibrate. An invisible claw dragged across her spine. Menace emanated from the Blood of the Tiger, but none of the men seemed aware of it. Panic flooded Viola‘s chest when she glimpsed the red diamond glittering like a bloody eye in Mr. Chesterton‘s gloved palm.

Could the diamond feel her watching it through her gift? Was it watching her?

As if in answer, it turned its evil energy toward her and all the breath exploded from her lungs.

Viola yanked the ruby from her bare palm with her protected hand. Gasping, she blinked up at Quinn. She was still on her feet, waiting for the sick headache to smack the base of her skull.

The blow didn‘t come.

The jet and silver jewelry Sanjay insisted she wear during this burglary must have offered her some protection, after all. She could almost kiss the Indian prince.

“Viola, what do you mean the resonance is off?”

The way Quinn asked the question assured her he hadn‘t noticed that anything unusual happened. The vision must have lasted only a blink. Her secret ability might still be safe from him.

“I just meant this is not a red diamond,” she said with conviction. “It‘s a ruby. A very precious one at that, but it‘s not the stone you‘re looking for.”

She secreted the ruby into the small space where the stiff busk slid into the front of her corset, but Quinn‘s fingers went in after it. Her nipples tingled at his nearness, but he wasn‘t in pursuit of her charms this time.

“No, you don‘t, my Lady Light-Fingers.” He came up with the stone, popped it back into its velvet setting and stowed the box in the diplomatic pouch. “We‘re not stealing anything but what we came for.”

“But Quinn, a ruby that size is worth a great deal—not as much as a red diamond, of course, but still . . .”

“We‘re not simple thieves.”

She rolled her eyes at him. “Speak for yourself.”

Touch of a Thief is available from your local bookstore and all major etailers!

I’d love to have a little fun with your readers today. Leave a comment or question. One randomly drawn commenter will win a signed copy of one of my “vintage reads.”

London's most talented criminal is about to be fingered...

Lady Viola Preston can relieve a gentleman of the studs at his wrists without his being any the wiser and pick any lock devised by man in less than a minute. But she's careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. Because when Viola touches a gemstone with her bare skin, it "speaks" to her, sending disturbing visions—visions almost as unsettling as the sight of the cool-eyed stranger who catches her red handed.

Now Viola will only be stealing at Greydon Quinn's behest. And even more daunting than the violent history of the red diamond he's after is the prospect of a night in the devastatingly handsome lieutenant's arms. Touch has always been Viola's weakness, and the full body-to-body contact Quinn has in mind is about to shatter her defenses and set her senses reeling. 

Happy release day Mia!  I too love strong alpha heroes and I love the touch of paranormal in an otherwise normal historical romance!  And who doesn't like a little bling?  I say you can never have too much bling, or too much love!

If you'd like to learn more about Mia and the books she writes as Mia Marlow, Emily Bryan or Diana Groe, you can find her at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate the release of her Brava debut as Mia Marlowe, Touch of a Thief, Mia would like to giveaway one of her "vintage reads" to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
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  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
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But wait there's more!  Since Mia's heroine is a jewel thief I thought it would be appropriate for us to select a bridal bouquet worthy of a soon to be princess.  Vintage broach bouquets are the hottest new trend in bouquets. Have you seen these?  I think they are fabulous!  Of course all of the broaches from previous owners used in Kate's bouquet would have to have only happy and positive vibes :)

Now, normally I think there is no substitute for real flowers, but these bouquets will last forever, and what girl doesn't like a little sparkle on her wedding day? And since Kate is a commoner, and she won't be wearing a tiara down the aisle, I think one of these would be perfect for her!  Which one is your favorite?

Option 1:  Silver Sparkle with an initial...of course Kate would need a "W" instead of a "B"

 Option 2:  Spring Color.  A more traditional take on the flower bouquet, just sparkled up a bit.

Option 3:  Something Bling and Something Blue.  This one is definitely blinged out, including a mini tiara, as well as something blue, with feathers at the base.

Vote for your favorite in the embedded poll below (but not in the comments please since that is for Mia's giveaway)

Good Luck!

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June M. April 26, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

Since I love historicals and PNR, this book sounds really good to me. I definately would not want to have this "curse" though, don't want to know where everything has been, LOL.

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Maureen April 26, 2011 at 6:10 AM  

My favorite stories have both a hero and heroine that I like. It's interesting that you added a paranormal aspect to the story which I think goes well with an historical novel.
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Carol L. April 26, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

Hi Mia,
I can't wait to read your latest. I love all your books no matter what name they're under. :) I especially love the Hero's name.Thanks for giving us a peek at Touch Of A Thief.
Carol L

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

June, You've hit the nail on the head. Viola's "gift" isn't always benign. One of my beefs with magical elements in fiction is that sometimes the characters don't have to pay a price for using their special abilities. Not in my world. The scales have to balance! ;-)

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

Thanks, Maureen. This is my first foray into light paranormal and I really enjoyed writing it. Hope you enjoy reading it too!

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

You're welcome, Carol. I often joke that I should introduce myself as "the author formerly known as ..." Thanks for following my work through all my incarnations.

debbie April 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

I really like the idea of blending two subgenres (I am really glad you didn't go the vampire route,too).
I think historical novels are perfect to do this with.
I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.

Bethie April 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

Congrats on the release! I love the cover.

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Tore April 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Your books sound very good.

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

Debbie--I really won't be able to go the vampire route until a character who happens to be one steps from my subconscious. Because it may someday happen, I never say never, but for now, I'm happy with my dash of magic.

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

Thanks, Bethie. I was kissed by the cover faeries for sure.

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

Thanks for dropping by, Tore.

Anonymous,  April 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

Mia, Congratulations on the release of TOUCH OF A THIEF. I have been looking forward to it. I have really enjoyed the excerpts I have read during the lead-up to its release. As with your other books under the Emily Bryan name, it appears you have not forgotten the touch of humor. Even serious works need a sense of humor. The cover is luscious.
I hope the release goes very well for you. I am sure your fans will be following you to this pen name.

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Kathleen O April 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

I like the this story. I have never read any of your books, but I like the story line on this. To think that a stone will talk to her, it great... I will be sure to put this on my tbr list... I like historical and a paranormal subjects like this.

Good luck with your book.

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MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

Thanks, Pat. I agree that even the most serious drama needs a few light moments. It's like a painting. Without contrast, everything is muddy.

MiaMarlowe April 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Kathleen--The only problem is, Viola rarely likes what the stones have to say!

penney April 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

Hi Mia
This is a wonderful blog today, I have always loved the historical romances. I am going to get your book Touch of a Thief it sounds great! Thanks for being here today
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Danielle Gorman April 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

I can't wait to read this book. It encompasses two genres that I love which is historical and paranormal. It's so hard to find a book that has both and has a good story. This book looks really good and I can't wait to read it. I have had it on my wishlist for months now. Looks so good.

Pam S (pams00),  April 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

Congrats to Mia on her debut. This looks like it will be a fantastic read - excited about the historical and parnaormal blend. Have enjoyed a few Emily Bryan books so can't wait to read this one.

gfc - pams00

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Lisa R/alterlisa April 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

PR and historicals are two of my most favorite genres.!/alterlisa/status/63031020831784960


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Linda April 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM  

Interesting combination of sub genres. Would love to read the book!!/LindaThum

LilMissMolly April 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

Hi Mia. Your book keeps popping up, which indicates to me that it should be on my TBR pile! :) I love historical fiction with a touch of mystery/suspense. I'm not a huge paranormal fan in the sense of vamps, but I do love ghost stories and some time travel.
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Karla Vollkopf April 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM  

What a great excerpt, I need to read more! LOL
I love historicals AND I like my heroines strong. This sounds like MY kind of book. ;)

thanks for the international chance.
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Karla Vollkopf April 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

I tweeted about it:!/vollkopf/status/63958579941613569
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