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Start of a New Series from Mia Marlowe!

I always tell the writers who pop by my Red Pencil Thursday that the beginning of anything is a delicate time. In the case of a series, a writer has to introduce a large enough cast in an interesting enough world with enough unresolved situations to make readers ready to come back for Book 2, but not so many that they don't feel Book 1 didn't address enough of them to be satisfying on its own.

As I said, delicate.

So far however, the reviewers seems to think I've managed it with A Rake By Any Other Name. Here's what some of them say:

"Marlowe shines with a delightful and delicious comedy of errors for the first book in her new series, Somerfield Park. There's an heiress, a reluctant groom, a superfluous fiancee, secrets and scandals galore. Fast-paced, well-plotted and populated with authentic and lively characters. Regency fans will love this page-turner!" ~ RTBOOKReviews

"If future installments are anything like this little gem, count me in as a loyal reader!" ~ The Romance Reviews

A Rake by Any Other Name "had everything I could ask for in a delightfully entertaining historical romance novel. There was romance, mystery, scandal, blackmail, a bevy of intriguing and colorful characters, and a couple of twists thrown in for good measure. I couldn’t put it down." ~

However, the review I'm really interested in is yours, dear reader. You can try the first chapter on my website. Please let me know what you think of the world of Somerfield Park! I introduce at least 6 characters. Do you have favorite?

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  1. Congrats on the release! Love the cover and the premise.

    1. I've definitely been kissed by the cover faeries!

  2. Popped over to read that first chapter. Thanks for the chuckle before work. Thoroughly enjoyed the meeting between hero and heroine. Sophie Goodnight is my favorite of the characters from that excerpt, unimpressed with hero and apparently society in general.

  3. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Lil. I like Sophie too. She's not a "pattern" sort of girl and glad of it!

  4. Favorite fictional rake?! That is NOT possible to answer. Pretty much ALL of them. :)

  5. I have so many favorite fictional rakes. Two I can think of are Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent and Leo from the Hathaway siblings. Both are from Lisa Kleypas books.

  6. Congrats on your latest release, Mia! I'm not surprised it is getting great reviews! Loved the chapters on your website! :-)

  7. Had to think about my favorite rake...I suppose it would be Sebastian, Marquess of Dain from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels.

  8. Oh there's so many choices! But I'd have to go with Leopold, Duke of Villiers from Eloisa James' A Duke of Her Own

  9. What a lovely excerpt! Congrats on the new series, looks like it's going to be lots of fun. I have to say that many of the Cynsters from Stephanie Laurens are my favorite rakes!


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