Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Today's Special - - Maggie Robinson





Today, we're happy to host Maggie Robinson. Prior to taking up her pen - or keyboard - to create sizzling historical romance, Maggie took turns as a reporter, teacher and librarian. Lately, she's added world traveler to that resume. Maggie joins us today to tell everyone about her newest venture, Just One Touch. I found it to be an absolute delight! 

Welcome back, Maggie!






I’ve lost track at how many times the lovely ladies at the Romance Dish have allowed me to visit. Thank you so much for the continued support! My latest release, Just One Touch, is very much something new for me —an anthology of 10 never-before-published novellas and short stories that were quietly sleeping on my hard drive. I’m a little nervous; this is my first solo foray into self-publishing and I’m totally the one to blame, LOL.

You’ve heard of “books under the bed.” I have at least three full-length historical novels, never-to-be-ever-read by sentient human beings—these were my “baby steps” when I first started writing over a decade ago. They are pretty much a lost cause, even if I had all the time in the world to try to “fix” them…one might say the best way would be to delete the files forever, LOL. One of the heroines has amnesia and winds up in a bordello. You get the gist.

But I also fiddled around with shorter, non-amnesia, non-bordello stories over the years, testing myself by taking a stab at paranormals and contemporaries. A little magic. Some time travel. Shape-shifting panthers!!! They were so much fun to write, and so different from my usual.

Like all of my characters, they kept bouncing around in my head every now and again, reminding me they were waiting. I think most writers fall in love with their heroes and heroines, and it was a bit sad they had nowhere to play. I loved them and wanted to let them loose. So a few months ago I decided to round up the stories, clean them up, polish them until they sparkled and package them into Just One Taste.

The five novellas: A time-traveling, telekinetic hero must change a small town’s history book or lose the librarian love of his long life. An eighteenth century warlock’s widow finds the spell for true love and un-immortality with the help of a hot twenty-first century skeptic. A novice shape-shifting panther discovers his reluctant life mate on a secluded Maine island. A suburban Connecticut divorcee’s high school nemesis heals her heart. And a dominant viscount finds a remarkably submissive wife in Regency England. This last is a Margaret Rowe novella. She is my darker, dirtier alter ego, and I unleashed her from retirement for this collection! Plus there are five fun historical short stories, four with a Christmas theme. The whole collection is over 114,000 words, which is quite a big chunk!

As you can see, you can take a quick bite, or a longer one. I don’t think anthologies get enough love—sometimes we’re too busy to sit through a whole book. And at 99 cents, Just One Taste is kind of a delicious value! I can’t wait for readers to tell me what they liked best!

So far the reviews have been kind of heavenly. Heroes and Heartbreakers says: “This is a wonderful collection of Robinson’s work, as it shows her evolution and experimentation as an author. Perfect for her loyal fans and those who are looking to discover a new author in the romance genre, as it has something for everyone from a sweet contemporary romance to a dark erotic historical romance.


I’m curious—obviously, we are all romance fanatics, but what’s your favorite genre? Paranormal? Historical? Contemporary? I have a $10 Amazon gift card for one commenter!

66 comments:

  1. Congrats to Maggie on the new release. I really enjoy contemporaries and historicals, but my favorite is romantic suspense.

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    1. Funny. I am too much of a wuss for romantic suspense. I get so nervous even tho I know there's a happy ending, LOL.

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    2. I love romantic suspense but I do admit to spending a lot of time looking over my shoulder. lol

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  2. I'm loving the sound of this.

    I do enjoy Historical reads - across most genres.

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    1. Historicals are my faves too, Mary, but it was fun to branch out a little!

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    2. It's a fun collection, Maggie. Something for everyone! ;)

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  3. Contemporary, and erotic
    Thanks
    Congrats on book
    Kimh

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  4. Sounds like an awesome collection of stories. I love Scottish Historicals, it's those highlanders. :) Regency historicals and time travel. I'm looking forward to reading your latest release.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I've always loved time travel too. I love when people have to figure out how to make their way in an alien environment.

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    2. Three of my favorites, Carol. Love those highlanders!

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  5. Contemporary! Hands down.
    patoct

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    1. It's the biggest thing out there now for sure. :)

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    2. Peaks and valleys. A couple years from now something else will be all the rage.

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    1. I like pretty much anything set in the 19th century. In my newest work in progress, I'm in the Victorian era!

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    2. When might we expect to see the newest work, Maggie?

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    3. An excellent question, LOL. My agent is very busy with it at the moment, ;)

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  7. Morning, PJ! Thanks so much for having me here. It's a pretty grim day in Maine, where it SNOWED yesterday. I am soooo ready for spring. Will have to bury myself in a good book later to try to cheer up!

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    1. It's always a pleasure to host you, Maggie!

      So sorry about the snow. One of the worse snows I remember from my younger years was in mid-April. I was not a happy camper. Snuggling up with a good book sounds like a great idea!

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  8. I enjoy both contemps and historicals. It's all about my mood.

    I started in the 80's with a western from LaVyrle Spencer, then historicals from Laurie McBain , Catherine Coulture, Kat Martin, Joanna Lindsay and Cathy Maxwell. I also followed Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery and Sandra Brown's contemps. After that it was Jayne Anne Krenz, Kat Martin, Janet Dailey, Diana Palmer, Joan Honl, Joan Johnston, Betty Neels and Elizabeth Lowell. Of course that list has expanded over the years. There are so many excellent authors to follow!

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    1. Lots of my 80's favorites on that list, Laurie. I still read many of them today.

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    2. Lots of greats there! Good taste!

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  9. I split my reading mostly btwn paranormal & historical (a little more paranormal these days, but it switches around btwn them)

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  10. Hi, Maggie! I preordered Just One Taste, and it is now high on my TBR queue. I look forward to reading all the stories--even the paranormals--just as soon as I get caught up with all my assigned reviews. It was Maggie Robinson's short, short shorts that hooked me on your writing back in the day. :)

    I have a long list of autobuy authors in both the historical and contemporary subgenres. And while my tastes are fairly eclectic within those groups, if pushed to name favorite types, I'd have to go with Regency-set historicals and small-town contemporaries.

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    1. Aww, Janga! Thanks!Two of the paranormals have historical roots, so I hope you like them! They were such fun to write, just to see if I could!

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  11. I haven't read a paranormal in a while. Must remedy that. :)

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    1. This was in reply to gamistress...my fingers must have hit the wrong button. I wonder if a nap is in my future...

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  12. It depends on my mood-right now it's historical

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    1. I think historicals will always be my first love, even if they're not as popular at the moment as they were a few years ago.

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  13. I love the variety of different genres but I am a sucker for a good historical romance

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  14. I love variety in romance reading so it is hard to pick one but I have read a fair amount of paranormal/urban fantasy romances in recent years.

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    1. I don't read much urban fantasy or dystopian stuff...once again, am wuss. ;)

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  15. I love variety in romance reading so it is hard to pick one but I have read a fair amount of paranormal/urban fantasy romances in recent years.

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  16. Historical romance is my favorite genre. I also enjoy contemporary, romantic suspense and PNR/UF novels. Thanks for visiting.

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  17. I like the historical and contemporary genres. It's nice to go back and forth, so I don't tire of either genre. Sometimes I'll also read romantic suspense/mystery. I'm not a big fan of paranormals, so I usually only read one when a favorite author tries her hand at it, such as Nora Roberts.

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    1. Lately I've been reading older British chicklit just to take a break from the usual, plus some non-fiction too.

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  18. historical romance and contemporary romance

    Denise

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  19. Congrats on the new baby! It sounds like an awesome read ;)
    My favorite reads are historical and paranormal romance. One takes me to the past and has been, the other to would be places where there are no limits or rules!

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  20. Well I will have to say that historicals are my favorite read, I do read other things but alway go back to my trusty historicals.

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    1. Yep, me too, even if I go through a bit of a boring spell. :)

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  21. I kinda think of historical as my splurge/comfort reads. Like when you eat a chocolate truffle cuz it's awesome but you can't eat them every day. I read more pnr and contemporary mainly cuz those are the covers that catch my eye the most. Congrats to Maggie on the new release and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Who says you can't eat chocolate truffles every day? ;)

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  22. Congrats on your release, Maggie! I love historicals and contemporaries.

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  23. Romantic suspense of just about any kind!

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  24. Thanks for visiting with us today, Maggie and many thanks to everyone who stopped by!

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    1. PJ and crew, it was a delight as always! XXOO

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  25. tho I read all the romance genres, my favorite is historical.

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  26. Histrocial is my favorite but I read a little bit of everything.

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  27. I do like pretty much all genres but historically is my all time favorite! This looks like a great collection! (I wonder if my husband will notice an additional .99 charge . . . . :-)

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    1. Hey, you can't even buy a cup of coffee for 99 cents, LOL.

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  28. Love so many. Historical first , then contemporary . Love your books very much! Looking forward to more

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    1. Thanks, Hope! I'm hard at work at a new series. :)

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  29. I really enjoy paranormal and historical almost equally, with paranormal winning by just a hair. I'm usually reading one of each at a time - one in print and one e-book.

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    1. I read almost everything except research books on my Kindle.

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  30. Congratulations Maggie on your new release. I only read historical romance, so I'm very excited about this.

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  31. Paranormal was the first genre that got me into romance, and it's still my favorite! However, historical/regency comes in at a very close second!

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  32. I go back and forth between historical and contemporary. Sometimes, that make time travel romance the best trope in town! Congrats on your new release.

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