Ten Things You Might Not Know About Mia Downing – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Mia Downing

Hi, I’m Mia Downing, and I want to thank LASR for having me today! I’ve decided to go out of my comfort zone and choose ten things you may not know about me as a topic today. I hope you enjoy.

1) I’m a romance author by day, really boring by night.

Wait, reverse that, because I usually write at night. Romance authors should be exciting, fun, sexy, and the life of the party, right? I’m definitely the opposite, maybe because I have so many characters and adventures going on in my head that a boring life is just right. I have a DH, two older teen kids, a puppy, a horse, two cats, a guinea pig and a bearded dragon, and we all live on a little farm in CT. I guess that herd is enough to keep my life just exciting enough!

2) My first love and job was all about the horses.

Unfortunately, authoring doesn’t pay the bills, but authoring came after my career with horses. My main career for many years was as a riding instructor for riders of all ages, including those with mental and physical challenges. My students ranged from ages 5 to 92 and included an Ivy League college team. I also coached them at shows (I even coached Special Olympics) and ran a therapeutic riding program. When the barn I worked at was sold, I had just published Just Ask, and it sold really well so I could concentrate on writing more. I also phased into more editing and other part time jobs to pay the bills. We still have a horse and I teach my daughter, but I don’t miss teaching in the heat and cold.

3) I write because I have lupus.

I was diagnosed after I got married, and lupus resulted in severe fatigue and arthritis among other symptoms. I needed rest time to make it through my busy day, and I didn’t want to admit it. So I picked up a manuscript I’d started writing in college and finished it. I then joined Romance Writers of America, and the rest is history.

4) I wrote my first book in 4th Grade.

I hated how Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien ended, so I wrote my own sequel. I filled a notebook and had a blast, creating characters and giving them a good ending.

5) My bio says I can juggle poorly…

And that’s true. I had always wanted to learn, and I have bad eye-hand coordination, so I took an adult ed class. The instructor also taught balloon making. I did “perform” at a family party doing face painting and making balloons. All the boys wanted swords. It was easy, but I’m not quitting my day job.

6) My guilty pleasure is soap operas.

Yep. Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful. I don’t always watch them, but it’s good fun to see who is doing who. You only have to watch once and a while to follow the characters. It’s fascinating!

7) I’m an introvert at heart.

My favorite thing to do is stay home with my family. I’m not big on movies, malls, or going out. I can deal with a small group, so I’ll meet a couple of friends now and then and do a quiet lunch. That’s as exciting as I get. I’m happiest when I can curl up with a dog at my feet and read or write.

8) I have struggled with my weight for eons.

Some of that as an adult is because of the lupus and the drugs I’m on to control it, but I’ve always been a chubby kid. I’m happy to say the doctors have worked with me to find a drug regimen that is starting to shake the weight, and I’ve been able to work on my food issues with Weight Watchers. It’s a great program that teaches life skills. I’ve lost fifty-five lbs so far, and I hope things continue in the right direction.

9) I love coffee.

I don’t drink it because of the caffeine. I LOVE coffee. I love the way it smells and tastes and the color. I drink Maxwell House Medium roast the most because it works the best in my Keurig. I like fat-free half and half (which sounds horrible but it’s lovely) and Equal.

10) Twisted Luck was written when I gave up writing.

It’s true. I’d suffered from writer’s block and depression and I had decided to just give up. Why keep banging my head against a wall when the muse refused to show up? And because I’m a pantser, that means I need the muse since I don’t plot much out. So I gave up, hung up my keyboard, and decided to take a break. A funny thing happened…the muse returned, the words flowed, and Twisted Luck was born.

When I told him to go to hell, I never realized it would be a trip for two.

All I wanted was luck—the good kind. I’d lost my job, a jerk hacked my bank account, and I caught my best friend screwing my fiancé. When stood up by my Internet date in a bar, I met the perfect man—tall, dark, and handsome in the most expensive suit. He was out of my league, but I didn’t want forever.

I barely remember the words he whispered under the veil of sin and seduction. I didn’t believe in Satan, God, Heaven or Hell. I thought he was kidding. A figment. A dream.

I was wrong. With one, breathless yes, my fate was sealed.

Businessman by day, demon by night, Leo Weston now owns my soul in exchange for good luck. Time is ticking as he works to secure my mother’s soul, too. Somehow, I have to take him down despite him being so damned gorgeous, glib, and devious. Will my gift of twisted luck be enough to save her and protect my heart?

Enjoy an Excerpt

“What would you give, Olivia, to have your revenge?” he asked.

“I don’t want revenge.” But honestly…I’d sell my soul for some good luck.

“What did you say?”

I frowned. “I don’t want revenge?”

“No, the other.”

“I don’t recall saying that out loud.”

He leaned closer and practically whispered, “Say it anyway.”

I licked my lips, unable to tear my gaze from his chocolaty one. “I—” I licked my lips again. “I’d sell my soul for good luck.”

“Would you?” He leaned forward on his elbows, interested and eager for my answer.

“Would you?” I countered, shocked by his words and that I’d even contemplate this to begin with. People didn’t sell their souls. I didn’t believe in God, Satan, hell, or heaven. When I was little, God hadn’t helped my mother or me when we’d needed him most. I sure as hell didn’t see any help on this horizon.

“I already did. Paid the piper, too.” Blatant honesty and sadness quirked in a slight smile.

Now I sat a little taller. Had this guy been through hell and back? No way could someone fake that look, the one of cold despair. I knew it too well. I had seen it on my mother’s eyes, viewed it in the mirror when I gazed at myself. I had thought Mr. Perfect hot and out of my league, but this…maybe this soft admission put him square in my playing field.

About the Author:Mia Downing started creating heroes at age four, but her heroes back then rode ponies to the rescue and only kissed her on the cheek. Today, Mia’s heroes still rescue those in need, but the price of their toys and the expertise of their seduction leads to a whole lot more. When Mia isn’t busy creating new stories for her readers she fills in as an underwear model for a prestigious lingerie company. She also lives in New England with her family, and enjoys horses and knitting.

Fun facts: Mia can juggle (poorly,) create balloon animals and face paint. She was the hit entertainment of two family parties. No clown suits were involved.

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Comments

  1. James Robert says:

    Thank you for the chance at winning!

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Audrey Stewart says:

    I really enjoyed reading your bio. I like how you said this book was written when you had given up writing. I am excited to read this.

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thaks for the chance to win 🙂

  5. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt.

  7. Mia Downing says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me! I really appreciate your time. Feel free to chat, everyone! I am in and out since it’s a hot day (almost 80 in CT) and I have a puppy to wear out. Enjoy!

  8. Victoria says:

    Great post, wow to #10! Goes to show you can never count out your passion even when it feels like it’s gone 🙂

    • Mia Downing says:

      Hi Victoria! I know, right? My muse had run off to some den of iniquity somewhere, doing god knows what. I’m glad he came back! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Bea LaRocca says:

    I loved the blurb and excerpt so I one-clicked the book. I’m looking forward to starting it either this evening or tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing your ten things. I too am an introvert who struggles with being overweight and am also an author, although I haven’t finished anything in a long time.

    • Mia Downing says:

      Thanks so much, Bea. I’m touched you one-clicked my book! I hope you enjoy. I think the most awesome thing about being an author is realizing everyone else in your industry is probably suffering from the same introvert issues.

    • Mia Downing says:

      And I wanted to add, please don’t stop writing. If the voices call, heed them. You don’t have to publish. Just write. 🙂

  10. Your list was fascinating, Mia. Congratulations on the weight loss! Losing that much weight is quite the accomplishment.

    Being a riding instructor must have been an exciting job. I love observing horses. You can learn so much about them by paying attention to their body language and which humans they do (and don’t) like to approach.

    And congratulations on your new book as well. It sounds good.

    • Mia Downing says:

      Thank you so much, Astilbe. I loved teaching riding! I still teach my daughter on her horse and help out with friends here and there. Horses are better than therapy.

      Thanks for stopping by and chatting. I apologize for not answering sooner. I had a family emergency.

  11. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    Your cover is amazing.

  12. Mia Downing says:

    I just wanted to thank Long and Short Reviews again for having me and apologize for not getting back here in a timely fashion. I spent the evening in the ER with my husband. He’s been admitted (not life-threatening) but it was not a fun night. Thank you to everyone for stopping by.

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