Take You To Another World Contest Day #5 – Margaret Rowe/Maggie Robinson

Today we’ve got the fabulous Margaret Rowe/Maggie Robinson talking about her newest release, Tempting Eden (I LOVE THIS COVER!)

Congrats to Lauren on her upcoming releases, and thanks so much for the chance to promote my Margaret Rowe June Berkley Heat debut book Tempting Eden, an erotic, very noir Regency Noir (with a well-deserved happy ending, of course).

When the prologue came to me, I was at the end of writing kind of a slap-stick romance spoof (unpublished, but maybe someday…). How my brain could go from good clean fun to dark dirty despair is a bit of a mystery, but there you have it. I write lighter-yet-still-hot Regency romances as Maggie Robinson, and my natural voice tends to be laced with humor. Tempting Eden was definitely not amusing. The crit group I shared snippets of my writing with thought it might be “the one,” and they were right. Tempting Eden got me my fabulous agent and my first sale.

It also made me examine my dubious grasp of psychology and sex. It became paramount to me to make sure Eden’s submission mixed with strength made sense. At my editor’s suggestion, I ripped apart the last third of the book, and it was Eden herself who steered me in the right direction. She had become so real to me, and I was so sorry for putting her through so much crap, LOL.

Eden had been pushed too far, and her hero Hart discovered he had not pushed himself far enough. One of the taglines for the book is “the perfect gentleman and the imperfect woman who makes him forget all his good intentions.” Many characters in fiction tend to be all good or all bad, but most people are an uncomfortable mix in real life. I’m a firm believer in redemption—that you can make mistakes, but the mistakes don’t have to make you. There are always second and third—or more—chances, if you believe in yourself. Like Scarlett O’Hara said, perhaps delusionally, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

All of us have the power to effect change—we’re the authors of our own lives. What would you like to change tomorrow? I’ll give away a copy each of Margaret Rowe’s Tempting Eden and Maggie Robinson’s Brava debut Mistress by Mistake and some other swag to one commenter below!

41 comments to “Take You To Another World Contest Day #5 – Margaret Rowe/Maggie Robinson”

  1. Christy M
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:02 am · Link

    There are too many things i would like to change. child abuse, gulf oil spill, basically anything that hurts people. i wish everyone could be happy and healthy….a slightly big change.

  2. Bonnie Ferguson
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:36 am · Link

    One trait I’d like to change, and it’s a work in progress, is how hard I am on myself, i.e. perfectionism. There’s a point at which it becomes counterproductive.

    Have a great weekend! :mrgreen:

  3. Caitlin U
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:36 am · Link

    I would change that people didn’t have to work for money but in a job they want. Lots of my friends just graduated and now looking for jobs and money is an issue.

  4. CrystalGB
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:59 am · Link

    If I had the power to change things that would effect lots of people, I would change health insurance so it would cover all medical issues.

  5. Amy Kathryn
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:09 am · Link

    For myself, I would change my focus level. For a widespread change, I would take on tolerance and judgement.

  6. Nikki
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:36 am · Link

    I would like to change the way my family sees me. Since I moved away from them at age 19; even ten years later they still see me as that 19 yr old. On a larger scale I would like to change the way that people treat others.

  7. Linda Henderson
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:42 am · Link

    I would like to change things health-wise for my granddaughter. She has a bad skin condition and is not gaining weight like she should. I’d like to make her all better.

  8. Blanche
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:14 am · Link

    If I could change things in a very big way it would be to end World hunger!

    For me personally, I’d like to change the fact that I can never ever say no which often leads to me feeling very used at times!

  9. elaing8
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:36 am · Link

    for myself I would like to change my job. Just not alot around here right now.

  10. Cheryl McInnis
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:46 am · Link

    I would like to change my horrible eating habits! I always skip breakfast, usually skip lunch and drink coffee all day. Then I end up munching on junky stuff all night. This was all fine when I was 20 but now I’m 35, with two kids now and I have to set a better example. 😕

  11. Fran
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:00 am · Link

    For myself I would like to change my grumpiness 🙂 On the bigger scale I would like to end all evil…

  12. Roni Griffin
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:31 am · Link

    In my own life, I’d change my procrastinating nature. : )

    Congratulations on your debut!

  13. Booklover1335
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:13 am · Link

    Hi Maggie/Margaret,

    I agree with Lauren, I love Tempting Eden’s cover!

    If I could changed one thing about my or my life right now I think it would be my occupation. Work to live, not live to work….to make sure that I take time out of every day to enjoy and be thankful for my life instead of at times taking things for granted.

    If we are talking globally and I could have one wish granted, I would wish that they could fix that oil spill in the gulf…it’s tragic what BP has allowed to happen there.

  14. Leni
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:17 am · Link

    Start a new career and do more of the things that I enjoy and learn new hobbies.

  15. Chelsea B.
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:21 am · Link

    I don’t know….Perhaps change the way people judge others so quickly? End world hunger? It would definitely be something I would have to think on 🙂

  16. Marlene Breakfield
    June 25th, 2010 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I would stop abuse of any kind.

  17. Tori [Book Faery]
    June 25th, 2010 at 12:27 pm · Link

    Too many to list! I’d like to end this oil spill first and foremost, and bring back all the wildlife that has unfairly suffered.

    For me personally? I would like to get my first draft finally finished

  18. Julie
    June 25th, 2010 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Man, what would I change? I’d change oil so that it wasnt harmful, yet still useful. On a personal level – I’d be more confident.

  19. Tracey D
    June 25th, 2010 at 12:57 pm · Link

    I would like to change how everyone treats each other. What has happened to kindness and respect to our fellow human beings.

    But before I change others, I must look at myself and change my own flaws, first.

  20. Virginia C
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Wow! What a great question at this time in my life! I will turn 52 next month, but in my heart, I am still 22! I have been unemployed, through no fault of my own, since last November. I live in a very small town with few job opportunities. I don’t take time off even when I am sick, I have a good brain and a great attitude about life! What would I change? I’d wake up on Monday morning bright and early and head out to the best job that I’ve ever had! I’ve always put more than 100% into any job I’ve had–that’s the way I was raised. My grandfather told me that a person should always do their best on the job, whether they were a janitor or the president of the company. I would love to have a job where I could promote literacy, especially for young girls and women. Being literate is empowering, and it enables informed decision making. It “literally” lights up your life!

  21. Fedora
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Great reminder of the power we hold! I’m working on changing my mindset towards things–that when we keep too much, the stuff itself prevents us from enjoying what we have. And globally? I’d love for everyone to remember that s/he is not the center of the universe…

  22. Jamie
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:31 pm · Link

    If I had to change something about myself it would be to stop being so introverted. I want to be able to stand up and say what I think instead of just keeping my mouth shut and standing in the background.

    But if we are talking change on a bigger scale… it would have to do with stopping child abuse or abuse of any kind really.

  23. Daniela C.
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:42 pm · Link

    I’d like to change time! There is never enough time for anything.

  24. Lori
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:46 pm · Link

    No fair making me think and be deep on a Friday!

    Right now I’d love to change all politicians so that they would honestly do what is right for their constituents (both here in the US and globally). Then we could address things like world hunger, unemployment, people who can’t see a doctor when they need it – all over the world.

  25. INCiDeNT
    June 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm · Link

    My determination to see things through. To forge ahead, actually do things rather than procrastinate. But also, to know when to let loose a bit.

    Globally – To protect the wildlife near extinct and end abuse of any form.

  26. Jane
    June 25th, 2010 at 2:19 pm · Link

    It would be nice if people would stop being rude to each other. I already have both of Maggie’s book, so no need to enter me.

  27. Heather S
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:20 pm · Link

    If I could change anything about myself I wish I wish I was more outgoing. I am extremely shy and know I miss a lot of exciting opportunities because of that.

  28. Eva SB
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:53 pm · Link

    I should have listened to my math teacher and studied computing.
    By the time I realised how much I liked working with them I didn’t have time to make them my career.

  29. Sue R
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I would have schedule my summer activities better.

  30. steph j
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:27 pm · Link

    I would love to find time to take my kids on the month long camping vacation that we have been planning for years now.

    In a bigger scope the oil spill. This farce effects so many people I know and love. My family is from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

  31. Joder
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I’d like to change the health care system. You shouldn’t have to work yourself to the bone and still not be able to financial get sick. You should be able to take care of yourself before you get sick too.

  32. Mary
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:55 pm · Link

    If I could I would change the way my brother’s were raised and how they feel about their lives. I would change both of their lives for the better if I was able.

  33. Casey
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:17 pm · Link

    I would change my sex life. It’s ice cold right now, and if I could change it, I would change it to burning hot (but alas I haven’t found a guy with enough balls for me). 😉

  34. Diane Sadler
    June 25th, 2010 at 6:20 pm · Link

    What would you like to change tomorrow?
    For everyone to remember that family is the most important thing in your life, not money or work.

  35. Mariska
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:01 pm · Link

    What i would like to chance tomorrow, my family love life, it seems drier nowadays, kindda make me sad 😥

  36. Cecile
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Are you kidding me….. Change tomorrow… How about one person… if we change one person at a time….
    Thanks for the chance!

  37. Armenia
    June 26th, 2010 at 12:30 am · Link

    I’d love to have our health experts find some cure or fix for Autism. So many of our kids are harmed and we just don’t know why.

    That one was hard for…so many families are affected by it.

  38. Stacey Smith
    June 26th, 2010 at 12:48 am · Link

    I’m trying to make a change right now in my life I’m trying to get my own place and stop taking care of my drunken mother all the time and then maybe she will learn to pick her self up and stop acting like she does.I hope so I’m tired of picking her up all the time and her doing it all over again the next day. 🙁

  39. Mitzi H.
    June 26th, 2010 at 1:41 am · Link

    If I could change something, I think it would the early deaths of my parents. I would love for them to be here to enjoy the grandkids with me.

  40. Lindsey Ekland
    June 26th, 2010 at 4:49 am · Link

    I would be more confident in my decisions being the right choices for me.

  41. JenM
    June 26th, 2010 at 8:56 am · Link

    On a world scale this is an overwhelming question, but on a personal level, if I could change one thing tomorrow it would be my allergies. I’m allergic to both cats and dogs, which means no pets allowed and I want one so badly.