Good morning, Deb and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Deb Marlowe?


Thanks so much for having me, ladies!  I’m thrilled to be back!  Hmmm . . . Well, I’m a wife, mom to 2 hungry, busy, teenage boys, and an author of Regency Historical Romance.  I love throwing my characters into a mystery or an adventure.  It’s a lot of work facing your demons, falling in love and getting yourself out of peril, too, but I love to give them the sort of happy endings that makes up for it.  


I adore history, good movies and men in boots.  I like pina coladas and getting caught in the . . . wait . . .  nevermind.  J


MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romance,Regency,why that era?


I’m a major history geek.  I like learning about it every day and I love making history come alive.  The Regency era is wonderful to write because it is full of conflict, societal changes, historical figures that are larger than life, plus, you know . . . men in boots.  J


MBA&M: What inspired you to write “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick”,if anything?


Braedon and Chloe are both hiding behind masks.  They are very different sorts of masks, but I wanted to explore a journey where the characters take the huge risk of exposing themselves, facing and learning their true selves, for the sake of love.  It makes for hard decisions and some hard moments too, but I think it’s that much more satisfying in the end. 


MBA&M: What kind of research goes into writing historical romance and where do you get most of your material(s)?


Research is one of the best parts of writing historical romance—and really helps in taking both me and my readers out of our everyday worlds and into the past. 


I read a lot of research books and belong to several historically oriented loops.  Sometimes it’s something specific that I’m looking up for a plot or scene, and sometimes it’s just a little nugget that pops out of a book or you see online.  Occasionally it’s that unexpected knowledge that becomes the basis for something fun in a book!


MBA&M: How do you feel the internet helps authors and readers connect?


I think authors and readers have reached a sort of connection today that has never been achieved before.  I love my fabulous newsletter peeps.  We do fun contests together and they amaze me with their stories and opinions.  Authors are easy to find and connect with on Facebook and Twitter.  I know not everyone is comfortable with so much interaction, but for the most part people are lovely.

MBA&M: What are your comfort foods?


Chex mix and my mom’s ham casserole.

MBA&M: Living in a small town,or not so small if you know the area,we are nearly neighbors as a matter of fact. How do the residents preceive you as an author? Are they camped on your doorstep,following you around,going through your trash,and such oddities? If so, how does this affect your family?


We are practically neighbors!  I’m not sure why we don’t see each other more.  J  I’m LOL at the thought of anyone camped out on the doorstep.  No one gives a hoot about my garbage except for the possums who go on a determined, nightly raid. 


No, my friends and neighbors are mildly interested in my career.  Some of them read my books, which is wonderful and strange at the same time.  They get a charge out of seeing my books at Walmart or the bookstore.  One thing that has been nice—this is such a great area to live in.  It’s easy to get around to the different smaller communities as well as Raleigh.  I’ve met some people online and then had the opportunity to get together for coffee and lovely romance talk!


MBA&M: In “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick” which character, who do you identify with most and why?


In this particular book, I think I identify with Chloe Hardwick the most.  I’ve never gone to the extremes that she has to hide myself away, but I have reached several crossroads in my life—the sort at which you know that your decision is going to forever change your life—and the sort where you once and for all have to decide what kind of person you are going to be.


MBA&M: What is on the horizon for Deb Marlowe?


I am currently writing the second book in a new series.  Details to follow.


MBA&M: What is your biggest regret as an author?Why?


Not starting to write sooner.  I look back and know I could have found a way to make it happen, if only I had known how much I would enjoy it.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick” is available?


Please visit my website at or find me on Facebook and Twitter.  I love to talk books, TV and movies.  I’m addicted to story telling in all its incarnations! 


Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick should be available wherever Harlequin Historicals are sold, both in brick and mortar and online bookstores. 

Thanks so much for having me!

You are so welcome and thank you for spending with us and our readers today!!





Mass Market Paperback:288 pages

Publisher:Harlequin (May 22, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0373296934

(from the author’s website)

      Efficient Spinster or Desirable Woman?

       Adopting the guise of a buttoned up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick.  But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned!  Yet he sees her only as his assistant–the efficient Hardwick–not as Chloe the Woman.

       Determined to escape Braedon’s cold detachment, Chloe leaves.  And when he pursues her to London, determined to entice her back, Braedon is utterly unprepared for what he find there–the real Chloe Hardwick . . .

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  I’d love to give away a copy of Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick to one of your readers.  So I’ll turn the questions I’ve answered around on you—answer any of the above for me—what’s your favorite comfort food?  Any regrets?  Are people or possums invading your garbage can?  A randomly chosen commenter will win a signed copy of UMH!


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Thank you for taking the time to spend with our wonderful guest,Deb Marlowe today!!



  1. Thanks for the informative interview. My favorite comfort food is ham and homemade scalloped potatoes. Yum!!

    This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Chloe and Braedon.


  2. Favorite comfort food – Roast chicken w/mashed potatoes & gravy, plus fresh steamed green beans (& biscuits w/ honey) – mmmm!

    Regrets? that I didn't pursue my interests in books & history rather than work in corporations

    That's why I love books like yours.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  3. I love the title! It made me smile as soon as I saw it. Sounds like a really good story also.

    My comfort food is Chicken Broccoli Casserole. I could founder myself on it. As for regrets, I have none because everything I've went through in life has brought me to where I am now.

  4. Good thing there are so many history geeks out there. We keep historical romance going! =)

    Favorite comfort food, hands down home made peach pie. My fave thing to make too, so win win!

  5. My favorite comfort food is pizza, or really anything with cheese on it. I have regrets, there are things I wish I had done differently in my life, but I try not to dwell on them. And no, there is no one getting into my garbage can, I keep it in the garage until the night before trash day, and it has a tight lid so no critters can open it.

    Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it. The cover is fabulous, it really goes well with the title.

  6. Hello All!

    I'm so sorry, I've been without internet today! I love hearing about your comfort foods, your lives and your garbage cans! 🙂 Keep them coming!

  7. Ice cream is my go to comfort food. No one can get into my garbage can unless they can get into my garage and if they can we have a huge problem here.

    countessofmar(at)yahoo(dot) com

  8. My favorite comfort food is Lasagna. I love most Italian foods, but Lasagna is definately my favorite.

  9. Great interview and I'm looking forward to your new project. I can certainly relate to that regret, but hey we'll catch up, right? Good luck!

  10. Deb ~ I already have this book, so there's no need to enter me in the giveaway. BUT I just wanted to say how amazing this book is. For anyone who doesn't know, Deb read from Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick this last week at Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham, and both she and the excerpt were awesome!

  11. Great interview, thanks for sharing with us!

    You have two hungry teenagers, a bottomless pit for sure.

    I have a son who was a bottomless pit as well as his three best buddies. They were always poking their heads in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. I use to tease his friends and tell them they are going on my taxes because they are always at my house and are eating ALL of my food!! Not counting all of the sleepovers.

    I have no problems with pesky animals in my garbage, but I do feed some rabbits that hang out in the fields behind our house. They are so tiny and adorable.

    My comfort food is Chicken Mole with rice. Mole is a chocolate sauce with spices and it's so yummy! Mainly this dish is my comfort food because I always remember my ma and grandma making it. I think it's all the wonderful memories from those days that makes chicken mole my favorite. I get a warm wonderful feeling deep down and of course a tummy full of goodness!!

    Wishing you the best with your books!

  12. My comfort food is mashed potatoes and pistachio ice cream (but not together). I once had a stalker who followed me from book signing to book signing. It was weird. I enjoy making connections with my fans, but not in that manner.

    I enjoyed the excerpt from which you read on Wednesday night.

  13. I have the same regret as you, Deb–that I didn't start writing romances sooner!

    My comfort food is probably pizza, but I also love mac and cheese. Mmm, mac and cheese …. be right back …. 🙂

  14. Oooh, you guys have some great comfort foods! I spent the day today at a fun but hot family reunion and just finished it off with a big frozen strawberry marquerita. That may be my new comfort food! 🙂

  15. No need to include me in the drawing–just wanted to say that I just finished Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick and loved it–Chloe and Braedon are wonderful characters and I thoroughly enjoyed their story! Thanks for writing such a terrific book, Deb!

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