M I A H A R L O W E
on superpowers and The Madness of Lord Westfall
Welcome all you lovely people! I hope you're having a delightful morning. Today we're going to listen to Mia talk about the top five superpowers she wish she would have. AND THEN we're going to look at her newest book that has a regency lord with powers other than human. *squeals*
It sounds so good.
Have you ever wanted to be able to do something beyond your normal abilities? Me, too. (Being able to twitch my nose like Samantha the Witch and have my house miraculously clean itself comes to mind!) But seriously Jackie has asked me to share what top five “abilities” I would choose if I could.
Empathy: I always envied Deanna Troy, the empathy from Star Trek, Next Gen. She always had a window into the souls around her and knew how to help them. I wish I could sense how people are feeling. It would make me a better friend and probably a better person. When we know what’s going on inside someone else, it builds a connection between us because we’ve likely felt that way some time, too.
Healing: Who hasn’t wished for the ability to touch someone and have disease leave their body? It would be such a blessing to be able to heal people miraculously. But since I’m not likely to be gifted with the healing touch any time soon, I’ll have to rely on prayer and our wonderful doctors, nurses and medical researchers.
Teleportation: Let me preface this by saying I love to travel. I’ve visited 49 states and ticked off a number of countries around the globe. But whoever said getting there is half the fun, never flew coach for 14 hours! If I could “think” myself someplace else, I surely would. Imagine being able to visit the Louvre and then zip home to sleep in my own bed that night!
Language: I would love to be fluent in multiple languages. I know just enough to get myself in trouble in French, German, Italian and Spanish, but not enough to have a real conversation. Some scientists claim we think in images at the most basic level, but I believe a person’s thoughts are framed by their words. Knowing someone’s language is the first step to knowing them.
The ability to breath underwater: Yes, if I had the discipline and athletic ability, I could learn to scuba. My oldest daughter earned her certificate and recently celebrated a birthday by swimming with the whale sharks at the Atlanta Aquarium. But I’m talking about just being able to breathe like a fish. No tanks, no gauges, no limits. It would be as liberating as being able to fly without a plane and the closest thing to being weightless without leaving the planet.
Of course, some of the characters in my Order of the M.U.S.E series don’t have to wonder what extra ability they’d like to have. They already have it. For example, Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall, the hero in THE MADNESS OF LORD WESTFALL, is able to hear the thoughts of those around him. But it’s not as much of a blessing as you might think. “Hearing voices” landed him in Bedlam and he was only released on the Duke of Camden’s insistence. Now Westfall serves the duke’s Order, whose purpose is to protect the royal family. Unfortunately, the thoughts of the woman he loves sound a lot like treason.
Hope you enjoy my band of Regency Extraordinaires!
Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall is mad. Everyone knows it. He fell from a tree when he was a boy and woke to hear strange voices. When the voices grow stronger as he grows older, his family commits him to Bedlam. But what he hears are the thoughts of those around him—a gift to be used in service to the Order of the M.U.S.E. Until he falls again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman.
Lady Nora Claremont hides her heartbreak behind the facade of a carefree courtesan. Viscount Westfall is the most confusing man she’s ever met. He seems to know exactly what she wants...and what she's thinking.
Which is a dangerous thing, because what Nora wants is Pierce.
And what she's thinking could expose her as a traitor to the crown...
A B O U T M I A
Mia’s work was featured in the Best of 2010 issue of PEOPLE magazine. One of her books was on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. The RITA nominated author has over 25 books in print with more on the way! For more info, please visit her website!