Pleasure Me With Two Romance Authors

>This past December Maggie Robinson’s book Mistress by Midnight was released. Coming March 1st (on the same day as Pleasure Me!) Margaret Rowe’s book Any Wicked Thing will be on shelves. But did you know that Maggie and Margaret are are Two Authors in one package! How is that for doubling down. LOL Please welcome Maggie, er Margaret, um Maggie, okay, just please welcome Maggie and Margaret for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Thanks so much to Monica for including me (or should I say us?) in her blog event. Yes, I am two people, because one of me simply is not enough. 

Last year I double-debuted with two historical romances one month apart, and this year I got a big breather—a release in January and one in March, LOL.

But believe me, I’m not complaining. At an age when many women are considering retirement, I’ve launched another career and could not be happier or more grateful.

People have asked what the difference is between my two writing personae, and to me there’s very little, except that Margaret is a bit edgier. Margaret can be a bit naughty. Don’t we all wish we had a Margaret in our lives to shake things up?
I grew up in a Long Island stucco bungalow, a nice suburban lower-middle-class girl. My dad worked in the post office and my mom was a housewife.

My life was—well, as I said, suburban. 

Normal. Boring.

Any Wicked Thing Ten years ago Sebastian Goddard, heir to the duke of Roxbury, had a night of reckless passion and was betrayed by his oldest friend Fredericka Wells. Devastated, he embarked on a new life of debauchery that earned him the nickname Lord of Sin. Now Sebastian has returned to find his estate in ruins, and Freddie more seductive than ever. He’s determined to pay her back in spades. But Freddie makes him an offer…she’ll be his mistress for a month if he’ll consent to sell her Goddard Castle. Sebastian plans to scandalize Freddie-to tease her every desire and leave her wanting. But his fiery-willed lover soon teaches him the past may not be what it seemed.
Mistress By Midnight

As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can’t forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he’s determined to make her his forever. There’s just one problem. Laurette keeps refusing his marriage proposals. Throwing honor to the wind, Con decides that the only way Laurette will wed him is if he thoroughly seduces her…

Laurette’s pulse still quickens every time she thinks of Con and the scorching passion they once shared. She aches to taste the pleasure Con offers her. But she knows she can’t. For so much has happened since they were last lovers. But how long can she resist the consuming desire that demands to be obeyed?

 When I was a teen, the big thing for my friends and me was to take the train into Manhattan on the weekends. We’d visit museums and hang out in Greenwich Village. I’m sure we looked exactly like who we were— clueless kids trying too hard to be cool. So my friend Joe came up with a scheme that would put us on the map—of Europe. All of us took advanced language class together, so we decided we’d only speak German in New York City and pretend to be true tourists. All I can say is that it was a good thing we never ran into anyone from actual Austria or we would have been outed in an instant.

But I found the faux-foreign thing to be useful as I got older. If someone was rude or made an improper advance on the subway, I’d let loose with a bunch of achtungs and auf wiedersehens. Nobody wanted to be an Ugly American to the poor little Deutschland dumpling. 

Of course nowadays I’d probably be asked for my papers or told to go back to where I came from, so I’m not sure my old method would work anymore. But it was convenient to act like I didn’t understand what was going on. Playing the dumb blonde is sometimes pretty smart.

Have you ever pretended to be something or someone you weren’t? Do you dress up for costume parties and take on a whole new personality? My heroine Frederica in Any Wicked Thing does—with disastrous consequences—but gets her very happy ending on the last page. 

Tell me about your own alter egos!

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About the Author

Margaret Rowe is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

65 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Two Romance Authors

  1. >Hi,Purslane,LOL!Love that you get to exercise another side!

    June M,I only wish my alter ego could get me OUT of trouble, but she only gets me IN.;)

    Kate!Yay to Lords (and Ladies) of Passion! Ooh, we should form a club:Ladies of Passion.

    Vonda, thanks so much. I do love the colors on my site. It was designed by Frauke Spanuth from Germany, and we had some interesting emails, fortunately in English!I've forgotten all the German I used to know.

    Nancy, you're probably smart to stick to one you.:)

    Chris, if you do, let me know how it turns out!

    Monica, thanks again! Good luck in the writing cave!

  2. >wow, thought my bestie and I were the only ones who did this. My alter ego is Purslane Hominy (from Love Song for Bobby Long) and hers is Scarlett Magnolia. Its gotten so bad, thats how friends at work address us, and we are attending a "Daddy's Girl Weekend" for readers and authors in March and have registered under these names. LOve IT


  3. >Hi Maggie/Margaret!

    I've never tried to pass myself off as someone else. It sounds like fun though maybe I'll give it a try sometime!

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  4. >Hi Maggie/Margaret!

    Sadly, no alter-ego for me. I'm just me. Never have tried to be someone who I'm not.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  5. >Hi Maggie! I had the pleasure of not only sharing a Brava anthology with Maggie, but getting to meet her in person at RWA where she turned out to be not only a great writer but a charming fabulous person. 🙂
    I think all my characters in my books are my other personas, which means I might just be a gay man inside. How awesome is that?

  6. >Maggie/Margaret:

    Interesting post. Sorry, no alter ego for me, instead, I read books and pretend to be the heroine.

    Looked at your websites. Loved the look — particularly the headers and footers. The Maggie Robinson header is incredible.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  7. >Wow!! What a great turn out!! Maggie, I'm so glad you came to visit today. It's obvious everyone had a great time chatting with you! Thank you so much for coming.

    I'm going back into hiding again as deadline looms like the grim reaper

  8. >Monica & everybody, thanks so much for all the comments today. I'm going to curl up now with my new nook and figure out which one of the too-many books I downloaded to start tonight. I'll check back in tomorrow morning. Happy reading to me and you!

  9. >Hmmm, I don't think I have enough ba%@s to pull something like that off (pretending to be someone else), but I do dress up for Halloween (if that count's). LOL No alter ego here. Just a plain ole', boring midwest girl. 🙂

    Carol B.
    ceb 0140 AT hot mail DOT com

  10. >Jeanette, girls just wanna have fun.:)

    Julie,I love small towns, but oh boy everybody knows everything.Good thing you got out of Dodge before your post office antics were mailed to everybody!

    June,I was once told on a job interview I was "too blonde." That was way before antidiscrimnation suits (and I was still natural,pre-gray).Now I'm just "too old,"LOL.

    Robin, I think a LOT of people have alter egos on the net.I know I'm way more with it when I type something instead of babble in person.:)

  11. >I feel like I have an alter ego whenever I go out to party with some friends because I just become this super happy and crazy person. I guess it's good to let go sometimes…


  12. >It was definitely small town S. Carolina and we were all only there for 6 months, so we had no worries we would have to live that conversation down. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  13. >My sister has always loved to play the "dumb blonde". Her soon to be ex-husband (thank god) never figured out in 20 years that she was not the dumb one in that marriage. She would purposely say stupid things because he treated her like she was stupid. As I said, thankfully he is her soon to be EX, don't know how she put up with him for this long.

  14. >I blog with my alter ego, she rocks. At times I find myself telling friends what "Intense" would do in any particular situation. They think I am nuts, but I know you all get it.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  15. >LOL,Julie!I once lived in a small town where gossip was believed way more than the truth. Some pople I knew used to say stuff just to see how far it would go..and it would go far! Regarding reunion stories, they seem to be my specialty. The novella coming out in August is one,I just finished writing another, and the book I'm working on now features people who knew each other but were not in love. Wonder what a psychiatrist would say?

    Ah, Karen, I had those white boots too, and my mother took up all my dresses.I was shameless.;)

  16. >Hi! I absolutely love stories where the characters knew each other before and then meet up again years later. Can't wait to read them!

    I never intentionally pretended to be someone else, but I had a great friend in South Carolina who ran into the post office ahead of me one time while I grabbed my letters. We had been talking about the crazy conversations you overhear sometimes.

    So, as I got into line behind her, she acted like we just happened to run into each other and asked me how my love affair was progressing since my man had been dragging his feet to the alter. I played along. 🙂

    Now both of us were, and still are, happily married but we had a hilarious time saying all the outrageous things we had heard from television, books, you name it, relating to getting your man to the alter, even faking a pregnancy. It was hilarious and while I think we scandalized everyone in that post office, fortunately, no one we knew happened to be there. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  17. >Hello Maggie/Margaret,

    Congratulations on the soon to be released books! Love the covers of both new books but especially 'Any Wicked Thing'. That one is outstanding.

    No alter ego for me…just a plain, 50's girl from Flint, MI. Except in the late 70's or early 80's, I wore a pair of white boots and micro-mini dress with the front split to the waist skirt and the matching hot pants to go new car shopping. That outfit got me a real good deal on a new car and the salesman asked me for a date! LOL

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

  18. >Sheree, all my life people have thought they knew me from somewhere.I have one of "those" faces, I guess.I met someone once who didn't like me because I reminded her of a friend who took her boyfriend away.I was innocent, I swear!

    Oh, booklover. Yes, I always think of the perfect thing to say about three hours too late,LOL.

  19. >I was confused for someone else for three years of college. After the first three corrections, I didn't correct the person so she was under the belief that I was a tennis playing dorm-mate.


  20. >My alter ego is smart and articulate…Oh, did I tell you she only exists in my dreams??

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  21. >June, you are philosophical and so right. We never really know what's going on with other people*cue evil music*

    Laura T,entered!

    Twins!Chris, I bet you guys were trouble.:)

    I hope I didn't miss anyone. That will teach me to leave the computer!

  22. >Pat, you sound like one super-busy woman!Lots of hats!

    Geishasmom, when my family travels, we operate on the "You'll never see these people again" principle–which means two things: be nice and make a good permanent impression, and if you do goof up,it's not like you'll be embarrassed every day, LOL

  23. >Lindseye, the devil is in the details!I can't keep my stories straight in fiction, and know I couldn't go undercover in real life. 🙂

    Stephanie, I feel pretty overwhelmed by large crowds. I know no one is really looking at me, but still…

    gamistress, my girls egg each other on in the fun/dressing-up department. I so enjoy watching them hang out together. I was an only child, so missed out on the sibling fun.

    Jordan and Danielle, I can't fib very well either, and believe me there have been times when I wish I could!

  24. >Maria, I've been so lucky w/my covers.Ican't wait to see Mistress by Marriage! (Sept 2011)

    Julie, you can't feel more clueless than I do today. If I told you all the dumb things I've done this morning alone, you would be shocked!

  25. >Sorry I was AWOL for a little bit. I went to Barnes & Noble with my old nook which had a bad download, and came home with a brand new nookcolor,LOL. I'm giving the "old" one to my husband. AND they asked me to sign stock there, which was such fun. I signed Mistress by Mistake, Mistress by Midnight and Lords of Passion & they slapped a signed by author sticker on. 🙂

    I see most of you are virtuous and not pretending to be somthing you're not. I'm pretty honest too, and not much of a liar unless there's a REALLY good cause, LOL. Thanks for commenting, everybody!

    Louisa, I know how you feel. I think we all compartmentalize ourselves and become who we are expected to be, especially at work. I had to quit my day job in a high school library before the kids started reading my hot books.*g*

    Catslady, I dressed up as a witch once and really enjoyed feeling evil.:)

    Laura, what would we do w/o our fantasies?The possibilities are endless…

    Cindy, I can tell you Freddie dresses up as a milkmaid and lives to regret it.

  26. >Only at Halloween lol. That's why I like to read – I get to share in the author's imagination and other worlds. With me it's usually what you see is what you get lol.


  27. >I'm too introverted to be someone other than I am. That would take a lot of courage and self-confidence, neither of which do I have in abudance. Now in my fantasies…TOTALLY different story! But that's between my and my fantasies….


  28. >Hmm…I don't think I've ever pretended to be someone that I wasn't. At least nothing comes to mind right now. But it would be fun to pretend! I can't wait to see what Frederica did to get herself in trouble! Gotta grab Any Wicked Thing!


    New York

  29. >I love the idea of completely embodying a different personality, but I don't think I'm mentally quick enough to be a grifter…as fun as the thought is!

    This is going to sound horrible, but pretending to be a lost/clueless/sad little thing generally garners a lot more sympathy than someone who is yelling. 😡

  30. >I am quiet around everyone but my closest friends and family. People are surprised when they see how much I can talk and be myself.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  31. >Hey Maggie/Margaret, big congrats on more books! 🙂 both sound like great reads.

    I'm generally the quiet type but with family & close friends the ornery side is likely to come out to wreck a little havic & fun. It is nice to know that I can still suprise my siblings on occasion after all these years 😉 makes it that much more fun 😉

    gamistress66 (at)
    aol (dot) com

  32. >I never try and pretend to be someone that I am not. I am not the best liar and someone would definitely see through my facade. Also, I can never keep a straight face.

  33. >I could never pretend to be someone else; I'm just not a good actor. Sometimes I pretend to be someone else in my head, but that's as far as it goes.

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com

  34. >I have never really liked dressing in costumes but do enjoy dressing up from time to time.

    I would love to win a book. I have not read anything by you yet but I plan to. When I find a new author I really like, I tend to buy all their work. I definately love to read!

  35. >I have been blessed with a physical alter ego and she happens to be my identical twin sister…

    rjofus(at)gmail(dot)com / NJ

  36. >Hi to Margaret, Maggie, and Monica,

    I'm so busy with all the roles I
    currently fill ( wife, mother,
    grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, neighbor, volunteer ) that
    I don't feel the need to find other
    alter egos. My life is full enough
    as it is!! LOL

    Pat Cochran

  37. >Hi Maggie/Margaret- very fun post!

    I've lived a very boring life! I don't have an alter ego and have never pretended to be anything other than what I am. I've got a couple of your books on my Kindle and look forward to reading them. Love the cover for your upcoming book:)

    US Resident

  38. >Hello ladies!

    The only time I really have an alter ego is when I travel. I get to tag along on my husband's international business trips. Because he is working during the day I am on my own. I have to be more confident and outgoing (which I'm not at home) in order to communicate. I also try to blend in as a local. I dress the way they do so I'm not targeted as a tourist. It's fun to step out of my comfort zone when I travel.

    I have Mistress by Midnight on my TBR shelf. I would love to win Any Wicked Thing!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  39. >I pretend to be someone else every day! I manage a bakery at our local Walmart in my day job. The person I have to be in order to do that job is completely different from who I really am, and especially different from the aspiring writer I so want to be. Everything from my thought processes to my speech is different.

    I did have lots of fun many years ago with a friend of mine. We had both studied Russian and when we went to a mall or a movie we loved being able to communicate in a language we were fairly certain not a soul in Tuscaloosa, Alabama understood!

    Then, of course, when I sang opera I got to dress up and pretend to be someone else every night. I played everything from the Queen of the Night, a vengeful sorceress to Lulu, a serial killing prostitute. And all singing at the top of my lungs. FUN !!

    LOVE your books Margaret/Maggie and can't WAIT to read the next ones!


  40. >I think everyone has parts of themselves taht they keep hidden from most of the world. We all have our "secrets" that most people do not know about, and that would probably shock most of the people in our lives.

    June M. in KY

  41. >Like the thought of dressing up but get bogged down in all the details.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com


  42. >Artemis, words to live by! Seize the day! I avoid dressing up now–in fact if I could I'd live in capris & flipflops. Unfortunately, it's a little too cold in Maine in the winter to do so. 🙂

  43. >Thanks so much, Virginia!Oh, how I envy you for your sewing skill.My mother was a dressmaker before her marriage, and she could make anything, and did. When my great-aunt died, my mother make dresses for me and herself out of Aunt Helen's curtains—shades of Scarlett O'Hara. I love vintage clothing and used to have a beautiful 30s satin blouse. Alas, I could not fit into it now.

    Kirsten, my husband's family is Scottish, and when my girls were little they all had Robertson plaid kilts.(the family changed their name. I think the Robertson reputation was something like "lazy but warlike,"LOL)

  44. >Good Morning to the 3 M's!

    Before I quit the Rat Race, it was heels and business attire five days a week. UGH! Now not so much. The closest I get to dressing up is dressy jeans, flirty top and a leather/pleather blazer or jacket. But I still like my bling to set things off – LOL! And costumes only when needed *wink*

    I find that as I get older, my naughtier side shows more often. Hey, we only live once!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Caolina

  45. >Hello to all the "M's"–Maggie, Margaret, and Monica : )

    Maggie, I loved your "Courtesan Court" series. Delightfully delicious, and wicked good fun! Margaret, I look forward to visiting your nicely naughty and noirish world in "Tempting Eden" and "Any Wicked Thing"!

    My costumed adventures all took place in my childhood. I have always had a very vivid imagination. I have a great interest in fashions and costumes. As a child, I loved to play "dress up". I was very fortunate to have clothing from my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother to use as my costumes. I loved to entertain and put on shows with my family as my "captive audience" : ) I am fascinated by clothes and fashions of all eras. I love to sew and work with fabric. I do needlework and embroidery, and have made a living at times through my crafts and custom sewing. I love clothing and costumes with lots of beautiful fabric, gathers, tucks, pleats, beadwork and artistic details. I also make cloth dolls and country critters, and they all have wonderful clothing : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  46. >I don't really have an alter ego. Occasionally I like to wear plaid and "pretend" to be Scottish, ususally round Christmas time. But I don't change who I am or my name. And when asked I always explain it's sort of a costume, not a heritage.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com

  47. >Kris & Andrea-We've got a lot in common. I don't think I could pull off a transformation now anyway, LOL. I yam what I yam, to quote Popeye.

    Woo, Romance Girl! I'm all for whatever works. 😉

    Anon, isn't it great that we can be transported away by books and movies?I've actually learned a lot about other occupations through the eyes of romance characters.Nora Roberts in particular really does employment/careers well.

    April, thank you so much! I loved writing Midnight, altho I wanted to slap Con around a little for being so clueless, LOL. I know, I know, I wrote him but he didn't always behave as he ought. But he was pretty single-minded, and got what he wanted in the end. Yay!

    Nikki, I refer to the squirrels in my mind all the time.I don't know how dark it is in there, but it's pretty busy.:)

  48. >In real life, I'm myself and don't pretend to be someone else. But, in my imagination, I'm whoever I happen to be watching or reading about.

    I've been a martial arts fighter, high-powered executive, model, singer…

  49. >I haven't ever pretended to be someone else. Except maybe in my mind. That place is dark and scary 🙂

  50. >Good morning everyone! Margaret,I have read "Mistress by Midnight"and have to highly recommend to readers.As for "Any Wicked Thing",have it on my BTR list.I have no alter ego,I am who I am dull,and boring, I suppose but happy anyway.Never pretended to be something or someone I am not.But having said that,I do enjoy hiding away in a good book.
    Have a wonderful day.


  51. >*waving* Good morning, Maggie/Margaret! Congrats on your latest releases!

    Alas, I suppose I'm normal and boring because I've never pretended to be someone I wasn't. I just don't have the guts to do it. And that's why I read about people who do! *g*

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  52. >good morning monica and maggie!
    I have to say I never pretend to be who I'm not because I wouldnt be good at it I am mostly just exactly what you see. and older woman who works and reads and thats about it. I don't do much on the outside of either of those and when I want to pretend something else thats whenI get into a really good book! 😉 since I don't have much imagination I leave that to the authors I love to read!

    congrats on your upcoming release! your books look like fun!
    Kris b indiana

    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  53. >I like to be someone else with my husband. I love vampires and be one with my present husband. He loves it. He actually bought me a costume. It is called a sexy vampire fairy. (Yeah, believe it or not!) Complete with wings. I bought a pair of black steletto over the knee boots to go with it and I am another person. Will say no more!!!

  54. >Good morning all you earlybirds Monica, Linda,Barbara,Mary and Maureen!I hope you have a great Monday and week ahead.Monica, your Pleasure Me event has been so great–hope you have fun with the rest of it. Can't wait to read your book!

    Love the stories!Mary, the Goth bit was funny.I remember taking my kids to England for the first time (we lived in Maine, where plaid & beards are the thing) and they saw Goth kids for the first time…I had to tell them not to stare and be polite, LOL.

    Maureen, I used to work in NYC, and remember all my business clothes.Boy, did I dress, heels and all. No more!

    Lindalou, I actually took a square dancing class in college as part of my 2 year phys ed requirement!I bet they don't offer that amnymore.

    Barbara, I dressed as a Viagra victim the last time I went to a costume party, with a pillow stuffed under my dress and a doll pinned to my shoulder.I got so hot the pillow had to go.:)

    As I was lying in bed last night,I realized I should have added, if you've never pretended to be something you weren't, who would you like to be for just one night?

  55. >Good Mrning Maggie, Margaret and Monica,

    Very interesting question. I've really only done that a few times. A few years ago I met an online group of people that liked to go out to watch Horror movies once a month and me being the Horror movie fanatic that I am, I was thrilled to find a group of people to go do this with.

    After talking with them I was told they all dress the part as well….We all dressed very…Goth. Black clothes, dark make-up, gothic style jewelry and accessories..the whole bit.

    It was pretty funny to see the stares and looks from other people when they saw a group of about 10 people all goth'd out walking down the isle.

    One time afterwards we went to the grocery store to get the fixings for banana splits to make at one of the guys houses and you could see the manager stiffen up and give the security guard a 'look' as we all walked in. It was pretty funny.
    nevada, USA

  56. >Hi Maggie/Margaret,
    I think that sounds like fun, pretending to be foreign tourists in Manhattan. When my friend and I were in high school we dressed in our fanciest clothes when we went into Manhattan with my mother so we could pretend we worked there.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  57. >Good morning, Maggie, Margaret & Monica! I never really got into the costume party thing… but I love to watch others who do. I did use to square dance and round dance and got really into making our (I was married then) own costumes… I even made my own petticoats and underwear so that everything matched. Please enter me in your drawing!
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  58. >I was never adventurous enough to try to pass myself off as someone I wasn't it…I think I missed out.

    Do love a good costume party however and will expend much effort and $$ to get the costume 'just right'!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com

  59. >Morning! I've notified Maggie that her post is live, and I'm sure she'll be here as soon as she can. In the meantime, enjoy her great post!