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Freebie Day #25 - Guest Author Delilah Marvelle!

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Today I'm thrilled to welcome good friend and very talented author Delilah Marvelle to the blog!

In her own words, Delilah says...

"I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. The reason why I write romance and will continue to write romance is because it allows me to touch upon the subject of love on a much deeper, more intimate level. Many of the stories I write, many of the stories I will continue to write, will always revolve around love. And yes, gentle readers, it will also revolve around sex as I have no intention of becoming my parents and restraining my characters from what it is they truly desire to do. I challenge you, my readers, to let loose of those corsets that have been strung too tightly due to convention and enjoy 1830 to its fullest."

Delilah's latest release is LORD OF PLEASURE:

Once upon a time, Alexander William Baxendale, the Earl of Hawksford, was known to all of London and its besotted women as the Lord of Pleasure. Those days of frolicking, however, come to an abrupt end when he inherits not only the estate, but all of his father's responsibilities, including five, overzealous sisters and a not-so-proper mother.

When Alexander meets the beautiful Lady Chartwell, he once again finds himself yearning for days of old. Left penniless by her philandering husband, Lady Chartwell survives financial ruin by turning to scandal and becoming the Conductor of Admissions to a school that educates men in the art of seduction. Alexander knows that desperate times call for desperate pleasures, but if he's lucky, it may very well lead him to a hell of a lot more.

"With a twist here and a turn there, Marvelle delivers a delectable 'lessons in love' romance tinged with just the right amount of love, laughter and sizzle." -Romantic Times

"If you thought Mistress of Pleasure was perfect...then Lord of Pleasure is whatever exceeds that..."
-Romance Junkies

Welcome, Delilah!

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1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
I love reading Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Shelley, Moliere, Shakespeare, and boy could I could go on and on. I also love to read historical romances and any non-fiction relating to British history, though in particular 1830 London, England. I feel all of these help me create a world that is tinged with just enough history to throw me into the world I need to write about. When you surround yourself with enough of it, you begin to believe you are part of it. Seriously.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
I am currently working on a new series I cam currently calling the Scandal series. It's all very hush, hush right now, but when it's contracted you won't be able to shut me up about it. I have no current upcoming releases as of yet, but I hope to change that soon.

(UPDATE: Since Delilah's agent outed her this week in Publisher's Weekly, I think I can pass this on...Delilah's new series she spoke about above sold to HQN in a three book deal just this week!!! Congrats, D!)

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
Someone told me I was a dirtier version of Julia Quinn, LOL. I'll take THAT compliment any day.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
When the kids are in school, I write during those hours they're away. When they're home for the summer, I write very early in the morning like from 4 a.m. until they wake up. I admit, though, that my best writing is done when no one is in the house and I'm all alone as I like to talk as I'm typing and read aloud as I'm revising, literally doing voices (I have a theatre background...) to help me get into the characters and their world.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
Wow. What a great question! There are so many characters I would have loved to have been but I'd say the Fairy Godmother from Cinderalla kicks butt. To be able to grant wishes and happily ever afters to those around me is what I want above all else. (Which is why I write romance.)

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Delilah has donated a copy of LORD OF PLEASURE to one lucky commenter. To be entered into the drawing, simply answer the following question...

What are your favorite books or stories from classical fiction?

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26Comments:

Blogger Cathi said...

I have always loved Greek and Roman mythology! I guess this is where my fascination with Homer started.

I also enjoy Shakespeare; one of my faves is Comedy of Errors, which reminds me of Pillow Talk and You've Got Mail.

7:25 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

I love old romances such as Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Kaylin McFarren said...

Congratulations on your three books deal, Delilah! Can't wait to read more of your fun romps. :)

-Kaylin

7:50 AM  
Blogger Morning Glow said...

I would have to say I'm stuck between Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. And this book looks amazing! I've been trying to snag myself a copy of it for a while now, haha.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Minnette Meador said...

Fabulous interview, ladies - About that fairy godmother; I also wanted to be her, about an hours worth of work, knarly powers, and being able to fly are all so appealing! M:o)

8:11 AM  
Blogger Armenia said...

My favorite classics are Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummers' Nights Dreams.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

My favorite is Jane Eyre. She was the first strong heroine that I discovered so she will always have a special place in my heart.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Hi Delilah,
Congrats on the new release. I'm looking forward to reading Hawksford's story. My favorite classics include Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" and "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

We read Jane Eyre in uni and I was smitten at once. I loved the book, best classic I have read...which doesn't say much since I have read like that one and P&P. A great heroine

11:00 AM  
Blogger Mari said...

My favorite classics are the Anne of Green Gables books and Jane Eyre. i like that they have happy endings.
Typically I don't read too many classics because in HS and in college that's what was assigned, and without fail, practically all of them had tragic endings. It's as if the more tragedy that the protagonists experience, the more literary critics and academics will applaud the books as brilliant.
Nowadays when I read for pleasure I mostly read books with a HEA.

11:52 AM  
Blogger joder said...

My favorites are Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I can't get enough of those two books!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Cheryl McInnis said...

My absolute favorites are the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia-they have fantasy, adventure, romance....everything that you could ever want to escape from reality!

1:59 PM  
Blogger booklover1335 said...

Well obviously Jane Austen, and while P&P remains a fav, as I get older I like Persuasion more and more. Then of course there are the Bronte sisters. Love them too :)

And if I were Delilah I would be very happy about being compared to JQ too! This would be my first DM book, but am definitely going to have to check her out after this.

cldivineATyahooDOTcom

4:08 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

The Taming of the Shew is one of my favorites.

7:03 PM  
Blogger alba said...

my classic favorites are Pride and Prejudice Jane Eyre, Little women, Congrats on the book deal cant wait to read them.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

This was probably alot of other people's answers (and who could blame them?) but my favorite classic is 'Pride and Prejudice'. I was spellbound by that book the first time I read it and continue to be so now. I love it!

I loved your answer on wanting to be the fairy Godmother, Delilah! Cinderella would have been nowhere without her ;)

9:56 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Anne of Green Gables is my favorite. Such a 'down to earth' story;

10:16 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

Hi Delilah I love your first book! i been trying to get my hands on this on lucky for me my mom loves your work too so we will be buying a copy but i love love love your work be awesome to win congrats on the release hugss


I have to agree with Cathi Mythology is fun tor ead id have to say i love pride and prejudice

i coud list a lot of them i love the illid ( spelling) along with brom strokers lost goe son and on the scarlet letter also good

10:34 PM  
Blogger Leanna Renee Hieber said...

My favourites are all things Greek Mythology! :)

Don't enter me in the contest, only because I already happily own Lord of Pleasure but I just wanted to say how GREAT this book (and its author) is!

11:27 PM  
Blogger Refhater said...

I really enjoy Shakespeare's Much ado about Nothing, Jayne Eyre, and The Scarlet Pinpernel.

4:46 AM  
Blogger kalynnick said...

The book looks good. Can't wait to read it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

I love Pride and Prejudice.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

11:48 AM  
Blogger *ina* said...

Congratulation to your new series!!! That sounds great.
Honestly, I have to say I liked the film about Pride and Prejudice, but the book was not one of my favorite ones *hide* I liked Crime and Punishment.
Best wishes,
Ina

1:18 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Pride and Prejudice of course but also Twelfth Night and As you Like it by Shakespeare

3:09 PM  
Blogger Mitzi said...

My favorite is Jane Eyre. I read it in grammer school and have never forgotten it. I loved your first novel and this one looks very good too!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Congrats on your new book deal!!
And I love, love mythology...I like to read about it in any form.

8:37 AM  

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