It's our pleasure to welcome the Delilah Marvelle Night of Pleasure Blog Tour to The Romance Dish! Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year. When she isn't writing, she's digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that never made it into college textbooks. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com and connect with her online at Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for Delilah's newsletter here.
Welcome, Delilah! Please tell our readers what they can expect from Night of Pleasure.
Night of Pleasure, which is part of my School of Gallantry series, is about the charming Viscount Banfield who is smitten with his fiancée to the point of being stupid. The fact that it’s an arranged marriage lends a different angle. Instead of taking the route of an arranged marriage where the couple can’t stand each other, I took it to the other extreme. The hero adores his fiancée to the point of him not knowing what to do with himself. It made for a hilarious, quirky relationship. The heroine, Clementine Grey, is overwhelmed by all the attention and is usually the quiet girl who prefers to be independent. His extreme adoration helps her grow her own passions while teaching him something he never quite had: patience.
What would you like readers to understand about Derek and Clementine?
That their relationship has a lot of my own relationship woven into it. Naturally, I won’t give away in what ways and how (hey, that’s personal, lol), but I draw a lot of my insights on relationships from the one I’m in. And Derek and Clementine are no exception. After nineteen years of marriage, there are a lot of stories to tell about love!
What do you like most (and least) about being a writer?
I love that my writing has allowed me to meet people I normally wouldn’t have met had I gone into a different field. From my writing friends who make up 99% of my friends to my readers who are just a joy and who genuinely love reading as much as I do. What do I like least about being a writer? The time it takes away from my family. Writing is a full time commitment and sometimes it eats into too much time from the people I love most. So I do my best to balance it.
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
That if I had a chance to do it all over again, I’d actually be a race car driver (vroom!). Seriously. I’ve always had a thing for racing cars at high speeds. And maybe one day, I’ll invest in a car and do it as a hobby. Fortunately, I don’t apply it to my everyday driving, lol. I haven’t gotten a single speeding ticket (knock on wood).
What's next from Delilah Marvelle?
Master of Pleasure, which is the final book in the School of Gallantry series that will be a bridge to my upcoming series, The Whipping Society that will further expand the world. Super excited to write Lord Brayton’s story. His backstory is intense (won’t give it away, lol) and that will lend to an equally intense relationship that will change his twisted life and make him into who he always wanted to be: the guy next door. Can’t wait to finish it!
Readers, tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you.
One randomly chosen person leaving a comment will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
One randomly chosen person leaving a comment will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand...
Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey.
To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.
Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charasmatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.
Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realizes his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.
I bought this as an ebook and can't wait to read it, Delilah. I also really loved ROMANCING LADY STONE. :)ReplyDelete
As for surprising about me? I worked for over 20 years on a locked Psych unit...and met my hubby there. And no, he wasn't a patient. LOL
As for surprising about me? I worked for over 20 years on a locked Psych unit...and met my hubby there. And no, he wasn't a patient. LOLDelete
Marcy, you have to know that's the first thought that popped into my mind! lol
Hi Marcy!!! Thank you so much for the book love!!! So thrilled you enjoyed Romancing Lady Stone and hope you enjoy Night of Pleasure. Wowza about how you and your hubby met! Oh, the stories you two must have, lol. Goes to show you true love doesn't always arrive the way you expect it to :) Thank you for posting Marcy!Delete
NIGHT OF PLEASURE does sound wonderful.ReplyDelete
One thing: I'm actually rather shy, but I don't seem to come across like that.
I would not have guessed that, Mary! :)Delete
Hello Mary! Bless your heart for admitting to your shyness. I had a friend who was terribly shy to the point of her crying by the time she was done with her day. Something tells me you aren't in THAT category, lol. Being shy can be hard if you don't know how to deal with it. Sounds like you've got your shyness by the throat ^_^Delete
Hmmm, good question - while I am not Mrs. Houskeeper re cleaning the house, I don't like leaving the house with an unmade bed and the lint on my den rug drives me crazy. I could vacuum it 2x a day - I don't tho' - LOL.ReplyDelete
Pat, you'd never make it in my house. My sweet dog sheds hair as fast as I can vacuum. Sometimes faster! lolDelete
Hi Pat! I totally get that! When the house is messy, I feel messy, *especially* when leaving the house! My husband would love you :)Delete
Thank you for hosting Delilah!ReplyDelete
Our pleasure, Kati!Delete
As marvelous Kati already said, Thank you PJ for hosting me! I finally figured out how to post. I had to jump on a different computer. Apparently, my Mac did not want to post anything to your site...I'm going to have to have my husband try to figure that one out, lol. Just know that my writing computer loves you and is letting me post! Yay! So thank you!Delete
Something about me-I started writing a book about six months ago and it was going really good, but I have not had the time between work and other things at home. I want to pick it back up, but I am registering for classes to finish my Bachelors Degree. I am a little behind at 35 years old.ReplyDelete
Ann, congratulations on going back for your Bachelors degree! It's never too late to go back to school and finish that book!Delete
Hello Ann! Congrats on so many turning points in your life! There is never such a thing as being behind. You're only behind if you never get around to doing it! So congrats on your degree AND for starting to write a book. Once you start writing, the game is over, lol. You're hooked. Super excited for you!!!Delete
I guess it would be that I am terrified of butterflies. Yes, I know. Stupid, huh? I think my phobia stems from those summer nights as a kid when a moth would get in the house and do a crazy fly-around. I had to hide under a blanket until someone "got" it. Yuk. Gives me the hebbie-geebies!ReplyDelete
However, what I LOVE is books and reading. Delilah, your new novel sounds fabulous and your comments about it at the interview made me chuckle. I'm looking forward to reading it. Congratulations!
Connie, I guess we all have to be afraid of something but, I have to say, I think you're the first person I've ever met who fears butterflies. ;-)Delete
Hi Connie! I can see how butterflies would freak you out, especially given it stems from when you were younger. If it makes you feel any better, once caterpillars become butterflies, they only live up to three days, lol. So they won't ever be around long enough to bother you :) Thank you for taking the time to share and thank you for the congrats! It's always exciting having a new book out!Delete
I am devoted to friends who suffer, grieve and help family a great deal.ReplyDelete
That's a good thing to be,traveler. I'm sure they appreciate you!Delete
Hi Traveler! You are the rock people look for. Bless you and thank you for being one of those people! The world needs more people like you. Thank you for posting!Delete
Let me just say how much I love reading Delilah's books. As for me, I also wanted to be a race car driver for the longest time. And would you believe I have never driven. lol lol I had 7 children and was petrified to get behind the wheel with all of them in the car.ReplyDelete
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I wanted to race cars too, Carol!Delete
Hi Carol! Thank you for the love!! *blowing you kisses* I think there's something to be said about the thing we fear most is the thing we want to embrace most. With 7 kids in the car, you wouldn't find me driving either, lol. Bless you! Thank you for posting!Delete
This story sounds adorable...I must go find!ReplyDelete
Hi Hellie! *waving*Delete
Hi MsHellion! (Love the name you picked!!) Thank you for posting and peeking in on me! I like to think of this story as adorably inappropriate :)Delete
This book sounds great. I want to know what happens to Clementine and Derek!ReplyDelete
Even though I'm an avid reader, I love to be outside and active: swimming, walking, biking, gardening. I have a secret too. I covet cookbooks! I'm always on the lookout for a new recipe to try.
I want to know, too!Delete
How many cookbooks do you have, Laurie? At one time I had over 100 but I'm down to fewer than 10. Had to get rid of them when I downsized to a condo.
Hi Laurie! Thank you for posting! OMgosh about those cookbooks! I went to culinary school in between all the madness of my life and have to say I'm with you on those cookbooks. I'm obsessed with them!Delete
I am very well organized and get things done on time, but I procrastinate before then (always thinking that if I do it too early, something could change and I would have wasted my time). That's my story and I'm sticking to it, so to speak....ReplyDelete
I understand completely....Delete
Hi Laney! Ah, but at least you get things done on time, lol. I'm well organized but somehow manage to fall behind every time. High five for sticking to your story! :)Delete
People are usually surprised when they find out I am the youngest child in my family. I am told I act more like an older sibling. Thanks for the post and giveaway.ReplyDelete
As the eldest of five, I'd say that acting like an older sibling is a good thing! :)Delete
Hi LSUReader!! That whole youngest child thing doesn't always apply to the go getters, I say, lol. Thanks for posting!Delete
Love the cover. Maybe although I was married at 18 that I waited 15 years before starting my family. (Had to convince my only child husband lol).ReplyDelete
That's a long time to wait, catslady. How many children did you end up having?Delete
Hi Catslady! Thank you for the cover love! And bravo on you for finally being able to convince your husband to start that family. It's a good thing you married young and had the time to convince him, lol.Delete
Hello PJ, Andrea and Delilah! This is the first I've heard about the School of Gallantry series (health issues in the family + just being too busy the past few months), but I'm gonna check it out on Amazon after I hang up this comment! Sounds mighty interesting. :-) The surprising thing about me? I was a belly dancer for a little over a year, which started out as a form of exercise but was so much fun I just stayed with the club for awhile. Even danced at the State Fair one year! :-) email@example.comReplyDelete
Hi Janice! Hope the health issues have been resolved. We've missed you around here!Delete
How cool that you were a belly dancer!
Hi Janice! Sorry t o hear there were health issues in the family :( Sending my healing thoughts their way. And oooo....a belly dancer! Love it! I hear it's incredibly good exercise. And the best part? You look hot doing it, lol. Thank you so much for peeking in on me and posting!Delete
Delilah has been having issues with commenting today. I don't know what's going on but her comments keep disappearing! We're working on trying to find a fix.ReplyDelete
Hi PJ!!! Thank you for speaking up for me :) I resolved it by simply jumping on a whole other computer. Yay! Thank you again for hosting me!Delete
People are usually surprised to learn I love to ride roller coasters at the age of 62. :DReplyDelete
Hi Barbara! You go girl!! Age is a state of mind and it sound like you're 24 and rocking it!Delete
Most people who know me aren't surprised by much anymore. For those who don't know me, maybe that I have climbed two active volcanoes, melting my sneaker soles on the first one.ReplyDelete