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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle (Interview + Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance has the pleasure of participating in welcoming author Delilah Marvelle, author of the newly released Night of Pleasure, the fourth in her School of Gallantry series, for an interview.

**Delilah is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card. Enter via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post**

About Night of Pleasure:

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.

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1. How was the School of Gallantry series born?

I read a lot of historical non-fiction and dig through a lot of history that isn’t usually covered by scholars due to their ‘salacious’ nature. So much of my research ends up inspiring me. My silver haired retired courtesan and headmistress of the School of Gallantry was actually inspired by a real life figure and courtesan, Ninon de L'Enclos who was born in Paris in 1620. I stumbled across her name accidentally, as she isn’t often written about.

As a courtesan, she held literary events and discussions with aristocratic men having to do with philosophy, life, love, and sex. It was a "school" of sorts she had created that resulted in her having quite the following. In the early stages of creating my books, I decided to take these "discussions" of hers with men and turn it into an actual school. Hence the creation of the School of Gallantry.

Ninon was known for her quips and wit and had great sayings like, "Much more genius is needed to make love than to command armies." And my favorite "The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience." Her fabulous quotes and wit gave me ideas as to how my imaginary school should be run and led to the creation of  some of my own. Quotes which I place at the beginning of each chapter within my books as lessons. Call it a tribute, if you will, to the fabulous Ninon.

What is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Ninon and why I created an elderly courtesan for my series as opposed to a young one, is that the older Ninon got, the more sought after she became. Unlike most courtesans who were forced to retire due to age, Ninon's circle of admirers grew because they simply could not get enough of her wit. One of my favorite stories about her is when she was approached by a gentleman who desperately wanted her but she didn't care for him. Instead of crushing his ego, she told him, "When I turn 80, I will bed you." The man was so obsessed with her, that he waited, and when she turned 80, he showed up at her door saying it was time, lol. Ninon was so amused by it, it’s said that she bed him after all. Indeed, her approach toward men and toward life is beyond the comprehension of even a modern woman. I hail her for this alone. So there you have it. Ninon AKA Madame de Maitenon.

2. Why is Derek the one for Clementine, and vice versa?

They’re perfect for each other because Derek is the guy who throws himself at passion with everything he has, while she shies away from it. They learn to balance their lives by becoming part of each others lives.

3. Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?

That is like asking me which child I love most, lol. *Let’s keep this to a whisper so as not to offend any of them* My favorite character would have to be Madame de Maitenon. She is the elderly French courtesan who heads the School of Gallantry that educates men in the topic of love and seduction. She will be getting her own book eventually, but I see her as the historical version of Dr. Ruth. Playful but wise. She is so much fun to write and reminds me of my own grandmother who is over the top and overly feminine yet surprisingly grounded.

4. What is coming next for you?

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 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!

Mary: The idea of a courtesan giving lessons on love is fascinating! Thanks for your great answers. :) Readers, please check back Buried Under Romance in a few days to read an review of Night of Pleasure

About Delilah Marvelle

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
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  1. I really like your premise for a School of Gallantry series. Your explanation of a "lady of the night" from history books being put into writing is fascinating. I can't wait to read more of your witty conversations. I just bought Night of Pleasure and want to read the others as well, and was sad to learn that you are ending the series ... just as I've gotten started! I do have a question: Is The Whipping Society about bondage? I don't usually enjoy that kind of story . . . Thanks for this post.

  2. Thank you for hosting Delilah!

  3. Hi Delilah!

    Your books are so much fun to read and I can't wait to find out how Clementine drives Derek crazy and leads him on a wild chase (for love)!



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