Buried Under Romance is pleased to welcome author Lily Dalton, who recently released Never Entice an Earl. :)
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NEVER ENTICE AN EARL (book II in the One Scandalous Season series)
Lady Daphne Bevington would do anything for her maid Kate-including masquerading as Kate and sneaking around the wrong side of London to settle the poor girl's debt. Yet her innocent ruse takes a scandalous turn when "Kate" runs into a handsome gentleman on a secret quest of his own. A moment of passion could cost Daphne her reputation, but how can she ignore the stranger's searing kiss?
An Arrangement Most Wicked
Lord Cormack Northmore is determined to find the immoral peer who ruined his sister. So when he learns that the irresistible woman he knows as "Kate" is the Season's most sought-after debutante, Cormack plans to use her connections to help him set a trap. Now, the closer Cormack gets to uncovering the villain who haunts the ton's ballrooms, the more he realizes that the lovely lady is in danger herself. Will he abandon his quest for revenge-or risk losing his one chance at love?
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Q: How did the idea for Never Entice an Earl come about?
A: My ideas for Never Entice an Earl evolved while writing its predecessor, Never Desire a Duke. Story details always spiral out of nowhere and at some point I became aware that Daphne held herself responsible for her father’s death, and that such a weighty burden would shape the young woman we meet in Earl. Daphne believes that by being young and impetuous and carefree, she brought about a terrible tragedy on the family she loves so much, and as a result she has decided she will never marry, but instead devote herself to the people she believes she hurt. However…by nature she is still young and impetuous and carefree, so I knew that unquestionable devotion would get her into a lot of trouble. Given the series title, “One Scandalous Season – I knew that trouble would be very scandalous!
Q: What special research did you do for this book?
A: I try to keep my research to reliable primary and secondary sources, so I read a lot of Regency era books and diaries from online archives like Google Books and the Gutenberg. I also find artwork, lithographs and caricatures from the period to be an enormous help, not just for details about the time period, but as a means to observe character attitudes and behavior. I love to scour bibliographies for additional resources, and find helpful out-of-print research books through Bookfinder.com, etc. For Never Entice an Earl, some of my research topics were gaming rooms and bawdy-houses, the constables who upheld the law in London, the saltpeter trade and the duties of a lady’s maid. As far as “location scouting”, I researched Hyde Park and Vauxhall Gardens.
Q: What makes Cormack a good match for Daphne, and vice versa?
A: I love Cormack as a hero. He has every intention of going to London and being a badass in his quest for revenge for the ruination and death of his sister, but…he encounters Daphne, and she completely derails his focus. Having seen the world and all its dangers first hand, he can’t help but gravitate toward her and try to protect her, mostly from herself. I admire him a lot for trying to understand and respect her wishes to not marry, because it shows that despite her youth and female sex, he considers her an equal and that he appreciates her feelings. At the same time, he won my heart for very quickly realizing he couldn’t just be her lover. His love for her demands something more honorable than that. Even then, he doesn’t make demands on her but lets her decide her future.
As for Daphne, she brings a lot of levity and interest to Cormack’s otherwise dark perspective of the world. Some readers will find her flighty and maybe even silly, but I intentionally wrote her that way. She’s young and inexperienced and trying to do the right thing, but she’s also innately passionate. When Cormack sees her standing on the verge of unhappily-ever-after, he just can’t stand for it. I love that she undoes him so completely and makes him see his own life and future anew.
When we first meet Daphne and Cormack at the opening of Never Entice an Earl they are both very much living their lives for other people. I enjoyed seeing them break free of the tragedies of their pasts, and realize the way to make their loved ones happy is to find happiness themselves.
Q: If you could befriend a character from any of your books, who would it be and why?
A: Mirror Mirror on the Wall, I’m My Heroine After All! I connect with all my heroines. I’m reserved, decisive and (irritatingly?) practical like Sophia. But then like Daphne, I have a tendency to try and make everyone in my life happy, which sometimes gets me into trouble.
Q: As Clarissa's story is coming next, do you have plans for your upcoming books or series?
A: Clarissa’s story is indeed next! I’m in love with Never Surrender to a Scoundrel and can’t wait to share it with everyone. I hope readers will enjoy a number of surprises in the book, including the identity of the hero and the direction the story takes, with a more gothic tone. As far as future releases, nothing is confirmed, but I’m hoping to release a fall novella, featuring a hero I’ve received a lot of e-mail about, and that’s Haden. And if readers love this series and its characters, it would be my choice to write Fox, Lord Havering’s book next.
Thank you so much for having me, Mary!