Educating one's self in the art of love takes time...
Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother's best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.
Ronan Henry Dearborn, the fourth Marquess of Caldwell, lives to see himself through Caroline's eyes but knows he is leading a life unworthy of her or her dreams. He will do anything to keep her from learning the truth about himself and his past, including keeping her at a distance. But when he and Caroline get tangled in a situation neither of them can get out of, the only way to create a happily-ever-after between them is to take up the advice of a French courtesan who re-educates them both in the art of love.
Delilah Marvelle is the winner of RT 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 Romance Novels of 2012. When she isn't writing, she's digging through research books. You can visit her at her website at http://www.DelilahMarvelle.com or her blog that explores the naughtier side of history at http://www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com
Delilah (and yes Delilah is her real name) recently returned from an anniversary trip to Paris. On a scale from one to ten, I'd say an anniversary vacation to Paris is an eleven. I enjoyed Delilah's daily Facebook snapshots from various locations in and around the City of Light so much, I asked her to share some highlights with Get Lost in a Story readers.
|View of the Seine and Eiffel Tower from the |
gargoyle gallery, Notre Dame
Jillian: Why Paris? Why not Prague, Sarajevo? (kidding) No really, what was your inspiration for Paris?
Delilah: I have wanted to go to Paris since I was sixteen. I took four years of French in high school and so the excitement for Paris has stayed with me ever since. Aside from being able to celebrate my 19th year anniversary in Paris with my husband, I mainly went there to do a ton of research for an upcoming series (two of them!). A lot of French characters keep popping up in my head and so I knew I had to just go and see the dang city, lol.
Jillian: Name your top three sightseeing favorites:
Delilah: That's a hard one because Paris is full of them but here is the top three I would give if I had a gun to my head:
1.) Jacques-Mart Andre Museum
3.) Eiffel Tower at night
4.) Because I can't stop! Being at the very top of Notre Dame
(And Versailles comes in 5th only because the crowds didn't make it fun. But the gardens?!...oooooo)
Jillian: What was your best and worst adventure in the City of Light?
|Hero of all Delilah's novels, Mr. Marvelle, |
rowing on the grand canal at Versailles.
Worst? Walking 18 miles in a single day where it rained ALL DAY. So I was wet and tired and miserable....
Jillian: One of the great treats of Paris is all the art museums. Share an artist you discovered or gained a new appreciation for while you were there.
Delilah: The art museums were AMAZING. One of the artists I discovered that I absolutely fell in love with is Henri Gervex. His painting Rolla was from my era and just stunning. It was 'the morning after' between a gentleman and a 'lady'. Mesmerizing. It captured a historical, erotic moment.
|Rolla, Henry Gervex|
Delilah: The double hot dog and cheese on bread with dijon. Holy Gawd.
Jillian: Best beverage?
Delilah: Their sparkling lemonade. So good.
Jillian: I want one! Help me, how would I order that in a cafe? Citronnade avec gazeus?
Jillian: What's your macaroon color?
Delilah: Raspberry (pink!). But I looooved them all.
|From left to right: Holy Gawd double hot dog and cheese on bread with|
dijon, Delilah sipping sparkling lemonade, and....les macaroons!
Jillian: There will be a new book set in Paris...mais oui?
|Parisian brothel remains|
Jillian: I'm not sure you can ever get enough of Paris...and wow, this was such a fun interview! Thank you so much for sharing your romantic vacay with us, Delilah. And for those of you who haven't read a sexy, sensuous Delilah Marvelle novel you are in for a real treat!
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