Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Release Day Interview...in reverse! With Jenn LeBlanc & Delilah Marvelle (+ Giveaway)

So you guys know how I usually invite authors on the blog on their release day for an interview, right? Well, TODAY is Jenn LeBlanc's release day; but instead of ME interviewing HER, SHE will be interviewing someone ELSE! The Lovely Delilah Marvelle. This is part of her"The Wicked Blog Tour". Both ladies are incredible authors, so sit back at your computer desk, relax, and enjoy the crazy-brilliantness!!

Getting Down to Business:
Who's Jenn LeBlanc?
"Jenn has several constants in life that define her: Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.
Born and raised in a household of other people's children in this beautiful state- she never left. She started her own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.
She always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. Her fingers were never as quick as her mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside. When her second daughter was born her inherent traits kept Jenn pinned-- her only escape the keyboard. Spending her days in parenting chat rooms she got highly adept with one-handed typing and she can still type just about as fast with one hand as she can with two. It's a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. She recently finished her first novel but quickly realized: she was born a photographer.
From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of her book her control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.
Jenn lives and thrives off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. She wears shorts and flip-flops year-round --much to the chagrin of her friends and family-- and she is currently working on the illustrations for her second novel.
Follow the blog or twitter for up to date information!"

Where can I find her?

What has she released lately?

TODAY is the official release day of Jenn's latest installment to her six part serial series: The Rake and The Recule: REDUX. Totally remastered and remagnificent-ified and broken up into the six-part serial e-novel it was meant to be. Did I mention it is FULLY ILLUSTRATED. Can you say "Hot man chest pics on my eReading devices galore" ;)

 Two weeks ago, PART 1 was release (Get part 1: here), and today, get your hands on PART 2!

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part two finds Francine in the world of the Duke of Roxleigh. The clashing of worlds in first installment of the completely revised novel continues as Francine finds her footing, discovers secrets about her elusive host, and learns more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.

How do I get my copy now, Now, NOW?
Amazon (Kindle)
All Romance eBooks (digital ecopy)
Barnes and Noble (Link coming soon!)

Who's Jenn Interviewing Today?
Delilah Marvelle
Delilah Marvelle spent her youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. She confesses that here ends the extent of her gentle breeding. She was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to her room on many occasions due to these misadventures, she discovered the quill and its amazing power. Soon, to the dismay of her parents, she rather enjoyed being confined to her room and finished writing her first historical romance (which was a heart stopping 800 pages long...) at the age of 14. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com or her blog that explores the naughtier side of history at www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com

And it begins...

Chatting Up Delilah Marvelle with Jenn LeBlanc

Hello my lovelies! Welcome to Not Another Romance Blog. Rita thank you SO much for hosting my Wicked Blog tour! I’m thrilled to be wandering the interwebs and spewing forth my historical goodness...wait that didn’t sound very appetizing did it? Let me try that again.

Thank you, Lady Rita, ever so kindly for allowing me to hijack your blog to chat with some of my favorite authors! (Better? YAY!)

My first victim
 guest is the über fabulous Delilah Marvelle. Delilah has three series out there right now, The Gallantry Series, The Scandal Series and her latest, The Rumor Series. I can’t begin to tell you how much I adore her writing. Not just because she is a dirty dirty girl, but because she is such a talented wordsmith.

More than that, when she puts her wordsmithing talent to dirty uses, I tend to lose my footing on gym machines, or fall off benches, or wake up my slumbering husband. She is just that brilliant.
If I had to pick a favorite book right now, I couldn’t. Though, if you twist my arm I might say LORD OF PLEASURE. That is the one that had me try to launch myself from the elliptical machine at the gym. Dangerous.

Of course her newest book FOREVER AND A DAY is out, and holy smokin’ hotness Ms. Marvelle. *swoon*

Jenn: Delilah, first tell these readers a little about yourself, in case they don’t know who you are.

Delilah: I write historical romance with a wicked twist, as I like to define it.  In particular, my era is the 1830’s.  I have a tendency to dig deep into a relationship, which makes some people uncomfortable.  But that’s a real relationship.  There are aspects of it that will make you blink, snort and want to back away with your hands up, lol.

Jenn: I have to say that while we chat on twitter often, we’ve only actually met once, at RomCon in Denver. You seem so at home with your readers, how much reader interaction do you get in any given year? Are you wont for more?

Delilah: I love people and have always been the sort of girl who loves to meet new people and hang out with everyone.  So yes, I feel very much at home with my readers.  I know I wouldn’t be where I am without my readers and so I cherish every single moment of it.  How much reader interaction do I get in any given year?  When I’m writing, not much, because my focus is on my writing and what little time I have left over, with my family.  But in between writing, I’m always looking to connect with my readers.  I get a lot of email from fans that I always personally respond to, I’m on facebook and twitter and between all these social venues, I interact with my readers a lot.  If they want to talk, I’m there to talk.  Would I like more?  LOL.  That’s a catch-22.  Because more means less time for writing and my family. 

Jenn: I loved your wrap up video from the conference too, it was fun! You seem to really be getting into the video thing, your newest release not only had a prequel novella, FOREVER MINE, but a mini movie as well! How much fun was that?! Tell us a little about the making of it and the two guest stars.

Delilah: I’m finding that writing newsletters isn’t as interactive as sharing clips of my writing world and life with my readers, which is why I’ve gotten into the videos.  The Mini Movie was SO much fun.  It’s the closest to seeing my books in movie format as I’ll get and it was just thrilling.  It was three months in the making.  From doing auditions, to getting the script, to the location and costumes and practicing, it was a lot of work.  And we only had one day to shoot on the location itself.  So it was a long day once it did come time to shoot.  The two guests stars were amazing and so fun to be around.  We were laughing the whole day.  Cyrus is a black belt and does tricking and acting.  He wants to be a stunt man and given his skills, I know he’ll be that and more.  Jasmine was just a total sweetheart and threw herself into the role of Augustine as if she were a Hollywood Actress right out of Hollywood.  I felt like I was playing with real-life Ken and Barbie.  It was awesome!

Jenn: Will you be doing more of these movies in the future?

Delilah:  Yes!  Though not quite as long.  We’ll be keeping them below 3 minutes.  I just wanted to do something more sweeping.  Bottom line,  I’m in love with the filming aspect of bringing my books to life.  The next trailer will be for the last book in the Rumor Series, FOREVER A LORD.  The hero is a bareknuckle boxer in 1830 New York and London and you better believe I’m looking for an excuse to see guys brawling without shirts on.  It’s going to be a lot of fun filming THAT!

Jenn: Oh wow, pugilism. Um..I’d like to help with that in any way. At all. Whatever you need, I’m your girl ;) OK back to the uh... what were we doing? OH! Interview! So...nitty gritty: The Victorian era. Though I suppose I should say brass tacks as it is more etymologically correct for the time period. How difficult is it to write in a different era? Where do your books fall in the Victorian era and what had you choosing this time period? It was the bustle wasn’t it? You were intrigued as to how many things a woman could hide in there, right?  

Delilah:  Haha, you nailed those brass tacks into that bustle, girl, lol.  I write 1830’s, which is more Victorian in feel than Regency.  Is it difficult for me to write in a different era?  No.  I’ve researched the Victorian and Regency era enough to feel comfortable delving into a world that almost feels like an extension of who I am as a writer.  I chose the early 1830’s because it’s still not full on Victorian, even though we are beginning to see glimmers of it.  The 1830’s was a huge time of social and political change and that’s what ultimately drew me to it.  I get to play with the morales and the changing climate of the social classes.  It’s absolutely fascinating.

Jenn: Your tag line is “Historical romance just got twisted.” Now, some might think that means that you provide some sort of twist in every book, and others might think you are being a bit wicked...so which is it?

Delilah:  It’s both, actually.  Wicked and a twist in every book.  I want every reader to pick up a book and never know what the heck they’re going to get out of me.  The only thing they can count on from me is the wicked.  But the twist?  I never want them to know what I’ll deliver next.  Various reviewers always comment on how different each book in the scandal series was.  I don’t want to deliver the same book and the same message every time.  That would be boring to write and boring to read, lol.

Jenn: I know we’ve discussed the continuation of The Gallantry Series, is that something you are dedicated to finding a home for? Because one of your future heroes is a virgin, and his character even beyond that makes him so intriguing for me as a reader...

Delilah:  After the Rumor series, I plan to delve into finishing the School of Gallantry series.  If I can’t find a home for it, I darn well plan to publish it on my own and ensure it’s available in not just e-book format, but print.  Either way, yes, the virgin hero is on the horizon.  I absolutely loved this series and am excited to revisit and finish the series.  Male virgins and all.

Jenn: YAY!! On the subject of characters tell me which one of yours haunts you the most. Is there someone in one of your books who is pounding at the door to your imagination and won’t let up?

Delilah:  I would say Marchese Casacalenda from Once Upon a Scandal.  He was actually the villain.  He’s been pounding on my imagination so much so, that I’m giving him more time by delving into why he is the way he is and who he really is by presenting him to readers more formally in the Rumor Series.  They’ll be shocked to find out he’s not what they think he is.  I know I was, lol.

Jenn: Does that happen often for you? That your characters refuse to conform to the expected or take you somewhere you never thought they might? (I know my guys quite often make me blush...to the point where I wrestle with my finger hovering over the delete key until I submit to them. Of course one of the statements Gideon made ended up being one of the favorite quotes from the book for my readers...so lesson learned.)

Delilah: Omgosh, yes!  It happens ALL the time.  Because in the end, they are like real people to us.  As you get to know them by writing about them, they surprise you.  And though we may question ourselves and why a character behaved in the way they did, just as you said, having that finger hover over that delete button, wanting to change it back to what you thought should be, makes it feel...wrong.  They have the right to react the way they want to and we have to step back and allow them to be what they are: people.

Jenn: What about someone else’s books? Are there any characters that have touched you so deeply that they stick in your memory?

Delilah:  I would say all of Edith Wharton’s characters have always haunted me.  I always wanted so much more for her characters than she ever gave them.

Jenn: Well in the Rumor series you put your own wicked twist on Cinderella, is there a possibility for you to give her characters the more you have yearned for someday?

Delilah:  Yes.  Totally.  I am finding that I put my characters through a lot, much like Edith Wharton, did, only I end up giving them MORE happiness to walk away with.  Like I always dreamed of doing.

Jenn: I know your writing (and others’) challenges me to write deeper, stronger, more powerful characters and interactions, and to push the line of what is acceptable in a romance novel. What authors push you to write better? Are there any books have challenged you to revisit a manuscript and really push your creativity and your own boundaries until you have something completely new and different?

Delilah: I would say there are so many amazing authors pushing the genre today.  Almost too many to name and I’m so happy to see the genre bending to receive them.

Jenn: *snort* oh..sorry, please continue.

Delilah: For the longest time the romance genre was stuck in white-washing everything.  So many subjects were taboo.  It was the whole “Oh, we can’t write about that, because it would piss people off” game.  I’m not here to piss people off.  I’m here to make people FEEL and THINK.  That’s all I keep challenging myself at.  To reach deeper and dig deeper.  My agent, Donald Maass wrote an amazing book FIRE IN FICTION that pushes me to do exactly that.

Jenn: One last question. Your previous series were interconnected, but could also stand alone, the new series looks like it really goes in depth into weaving the books together, how much went into creating the full story line for all the books before writing?

Delilah: Yes, these books are all deeply woven together (much like the Gallantry Series was).  How much planning did I do?  Hardly any.  I knew what I wanted out of the series, I knew the themes I wanted to work with, but otherwise I didn’t know how any of it would come together.  I’m fortunate that I have a photographic memory.  So I know what I have already written and how things need to fit together.  It’s how my mind works.  I just finished book 2, FOREVER A LADY, and was astounded as to how things were unfolding and now I have to face how it will all come together with book 3, FOREVER A LORD.  It makes it exciting, I’d say.  It’s like seeing puzzle pieces before you and making them all fit.  It’s what I love about writing.

Jenn: Delilah Delilah. Have I mentioned I have a kitty named Delilah? She is a feisty little thing. I want to say thank you SO much for chatting with me today. It means so much to me. I can’t wait to chat with you again when you Skype in for a reading at Denver Lady Jane’s this month! Congrats on the new releases, I can not WAIT to see what is on your horizon.

Heeeelarious to know that you have a cat named Delilah.  I won’t even touch on any jokes pertaining to THAT lest I get carried away, lol.  Thank you SO much for having me.  It is such a joy knowing you and chatting with you!  I can’t wait to Skype for Lady Jane’s!  I would love to give away a signed copy of FOREVER AND A DAY.  All people have to do is answer this one question:  
If you were to get lost in any one city (with no name and money), which city would you like it to be and why?
Delilah Marvelle has generously offered to giveaway a signed copy of her release, FOREVER AND A DAY to 1 lucky comment who answers her question in the comments AND fills out the raffle copter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Great interview, thank you ladies! I'm very sorry I can't enter the contest, I love signed books. They have a special place on my shelves.

  2. Great interview--I look forward to reading both Jenn and Delilah's books! :D

    Hmm... No money and no name? I think I'd pick...some nice quiet town/village in Scotland (sorry, no name known at this time...). I have a thing with Scotland (and Ireland really). I'd love to see the country.


  3. Thank you Aurian & TBQ! Scotland is a pretty amazing place judging from all the books and history. It's somewhere I definitely would love to visit as well. Good choice!


  4. Ya' know, I'm rarely lost. It's just that I'm not where I want to be at the time.

    It would have to be a small, rural town where everybody knows your name. That way, someone would know who I was.

    Thanks for the wonderful interview Ladies!

  5. Artemis that is such a sweet thought! Love it :)


  6. Thank you for this lovely interview. If I am about to be stranded in a city w no money whatsoever I would like to choose Paris . I love Paris and always dreams of Paris as the city of love. Who knows I might find a perfect prince charming there ;). Aretha zhen, aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

  7. Great interview ladies. I love how the characters talk to you. Now if I were stranded somewhere with no name and money I would want it to be somewhere in Brazil where I could start my life fresh with a hot new rich guy and live HEA.
    ~ Monique
    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  8. Great interview. I love the Mistress and Lord of Pleasure too.

    If I had to be lost in any city I would pick Paris, no matter what the circumstances at least the city would be beautiful. Atleast that is how I imagine it. And maybe I would find someone yummy to help me out. ;)

    Good luck on your releases!

  9. Aretha I'm with you about Paris. I adore the pants off of it.

    Monique Brazil!! Oh my goodness Brazillians are good breeders. Is that inappropriate? It sounds a little inappropriate, but it's true. There are some seriously beautiful men in Brazil. :)

    LeeAnne thank you! I was re reading Lord of Pleasure today at the gym, it's such a great book, and when he just FLAT OUT licks her in the carriage? Way to open a book Delilah! *whew* (I think that's where I lost my footing on the elliptical machine.)

    Good luck in the giveaway ladies!


  10. New Orleans, preferably during Mardi Gras. I could most likely get some drunk guys to buy me a drink or two, maybe some delicious food, and I am sure I could talk my way into a free cab ride too. It would give me a chance to work my womanly magic...anyone else game? Want to come with =)

    I can't wait to read Forever and a Day, it has been high on my TBR list ever since reading some good reviews on it.

    Fun post! Thanks ladies!

  11. Oh LEXI!! I have been enamored with NOLA since I went to the Gulf last year while covering the Oil Spill. I loved it so much I'm going to Authors After Dark just to stay in the hotel on Bourbon. <3 <3 <3 The Gulf and NOLA in particular. It was amazing.

    As for Delilah, isn't she amazing? This book is no different. I'm so JEALOUS because I wish I could win but then I guess that wouldn't be fair. *pouts*

    Good luck! Jenn

  12. Wow, Delilah, busy, busy, busy. I would like to be in Charleston, South Carolina. I was there in the late 70s and absolutely fell in love with the city. The people were very friendly and gracious. I enjoyed visiting some of the sites and enjoyed the slower pace.
    Waiting for your next book.
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  13. I'd be horrified to be lost in a strange city with no money. Very scary for me! But I think I'd pick London.(At least I'd speak the language and it has so many layers and accents, it would be very interesting to write about in any time period. Haven't spent my xmas money yet, but Delilah, your book is on the list!

  14. I have to add, Rafflecopter is so cool. Thank for letting me try it out from the entry side. I'm using it from the giveaway side and I wondered how it worked. Very easy, so if any of you haven't tried it, give it a go!

  15. Thanks for stopping by Jessica! I love rafflecopter, it's a great tool. I'm so honored to have been able to interview Delilah, she is such a spunky and sassy woman.

    Good luck in the giveaway!!


  16. Jenn I am jelous you are going to AAD in New Orleans this year! Have a ton of fun for me! I should have made that a requirement for time of year to be stranded in NOLA!

  17. I will!! I am so excited, and Derek is going with me so we can shoot in the Gulf. It will be awesome. I wish you could come though! Everyone should be there :)


  18. Derek is going..well look at that my schedule is free all of a sudden!
    Hahaha, I wish! Take lost of fun pics! Can't wait to see how they turn out and how much fun you have!

  19. I will I will! I'm sure we'll catch up somewhere, I love to meet up with readers, so I try to get around. Uh...you know. ;)

  20. *dies* My two favorite authors on one blog. AT THE SAME TIME!!! I'd get lost in NOLA. Seems like a fun, magically sexy place. If the romance books I read portray it correctly. Or perhaps New York. Or London. As for the money. I'm a skilled pickpocket. Oh. Damn. I shouldn't have told you that. Now you'll be watching your valuables around me when we see each other next.

  21. Kati, I'll have to let Derek know to sew his pockets shut so you won't attempt to remove his valuables. ;)


  22. I found this book tour just a little while ago, but I'm enjoying it so much! I missed the signed book giveaway, but going to answer the question anyway :)
    If I were lost in a city which one would it be? Umm, that's a tough one! I thin it would be London or paris, though I don't speak French, but it's my dream city, so I'm gonna say that one :)
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com



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