Guestpost: Author Delilah Marvelle + Giveaway

Filed in Delilah Marvelle , Giveaways , Guest Post , The HEA Lover Posted on December 20, 2012 @ 7:00 am 16 comments


Welcome everyone to our special stop on the Blog Tour for  All I Want For Christmas is a Duke ! Today we welcome author Delilah Marvelle, one of the 2 authors on this Holiday anthology.  She will tell us the Story behind the Story 😉 Stay tuned and you can win an Amazon Gift Card. Let’s give a warm welcome to Delilah!

I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas themed historical romance. Always. I just didn’t have the right story to go with it. I waited and I waited for something special to inspire me and oddly, that inspiration came when I least expected it.

I was re-watching ‘The Graduate’ with my husband when my characters both whizzed into focus. I simply *had* to a write a story about an older woman and a younger man set in Dickens’s era during Christmas. Don’t ask me how I made the connection between Christmas and the Graduate, but I did (I always make freaky connections like that, lol). The themes from Mrs. Robinson, however, is what I was honing in on. The deception, the age difference and what defines love. And this started me on the path of creating Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson for the Christmas anthology, All I Want For Christmas is a Duke. I wanted the hero to be the ultimate gentleman. To the point of being painfully shy. As for the heroine? I wanted her to be everything the hero wasn’t, meaning confident and to the point. In honor of her being the older woman (and the fact that the idea came to me as I watching ‘The Graduate’) I was totally going to call her Mrs. Robinson even if I had to marry her off to someone other than the hero (which I did). The similarities between ‘The Graduate’ and my story, however, end there. Because I’m all about delivering a twist and because the real story is about a very special re-union between two souls who weren’t ready to love when they first met, but are more than ready for it now.

About the book:

Two SCANDALOUS reads, one low price! Only $.99!

Two ladies. Two dukes. One Christmas. And scandal galore.

A Christmas anthology by two hot names in historical romance fiction…

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.

Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.

The Twelve Days of Seduction by Màire Claremont

Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.

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Read an excerpt

About the author:

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 fourteen. She is a two time Golden Heart finalist, a Reviewer’s Best First Historical Romance nominee, and a double Bookseller’s Best Award finalist. You can visit her at her website at or her blog, which explores the naughtier side of history, at



Entangled Publishing has generously offered a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter

This giveaway is open to all!

All you have to do is ask Delilah a question or answer this question to be entered: What do you think of age difference in your romances? What about older women seducing younger heroes? 

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

Giveaway ends on  December 24th, 2012 at midnight !

Good luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Cris December 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

    When I first started reading romance in middle school, I started with (primarily) Medieval Scotland-set historicals of the virginal-heroine-and-older-hero persuasion, so I’m accustomed to older heroes (though really big age gaps weird me out). Of course, at that age, I was like “Ewww! The hero is SO OLD: he’s 25!”, so I was more likely to be weirded out by reading a book with characters over 30 than I was about the age difference between the hero & heroine.

    Now that I’m over 25 myself and I read mostly romantic suspense/thrillers and contemporaries, heroes/heroines in their 30s are my (slightly older) friends and I’m all over that. Age differences don’t bother me much– as long as it’s not some twentysomething shagging a 60-year-old bloke! And as long as the heroine is at least 20– I now find that anyone younger than that is still a child! 🙂


  • Shannon December 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I think an age difference is fine. Romances are supposed to be a fun fantasy so why can’t an older women have a little fun with a younger man. You certainly read many the other way!

  • LSUReader December 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Age difference, huh? We are on a Mrs. Robinson kick! I agree with Shannon. This is fun fantasy and the age difference shouldn’t be a big deal. We see it all the time the other way, with older guys. Thanks for visiting with us, Delilah.

  • Chelsea B. December 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    As long as there is an awesome romance, I’m good! Age makes no matter to me 🙂

  • erinf1 December 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Delilah on the new release! Age differences don’t bother me either way, as long as there is a believeable and engaging story!

  • Bess Gilmartin December 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Delilah! I bought your anthology a few days ago- looking forward to reading it as soon as my kids get their presents and I can have five minutes to myself (that’s all I want- just five minutes, please!).

    Age difference? No problem whatsoever. As long there is some mighty fine romance happening, why should anybody care?

  • bn100 December 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Don’t like to read about older women/younger men.

  • JenM December 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I love older woman/younger man romances. It’s one of my favorite tropes so I’m very interested in reading Delilah’s story.

  • Mary Preston December 21, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I don’t think age matters a great deal. Consenting adults & all that!!

  • aurian December 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    This sounds good! I do enjoy the older woman – younger man trope occasionally, if there is not too big a difference.

  • Lesley D December 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Age differences can make things interesting! I like the older woman, younger man tope.

  • Readsalot81 December 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m a gal that’s always had a thing for older men 😉 But I don’t discriminate when it comes to women having younger men, that can be a hell of a lot of fun as well. Some of my favorite authors have written books where the characters are involved with someone of a varying age.. and all of the writers touch on it with sensitivity and humor.

  • Janie McGaugh December 23, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I don’t mind the woman being a little bit older; if the age difference is more than that, it really has to be well written (and the man shouldn’t be extremely young).

  • Angel December 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I prefer the hero to be older

  • pam howell December 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I like hystericals – er HISTORICALS
    and I LOVE a new spin – Monic Burns had a hero virgin and older “kept” woman romance that ROCKED – Pleasure Me
    Happy Holidays

  • Trix December 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I love reading about younger guys, so an age difference appeals to me! But it doesn’t matter to me in the end, as long as both characters are likeable.

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