Tuesday, 21 February 2012

New York and I by Delilah Marvelle + Giveaway

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I love historical romances. It is the one constant romance genre that I've loved from the beginning and never grown tired of. I just love that fairy tale/time travel escape historical romances take the reader on. But today's guest historical romance stories are unlike any others. She is not afraid to write about unusual, even shocking historical tidbits (for example she had one of her heroes battling sexual addiction because as she says it in her blog these facts are real, people just tend to overlook or overgloss them. So please give it up for the wonderful Delilah Marvelle whose shocking history lessons are not only entertaining but eye-opening, and her stories besides being romantic are also original and unique. Please give her a warm welcome!

New York and I
by Delilah Marvelle

Despite my having had a love affair with all things Regency and London since I was in high school, I will admit, I have had a much longer obsession with all things known as historical New York City ever since I first saw the movie Annie as a girl.

After seeing the movie, I wanted to know everything there was to know about New York. Everything. So my father let me loose in our local library at the age of nine and without even knowing what I was doing, I researched the history of New York City with such a determined passion that I ended up stumbling on a much grittier side of New York than what was shown to me in Annie. It was known as the Five Points. I even found words I didn’t understand. Like Prostitution. My father was horrified and told me to forget about New York AND research. But the Five Points stayed with me ever since.
When the movie Newsies came out, just as I was finishing high school (yes, I’m dating myself here), it came calling to me again in a way that sent me back to the library. There was just something about historical New York City I couldn’t let go of and it wasn’t until now that I found the stories in my head to fit the stories I saw in my youth. I wanted two very different worlds to collide (not just poor versus rich, orphan versus parents, street kid versus authority, but everything versus everything) and in my Rumor Series, I’m ensuring it.
Forever and A Day is my version of the Prince and the Pauper, yes, but you will also notice that my heroine is actually a feisty, older version of Annie, with red hair to boot.

Forever A Lady is my twisted version of the Newsies. Only I’m going with buff, older men toting pistols, instead of boys toting newspapers.

And Forever A Lord is my version of the movie Cinderella Man. Only instead of setting it in the Depression, it’s set against the savage, underground boxing rings of Regency New York with a journey that takes our hero into the upper crusts of London society as a bare knuckle boxer where he will become what he has always been...a Lord. 

So my question to you is, which New York City based movie do YOU love?

I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable.

Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. I scribed endless stories that almost invariably surrounded the topic of love, for I felt an inane need to be rescued from a family that did not understand my lust for life. In my mind, King Arthur became my true love and I waited for the day when he would come riding upon his steed and invite me to sit at his round table, not as his queen, but as his knight. To my distress, King Arthur was never to be found anywhere except for in the tip of my quill. And so I led an imaginary life for many, many years.

When I finally came of age, my family was further horrified to discover that I had fallen in love with an American. An American King Arthur who became my knight, my husband, my all. I have been blessed beyond reason and am grateful for each day I have with him.

What is equally amazing is that I now have the opportunity to share my passion for stories with the public. The reason why I write romance is because it allows me to touch upon the subject of love on a much deeper, more intimate level. Many of the stories I write, many of the stories I will continue to write, will always evolve around love. And yes, gentle readers, it will also evolve around sex as I have no intention of becoming my parents and restraining my characters from what it is they truly desire to do. I challenge you, my readers, to let loose of those corsets that have been strung too tightly due to convention and enjoy 1830 to its fullest.

To know even more about Delilah, visit her website and read the 28 fun facts about her.

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Book #1 in the Rumor series

Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.

Georgia Milton, the young head of New York's notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her bag from a thief. But she's not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed...

The prequel novella Forever Mine is currently FREE on Amazon, get your copy now!


Delilah has generously offered a signed paperback copy of Forever and A Day to a lucky commentator!

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)
2. leave a comment and answer Delilah's question: Which New York City based movie do YOU love?  

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 March 2012.

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