Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Aloha to Lily Dalton and NEVER ENTICE AN EARL: Release Week Blitz


May is Armed Forces Appreciation Month ... and it is my privilege to spotlight historical author Lily Dalton:  

Lily Dalton grew up as an Army brat, moving from place to place. Her first stop after relocating was always the local library, where she could hang out with familiar friends: Books! Lily has an English degree from Texas A & M University and after graduation worked as a legal assistant in the fields of accident reconstruction and litigation. She now lives in Houston, Texas, with her family. When she isn't at work on her next manuscript, she spends her time trying out new recipes, cheering on her favorite Texas football teams and collecting old dishes, vintage linens and other fine "junque" from thrift stores and flea markets.

Lily is celebrating the release of NEVER ENTICE AN EARL, Book II in the One Scandalous Season series:

A Deception Most Reckless
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?

Amazon – link
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Forever Romance is giving away a print copy of NEVER ENTICE AN EARL to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you know any military brats?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 3, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 4.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Forever Romance offers an excerpt for NEVER ENTICE AN EARL:


She started, realizing he spoke to her, and opened her eyes to find him studying her with amusement.

“You won’t put on those clothes as long as I’m in this carriage, will you?”

“Of course not.”

Again, he smiled, and everything inside her melted because she knew he would do the right thing. Indeed, he rapped a fist against the roof. Immediately, the carriage swayed, changing directions and decreasing speed. Cormack perched at the edge of the bench, as if prepared to exit. But then—

He moved toward her, a shadow in the night, until he half crouched, half knelt with his hands planted on either side of her legs. Her heart raced, and she breathed him in, savoring his scent and his heat. Gray eyes stared straight into hers.

Her pulse jumped wildly, taken over by a dark and pleasurable desire for a stranger. Against all good sense she liked him this close, with his attention fixed so intently on her.

“Cormack,” she whispered.

He kissed her suddenly, catching her mouth slightly open. Before she realized, she’d leaned into him, kissing him back with fervent eagerness. His tongue slipped inside her mouth, something that ought to have shocked her but instead felt completely natural. She sighed, and touched her tongue to his too. Oh, how sweet and warm he was, inside and out. Who needed dry clothes and a fire, when there was kissing?

He chuckled low in his throat.

She froze. Why did he laugh? Had she done something wrong?

She very well might have, because she’d never kissed a man, unless one counted young David Waddington from the neighboring farm, when they’d both been just twelve. It had been a hurried, sloppy affair with neither of them knowing what they were doing. Her brother, Vinson, had caught them behind the hedge and given David a fat nose, but refused even under intense interrogation, to tell their father, the viscount, why.

On the contrary, Cormack clearly knew his way around a kiss. With a slant of his head, he kissed her more deeply, easing her backward into the cushions and thrilling her with the confident glide of his tongue over her upper teeth. With each brush of his lips, each warm breath into her mouth, an invisible velvet cord that ran along the center of her body tightened and quivered. Her toes curled into the cushion.

He exhaled and murmured near her ear. “Sorry--I couldn’t help myself.”

And apparently she couldn’t either, but something told her to keep that to herself. Something held her silent, preventing her from begging for more. Her upraising, she knew, and the expectation of her family and society that she would always behave as a lady.

His face hovered her cheek, but did not kiss her. He gave her an opportunity, she realized, to reject him, to protest. The moment lasted only that long--a moment--before he bent a few inches more and nuzzled the side of her neck, just below her ear—

“All right then. You haven’t screamed…or poked out my eyes.”

He pressed his lips to the sensitive skin there. Her fingers curled in his shirt.

“Tell me if you’re opposed,” he murmured against her skin. “Tell me if I should stop.”

She couldn’t say anything. He couldn’t possibly understand why, and she wasn’t about to tell him. But his breath tantalized and tickled. With a sigh, she clasped his head there, and he found her earlobe. They sank into the corner, the shadow of his body closing over hers, a delicious blanket of heat and weight, his mouth again claiming her lips.

“Cormack—” she whispered against him, inhaling his breath. Kissing him back. “Yes.”

Beneath the coat, his hand found her bare skin, and smoothed up her thigh.

The carriage jerked to a stop.

He groaned, kissing her hard, and breaking away to stare at her though glazed eyes.


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading Never Entice an Earl. I don't know any military brats that I know of. Even though my father was a Marine and fought in WWII, he was out of the military by the time I was old enough to know anything.

  2. I grew up not far from an Army base, so had army kids in my classes at school. They knew how to have a good time. We got on very well.

  3. Yes I do know a couple of Military Brats!!!!

  4. I don't know any military brats....BUT.... my father and his pals (who were all "uncles" to my siblings and I) were all in uniform during WWII. I am a "baby boomer" who grew up RED, WHITE, AND BLUE! We always flew flags for the holidays and respected the military.

  5. Not really.. But I always want to..

  6. I know several "military brats", including my own two kids!! Of course, all of these kids are grown now, with children of their own. I loved Lily's other book, "Never Desire A Duke", and would love to read this.

  7. My brother in law served in the USAF and the best time we had with weird accents was after they had been station in the UK then moved to Alabama... the Southern drawl overlaying the British ... but they were cute military brats..

  8. I'm very sorry to say I don't know, nor have I ever known any Army "brats." My father was in WWII, my first hubby was in VietNam (deceased), and neither my second hubby nor my children were ever in the service. I don't think I've ever known a neighbor or their children that were in the service either. I think I may have missed out! In any event, I most certainly appreciate the military and the way some of their families are separated for a length of time makes me sad even though it is necessary. I am a proud supporter of Our Wondered Heroes though and just can't imagine what they've gone through. Thanks for this topic and all the comments I've read.

  9. Oh, my goodness yes!!! I married one! And he is an only child - enough said lol.

  10. I think I can remember many, many, many years ago going to school with a few military brats, but not sure. Too long ago to remember. However, I gerw up with a flying flag (still have one to this day), and a lot of respect for those that were or are in the military.

    Lily is a new author for me. I have been wanting to read NEVER ENTICE AN EARL. t sounds very good.

  11. Yes, I do. A friend I met on a cruise a few years ago is a military brat.

  12. Awesome excerpt! I'm dying to read this book :) Loved the first one. A good friend of mine was an army brat and she loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I had a great friend in High School who's father had just retired from 20 years in the Air Force. Another high school friend joined the Air Force & retired as a Colonel with a big celebration, including a parade, in Washington, DC. I visited her in a bunch of bases, including Oahu!

  14. Well, my niece and nephews are military brats, since my brother-in-law was a West Point grad and is still active military. ;)

    My dad was a Navy man, but that was before I came along.

    Marcy Shuler

  15. My husband was a military brat.

  16. I know people who were in the military but no military 'brats'.