Guest Author & Giveaway: Victoria Dahl featuring A Little Bit Wild

Tuesday, August 10

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My guest today is a new to me author this year. I had heard so many great things about both her historical and contemporary romances that I knew I wanted to make sure and find out what I had been missing out on....sooner rather than later.  So when I saw she had a new historical romance being released this summer I was eager to learn more about it.  

I read the excerpt and was immediately hooked.  Now normally I am all about the heroes in a romance, but Marissa was so delightfully different than most of the historical heroines that I've read that I couldn't wait to read the whole story....and that was before I got to really know the more than hero-worthy Jude :)  Having had the pleasure of reading Jude and Marissa's entire love story in A LITTLE BIT WILD, I can safely tell you that it was humorous, touching, emotional, and sexy with great supporting characters.  I loved it! Did I mention that it was HOT?  Yeah, there's a reason why it's included in our "Feel the Heat" celebration...and it's name is Jude!

Victoria Dahl is here today to share her new historical romance, A LITTLE BIT WILD, which is the first book in the York Family series.  Read and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Victoria! For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story?

Oh, great opening question! Thanks for having me!

In romance novels, I want internal conflict. l I love, love, LOVE torturing my heroes! Gives me shivers just thinking about it. I love it even more when other writers torture their heroes, because I get all the payoff with none of the work.

But conflict aside, for me, true romance--in books and in real life--is about respect. You can have great chemistry. You can have love and romance. But what makes it a long-term love is respect between the hero and heroine. My characters might hurt each other, but I never let them cross the line that would destroy the respect they have for one another. That would ruin everything.

Your newest novel, A LITTLE BIT WILD is the first book in a new historical romance series. Can you tell us a little bit about the books in this series and how they will all be connected?

All the books in this series are centered around the York family. This is kind of a first for me. I often have family connections between my books, but I’ve never worked so closely with one family, because I don’t like writing big families. I don’t like all these people around, walking in on the couple or keeping them apart or breaking up kisses. Such a downer! But something about this family called to me. The first book is about Marissa York, the sister and the baby of the family. The second book will be about Aidan, the middle son, who’s a bit of a tragic figure. But honestly, I think it was the mother who sucked me into the family. She’s...Let’s say, “overly dramatic.” And she faints on cue. Which is convenient when I need to get rid of her for the kissing and whatnot.

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from A LITTLE BIT WILD, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the story is about what would it be?
     “You just said yourself that you don’t even know me!”

     “No, Miss York. I said you didn’t know me. But I have liked you from the moment we met.”

     Shocked, Marissa drew back so that she could more easily see his expression. His mouth offered her that crooked smile again, as if he knew some secret about her. And so he did. “You have never even asked me to dance.”

     “Would you have said yes?”

     No. She knew she would have found an excuse not to dance with him, and a sharp stab of guilt left her angry. “Are you saying you were too cowardly to ask, for fear I might say no?”

     “On the contrary. I was brave enough not to interfere with your clear affection for graceful young boys.”

Tell us about your hero, Jude Bertrand.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Marissa, fall in love with him even though he was not her ideal of perfection, and her initial reluctance and stubborn resistance against marrying him despite their undeniable attraction to each other?

Oh, Jude... *sigh*

Sorry, I was distracted for a moment! I think Jude is irresistible, personally, even though he’s not handsome. Maybe because he’s not handsome, and he relies on his wit, charm and honesty to seduce Marissa. But it probably all goes back to your original question. Jude genuinely likes women. He respects them. And he loves Marissa for who she is, flaws and all. There’s nothing sexier than that.

Tell us about your heroine, Marissa, and what makes her the perfect woman for Jude?  What are some of the qualities that attracts him to her and makes her irresistibly tempting even though she does her best to convince him that they aren’t well suited?

Well, as he admits in the book, he has a weakness for naughty women, and Marissa is definitely naughty. I think he’s initially attracted to her because he sees something in her that no one else does. There’s an intimacy there, even before she realizes it. I think she’s perfect for Jude because she’s passionate, and brave, and willing to take chances. He needs a woman who’ll take a chance on him. Eventually. ;-)

Can you tell us a little bit about their engaging,  funny and at times emotional love story in A LITTLE BIT WILD?

I didn’t realize this when I started writing, and it seems silly that I didn’t, but this is a Beauty and the Beast story. Marissa is the beauty and Jude is the beast, but in the end, that’s not quite how it works out. Jude is truly the noble anchor of the romance, while Marissa needs time to grow into it. She needed to learn so much about herself, and I think that’s fair for the time period. These girls were so very, very young when they were dropped into society and expected to find a man to spend the rest of their lives’ with. In my opinion, they had the right to make a few mistakes along the way. Thankfully, Jude feels the same way too. Until, of course, he doesn’t. What would romance be without a little conflict and drama?

What's your favorite scene or moment from A LITTLE BIT WILD, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

Oh, boy. My favorite scene--by far--is one that gives too much away. It involves a confession that Marissa is forced to front of Jude and her whole family. This was actually the very start of my idea for this book. It was the moment that I fell in love with Jude, because his reaction is priceless. Ack! I can’t say more! But... how about Jude’s final words to Marissa on the subject?

He leaned forward. “Don’t feel bad, Marissa. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed some kissing myself. And such.”

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?
  1. I’ve never been able to keep an original title for one of my historicals. Ruined became To Tempt a Scotsman. A Rake’s Guide to Ruin became A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure. As for this book... I don’t think I even tried. I just titled it Jude and Marissa, and let the publisher decide. I think they did a great job.
  2. There were no plans for Jude to bathe in front of Marissa in this book. He did that himself. Cheeky monkey.
  3. I’ve never written an innocent, untouched heroine, but I do have plans for one for the future.  Tentative plans.
  4. I use the names of friends and family in my books. My sister Danielle was offended that I named a maid after her in my first book. But it was a French maid. My best friend is a street urchin in my second awesomely smart street urchin! I can’t believe the ingratitude.
  5. My favorite historical romance is As You Desire by Connie Brockway. It makes me so very happy.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

Next August comes Aidan York’s book. It’s currently untitled (for obvious reasons). I’m about 3/4 of the way through that book and I’m torturing Aidan quite nicely, poor chap. Marissa will be back for a little meddling in her brother’s love life.

I’m also working on a big contemporary series for next year. Like the York series, it’s centered around a family of two brothers and a sister. Except they own a brewery in Boulder, Colorado, so the story similarities end there (aside from the given that none of the women are innocent or untouched.) So it’s a hugely busy year for me, but I’m having a great time!

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

 “Your nights will soon be filled with adventure.”

He is not what she had in mind.

Jude Bertrand is not an excellent dancer. Nor does he wear the most fashionable coats. But when Marissa York's brother approaches him, desperate to preserve Marissa's tenuous reputation, Jude does prove heroic enough to offer to marry the girl. In fact, the union should more than make up for his lack of social graces - and his own scandalous past...

But minds change...

Marissa knows that betrothal to the son of a duke - even one as raw and masculine as Jude - will save her from ruin, but that doesn't mean she's happy about it. Soon, though, she finds that Jude has a surprisingly gentle touch - and plans to use it to persuade Marissa that their wedding day cannot come soon enough...

Congratulations Victoria!  As I've mentioned before, I've already had the pleasure of reading A Little Bit Wild and I can tell you that I completely loved it...especially Jude :)  I can also say that the favorite scene that Victoria mentioned in the interview was also my favorite....even though this book has many wonderful moments, it's my fav (although the scene in which Jude bathes in front of Marissa is also a tempting choice).  I'm really looking forward to Aiden's story (even though I'll have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR for it).  I have to keep reminding myself that good things come to those who wait :)  

If you'd like to find out more about Victoria Dahl and the historical, contemporary and paranormal romances that she writes you can find her at her website, or on Twitter.  To celebrate the release of Victoria's new historical romance, A LITTLE BIT WILD, she is giving away a signed copy of this book, the 1st in her new York Family series.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Leave a meaningful comment AND answer this question:  Who's your favorite naughty heroine and why? (good for 1 entry)  
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
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How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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 p.s. don't forget that every meaningful comment you make from Aug 1-Sept 4th will earn you an entry in the "Feel the Heat" giveaway.  Click the link for full details.

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Bethie August 10, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

I don't know if I have a favorite naughty herione. I guess I would have to say Anita Blake. She gets very naughty as the series goes on.
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Meredith August 10, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

I obviously need to find some better books! LOL! I just checked my Goodreads list of books I've read for the last three years and I don't see anyone there that I can truly claim as naughty!

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daydrmzzz August 10, 2010 at 1:10 AM  

Unlike Merredith I have way to many to pick from- lol. I guess since I just finished JR Ward lover Mine I'd have to say Xhex. She bold, strong, and is an agressive women. what more can you want from a herione.
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alba August 10, 2010 at 1:59 AM  

Sara Winchester from The gift by Julie Garwood.
She Gave Nathan ST James a terrible time mischief &accidents in abundance.
Made me Laugh & cry I had read this book at least 10 times and never get tired of it.
Im a GFC

Jane August 10, 2010 at 3:51 AM  

Congrats to Victoria on the new release. Annette Baxter from Debra Webb's "Faceless" is my favorite naughty heroine because the nature of her job has led her to do some questionable things and sometimes not quite legal.

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Ivy August 10, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

This book is on my list. I've heard such good things about it & I LOVE that he isn't devastatingly handsome...those are easy to fall for.
I don't know if she classifies as "naughty" & I don't recall her name. The book is Moonstruck Madness (Laurie McBain) and the heroine was a highwayman named Bonnie Charlie...Still one of my faves! She had big hairy brass ones & was a tiny lil thing...still have the book here somewhere...
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Tore August 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. Congratulations Victoria on your book. Great interview. The book sounds terrific. I would say my heroine would be Scarlet Ohara from Gone with the Wind. She is so stubborn but strong and manages to survive the war. Please enter me in contest.

Scorpio M. August 10, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

Firstly, I *loved* the Tumble Creek trilogy. Chase & Jane's romance just stole my heart and Quinn's 'sex ninja' bit had me LOL for days!

Susan Elizabeth Phillips', Sugar Beth from AIN'T SHE SWEET? was a 'naughty' girl, at least back in her high school days. She was THE Queen Bee and loved it. She hurt people but was neither sensitive nor mature enough to own up to it. Sugar Beth is a great anti-heroine. One who truly needed redeeming and love, on both ends.

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P.S. AS YOU DESIRE is one of my all time faves, too!

Dara Young August 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

Giselle from Moriah Jovan's The Proviso...she is a little bit bad and a whole lot of sexy wrapped up in a tinsey bit of sweet-when-she-wants-to-be. That whole book is like crack.

Anonymous,  August 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

Congratulations on the release of A Little Bit Wild, Victoria :) I'm looking forward to reading this because of Jude and especially Marissa :)

My favorite naughty heroine would be Evangeline Hollis from the Marked Series by S.J. Day. She's now a celestial bounty hunter who kicks butt and has two hot brothers who want her.

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jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World August 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

Congrats on the release! This book as been on my list as well. ^^

Hmmm,i'm having a bit of trouble thinking of a naughty heroine. I'd have to say Anna from "The Raven's Prince" was pretty naughty. I think i like her a lot because she was what she wanted and took it. Plus she wasn't afraid to go against "society's" standards and beliefs on things.

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Estella August 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

I can't think of a naughty heroine.Guess I don't read the right books.

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Maureen August 10, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

My favorite would be Scarlet O'Hara. I am a follower.

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Barbara E. August 10, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

I would choose Eloisa James' Harriet, Duchess of Barrow from her book, Duchess by Night, because I loved it when Harriet dresses as a young man to attend Lord Strange's houseparty, and drives him crazy thinking he's attracted to a man.

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Robin K August 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

Oh wow, my favorite naughty heroine? Hmmmm... define naughty :)

I love all of the heroines I read about. Hannah Howell and Lynsay Sands both write some very mischievous heroines. The novel The Brat comes to mind.

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Nicole August 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

My favorite naughty heroine... I would say probably Nix from the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole. She is always trying to stir up trouble!

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LilMissMolly August 10, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

My favorite naughty heroine is Christina Bennett from Julie Garwood's The Lion's Lady. She's feisty and very strong. Just what someone wants in their heroine!
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Pam S (pams00),  August 11, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

This sounds like a really good read!
One my favorite naughty heroines is Brianna from Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes. She comes across a guide of "How tos" in the bedroom and sets out to initiate her husband in some of its contents.

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Victoria Dahl August 11, 2010 at 4:31 AM  

Wow, when I checked in this morning there were only four comments! You ladies have been busy! (Sorry to have been missing all day. i was working from my cell phone, and I find that posting comments is a nightmare from my iPhone.)

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and the kind comments about the book. Good luck to all of you (is that possible?) in the contest.

Carol L. August 11, 2010 at 6:33 AM  

I have to agree with Xhex from JR Ward's Lover Mine. Someone else mentioned her. She is so hard, almost like a man. Shows no emotion and can kick some serious butt as she's a bodyguard. But when she falls for John, you feel and see the feminine part of her she's kept locked up. An amazing transformation when love calls.I'm definitely looking forward to reading about Jude.
Carol L.

Modokker August 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

oh favorite naughty heroine. Let's see Oh Molly Jennings was so naughty but funny too in Talk me down. If you read the books you'll see why she is naughty. lol The other that comes to mind is Nicholaa from Julie Garwood's book The prize. She has alot of sass. For goodness sakes she takes out Royce at the beginning of the book with a stone and a sling shot!

Can't wait to read this new books Victoria. I have only read your contemporaries so far so i need to check out your historicals now.

Lisa B
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I'm a follower and i'll put something on my blog today.

Tina August 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Hmm again good question that i have to think a little about. I tend to like a heroine that is a little more naughty (not slutty) than innocent. I think one would definitely be the the heroine from The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone. She so wanted to please that she went out of her way and contacted someone to teach her how. Another would be from Wicked by Beth Kery where the heroine teases the hero through a mirror from the future.

Rebecca August 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I am a follower. I love Victoria Dahl. I have not read any of her historical romance yet. I will have to look into it. I am still loving her Tumble Creek series!

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