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Publishers Weekly review of The Debutante is Mine

Jan 31, 2016 | Uncategorized

Publishers Weekly calls THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE “... the riveting first Season’s Original novel from Lorret...”

I am over the moon and soaring higher!!! And I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to write this story. Thanks to the hardworking team at Avon Impulse and to my amazing editor Chelsey Emmelhainz (you will be missed <3). And also to Stefanie Lieberman for helping to find a home for the Season’s Original series.

THE DEBUTANTE IS MINEFrom Publishers Weekly:

A will and a bet create the drama in the riveting first Season’s Original novel from Lorret (All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke), set in Regency-era London. According to her father’s will, Miss Lilah Appleton has until the end of her third season to find a noble husband; if she fails, she has to marry her horrible cousin. The final season has arrived and none of the gentlemen she’s met even remembers her name, nor has anyone offered a proposal. When confirmed bachelor Jack Marlowe meets Lilah, he’s intrigued by her sharp wit and scolding tongue, and he immediately takes a liking to her. When he learns that her predicament could result in a life similar to his mother’s, he becomes determined to prevent that fate and therefore offers to assist her in finding a suitable husband. They fall in love, but because of his status, a match between them will not satisfy the requirements of the will. A well-crafted plot, well-developed characters, and last-minute revelations set the bar high for the sequels.(Apr.)

 

 

I can’t wait to share Jack and Lilah’s story with you!

Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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First book in a new series…

Jan 24, 2016 | Uncategorized

The genre-istas at Romancing the Genres asked me to tell them about the beginning of my new series, The Season’s Original. Just in case you missed my post, or are curious about how I began writing THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE, here is the scoop:

For fans of Regency romance, we know that the Season is when society’s elite come out to play. It’s time for debutantes to snag husbands. And time for dukes, earls, marquesses, and viscounts to surrender a roguish lifestyle in favor of loving one woman for the rest of their lives. The idea is enough to inspire a sigh or two. In addition to a book… or three.

THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE is the first full-length book in the series (available 4/12/16). However, the idea for the series sprang from the novella, “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” in the ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE anthology (12/1/15: Avon Impulse). In the novella, we first meet Lilah Appleton and Jack Marlowe.

Lilah is a worrier by nature, and for good reason. She’s racing against the passing calendar days, knowing she must find a husband by the end of the Season or suffer a dire fate. In the novella, her friend, Ivy, tries to help her win the heart of the Duke of Vale. But that doesn’t happen. Ivy falls for the duke, instead. Then where does this leave Lilah?

Still in desperate need of a husband.

This is where we meet Jack Marlowe, our most unlikely hero. In the novella, the Duke of Vale asks for his assistance.

From “The Duke’s Christmas Wish”:

“Do me a favor, Marlowe? When you’re back in London, send a bouquet of flowers to Miss Lilah Appleton. I wrote her street on this card.”

Marlowe took the card and flashed a smile. “Is she my Christmas present?”

“No, and I only want you to send her flowers. Just the once, and make no other contact with her. Besides, she is far different from the type of woman you prefer. She is respectable.”

Marlowe made a sour face. “Then why are you bothering with the flowers?”

You are sending the flowers,” North corrected. “And the reason for that is because I promised her friend that I would do whatever I could for her.”

“You have me intrigued.”

“No, Marlowe, I absolutely forbid you to be intrigued…”

As the saying goes, however, there is nothing more tempting than forbidden fruit.

Jack’s curiosity leads us to THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE, where he first meets Lilah. Already, he ignores Vale’s wishes by not sending the flowers, but delivering them in person. And while Jack might remain intrigued by the mystery of Miss Lilah Appleton, sadly our heroine does not feel the same.

She must marry a man with a title, and Jack is not such a man. In fact, he abhors the aristocracy. Nonetheless, he feels it is his duty to help her find a husband. And thus, their story begins.

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Since this book is the first in a series, you might wonder why I chose to call it The Season’s Original. Well, I’ll let Lilah explain in this exclusive sneak peek of THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE:

“I’m not certain I understand. What is an Original?” Jack asked, shifting to direct his question to Lilah, as if she were the only one in the room. “Another bit of nonsense for the highborn?”

She stiffened as he draped one arm over the back of his chair. He sat in a sprawled manner that seemed to take up every inch of space in front of her. There was no way to look anywhere but at him. His thigh swept near hers again, but she held her ground. This time, his eyes appeared darker, as if his pupils were made of treacle that slowly seeped into the golden brown. Along his jaw, she noted the shadow of whiskers that hinted at a darker shade than his blonde mane. And his mouth—even that arrogant tilt at one corner—was beginning to intrigue her.

Obviously, she wasn’t thinking clearly. She was irritated, she reminded herself.

Taking the example of the women in her family, she attempted to gather her composure on a breath, and then she cleared her throat. “An Original is a person who possesses qualities that make her or him stand above all the rest. An anonymous committee of the ton’s elite selects this person at the conclusion of the Season’s first month.”

In a nutshell, The Season’s Original series revolves around who will be named the Original. You’ll have to read the series to find out the answer. 😉

In the meantime, I’m writing book two: THIS EARL IS ON FIRE(available 8/2/16).

Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE excerpt is here!

Jan 17, 2016 | Uncategorized

In case you don’t subscribe to my newsletter and missed the sneak peek of THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE, I posted the excerpt on this page.

I’ll post more snippets, either here or on my Facebook page, in the coming months before THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE comes out on 4/12/16.

Until then…

Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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Sneak peek coming soon…

Jan 8, 2016 | Uncategorized

I’m currently working on copyedits for THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE–the final stage before the book goes to production. YAY!!!

Of course, you know what this means… I’ll be posting an excerpt soon. 🙂

You’ll be able to find it on my webpage within the next two weeks, or…

You can sign up for my newsletter for the 1st glimpse of Jack and Lilah’s story.

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Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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The Inspiration behind THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE

Jan 2, 2016 | Uncategorized

For those of you who have read “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” (in the ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE anthology, available now), then you’ve already met Jack Marlowe and Lilah Appleton. In this prequel to the Season’s Original series (coming out this year), neither Jack nor Lilah know each other. However, that’s all about to change.

At the end of “The Duke’s Christmas Wish,” the Duke of Vale asks a favor of his friend that sets the wheels of Jack and Lilah’s story into motion. Here is an excerpt from “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” (available now):

“Do me a favor, Marlowe? When you’re back in London, send a bouquet of flowers to Miss Lilah Appleton. I wrote her street on this card.”

Marlowe took the card and flashed a smile. “Is she my Christmas present?”

“No, and I only want you to send her flowers. Just the once, and make no other contact with her.Besides, she is far different from the type of woman you prefer. She is respectable.”

Marlowe made a sour face. “Then why are you bothering with the flowers?”

You are sending the flowers,” North corrected. “And the reason for that is because I promised her friend that I would do whatever I could for her.”

“You have me intrigued.”

“No, Marlowe, I absolutely forbid you to be intrigued…” 

Sometimes a little taste of forbidden fruit is all it takes. 🙂

THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE, available April 12, 2016

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