The Inspiration behind THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE

Jan 2, 2016

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



  1. Angela says:

    I love your anthology All I want for Christmas is A Duke. I posted a review and I added that maybe each of you will write a longer story of this or the other characters – Thanks for fulfilling my wish,I will definitely looking forward to Lila and Jack story.

  2. Vivienne Lorret says:

    You are so thoughtful, Angela!

    And thank you for posting a review. I’ll be sure to check it out. <3