I’m delighted to welcome my friend and fellow Sourcebooks author Susanna Ives to my blog. Her book WICKED LITTLE SECRETS was chosen by Eloisa James as one of the best romances of 2013 — and I agree! She’s giving away a copy to one lucky commenter.
Susanna Ives grew up in the rural South, where she spent most of her youth at the local theater, acting in productions, working in the lighting booth, and building sets. Eventually she left her small town for the city lights of Atlanta, where she attended college and worked in corporations as a multimedia developer. These days she chases after her two curious, energetic children, designs web pages, and writes.
Last month, the fabulous Hal, Viscount Roxham of GENTLEMEN PREFER MISCHIEF visited my blog to talk about the five things he loved about Lily Teagarden. Now Lord Dashiell of WICKED LITTLE SECRETS returns the call. He discusses his love for Vivienne on Emily Greenwood’s blog.
Lord Dashiell is usually shy about admitting his feelings. He has been sitting in front of his computer, pardon me, I mean, in front of his stationary, after all, it is 1846, trying to narrow down his great love for Vivienne to five salient points.
After staring at the ceiling, a daft smile on his face, and then scribbling some words, followed by more staring at the ceiling, daft smiling, and scribbles, he is finally done. He finds his wife in her bedchamber, relaxing on her bed, reading a book on the history of Sweden.
Dashiell: It’s my turn to talk about the five things I love about you.
Vivienne: (raises a teasing brow and sets aside her book) Just five? Surely there must be hundreds or thousands of things.
Dashiell: Do be serious, luv. I’ve worked very hard on this. (Reads from the page) Number one: Your zest for life.
Vivienne: You mean my willingness to follow you to the ends of the earth. That is what you call “zest for life”? I call that gullibility.
Dashiell: My love, I’ve seen the pyramids five times. Yet when you danced and clapped before them and kissed me in front of the outraged guide, I wondered if I had actually seen the pyramids those other four times. My life seems hazy and unmoored when you’re not there.
Vivienne: Ahh, and I probably wouldn’t have seen the pyramids, or the Nile, or the Amazon, if it weren’t for you.
Dashiell: So you only love me as a tour guide.
Vivienne: (smiles enigmatically and kisses his nose) I have other reasons.
Dashiell: (clears his throat, a slight blush on his cheek) Number two: your laugh.
Vivienne: My laugh?
Dashiell: Whenever you laugh, it’s a beautiful song. When I’m feeling low, your laugh lifts me.
Vivienne: Well, that’s good because you are always telling me things – or doing things — that make me laugh. (laughs)
Dashiell: See, there you are working your magic! I’m feeling high, happy, and another word that begins with h.
Vivienne: That particular H word wasn’t used in 1845.
Dashiell: Did you check that on the online etymology site on the computer?
Vivienne: What’s a computer? You are being silly!
Dashiell: No, you are silly. That’s what I have as number four, but I can shift it to the third position.
Vivienne: You love that I’m silly?! Is that even a compliment?
Dashiell: It is to me. I couldn’t possibly love a dour, serious woman who doesn’t stop and see humor in any situation. Also, I think a lady needs a sense of humor to be married to me. I’m quite silly.
Vivienne: So no one else would put up with our silliness. Is that why we had to get married?
Dashiell: Most likely. Let’s move on to number four: your mind. You’re brilliant.
Vivienne: Do keep going (lies back on her pillow).
Dashiell: Curious, clever. You see the world in such an interesting, unique way. You are a modern Aristotle, Plato, Descartes–
Vivienne: Now I just think you want something from me.
Dashiell: Oh, I do. Very much so. That leads to my fifth point: your kiss. (He holds up another page) See I wrote an entire poem to the fifth point.
Her lips are like rose petals that—
Vivienne: (She tosses a pillow) Enough, silly boy, come here and get what you love.
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Now it’s your turn. Please comment and list one or more things about a hero (real or fictional) that you love. One lucky commenter will win a copy of WICKED LITTLE SECRETS! Ends Friday 6/20/14 at midnight, US & Canada only.