Sara: Could you describe The Mysterious Madam Morpho in your own words, for readers who haven’t heard of it before?
Delilah: It’s the best 130-page novella you’ll ever read about a sexy butterfly circus! Ahem. Just kidding. The Mysterious Madam Morpho is set in the Sang world of my Blud series from Pocket. Taking place after Wicked as They Come, it follows a magical new act in Criminy’s caravan, a stranger from London with a dark past who meets the artificer responsible for the clockworks. Fun and circus-type sexytimes ensue.
Sara: In three words, how would you describe your main characters?
Delilah: Imogen: Blunt, damaged, brave.
Henry: Creative, reclusive, smoldering.
Sara: Are there bludbunnies in The Mysterious Madam Morpho?
Delilah: The little monsters are unavoidable! But they’re not the thing that goes for Imogen. All of my stories include at least one exciting encounter with Sangish creatures, and this one is... kinda funny, kinda terrifying.
Delilah: The entire world sprung from a scene in a dream -- the one in which Tish meets Criminy in Wicked as They Come. I knew Criminy was a blood drinker but not a vampire, so I had to figure out exactly what a Bludman was. The rest of the world-building involved following logical (and slightly magical!) conclusions from that point. Other big influences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland, and the album Like Vines by The Hush Sound.
Sara: Can you give us a little taste of Wicked as She Wants to hold us over until April?
Delilah: If you haven’t read Wicked as They Come, Wicked as She Wants is a steamy adventure involving a vicious, blood-drinking princess and a passionate piano player knocking heads and boots as they race across the country in an airship brothel. If you have read book 1, this is my attempt to make Casper Sterling the sexiest man ever.
Sara: Are there any genres you would like to branch out to in the future?
Delilah: Several! My first YA, a creepy paranormal about natural disasters, demons, and Savannah called SERVANTS OF THE STORM, will be out in spring 2014 with Simon Pulse. I also have a clockwork Robin Hood romance in the works, not to mention some more YA. If it’s fast-paced and involves first kisses, I’ll write it. >
Sara: What are you currently reading?
Delilah: Redshirts by John Scalzi, Blood and Silver by James K. Tuck, and The Taker by Alma Katsu. I keep them strategically placed around the house and car so there’s always something available. And I just finished Enclave by the marvelous Ann Aguirre, so I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, Outpost.
Thanks so very, very much for having me! <3
Thanks for stopping by, Delilah! Now, for the giveaway! Because I love the world that Delilah has created in this series, I am giving away two (2) copies of The Mysterious Madam Morpho to two lucky Kindle readers! (If B&N has made an option for gifting Nook books and someone can explain it to me, they can also be Nook copies. I'm still relatively lost when it comes to ereaders and stuff...)
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment and your e-mail address! The giveaway will run through Monday 10/15 at midnight, and the winners will be chosen and emailed on Tuesday 10/16.
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Blud #1.5
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
Release Date: 10/02/12
Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus.
An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.