Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Lady of the Garter Book Tour: Author Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Lady of the Garter book tour! I have an author interview coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Lady of the Garter
When Henry VII takes the throne, not all are loyal to the new king. Garter knight, Sir James, is charged with bringing dissenters to justice. Determined to fulfill his vows, he’s unprepared for Lady Elena, a girl from his past he’s never forgotten.

Lady Elena defies her family and disguises herself as a squire to reunite with the man she’s always loved. She might be able to wield a sword, but she still possesses a woman’s heart.

Thrust into a world of danger and family rivalry, James and Elena face the ultimate test.

Can James avenge his father’s death and find passion, or will his Garter oaths hold him to a life of service without love?

Author Interview:

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)
Hi Farrah, thank you for the invitation and the warm welcome. I know how much you love reading romance of any genre and I feel at home here.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest? 
The hardest part of writing for me is revising, which means killing my darlings. That usually happens after I get red lines through some of my paragraphs from my editor. And after I make the changes, which is usually about improving flow, I find that the story is better. I thank God for good editors. The easiest part about writing for me is when I’m not on deadline or under contract, when I can just let my characters talk to me and I can tell their story, pure and simple.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters? 
Oscar­winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence, would play my heroine, Elena, hands down. She’s a golden girl at the box office and she knows how to shoot an arrow like an Olympic champion. My heroine is a little like a medieval Katniss Everdeen, with a strong sense of self, completive skills and moxie. Jennifer played that type of character admirably in the Hunger Games. 
For my hero, James of Somerset, knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, I’d pick Shia LaBeouf. Not only is he the right age and extremely handsome, a requirement, he’s proven himself as an actor playing the son of Indiana Jones in the fourth installment of the film, as well as starred as the main protagonist in the blockbuster Transformers movie series.

What do you do when you get writer’s block? 
I dance or take a nap. What does that say about me? I’m not sure, but if I analyze the idea of doing either, it means that I stop thinking and give my subconscious some time to work things out. At first, I thought the whole idea of taping into that part of the mind for creativity was a bit esoteric, but then I found a seminar covering that exact topic at the National Romance Writer’s conference last year. Now, I believe there’s something to it.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you? 
William Shakespeare. Even though he was a poet, playwright and actor, he’s regarded by many as the greatest writer of the English language. His plays have been translated into every major living language. I too, am a poet, playwright and actor, but that’s another blog.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it? 
I’m working on the second in the Garter series that will include a Highlander spin, as well as a standalone story set in Georgian times about a belly dancer. No release dates available yet, but I hope to back to visit here again when they are available.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why? 
I was recently asked, if I could have a Superpower, what would it be? And my answer was to travel back in time. (It could be a Superpower) But if I have to choose, I’ll pick a period, the Renaissance, from the 14th to the 17th centuries. My story takes place in 1486 and at that time, the world was getting a little more civilized. Also, I’m Italian and I would imagine if I’d been born into my family at that time, I would have been precocious enough to try to meet the most successful artisans of the day, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. That would have been amazing!

Summer or winter? 
Summer! I can’t wait.

Cat or dog? 
I have both and I can’t choose between them.

Tea or coffee? 
Coffee. Some days, I would take it intravenously if I could.

Book or movie? 
Both, but I have to read the book before I see the movie.

Bad boy or boy next door? 
Boy next door. I married him.

Thanks for coming! 
Thank you, Farrah, sooooo much for having me. It’s been fun!

Elena had prayed that James would rescue her, but not at the price he paid. How would she ever make this right? First, she’d lost his trust. Now he lost Dragon because of her carelessness. She fully expected to be escorted back to Warwickshire after they returned to Nunnery. She hoped it would be with anyone but James or she wouldn’t survive it.

“God’s blood, woman, who do you think you are?” His deep, powerful voice made her cringe.

She couldn’t answer.

He sighed, steering the horse underneath some trees. Then he turned so abruptly, she thought he’d strike her.

“Are you daft, woman?”

She covered her face with both hands.

“You’re not ready to be a knight, Elena. Look at me.” He drew her hands away. “You’ve sworn allegiance to me, but you constantly disobey.” His eyebrows knit together. “You’ve begged for guidance, yet refuse to follow my instructions.” He shook his head. “You speak of courage, yet don’t show any. Did you not consider the consequences when you lied your way into my life? You’re selfish and don’t consider the future. The ability to sacrifice for the good of others is what qualifies a man for knighthood. Your heart is unworthy.”

But her heart was worthy. Perhaps not for knighthood, but for love. His love. And that seemed more important to her now. Although his criticism hurt, she knew he cared about her. His eyes showed it.

She kissed him, her quivering lips met his. It was the only answer she could give. She needed to sate her unbridled passion. She wanted him. She wanted this. It might be her only chance before he came to his senses.

He responded, embracing her.

When he finally released her, she whimpered and leaned into him, wanting more.

He gazed into her eyes. Why had he stopped?
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About the Author:
Marisa Dillon
With a degree in journalism, Marisa has spent many years writing for the television industry. As an award-winning producer/director/marketer, she has worked on commercial production, show creation, product branding and social media.

Marisa’s passion for writing began when her first-grade teacher read her poem aloud and posted it on the classroom wall. She soon followed up by writing plays for her neighborhood friends and hosting the productions in her garage.

Marisa has always enjoyed reading romance novels and now realizes a dream come true, writing romantic adventures. She lives in Kettering, Ohio, with her first love and knight in shining armor, James.

You can visit Marisa at: And you can connect with Marisa on Facebook and Twitter and follow her on Goodreads.


  1. Goddess Fish PromosMarch 5, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Great excerpt, thank you.

  3. Marisa 'Mo' DillonMarch 5, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Hi Rita! Thank you for the complement and for stopping by today!

  4. Marisa 'Mo' DillonMarch 5, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Beautiful Blog Site. Thank you so much for hosting me today!

  5. Marisa 'Mo' DillonMarch 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    HI Rita! Thank you for the complement and for stopping by today! Marisa

  6. Marisa 'Mo' DillonMarch 5, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Hi Jan D. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by today!