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Two Days to First Knight!
Monday, April 26th, 2010

To celebrate the release of FIRST KNIGHT, I’m running a contest.
Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a handmade ribbon-and-bead bookmark and a signed copy of the backlisted book of your choice from my Ellora’s Cave selection.

For some of y’all who may only have read my contemporary stories, you may not know that I LOVE dabbling in a medieval tale. They are my personal favorites to read, and I collect history books about the time period like my mother does hobnail glassware.

I’ve wanted to dive into the My Immortal Knight series again, but I wanted to do something different with it, so I took the story back, way back. And I thought it might be fun to tell a parallel storyline of troubles in the past, that may spill over into my knights’ present at some time. These prequel stories will have everything you loved about the MIKs—uber-alpha heroes, feisty heroines and dangers lurking nearby. This particular story develops into a very sexy threesome.

I hope you enjoy my little leap of faith. The story releases on Wednesday, and I’d love to hear your impressions and whether you will want more.

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While hiding her true identity, Maddie must seduce the mysterious Lord Garon to cement their marriage contract to ensure she won’t be returned into her lecherous stepfather’s care.

Fresh from Crusade in Palestine, Lord Garon has a secret he must hide, a hunger that must be fed, and a dark and uncertain future. Having shed himself of a fiancée he never met, he’s home to lick his wounds. The only thing he wants is a warm-blooded meal—but the new housekeeper is strangely insistent on giving him much more.

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Garon approached her, stopping in front of her, forcing her gaze to rise. When he was assured he had her full attention, he bent toward her. “There will be no more secrets. If you have any left for me to discover, you will tell me now.”

Maddie’s wide, wet eyes reflected regret, but the longer he hovered over her, the deeper her breaths became.

Her tongue darted out to wet her lips. “I have but one secret, husband.” She leaned close enough he caught the heady aroma of her arousal. Her cheeks flushed. “I think you know it already.”

“Are you attempting to distract me, wife?”

Her eyelashes swept down. “Am I?”

“You only delay your punishment,” he murmured, breathing in her scent and hardening.

Her belly rubbed against him, sliding over his rising cock. “You delay our pleasure.”
Garon ground his teeth. “Remove your clothes.”

The corners of her mouth twitched, but she stepped back and shed her clothing slowly. When she stood nude in front of him, he bit back a groan. Her small, round breasts quivered with each ragged inhalation.

He raised his hand, palm up. She slid hers over it. When he wrapped his fingers tightly around it, she only breathed more deeply.

“I should beat you,” he growled.

Her eyelids drifted down. Her head tilted, mouth pouting for a kiss. “Should you?”

“You endangered this keep, our people.”

Her eyes widened and she stared at his face. “I believed in you.” She licked her lips
again. “You won’t beat me.”

He firmed his jaw. “No. Never. But don’t take that as lenience.”

“I won’t. I promise. No more secrets.”

He led her to the bed, debated turning her over his knee, but his cock throbbed with need. He knew a better way to bring her to submission.

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Garon was so quiet Maddie worried he was truly displeased with her. She almost blurted out that she would get him a switch when he pushed her to the bed, facedown.

Her breath left her, and she didn’t get a chance to draw a deeper one because he stretched on top of her, holding her down.

The heat rolling off his skin was like standing next to a hearth. His cock, thick and pulsing, rested in the crevice of her buttocks—an embarrassing predicament.

She held her breath, wondering what he planned.

“Your heart beats so fast,” he whispered. “Are you afraid?”

“Of you? No. Of me…yes.”

“Why, sweetling?” He kissed the top of her shoulder then raked the edge of one of his fangs along her skin, causing her to shiver.

“Because I want you. Because I don’t know what to ask.”

“I shouldn’t come inside you. ‘Tis too soon.”

“And yet my body weeps.”

He nuzzled the spot beneath her ear, suctioning on the skin.

Maddie moaned and undulated, or tried to. He really was too heavy for her to drag in a deep breath, much less roll her bottom against him. “Can we not try?”

She almost didn’t recognize the thin, greedy sound of her own voice.

Garon slid a knee between her legs and she widened them, offering him space, offering her woman’s folds, which swelled and heated, growing slick with what she knew now was a woman’s pleasure.

His cock prodded against her opening.

“Can we do this? With you at my back?”

“If I move away you must come to your knees.”

She understood the mechanics, had seen a boar and sow copulate in such a manner. “You must move…”

His lips tugged at her earlobe. “So little patience.”

“And you have so much?”

His grunt sounded like a snort of laughter and Maddie warmed. She doubted it was a common occurrence and felt gratitude that this was something she could give him. She gave a deep sigh.

“Are you bored?”

“I am waiting,” she said, clipping her words.

“Should your pleasure be of greater import than my own?”

“As we’re married, shouldn’t mine be equal in importance?”

“Since I still have to punish you for your many transgressions, I think you should learn a little temperance.”

“I should warn you, since I’ve promised not to hold any secrets from you, that I’ve never been able to hold my tongue. And I’m not very feminine in my views.”

“Since you’ve had the running of my estate these past months, I will concede there is some value in having an unfeminine partner. That doesn’t mitigate the issue of your punishment.”

She stirred beneath him, her sex growing damper and clasping his cockhead. She wished he’d decide her punishment and get on with it, because her body was beginning to quiver and tense with need. “Garon,” she groaned.

“What’s that?”

“Stop teasing. Please.”

He lifted away from her—so quickly, her eyes shot open and she got her hands beneath her to lift her chest and look behind her.

He bent over the edge of the bed then came back with a belt in his hand.

Her heart tripped. “But you said you’d never strike me.”

“And I won’t. Ever. But, sweetling, I said nothing about binding you for my pleasure.”

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Read about when Maddie and Garon first meet

32 comments to “Two Days to First Knight!”

  1. Natalie
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:11 am · Link

    Another great excerpt. I wish it were Wednesday!



  2. Aimee
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:13 am · Link

    Can’t wait for this one!!!



  3. Carol L.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:21 am · Link

    Wow, I love the excerpts. Two more days and I’ll be out of my misery so I can continue this story. Congrats Delilah on the release . I love reading about Knights in medievil times. I’ll have to see what other Knight books you have. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com



  4. Carol L.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:24 am · Link

    :grin: I just had to pop back and say after checking out the Knight’s books I see I have a lot of great reading ahead of me.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com



  5. Delilah
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:40 am · Link

    Natalie and Aimee! I’m glad I’ve piqued your interest!

    Carol! Aw! Thanks, sweetie! Yeah, there are a quite a few in the series so far.



  6. Christine
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:47 am · Link

    Excerpt sounds great can’t wait



  7. Sherry S.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:57 am · Link

    Great excerpt I haven’t read any of this series yet but I plan on it. I didn’t realize how many books was in the series until I looked on your web site.



  8. Delilah
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am · Link

    Christine! Thanks, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

    Sherry! This story can be read as a standalone book, so don’t let the thought of “series” daunt you!



  9. Julie Kiesow
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 10:02 am · Link

    Love it! I for sure want MORE! Can’t wait 2 more days:( Keep up all the great work!

    ~Julie



  10. Fedora
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 10:48 am · Link

    DD, please dabble in the medieval more often! That would be quite pleasing to us readers ;)



  11. jennifer mathis
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 10:56 am · Link

    awesome utterly awesome excerpt

    meandi09@yahoo.com



  12. Jeanine Lesperance
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 11:35 am · Link

    This one sounds really good..I love all of your books.



  13. Anna Shah Hoque
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 1:04 pm · Link

    Awesome excerpt! Thanks for the great giveaway…I definitely have to catch up on this series.

    hugs,
    Anna



  14. Rachel Lynne
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Oh my! You are merciless with this teasing … I want to read it NOW!!! I have very little patience :)



  15. Estella
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 2:35 pm · Link

    This sounds yummy!



  16. Jane
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Ooh, only two days to go till release day. Congrats, Delilah.



  17. Sue Barr
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 4:48 pm · Link

    Well done DD. I shall have to put this on my list of ‘must buy’. I too love historicals with a little bit of ‘rrrrr’ in them.



  18. Nichole
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Yes you must dabble in the medieval more often (but certainly don’t forget the contemps). A medieval shifter sounds yummy. I’m fairly new to your books do you have any of those on your backlist?



  19. Barb S.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Delilah,
    Your book is definitely going on my must read list!!! Loved the excerpt!!! Curious about what’s next with Garon and Maddie!



  20. savonna
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Wow!! Great excerpt! I can’t wait to read this one and the series.



  21. Amelia
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt!



  22. Mitzi H.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 7:38 pm · Link

    WooHoo!!! I just bought Shadow Warrior but haven’t read it yet. I love this genre!!!



  23. Armenia Fox
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Wow, Delilah. I loved the excerpts. I love medieval historicals and this one is so wickedly delicious. :wink:



  24. Masha Holl
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:31 pm · Link

    DD, you know how I love your books, and your medievals are a particular soft spot. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done with this one.



  25. Beth C.
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 9:52 pm · Link

    Love the excerpt. Definitely have to look into getting this one, after payday.



  26. Shelly A
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      · April 26th, 2010 at 10:22 pm · Link

    ooh, enjoyed the excerpt! This time period is one of my favorites as well. :)



  27. Sue Brandes
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      · April 27th, 2010 at 8:05 am · Link

    Love the excerpt too! I really love reading medieval stories.



  28. Ashley A
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      · April 27th, 2010 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Oh wow!! That excerpt was so awesome!! I HAVE to get this book!!!



  29. Judi Wals
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      · April 27th, 2010 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Just finished wiping my eyes from Knight of My Dreams. I’m not sure if I’m ready to start a new story line, but, I’ll give it a go…….



  30. Delilah Devlin
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      · April 27th, 2010 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Judi! Wiping your eyes… Awwww… And this story is standalone for now. Nothing left hanging to make you chomp at the bit.



  31. Jody F.
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      · April 27th, 2010 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I love the excerpt! I enjoy medieval stories and this one sounds very exciting and romantic.



  32. Lindsey Ekland
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      · April 28th, 2010 at 4:13 am · Link

    Another book for the TBR pile. Will keep it near the top and look forward to some history.