Spotlight & Giveaway: A Bride for the Season by Jennifer Delamere

Posted November 21st, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 47 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Jennifer Delamere to HJ!

Hi Miss Lucinda Cardington and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your love story, A Bride for the Season!

Miss Cardington Do you have a story to tell?

ABFTSDo I ever! I was perfectly content to become an old maid and follow more serious pursuits, while leaving dreams of silly romantic love to Emily, my younger sister. But then she went out and ensnared herself with James Simpson, one of London’s most scandalous bachelors. They were caught in a situation that was innocent, but the gossip-mongers soon turned it into a serious scandal. The result was not only that James was forced to propose to Emily, but now my father insists that James find a husband for me as well! There’s no way this can turn out well. Especially because the more I get to know James, the more confused I get about my exact feelings for him…

Tell us about your writer, how did you first meet her?:

She wanted someone for a small part in her debut novel. (I believe you folks in the 21st century would call it a “walk-on role.”) I fit the bill, so she put me in. But then, as we got to know each other, she began to see that I could be heroine potential. To be honest, I knew it all along, but I let her think it was her idea.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Indulge in my photography hobby, of course!

What is your most / least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you and your love interest?

Most: My kindness and intelligence.

Least: I have a tendency to get nervous at social events and start spilling things.

Are you currently engaged in a relationship? What is Love at first sight?

Well, I’d always planned to remain single, but now that this man James Simpson has gotten involved in my life, I don’t know what to think. As for love at first sight, I’m more inclined to think that love grows the more you get to know someone. My author says that sometimes love can take you by surprise, such as when a spark suddenly ignites between two people who thought they were only friends. Perhaps that’s true!

What is your favorite scene in your book? Why?

There is a scene where James and I dance, alone, in a sunny parlor, with no music. I am normally a terrible dancer, but with him it came so naturally…

“You can do this, Lucinda. You have nothing to fear from a man on the dance floor. The vast majority of us don’t even bite.”
“Don’t they?”
“You are trying to joke your way out of this. Although I heartily approve of the tactic, I shall not allow you to do it.”
He launched into his favorite waltz. After a brief hesitation, Lucinda joined in.
“Enjoy the music, Lucinda. Feel it, in your very bones.” He reached again for her hand, feeling a burst of pleasure as it slipped easily into his.
They were moving now, tracing a small circle in the center of the room. She kept her eyes fixed on his. Her lips parted slightly, her front teeth briefly tugging at her bottom lip in an artless gesture that was undeniably appealing.
Lucinda appeared completely transported by the dance. Her mouth opened to a smile and a small sigh escaped her. And that’s when a thought crossed his mind that was more dangerous than any yet: Lucinda is beautiful. Not just pleasant, or passingly pretty. From her soul to her soft brown hair, inside and out, she was the most beautiful woman he had ever known…

Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

To be honest, we were pretty much in agreement throughout the whole book! True, there were times when she hated putting me through so much pain, as in the following scene. But I hope that my ultimate happy ending can be an encouragement to wallflowers everywhere…

Emily giggled. “James told me he and Mr. Hibbitt had quite the chat about you after the party. Isn’t that right, James?”
James cleared his throat. “Well, there is no doubt that marriage is on his mind.”
Some brief look crossed his face as he said this. In any other circumstance Lucinda would have put it down to pain. “Did Mr. Hibbitt expressly say he was contemplating marriage to me? Or are you just trying to be nice?”
James shook his head and said gently, “My dear girl, I have told you before that you undervalue yourself.”
His eyes locked on hers. Lucinda felt every part of her go still, except for her heart, which lurched into an unsteady pace. For a fraction of a second his gaze dropped to her lips, and she shivered, despite the heat. That one brief glance was enough to bring back every vivid memory she’d been trying to forget. She could feel the heat of his lips against hers and the way her entire body had come alive with pleasure when he’d held her. She could feel it as surely as if he were holding her right now. A surge of longing swept through her with such force she gasped. Dear Lord, why did she persist on wanting something so improper and out of reach? And why did James look as though he, too, were thinking the very same thing?
“Well, of course Lucinda undervalues herself,” Lady Cardington said. “She has been feeling the lack of a man’s attention. That is why we must thank heaven for this Mr. Hibbitt. Finally we have found someone who can see her good qualities.”

If your story were optioned for a movie, what song would you like played during the opening credits?

Movie? Oh yes, now I know what you mean: a story told by lots of photographs moving very quickly! What a marvelous invention! Almost makes me wish I lived in the 21st century. I would of course say the music should be a waltz. Nevertheless, I did ask my author for a more modern suggestion. She says, since my story is about a wallflower and the most popular guy in town, maybe Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” might be a good choice. (I’ll stick with the waltz….)

Did you ever think that your story would end up in a romance book?

Not at all! I wasn’t expecting any kind of romance, but then James Simpson had to come along and shake everything up…

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Book Info:

London’s most scandalous bachelor has finally gone too far. Caught in a situation that was innocent but too compromising, James Simpson is forced to admit that he must do the honorable thing and marry the lady. Unfortunately, marriage alone will not be enough to appease her father. He won’t agree to a dowry unless James can find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister-the shy and awkward Lucinda Cardington.

Lucinda doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf”; she has more serious pursuits in mind. She enjoys the friendship she and James share over their love of photography, but she leaves dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. James does manage to find a match for Lucinda, and his efforts to get them together are about to succeed…until James comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want Lucinda in anyone’s arms but his own.
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Author Bio

Jennifer DelamereThe youngest child of a Navy pilot and a journalist, Jennifer acquired a love of adventure and an excitement for learning that continues to this day. She’s lived in three countries and traveled throughout the U.S. An avid reader of classics and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. She resides with her husband in North Carolina –where, when not writing or dreaming up romantic adventures for her characters, she can be found fantasizing about her next ski trip or European vacation.

Twitter: @JenDelamere
Website (where you can also read an interview with that charming rogue James Simpson!):




47 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Bride for the Season by Jennifer Delamere”

  1. Glenda

    More than once. One of my best friends was thought to be a not nice person. She is really shy and introverted.

  2. Diane Sallans

    of course – you usually just get a superficial picture of someone to start – it takes time to really get to know them.

  3. jdh2690

    When I was younger with small children and working full time, I was so busy that I never got to know my neighbors and figured they were too busy as well. Now I’ve taken the time to get to know my neighbors, young or old, with varying interests and it is a very satisfying life. We take walks together (with or without our dogs), stop and chat when we see them in their yards, go to local events together and have luncheons together from time to time. We support each other in sadness, joy and fun. I love neighborliness…we’ve become good friends. 🙂 Thanks for the very interesting question.

  4. Terri Shortell

    I’ve met several people over the years who turned out to be different then I first thought. I’m glad I got to know them. The book sounds interesting and I would love to read it. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  5. Mary C.

    When I first met one of my friends at a group meeting, he was vety quiet and didn’t say much. After a few meetings, his personality began to emerge – he’s got a wicked sense of humor and is one of the nicest guys I know.

  6. Katherine St. Vincent

    When I first met my booklover friends. they all quiet than me but after several meeting and gathering, we weren’t awckward anymore.

  7. Nicole Potter

    For sure! I never would have met my husband if we hadn’t ended up working at the same place! I love that he’s the total opposite of me, and I’m so glad that we ended up meeting! 🙂

  8. Joye

    I work with a person I thought was a snob but really is not. They turned out to be really nice after we worked together on a project.

  9. dholcomb1

    one of my best friends is someone I really didn’t know much about, had the wrong impression, and we became such good friends–I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers who were wrong

  10. Janie McGaugh

    I’ve long since learned not to judge someone by my first impression. I’ve met a lot of people due to shared interests and have many dear friends I would, otherwise, have never met.

  11. erinf1

    there was a guy in high school that I loathed b/c he made fun of me all the time. When we got to college, we sat down and had a “snark off” and just ripped into each other to the utter embarrassment of our mutual friend. to her astonishment, we each went to her separately said how the other was a lot better than we thought! We ended up good friends! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Taswmom

    A number of times. I’ve never been strong in self confidence socially, and so, while I can be loud and rowdy when comfortable, tend to come off more snobby to people who don’t know me. I’ve found that this is the same with many other people also. That person that we see aloof and snobby, is often just shy or insecure.

  13. Kai W.

    I have met a friend of mine who have different interest. We shouldn’t be friends due to our different interest but it turns out that we can learn from each other.

  14. Irma Jurejevčič

    I worked with a girl that was playing sweets with me and acted like a real friend. It didn’t take long to realize she was just being a hipocrit and turned out she was/is really mean person.

  15. kateivan

    A former co-worker was perceived by most other colleagues to be difficult and standoffish. She and I connected over a shared love of film (we loved attending free advance screenings together), and I discovered that (like me) she was really just shy. We remain good friends even though she’s moved to the other side of the country.

  16. Terri C

    Yes. I worked with a guy at an amusement park many years ago. I always thought he was loud and obnoxious. A group of us have reunited in the last year or so and I’ve discovered that I really do like him.

  17. laurieg72

    At first I had a really hard time relating to my S-I-L. She’s very outspoken, independent, a bit wild and 12 years younger. However she’s been a wonderful aunt to my 4 children.Now, I really love her and appreciate her.

  18. florryalyna

    Sometimes you discover a wonderful person through your hobby or unexpected circumstances. I love this kind of discoveries. This is how I met some of my best friends, even if at the beginning we thought we are very different.

  19. Tatiana L.

    At first it seemed that my future husband and I had little in common, and then we discovered our love for travelling and music – that changed a lot. We still have our differences, but I believe they only complement each other and make us quite a unique couple

  20. cheryl c.

    I think we all have relationships with both categories of people- those we have much in common with and those who are different in most ways but alike where it counts.

  21. barbed1951

    It has happened to me a few times, that I had an impression of someone and then when I actually got to know them, they turned out to be completely different than what I had thought. I always love it when that happens, especially if I end up with a new friend. 😀

  22. Cathy P

    It has happened to me a few times. I have thought that someone was stuck up, only to find out they are shy like me. Once I get to know them, I liked them.

  23. Cheryl H

    A woman I knew for years and liked turned out to have a much wickeder sense of humor than I thought and a surprising love of very sexy romances! We’d been besties for years, until recently….not sure what changed 🙁

  24. rachael constant

    usually my first impressions are spot on, but there is that occasional person who I have misjudged

  25. Aline

    I love to read and it brought me to meet some of my best friends who share my love of reading 🙂

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