Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton

Posted October 17th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 59 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome historical romance author Lily Dalton to HJ!

Hi Lily, Welcome to HJ

Thank you so much! I’m very happy to be here!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

lily daltonI write books where the hero and heroine, despite the odds against them, find a very deep emotional connection that once in place, can’t be set aside or forgotten. And while some aspects of my novels can be serious and dark, I love to offset all that gravity with lots of fun and sometimes even a streak of the ridiculous.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen?

Like most modern women, I’m so used to being in charge and NOT being a damsel in distress…it might be fun to be one for a brief time, in the context of a romantic fantasy. But I wouldn’t want to be a completely helpless damsel. I’d want to help the hero rescue me, in some way. So…a kick-butt damsel in distress? Can I be that?

If you had to summarize Never Desire a Duke for the readers here…

NDADSophia and Vane, the Duke and Duchess of Claxton, have been miserably estranged for seven months after a heartbreaking tragedy tore their marriage apart. Sophia has decided she is done with the marriage, and intends to ask for a formal separation. Vane, a man once celebrated as England’s most notorious rogue, wants her back. When an unexpected snowstorm traps them together at their country estate, the flames of attraction blaze back to life…but both of them know passion isn’t love—and neither are willing to settle for anything less than that.

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Sophia was raised in a very happy household, where her parents loved each other deeply. When she married Vane, she was naïve in assuming their relationship would be just as magical. But she isn’t naive anymore. Even though society has different expectations, she can’t change the way she feels. Life’s just too precious and short to spend it miserable, with a man who is incapable of loving her with all of his heart.
Vane has lived his life trying to forget his past, and in doing so made many reckless choices, without any concern that they might one day cause pain to anyone else. But then he never expected to fall in love. And he is in love with Sophia, completely…which gives her the power to destroy him. For a man who has never been afraid before, he is terrified by the idea of letting her into his heart, afraid she won’t like what she finds.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

When I wrote this book, I wrote it with a lean, clean-shaven Joe Manganiello in mind (not hairy werewolf True-Blood-Alcide-Joe). Lord Manganiello doesn’t sound very English, but he played the role very well in my imagination. And while casting Sophia was much more elusive for me—she was more a creation of my own mind—I think Jaime Alexander is a close fit. Jaime always seems very confident and strong, and Sophia is that.

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thank YOU for having me!


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59 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton”

  1. Alicia Jespersen

    I don’t cast actors as character because they never fit a character as I see them. I usually just have a basic figure as a characters representation in my mind.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  2. Mary Preston

    I don’t cast the characters at all. I just rely on the author’s description & even then they tend to be vague shadows, if that makes sense.

  3. Sandy Xiong

    I do not. I like them to be my own desires that way I can change the way they look and such all the time. If I have a specific actor/actress then it just ruins the story for me.

  4. Diane Sallans

    No – I just have kind of a fuzzy, vague picture of the characters in my mind – no clear facial features.

  5. Heather L

    No, I never cast them as famous actors or actresses. I usually create my own vision of the characters as the story progresses. Probably why the books always seem better than the movies! 🙂

  6. Linda Thum

    I didn’t use to until I came across an actor that became my epitome of the perfect hero. I confess to a terrible celebrity crush on Richard Armitage *blush*

  7. Stephanie F.

    I always end up picturing the characters in my head. I have a tendency to dream the characters, too. Usually though it’s not real people, just ones I imagine. Though sometimes while watching a movie or show I’ll see an actor and say hmm he or she fits.

  8. Marcy Shuler

    I don’t cast characters when I read a book. I just try to picture them as the author describes them.

  9. Carolyn J

    when I read Raine Miller Naked, I saw David Gandy thru the entire series, FSOG I saw Ian Somerhalder,

  10. Marcy Meyer

    I don’t do that. I usually just take the descriptions of the characters and come up with what I think he looks like to me.

  11. Erin J.

    I let the author paint a picture in my mind through their words. Sometimes they take on similarities to famous people but usually they are pretty unique.

  12. Lily Dalton

    Chris Pine, Richard Armitage, David Gandy and Ian Somerhalder are all great hero choices! But I think it’s really neat that most of you say you don’t “cast” your heroes/characters. Usually even if an actor inspires one of my characters, it’s a very … morphed version of them, blended with characteristics I’ve added myself. That’s what is so great about reading, we get a really customized experience!

  13. Sharlene Wegner

    I honestly never pick out people to imagine, unless the author has indicated who they had in mind. I usually go by the cover models if that is an option.

  14. Claira Pam

    I generally try to leave the characters open to development through the story without influence from a casting choice!

  15. Lori H

    I don’t usually think of anyone specific when I read. I just try to picture who the author describes. I don’t put much thought in that. I just enjoy the story.
    Thanks 🙂

  16. KateS

    I’m not a big movie buff, so I just go with the author’s description and imagine their looks from that.

  17. Jennifer Zorko-Legak

    I don’t generally think of actors, but I do envision what the characters look like in my mind, sometimes it is a combination of multiple people. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Diane P. Diamond

    I always use my imagination to picture my hero. However, sometimes if I’ve been over exposed to Henry Cavill, then I picture him as my Hero.

  19. Texas Book Lover

    Nope, I don’t usually cast anyone because I don’t really know anyone since I don’t watch much. I read to much to watch and learn actors. I just picture them in my head.

  20. Krysten M

    No, I don’t picture/cast anyone for characters when I read. To me, a character can change my perception of them at any time, so I keep my options open 😉

  21. jdh2690

    Sometimes in many marriages there comes trouble that seems irreconcilable. I like this historical story for this difference from the norm. The couple are already married and are weathering problems and differences. I like this very realistic theme. It takes WORK to make a marriage work and the snowstorm gave the heroine and hero a chance to work through some of their troubles. I’d like to read this book for sure.

    • jdh2690

      Forgot to answer the question. No, I do not seek an actor or actress to fit the profile of the story’s characters. I read and get very involved in a story, but the faces are only as described to me by the author. I’ve always been more of a reader than a movie watcher so am not familiar with a lot of actors or actresses.

  22. Leanna

    I don’t think that I cast the characters in a book I’m reading. I prefer to imagine what they look like in my own head.


    no, i don’t. i get a visual of how i think he or she should look by how the writer describes them and their always good looking. 🙂

  24. Aline

    Well, I never actually cast real life actors/actresses for my H/h. That would ruin my reading because then I would be comparing them with some characters from the movies I’ve seen and none would be perfect LOL

  25. Glenda

    I usually rely on the authors description for my mental picture, however occasionally an actor pops into my head to play the part.

  26. Janice Unger

    I never cast actors in roles when I read. I think it’s too limiting. That’s why I don’t watch movies based on any books that I read. The casting will never be satisfying to me. Plus, I’m too involved picking out all the parts that aren’t like the book.

  27. Jesica F

    I rarely cast characters; it’s weird for me lol but when I do it’s usually the female that I cast and not the male. I usually cast Mila Kunis actually.

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