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Q&A With Delilah Dawson

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Shauna could only stare at him as she felt his hand slide below her earlobe to where her pulse was already falling all over itself at the prospect of his kiss. His face lowered then he stopped.

"Any objection?" his gruff question was softly seductive.

The butterflies in her stomach trembled. "No."

Shauna felt the sensuous contact of his lips against her jaw. The whole world seemed to hold still, his breath flowing warm against her skin, the light citrus-scent of his cologne wrapping around her senses as he place a light kiss on her cheek. She trembled, unable to help the broken sigh that escaped her.

That kiss, that simple kiss, felt as innocent as moonlight and as guilty as lust. And not nearly enough. Suddenly, his mouth moved to her lips, slanting over hers, claiming it as if he'd been starved for it. She groaned at the contact, losing herself in the taste of him, in the rush of his need, in the hunger that had her wrapping her arms around his shoulders as he slowly took her breath away.

One kiss slid into another, demanding more, giving more and causing the world to tilt behind her eyes, blending the surreal and the real.

For so many years she'd wanted this, wanted him! It felt so good, so right. She eased against the hard planes of his body, thrilled at his hardening erection and guttural groan of weakness. Drowning in the brunt of his kisses, she arched against him and trembled when his hands cupped her breasts.

"Oh, Max!" She wanted to rip his clothes off, wanted his skin on hers, wanted his hot mouth everywhere...

He abruptly broke the kiss and touched his forehead to hers. "Shouldn't we take it slow?" he asked huskily.

"No," she said, completely without thinking.

He grinned. "Then you want to know what my fortune cookie said?"

She licked her lips, knowing he would tell her anyway. He leaned back a bit but kept watching her mouth and it made her hungrier for more of his.

"Make a wish and it will be granted." He leaned further back.

"What do you wish for?" she found herself asking.

There seemed to be too many haggard breaths and heartbeats before he replied, his voice gruff with warning. "I wish to see you in little more than those pink satin slippers you're wearing. You. With me. For the whole night."

She struggled to clear her mind, unable to even speak, the images his words created blazed through her mind. Was he serious?

The tremor of his broken chuckle brushed her skin. "Don't look so shocked, honey. You wanted to know."

His thumb remained at the curve of her throat, stroking her racing pulse. There was just enough fire still in her veins to want to make impulsive decisions, to make her want to throw caution to the wind and take him up on it.

Abruptly, the elevator doors opened, and she sobered as reality settle in. "Haven't you heard you're supposed to be careful with what you wish for, Max?"

The heat in his gaze was full of conviction. "Believe me, I thrive on wishes, but I learned the hard way that they're not for cowards."

What the hell did that mean?

He stepped back and Shauna stepped out of the elevator, feeling aroused and naked and confused.

When the steel doors finally blocking out his heated gaze, Shauna was embarrassed to see her own stupefied, dreamy expression reflected back.



*Excerpt by Delilah Dawson 

Q&A With Delilah Dawson
Author of Ebony Butterfly I and Anthologies
Ebony Butterfly II & Mr. Satisfaction
Q:  When did you decide you wanted to write?

A:  I've always written short stories and poetry since I was a child.  I
into steamier stuff as I
grew older, but I got serious about getting published about seven years
ago.  The urge to
write was growing stronger, so I figured, why not go for my dream to

Q:  How many novels in all have you written?

A:  I've written several unpublished novels that will remain permanently in
their archived boxes
because, well, it would take too much work to fix them up.  But
published, I have two
anthologies (Ebony Butterfly II and Mr. Satisfaction) , one novella
(Ebony Butterfly I) and
two books coming out very soon (Truth or Dare, and Naughty Devil).  I'm
very excited about
them!  I have excerpts of all of these except Naughty Devil, but keep
checking my website
and I'll be sure to get one there as soon as I get the cover art.

Q:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?

A:  It took me about six months to write my first novel.  Mostly because I
still have a day job,
so I write late a night, between ten to midnight.

Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

A:  Imagination is a wonderful thing.  Very often it's the slightest,
two-second thing that catches
my eye or my heart and sparks a story in my head.  For Mr.
I'd fallen in love
with some pink shoes that were the inspiration for 'Satisfy Me'.  I'll
have to put pictures of
them on my website soon. <g>
For Truth or Dare, it was a female accountant I noticed at a coffee
(she looked lonely,
and was staring off as if she wished she was someplace else).  And for
Naughty Devil, it was
a simple little devil tattoo. ;)

Q:   Are the characters based on real people?

A:  No, my characters are pure fiction.  Of course, their attributes come
from my observations
of life around me, and so I hope to give my characters emotions I
experiences I find
tempting or sometimes even scandalous.   I try to let the characters
me to whatever
story has to be told.

Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was
that experience?

A:  No, I've not self-published.

Q:  What feedback have you received from fans?

A:  My fans have been absolutely great!  I guess the constant thing I hear
back is that they like
to read my stories because they're hot but still have definite romances
and plot lines.  Some
even share my stories with their partners, which I think is great.
I hope my books give readers a wonderful experience that they can think
back on and

Q:  What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?

A:  Gosh!  I read so widely, there are tons of authors I love.  Do I really
have to pick just one?  

Q:  Is writing your only passion?

A:  Well, no.  I'm crazy about my family, but I don't think that's what you
mean. <g>
I recently got into photography and I find it to be a seriously
hobby.  My camera
practically became my purse.  That's not to say that I'm good at it,
I like the freedom it
gives me to express myself with what I see.  Writing on the other hand,
gives me the
freedom to express myself with what I imagine.  I'm passionate about

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  I intend to still keep writing and hope to hit the NYT bestseller's
as well as the USA today
list.  Of course, my fantasy would be to find myself on Oprah's

Q:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?

A:  Write!  Don't give up.  Write when you're not sure if it's any good.
Write when you feel like
giving up.  Remember that critiques are just people's opinions (am I
only one with a
wacky opinionated uncle?).  Shrug it off and just keep writing.

Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?

A:  I hope people get that sex is fun, daring and great, but relationships
are more than just
about physicality.  Seducing the heart and the mind are much more
powerful and

Q:  Are you working on another novel? If so,  what is it about?

A:  My next proposal to my editor is still under wraps, but I most
am writing something
juicy.  :)

Q:  Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?

A:  Folks can buy my books almost anywhere.  There are links to Amazon from
my website
(, and for a limited time, there is a chance to
an own Advanced
Reader Copy autographed by me.  Just enter the monthly contest and I'll
draw up a winner
in time for Christmas.  Good luck!

Thank you Shay, for my very first interview.  :)


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