Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Giveaway & Interview with Lilou Dupont

Laura was recently passed over for a promotion in an advertising agency in Chicago. She realizes that with her stock options and a little budgeting, she can manage ion Prague for up to a year without work.
Once Laura arrives in Prague, she sets out to do some sight seeing at some museums and galleries. While taking in the scenery, she runs into a man named Byron, whom she discovers has similar likes as her. Laura and Byron hit if off quickly and decide to get coffee and go for a walk. They start out on a walk, but within minutes it rains. Laura instructs Byron that her apartment is on the path of the walk, so they go there.
The attraction is instant and after sex with this stranger, Laura discovers that Byron is German and of Nazi decent. This is a deal breaker for her and she tells him to leave.  As an observant Jew, Laura has strong feelings about a relationship with the son of a Nazi.  The attraction between them is so strong that she cannot resist. Not long after Laura kicks him out, she runs into him again and the sparks start to fly. Laura doesn't want to resist the son of a Nazi, but will she give into desire and allow her heart and body the one thing she swore she's never have?
Someone from Byron's past comes into the picture who is dark, with long blonde wavy hair completely opposite of what Laura is. Will she come between Laura and Byron after Laura decides to open her heart to Byron in a relationship with such strong obstacles to begin with? 


We have debut author Lilou DuPont joining us for an interview. Her book Dangerous Love releases this month. Hi Lilou, thank you for taking the time to visit with us today. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! It's great to be here on My Secret Romance!

I grew up in Connecticut and live in Washington, DC. I studied Cinema Production at the University of Southern California and Erotic Writing at The New School in New York. I am single.

What sparked the idea for your novel? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In a Prague cafe, an attractive man sat down at my table. We had a flirtatious conversation and he offered to take me to a gallery. Then, he mentioned that he was German and his grandfathers had been in the “Army” in World War II. I took this to mean that he was a descendant of Nazis.

As a Jew,  I was traumatized. Dangerous Love is based on me asking, “What if?” What if I had been overwhelmingly attracted to this man? What if he had been my soulmate?

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The eBook market is a great place to start! My publisher is Crimson Romance, a new eBook imprint by F+W Media. I saw a call for submissions and thought, why not? I queried the editor. She replied right away with a request for the full. I sent the manuscript on Friday and heard back on Monday. It was that quick. If you are a new author, I recommend that you fully explore your eBook publishing options!

In writing Dangerous Love, you visited all of the settings in your book. How much time did you spend in Europe? What experiences did you walk away with?
I spent about one month in Europe. I visited (in this order) Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Venice, Ljubjlana, and Berlin! Six of those seven cities made it into the book. I followed the paths of my characters, to see what they were seeing, to absorb the ambience. Sometimes, I would unexpectedly stumble upon a place and get a new idea for a steamy sex scene.

In Dangerous Love, Laura and Byron encounter another woman – the darkly exotic Zsa Zsa – with devastating consequences. I wanted this to occur in Germany. Every Berlin location that I cite in my book is derived from firsthand experience, with the exception of the “Apocalypse Hotel.” The manager would not let me in. So, I went online.

What was the hardest part of writing Dangerous Love? What was your favorite part to write?
The last chapter, when Laura introduces Byron to her father, was very difficult for me to write. I could only imagine how my own dad would react if I brought home the son of a Nazi! I basically journaled it for the entire summer. Then, one day in September, while on a train from NYC to DC, I realized that I had just written my ending! I threw out all of the journaling.

My favorite part to write was the chapter, “Sexbombe.” I love how Laura experiences elation. Here's an excerpt:

Something suddenly possessed her. Yesterday, two men had wanted her. Last night, two men had teased, tormented, and desired her. Contrast this to her former self as a workaholic, whose sexuality had all but disappeared. As she gazed down on the houses of this anonymous street, she felt that she was the First Brat of Bratislava.

Do you continue to work in advertising while writing? How do you like to unwind and relax?
I sell print and digital advertising for a major, niche publication. For fun (although it does require work), I organize a popular social group in Washington, DC. We have close to 1,200 members! To unwind, I like walking in the city and looking at art in museums.

You’re currently working on your next book; a spy romance set in Romania. Anything you can share with us?
I have completed a first draft about Marina, a young American spy, under cover during the Cold War as a Romanian demoiselle. She strays terribly off mission and loses both her CIA position and Romanian lover. Years later, the CIA offers her a chance for redemption … and the opportunity to find her lost man. I leave for Bucharest a week from Sunday! Who knows where this will take me?

Lightening Speed Round!

I love it!

Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry? Chocolate

Pumps, Sandals or Sneakers? Sandals

Beer or Fruity Girly Drink? Fruity Girly Drink

Boxers, Briefs, or Commando? Boxers

Book or E-Reader? Book

Vampire, Demon or Shifter? Shifter

Soft and Sensual or Up Against the Wall? Up Against the Wall

Beach or Snow? Beach

Jeans or Pearls? Pearls

Tattoos or Piercing? Neither! I'm squeamish.

Thank you, Lilou, for taking the time to be here today!

Thank you for having me!

Lilou DuPont graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Philosophy and studied Erotic Writing at The New School in New York City. She lives in Washington, DC where she enjoys a successful advertising career and a large circle of friends. Dangerous Love is her first novel. She is at work on her second book, a spy romance set in Bucharest, Romania. Vampires? No. Gypsies? Yes.


   One randomly drawn commenter from each tour stop will win Dangerous Love eBook. One randomly drawn commenter from each tour stop will win a $5 eGC to Amazon, B&N, or All Romance eBooks. Please make sure to leave your email adress with you comment. Thank you and good luck!


Lit Connect said...

Thanks for hosting Lilou today! :)

Maria D. said...

Great interview! I can't imagine this scenario taking place in real life but I'm sure it has at some point or another. Fantastic idea for a romance - definitely brings forgiveness into the mix.

Thanks for the giveaway

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Maureen said...

It looks like some tough decisions for the heroine.
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Lilou DuPont said...

Thank you for interviewing at My Secret Romance. I am happy to be here. Thank you, Maureen and June, for your comments. Good luck with the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Any book is welcome..I haven't read any books from the authors yet.

Johuann said...

I don't know if I want to read the book, or just think about what might be in there.

Lilou DuPont said...

Hi Johuann & Debi,
Thank you for stopping by and entering the contest! I am giving away at My Secret Romance not only a free eBook of Dangerous Love, but a $5 gift card that you can you use for any eBook. Good luck in the drawing!

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview.


desitheblonde said...

wow the hop is great and then i love to read so if i win i will psot it on allmy sts

Lilou DuPont said...

Thank you very much, Desi! I'm at All I Want & More on Friday. Hope you can make! New chance to win at every stop!

Foretta said...

Thanks for the great contest!

Mandi Counterman said...

Great interview. Thank you for the amazing contest!

Karielle Stephanie said...

Love your interview questions — so thoughtful! Lilou's responses were fun to read as well :)

thestephanieloves AT gmail DOT com

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