Five Interesting Things About Marisa Dillon – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Who is Marisa Dillon? No, I’m not Marissa Tomei, the actress, nor am I Matt Dillon’s sister, neither is Marshall Dillon, of Gunsmoke fame, my grandfather. I’m a debut novelist and I’d love you to fall in love my new book, The Lady of the Garter. But first, let’s get to know each other. Here are five interesting things about me:

1. I was born in Norway.

Better known as the land of the midnight sun and part of Scandinavia, Norway is one big rock with 13,594 miles of coastline. Sadly, I don’t speak Norwegian. It was my father’s tongue, and although my mother was a language professor, she told me she didn’t teach me Norwegian because I would laugh at her efforts. My mother claims she tried everything, even bribery. We moved to the states when I was young and I became a U.S. citizen at age 12.

2. I’m a Belly Dancer.

Say what? You already know I’m not Egyptian, so why am I performing this type of dance? I’ll take you back about five years. With a Moroccan-themed progressive dinner in the making, I hired a local belly dancer to come to my home for some authentic entertainment. After an impressive performance, she invited my guests to learn some moves and awarded the prize for best performance to me with a certificate for a free lesson. I loved belly dancing and lost 25 pounds in the process. The dance is steeped in history and beautiful in its movements. I recommend taking a class if you can find a local instructor. It’s a great work out.

3. I’ve been nominated for an Emmy Award.

My career in the television industry has spanned over two decades. Currently, I work as a marketing and social media consultant for a FOX/ABC station group, but when I first started working for a local TV station, I was a producer/director. In addition to the Emmy, I’ve been fortunate to be recognized with local and national awards in both the creative and the marketing sides of the business. I’d love to win an Oscar one day, perhaps for a screen play adaption of one of my novels.

4. Royalty is in my blood.

Well, actually, I believe if I lived in another lifetime, I was a royal. My brother always called me the Princess of Norway, more because I was a royal pain in the *ss, than due to any true lineage. But being slightly obsessed with kings, queens, and the court, has worked out in my favor. After all, don’t most readers want to be a little royal? At least, when we read a great historical romance.

5. Quilting is a hobby of mine.

I bet you didn’t see this one coming. After all the glam in my life, I need a hobby to keep me grounded and creating magic from scraps of fabric is almost as fascinating as weaving together a story of words. When I have writers block and can’t fathom another minute in front of a luminous computer screen, I pick up pretty squares of cloth and stich them together. My therapy.

2_10 Cover_TheLadyOfTheGarterWhen Henry VII takes the throne, not all are loyal to the new king. Garter knight, Sir James, is charged with bringing dissenters to justice. Determined to fulfill his vows, he’s unprepared for Lady Elena, a girl from his past he’s never forgotten.

Lady Elena defies her family and disguises herself as a squire to reunite with the man she’s always loved. She might be able to wield a sword, but she still possesses a woman’s heart.

Thrust into a world of danger and family rivalry, James and Elena face the ultimate test.

Can James avenge his father’s death and find passion, or will his Garter oaths hold him to a life of service without love?

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Squire, I’m ready for my bath.”

Elena gasped when she spotted James staring at her from across the room. His lips twitched; his gaze never leaving her. She folded her arms across her chest, covering her breasts, sinking deeper into the water. My God, what have I done? The moment she’d dreaded most had come true.

James rubbed the back of his neck, then staggered forward. “Are you a gift from the duke? Where is my bloody squire, Edward?” he growled.

He’d obviously drank more than he’d eaten. She could smell the ale. “Your squire left when I arrived to tend to your bath, milord,” she answered. “He promised to return shortly.”

She hoped the threat of an interruption might keep James’ intensions honorable.

That made him smile. “Is this how you tend to the bath for your guests?” His grin turned wicked. “A bath with you would give me great pleasure,” he admitted, his heated gaze boiling her blood.

“I confess there’s scarcely enough room in here for me.”

Her observation didn’t stop him from fumbling to remove his boots. Then he yanked off his breeches and shirt.

Elena sucked in a nervous breath—she loved seeing him naked. But if she didn’t take control of the situation soon, James would trap her in the tub.

“Come, you can sit on my lap,” he suggested.

She laughed louder than she should have, uncertain of what she wanted. But his smoldering gaze warmed her insides, making her wonder if he didn’t know who she was, what liberties she might take.

She wrung her hands, unsure what to do next. “Turn away and give me a moment of privacy, then I will tend to you.” She stepped out of the tub and draped herself in a towel the boys had left.

“That arse looks familiar. This is not my first time at Berkeley, girl. Pray tell, have we been together before?”

About the Author:2_10 AuthorPhoto_TheLadyOfTheGarterWith a degree in journalism, Marisa has spent many years writing for the television industry. As an award-winning producer/director/marketer, she has worked on commercial production, show creation, product branding and social media.

Marisa’s passion for writing began when her first-grade teacher read her poem aloud and posted it on the classroom wall. She soon followed up by writing plays for her neighborhood friends and hosting the productions in her garage.

Marisa has always enjoyed reading romance novels and now realizes a dream come true, writing romantic adventures. She lives in Kettering, Ohio, with her first love and knight in shining armor, James.

You can visit Marisa at: And you can connect with Marisa on Facebook and Twitter.

The Lady of the Garter is available as an eBook on Amazon.

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  1. stacey dempsey says:

    Thank you I enjoyed the excerpt

  2. great interview, really love the cover.

    • Hello Ashley. I love the cover, too. It was done by another author, Victoria Vane. She’s not only a talented writer, but a creative force as well. She has a side business designing book covers and social media graphics for authors. I’ll pass on the complement. Marisa

  3. Thanks for hosting!

  4. lori faires says:

    I enjoyed Marisa’s post & the excerpt. Blessings & Thanks to All.

  5. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I loved the excerpt and enjoyed reading more about Marisa!

  6. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Barbara Elness says:

    Loved the excerpt, The Lady of the Garter sounds wonderful.

  8. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

  9. fun facts

  10. Love your 5 facts and the excellent excerpt!

  11. Loved reading the 5 facts about the author! 🙂

  12. Hi Glenda! I appreciate your complements. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a message.

  13. steve weber says:

    the excerpt is always the best part.. give us a little sneak peak.

  14. Great excerpt, thank you.

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