Circus Fun (AND a Contest) with Delilah S Dawson

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, have we got a special treat for you today!! Delilah S Dawson is stopping by to help us start our very own (even if it is only here in our little corner of the cyberworld) CIRCUS!! To help celebrate the release of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO (the novella followup to WICKED AS THEY COME) we’ll be giving one lucky circus performer an ebook copy! And since Delilah will be attending Olde City, New Blood in Florida this coming February, I’m also including another chance to WIN YOUR WAY IN to the mini-con for FREE. See below for details on both contests 🙂

And now… on to the show!!

Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus. An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.

Let’s Join the Circus!

No, it’s true– I always dreamed of running away with the circus. I grew up in a boring house in a boring suburb and spent hours practicing various acts in the backyard. From hanging by my knees on the monkey bars to riding a unicycle to juggling rings on a balance board, I amassed Stupid Human Tricks that would come in seriously handy as a birthday party clown in high school–and at college parties. I can even make balloon giraffes.
But if I ran away to Criminy’s circus, I can tell you exactly what I would do: I would be the trick rider.
I’ve always loved horses, and so bludmares were a natural fit in the world of Sang. Modeled on my favorite draft breeds and resembling the destriers of medieval knights, the horses in my world are big, beautiful, and so vicious that they wear metal muzzle caps over their mouths. After all, you’re not going to get very far if your mount bites off your foot. In my first book, WICKED AS THEY COME, it’s revealed that Criminy once had his heart broken by a trick rider, and I may– or may not– have had myself in mind when picturing Merissa resplendent, her bare feet planted firmly on the backs of snow-white bludmares with plumes dipping off their tossing heads.
Second to that, I’d be an aerialist. I can do a little Spanish web and trapeze– at least enough to get up off the ground. But since the caravan travels, I haven’t incorporated such an act– yet. I’m sure Mr. Murdoch could devise a clever way to get acrobats into the air.
If you want in on the secret of the sexy artificer who devises the clockworks and equipment at the caravan, pick up my first e-novella in the Blud series, THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. It’s all about the steamy romance that builds between the mysterious Mr. Murdoch and a hot new act in Criminy’s caravan.
If you’d like to see some visuals Delilah has picked out to go along with THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO, you can check out the Pinterest page she created for the novella HERE.
So… If you’d like to join our merry company… please list in the comments below what part YOU would play in our circus. Delilah would be one of our trick riders… I believe I’ll take the part of Ringmaster. Be creative, be fanciful… and one of you will win an ecopy of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO!
Don’t miss your chance to meet Delilah at the Olde City, New Blood mini-convention in St. Augustine, FL this coming February 8-10th. Need MORE of an incentive to come chill out with some awesome authors by the beach?? How about if you win FREE REGISTRATION?? That’s right… this week we’re having a blog-hop-style contest and you could win your way in!!To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form, AFTER you answer the blog question in the comments below. All of the featured bloggers for the event will be hosting special guests from Olde City, New Blood this week (September 30th – October 6th) and every post is another chance for you to enter to win. There will be additional chances to enter at some of the featured authors’ websites, as well. There will be 3 winners, who will be chosen randomly from all entries, announced on October 7th. (Winners will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, but their registration fees will be covered by the mini-con!!) For a complete list of blog posts and extra author entries, please see the official contest announcement on the website.

Click Here To Enter


  1. Comment by Trina:

    Hmmm maybe a firebreathing contortionist? Literally a new twist on “Girl on Fire!”

  2. Comment by Beth:

    um.. maybe a trapeze artist

  3. Comment by Asylos:

    As much as I’d like to say I’d be doing something interesting, truth is I’m best at organization. Scheduling, bookkeeping, arranging venues, proofing marketing materials and the like.

  4. Comment by Phaedra Seabolt:

    Wow…I don’t know. I think I would be the Lion Tamer. I am really good with animals!

  5. Comment by barbed1951:

    I just went to the circus this summer while on vacation and it was a lot of fun. I think I’d be the person who trains all the dogs as well as a few kitties to do tricks in one of the rings. They were so much fun, jumping through hoops, walking tightropes, and the trainer just has to direct them, seems pretty easy. 😀

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