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Meet Lily Dawson, the Countess of Charm
If you’ve read either of the first two books in the Jewels of the Ton series, When You Give a Duke a Diamond or If You Give a Rake a Ruby, you will probably remember Lily. You certainly don’t have to read those books to enjoy Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend. This new book stands alone. In those first books, I gave Lily a few scenes where I (hopefully) showed her as charming, encouraging, witty, and even a but mysterious. In Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend, we find out why she’s so mysterious. She has a scandalous past and a top-secret present.
Here’s how I introduce her at the beginning of the series.
And then there was Lily—witty, lively, and burning as bright as her auburn hair. The prince dubbed Lily the Countess of Charm. There were some who said she had certainly charmed Prinny, charmed him into ejecting the formidable Mrs. Fitzherbert from his bed. Others claimed she was far too discriminating to open her boudoir to the bloated, overindulged prince.
Shana: Good day, Miss Dawson. Just so the readers can get to know you, tell us about your sobriquet, the Countess of Charm.
Lily: The Countess of Charm is the name the Prince Regent gave me. And, for the record, I have never been intimate with Prinny. I believe he started that rumor. Yech. Personally, I would have rather been the Baroness of Beauty or taken Fallon’s name, the Marchioness of Mystery. But I suppose I’m neither of those things, and if I can’t be interesting or beautiful, at least I can be charming.
Shana: It sounds like you’re a little jealous of your friends Fallon and Juliette.
Lily: I love my friends, but it’s hard being the one no one notices.
Shana: I’d hardly say no one notices you.
Lily: No one that counts.
Shana: Oh, is this about the Earl of Darlington?
Lily: He’s still in love with Juliette, even though she married the Duke of Pelham and is so in love with Pelham she has stars in her eyes. Darlington is an idiot. Why would I be in love with him?
Shana: Of course you’re not. However, I understand you are going to be traveling to the earl’s country estate very soon.
Lily: It’s at the invitation of the Duke of Ravenscroft, Darlington’s father.
Shana: And how does Darlington feel about your relationship with his father?
Shana: And why are you going to Ravenscroft Castle? Is it for a house party?
Lily: Ostensibly, but there may be more to it. I’m not really allowed to speak about it.
Shana: Does the reason have anything to do with your work for the Crown on the investigation of the murders of the elite spies?
Lily: I have no idea what you are talking about. I’m a courtesan, not a spy. However, I will say that my father did work for the Crown. He was one of the best in the intelligence arena. I miss him.
Shana: Is he still alive?
Lily: I don’t know. My family has disowned me. That’s one consequence of becoming a courtesan.
Shana: How is it you became a courtesan?
Lily: I’d rather not talk about that. I could tell you the story I tell others, but since you’re the author, you’d know the truth. And you don’t want to give too much of the book away, do you?
Shana: No, I don’t. Suffice it to say, you had no other option available to you.
Lily: That’s true, but since then I’ve worked hard to make sure I always have more options. I’ll never allow myself to be cornered like that again.
Readers, Lily doesn’t like that she’s called charming. If you had to pick one word to describe you, what would it be?
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