As the hour came now upon midnight, as Duchess Cressida Courtlandt stood alone on the nearly deserted London street, she could not quite compel herself to enter – to carry on towards the couturier’s penthouse suite and some horrible temptation, some horrible ruination worse than anything Bedlam had to offer.
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Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Fans: One who enjoys my romantic works and another who wanted much more romantic fun with the protagonists of Miael.
Miael is a supernatural horror/fantasy fable – the deliciously creepy, decidedly twisted and delectably eerie tale of a cursed Phoenix & his dubious influence upon a cursed Seraph.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The usual way. From out of my twisted imagination, after a terrible night's sleep (during which other questionable substances and/or acts may or may not have been involved).
This question is like asking a magician how they do their magic tricks. The really good ones will likely never tell you the truth and the ones that will tell you the truth will only do so because it's terribly uninteresting and they've figured out a way to leverage their answer to their advantage.
Acadea smiled, her lips stretching across her olive skin though her attempt at disarmament failed to reach her eyes.
Cressida took the proffered card from the other woman, her brow furrowing as she read the neat black type.
"You have heard of them, yes?" the woman asked.
Cressida nodded absently; her eyes still glued to the card.
House d' Leblanc was the most elusive, exclusive and sought-after couturier in all of Europe.
It was said that even queens bent themselves to the head designer's every whim – if only to acquire yet another of his one-of-a-kind, ethereal creations. These creations, bestowed with an unparalleled fickleness upon whomever caught his eye at the time, might well find themselves the prize possession of women of the peerage, ladies of the stage or even wealthy women of ill repute.
"Senor Leblanc is a good friend of Bertie's," the woman continued. "He has been watching you from afar and has taken quite an interest in you and your plight, your grace. As such, he would be honored to make your gown.
"If you accept his offer, meet him at the Grovesnor Hotel at midnight tonight. Top floor. Royal Hyde Park Suite.
"But make no mistake, your grace," Acadea warned, "This offer is for you and you alone. You are to bring no one to the suite and to tell no one of anything you witness while you are there."
With that, before Cressida could utter a single word, the woman had disappeared into the bustling crowd – just as suddenly as she had appeared.
Though at the time Cressida had been both trepidatious and grateful, now, as the moon shone high overhead and she stared up at the top floor of the formidable hotel, she began to have her doubts.
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