About the Book
Book: His Delightful Lady Delia
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: November 1, 2022
Behind the curtain, she must put on the performance of a lifetime . . . while love and risk take center stage.
Delia Vittoria’s mother has lost her voice at last. After five years of being her diva mother’s understudy, it is time for Delia to assume her place as the lead soprano onstage behind the Academy of Music’s faded velvet curtain. And she is all that stands between the Academy and its greatest threat–the nouveaux riches’ lavish new Metropolitan Opera House.
Kit Quincy never misses opening night, but when his sister begs him to help get her husband out of an Italian opera star’s arms, Kit accidentally confronts the younger Lady Vittoria instead. When he meets the stunning young diva again, he attempts to make amends, but then finds himself pulled into a society matron’s plot to win the great opera war. To draw attention to Delia Vittoria as the Academy’s new soprano star, Kit is convinced to act as both Delia’s patron and the enigmatic phantom who once haunted the Academy years ago. But when a second phantom appears, more than Delia’s rising career is threatened.
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About the Author
Grace Hitchcock (www.gracehitchcock.com) is the award-winning author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. Grace lives in the New Orleans area with her husband, Dakota, and their sons and daughter.
More from Grace
I’m pretty certain every author started as an avid reader who dreamed of how they would change an ending or change who the heroine ended up with if they could write the book instead. (Anyone else think Theodore Laurence should have married Jo March?) It’s that ever-beautiful question of “what if” that has haunted some of my favorite stories and often drives my own stories to spark to life.
I first discovered The Phantom of the Opera as a child and fell in love with the beauty of the Broadway musical, a love that continued into my adulthood. So, when I was researching ideas for Book Three in the American Royalty series and I stumbled upon the great opera-house wars between the new money’s opera house and the Academy’s elite opera house, the “what if” sequence began and I knew I had to write my version of a phantom-of-the-opera story. Then when I researched the Italian opera company, I grew even more excited, as I’m from a large Italian family. And when I say large, I mean it’s not uncommon for our smallest gatherings to be only forty people, and when the whole krewe is together, we need a large facility to house us all. I’ve also visited New York and Italy and felt I could add some authenticity to the Italian characters in my novel, which brings me to the leading lady—a delightful opera singer named Delia Vittoria, who takes a beloved hero from Book One in My Dear Miss Dupré, Kit Quincy, by surprise.
I knew from Kit’s character that if he’d met the woman he was meant to wed, nothing would have stopped him in his pursuit, so I knew I had to introduce a new heroine instead of a lady introduced in Book One. It is rather daring to bring in a new lead in the third book of a series without some form of introduction in prior novels, but I felt Kit’s character warranted it. Kit is by far the “oldest” hero I have written about to date, and to my delight, he captured my heart with his genuine soul and fierce devotion toward the woman he loves. Because of his age and personal experience, I felt that Kit could be a wonderful example of true, godly love to a woman who has seen almost nothing but poor imitations. I hope that you will enjoy their journey toward love and my nod to The Phantom of the Opera! Happy reading, friends!
Interview with Grace
Interview Questions for Celebrate Lit Interview Program (Gina Holder)
Hi Gina! Thank you so much for having me!
- Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I love to bake! For years, I have stayed in the “safe zone” of what I knew in the baking world until last Christmas when I was gifted a magazine with dazzling Christmas treats that seemed impossible to conquer, but I decided that I would try something new and stray from my usual repertoire of scones, breads, cookies, and boxed cakes and make everything I could from scratch.
The practice proved extremely therapeutic as the moment my babies were in bed, I’d turn on my current audiobook and try conquering my first chocolate pie, crust and all, eclairs, and icings, complicated cakes and fancy cookies. Things that always scared me away from attempting to bake became a game, one which my family members heartily enjoyed haha!
- What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
One of my favorite parts is working with editors. It can be daunting when that first content edit appears in my inbox, but I love the push the editors give me to answer questions that I did not see before, to expound on characters, to revisit character arches, and sometimes even change story plot points. I feel that with each editor I work with in my writing journey, I learn something new that I can take to the next book and the next.
- Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
In my initial proposal for His Delightful Lady Delia, I was told I needed to give Kit something more to do and that led me to diving into all the occupations of a gentleman of the time and I landed on one of my favorite occupations for a male lead to date—a hotel owner! My husband and I love to travel, so I used some of the places we have stayed as inspiration for Kit’s dazzling hotel business, along with little gems that I discovered in my research such as bowling alleys and rooftop gardens.
- Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
The best place to stay up to date on any bookish news, or where I am in my writing journey, is by signing up for my newsletter. I often have exclusive newsletter giveaways there too for an added measure of bookish fun! Sign-up here: https://gracehitchcockbooks.com/authornewsletter/
- Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
Right now, I am working away on my FIRST EVER Regency Romance series that the first is set to release April 2024!! Very scary haha but exciting as I’ve always loved the era and it will be a challenge to make sure I do not commit any historical inaccuracies, but I’m thrilled to venture across the ocean to a whole new writing world and hope you are excited as well! I already have an obnoxiously glorious pile of research books that I am studying and I am using writing in the period as the perfect excuse to get my husband to watch all my regency era favorite movies/shows (and some new ones) with me!
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the American Royalty series! It has been a dream to write them for you all!
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To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 e-gift card to Baker Book House and a paperback copy of all three books in the American Royalty series: My Dear Miss Dupré, Her Darling Mr. Day, and His Delightful Lady Delia!!
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