Five Ways To Impress A Marquess


I didn’t title my book. I just called it “book” or “that &*%$! book” during its writing. My publisher came up with the catchy “How To Impress a Marquess.” However, for the first third of the book, my heroine, Lilith Dahlgren, couldn’t care less about impressing George, Marquess of Marylewick, and told him as much on numerous occasions. Hmmm, so maybe that should be my first “way” to impress the marquess.


  • Have a healthy disregard for the marquess’ opinion. After all, Lilith is a strong woman who knows her own mind. She doesn’t need some starchy marquess telling her what to do, how to behave, and what to think. The only reason she must interact with him is because he’s her trustee and keeps a tight handle on her purse strings.
  • Make the marquess a villainous sultan in your work of fiction. It is possible that Lilith was been attracted to the marquess all along. Why else would she have created such a sexy villain in her popular serialized story, which she published under a pen name? Even better, make a fictional heroine who is your alter ego. Through her fictional heroine Collette, Lilith puts into print all the tender parts of herself that she can’t show to George. Have your marquess fall in love with your fictional alter ego but never let him know that he is the villain. Warning: this is a very dangerous course and could later blow up in your face.
  • Wear tight clothes and flowing robes to entice him. This actually could be considered a subpoint of point two. Writing a story requires Lilith to sit for long periods of time and eat loads of toffee to fuel her creative brain. This really wreaks havoc on that famed Victorian waistline. Poor Lilith is popping her stays to fit in her clothes, so she usually flounces about the house in comfortable robes or shifts.
  • Dig into a painful secret from the marquess’ boyhood to reveal his true sensitive heart beating beneath the fusty exterior. For example, discover that he was once a talented artist who quit painting after numerous spankings ordered from his disapproving father. Force the marquess to face his old secrets and personal demons. Lilith finds George’s hidden boyhood art and tricks him into looking at it again. Of course, digging into a marquess’ past might not impress but anger him, so proceed with caution.
  • Love the marquess, not for his title, wealth, estates, or societal position. Love him with all your being for his kind heart and beautiful spirit. This is the most impressive point of them all.




cvr-how-to-impress-a-marquessTitle: How to Impress a Marquess

Author: Susanna Ives

Series: Wicked Little Secrets, #3

ISBN: 9781402283635

Pubdate: November 1, 2016

Genre: Historical Romance


TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist’s soul.


ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family.


STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment.


COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue.


SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.


Take a sip. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll never want this moving Victorian love story to end.



Susanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta.


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HOW TO IMPRESS A MARQUESS by Susanna Ives was an unexpected Victorian read. Book 3 of the “Wicked Little Secrets”, while can be read as a stand alone, I’d suggest reading this series in order, although, it’s not necessary to enjoy “How To Impress a Marquess”.

George, Marquess of Marylewick, is likable, honor bound to his duty and his family, has a kind heart. Lilith Dahlgren, is 23, immature, and the ward of George. George was a very patient hero, not a rake to me, at all. However, Lilith is spoiled, immature and headed for disaster around every turn. What a trial she is for George! I found  this story a bit slow in parts, I think the long paragraphs  prevents the reader from enjoying the story as much as they could. Otherwise, the story would have been more exciting.

I have issues with a ward’s guardian falling in love with his young ward, but that’s just my issue. I would have enjoyed this story more of Lilith was a bit older, more mature, and not as troublesome for George. However, toward the end of the book Lilith does redeem herself. She brings out the creative side of George.

Readers will found a bit of humor, a few giggles, an intriguing hero and the redemption of Lilith.

I have read several of Ms. Ives’ stories and enjoyed them very much, however, “How to Impress a Marquess” was not my favorite. Overall, an enjoyable read.

I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR





Sarah Dunster is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poems have been published in Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah Magazine, and Victorian Violet Press. Her short fiction piece, Back North, is featured in Segullah’s Fall 2011 issue. Her novel Lightning Tree will be released in spring of 2012 by Cedar Fort. Sarah has six children and one on the way and loves writing almost as much as she loves being a mom.


Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

SD: Thank you for having me.

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?


SD:  Let’s see… I’m a mother of seven, age ten and under. Two of my girls are adopted.  The seventh is actually due in early march. That (motherhood) is what I do most of the day. But of course I love writing, reading… skiing, when I have time. I have been writing since I was a girl and am very excited to get my first book published.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Lightning Tree”?


SD:  The story started because I was interested in Italian immigrants and the part they played in forming the pioneer communities in Utah. And when I started looking into the different waves of immigration from Italy to the Salt Lake Valley, I discovered the Waldensians, who were such an interesting group of people to me—they spoke French, lived high up in the mountain valleys of northern Italy, and they had their own version of the Christian religion that differentiated from the Catholic teachings, and so they were persecuted over the years.  So, a lot in common with the LDS pioneers. Also I have such a deep interest in the history of the area of Utah Valley. I’d drive by old buildings all the time and just wish there was someone I could talk to about them.  Finally I decided to write a story and have a reason for tracking down facts, names, family anecdotes.  It has been such a meaningful process to me, getting to know the place I lived for such a long time.

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Lightning Tree”?


S.D.I was (and still am) a little bit frightened about the idea of misrepresenting history by accident. I was so completely thorough—I’d look up every little thing, like, did the city run cross that street?  What was the street called? Was this building built yet?  I wanted to get it exactly right… and accounts differ.  I’ve found personal accounts like journals and histories that say something different from the textbooks. And I tend to go with the histories, the firsthand accounts. So I’m worried about being criticized for historical accuracy but in the end… all I can say is I did my best (and a lot more than I had to, probably) to get everything right.

MBA&M: Why this era?

S.D. I love the idea of writing about a newly budding community. And it fit so well with my passion for the idea of community as family… back when communities were small and somewhat disconnected, you had to rely on your neighbors.  It’s such a different world now. Sometimes we don’t even know our neighbors’ names.

MBA&M: Who is your hero in your life?Why?


S.D. This will sound cliché, but my husband. Without his encouragement and genuine love for the fact that I write, I would not be a writer.  He is so enthusiastic about it. And self-sacrificing. He is a writer too, and hardly ever has time for it. I look forward to the day when he can take some time to write also.

MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world where will it be and why?


S.D. Harry Potter.  I would love to meet some of my favorite characters from that story. Or maybe Little House on the Prairie; what an adventure those stories portray (and all of them true!). But just for a little while… I love my life, and would miss it.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Lightning Tree” is available?


My professional blog is, my personal blog is, and the book is available for pre-order on Amazon right now; there is a link from my poster page where you can buy it:

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After surviving the tragic deaths of her parents and her baby sister and a harrowing trek across the plains to Utah, it s no surprise that Maggie’s nights are plagued by nightmares. But after years of harsh treatment by her foster family and memories that seem to hint at an unthinkable crime, Maggie is forced to strike out on her own to separate the facts from the lies.
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