Wednesday, July 27, 2011
SCOUNDRELS, RAKES, AND ROGUES BEWARE . . .
Lady Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother’s best friend—for whom she’s long nursed a secret tendre—agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz.
But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for the Earl of Hawkfield to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any recently discarded, wickedly witty young miss would do. She secretly pens a lady’s guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal in London.
Every honorable rake knows that friends’ sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julianne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can’t resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of her kisses. He’s always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR Read the Excerpt
~ ~ ~ VICKY DREILING is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places.
Her first two novels HOW TO MARRY A DUKE and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL debuted on Nielsen Bookscan’s Top 100 Romance List. And yes, she really did set off a security alarm in Windsor Castle.
~ ~ ~ A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT VICKY: ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
VICKY: Daily. I wear noise cancellation headphones & listen to music while I write. When I’m in the story zone, nothing else exists. My daughter said a team of robbers could invade, and I probably wouldn’t notice. LOL!
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
VICKY: The Cat in the Hat
ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
VICKY: Je t’aime. (That’s French for I love you.)
ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
VICKY: Cinderella – I love when the girl least likely wins!
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
VICKY: The Tasmanian Devil
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
VICKY: I have zero tolerance for cruelty and bullying.
ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
VICKY: I have playlists on the Fun Stuff page on my website for all three of my books, including HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE, due out in spring 2012. Want to listen?
ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
VICKY: I read in bed most nights. Sigh – I do wish I had more time to read.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
VICKY: Fairy Tale
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
VICKY: I wrote a short story in grade school about a bear.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
VICKY: Pretty Woman
ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
VICKY: Richard III
ANGI: Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
VICKY: Not when I’m reading, but definitely when I’m writing.
ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
VICKY: If by “writing,” you mean constructing sentences, I don’t think about it. I just write. I do have an English degree, and I have spent considerable time studying story structure. But when I write a novel, I’m focused entirely on the characters and their journeys. At some point in writing my novels, I will usually hit a roadblock. This is when I analyze what I’ve established thus far. More important, I look at the characters’ development up to that point, which helps me envision the book going forward. Finally, I always keep the premise of the book in mind in every scene. Premise acts as a lighthouse for me when I go astray.
ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
VICKY: Thank you so much for all the messages and emails telling me how much you enjoy my books. As a new author, this means a great deal to me.
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I was taking a look at your website and found a playlist for HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE. Can you let us know when the next installment will be available? But I noticed that there’s some very modern music … DOLLHOUSE … Please tell us a little how this will fit in with Book #3. **grin**
VICKY’S GOTTA ANSWER: I listen to both modern and classical music while I write my books. The playlists often feature songs with lyrics that are pertinent to plot points. For example, the playlist for HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL features a song called Dark Waltz by Haley Westenra that I listened to while writing a scene featuring a waltz. Also, I choose theme songs for my books. Better Man by Pearl Jam is the theme song for HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. I Believe in You/Je Crois en Toi by Il Divo and Celine Dion is the theme song for HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. As for Dollhouse and HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE, I can’t tell you yet, because that’s a spoiler. *grin* HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE is slated for publication in April 2012.
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS? Yes, I’ll give away a copy of HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL along with Romance Trading Cards for both my books to one reader – US & Canada only.
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an electronic Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS? What sort of hero do you like best and why? I’m fond of rakes and charmers, but there are other popular types as well.
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