Thursday, April 12, 2012

Get Lost in Tracey Devlyn's debut novel, A Lady's Revenge

A Lady's Revenge
Tracey Devlyn

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A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment. 

British agent Cora deBeau has spent the last three years seducing secrets from the most hardened of French spies while searching for her parents’ killer. When her latest assignment goes awry, she suffers at the hands of her French captor until Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford and master cryptographer, saves her during a daring rescue. Scarred and wary of men, Cora shies away from the one man who could heal her savaged heart.

After rescuing Cora from a French dungeon, Guy discovers it was one of his deciphered messages that led to her captivity. Guy strives to earn her forgiveness while outwitting their enemy. But will he find the scars on her wounded soul run too deep?

“Devlyn debuts with an intense spy thriller that hooks readers from the first page…Devlyn makes a unique mark on the genre with her powerful prose and a gripping vengeance theme.”
  ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“A sensuous Regency debut…Devlyn reveals the darkness of the spy game and entices readers with a talented and determined heroine.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine's happy ending). An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website: Tracey Devlyn 

Get Lost in a Story Interview

Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Tracey: I discovered a love of books quite late in life. Like many kids, I read required materials in school, but nothing really resonated with me. My passion for reading romance didn’t emerge until my mid-twenties. The book that started it all? The Raven and the Rose by Virginia Henley. In my debut novel, my heroine’s codename is Raven. It’s a special nod to Ms. Henley for writing such a compelling book that eventually led me to a career that brings me tremendous joy.

Jillian: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Tracey: Cinderella. I have much in common with the pumpkin girl.

Jillian: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Tracey: Bugs Bunny, hands down. The wabbit is one cool trickster.

Jillian: Where do you read and how often?
Tracey: Before I started writing, I read 2-4 books a week, mostly historical romance. Now, I’m lucky if I can squeeze in a book a month. Sad, isn’t it? I miss reading terribly. One day I hope to write full-time and then I’ll be able to tackle my ever-growing to be read pile. I might have slowed down my reading, but I haven’t stopped by books.

Jillian: What sound or noise do you love?
Tracey: I have two…
1)My husband’s voice (I know corny!). Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, he’ll read to me and, before I know it, morning has arrived.
2)All things natural—chirping birds, trilling frogs, whipping wind, rushing water, bugling elk, yipping coyotes…they’re all so calming. I can literally feel the stress easing from my tense muscles when I hear these sounds.

Jillian: Describe your favorite kind of hero to read/write?
Tracey: I adore a hero who has tendre for the heroine. Watching him build up enough nerve to declare his feelings, or overcome whatever obstacle is in his way, is always a page turner for me.

Jillian: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Tracey: Coffee, definitely. I’m a regular at my local Starbuck’s. They’ve dubbed my favorite drink—tall, 4-pump vanilla latte—a “Tracey special.”

Jillian: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Tracey: If I need a good laugh, I’d invite Dinks and Bingham to the table. Those two lovebirds are so stubborn and avoid their feelings with each other like the plague. Their interactions could keep me entertained for hours.

Tracey's got a question she'd like to ask readers: Do you like your historical romances to be light and humorous, or dark and suspenseful? Or do you like both? Please leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of A Lady’s Revenge (U.S. and Canada only, please).


  1. Congrats on your debut release, Tracey. I do like both, but usually prefer them to be darker and more suspenseful.

  2. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm the same way - love both types of historicals, but I tend to gravitate to dark and suspenseful. Probably why I write 'em dark. :)

  3. Good Morning, Tracey ! It's so good to have you here and see your name in print!

    I like both. Give me a good book and I'm a goner.

    Best of luck and looking forward to the next release!

    1. Hi Angi! Big thanks to Jillian and the rest of the Get Lost gang for inviting me to blog. I'm so excited to be here!

  4. Hi Tracey,

    So you like the Wascally Wabbit - so do I. Super Rabbit is one of my favorite cartoons. Yipe!

    I like both types of books. Variety is the spice of life! And, your book sounds so good.

    1. Thanks, Tammy! Yep, big Wascally Wabbit fan. :)

  5. Congrats on your release!

    I usually prefer light and humourous... But sometimes, I do like a bit of the dark... It depends on my mood..

    1. May, I totally understand what you mean by mood. Year ago, I used to bounce back and forth between Medieval and Regency--all depended on what my mood called for.

  6. This sounds fabulous, I like something differents sometimes.

  7. Hi Tracey, congratulations on your debut novel, it sounds like a great read!

    Personally, while I can read both types of romance, I find that I LOVE dark and suspenseful. Of course I'm very partial to romance with spies in them because I like the suspense and action that goes with the romance. I really like characters with wounded souls, especially the male characters, they're so much more interesting.

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Quilt Lady!!

  9. Hi Adria! Your words are music to my ears!! Thanks so much for swinging by.

  10. Hi Tracey!

    Cinderella was my favorite book as a kid. Cinderella's fairy tale sparked my love for romance, but I didn't start reading romance until my late twenties.

    Your book's sitting on my kitchen counter. Can't wait to dive in! Congratulations.


    1. Hey, Jen--thanks so much!! Cinderella is a favorite of mine, but I remember being more fascinated with how the carriage turned into a pumpkin than the love story. :)

  11. Congratulations on your debut. I like both, but it's nice when a dark and suspenseful novel can be offset with a little humor. It keeps the novel from being bogged down in total angst.

  12. I find that it depends on my mood at the time whether I want something light & funny or dark & suspenseful. If I am feeling a little depressed, I want something light & fun to make me laugh. But I do like dark, intense stories too.

    Congrats on your debut release.

  13. Do you like your historical romances to be light and humorous, or dark and suspenseful? Or do you like both?

    I like both, but I'd say I enjoy the light and humorous a bit more. I love humor in a story, that's always fun. Even if there is darkness, a bit of humor here and there lighten things up a bit, so everything isn't gloom and doom.

    1. I agree, Barbara! A Lady's Revenge has a great cast of secondary characters to provide a bit of much-needed comic relief.

  14. I like both, but prefer dark and suspenseful.


  15. I usually prefer dark and suspenseful but that is because I love romantic suspense. I think historical romance is served well by a healthy dose of humor.

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  16. it really depends on my mood. sometimes I want to be taken away on some wild adventure or be drawn into some deep suspense or mystery, but other times I just want to laugh and be carefree. I enjoy that different authors have different styles so that no matter what I'm in the mood for I can generally find something that will be perfect to read.

  17. Jillian and everyone--

    Thanks for the great chat about historical romance. Using, I now have a winner. A big thanks to everyone who particpated!