Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Welcome Tracey Devlyn, Author of A Lady's Revenge

I'm thrilled to welcome my friend Tracey Devlyn, author of the sensuous romantic thriller, A Lady's Revenge. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, warm your heart, and tempt you to fall in love with her delectable hero, Guy Trevelyan. Tracey's here to tell us about her debut release and a little about herself.  She's also going to give a free print copy of A Lady's Revenge to one lucky commenter...learn more at the end of Tracey's interview.  

Tracey, please tell us about your page-turning new release.

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?

Tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Right now, I’m promoting my debut novel, A Lady’s Revenge, which is the first book in the Nexus series. In addition, I’m working on edits for the second novel, Checkmate, My Lord, and I’ll start working on the third story in May.
What makes a book a keeper?
Any story that occupies my thoughts days after finishing it. Also, any story that I can read without setting it aside for long periods of time. Now that I’m writing, I tend to analyze every word as I read. If a story can sweep me away enough to turn off the writer side of my brain, it’s definitely a keeper.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Books will always be my guilty pleasure. Even though I’m reading very little right now, I still make my weekly trip to the bookstore and find at least one treasure to take home. I’m also adding great books to my e-reader. Then there are my research and reference books. So many great resources out there—new and old. I’ll buy great research books in anticipation of needing it in the future, because you just never know when you might need to know more about bedpans in Victorian hospitals.

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m the first one in my family to attend and graduate from college.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Believe it or not, right here in the good ‘ole United States. I’d love to live someplace a little warmer than Chicago, though. Someplace outside the bustle of a big city, with a beautiful lake, national park, or ocean nearby. Oh, I’d also need a romance-friendly bookstore within a 20-30 minute drive.

Where can readers find you on the web?

A few places you can find me are:

What’s your idea of a romantic evening?
I love going on dinner cruises with my husband. The lighting is always soft, the food delish, the breeze gentle, and the company perfect.

Thanks so much, Tracey! You and I have so much in common...I'm also the first in my family to graduate college, and as you know, I'm moving to a quaint little town in the mountains with a river and lake so close, I know where I'll be spending many a summer day...with a good book in my hand, of course. And of course, like you, my guilty pleasure is books, books, and more books. My husband can attest to that - poor thing is going to really suffer moving the boxes and boxes that hold my book collection!

Loved your book! Can't wait to read Checkmate, My Lord.

Author Bio:
Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine's happy ending). She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Australia Romance Readers Association and the Windy City, Beau Monde, Women’s Fiction, and PASIC Romance Writers of America chapters. Tracey’s also co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.

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, TraceyDevlyn.com.