Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Vicky Dreiling

We're such fan girls when it comes to Vicky Dreiling's heroes. They're charming, witty, dashing and a little rough on the edges but hey, that's the way we like 'em. If you haven't already heard, Vicky is a triple RITA® nominee for How To Marry A Duke (best first book & Regency historical) and How To Seduce A Scoundrel (Regency historical). That's going to be a tough one since she's going against herself in the Regency historical category as well as other fabulous authors. Today, she's sharing the final book of the reader dubbed 'How To' trilogy: How To Ravish A Rake. So in the spirit of Vicky's recent release, grab a drink, ravish a cake or a rake and find out why Jamie loves Will.


Meet Vicky:
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. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

  Connect with Vicky: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Jamie & Kati: Who is Vicky Dreiling? (author, Henry Cavill fan girl, man candy Monday instigator...)
Vicky Dreiling: Ha-ha! All of the above! Readers, I accidentally started a group on Twitter last spring called #mancandymonday. Here’s what happened. I was looking for photos to send to my editor of my hero William Darcett. So, I asked friends on Twitter to help me. In the process, I showed them a picture of Henry Cavill, the role model for Tristan in HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. That led everyone to share pics of really hot guys on Twitter. This went on night after night, and I realized I would never finish writing HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE if I didn’t do something. So I suggested we start a blog and have an official Twitter #mancandymonday on Monday nights at 8 CT/9ET/7 MT/6 PT. We have a theme every week and share pics of – you guessed it – hot guys. If you’re reading this and would like to join us, just use the #mancandymonday hashtag. Everyone is welcome. Plus check out the official man candy Monday blog

By the way, I never found a photo of an actor who really resembled William, but when I saw the cover of HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE, I was totally amazed because the couple looks exactly the way I pictured Will and Amy. I love the cover!

J&K: Tell us a little bit about Will and Amy's love story
VD: When I set out to write Amy’s story, I knew that I needed to partner her with a special guy. She’s been a wallflower for years, and no one ever even asks her to dance. But Amy is determined to shed her wallflower reputation and become the fashion darling of the ton. Naturally, I paired my sweet wallflower with the worst rake in London—Will, ‘the devil’ Darcett. He’s a bad boy, but he draws the attention of every single lady in the ton because he’s, well, hot! Amy, however, does not admire him at all and is determined to avoid him at all costs. But unforeseen circumstances lead this couple into the parson’s mousetrap.

I was fascinated with the consequences of a marriage of convenience between two people who knew so little about one another. How would they manage to build a relationship and the necessary trust to make their marriage work? The answer I came up with turned out to be a lot of fun. By the way, I have several photos on Pinterest for my HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE Collection. Here’s the link: If you need an invitation to Pinterest, just email me: Vicky at vickydreiling dot com (subject: Pinterest invitation).

J&K: We found Aunt Hester totally hysterical. Will you be writing her story and is there someone in your life that inspired this character?
VD: Aunt Hester is a figment of my imagination and resembles no one that I’ve ever met. I just loved the idea of an elderly grand dame who figured she’d earned the right to tell the truth about life and her relatives. Frankly, I miss all of my couples now that I’ve finished the first trilogy, but I also miss Aunt Hester and her outrageous comments. I’d love to write a short story about Hester’s life when she was a young woman, but I don’t know when I would be able to fit that into my schedule. I’m currently writing a short story for Forever’s new digital line and am contracted for three more full-length novels. I’m very excited about the new trilogy I’m working on. If you would like a peek at my secret hero, check out my Pinterest board: Secret Regency Book.

VD: Thank you, Kati and Jamie of Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance. You guys are fabulous!


J&K: OMG! She called us fabulous. *fangirl squee*

GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 400 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (April 1,2012)

Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security—if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate—and irresistible—attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .

When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . .
Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Powell's
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | Read Our Review
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Want to get your hands on this laugh out loud til your side hurts book? Yes you do. Courtesy of Forever Romance, three(3) lucky US READERS will get their very own copies of Vicky's book. Here's how:
  • Leave a comment for Vicky about ravishing rakes or cakes, what your favorite trope(s) is/are or what your favorite historical book is.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional. 
Thanks to the publisher for providing the giveaway copies as well as forwarding correspondence between Vicky and us. Also, thanks to Vicky for providing the review copies.

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