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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My Favorite Book Boyfriend with Tracey Devlyn and Giveaway


Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a 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 at www.TraceyDevlyn.com.

Places to find Tracey:


Danielle, thank so much for inviting me back to Ramblings!

My all-time favorite book boyfriend is Derek Craven of Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You. He’s one of those characters that stays with you long after you finish the book. In looking back, I believe Craven and Dreaming of You had a great deal of influence on the style of books I write. Craven’s a ruthless guy. You know right away he’s a product of London’s Underworld and continues to dwell there without apology. He’s also an incredibly handsome man, though he’s not concerned with his appearance and is prone to slipping into his native Cockney when under duress or angry.

And he calls the heroine “mouse.” This is my favorite part.

What a great contrast, don’t you think? A hard, uncompromising gaming hell owner using such a gentle endearment for the novelist who has invaded his kingdom. His fascination with Sara Fielding compels the reader to keep turning the pages to see what his next, inappropriate move might be. Because when it comes to the mouse, Derek Craven simply cannot turn off the instinct to chase.

Thanks again!
Tracey


She stood at danger's threshold -- then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven -- and into Derek Craven's dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London's most exclusive gambling house -- a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world -- with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress -- and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion...and the promise of love.

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A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she’s forced to betray.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE PLAYERS IN POSITION...

Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN...

Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?

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70 comments :

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Love finding bew books to read!

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  2. Would love to win...thanks for the chance.

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  3. Everyone seems to love Lisa Kleypas' heroes! I love her contemporary heroes - Travis brothers from Texas but really need to read her historical heroes, too, it seems! And Tracey - I love your heroes and am SOOOO looking forward to reading about Ethan in your next book. I have a feeling he is going to be a pretty good book boyfriend. :)

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    1. Amy, I haven't read Lisa's Texas series yet, but I've have heard many wonderful things about it. She also has a new Friday Harbor series, which has a mystical element. On top of GREAT writing, Lisa is an extremely nice person. Got to meet her a few years ago at conference. Talk about a fangirl moment!

      And, Amy, thanks so much for loving my stories. I'm really looking forward to Ethan's debut, too.

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  4. Okay, I now must read this book as everyone but everyone talks about Derek Craven. I'm reading an amazing book boyfriend right now, Grace Burrowes' Darius! One more I loved: Duke of Ainsworthy from Lorraine Heath's Waking Up with the Duke...

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  5. Everyone keep talking about Derek Craven, I guess I need to see what he's all about. I love Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series, he has an accent and wears a kilt. Thanks for the chance

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    1. Sheryl, can you believe I have yet to read Outlander?! One day!

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  6. Great book! Looks like Lisa knows her boyfriends! Great pick! Great Giveaway!

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  7. Tracey -

    Oh, the heroes! I'm excited for Ethan in your next Nexus book (I secretly think he's already my favorite!). You know I love Billy and Vic in Adrienne Giordano's books.

    Hope you're having a great Tuesday!
    Kels

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    1. Kels, I can see why you'd love Ethan best. He's a bit more playful than my other heroes. :)

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  8. Good morning, Tracey. I will have to add this book to my list. Derek Craven sounds yummy! I think my all-time favorite book boyfriend is Jimmy Nash from Suzanne Brockmann's Flashpoint. He's wonderfully flawed, but so lovable. I'm also secretly crushing on Jonah Macon from Laura Griffin's Snapped. If you love an alpha male, Jonah fits the bill!

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    1. Yeah, Jimmy a definite book boyfriend. I'm hearing so many great things about Laura Griffin. Gonna have to add her to my list!

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  9. The books sound great. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

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  11. A spymaster....yum. Kind of like a regency James Bond, which sounds like just my cup of coffee (I don't drink tea). I just bought Dreaming of You and I hope it lives up to everything I've been hearing.

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! Love finding bew books to read!

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  13. Love Derek! :) I was so happy when he made a cameo in Lisa's other books... :)

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    1. Yay, a Derek Craven fan. Totally agree about the cameos. Love that!

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  14. I love Lisa Kleypas!
    I have not read you before Tracey. Do you write only historical's or do you have other genres?

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    1. Lori, I only write historicals right now. If you like contemporary and love finding new authors, I can suggest Adrienne Giordano & Misty Evans (romantic suspense), Nancy Naigle (small town suspense) and Tracy March (contemp romance). :)

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  15. Lisa Kleypas is one of my fav writers... she writes great historical as well as great contemporary romances...
    Tracy I have not read you...yet.. But thanks for a great giveaway..

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    1. So glad to see another Lisa Kleypas fan!

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  16. I've yet to taste Kleypas but Ilove the spy theme in your series and how you've turned it on it's ear with the lady as the spy! I have to admit that's what drew my interest...something different =).

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    1. Very happy to hear that you like out-of-the-box historical romances, Glittergirl. I had a great time writing this series.

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  17. Can't believe i've never read a Lisa Kleypas book. They seem to be everyone's favorite heroes! I definitely need to read one soon! Thanks for the chance!!

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  18. Yes, please do give Lisa a try. You won't be disappointed!

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  19. what or who is your inspiration when writing a book??

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    1. Sue, my inspiration comes from everywhere--a conversation, a picture, an article, etc. I really can't point to one person or one thing. Makes it fun!

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  20. Thanks for the great post and giveaway. I love finding new authors to read. Love the cover. Did you have any input?

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    1. Joanne, I provided character descriptions and told the designers that the book has a spy/dark/suspense theme. They took it from there!

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  21. Loved Check mate, my Lord! Haven't read Lisa Kleypas. Her heroes sound like boyfriend material.

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  22. What a great idea for a post! Mine might be a Lisa Kleypas hero, too. Maybe Ross Cannon from Lady Sophia's Lover... Or maybe Gabe from Kathleen E Woodwiss' Petals on the River. There are too many to choose just one! :)

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    1. Yes, it was HARD to narrow down to one book boyfriend, but Derek has always stood out in my mind. So that's what I went with!

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  23. You're the second one to pick Derek Craven from Dreaming of You! I like him and I LOVE that book but he's not my number one. I really, REALLY LOVE Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  24. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors. Derek Craven is a hot hunk of a man, but I prefer Hardy Cates and the Travis men. I can't forget about Leo Heathway. *swoon*

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  25. Derek sounds like a great hero; can't believe I haven't read it, yet!

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  26. Thanks for the interview. It is quite endearing for Derek to use Mouse as a cute pet name. Both books will go on my wish list. lisagk(at)yahoo

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  27. Love all of Lisa Kleypas' books.! I'd have a hard time picking a fav among her heroes.

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  28. Just wanted to say Sebastian Danvers is one of my book boyfriends, he was totally yummy in Checkmate, My Lord <3

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  29. I loved Derek Craven! It's one of my favourite books :)

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  30. I haven't read any of your books so look forward to adding them to my TBR stack. I really enjoy reading a great historical romance.
    Thanks,
    Lori

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  31. I love Derek! I swoon a little when he breaks into Cockney.

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  32. I haven't read any of your books so look forward to adding them to my TBR stack. I really enjoy reading a great historical romance.

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  33. I love any of Lisa Kleypas' books!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. I love Lisa's books and look forward to reading Tracey's.

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  35. I think I have one of Tracy's books in my TBR pile. I'll have to check. Who is your must-read author. Is it Lisa Kleypas?

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  36. And yet another Lisa Kleypas boyfriend! I am so out of the loop here!
    Great name for a hero.

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  37. Paranormal romance is my romance genre of choice for the most part, but after reading all these comments I'm definitely going to have to venture over to the rest. I feel like I've missed out on so much!!! Looking forward to reading Lisa Kleypas and of course Tracey's stories.

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  38. I love love love love Checkmate, My Lord's cover. It's beautiful!

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  39. I love histericals - er um HISTORICALS
    nice cover!!

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  40. I haven't had a chance to read Tracey's books yet, but Lisa Kleypas is always a favorite!

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  41. Hello, Love the short excerpt! If your Hero is a Spymaster there must be a nice intrigue to discover. I am new to your book and would love to read one. I love stories in the Regency-Victorian era. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I have read some books by Lisa Kleypas.

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  42. I love Lisa Kleypas' books, but I haven't read any of Tracey's books. I do love the title and cover of Checkmate, My Lord!

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  43. I love Charles from the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  44. These sound like great books.

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  45. These books sound really good.

    kscathyATyahooDOTcom

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  46. I love your cover and sounds like a great read!

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  47. Thank you so much for sharing these books and for offering the giveaway!

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

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