A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE: What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a machinating rake? Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis is a lonely lady down on her luck. Sir Edward Chambers is steadfast, respectable and avowed to a life... of celibacy. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere is simply bored and hell-bent to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. But with the devil in charge -- there will surely be hell to pay.
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS: Desperate times call for devilish measures... The coddled and pampered Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere, but what's a girl to do when the man of her dreams has eyes for another? Younger brother to Viscount Ludovic "The Devil" DeVere, "Hew" has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down with the right woman. When Hew shows interest in Vesta's godmother, Diana, Vesta vows to prove to Hew that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of...a huntress.
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.
Also by Victoria Vane
THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES from Breathless Press (http://www.breathlesspress.com/) A Wild Night's Bride (Book #1 e-book) The Virgin Huntress (Book #2 e-book) The Devil You Know (Book #3 e-book) The Devil's Match (book #4 e-book coming August 24, 2012) The Devil DeVere Vol I. (trade paperback August 4, 2012) The Devil DeVere Vol. II (tradepaperback Septermber 29, 2012) A Breach of Promise from Ellora's Cave
An Interview with Victoria Vane
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Victoria, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS.
VV: Thank you for having me, Holly!
HH: Your featured book is The Devil DeVere Vol. I. What can you tell us about this special print release?
VV: The Devil DeVere Volume I (of two) is comprised of the first two novellas in my four novella series. These stories are a great compliment to one another because they lead directly into one another and are both romantic comedies, whereas the third and fourth books are not comic at all.
HH: What can you tell us about the two wonderful stories readers get in one amazing volume?
VV: As I mentioned above, both stories are romantic comedy, and are connected by several characters but that's pretty much where the similarity ends.
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE was loosely inspired by the 2009 film, "THE HANGOVER", but because I am a romantic and a history junkie, I had to include a very steamy love story and set it in the 18th century! I also use a number of real people as secondary characters, such as the notorious brothel keeper, Charlotte Hayes, and the Prince of Wales and his coterie. It may also be interesting to readers to know that the Otahetian Feat of Venus (orgy) at King's Place Brothel where Ned and Phoebe meet was a real event as well!
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS is a separate story that picks up precisely where AWNB leaves off. It's also sweetly sexy with a number of surprises. Ned Chambers returns to Yorkshire with a new bride and his 18 year old daughter throws a hissy fit. After all, the purpose of his trip to London was to arrange her come out, NOT to remarry without his daughter's foreknowledge or approval! Vesta's godmother Diana is equally put out by the change in circumstances so she offers to take the spoiled and headstrong Vesta to London. That's when the adventure begins!
HH: What can you tell us about A Wild Night's Bride and what sets it apart from your other works?
VV: Absolutely the comedy! While I have been praised for my witty dialogue in all of my books, I had never written true comedy before, and didn't have a clue that I even had that talent. Both of these stories unfolded in my head and they were hilarious! I was also totally on fire! I wrote AWNB in less than 4 weeks and TVH in only 12 days!
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE (MINI-EXCERPT):
"Ah Ned!" Ludovic cried in a voice slurred from drink. "I wondered where you'd gone. You've returned with a companion?"
"Only because the lady expressed a wish to make your acquaintance."
Ludovic gave Ned a sardonic arch of his brow. "How extraordinary. Did she, indeed? " He abandoned the nearby breast to appraise Phoebe. "Charming." She realized she had passed muster when he waved away the woman between his legs and flashed her a bedazzling smile. What is your name, my pet?"
"Kitty," she replied.
DeVere threw back his head with a chuckle. "Kitty? How delightfully apropos!" His erstwhile companions forgotten, he patted a muscular thigh. "Come then, Kitty, my sweet little puss. Sit on your master's lap, and I'll stroke you 'till you purr."
HH: What can you tell us about The Virgin Huntress and why readers will find a story unlike any other there?
VV: I knew when I wrote THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS that Lady Vesta Chambers would be a polarizing character (and that's exactly the reaction to her that I have had) but I absolutely loved her impetuousness and zest for life, so I took the risk for the sake of comedy. No other character could have pulled off the kind of escapades she jumps headlong into. She was also the perfect foil for war-scarred Captain Hew DeVere. Love her or hate her, Vesta Chambers is one in a million!
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS (MINI-EXCERPT):
"You intend to keep me confined in here with you for three days?" His voice was low and ominous.
"It doesn't have to take three days," she said, "It just depends how long it takes for you to come to your senses."
"My senses?" he shook her so hard she thought her teeth would rattle. "It is you whose mind is disordered if you think you can tame me like some pet! Is that what you think, Vesta? That you can somehow turn a man like me into your little lap dog?"
"No," she said, as earnest as she had ever been in her life. "I could never imagine you as a lap dog. Ever. You are a Mastiff. Big, powerful, dignified, brave, and yet gentle." She nodded with a look of self satisfaction. "Yes. Most definitely a Mastiff."
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
VV: After writing the fourth novella in this series (THE DEVIL'S MATCH) that brings everything full circle, I thought I was finished and ready to move on, but I just couldn't seem to let go of these fantastic characters. Neither could the die-hard fans of this series! So after receiving a number of requests for "more DeVere" I have come up with some brand new story lines for spin off books that feature new characters along with the old ones. The new titles are:
DEVIL IN THE MAKING DEVIL BY ANOTHER NAME DEVIL IN DIAMONDS
In addition to the DeVere series, I have just completed a full length novel entitled DANGEROUS DESIGNS. Set in my beloved Georgian era with a strong historical premise of the South Sea Bubble and Jacobite plots, the story is dark and erotic, with elements of danger and intrigue. It is also very much an homage to the novels of the 18th century in which virtue &vice and evil & innocence are recurring themes. (Think Dangerous Liaisons meets Clarissa Harlowe and you are close.) It will be coming from Entangled Publishing in early 2013.
HH: How did you get your start as a writer?
VV: By getting laid off from a nineteen year career in diagnostic medical imaging! LOL!
At forty four years old I woke up on day with a story in my head. It was a combination of my three great passions - history, romance and horses and it just wouldn't go away. So I began to write. Six month later, I was laid off from my job and unemployed for 8 months, so I finished the book. Then I wondered what to do with it! I knew NOTHING about writing or publishing and didn't even know another writer. So I started surfing the web, and learned about agents and editors and query letters, etc. Next I sent out some queries. Six weeks later I heard from an editor from Sourcebooks who liked my story.
In April 2010 THE HIGHEST STAKES was released, a work of romantic historical fiction set in the world of 18th century horseracing. In November 2011, I followed up with FORTUNE'S SON, also a strong historical set in the Georgian gaming world. (Both novels are written as Emery Lee) . Although it received fantastic reviews and was even nominated for two awards, my second novel did not take off as hoped and the publisher dumped me. To add salt to the wound, my agent then decided to quit the business. That was early last summer (May 2011).
With my career floundering and feeling beaten to a pulp, a wonderful author friend, Diane Gaston suggested that I try writing a short romance for the digital market. Since I was in essence re-inventing myself, I chose erotic romance as the quickest and surest way to sell again. Inspired by a Georgian era play I had read, I wrote my first erotic historical novella called A BREACH OF PROMISE and shockingly, sold to Ellora's Cave. This title released last December to great reviews, received several "Top Picks" and was recently nominated for TRS' 5 Sweetheart award, as well as a nomination for Book of the Month at LASR. (Voting begins 9/1/12!)
A few week later, I was inspired by the "HANGOVER" movie to write AWNB . I had a new agent by that time who thought it was "too lewd" and refused to pitch it, but I wrote it anyway and pitched it myself. It sold and immediately became a series. I wrote my butt off for the next four months in order to have back-to-back releases. I then wrote the partial for DANGEROUS DESIGNS which my agent also didn't like! Once more, I pitched it myself and sold.
In the last 10 months I have written 280,000 words, roughly the equivalent of four full novels. I'm exhausted but in a good way! I'm also a bit disillusioned with literary agents! LOL!
HH: What do you enjoy most about your writing career?
VV: The freedom to be me! Because every single character that I write – the good, the bad, and certainly the ugly, is a piece of my own psyche- a piece of me! And that statement could not be more evident than in the character of the reckless, impetuous, and never-say-die Vesta Chambers!!!
HH: Will you be making any appearances in the remainder of 2012?
VV: Yes, as a matter of fact. I will be presenting two workshops at Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolias Conference. The first is on novella writing, and will be co-presented by Harlequin Undone author, Barbara Monajem.
The second workshop will be on branding, promoting and how to find one's readership. It will be presented by Emery Lee/Victoria Vane as I'll wear both hats! LOL!
HH: What are your plans for the fall at the moment?
VV: Only to have a lot of fun and meet many friends at the M&M conference, and to begin writing my next project.
HH: What would you most like to accomplish before year's end?
VV: I won't say because I don't wish to jinx myself! I will reveal that I have big, no HUGE, plans for 2013 that include writing at least the above mentioned novellas plus 2-3 more projects.
After that, who knows? Surely not I!