Victoria Vane | A Chat With The Devil Devere
May 15, 2012
He has the bluest eyes I've ever seen, startling even, and a half smile that
hovers over his mouth that makes one wonder what he's thinking. He's sprawled in
the chair when I enter, but rises immediately† and crosses the room with long
strides and a formal bow.
"Ms. Vane, I am enchanted," he says. He takes my hand and I feel my pulse
quicken. I've always fantasized about having my hand kissed. The sensation of
his soft, warm lips barely skirting over my fingers does not disappoint. "How
may I be of service?" he asks.
I begin without ado after rising from my own obeisance. "My Lord DeVere, it
seems you have intrigued my readers. I've been asked many questions about you
and hoped you would be kind enough to answer them."
When his full smile appears, the effect is knee-weakening. "But of course." He
gestures me to a chair and waits until I am seated before he resumes his own place.
"We first meet you as Sir Edward Chamber's best friend in A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE. Many
have marveled that you and he are so close when you are virtually nothing
alike." He tents his brows silently encouraging me to elaborate. †"It's just
that Ned is so—"
"Dull?" he suggests.
"I was thinking more along the lines of respectable, responsible, reputable—
He waves his hand in a dismissive gesture. "—boring, bland."†
"But then you set out to change all that," I prompt.
"Damn right!" he chuckles. "The man may as well have retreated to a Tibetan
Monastery for all the excitement he's had in the past three years. He first
began the decline when he left my sphere of influence to wed, but then when he
lost Annalee, he slid completely into the abysmal abyss of mundane monotony. It
then became my mission to save him...from himself."
"But who can blame him when he lost a beloved wife?" I give him a censorious
look that he completely ignores.
"And I deem three years is night long enough to wear black," he replies. "It was
long past time for dear Ned to return to the land of the living. Thus I
appointed myself his guide."
"But tastes vary, my lord. †Not every man is such a voluptuary as you are.
Perhaps Ned prefers quiet living and rustic pursuits. Simple taste does not
always equate to a deficiency in or of life.
"You mean one man's potion is another man's poison?" he suggests.
"Something like that," I answer.
"Very well then, as a purveyor of poison, I needs must ask, if Ned was indeed so
blissful in his reclusive rustication, why did he come to town?"
"He told you it was to find a house for the season for his daughter Vesta's come
DeVere countered with a shrewd smile. "When he could easily have hired an agent
for the task? †No. The truth is my best friend was bored to distraction and came
to town in desperate need of diversion. Whether he will admit it or not, he
sought me out knowing I was precisely the man to answer that need."
"By taking him to an orgy in a brothel?"
"You know about that, eh?" DeVere laughs outright. "It wasn't just any
brothel, my dear. It was King's Place, the most exclusive house of pleasure in
London. Moreover, it was not ordinary orgy, but a private, subscription-only
"And you thought that would answer?"
"But of course. It was unnatural how Ned was going on. Bad for his health even."
"That's highly debatable," I reply with a disapproving frown. "And it seems to
me, poor Ned got much more than he bargained for."
"I would have to agree with you there, my dear lady," DeVere chuckles. "He did
What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a
night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake? With
the devil in charge...there will be hell to pay.
She's a lonely lady down on her luck... Phoebe Scott, alias
Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a
closely guarded secret.
He's steadfast and eminently respectable...Sir Edward Chambers,
Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife's death and avowed
to live out a rustic and mundane life ... of celibacy.
With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to
pay. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to
return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling
machinations result in a night of mind blowing passion after which "dull dog
Ned" awakes to find himself in the King of England's bed! A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE,
a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!
Excerpt and buy link
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria 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.
http://authorvictoriavane.com† and http://authoremerylee.com
VICTORIA VANE TITLES:
A BREACH OF PROMISE,
Ellora's Cave 12/23/11
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE,
Breathless Press 4/27/12
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS, Breathless Press, 6/29/12
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW- Breathless Press, 7/27/12
THE DEVIL'S MATCH - Breathless Press TBA
Comment to win a copy of A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE
29 comments posted.
Re: Victoria Vane | A Chat With The Devil Devere
This sounds like a book I'd love to read...thanks for the chance
(Bonnie Capuano 7:25am May 15, 2012)
What a great interview! He is so wicked, I love it!
(Barbara Hanson 8:21am May 15, 2012)
this sounds so good very sexy love the cover of the book
(Denise Smith 8:37am May 15, 2012)
Send him over!
(Marjorie Carmony 9:12am May 15, 2012)
(May Pau 9:50am May 15, 2012)
Love the cover and the book sounds sensual.
(Robin McKay 10:02am May 15, 2012)
Sounds like a book I would love to read. Please keep up the good work of writing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest.
(Ann Thaxton 10:48am May 15, 2012)
HI everyone! I just completed THE DEVIL'S MATCH, the fourth and final book in this series and the cover is absolutely gorgeous - I am very excited to share it with you. As it turns out two of the novellas in this series are dedicated to DeVere (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and THE DEVIL'S MATCH) because there was just too much story to tell in one book! I hope you will check out the additional excerpts on my web site. Warmest regards, Victoria Vane
(Emery Lee 11:20am May 15, 2012)
I think I will like the best friend more than the main character.
(Pam Howell 11:48am May 15, 2012)
This book sounds great. Hope that I can win it.
(Mary Hay 1:22pm May 15, 2012)
Ooooh I am liking the sound of your book! I have not read anything by you yet... have to keep that in mind!
(Colleen Conklin 3:10pm May 15, 2012)
I love the premise of this story. They seem to be very different from one another. Watching them fall for each other should be fun.
(Stacie Deramo 3:48pm May 15, 2012)
Sounds like a great book.
(Wilma Frana 4:07pm May 15, 2012)
Sounds wonderful, great excerpt.DebP
(Deb Pelletier 4:37pm May 15, 2012)
Funny - I have a son named Emory (old family name of my husband's)...I've tried matchmaking with my friends, unsuccessfully - I didn't try a night of debauchery, just dinner. Now I see my error!
(Beth Fuller 5:18pm May 15, 2012)
The storyline has parts where you'll be nodding yes in agreement with the assessment in the conflict between a devil and the temptress. I like it.
(Alyson Widen 5:37pm May 15, 2012)
This story is intriguing. From the blue eyes, the hand kiss to the finish...a winner!
(Gladys Paradowski 6:55pm May 15, 2012)
Sounds like a very interesting read. I'm intrigued!
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 7:02pm May 15, 2012)
I love Georgian books they're so much wilder than Regency stories!
(Lisa Elwood 7:52pm May 15, 2012)
I have to say that this is normally a genre I wouldn't read, but you have such a fresh way of writing your story that pulls you in immediately!! This is one book I am definately going to put on my TBR list!! You have me pulled in by your most interesting post today. I love the cover as well!! Congratulations on what is sure to be a hot seller for you in more ways than one!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:52pm May 15, 2012)
This sounds like an interesting book and it has a great cover! I look forward to reading it and hope you have a great day/night.
(Chelsea Knestrick 11:34pm May 15, 2012)
This looks like a great book! Can't wait to pick it up!
(Stephanie Briggs 11:40pm May 15, 2012)
Hi, The concept of living in mourning forever may sound very romantic but I agree with you, it is just depressing and dull. Even if a widowed person does not wish to date, they should be meeting people and engaging in life, or they are wasting their one chance to be alive. As well as telling an interesting (and from the debate above, perhaps over the top) tale, to entertain your readers, you are dispensing some sound social advice. Maybe it will make a difference to someone's life. I would look forward to reading this book.
(Clare O'Beara 6:34am May 16, 2012)
Sounds very good! Thanks for the chance to win!!
(Natasha Donohoo 3:23pm May 16, 2012)
I would love to read A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE thank you. YUMMY!!!
(Mary Preston 9:17pm May 16, 2012)
Sounds wonderful, I hope I win so I can read A Wild's Night
Bride! Thanks for the contest.
(Ann Thaxton 2:56pm May 17, 2012)
Yummy and sexy all rolled into one great novel! I'm really looking forward to
reading "A Wild Night's Bride!" Thanks for sharing!
(Connie Fischer 8:52pm May 17, 2012)
Yes please, bring on the debauchery and let more tales begin.
(Alyson Widen 9:31pm May 18, 2012)
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE IS CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR ONLY $.99!
I promise it's the most fun you will ever have for under a dollar!
(Emery Lee 8:27pm June 27, 2012)
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