Please give a warm welcome to historical romance author, Victoria Vane, who is joining us today with her series The Devil DeVere!
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL…DEVERE
by Victoria Vane
I think every writer dreams of creating characters who are larger than life, those so strong and intriguing that they can carry an entire series, even if not the primary focus of it. But Ludovic "the Devil DeVere" who began as a rakish sidekick, became all that and then some. I never knew when I dreamed up my "HANGOVER" inspired novella that one story would become two, and then three, and then four, all because of one character. Hence, the birth of THE DEVIL DEVERE series, four scorching hot intertwined Georgian era romance novellas involving six main characters all connected through the devious Ludovic, Viscount DeVere. All four digital titles will be released between now and late August Trade paperback will follow. Now, without further ado, here is a brief introduction to the books and characters.
The Players in order of appearance:
- Viscount Ludovic "the Devil" DeVere: Devious and machinating rakehell, brother to Hew, godfather to Vesta
- Sir Edward "Ned" Chambers : Respectable and celibate widower with a powerful right hook, father to Vesta, best friend to DeVere.
- Phoebe Scott "alias" Kitty Willis: Struggling actress with a past, in need of a protector
- Lady Vesta Chambers: 18-year-old daughter of Sir Edward, spoiled, passionate, willful
- Captain Hewett DeVere: War hero younger brother to the viscount, his opposite in every way
- Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley: Godmother to Vesta, beautiful but embittered widow with several closely guarded secrets
Book I – A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE (available now)
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 surely be hell to pay!Goodreads - Amazon
My story begins with A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, a racy rollicking adventure that pairs Phoebe Scott, a struggling actress with Sir Edward "Ned" Chamber a grieving widower in a madcap wager when 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!
One of my favorite scenes:
DeVere, on the other hand, evinced no such qualms. He had already loosened his cravat and was stripping off his coat.
"As I said earlier, there is no need," Phoebe insisted. "A couple of buttons and a raised petticoat are all the business requires."
"How delightfully unromantic you are, my dear!" He chuckled. "But while most men would be charmed to comply with your simple wishes, I have quite another game in mind. One that most definitely requires you to disrobe."
"But what if I don't want to?"
"Oh but you will," he said with a smug smile.
She glared. "You are very sure of yourself!"
He studied his buffed fingernails. "I am sure of Ned. Thus, we must put on a convincing show."
Her brows came together in a deep scowl. "What do you mean? What has Ned to do with this?"
"Everything. And at any moment, I expect him to burst through that door like a raging bull."
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Book II – THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS (release date 6/29/12)
This is the second title in the Devil DeVere series and a delightfully playful and light-hearted romp!Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants, but when the object of her passion has eyes for another, it’s time to take matters in hand!Goodreads
In THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS, Ned's spoiled daughter Vesta goes to London to find a husband and is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain officer of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons who happens to be DeVere's younger brother Captain Hew. But when the only man she desires has eyes for her godmother, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove just how wrong he is.
Here is one of my favorite scenes between Hew and Vesta:
"But it is so large and swollen, is it painful?
"No, just uncomfortable. Now, may we stop discussing my …" the appropriate word for feminine ears failed him.
"Phallus?" she offered. "That is what the grooms call it."
"Why are you eavesdropping on grooms?"
"I used to watch the stallions leaping the mares."
"You what!" Hew almost choked.
"Well, how else is a girl with no mother supposed to get any education? Although I doubt Mama would have told me very much. So there's really no reason to be timid, Hew. I already know all about the mating process. And to the best of my knowledge, the stallions never 'ignored it until it went away.' Please feel free to relieve yourself of it. I would even help you if you would like. I'm not the least afraid for I have seen much larger ones."
Read an excerpt!
Book III THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (release date 7/27/12)
When dealing with the devil it's easy to be burned…especially when passion ignites the flames…Goodreads
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW changes the tone of the story altogether by flashing back in time to reveal the secret past of Diana and DeVere. It's a darkly erotic tale with elements of mystery and intrigue.
Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has long resigned herself to her loveless marriage …until her husband's gambling pushes them to the brink of ruin. Viscount Ludovic, "The Devil DeVere", is a man accustomed to taking what he wants according to his whim until he encounters a woman who won't be had at any price. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?
More info: http://authorvictoriavane.com/the-devil-you-know/
Book IV- THE DEVIL'S MATCH (release date 8/24/12)
Once burned twice shy…but when old flames come together…passion reignitesGoodreads
In THE DEVIL'S MATCH, we find Diana and DeVere finally reunited in a tale that mixes the exotic with the erotic with a number of surprising twists! Arriving in London as her goddaughter's chaperone, Baroness Diana Palmerston Wriothesley wants to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs, but when Diana's charge disappears, she is forced to seek help from the devil's lair. But while Ludovic is hell bent to have her back in his bed, Diana is equally determined to bring him to his knees.
More info: http://authorvictoriavane.com/the-devils-match/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 multi-award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.
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