As you know, I've been begging some of my favorite authors to come over to the blog and chat for the past few weeks, and I'm so happy to host the fabulous Vicky Dreiling today on her release day for her latest--How to Ravish a Rake! I was lucky enough to read Vicky's first book, How to Marry a Duke, before it was published...and it made me a very happy camper--it's a wonderful Regency reimagining of The Bachelor...and I was hooked from the first line. But I'm going to let her tell you the story!
This story is about Sarah. In March 2010, I saw this book at Barnes & Noble with a fabulous cover and a great eye-catching title:
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
I was hooked immediately and bought the book, which I intended to read while traveling for business. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack the book. I was really disappointed when I realized my mistake at the airport. Meanwhile, my darling daughter came home from college to pet sit for me. After I got home, Amber Rose went back to college, and I searched high and low for Sarah’s book. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Then I realized what had happened. Nine Rules had taken a trip to college. :)
Something else happened. I walked past my overflowing bookshelf, and a pile of books fell off. I looked at the mess and concluded I must do one of the following: A) Buy more bookshelves or B) Buy an e-reader. As luck would have it, Amazon was featuring a sale on Kindles, so I bought one. The first book I ordered for my Kindle was Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake.
I loved Nine Rules. From the first page, Callie grabbed my heart. So yeah, I’m a big fan of Sarah’s books, but there’s more to my story. I started tweeting with Sarah, and of course, I adored her. We had a mutual friend, too – Sophie Jordan. I was also very excited because I’d sold my first book, How to Marry a Duke. Then one morning on Twitter, I got a direct message from Sarah. It said: “I love your first line.”
[Editor's Note: The first line of How to Marry a Duke is: "The belles of the Beau Monde had resorted to clumsiness in an effort to snag a ducal husband." I mean, who wouldn't love that line?]
I sent her a DM and said, “You have a copy of my book?”
We sort of scooped my editor! Not long afterward, my editor emailed to let me know about all the fabulous authors who had read my book and given it great quotes. I called her after seeing the list and told her that two of my friends were on there: Sarah & Sophie.
The really great part is that I got to meet Sarah at the RWA conference. She’s just as funny and warm as you have probably guessed. And I can’t wait to read A Rogue by Any Other Name. It’s on my Kindle Fire (I gave the 1st Kindle to my darling daughter LOL).
Oh, yeah, I guess I should reveal that I have a book coming out on today! It’s called How to Ravish a Rake, and it involves a wine cellar, a wedding wager, and a happily ever after. There’s smooching in it, too. :)
SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . .
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 . . .
Sarah, thanks so much for inviting me to your site, and major congratulations on making the New York Times list with A Rogue By Any Other Name!!!
Thanks so much for this wonderful story, Vicky...I'm thrilled that we met! Plus, any friend of Sophie's is a friend of mine, always!
Vicky and I believe that good friends are absolutely necessary in life...tell us about a great friend of yours in comments, and one lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Vicky's How to Ravish a Rake (US & Canada Only)!