RU Readers, welcome to my release party! Can you believe it? I’m still shaking my head in disbelief, even while I’m eating up every precious moment. Nearly three years ago, Adrienne, Kelsey and I opened RU’s virtual doors with the desire to pay it forward, to network our little bums off, and to soak up every morsel of information from our generous Visiting Professors. Everything I’ve learned from our lectures has been applied to my writing or my career in some small way. I owe so much to Kelsey, Adrienne, and RU. Without them, today’s happy news would have come so much later. And now, Carrie, Jennifer, Becke, and Robin have brought their own knowledge and interests to RU, making the site even more dynamic and relevant for readers (and me!).
You’ve all seen my beautiful cover scrolling on the sidebar, but I’m going to take this moment to show you the evolution to the final cover. I once heard my publisher say that it takes an average of 14 designs before they find THE ONE. Can you imagine fourteen variations of the same cover design? Fortunately, I only saw three. Here they are:
Oct 2011 Dec 2011 (ARC) Feb 2012 (Final)
Each are striking in their own way, don’t you think? Sourcebooks used the middle cover design on the advanced reading copies (aka ARC) they sent to book reviewers, booksellers, and librarians. Don’t be surprised if you still see the cover with the orange background on bookseller internet sites. My understanding is that it takes a while for some stores to switch out the covers.
Would you like to see what the hero, Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford, looks like? He showed up on the cover spine for the ARC. Alas, he did not make it on the final cover.
What do you think about my master cryptographer? Don’t the two of them–Guy and Cora–make a lovely pair. I just love her hair!
Three lucky commenters will win a gift basket with the following goodies:
- An autographed copy of A Lady’s Revenge and bookmark
- A handcrafted necklace from RU’s crazy-talented Carrie Spencer
- Paris Amour lotion set by Bath & Body Works
- DiVoga Eiffel Tower Label Book
- Three antique-style keys linked together with a sheer burgundy organza ribbon (great accent for any home)
What do you have to do to win one of these lovelies? In the comment section below, tell me one thing you’ve learned from RU’s lectures and how you’ve applied it to your writing or career. OR, if you’re a reader of romance, share why you love romance and let me know what you’re reading now. That’s it! I’ll use Random.org to pick a winner.
Below, you’ll find a link to read the first chapter and an excerpt of Cora and Guy’s first kiss. I hope you enjoy both.
About A Lady’s Revenge
A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.
NOTHING GETS BETWEEN A LADY AND HER VENGEANCE
In a daring rescue, beautiful and wily secret operative Cora deBeau is reunited with her childhood friend Guy Trevelyan, who wants so much more from her now than friendship…
HE’LL STOKE THE FIRE UNTIL THEY BOTH GO UP IN FLAMES
But Cora’s mission against the French has become personal, and even the fire between her and Guy won’t deter her. When it comes to getting sweet, cruel revenge, nothing will stand in a lady’s way…
(Setup: Guy is getting ready to have breakfast with Cora in her bedchamber. He’s there to chink away at the barriers she had erected while in captivity and to deliver some unwelcome news.)
“Good morning, Dinks,” Guy said.
The maid curtsied. “That it is, my lord.”
Guy stepped into the bedchamber—and stopped dead in his tracks.
“Oh!” Dinks exclaimed, crashing into his back. “I’m right sorry, my lord. Didn’t expect you to be standing in my path like that.”
Guy ignored the maid’s rebuke. His nostrils flared as the fragrant, moist air of a recent bath reached his nose. But it was the sight of Cora standing near the breakfast table that held him captivated.
A silky blue dressing gown hugged the contours of her body, concealing the effects of her captivity, and a matching ribbon wound through her shorn hair. The effect was stunning in its simplicity. With her regal stance and fading bruises, she reminded him of a wounded angel.
Turning her damaged cheek away, she lifted her hand to tug on the ends of her hair. “It will grow out… eventually.”
She stared into his eyes. “W-what?”
He moved to stand before her and, without thinking, reached out to touch her rich brown waves. The soft locks slid through his fingers like the downy end of a feather.
Bending forward, he kissed her cheek. “Beautiful.”
He heard her sharp intake of breath, saw her stiffen and lean away. “Guy, I—”
His hand fell to his side. “Do not trouble yourself, Cora.
Little by little, touch by touch, he would help her overcome her trepidation. Valère had taken more than her innocence. He had stolen her confidence. “One step at a time, remember?” Read More
About the Author
Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending).
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Australia Romance Readers Association and the Windy City, Beau Monde, Women’s Fiction, and PASIC Romance Writers of America chapters. Tracey’s also 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:
- Jack Russell Returns to Interview Tracey Devlyn
- 10 Turning Points to Publication
- What’s Worse Than the Sophomore Book? with Tracey Devlyn
- A Look at Dating 200 Years Ago
- Lady Jane’s Salon: An RWA Extravaganza by Hope Tarr