Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Treacherous Temptations Blog Tour

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Today I'm thrilled to be interviewing author Victoria Vane about her wonderful new historical romance, Treacherous Temptations, from Entangled Publishing's Scandalous line. Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter a tour wide giveaway. All stops on Victoria's tour are listed here.

Welcome, Victoria...can you tell us a little about Treacherous Temptations?
I'd be delighted! Treacherous Temptations is a dark romance between a thoroughly debauched hero who seeks revenge for his family's ruin through a plot to seduce and force into marriage an innocent country girl who is a very reluctant heiress.

The plot was loosely inspired by the fictional book/film Dangerous Liaisons but my characters are modeled after real people who lived in the era in which the story is set.
Hadley is modeled after Philip, the dissolute 1st Duke of Wharton, and Mary closely mirrors a true heiress, also named Mary Edwardes.

How did you come to be a part of Entangled's new Scandalous line?
I had heard a great deal about Entangled over the past year and was very excited to discover they were starting a historical imprint. I submitted my partial for this manuscript last May and heard from acquiring editor, Erin Molta, shortly thereafter. The rest is history.

What kind of research goes into the writing of your historicals?
Because I am a true-blue history geek, I do extensive research on everything I write. Treacherous Temptations opens on the heel of the South Sea Scandal in 1720, which was equivalent to the Wall Street crash of 1929. The events that followed are based on fact, although slightly fictionalized to suit my story. As I mentioned above, I frequently use real people in my stories as secondary characters and/or model my primary players after real people which also requires a great deal of research but I think this obsessive attention to historical details serves to set me apart from many other historical authors.

Why are historicals your chosen genre?
Because historical suit me so well. My natural writing voice is a bit formal which lends itself very well to the era in which I write. Historicals also fit my geeky personality!

Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
I think may aspiring writers ask for too much critique. My advice is to find just one person whose opinions you respect and work from there. Finish what you start and never quit if you truly love to write.

Do you have a favorite book that you've written?
Whatever book I am writing is always my favorite! But I think my favorite character will always be Ludovic DeVere. He's one in a million!

What are some of your favorite books/authors?
Too many to list, but here's just a sample of my favorites: Venetia by Georgette Heyer, The Masqueraders also by Georgette Heyer, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, MacKinnon's Rangers series by Pamela Clare, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Nobel Satyr by Lucinda Brant.

Anything you'd like to reveal about yourself that your readers might find surprising?
I'm an insomniac, so I keep very strange hours and do most of my creative writing late at night typically between 8PM and 2AM. I'm also a bit obsessive/compulsive, claustrophobic, acrophobic, and have an unusual abhorrence of pigs and clowns!

What are you working on now?
Thanks so much for asking! I have many irons in the fire at present. First off, I am deliriously happy to say that my entire DeVere series is currently in production for audiobook. It's been so much fun to hear my stories come to life through professional actors. This very much compliments the custom artwork and character portraits I have commissioned for the series that readers can enjoy on my Devil DeVere fan site: http://thedevildevere.com

As far as new writing projects go, I have several more DeVere books coming this year and am also nearly finished with my first contemporary romance. It is set in Montana with a cowboy hero, and a heroine readers will readily relate to. I love the story!

As for historicals, they will always be my first love. I have many more titles cluttering my computer desktop that I hope Entangled will wish to add to the Scandalous line. I hope readers will follow me to keep up with my forthcoming projects.

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.


THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES- Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012
LR Cafe Best Series Nominee 2012
A Wild Night's Bride
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• Amazon Top 100 Best seller The Virgin Huntress
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
The Devil You Know
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• The Romance Reviews Top Pick
• LR Café Best Historical Romance nominee 2012
The Devil's Match
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• The Romance Reviews Top Pick
• LASR Reviews Book of the Month December 2012
• Swept Away by Romance Best Historical Romance of 2012
• LR Café Best Author Nominee 2012
• Swept Away by Romance Favorite Author 2012
A Breach of Promise, December 2011 Ellora's Cave
• Night Owl Reviews “Top Pick”
• Reading Romances 5 flames and “Pen Award”
• TBR Pile 5stars/Book of the month winner September 2012
• LASR Erotic Reviews 5 STAR/Book of the Month Nominee
• The Romance Studio 5 Sweetheart Nominee
• TRS CAPA Nominee 2012

Web: http://authorvictoriavane.com
Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com
Twitter: @authorvictoriav

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Awesome interview Melissa..looking forward to reading this one!

Brandi Boddie said...

Congratulations to Victoria on her new book tour and the awards on her series! I'm an insomniac, too. It doesn't help when my husband has to get up at 5 AM, about the time when I'm just starting to enter REM sleep, lol.

Great interview, Melissa!

Victoria Vane said...

@ Melissa- Thanks so much for having me!
@Kimba- I can promise my stories are "out of the box". I hope you enjoy them.
@Brandi- My hubby often has to rise at 3AM for work- abotu the same time I am going to bed!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Thanks Kimberly!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I guess I'm lucky...I can sleep pretty much anytime, anywhere...LOL

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Happy to have you here, Victoria!!!