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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Guest Interview: Tracey Devlyn

I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to visit with debut author Tracey Devlyn at the RT Readers Conference last week in Chicago. Besides being a lovely person, she's interesting and smart. And I can't wait to read A Lady's Revenge. Sam

A big thanks to Samantha Grace and the rest of the Lady Scribes for inviting me here today. Really looking forward to chatting with everyone.

Did you grow up reading spy books or watching spy movies?
I’ve always enjoyed action-adventure and suspense movies. But my mom and I used to watch whodunit shows on TV like Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. We had a great time trying to be the first one to figure out the mystery.

Which character from A Lady’s Revenge do you most relate to and why?
Such a hard question, because there’s a piece of me in every character I write. Most folks would probably expect me to relate more to my heroine, Cora deBeau. But Cora is far more courageous and resourceful than I am. She’s definitely someone I would want on my team. :)

What do you love most about your hero? What is his biggest flaw?
What I loved most about Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford, was that he never gave up on Cora. He could have many times, but he stayed by her during some very dark moments and knew exactly what she needed to fight her way back to the light.

His biggest flaw? Three years prior to the story’s opening, he had an opportunity to cross the threshold of friendship to lovers while at Mrs. Lancaster’s masquerade. He should have kissed her senseless when he had the chance. :)

What do you need in order to write?
All I need is a computer and a quiet area.

What’s next for you?
Right now, I’m working on edits the second book of the series, Checkmate, My Lord, which is Lord Somerton’s story. Starting in May, I’ll begin working on the third book, which will feature Ethan deBeau. Can’t wait to dive into my next manuscript!

Now a question for our readers... Do you have a favorite spy movie or character?


Please leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of A Lady’s Revenge (U.S. and Canada only, please).

BRIEF SUMMARY OF A LADY’S REVENGE (in stores now):

A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.

British agent Cora deBeau has spent the last three years seducing secrets from the most hardened of French spies while searching for her parents’ killer. When her latest assignment goes awry, she suffers at the hands of her French captor until Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford and master cryptographer, saves her during a daring rescue. Scarred and wary of men, Cora shies away from the one man who could heal her savaged heart.

After rescuing Cora from a French dungeon, Guy discovers it was one of his deciphered messages that led to her captivity. Guy strives to earn her forgiveness while outwitting their enemy. But will he find the scars on her wounded soul run too deep?

EXCERPT

Cora deBeau’s heart ground against the wall of her chest. She peeled her blurry gaze away from Boucher, unable to watch her gaoler touch each instrument as if he were selecting the perfect snuffbox for his waistcoat pocket. Her keeper was a strange combination of depraved villain and thoughtful philosopher. She had initially thought him French, but she had isolated another, more subtle accent during the times he was caught up in the excitement of his “little experiments.”

As he was now.

In an attempt to bolster what meager courage she had left, she concentrated on the rusty metal hook near the cell’s door.

Her gaoler enjoyed prolonging her anticipation of what was to come and relished her building fear, her struggle to be brave. Her inevitable failure.

He fed off her pain, of which there had been a great deal.
Constant. Never ending. Nearly unbearable.

Cora knew with profound sadness—and utter relief—that she would soon break. The endless dark days and stifling black nights, the vicious rats, and the limitations of her female body would lead to her compromise.

As Valère knew it would. His legendary patience would see Cora crumble to the ground like a marionette discarded by its unforgiving owner.

Soon she would be forced to rattle off every bit of intelligence she knew about the Nexus, a group of international spies who worked so diligently, so stealthily toward containing Napoleon’s ambitions. Then Valère would kill her and all the other agents of the Nexus. Her three-year sojourn in this country would end abruptly, and the man responsible for killing her parents would forever run free.

Agony of a different sort tore through her chest. Ten years of preparation and three years of searching snuffed out in a matter of days by a Frenchman in a full pout. When Valère had learned of her betrayal, his fury had known no bounds. None.

She hadn’t reached her breaking point. Not yet. By now, Dinks, her maid and sometime messenger, would have notified Lord Somerton of her capture. Even now, her former guardian could have men on the way.

In the public eye, Somerton was known as chief of the Alien Office, a small division within the Home Office originally created to monitor the influx of French émigrés after the Terror. But secretly, as head of the Nexus, Somerton commanded a contingent of highly skilled and highly intelligent secret service agents. Because of the group’s international reach, the Nexus was actually under the auspices of the Foreign Office.

An image of Guy flashed through her mind, and her heart soared with another infusion of determination. The thought of Guy rescuing her strengthened her mind and numbed her body for what was to come. She could hold on, for a little while longer. She must, if only to see his face one last time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine's happy ending). 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:

TraceyDevlyn.com


Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn


Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn


LadyJanesSalonNaperville.com

54 comments:

  1. Tracey ~ A Lady's Revenge looks awesome!! Congrats on your debut.

    I'm going to be very boring and say Bond, Commander James Bond would is my favorite spy character. But who doesn't love James Bond? Intelligent, witty, sexy as hell, and more than capable at anything and everything he attempts. AND then there's the accent. *sigh* There's nothing quite like an English accent.

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    1. Ava,

      I probably already know the answer, but which actor is your favorite Bond? (I love Daniel Craig.)

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    2. Samantha ~ I'm dying to know which Bond you think is my favorite. ;) While my mother says Sean Connery is the real James Bond, and I grew up with Roger Moore as James Bond, and Pierce Brosnan was the most debonair James Bond - I'm with you. There's something in Daniel Craig's intensity that makes him my favorite Bond.

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    3. I was totally wrong!!! I thought you would say Sean Connery since you like old guys. ;) LOL. JK. I should say you like old movies.

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    4. Old guys?!?! LOL! Just wait 'til I see you at Spring Fling! ;)

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    5. I'm with you...Daniel Craig is my #1 and Sean Connery is #2. I think it's Daniel Craig's eyes that do it, though his abs don't hurt. And you know, Mr. Connery has that accent. But I'm easy. LOL.

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    6. Hey, Ava! So nice to see you at the RT conference. I'm rather partial to Pierce Brosnan, but Daniel Craig definitely added a nice layer to the character. :)

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  2. Tracey,

    I'm so happy you agreed to be our guest today. It's great to have you hear with us. Your book sounds amazing. I read a different excerpt when we celebrated your launch at Casablanca Authors Blog, & you also have some humor tossed into the mix. I love stories that can make me laugh, cry, and sit on the edge of my seat.

    I think my favorite spy movie of all time is "Shining Through" with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. It takes place during WWII and I absolutely loved it.

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    1. Samantha ~ I completely forgot about that movie. It has been forever since I've seen it!

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    2. Thanks, Samantha! Yes, I definitely needed to add some humor to A Lady's Revenge. Dinks and Scrapper were great fun to write! Shining Through sounds so familiar, but I can't picture it in my mind. Will have to check it out!

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  3. cool !! a new author and a new book to read !!! i like book giveaways !! :)

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  4. Bond- James Bond. Sean Connery is my favorite Bond.

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  5. Tracey,

    The book sounds great. Thanks for joining us at LadyScribes. As for spy, I agree with Samantha. "Shining Through" is one of my favorite books and the movie was great. I know I have other favorites but it is still a little early for me and I can't think of any. I may still be recovering from the lack of sleep at RT. As for a favorite Bond, then Sean Connery is my favorite.

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    1. I should have known you'd disagree with me, Jane. ;)

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    2. Hi Jane, Did you enjoy RT? This was my first year and it took me a few days to understand the lay of the land. :)

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    3. Tracey,

      I loved it. This was my first RT also, which could explain the exhaustion. I certainly didn't allow myself to get enough sleep.

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    4. Jane, I allowed myself enough sleep and still feel exhausted!! :)

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  6. I have to agree with the majority and say James Bond, most especially Sean Connery. Even for an older man, he is still very good looking, and his voice - *swoon*. I'm English (and not easily moved by accents) but, for some reason, his accent does it for me everytime.

    Congratulations on your debut. I'd really love to read "A Lady's Revenge".

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    1. Diane ~ Are you living in Florida? How does the Floridian accent sound to your ears? Always wondered about that.

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    2. Diane, thanks for stopping by! Sean Connery does have a great accent. Is it Scottish? I have a horrible ear for accents!

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    3. In answer to your question Ava, the Florida accent sounds very "Southern" to me. Sometimes, I have a job understanding them. lol.

      Tracey, Sean Connery's accent is "Scottish". However, his accent is very refined, and not as broguish (is that a word?) as some of the Scots that I know. When my husband worked up in Scotland, (he was at an American base camp at Mormond Hill) way at the most North Eastern tip. When the people would speak to me, I couldn't understand a word that they said to me. I just nodded my head when they did, and laughed when they did. lol

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    4. Diane ~ LOL! I can second the Scots accent. When I was in the UK, I couldn't understand a word. Not one word. I thought to myself - "I know we're speaking the same language, but if my life depended on it, I couldn't repeat what they just said."

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    5. Ava, you should try listening to them when they've been drinking. OMG, total and utter double dutch to me. I said a few "Mmm's and ooh's when they paused in their speech. I was so glad to go back to London. BTW, yes, I do live in Southern Florida now.

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    6. LOL! I'm not sure how they can even understand each other. It makes my ears hurt. ;)

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  7. Welcome, Tracey! Many congrats on your debut, I've been looking forward to it!

    Although I enjoy Daniel Craig as Bond, I'm going to go a different direction. I love the movie True Lies, a lighter spy movie--love Jamie Lee Curtis in that one! Bill Paxton's character was a hoot, too. Action, suspense, comic relief and a great cast.

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    1. Hey, Deb!! Thanks so much. Love the movie True Lies. I would never have thought to pair Jamie Lee and Arnold Schw... (not even going to try!) together. She looked great in that movie, too.

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  8. Hi Tracy, you book looks fantastic. To be honest I really don't watch spy movies or have a favorite spy. I know that is sad. Now detectatives I can name a bunch. I wasn't really into James Bond and stuff like that. However, in book form I don't mind.

    Congrats.

    countessofmar@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melody! Some of my fondest memories are of my mom and I watching Columbo. Such a great show.

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  9. Great interview, ladies! Welcome to Lady Scribes, Tracey and congrats on your debut!

    I love spy movies, because I'm that annoying person who likes to figure it out by the 1/3 mark and start wiggling around going "Ooo! I know who it is!" My husband loooves this.

    Le Femme Nikkita, Spy Games, True Lies, North by Northwest (AVA!), Golden Eye, Red, Casino Royale... there are so many great spy films out there. I haven't seen Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy yet, but I want to.

    My kids go crazy for the whole Spy Kids series, too! My hubby and I have instilled our love of espionage films in them...

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome, Olivia! Tinker, Tailor...is on my must watch list. Looks great! Spy Kids was an awesome flick.

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  10. Thanks for joining us today, Tracey, and it was so great to meet you at RT! I am seriously in love with the colors on your cover. Bond is an easy answer to your question...but I'm always watching movies with my nephew, so I'm going with a kid-friendly answer. Spy Kids was great, but the kids on the Incredibles do a fair bit of espionage in that movie. So I'm going to go with them.

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    1. Hi Catherine! Yes, great meeting you, too. I really enjoyed our chat at lunch. Oh, I forgot about the Incredibles. Dash was my favorite. :)

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    2. Meant to say thanks for the compliment on the cover. Sourcebooks does a great job. Heard at RT that it's not unusual for them to go through 17 versions before the hit THE ONE.

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  11. Thanks for joining us today, Tracy! Your book sounds fab!!

    As for spy movies, I think Mr. and Mrs. Smith is high up on my list. I loved the first couple Mission: Impossible movies too. And when it comes to Bond, my heart belongs to Pierce *sigh* I loved him in Thomas Crown Affair too -- would that be considered a spy movie?

    Best of luck with your debut!

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    1. Thanks so much! I loved the chemistry between Brad and Angelina in Mr and Mrs Smith. So fun to see that side of them.

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  12. Murder, She Wrote - oh how I loved that show! Tracy, this book sounds so fantastic and I can't wait to read it! I'm thrilled to have my signed copy - it's sure to be worth big bucks in a decade or two when you a fabulously rich and famous author :)

    Thanks for visiting us today!

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    1. LOL - oh, I wish, Erin! Thanks so much for stopping by my table and tweeting the event. Really appreciate the support. Muwah!

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  13. Your book sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it. I'm a huge fan of spy books and movies.

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  14. That is such a gorgeous cover! Beautiful!

    My favorite 'spy' movie/movies is the Bourne series! I can watch them again and again! At least, I think those are considered spy movies!

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    1. Rhi,

      I would definitely consider them spy movies, and they were great!

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    2. Totally agree! Thanks for reminding me of the Bourne series. They were all great.

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  15. OOh, I love the Bourne series. Okay, so I love Matt Damon in the Bourne series. ;)

    Welcome to Lady Scribes, Tracey and congrats on your novel. The cover is very sexy and lush. The color of the gown is to die for! Here's to much success for you! :)

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    1. Wait I have to add Alias to my list as well. That show was kick-a$$!!!

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    2. Hi Marquita! Alias...hmm, is that the movie with Tom Selleck? If so, I think it had a surprise ending, right?

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  16. Very nice interview and excerpt. I enjoyed finding out more about the characters.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. A debut book & a series too! Must feel wonderful to have that set!
    I've got to go with James too - especially now with Daniel Craig.
    Tho for chuckles James Coburn as Derek Flint was great fun and Arnold Schwartzeneger in True Lies.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Di! It does feel wonderful. :)

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  18. The more I hear about A Lady's Revenge, the more excited I am to read it. It sounds like a fantastic story. My favorite spy movie(s) are James Bond's and my favorite Bond is Sean Connery, although Pierce Brosnan was pretty great too.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  19. Oh, I'm doing my job then, Barbara! LOL We're have another Pierce lover in the house!

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