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?
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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?
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: