Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling

A Word with Vicky Dreiling...

While writing my first novel HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, I decided my hero Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne needed a sidekick. That bad boy sidekick was Tristan’s oldest friend, Marc Darcett, the Earl of Hawkfield, the hero of HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. Hawk is a rogue who loves nothing better than a lark. Truthfully, I had to rein Hawk in more than once in the first book as he tried repeatedly to upstage all the other characters. Unlike his friend Tristan, Hawk is averse to giving up his bachelor status. He’s managed to evade his female relatives’ matchmaking schemes for years. According to the latest tittle-tattle, his mother and sisters went into a decline upon learning of his ill-fated one-hour engagement. Clearly, this is a man who values his freedom.

My first task was to find the perfect heroine to foil him. Who better than the one woman he absolutely must never touch? Yes, that would be his best friend’s sister, Lady Julianne. After all, it’s a rake’s code of conduct that friends’ sisters are forbidden. Unbeknownst to Hawk, however, Julianne has been planning their nuptials for four long years. I wasn’t quite sure how Julianne would manage this feat, given Hawk’s fear of catching wife-itis. After a great deal of pacing about, the perfect solution popped into my head. I would use the time-honored trick known as The Call to Adventure. When Tristan, who cannot be in London for the season, proposes that Hawk act as Julianne’s unofficial guardian, I knew Hawk’s bachelor days were numbered.

In addition to these plans, I wanted to add in a bit of fun with yet another Regency-era spoof of modern dating practices. I recalled an incident in which one of my younger male colleagues complained about that dratted advice book for single ladies THE RULES. I wasn’t very sympathetic to his woes about women ruling guys. After all, reluctant bachelors have held the upper hand for centuries. Thus, I concocted The Rules in Regency England.

Naturally, the road to true love is fraught with heartbreak, mayhem, and, well, a decanter of wine. Matters turn bleak for poor Julianne when Hawk makes his disinterest clear after a rather steamy waltz. I knew Julianne needed help, and so I sent in a wise woman – albeit, a rather eccentric one. Hawk’s Aunt Hester, a plain-spoken woman, has some rather startling advice for Julianne. Left with only the shreds of her pride, Julianne decides to write a lady’s guide to seducing scoundrels into the proverbial parson’s mousetrap. My intrepid heroine finds herself in hot suds when all of London hunts for the anonymous author of that scandalous publication The Secrets of Seduction. At all costs, Julianne must keep her identity a secret—especially from Hawk who is determined to guard her from his fellow scoundrels. But can he guard his own heart from the one woman forbidden to him?

My heartfelt thanks to all the readers who wrote to let me know they couldn’t wait to read HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. I hope you will enjoy the twists and turns that finally lead to happily ever after for Hawk and Julianne.

Vicky Dreiling

When Lady Julianne Gatewick realizes the rake of her dreams thinks of her as practically his sister, she decides it's time to get even. The charming Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, is every lady's fantasy, but he's determined to evade virgins and their matrimonial traps - especially his best friend's sister.

Hawk reluctantly agrees to be Julianne's guardian for the season, but he's having trouble resisting his gorgeous ward. Worse still, she's taunting him by flirting with every scoundrel in London - and he's sworn to protect her! Certain she's learned her tricks from the authoress of that scandalous publication "The Secrets of Seduction", Hawk sets out to uncover the writer's identity. But he never expects to find the formerly angelic Julianne behind the mask - and between his sheets.

{July 13-27, 2011}
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elaing8 said...[Reply]

Thanks for the chance to win this.

I am currently reading Burn the Night by Jocelynn Drake.

Victoria Zumbrum said...[Reply]

I am a follower and email subscriber. I am currently reading Crescenda. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Carol L. said...[Reply]

I already have this one on my TRL. Loved your first book and know Hawk and Julianne's story will be just as exciting a read.
Right now I'm reading Elizabeth Amber's "red hot" Bastian. :)I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47.
Carol L
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Anonymous said...[Reply]

I am currently reading Linger by Maggie Steifvater. Thanks for the opportunity!
Jillian J.
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Chelsea B. said...[Reply]

I am about to start reading The Truth About Mr. Darcy :-)


mbreakfield said...[Reply]

I'm reading Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle by Heyer.

Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter said...[Reply]

I'm reading Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer too!! It's my first Heyer and I think it may finally be picking up speed. :)


winnie said...[Reply]

I am currently reading Hunger Untamed by Pamela Palmer. Thank you for the giveaway!


Maureen said...[Reply]

I am reading Breaking Point by Pamela Clare
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Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter said...[Reply]


I'm currently reading Beneath the Texas Sky by Jodi Thomas.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Jo

Rafael Fernandes Henrique dos Santos said...[Reply]

I really want this book! Sounds great!

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...[Reply]

I just finished reading A Dark Sicilian Secret by Jane Porter. I really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

BLHmistress said...[Reply]

I'm currently reading Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant



Megan @ Book Brats said...[Reply]

I'm reading Bossypants by Tina Fey! Thanks for the giveaway!

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