Guest Author & Giveaway: Vicky Dreiling featuring How to Marry a Duke

Thursday, January 13

For an unpublished author I would think that selling your first book would be much like winning the lottery. Kind of like the Mega Millions drawing they had a few weeks ago that I didn't win :(  I'm over it, really...  Amyways, anytime there is a lottery drawing with a big jackpot I can't help but make mental lists of things that I would either like to do, buy, or give if I were lucky enough to win. It's hard not to dream just a little.

My guest today, author Vicky Dreiling, won her own sort of lottery when she found out her book How to Marry a Duke was going to be published.  She's here today to share with us some of her top things to do when you hit the publishing lottery :)  Read and enjoy!


Top Five Things to do After the First Sale
  1. Call everyone you know and squee in their ears (they’ll forgive you after their ears quit ringing)
  2. Dance around the house (try not to trip over the mountainous basket of dirty laundry)
  3. Make dinner reservations someplace special with a special person
  4. Break out the bubbly –you earned it!
  5. Wake up in the middle of the night, fearing you dreamed it (Nope – it’s real!)
Top Five Suggestions After You Get Your First Advance Check
  1. Take the family to Disney World or …
  2. Buy yourself something special you always wanted
  3. Contact web designers and get estimates
  4. Invest in an external hard disk drive storage device or get a subscription to an online storage service to ensure your manuscript is secure in the event of a computer crash
  5. Save part of your advance for future promotional efforts
Top Five Suggestions After You Get Your First Revision Letter
  1. Read the letter carefully and keep an open mind
  2. The number of pages is not important; a detailed letter means you’ll have fewer questions
  3. Get excited as you realize the changes will make your book even stronger
  4. Invest in post-it notes and use them on the hard copy because the page numbers will change as you revise
  5. If you have questions, call your editor
Top Five Things to Do When You Write Your Dedication and Acknowledgements 
  1. Dedicate your book to someone special who supported you on this journey
  2. Acknowledge your wonderful agent and editor
  3. Acknowledge all your writing friends who supported you on your journey
  4. Acknowledge your other family members (even if they don’t understand your passion)
  5. Tear up a little as you write (you’re allowed because you worked so hard to get here)
Top Five Suggestions the Day Your Book Debuts
  1. Go to a bookstore and take photos of your book on the shelf
  2. Post the photos on your website, Facebook page and Twitter (everyone will love sharing your joy)
  3. Get a bit misty-eyed when you receive congratulations from friends and readers
  4. Take reviews with a grain of salt (focus on the positive ones)
  5. Break out the bubbly once again – you earned it!

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

Congrats Vicky on your debut, and thank you so much for being my guest at Seductive Musings today!

Vicky is a woman after my own heart :) She considers herself a confirmed historical romance junkie and loves all things Regency (me too!).  After all who could not love an author that modeled her hero after Henry Cavill (as he appeared in the Tudors), and her heroine after Jane Austen's Emma.  You all know how much I love me some Henry and Emma!  I think we might be kindred spirits :)  If you'd like to learn more about Vicky and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of Vicky Dreiling's debut, How to Marry a Duke, her publisher, Forever Romance, would like to giveaway a copy of the book to three lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win....

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Vicky's hero in How to Marry a Duke is considered England's "most eligible bachelor".  Who would be your choice as most eligible bachelor today and why? (and if you want to include a link to a photo, be my all know how I love a good Muse) oh, AND leave a meaningful comment or question for the author. (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & Canadian addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on January 22nd at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Jane January 13, 2011 at 1:55 AM  

Congrats to Vicky on her debut release. Now that Ryan Reynolds is divorcing his wife, I consider him one of the most eligible bachelors out there. I can't wait to see him as the Green Lantern.,_Ryan/gallery/BBC-011874/

I'm a GFC follower.

debbie January 13, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

I would say George Clooney, I think he is pretty hot. I loved your list of things to do. I think it is really good advice. I would love to read your book, it sounds really good.
I am a gfc follower.

Vicky January 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

Hi everyone! Many thanks to Seductive Musings for inviting me to your wonderful blog. And yes, I did feel as if I won the lottery when I sold my book. The best part is having it on the shelves and hearing from readers.

Jane - good pick w/Ryan Reynolds. Pardon me while I swoon. :-) Did you see The Proposal with Ryan and Sandra Bullock? I bought the blue-ray - my kind of movie!

Debbie - George Clooney is one of those guys who will be hot his entire life. He was great on that show ER.


ape2016 January 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM  

I follow via GFC.
I loved Vicky's list! Congrats on hitting the 'publishing lottery'!
I have several celebrity crushes, but I have to say I would walk over all of them to get at Hugh Jackman and his um..accent.

Robin K January 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

Thank you for the post and contest. The book sounds fantastic.

My big celebrity crush is Alex MacLaughlin. Ever since Moonlight he has been my favorite vampire character. Now I get to see him on Hawaii 5-0!!!

I am a follower:
robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

D.L. January 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

Anyone who has published a book deserves to be that happy and squee in their friends' ears :)

I think my celeb crush is always going to be Edward Norton.


PoCoKat January 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

Thanks for the opportunity!

The most eligible celebrity bachelor is Dwight Yoakam!

GFC follower.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Danielle Gorman January 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

Congratulations Vicky on the release. I can't wait to read this book. I love the premise for this book. And who doesn't love a hero that is modeled after Henry Cavill. He is just so sexy.
For most eligible bachelor I choose Ryan Reynolds. I swear I have been in love with him since the 80's when he was on Nickelodeon. He is so sexy. Plus, he is super funny. I just love a guy that can make me laugh.

Tore January 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds good.

Estella January 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

I have to go with George Clooney as the most eligible bachelor today.

I love the concept of How to Marry A Duke--- the matchmaker gets caught in her own scheme.

Gfc follower

jeanette8042 January 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

To me, the most eligible bachelor is Jake Gyllenhaal! I loved reading all the Top 5 lists and think the book sounds like a wonderful read!

GFC follower!

chey January 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

I'd choose George Clooney.
Great lists!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

gfc follower

Mitzi H. January 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

My pick for a bachelor is Matthew McConaughey, although he has a girlfriend he’s still not married (as far as I know) and I just love the guy and those bedroom eyes are sooooo…..dreamy!!! He reminds me of a younger version of Paul Newman…..I know that dates me….But Yummmm. Love the way he talks, the way he walks…..and daaaamn, he’s just so sexy!!! I would love to read your debut novel….sounds like my cup of tea……and I’m so thrilled to find a new author that writes the type of stories I adore!!!! I’m a GFC follower but may not be able to respond within 3 days of announcement….as I’ll be out of area/internet access for about 30 days starting the end of this month. Congratulations on your 1st pub…..and wishing you much success!!!

Sheree January 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM  

Congrats on your new release!

Hm, now that William is getting married, I think Harry is now the most eligible bachelor.

GFC follower

librarypat January 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Most eligible has a bit to do with personal taste. My choice would be George Clooney - mature, handsome, involved in humanitarian causes. Works for me.

Liked your Top Five Things in the different categories. They all made sense and you didn't forget to celebrate sufficiently.

I am a GFC Follower - librarypat.

scottsgal January 15, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

Congrats on the book - realistic yet fun list esp Disney World!

My most eligible bachelor would be Kenny Chesney - something about tight jeans and cowboy hat

follower on gff
msboatgal at

Scorpio M. January 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

Is Ty Pennington married? If not, he's the most eligible bachelor. The man can build stuff!! :)

Looking forward to reading this debut. Sounds very fun & I am always looking for new authors.

GFC follower.

Pam S (pams00),  January 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Congrats on How to Marry a Duke's release! It sounds like such a terrific read. really like the plot line. Hmmm is Dewayne "the Rock" Johnson single (I heard he was divorced). If so I guess I'd go with him.

Pam S
gfc follower - pams00
pams00 @

Maureen January 18, 2011 at 6:57 AM  

Congratulations to Vicky on her new book! I like the matchmaking aspect of the story since it has so much potential to go wrong. I would pick George Clooney as a Most Eligible Bachelor or maybe Most Elusive Bachelor.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

CherylS22 January 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM  

Congrats on your book - the story line is interesting & the cover is beautiful.

I think the most eligible bachelor right now is Prince Harry of England. He's handsome, wealthy, devilish & has a great smile!

Thanks for the giveaway!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

mrsshukra January 22, 2011 at 3:10 AM  

Anderson Cooper!


mrsshukra January 22, 2011 at 3:11 AM  

Google follower!


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