Guest Author & Giveaway: Vicky Dreiling featuring How to Ravish a Rake

Tuesday, April 10

Today it is my great pleasure to have Triple 2012 RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling as my guest to share her new historical romance How to Ravish a Rake with us.  To be nominated for a RITA once, is quite the honor ...twice, is crazy amazing...but three times in one year?  That should tell you that if you are not reading this author alreay, then you should be because if you aren't, you are really missing out!!  And as an extra special treat, Musings reviewer Andrea conducted the interview!   How fun is that?  Take it away ladies...


Andrea:  Welcome to Seductive Musings Vicky!  Has being a novelist been a lifelong dream or has it progressed over time?

I started a diary at age ten and kept one for another ten years. The reason I did it was because I wanted to record what happened in my life, so that I would always be able to remember events in my life. By the time I was fourteen, my friend Elaine and I were writing satirical pieces such as you would find in Mad Magazine. So you can see where the roots for writing humor started.  My teachers noticed my writing capabilities, and I even won writing awards in high school. So I decided to major in journalism at university. I wrote for the university newspaper, but I was terrible at interviewing people. In journalism, you need to ask the hard questions, and frankly, I was just too nice to do it LOL.  So I switched to English lit where I felt at home.

I never tried writing a novel until I got hooked on reading historical romances. One day, I had nothing to read, so I just sat down at the computer and started making up a story. I was so enthralled that I would wake up at six o’clock so I could write before taking the kids to school. And I am not a lark! One day a friend called, and I confessed my hobby to her. Becky had just happened to see a notice for a class in how to write a romance at a suburban branch of our local university. She gave me a phone number, so I called and signed up. That’s the kind of person I am. I hear about an opportunity and just decide to go for it. At any rate, that class led me to join RWA and the rest is history.

Andrea:  Why did you choose England during the Regency Era to set your story, what draws you to this time period?

The first romance I ever read was Judith McNaught’s ALMOST HEAVEN. I loved the book, but knew nothing about the Regency era. I just liked that it was historical. While I‘ve tried other sub-genres, historical romance remains my favorite. Now I confess that I took classes in Victorian Lit, so someday I might want to write in that era. But there’s just something about the Regency that seems a little less rigid, and frankly, I like the clothing better!

Andrea:  Obviously, as the author you have a better insight into Amy and Will than anyone else.  I would love to know what you consider to be their best and worst personality traits.

The odd thing about this question is that I wonder if you mean at the outset of the book or the end of the book. Both Amy and Will change a great deal as the story progresses. For example, Amy is aware that her lack of self-esteem is an issue, but she finds it very difficult to overcome her old ways of dealing with her fears which is essentially avoidance. We can all sympathize with her, because she’s gotten hurt and ignored many times in the past.

She desperately wants to shed her wallflower image, but early on in the book, she fails. People often take the path of least resistance, unless something occurs that forces them to change, and in Amy’s case, the occurrence that will change her life is her encounter with Will, ‘the devil,’ Darcett. 

Before I ever wrote a word of Ravish, I told my editor that Will would push Amy’s buttons. The interesting part is that unlike most people, Will doesn’t treat Amy with kid gloves. In a lot of ways, I think this is a sign of his respect for her. Everyone else, even her friend Georgette, tries to protect Amy. Even though they mean well, they sometimes inadvertently make things worse (this is shown very early in the novel).

To answer your original question, Amy’s best quality is her sensitivity to other people. She’s a good listener and able to figure out what drives others. One of her worst qualities is born out of her love of her family. Like many young women, she’s driven by her need to please others, specifically her parents. She comes very close to making a bad decision as a result.

Will is the quintessential charming rake. He’s spent a good portion of his life doing as he pleases, and his rakehell reputation is well-deserved. As his friend Bell says, Will has had it a little too easy in life and has never faced a real challenge until now—or so it seems. Beneath the surface, there’s far more and it is Amy who helps him to see his good qualities. 

Thanks so much for having me at Seductive Musings. Cheers!


Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will "The Devil" Darcett . . .


When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton's shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn't simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he's mended his wicked ways . . .

Check out the "snipped prologue" extra, then Read an excerpt

Congratulations Vicky on your new release and many thanks to Andrea for the great interview!  After reading Andrea's review of How to Ravish a Rake, and this interview, I am even more eager to read this book.  Amy seems like she's my kind of heroine and I love that Will doesn't treat her with kid gloves!  While browsing for extras for the post I saw on Vicky's publisher's website that she has a novella coming out in August.  It doesn't have a title yet, but since it had an ISBN I've already added it to my wishlist :)

If you'd like to learn more about historical romance author Vicky Dreiling and the wickedly witty romances she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook,Twitter, Goodreads.  While visiting her website you should checkout her Fun Stuff page where she has her playlists for each book (I love those).  She has quite the mix of songs (From The Rolling Stones to Joshua Radin).

To celebrate the release of How to Ravish a Rake, Vicky's publisher, Forever Romance would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to THREE lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win...
Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Ask Vicky a question about this book or her writing OR tell me your favorite part or line from either excerpt. (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 
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Carol L. April 10, 2012 at 2:23 AM  

Hi ladies,
Vicky, I just want you to know how much I enjoyed the first two books and look forward to reading about Any and Will. I know I haven't read How To Ravish A Rake yet but are you working on a new book ? I really enjoy your work and have to say Thanks for so many hours of reading pleasure. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

lorimeehan April 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM  

Hi Vicky, I really enjoyed your interview. I have to say I have not read any of your books yet but I'm going to change that today. My question for you is how do you come up with your story ideas? Day dreams, night dreams? Do you see things and that would be interesting?

Karen H in NC April 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

Hi Vicky,

First, let me congratulate you on your triple RITA nominations! I really hope you win all 3!

I have the first 2 books in this series on my TBR shelves...just a little behind in my reading. Can't wait to add this title to that evergrowing pile!

Not too many Regency era films being made lately, but if this book were to be made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Joanne April 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM  

I read the first two books in this series and loved them. I'm sure this one will also be amazing. Can't wait to read it to see what happens between Amy and Will.
My favorite line from the snipped prologue is "Oh, she must be truly depraved to stand here and gawk, but she couldn’t stop staring at this man and his unearthly beauty." Will is gorgeous. How could she not stare even though it was not proper.

Joanne B

Joanne April 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

Forgot to say I follow via GFC (Joanne B)


Kati R April 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM  

Thanks for hosting Vicky!

Ivy April 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM  

The excerpt really intrigued me. I can't recall a heroine who has been a designer. Loved this. As a new to me author Vicky is this a good book to start with or no?

erin April 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

Congrats on the RITA noms! I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of your books, but from the glowing recommendations I've read, I'm definitely missing out :)

Ummm... Since I haven't read any of this series, can I jump into any of the books or are they best read in order?

gfc: erin

Andrea April 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM  

How to Ravish a Rake was the first book I've ever read by Vicky Dreiling, I never felt like I was missing anything. It wasn't until after I finished that book that I even realized there were previous books in the series. You can definitely jump right in with this book.

Ivy April 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM  

Thanks, Andrea. Have to add it to the list...

Barbara E. April 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM  

I really enjoyed the excerpt and I can't wait to read How to Ravish a Rake. My favorite line of the excerpt is:
She’d thought herself impervious to rogues, but despite her poor opinion of him, he’d managed to make her laugh with his antics. “You are determined to bedevil me.”

I love a man who makes you laugh despite your best efforts not to.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower: Barbara E.

Lexi April 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

Everyone needs someone to push them just a little, and if I were like Amy I would both love and hate if someone finally had the guts to tell me how it is. So that is what you told your editor, that Will would push some buttons. Did you know how far he would go when you were pitching the idea?
Eitherway you sure have great covers for your books!

GFC follower Lexi
eyesofblueice (at) gmail

Maria D. April 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM  

Congratulations to Vicky on the release of How to Ravish a Rake and on the 3 Rita nominations! WooHoo...that's really great.

My favorite line from the excerpt is this: To her, the spring season represented a beginning and a last chance to blossom—to thrive—to be merry and carefree. A chance to break free of her doubts and feelings of inferiority. A chance to dance, flirt, and laugh without reservation. A chance to be the woman she’d always dreamed of being.

I really like how descriptive it is of Amy's emotional state and what woman doesn't feel like that at some point in their life.

I am a GFC Follower.

I Tweeted the interview and givaway:!/crazymidwestgal/status/189880230230495232

Sheree April 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

Hi, Vicky! What I really want to know is the name of the male model on HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE. :)

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com
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