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CHECKMATE MY LORD!!
Checkmate, My Lord
February 5, 2013
A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she’s forced to betray.
THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE PLAYERS IN POSITION...
Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN...
Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?
“Devlyn’s seamless writing will entice readers and keep them eager for the next installment.” ~ Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Devlyn delivers an emotional, powerful read.” ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Devlyn’s edgy and sexy series is gaining momentum, and historical-romantic suspense fans, particularly those who enjoy Brenda Joyce, will delight in this.” ~ Booklist
“Love the characters, lots of mystery, murderers, spies and lots of romance!!!!!!!! CHECKMATE MY LORD is an edge of your seat exciting read!” ~ Fresh Fiction
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Ali, thanks so much for having me today. I look forward to chatting with everyone!
Is there an author that makes you go all "fangirl?"
Tracey: Oh, yes! Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Christina Dodd, Madeline Hunter, Teresa Medeiros, Jayne Ann Krentz, Anna Campbell…
If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
Tracey: Good question—one I haven’t thought about before, as I’m still refining my own writing process. However, of the names above, Anna Campbell, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Madeline Hunter write a little outside the historical box, like me, and might be a good fit!
The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
Tracey: That’s an easy one—mine! Or, at least, whatever manuscript I’m currently working on. :)
Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else's)
Tracey: Lisa Kleypas’s Derek Craven will go down as one of my all-time favorites. He’s a severely damaged hero who calls the heroine “mouse.”
If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
Tracey: Git-R-Done. Does that count? :)
Where do you do your best work?
Tracey: At my desk. I’m fortunate to have been able to convert a bedroom into a writing den. It’s so comfortable and calming.
When did you fall in love...with writing?
Tracey: Probably the moment I wrote my first paragraph. Since then, I haven’t stopped writing and I always feel a compelling need to be at the keyboard—much to my husband’s dismay.
Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?
Tracey: I tend to call myself a plotster. What seems to work best for me is to start with a story backbone. From there, I take all sorts of side trips.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Tracey: I like to unwind by watching a movie with my husband. Although I haven’t had much time in the last couple years, we love to go hiking in state and national parks. We have so many beautiful natural wonders in the U.S.
What is it about Historicals that inspire you?
Tracey: Honor and social etiquette. Men protected the women in their family—in some cases, to a smothering fault. However, the truly feminine part of me connects with the gift of having a strong male relative nearby. I also enjoy the social etiquette of the time. Everyone knew what was expected of them. There’s comfort in knowing what to do and when to do it. As a writer, I love pushing and poking at both honor and etiquette in my stories. Makes for fascinating conflict!
Your Nexus series sounds so exciting! Can you tell us a little about it?
Should the series be read in order or can they be read as stand-alone titles?
Thank you, Ali! The Nexus series is about an elite group of international spies, whose sole purpose is to stop Napoleon Bonaparte from taking over the world, especially England.
Yes, the stories can be read as stand-alone. However, because an overall story arc ties the series together, readers will enjoy the series best by reading them in order.
Will you be attending any conferences in 2013?
Right now, I have these two events on my calendar…
Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon
April 26-27, 2013
Book signing & Table Sponsor
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Romance Writers of America
July 17, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
Book signing - 400 authors
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I really enjoy connecting with readers, whether in person or online. Please always come up and introduce yourself or follow me on social media.
Also, I partnered with four other authors and started a group street team. If you love romance, suspense, or both, the Dangerous Darlings would love to have you!
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: My husband’s homemade spaghetti
Boots or heels: Boots
eReader or Print: Both
Social Media: Love it or Hate it? Love it.
Beer, Liquor or Wine: I’m a fruity mixed drink kind of girl
Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom: LOL, nice try
Favorite TV Show: Sorry, no TV for me these days. No time!
Favorite Book series (besides your own): My current fav is Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. Young adult dystopian. Can’t wait for the next installment.
Pj’s or Lingerie: PJs
Vampires vs. Shifters: Vamps
Favorite Genre: Historical
Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey Toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.
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: www.TraceyDevlyn.com.
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