Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Guest post: The Devil DeVere historical erotic romance series by Victoria Vane + Giveaway

You might have seen this post at Book Lovers Inc. where we discussed the emergence of a new sub-genre, that of the historical erotic romance sub-genre. Today's guest new series is also part of this category as she masterfully combines historical settings with scorching love scenes. Please give a warm welcome to Victoria Vane who stops by to introduce you to her Devil DeVere historical erotic romance series, and you could even win one of her books!

A Machinating Rake and a Madcap Misadventure Lead to True Love…and an entire series... 
by Victoria Vane

I think every writer dreams of creating characters who are larger than life, those so strong and intriguing that they can carry an entire series, even if not the primary focus of it. But Ludovic "the Devil DeVere" who began as a rakish sidekick, became all that and more. I never could have imagined when I first conceived my "HANGOVER" inspired novella, that one story would become two, and then three, and then four, all because of one colorful character!

My tale begins with A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, a romantic and erotic comedy adventure that pairs Phoebe Scott, a struggling actress with a bruised heart and Sir Edward "Ned" Chambers, a grieving widower, in an outrageous wager when devil-in- disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his grieving best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. And what better way could there be to tempt a man out of three years of celibacy than attending a subscription only affair at the most notorious house of pleasure in London?

THE SET-UP (Excerpt):
Ned picked up his port, eyeing it appreciatively before draining the glass and remarking with a lazy a smile. "Not every man is a voluptuary like you, DeVere. I happen to enjoy quiet country living and rustic pursuits—hunting, fishing, tending my estate. Simple taste does not equate to a deficiency in or of life. One man's potion is, indeed, another man's poison and all that." He emphasized his point with a clumsy wave of his hand.

DeVere eyed him pointedly. "Very well then, as a purveyor of such poison, I needs must ask, if you are so blissful in your reclusive rustication, why have you really come to London?"

"I've told you, Ludovic, to find a house for the season."

"You could have easily hired an agent for the task," DeVere countered with a shrewd smile. "No, my friend, I fear you deny the truth. You were bored to distraction and came to town in desperate need of diversion. You sought me out knowing I'm precisely the man to answer that need." DeVere reached into his breast pocket and retrieved an elegantly scribed gold foil invitation, handing it to Ned.

Mrs. Charlotte Hayes presents her most respectful compliments to the Viscount Ludovic DeVere and humbly requests his presence at her establishment at King's Place tomorrow evening for the Otahetian Feast of Venus where under the tuition of Queen Oberea (in which character Mrs. Hayes herself will appear), a dozen exquisitely beautiful and untainted nymphs who breathe health and vitality will perform the celebrated fertility rites as practiced at the exotic Isles of the Antipodes. This most exclusive subscription-only event is offered for the modest sum of two hundred pounds to the first four and twenty guests who respond. RSVP is most humbly requested.

By the by, Ned, before you can make your excuses, you should know I have already responded that I will be accompanied by a dear friend in particular need of entertainment."

"You didn't."

"Indeed, I did." Ludovic's eyes held a diabolical gleam. "As I said, my friend, London offers unique delights to those who seek them, and amusement of a unique and titillating kind is precisely what I intend to provide."

(If you would like to read more about the true Feast of Venus at King's Place Brothel click here.)

"Ned and I have been best of friends since our University days, but then the fool up and leg-shackled only to bury himself in dull domesticity for nigh on fifteen years! When he finally came to town to arrange a house for the season, I was challenged to find a way to crack the boorishly respectable veneer he'd honed to perfection since leaving my sphere of influence. Although he would deny it, the truth is that he was bored to distraction and in desperate need of diversion. Being precisely the man to answer such a need, I avowed to become his savior…from himself!"

"For three years following my wife Annalee's passing, I had lived a perfectly quiet and orderly life in Yorkshire with my daughter, Vesta, but with her 18th year coming I was obligated to think of her come out. That's what actually brought me to London, but then I was dragged to a brothel, at great reluctance on my part, by my exceedingly interfering friend, DeVere. I'm afraid that events after that are a bit of a blur now. What the devil was in that vile Kava drink anyway?"

"I had been struggling for several years to make a name on the stage at Covent Garden Theatre, only to be passed over time and again for all but bit comedic parts. I was eking out the most meager existence by assisting the wardrobe mistress when my big break finally came, but immediately thereafter, the theatre closed for renovation! It was then that I realized my only chance to ever make it would lie in finding a benefactor- a wealthy and powerful gentleman protector. It was with this purpose that I sought out Viscount DeVere at Mrs. Hayes' King's Place, the most notorious brothel in London. It was there I met my darling Ned, all that a true gentleman could be but with no desire to take a mistress. When I asked for an introduction to his best friend, DeVere, I couldn't help feeling my appetite had been whetted for beefsteak only to be served liver instead! "

His heart beating apace, Ned willed himself first to breathe and then to modulate a tone verging on panic. "I was with DeVere last night. Where is DeVere?"

"DeVere is locked safely in the linen closet." She hugged her breasts, her expression suddenly wary. "Don't you remember anything?"

He vigorously shook his pounding head only to bring forth a chaotic kaleidoscope of last night's events. With his eyes glued to the bed, Ned made a mechanical backward retreat to the center of the room where he had a clearer prospect of its crowning glory. His vision rose to the top of the headboard, to the heraldic shield seated betwixt the carved figures of a lion and a unicorn. His gaze slid with dread to the engraved scroll beneath.

‘Dieu Et Mon Droit,' God and my right, the motto of the king.

His chest seized. The room began to spin. He looked to Phoebe, his voice emerging as a strangled sound. "May the same God save me…for I'm going to be hung, drawn, and quartered for spending last night rutting in the King of England's bed!"

My tale continues with Ned's willful daughter Vesta in THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS. As for the Devil DeVere, he will meet his match in THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (part one of a two part story). The series concludes with THE DEVIL'S MATCH (to be released on August 24) when Diana finally manages to bring the Devil DeVere to his knees!

For more excerpts, please visit my website.

THE DEVIL DEVERE series by Victoria Vane

4 scorching HOT historical novellas/One continuing story

Book #4 - THE DEVIL'S MATCH - to be released on August 24, 2012

About the author

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone, Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.

Contact Victoria at her website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads


Victoria has generously offered an ebook copy of her debut historical erotic romance, A Breach of Promise,  to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment telling us who is your favourite literary badboy. :-)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 7 August 2012!

Good luck!

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