It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you Victoria Vane! Victoria is a bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Victoria’s books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series.
GdG: Welcome, Victoria! Thank you so much for the ‘Date’ 😀 How’s the weather where you live right now?
VV: It’s January and still in the 80’s here in Palm Coast, Florida. I am not a native Floridian but moved here from South Carolina when my father-in-law had a massive stroke last year. Hubby and I now take of him.
GdG: Aw, you guys are good peeps 🙂 Tell us, what is your favorite piece of winter/seasonal clothing?
VV: I LOVE my cowboy boots and hats! I have several that I wear all year!
GdG: Pet Pix! Please show us your furry companions –
VV: I have a dog named Alfie and an Arabian horse named Princeton.
GdG: ADORABLE!! Now, how do you get into the writing zone if you happen to be unmotivated that day?
VV: If I stare at my computer long enough, the guilt eventually gets to me!
GdG: LOL! Been there, sister! 😀 What is your preferred media when writing? Pen & paper, audio notes, laptop, cocktail napkin?
VV: I can only write in my private place with my desk top computer. Laptops are not for me!
GdG: What is the weirdest thing you’ve written an idea on?
VV: Probably a napkin. I use post it notes a lot.
GdG: Do you have a favorite work space?
VV: YES! I love my home office.
GdG: Ooooh, that looks lovely! Tell us about a time when you weren’t writing and a fantastic idea hit you like a truck.
VV: I get my best ideas when I am NOT thinking- when I am sleeping, taking a shower or riding my horse!
GdG: Me, too! Funny how that works!! Kindly provide how you came up with your latest WIP + a blurb and a few sentences from it.
VV: My current WIP is a sequel novella to my very first Victoria Vane title, A BREACH OF PROMISE.
I always wanted to write about the secondary characters, Mariah and Nicolas. Fans of the book will be happy that Lady Russell also returns. The title is A PLEDGE OF PASSION (The Rules of Engagement #2).
A PLEDGE OF PASSION BLURB
Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion...Three years ago, during a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to her. After working several years as an undersecretary in the Foreign Service, Nicolas is finally given the opportunity to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on the British Envoy’s behalf. Little does he know, the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself.
And only a fool believes him…. Lady Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters. Entrusting her well-connected cousin to present her with a list of suitable candidates, Mariah decides on a match with a diplomatic envoy, only to discover the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the one who broke her heart.
Nick considered her for a long, silent moment. It wasn’t the actual remark she had made, but the look that accompanied it. He was certain she was unaware of it, but the seductive wood nymph had reappeared. There was something mezmerizing about the angle of her head, the way she pursed her lips, and the stray curl that had entangled itself about her ear, that made him suddenly want to touch her. The urge was so powerful he had to close his hands against it.
“I used to play,” he replied. “Back in my university days.”
“And I used to play the harpsichord,” she said, “But I was never any good. So now I must ask, were you good, Mr. Needham?”
“I was one of the better batsmen,” he replied. “I frequently hit over the boundary.”
“Indeed?” Her eyes challenged as her gaze held his. “Then one wonders if you still possess talent with your bat or if it has diminished with disuse.”
Nick shifted in his seat. If this were any other woman of his acquaintance, he would have no doubt of the sexual innuendo, but he was as certain as he lived and breathed that the “bat” Lady Mariah referred only was merely the club made of willow. “I don’t know. I haven’t held a cricket bat in over five years,” Nick said. As to the other, at the moment he was absolutely certain it had not suffered from prolonged disuse.
– A PLEDGE OF PASSION by VICTORIA VANE
GdG: Ooooh, looks delish! So can you tell us about a few of your books that are available right now?
VV: I actually have three I would like to mention. I wrote my very first holiday story (A COWBOY’S MIDNIGHT KISS) that just released this week in the RING IN A COWBOY anthology.
I have a new historical release next week that is my first in 20 months (THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE) that is included in the ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS anthology.
Lastly, my hot new HOTEL RODEO series is releasing the 19th of January with HELL ON HEELS.
GdG: Do you have any plans to attend book conferences in 2016? If so, please tell us which ones.
VV: Nothing is confirmed yet but I will probably attend IND’Scribe in October. Other than that I would LOVE to go to Oxford for the Historical Novel Society meeting but it’s too soon to know if that will be possible. I am also on a waiting list for the Historical Romance Retreat.
GdG: Cool! I’ll be at IND’Scribe too! Where is the best place for people to follow you where you consistently post? Twitter, FB, etc.?
VV: I am quite active on Facebook. Drop me a line there any time!
GdG: Please provide your official website, blog and all the other places where we can find you:
GdG: Thanks again, Victoria, for sharing a bit about you today. Any final words of wisdom or well wishes for the new year you’d like to share?
VV: Live every day as if it’s your last! Wishing you all much joy and many blessings in 2016! – Victoria Vane
GdG: Words of wisdom from a lovely lady!
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This just in: Victoria has generously offered to give a way to one lucky comment participant, the title (eBook) of your choice from her published works! Act now, as this offer will expire on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Midnight!