Victoria Vane

Friday Reads: Victorian Vane’s SLOW HAND

Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an early copy of Victoria Vane’s first cowboy romance, SLOW HAND, and I loved it! And it is coming out on Tuesday of next week. So for the next few days, I’ll be featuring my new favorite cowboy author here on my site…today, indulge yourself in what HEA USA Today considers on of the top Book Trailers of the Year. I tend to agree with them…

 

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Review of THE SHEIK RETOLD with Victoria Vane

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

 

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I saw this movie a million years ago, but I loved it. The intrepid if somewhat foolish heroine, the absolute hotness of the clearly European Rudolph Valentino…in spite of its silent screen, eye rolling dramatics, I really had a blast. And when I read Victoria Vane’s remake of the original novel, I had a great time all over again.

The wild kidnapping that serves only to cover family intrigue, the romance that comes too close to rape for the heroine’s taste and for my peace of mind, the bizarre erotic domination that turns into true love…this book is a wild ride in more ways than one. I thought I knew this piece until I read Victoria Vane’s version of it, and found myself immersed in world I had not expected.

In the end, as in all romances, these two strong-willed people learn to live together in relative, if erotic, harmony. They never truly succeed in bridging the gaps between their cultures, but the reader is left with the sense that they are going to keep trying. I was also completely convinced that they loved each other, which for me is what makes a romance sing. So fives stars to Victoria Vane’s THE SHEIK RETOLD. A fabulous romantic romp.

 

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Victoria Vane is an award-winning romance novelist, cowboy addict and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

Look for Victoria‘s Contemporary Cowboy Series coming summer 2014 from Sourcebooks

 

CONTACT:

Web: http://www.victoriavane.com

Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com

Twitter: @authorvictoriav

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Q&A With Victoria Vane and a Give Away

Friday, February 8th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

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As a final entry in this week’s Georgian frolic, I have an interview with the lovely Victoria Vane. I have loved her books from the first one I read, and as we talk together, you’ll see more reasons why. At the end of the post, leave a comment answering the question: Do you love a reformed rake? This will enter you for the give away of Victoria Vane’s TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS (US only).

 

1)      Lord Hadley has a dark past…do you find yourself drawn to write about leading men with wild pasts? What do you enjoy most about writing novels in which a rake is reformed?

 

I am absolutely a sucker for a man in need of redemption, but he has to have at least a few qualities that make him worthy of the effort. My favorite heroes have all been men with dubious pasts, beginning with Philip Drake, a charming but deceitful rogue from THE HIGHEST STAKES who is redeemed (only after I put him completely through the ringer) in FORTUNE’S SON.

 

In my Devil DeVere series, the namesake character, Viscount Ludovic DeVere is truly the rake of all rakes, but as the series progresses, the honorable facets of his character are slowly revealed. The reader eventually realizes that he’s only using his wild and debauched behavior as a protective shield. When he at last confesses his feelings for Diana, it’s wondrous to see the mighty DeVere fall.

 

Lord Hadley is much darker than DeVere, who is playfully debauched while he seemingly orders the world around him like a puppet-master.  Lord Hadley, on the other hand is a very resentful puppet.  A true Byronic hero, Hadley has had little control over his life and has come to believe the very worst in people. Quoting Byron’s Corsair:

 

He knew himself a villain—but he deem’d
The rest no better than the thing he seem’d;
And scorn’d the best as hypocrites who hid
Those deeds the bolder spirit plainly did.

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Hadley’s depravity and cynicism are clear from his very first scene:

Excerpt from Chapter One:

His gaze narrowed and his voice took on a frigid overtone. “You think I left Paris under my own volition? Pray let me correct your misapprehension, madam. You see, I’ve traded on my good name a bit too long and was induced to leave before my creditors installed me in the Bastille.”

“Is it truly as you say, Hadley?” She regarded him with overt skepticism. “What of your annuity? Do you mean nothing remains?”

“Latera ecfutut,” he replied darkly.

Her blank look forced him to translate with a mirthless laugh. “Fucked away, my dear. Literally and completely.”

Her frown deepened. “How can you expect to continue living large across the Continent at myexpense, while I’m forced to suffer alone in London playing the mournful widow under the disgrace of a ruined name?”

“Mournful widow, eh?” Hadley raked her with a blood-shot gaze that lingered on the brilliant gems adorning her hands, ears, and neck. He reached out to stroke her collarbone, tracing the diamonds resting above the milky white flesh of her bared breasts. “You don’t appear to have suffered.”

He grasped an erect nipple, indolently rolling it between thumb and forefinger, an act that elicited a convulsive shiver from her body and a low moan from her lips. Remarking the lust-filled glitter in her eyes, Hadley cupped both of her breasts and dipped his head to lick the length of her neck. While his tongue played in the delicate hollow behind her ear, his hands went to work deftly removing her necklace. “Ah,” he pocketed it with a smirk. “This should just about cover tonight’s losses.”

“You bastard!” Barbara shrieked. “You would steal the very jewels from my body?”

“Needs must…” he shrugged. “Right now, I would steal the gold from a dead man’s teeth. There are no depths to which one will not descend when in want.”

 

 

2)      Molly is a strong woman, in spite of her innocence. I think you created in this character a beautiful balance between a virginal woman who knows little about the world and one who is also intelligent and a fast learner. What draws you to write about strong women? 

 

The short answer? The rakish hero! My male characters are very hard to tame. The deed can only be accomplished by a woman with intelligence and considerable strength of character.

3)  Who is your favorite character in the novel? Why?

Call me crazy, but I adore the wicked countess, especially when she teams up with the bad Baron Barnesley. It was so fun to depict characters who are so thoroughly degenerate! I am seriously considering reprising that depraved pair for another story – maybe a novella.

4) In TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS you have a couple of nasty villains to round out the piece. I truly felt that Molly was in danger for most of the book, and that even Lord Hadley needed all his wits about him to manage to elude the evil of those around him. Do you enjoy creating evil characters? How do you keep even your nefarious characters so balanced, which makes them seem as real as the hero and heroine?

 

As I just mentioned, I adore my villains almost as much as my protagonists. I try very hard to make them multi-dimensional. What I loved most about Barbara Blanchard was her shameless tenacity and her adaptability. She ALWAYS looks out for number one and never gives up! Even when her first nefarious plan goes awry, she is quick to adjust to the changing circumstances!

 

5) What is next for you? 

Thanks so much for asking! I have many irons in the fire at present. First off, I am deliriously happy to say that my entire DeVere series is currently in production for audiobook. It’s been so much fun to hear my stories come to life through professional actors. This very much compliments the custom artwork and character portraits I have commissioned for the series that readers can enjoy on my Devil DeVere fan site: http://thedevildevere.com

 

As far as new writing projects go, I have several more DeVere books coming this year and am also nearly finished with my first contemporary romance. It is set in Montana with a cowboy hero,  and a heroine readers will readily relate to. I love the story!

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As for historicals, they will always be my first love. I have many more titles cluttering my computer desktop that I hope Entangled will wish to add to the Scandalous line. I hope readers will follow me to keep up with my forthcoming projects.

Website: http://authorvictoriavane.com

Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com

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The Glitzy, Glamorous Georgians by Victoria Vane

Monday, February 4th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

As a devout Georgian junkie, I am frequently asked why I am so enamored of this particular historical era. My simplest answer is that I am in love with the glitz, glamour, and decadent opulence, and endeavor to vividly recreate this world in all of my books writing as both Emery Lee and Victoria Vane. Although I am fully aware that only a small percentage of people lived ensconced in such luxury, for the privileged few, how sumptuous it was! I have also recently endeavored to bring this world more fully to life through character portraits and illustrations to compliment my Devil DeVere series: http://thedevildevere.com .

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In my desire to share my passion for the Georgians with you, I inadvertently stumbled upon an amazing exhibition by Austrian artist Andreas Franke that visually depicts all that I desired to say about my favorite era. In his brand new exhibit, this artist who obviously shares my fascination, pays tribute to the decadent Georgians in The Sinking World. To enhance your pleasure, I have set to Handel’s Water Music a video montage of Georgian decadence currently on display in the ocean depths!

 

 

Video montage of The Sinking Wold Exhibit by Andreas Franke Set to Handel’s Water Music

REF: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262035/Artist-Andreas-Frankes-The-Sinking-World-seen-diving-freighter-wreckage-78-feet-surface.html

ABOUT VICTORIA VANE

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.

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES 2012:
THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES- Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012
LR Cafe Best Series Nominee 2012

A Wild Night’s Bride 
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• Amazon Top 100 Best seller
The Virgin Huntress 
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
The Devil You Know 
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• The Romance Reviews Top Pick
• LR Café Best Historical Romance nominee 2012
The Devil’s Match 
• Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
• The Romance Reviews Top Pick
• LASR Reviews Book of the Month December 2012
• Swept Away by Romance Best Historical Romance of 2012
• LR Café Best Author Nominee 2012
• Swept Away by Romance Favorite Author 2012

A Breach of Promise , December 2011 Ellora’s Cave
• Night Owl Reviews “Top Pick”
• Reading Romances 5 flames and “Pen Award”
• TBR Pile 5stars/Book of the month winner September 2012
• LASR Erotic Reviews 5 STAR/Book of the Month Nominee
• The Romance Studio 5 Sweetheart Nominee
• TRS CAPA Nominee 2012

CONTACT:
victoria.vane@hotmail.com
Web: http://authorvictoriavane.com
Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com
Twitter: @authorvictoriav

 

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