Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Launch Party & #Giveaway by @TraceyDevlyn

Launch Party & Giveaway by Tracey Devlyn

I’m so excited to be back on the Casa blog and introducing you to A Lady’s Secret Weapon, the third book in my Nexus series.

Writing Ethan deBeau’s story was both a challenge and great fun. Because he’d made special appearances in A Lady’s Revenge and Checkmate, My Lord, I thought it would be a cinch to craft his journey. Not so. The more I wrote, the more I realized that I’d barely touched the surface of who Ethan was in my previous books.

When it came time to dig in and get to know my reluctant boudoir spy, I found myself paralyzed by the prospect. So many readers had written to let me know how much they were looking forward to Ethan’s story. I was terrified I would disappoint them.

Pushing through my fear, I finally found my loyal, tenderhearted, courageous Ethan. Then I found Sydney Hunt for him. Sydney carries many of the same endearing traits as Ethan, plus she’s an intelligent businesswoman, who often puts others’ needs before her own.

Don’t let my description fool you. Ethan and Sydney’s relationship did not begin with harps playing in the background. Noooo. But don’t take my word for it…

Sydney pulled papers from the upper drawer of her desk and placed them on the top, scattering them the slightest bit. Then she retrieved some ledgers and laid them on the opposite side. The last item she extracted was a tiny silver bell; this she set in the middle of the desk, just above the ink blotter.
Opening one of the ledgers, she dipped a pen into the inkwell and waited. Before long, she heard her housekeeper’s familiar rapid approach followed by the more solid thunk of a gentleman’s step. She began writing.
Her housekeeper rapped twice on the door before entering. “Miss Hunt, Lord Danforth to see you.”
“Thank you, Wells.”
She took her time replacing her pen in its holder before plastering a welcoming smile on her face. Sydney rose to greet one of the few people in all of London who could ruin everything she’d worked for. “Good morning, my lord.” 
“Miss Hunt,” he said, with an abbreviated bow, “thank you for seeing me.” 
He lifted his gaze to meet hers, and Sydney’s breath caught. Never before had she seen such a riveting shade of blue swirled with an equally captivating green. Sound narrowed to a pulse beat. Thump. Thump. Thump, thump, thump, thump. With bruises, scrapes, and swollen flesh marring his handsome features, he had been compelling. Without them, he was mesmerizing. 
She braced her fingertips on the top of her desk, struggling to regain her composure. But she could not stop making comparisons to the last time she saw him, sprawled on a narrow cot in an abandoned building. 
Today, broad shoulders tapered down to solid hips. Fawn-colored breeches strained against the musculature of his thighs, and his midnight blue superfine coat set off his wavy sable locks to godlike splendor. 
Many a lady had sold her soul for one night in his bed. He made them feel like heavenly goddesses, unearthly creatures made for his love, and the most important woman in his life… at that moment in time. Or so she’d been told. The fingers that were only moments ago supporting her unsteady legs curled into a fist. 
Even though she understood the reasons motivating his actions, he still represented everything she despised in a man. Gentlemen such as he walked the upper echelons of society, with money and power at their disposal, and laws at their mercy. They discarded women like they discarded a spent cheroot, while honorable men like Mac and Mick scraped by, day after day. 
Sydney would make sure she did not become one of Ethan deBeau’s golden deities.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to learn more about A Lady’s Secret Weapon. Be sure to check out my fab giveaways below.

Hugs and Happy Autumn!

“Devlyn is a smart storyteller who crafts taut, exciting, emotional novels—the type of story that lingers long after the happily ever after.” ~ Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK
“Devlyn’s series keeps getting better, leaving the reader eagerly anticipating the next installment.” ~ Publishers Weekly
“Few expertly crafted and edgy historical suspense romance novels exist, and fans of Brenda Joyce’s Cahill series will be happy with this unique and refreshing addition. Devlyn is a writer to watch.” ~ Amy Alessio, Booklist

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Casa Blog Contest: To win a copy of A Lady’s Secret Weapon, answer the following question in the comments below. What book did you read this year that you would recommend to a friend?

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Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who 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:


  1. Tracey -

    You know I love Ethan and I so hope other readers get to enjoy him as much as I have ;-).


  2. I can't wait to read this book. I actually just read The Veiled Seduction series by Heather Snow and I loved it. I read all three in a week and I recommend them.

  3. Congratulations on the new release...loved the excerpt and the cover is simply delicious.

  4. Unraveled by Courtney Milan. The book left me breathless (totally unraveled!). Brilliantly sarcastic conversation. And a dog.

    Congrats on your new release!

  5. Oh, I totally understand the pressure of writing a book or hero readers are looking forward to. I'm sure you did a great job. I loved the first two books, and I'm sure this one will not disappoint.

  6. Kelsey - he is a fun guy to love, isn't he?!

    Sheryl - I LOVE Heather Snow's novels! Thanks for sharing.

    Carolyn - Thanks! I always get so many compliments on Sourcebooks's covers. The art dept is awesome.

    Linda - Unraveled sounds like a great read! Thanks!

    Shana - SO glad to hear I'm not alone! Thanks for the faith (I need it!). :)

  7. Is this a trick question? :) I've read so many good books this year but highlights include: ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER by Sarah MacLean, A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara, CHECKMATE, MY LORD (of course!), WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND by Jennifer McQuiston, DARIUS (and the entire Lonely Lords series by Grace Burrowes), THE TURNCOAT by Donna Thorland, LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS by Lorraine Heath, everything by Cecilia Grant, the entire Bridal Pleasures series by Jillian Hunter, IN THE ARMS OF THE HEIRESS by Maggie Robinson, the entire Secret Brides series by Valerie Bowman, & TRUE SPIES by Shana Galen.

  8. An Outlaw in Wonderland by Lori Austin. It was amazing!


  9. Fallen too far by Abbi Glines

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful series. I too have read many good ones this year. Grace Burrowes Windham series, Victoria Roberts Highland series, Sarah MacLean and Mary Balogh had a couple of good ones too. (just to name some lol)


  11. Maria--What a wonderful list of great books! I see a couple new-to-me authors I'm going to check out.

  12. Jena--sounds like a great read! Thanks

    bn100--thanks for sharing!

    catslady--love every one of the authors you listed. One of my first historical romances was a Mary Balogh novel. Love!

  13. My top recommended book for this year is Jojo Moyes's Me Before You. I look forward to your newest; thanks for the giveaways.

  14. I've read a few great books this year that I would recommend, but at the top is the latest Elemental Assassin book, Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep. I just love this series and I recommend all the books to anyone who will listen. :D Oh, and then there's Shana Galen's True Spies, just finished that one and it was wonderful as well.

  15. Congratulations on your release, Tracey!

    I just finished up Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis and I'd recommend that and the rest of the Animal Magnetism books. Always good for laughs and a whole lot of fun!

  16. There are several books that I really enjoyed this year, including A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway, Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee (the person I loaned my copy of this liked it so much she bought her own, lol) and Michelle Sagara's House War series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I've read so many good books I'd recommend so I'll just go with the latest that I've finished which is Penny Reid's Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance. It's a really cute story with lots of laughs.

  18. Everyone, thanks for the awesome book recommendations! There are a few I need to check out. :)

    Using, the following commenter was selected to win a copy of A LADY'S SECRET WEAPON.


    Congrats, Sheryl! Please send your mailing address to me at tracey @ (no spaces, of course!).

  19. The Steve and Genny Morgen saga

  20. I’ve read a lot of books this year so choosing is difficult. I did come across a a new author and enjoyed reading her two novels. Her name is Julianne Donaldson and her novels are “Edenbrooke” and “Blackmoore.” They’re more of a Gothic style genre and quite enjoyable.

    I have enjoyed Tracey Devlyn’s novels and look forward to reading her new release. Congratulations, Tracey!