Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July's Featured Author of the Month - Vicky Dreiling Author of 'How to Marry a Duke' & 'How to Seduce A Scoundrel'

Meet Author Vicky Dreiling

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”

When she’s not writing or getting into trouble, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.

Vicky came on to the romance scene early this year with her first book, 'How to Marry a Duke'. Inspiration  struck while she was watching an episode of 'The Bachelor' on TV. She thought it would be fun to write a book that took elements of the show into the Regency-era. One of the challenges she faced was how to make the situations the girls encountered fit for the Regency England time period. Let's face it overnight dates could ruin a girl's reputation. Additionally, a Duchess would have certain requirements that would need to be met which would have to be taken into account. To add another dimension to the story, Dreiling decided to give a secret past to the heroine, Tessa, which would cause her to decide never to marry. To read an excerpt CLICK HERE.

Vicky's second novel, 'How to Seduce a Scoundrel', was released June 28th. This book was inspired by 'The Rules' and 'He’s Just Not That into You'. Already knowing that Tristan's sidekick, Hawk, would be the next Hero in her yet unnamed trilogy, she recalled a conversation with a male co-worker's about "The Rules". She decided to come up with a Regency-era version which she entitled 'Secrets to Seduction'. Once again she was faced with the task of coming up with a version that would be acceptable for the Regency-era. She also decided it would be fun if the scoundrel in this book would be faced with the task of watching out for his best friend's sister whom he was attracted to. After all, even a scoundrel knows that a best friend's sister is off limits. To read an excerpt CLICK HERE.

Vicky's third book, 'How to Ravish a Rake', is tentatively scheduled to come out the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. There is no cover image available at this time. The story will be about Amy Hardwick, one of Julianne’s friends, and Hawk's younger brother, William Darcett. The two were introduced at Julianne's and Marc's wedding at the end of 'How to Seduce a Scoundrel'. William is known by the scandal sheets as 'Devil Darcett'. This one should be good. I look forward to reading it.

As you can imagine, Vicky gets inspiration from many things. She likes to write while listening to music. If you visit her website (I provided a link at the end of this post) you'll find a playlist for each of her books, including one for 'How to Ravish a Rake' which is yet to be published. The theme song she picked for 'How to Seduce a Scoundrel' is 'Better Man' by Pearl Jam. 

 10 Fun Facts About Vicky

1. Vicky started a diary when she was ten and kept one for the next decade.

2. Her high school diaries showed no signs of literary talent, but she apparently had a great tan and many surfer boyfriends.

3. She went to university with Barbara Walter’s producer. He tried to teach her how to lift weights. She has a grainy photo to prove it.

4. In her twenties, Vicky worked as a certified aerobics instructor. Her corporate lunchtime class nicknamed her “Sergeant.”

5. She bought her first romance novel by accident, and she’s been hooked ever since.

6. As an unpublished writer, Vicky won $450, the overall grand prize in a contest, with 5 pages of 'How To Marry A Duke'.

7. On her first trip to Paris, Vicky stayed at the Hilton Paris. Alas, she did not see the famous ‘celebutante.’

8. Her favorite Parisian haunt is the Musee d’Orsay where the Impressionist Paintings are housed.

9. She has been to the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany where the Beatles played gigs before becoming famous.

10. Owing to a sad lack of the direction gene, Vicky has gotten lost in many famous places including the Louvre, Hyde Park, and Warwick Castle.

Vicky's road to fame was not the usual one. Some friends invited her to attend a writer's conference. At the conference she was able to make appointments with various agents to talk about her manuscript. The agent she truly wished to talk to, however, was booked solid. Fortunately for her, the fates were looking out for her because later that night when she arrived late for the conference dinner the only seat available was the one next to the agent Vicky was hoping to meet, Lucienne Diver. By the end of the night she had Lucienne's business card in her hand. The rest, as they say, is history. Okay, I must admit, I shortened the story just a tad. To read the full version of how Vicky got her book published, and  the full story of how she came up with the idea of her first book check out this article by Vicky:
Additionally, if you wish to read the full story of how Vicky came up with 'How to Seduce a Scoundrel' check out this article:

To learn more about the Vicky please visit her website at:

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 Don't forget to visit my blog tomorrow for a chance to win a copy of 'How to Seduce A Scoundrel'. Additionally, I'll be having a Q&A and Vicky is scheduled to drop by.

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