Sunday, February 13, 2011

Romance Week - Historical Romance - Interview & Giveaway w/ Vicky Dreiling

Today we have special guest Vicky Dreiling, author of How to Marry a Duke

Vickiy is a debut author, who has gotten rave reviews for her first novel - I had the chance to read it recently and LOVED it!!  I'm looking forward to her second book How to Seduce a Scoundrel will be available July 2011.


About Vicky:

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, 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.

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?
You might be interested in what happened the day before I sold. My agent contacted me to let me know that two publishers had made offers on the book. Imagine trying to sleep knowing you will sell your book the next day! By noon central time, I had sold a trilogy to Grand Central’s Forever imprint! I immediately called my friend Karen and met her for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. We celebrated with Chambord swirl margaritas. But the celebration wasn’t over.
That same evening, I attended a friend’s book signing. Several other authors were present. Afterward, we went to the same Mexican restaurant for – you guessed it, celebratory Chambord swirl margaritas. (No, I wasn’t driving this time, I promise!).

I read in your bio that you set off the alarms at Windsor Castle, can you tell us what happened?
I was in London for a two-week business trip. Over the weekend, I decided to take a bus tour of Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. When we arrived at Windsor Castle, I was very excited, but before we could enter, we had to go through security. Being a Texan and unsure of castle security measures, I politely asked the British security guards if I should remove my coat and shoes. They said no, but asked me to put my “handbag” (Brit speak for purse) on the conveyor belt. I walked through with a big grin on my face, and the buzzer went off. Aack! I was so embarrassed, but the Brits were very nice. As it turned out, my camera batteries in my coat pocket set off the alarm.

Outside of writing do you have any hobbies? Like knitting, crochet, quilting?
My mom is the quilter, actually, but I don’t share her gift. I like to read, meet friends for lunch, and go to the movies.

Of all the places you’ve travelled for work and pleasure, what is your favorite place and why?
I used to travel 70% of the time for business and saw some of the greatest monuments in the world. It’s difficult to choose. In London, I really loved Spencer House, built in 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. It’s truly a beautiful house and is situated on Green Park. I also adored Paris. The city is breathtakingly beautiful. One night on a business trip, I walked to the Eiffel Tower to see the lights at night. My favorite haunt in Paris is the
Musee D’Orsay where the Impressionist paintings are housed.


Who is your absolute favorite romance author? What book by them would you suggest we read?
Mr. ImpossibleI love Loretta Chase’s Carsington brother’s series. She’s an auto buy for me. I highly recommend MR. IMPOSSIBLE, LORD PERFECT, and the most recent LAST NIGHT’S SCANDAL. Really all of her historical novels are fabulous.


 
Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?
I believe in sparks at first sight. I think some couples can share a look and just know instinctively that there is potential for chemistry.


What is your favorite part of Valentine's Day?  Chocolate!

 

Thank you again Vicky for coming and joining us today! And for participating in Romance Week!


In honor of Romance Week, Vicky has offered a copy of How to Marry a Duke to TWO lucky reader!
This is open to residents of Canada & US.
Extra entries for followers of Vicky's Twitter & blogging about the giveaway!
(Please leave your twitter name and/or link to your blog in your comment)
Also include your email address example: {aislynnt(at)gmail dot com} - to avoid those nasty spammers!


Giveaway ends:  Friday February 18th at midnight (EST)
Winner to be announced on Saturday the 19th.

 

7 comments:

  1. Hi There!
    I'd love to win a copy of this book!! I can be found at sugarbeatbc AT gmail DOT com

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  2. I've heard great things about this book from other people and sites as well! I would love to win a copy of it for my own!! My e-mail is implausibleyarn AT gmail dot com

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  3. I would love a copy of this book. It looks great! My address is wenzowsa at canisius dot edu

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  4. Lovely interview Aislynn! Also very funny story of Windsor Castle! I Would love a chance to win a copy of this book! Thanks for hosting giveaway, and big thanks to author for deciding to do one!

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  5. I would love to get a chance to win this book.

    I'm following on twitter *bookflamereview
    email is sweetkarma212@gmail.com

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  6. Looks good!!!

    Twitter - @thehiddenbiblio

    email - hnwhitlock2000 @ gmail.com

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