Please welcome Victoria Vane to the virtual offices today! Victoria is here to talk about her historical romance Treacherous Temptations, and after the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a Treacherous Temptations prize pack, courtesy of Entangled Publishing!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Victoria Vane] Obsessive compulsive writer, insomniac, horse lover, romantic, Georgian junkie
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Treacherous Temptations?
[Victoria Vane] Treacherous Temptations is a dark and somewhat erotic Georgian romance with strong elements of intrigue. (Think Dangerous Liaisons with Jacobite intrigue and South Sea scandal.) It is also, in essence, my personal homage to the classic novels of the 18th century in which virtue vs. vice and the seduction of a virgin were predominate themes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Victoria Vane] As noted above, it was largely inspired by the book/film Dangerous Liaisons which can be seen in the primary characters of Hadley and Barbara who are closely modeled after Valmont and the Marquise de Meurteil. The innocent Mary is actually modeled after a real historical character by the same name who was also one of the great heiresses of her time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Mary?
[Victoria Vane] Innocent and unworldly but sensible.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Hadley had a theme song, what would it be?
[Victoria Vane] HA! I LOVE this question! I am tied between two songs:
George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone:
I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I’ll break a thousand more, baby
Before I am through
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I’m here to tell ya honey
That I’m bad to the bone
or Greg Allman’s I’m no Angel:
So you find me hard to handle … well …I’m easier to hold
So you like my spurs that jingle
And I never leave you cold
So I might steal your diamonds … I’ll … bring you back some gold
I’m no angel
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Mary is never without.
[Victoria Vane] Her common sense, although Hadley surely threatens it at times.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Hadley’s bedroom?
[Victoria Vane] Hard to say. I don’t think anything is off limits to Hadley!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Mary’s greatest regret?
[Victoria Vane] That even though she is incredibly wealthy, she doesn’t have the freedom to live her life as she pleases.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Victoria Vane] History. Almost everything I write has a strong connection to something real that I read. This includes all of my characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Victoria Vane] Besides my computer? Music, caffeine, and chocolate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Victoria Vane] That’s really a tough one! I really don’t get my socks knocked off easily, but for romance, I would have to say that two similar books really stand out in my mind: Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale and The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. These are both excellent books that feature tortured heroes who are misunderstood by all of those around them. I really loved how these authors showed their respective heroes’ inner struggles. A close third on my list would be Firelight by Kristen Callihan which is a Victorian twist on Beauty and the Beast.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Victoria Vane] I have loved to read as long as I remember. I was particularly addicted to fairy tales and hors books when I was in elementary school, but when I was in the fourth grade one of my teachers read Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron aloud to the class. After that, I devoured the entire series and even read it aloud to my younger siblings. My next favorite book was Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. I still cry when I read it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Victoria Vane] I read, walk my dog, ride my horse, and play the Celtic harp.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Victoria Vane] Email: email@example.com , Web: http://authorvictoriavane.com,
Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com, Facebook: Author Victoria Vane
Twitter: @authorvictoriav. I am also very active on Goodreads!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
A reluctant heiress resigned to her fate… Mary Elizabeth Edwardes has one of the largest fortune’s in England, but has no desire to leave her quiet country existence… and even less to acquire a husband she cannot choose for herself.
A dissolute nobleman bent on retribution… Trapped in a duplicitous existence since scandal destroyed his fortune and family name, Lord Hadley Blanchard has spent the better part of a decade posing as a disaffected exile while spying and seducing in the service of the English Crown.
A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue… When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary’s fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.