How to Ravish a Rake with Vicky Dreiling

Vicky DreilingMy spotlight author this hour is Vicky Dreiling. She’s 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. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

Her next release is How to Ravish a Rake (April 1, 2012). Don’t you just love that title?

How to Ravish a RakeSCANDALOUS DESIRES . . .

Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security—if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate—and irresistible—attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .


When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .

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Be sure to leave a comment or question for Vicky so you’ll be entered in this hour’s drawing. She’ll be giving away a signed ARC of How to Ravish a Rake + Romance Trading Cards! Open to US entries only.


Read an excerpt!

This hour, I’ll also be choosing another reader to receive an ebook of my Maidensong for winner’s choice of Kindle or Nook.

My heroine Rika is a skald, a Nordic bard. In a world before cable TV, being a storyteller was a very big deal. She has a prodigious memory and regards her role as a keeper of the lore of the Norse gods and heroes as a sacred trust.


Touch of a Rogue

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Remember today is Touch of a Rogue‘s release day!

The heroine in Touch of a Rogue is Lady Julianne Tyndale, the widowed Countess of Cambourne.  Before her marriage, she was Julianne True, a celebrated actress on Drury Lane.  Even though she married well, she’s not entirely respectable, but she doesn’t let that bother her. She’s determined to finish what her dead husband began–reuniting a set of six magical Druid daggers.

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31 thoughts on “How to Ravish a Rake with Vicky Dreiling

  1. Sharon says:

    Love Regencies, and love this cover. I look forward to reading it!

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    I’ve enjoyed Vicky’s books so I’m looking forward to reading How to Ravish a Rake, I know I’m going to love it. I’m looking forward to reading Touch of a Rogue as well.

  3. Lucinda Canterbury says:

    I love your books, I’ve read them all so far. I’m a historical romance junkie. Would love an ARC. Would love to know how you pronounce your last name, my maiden name is DARLING.

  4. Na S. says:

    I’ve never set off an alarm in a castle but I can just imagine! Then again I’ve never toured a historical mansion or castle and would love to.

  5. Diane Sallans says:

    I just love reading about a wallflower getting her man!

    1. Diane,

      Amy gets more than she bargained for, but so does my rake, Will!

  6. Sheila Mulholland says:

    I would love to ravish a rake….or have one ravish me…..

  7. misskallie2000 says:

    Hi Vicky, I already have this book on my wish list but an ARC would be just as good. I loved How To Marry a Duke and know I will enjoy reading How to Ravish a Rake. Keep those books coming for your readers.
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

  8. StacieD says:

    Ha! I’ve been to Windsor Castle twice but I didn’t set off any alarms. I almost got in trouble at Hampton Court Palace though. I got turned around and almost walked into a church service in the palace chapel. Luckily I was stopped before I could open the door.

    1. LOL Stacie! I managed to stay out of trouble in other places in London.

  9. Catslady,

    I am working on a new project and will keep readers informed. Thanks for your kind words about HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.

  10. catslady says:

    I so enjoyed How to Marry a Duke that I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this one too. A gorgeous cover too. Do you have another story in the works?

  11. Michele,

    Thanks so much for your kind words about my cover. Interestingly, I had a lot of input into the cover for my first book HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. The art department took one of my suggestions for the pose and even used the color scheme I requested. The art department came up with the covers for the next two books. Seriously, they knocked it out of the ballpark with both Scoundrel and Ravish. Needless to say, I’m very pleased.

  12. Michele says:

    Hello Vicky!

    I absolutely LOVE your cover! What is the process in producing such a piece and how much is the author involved? I day dream that there is a lovely set filled with beautiful people drinking wine and eating from an assortment of pastries. However, I bet you’re going to burst my bubble….

  13. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Vicky. How to Ravish a Rake sounds great. Love the cover.

    1. Thanks, Crystal, I was wowed when I first saw the cover. Amazingly, the couple on the cover look exactly how I pictured Will and Amy.

  14. Katie Lee says:

    *sigh* April 1st is much too far away still…. :) Love you, Vicky!!

    1. I know, Katie, it seems like forever, but Amazon is reporting March 27th for release date. I guess Target is April 1st – they usually sell it for 25% off.

  15. Desere Steenberg says:

    Hello Vicky

    Your book sounds really nice I adore the title my question is if a idea for a scene or plot pops into your head do you write it down or do you store it in the back of your mind for later ?

    Thanks for the chance to win


    1. Desere,

      That’s a great question. I actually see scenes DVD-style in my head, usually when I wake up. I rarely remember my dreams, but I suspect I dream about the books. I have an article on my website about my writing process that you might find interesting. Here’s a link:

      1. P.S. Desere, turn your sound down – for some reason the playlists are going off simultaneously when I open the site. I’ll have to contact my web designer to fix it again. ;-)

  16. Diane P. Diamond says:

    Hi Vicky and Mia,

    I enjoyed the excerpt of “How To Ravish A Rake”. I grew up in England and am ashamed to say that I never went to Windsor Castle. :-( I need to rectify this on my next trip home. Do you travel to England to get inspirations for your books, or just to visit?

    I love the cover and colors of “How To Ravish A Rake”.

    1. Diane,

      I think wherever we live, we just take it for granted. I live in Texas and hardly ever tour places here LOL. My trips to England were actually business-related & took place in London, but the focus groups were at night, so I had time to go out and tour. On some trips, I was there for two weeks and went on out of London bus tours. I love England and hope to return one day to see more!

  17. Cate S says:

    Another historical romance reader .. I love the cover art of your book… But I would like to know how you set off that alarm at Windsor! Many years ago, we rented a boat and ended up at the castle and town for a day.. it is so pretty along the river and approaching the castle..

    1. Cate,

      Before you’re allowed to enter Windsor Castle, you have to go through security. This was in winter, so I asked if I should remove my coat and shoes. The security guy said to just put my “handbag” on the conveyor belt. So I walked through and the alarm went off! I was horrified but it turned out that I had US batteries in my coat pocket for my camera. The security guys were very nice about it and let me tour Windsor LOL.

  18. eli yanti says:

    Hi Mia / Vicky,

    I’m not living in US, so dont count me for vicky’s book

    but i want to ask Vicky, why he choice “will” for the hero’s name? i think this name is not quite suitable with rake. But dont worry, your book has been added to my list to buy.

    1. eli yanti says:

      revision : but i want to ask Vicky, why you choice “will” for the hero’s name? i think this name is not quite suitable with rake. But dont worry, your book has been added to my list to buy.

      1. Hi Eli,

        I chose Will (William) because it’s a traditional name that I like, and of course, it’s the name of the future king of England. ;-)

  19. Betty Hamilton says:

    Hi Vicky, Your book sounds like a fun read. I just love hisotrical romance. Does your interest in England extend to Scotland and Highlanders?

    1. Hi Betty,

      I love Scottish books, but I’ve never written one. Maybe some day ….

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