>Back on New Years Eve, I spotlighted Vicky Dreiling’s book cover, which I found absolutely delish, and I wanted to pick it up and read it right away. So I can’t tell you how delighted I am that she agreed to be my special guest today just to keep all of you company here on the blog. Please welcome Vicky for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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As a debut author, I find everything exciting. From the first glimpse of my cover for my historical romance HOW TO MARRY A DUKE to the day on January 3, 2011 when the book officially hit the shelves, I’ve been twirling in my desk chair.
Interestingly, I didn’t quite know what to expect for the launch, but I figured it would likely be an ordinary day where I did laundry, cooked, and tried very hard to ignore the dust bunnies. But in this cyber world we now live in, authors are no longer alone on their debut days. The well wishes from friends, colleagues, and Twitter buddies made me feel as if it were my birthday.
But the fun didn’t stop with the debut day. Many friends and family members visited me at my first book signing at a local independent and romance friendly bookseller. And one day, my mom joined me while I signed copies at chain bookstores in my area.
Speaking of my mom, I do have to relate a funny story. Mom bought several copies of my book to give away to co-workers, but of course she kept one for herself. A couple of days after the book signing, mom called to tell me that she really liked my book – except for “the naughty bits.” I tried not to crack up, but I did. HOW TO MARRY A DUKE is my mother’s first romance, and well, Mom is a tad prudish. You should have seen her reaction at my house one day when she caught me watching True Blood. I swear she wanted to send me to my room.
England’s most eligible bachelor has finally met his match.
“Brims with clever wit and repartee.” Nicole Jordan.
“Dreiling’s Regency romance debut is, in a word, enchanting.” Booklist Starred Review
“TV’s The Bachelor has nothing on Vicky Dreiling’s Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, who shows us How To Marry a Duke.
The best part of all, the part I didn’t expect, started happening even before the official launch of my first novel. I started getting emails, Tweets, and Facebook messages from readers letting me know how much they enjoyed reading my book. Because I’m new and not exactly a household name, I was stunned and a little misty-eyed to get these wonderful messages. I also felt as if I ought to apologize when more than a few told me they stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish reading HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.
I have to say I’m impressed with how fast romance readers read! But now that I think about it, I’ve found myself speeding through many a historical romance because I’ve just got to see the hero and heroine find their happily ever after.
I did feel a bit intimidated when readers contacted me and said they couldn’t wait for the second book HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. A few even requested I write faster. Aaack! The reason I felt pressured is because I happened to be working on the revisions for “Scoundrel” when I got these messages. But the revisions are done now, and I’m still twirling in my chair. I didn’t know how it would feel to be a published author, but now I can truthfully say it’s absolutely fabulous. May the Magic Romance Fairies be with all of you!
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