MBA&M AND VICTORIA VANE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES…..
A Holiday Greeting and Momentous Announcement from Victoria Vane:
When I first conceived A Wild Night’s Bride, a Georgian set, Hangover-inspired romantic comedy, I had no idea that one devilish secondary character would spawn an entire series, but Ludovic, Viscount DeVere, proved to be a dream come true. This larger than life character has captured the hearts of so many fans who have begged for more DeVere. In response to these requests, I have not only decided to continue the series, but have recently commissioned an amazing artist to render gorgeously detailed full color illustrations for my DeVere stories! My goal is to offer a wonderfully enhanced reading experience to fans of my series.
The first book to be illustrated (and just in time for all those glorious full color and graphics capable Christmas e-readers), is Devil in the Making, a riotous Georgian romp in the tradition of Fielding’s Tom Jones and a prequel to the Devil DeVere series.
The Illustrated Edition will feature a gorgeous depiction of the key scene in every chapter. If this experiment is successful, I will be illustrating the entire DeVere series (old and new) over the next 12-18 months. As a holiday greeting, I am attaching a sample of the absolutely stunning photorealistic artwork that will grace the new book cover as well as the inside pages! Devil in the Making: The Illustrated Edition will be available in e-book early December 2012. A print anthology will follow later in 2013. Now, without further ado…. Here is how it all began….
Devil in the Making: A Devilish Vignette by Victoria Vane
Every devil has a beginning… A rebellious young nobleman’s prank with the king’s lion goes comically awry, leading to a startling chain of events.
“But I know that look, DeVere, and it always bodes ill.”
“Come now, Ned,” DeVere cajoled. “With only weeks until matriculation, we may never get another chance to serve up some revenge on ole’ Trasker.”
“What have you in mind?” Simon asked.
“Since our dear pedagogue is so fond of bear-leading, why not procure one for him?”
Ned looked stunned. “You wish to buy a bear?”
“Of course not,” DeVere answered.
“Thank God,” Ned replied with a sigh of relief.
“I only wish to borrow one.”
“A bear?” Simon repeated.
“Yes. It can be a small one. As to age, size, or gender. I am not particular.”
“And how do you propose to find one?” Ned asked warily.
DeVere replied with a look of pure devilment. “I propose a midnight foray to the Royal Menagerie.” (end excerpt)
Warmest holiday greetings,
And now a quick interview with Victoria Vane….
Victoria,where did the idea for illustrations come from?
Illustrations within e-books,what a novel idea…
Victoria: Thank so much for asking, April. The idea occurred to me after reading so many reviews of my books that remarked upon how “vivid” my stories are. As a person who believes in playing to my strengths, I began to wonder how I might take this a step further. After reading so much about the new generation of full color and graphics capable e-readers, it seemed a no-brainer to take my stories into the “visual realm. Thus, the illustration idea was born.
MBA&M: How hard is it to find an illustrator? Where did you find your resources for the illustrations?
Victoria: At first, I really didn’t know where or how to begin. My immediate thought was to hire a cover artist and use illustrations with photo manipulation, but that concept proved far too limiting given that my work to date has been set exclusively in the Georgian era. It’s very difficult to find appropriate stock photos even for my book covers, so then I wondered about hiring a digital artist who could draw/paint whatever I needed with the kind of look I desired. While this is not an inexpensive endeavor, I felt very strongly about offering my fans this visually enhanced reading experience, so I bit the bullet and began advertising for an artist. After looking at dozens of portfolios I found someone with both the intuition and the talent to create EXACTLY what I wanted. It has been a match made in heaven!
MBA&M: What do you hope your readers will come away with by buying your books with illustrations within?
Victoria: I want them to be mesmerized and stunned by the realism and to come begging for more! LOL!
MBA&M: Thank you so much for allowing MBA&M and our readers along on your grand adventure!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee (http://authoremerylee.com)
A Breach of Promise ,Ellora’s Cave
A Wild Night’s Bride, Breathless Press
The Virgin Huntress, Breathless Press
The Devil You Know, Breathless Press
The Devil’s Match, Breathless Press
Devil in the Making, Victoria Vane
Treacherous Temptation– coming soon from Entangled Publishing
The Highest Stakes by Emery Lee, Sourcebooks
Fortune’s Son by Emery Lee, Sourcebooks
The Devil DeVere Volume I by Victoria Vane, Breathless Press
A Devil Named DeVere by Victoria Vane, Breathless Press
Thank you Victoria for sharing this exciting news!
To become an official fan of the DeVere Series, for in depth information on the characters,favorite quotes,etc…..follow this link…..
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We look forward to seeing these available soon. What a novel idea,illustrations in e-books? Love this idea!
For a chance to win a copy of “A Wild Night’s Bride”,(e-book)and the first in the exciting “DeVere” series,tell us your thoughts on: illustrations in e-books? Good idea or bad idea. What do you, the reader think?
Giveaway will run from today Dec 17 until Dec 24,2012. Just in time for Christmas.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND PEACE ON EARTH!