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*From the author*

In anticipation of her upcoming release, Jewel of the East (book#5 in the DeVere series) She have decided to publish a single volume e-book compilation of the three stories that feature the devil himself (The Devil You Know, The Devil’s Match, and A Devil’s Touch).

A Devil Named DeVere is a full length title (555 pages/105 K words) that has been re-edited with the addition of a few select scenes from A Wild Night’s Bride and The Virgin Huntress so that it better serves as a standalone story. I have done this mainly for those readers who A) do not like novellas and  B) do not like cliff-hangers C) Do not wish to invest in an entire series.

This book also helps to pave the way for Jewel of the East that really, honestly, and truly is coming in January 2014.

A Devil Named DeVere is available now on Amazon Kindle.

 The trade paperback edition is available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


ADND 1563x2500A Devil Named DeVere is a full length compilation of three previously published novellas (The Devil You Know, The Devil’s Match, A Devil’s Touch) that all feature Ludovic “the Devil” DeVere.  To better serve as a standalone title, this volume has also been re-edited with the addition of select scenes from A Wild Night’s Bride and The Virgin Huntress.



When burned once… Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley was resigned to her decade-long loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband until a dire discovery shatters her life.


By an old flame… A master of seduction, Viscount Ludovic, “The Devil” DeVere, is accustomed to taking what he wants heedless of the cost until encountering a woman who won’t be had at any price—at least not until a dark secret compels her to seek aid and comfort in this devil’s arms. What begins as an all-consuming passion becomes a true devil’s bargain when circumstances beyond their control drive the lovers irrevocably apart. 


Fire is best fought with fire…Four years later, DeVere is world-weary and bored with his life of debauchery when Diana unexpectedly reappears. Although both believe the former inferno has been reduced to bitterness and ashes, their chance reunion proves otherwise. With their passion reignited to undeniable ferocity, DeVere is hell-bent to lure Diana back into his bed… while she is equally determined to bring him to his knees.




A Wild Night’s Bride #1

The Virgin Huntress#2

The Devil You Know #3

The Devil’s Match #4

A Devil’s Touch #4.5

Jewel of the East #5 (coming early 2014)


Devil in the Making #1

The Trouble with Sin #2

Ned’s Folly#3 (coming late 2014)

A Devil Named DeVere is available now on Amazon Kindle.

 The trade paperback edition is available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



 ( PG rated)

Laughing and chattering, the small troupe alighted from their carriage in front of an elegant stone and stucco façade, initiating a flurry of activity. Several grooms emerged from nowhere to take charge of coach and horses, while an army of footmen materialized to unload their baggage.

Amidst this scene, their host appeared at the top of the white marble landing, affecting a pose with his quizzing glass, and presumably assessing the efficiency of his staff. Diana thought he closely resembled a king surveying his domain. Strikingly garbed in peacock-blue silk brocade with cascades of Mechlin lace, he appeared in all the sartorial splendor of his lofty station. Her initial impression of arrogance and hauteur shattered, however, with his rapid descent down the stairs. He was upon them in an instant, pulling Edward into a hearty embrace.

“Ned, you dull dog, it’s been too long! And my dear Annalee, lovely as ever.” He took possession of her hands, but instead of the expected brush over her fingers, he bussed both of her cheeks in the continental style. Diana stood in the background observing the viscount with bemusement. He was nothing like she had expected.

Annalee prompted Diana forward. “My Lord DeVere, may I present to you my cousin, the Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley.”

His gaze of cobalt-blue met hers, and Diana’s smile froze on her face, an unfamiliar and unsettling frisson of physical awareness sweeping over her as he took her in from head to toe in a swift, and by his show of strong white teeth, appreciative appraisal. For a woman who took pride in her self-possession, she was strangely discomposed when he raised her fingers to his lips, his thumb skillfully settling on the bare expanse of skin just above her glove, setting her pulse skittering.

“Baroness.” The timbre of his voice, the curve of his lips, was fraught with meaning, sending a jolt of heat to a place low in her belly. He gave a shallow bow that set his gaze on a horizontal plane with her breasts and lingered there much longer than proper, his eyes flickering like a blue flame. Her nipples tightened, contracting against her layers of muslin and silk, sending a tiny tremor rippling over her. Without having uttered a word beyond her name, the portentous weight of an indecent proposition hung between them.




Now some important author links:

DeVere Fan Site:

Facebook: Author Victoria Vane

Twitter: @authorvictoriav



So run don’t walk and purchase your copy of “A Devil Named DeVere”…rakes,scandal,seduction,wounded hearts and passion in one fabulous title….”A Devil Named DeVere”!


Just a note, I so love this series! Please,if you have not read the beginning…….

now is the time!!






[Women’s Fiction]


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So without further ado,set back and enjoy your visit with


Capturing history in the strokes of a story

I spent two years gathering research for Teatime for the Firefly. Ultimately it was the history that shaped the story. My sister and I dug up tales about my parents. We chatted on Skype, exchanged photographs and anecdotes. We talked to their friends, and I contacted tea planters from all over the world.  At the end of the day I had massive folders of information, and the story of Teatime flowered from this fertile ground. I found interesting threads of research to weave into the plot and all my fictional characters reflect some aspect of the society of that time. The British colonial world of tea plantations is long gone. For all its good and bad, it is a crucial part of India’s rich cultural history. Perhaps my biggest challenge in writing Teatime for the Firefly was how to weave this history in the strokes of a story without sounding too academic or long-winded. That is the slippery slope of writing historical fiction: how much history do you include, how much do you leave out? I wanted to open the world of Assam tea to a broad spectrum of readers, which is why I chose the vehicle of a love story. Much of the history is captured in details, either in the dialogue, or the plot. My hope is engage my reader, either through the love story or an interest in tea or Indian history. Or perhaps all three.

Thank you Shona, for spending time with us and our readers today! What a pleasure to have you with us today…..Your “Teatime for the Firefly” is a great read~


TFTF CoverPublication Date: September 24, 2013


  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
  • ISBN-10: 0778315479
  • ISBN-13: 9780778315476

Shona Patel’s TEATIME FOR THE FIREFLY (Harlequin/MIRA; Sept 24, 2013)

Book Description


October 1, 2013

Layla Roy has defied the fates.

Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb—a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women’s lives were predetermined—if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.

Layla’s life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world’s finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.

But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla’s remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.



Shona Author-1A bit about the author…..

Shona Patel, the daughter of an Assam tea planter, drew upon her personal observations and experiences to create the vivid characters and setting for TEATIME FOR THE FIREFLY. An honors graduate in English literature from Calcutta University, Ms. Patel has won several awards for creative writing and is a trained graphic and architectural designer. TEATIME FOR THE FIREFLY is her debut novel.






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