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Debut Week continues with Vicky Dreiling

Prizes!  (Thought that might get your attention <g>.)  Before I introduce you to today's guest blogger, I wanted to announce that if you comment on any of the Debut Week blogs (Monday through Friday), you'll be entered to win a bundle of debut books (either first for the author of first of a series).   Sadly, this contest is only for US entrants.  All you have to do is comment, though I'd love it if the winner would check back in or blog about their impressions of the books they receive!

And now, I'm pleased to present to you Vicky Dreiling, whose off-beat historical romance series will debut in January 2011 with HOW TO MARRY A DUKE from Warner Forever.  I met my previous bloggers, N.K. Jemisin and Diana Orgain, through the query process, but Vicky and I had a very different start.  Read all about it here on her blog.
  As is probably clear to you by now, I'm a sucker for original ideas and a great voice.  Vicky has both.  I know it's a long time to wait, but I hope you'll add HOW TO MARRY A DUKE to your wish list.  You won't be sorry!


            Where do you get your ideas?

            If you’re a writer, you’ve probably gotten this question often. Many authors say their ideas come from a myriad of places. Not me. Ever since I was a kid, I got my best ideas from watching TV.

            One fateful evening while surfing 800+ channels, I happened upon a reality show featuring a bachelor and a bevy of beauties vying for his heart. As I watched, a bizarre idea popped into my head: the bachelor in Regency England (minus the hot tub and camera crew). I immediately scoffed at that thought. Yeah, right. Bungee jumping, helicopter rides, and overnight dates? I think not.

            Then I thought: But what if you could pull it off?  

            The characters didn’t Bungee jump, but I sure felt like I did more than once while writing my debut historical romance novel, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.  The premise presented numerous challenges. Clearly I needed to substitute viable alternatives to rock climbing, karaoke, and bikini clad bachelorettes. (Cat fights on the other hand were fair game.)

In the place of the ever present camera crew, my story features the ton, the high society of Regency England, and the scandal sheets, the 19th century equivalent of tabloids. Instead of a pilot looking for love, my bachelor is an unromantic duke who desperately needs a wife to produce the requisite heir and spare. Rather than audition for a TV network, Tristan Gatewick, the Duke of Shelbourne, hires a matchmaker to find him a perfect duchess. The hostess of this mad courtship is Miss Tessa Mansfield, a spinster matchmaker with a tart tongue and an ambition to further her own career. She’s determined to make the match of the century.

The competition is on as 24 scheming bridal candidates plot against each other in a bid to win a proposal from the Most Eligible Bachelor in England. Meanwhile, Tristan and Tessa square off in a battle of duty versus the heart. As for inappropriate relationships, I’ll leave that to the readers’ imaginations. Let’s just say Tristan is a bit of a bad boy.   But danger lurks and threatens to ruin them both. No one, least of all Tessa, is prepared for the stunning turn of events in the final episode of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.

            The selling of any book is as much a journey as the story itself.  For most writers, it’s an emotional experience that mirrors the highs and lows of the turning points in a book. My submission journey ended happily on June 19, 2009 when Lucienne sold my novel to Grand Central in a 3-book deal.  HOW TO MARRY A DUKE is slated for publication in January 2011.  

(You can follow Vicky on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vickydreiling)

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Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Reality Love
Vicky, I just love this premise. And after watching some reality shows, I find myself wishing many contestants had themselves a good writer. ;) I much prefer the Regency setting, too. Good manners and a fine way with speech improve most men... and women. Hugs, Diane
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Reality Love
Diane, should I audition for ABC? Snort.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Vicki, truly wonderful...I can't wait to read it!

Brandie Nickerson
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Brandie - it means so much to me.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Vicky's journey with How To Marry A Duke
I have been present during much of the long journey with the writing of this manuscript, quest for agent and publisher...and I'm so glad that I got to witness the excitement and that it ended so positively! This book is indeed a different take on the Regency romance and a credit to Vicky's creativity. Miss Vick and I have been through many ups and downs during our long friendship and all I can say is:

Vicky, you so deserve this!

Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Vicky's journey with How To Marry A Duke
Ellen, that day I read the *sheep* scene (no spoilers - just hints!) and you & Karen laughed so hard, I dared to hope I might sell it. I could not have done this without you. Big hugs.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
How to Marry a Duke
So now I know why you were on twitter commenting on the latest Bachelor escaped, you got hooked while doing research. Wonder if this latest choice will make it into a book?

Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: How to Marry a Duke

You know, they had sausage in Regency England ... Evil laugh. I had way too much fun Tweeting this season's bachelor. Now we've got to wait until May for more antics - this time 25 guys - Woot!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Love the concept!
Well, I do love Vicky and I know she's a Bachelor fan, so how perfect is this?

I cannot wait to read it! Especially the cat fights. So that translated to slapping each other with fans and tearing out each others hems in Regency, right? LOL.

Congrats, Vicky, on your success. And same to Lucienne - she's got a winner on her hands.

Liz Talley
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Love the concept!
Thanks, Liz. Hope to see you & many of the other gals on GIAM Friday night chatzy lounge. Cheers!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new book Vicky. I can't wait to read it.
Wendy Marcus (GIAMx4)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Debut Week with Vicky Dreiling
You know, I'm not one of those ones who is crazy for the actual reality show, but this book sounds like a lot of fun - much better than the show. I will have to keep my eyes open for it.

Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Can't Wait!
I can't wait to read it - of course, I've been a fan of Vicky's for years ;).
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Great idea!
I LOVE that your bent an impossible idea to the will of your imagination. It sounds very funny - is the sequel a Regency version of The Amazing Race?
Christi Barth
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Great idea!
I never say never. Books 2 & 3 are secrets ...but I sure had fun brainstorming the ideas with my brilliant agent.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Love It
What a wonderful, fun idea! I can't wait to read it!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Coming from a household addicted to reality tv (my husband watches just about everything, including The Bachelor/ette), I'm soooo excited to read your book. What a unique premise taking today's obsession with reality tv and combining it with Regency romance. In the words of a reality show icon, "You're current and relevant."

Your Twitter comments while you're watching the show are hilarious. I love following along even though I'm in a different time zone. Does your book feature any Boobs of Love? (Sorry, Lucienne. Vicky's words, not mine. ;-) )

Laurie London
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Ha-ha, Laurie. Actually Melissa Francis came up w/that alternate title for On the Wings of Love Bachelor season. Oh, man, that song is now stuck in my head - eeek! I can't wait to meet you in person at the Nashville Conference - so fun going through the after the sale experience together. Can't wait for your book in Feb!!!!
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Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I am so looking forward to reading How to Marry a Duke even though I'll be speaking (and thinking) with a British accent for days. I'm thrilled that your remarkable creativity and quirky wit coupled with your reality-show addiction has finally paid off. I never had any doubt that it would.:)

Well done and well deserved!

Kristi G.

Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Bravo!
Kristi, my good friend and partner at the *Executive Conference Lounge* - we have had many adventures together (one of which I used in book 2 - evil grin). You never gave up on me, even when I had so many doubts. Thank you for always being there when I needed you. And congrats again on your recent 3-book contract - Woot!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's mean of you to get us all anxious for your book and it's not out for MONTHS! (swoon) It sounds like so much fun! You go girl! (All the trips to London gave you a little research too, right? You weren't All Work All the Time? (Just most of it))

Congratulations on your success!

Gail http://www.gaildayton.com
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
Gail, we've had some fabulous times together & I'm hoping for many more now that you live closer. Thanks for stopping by!
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Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Darling Daughter can't wait for everyone to read this book!!!
Was it last year that I read your book and fell head over heels in love with this story? Well, regardless of when it was, I've since read the book at least five times, and after reading this blog, I'm itching to read the book again. January can not come fast enough!!! You are very lucky to have such a sweet agent, and I am so happy that she adores you as much as I do. :-) Wonderful job mommy, I'm so proud!!

Love your original bunny,
Amber Rose
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Darling Daughter can't wait for everyone to read this book!!!
Virtual hugs, my sweet daughter. I shed a tear when I found out you stayed up all night & finished the book. This one is for you, my bunny girl.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Vicky, I loved this story from the first moment I read your pages in a contest! I can't wait for the release, because I will FINALLY get the rest of the story!!! :)

Lynn Raye Harris
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Lynn. I got misty-eyed when I read your comments in that contest. Hoping to see you at RWA in Nashville!
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Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Can't Wait
This sounds like a terrific idea and I can't wait to read it! Even though I'm not a "Bachelor show" watcher, set the premise in the Regency period and I'm there!
Cat fight? Yay!

Congratulations on the debut, and best of luck on the two subsequents.

Barb H (GIAMx4)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Go Girl!
Vick...Like I've told you one too many times, How To Marry A Duke has the BEST EVER line in the history of romantic fiction. Can't wait for everyone else to learn that as well. And, I will cater that first signing...martinis or margaritas?? So happy for you and the readers of historical romance...they are in for a huge treat. Luv ya!!!! -Karen
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Go Girl!

Hand to heart - you're next, girlfriend! Very proud of you. As for the signing drinks, either lemon martinis or chambord swirl margaritas will be fine with me - LOL. Thank you for everything. We're gonna have fun in Nashville!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Smooches to all
Many thanks for all the lovely comments. Wendy, Margay, Punkmacgirl, Merissa, and Barbara H. - I so appreciate you stopping by. It means the world to me.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Vicky's journey
OMG! For a woman who doesn't know when to push the UP button in an elevator, you sure know how to spin an enticing tale. This book will absolutely end up on my to-be-read pile. And major congratulations on achieving your dream! Big hugs.

Elizabeth Sinclair
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Vicky's journey
Thanks, Elizabeth! Are you going to Nashville? You know I need a keeper - LOL. (And no, you may not injure yourself this year just to ride in the ambulence with hunky EMTs!)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Vicky! I loved how you met your editor and your premise was a winner. Can't wait to read the book.

Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Vicky, I absolutely love your premise. I'm a huge bachelor/bachelorette fan as well as a lover of historical romances. Throw them together and you are writing my dream story! :) Can't wait to read it.

Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Love it!
Linda, Steph, and Lindsey - thank you for dropping by. You guys are the best!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
:D I thought of a second you were going to talk about the Regency House Party show (which was...interesting on a variety of levels).

lol its going to be amusing to see what you sub out all those high-rolling Bachelor dates for with a Regency flair, I'm definitely looking forward to How to Marry a Duke!!
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Sounds Great
This series sounds great - I'm checking it out as soon as it releases!

Diana Orgain
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: Sounds Great
Thanks - it's been fun tweeting w/ya online! Cheers!
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Sounds Fantastic
I'm looking forward to picking up How to Marry a Duke. What a wonderful premise, it sounds like there will be lots of excitement for the poor Duke.
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
How to Marry a Duke
I'm so anxious to read Vicky's book. She's a sweet, dynamic personality with a wonderful, warm sense of humor, so I know her debut book will be a fun read. Don't miss it!
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