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February 14, 2015

 



BTSawardfinalistbuttonIn rural Montana…


Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…

Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…




EXCERPT: SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane

Wade hung up his hat, and then came behind the desk to glance over Iris’s shoulder. “What’s on the docket this week?”


“Not much. Just more disputes over grazing rights.”


“Grazing rights again! I’m damned sick of environmentalists and special interest groups sticking their noses into our business. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take it all, not giving a damn that the majority of people here are just trying to eke out modest livings.” Wade raked his hand through his sandy hair with a curse. “Damned vegan tree-huggers will destroy our entire state economy.”


Iris rolled her eyes as if anticipating a full-blown tirade. “Be back in a jiffy.” She winked at Nikki as she slipped out the door.


Nikki grinned. “I take it you’re not a card-carrying member of the Green Party?”


“No.” His gaze narrowed and brows pulled into a frown. “You’re not one of them I hope.”


“Who me?” Nikki shook her head. “No, sir-ee, I’m a live-and-let-live Libertarian and a longtime omnivore. My grandparents had a chicken farm in Lavonia. I betcha didn’t know Georgia is the country’s biggest chicken producer.”


“No, ma’am.” His shoulders visibly relaxed. “I didn’t, but then I’m not a big chicken fan myself.”


She let her gaze travel over him in a slow appreciation of his tall, lean, muscular frame. She guessed he stood at least six-three in his boots. “I suppose not,” she said. “It would be only prime grass-fed beef and Idaho potatoes for you.”


He crossed his arms over his broad chest and leaned on the door frame studying her. “Miz Powell, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were undressing me with those pretty blue-green eyes of yours.”


A guilty flush infused her face but she refused to give him the advantage. She opted for a strong offense instead. “So what if I was? Weren’t you quite fixated on my ass at Denver airport?”


He raised a sandy eyebrow. “You noticed that, eh?” His confession came with a shameless grin attached.


She jutted her chin. “Quid pro quo, Counselor. What do you say to that?”


He approached her slowly, the smile in his eyes transforming in a blink to a wicked gleam. A gleam that promised very bad things. His reply sent a warning signal to every nerve in her body. “I’d say, why just use your eyes?”


Dear God, he was trouble with a capital T.


He closed the space between them in two long strides. Instinctively, Nikki backed up as many steps—but her ass hit the desk. Before she realized what he was about, he’d caught her hips and lifted her onto it. He held her hostage with his gazed locked on hers, his arms braced on either side of hips. “There’s something real interesting going on here,” he remarked at length.


Nikki swallowed hard, her gaze wavering. “I already told you I’m not interested. I don’t do casual hookups.”


“You think that’s what this is about?”


“Isn’t it?” she asked, intentionally blithe.


He shook his head. “Hell, I don’t know. Maybe. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a damn powerful attraction to you.”


She’d never had such a strong reaction to another man either. All he had to do was look at her to get her pulse racing and her insides quivering. And right now he was too damned close for comfort. She shifted backward, trying to create some distance, but there was nowhere to go.


“Don’t you have to be in court soon, Counselor?” she reminded him in a voice that came out breathless.


“Yeah, I do,” he replied. “Guess I got a bit sidetracked. You’re turning out to be a big distraction, you know that?”


She bit her lip. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be such an imposition.”


“I said a distraction not an imposition. There’s a big difference. I didn’t realize until now just how badly I’ve needed such a distraction.” He stepped away with a reluctant sigh.


Her pulse still hammering in anticipation, Nikki exhaled the breath she hadn’t realized was trapped in her chest.


Wade spun toward his office. “Help yourself to the phone and anything else while I get cleaned up.” He paused again on the threshold. “Of course, you’re welcome to use my office if you need greater privacy.” He added over his shoulder with a look of devilment. “Or in the event any wild impulse overtakes you while I shower.”


He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.


“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”


“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”


“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”


Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.


“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”


“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”


“And what do you think you know about my type?”


“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arm’s length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”


“Well, darlin’”—he scratched his unshaven jaw—“there’s a little hitch to that.”


“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”


“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”


“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.


“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”


“Authentication?”


“Proof.”


“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”


“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your ID. In the interim”—his gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides—“you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”


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January 4, 2015


CAN TWO WARY HEARTS TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE ON LOVE?

ROUGH RIDER by VICTORIA VANE- Coming February 3, 2015!

ROUGH RIDER COVERTwo Loves …

Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.
Different Dreams…

Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there’s a void he can’t seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.
When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he’s determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?
 
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Excerpt:

He scrubbed a hand over his jaw. “I don’t know what you want from me, but what I want is the truth. Why tonight? Why me?”


She swallowed hard, but the lump in her throat didn’t budge. It was indeed the moment of truth. “B-because I want you,” she whispered. “I wanted you the minute you showed your face at my door. Nope, scratch that. I’ve wanted you ever since the day I saw you on the High School Rodeo team, only I was too young even to understand what it was I wanted. But now I do. Understand. And I’m not sixteen anymore.”


His brows came together and his mouth hardened. “I don’t get it. Why me?”


“I don’t know. You’re just different from the others. I knew it would be better with you than with anyone else.”


He shook his head slowly. “I sure don’t know what to make of that.”


“What about you?” she asked. “Why did you come here tonight? There must have been someone else you could have called.”


“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s been a shitty night. I was feelin’ pretty low. I just started walkin’ and then I found myself here…Maybe I was hoping I’d be welcome at your door.”


“Maybe you were right… So where does that leave us?”


“I don’t know, Red. This is new territory.”


“Have you changed your mind because I don’t know what I’m doing?” she asked.


“Hell, no. That’s not it. It’s just you and me. I didn’t expect this.”


“Neither did I… but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hope for the right time…the right one.”


“And you think that’s me?”


“Yeah.” She nodded. “I know it is. I’ve always wanted it to be you. Now I’ve told you everything.” With her heart in her throat she gazed up into his face. His expression was harsh and unreadable. She swallowed hard, and whispered, “Do you still want to? Want me?”


He stepped into her, murmuring only inches from her mouth, “If we just take this slow, I think we’ll figure it out.”


 


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December 18, 2014

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RED CARPET AWARDS FINALIST- Best Contemporary Romance
Hot Cowboy Nights #2-Feb 2015
Hot Cowboy Nights#3- Jun 2015
RONE Winner Best Historical Romance
RONE Finalist Best Historical Romance, LASR Nominee Best Book of 2013
Library Journal Best E-Book Romance, 2013 RONE Nominee
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The Devil DeVere #5
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 Spreading a little Christmas Cheer With a free Holiday Read!

Slowly Unwrapped


 


SLOWLY UNWRAPPED by VICTORIA VANE


This VERY short but equally sweet Christmas story featuring Wade and Nikki from SLOW HAND  is guaranteed to bring some holiday cheer! SPOILER ALERT: Because it takes place the day after SLOW HAND ends, there is a bit of a spoiler. Having said that, everyone should already expect Wade and Nikki to get a happy ending!


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December 2, 2014

Slowly UnwrappedSpreading a little Christmas Cheer!

 


With a free Holiday Read!
 SLOWLY UNWRAPPED by VICTORIA VANE

This VERY short but equally sweet Christmas story featuring Wade and Nikki from SLOW HAND is guaranteed to bring some holiday cheer! SPOILER ALERT: Because it takes place the day after SLOW HAND ends, there is a bit of a spoiler. Having said that, everyone should already expect Wade and Nikki to get a happy ending!


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More to Keep You Warm on a Cold Winter’s Night


Starting December 2  I have put ALL of my indie titles on sale!  My three shorter Devil DeVere stories, Devil in the Making, The Trouble with Sin, A Devil’s Touch are all FREE. Six more titles are only $.99 ( A Wild Night’s Bride, The Virgin Huntress, The Devil You Know, The Devil’s Match, Jewel of the East, and The Sheik Retold. Sale Ends December 6!



 



 

































More News and Upcoming Releases!


SLOW HAND  by VICTORIA VANE is a Finalist for BTS Book Reviews Red Carpet Awards Best Contemporary Romance as well as a nominee for RomCon’s Reader’s Crown Awards!
Hot Cowboy Nights #1-Nov 2014 In rural Montana…

Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.


Even the lawyers wear boots…

Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…


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ROUGH RIDER by VICTORIA VANE (coming February 3, 2015)
Hot Cowboy Nights #2-Feb 2015

Hot Cowboy Nights #2-Feb 2015


Two wary hearts … Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.


Different Dreams…Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there’s a void he can’t seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.


When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he’s determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?


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November 22, 2014

 Two Award-Winning Romantic Comedies

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 Library Journal Best E-book Romance 2012
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A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE (The Devil DeVere Book #1)
by Victoria Vane
With the devil in charge … there could be hell to pay

She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she’ll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe is now resolved to find a protector to secure her future. With this goal in mind, she seeks out the best prospects at London’s most notorious brothel.


He’s avowed to celibacy… Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent. Perceiving the cause behind Ned’s unhappiness, as well as the obvious cure, his best friend and rake of the first order, “The Devil” DeVere, is hell-bent to return Ned to the land of the living. DeVere’s machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower! All bets are off in in this racy Georgian romp!

(romantic comedy with mature content)


Library Journal: Librarian’s Best Romance Books of the Year for Best Ebook Romance (2012), Indie Romance Convention Readers’ Choice Nominee for Best Historical Romance (2012), RONE Award Nominee (2012)




Goodreads reviews for A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE


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THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS (The Devil DeVere #2) by Victoria Vane
All’s Fair in Love and Abduction

In the second installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, Ned’s daughter Vesta is preparing for her come-out only to have her world turned upside down when her father returns from London with a bride of his own! Put out that he is so wrapped up in Phoebe, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town where she meets and falls instantly in love with the gallant Captain Hewett DeVere.


“Hew” DeVere, younger brother to Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the war with plans of selling his commission and settling down. He quickly becomes enamored of the older but beautiful Diana, and barely notices eighteen-year-old Vesta. When Hew fails to respond to her feminine charms, Vesta takes extreme measures to capture the object of her desire, but Hew didn’t survive the worst of the war only to succumb to Vesta’s wayward wiles. Proving the adage that opposites attract, this hilarious romp pits the would-be huntress against the gallant hero in an epic war of wills. (Romantic comedy with mature content)


Library Journal: Librarian’s Best Romance Books of the Year for Best Ebook Romance (2012), RONE Award Nominee (2012)




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October 27, 2014

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Review and interview Re-Blogged from USA TODAY on 10/24/14
SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane

What it’s about (courtesy Sourcebooks Casablanca):


In rural Montana …  Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.


Even the lawyers wear boots … Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…


Why you should read it: Nikki Powell lives in Atlanta, has a dead-end job with a merciless nitpicky boss and has just been notified that her estranged father has died in Montana. As his only living relative, it is up to Nikki to go to Montana to make funeral arrangements and finalize his affairs. What she doesn’t expect is to have one awful thing after another happen on her way, resulting in her arrival with no official identification, no money and no way to get help. That is, until she runs into attorney Wade Knowlton. Wade rescues her as best he can until she can get the ID and cards in her missing wallet replaced.


Wade’s family owns a ranch, and he winds up taking Nikki home with him because she has nowhere else to go. A horseback ride out to round up stray cattle turns into an overnight stay in a shack, and Nikki and Wade find plenty to do to pass the night. This book has some of the hottest sex scenes, I’ll tell you for sure.


Wade and his brother Dirk have some kind of bad history that Wade won’t talk about, but when that bombshell is finally revealed to Nikki, it will either bring Nikki and Wade closer or cause a permanent split before their relationship can even begin.


Nikki has her own baggage and secrets that she has a tough time telling Wade, or anyone else, for that matter. The only thing she’ll tell Wade is she has sworn off cowboys but not why. I was rooting for them to just talk to each other through the whole book, but when they did it might have made matters worse, not better.


More secrets: What does Wade know about Nikki’s father that she doesn’t know? Will it make a difference to her about returning to Atlanta and the horrible boss when she finds out?


I loved this book and in fact could hardly put it down. In the end I only have one thing to say to Ms. Vane: when will the next book be out and it had better tell us all about Wade’s brother Dirk and what’s going on with him! I highly recommend Slow Hand as an enjoyable romantic story with some comedy, some drama and lots of scorching sex.


INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA VANE


Becky: You are known for your historical romances. What made you want to write a contemporary Western romance?


Victoria: To be perfectly candid, I have to say it was out of sheer frustration! After almost five years and 13 books that have received numerous awards and accolades, I’m still virtually unknown to readers. A good friend of mine, who is also a reviewer for several sites, kept trying to persuade me to write a contemporary romance. I balked at the idea for two years in the belief that I had the wrong voice for it, but then last year I finally broke down and decided to give it a try.


She and I brainstormed ideas for a couple of months but nothing bore fruit. I think it was because I was trying to shape a story around what seemed to be most popular with readers at the time — the billionaire/virgin trope. I just couldn’t buy into it. It was only when I began looking inward that I found my story. I’ve been a lifelong horse owner and have always loved cowboys. (Wade is named after my first cowboy crush.) Once my characters came to life in my head, so did the “voice.”


Becky: The locations of the story are so well described. How did you decide on Montana for this story?


Victoria: Once more, this is where personal experiences came into play as I have been to almost all the places I mention in the books. Nikki’s story is partly autobiographical as I was also estranged from my father for many years. He had moved to Montana with plans to retire there but then developed lung cancer. He passed away six months later and his ashes were scattered there. I went to Montana to research my story, but also to say my final goodbye to my father.


Becky: Nikki is a strong, self-sufficient woman. Would it have been easier to write a story about a woman who accepted Wade as her white knight without the guilt or angst that Nikki had?


Victoria: It probably would have been much easier, but it also would have been a really short story! Cowboy meets girl. Girl falls in love with cowboy. They live happily ever after. The end. LOL! Seriously, most of my heroines are very strong-willed and independent. They also carry some baggage, but that’s the type of woman I best relate to.


Becky: Your secondary characters are as well developed as your main characters. Will we hear more about Wade’s brother and Nikki’s sister as the series moves ahead?


Victoria: Absolutely! Wade’s brother Dirk is the hero of the second book, Rough Rider. I think readers are going to be very surprised by his journey. It’s a very intense, complex and emotionally compelling story.


As far as Nikki’s sister Shelby goes, I had planned for her story to be book No. 3 but my editor rejected the proposal because I had paired her up with a football player (the one from Slow Hand). She didn’t want a football player even though I told her he was also a cowboy, so I had to come up with a completely different storyline for No. 3, which she accepted. Later, when she read Slow Hand, she fell completely in love with Shelby and asked if that was my next book! So now it looks like Shelby and her cowboy football player will be book No. 5! It’s going to be really fun since I plan to turn the bad-boy trope on its ear. I would also like to write a story for Allie, but it hasn’t quite come to life for me yet.


Becky: Can you tell us about your works in progress? Where can readers find out more about you and your upcoming books?


Victoria: I just turned in my final revisions on book No. 3 in this series called Sharp Shooter. I have a feeling it is going to be a very polarizing book, but it is also my favorite of the three. The hero is a Marine scout sniper whose family runs a backcountry hunting/outfitting business in Wyoming. My heroine is a wolf biologist/conservationist from Southern California. It deals with a number of highly relevant issues. The tag line is: Sparks ignite when worlds collide! (You can say that again!)


I am also working on book No. 4, Silver Tongue, which features wild Mustangs, another subject that I have personal experience with as I adopted and trained one a number of years ago. I’m really excited about both of these stories.


Lastly, I have a hot Las Vegas set series called Hotel Rodeo coming from Kensingtonin early 2016. Book No. 1 is Hell on Heels and pairs a down-and-out former rodeo bull fighter with a N.Y. Investment banker. I love this series! It’s going to be fun and flirty with many colorful characters.


Find out more about Victoria and her books at www.victoriavane.com.



Becky Condit is a widow, mother of three and grandmother of 10 who reads all kinds of books, but her go-to comfort books are erotic romances. A romance novel coupled with just-out-of-the-oven chocolate-chip cookies and a glass of cold milk is her idea of heaven. She reads and reviews more than 250 books a year, so you won’t often find her without her Kindle in hand, but when you do, she’ll probably be gardening, doing needle crafts, working in her upholstery workshop and spending time with her family.


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October 11, 2014

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SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane
In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…


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September 27, 2014


FROM  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY :

Historical romance author Vane (Jewel of the East) takes a detour into contemporary settings with this red-hot cowboy tale…Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter move the story along while setting the stage for Wade’s war-hero brother to find his own true love in the next installment.”



SLOW HAND by VICTORIA VANE – Coming November 4, 2014!
Slow Hand Paperback
In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…

 


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August 19, 2014

Anniversary Playlist & Contest: Victoria Vane
SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY!

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Our look at western romance continues with a visit from the fabulous Victoria Vane.  I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria last year at a book conference in Las Vegas and so we were excited to welcome her to Romancing the Book as part of our anniversary and to help her spread the word on her upcoming western series.


Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty reviewer awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Look for her hot new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in Fall of 2014.


ACCOLADES FOR VICTORIA VANE’S HISTORICAL ROMANCES:


2014  RONE Award  Best historical post Medieval (Treacherous Temptations)

2014 RONE Finalist Best Historical post Medieval (The Sheik Retold)

2013 IRC Best Book Nomination (A Wild Night’s Bride)

2013 LASR Best Book Nomination (The Sheik Retold)

2012 TRS Cupid and Psyche nomination (A Breach of Promise)

2012 TBR Pile Book of The Month (A Breach of Promise)

2012 LASR Book of the month (The Devil You Know)

2012 Library Journal Best E-book Romance (The Devil DeVere Series)

2012 TRR Best Book Nomination (The Devil You Know)

2012 Love Romance Café Best Book Nomination (The Devil You Know)

2012 RONE nominations (A Wild Night’s BrideThe Virgin HuntressThe Devil You KnowThe Devil’s Match)


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VICTORIA VANE PLAYLIST FOR SLOW HAND


I have a very musical muse. What I mean is that I am unable to write without it and my music is always different depending onwhat I’m writing. Music also helps me to immerse myself in my characters. I tend to be drawn most to music that tells a story. While my playlist for my upcoming Cowboy series varies widely, (from the traditional country sounds of George Strait to the hard rocking Nickelback) all of the music serves to set the tone for the individual books.


My play list for SLOW HAND was almost all country music (some George Strait, Big and Rich, a smattering of Carrie Underwood and lots of Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.)



Give it All We Got Tonight – George Strait
Rollin’ – Big and Rich
Wild West Show – Big and Rich
Got a Little Country – Blake Shelton
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
In Love with The Girl – Luke Bryan
I Don’t Want this Night to End – Luke Bryan
Mine Would be You – Blake Shelton
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye – Luke Bryan

 


SLOW HAND opens with my hero sitting at an airport waiting for his flight. He’s listing to the mellow sounds of George Strait on his iPod when he first spots my heroine, Nikki who is traveling to Montana to bury her father.


Excerpt:

It was her ass he’d noticed first, couldn’t help it actually, since it was parked right in front of him at eye level. Clad in tight denim, supported by legs that went all the way up, it was a mighty fine, shapely, womanly ass, the kind a man liked to fill his hands with.


His interest piqued, Wade’s gaze roamed higher to light brown hair that waved past her shoulders. With her back to him, he couldn’t see her face or judge her age, neither could he hear a word she spoke with his ear buds crooning George Strait. Still, he was an observer by nature, and his innate ability to read body language had been further honed by his profession. Lacking any other distraction, he watched her, playing a game with himself to see how much of her story he could discern by her actions alone.


The youngish woman attached to the prime ass had a boarding pass in hand that she flapped at the apathetic gate agent whose attention appeared fully engaged in tapping on the keyboard, and staring into her monitor like it was a crystal ball. After a time, the wooden-faced woman glanced up and shook her head. Further fruitless argument ensued, at which point Wade pulled his ear buds to eavesdrop.


Hot Ass wasn’t getting on the flight.


 


In the next scene with my hero, he’s given up his seat to my distressed heroine, Nikki, and renting a car for an all night drive from Denver to Montana:


Excerpt:

His mind wandered back to the girl at the airport. He still marveled at the impulse that had spurred him to give up his seat. He wondered what might have happened had he been stranded in Denver with her. Maybe he would have offered her dinner. Maybe she would have accepted. And maybe they might have shared a room at the airport Hilton. He then shrugged it off as another lost opportunity, compounding all the rest.


Wade plugged his iPod into the audio jack of the rental car and then scrolled impatiently through various playlists in search of something besides the two cans of Red Bull to help keep his eyes open for the all night driving marathon. He settled on the blaring sounds of Big and Rich. I’m a dynamite, daddy, I’ll put the rhythm in your blues, I’m not a wishy-washy boy like you’re used to…Yeah. That was the ticket. Part country, part urban madness. Much like him.


Grinning, he punched the accelerator of the Dodge Avenger. And like any good cowboy, Wade drove off into the sunset.


 


After accompanying Nikki to the mortuary, Wade offers to buy her a drink. He’s eager to see her let her hair down but maybe gets a bit more than he bargained for:


Excerpt:

“Do you dance, Wade?”


“Not really, but if you feel like dancing,” he patted his lap,” knock yourself out.”


“Keep dreamin’.” Nikki rolled her eyes with a snort. She then idly flipped through the playlist attached to the old timey juke box on the tabletop. “Got any quarters on you?”


“Why? You got a favorite song?”


She flashed him a dazzling smile. “I got your song, Wade.”


My song? Really? What is it?”


“You’ll see.” She laughed a throaty chuckle, dropped the coins he gave her into the machine, and then made her selection. The sultry tones of Carrie Underwood filled the air. “See?” she laughed. “I’ve totally got your number, Wade.”


Cowboy Casanova? He speared her with those amazingly clear and sexy light blue eyes. “Is that what you think I am?”


“Yeah, I do. A big time sexy cowboy player, but I don’t do players and for damned sure not sexy chin-dimpled cowboys.”



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August 6, 2014

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On Sale now! NINE Fabulous historical romances by Victoria Vane. 

Beginning today until August 13, all NINE of my indie titles (The Sheik Retold and the entire Devil DeVere series) are on sale for $0.99. If you have not read my steamy historical romances, now is a great time to try them out!  


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ACCOLADES FOR VICTORIA VANE’S HISTORICAL ROMANCES:

2014  RONE Award  Best historical post Medieval ( Treacherous Temptations )
2014 RONE Finalist Best Historical post Medieval ( The Sheik Retold )
2013 IRC Best Book Nomination ( A Wild Night’s Bride )
2013 LASR Best Book Nomination ( The Sheik Retold )
2012 TRS Cupid and Psyche nomination ( A Breach of Promise )
2012 TBR Pile Book of The Month (A Breach of Promise)
2012 LASR Book of the month ( The Devil You Know )
2012 Library Journal Best E-book Romance ( The Devil DeVere Series )
2012 TRR Best Book Nomination ( The Devil You Know )
2012 Love Romance Café Best Book Nomination ( The Devil You Know )
2012 RONE nominations (A Wild Night’s Bride, The Virgin Huntress, The Devil You Know, The Devil’s Match)

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