Release Party for A Lady’s Revenge & Mega Giveaway! by Tracey Devlyn


Release Party for A Lady’s Revenge & Mega Giveaway! by Tracey Devlyn

RU Readers, welcome to my release party! Can you believe it? I’m still shaking my head in disbelief, even while I’m eating up every precious moment. Nearly three years ago, Adrienne, Kelsey and I opened RU’s virtual doors with the desire to pay it forward, to network our little bums off, and to soak up every morsel of information from our generous Visiting Professors. Everything I’ve learned from our lectures has been applied to my writing or my career in some small way. I owe so much to Kelsey, Adrienne, and RU. Without them, today’s happy news would have come so much later. And now, Carrie, Jennifer, Becke, and Robin have brought their own knowledge and interests to RU, making the site even more dynamic and relevant for readers (and me!).

You’ve all seen my beautiful cover scrolling on the sidebar, but I’m going to take this moment to show you the evolution to the final cover. I once heard my publisher say that it takes an average of 14 designs before they find THE ONE. Can you imagine fourteen variations of the same cover design? Fortunately, I only saw three. Here they are:


          Oct 2011                          Dec 2011 (ARC)                  Feb 2012 (Final)

Each are striking in their own way, don’t you think? Sourcebooks used the middle cover design on the advanced reading copies (aka ARC) they sent to book reviewers, booksellers, and librarians. Don’t be surprised if you still see the cover with the orange background on bookseller internet sites. My understanding is that it takes a while for some stores to switch out the covers.

Would you like to see what the hero, Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford, looks like? He showed up on the cover spine for the ARC. Alas, he did not make it on the final cover.

What do you think about my master cryptographer? Don’t the two of them–Guy and Cora–make a lovely pair. I just love her hair!

Mega Giveaways!

Three lucky commenters will win a gift basket with the following goodies:

  1. An autographed copy of A Lady’s Revenge and bookmark
  2. A handcrafted necklace from RU’s crazy-talented Carrie Spencer
  3. Paris Amour lotion set by Bath & Body Works
  4. DiVoga Eiffel Tower Label Book
  5. Three antique-style keys linked together with a sheer burgundy organza ribbon (great accent for any home)

What do you have to do to win one of these lovelies? In the comment section below, tell me one thing you’ve learned from RU’s lectures and how you’ve applied it to your writing or career. OR, if you’re a reader of romance, share why you love romance and let me know what you’re reading now. That’s it! I’ll use to pick a winner.

Below, you’ll find a link to read the first chapter and an excerpt of Cora and Guy’s first kiss. I hope you enjoy both. 🙂

About A Lady’s Revenge

A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.


In a daring rescue, beautiful and wily secret operative Cora deBeau is reunited with her childhood friend Guy Trevelyan, who wants so much more from her now than friendship…


But Cora’s mission against the French has become personal, and even the fire between her and Guy won’t deter her. When it comes to getting sweet, cruel revenge, nothing will stand in a lady’s way…

The Kiss

(Setup: Guy is getting ready to have breakfast with Cora in her bedchamber. He’s there to chink away at the barriers she had erected while in captivity and to deliver some unwelcome news.)

“Good morning, Dinks,” Guy said.

The maid curtsied. “That it is, my lord.”

Guy stepped into the bedchamber—and stopped dead in his tracks.

“Oh!” Dinks exclaimed, crashing into his back. “I’m right sorry, my lord. Didn’t expect you to be standing in my path like that.”

Guy ignored the maid’s rebuke. His nostrils flared as the fragrant, moist air of a recent bath reached his nose. But it was the sight of Cora standing near the breakfast table that held him captivated.

A silky blue dressing gown hugged the contours of her body, concealing the effects of her captivity, and a matching ribbon wound through her shorn hair. The effect was stunning in its simplicity. With her regal stance and fading bruises, she reminded him of a wounded angel.

“Your hair.”

Turning her damaged cheek away, she lifted her hand to tug on the ends of her hair. “It will grow out… eventually.”

“It’s beautiful.”

She stared into his eyes. “W-what?”

He moved to stand before her and, without thinking, reached out to touch her rich brown waves. The soft locks slid through his fingers like the downy end of a feather.

Bending forward, he kissed her cheek. “Beautiful.”

He heard her sharp intake of breath, saw her stiffen and lean away. “Guy, I—”

His hand fell to his side. “Do not trouble yourself, Cora.

Little by little, touch by touch, he would help her overcome her trepidation. Valère had taken more than her innocence. He had stolen her confidence. “One step at a time, remember?” Read More

About the Author

Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending).

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Australia Romance Readers Association and the Windy City, Beau Monde, Women’s Fiction, and PASIC Romance Writers of America chapters. Tracey’s also co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.

An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at:  |  | |

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68 Responses to “Release Party for A Lady’s Revenge & Mega Giveaway! by Tracey Devlyn”

  1. Happy Release Day, Tracey. One thing I’ve learned is to not rush things at work. It’s best to slow down and focus and go from there.

    POSTED BY JANE | APRIL 3, 2012, 1:59 AM
  2. Hi tracey ! Coongratz on your release ! Tracey I have to be honest , I haven’t attend any lecture from RU:). So I could not answer your question , sorry 🙁

    POSTED BY ARETHA ZHEN | APRIL 3, 2012, 4:14 AM
    • Good morning, Aretha–Your answer was answer enough! We love having new folks join us at RU. You’ll find great articles in our archives. Many deal with writing, but we have a lot that talk surviving the rigors of a career. Glad to see you here!

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 4:23 AM
  3. Ah, I should probably step back from this giveaway. I’m not really in the target audience and I don’t want to be caught receiving a gift basket.

    Good luck to everyone else though!

    Interesting cover change though. I wonder what’s the reasoning from inverting the background color.

    POSTED BY CHIHUAHUA0 | APRIL 3, 2012, 5:32 AM
  4. Hi Tracey,

    Congratulations on surviving the publishing roller coaster! Now on to PR! What have I learned from RU? How many different ways there are to look at writing, especially editing.

    Thanks for “opening the doors,”

    Mary Jo

    POSTED BY MARY JO BURKE | APRIL 3, 2012, 5:54 AM
  5. Congratulations, Tracey!! So excited for you on your release day! 🙂 I have my copy downloaded to my Nook already. Feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this. 🙂

    Funny you mention what we’ve learned from RU – just this morning I was going over Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s Personality Ladder notes. SO glad I found her through RU. But more, I’m glad I’ve gotten to go along for the ride with you and Adrienne vicariously through Kelsey. 🙂 I’m so thrilled for all your successes!!


    • Jamie, you’re such a sweetheart! Thanks so much for taking a chance on A Lady’s Revenge. I hope you enjoy Cora and Guy’s story. LOL – it feels like forever because it has been FOREVER. 🙂 Glad you hung in there with me!

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 10:58 AM
  6. Morning Tracey – and super congratulations on your book! The excerpt is FABULOUS!

    Oh, so many things have I learned from RU …lol….I think the line editing classes that Theresa teaches are an eye opener and the branding classes we had with CJ Lyons really stood out as well. The audio one with Cris Dukehart was fascinating beyond belief…Diane Holmes pitching classes and Toni McGee’s POV workshop…amazing.

    I could go on…lol..for hours.

    As a reader, I’m reading an oldie but goodie at the moment – The Heart’s Haven by Jill Barnett. Who got me hooked on reading romance? Kathleen Woodiwiss. Amazing writer – such detail.

    There – now I’ve taken up the most room on the comment board…woot! lol

    Congrats Tracey – have a super fantastic awesome celebratory day!


    • Thanks, Carrie! Did everyone see the beautiful necklaces Carrie made for my release party? It’s a little hard to see, but each picture above has a different necklace. Carrie, what would RU do without you? You’ve been here since day one and have become one of the driving forces behind the scenes. Hugs!

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 11:21 AM
  7. Huge congratulations on your release day, Tracey! I’ve got my copy pre-ordered so hopefully it will ship right away!

    I hope this is only the first of many release days for you!!!

  8. SUPER congrats Tracey!! I’m so thrilled to be here for your release day. 🙂

    I have to pick ONE thing? I have loved every word on this site for a loooong time. All right, in the spirit, I will choose Toni McGee Causey’s POV workshop. As I have recently sold the manuscript my excerpt came from, I’d say she taught me well! So a big thank you to RU. I love you guys.

  9. As a reader, I read romance for the happy ever after. I really had not read many fiction books as an adult and once I started a few years ago, it actually helped my marriage! Not that anything was wrong per say, but through different books, I realized that I really am married to my prince charming and I saw my husband in a different light! I don’t wish for him to be just like the guys in the book but romance books have brought out all the reasons I fell in love with my huband 13 years ago! I cannot wait to read your book. Thanks for sharing your story on so many blogs these past few days.

    POSTED BY AMY REMUS | APRIL 3, 2012, 8:23 AM
    • Hey Amy! I didn’t start reading until my mid-twenties, too, so we have much in common there. Glad to hear romance novels has helped you in such a personal way. Love hearing stories like this. Thanks so much for going on tour with me!

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 11:28 AM
  10. Tracey! Super Congratulations!!!! I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read it.

    What have I learned from RU? It’s an overall thing – we all walk this journey a different way and on a different path. You cannot judge your career, success, failures,hits and misses by others. This industry is a fickle, complicated and intense business and you have to bring your “A” game (not a copy of someone else) t the table.

    Happy day to you!

  11. Hi Tracey!
    Congratulations on your new release! I’m so happy for you! I just downloaded your book to my Kindle so no need to enter me in the contest. Can’t wait to read it!

    POSTED BY WENDY S. MARCUS | APRIL 3, 2012, 8:59 AM
    • Ah, thanks, Wendy!! Really appreciate all your support–here and via social media. It’s been great this past year watching your publishing journey. Can’t wait for THE NURSE’S NOT SO SECRET SCANDAL to show up on my Kindle.

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 11:33 AM
  12. Happy release day! I’m so excited that your day is here. You’ve worked so hard and I’m thrilled for you. I’m always in awe of how much you get done! You deserve every ounce of success that will come your way.

    I’ve learned a lot from RU, but probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that lifelong friendships can be found in the strangest places! I’m so grateful for the friendship we share. You and Kelsey are such a blessing and I’d be lost without you.

    Congrats on your release day. So proud of you!


    • Hey A! So true. Establishing great relationships will help carry one through this business on so many different levels. I feel so blessed with my friends. Looking forward to your June novella – NEGOTIATING POINT!! Readers are going to love Gavin and Janet.

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 11:36 AM
  13. Tracey –

    Where do I find big enough words to describe a day like this? I am so proud of how hard you worked on this book and the perseverance you showed though out the publication process. If people want to know how to publish their first book with grace and determination, you’re the one they should look to.

    Wow – what I’ve learned through RU…

    How to work with web designers
    How to understand what the heck Google Analytics is trying to tell me
    How complex and easy WordPress can be at the same time
    The power of asking people to help and share their knowledge
    That it takes a village to grow such an amazing resource
    That success is that much sweeter when you have a group of friends to share it with

    You know my copies of A Lady’s Revenge hold a very special place in my heart and my window sill :-). Thank you for letting me come along on your ride to publication. Without you and Adrienne, I might’ve given up on this crazy life!

    Big release day hugs,

  14. I just love romance books because they make the reader a part of the character story. You can feel sad when something moves you to tears and then happy the next. I have you on my wish list at amazon.Congrats Ms. Devlyn on your special day.

  15. Tracey,

    I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

    We’ve had so many terrific posts on RU that it’s hard to pick one. Toni’s post on POV was great. I also enjoyed Donna MacMean’s post on the Other HEA. CJ Lyons, CJ Redwine, Theresa’s editing posts, Sara Megibow, Laurie Schnebly…Ack! Too many to mention.

    I’m always kind of amazed at the generosity of authors/experts who are willing to share their advice and experience with us on RU.

    Best wishes to you on this dream-come-true day. 🙂

    • Hey Jen, You’re right! That was so mean of me to make everyone pick ONE thing. LOL I loved all the posts you mentioned. And yes, we’re really lucky to be part of such a great group of writers. From what I’ve heard, no other genre of writers compares to romance in their generosity.

      POSTED BY TRACEY DEVLYN | APRIL 3, 2012, 7:11 PM
  16. Congratulations! That cover is gorgeous.

    Last week I read Laura’s post on keeping people hooked by paying attention to chapter endings. As I was writing the next day I realized that cutting the last few lines of my current scene really made a difference!

  17. What is not to love about romance. You get to travel the world and hear about the men of your dreams with always a HEA. I want to live a different world while I’m reading and romance is my favorite escape. I just finished Redeeming the Rouge by Donna MacMeans and starting The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy – both are great!

    POSTED BY CATSLADY | APRIL 3, 2012, 4:20 PM
  18. Congratulations, Tracey! Love teh cover and blurb. As for what I’ve learned–I’ve learned lots. So it’s hard to pinpoint one post that really helped, since all are helpful.

    I guess one that stands out is the multi-cultural post from way back. It was great to find a web site dedicated to multi-cultural romance since I am a MC writer.

    POSTED BY MERCY | APRIL 3, 2012, 5:22 PM
  19. Congratulations, Tracey! I hope you have many more happy launch days in your future!

    POSTED BY AMY ALESSIO | APRIL 3, 2012, 5:38 PM
  20. As a reader, I love romance because as a single gal, I get it where I can LOL. I just started Meredith Duran’s At Your Pleasure and am loving it!

    Thanks for sharing the first chapter! Can’t wait to read the rest.

    POSTED BY SHANNON | APRIL 3, 2012, 5:43 PM
  21. I enjoy visiting this site and I’m so impressed by the generosity of everyone sharing their experiences here. I’m currently reading Jillian Stone’s ‘An Affair with Mr Kennedy’ – London in 1887 is quite an exciting place!

    POSTED BY ALISON | APRIL 4, 2012, 3:13 AM

    Shannon – Jet black necklace (Picture #1)
    Catslady – Burgundy red necklace (Picture #2)
    Mary Jo Burke – Crystal white necklace (Picture #3)

    Congrats, ladies! Please send your mailing address to me at tracey AT

    Big thanks to everyone who stopped by to celebrate ALR’s big day. Hugs to all!


  23. Although I’m still working on my first WIP, I will respond as a reader of romance. Quite simply, I’m just a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. 😉

    Peace, love & giggles

    POSTED BY WIDOW DYER | APRIL 4, 2012, 1:31 PM
  24. I’m an avid reader of Historical Romance books and I really enjoyed the excerpt of “A Lady’s Revenge” There’s just something about this type of romance that really engages me. I love being swept back to another time and place where people lived, laughed and loved and were finding their way to each other. I also love to follow the journey of the Hero and Heroine from the beginning of their story right upto their Happy Ever After.

    Thank you for this opportunity, and congratulations on your new release.

  25. Tracey! It happened! Major congrats. I feel like a proud aunt, or something. It was so much fun working with you, and thanks for the kind mention on your acknowledgements page. I can’t wait to get my copy.
    You totally rock!

    POSTED BY FRANZECA | APRIL 4, 2012, 8:55 PM
  26. Congratulations, Tracey! I’m so excited to read A Lady’s Revenge! I love all of the iterations of your cover, yet think that the final one is definitely the best.

    Have fun celebrating in Chicago! I’ll miss seeing you there. I’m so happy for you! 🙂

    POSTED BY TRACY MARCH | APRIL 8, 2012, 8:13 AM
  27. Well, I’ve just discovered this site so I’m sure I’m going to be learning from it. I’m excited about that. Meanwhile, one of the things I love about the romance genre is that romance loves men. It allows women to be exasperated by their maleness at times while still really loving and appreciating the whole package. Also, I liked seeing this progression of covers — the purple orange contrast of the last cover is really beautiful.

    POSTED BY TERRIE | APRIL 8, 2012, 10:13 AM


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