Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Interview & Review: Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn

Welcome to author, Tracey Devlyn who joins us today with an interview.  She is promoting her book, Checkmate, my Lord.

Publisher:: Sourcebooks
Date of publication: February 2013

A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she’s forced to betray.


Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.


Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?

My Take:

Checkmate, My Lord was quite the adventure.  It is the second in a series. At first, I felt like I was missing something since I hadn't read the first book.  I think had I read it, I would have been able to orient myself to the characters a little better.  As the story progressed, I found myself feeling more comfortable with Sebastian and Catherine's story.  

When it comes to spies and intrigue, who can you trust?  Catherine wants to find out what happened to her husband, but can she trust the one man who can tell her?  I loved Catherine and Sebastian together. They both long for love and family, but they are afraid they will never find it. I liked that Catherine wasn't a naive timid virgin.  It was a nice change.  I was really rooting for them!  The other characters were wonderful  especially little Sophie. 

I highly recommend this book.  It's filled with spies, action and a mysterious figure who looks to maybe play a part in the next book?  I look forward to reading Ethan's story as well as going back and reading Cora's.  

Thanks so much for having me at TBR today. I look forward to chatting with everyone!

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Tracey: For several years, I had been reading almost exclusively historical and paranormal romances. In my early thirties, I began envisioning more suspenseful scenes in some of the historicals I read and, one day, decided to put pen to paper. It’s been a great ride ever since!

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Tracey: Everywhere. I do a lot of people watching and eavesdropping. TV news reports, printed articles, a stray comment, dreams, the shower…Truly, everywhere.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Tracey: After Checkmate, My Lord this month, the third novel in the Nexus series releases in October. Right now, I’m developing a proposal for a new series that I’ve been eager to write for a couple years. Keep your fingers crossed my publisher loves it!

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Tracey: Lisa Kleypas’s Derek Craven will go down as one of my all-time favorites. He’s a severely damaged hero who calls the heroine “mouse.” It melts my heart every time I read Dreaming of You.

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Tracey: A Siberian Tiger. They’re beautiful, majestic, at the top of the food chain, fearless and great mothers. The only drawback is—they live in Siberia.

About the author:

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