Checking in with Tracey Devlyn
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Hi Tracey! Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews. Today we want to focus on your book Checkmate, My Lord - Nexus Series, #2 and the books characters.
Huge thanks to the Night Owl crew for having me here today. I look forward to chatting with everyone.
Tell us about respectable Catherine Ashcroft. What makes her a heroine that readers will want to be a friend to?
In Checkmate, My Lord, Catherine Ashcroft is a woman—a mother—struggling with conflicting needs and emotions. In order to find her husband’s murderer, she must travel to London and seek the assistance of the enigmatic Lord Somerton. In order to protect her daughter, she’s forced to betray the man who’s slowly stealing her heart. And in order to calm the tempest in her body, she gives herself to a spymaster, who will likely choose his country over her—just like her husband did.
Catherine is equal parts vulnerable and fearless. The relationship she has with her seven-year-old daughter is precious. I think readers will find many reasons to befriend Catherine.
What is it like to write a romance heroine who already has a daughter?
I loved it. Catherine’s daughter Sophie enriched the story in countless ways. She allowed me to explore a child’s innocence and wonderment and she provided comic relief in between the deep, suspenseful moments. Protecting her daughter was one of the key driving forces of Checkmate, My Lord.
What makes spymaster Sebastian Danvers the perfect hero for Catherine?
One reason: As a ruthless spymaster, one who will doing anything to protect his country from a French invasion, Sebastian’s the only man who could understand—and forgive—Catherine for doing what she had to do.
Thanks so much for sharing some insights into your latest book.
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: www.TraceyDevlyn.com.