Debut Author Stefanie Sloane and The Devil in Disguise

As you know, The Riskies all love a debut author. Today we welcome debut author Stefanie Sloane whose first book, The Devil in Disguise, will be released May 24.


The Devil in Disguise has received some pretty impressive endorsements:

“Captivating… Stefanie Sloane will charm her way into readers’ hearts.” –Susan Wiggs

“Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit…. Spectacular.” –Julia Quinn

Stefanie will give away one signed copy of The Devil in Disguise to one lucky commenter chosen at random. Without further ado, let’s welcome Stefanie to Risky Regencies.

Stefanie, tell us about The Devil in Disguise.
Lord William Randall is a rake—a most unlikely suitor for the beautiful and fiercely intelligent Lady Lucinda Grey. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot. To do this, William uses his devilish charm to seduce Lucinda, never imagining he will lose his own heart in the bargain. And though Lucinda has gracefully sidestepped even the most persistent suitors, she is tempted by William’s sinfully sensuous mouth and piercing eyes. Can she resist him when his touch begs her to let him so much closer?
How did you think of writing this particular book? Did it start with a character, a setting, or some other element?
The Devil in Disguise started with a character. I was at the gym, sweating away on the elliptical, when a dark, handsome stranger appeared in my mind’s eye. But he wasn’t just any handsome stranger. There was something decidedly dangerous about this man. I let my mind wander about his back story, and William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, was born. A few more grueling rounds at the gym and I had Lady Lucinda Grey, my heroine, her unforgettable aunts, the Furies, and the over-arching premise of the Young Corinthians.
And then I had to, you know, actually write the book, which it turns out is way more tricky than anything I’ve ever endured at the gym.
Did you come across anything interesting in your research for The Devil in Disguise?

Oh, most definitely! I love the research part of writing—a little too much, actually, as I’ve been known to spend hours pouring over books and websites in search of the perfect touch for a scene. One of the most interesting aspects about the research for my debut was the fact that SO many interesting individuals turned out to be spies during the time period. From poets and professors to important politicians, clergymen, actors, and more were involved in espionage.
What do you think is the greatest creative risk you took while writing this book?

Honestly? Actually sitting down and finishing the book was the biggest risk for me. Before The Devil in Disguise, I’d poured my heart and soul into writing a contemporary chick lit manuscript. I signed with a top agent and thought that my career was going to really take off, the future looking as limitless as a summer sky. And then every last publisher passed on the book. I was devastated. It took a long time for me to think about writing again, and when I finally did sit down to start the Young Corinthians series, I was scared. Actually, terrified. Writing is unbelievably hard work on every level, and I just didn’t think that I could put myself through the process once again knowing that there would be no guarantees when I reached “The End.” But, the only thing worse than the fear of a second rejection would have been the regret I felt over letting myself get in the way of, well, myself. So I finished the book, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What’s next for you?
The second book in the Regency Rogues series, The Angel in My Arms, will be published June 28, 2011, and The Sinner Who Seduced Me, the third installment, will hit the shelves July 26, 2011. And I recently turned in the fourth book, tentatively titled, The Saint Who Stole My Heart, to my editor. Fingers crossed that she loves it!
Now, please say hello and you’ll automatically be entered to win a signed copy of my debut book, The Devil in Disguise!
Thanks so much for being our guest, Stefanie. I’m sure our readers will have questions and comments. They always do!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Dtchycat
11 years ago

Hi Stefanie – super excited about the series coming out!

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

Hello Stefanie! LOVE your covers, by the way. Really gorgeous.

And the idea of “citizen spies” during the Regency sounds like a great premise for a series.

What are some of your favorite research sources for the Regency and for the roles of spies during this period? Like you, I LOVE the research aspect and spend entirely too much time with my head in stuffy old research books!

Virginia
11 years ago

Hello, Congrat on your release! It sounds like a really good series and I will be watching for it. Thanks for sharing your books with us.

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Barbara E.
11 years ago

The Devil is Disguise sounds like a wonderful book, I love the premise. Congrats on your debut, and I’m looking forward to reading the whole series.

Julia
11 years ago

I’m looking forward to The Devil in Disguise!

Johanna
11 years ago

I can’t wait for yout book to come out, I found the whole premise very interesting and your book is already on my TBR list. Congratulations on your release, looking forward to the rest of the series.

Barbara
11 years ago

Congrats on the new series; sounds great. Looking forward to reading it

LoriMarie LaSpada
11 years ago

Congratulations on your debut. I love JQ’s books and all her recommendations. I’ve been waiting about two months for your book, glad the wait is almost over.

Jennie
11 years ago

Congrats on your release! The series sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it!

Margay
11 years ago

Hi, Stefanie! Congratulations on the book! It sounds like a wonderful read – and with an endorsement from Julia Quinn, whose writing I adore, I will have to check it out.

Sue P.
Sue P.
11 years ago

Love discovering new authors. This series sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to get started. And of course, would love to win an autographed copy. Hope it’s a great success!

Natalija
11 years ago

Congrats on your debut! I can’t wait to read this one.

natalija (dot) shkomare (at) gmail (dot) com

kmannrn
11 years ago

I am looking forward to this series. Congratulations on your debut.

krazymama_98
11 years ago

Congratulations! I cant imagine how exciting and nerve wracking it all must be. It sounds like a fun read. Cant wait to see it in the stores!! Great covers!! Been looking at the red for a while now, the others compliment it nicely!!

Winnie
11 years ago

Your new books sound wonderful. I really glad the books are all coming out within 3 months. Saw your trading cards also, and they are gorgeous. Is there any way that I can get your trading cards?
winnie968 at yahoo dot com

Betty
11 years ago

Good luck on your debut, Stefanie. I can’t wait to read The Devil in Disguise

sheila
11 years ago

I can’t wait, and I love red covers.

Robin
11 years ago

This sounds like a great book, and I am excited there will soon be several more in the series published!

Robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

wispofacloud
11 years ago

Really excited to hear about this series. Congratulations!

Cathy P
Cathy P
11 years ago

Hi, Stefanie! Congrats on your new release, The Devil in Disguise. It’s really great that your upcoming books in the series will be out so soon. I guess when you sit down to write, you really go. So glad you didn’t get in the way of you. As my parents always said, “If you don’t succeed the first time, try again.” Looking forward to reading all the books in the series.

Melinda Sexton
11 years ago

Sounds delicious! Really looking forward to it. I’m always needing a new escape!

Jane
11 years ago

Congrats on your debut release, Stefanie. I love that we won’t have to wait long for the other two books to be released. Hope your editor likes the fourth book, too.

Cathy W.
Cathy W.
11 years ago

Regencies are, by far, my favorite historicals. Always glad to add another author to my reading list.

ShirleyT
11 years ago

Hi Stefanie,
I loved reading this interview and learning a bit more about you and your writing. I can’t to read the first in your debut series and even though I haven’t yet read any of it I’m thrilled to hear there will be a fourth book!
During your research did you run across any books that provided more than a line or two about Bow Street Runners? I’m having trouble nailing down a good source on them. 😀

ShirleyT
11 years ago

Hi Stefanie,
I enjoyed reading this and learning more about you and your writing. I’m looking forward to reading this series and am thrilled to hear there will be a fourth installment!
During your research did you come across any books with more than a line or two about the Bow Street Runners? I’m having a tough time locating a good source on them.

menina.iscrazy
11 years ago

Congratulations on the series debut. Looking forward to checking them out.

Artemis
11 years ago

Hello Stefanie! Congratulations on your very first release. I like historical spy stories. It adds a nice twist to an otherwise usual story line.

Oh you lucky lady. All of the book covers on your series are beautiful. Who is the artist?

Chrisbails
11 years ago

Hi Stephanie, the book sounds great and love the cover. thanks for the giveaway and would love to win so please choose me.

christinebails@yahoo.com

Robin W
Robin W
11 years ago

Stefanie, Congrats on your first book. Devil in Disguise and the others sound like good readers. Now you have me intrigued about the people who were spies. Would I recognize the names?

Karen
11 years ago

exciting debut! thanks so much for putting yourself out there again for this book.

i’d like to know more about kidnapping in the regency era. what were some of the motivations for kidnapping? were there any particularly interesting famous cases that you found in your research? what kinds of people were usually kidnapped? what were the usual outcomes of kidnappings (i.e. ransom or death or whatever)? fascinating topic!

Di
Di
11 years ago

I’ve been seeing this book in various spots around the Web – looks great! Regency, Romance, adventure, spies, a series – hits all my buttons!
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Jen B.
11 years ago

The whole idea of espionage in the Regency era is so interesting. Imagine how slow the process had to be. And you just never knew who was working for whom. Even women were part of the game! The book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Stefanie Sloane
11 years ago

Hi all! I hope that you’re having a splendid Sunday. The sun is finally out here in Seattle so I’ve been soaking some up.:)

Louisa, as for research sources, oh, there are so many, but on of my favorites is “Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage” by Stephen Budiansky. I put together a history for the Young Corinthians and made Walsingham the founding member!

Winnie, please send your mailing address to my assistant, Lindsey, lindsey@stefaniesloane.com, and she will mail out a set of trading cards to you!

Shirley, for Bow Street Runners info, I would check Lisa Kleypas’s website to see if she has any links.

Artemis, wow, I’ve no idea who the cover artist is, but I agree that they did an amazing job.

Robin, many people throughout the years have been spies, including Julia Child, and Shakespeare’s contemporary Christopher Marlowe.

Karen, good old greed seems to be the most popular reason for kidnapping, with children of wealthy families being the most likely targets.

And big thanks for all the kind words on my covers and the quick release of all three. I think that my publisher Ballantine really knocked it out of the park!

Sharyn L
Sharyn L
11 years ago

Sounds like a great premise for a series! Hope your debut goes well!

shardan01(at)AOL(dot)com

Flabuless
11 years ago

Hi Stefanie I am so excited about your new series…can’t wait to have a read. You go girl.

Marie
11 years ago

Can’t wait to read this series! Congrats!

Stefanie Sloane
11 years ago

I have to say, romance readers are the best on the planet! So supportive, smart, and funny too!

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

A very late welcome to Stefanie. Seems like readers like having a series of books come out one after the other.

Thanks for coming to Risky Regencies

catslady
11 years ago

I hope better late than sorry. Love yoour covers and I enjoy regency romance very much. Thanks for the chance at a great sounding book.

Stefanie Sloane
11 years ago

Yes, Diane, I’ve heard from many, many readers that they love having stories release so close together. I know for myself, if I get hooked with the first book, I love being able to read the next books in the series quickly!

Catslady, so nice to see you here! Thanks for the kind words re: the covers. I really lucked out!

Candy G
11 years ago

Covers are wonderful! Can’t wait to read the book~

Jo's Daughter
11 years ago

Your book sounds awesome, good thing you didn’t let fear hold you back! it can be our worst enemy.

Love the rich fabrics on the cover btw.

Stefanie Sloane
11 years ago

Hi Candy G and Jo’s Daughter! Thanks for the congrats and kind words.

Bibliophile
11 years ago

Sounds interesting. Please count me in for the drawing.