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Character Interview: A LADY’S SECRET WEAPON by Tracey Devlyn

I have some special guests here today. Ethan and Sydney from A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn have been gracious enough to be interviewed here at So Many Reads. Check out the details of their book and read what I thought about the book here.

Amy: Thank you so much for joining me today, Ethan & Sydney.

Ethan (swinging his leg over the chair’s arm, he casts a curious glance around the blog room): Quite the place you have here, Amy.

Sydney (clasping her hands in her lap): Thanks for inviting us, Mrs. Remus. She sends Ethan a pointed look.

Ethan: What?

Sydney: Manners, Ethan.

Ethan (his lips curl into a roguish smile): You don’t mind if I call you Amy, do you?

Amy (smiling): Of course not. Can you tell us what you do for a living?

Sydney: Certainly. I established the Hunt Agency a few years ago to help those in service find new employment situations. The agency also assists households in locating qualified servants.

Ethan (his smile widens): Aren’t you going to tell our friend Amy the rest?

Sydney: I don’t know what you’re talking about. Besides, I suspect Amy and her readers are far more interested in how you spend your nights, er, work days.

Ethan (his smile disappears and a caged expression blankets his face): I, um, work for the government. Boring job, really. Ants overrun my office. My colleagues aren’t particularly friendly. The travel is atrocious, etc. etc. You know how these things are—(his eyes crinkled at the corners)—right, Amy?

Amy: Ethan, can you tell us what you first thought of Sydney when you met her?

Ethan: Well, confusion was my first thought, then suspicion. By the end of our conversation, my thoughts had ventured someplace far more pleasurable. It’s probably not appropriate to discuss the details in front of your audience.

Sydney: Behave, Ethan.

Ethan (stretches out his hiked up leg and caresses Sydney’s knee with the toe of his boot): Now where’s the fun in that?

Sydney: *Long sigh*

Amy: Sydney, what did you think of Ethan?

Sydney: That’s a hard question to answer, because I met him long before he ever met me.

Ethan: Good God, could you be more cryptic? I recall you thinking something along the lines of—broad shoulders, solid hips, muscular thighs, godlike wavy sable locks. Sound familiar?

Sydney: (horror spread across her face): Have you been reading gothic novels again?

Ethan: Shall I bring in Ms. Devlyn to confirm my description, or rather, your description?

Amy: Now that you are in a relationship and learning more about each other, what is the biggest thing that you have learned about the other that is surprising to you?

Ethan: I continue to be surprised by Sydney’s selflessness. She’s always seeing to everyone else’s needs before attending to her own.

Sydney (tears cloud her vision): Ethan’s determination is a constant wonder to me. Once he sets out to achieve something, he doesn’t stop. This sometimes puts himself at great risk. To many, he’s a hero.

Ethan sends Sydney a burning, I’m-going-to-thank-you-properly-for-that-later look.

Amy: Sydney, have the other members of Nexus welcomed you into their group? I am sure Sophie has with open arms.

Sydney: Oh, yes. They’ve all been incredibly kind to me. And Sophie is a complete dear. So full of life!

Amy: What do you like to do in your spare time when you are not working and chasing down the bad guys?

Ethan & Sydney (as they cast a glance at each other): Umm…

Amy: Okay, then. What is next for the two of you?

Ethan: Sydney’s in the process of finding apprenticeships for the older boys that were left homeless when we shut down Abbingale Home.

Sydney: We’re in the process of finding them apprenticeships. Ethan’s very good with the boys. They look up to him, like an older brother.

Amy: Thank you so much for visiting with me today!

Sydney: Thank you, Mrs. Remus. We really enjoyed out visit.

Ethan (bolts from his seat and grabs Sydney’s hand, pulling her to her feet): Our pleasure, Amy. If you’ll excuse us—I have to test Sydney’s theory about me never stopping. (Ethan winks and smiles before drawing Sydney away.)

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Have a question for Ethan and Sydney?  Feel free to ask in the comments section below. I am sure they would be willing to answer.

Want to read Ethan and Sydney’s story – A Lady’s Secret Weapon? You can purchase it at AmazonBarnes & Noble or iTunes!

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About the Author:

Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning authors who 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 and The Beau Monde Romance Writers of America chapters. Tracey’s also a co-founder of Romance University and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville reading salon.

Tracey is represented by agent Jennifer Udden of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.Sourcebooks published her debut series, including titles A Lady’s Revenge, Checkmate, My Lord and A Lady’s Secret Weapon. In November 2013, Tracey will enter the exciting world of indie publishing via her company TDC Creations, Inc.

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: TraceyDevlyn.com

Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn  |  Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn

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  1. Kelsey Browning (@KelseyBrowning)

    Fun interview, Amy!

    So my question for Sydney is what’s the most annoying thing Ethan’s ever done and what’s the most romantic thing he’s ever done for you?

    Kelsey

    1. Amy

      Great question, Kelsey!

    2. Tracey Devlyn

      Thank you for coming, Ms. Browning.

      Well, we’re still working on the most romantic thing. However, I would say when he showed the boys at Abbingale Home how to use a bandilore–I believe you call them yo-yos–had to be the moment I knew it would be impossible to walk away.

      Now, annoying is so much easier to pinpoint. He wasted quite a bit of my time pretending he needed my agency’s services. Then he quite literally attached himself to my side when I toured the boys home. And don’t even get me started on the Instinct Rules– (Sydney glances up sweepingly) He’s quite single-minded, you know.

      (Ethan strolls by) Who are you talking to, hedgehog?

      (Sydney smiles) No one, my lord cad.

  2. ki pha

    Eekkk! Hello Ethan and Sydney!!! I just have to say I love your story!

    But my question is, before you two joined the Nexus group (or knew anything of it), what were your dreams and goals?

    Thanks Amy and Tracey!

  3. Tracey Devlyn

    (Ethan sends Ki a roguish smile) Why, thank you, Ms. Pha.
    Sydney: We’re so glad you enjoyed our little adventure. I’ve always wanted to establish a business that would help those who could not help themselves. My mother emerged from a terrible circumstance only by the kindness of others. I want to assist those who want a better life for themselves.

    Ethan: A very good question, Ms. Pha. Honestly, I can’t recall ever wanting to do anything else. Protecting my country and my family has always been my one true goal in life.

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