Monday, September 1, 2014

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure
that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is
Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?

Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving
its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s
leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a
centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose
between his conscience...and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

Please Welcome Darcy Burke.
Thank you for taking time to visit with us today
Thank you for having me today!

How do you come up with your ideas for your book?

It varies. I often come up with characters first, but with Regency Treasure Hunters I wanted to write action-adventure treasure hunt stories because that sounded fun for me to read too. This series originated with the first book in the Secrets and Scandals Series. That book features a few antiquarians and the idea for a treasure hunt went from there.

What is your writing process?

This also varies! Sometimes I plot a book out scene-for-scene and that has both worked and
failed miserably. At the very least, I try to plot out the turning points and ending black moment. This book, The de Valery Code, was a special case because I started writing it as a novella. But by the time I got to about 20,000 words (or about the point I should’ve been at least half done), I realized this was not going to be novella-length. The treasure hunt story was too big and the characters were too fun—they really wanted more time to develop. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out so I’m definitely an advocate for being flexible.

Do you do most of your research for your books online or in print books?

Mostly online, but I have a lot of books that I use as well.

Who is your favorite hero in Historical Romance?

Hmmmm, so many, but I probably have to go with an old standard and say Ruark Beauchamp
in Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Shanna. He is perfect—smart, funny, sexy, thoughtful, dangerous
when he needs to be, and he loves his family (and Shanna doesn’t deserve him – I do!!!).

Who is your favorite Historical Romance Author and why?

I have a lot of favorites, but I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. I recently read an
Amanda Quick novel and I’d forgotten how much I adore her writing. In fact, I’m sure there’s some influence in The de Valery Code as far as how the hero and heroine’s relationship
develops. I’m a huge fan of Quick’s Arcane Society stories and a lot of those romances are slow burns, which is how I’d describe Rhys and Margery in The de Valery Code—very Moonlighting-esque, if you’re familiar with that 80s television show starring a young Bruce Willis before he was follicly-challenged and Cybill Shepherd.

About Darcy:

Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their
two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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  1. I liked your interview on this blog, Darcy. I, too, read Kathleen Woodiwiss' and Amanda Quick's books. I like both of them as well. If they influenced you at all in your writing of this Regency Treasure Hunt series, then I'm in for an enjoyable ride with your series' stories. :-) Thanks for the post.