The de Valery Code (Regency Treasure Hunters #1)
Author: Darcy Burke
Release Date: 18 August 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.
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About the Author
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Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
1) I’m a first generation American (Mom is from England).
2) I am a 20+ year volunteer for my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and served on the board of directors for five years.
3) I don’t like coffee. (Bleh!)
4) I’ve appeared on Danish television. Here’s the story: My cousins are half Danish-half American (my aunt moved to Denmark as a young woman and married a Dane) and are actors and musicians (we’re clearly an artistic family!). One is a famous actress who was profiled on a Danish television program, “This is Your Life.” The producer brought me and my brother over to meet her for the first time on television. It was amazing to meet my cousins (who I adore and can’t wait to visit again) and surreal to meet one of them on TV!
If The de Valery Code was made into a movie, who would you cast as Rhys and Margery?
This is a really tough question! I don’t typically see my characters as real-life people. After conducting some important IMDB research, I think Joanna Page would make a lovely Margery and I’ll go with Christian Bale for Rhys (though he’s not quite dark enough – Rhys has a dark Welsh complexion, think Catherine Zeta-Jones).
What inspired the idea to write a series about regency treasure hunters?
I’d started a book several years ago about a heroine who was a sort of early archaeologist. She dug up treasures in Wales. This was inspired by my visit to Wales (my grandmother is from Cardiff) and seeing the rich history that goes back thousands of years. Wales has all sorts of hidden treasures—artifacts, burial sites, Roman ruins, the list goes on. So that was one piece. The other was a subplot in my first book Her Wicked Ways (book one of the Secrets and Scandals Series). There are a few secondary characters who are antiquarians and one of them has a massive collection. The end of that book (read the epilogue) opened up the door for an interesting story (no spoilers here – you can download Her Wicked Ways free from your favorite retailer) and that’s how Regency Treasure Hunters came to be.
Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on the second full-length book in my contemporary Ribbon Ridge series. The first book will be out in February 2015 from Avon Impulse and I’m super excited about sharing the Archer family and my neck of the world (Oregon wine country) with readers. I’ll also be working on book two of Regency Treasure Hunters, Romancing the Earl.
About the Author
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. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com.
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