From Anti-hero to Hero? by Tracey Devlyn

traceyWINNER! Mary Jo Burke…you won a copy of Latymer! Congratulations and Tracey will be in touch.

Happy New Year to everyone! Please join me in welcoming Tracey Devlyn back to MM. Her latest release, Latymer, has an interesting story behind it. Enjoy, and grab the book today.

First off, huge thanks to Misty Evans and the Magical Musings gang for inviting me back!

When I began writing Book 4 of my Nexus series, I thought the main story would revolve around two troubled secondary characters from A Lady’s Secret Weapon  (Bk 3) — Mac O’Donnell and Amelia Cartwright. I wanted so badly to give them the happy ending they both deserved. I also needed to do something about my overarching villain, Lord Latymer. The guy had menaced my Nexus agents throughout the series and then he wound up disappearing with his son, Giles Clarke, at the end of ALSW.

From the beginning, I had a tough time writing Mac and Amelia’s story. What should have taken me two months to write took three. Nothing about the twenty thousand-word novella felt right, but I sent it off to my editor anyway, with a sick feeling deep in my stomach.

My editor’s verdict? It’s not Mac and Amelia’s story. It’s Latymer and Giles’s story. The sickness in my belly turned to mild panic. I’m a romance writer. What did I know about capturing the delicate relationship between a murdering traitor and his traumatized son? How would I ever pull this off without disappointing fans of the series?

These questions rolled through my mind, again and again. I spent the next month peeling back the layers of Latymer’s motives for betraying his country and friends. In the process, I revealed a man desperate to preserve a forbidden love and protect his only son—at great cost to himself and those around him. The complexity of Latymer’s character prevented him from being either wholly good or wholly bad. He’d done terrible things in the name of love. But he’d also performed courageous acts to protect his family. In writing Latymer and Giles’s story, I found a different kind of love and a different kind of ever after.

I’m extremely proud of the way LATYMER turned out. The story challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. I explored the intricacies of a father-son relationship and experimented with first person point of view. I dared to create a sexual predator and pit her against hero, er, anti-hero.

And yes, Mac and Amelia got their happy ending, but in a very different way than I had originally planned. J

What do you think? Is an anti-hero redeemable?

Please be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of LATYMER!

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Book 4 – e-Novella, Nexus series
Available January NOW!             

TLatraitor or savior . . . or something far more devastating?

William Townsend—Lord Latymer—lost the woman he loved because of his greed and his ultimate deception of two powerful countries. Now, he must protect his nine-year-old son from the same fate. Latymer has only one chance to escape his enemies: board a ship that would carry them both to America and a new life. But first he must find his missing son, elude a vengeful grieving brother, and kill a beautiful French assassin. Time is slipping through his fingers and Latymer has twelve hours before his ship and his future sail away.




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Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending).

Tracey’s a cofounder 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:  |  |


About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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14 Responses to From Anti-hero to Hero? by Tracey Devlyn

  1. Amy R. says:

    Well, Tracey, as a lover of your series, I am very intrigued by Latymer. I think he can redeem himself. Motive is a huge factor and things are not always as they seem. Glad that Mac & Amelia get their HEA…I was cheering for them! Looking forward to this, Tracey! Congrats!

  2. Happy New Year Tracey,

    Love the NEXUS series and looking forward to Latymer! Anti heroes are redeemable and worth it!

    Mary Jo

  3. Lisa Hutson says:

    Wow! That is quite the to-do list before he can sail. I am curious. Why does he have to find his son? Isnt someone taking care of him already? Is it a good idea to take him off to a foreign country? And kill the beautiful French assassin?? No! Don’t do it!
    Phew! I need to find the answers to these questions!!
    Congratulations on your book.

  4. LOL, Lisa! Yes, quite the to-do list, but Latymer is resourceful!!

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi again, welcome back to MM. I do believe in anti-hero to hero! I like to believe that any one is redeemable. I do find the process you went through interesting. I’m in a similar boat with one of my books. Not sure who’s story it is at this point! 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Knock, Knock… book 5 of the Psychic Visions series is on SALE now!

    • Thanks, Dale! If your story is anything like mine, then you’ll be struggling through the whole thing. Never fear–your characters will let you know, albeit in their own time. 🙂

  6. RhondaB says:

    Omg! I NEED this book! I loved ALSW, just finished it last night. I’ve got my fingers crossed! Good luck all! Congrats on the new release, Tracey!

  7. Edie Ramer says:

    Tracey, welcome back to MM. I had to rip my last book up after I wrote it, so I feel for you. I think an anti-hero could turn into a great hero! This makes me more eager to read it!

  8. Linda says:

    I’m very willing to be convinced Tracey!

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