Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Writers Wednesday: BOOK GIVEAWAY Ella Quinn Celebrates Debut


FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY. Welcome Ella Quinn, who is giving away a copy of her debut Regency, THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE. The book was released on September 19 to excellent response. So don't forget to leave an email when you comment so you'll be in the drawing. I already have it, waiting right here on my Kindle, beckoning me from my duties....Muhahaha!
 I’m so glad you’re here, Ella. First books are so special, and yours has received lots of attention. Please tell us a little about it.

It’s a story of young love and redemption. Phoebe and Marcus met when they were quite young, but Marcus was already behaving badly enough that his father was banishing him to the West Indies. Here is my publisher’s blurb.

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze…

For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

I also received some wonderful cover quotes.

“Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore—plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus. A marvelous find for Regency romance readers.” —Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author

“A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!” —Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby

Wow. Grace Burrowes and Shana Galen, two of my favorites. Fantastic words from fabulous authors. Now, what drew you to this particular story? 

LOL. I had a video of an angry Regency lady playing in my head.

Hmm. Sounds intriguing. Would you share an excerpt?

I’d love to.

Her sister-in-law frowned. “My dear, how will you ever find a husband if you are attending only
political parties?”
“It is not as if there are no unmarried gentlemen at the parties,” Phoebe retorted. “Besides, I daresay I have met every unmarried gentleman the length and breadth of England. Not one has given me the smallest desire to marry. Perhaps I shall set up a salon and become a famous bluestocking.”
Her sister-in-law’s mouth dropped open in shock. “You cannot mean that!”
Phoebe tried to hide her exasperation. “I know you’ve tried very hard to bring about a match for me. I wish you would not persist. I shall marry when I find a gentleman I can love and not before.”
“But you must marry,” Amabel said. “You are almost twenty-four, and you are much too beautiful to become a spinster.”
“I am well aware of my age,” Phoebe said as mildly as she could. “I’m not on the shelf yet.”
After taking a sip of tea, Amabel said airily, “I have invited my brother to visit us.”
Phoebe creased her brows. “Evesham? I thought he was too ill to travel.”
“No, Arthur is indeed too ill,” her sister-in-law said. “I have invited my other brother, Marcus. He shall arrive in three days time.”
“Lord Marcus?”
Amabel hesitated before continuing, “He needs to marry now, and I immediately thought of you.”
At the mention of Lord Marcus Finley, Phoebe’s stomach clenched, and the humiliation she had not felt in years burbled within her, feeding her anger.
She took a breath and calmly but firmly said, “I have met Lord Marcus, we did not suit. Amabel, pray excuse me. I have just remembered something I must do.”
Phoebe rose and left the room. Upon entering her chamber, she closed the door with a snap. The control with which she had been holding herself threatened to unravel. Lord Marcus Finley was back.
Myriad feelings of fear, hurt, and despair assailed her. It confused her to feel almost as raw as she had eight years ago when he’d shattered her childish romantic ideas. She had pushed him out of her min
She’d hoped never to hear his name again and certainly did not want to meet him. She’d learned to protect herself, but still mourned her loss of innocence he’d stolen. She would not weep over Lord Marcus. No good could come of thinking of him. Forgetting that day had been easier when he had been safely across the ocean.

Sounds super. What’s your next project?

Right now I’m writing book #5 of The Marriage Game. The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is #1, followed by The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, The Temptation of Lady Serena, Desiring Lady Caro, and the currently titled, Pursuing Miss EugĂ©nie Villaret, which I sent to my publisher not long ago.

What one tip would you offer writers?

Write like it’s a job.

Great advice. I need to follow it. How do your stories ‘come to you’ at first--through characters, setting, story line?

Usually the characters come first. I have to have people, then they must tell me their story.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a great writing desk with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

How perfect. It must be terribly inspiring.Thanks so much for being here today, Ella and best of luck with the release. I hope you’ll come back again. Where can we find you?

All my blog tour information is on www.ellaquinnauthor.com. I also post it on my blog http://ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com.





 Here's a bit more about Ella. Her

studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.

Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Across History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington.

41 comments:

  1. So glad you're here today, Ella. It's been a terrific week for you. Congratulations on the debut and many sales.

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  2. I once had an office with a view of NJ wetlands (not the same, I'll grant you) but birds of prey were constantly flying above for their meal. I found it terribly distracting.

    It's better I sit in the living with tv off. I'm going to tweet now.

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    1. I can imagine. I love watching birds. Thank you, Liza.

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    2. Liza, your view sounds mighty interesting :) but I can see why the livingroom is more conducive to plotting.
      Glad you're here today.

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  3. Congrats on your stunning debut, Ella! I just got home from my overly long business trip, and I'm ready to unwrap the new Kindle and loose myself in Phoebe's story. Wishing you great success!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa. I have to say, hitting the Amazon best seller list, even for three days was amazing!!

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  4. Great interview! I would love to read any (and all ;) of your novels.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. If you don't win a copy of the book today, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is still priced at $1.99 for who knows how long.

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  5. Love the book! Ella you have the best writing view in the world! Tweeted

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  6. Ella, your advice is something I seriously need to do. Thank you.

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  7. I enjoyed your post - Grace and Shana are two of my favorites, also! I have their books on my keeper shelves. Wishing you success and continued enjoyment in your job.I look forward to reading your work

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    1. Ashantay, thank you!! They are two of my favorite authors as well, and I was thrilled that they loved the book!! I hope you like it as well.

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    2. We can definitely add to the Burrowes and Galen fan number here ;) Good to see you, Ashantay.

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  8. Congrats on your debut, Ella! Beautiful cover and love the excerpt.

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    1. Hi Sandy, Isn't that cover luscious? :Yum. Glad you stopped by.

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  10. Great excerpt, and I'm partial to that view of the Atlantic Ocean, too, though I'm sure I'd never get any work done.

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    1. Me, either, Liz. :) I have a hard enough time concentrating sometimes, as it is. Glad you're here today.

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    2. It's really helps me focus. Thank you for coming by!

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  12. I removed this post because of spacing problems. I'm reposting it here. A comment from Ly Horner didn't 'take' so I'm posting it for her.

    Wonderful excerpt, Ella! Lovely site, Barb!

    Regards,
    Lyn Horner | lynhorner@outlook.com

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  13. A writing desk with an ocean view. Jealous!

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  14. Can I move in with you? I love where you live! Great excerpt and love the cover!

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  15. Great post, ladies! And I loved the excerpt too. Looks like EVERYONE is jealous of the view from Ella's desk.

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  16. Great to read more about Ella and this book. Can't wait to read it.
    Thanks, ladies.

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  17. From Beck Lower: I'm dying to read your book, Ella!

    Regards,
    Becky Lower | lowerb@oberlin.net

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    1. Hi Ella, I love the cover, excerpt, and the feisty Phoebe. I am dying to read this book!

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    2. Anonymous, thank you. You'll have to remember to stop by and see if you won.

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  18. from Sheila: Hi Ella and Barbara, I love the cover, excerpt,and Phoebe's character!
    Can't wait to read book!!!
    Regards,
    Sheila | sheilatc428@yahoo.com

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