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CongratulationsWe’ve got lots of winners today!! Congratulations Sandy Kenny, you won a copy of Callie Hutton’s book, The Elusive Wife!!

Next are the winners of my book, The Temptation of Lady Serena. Congratulations to everyone!!

From Kathy Wheeler’s blog: Jennifer Lowery.

Because of the difficulty we split the group in two, and from my blog the winner is Toni Kelly

Rakes, Rogues, and Romance: Stacy Brutger

Marie Higgins’s Blog: Ki pha

Last, but not least, The League of Rogues blog: Brenda Dryer.

The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena

 

On Monday I received a wonderful cover quote from Eileen Dreyer.

“Supported by a wonderful cast of characters, Quinn’s thoughtfully drawn lovers teach each other the value of love in this delicious Regency treat.” ~ New York Times Bestselling author Eileen Dreyer

No one has posted the last two Amazon links for the Temptation of Lady Serena. This is the last day for the links to be posted. Neither the iTunes or Barnes and Noble’s links are up yet. So there are still a few opportunities to win the book.

 

In other news, plans are ramping up for the release of The Seduction of

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

Lady Phoebe. A giveaway is pending approval on Goodreads. I’ll post the link as soon as I have it. I’ll post other events as they firm up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what the beach looked like this morning. Notice all the larger boats are gone for the season. New bird 003

I do miss them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw a bird I’ve never seen before. It looks like a type of egret, maybe a young one.  Anyway, he was perfectly happy for me to walk by, but when I took out my phone for a picture, he left.  I’d be grateful if anyone an identify him.

New bird 001

 

 

 

 

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Let’s start with the winners of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh!!

CongratulationsCongratulations to:

Adventures in Authorland ~ Juanita Decuir

Jenna Jaxon’s Blog ~ bn100

The big news this week is that I got my cover for The Temptation of Lady Serena Book #3 of The Marriage Game which will release on January 14, 2014.

I have to tell you I love this cover. Let me know what you think.

SERENA

Oh! You want to know more? Here is the back cover copy and an excerpt.

Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts… 

Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…

Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…

Early the next morning, Serena ordered a stable-boy to saddle Shamir.

After he’d done as she bid, he glanced toward the stable. “I’ll just get your groom, Will, to go with ye, my lady.”

Serena’s nerves were strung too tightly for company. She needed a good gallop this morning, and Will would slow her down. “No, I’ll be fine without him.”

The boy helped her mount without arguing. After she’d cleared the stable yard, Serena cantered south up a rise and gazed out over the still barren fields. The frost was not as heavy this morning, nor the air quite as cold. It was late, but spring was coming. The land tugged at her. She’d rather be planting than dancing.

A man on a large black horse appeared in the valley and stared up at her. He looked tall, but it was hard to tell at this distance. A breeze ruffled his fair hair as he rode toward her. After a few moments, Serena realized he was riding not simply in her direction, but to her. Her aunt had warned her not to ride alone. Was this man the reason for the warning? Whirling Shamir around, she gave the horse his head and rode back to her to aunt’s house as if someone was chasing her.

Robert Beaumont rode toward the woman on the crest of the hill. She sat atop a raking roan, much too large for a lady. Her riding habit, a dull rust color, reminded him of autumn leaves. Her long auburn hair curled down her back, and she wore a small hat with some sort of feather—pheasant, by the way it stuck out. He wondered how the devil she kept the hat on her head with her hair down. His interest piqued, he urged his horse to a trot. As he neared, she took off at a fast gallop.

She was gone when he reached the top of the hill. Beaumont looked out over the valley. A horse and rider were in the north. How had she got that far so quickly? Disgruntled, he turned and rode home. After throwing his reins to a groom, he strode through the doors into the main hall and called to his housekeeper, “Norry!”

She came out from a parlor. “I’m here, my lord. There’s no reason to shout.”

“Who lives to the north?”

“Well, my lord,” she muttered, “if you were here more often, you’d know. It’s a widow lady. I can’t remember her name right off my head. Why?”

Ignoring Norry’s all too familiar complaint, he pressed for more information. “Does she have any children?”

The housekeeper narrowed her eyes. “I heard all her children are grown. She moved here after her son married. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my lord, I have work to do.”

“Norry, let me know if you remember. Especially if it concerns an auburn-haired female.”

Master Robert,” she began in a censorious tone, “we’ll have none of your carrying on up here. You leave it in London.” She nodded her head curtly and left.

Beaumont clenched his jaw and stormed off to his study, cursing the fact that so many of his servants had been with him since childhood, and never let him forget it.

And finally, in case you didn’t notice, I changed the blog banner. How do you like it?

Check out my website for the latest blog tour dates. Have a great Sunday and rest of the week.

Ella

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UPDATE!! Louisa Cornell is the winner of Sally MacKenzie’s book, Surprizing Lord Jack!!

A lot has happened this week and between editing, plotting ideas for the next two books, getting ready for the pre-order release of  The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh in June, less than two weeks away, and being in charge of two conference events in July, I am unable to keep up with Eight Sentence Sunday. If you were following and want me to post more of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, let me know and I will do so.

I’d planned to announce the winners of Regina Jeffer’s  and Sally MacKenzie’s books. Unfortunately, I’ve not received them yet. If I hear from either or both of them today I’ll post the winners.

As some of you may know, I’m attending RWA Nationals in Atlanta in July, which includes the Beau Monde mini-conference. The Beau Monde is the Regency chapter of the RWA. Every year they host a soirée. Last year I was unable to get a costume together, but this year I planned ahead.

Frency Regency Gown

Frency Regency Gown

Here is the 1810 French gown mine is based on.

Back of Gown

Back of Gown

The front will not be quite as low, and I decided to go with a slightly different back.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find hand embroidered silk chiffon with gold thread, but I did discover this lovely chiffon and the gold lining at my local fabric store.

Embroidered Chiffon and Gold Lining

Embroidered Chiffon and Gold Lining

As well as this trim to go just above the hem, and on the right edging for the neckline and sleeves.

Trim for Bottom of Gown

Trim for Bottom of Gown

Neckline and Sleeve trim

I also found these kidskin gloves on Ebay. They should be my size.

Embroidered Kidskin Gloves

Embroidered Kidskin Gloves

I’m really looking forward to wearing the gown in July.The Seduction of Lad#C46729Speaking of evening gowns, here is an excerpt from the Seduction of Lady Phoebe.

She was more beautiful now than she had been at fifteen, more mature and elegant. She wore a dull gold silk gown. He wanted to groan as he took in the gown’s low neckline that barely encased her ample breasts. Perfect mounds that he wanted to caress.

Phoebe’s ears were adorned simply with pearl drops that tempted him to run the tip of his tongue over the outer swirl of her ear, to breathe in her fresh and woodsy scent.

Marcus couldn’t bear the thought that Phoebe would ever kiss another man. He never before felt such possessiveness. No other woman made his pulse race or called to his soul. He wanted to tell her she was his—had always been his.

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You’ve heard the old adage things come in three? Well yesterday proved it. After I got home from running around all day, I received word that my website was ready for a test drive. Please take a look and tell me if you think anything could be clearer, or if there is something you think I could add. It’s very important to me that the site be easily navigable for my readers. http://www.ellaquinnauthor.com/index-home.html

The Seduction of Lad#C46729 The next thing that happened is the book trailer for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe was sent to me for review. It’s still lacking the cover, but other than that, please tell me what you think of it. Again, this is a review copy and changes can be made. Would this make you want to buy the book? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWc916HyWYY

And last, but not least, I was featured on the blog, First Kiss Friday!! http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/ Where Lady Phoebe and Lord Marcus share their first kiss, and I’m giving away another copy of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.

I can’t wait to here what you think of all of this.

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I have release dates for the first three books in my series The Marriage Game. The first one should be on pre-order with Amazon in May!!! Check our my book page for more information.

Ella

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