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Good morning and Happy Sunday!!

Since Alana Lucas already announced her winner, let’s begin with the winner of Jacki Delecki’s book!! Congratulations to Julie Fetter!!

The book news is heating up! My editor contacted me last week with two pieces of news. First, they are getting ready to send me the ARC copies of Three Weeks to Wed. So, early next year you can expect to see posts about winning ARCs.


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In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…

The second piece of news is that the cover for the second book in The Worthingtons, When a Marquis Chooses a Bride, has a final cover! The cover will be revealed in my December newsletter which will come out any day now.

I am also having a cat naming contest for the third book in the series in the news letter. If you haven’t already signed up you can do it here.

On to boat news. We have been on the move shuffling back and forth between St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands. We have one more trip to St. Thomas, then Christmas in the BVI before we head to St. Martin.

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How have you been and what have you been doing?



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As you’ve probably noticed, internet has been spotty at best. I think I’ve got a handle on it now, though.

Let’s get things started by announcing book winners!!

Congratulations to Kimberlie Lange for winning Collette’s book! And Congratulations Linda Thumb for winning Eileen’s book!!






I want to encourage you to pre-order the Passionate Promises box set that will release in February!


Here is what you’ll get:

Nine Promises to Stir Your Passions from USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors.
Enter the dazzling world of brawny Vikings, Regency rogues, and sexy scoundrels as they take you on one romantic journey after the other in these tantalizing historicals filled with betrayal, intrigue, and passion.

Stirring Passions by Maggi Andersen

A Kiss for Miss Kingsley by Collette Cameron

To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood by Bronwen Evans

A Highwayman’s Honor by Michelle McLean

Lord Quickthorn’s Bargain by Barbara Monajem

A Promise of Love by Ella Quinn

Wanted by the Warrior by Violetta Rand

A Pledge of Passion by Victoria Vane

Never Tempt a Rogue by Christy Carlyle

Buy links:

  • Buy for Amazon Kindle
  • Buy at Amazon.com Canada
  • Buy at Amazon.com UK
  • Buy for Barnes and Noble Nook
  • Buy from iTunes / iBooks
  • Buy from Kobo


I don’t have a blurb yet, but I can give you an excerpt of A Promise of Love!

April 1817, London

Lord Francis (Frank) Trevor glanced around the brilliantly lit ballroom wondering what the devil he was doing there. As the second son of the Duke of Somerset, one might suppose he would be used to the ton. And one would be mistaken. Other than the brief period of time he’d spent on the town during a university holiday, he had been acting as his father’s factor. A job that by rights belonged to his eldest brother Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth. His father’s heir.

Frank hadn’t even had a holiday from running the dukedom’s estates. He was chafing at running in his father’s harness. It was not in his nature to be constantly under another man’s boot. Lately, he had been searching for a way to change his life. He had also become a bit short tempered. Perhaps that was the reason that as soon as Father had departed for Scotland with a few of his cronies Mama had decided Frank could benefit from a touch of Town bronze. How the hell that was supposed to help him when he dealt mainly with crops and animals, he had no idea.

He might as well realize he was trapped in a life he did not want and had no hope of employment outside of slaving for his father. If he even attempted to find another position, the duke would ensure he never got it. And after Damon’s marriage to Meg Featherton at Christmas, their father had made very clear that in the future he would be making any necessary matches for his children.

Ergo, being here was a waste of time and money, though, thankfully, not his own.

A glass of wine was pressed into his hand. “Frank, you are supposed to be having fun.” His brother, Damon had the same a lazy smile on his face he’d worn since marrying Meg. “Not looking as if you’re facing a hanging.”

Frank took a long pull on the wine. “I am merely having trouble knowing where to start. How did you manage to talk father into this visit?”

“Ah, well.” Rather than answering his question, his brother scanned the crowd. “Your mother decided it was time you were introduced to some of the ladies. I believe she also felt you were due for a little time away from the estate.”

As if he would really be allowed to choose his own bride. “Did she happen to send you a list of ladies of whom father would approve?”

“Ah, no.”

Damon languidly raised his hand, and they were almost immediately joined by Meg, his wife of four months, and the young lady she had in tow.

On to boat news. We’re still sailing around the Virgin Islands, US and British. It looks as if we’ll be here for Christmas.

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On Tuesday we’re back to the BVI for a week or so.

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I’m back! Or at least in the Caribbean. Right now I’m sitting at the Bitter End Yacht Club using their internet.

Before I go on, let’s congratulate Natasha who won Amara Royce’s book!

In book news Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince released while I was on the high seas! If you want a fun passionate Christmas story, this is for you!! Click here for the buy links.

Speaking of passion, I’m part of a multi-author box set that will release in February called Passionate Promises. The set is now on pre-order at the following sites.  Amazon   B&N:   iBooks   Kobo

Since I was last here, I have sailed from Hampton, VA to the Virgin Islands.

Leaving Hampton

Leaving Hampton








Hampton to STT 4

I have to say it was rewarding, but not a lot of fun. Normally, I suffer from mal de mar for about two day, this time it was four.

Most of the time the view was like this. Which is really pretty for the first few days.

Hampton to STT 2

Nights were nice as well.

Hampton to STT

But after thirteen days we were ready for our first sight of land.

Hampton to STT 3

Here is our anchorage.

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I’ve heard some of you have snow. What’s going on where you are?



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I’m finally back, but only for another week. After that, I’ll be off on a ten to fourteen day passage to the Caribbean.

Let’s begin with the weekend’s book winners! Congratulations to Gaelicark who won Nicola Davidson’s book, OFK_1600One Forbidden Knight!

CR - ebook coverCongratulations also goes to Jeanne Miro for winning Louisa Cornell’s book Christmas Revels!




As for my book news. Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret is on a BookBub sale today for $.99!!

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

Here is the blurb.

Ella Quinn’s intriguing and irresistible bachelors are masters in the game of seduction. But nothing has the power to change a single man’s mind like a captivating woman…  

William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction… 

Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities…

And buy links. Amazon ~ B&N ~ iTunes ~ Kobo

Fun stuff has been going on with my November release, Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince. She received a 4-star review from Romantic Times.

The Marriage Games series winds down in this last entry that is full of surprises. Victims of a matchmaking godmother and a dowager duchess, Meg and Damon slowly realize they are meant for each other in Quinn’s entertaining novel. Poignant at times, it’s a story to savor by a crackling fire.

And a 4.5 star Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews!

Ella Quinn gifts readers with a lovely historical, holiday romance.

Meg Featherton aims to have a fiancée before the holiday season ends, however she’s convinced after two separate heartbreak that love is not in the cards for her and settles on an amiable man she believes will make a suitable husband. The Marquis of Hawksworth has other plans he wants Meg for himself and he’s determined she’ll fall in love with him. With the help of some allies can Damon win her over?

Buy links can be found here.

Hubby and I have been doing a great deal of traveling in the past few weeks. After the Annapolis Sailboat show, I went to the NJ RWA conference, and got to hang out with reader and author friends. Then we started heading south staying in Rhode River, Solomons, Ingram Bay, Deltavilla, and Poquoson until we reached Hampton, VA earlier today.

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Hampton Univ Anchorage

From here I’ll be dividing my time between getting the next book done and preparing the boat for going off-shore.

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I apologize for  posting late. We had some interesting seas as we sailed down the Chesapeake Bay to Solomons, Maryland. But, let’s get started! As always, we begin with the winner of Friday’s guest author, Caroline Warfield! Congratulations go to Glenda and Julie Fetter!!

On to book/author news. Sadly, I will be paring down the information on my blog and moving it over to my website. I do have several good reasons for this, the main one being that I have a webmistress, and it’s easier for her to just maintain one site. I will still be blogging on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. The good news is that I’ll be adding stuff to the website, so I hope you’ll stop by. I am also working on increasing my mailing list. My subscriber numbers are abysmally low. Ergo, several of my author friends have agreed to run a contest to help me increase the readers subscribed. It will take place in November after I get back down to the Caribbean. More news on that later.

I finally finished my copy edits for Three Weeks to Wed and am back to working on my novella, A Promise of Love. The novella will be released in a boxset with several other authors. I’m really excited about the novella and the series which I’m calling The Trevors. It’s about the children of a curmudgeonly duke who, unsurprisingly, wants to control his children’s lives. Once I finish it, I’ll post the blurb and an excerpt.

On to boat news. We’ve been in Annapolis for a few days, went down the Rhodes River, and are now in  a  slip at a Navy marina in the Solomons.

Harbor before fireworks






Rhodes River







Tomorrow, we’re renting a car and heading for southern Illinois to see his family. Unfortunately, there is no internet there, so I’ll be popping into the library every once and a while. We’re taking Alicianna puppy and Raphaella. This will be interesting as Alicianna hasn’t been off the boat for more than 24 hours before. Alicianna Aug 2015

Raphaella 3.15Raphaella, having lived with use in Europe, is a seasoned traveler. We’ll see how it goes.

Because I cannot count on having an internet connection to post as usual, I’ve decided to have a contest, so don’t forget to stop by.

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Happy Sunday! Let’s start with the winner of Laura Trentham’s book!! Congratulations to Sharon Extine for winning a copy of An Indecent Invitation!!

miss featherton's christmas prince_ebookIn book news, Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince is on Netgalley for review, and it has already gotten two 5-star reviews!!  I also have a Goodreads contest of sorts going on. If three hundred people click they want to read Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince, I will post an exclusive excerpt! I’ve been posting this on Facebook for the past few days, so we only need 79 more clicks. I’d love it if you participated. Click here.

And here is the blurb.

Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they’re immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way…

In the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton’s heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cur. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party…

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time…

I am working on edits for Three Weeks to Wed.  I have been told Three Weeks To Wed reviseI’ll receive the ARCs sometime in December or January.

Currently my publisher has all The Marriage Game book on sale! So if you haven’t read them, or if you’re missing one or two, now is a good chance to pick them up! Links to the books are on my website where they are listed in order.


In boat news, we’ve been sailing and sightseeing. We arrived in Philadelphia last Monday late in the afternoon and met up with some sailing friends for cocktails. Tuesday we went sightseeing.

Anchorage off Petty Island

Anchorage off Petty Island




















Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell









Hubby had been in the Philly airport where he’d seen a Lego model of the Liberty Bell. But he’d never seen the real thing. He said it was much better than the on at the airport.

Old Toothbrushes

Old Toothbrushes










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We had weather closing in on Thursday, so on Wednesday we sailed down the Delaware and through the C&D canal back over into the Chesapeake and hunkered down as the squalls passed through.

Bohemia Anchorage

Yesterday, we had squalls again and took refuge between two islands. Someone does live there, and they turned on the light last night.Anchorage near little island

We’re now almost in Annapolis where we’ll be on and off until mid-October.

How has your week gone?



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Happy Sunday!! Let’s start with the winner of Christy Carlyle’s book, One Scandalous Kiss! OSK_Cover Congratulations goes to Barbara Holmes!!

This has been a slow week. After re-provisioning, we left Newport on Friday, sailed down to Judith Point and waited for our departure on Friday. Judith Point, RI

We were up early Friday morning and, after getting a confirmation on our weather window, started sailing south. We had great winds and were able to make the passage in 30 hours instead of 44 hours!! We are now waiting for the tide to turn so that we can sail up to Philadelphia where we’ll spend a couple of days. Philadelphia holds a lot of meaning for me. My mother was born there, and my Brennan and Quinn sides of the family landed there from Ireland. Hubby as never been, so this should be fun for him.

How are you spending your Labor Day weekend?



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Happy Sunday!! Let’s start with the winner of Jacki Delecki’s book, Code of the Heart! Congratulations to Eileen Dandashi!!

In book news: My publisher and I are gearing up for the April release of Three Weeks to Wed, Book #1 in The Worthingtons. As you know, this series will be in regular paperback as well as in e-book. We have decided to start with six books of what looks to be a very long series, then go back to The Marriage Game for four books.

miss featherton's christmas prince_ebookThat does not mean I’ve forgotten their is on book left in The Marriage Game! Plans for the November 10th release are in the works now. As soon as they are firmed up, I’ll let you know.






On to boat news: We’ve been slowly sailing up Long Island Sound. After the reader event last Sunday, we took a day to relax, then traveled up the East River, through Hell Gate to City Island.

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Excecution Rock


From City Island, we went to Charles Island.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon











The moon was on the bow, and the sunset on our stern.

Sunset Milford

We are now in Old Saybrooke, where we’ll remain for a few days while we visit Essex and Old Lyme.

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We’ve been seeing a lot of light houses and houses on small islands.

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If you’re along the Connecticut or Rhode Island coast, I’d love to meet up with you!

How have you been this week?



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Welcome to Sunday News!! Let’s start with the winner of Liza O’Connor’s book. Congratulations to Laura!!

In a comment a few weeks ago, someone pointed out that Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince was not due to release until December 22d. That seemed a bit late to me, but I was busy. So I sat on it for a while. Low and behold, when I contacted my editor, the date was immediately changed to November 10th!

Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they’re immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way…

miss featherton's christmas prince_ebookIn the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton’s heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cur. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party…

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time…

This week has been fairly slow. We left Hampton on Tuesday and arrived in Deltaville, VA that afternoon. It was the first time we went from one marina to another. But we had some boat work that needed to be accomplished, and marine repairmen prefer the boat to be at a dock. Here is our view.

Deltaville, VA

It’s been really hot, but if there is a breeze to be had, we get it. I’ve been able to finish the edits my editor sent me and do some writing on the 3d book of the next series. On Tuesday, we will continue our journey north. I had wanted to spend the 4th of July in DC, but Hubby didn’t want to go up the Potomac, back down the Potomac, then up the Chesapeake Bay, and back down the Delaware River. So it looks like we’ll be and a currently unknown location.

Don’t forget to come by tomorrow for Monday Excerpts. I’ll be focusing on secondary characters.

What are you doing for the 4th? And how was your week?


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Happy Sunday!!

As we usually, let’s start with the winner of Janis May’s book, Curse of the Exile!! Congratulations to Luanna Stewart!!

In just over a month, Lady Beresford’s Lover releases!! This is book #7 in The Marriage Game and is available for pre-order. You might remember the hero, Rupert, Earl of  Stansted, from The Temptation of Lady Serena. I tried my hardest to get him to wait until he was older, but he insisted he was ready to find his happily ever after.

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Ella Quinn’s bachelors are quite sure of what they want in life—and love—until the right woman opens their eyes…

After a painful heartbreak, Rupert, the handsome young Earl of Stanstead, has decided that when it comes to love, avoidance is best. Until he meets a woman who makes him forget his plan—and remember his longing for a wife and family. Yet he senses that she too has been hurt, though she attempts to hide her feelings—and more—in the most baffling and alluring way. Intrigued, Rupert is willing to play along, if winning her is the prize…

Crushed by her late husband’s scorn, Vivian, Countess of Beresford, believes she is monstrously undesirable. Sadly childless, she has moved to London resigned to a solitary life. Still, when she encounters Rupert at a masquerade ball, her disguise as Cleopatra emboldens her. Convinced he doesn’t recognize her, she begins an after-hours affair with him, always in costume—while allowing him to innocently court the real her by day. But when Rupert makes a shocking choice, will Vivian be able to handle the truth?…

Buy links can be found here.

In boating news, we arrived in Hampton, Virginia around 10 PM on Thursday night after rounding Cape Hatteras, NC. Fortunately, we were able to anchor off the university.

Hampton VA anchorage

The next day we moved to the City Docks where we’ll remain until Tuesday morning.  We’ve been kept busy trying to sort out our electronics. Hubby finally got a new phone, and my computer is in the shop. I hope they can fix it. We’ve also been meeting with friends.

On the ICW

Tuesday morning we set sail to Deltaville, Virginia to get some work on the boat done.


I forgot to post this photo from the ICW last week.

2d Anchorage in Hampton

What have you all be up to? Is anyone near me?





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